Elden Ring Books Of Knowledge: How To Preorder

This guide entails all you need to know about the preorder details and content of Elden Ring's Books of Knowledge.

Successful games often tend to have official guides written with input from the developers themselves. Elden Ring is no different in that regard. People who might’ve strayed away from Elden Ring at launch for its unorthodox design now have a solution to this problem. FromSoftware has once again collaborated with Future Press to publish a definite Elden Ring guide called Books of Knowledge.

Key Highlights
  • FromSoftware collaborated with Future Press for the “Elden Ring Books of Knowledge” guide.
  • Preorders are available on Bandai Namco’s store and Amazon.
  • Volume 1: “The Lands Between” covers locations, caves, labyrinths, and hidden areas, with an NPC guide.
  • Volume 2: “Shards of Shattering” details combat mechanics, weapons, spells, armor, and Ashes of War in Elden Ring.

What Are Books of Knowledge in Elden Ring?

Elden Ring Guide
Cover Arts of Elden Ring Books of Knowledge Guides

FromSoftware, known for its intricate game design, collaborates with publishers like Future Press for official guides. These guides, appreciated by critics and fans, cater to players who may find the non-linear design daunting. Future Press recently announced the Elden Ring Guides Project, comprising two volumes named Books of Knowledge.

These guides, set for release on June 10, 2022, aim to serve as comprehensive references for both new players and veterans exploring The Lands Between. Each volume focuses on different aspects of Elden Ring, including lore, world, combat, and quests.

So without further ado, let’s discuss what aspects each of these volumes will cover.

Elden Ring Books of Knowledge, Volume I

The Lands Between
Lunar Princess Ranni is featured as the cover art for Volume I of Books of Knowledge.

The first volume of Elden Ring’s Books of Knowledge is named “The Lands Between,” featuring Princess Ranni as cover art. Volume I entail all you need to know about Elden Ring’s Overworld, dungeons, and the underworld.

Additionally, it has a complete record of all game areas and NPCs, which are presented in the form of over 100 beautifully detailed maps and text.

Understanding Elden Ring’s Gameplay

As you know, Elden Ring not only borrows its gameplay elements from the previous games but also introduces many new gameplay elements, the biggest being the Open World traversal and exploration. 

Books of Knowledge Volume I contains in-depth knowledge about Elden Ring’s gameplay elements and mechanics. All the essentials you need to know to traverse The Lands Between are mentioned in it.

The Layout of The Lands Between

Volume I of Books of Knowledge is carefully divided into chapters. These chapters are divided in such a way that they only reveal portions of the map one location at a time, slowly revealing Elden Ring’s true scale.

Additionally, it also entails all the information about Elden Ring’s various caves, labyrinths, and other hidden areas through ultra-detailed cartography. Details on progression towards multiple game endings are available in this volume as well.

NPC Guide

The NPC Guide on Volume I of Books of Knowledge highlights the various NPCs that inhabit Lands Between as well. Their quest progression, along with the quests’ various outcomes, is clearly charted.

Additionally, all the essential NPC dialogues are also printed in the guide as well. So you don’t have to worry about missing any important clues in case you accidentally skip an important dialogue. Speaking of NPCs, why not check our guides on the quest lines of Alexander, Patches, and Fia in Elden Ring.

Organized As A Reference

The Books of Knowledge are designed to chronicle the vast world of Elden Ring while also containing authentic information verified by the developers at FromSoftware. Books of Knowledge are written in such a way that they will not only prove useful to newcomers but will also provide insight even to those who have finished the game multiple times already.

Furthermore, Volume I also has a dedicated lore section that can help you piece together Elden Ring’s mystifying storyline.

Elden Ring – Books of Knowledge, Volume II

The Shards of Shattereing
Queen Marika is featured as the cover art for Volume II of Books of Knowledge.

The second Volume of Elden Ring’s Book of Knowledge is known as “Shards of Shattering,” featuring Queen Marika “The Eternal” on the main cover. Volume II is dedicated to Elden Ring’s bestiary, combat, armor, weapons, and the ways to acquire them and how to use them.

Moreover, it also contains the necessary information on all of Elden Ring’s bosses, which is presented in the form of magnificent artwork and highly detailed stats. Speaking of bosses, consider reading our Elden Ring Bosses tier list

Combat System

Right off the bat, the first thing Volume II of Books of Knowledge will explain is how combat works. Different aspects of Elden Ring’s combat are laid bare in the first chapter of Volume II of Books of Knowledge.

It will teach you everything to know about its different classes, as well as how to excel in every play style. 


If you’ve played Elden Ring, one thing you will be aware of is the overwhelming enemy variety of the game. Most of them are unique enemies with different move sets and designs.

Naturally, the definitive guide features chapters dedicated to analyzing and dissecting the various monstrosities that wander The Lands Between. Furthermore, combat strategies on how to overcome these enemies, ranging from lowly mobs to Shardbearers, are explicitly detailed in the guide as well.

Armour & Weapons

Elden Ring is known for its amazing sense of fashion and tremendous variety of weapons. All of Elden Ring’s weapons, spells, armor, and Ashes of War are cataloged in an easy reference format detailing their complete stats and upgrade levels. Speaking of armor, consider going through our guide on Top 20 Elden Ring Armor Sets in Elden Ring.

Designed As A Package

As mentioned above in Volume I’s section, this book’s purpose is to serve as a definite guide for both new and old players. Designed and written in a way that it’s not only easy to pick and read but contains input from the developers at FromSoftware as well.

Reading Volume II will give you insight into all kinds of Elden Ring’s weapons, enemies, armor, and more. That said, Volume II also includes an exclusive interview with FromSoftware’s president and Elden Ring’s director, Hidetaka Miyazaki.

How to Preorder?

Deatails on Preorder
Volume I and II Preorder announcement image by Future press

If you’re intrigued by these books, learn about release dates, preorder details, and pricing. Preorder the official Elden Ring strategy guide for $49.99/£39.99 on Bandai Namco’s store or Amazon. For insights on the Elden Ring Arcane Build and compatible best katanas, check our guide

The first Volume is scheduled to be released on 29th July 2022. At the same time, the second volume of Books of Knowledge is scheduled for 29th September 2022.

Publisher Future Press has also advised the fans to preorder their copies early instead of waiting for its release. A statement was released by Future Press which stated that “Due to the ongoing global manufacturing and logistic difficulties, we do encourage everyone to preorder their copy early to avoid disappointment later”.

It’s also worth mentioning that Future Press’s guides also hold a massive resale value. So preordering these guides can be a worthwhile investment as well.

Production Quality

According to Future Press, the official strategy guides for Elden Ring are manufactured using papers of the finest quality with highly refined processes used for binding. These volumes come with a large, double-sided world map poster and a bookmark ribbon, so you don’t lose track of where you left off.

The rest of the information regarding pages, dimensions, and ISBNs for both volumes is listed below

Volume I – The Lands Between

Pages 512
Format 11 × 8.5 inches / 28 × 22 cm
Release Date 29th July 2022
Price $49.99, £39.99, €44.99
ISBNs and language editions:
9783869931142 (English Edition)
9783869931166 (French Edition)
9783869931159 (German Edition)
9783869931173 (Spanish Edition)

Volume II – The Shards of Shattering

Pages 512
Format 11 × 8.5 inches / 28 × 22 cm
Release Date 29th, September 2022
Price $49.99, £39.99, €44.99
ISBNs and language editions:
9783869931142 (English Edition)
9783869931166 (French Edition)
9783869931159 (German Edition)
9783869931173 (Spanish Edition)

This wraps up our guide on Elden Ring’s Books of Knowledge. Let us know what you think about our guide in the comments below.

Elden Ring is currently available on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Microsoft Windows.

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