Elden Ring Books Of Knowledge: How To Preorder

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, and in today’s guide, we’ll cover all the information about these guides.

Elden Ring is Fromsoftware’s latest and most ambitious game to date, featuring a massive open world filled with monstrosities, dazzling landscapes, and beautifully structured castles and forts. Elden Ring has the most fleshed-out character build system, now allowing you to experiment with various builds such as Mage builds, Intelligence builds, Frenzy Build, and Samurai builds in Elden Ring that are both deep and fun to use.

Additionally, traversing through the hostile environments of The Lands Between is not an easy task, and equipping yourself with Elden Ring’s best weapons like Godslayer’s Greatsword, Moonveil, or Rivers of Blood is recommended.

Elden Ring also brings back the transposing mechanic from Dark Souls 3, which essentially lets you use boss souls to get their weapons, so check out our guide for Best Remembrance Weapons for that. Furthermore, you can duplicate Boss’s souls and dual wield remembrance weapons, too, so check our guide on Top 13 Remembrance weapons to duplicate as well.

What Are Books of Knowledge in Elden Ring?

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

If you are an avid fan of Fromsoftware games and have been following their releases for years, you would know that FromSoftware has collaborated with various publishers in the past, mainly Future Press, to publish their official guides.

FromSoftware games are known for their stunning and unique world design. One that does not hand hold you from one objective to the next, rather than encourages the players to explore at their own pace. Before reading, why not go through our guide on the locations of Comet Azur, Ghiza’s Wheel, and Hook Claws in Elden Ring.

Obviously, while this design is appreciated a lot by critics and fans alike, there are also masses who have avoided these games for the exact same reason. In order to not gatekeep these games from other players, FromSoftware works on these guides, which help casual players to understand their worlds, lore, and quest design better.

These books are supposed to serve as a definitive reference guide for both new players who are just starting out their adventure for the first time or veterans who want to explore every nook and cranny of The Lands Between.

On June 10, 2022, Future Press officially announced its Elden Ring Guides Project. The guides will be released in two volumes and are officially named Books of Knowledge. Each volume has its own unique features covering different aspects of Elden Ring, ranging from lore and world to 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. While you are at it, consider reading our guide on Elden Rings’ Best Dex and Strength weapons.

Books of Knowledge Volume I contain 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. While discussing maps, why not check out our guide on the Elden Ring map fragments locations.

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 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 have a dedicated lore section that can help you piece together Elden Ring’s mystifying storyline. While you are at it, consider reading our guides on Elden Rings’ Best Swords and Shields.

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, armors, 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 artworks 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 the 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 playstyle. While you are at it, consider reading our guide on Best Colossal and Bleed weapons in Elden Ring.

Bestiary

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 armors, 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 where 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, armors, 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 Elden Ring Books of Knowledge

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

Naturally, if the details about these books made you interested in them, you would want to know about their release dates, preorder details, and pricing. Before reading further, why not check out our guide on Elden Ring Arcane Build and learn about the best katanas that go with the build.

The official strategy guide for Elden Ring is available for preorder at $49.99/£39.99. You can preorder them from Bandai Namco’s official store and through Amazon.

The first Volume is scheduled to release 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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With four years of Video Game Journalism and Tremendous love for Gaming, Irfan loves chatting and writing everything about video games.

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