FIXED: A Connection Error Occurred Elden Ring

Elden Ring's "A Connection Error Occurred" disrupts online play; Potential Fixes Include Port Forwarding, DNS Modification, Using Co-op Mods, VPNs and more.

Players in Elden Ring are dealing with a bothersome “A Connection Error Occurred” prompt. It disrupts online play, whether joining others for co-op sessions or PvP. This issue appears when connecting for activities like helping in boss fights or engaging in PvP battles. It affects both inviting others and joining their sessions, pushing players to offline play. Reports suggest it’s a widespread problem among Elden Ring players.

Before we get into the more detailed steps, try these quick and easy fixes first:

Key Highlights

Here is how to fix the Elden Ring Connection Error:

  1. Port Forwarding.
  2. Use Co-op Mod.
  3. Ensure Open NAT Type.
  4. Multiplayer Password.
  5. Change Character Build.

Forward the Relevant Ports for Better Connectivity

One of the first potential fixes that also seemed to be popular among other players for the “Connection error returning to your world” issue in Elden Ring revolves around forwarding some of your internet router’s ports.

The following steps are going to explain how to get this done exactly. 

  1. Search for “Windows Defender Firewall” in the Windows Start menu > open the application.
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Opening Windows Defender Firewall (Image by eXputer)

2. Click “Advanced settings” in the sidebar.
3. In the “Windows Defender Firewall with Advanced Security” window, choose “Outbound Rules” from the left sidebar and click “New Rule…” on the right. 

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Setting a New Outbound Rule for Ports (Image by eXputer)

4. Start with “Port” > click “Next.”

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Choosing the Port Option (Image by eXputer)

5. Select the specific port protocol for the outbound rule. Choose the ports you need to forward and specify them in this section on your Windows PC.

  • UDP: 27015, 27031, 27032, 27033, 27034, 27035, 27036.
  • TCP: 27015, 27036.
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Specifying the Exact Port to Forward (Image by eXputer)

6. Simply click on the toggle beside “Allow the connection” and then select “Next” in this step to move forward.  

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Allowing the Connection for the Port (Image by eXputer)

7. Apply the rule to all three profile types to complete the next step. Click on “Next” when you’ve checked all boxes. 

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Setting the Right Profile Type (Image by eXputer)

8. In the final step, simply set a name for the outbound rule, add a description if you want, and finalize the whole measure by clicking “Finish.”  

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Setting a New Outbound Rule for a Specific Port (Image by eXputer)

Specify outbound rules for Elden Ring’s multiplayer by repeating the process for both TCP and UDP ports. Remember to forward your ports initially for optimal results.

Try a Different Internet Connection 

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Better Network Connection (Image by eXputer)

Despite people having a gigabit internet connection set up in their area of dwelling, it’s worth a shot to try an alternative internet connection to see if it would work. That’s because you never know what type of ports are currently blocked or prevented on your internet router.

The possibilities can span from many factors, so you’re better off confirming whether your specific internet router is causing the “A Connection Error Occurred,” or it is entirely something else. After going to said method, confirm if the problem has been resolved. 

Using A Co-op Mod

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Elden Ring co-op Mod (Image by eXputer)

In Elden Ring, the persistent “A Connection Error Occurred” problem primarily arises due to the interplay between EAC (Easy Anti-Cheat) and the networking code developed by FromSoftware.

This issue disrupts the game’s multiplayer functionalities, creating hurdles in connecting to matchmaking servers. However, a specific mod has surfaced as a remedy for me and many other players, effectively bypassing these connection errors and significantly enhancing the multiplayer experience by resolving communication issues with the game’s servers.

Make Sure Your NAT Type is Open

If you’re not on PC and are playing on any of the PlayStation or Xbox consoles then to optimize your Elden Ring multiplayer experience on consoles, prioritize adjusting your NAT-type settings. Access the “Network” settings on your console, verify an Open NAT type for smoother online gameplay, and mitigate issues associated with Moderate or Strict NAT types, which can cause multiplayer problems in Elden Ring.

Use a Multiplayer Password

If you aren’t doing this already, we highly recommend using a multiplayer password to alleviate the connection errors in the Elden Ring. This is one of the many ingrained game mechanics of Elden Ring that promotes cooperative play and allows you to easily find your friend(s) to connect with in the bustling world of the Lands Between.  

  1. To set a multiplayer password > access the in-game menu of the game > select the “Multiplayer” option. Doing that will get you to another menu.
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    Selecting the “Multiplayer” Option (Image captured by eXputer)
  2. Once done > you will be able to access the “Multiplayer Password” section by pressing either the “Y” or the “Triangle” button on your respective console.
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    Accessing the Multiplayer Password Area (Image captured by eXputer)

You can now set a multiplayer password for your session in Elden Ring. Choose something easy and simple so your friends can use it on their end painlessly.

Setting a Multiplayer Password
Setting a Multiplayer Password (Image captured by eXputer)

After setting the multiplayer password, send it to your friends so they can join you more effectively. Doing this will help you incline your multiplayer connection to select players.

Use a Different Character 

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Elden Ring Character (Image by eXputer)

Players facing online connection problems in Elden Ring might find relief by utilizing the game’s Respec feature. This function becomes available after defeating Rennala, Queen of the Full Moon, enabling a complete reset of character statistics. This workaround aims to address the connection error problems related to character builds in your friend’s world.

Ending Thoughts

The Elden Ring “A Connection Error Occurred” issue is widespread and hampers co-op and PvP gameplay. Fixing it isn’t straightforward and requires some decent technical skills. Discussions on Twitter and forums (Steam and Reddit) reveal player frustrations with connection errors and multiplayer issues.

Trying various methods, like port forwarding and DNS modifications, yielded mixed results for me. Official acknowledgments in patch notes confirm they have fixed the issue however the issue is still persistent to this day. In summary, it’s a pervasive global problem needing a definitive resolution.

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Elden RIng Patch Notes (Image by eXputer)

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Haider Khan is our error guides writer who loves to tinker around with operating systems and game files to find practical solutions to video game issues. He then crafts easy-to-follow error fix guides based on his findings. He’s also a Battlefield veteran who likes to rack up some Ws in his spare time. Learn some more about his gaming journey on his Steam profile. Experience: 3+ Years || Education: Bachelor's in Journalism || Successfully Troubleshot Over 200 Games || Mainly Covers Error Fix & Game Settings 

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