Elden Ring Connection Error When Summoned [SOLVED]

Despite garnering universal acclaim and the best launch in the history of Soulsborne games, FromSoftware’s latest release is suffering from its fair share of issues. Errors such as Network Status Failed are impeding players from enjoying the multiplayer experience, and there’s one more problem measuring up to do the same thing. The Elden Ring connection error when summoned is purely agonizing, preventing players from joining or inviting fellow Tarnished warriors to their world.

Key Highlights
  • Elden Ring gives the “Unable to summon cooperator” error message while trying to summon someone. 
  • If you get summoned, the game sends you back to your home world with the “A connection error occurred” message.
  • There are 3 root causes for this. Either the summon sign has been used, your internet is not working properly, or the game’s servers are under heavy stress.

  • The first one is the classic; simply restart your console or PC. It has worked for quite a few people before.
  • The second one is contacting your ISP (Internet Service Provider). If your ping is higher than 100 ms, this error will definitely plague your gameplay.
  • Alternatively, you can connect to a VPN if you are on a PC. A better route to the game’s servers will alleviate all ping issues.
  • A Reddit user has found out that disabling “Voice Chat” from the “Network” settings fixes this error. It worked out for some people so it is worth a try.
  • A Youtuber known as Edarok discovered that using the “Furlcalling Finger Remedy” twice fixes this error, as it resets the summoning system. It is the best fix as a similar method was used to alleviate connectivity issues in Bloodborne.

What is the Elden Ring Connection Error When Summoned?

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Unable to Summon Cooperator Error

The Elden Ring connection error when summoned also appears in the form of “Unable to summon cooperator.” Unfortunately, this whole debacle is one of the growing pains of the title’s fresh release and will probably be hammered out in the coming few weeks. 

The problem in question surfaces when a random player tries to invite you to their game, essentially “summoning” you, as the game likes to coin it. This is usually when the player is trying to fight a boss and facing substantial difficulty. Upon sending you a formal invitation to their world, if you agree to join, you’ll soon see a strip saying “Connection Error” which will thereby impede you from the core Elden Ring multiplayer experience.

On the other hand, we have an issue of a similar nature. It’s when you try to summon a player using a Tarnished’s Furlcalling Remedy to bring you aid in difficult moments. After a brief pause, you see the “Unable to summon cooperator” error message popping up on the screen, leading you nowhere potentially.

Multiplayer issues are on the rise for Elden Ring at present. Some players cannot even get past the log-in screen, whereas others are experiencing in-game problems such as the one at hand. For the next section, let’s take a brief look at why does the Elden Ring connection error occurs

Why Does This Error Occur? 

The Elden Ring connection error when summoned issue can manifest due to a wide variety of different reasons, but we’ve managed to pinpoint three major ones. Let’s take a quick look at these below: 

  • The summon sign has already been used. 
  • Your internet connection isn’t working right.
  • The multiplayer servers are unstable at the moment. 

To talk about the first one, the game world of Elden Ring comprises different kinds of summoning signs that collectively come together and enable cooperative play. The first major multiplayer item in the game is Furlcalling Finger Remedy. This is something that allows you to visualize summoning signs. Without it, you won’t be able to experience two of the most important aspects of this RPG’s online play: cooperating with others or having players cooperate with you and partaking in invasions or letting random players try fighting you to death.

Having the aforementioned item is the primary prerequisite to using all these multiplayer features. After acquiring it, you’ll then need to get the Tarnished’s Furled Finger as well. The latter makes it possible for you to leave summoning signs all over Lands Between. These will then be used by other players to summon you and get help defeating bosses. Gold-colored signs represent cooperation, whereas Red-colored signs hint at invasions. 

Now, it bears noting that the first reason this issue occurs is simply because of a delay in joining another player’s session. Let us clear this scenario with the help of an example. Consider, for a moment, that you’re interacting with a Martyr Effigy—sculptures that let you see summoning signs. Upon agreeing to join another player’s world, the game returns you with a message saying, “Connection Error.” 

This can be due to another player, just like you, joining the session through this summoning sign just a few seconds before you. Unless you restart the game, you’ll still see this already utilized summoning sign for somewhere around 45 seconds to 2 minutes before it disappears. As for the second reason, this occurrence is simply because of a loose internet connection that’s making it impossible for you to connect to the other player.

Lastly, we have Elden Ring’s multiplayer servers yet to blame. It’s a good idea to keep pace with the official Twitter handle of the title for the most up-to-date information that can possibly concern you. For instance, their latest tweet, which was about 6 hours from now, says that the Network Status Check Failed issue has been resolved. In addition to updates such as these, the developers also pull multiplayer servers for standard maintenance from time to time. 

Now, the exact time that this may happen varies for players in different time zones. If you’re consistently getting the Elden Ring connection error when summoned, no matter what fix you employ, it might be a good idea to take a look at the game’s Twitter account for helpful information. For now, let’s get into the major potential solutions that many people have tried and managed to fix their game.  

How To Fix Elden Ring Connection Error When Summoned

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Elden Ring Summon sign online issues

Please note that the following fixes are no guarantee that you’ll be able to negate the connection error after implementing them. Still, they’re definitely worth a shot, especially the last one. 

Restart the Game

We’d suggest you the oldest trick in the book: A simple reboot of the game and nothing more. It doesn’t matter if you’re playing on a console or PC—a restart can help you reset Elden Ring’s multiplayer servers and give them a fresh restart. Hundreds of thousands of players are concurrently playing this action-packed title, so it’s no surprise that the online slots are rapidly getting populated with huge numbers. 

Therefore, quit the game and launch it back again to see if you’re able to join summons now. With some stroke of luck, you’ll be able to get into other players’ sessions after restarting Elden Ring. If that doesn’t help you solve the issue, carry on to the next potential fix. 

Check Your Internet Connection

If you’re frequently facing the Elden Ring connection error when summoned, you might need to get in touch with your internet connection provider. Take a quick look at the results you get after running a speed test on this website. If your ping is higher than 100 milliseconds, and both your download and upload speed aren’t up to the mark either, consider fixing your internet speed first. 

If you’re on Xbox, a few amount of open internet ports of your connection might be leading you to a “Strict” NAT. This will limit your connectivity options and only let you join worlds of players who have an “Open” NAT. Here’s a troubleshooting page on the support channel of Xbox’s official website for more information.

Continue reading to the final potential fix we have on this list if your internet connection isn’t a problem to concern yourself with. 

Allow “Voice Chat” In-Game

One Redditor going by the name of InnerAd has somehow managed to fix the Elden Ring connection error in an utterly unique way. What you have to do here is head over to the “Settings” section of the game and navigate to the “Network” tab. This is where you’ll find “Voice Chat.” Please note that you have to access this area while you’re inside the game and connected online. Otherwise, you won’t see the Voice Chat option. 

Disable the feature and try joining another player from the next summon sign that you see in the game world. Again, this has only seemed to work for some players, and we cannot testify that it’ll work for you. Give it a go and let us know down in the comments section if it worked for you too or not.  

Reset the Summoning System With the Furlcalling Finger Remedy

A YouTuber going by the username of Edarok has managed to find a temporary fix to the “Unable to summon cooperator” issue in Elden Ring. The methodology implied is quite simple. In the area where you’re consistently being faced with this error prompt, you simply have to consume the Furlcalling Finger Remedy twice. 

Doing it once should turn off the gold-colored summoning signs, so you won’t be able to see them, but using the key item one more item will get the signs to become visible again. As soon as that happens, try to summon the cooperator. 

If you still get the same error, “Unable to summon cooperator,” keep repeating the process. Use the Furlcalling Finger Remedy two times to practically reset the summoning system. Once done, go up to the sign and attempt to invite your aide. 

This measure has come into effect for multiple users, so we’re truly hoping you’ll benefit from it too. Keep trying until you get the desired results. 


Elden Ring is doing so good, and it’s suffering from its own success. As petty as that sounds, it’s actually true, and you can find the proof glaring in the multiplayer portion of this well-established title. We encourage fellow gamers to wait a little bit more until FromSoftware can fix all the major hiccups currently affecting their experience.

In the past couple of days, we have seen tons of problems that have been acknowledged and fixed, so it’s only a matter of time until the rest of the issues are addressed. There’s tons of stuff to do offline, though, should you choose to venture the Lands Between alone. For example, you can go hunting for all the keepsakes in the game world or dig out the location of the blacksmith instead. 

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