Elden Ring Survey Results Conducted in Japan Lists Players’ Fave Weapons, Classes, Bosses & More

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If you’re curious what the majority of the players in Japan used as their starting class in Elden Ring, or which one is their favorite boss, look no further! Japanese gaming mag Weekly Famitsu has published the Elden Ring survey results that list down the sampled audience’s age group, how long they played the action-RPG and more.

Elden Ring Survey Results via Weekly Famitsu:

There were 1509 male and 161 female surveyees, while 24 answered “other”.

The age group breakdown is as follows:

  • 17-19: 152
  • 20-24: 187
  • 25-29: 333
  • 30-34: 317
  • 35-39: 296
  • 40-44: 238
  • 45-49: 122
  • Above 50: 55

925 surveyees pre-ordered the game, 327 purchased it on release day, and 444 purchased it after release day.

727 surveyees played the game on the Playstation 4, 595 on the Playstation 5, 312 on the PC, 18 on the Xbox Series X/S, 10 on the Xbox One.

Playtime and levels

The playtime clocked by surveyees are as follows:

  • Under 10 hours: 7
  • Between 10-60 hours: 131
  • Between 60-100 hours: 283
  • Between 100-150 hours: 499
  • Between 150-200 hours: 354
  • Between 200-300 hours: 301
  • Over 300 hours: 112

Surveyees’ levels are as follows:

  • Below 30: 20
  • 30-49: 164
  • 50-89: 138
  • 90-119: 207
  • 120-149: 347
  • 150 and above: 824

Experience with previous From Software games

Surveyees were asked about which From Software games they previously played

  • Demon’s Souls: 699
  • DARK SOULS: 740
  • DARK SOUKS II: 768
  • DARK SOULS III: 1035
  • Bloodborne: 1023
  • SEKIRO: SHADOWS DIE TWICE: 790
  • DARK SOULS REMASTERED: 263

The article also notes that players also mentioned older games such as Armored Core and Kings Field, but does not list the numbers for these other titles.

What do players like about Elden Ring?

Surveyees were asked about what they like about the game, and could choose multiple options.

  1. The story/world: 1410
  2. The field: 1391
  3. Exploration: 1225
  4. Boss combat: 1189
  5. Weapons and armor: 1091
  6. Characters (including NPCs): 995
  7. Dungeon crawling: 992
  8. The size of the map: 956
  9. The graphics: 912
  10. The ashes of war and weapon arts: 884
  11. The music: 841
  12.  The spirit ashes: 797
  13. The combat balance: 786
  14. Sorceries and incantations: 763
  15. Character design: 740
  16. The horse: 711
  17. The leveling system: 682
  18. The controls: 560
  19. Multiplayer: 469
  20. The equipment upgrade system: 458
  21. Item crafting: 150

Surveyees could also comment freely on their favorite aspects of the game, with some being:

  • How players can all come up with their own ways of playing the game (30s/M)
  • The perfect balance for combat, where you can kill even a god when going one-on-one, but can be killed by regular enemies when going up against many (20s/M)
  • A first-time From Software player enjoys the difficulty and the worldbuilding, saying that it is obtuse in a good way (30s/F)
  • The world being revealed to the player bit by bit through flavor text (30s/F)
  • How the gameplay can feel completely different depending on the player’s stats (30s/M)
  • How allowing the game is in letting the player cover for lack of skill with other features (40s/M)

First class chosen

Surveyees were asked what class they chose the first time they played the game.

  1. Vagabond: 427
  2. Samurai: 424
  3. Prisoner: 153
  4. Confessor: 127
  5. Astrologer: 126
  6. Wretch: 108
  7. Hero: 101
  8. Warrior: 92
  9. Bandit: 75
  10. Prophet: 53

Surveyees could also comment freely on why they chose their classes:

  • Vagabond: “Prioritizing balance for the first playthrough” (20s/M); “Wanted a quality build warrior focusing on vigor and endurance for the early game” (20s/M)
  • Samurai: “The references to SEKIRO” (30s); “The design and how it starts with a shield, bow, and dex weapon” (30s/M)
  • Prisoner: “I wanted to play as a magic knight, and the helmet is very unique” (20s/F); “Roleplaying reasons” (20s/M)
  • Confessor: “I loved Bloodborne and liked the idea of a secret hit squad for the church” (20s/M)
  • Astrologer: “I played a pure strength build in the other games and wanted to try something different” (20s/M); “I’m bad at melee and wanted to be able to fight at range” (20s/M)
  • Wretch: “Easier to come up with builds” (40s/M)
  • Hero: “Pure strength” (20s/M)
  • Warrior: “I used a dual sword build in Dark Souls III, and Warrior starts with dual swords” (30s/M); “I always use dex builds” (30s/M)
  • Bandit: “I wanted to try stealth with bows, and thought that having high arcane would open up more options later in the game” (30s/M); “Small shield for parrying and a bleed weapon” (30s/M)
  • Prophet: “With how large the fields is, being able to heal seemed important” (40s/M); “I always Umbasa first in every Souls game” (20s/M)

Most prioritized stats

Surveyees were asked what stats they prioritized in their builds, and could choose multiple options.

  1. Vigor: 1243
  2. Endurance: 710
  3. Dexterity: 678
  4. Strength: 620
  5. Intelligence: 440
  6. Mind: 334
  7. Arcane: 276
  8. Faith: 220

Favorite weapon types

Surveyees were asked about their favorite weapon types (shields included), and could choose multiple options.

  1. Katanas: 841
  2. Greatswords: 641
  3. Medium shields: 504
  4. Staves: 411
  5. Curved swords: 389
  6. Colossal swords: 385
  7. Sacred seals: 333
  8. Bows: 324
  9. Greatshields: 281
  10. Straight swords: 280
  11. Spears: 252
  12. Curved greatswords: 227
  13. Colossal weapons: 224
  14. Daggers: 198
  15. Axes: 191
  16. Thrusting swords: 184
  17. Twinblades: 177
  18. Hammers: 167
  19. Great hammers: 131
  20. Halberds: 128
  21. Heavy thrusting swords: 116
  22. Small shields: 107
  23. Reapers: 100
  24. Crossbows: 100
  25. Great spears: 89
  26. Flails: 84
  27. Great bows: 82
  28. Whips: 81
  29. Torches: 64
  30. Greataxes: 60
  31. Claws: 59
  32. Light bows: 49
  33. Ballistae: 42
  34. Fists: 39
  35. Great Claws: 8

There is no such weapon type as “Great Claw” in the game, and seems to have been added to the survey in error.

Favorite weapon skills/ashes of war

Surveyees were asked what their favorite weapon skills and ashes of war were, and could choose up to five. Only the top fifteen are listed.

  1. Bloodhound Step: 589
  2. Transient Moonlight: 228
  3. Parry: 192
  4. Rivers of Blood: 190
  5. Hoarfrost Stomp: 189
  6. Flame of the Redmanes: 170
  7. Bloody Slash: 120
  8. Sword Dance: 115
  9. Seppuku: 101
  10. Golden parry: 92
  11. Moonlight greatsword: 89
  12. Unsheathe: 88
  13. Giant Hunt: 83
  14. Starcaller Cry: 47
  15. Royal Knight’s Resolve: 37

Favorite sorceries and incantations

Surveyees were asked what their favorite sorceries and incantations were, and could choose up to five. Only the top fifteen are listed.

  1. Comet Azur: 240
  2. Golden Vow: 190
  3. Adula’s Moonblade: 163
  4. Rock Sling: 152
  5. Flame, Cleanse Me: 137
  6. Glintstone Pebble: 134
  7. Loretta’s Greatbow: 116
  8. Flame, Grant Me Strength: 115
  9. Meteorite of Aster: 94
  10. Lightning Spear/Ranni’s Dark Moon: 86(Tie)
  11. Great Glintstone Shard: 83
  12. Rotten Breath/Comet: 81(Tie)
  13. Frenzied Burst: 80
  14. Stars of Ruin: 72
  15. Night Maiden’s Mist: 63

Favorite talismans

Surveyees were asked what their favorite talismans were, and could choose up to five. Only the top fifteen are listed.

  1. Erdtree’s Favor: 457
  2. Shard of Alexander: 305
  3. Great-Jar’s Arsenal: 278
  4. Gold Scarab: 274
  5. Dragoncrest Greatshield Talisman: 216
  6. Graven-Mass Talisman: 174
  7. Carian Filigreed Crest: 144
  8. Radagon’s Soreseal: 140
  9. Radagon Icon: 119
  10. Claw Talisman: 105
  11. Lord of Blood’s Exultation: 103
  12. Green Turtle Talisman: 98
  13. Greatshield talisman: 91
  14. Blessed Dew Talisman: 68
  15. Assassin’s Crimson Dagger: 59

Favorite spirit ashes

Surveyees were asked what their favorite spirit ashes were, and could choose up to five. Only the top fifteen are listed.

    1. Mimic Tear Ashes: 721
    2. Black Knife Tiche: 586
    3. Spirit Jellyfish Ashes: 308
    4. Latenna the Albinauric: 164
    5. Lone Wolf Ashes: 137
    6. Greatshield Soldier Ashes: 128
    7. Skeletal Militamen Ashes: 124
    8. Lhutel the Headless: 106
    9. Banished Knight Oleg Ashes: 99
    10. Redmane Knight Ogha: 68
    11. Nightmaiden & Swordstress Puppets: 67
    12. Rotten Stray Ashes: 64
    13. Ancient Dragon Knight Kristoff Ashes: 44
    14. Marionette Soldier Ashes: 33
    15. Soldjars of Fortune Ashes: 29

NPCs that left the strongest impressions

Surveyees were asked which NPCs left the strongest impressions on them, and could choose up to five. Only the top fifteen are listed.

  1. Ranni the Witch: 918
  2. Iron Fist Alexander: 579
  3. Blaidd: 335
  4. Millicent: 266
  5. Melina: 260
  6. Patches: 242
  7. Sorceress Sellen: 204
  8. Rya: 164
  9. Blackguard Big Boggart: 95
  10. Smithing Master Hewg: 94
  11. Hyetta: 86
  12. White Mask Varre: 82
  13. War Counselor Iji: 78
  14. Diallos: 59
  15. Enia: 53

Enemies that left the strongest impressions

Surveyees were asked which enemies left the strongest impressions on them, and could choose up to five. Only the top fifteen are listed.

  1. Starscourge Radahn: 687
  2. Malenia, Blade of Miquella: 658
  3. Margit, the Full Omen: 443
  4. Tree Sentinel: 216
  5. Maliketh, the Black Blade: 206
  6. Elden Beast: 188
  7. Godrick the Grafted: 176
  8. Crucible Knight: 158
  9. Radagon of the Golden Order: 149
  10. Hoarah Loux, Warrior: 137
  11. Mohg, Lord of Blood: 110
  12. Rennala, Queen of the Full Moon: 101
  13. Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy: 68
  14. Godfrey, First Elden Lord: 66
  15. Fire Giant: 57

Areas that left the strongest impressions

Surveyees were asked which areas left the strongest impressions on them, and could choose up to five. Only the top fifteen are listed.

  1. Caelid: 456
  2. Limgrave: 409
  3. Leyndell, Royal Capital: 375
  4. Nokron, Eternal City: 200
  5. Stormveil Castle: 172
  6. Altus Plateau: 153
  7. Lake of Rot: 139
  8. Academy of Raya Lucaria: 106
  9. Mohgwyn Palace: 76
  10. Subterranean Shunning-Grounds: 73
  11. Liurnia of the Lakes: 72
  12. Miquella’s Haligtree: 70
  13. Siofra River: 67
  14. Volcano Manor: 58
  15. Mountaintops of the Giants: 52

Favorite online features

Surveyees were asked what their favorite online features are, and could choose multiple answers.

  1. Messages: 1015
  2. Cooperative multiplayer: 746
  3. Bloodstains: 547
  4. Illusions: 502
  5. Intrusion multiplayer: 293
  6. Hostile multiplayer: 169

The surveyed people also gave comments on some of their thoughts such as some wanted a prequel and a sequel game, others wanted a DLC or larger update, how the multiplayer servers are unstable and more.

Soure: Frontline Gaming Japan

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