Elden Ring dataminer reveals that the game might have had a ranking system at one point in development

The recent Elden Ring data reveals a lot about the game’s development and a lot of the content that FromSoftware chose to remove in the RPG’s final version.

A recent piece of data revealed that the title may have had a rating system at one point in its development phase. This system seems very similar to the Covenant in Dark Souls, with players being assigned ranks based on their achievements.

#ELDENRING Fun fact about datamine: There are a number of unused text pop-ups related to various online interactions (invasion, barn, etc.). Maybe there’s some sort of rating system in the works?

Soulsborne dataminer StrayKurtis recently shared screenshots of some of the datamined content they found in the Elden Ring files. It displays a series of messages that were once set to display when an invader is defeated. Messages read:

  • Advanced Bloody Finger Ranking
  • Advanced Hunter Rank
  • User ratings improved
  • Advanced Duelist Ranking
  • Advanced Hairy Finger Rating

Chances are these messages were once introduced as some kind of faction system in the game, however, the developers removed it from the final version of Elden Ring.

Elden Ring may have a faction system like Dark Souls


Dark Souls has player factions, called Covenants, built into the game. It allows players to invest in a lot of the PvP and PvE features the game has to offer.

With Darkwraith Covenant focusing on the invading player, Darkmoon is all about assisting the invaded. Each Covenant has a ranking bonus, and the higher the number of players achieving a rank, the higher the rewards received in the titles.

Similarly, it seems that at one point during the development of the title, FromSoftware may have also thought of introducing a covenant system for RPGs.

Many in the community feel that the word “Hunter” in the data files may be a reference to the blue and white Cipher rings that allow players to help those who are invaded, as was the case with NPC Yura.

On the other hand, “Duelist” can follow the “Feather Finger of Duelist” for consensus PvP.


In the official version of Elden Ring, Tarcked can earn a lot of PvP related items from Recusants of Volcano Manor and Bloody Fingers of the Moghwyn Dynasty.

Thus, while there are no factions in the game at the moment, many feel that FromSoftware might introduce it in a future update or DLC. However, if they send it in, they can remove some of the faction ties that Dark Souls have, as in the case of Gravelord Servants, the covenant becomes inaccessible after the player defeats Nito in game.

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Emma Bowman

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