While helpful as backup towards bosses, Elden Ring’s summons will be fairly brainless for essentially the most half. But one significantly artful spirit ash is price ending a brief quest to amass, if solely to see her distinctive interactions with the wildlife of the Lands Between.
Latenna the Albinauric is actually a turret. She not often strikes from the place the place she’s summoned, preferring as a substitute to snipe foes from afar together with her magical bow. When Latenna encounters one among Elden Ring’s massive direwolves, nevertheless, she’ll climb aboard the creature and use it as a mount, mimicking fellow Albinauric archers you encounter in a late-game space.
This provides Latenna entry to a brand new freezing mist assault through the wolf’s maw, to not point out a lot better mobility. That mentioned, since Latenna ranks amongst Elden Ring’s finest spirit ashes largely as a result of you possibly can place her away from the fray, the wolf’s tendency to throw her into hurt’s means generally is a little counterproductive.
Of course, like virtually every thing in Elden Ring, there are some fascinating narrative explanations behind this mechanic.
Latenna is, as her title suggests, an Albinauric, a race described in-game as “made and refined by human palms.” Albinaurics are available in two distinct varieties: pretty normal-looking humanoids with weak or non-functioning legs and cartwheeling fishmen with black, bulging eyes. Latenna belongs to the previous, and once you discover her seaside shack past a cave within the Liurnia area, she’s mourning the demise of Lobo, her wolf ally.
After assembly sure story necessities, Latenna will ask to accompany you on a journey to Miquella’s Haligtree. If you agree, she’ll voluntarily sacrifice herself and grow to be a strong spirit ash.
As proven above, mounted wolves stay hostile if no different enemies are round and might injury each Latenna and the participant with their ice mist spell. Latenna may even unload arrows into the wolf’s head whereas on its again, making for an ungainly, one-sided battle between her and her hijacked mount that finally ends in its demise.
It’s unclear if Latenna’s wolf-riding mechanic is meant or maybe an unintended holdover from a degree throughout Elden Ring growth. That mentioned, I wouldn’t be stunned to be taught FromSoftware left this little Easter egg within the sport on objective as a nod to Latenna’s origins as an Albinauric and her companionship with Lobo.
Elden Ring’s secrets and techniques are huge and diversified. It’s apparent we nonetheless have tons to be taught, however fortunately, there are many people nonetheless digging into this huge sport over a month after its wildly profitable launch.