If you only try one of the new weapons in Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree, make it Dryleaf Arts

The armory in Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree is vast, dispensing a multitude of exotic weapons with each journey into the unknown. Gloves that spit daggers, perfume bottles that set enemies on fire, shields designed for murder, and so many massive swords – in my playthrough, however, they all played second fiddle in a fighting style that avoid weapons altogether.

Dryleaf Arts falls into the handgun category, but it's actually a combat technique rather than a new piece of equipment. Once equipped, you are completely unarmed and rely exclusively on your hands and feet. But this technique turns your humble appendages into killing machines.

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After spending most of my time in Elden Ring wielding doomsday spells or massive swords to take down bosses like the Blasphemous Blade and Nagakiba, jumping into crowds of enemies without my arsenal was pretty terrifying. But delivering a flurry of balance-breaking punches before circling around to rip out a monster's heart? It's exhilarating.

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