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Elden Ring: Should I kill all the merchants or not?

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Some Elden Ring players would say there are way too many merchants in the game. Each merchant sells you specific items. That’s why you should mark their exact location on the map.

But many players are wondering if it’s a good idea to kill all the merchants and have all shops in one place. Let’s find out!

Should I kill the merchants in Elden Ring?

You should not kill the merchants in your first Elden Ring playthrough. Killing them will lock you out of their questlines. Certain merchants from Elleh are necessary to continue certain questlines. Some merchants do change their stock of items after a while and killing them prevents you from purchasing the new items.

Other than that, there is no other downside to killing the merchants in Elden Ring. Be sure to complete their questlines before killing them to unlock the quest rewards.

What happens when I kill the merchants in Elden Ring?

When you kill a merchant, they will drop a special Bell Bearing. You can give these items to the Twin Maiden Husks at the Round Table to unlock the inventory of the dead merchants. In this manner, you can have all the shops of the dead merchants in one place. You can then purchase their items from the Twins. Having a one-stop shop at the Round Table is really efficient.

The best approach is to finish all the side quests before killing the merchants.

You can revive dead merchant NPCs

If you regret killing a specific NPC, you can use Celestial Dew and atone at the Church of Vows. This will erase any hostile feeling they may have towards you and bring them back to life. However, keep in mind that not all the dead merchants come back from the dead. While you can resurrect Sellen and Blaidd, you can’t bring Patches back to life.

Do keep this detail in mind when deciding which merchant to kill. Some of them remain dead forever.

How many merchants have you killed so far? Let me know in the comments below.

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