Elden Ring players are having to explain their obsession with dogs to newbies

An Elden Ring creature and a dog.

An Elden Ring creature and a dog.

When they’re not trying to complete seemingly impossible runs through the game, raging at their own mimic tears or having their heads explode, Elden Ring players can be a pretty lighthearted bunch.

After all, when you spend lots of time being mercilessly slaughtered by bosses you’re randomly trying to beat with a drawing pad or while only using one hand, a good sense of humour goes a long way.

Sometimes this manifests in the guise of a discussion about which enemies you could beat up in real life, a controversial hat tier list, or even a Thomas the Tank Engine-themed mod, but currently, it’s taking the form of a discussion centred around on of the game’s fan base’s most amusing quirks.

What's my name? Elden Doggy, Dogg (the roped fire pot)

This important discourse is the subject of a thread on the subreddit r/eldenring, which began with a post from user Darkstardust98, who posted a meme of a player holding up a tortoise and declaring it to be a dog and asked: “Can anybody explain (to) me why every animal in Elden Ring is a ‘dog’?”

Their fellow tarnished were quick to offer a range of justifications for the practice, with user BatchThompson simply declaring: “Anything with (three or more) legs is (a) dog, because sometimes you get a dog with three legs, but it's still (a) dog.”

Similarly, user Nemesis2pt0 decided to get out their dictionary in order to defend the habit, saying: “The city defines a dog as any living entity with four legs and a tail. So raccoons, bears, mountain lions, mice, these are all just different sizes of dog.”

Mercifully, several users did break character and provide Darkstardust98 with the information they sought, with EldaVeikko revealing: “(It’s) because ‘tortoise’ isn’t a vocabulary option for multiplayer messages.”

User waffling_with_syrup was also on hand to tell the full story of why this limitation led to ‘dog’ becoming the go-to word, recalling: “One of the first things you see (in the game) is the tortoises by the cave north of the starting chapel. Somebody left ‘Behold, dog!’ (as a message) and the rest is history.”

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