Once you hit Elden Ring’s first mandatory boss, take some time to explore. Many of Elden Ring’s best items are found in optional dungeons you’ll only find by heading off on your own, and clearing them will also net you plenty of runes to level up.
Starting off, the Gatefront area is great to farm runes, since it’s packed with enemies and the Site of Grace is nearby. Another option is the Stormhill area just northeast of Gatefront, which has five patrolling Trolls. They can be a challenge for low-level players, but they drop 1,000 runes each.
With the exception of Sekiro, FromSoftware games all allow you to summon other players. Elden Ring relies on summoning even more through the use of summoning pools, so don’t be shy about engaging in some jolly cooperation.