Merchant Kalé is one of the first NPCs you will encounter in Elden Ring and one that will be crucial in the opening hours of the game, as the first of many nomadic merchants you will encounter. But it seems like FromSoftware intended for Kalé to have a larger role in an earlier version of the game, complete with his very own questline that was cut from the final version of Elden Ring.
Thankfully, YouTuber Sekiro Dubi has done the Golden Order's work, restoring the questline through months of meticulous and painstaking data mining. You can see the entire thing in the video above, but beware, it contains pretty massive endgame spoilers, so you may want to beat the game before delving any further.
As anyone who has ever intentionally attacked Kalé or any of his mercantile kinsfolk will know, there were already some pretty interesting lore implications in the game that pointed to their true allegiance, simply through the combat tactics they would employ. It's really cool to see what could have been, and who knows what mysteries remain hidden deep in Elden Ring's source code...
For more on Elden Ring, check out our review, or our expansive series of guides.
Did you beat Elden Ring? Are you planning on picking it up? Remain maidenless in the comments section below.
[source youtu.be, via eurogamer.net]
Super interesting. His quest line explains the underground area in late game quite a bit. I get there already is a quest that takes you down there, but would have been cool to find out more about his people.
Such a good game, ive nearly finished it now just on the last boss but can't quite beat him, the final form is just annoying me lol. so i have left it for now and started on horizon again, started from beginin as i had only done a bit before i started elden ring, have to say its looking better now with all the updates it received.
@Daleaf Don't worry everyone hates the final boss. I beat the boss solo but I don't understand the thought process behind devs where they think making a boss run away constantly is good boss design. It's quite the spectacle and isn't that hard of a boss but it running away along with the unavoidable slow star that chases you unless you have bloodhound step is just lame as hell.
It did seem like there should have been more to Kale than there was. Still, I regularly went back to see him, for some reason.
I really liked Kalé, he was definitely one of the more interesting NPCs in the game. I have to say though, as somebody very critical of FromSoft games and their non-plot, Elden Ring really stepped things up. The performances by the cast were brilliant. Nabil Elouahabi is one of those guys that has been around on TV for years and he really brought a great enigmaticality to the role. Still think Shaun Dooley was the standout from the cast though, his delivery as Yura after being possessed by Shabriri is probably the most bonkers performance I’ve heard in a game that actually works.
@Nepp67 haha yea i read that a lot of ppl didnt like the final boss, at first i had a few attempts with the 1st form of the boss and beat it and thought that wasnt too bad lol. But yea its just that the 2nd phase just keeps going away and just a bit of a nightmare. Will leave it till weekenx now and give it another shot did try to get some help but no one was available to spawn in, so just used my mimic tear which is pretty good. Ill get there, its not like it feels impossible just annoying lol.
@kyleforrester87 😆 I also liked to visit him regularly.
@Daleaf Yes I found him harder than Malenia. One of the hardest is not even a boss, just optional, is the Draconic Tree Sentinel idiot near Maliketh's mist door.
@Nepp67 I quite liked him, thought he was tough but not much to it. Very ethereal experience.
@TheArt kept checking his inventory for new stock 😂
Is this game worth picking up? I like both bloodborne and Sekiro though found them challenging. I haven’t actually finished Sekiro yet but it’s one of those games I come back to
For a bit every once in a while. I didn’t like the demon souls remake at all though so perhaps someone who knows these games could advise?
@kyleforrester87 😂 Well I just wanted him to know I hadn't forgotten about him even though I'd been to many places.
@TheArt yea i think there are definately harder bosses in the game, this one just seems to be annoying lol. Hopefully get it done over the weekend and can then say ive actually finished a souls game lol.
@Boucho11 it’s definitely worth picking it up. It’s much more accessible than any of the others in the genre, because if you get stuck you can leave and come back later. There’s some tough bosses and areas, but the open world format works really well with it. I know people who refused to ever play a Soulsborne game, but decided to grab this and loved it. I’ve played every Fromsoft Soulsborne game and most knockoffs, this was EASILY my favorite in the genre.
@Boucho11 yes elden ring is well worth picking up, i found it really slow to get into at the start and thought it was bland, after around 10hrs something clicked, i nearly stopped playing it. Im in the same boat as you found bloodborne really hard and never finished it, sekiro really enjoyed up untill one boss i just couldnt pass. Elden ring is more of open world, and loads of hidden areas and secrets, and if you struggle with a boss or area you can go away and level up a bit, i would recommend it, ive put about 150hrs in, on final boss, but i know there is loads more to see.
@Daleaf I think it's easy to finish a Souls game than Monster Hunter. I've beaten ER already, I don't think I wasted too much time on Bloodborne, yet I've been playing Monster Hunter World since 2019, still not beaten it. Partly because I feel From's games keep you hooked than MH.
@Daleaf @odium thanks for the advice and reply both! I’ll pick this up at the weekend.
@TheArt ive never played any of the monster hunter games, i think one of them is on the ps plus collection. I have nearly downloaded it but not sure if i will like it, think next time i havent got much to play might give it a go. I think the problem i had with souls games were i was doing ok then all of a sudden i would hit a brick wall and just be stuck, thats what i liked about eldrn ring you could go to somewhere else and level up.
@Boucho11 my pleasure, I’m glad to help. I hope you enjoy it!
@Daleaf Yep, the freedom to go level up ANYWHERE is what makes Elden Ring special. In the other linear From games, if you're stuck on the first boss, you have a limited area to grind which leads to excessive repetition.
@Nepp67 well i have finally finished the last boss on elden ring 😁😁😁 i did have to summon someone to help but managed to beat it together. Had a quiet morning in work so had it on all morning, honestly i nearly gave up think if i hadnt beaten it in the next few attempts i think i may have quit it. Have started a new game + now so might go for the plat, although i just did start horizon again last week so not too sure.
@Daleaf Yeah I wouldn't blame you for giving up on that final part. It is just really exhausting when they make a second phase of a boss right after you beat it. That's why I don't really enjoy fighting Sister Friede cause she has three health bars to go through god damn it lol. Well if you ever get to Elden Beast again you should probably use Bloodhound's step, makes it a little less irritating running around.
@Nepp67 yea i know bosses should be one phase and done lol. Yea i think i did rwad to get that in the tips for beating it but thought i would just push through. At least now on 2nd run should be easier as im at higher level starting. And will create a save point once ive done the requierments for the alt endings and hopefully fly through it lol.
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