As an open world game, the map in Elden Ring is a key feature. It allows you to mark points of interest, track where you need to go, find NPCs, and fast travel between sites of grace you have rested at.
To open the map on PC, the controls depend on whether you are using a keyboard or a controller. With a controller, it is the touchpad button or select button, and on the keyboard, it is the G key. You’ll also need to find a map fragment for each area, as all you’ll see on the map at first is a grayed-out area.
In this article, we hope to tell PC players how to open the map and what you need to do to fill it out.
How To Open The Map On PC
To open the map on PC, you need to either press G on the keyboard or the touchpad button select on a controller. If you find that this is not working, it could simply be because you are in combat. Likewise, the map will close if an enemy decides to attack you.
Where To Find Map Fragments
You may find very little to see once you’ve mastered opening the map (using G on the keyboard or the Touchpad button or select on the controller). This is because to unlock the full map, you need to find map fragments. They are located in every area of the game marked on your map as a pillar.
The map fragment will be found at the base of a large pillar with glowing writing, these are generally on the major roads through out the lands between. The one in Limgrave (the first region) is in The Gatefront Ruins, which you need to pass by to get to Stormhill. When you pick up your first one, you should get an on screen tips pop explaining how they work.
The locations are generally along main roads such as the one through the swamp in Liurnia, the road from the Grand lift Dectus, and the main road in the Mountaintop of Giants.
Switch Right armament: Right Arrow / Shift + Scroll Up
Switch Left armament: Left Arrow / Shift + Scroll Down
Slowly Walk: Pressing Alt
Movement direction: W, S, A, D
Backstep(pressed quickly), Dodge Roll: Space
Dash: hold space
Crouch / Stand Up: X
Switch Sorcery/Incantation: Up Arrow
Switch Item: Down Arrow
Use Item: R
Event Action (Examine, Open, etc.): E
Open world map screen: G
Open menu screen: Press Esc
Use Pouch item: E + Arrows (you can have up to two types equiped)
If you are playing the game with a controller, the controls are (PS/Xbox):
Dpad left: Switch left-hand armament
Dpad right: Switch right-hand armament
Dpad up : Switch sorcery/incantation
Dpad down : Switch item
Circle/B: Backstep (quickly pressed) / Dodge Roll / Dash
Triangle/Y: action (Examine, Open, etc.)
Hold down Y + LB or LT: Switch between one-handed and two-handed left-hand armaments
Hold down triangle/Y + R1/RB or R2/RT: Switch between one-handed and two-handed right-hand armaments
X/Square: Use item
Left stick: Movement direction
Right stick: Camera Controls / Change Target
L: Crouch / Stand up
R: Reset Camera / Lock-On / Remove Target
LB: Guard(LH Armament)
LT: Hand Weapon Skill
RB: Attack(RH & Two-Handed Armament)
RT: Strong Attack (RH & 2H Armament)
Press and hold: Charge attack
Option: Main menu
Touchpad button /Select: Map
PC Important Tips
Compared to other games, the key bindings are a bit awkward in a boss fight. Thankfully, you are able to remap everything but the main menu and the map in the settings screen, as From Software decided these are defaults.
To change the defaults, go to the system menu and the Sound and Display tab (third icon on the left) and change the “Device for On-Screen Prompts” to “Keyboard and Mouse.” On this screen, you can change the key layout and keyboard commands.
Also, some game elements are easier to deal with using a controller, so if you have one, use it.
The Elden Ring PC controls are not the best, and hopefully this answers questions about how to open the map, as it really is one of the most helpful features in the game. Whether exploring on your own or trying to keep up with a quest, knowing how to open the map is essential.
Dane started off gaming at the tender age of 3 with the first Atari console. His favorite video game genres are turn-based RPGs (can I get a shout out for Tactics Ogre?) and fighting games. Read more...