Elden Ring: Academy Glintstone Key Location & Quest

Below are the steps that you can follow to get the Glinstone key and complete the questline.

The Academy Glintstone key is one of the most important items in the Elden Ring. This key can be used to open the two sealed gates of the Academy and access the items inside. You will need the key to access the Academy and open its two sealed gates. 

Key Takeaways
  • Glintstone Key is crucial in Elden Ring for accessing the Academy of Raya Lucaria and completing Thops’ questline.
  • Obtain the first key in the temple quarter on the western side of the Academy.
  • Head to the northwestern outskirts to find a site of grace to locate the first key.
  • For the second key, visit the Church of Irith and meet sorcerer Thops.
  • Proceed to the Academy, enter the debate parlor, and fight the Red Wolf of Radagon.
  • Inside, go through the window, locate a corpse on a chandelier, and retrieve the second Glintstone key.
  • Complete Thops’ questline to obtain the Glintstone staff, a bell bearing, and the Thops barrier spells.

Glintstone Key Location

You will be able to obtain two of these keys in Elden Ring, one near the Liurnia Of The Lakes and one near the Raya Lucaria Academy itself. 

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Glintstone Key [Image Credit Copyright: eXputer]
You will be required to collect both of them as they are a part of the Thops questline in Elden Ring as well. 

Head Towards Raya Lucaria 

In order to obtain the first glintstone Academy key, you will be required to head toward the western side of the Raya Lucaria Academy.

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Key Location [Image Credit Copyright: eXputer]
This key will be located near the temple quarter in Elden Ring, and you can access this location easily by following the map. 

  1. In the temple quarter, head straight towards the ruins in the northwestern part of the map.
  2. Locate a site of grace there; resting allows you to reset nearby enemies.
  3. Leave the site of grace, head north towards floating scarabs, and find a sleeping dragon named Glintstone Dragon Smarag.
  4. You don’t have to fight the dragon; instead, sneak past it to find a dead sorcerer’s corpse holding the Elden Ring Glintstone Key.
  5. After obtaining the key, return to the Southern Raya Lucaria academy gate.

After that, you will be able to use the Glintstone key on the gate to open and access the Academy of Raya Lucaria. It didn’t take me much time to get the key so without wasting you time get it an proceed further.

Thops Quest Line 

As you are making your way to the academy, I would recommend you proceed further in the Thops questline in Elden ring, too. This way, you will obtain the Glintstone staff.

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Flighting Smarag [Image Credit Copyright: eXputer]
When you successfully reach Liurnia and defeat the boss, you must look for the Church of Irith. 

Follow these steps to do the quest:

  1. Access the church using the map and locate the sorcerer named Thops.
  2. Thops requires an Elden Ring Glintstone Key for his quest line.
  3. Obtain a second Glintstone key in the Academy of Raya Lucaria after using the first key to open the academy door.
  4. Progress with the main quest, including defeating the Red Wolf of Radagon, leading to a nearby site of grace.
  5. Rest at the site of grace and head into the large courtyard in the northern direction.
  6. Proceed outside, make a sharp left, and climb the staircase.
  7. Reach a ledge, fight enemies, then move forward until you find a path on the right side of the tower.

Completing The Quest

Jumped across the rooftops and made a way toward the Church of Cuckoo. When you reach the rooftop of the Church of Cuckoo, you need to open a window and go inside. 

  1. There will be a series of chandeliers here, and one will have a corpse on it. 
  2. When you loot the corpse, you can obtain the second Academy Glintstone key. 
  3. Give Thops the Glintstone key.
  4. ow, go to the schoolhouse classroom site of Lost Grace and go outside to interact with Thops. 
  5. While Thops is dead, you will be able to loot his body to get a Glintstone staff, a Thops barrier spell, and a bell bearing.

In my opinion completing the quest is worth it as you will be getting the epic staff.

My Bonus Tips

With this, I conclude my detailed guide on how to get the Glintstone Academy key in Elden Ring and use it to open the Academy gate as well as to complete the Thops quest line. 

While you’re at it, don’t forget to check out the guide on Elden Ring boss order, where all major and optional boss battles are mentioned in detail. 

Don’t forget to check out the guide on the best faith-scaling weapons and lux ruins locations in Elden Ring. We have also formulated our detailed guide on the stargazer ruins and how to get the tonic of forgetfulness in the Elden Ring. You can also check out the guide on the purified ruins and some of the best swords to use in combat. 


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