The Eternal City of Nokron is one of the most prominent underground areas in Elden Ring, with easily one of the most jaw-dropping entrances. It houses some incredible boss fights and precious items while also providing a vista like no other. It’s also rich in lore and provides a gateway to one of the game’s major endings.
Aligning the stars
The first step to getting to the Nokron is aligning the stars. Later, you’ll also need to face off against General Radahn, one of the demigods in Elden Ring, without whom you cannot enter Nokron. To align the stars, all you have to do is get to the Altus Plateau on the northern part of the Lands Between.
There are two main ways to reach the Plateau:
- The Grand Lift of Dectus
- Ruin-Strewn Precipice
The Grand Lift Of Dectus Route
- Obtain the Dectus’ medallion by securing its left and right halves.
- To find the left half, head to Fort Haight on the western edge of Limgrave. Enter through the gate behind the Pumpkin Head at the front.
- Navigate through the fort, avoiding enemies and climbing stairs to reach your objective.
- Confront a Godrick Knight atop the fort for a unique Ash of War and progress Kenneth Haight’s side-quest.
- Inside the tower, climb a ladder to find the first half of the medallion in a chest.
- The item description hints at the right half’s location – Fort Faroth, your next destination.
- Fort Faroth is in Caelid, or more specifically, Dragonbarrow, which is found northeast of Caelid.
- Reach the Dragonbarrow Fork Site of Grace at the area’s beginning and follow the trail.
- Reach the Massive Elder Dragon Greyoll, and behind it lies Fort Faroth.
- This fortress follows somewhat of a similar layout to Fort Haight.
- Inside the fort, you’ll find the chest atop containing the right half of the Medallion.
Accessing The Lift Via The Medallions
Once the Dectus’ Medallion set is complete, you’ll now need to reach the Grand Lift of Dectus itself, which lies on the Northernmost side of Liurnia. The best way to reach it is by taking the Bellum Highway route through Raya Lucaria’s entrance gate outside the Academy.
Once you reach the Grand Lift and have both halves of the Medallion, you’ll get a prompt to hold up the Medallion in front of the lift. Doing so will trigger a brief cutscene, and with that, you’ll reach the Altus Plateau and align the stars.
Ruin-Strewn Precipice Route
To reach the Ruin-Strewn Precipice, you’ll need to go to the Miner’s Cave, which lies on the Northwestern side of Liurnia. The best way to reach the cave is by following the Liurnia River branch that takes you northwest.
There may be some challenging enemies inside the cave if you’re under-leveled, but you can always run past them. Keep progressing, and you’ll see an exit, which also leads to the Ruin-Strewn Precipice. Avoid the annoying bats in the area and climb the ladders guiding you to the top of the Precipice and a Site of Grace.
Right in front of the Grace is the Magma Wyrm Makar boss fight encounter. Makar isn’t too difficult due to his weak mobility, so stick to his sides and attack him from there, but watch out for his magma attacks! After defeating him, progress forth and take the elevator in front to ascend to the Altus Plateau.
Reaching General Radahn
Now that you’ve aligned the stars, General Radahn is ready for battle. In Caelid, to the east, there’s a huge bridge that leads to the area’s legacy dungeon, Redmane Castle. You can use the teleporter outside the castle near the bridge, which takes you inside directly.
- It’s important to note that the teleporter would not be activated if you came to Redmane Castle before aligning the stars.
- Instead, there would’ve been a duo boss fight in the castle – the Lionel Misbegotten Warrior & Crucible Knight.
- Once you align the stars and defeat Radahn, you can still fight these bosses.
Entering The Eternal City
After beating General Radahn, You’ll be met with a cutscene right after Radahn’s defeat, showing a meteor shower right above you, with a large meteorite crashing down in the Lands Between, specifically near Fort Haight in Limgrave. This crash site will create a crater in Limgrave’s southeast and ultimately lead you to Nokron, the Eternal City.
Go to Fort Haight’s Site of Grace and follow the nearby smoke leading to the meteor’s crash site. Now, begin your descent down the hole created by it and use the broken land masses as platforms to jump off the ledges onto other platforms within reach. Keep descending, and you’ll eventually see an arch that’ll get you to the City.
That wraps up our guide on getting to Nokron, The Eternal City, after reaching Altus and beating Radahn, along with its importance in Elden Ring. Although it is an optional arena, Nokron is rich in items, lore, bosses, and overall world design. And for someone looking to experience something unique and exciting, Nokron is a city you should definitely visit in the game.
You can learn more of Elden Ring’s secrets by checking out our guide on the unreleased Age of Absolute Ending. If you instead want to focus more on gameplay and progression, consider reading our guides on other powerful gear like The Rivers of Blood and Moonveil Katana.
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