Elden Ring Moonlight Greatsword Location [Walkthrough]

Reaching the location of Moonlight Greatsword in Elden Ring is a tedious task. Here is a step by step guide to how to obtain it.

The Moonlight Greatsword makes a great return in Elden Ring after getting massive popularity in other soul games. It’s also known as the Dark Moon Greatsword, and it is one of the most iconic greatswords you can obtain in the Elden Ring. Moreover, this greatsword is considered one of the best greatswords because of its sheer raw power and unique magic weapon art.

Key Takeaways
  • To get the Dark Moon Greatsword, you need to complete the quest of Ranni the Witch, which also unlocks a special ending for the game.
  • The location of the Dark Moon Greatsword is the Moonlight Altar, but to get there, the player must explore Nokron and Nokstella.
  • The players must defeat Baleful Shadow before the Lake of Rot, get the Dark Moon Ring, and defeat Astel to go to the Moonlight Altar to get the Moonlight Greatsword.
  • The stats requirements for the Darkmoon Greatsword include Strength: 16, Dexterity: 11, and Intelligence: 38.

How To Get Moonlight Greatsword 

To get the Moonlight Greatsword, you would be required to complete a questline by an NPC Ranni.

You will be serving under the witch Ranni, and you will be expected to beat a few bosses and go through tough challenges. Below is the step-by-step guide on how to obtain the Moonlight Greatsword in Elden Ring.

Meeting Ranni

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Ranni in her Tower
  1. Defeat the Royal Knight Loretta miniboss in Caria Manor, located in the northern part of Liurnia of the Lakes. This unlocks a path to Ranni’s Rise tower.
  2. Traverse the Three Sisters area, guarded by Glinstone Dragon Adula. You can choose to avoid or confront the enemy.
  3. Reach Ranni’s Rise tower, where three towers stand. Ranni’s chamber is in the middle tower.
  4. Ascend to the top of the tower to meet Ranni in her chambers. Accept her offer to serve her.
  5. Ranni will then task you with finding the hidden treasure of Nokron, the eternal city.

Gathering Information About Nokron

In order to obtain the Elden Ring Moonlight Greatsword, you must talk to her other servants to learn more about Nokron . So first, you will be asked to talk to Blaidd.

Speak to Blaidd

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Blaidd’s location
  1. To meet with Blaidd, you must head to Siofra River.
  2. You can reach there by using the elevator at the Siofra River well.
  3. After exploring it for a while, you will find Blaidd in this area.

You will find him near the Hallowhorn grounds. He will let the player know that he does not know about Nokron himself, and the player will be asked to talk to Ranni’s other servant, Seluvis.  

Speak to Seluvis

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Seluvis’s location

You can find Seluvis in the Southernmost tower in the three sisters’ area. He will make small talk with the player, and you will be asked to talk to a sorceress named Sellen in Limgrave.

Speak to Sellen

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Sellen’s location

You can find Sellen just below the waypoint ruins in Limgrave. She is located in the waypoint ruins cellar, and you must defeat a miniboss named Mad Pumpkin Head before you talk to Sellen.

Sellen will tell the player about General Radahn, and to get the Moonlight Greatsword, you must have access to the City of Nokron for which defeating Radahn is necessary. If this boss is too much of a challenge, I would consider doing a Co-Op in Elden Ring to defeat Radahn quickly. 

Defeating Radahn

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Starscourge Radahn

I would suggest preparing thoroughly before facing Radahn, one of Elden Ring’s toughest bosses. Conquering this formidable foe is a prerequisite to unlocking the location of the Moonlight Greatsword.

  1. Find Radahn in Redmane Castle, located in the bottom right corner of the map in the Caelid area.
  2. Navigate through the castle, encountering a few enemies along the way until you reach the boss.
  3. Upon defeating Radahn, a comet will descend on Limgrave, granting you access to Nokron.

Getting Into Nokron

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Spiraling rocks showing the location of Nokron

Here’s the optimal path I would recommend following to get to Nokron:

  1. You will see a spiral of floating rocks in Limgrave, and these rocks will act as a cue for you to head towards the spiraling rocks.
  2. Keep going towards it, head down into the opening in the ground.
  3. Keep progressing through the area; you will find a small room near the end; in that room, a chest is located.
  4. Open it up, and you will find the Fingerslayer Blade, which Ranni requested.

Getting Cursemark Of Death

  1. Once you have delivered the requested item, Ranni will give you an Inverted Carian Statue that you must bring to the Carian Hall.
  2. The Carian Hall is located in the eastern part of the Liurnia of the Lakes.
  3. In the Study Hall, activate the mechanism with the help of the statue, and the gravity in the room will invert.

You can now reach the Divine tower and obtain the Cursemark of death. Head down to Ranni’s tower, but you will find it abandoned.

Learning About Baleful Shadow

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Ranni’s mini-doll speaking.
  1. Head to Renna’s Rise in the Three Sisters area.
  2. You will find a portal that you can use to teleport to Ainsel River Main, a secret area in the game.
  3. You need to collect a miniature Ranni’s doll that you can find on Ainsel River Main near the area you are teleported to; look for it near a coffin.
  4. Next, you must rest at any site of grace, though you prefer one nearby.
  5. At the site of grace, talk to the doll many times, and the doll will tell you that you need to kill the Baleful Shadow found in Nokstella, Eternal City, which is necessary to obtain Moonlight Greatsword in Elden Ring.

Defeating Baleful Shadow

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Defeating Baleful Shadow

To reach the boss, you must first get to Nokstella, which is located near the Ainsel River. You will find Baleful Shadow at the end of the Nokstella area. You can find the boss in the southwest part of Nokstella just before the Lake of Rot.

I would recommend you make enough preparations before you battle the Baleful Shadow as defeating this boss. Once you defeat the boss, you will get the discarded palace key. Now, you must head down to the new pathway that just opened.

Defeating Astel

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Defeating Astel
  1. Move forward through the Lake of Rot area.
  2. Head towards the southern part of the lake.
  3. Keep moving south until you see a coffin near a waterfall.
  4. Once you interact with the coffin, you will be transported to a new area to find this boss.

After trying this almost 10 times, here’s what I figured:

Defeating Astel is no easy task, as it is a powerful boss that uses strong magical attacks. Aim for the head, as that is the weak part of the boss. Avoid damage taken by the magical attacks as much as possible. Head towards the elevator once you have defeated it to reach the Moonlight Altar area.

Obtaining Dark Moon Ring

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Obtaining the Dark moon ring
  1. Go to the Grand Library of the Academy of Raya Lucaria.
  2. You must open the chest with the discarded key you obtained after defeating the Baleful Shadow.
  3. The chest is located in the area where you defeated Rennala.
  4. After opening the chest, you will find the Dark Moon ring.

This step is crucial as you can not obtain the Elden Ring Moonlight Greatsword without it. After obtaining the ring, head back to the Moonlight Altar area.

Getting Moonlight Greatsword

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Getting the Moonlight Greatsword

Head towards the Northeast area of the Moonlight Altar until you reach the Cathedral of Manus Celes. Drop down near a hole by the site of grace. You will then reach a room where you will find the corpse of Ranni. Now, you must use the Dark Moon ring you previously obtained to bring her back to life.

Keep interacting with Ranni until she leaves; you will find the Moonlight Greatsword right where you found her body.

The Moonlight Greatsword Stats

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Moonlight Greatsword stats

The Legendary Moonlight Greatsword weapon scales with your intelligence, dexterity, and strength. If you two-hand Moonlight greatsword, then you can do some serious damage.

You can upgrade your greatsword by visiting the Blacksmith and bringing somber smithing stones that can be acquired through exploration. Overall if you ask me, it’s a worthy sword to have.

Summary

Getting to the location of Moonlight Greatsword in Elden Ring is no easy task. The questline that leads you to the legendary greatsword is loaded with difficult bosses, exploration, and challenges. No doubt, getting the Moonlight Greatsword is a lengthy and tedious task.

Still, This Greatsword is a great weapon, and it can help you face many trials and tribulations in the punishing world of Elden Ring. So, it’s worth the effort to get this weapon in your inventory.

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