The expansive world of Elden Ring has its fair share of mysteries and enigmas, and Ranni is simply one of them. She’s an eerie NPC who introduces herself to the Tarnished early in the game. The character refers to herself as Renna when you have your very first run-in with her at the Church of Elleh in Limgragve.
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Ranni Quest Full Walkthrough
This guide covers Ranni the Witch’s questline. Before starting, do two things:
- Talk to Ranni at the Church of Elleh early in the game to receive the Spirit Calling Bell.
- Finish The Radahn Festival and defeat Starscourge Radahn if you haven’t already. You need to do this to locate Ranni in her designated location.
Now, let’s dive into Ranni’s story. We’ll walk you through her missions step-by-step. Follow the instructions below to embark on this quest.
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Initiating Ranni the Witch’s Questline
If you want to start Ranni the Witch’s main quest, you need to talk to her. She is located in Ranni’s Rise, found west of the Three Sisters subregion of Liurnia of the Lakes. If you haven’t gotten to Liurnia yet, we encourage you to invest some time into exploration and heading northwest of Limgrave, which is the very first region you step foot on after getting out of the game’s tutorial.
Now, to get to Three Sisters, you have to go past the Caria Manor area. This is a dungeon in Elden Ring that houses its very own boss. Right after you go through this section of the game will be precisely when you unlock access to the Three Sisters subregion.
When all of that is done and dusted, make your way to the western part of the aforementioned area to find three distinct towers. Two of these called Renna’s Rise and Seluvis‘s Rise will initially be barricaded, thereby locking you out from entering them. You’ll only be able to go up Ranni’s Rise, which is although exactly where we need to go.
As soon as you get to the tower, make your way inside and up the first floor. There’s going to be a Site of Grace there that you can activate. Proceed by climbing up the easily accessible stairs in the room and going to the second floor. This is where you’ll come across a lift. Step on the platform to make your way up.
As soon as you reach the top, go out the apparent doorway, climb some more stairs, and finally find Ranni the Witch sitting on her chair. This is where we can conclude the very first part of this guide.
Agree to Servitude and Talk to Ranni’s Three Hirelings
The next logical step after locating Ranni the Witch is to talk to her. She’ll be fairly surprised by your visit, asking you what business you have at her homestead. You’ll exhaust the dialog until she asks you the golden question of agreeing to serve her or not. Say yes to becoming an accomplice of hers and officially commence the questline.
Choosing to serve Ranni the Witch will earn you her commendation. After this, talk to her again, and she will introduce you to her three hirelings: Blaidd, Ijii, and Seluvis. Blaidd, a half-wolven warrior, is searching for Nokron, the Eternal City. You’ll need to speak to all three hirelings before leaving the Ranni’s Rise area.
Begin by heading back in the direction you came from. Once you descend the lift to the first floor, you’ll find Ijii, the war counselor. Speak to him twice for an introduction. Next, proceed to the exit of the tower, and you’ll encounter Blaidd. Have a conversation with him.
Finally, head to the entrance where Seluvis, the sorcerer, is located. Speak to Seluvis twice.
Return to Ranni the Witch at the top of the tower. She will mention the hindrances of her doll’s body and say it’s time for her to rest, marking the next part of the questline.
Meet With the Three Hirelings in Person
In case you didn’t notice, your character only spoke to the spectral forms of the three hirelings. They’re located elsewhere in person. You now have to talk to Seluvis, Ijii, and Blaid—all three—to proceed. The first of the bunch, Seluvis, will be fairly easy to find. He’s right outside Ranni’s Rise in his very own tower called Seluvis’s Rise, which is in the southwest area of the Three Sisters subregion of Liurnia.
Go to the sorcerer’s quarters and speak with Seluvis. He’ll ask you to run an errand to find a woman named Nepheli. Agree to it and leave the tower. Seluvis will provide you with a specific potion to deliver to Nepheli.
Next, locate Ijii, the war counselor. He’s not too far from Ranni’s Rise. Head south from Seluvi’s Rise towards the Road to the Manor Site of Lost Grace. If you’ve been to the Three Sisters section, you can use fast travel to reach the Site of Grace.
Once you arrive at the Site of Grace, look west, and you’ll find Ijii engrossed in a book. Approach him to initiate a conversation. Choose both dialogue options “About Blaidd” and “About Nokron” to advance the Elden Ring Ranni quest, in either order.
Now, it’s time to speak with Blaidd, who is Ranni the Witch’s stepbrother. Blaidd is located in Siofra River, a unique area in Elden Ring.
To reach Siofra River, head to Siofra River Well. This lift, like many others in the Lands Between, provides easy access to Siofra River. You can find Siofra River Well in the eastern part of Limgrave, specifically in the Mistwood region. Look for it near a massive bear standing on two legs and scratching a tree.
After getting into Siofra River, explore the area to go straight ahead. You have to find another lift in this region that’ll take you all the way up to a different area. Blaidd isn’t too far out from here. Head out as soon as you reach the surface until you see fairly lit stairways leading up to a great bridge.
A quick tip: You’ll also find the Siofra River map fragment at the foot of the stairway. From there, head left and you’ll eventually see Blaidd standing near the edge of a cliff. It’s necessary to talk to the half-wolven warrior two times before you can proceed to the next stage.
He’ll tell you how he’s at a dead-end and struggling to get to Nokron, Eternal City despite the place sitting right above his head. You’ll also hear Blaidd talk about Seluvis’s non-compliance during the dialogue and how he wants to set the sorcerer straight using his teeth.
After engaging with Blaidd for a total of two times, you’ll be done. Keep on reading from the next section to proceed with the Elden Ring Ranni quest.
Visit Seluvis Again
The next step is to revisit Seluvis. Talking to Blaidd should nudge you to do this right from the get-go, but if you didn’t get the hint, now’s the time to make haste. When you go up to the sorcerer in his tower, talk to him. He’ll initially scold you for focusing on the assigned task, but upon asking about Nokron, he’ll start to oblige.
Seluvis will guide you to seek out another sorcerer called Sellen. He’ll even hand you a letter of introduction to give to this forthcoming NPC. This will allow you to dig up more information about Nokron, Eternal City.
It’s quite clear at this point that the only way forward is finding Sellen—the sorcerer that Seluvis has told us to meet with. Now to find this NPC, you have to head west in Limgrave to come across a place called Waypoint Ruins. Nearby, you’ll also discover the Waypoint Ruins Cellar Site of Lost Grace.
If you’ve explored the initial region of the game to a fair extent, you might have been to Waypoint Ruins already. It’s a good idea to fire up the in-game map and pan over western Limgrave. As an extra set of instructions, you can simply head east from The First Step Site of Grace to stumble upon the area in question.
There are going to be stairs leading you downstairs into a tunnel in Waypoint Ruins. Make you way there and find Sorceress Sellen in the corresponding area. Talk to her and select the “Show letter of introduction” option to continue.
She’ll concisely explain how General Radahn is linked to Nokron, Eternal City being inaccessible. She says that this great force has to be killed off in order to make that specific region whole again. Once you’ve learned this information, prepare to proceed with your journey.
Return to Blaidd
Now, it’s time to visit Blaidd again. During your last encounter, you both agreed to share any discoveries. Return to Siofra River to find Blaidd and continue the quest.
When you engage with Blaidd, choose the “Tell Selen’s story” option. Blaidd will then inform you about a combat festival taking place east of Limgrave, on the southern edge of Caelid Wilds. Interestingly, he mentions that General Radahn, once known as the “strongest of all demigods,” will participate in this event.
Blaidd concludes by saying he will meet you at Redmane Castle in Caelid. You now have a clear destination for your next steps in the quest.
Find Starscourge Radahn and Lay Him to Waste
The next major task in the Elden Ring Ranni quest is to complete the Starscourge Radahn boss fight. As iterated earlier, you’ll find him at Redmane Castle by progressing up to a certain point and then using a Waygate to teleport to the demigod himself.
Getting to Redmane Castle requires its fair share of exploration as well. You have to use the Waygate at the Impassable Greatbridge Site of Grace to get to the area in question instantly. The Impassable Greatbridge is located in southern Caelid, as Blaidd mentioned earlier as well.
You’ll find Blaidd waiting for you right before the major boss fight. He’ll be in the area where the announcer will alert the combatants about the festival’s beginning. You’re free to speak to the NPC before diving into the battle with Radahn.
As soon as you’re done there, make your way to the front and head down the lift. You’ll soon be able to spot another Waygate. Interact with it to get to the other side. You’ll now be pitted against Starscourge Radahn in all his glory.
It’s worth noting that General Radahn happens to be one of the toughest bosses in Elden Ring. He’ll cut newbies down and even blow some of you experienced players to kingdom come without breaking a sweat. If you’d like to get it over with, take a look at this specialized guide for beating Radahn using a cheese method.
The game drops a subtle hint that things are bound to change in a specific part of the Lands Between as soon as you defeat General Radahn. A cutscene appears, putting on display a meteor shower and a huge flash of light afterward. The time is nigh to make haste to Blaidd now, who is waiting nearby in the battlefield area.
The half-wolf half-man character will be up a small-scale hill northwest to where you spawn after showing Radahn the works. He’ll talk about the path to Nokron, Eternal City has finally opened up and the two of you can now reclaim Ranni’s destiny. Blaidd will tell you to meet up where “the falling star bit the earth.”
Call On Ijii, the War Counselor Again
Your next task is to go to Ijii one more time to have a little chat about Blaidd. He’ll be in the same spot as before—adjacent to the Road to Manor Site of Grace. If you’ll look west from there, you’re bound to find Ijii all delved into his book. Quite the reader, we must say.
After engaging with Ijii, he’ll ask your business from him. Select “About Blaidd” from the context menu. This will prompt the war counselor to convince you to rush to Nokron on your own without waiting for Blaidd. Doing so is bound to fulfill “Lady Ranni’s” destiny and allow her to tread on the dark path of the Empyrean.
Make Your Way to Nokron, Eternal City
The time is finally nigh to travel to Nokron. Following the events of the death of General Radahn, the constellation has resumed its motion and paved the way for entry into the Eternal City. To proceed with the Elden Ring Ranni quest, you have to get to Mistwood again, particularly near the Mistwood Ruins. A quick reminder: the Mistwood section in Elden Ring is located east of Limgrave.
This means that you’ve probably stumbled upon this area before in your ventures through the Lands Between. The following is an image that depicts where you need to be exactly to proceed with the quest at hand.
Although it isn’t crucial to go on from here, it’s worth circling the Mistwood Ruins area to find a message left by Blaidd for you. You’ll discover the prompt by going around the ruins. Our half-wolven friend will tell you to proceed with the mission and that there’s a traitor who needs to be dealt with.
Once you’ve read the message, head south from where you’re standing. Keep going until you notice a whole bunch of rocks suspended dramatically in the air. This should already hint that things have changed around these parts. Such sorcery wasn’t going on before. Disposing of Radahn has definitely set miraculous things in motion.
From there on out, you’ll have to begin your descent. Go down the hill strategically by surveying the area with attention. You don’t want to make absurd jumps with Torrent. Carefully circle the area and keep going down until you arrive at a cave-like entrance. As soon as you approach this area, you’ll be taken off your mount as well automatically. A good sign that you’re heading in the right direction.
Your work isn’t done yet, however. After going through the entrance depicted above, you’ll have to go a multitude of floors down again. Jump your way ahead until you find another sizable doorway. Go through it to finally enter Nokron, Eternal City. You’ve finally arrived at this prize of a location.
Find the Fingerslayer Blade in Nokron, Eternal City
Recovering Lady Ranni’s treasure, the Fingerslayer Blade, is a complex part of the Elden Ring Ranni quest, requiring extensive traversal. You’re now at the outskirts of Nokron, the Eternal City, but you need to reach the city’s heart to advance the quest.
Start by heading northeast using visible platforms for navigation. Dodge the Silver Tears creatures along the way, and avoid their attacks. These creatures resemble dark slime and have various attack levels.
Also, watch out for projectiles as you leave the outskirts of Nokron. Your goal is to cross a fallen building and reach a narrow ledge on another building. Follow the path and find a window on the left side, which you can spot as you enter Nokron’s outskirts. For a visual reference, consult the screenshot.
Making your way inside the window will lead you to another room, one that leads to lower sections if you’re brave enough to jump down.
After you come down to the platform below, head straight and you’ll soon find a doorway. Going through will lead you to a Site of Lost Grace. Touch the checkpoint to enable it. Rest and upgrade your equipment if you have to here.
When you feel ready, exit the area through the door in the east direction. You’ll notice a dome-shaped structure in the center and the title strip “Nokron, Eternal City” appearing shortly afterward. Keep going east from here until you spot a narrow passageway. This path is easy to miss, so do have your eyes peeled for it. Moreover, check out the following screenshot for a visual explanation.
You’ll find stairs there leading you to a lower segment of the city. Go straight until you arrive at a divide and then take a right. Once done, it’ll be easy to spot the familiar boss-related “Mist” that needs to be traversed. To progress the Elden Ring Ranni quest, that is where you have to go, for now. Here, you’ll be pitted against the Mimic Tear boss.
This enemy, as the name of it suggests, imitates your character’s weaponry and equipment, ultimately making you fight yourself. An easy exploit to look forward to here is taking off all your weapons and armor right before you pass through the mist.
When you do that, follow it up by going up by approaching the Mimic Tear boss and making him manifest as you first. As soon as you see the health bar of the enemy pop up on the screen, don your character with all their armaments and armor. You’ll be able to dispose of the imposter afterward without breaking a sweat. This is no less than a cheese method of the Mimic Tear boss fight, similar to the technique we’ve derived for defeating Malekith, the Black Blade.
When you’re done, activate the Site of Lost Grace in the vicinity to save your progress. Further your mission by heading north now along the sizable bridge. You’ll discover that it’s even possible to summon your trusty magical steed too now since we’re now in more of an open-world part of Nokron. In all fairness, this is one of the prettier sights in Elden Ring. The sky is lit up with shards of the cosmos and appears to be nothing short of breathtaking.
Keep riding Torrent straight until you pass the towering doorway decorated with a duo of lanterns. As you’re going ahead, you’ll soon find an opening on the left, leading you to another explorable area. Turn toward this side now and make your way onward.
Going down the broken path from the bridge will soon lead you to a divide in the road. There’s going to be an exceedingly eerie enemy too standing at a higher level in this area. Take a left, as shown in the image below, to continue your journey.
After taking the left at the fork in the road, follow it up by going straight ahead until you come at an impasse. From there, take another left and you’ll soon see the familial warmth of a Site of Grace location from afar. Activate it on the spot and rest if you have to.
To continue, you have to face the camera in the southwest direction and look for a jumpable platform protruding out of a building. Go for it, go a little further out afterward, and drop down to another lower level. This will help you get to the Night’s Sacred Ground, which is waiting just around the corner.
You’ll soon observe a dome-shaped structure in front of you. Land on it from the platform you’re standing on and jump one more time to the area ahead. There’s going to be a quick-disappearing enemy in this place too. Make sure to avoid it or perhaps, take it down with some of the best weapons in the game.
From there, you’ll have to find a narrow walkway. That will allow you to advance further into the area we’re trying to get to. This path will be just around the corner, so do keep a good eye out.
Follow this walkway to where it leads you. You’ll have to jump down and climb up a ledge in the process until you finally enter another building through a sizable opening in the wall. Jump down to a level lower from there again to find a large boulder waiting in place for you. Be careful not to mess around with it too much. It’s not too friendly. Go past the doorway that’s apparent in the image below too to find a flight of stairs leading you to another section.
Go down the stairs to proceed with the Elden Ring Ranni quest. Don’t forget to get to grips with the Site of Grace on the left side of this section and save the area as a checkpoint, especially if you want to return to it at a later point in the game.
At long last, we’ve arrived at the final stretch. All you have to do is continue north from said Site of Grace right through the hallway. You’ll soon find yourself going up a flight of stairs, eventually discovering a chest. Pop it open and you will have obtained the Fingerslayer Blade for Ranni the Witch.
Great going so far! However, we’ve still got a good amount of progress left to make. Let’s carry on to the next section.
Give Ranni the Fingerslayer Blade
We now have to go all the way back to Ranni’s Rise, particularly in the same spot as our last encounter with her. You can refer to one of the previous sections for in-depth guidelines on getting there, but here’s a screenshot of Ranni’s Rise on the map again.
Approach Ranni and talk to her twice. She’ll thank you and Torrent for your services and give you the Carian Inverted Statue. Right after that, you’ll be prompted to leave as Ranni prepares to tread on the dark path that she’s been vying for.
It’s worth going into Seluvis’s Rise too at this point. To the player’s surprise, Seluvis will be found dead, leaving his attire and a bunch of other items for you to grab. Pick the goodies up and make your way out of the dead man’s quarters.
Use the Carian Inverted Statue to Unlock the Divine Tower of Liurnia
To advance the quest, you’ll need to use the Carian Inverted Statue to access the Divine Tower of Liurnia. Start by reaching the Carian Study Hall in the Liurnia of the Lakes region.
The nearest Site of Grace is Eastern Liurnia Lake. From there, head east on the main road and continue south to find the Study Hall Entrance area, which also has a Site of Grace. For a visual guide, refer to the screenshot.
The Carian Study Hall is going to have a visually aesthetic entrance, one that’s bound to be embellished by blue-colored flowers fluttering in the air.
Going inside the Hall will lead you to a specific pedestal. Examine it and place the Carian Inverted Statue to initiate a cutscene. You have now unlocked the Divine Tower of Liurnia—you just need to get to it now.
Traverse the Divine Tower of Liurnia to Obtain the Cursemark of Death
Right after the cutscene, a pathway will open up from the left. Go to it and climb up the stairs. The next step is to get across the gap that you’ll see afterward. Use the ledges that you see down below and jump to them. Don’t jump any further below. Use the opening in front to get across to the next section.
As soon as you approach the area, you’ll be greeted by Fingercreepers—one of the most disturbing types of enemies in Elden Ring that move like a spider but are shaped like a hand. As soon as you get across, the task now is to jump down to lower levels.
Thankfully, the options are going to be plenty for you. Find your way around the area and be strategic. Meddling around blindly won’t get you anywhere here, so be wary of this beforehand. You basically have to get to a lift in this area. Pan your camera to find it and plan your jumps accordingly.
Upon reaching the lift, stand on the raised platform to make the elevator go down. Head east when you reach the bottom to get to a large door. Use the “Event Action” button, which is “Triangle” if you’re playing on any of the PlayStation consoles to open it. A brief cutscene will appear, illustrating the Divine Tower of Liurnia that lies just ahead.
As soon as you get out of the cutscene, make sure to activate the Site of Grace nearby. You might as well call Torrent now and move across the bridge. Once you’ve reached the other end of the area, there’s going to be another door, waiting for your arrival. The “Divine Tower of Liurnia” title strip is going to surface on your screen too at this moment.
Get inside this new area and use the lift. When you reach the top, get out of the section and activate the Site of Grace in front of you. Circle around the stairs to reach the highest sector of the whole tower. Once done, you’ll spot a large area with a dead body lying in the middle of it. Go up to it to obtain the Cursemark of Death.
Enter the Waygate in Renna’s Rise
After picking up the Cursemark of Death, you now have to get back to the Three Sisters subregion of Liurnia of the Lakes. It’ll now be possible to get into Renna’s Rise, which happens to be the last of the three distinct towers present in the area. Renna’s Rise will be located north in Three Sisters, as shown in the screenshot below.
There’s not going to be any person whom you’d normally talk to here. Instead, a Waygate will help you further the Elden Ring Ranni quest now. Enter the teleporter to get to the next section.
Enter Ainsel River, Talk to Miniature Ranni, and Face Off With the Baleful Shadow in Nokstella, Eternal City
Using said Waygate will take you to a location called Ainsel River Main, which is yet another essential region needed to complete the questline at hand. As soon as you get there, you’ll spot an obtainable item glaring in the distance. Pick it up and you’ll discover that this is actually Miniature Ranni.
There’s going to be a Site of Grace in close proximity. Rest at it to discover a new option called “Talk to Miniature Ranni.” You’ll actually need to use this option three times before Ranni actually starts speaking.
Ranni will order you to eliminate the “Baleful Shadows that prowl these lands” as compensation for bugging her. Can’t disagree with a mysterious doll, now can we? Leave the Site of Grace next and head straight from it. The path forward is quite easy to follow. Just keep heading southwest and then west until you arrive at Nokstella, Eternal City.
Go straight from this point and activate the Site of Grace as you go along. You now have to explore Nokstella and advance from this region. First, you’ll head west right up the stairs that lead to a palace of some sort. However, you won’t be entering any buildings initially. Continue up the stairs and take a right at the divide.
Once done, go through the hallway, take the next left, and go right as soon as you see it. This will lead you to a bridge, and a boulder rolling down the stairs in the distance ahead. Avoid the obstacle and go up right from where the object came down from. You’ll find a large opened door as soon as you do that. Enter through the opening, go down the hallway, and take a left. Another bridge leading up to a grand flight of stairs will manifest next.
Follow the pathway and enter the building. When you’re inside, get to the left side to find an opening. Go inside and you’ll soon approach a brand-new area. You’ll have to drop down to lower levels to advance, and eventually, find yourself entering another building. Here, a lift will await your arrival. Stand on the raised platform to go down. Once you reach the bottom, head out and onward to another building south of your position.
Doing so will get you inside another elevator that’ll take you even further down in Nokstella. Beware of the persistent enemies in-between the area though. Go down the lift to enter a new area. There’s going to be the Nokstella Waterfall Basin Site of Grace here. Light it up and rest if you have to since the path ahead is nothing short of difficult. Continue straight ahead from this area when you’re ready and into the cave that’s perceivable from afar.
You’ll be able to follow the path easily from here on out. Soon, you’ll find yourself arriving at a completely new location thereby progressing the Ranni quest. In addition, you’ll be greeted from this novel location by a Baleful Shadow, which will be Blaidd, our half-wolven warrior friend, in particular. What’s more, is that Miniature Ranni will start speaking to you during the conflict as well, instructing you to lay waste to the shadow that stands before you.
After going through what’s probably a fairly simple mini-boss fight, Ranni the Witch will thank you for your service yet again and give you the Discarded Palace Key as a final goodbye.
Overcome Lake of Rot and Dispatch Astel, Naturalborn of the Void
Close to where you fight the Baleful Shadow resides a doorway from where you can access a lift that will take you straight to the Lake of Rot region in Elden Ring. Don’t forget to touch the Lake of Rot Shoreside Site of Grace here before you set out for the terrors ahead.
One of the best items that will help you traverse the Lake or Rot with a fair amount of ease will be the Preserving Bolus. This consumable has what it takes to land a spot on the A-tier in our round-up of the best and worst items in Elden Ring. Preserving Boluses help cure the “Rot” status effect and remove “Rot” build-up as well. As the name depicts, the Lake of Rot region is teeming with decayed waters. These lands won’t spare a moment to inflict you with “Rot” so make sure you have a plethora of these Preserving Boluses at your disposal.
To continue with the questline in question, head straight from the Lake of Rot Shoreside Site of Grace until you reach the lakeside. From here, approach the corner area and spot a platform in the distance. Run to it as quickly as you can to avoid getting wholly decimated by the rot-ridden lake. When you’re there, stand on the raised lift-like area to trigger a sequence of rumbling. You’ll actually be prompting the Lake of Rot to spit out some earth on the surface level so you can walk on it and get across the lake.
That is the whole gist of it. You will have to spot multiple platforms like these and get them to raise more ground for you to reach. Follow the path from one platform to another to cross the Lake of Rot. There will come a time when you’ll see no platforms nearby to rush to, only a sizable building in the far distance. That is when it’ll be required to have a handful of Preserving Boluses nearby and use them in quick succession as you’re trying to get across the Lake of Rot.
When you’ve finally arrived at the place, head straight until you discover the Grand Cloister Site of Lost Grace. You will actually have to move west from the latter, but there’s no proper walkway you can use to do that. Therefore, use the narrow ledges and go right from when you see the “Grand Cloister” title strip appearing and make your way down to the lower segments of the area.
Beware of the bevy of some truly troublesome enemies when you get to the bottom of the area. Go straight in the west direction and then take a left, so you’re seeing south in the in-game compass. When you reach the end, you’ll notice a coffin in place. Interact with it and a cutscene will appear, allowing your character to set off to another location.
As soon as you get out of the cutscene, make haste forward and you’ll find yourself arriving at the menacingly familiar dark-golden mist. Inside, Astel, Naturalborn of the Void awaits your arrival. Traverse the mist to fight the malformed star of ill-omen.
Astel, Naturalborn of the Void is a tough boss to kill in Elden Ring, and this is saying the least. We recommend you to have your character level somewhere around 115 before engaging him.
He does have only one phase that players will have to worry about, but it’s needless to say that the legendary enemy will still give you a run for your money. As with every other boss fight in Elden Ring, using Spirit Summons is going to make things a lot easier in this ordeal. You’ll be able to divert the attention of Astel and whittle down his health bar piece by piece.
When you’re finally beat him, activate the Site of Lost Grace in the area to save the location as a checkpoint. Pretty standard stuff in the Soulsborne franchise, but in this case, we have a solid reason to do so. The path ahead is going to be locked and can only be opened up with the Dark Moon Ring. Therefore, we’ll first have to get this key item from another location in the game and then return to this place once we have it.
Get the Dark Moon Ring
The Dark Moong Ring is located in a chest inside the Raya Lucaria Grand Library. The latter is itself found in the Academy of Raya Lucaria which is a dungeon in Elden Ring with one of its diverse sections housing the Queen Renalla boss fight.
You can get to the Raya Lucaria Grand Library by heading straight from the Academy Gate Town Site of Grace which is southwest of the Eastern Liurnia Lake Shore Site of Grace. The following image of the Elden Ring map can potentially help clarify things for you.
To be specific, the Raya Lucaria Grand Library is where you fight Queen Renalla. You should have gone through this great enemy in Elden Ring by now, but if you haven’t, check out the following tutorial for an in-depth guide on how to find it.
Coming back to the topic at hand, you’ll get the Dark Moon Ring by opening a chest in the Queen Renalla boss fight room. You’ll find the treasure northwest of the center of the area. Check out the following screenshot for an illustration.
The Discarded Palace Key will come into use here. Upon remembering clearly, you got this item from Miniature Ranni as she bid farewell to you in our last encounter with her.
Go to the Cathedral of Manus Celes and Put a Ring on Ranni (Literally)
Apologies for the misleading subtitle for we are maidenless Tarnished warriors. After acquiring the Dark Moon Ring, the sealed pathway in the Astel, Naturalborn of the Void boss fight arena is going to open up. Fast travel to said location and advance to the freshly unsealed area.
Once done, you’ll end up on a lift. Stand on the lifted platform to go up. As soon as you reach the surface and get out of the elevator room, a title strip will appear and affirm that you’ve arrived at Moonlight Altar. The Church of Manus Celes isn’t far from here.
Final Ranni Quest
First, activate the Site of Lost Grace at the starting point of this area and then head northeast. You’ll be able to spot a desolated church from far out and the moment you get close, a dragon will manifest, or the Glintstone Dragon Adula, to be precise.
Nearby the Site of Grace in the Cathedral of Manus Celes will be a sizable hole. You’ll be able to jump down from it and land on an underground level within. As soon as you do that, you’ll find Ranni the Witch sitting and all covered up in blood. Go up to her and press the “Event Action” button to wear the ring.
Right after that, a cutscene will initiate, showing you that Ranni disappears as soon as you put the Dark Moon Ring on her. However, when you’re back in control of your character, you’ll see that Ranni appears again, totally reincarnated. She’ll say that she has to go to the “night sky” now and that the two of you will meet again. Ending the conversation will get you the Dark Moon Greatsword, which is one of the many different types of swords in the game.
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Do note that you have now unlocked the Age of Stars ending of Elden Ring that particularly concerns Ranni. With this, you’ve now officially completed the Elden Ring Ranni quest, so do give yourself a pat on the back.
However, there is still something you have to take care of. Remember Blaidd? We have to conclude the curse of his life now.
End the Ranni Quest by Killing Blaidd
Make your way back to Ranni’s Rise in the Three Sisters subregion of Liurnia. At the entrance of the aforementioned tower, you’ll find Blaidd in an unreasonable state. Unfortunately, there’s no other option but to lay him to rest. Kill the half-wolven warrior and don’t forget to pick up Blaidd’s armor set and Royal Greatsword.
If you’re looking for some closure, Ijii can be approached about the matter at hand. He’ll even let you in on how Blaidd had become a curse for Lady Ranni and that Ijii locked up Blaidd in a cell. The war counselor will end the conversation by saying that he’s about to join his once-normal friend soon.
There you have it! The Elden Ring Ranni quest has come out to be one of the most involved questlines in the history of Soulsborne games. We hope that you’ve enjoyed it as much as we did going through the whole campaign. We have now arrived at the end of this comprehensive write-up.
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I decided to complete Ranni’s Questline on my second playthrough, which was roughly when I had over 150 hours. And now, my overall thesis is that while I think the rewards you get mid-quest are worth the effort, it’s almost impossible to complete without a proper walkthrough guide.
Since Ranni’s questline is arguably the longest in-game, you’ll need to start it in the early-game phase, or the whole quest might become inaccessible, as that was the case on my initial Elden Ring playthrough. However, alongside the weapons, I personally found Ranni’s ending to be the best amongst all other in-game endings, so that’s another incentive for pursuing the quest.
On a side note, though, don’t forget to uncover the entirety of Elden Ring’s map by collecting all the different map fragments in the game.
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