Trying to get to the bottom of this freshly released Soulsborne title’s lore? You definitely need to know about the Elden Ring Ranni quest, a series of missions that uncover an optional portion of the game’s story. Keep on reading as we embark on a guide that focuses on this special NPC and how you can get to the bottom of the character’s ulterior motives.
Elden Ring is quite possibly one of the biggest releases of 2022, boasting the highest number of peak players than any other previous Dark Souls game. It’s loaded to the brim with eccentric details, a large, vibrant world to traverse and brave, and, of course, the thrill of the challenge. Hidetaka Miyazaki has genuinely outdone himself with this latest entry in the Soulsborne franchise, and it’s hard to say otherwise.
In our in-depth Elden Ring review, we felt a heavy urge to hand the title no less than a 10 out of 10 score. The hybrid combat that it features is far too enjoyable to decorate the game with anything lesser than that. If you’re fairly new to the game, we recommend checking out our best Elden Ring starting class guide, along with this tutorial that shows you how to two-hand weapons in the game. For now, though, let’s discover Ranni the Witch and what she entails in the vast perplexity of Elden Ring.
- 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.
Who is Ranni in Elden Ring?
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 quite early on 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
She’ll be kind enough to hand you the Spirit Calling Bell, which as the name depicts, is a key game item that lets you call for different types of spirits to aid you in combat. During this time, she’ll say that the two of you won’t be meeting up again, probably pondering the question, “What can a lowly Tarnished possibly come in use for?” Fate, however, has different plans in mind.
Upon encountering Renna again at a specific place in the Liurnia of the Lakes region called Ranni’s Rise, she’ll reintroduce herself. This time, she’ll blurt out the truth and tell you that she’s actually the witch Ranni. She’ll claim that she “stole Death long ago, and searches now for the dark path.” Subsequently, she’ll ask whether you’d like to serve her in her quest.
From what we can conclude, Ranni the Witch’s interest is initially aroused in the Tarnished only because of Torrent, the spectral steed. She possesses the Spirit Calling Bell because Torrent’s previous owner gave it to her. She was entrusted to pass the item on to the magical equine’s next master.
- Speaking of which, it is eminent for you to get yourself the horse in Elden Ring before you talk to Renna, not Ranni, mind you. If you haven’t been able to do that yet, check out this in-depth tutorial.
You’ll discover more of this special character as you uncover the mysteries revolving around her and proceed with the questline. Let us now delve into the Elden Ring Ranni quest and show you how to go through it from start till end descriptively. The following section is going to take it from here.
Elden Ring Ranni Quest Full Walkthrough
This guide will completely cover the questline of Ranni the Witch, but before you get started, there are two things we recommend doing.
First off, make sure that you’ve talked to her once at the Church of Elleh. This is pretty much at the beginning of the game and is quite unmissable. She will hand you over the Spirit Calling Bell and you’ll be well on your way. Although you’ll still be able to follow up with her story if you don’t do this, it’s just the recommended way to proceed with Ranni’s questline.
In addition, It bears noticing that if you’ve already embarked on The Radahn Festival and you’ve yet to defeat Starscourge Radahn, you will need to finish the boss fight before beginning the Elden Ring Ranni quest. This is simply because you won’t be able to locate Ranni in her designated location otherwise. Make sure that you’re not somewhere in the middle of The Radahn Festival questline before trying to locate Ranni.
Now that we have the initial disclaimer out of the way, it’s time to get into the story of Ranni the Witch. We’ll be walking you through her missions step-by-step, so follow along with the instructions below and prepare to dive right into a quest of a lifetime.
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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, which is itself 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 prompt the NPC to commend you. Ranni will soon end the dialogue, so you’ll have to talk to her again. She’ll then continue by telling you about her three different hirelings. One of them is Blaidd—a half-wolven warrior—who’s currently in search of Nokron, Eternal City. The rest of the servants are Ijii and Seluvis. Ranni will require you to speak to all three before you can set out of the Ranni’s Rise area, literally.
To continue, make your way back by following the direction that you came from. Once you go down the lift and reach the first floor, you’ll find Ijii. Speak to the war counselor to get an introduction. As soon as his initial dialog ends, talk to him one more time since you need to speak to him twice to continue.
Once done, go down from the first floor to find the next character you need to speak to. This time, it’ll be Blaidd who awaits the discourse. Engage with him once and go toward the exit of the tower. You’ll find the last hireling—Seluvis—standing near the entrance. Speak to the sorcerer twice and go back to Ranni the Witch at the top of the tower. She’ll say that it’s time for her to sleep and say that “this doll’s body is not without its hindrances.” Time to get to 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 up to the sorcerer in his quarters and speak to him. He’ll ask you to run an errand, one where you’ll have to find a woman called Nepheli. Agree to it and make your way out of the tower. You’re done with Seluvi for now as he hands you a particular potion to deliver to the person in question.
The next step is to find Ijii. The war counselor will be relatively far out from Ranni’s Rise, but not too exorbitantly. Head south from Seluvi’s Rise all the way to the Road to the Manor Site of Lost Grace. You’ve probably been through this area to get to the Three Sisters section, so pop open that map and use the fast travel technique.
As soon as you arrive at the Site of Grace in question, look in the west direction from there and you’ll find the massive NPC sitting in solitude, slaving away on a book. Go up to him to engage with Ijii. Once done, plenty of options will appear on the screen for you to take the conversation further.
To advance the Elden Ring Ranni quest, you’ll have to exhaust two different dialogue options: “About Blaidd” and “About Nokron.” You can choose the latter first and then end the conversation with the former—going vice versa leads to the same result.
The final person left speaking to is Blaidd now, who is allegedly Ranni the Witch’s stepbrother. Now, this particular NPC is located a bit far from what we’ve been dealing with up until now. You’ll find Blaidd in Siofra River, which is a specific area in Elden Ring with its own unique charm and allure.
To make your way to Siofra River, you have to get to Siofra River Well. This is one of the many different types of lifts in the Lands Between, providing you with easy access to Siofra River. In addition, Siofra River Well is located in the east section of Limgrave. You’ll find it in the Mistwood region, particularly near a massive bear who’s up 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
You now have to visit Blaidd again. He made it quite clear in the last encounter that anything either of you learns would have to be shared with each other. You’ve made quite the discovery in recent times, so we have to apprise our half-wolven friend too. Return to Siofra River and find Blaidd to continue from here on out.
Make sure you select the “Tell Selen’s story” option when you engage with the NPC. As soon as you do that, Blaidd will tell you about a festival of combat being held east of Limgrave on the southern edge of Caelid Wilds. Coincidentally, he informs you that General Radahn himself will be up for battle in this event.
Do note that you’re talking about fighting someone who was once called the “strongest of all demigods,” so the hype is certainly real. Blaidd finalizes by saying that he’ll meet up with you at Redmane Castle in Caelid. You, therefore, know the exact location where you have to go next.
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
This is quite possibly the most complex section of the entirety of the Elden Ring Ranni quest, especially because of all the traversal that’s going to be required. The next step in completing Lady Ranni’s questline is to recover her so-called treasure, or in other words, the Fingerslayer Blade. This key item is hidden within Nokron, and you—the character—will have to make great strides to recover the object.
With respect to the previous section, you’ve now arrived at Nokron, Eternal City, but merely the outskirts of it. To advance Ranni the Witch’s questline, it’s required to reach the heart of the ruined city. Therefore, begin the adventure by making your way northeast with the help of seeable platforms. You’ll utilize the latter to jump down, navigate, and get past this outskirts section of Nokron.
You’ll run into many Silver Tears during your voyage, but they can be avoided by running past them. A Silver Tear is a creature that looks like a pile of dark slime. These have a wide variety of attacks that range from easily avoidable to life-threatening, depending on how careful you are when taking them on.
In addition to the Silver Tears, make sure to dodge your way out of the projectiles being hurtled at you as you get out of the periphery of Nokron. Your target, for now, is to get across the toppled building and onto a narrow ledge protruding out of another building. Follow the pathway ahead to find a window on the left-hand side. You can even see where you have to tread as soon as you enter the outskirts of Nokron, Eternal City. Check out the following screenshot for a clear illustration.
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
The next part that’ll help us advance the Elden Ring Ranni quest is all about utilizing the Carian Inverted Statue and gaining access to the Divine Tower of Liurnia. To do this, however, you’ll need to get to the Carian Study Hall. You might have come across this section in the Liurnia of the Lakes region early on in the game.
The closest Site of Grace to the Carian Study Hall is Eastern Liurnia Lake. From there, you have to head east by following the main road, and then continue south to locate the Study Hall Entrance area. There’s going to be a Site of Grace here as well. Check out the following screenshot if you’re after a visual explanation.
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 Elden Ring 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 Elden Ring 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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The Elden Ring Ranni quest definitely keeps players on the edge of their seats throughout the entire thing while also opening up a bevy of different areas to explore and traverse. We’ve gone over this particular part of the game from head to toe in the guide at hand, so you truly shouldn’t be struggling with anything Ranni-related on your end now. This special NPC does get you going on a few too many errands, but they all seem to be worth it by the questline’s conclusion.
Do let us know down in the comments section whether you enjoyed serving Ranni. As always, eXputer wishes you good luck!