Elden Ring: Skeleton Key Location & Upgrading Spirit Ashes

Level Up your spirit ashes in Elden Ring with this detailed guide, covering Roderika, who gives the skeleton key.

As with most things in Elden Ring, upgrading your spirit ashes is not a straightforward process. There are a number of steps and conditions that are necessary for upgrading the ashes and spirit tune. This guide will detail each step to help you level Up Ashes, locate the Skeleton key, and make the most of this powerful gameplay feature.

Key Takeaways
  • Roderika in Stormhill performs spirit tuning for ash upgrades.
  • Master Hewg at Roundtable Hold upgrades weapons and armor.
  • Grave Glovewort upgrades standard spirit ashes, obtainable through exploration and enemies.
  • Upgrading standard spirits is crucial for facing challenging enemies and bosses.
  • Standard spirits like Banished Knight Oleg, Latenna, Greatshield Soldier, Ancestral Follower, and Lone Wolf are worth upgrading.
  • Upgrading enhances damage, health, and other stats for improved combat effectiveness.
  • Use Grave Glovewort wisely and prioritize upgrading the most useful spirits.
  • Spirit ash upgrading is a powerful but intricate feature in Elden Ring.

Finding Roderika

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To level up the ashes Skeleton key, the first step is to find Roderika, the only NPC in Elden Ring who can perform the spirit tuning.

  1. Find Roderika, the “Heartbroken Maiden,” sitting alone.
  2. Visit Stormveil Castle and battle a Grafted Scion mini-boss in the dungeon.
  3. In an adjacent chamber with corpses, obtain the Chrysalid’s Memento from a blue luminescent object.
  4. Take the Chrysalid’s Keepsake to Roderika in Liurnia of the Lakes.
  5. Roderika relocates to Roundtable Fortress after receiving the keepsake.
  6. If Roundtable Hold is locked, rest at grace sites until Melina offers transport.
  7. Unlock Roderika’s spirit-tuning ability and enhance spirit ashes at Roundtable Hold

Master Hewg

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The Roundtable Hold is a location in Elden Ring where you can find Roderika and the smithing Master Hewg. It is a central hub where you can upgrade your weapons and armor, as well as upgrade your spirit ashes through spirit tuning.

  1. To unlock Roderika’s ability to spirit tune, you first need to speak to her until there is no more dialogue.
  2. Now go to Master Hewg and make him say stuff about Roderika.
  3. Next, revisit Roderika and discuss the conversation you had with Master Hewg.
  4. Lastly, approach Hewg once more to persuade him to instruct her in spirit tuning.
  5. After persuading Master Hewg to instruct Roderika in spirit tuning, her skill in the craft will become accessible, and she will get her workspace in the same area as Master Hewg.
  6. Master Hewg can upgrade your weapons and armor, while the Twin Maiden Husks store can sell you various items and materials.
  7. The Roundtable Hold is also a checkpoint and safe zone to rest and save your progress.

Grave Glovewort

Grave Glovewort is found throughout the map, most commonly in gravesites and catacombs. You can gain access to purchasing Grave Glovewort, ranging from 1 to 9, after locating the three Grave Glovewort Picker’s Bell Bearings and delivering them to the Twin Maiden Husks shop.

Ghost Glovewort, on the other hand, can be used to level up renowned spirit ashes. It can be discovered during ordinary exploration, primarily in more advanced dungeons and subterranean locations such as the Mohgwyn Castle, everlasting metropolises, and the Sofra River.

  1. You can also discover three Ghost Glovewort bell bearings hidden throughout the area.
  2. Once found, they allow you to purchase Ghost Glovewort from the Twin Maiden Husks store, eliminating the need to search for them elsewhere.
  3. Upgrading your spirit ashes through spirit tuning is a key aspect of Elden Ring, as it allows you to keep up with the increasingly challenging enemies and bosses you will face as you progress through the game.
  4. With the right upgrades, your spirit ashes can become invaluable allies in your journey through Elden Ring.

Obtaining Grave Glovewort

Grave Glovewort is essential for upgrading your standard spirit ashes in Elden Ring. Here are some ways to obtain Grave Glovewort:

  • Exploration: Grave Glovewort can be found throughout the map, most commonly in catacombs and gravesites. Make sure to explore thoroughly and keep an eye out for this valuable material.
  • Grave Glovewort Picker’s Bell Bearings: Acquiring the three Grave Glovewort Picker’s Bell Bearings and delivering them to the Twin Maiden Husks shop unlocks the opportunity to purchase Grave Glovewort in quantities one through nine.
  • Here are the locations of the three bell bearings:

Grave Glovewort Picker’s Bell Bearing 

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  • Found in Wyndham Catacombs, Altus Plateau.

Grave Glovewort Picker’s Bell Bearing

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  • Found in Giants Mountaintops Catacombs, Mountaintops of Giants.

Grave Glovewort Picker’s Bell Bearing

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Found in Crumbling Beast Grave Site, Crumbling Farum Azula. It is worth noting that Grave Glovewort is finite, meaning a limited number of them are available in the game. Therefore, you should use them wisely and prioritize upgrading the spirit ashes you find most useful. With the right upgrades, your spirit ashes can become powerful allies in your quest to save Elden Ring. Checkout our take on Bell Bearing Locations.

Is Upgrading Spirit Ashes Worth It?

Upgrading your standard spirit ashes is essential to keep up with the increasingly challenging enemies and bosses in Elden Ring. Here are some of the best standard spirits worth upgrading:

  • Banished Knight Oleg Ashes: Resilient tank that absorbs damage and distracts enemies.
  • Latenna the Albinauric Ashes: Long-range turret, obtained from Letenna at Slumbering Wolf’s Shack.
  • Greatshield Soldier Ashes: Distraction tool to draw enemies away, creating opportunities for attacks.
  • Ancestral Follower Ashes: Potent support for quick enemy elimination, dropped in the Siofra River.
  • Lone Wolf Ashes: Versatile ally effective in both boss fights and exploration, found in the Wolf’s Den.
  • Available from the start, upgrade these spirits with Grave Glovewort for improved stats and effectiveness.
  • Keep spirits upgraded for enhanced damage, health, and overall combat prowess in Elden Ring


Players must find Roderika, the sole NPC capable of spirit tuning, for the Level Up Ashes Skeleton key and ensure she is located at the Roundtable Hold. Acquiring Grave Glovewort is crucial for upgrading standard spirit ashes, and players should prioritize upgrading the most useful spirits to maximize their combat effectiveness.

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