Many secret quests exist in Elden Ring that diverges from the main path. The best side quests in the game are listed here.
Everything in Dark Souls 4 is unclear, as is customary in the Soulsborne franchise—sorry, Elden Ring. Despite its open-world nature, the game lacks mini-maps, explicit instructions, and quest markers. Players will have to pay close attention to the mysterious NPCs, as even their seemingly insignificant quips could turn into a full-fledged questline later on.
- Stormhill, to the north of the Agheel Lake North Site of Grace, is the trigger location.
- Rewards: Alexander’s Innards and Alexander Talisman Shards, as well as friendship in the form of a jar.
Iron Fist Alexander is the closest thing to the Onion Knight in Elden Ring. He’s a complete jar-man or pot-man, and these creatures, unexpectedly, know how to battle. Alexander has his own style of martial arts. In northern Stormhill, players can find him.
He’ll be stranded on the ground early in the game, begging for aid. To start his quest chain, players will have to hit him to liberate him. After that, players must seek him out at Liurnia of the Lake’s Carian Study Hall, Gael Tunnel, Mt. Gelmir’s Seethwater Terminus, and lastly, the Crumbling Farum Azula, where he will challenge them to a duel.
Ranni, in the shape of Renna, can be discovered in Elden Ring quite early on. Her questline, however, is vast and intricate and can be found in the Liurnia of the Lakes area. Several large sections, as well as a few monsters, may only be reached by assisting Ranni.
While completing Ranni’s quest unlocks a new ending, the prize for assisting her may be especially appealing to long-time FromSoftware fans. Ranni’s journey is both exciting and tragic, and this quest is one of the best because of the sheer quantity of substance it contains.
- When you first walk inside Mistwood, you’ll be triggered.
- Somber Smithing Stone  as a reward.
Blaidd, a large wolfman that serves Ranni, may be seen brooding on top of some ruins in Mistwood. He’ll also growl, though it’s easy to miss, so turn up the volume on the game. Players will need to inquire about this with Merchant Kalé in the Church of Elleh, who will instruct them on how to get Blaidd’s attention.
The Path To Malenia
Malenia, The Blade of Miquella, was one of Elden Ring’s initial promotional characters, and she rapidly became a popular favorite. Elden Ring’s art and cosplay are mostly centered on the character and her unusual look. She is strangely absent from the game’s primary level, as players may observe. Nonetheless, she is combatable and one of Elden Ring’s most difficult boss confrontations. However, getting there is a big undertaking in and of itself.
Finding Malenia is a large and rewarding adventure for every Elden Ring player, involving secret items, hidden places, and a complete legacy dungeon.
Additionally, we have a separate guide of Elden Ring all Quests, which you can check out if you are interested.
- The trigger location is Gowry’s shack outside Sellia’s gate in Caelid.
- Unalloyed Gold Needle as a reward
Millicent is a tragic character in Caelid who is afflicted with the Scarlet Rot virus, but her adoptive father, Gowry, intends to cure her. As a result, Gowry will ask players to find a needle capable of doing just that. Drops it. Commander O’Niel, a boss in the swamp near Sellia, drops it.
After that, players will earn Millicent’s friendship (return to Gowry’s cabin after curing her to look for her). She’ll start moving around a lot after that. First, in the Erdtree-Gazing Hill Grace in the Altus Plateau; next, after beating the village’s boss, in Windmill Heights Grace; then, at Mountaintop of the Giants, in the Ancient Snow Valley Ruins Grace; and finally, at Elphael, Brace of the Haligtree, in the Prayer Room Grace.
Volcano Manor Questlines
- Volcano Manor in the western Altus Plateau is the trigger location.
- Several spectacular armor sets and weapons, as well as an entrance to Volcano Manor, are among the rewards.
The fact that approaching the main road of the western Altus Plateau is a massive walk is why this one is easy to overlook. It will be easy to mess up that quest chain when players become acquainted with and indoctrinated into the Recusant covenant by executing invasion tasks for them.
Fia, the Deathbed Companion, can be found as soon as the player enters The Roundtable Hold for the first time. She will give the player a consumable item in exchange for maximum health (temporarily).
Fia’s story, on the other hand, has a lot more to tell. Not only does assisting her to disclose more about the lore of The Lands Between, but there is also a hidden section, two completely distinct boss fights, and a unique finale connected with Fia’s mission.
Elden Ring’s opening mentions Goldmask, but he isn’t seen again until halfway, when another character, Brother Corhyn, begins on the hunt for him.
While Goldmask’s quest is very basic in many aspects, it can also reveal major storyline details to the player that are not easily obtained in other ways. Completing his objective will also allow the player to select an alternate game-ending, replete with a unique cutscene.
Unlocking The Consecrated Snowfield & The Haligtree
- The trigger is a stone called Albus (disguised as a pot) in the Albinaurics Site of Grace in western Liurnia of the Lakes.
- A full potential endgame zone, as well as the possibility of a Great Rune
The area west of the Giants’ Mountain is actually a hidden optional location. It’s a massive, frozen wasteland that can be reached if players extensively explore Liurnia of the Lakes and find the Village of the Albinaurics. They simply need to look for a lone pot and hit it once after unlocking a Site of Grace in this location.
This will expose an elderly albino guy who will give them the left half of a medallion as well as directions on how to locate the right half. Hold on for more information about his other half, Gideon Ofnir, in the Roundtable. Players can utilize the medallion in the Grand Lift Rot to access the secret region once they’ve found it.
Brother Corhyn’s Questline
- Roundtable Hold is the trigger location.
- Alternative good endings are available as rewards.
Brother Corhyn’s questline isn’t technically concealed because he’s visible enough in the Roundtable Hold. The steps in between, though, once he’s made the decision to leave the Roundtable Hold. If players wish to keep track of Brother Corhyn’s progress, they’ll have to look for a terrifying guy dubbed “Goldmask.” A goldmask can be found in two places on the Altus Plateau.
D, another NPC, introduces the player to Gurranq, the Beast Clergyman. Gurranq assigns the player the duty of locating Deathroot, a mystery plant that grows near death-infested areas. If they do so, the player will have access to a variety of unique spells and artifacts, as well as powerful upgrade materials.
Gurranq is also more than just a task giver. Players can learn his true identity and how he fits into Elden Ring’s larger storyline as they progress through the game. It is even possible to fight Gurranq, and the events surrounding this vary if the player completes his questline beforehand.
Dung Eater’s Questline
- The Dung Eater’s secret room in Roundtable Hold is the trigger location.
- The Dung Eater’s gear and an alternate awful ending are the rewards.
The Dung Eater is to blame for one of Elden Ring’s catastrophic endings, in which everyone suffers a terrible fate. He makes himself known in Roundtable Hold, to be sure. He will not budge unless at least one seedbed curse is given to him. Three are in the Royal Capital of Leyndell, two in Elphael, Brace of the Haligtree, and one at Volcano Manor.
Players must liberate him from his dungeon, complete a Boilprawn Shack side quest, and then battle the Dung Eater (don’t kill him without provocation, otherwise the questline will be ruined). After beating him and handing him all the Seedbed Curses, he’ll grant players a Great Rune that will change the ending.
Lord of Frenzied Flame Questline
- Mohg, the Omen in the Subterranean Shunning-Grounds in Leyndell, the Royal Capital, is the trigger location.
- Alternative awful ending (rewards)
If you want an even worse ending, make sure to follow the Lord of Frenzied Flame’s questline to the letter. This one takes place in Leyndell’s sewers and needs players to battle Mohg, the Omen. A fake wall behind his altar will reveal a path filled with opponents who will inflict madness.
Players must travel to this location, removing their armor and weapons to access a specific door, until they reach the Three Fingers, where they will be branded. This will give a new ending, but it may also lock players out of all others.
Sorceress Sellen can be found early in an Elden Ring playthrough, although her mission will lead players to the furthest reaches of The Lands Between. Sellen wishes to resurrect the teachings of two other sorcerers, Azur and Lusat, and will assist the player in finding their resting sites.
Players will benefit greatly from the spells discovered, and Sellen also sells a number of potent spells. Furthermore, Sellen’s mission will assist players in learning more about the Raya Lucaria Academy, one of the game’s heritage dungeons, as well as some of its more enigmatic personalities.
Yura, the Bloody Fingers’ sworn nemesis, can be found all over the Lands Between. After he assists the player in defeating an intruder, they can repay the favor at any time throughout their game. Even if Yura is defeated in battle, his mission is far from over.
Yura’s body will be possessed by the enigmatic Shabriri, who can be located in a late-game region. If players choose to explore the secret, Shabriri will reveal it, leading to a hidden ending. This quest may be particularly interesting for players that seek a bleed-focused Twinblade or a powerful crystal tear for their flask of Wonderous Physick.
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