Elden Ring quests: How to start NPC storylines


There are plenty of Elden Ring quests in the Lands Between if you're after a brief respite from getting trampled by bosses. While they aren't necessary to complete the game, you could miss out on valuable gear, items, or a different Elden Ring ending if you choose to ignore them. There's a lot to explore so it's easy to miss NPCs, even before you leave Limgrave.

The quests themselves vary in length and difficulty. Some are simple and only require a couple of steps to complete, while others include boss fights and can take you right up to the endgame areas. There are spoilers below, so proceed with caution. Here is a list of all the Elden Ring quests we've found, their rewards, and how to start them. 

Limgrave

Elden Ring Limgrave quests 

Sellen 

  • Starts: Waypoint Ruins, Limgrave
  • Requirements: Defeat Rennala, reach the Mt. Gelmir area
  • Rewards: Glintstone Kris dagger, Eccentric’s Armor set, Shard Spiral sorcery, Witch’s Glintstone Crown, Selen’s Bell Bearing (depending on choice)

Selen is first encountered in the Waypoint Ruins cellar in Limgrave. Her quest won't start properly until you've beaten the Raya Lucaria Academy boss, Rennala, and reached Mt. Gelmir to retrieve a specific item, however. 

This quest isn't as long as some of the others, though you'll need to have defeated Radahn to continue the quest past a certain point.

Blaidd 

  • Starts: Mistwood Ruins, Limgrave
  • Requirements: Speak to the merchant at Elleh Church to get the “snap” gesture
  • Rewards: Bloodhound’s Fang curved greatsword, Somber Smithing Stone (2), Carian Filigreed Crest talisman (unlock)

Blaidd's quest is very short and requires you to kill one boss. Once you've visited the Mistwood Ruins and heard the howling there, speak to the merchant at the Church of Elleh to receive a gesture. Using this gesture back at the ruins will bring Blaidd down to ground level to speak with you. The talisman listed above isn't awarded on completion of this quest but is unlocked when you speak to the blacksmith in Liurnia of the Lakes. 

Kenneth Haight 

  • Starts: East Limgrave
  • Requirements: None
  • Rewards: Erdtree Dagger

The majority of Kenneth's quest can be done before you venture outside of Limgrave. It's not a long questline and you're rewarded with the Erdtree Dagger for completing the first part. His story culminates in Stormveil Castle with the end of Nepheli's quest. 

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Nepheli 

  • Starts: Stormveil Castle, Limgrave
  • Requirements: Speak to Nepheli before you fight Godrick
  • Rewards: Arsenal Charm

This is another reasonably short questline though you'll need to defeat Godrick the Grafted to complete it. Nepheli can be found in a room just before the Secluded Cell Site of Grace in Stormveil Castle. If you don't speak to her, her summon sign won't be present in front of the boss door.

Gatekeeper Gostoc 

  • Starts: Stormveil Castle, Limgrave
  • Requirements: None
  • Rewards: Grace Mimic, Ancient Dragon Smithing Stone

You meet this NPC when your first attempt to enter Stormveil Castle. You'll have one choice to make during the quest, though it doesn't really affect the outcome. Like Kenneth Haight, Gatekeeper Gostoc's story culminates at Stormveil Castle when you finish Nepheli's quest. 

Iron Fist Alexander

  • Starts: Western Stormhill, Limgrave
  • Requirements: None
  • Rewards: Friendship, Warrior Jar Shard talisman

The adventures of the #1 Pot Boy span most of Elden Ring, beginning in Limgrave and carrying through a late-game area. This jolly jar warrior will also help you out in some of Elden Ring's biggest boss battles.

Rogier

  • Starts: Stormveil Castle, Limgrave
  • Requirements: None
  • Rewards: Spellblade armor set, Rogier’s Rapier +8, Rogier’s Bell Bearing

Rogier's quest isn't a long one but it's easy to miss what you need to do in Stormveil Castle to trigger one of the steps. Pushing too far into the game or progressing certain other NPC quests makes this questline missable.

Weeping Peninsula

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Elden Ring Weeping Peninsula quests

Irina 

  • Starts: Bridge of Sacrifice, Weeping Peninsula
  • Requirements: None
  • Rewards: Grafted Blade Greatsword (drops from boss at Castle Morne)

You can start Irina's quest as soon as you like. You need to cross the Bridge of Sacrifice in south Limgrave to reach her. The bridge is heavily guarded so your best bet is to just ride past all the enemies there on Torrent.

This is a fairly short quest that requires you to kill the boss at Castle Morne. He can be pretty tough at lower levels.

Roundtable Hold

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Elden Ring Roundtable Hold quests 

Diallos

  • Starts: Roundtable Hold
  • Requirements: None
  • Rewards: Hoslow’s Petal Whip, Diallos’s Mask, Numen’s Rune

You encounter Diallos when you arrive in Roundtable Hold. His questline doesn't have too many steps, but you'll need to work through Volcano Manor to progress it after a certain point. It's unclear whether you need to speak to him at Roundtable Hold to have him move to his next area, but this is where you can first meet him. 

Fia 

  • Starts: Roundtable Hold
  • Requirements: Reach Atlus Plateau or defeat Radahn (unconfirmed)
  • Rewards: Twinned armor, Inseparable Greatsword, Mending Rune of the Death-Prince

You can find Fia in Roundtable Hold as soon as you have access to this area. Her quest won't start properly though until she asks for a favour and gives you the Weathered Dagger. This appears to be triggered by either arriving in Atlus Plateau or killing Radahn.

There are quite a few steps to this quest, along with a few bosses to kill. It takes you right up to one of the endgame areas.

Dung Eater

  • Starts: Roundtable Hold 
  • Requirements: Obtain a Seedbed Curse
  • Rewards: Mending Rune of the Fell Curse, Omen armor set

You find the Dung Eater in a room in Roundtable Hold that is inaccessible until after you've reached Altus Plateau. His quest doesn't have many steps but you need to find five Seedbed Curses in order to finish it. Because of this, you'll need to have made your way to some of the end-game areas to complete it.

Brother Corhyn (and Goldmask)

  • Starts: Roundtable Hold
  • Requirements: Reach Altus Plateau
  • Rewards: Mending Rune of Perfect Order, Corhyn’s Bell Bearing, Corhyn’s Robe

Brother Corhyn simply sells incantations when you first meet him at Roundtable Hold, but his quest will open up as soon as you make it as far as Altus Plateau. His story is intertwined with that of Goldmask and completing this questline will reward you with one of the items needed for a specific ending.

Liurnia

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Elden Ring Liurnia of the Lakes quests

Hyetta 

  • Starts: Lake-Facing Cliffs, Liurnia of the Lakes
  • Requirements: Start Irina’s quest in Weeping Peninsula
  • Rewards: Frenzied Flame Seal

Hyetta's quest isn't particularly complicated, but you'll need to collect items to give to her, one of which requires you to kill a couple of invading NPCs. This questline takes you all the way to one of the final areas of the game. 

Rya

  • Starts: Northwest of Laskyar Ruins, Liurnia of the Lakes
  • Requirements: None
  • Rewards: Daedicar’s Woe talisman, Zorayas’s Letter

You can first meet Rya in Liurnia of the Lakes and she offers a relatively quick way to get to Volcano Manor early on. The bulk of her quest happens at the manor and you'll need to defeat a mini-boss there to acquire an item needed to progress. 

Rya's quest also overlaps with the Volcano Manor story arc, so be warned that proceeding too far with this arc can lock you out of completing her questline.

Blackguard Big Boggart

  • Starts: Boilprawn Shack, Liurnia
  • Requirements: Speak to Rya in Liurnia
  • Rewards: Blackguard’s Iron Mask, Iron Ball, Blackguard’s Bell Bearing, Seedbed Curse

This is a short quest that takes you as far as Leyndell, Royal Capital. It ties in with Dung Eater's quest too, so you'll need to progress that NPC quest if you want to gain the rewards for this one.

Thops 

  • Starts: Church of Irith, Liurnia of the Lakes
  • Requirements: None
  • Rewards: Academy Glintstone Staff, Thops’s Bell Bearing, Thops’s Barrier Ash of War

You find Thops in the first church you encounter after you enter the Liurnia of the Lakes region. He'll sell you sorceries, but talking to him further reveals his interest in a Glintstone Key. Find the second key to give to him requires you to defeat the Red Wolf of Radagon in Raya Lucaria Academy. 

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Varré 

  • Starts: Rose Church, Liurnia of the Lakes
  • Requirements: Defeat Godrick to access Finger Reader Enia in Roundtable Hold
  • Rewards: Bloody Finger, Pureblood Knight’s Medal

You meet Varré at the very start of the game, at the first Site of Grace you visit when you leave the Stranded Graveyard. His quest won't start properly until you meet him in Liurnia of the Lakes, however.

You won't have to defeat any additional bosses to complete this quest, though you will have to invade other players three times to complete one of the steps.

Jar-Bairn 

  • Starts: Jarburg, Liurnia of the Lakes
  • Requirements: None
  • Rewards: Companion Jar talisman

This quest is actually very short, though you need to complete both Alexander's lengthy questline and Diallos's shorter one to complete it. Jarburg is located on the eastern side of Liurnia of the Lakes. You'll need to drop down to the area, so it's easy to miss if you're not looking for it. 

Ranni 

  • Starts: Ranni’s Rise, Liurnia of the Lakes
  • Requirements: Caria Manor, including Royal Knight Loretta
  • Rewards: Dark Moon Greatsword

You can find Ranni in one of the towers in the northwest corner of Liurnia. You can only access this area once you've fought your way through Caria Manor and defeated the Royal Knight Loretta boss. 

This is one of the longer Elden Ring quests and you'll need to kill at least two bosses to complete it.

Seluvis

  • Starts: Seluvis’s Rise, Liurnia
  • Requirements: Start Ranni’s quest
  • Rewards: Preceptor armor set, Seluvis’s Bell Bearing

Seluvis's quest isn't particularly long but it does tie in with Ranni. It's worth noting that if you progress his quest right to the end, you'll be locked out of finishing Ranni's lengthy quest unless you atone at the Church of Vows.

Caelid

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Elden Ring Caelid quests 

Millicent 

  • Starts: Gowry’s Shack, Caelid
  • Requirements: None
  • Rewards: Rotten Winged Sword Insignia, Unalloyed Gold Needle

Millicent is first encountered at the Church of the Plague in Caelid, though you'll need to speak to Gowry in his shack first. There are no real requirements to start this quest, other than getting to the area—and staying alive—which might be quite difficult at lower levels.

You'll need to defeat several bosses during the quest and it will take you right to one of the endgame areas. The item you get for this quest gives you the chance to remove the Frenzied Flame.

Mt. Gelmir

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Elden Ring Mt. Gelmir quests 

Volcano Manor 

  • Starts: Volcano Manor, Mt. Gelmir
  • Requirements: None
  • Rewards: Magma Shot sorcery, Serpentbone Blade, Taker’s Cameo talisman

This quest isn't particularly long but it does interweave with several other NPC questlines. The rewards for this quest include armor sets dropped by your targets, but I've only included the ones Tanith hands over in the overview above.

You can get to Volcano Manor fairly early on, and it includes one of the major bosses in the game. It's also possible to get locked out of this quest if you progress too far in other areas.