How to complete the Nepheli quest in Elden Ring

Wondering how to follow the Elden Ring Nepheli quest? This dual-axe-wielding warrior is a helpful character to meet, as she lets you summon her for the first of the game's main Elden Ring bosses, Godrick the Grafted. Though not as hard as some of the later demi-gods, Godrick is nonetheless a hurdle in his own right, so some help goes a long way.

Though her quest initially ended in a dead-end, a patch added a fun crossover between the Nepheli quest and Kenneth Haight, finally letting players conclude her story in a more positive light. During her quest you'll also encounter Seluvis, Gideon, and Roderika, too.

That said, if you just want a helping hand with Godrick, and the super useful equip-load Arsenal Charm that Nepheli gives you after the boss, we'll explain where to find her for that as well.

Elden Ring Nepheli quest overview

Here's a short summary of the steps you need to take to finish this quest: 

  1. Talk to Nepheli in the room before the Godrick boss battle.
  2. Defeat Godrick the Grafted.
  3. Meet Nepheli outside Gideon's study in the Roundtable Hold to receive the Arsenal Charm. She won't appear if you haven't spoken to Gideon. 
  4. Head to Caria Manor and begin the Ranni quest to speak to Seluvis and get the potion.
  5. Meet Nepheli in the Village of the Albinaurics.
  6. Defeat the Omenkiller boss.
  7. Head back to the Roundtable Hold and speak to Nepheli downstairs past Smith Master Hewg.
  8. Talk to Gideon and either give him the potion to continue Nepheli's quest, or give it to Nepheli to make her a puppet. Alternatively, you can give this potion to Dung Eater to make him a puppet once you find him in Leyndell.
  9. Complete Roderika's quest to the point where she can perform spirit tuning.
  10. Head to the Chapel of Anticipation using the topmost of the Four Belfries and find the Stormhawk King.
  11. Give the Stormhawk King to Nepheli.
  12. Complete the Kenneth Haight quest to the point where he's back at his fort.
  13. After you've defeated Morgott, head back to the Stormveil Castle throne room to find Nepheli, Kenneth Haight, and Gatekeeper Gostoc. 
  14. Speak to Nepheli to get an Ancient Dragon Smithing Stone and purchase another from Gostoc.

Godrick Boss Battle

You're likely to first come across Nepheli just before the Godrick boss fight in Stormveil Castle. She's easy to miss, however, so check the room to the right of the courtyard after fighting the bladed Stormhawks. This is right before you find the Secluded Cell Site of Grace.

Talk to her until she offers to help you defeat Godrick, then you're free to head to the boss room. You can find Nepheli's golden summon sign right in front of the fog door. Once you've beaten Godrick, head to Roundtable Hold and find Nepheli who will reward you with the Arsenal Charm talisman for increasing equip load. 

Nepheli’s location in Stormveil Castle. (Image credit: From Software)

Seluvis and Nepheli

Nepheli will leave for the Village of the Albinaurics after you have exhausted her dialogue at Roundtable Hold. You can talk to her at the Village if you travel there yourself. Before covering that segment of Nepheli's quest, I'd like to address her interactions with Seluvis, a sorcery vendor at the Caria manor you'll meet as part of Ranni's quest.

Seluvis requests that you have Nepheli drink a potion. Its effects aren't made especially clear, but Seluvis' potion will kill the drinker and turn them into a puppet for him, and later, a Spirit Ash summon for yourself.

Return to Roundtable Hold and speak to Nepheli's father, Gideon Ofnir, in the library. If he doesn't give you the option to ask about Nepheli, it's possible you need to speak to her again first, either at the Roundtable or in her new location at the Village of the Albinaurics.

Seluvis’ tower location. (Image credit: From Software)

Who should you give Seluvis' potion to in Elden Ring? 

Here are all of the NPCs you can give the potion to in Seluvis' quest:

  • If you give the potion to Gideon and tell Seluvis you did as he asked, you’ll still be able to buy Elden Ring sorceries from Seluvis.
  • If you give the potion to Nepheli, she will turn into a doll and leave Roundtable Hold soon after, an eternal slave to Seluvis. You can then buy her spirit summon from Seluvis later on.
  • There is also a third option, to save the potion and give it to the Loathsome Dung Eater when you find his physical form in the Subterranean Shunning-Grounds under Leyndell, Royal Capital. Doing this will also make the Dung Eater a summon available from Seluvis.

As long as you give the potion to someone and don't progress Ranni's quest to the point where you give her the Finger Slaying Blade, Seluvis will remain alive and you'll be able to pursue his quest further to gather Amber Starlight and try to turn Ranni into a puppet. You'll also be able to purchase sorceries, and puppets once you find his hidden labratory.

Note that the only current difference between giving Nepheli the potion or not, is that you don't get her as a summon if you spare her. If you don't give Nepheli the potion, you can continue her quest by finding the Stormhawk King at the Chapel of Anticipation where the game began.

Village of the Albinaurics

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Village of the Albinaurics Entrance

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approaching the village

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Nepheli location in village

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boss arena in village

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Nepheli can next be found just outside the Village of the Albinaurics in south-central Liurnia. Approaching from the north, the clear waters of Liurnia will give way to vintage Miyazaki poison swamp before a massive opening in the cliffside. Enter the massive cavern, and to your left (the eastern side) there will be a pathway up into the village.

You can find Nepheli on this path, before encountering any opponents. Exhaust her dialogue to make her available as a summon for the area's boss. Activate the site of grace halfway on the path upward, cross the stone bridge, and the path to your right will lead to that aforementioned boss: the first Omenkiller you're likely to find in Elden Ring, accompanied by some feral dogs. Return to Nephali's original position, exhaust her dialogue again, and you will next find her at Roundtable Hold.

Detour: Albus and Latenna

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Albus revealed

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slumbering wolf shack location

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There are some more plot-critical NPCs who can help you gain access to a late-game area hiding in and around the village of the Albinaurics. From the area's Site of Grace, head up like you're going to the area boss, but instead continue past the Depraved Perfumer enemy. There will be a large pot (likely with messages pointing it out) that you can strike once to reveal Albus, the Albinauric, using a mimic spell to hide from the carnage. Speak to him to receive the Haligtree Secret Medallion (Right).

You can find the woman he speaks of, Latenna, by completing the Lakeside Crystal Cave dungeon to the east of the Albinauric village. She'll be in the Slumbering Wolf Shack outside on the other side of the tunnel. Speak to her to begin her quest.

Helping Kenneth Haight and getting the Stormhawk King

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Kenneth Haight initial location

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Kenneth Haight initial location.

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Fort Haight Location

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Kenneth moves back home after the 1.03 update.

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Kenneth Haight at home

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Kenneth chilling, as he does.

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Four Belfries Location

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Four Belfries map location, with the portal to the Chapel of Anticipation marked.

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chapel entrance

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hawk ashes

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hawk ashes lore

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The 1.03 update to Elden Ring added a final phase to Nepheli's quest which also intersects with Kenneth Haight, one of seven NPCs we recommend finding before leaving Limgrave.

Haight will relocate back to his fort once you speak to him one more time after receiving the Erdsteel Dagger from his initial quest. He laments the state of things and wishes for a true ruler to return to Limgrave.

Spoilers: it's Nepheli. The final steps of Nepheli's quest begin with the Four Belfries in western Liurnia, to the south of Caria manor. This area contains three portals to other areas of the Lands Between, and one Imbued Sword Key: a special Stonesword Key that only works here. There are three in the game, with one other found at Raya Lucaria Academy and the third hidden in Sellia, Town of Sorcery.

Unlock the northeastern portal to return to the Chapel of Anticipation, the starting area. It's payback time for that Grafted Scion. After you dispatch him, return to the entryway to the chapel. Facing inward, you will find a door to your right that was locked at the beginning of the game is now open. On the roof at the top of the stairs, you will find the Stormhawk King. Give this to Nepheli. 

Now you'll have to get to Leyndell and defeat Morgott to trigger the conclusion. After that's done, head to the Stormveil throne room and you should find a newly crowned Nepheli, Kenneth Haight, and Gatekeeper Gostoc hanging out. Talk to Nepheli and she'll give you an Ancient Dragon Smithing Stone, while Gostoc will become a vendor here, and sell an additional stone to you.

If you're having trouble getting these characters to relocate to the throne room, try resting at the Godrick Grace. If that doesn't work, you might have to come back and check later after making more progress in the game. Again, the quest seems to be bugged for me and other players.