How to complete the Ranni quest in Elden Ring

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The Elden Ring Ranni quest is quite involved if you decide to go down the path of the lunar witch, but it'll be worth it in the end. This quest is one of the major storylines in the game, featuring a trio of characters that you'll grow to love. You'll get to explore some of the best areas in the game, and finish it out with one of the most beloved swords in the Souls series, the Dark Moon Greatsword (formerly known as the Moonlight Greatsword).

You'll first encounter Ranni when she gives you the Elden Ring Spirit Calling Bell, though she'll call herself Renna during this encounter. She claims you'll never see her again, but if you head to Ranni's Rise in Liurnia (past Caria Manor), you can start her quest and help her out. In this Elden Ring Ranni quest guide, we'll walk you through every step.

This walkthrough contains a good deal of story spoilers in relation to secret locations and Ranni, so avoid if you want to experience that stuff yourself.

Elden Ring Ranni quest summary

Below is a broad summary of the key steps to Ranni's quest, but lower down we'll explain in more detail:

How to start

How to begin the Ranni quest

First, head to the Caria Manor in the northern part of West Liurnia. On your way up the road, be sure to talk to the giant blacksmith, Iji, since he'll become relevant later. Head inside the manor and make your way through it, watching out for those horrific hand monsters. After the Troll Knight on the stairs, you'll come to a big room with a pool surrounded by chairs—an Elden Ring boss setup if ever we saw one.

How to complete the Ranni quest in Elden Ring

This is where you'll fight Loretta, and she's a tricky boss, with an arsenal of sorceries, and a sickle that has a nasty reach from the back of her horse. Take the time to beat her yourself or use Elden Ring Spirit Ashes, before heading out into the garden. There are three towers up here: Renna's Rise, Ranni's Rise, and Seluvis' Rise. Make your way to middle tower, Ranni's Rise.

Head to the top and talk to Ranni to start the search for the lost city of Nokron. After that, go back downstairs to chat to the other members of your merry little band. Blaidd, the Elden Ring wolf man, will tell you he's heading to Siofra River to look for Nokron and to meet him there.

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How to find Nokron

How to find Nokron in Elden Ring

Make your way to Siofra River through the Siofra River Well in the Mistwoods of East Limgrave. You'll find Blaidd further inside the underground region. Talk to him, and he'll explain that he can see Nokron up above, but can't find a way to get there. Follow these steps:

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Starscourge Radahn tips

Defeating Starscourge Radahn

Now for the hard part. Head to the fort at the most southeasterly point of Caelid: Redmane Castle. Sprint past the defences with Torrent, your Elden Ring mount, and jump around to the right past the troll at the gate to sneak in. You'll eventually come to the Chamber Outside the Plaza Site of Grace. Good news is, by doing this quest, you've actually skipped a pretty horrible boss. In the next chamber where that boss should've been, are the contestants for the festival, including Blaidd and Alexander, The Iron Fist.

Head up and talk to the announcer, then use the lift, and the portal to enter the boss. Starscourge Radahn is a horrible boss to fight, but here are some tips:

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Once Radahn is dead, the stars will return, and one will fall to earth in East Limgrave.

Find the Fingerslaying Blade for Ranni in Nokron

Finding the Fingerslaying Blade for Ranni in Nokron

Head to the south section of East Limgrave and you'll spot a load of floating rubble and a crater. Go through the crater to enter Nokron, Eternal City. Progress through the area, past the Mimic Tear boss, and into the forest with the ancestral warriors. Find this Site of Grace: it lets you access the Night's Sacred Ground by jumping across rooftops. In the center of this area, below the giant finger reader sitting on the throne, you'll find the Fingerslayer Blade in a chest.

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Give the Fingerslayer Blade to Ranni back at Ranni's Rise and she'll give you the Carian Inverted Statue that unlocks the Carian Study Hall in Elden Ring. If you want to know where Blaidd went, talk to Iji.

Exploring Nokstella and getting the Discarded Palace Key

Sit at the nearby grace or reload the game so that you can now head to Renna's Rise, the previously inaccessible tower. It houses a portal that takes you into Ainsel River. Nearby you'll find the Miniature Ranni. Take her to a grace and talk to her until she replies. Tiny Ranni will tell you to head into Nokstella to kill some shades. If you talk to her at graces along the way, she'll explain her story.

Make your way under the meteor-shooting stone bug, and through Nokstella until you descend an elevator into a garden with ant-riding Nox monks. Head right to find another elevator that leads down to the Nokstella Waterfall Basin grace. Sprint past the Basilisks to find yourself invaded by Blaidd. Kill him and Ranni will thank you, giving you the Discarded Palace Key. Head to the Raya Lucaria Grand Library where you fought Rennala and open the chest to find the Dark Moon Ring.

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Lake of Rot and Astel, Naturalborn of the Void

Lake of Rot and Astel, Naturalborn of the Void

From where you fought Blaidd, head down into the Lake of Rot. You can stand on the switches to make platforms appear, but I recommend beelining straight towards the giant doorway on the right side if you have enough flasks to stay alive. There's a grace just beyond the doorway. Using the nearby ledges, descend to where the centipede pests are gathered below. Don't head towards the room at the end, but go right to the stone coffin by the waterfall. Climb in and wait.

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This will start a cutscene, and you'll find yourself outside a fog door. Astel, Naturalborn of the Void is like something directly out of Bloodborne, a cosmic nightmare scorpion who has array of AoE attacks. Your best bet is to smack him in the face with jumping attacks when you can to stagger him, while remaining aware of his AoEs, and his grabs with his pincers. Once he's dead, carry on and up the elevator.

The Moonlight Altar and Dark Moon Greatsword

The Moonlight Altar and Dark Moon Greatsword

You're finally here! The end of the road. Head up from the elevator to the big cathedral you can see. A dragon boss will spawn that you can fight, but if you'd prefer not to, just run inside. In the center of the Cathedral of Manus Celes, there is a hole in the floor you can descend through. Inside you'll find Ranni and some very dead fingers. Then, you'll initiate a cutscene where you slip the Dark Moon Ring onto her very alive finger. She'll thank you for becoming her champion, and after she disappears, the Dark Moon Greatsword will appear in front of you.

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If you want additional dialogue, head to the grace at the top of Ranni's Rise where she once sat. This will also change the dialogue for the ending of the game.

Now you can pursue Ranni's Age of Stars ending once you've finished the rest of the game.

So, what happened to Ranni's comrades, Blaidd, the wolf man and Iji?

If you're interested in where Blaidd went, head back to Ranni's Rise to find him—just be prepared for what unfolds.

It's also worth going to talk to Iji afterwards, for an epilogue to the quest.

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