Elden Ring Best Weapons (Lusat’s Glintstone Staff)

March 27, 2022 | Posted in Elden Ring | By

This post describes how to obtain one of the best staves players can acquire in Elden Ring for Astrologer Mage class and sorcerer’s in general. Players will have to navigate Sellia, Town of Sorcery lighting three towers to unlock magically sealed doors, and defeat a boss duo.

Sellia, Town of Sorcery

Players will unlock at site of grace near the entrance to the town known as Sellia Under the Stairs. From there, players will run up some stairs and enter the ghost town with the task of lighting three towers to unlock doors to loot and the boss. Defeating the boss gives players access to a chest containing Lusat’s Glintstone Staff.

Lighting the first two towers requires travel on gigantic roots and rooftops with some key jumps without much room for error or players will fall to the ground and have to start over. The town’s mobs, ghosts, including casting mages, will vanish from site, and there’s a few tough melee mobs. Playing Astrologer is limiting in this venue and I had to rely on the sword in most cases.

Lighting the third tower is the easiest and once this is accomplished players will have access to the boss fight.

Nox Sorceress and Nox Priest Duo Boss Fight

I summoned my +6 wolf ashes and spanked the duo from ranged with Glintstone Stars because the boss duo has a tendency to dodge Glinting Pebble. Boss fights from ranged are somehow easier and playing Astrologer Mage is not popular because of the low number of hit points because leveling points are put into Intelligence and Mind. For every three intelligence points, players should invest two in mind creating a 60 intelligence 40 mind split. Also, Astrologer Mage is wearing cloth armor, like the Snow Witch Set, due to low endurance and the importance of keeping the load medium for clutch barrel rolls resulting in poor damage negation.

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Elden Ring Academy of Raya Lucaria

March 26, 2022 | Posted in Elden Ring | By

This post shares a walkthrough of an important dungeon in Elden Ring players will need to defeat as part of Ranni’s quest unlocking a secret ending to the game. Also, this is THE early game dungeon for astrologer mages to complete. Azur’s Glintstone Staff, Comet (Sorcery for Casters), Radagon’s Icon, and Graven School Talisman make your character geared in the fairly early going.

Key Required to Enter

Players will find two gates locked with a magical spell and need the Academy Glintstone key found in two locations. One behind a sleeping dragon (players do not need to fight the dragon) and on a chandelier during Elden Ring rooftop, ledge, and beam adventures inside the academy when players try to get Azur’s Glintstone Staff.

Mini Boss Guide

Upon entering the academy through South Raya Lucaria gate, players have to make their way to the Church of Cuckoo site of grace and Debate Hall site of grace. Debate Hall will be the site of grace unlocked by defeating the Red Wolf of Radagon. There’s a couple of spots where the mages are tricky, however, players will learn their “ambuses” and find the process of getting to the second site of grace, the debate hall, fairly easy.

Azur’s Glintstone Staff

Playing Astrologer Mage, with high intellect and mind, Azur’s Glintstone staff is sexy because the weapon stacks with an heirloom called Radagon Icon looted after defeating the dungeon’s mini boss increasing casting speed. Academy of Raya Lucaria, and it’s loot, are something Astrologer Mages and sorcerer’s in general want as early as possible in the game. The path to the Glintstone Staff was challenging, for me, because it involves a lot of rooftop jumping and hand to hand combat with two difficult mobs.

Rannala, Queen of the Full Moon

There are two paths two the boss including mobs. Dodging the moving ball is easier and unlocking the second path requires more treacherous perils in the academy beyond grabbing Azur’s Glintstone Staff. Learn to dodge the giant ball and you’ll have the best path to the boss fight and yes, you have to pull the lever and wait for the lift.

Comet (Sorcery, Glintstone) and Graven School Talisman

Clutch astrologer mage gear. I should have had these two items earlier in the game but I did not know about the secret entrance to where the gear is located. After the site of grace at church of the cuckoo, as players make their way to the debate hall site of grace (facing a mini boss) players will come up some stairs facing a melee mage with three casting mages waiting in the wings. After eliminating these four mobs, climb the left staircase, an immediate left at the top, and a hack with your melee weapon at the wall to reveal a secret tunnel. How many of these have I missed? The sorcery is in a chest then players must jump a railing and fall through two floors where the Graven School Talisman, increasing spell damage, will be laying on some crystals. There are annoying little “pots” who attack.

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Elden Ring Best Boss Fight

March 25, 2022 | Posted in Elden Ring | By

This post shares opinions regarding the best boss fight (so far) for Elden Ring players. Rennala, Queen of the Full Moon, is as challenging as it is creepy. There are two phases to the encounter with children crawling on the ground breathing fire at you and humming a lullaby. Players should learn some tactics for defeating Phase 1 of the boss of Raya Lucaria Academy especially playing Astrologer Mage.

Rennala, Queen of the Full Moon

I’ve got phase one down. One witnesses clutch Astrologer Mage barrel rolls to avoid damage because because my load is medium. The children singing the lullaby are surrounded by a gold shield destroyed in one hit. Once a player breaks three gold shields on three different children, the boss will fall to the ground and can be attacked. Melee weapons, even for an Astrologer with 18 strength and 15 dexterity, are most effective when the boss becomes vulnerable to attack. My other stats as Astrologer are Intelligence 57, Mind 40, 20 Vigor, 16 Endurance, 9 Fatih, and 7 arcane combined with the strength and dexterity numbers listed above and I’m roughly level 95. This, I believe, is a pure mage build at this point in the game and I have not put a single point into Fatih or Arcane. One of the things helping me, tremendously, is I went and got the Uchigatana from Deathtouched Catacombs an item I never picked up when I cleared the dungeons more than 50 levels ago. Attacking the boss melee in phase 1 is the way to go.

Ranni’s Quest

Earning the Snow Witch Armor Set, awarded part way through the quest line, sets players up to tackle Raya Lucaria Academy if the dungeon has not already been completely cleared. I defeated a boss in the academy, Red Wolf of Radagon, and thought the dungeon was complete. I had no idea the best boss I’ve seen playing dark age of Camelot for four years and world of warcraft for too many years awaited at the end of the dungeon. Rennala, Queen of the Full Moon, is difficult and I’m making a point to play this game solo. I beat Godrick on the first try, I beat Radahn within 15 pulls, Margit the Fell took several pulls and I didn’t even activate the NPCs for that encounter because I’m total noob.

Raya Lucaria Academy

The dungeon really has two parts with a mini boss. I did not know this and have been stuck on Ranni’s quest for some time. The quest line takes one through natural leveling progression. The first part of the academy up to the mini boss is fairly easy once players learn to navigate the spell casting mages and their little ambush leading to the Red Wolf of Radagon. Once the mini boss is defeated, the real challenge begins opening the path from the debate parlor site of grace to the boss. I died so many times trying to obtain Azur’s Glintstone Staff one of the best staves in the game for Astrologer Mages.

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Elden Ring Clutch Secret Paths

March 24, 2022 | Posted in Elden Ring | By

This post assists players in Elden Ring in three different locations fairly early in the game. Direct routes in all three locations referenced offer various challenges (difficult zones to clear, difficult mobs to defeat for loot, and dungeons needed for various reasons, including quests. The secret paths help players die less and dying is something one does often in this game.

Liurnia of the Lakes Secret Path

Stormveil Castle is rough. I can’t imagine waiting to accomplish tasks in the early game main zone, Liurnia of the Lakes. Of course there is a secret passage to bypass Stormveil Castle Completely. The Liurnia of the Lakes secret passage is pretty easy to find and intuitive to follow. There’s a few mobs to fight on the way, wolves namely, but you can get to the first site of grace in Liurnia of the Lakes, Liurnia Lake Shore.

As with any new zone, finding the map fragments are helpful to start finding locations for a new tier of loot, beyond Limgrave and Weeping Peninsula, without having to beat Margit the Fell and Godrick the Grafted.

Ainsel River Secret Path

Inside this underground dungeon, after clearing ridiculous mobs, and trying to progress forward, you’re greeted with a large creature throwing purple boulders at you. Progressing in the dungeon this way is too difficult. Luckily, there’s a clutch secret path. You don’t have to fight the ridiculous mobs in the ruins “courtyard” of the dungeon. Run past them, scale some rocks, and you’ll be able to approach and defeat the creature throwing purple boulders from a different angle. I maybe should tried melee on her but I’m a mage.

Altus Plateau Secret Path

I don’t want to assault a place in Caelid for the other half of the medallion to activate and use the Grand Lift of Dectus to get to Altus Plateau, I need instant gratification and the miner’s bell 2 plus runes from a fresh zone. The underground dungeons, part of The Snow Witch Armor Set Quest, rewarded part way through Ranni’s quest, should be lit up with sites of grace. Time for Altus Plateau via another clutch secret path.

There’s a boss fight to get through to the plateau, a Magma Wyrm.

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Elden Ring Snow Witch Armor Set (Quest)

March 22, 2022 | Posted in Elden Ring | By

This post describes the steps in Elden Ring a player must complete to earn one of the most desirable armor sets in the game. Players will be challenged by boss fights, difficult traversing of rigorous terrain (rooftops, ledges, etc.), needing only a portion of dungeons meaning players get lost, and die, a lot.

Best Astrologer Armor

Mages wear cloth in the world I game. The Astrologer’s set, beginning mage armor in Elden Ring, is first replaced by the Sorcerer’s Set farmed in Royal Academy Cave and Raya Lucaria Academy from the mages. I farmed these two dungeons and ended up with everything except the helmet. The Snow Witch Armor seems like a good set to get next because it’s a reward during Ranni’s Quest.

Ranni’s Quest

You first meet Renna in the Church of Elleh very early in the game. If, for some reason, you didn’t interact with her, I’m not sure if you have to go back and interact with her again to get her to move to her tower in an area known as the Three Sisters. To begin Ranni’s Quest, you’ll have to navigate Caria Manor and defeat the Caria Manor Boss, Royal Knight Loretta.

When entering the Three Sisters area, don’t be a noob like me and try to get into the tower straight ahead. Ranni’s Tower, the tower you want, is to the left. There will be a lot to do in starting the quest making sure you talk to all the NPCs, making sure to exhaust all dialogue.

Siofra River Well to Meet Blaidd

It’s pretty easy to find on the map in Limgrave. You take a lift down to the dungeon and navigate your way to another lift, taking the lift up. You’ll see stairs as you emerge from the second lift and Blaidd is up a path to the left of the stairs. Some of the information on where Blaidd was standing wasn’t exactly correct. He’s up there look to the left of the stairs when you ascend via lift to the second level of Siofra River Well. You eventually have to go back to Ranni and visit Seluvis and Sellen and return to Siofra River Well to unlock the next part of the quest … Redmane Castle and Starscourge Radahn, a difficult boss fight I solo’d around level 85.

Starscourge Radahn

Good luck. Defeating him reveals a site of grace along the beaches of Caelid if you were ever wondering how to get down there. Also, you may have to talk to NPCs to actually start the boss fight, namely the “announcer” when you enter Redmane Castle for the festival.

Nokron, the Eternal City

After defeating Radahn, a star falls causing a gigantic crater revealing the path to Nokron, the Eternal City, a place you pretty much have to clear in order to progress in Ranni’s quest, and, along the way, be awarded the Snow Witch Armor Set. Getting to the first site of grace in Nokron was fairly intuitive. There was loot along the way and carefully navigating cliff and ledge jump points. Eventually, you’ll make your way to the first site of grace and the dungeon’s boss fight comes along quickly.

Nokron, Eternal City – Finger Slayer Blade

After defeating the Mimic Tear boss fight, you’ll ride across the bridge and exit to the left and try to avoid any combat as it is unnecessary, completely, to complete this portion of Ranni’s quest and be awarded the Snow Witch Armor Set as a reward for basically half way progress through Ranni’s quest line. Try to stay to the left and you’ll happen across the Ancestral Woods Site of Grace and begin an adventure of jumping roofs and ledges and falling and dying. You’re trying to get to the Night’s Sacred site of grace and make your way to a chest with the item required and progress in the quest for Snow Witch Armor Set

Inverted Carian Study Hall

When you return to Ranni to give her the Fingerslayer Blade, continue to exhaust dialogue and Ranni will give you the Carian Inverted Statue. Travel to Carian Study Hall and place the statue on the table and the study hall will be inverted. Defeat Miriam, navigate your way down, carefully, and make your way to the Liurnia Bridge site of grace. I won’t even tell you how many times I died getting the run on Inverted Carian Study Hall captured below.

There’s a troll on the bridge but I just rode past him to collect the Cursemark of Death and Stargazer Heirloom.

After collecting the loot in Inverted Carian Study Hall, fast travel to Ranni’s tower, but, the Snow Witch Armor is in Renna’s tower to the north. It was quite the reward but a bit anticlimactic.

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Elden Ring Boss Fights as Astrologer Mage

March 21, 2022 | Posted in Elden Ring | By

This post describes and shares video of various boss fights in Elden Ring while playing the mage of Elden Ring, the Astrologer class. The boss fights depicted are necessary for game progression to become the Elden Lord and complete various quests and is designed to help players with strategy, tactics, and playing the game from a ranged damage perspective.

Elden Ring Boss Fights You’ll Need for Something

Margit the Fell unlocks Stormveil Castle. Godrick the Grafted is the boss of Stormveil Castle and drops one of two Great Runes required to enter the capital city and begin phase two of the game. Royal Knight Loretta is the boss of Caria Manor which unlocks Ranni’s quest via the Three Sisters, towers where Ranni, and others, are located after defeating Royal Knight Loretta. Gael Cave is a random optional dungeon showing the boss fight. Full Grown Fallingstar Beast in Mt. Gelmir drops both kinds of smithing stones level 6 and, while he doesn’t quite block player’s path to Volcano Manor, the field boss is a nuisance.

Margit the Fell

Margit is a boss, considered optional, but you have to defeat him to gain access to Stormveil Castle, a dungeon with a lot of stuff to do including defeating Godrick the Grafted, a boss. I eventually defeat Margit the Fell, probably around the ten minute mark of the video.

Godrick the Grafted

Godrick is the boss of Stormveil Castle and one of the bosses you need for a Great Rune. Once again, spirit ashes are a must, I’m again using wolves. This is a phased fight where I’ll dawn the arm of a dragon and breathe fire at you. Playing Astrologer, it was easy to stay away from these attacks. I did one shot Godrick on the first try. Luck I guess.

Leonine Misbegotten – Castle Morne Boss

Well, you fight the spirit of Leonine Misbegotten. Clutch spirit ashes in the form of wolves and ranged damaged result in a one shot of the boss on the first try. There’s a quest line here involving Edgar and Irena, who you meet in Weeping Peninsula. The quest has different outcomes depending on when you defeat the boss of Morne Castle and acquire the Grafted Blade Greatsword.

Caria Manor Boss

You’ll need to defeat the Caria Manor Boss if you want access to Ranni’s quest, which, as a Sorcerer, I want because Loretta’s Great Crossbow sorcery is apparently clutch at long range although the range seems the same as Glinting Pebble and takes longer to cast. Also, Ranni’s quest awards the Snow Witch Armor Set which I want.

Starscourge Radahn

Players have to defeat this boss of Castle Redmane as part of Ranni’s quest and to be awarded the Snow Witch Armor Set. Described as “one of the toughest encounters in the game” I think this boss fight fails in comparison to the difficulty of Rannala, Queen of the Full Moon in Raya Lucaria Academy. Both count as bosses to slay for Great Runes to unlock the second phase of the game.

Full Grown Fallingstar Beast

Players will encounter the field boss after a site of grace called Ninth Mt. Gelmir Campsite via spirit spring to jump with Torrent. Or, there’s a ladder. I wonder how long it takes to climb the ladder I never bothered trying to find out. Players should try to land as close to the edge of the plateau because the boss has large aggro range.

Borealis the Freezing Fog

Once players progress through Leyndell Capital, defeating Godfrey and Morgott the Omen along the way, players will make their way to the Mountaintops of the Giants. While making a half loop to the various sites of grace and finding the zone map fragments, players will encounter a dragon. Borealis the Freezing Fog can be avoided and, apparently, a lot of sites recommend bypassing the field boss. Here’s Astrologer Mage handling the encounter with relative ease.

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Elden Ring Astrologer Gameplay

March 19, 2022 | Posted in Elden Ring | By

This post describes and shares Astrologer gameplay in Elden Ring and offers guidance in the early stages of gameplay especially in the first two zones one will fully explore (Limgrave and Weeping Peninsula). Boss fights, map fragment locations, dungeon walkthroughs, and some game puzzle solving are described all from the Astrologer point of view.

Elden Ring Astrologer – Ranged Gameplay

When I played world of warcraft, I played frost mage. Parsed at in 99th percentile world wide against a boss named Operator Thogar back in the day. When playing Elden Ring, I feel like I’m playing world of warcraft, in a way, without all the drama of a guild who can’t down Mythic bosses because they lack skill. Frost mage in wow was ranged dps so I picked a ranged class in Elden Ring, Astrologer. I downed Margit the Fell, the first “boss” before you can enter Stormveil Castle, solo.

Elden Ring Astrologer – Early Game Play in West Limgrave

The first thing anyone should do in Elden Ring is get the spirit horse Torrent. This is accomplished when you visit your third lost site of grace. A movie will automatically start with Melina giving you a whistle to summon you Torrent who’s clutch in helping you get out of trouble. You’ll discover Dragon Burnt Ruins, one of the first places to make some levels and practice combat. You’ll discover Church of Elleh with a vendor and a place to upgrade your weapons using smithing stones. And, you’ll find Grove Side Cave, the first “optional” dungeon called Grove Side Cave.

Apparently, if you’re playing Samurai, you’ll want to defeat the boss of Grove Side Cave as soon as a possible. You’ll find Gatefront Ruins, a place to clear and learn combat, and find the West Limgrave map fragment which will fill in your map in the game. Each zone has a map fragment to discover. The east limgrave map fragment is pretty easy to find and you’ll have the entire map for Limgrave, the starting zone of Elden Ring.

Elden Ring Limgrave Best Dungeons to Complete

The dungeons in Limgrave are, apparently, optional. However, Limgrave Tunnels is a dungeon you want to complete because you’ll find smithing stones. Elden Ring’s most recent patch made it easier to find early game smithing stones level one and smithing stones level 2. You’ll want to complete Murkwater Catacombs and Deathtouched Catacombs for Grave Glovewort and Ghose Gloveworth to upgrade spirit ashes.

Elden Ring First Zone to Explore – Weeping Peninsula

Weeping Peninsula lies to the south of Limgrave and is a good place to early game level. I guess you could go to Liurnia of the Lakes to the north as you can bypass Stormveil Castle and access Liurnia of the Lakes via a secret path. Hit Ordys’s Rise, solve the three wise beasts puzzle and you’ll get a Memory Stone.

Weeping Peninsula Dungeons to Complete

Apparently, Elden Ring dungeons are optional but you’ll want early game smithing stones and glovewort. You’ll want to complete Morne Tunnel for smithing stones. You’ll want to complete Tombsward Catacombs and Impaler’s Catacombs for glovewort.

The other “optional” minor dungeons may have loot you want and dungeons are a great place to farm runes and learn the mob fights to the boss making sure you can clear the mobs to the boss like a pro. Some bosses I have absolutely melted as ranged. Some bosses I died to a lot and can’t really imagine playing melee in this game as it must get add crazy. Earthbore Cave or Tombsward Cave may contain items or crafting materials.

Godrick the Grafted

He’s the boss of Stormveil Castle. I one shot him at level 73. Astrologer ranged game play at it’s finest.

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Elden Ring Where to Find Memory Stones

March 19, 2022 | Posted in Elden Ring | By

This post describes Memory Stones and places to find these items crucial to players with an Astrologer build in Elden Ring. Boss fights, solving of puzzles for dungeon access, merchant, and dungeon walkthroughs are essential to help players navigate an extremely difficult and challenging game and be awarded the item increasing number of spells used in combat.

Increase Number of Spells with Memory Stones

Memory Stones increase the number of spell slots on your instant use bar. With a sorcerer’s staff equipped, each Memory Stone increases the number of spells you can “carry” and cycle during a fight. This is the first Memory Stone I found, increasing my number of spell “slots” to three. I could have found this Memory Stone when I first entered Weeping Peninsula during levels 20-25 but, instead, I found my first Memory Stone past Level 70. Giggle. Don’t be like me.

Oridys’s Rise Memory Stone

I came to this “dungeon” but couldn’t find wise beasts two and three so I went onto other things in Elden Ring, like dying. You die so much in this game. After some googling, I figured out the three wise beasts and was disappointed there was no actual dungeon with a boss and felt silly I found my first Memory Stone at Level 70. The Oridys’s Rise three wise beast puzzle is actually pretty easy once you know where to look and what to look for.

Where to find the Oridys’s Rise Memory Stone

The memory stone is located in a chest at the top of the tower.

Raya Lucaria Academy

Raya Lucaria Academy is a good place to farm mages for the sorcerer’s armor set. Also, when you defeat the boss, the Red Wolf of Ragadon, a Memory Stone will drop. You can also purchase a Memory Stone from the Twin Husks vendor in Round Table Hold. This encompasses the three Memory Stones I’ve found increasing my usable spells in combat to five.

Lenni’s Rise

There’s a memory stone at the top of Lenni’s rise located in Caelid. I can’t remember how to get to the location’s site of grace but it probably involved a lot of running away from mobs. There’s a spirit spring jump to an open balcony taking me a few times to figure out. The video below shows how to make the jump and get your memory stone like a pro.

Tetsu’s Rise

A memory stone lies at the top of Tetsu’s Rise in Lakes of Liurnia using the Sorcerer’s Isle site of grace. Similar to Oridys’s Rise in Weeping Peninsula, there’s a “find three wise beasts” puzzle to unlock the tower. The video below shows you where the three glowing turtles are located and I remember them being pretty easy to find when you knew where to look.

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Elden Ring Round Table Hold

March 18, 2022 | Posted in Elden Ring | By

This post describes a location in Elden Ring essential for player progression. There are many tasks to accomplish and loot to turn into various vendors to receive crucial items for things like weapon upgrades. Players have to learn their way around the hold and accomplish various tasks to unlock various vendors full potential.

Round Table Hold

This is a low key important place in Elden Ring. Here’s how you get to Round Table Hold. Basically, you’ll automatically go to Round Table Hold most likely after visiting a certain number of sites of grace or a particular site of grace. The movie sending me to Round Table Hold the first time happened automatically and kind of surprised me. Once there, I didn’t know what to do and basically left until I learned about the Twin Husks Vendor and Spirit Ash upgrades.

Variety of Tasks in Round Table Hold

One of the most important tasks is unlocking the purchase of smithing stones level one and smithing stones level 2. One has to beat the boss in Raya Lucaria Crystal Tunnel. The dungeon is rather large but there’s a shortcut. You’ll want to run the entire dungeon to get all the smithing stones and other loot but when you’re ready for the boss, take the shortcut. Upon defeating the Crystalian boss of the Tunnel, you’ll be awarded a smithing miner’s bell which you take to the Twin Husks vendor in Round Table Hold. There’s a video below how to get to the Twin Husks once you enter Round Table Hold.

Twin Husks Vendor Location

Here’s how to find the Twin Husks in Round Table Hold. Engage in dialogue with the Twin Husks and there’s a tab to offer them smithing miner bells. There are also glove wort pickers bells to collect. Purchasing smithing stones and glovewort for gear upgrades will have you learning your way around the hold quickly.

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Elden Ring How to Buy Smithing Stones

March 16, 2022 | Posted in Elden Ring | By

This post describes the steps necessary to purchase smithing stones level one and level two from the Twin Husks vendor in Round Table Hold. A dungeon walkthrough and boss fight from Astrologer point of view should help players in Elden Ring complete these steps to purchase key items. Players must learn their way around Round Table Hold.

Raya Lucaria Crystal Tunnel (There’s a shortcut to the boss)

First, you have to slay the boss. And, the dungeon is fairly immense. The shortcut is clutch when you’re ready to try the boss and be awarded the Smithing Stone Miner’s Bell which, when taken to the Twin Maiden Husks Vendor in Round Table Hold, will allow you to purchase smithing stones to level your weapons and shields to level six. The Crystalian boss was tough until the crystal shell is broken. I downed the boss on the second try after learning the dungeon mobs, gathering the loot, and learning the shortcut to the boss.

Unlocking Smithing Stones with Twin Maiden Husks

First, you have to find them in Round Table Hold. Dialogue with them and offer them the bell and you’ll be able to purchase and buy smithing stones (1) to upgrade weapons to level three (800 runes each) and smithing stones (2) to upgrade weapons to level six. There are other bells to collect and turn into the vendor for various levels of smithing stones and glovewort.

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