March 28, 2022 | Posted in: Elden Ring

This post discusses Altus Plateau and getting to Volcano Manor. Players have two options to enter the zone either through a secret path or utilizing the Grand Lift of Dectus.

Secret Path

Players can forego finding the medallion to operate the lift and enter the zone via a secret path involving caves, ladders, mobs, and a boss fight. Players will want to utilize the Ravine-Veiled Village site of grace and climb the nearby ladder to begin the journey to Altus Plateau via the secret path.

There is also a boss fight at the end of the alternative entrance to Altus Plateau with a magma wyrm. After defeating the boss, players can make their way to the Abandoned Coffin site of grace inside the zone.

Grand Lift of Dectus

The lift is the “main entrance” to the zone and is operated by a medallion. Players must collect the left half and the right half of the medallion at two different locations. The left medallion is located at the fort by the West Fort Haight site of grace in southern Limgrave. Players should be aware of the arrows firing from the roof as they make their way to the tower via a ladder to collect the medallion half from a chest.

The right half of the medallion is located in a fort at the Fort Faroth site of grace. Players will have to make their way through a nasty, dark, place with several bats who poison and hit hard. Luckily, spirit ashes are available and playing Astrologer Mage allows for maximum ranged damage. The medallion half is located in a chest up a ladder after players defeat the room of bats.

Rya’s Quest

Volcano Manor contains one of the four bosses players can slay for one of two Great Runes required to unlock the second part of the game in Leyendell, Royal Capital. Rya’s quest begins in Liurnia of the Lakes near the Layskar Ruins site of grace. There is a short quest involving obtaining a necklace from someone located near the Boilprawn Shack (there is also a site of grace here). Dialogue with the “thief” and agreeing to pay him 1,000 runes allows players to obtain the necklace and return to Rya whom you will meet later in Altus Plateau.

After returning the necklace, players can make their way to the Grand Lift of Dectus where Rya is supposedly waiting. But, Rya is not at the Grand Lift of Dectus, she’s at the Lux Ruins near the Erdtree-Gazing Hill site of grace. Engage in dialogue and Rya will ask you to take her hand transporting players to the Volcano Manor site of grace.