This post shares 180+ hours of experience playing pure mage in Elden Ring. The Astrologer starting class is the clear choice for those wishing to play pure mage and at level 225, Faith remains seven and Arcane remains nine, the starting values for Astrologer, because a mage neither casts healing spells or concerns themselves with bleed damage. Journey 2 experiences are being shared.
Elden Ring Best Spell – Comet
What is the best spell in Elden Ring? For the Astrologer Mage, with 80 intellect and 60 mind, and Azur’s Glintstone Armor, the clear choice is Comet. Players can obtain the Comet Spell in the Academy of Raya Lucaria in Liurnia of the Lakes. The zone’s legacy dungeon will always be significant in the game because the boss encounter with Rennala, Queen of the Full Moon, is often the second Great Rune obtained by players to unlock Leyndell, Royal Capital and progress in the game. Players are tasked with obtaining Godrick the Grafted’s Great Rune and here’s astrologer mage defeating Margit and Godrick in Stormveil Castle in Journey 2. The melt with Comet is real.
Elden Ring Best Weapon
The best weapon for the astrologer mage is Lusat’s Glintstone Staff. Hours of gaming time were spent comparing Lusat’s Staff with Azur’s Glintstone Staff with Lusat’s Staff emerging as better. However, Azur’s Staff will continue to scale beyond intelligence third soft cap of 80. A choice was made to leave Intelligence at 80 to increase other stats like Endurance and Dexterity. Eventually, Intelligence will reach 99 and further comparisons can be made on these two mage weapons of choice. Journey 2 Comet with Lusat’s Glintstone Staff against the bosses in Leyndell, Royal Capital. Again, the melt is real.
Elden Ring Best Armor
For the Elden Ring Mage utilizing Comet, Azur’s Glintstone Armor increases damage by 15% but the spell also costs 15% more mana to cast. You can see the melt on Journey 2 game progression legacy dungeons. A personal preference was developed for the Preceptor’s Set increasing Mind by 3 based on aesthetics and weight because Azur’s amor cannot be altered. The Preceptor’s set can be greatly altered to reduce weight as a pure mage carries no melee weapon and has a light load. Sometimes the shield is shed because mages don’t use shields. However, there are boss encounters where the shield must be utilized like in Volcano Manor and against the Fire Giant required to progress in the game. Journey 2 Fire Giant was low key melted utilizing the Preceptor’s Set.
Elden Ring Best Talismans
For the Astrologer Mage, the four best talismans are Viridian Amber Medallion +2 increasing Stamina, Cerulean Amber Medallion +2 increasing mana, Radagon Icon increasing casting speed, and the Graven Mass Talisman increasing spell damage. At level 225, with 55 vigor, the Crimson Amber Medallion +2 increasing health is also viable instead of the Radagon Icon. The author read a blog post about the twin gargoyles in Sofria Aqueduct, a encounter missed in Journey one. Here’s the astrologer mage utilizing comet in this duo boss encounter.
This post shares information about Volcano Manor containing a boss dropping one of two Great Runes required to enter the capital city and begin the second phase of the game. Players are offered three choices of getting to the Manor either on foot or via two different quest lines.
On Foot and Horse
Players can make their way through fairly intuitive to find sites of grace in Altus Plateau until the Bridge of Inquity site of grace informs players they’ve now entered Mt. Gelmir. Getting to volcano manor via horse and foot requires ladder climbing and finding two sites of grace along the way. The first site of grace is known as the First Mt. Gelmir Campsite. As players move into a hostile campsite with fearsome carts, the left wall can be hugged through the second set of broken fences where players will find a ladder to ascend. The first site of grace on the path to Volcano Manor is to the left when players are finished climbing the ladder
Second Site of Grace (Ninth Mt. Gelmir Campsite)
After touching the site of grace at the first campsite, players will have to navigate their way to the second site of grace on the path via horse and foot to Volcano Manor. There are more ladders to climb and players should expect some combat along the way. Players should keep looking for ladders and a bridge to cross with the next site of grace, the ninth Mt. Gelmir Campsite on the other side.
Final Step to Volcano Manor Site of Grace
Players will utilize the spirit spring with Torrent to jump to a plateau where a field boss awaits. The Full Grown Fallingstar Beast will charge players as they utilize an escape route to the right involving a short jump on Torrent to continue towards the manor and getting inside to the site of grace players will use to begin the dungeon.
Field Boss Fight
The full grown falling star beast drops smithing stones you’ll need for weapon upgrades. While combat can be avoided, he could be a nuisance as players learn the outreach to ride and jump in order to avoid the fight.
Rya’s Quest (Find Her Necklace)
This is the easiest path to Volcano Manor. Rya is found in Liurnia of the Lakes and the necklace is purchased from a npc at the boil prawn shack for 1,000 runes. Apparently, you can kill the NPC and purchase the necklace for 1,000 runes from the Twin Husks in Round Table Hold. After obtaining the necklace, Rya can be found in the Lux Ruins in Altus Plateau. There’s information about finding her atop the Grand Lift of Dectus but she’s not there she’s in Lux Ruins.
Inside Volcano Manor Dungeon
Once players access the starting dungeon site of grace, a key must be obtained from a NPC sitting in the chair. Players will take the drawing room key and make their way through dimly lit passages to the dungeon’s first save point located at Prison Church. There’s a side corridor with loot and an illusionary wall disappearing after players strike the wall with their melee weapon.
Guest Hall Site of Grace
After saving dungeon progression at Prison Church site of grace, players will want to make their way to the next save point known as the Guest Hall site of grace. There’s a shortcut involving roofs and ledges avoiding a lot of combat and players will make their way inside a structure with the next save point downstairs.
Getting to the Mini Boss
The Godskin Noble unlocks the site of grace known as Temple of Eiglay and allows continuation through to the boss of the dungeon. There’s a shortcut skipping a lot of mobs involving rooftops and some ledges. There’s a few mobs on the way not to be taken lightly by players wishing to progress in Volcano Manor.
I failed a few times on the mini boss but eventually got him with relative ease.
Volcano Manor Magma Wyrm
The magma wyrm is located down in a lift where players are given choices to take the lift up to the Godskin Noble mini boss or descent and fight a magma wyrm. The wyrm drops a dragon heart upon death.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Increase Number of Spells with Memory Stones
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.
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.
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.
This post describes the steps and location necessary to unlock Sorceress Sellen, an important sorcery vendor and someone you must visit during Ranni’s quest awarding the Snow Witch Armor Set part way through the quest. Having access to Sellen helps Elden Ring players progress more quickly to the items they desire.
Soceress Sellen sells new Glinting Spells clutch for casters, especially Astrologers. She is located in the Waypoint Ruins in Western Limgrave. Below, you can watch how to get to Waypoint Ruins and earn a bunch of runes along the way.
Field Boss – Mad Pumpkin Head
As a caster, hitting him in the head does little damage. However, by using Glinting Arc and Spirit Ashes, which are clutch during any boss fight, I downed the boss with ease. A room opens up and Sorceress Sellen is located inside.
Ranni’s quest, and the Snow Witch Armor Set, require interaction with Sorceress Sellen. The quest proceeds rapidly if things like Sorceress Sellen already being unlocked are accomplished.
This post shares information about a dungeon in Elden Ring with a tricky fire trap and a super easy boss playing Astrologer Mage.
Pro Leveling Tip
Find all the dungeons in Weeping Peninsula and fast travel between them clearing the mobs but don’t engage the boss. You can run back to the site of grace, rest, and the mobs will respawn and continue dropping Runes. It gets a little boring clearing the same dungeon over and over so you can fast travel between them becoming proficient at clearing each of the dungeons in Weeping Peninsula.
Pesky skeleton mobs
Skeletons will respawn if you don’t attack the bones. It gets annoying when you’re fighting adds. In the video above, I ran the mobs in roughly six and half minutes, I might have died. Later, at the bottom of the post you’ll see some of my first tries in the dungeon failing epically.
Annoying Fire Trap
I died a few times figuring out the fire trap. The video below describes defeating the fire trap and progressing through the dungeon in just over a minute.
Boss Fight (Cemetery Shade)
I melted the boss as Astrologer, a completely unfair fight. The boss drops Lhutel the Headless, a Spirit Summon but I haven’t figured out how to use a Spirit Summon to assist in battle.
Become proficient at clearing any dungeon mobs
This will help you have maximum flasks for the boss fight. Below is some frustration navigating the fire trap.
Elden Ring is Frustrating as you Die … a Lot
Elden Ring isn’t for everyone. This is definitely not a charge them and pwn them type of game. You’re going to die … a lot … especially in dungeons. Apparently these dungeons are optional but killing bosses drop loot and dungeons give good runes to help level and make your character more powerful. Below is some 16 minutes of epic failz in Tombsward Catacombs.
This post shares information about an early “optional” dungeon in Elden Ring. The dungeon doesn’t seem optional when considering this, like Limgrave Tunnels, is a great place for smithing stones to upgrade weapons and shields.
Pro Leveling Tip
One of the best leveling tips I can give as mid 30s is discover all the dungeons in an area and run the mobs multiple times. Before progressing to the boss, level up so you risk as few runes as possible when failing to the boss multiple times. I discovered all the dungeons in the Weeping Peninsula and fast travel between the dungeons, clearing the mobs multiple times to make runes and level.
Stones For Upgrades
Smithing stones improve your weapons. You can use the smithing stones at the anvil located at the church of Elleh which you will visit quickly when starting in Limgrave at the first step. Morne Tunnel is located in the Weeping Peninsula which is one of the first areas you will discover to the south of Limgrave and is apparently designed for levels 20-30.
The boss of the tunnel dungeon is Scaly Misbegotten and playing as Astrologer, the boss never hit me once. Glinting Pebble is go to spell for Astrologer. Scaly Misbegotten drops the Rusted Anchor, a weapon Astrologer can’t really use because all my leveling points are going to Intelligence (more damage on spells) and Mind (more mana).
This post describes getting your horse in Elden Ring as the first task to accomplish when players emerge from the Stranded Graveyard and Cave of Knowledge.
Torrent, Spirit Steed
You’ll need the Spectral Steed Whistle to summon your horse in Elden Ring. One obtains the Spectral Steed Whistle, automatically, when one visits the third Lost Site of Grace. Dungeon sites of grace, like the one in Groveside Cave, do not count as the sites of grace must be “outside”. Getting Torrent, the Spectral Steed, your horse in Eldin Ring, can be accomplished early on. In fact, it can be the first thing you do once you emerge into Limgrave.
One can obtain the horse in Elden Ring early on, very early on if you follow a path Northwest when you emerge from the Stranded Graveyard and Cave of Knowledge into Limgrave past the Church of Elleh and to the north of Groveside Cave where you’ll come upon the Gate of Ruins. You should encounter two Lost Sites of Grace.
The third Lost Site of Grace can be found to the Northeast near the Dragon Burnt Ruins. When visiting the your third lost site of grace, and touching the site, a movie will trigger and Melina will give you the Spectral Steed Whistle.
One must open their inventory and use the whistle to summon Torrent. There is a way to place the whistle on your “hot bar” which is different than the four icons you see in the lower left of your screen. You can also place the whistle as one of the choices when using your d pad to instantly use items, like potions, by hitting the X button.
Riding Torrent is fairly easy, use the B button to make the horse run faster. Your character, when on foot, will also sprint if you hold down the B button. One can press A twice for a high jump by the horse. One can also engage in combat from your horse and your horse can die.