In the fourth part of our Elden Ring walkthrough, we're going to guide you through the mysterious Volcano Manor, revealing how to complete the quest there as well as find Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy underneath the mansion. We will be outlining the most straightforward route to completing these objectives. Feel free to explore the area and come back to these steps when you're ready to press on.
Detailed below is how to complete Volcano Manor and find Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy. We've broken down the guide into first covering the quest associated with the mansion, and then revealing how to find the Shardbreaker boss if you choose not to do it.
Elden Ring: How to Complete the Volcano Manor Quest
This first part of the guide explains the Volcano Manor quest step by step. We've broken each objective down, detailing where to go and what to expect when you get there.
Explore Volcano Manor
As you pass through the hallways of Volcano Manor, you'll eventually make it to a large room with a table in the centre with a Site of Grace behind it. Interact with it and then talk to the masked NPC to your right. She will ask you to join the Volcano Manor, and you must agree to. In exchange, she'll give you the Drawing-Room Key. This is used to unlock the doors along the hallway to your right. In the second door on your left will be two more NPCs. Talk to them both, clicking all their dialogue. You will be given the Letter from Volcano Manor.
With this in hand, return to the NPC next to the Site of Grace and talk to her again. She gives you a contract to complete in Limgrave, promising compensation if you complete it.
Kill Old Knight Istvan
You must now complete the contract. The target Old Knight Istvan is just east of Stormveil Castle, underneath the outer wall that leads to the Divine Tower of Limgrave. Fast travel to the Warmaster's Shack to get the closest. When you get there, you'll notice a red summon sign. Interact with it to invade Old Knight Istvan's world and kill him.
This is a difficult fight that's going to take some time to finish. Old Knight Istvan's attacks are incredibly strong, with the potential to kill you in just one move. You need to play it extremely safe, only attacking when you're certain you'll be able to deal damage and have time to retreat. We recommend simply landing one blow and then rolling back. It'll take a while, but this is the safest way of dealing with the encounter. Old Knight Istvan will also heal himself once.
Once you've killed him, return to the NPC next to the Site of Grace back at Volcano Manor and talk to them. They reward you with the Magma Shot spell. Then head down the righthand corridor to find another Letter from Volcano Manor.
Kill Rileigh the Idle
The next target Volcano Manor gives you is Rileigh the Idle. You can find them in the Altus Plateau, just south of the Site of Grace called Bridge of Iniquity. You'll need to safely drop down into the cliff gorge below in order to find the red summoning sign. This is a significantly easier fight than the last, but you need to watch out for the Scarlet Rot build up. If the meter fills completely, you'll slowly take damage.
With Rileigh the Idle defeated, return once again to Volcano Manor. Talk to the usual NPC again and you'll be rewarded as well as told about Lord Rykard. Next, return to the room with the other two NPCs and pick up the Red Letter on the table.
Kill Juno Hoslow
The final target Volcano Manor gives you won't be one that's accessible until much later in the game. Juno Hoslow is located in the Mountaintops of the Giants, which you can only get to after passing through Leyndell, Royal Capital. That means beating Godrick the Grafted, Rennala, Queen of the Full Moon, Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy, Starscourge Radahn, and Morgott, the Omen King. Once you've beaten these bosses and made it to the Mountaintops of the Giants, return to this guide.
The nearest Site of Grace to Juno Hoslow would be Ancient Snow Valley Ruins, which is just around the corner south of the target marker. With a nearby checkpoint in your pocket, head up and down to the frozen river and turn left. You're looking for the usual red summoning sign. It's just in front of the Shack of the Lofty.
Juno Hoslow is a very simple enemy this late in the game, with their only defining move being the ability to turn invisible for a brief second. They're equipped with a whip in each hand, and just like the previous targets, can heal themselves once. This battle shouldn't prove difficult for you whatsoever, however. You'll receive the Hoslow's Armor set for beating them.
Elden Ring: How to Find Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy
If you choose not to complete the Volcano Manor quest, you'll need to find Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy on your own. This is a mainline boss you must defeat in order to complete the game, but finding him isn't very easy. Detailed below are the steps you must take in order to find the boss.
Get Underneath Volcano Manor
The Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy boss arena is located in the volcano underneath Volcano Manor. From the entrance hall of the mansion, turn right down the corridor and take the first door on your right, opened by using the Drawing-Room Key. In the back-right corner of the room, behind the body, there's an illusory wall. Attack it to reveal an entrance.
Follow the path to the left, down the stairs, and then past the enemy in the far corner. It's very dark down here so we recommend carrying a Torch. Eventually, however, you will come to a church with a Site of Grace inside. Rest there and open the doors behind it. You're now underneath Volcano Manor, and looking out at the site below. Your next objective will be to activate the shortcut to your left, which is the bridge.
Open Up the Shortcut
What you'll want to do now is take a right down the path and run across the rooftops ahead of you. When you come to the end of the straight path, jump down to the roof below you and then again onto the stone path to your right. You're in the right place if you spot a Fog Door ahead of you.
However, we're not actually going in there since you need Stonesword Keys. Pass by the Fog Door to the left and come to another building with a lizard guarding it. Head round the path to the right of the building and climb the ladder in front of you.
Enter the only open window in the church steeple and drop down into the building. You can open up the doors from inside. Go downstairs to find a Site of Grace to rest at and a set of doors to open. Back outside, look to your right and you'll spot a ladder to climb down. Follow the path around to the left and then jump across to the other side when you see the building with an enemy holding an item hanging off the side.
Follow this path straight ahead, jumping over to the righthand side when you spot a small set of stone steps. After running to the top, you'll be in an area full of cages. You must step inside the cage with the small firepit next to it.
This lift will take you up to the other side of the bridge, allowing you to activate the lever up to the left and opening up the bridge for use. This creates your shortcut back to the Site of Grace in the church.
Go back there to rest up, then cross back over the bridge and head into the building you passed to activate the bridge. You've got a boss fight next.
Kill Godskin Noble
You must now take on Godskin Noble to get through to Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy. To learn how to beat the boss and what it's very weak to, click the following link: Elden Ring: How to Beat Godskin Noble.
Find the Teleporter to Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy
From the Site of Grace revealed after killing Godskin Noble, use the elevator to your right. It's next to the lever. Head through the doorway ahead, and now you're going to want to jump off the balcony and down onto the molten rock below. To make sure you're in the right place, look for the Martyr Effigy on the ground.
Now follow the path up and around, and past the bridge with slugs on it. When you reach what looks like a dead-end, look down and to your left. There's another path for you to drop down onto. Climb up the rocks and at the top you'll need to jump across to the other side, avoiding the lava.
There's an open window in the building ahead for you to jump through. Open the door ahead and you'll be back out in the open with a lizard brandishing a fire sword in front of you.
Kill it then head down the long corridor to your right upon entering the next room. After beating the lizard with a fire whip, head into the corridor and open the set of doors at the end on your right. There are many poisonous enemies in here that explode upon death and a few lizards to kill.
Deal with them and make your way to the back of the room where the throne is. Behind the throne room on a balcony outside is a teleporting device. Use it and you'll be taken to where Ryakrd, Lord of Blasphemy is.
Kill Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy
To learn a very easy method of killing Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy, click the following link: Elden Ring: How to Beat Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy.
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How to get to Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy without joining Volcano Manor? ›
You need to spare Patches in Murkwater Cave back in Limgrave, then speak with him again at the Scenic Isle Site of Grace in Liurnia. You can access and defeat Rykard without doing any of Volcano Manor's quests, though it comes with a few consequences.Can I still do the Volcano Manor quest if I killed Rykard? ›
After beating Rykard players can no longer progress the Volcano Manor questline, but this implies that they did not finish the questline to reach Rykard in the first place.How do I find Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy? ›
Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy can be found by entering the lobby of Volcano Manor and taking a right down the corridor. Unlock the first door on the right using the Drawing-Room Key and revealing the illusory wall in the back-right corner by attacking.Does killing Rykard affect Volcano Manor? ›
Kill Rykard (this can cancel all other Volcano Manor questlines, so finish them first).Can you get to Rykard without Godskin Noble? ›
You must now take on Godskin Noble to get through to Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy.Is Rykard optional? ›
Although one of the demi-gods mentioned in Elden Ring's introduction, Rykard is actually an optional boss similar to Starscourge Radhan, which can help you on the critical path if you prefer.Where does Rya go after killing Rykard? ›
Once you go and defeat Rykard and return to the manor (when everyone's left) Rya will be at her original spot in the drawing room. Speak to her then reload the area to find the Daedicar's Woe talisman where she was standing.What level should I be to beat Volcano Manor Rykard? ›
To beat the God-Devouring Serpent and Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy boss fight, players should be at least level 65+, and ideally over 70.Can you beat Rykard without Serpent-Hunter? ›
You can certainly attempt to take Rykard on without using the Serpent-Hunter Great Spear, but it is not recommended. The Serpent-Hunter Great Spear can of course be used outside of the boss room, but during the fight with Rykard, it has special weapon effects to help deal with the boss's large size and range.How do I fight Rykard quest? ›
Equip the Serpent-Hunter and continuously use the staggering, slamming-stab ability on the giant serpent. Make sure to time the attacks properly to not let Rykard have a chance to retaliate. When fighting the Lord of Blasphemy with an ally wielding the Serpent-Hunter, the Elden Ring boss fight becomes even easier.
How hard is Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy? ›
While taking down Rykard isn't as difficult as defeating some of the other bosses Elden Ring pits you against, like Starscourge Radahn, he can still quickly take you out if you aren't paying attention or fail to properly use the item the game heavily implies you should exploit.Is the Blasphemous Blade good? ›
The Blasphemous Blade is a fantastic weapon for those using Strength/Faith builds.Does joining the Volcano Manor mess anything up? ›
The Tarnished can join the blasphemous Volcano Manor in Elden Ring. Even though they seem evil, joining has no downsides and gives players new quests.What to do when Tanith is eating Rykard? ›
NOTE: At the end of the Patches Questline, Patches will give you Dancer's Castanets to take to Tanith. You can choose to give these to her when she is eating Rykard's corpse, although you receive no special items for doing so. At this point, you can leave Tanith to her meal or choose to put her out of her misery.Does killing radahn stop any quests? ›
If you beat Starscourge Radahn before doing Ranni's quest, an important character will end up not being available to you. You can free this important character from captivity, but then he seems to completely disappear, even if you go talk to his captor. Because of this, you can't complete Ranni's quest.Can you finish RYAS quest after killing Rykard? ›
If you kill Rykard before speaking to Rya in her room inside the dungeon, she will disappear from the manor and her quest will become impossible to complete.Does the somber stone 7 jump still work? ›
This jump has been patched and is now significantly harder. Not impossible but very very hard. The ledge on that fence was trimmed back, so there's not enough area to accommodate the character, landing on it will just result falling down right away.How do I fully access Volcano Manor? ›
If you take the Grand Lift of Dectus, Rya can be found waiting just ahead after stepping off the lift in Altus Plateau. Whichever route you choose, speak with her, and she will offer to take you to Volcano Manor. When you accept, she will teleport you both to Volcano Manor.How do I get to the secret area in Volcano Manor? ›
Where to Find the Hidden Door at Volcano Manor in Elden Ring. To find the first secret passage, start from the Site of Grace near the throne and head down the hallway to the first room on your right. From there, head to the back right corner of the room and roll against or attack the wall there until it falls away.Does Volcano Manor lock you out of quests? ›
It should be noted that defeating the boss this way, before completing the letter requests, locks you out of the Volcano Manor assassination quests, as well as parts of Rya, Bernahl, and Patches' quests.
Who is the strongest demigod Elden Ring? ›
General Radahn is generally considered by most Elden Ring characters as the strongest demigod, except it seems even the strongest don't always win.Why is Tanith eating Rykard? ›
Tanith, too, isn't upfront about her cannibalistic desires, but players can find her eating Rykard's corpse after his defeat in an attempt to allow Rykard to live on within her.Does Rykard have two phases? ›
This is one of the fights in the game with two proper phases. In the first phase, you will take on God-Devouring Serpent. After depleting all of its health, Rykard will show his face and declare to devour the very gods.Should I give Rya the potion? ›
Should you give Rya the tonic in Elden Ring? Rya explains the truth of her birth and asks you to kill her. Don't do it, and refuse to give her the tonic.Is Zoraya's Rykard's daughter? ›
Although the game leans into the fact that Zoraya had some sick, demented birth, that doesn't negate the obvious: Rykard is her father. Not only does it fit the “kingly” or “noble” lineage of Rykard's background, but it would also explain Zoraya's form.What is the best ending for RYA quest? ›
Ignoring Rya/Zoraya's request to kill her, and Lady Tanith's request to drug Rya is the path to the good ending. After refusing to kill Rya/Zoraya, and declining to give her the potion, complete Lady Tanith's questline. Rya/Zoraya will return to the Volcano Manor, and thank you for being kind to her.Is there another way to get to Rykard? ›
There are two primary ways to get to Rykard in Elden Ring, one of which involves completing the questline of the Volcano Manor's headmistress, Tanith. Volcano Manor is located within the volcanic summit of Mt. Gelmir in the Altus Plateau.Is Volcano Manor optional? ›
Home to Lord Rykard, the Volcano Manor is an optional legacy dungeon. It is very interconnected, and both the path to reach it and navigating its insides can be extremely tough.How do I get to Rykard after Godskin Noble? ›
Kill all the enemies in the throne room, then head out the door on the left to find the teleporter that takes you to Rykard. The teleporter is outside the open door on the left at the top of this throne room.Is Lord Rykard optional? ›
Although one of the demi-gods mentioned in Elden Ring's introduction, Rykard is actually an optional boss similar to Starscourge Radhan, which can help you on the critical path if you prefer.
Where is Rya after killing Rykard? ›
Once you go and defeat Rykard and return to the manor (when everyone's left) Rya will be at her original spot in the drawing room.Do you need the spear for Rykard? ›
This item is actually a weapon--the Serpent Hunter great spear. This weapon is essential to defeating Rykard, so go ahead and equip it.Can you join Ranni and Volcano Manor? ›
Completing rannis questline will lock you out of other questlines, but not thw volcano manor. You can do the manor. Although fighting the boss at the end of the legicy dungeon will lock you out of finishing the volcano manor side quest.Is there a downside to joining Volcano Manor? ›
Elden Ring - There Are No Downsides To Joining Volcano Manor
Although the choice to join Volcano Manor in Elden Ring would appear to be of consequence to its story, players have nothing to lose from joining.
Brimming with lava, salamanders, and evil, Volcano Manor is one of the more sinister locations of Elden Ring. The tarnished presiding there have given up on reclaiming the Elden Ring and have turned to assassinate others bent on saving the world.Can you fight Rykard before Godskin Noble? ›
The boss fight is optional and does not affect the story in any way. However, if you want to face Shardbearer Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy inside the Legacy Dungeon, you will have to defeat this enemy. Godskin Noble makes more appearances in the game in different areas, even as a duo fight in Crumbling Farum Azula.What LVL should I fight Rykard? ›
To beat the God-Devouring Serpent and Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy boss fight, players should be at least level 65+, and ideally over 70.What level should I fight Radahn? ›
You should be at least level 70 before fighting Radahn, ideally with a powerful weapon suited to your chosen build, such as the Moonveil Katana, or strong spells with good range, including Comet.