A little stuck on Elden Ring dungeons? The Lands Between offer a plethora of opportunities to delve into deep and dark places in search of loot and nasty new bosses (opens in new tab) to fight. These Elden Ring dungeons also provide an excellent chance to gather runes and gain levels, so strengthening you to face the main story's demi-gods and claim their Great Runes (opens in new tab).
Dungeons aren't particularly hard to find, since they are usually nestled into cliffs, and you can even activate the statues you'll find to point the way to nearby catacombs. But some of them are definitely easy to miss if you aren't looking from just the right angle, and yet some of the game's most important materials are found in dungeons early on, such as the glovewort you use to upgrade ashes in Spirit Tuning (opens in new tab), or the Smithing Stones required to make your weapon better.
In this Elden Ring dungeons list I'll run through all of the dungeons in the starting area of Limgrave and how to complete them, as well as what rewards they give you. I'll also go through the different types of dungeons you can find in the world of Elden Ring.
Elden Ring dungeon types
There are lots of different styles of dungeon in Elden Ring—as there should be in a dark fantasy game. Here are each of the types that generally describe what you'll find in the Lands Between:
- Caves: If you're looking for flora or fauna, these are your best bet, and most of Elden Ring's poison dungeons are located in caves. The first one you're likely to come across is the Groveside Cave with the Beastman of Farum Azula.
- Tunnels: These dungeons are a great location for finding Smithing Stones, and are generally filled with old miners. Limgrave Tunnel is the closest to the start and is a good place to grab weapon upgrade materials straight away.
- Catacombs: These dungeons are usually a little more complex than the others, but also usually reward you with Spirit Ashes and the glovewort you need to upgrade them. The usual layout for these is navigating your way through Imps or Skeletons to find a lever that opens the boss door. The first you'll likely find are the Stormfoot Catacombs.
- Hero's Graves: The hardest dungeons in Elden Ring. There are only a few of these located in various regions, and they are tough due to the chariot puzzles that require you to run from alcove to alcove so you don't get mowed down. They do offer some great rewards, though. The first of these is the Fringefolk Hero's Grave dungeon in the Stranded Graveyard where you start, but you'll need a Stonesword Key (opens in new tab) to unlock it.
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Dungeons contain useful materials—catacomb dungeons, for instance, give you Glovewort, a flower that is used to improve the strength of your summons with the Elden Ring Spirit Calling Bell (opens in new tab) once you unlock Spirit Tuning (opens in new tab). Aside from that, they can also provide you with unique weapons and talismans.
Most dungeons are pitch-black, so you'll want to buy yourself a torch from the merchant in the Church of Elleh before you set off to explore one. You can also get a hands-free lantern from the merchant in the Lakes of Liurnia or in the south of the Weeping Peninsula area. One final thing to note: you can turn off flame turrets by hitting them.
Fringefolk Hero's Grave (opens in new tab)
Rewards: Golden seed, Banished Knight Oleg summon, Erdtree's Favour talisman
This dungeon is accessible at the Stranded Graves with a Stonesword Key. This is one of the toughest dungeons in Limgrave.
Rewards: Flamedrake Talisman
This is found north of the Church of Elleh past the turtle pond, with soldiers scattered around its entrance. Fight through the wolves, while staying wary of those sleeping around the cave, and you'll soon reach the boss. The Beastman of Farum Azula is very easy, and you can stun-lock him with attacks, so just dodge/block and deal damage when you can.
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Rewards: Roar Medallion, Smithing Stones
This dungeon is at the northernmost tip of the lake to the right of the Stranded Graveyard. Head down the lift and enter into a chamber with miners. The ones digging aren't hostile unless attacked, but the ones standing around will throw rocks or try to hit you. Head down the platform, then through the tunnel to another lift. When the lift is halfway down, jump off onto the platform you can see.
Enter the next chamber and head left. Be wary of the lantern bearers who can spew fire and make the other miners aggressive towards you. At the bottom of the lift, go straight ahead to find the Stonedigger Troll boss. He's quite easy, just stick around his legs as with any troll, and be wary of his downward smash attacks. He drops the Roar Medallion that enhances breath and roar attacks. This dungeon is also a great way of getting Smithing Stones early on.
Rewards: Noble Sorcerer's Ashes
This one's pretty easy as long as you watch out for the usual imps pretending to be statues, or hanging from the walls. Head through until you get to the flame turret, then run to the right to be faced with another flame turret. Then do the same again.
It's worth noting that behind that first turret is an item that lets you say "Hello!". After the second flame turret, climb the ladder to a balcony with two imps, and the Wandering Noble Ashes nearby. Drop down to the platform, then drop down again to find a level and open the door to the boss. The Erdtree Burial Watchdog is pure nightmare fuel, but easy to beat.
Rewards: Assassin's Crimson Dagger talisman, Uchigatana, and Deathroot
You can find this dungeon set into the cliff to the east of the Warmaster's Shack on Stormhill. It's a pretty simple run with no real traps, you just have to aware of the bones scattered around that transform into skeletons when you walk by. The skeletons themselves aren't tough, especially if you bring a weapon with holy damage. Head through until you find the lever, pull it, and head back to the boss door at the start. Like his undead pals, the Black Knife Assassin boss is suceptible to holy damage, and will struggle to deal with any mobs you summon against him.
Rewards: Tailoring Tools
You can find this dungeon located in a cave entrance on the beach directly facing the island in the southwest. The first room is filled with goblin-like creatures, who will scream at you before attacking, giving you a chance to strike first. Kill them off then head into the boss. The Demi-Human Chiefs are two aggressive beast-like creatures that run on all fours but can be easily cheesed with the Wild Strikes skill and by fighting them separately. If you're struggling, summon Old Knight Istvan to help. This dungeon is important since it gives you access to the island south of Limgrave.
Rewards: Cloth Garb and Cloth Trousers
Head to the north side of Lake where you fight Agheel and go under the bridge where the skeletons are. Further up, on the left side you'll see a cave, though you'll be invaded by Bloody Finger Nerijus, so watch out. Once Yura has appeared to help you deal with him, head into the cave. This dungeon is very easy. Either be sneaky and watch out for tripwires or just kill all of the bandits in there. Head down the left corridor to the boss door. The boss of this dungeon is good ol' Patches (opens in new tab). Open the chest and he'll try to rob you. However, if you get his health down to half, he'll surrender and you can talk to him.
Rewards: Battle Hammer
Head north up the river from Murkwater Cave and turn left into a cavern filled with bodies, and gravestones sticking out of the walls. Go to the end and you'll find a set of double doors that let you into the catacombs. When you head down from the site of grace, watch on the left for an Imp pretending to be a statue, as well as one hiding on the roof. Straight ahead of you will be a trap tile, and two imps throwing knives. You can use the trap to kill them, or go in close—just be aware of the imp hiding around the left corner.
Pull the lever. Head back and turn left, looking out for another trap: two imps pretending to be statues on either side of the door, and one to the left around the corner. Head through to fight the Grave Warden Duelist. This hammer-hefting warrior isn't too hard to beat if you stay close to him, though watch out for his grab attack in the second phase.
Rewards: Blue Dancer Charm
From the Murkwater Catacombs, head north along the river filled with the giant tentacle creatures. You'll have to use the spirit spring to jump out to access it. At the very end, where the river meets the sea, you'll find a cave entrance on the left. Head in and drop down the hole using the platforms. You'll enter into a room with another hole and wolves. Kill the wolves and drop down this next hole using the platforms. There isn't a platform for the last jump, but you can roll onto the lip of the hole before dropping down.
Now there are two tunnels. Head right into the fire-lit room with two more wolves. Head left through the barrels to find a point where you can drop down on a white wolf in the next room, but watch out for the wolf behind you. Head through the cave arch into the next room for a view of a cave cistern.
Descend the platforms watching out for bats, especially from the cave by the waterfall on the left of the path. Next, drop off the waterfall, jump to the broken pillar and fight the bats to find the Shamshir weapon. In the next room, you'll find one of the giant tentacle creatures. They are tanky, but throwing Kukri from range absolutely destroys them, so they appear to be weak to bleed damage. Head through the tunnel on the right until you're back in the main chamber, then drop to the left down by the waterfall and carry on through the passage to find the boss.
The Guardian Golem is the same as the ones you find on the bridge towards the divine tower of Limgrave. Like Tower Knight from Demon Souls, you can hit his ankles to make him fall over, but watch out for his stomps, and the attack where he leans down to breathe fire.