You can start the Volcano Manor quest pretty early if you use one of the two ways of getting to the area before you explore as far as Mt. Gelmir. It's not a particularly long quest but you might find it challenging at lower levels, especially as there's a boss you'll need to deal with right at the end. Luckily, you're rewarded with new weapons and armor sets for your troubles, as well as a couple of separate NPC quests.
Figuring out how to get there isn't clear-cut either. It's located in one of the more difficult regions to navigate, thanks to the lay of the land. Luckily, you can get there early without the need to walk up to the front door and I'll go through these below. Here's how to complete the Elden Ring Volcano Manor questline and how to get there.
How to get to Volcano Manor in Elden Ring
The easiest way to get to Volcano Manor, especially if you're still some away from unlocking the Mt. Gelmir region, is to get an invitation from Rya. You can find this NPC in Liurnia of the Lakes, at the stone structure, to the northwest of the Laskyar Ruins Site of Grace or directly east of the Scenic Isle.
Here's what you need to do:
- Speak to Rya and she'll ask you to retrieve a necklace.
- Head northwest to find the Boilprawn Shack Site of Grace.
- Talk to the NPC sitting outside and he'll mention the necklace.
- Either buy the necklace with runes or kill him to loot it.
- Head back to Rya and hand over the necklace and she'll give you the Volcano Manor Invitation.
With that done, you'll find Rya again at Altus Plateau. If you've never been there before and you use the Dectus Medallion to reach it, she'll be at the top of the lift. If you've ventured to the area before you first speak to Rya, or you bypassed the lift, she's at the Lux Ruins in Altus Plateau. Wherever you find her, speak to her, take her hand, and she'll teleport you to Volcano Manor.
Another option is via the Abductor Virgin enemy in the depths of the Raya Lucaria Academy, which you can find by taking the water-wheel lift to the very bottom. You need to let it kill you with its grab attack. Doing so will teleport you to an area below Volcano Manor, though you'll need to defeat the Abductor Virgins boss here to proceed.
Once outside, make your way to the manor through a fairly high-level area. While you can run past most enemies or bosses, the safer, less stressful option is to get an invitation from Rya if you can.
Elden Ring Volcano Manor questline
If you were teleported to Volcano Manor by Rya, speak to the NPC sitting on a chair straight ahead of you. This is Tanith and she'll ask you to join Volcano Manor. Accept the offer and she'll hand over the Drawing Room Key. Next, turn around and head down the hallway on your immediate left and use the key on one of the last two doors on the left to access the room.
You'll find a letter on the table instructing you to kill Old Knight Istvan, an NPC in Limgrave. Luckily, his summon sign is now marked on your map so travel to the Warmaster's Shack Site of Grace and head north.
Defeating Istvan rewards you with the Scaled armor set. Head back to Volcano Manor and speak to Tanith again and she'll hand over the Magma Shot sorcery. You can now return to the room you unlocked to pick up the next letter.
Note: It's also at this point that you can talk to Bernahl in the Drawing Room to receive a letter that starts you on his quest, and Patches also hands over a letter if you speak to him in the entrance hall.
Now you need to head to Altus Plateau and defeat Rileigh the Idle, right on the western edge of the area. The quickest way to reach his summon sign is via the Old Altus Tunnel Site of Grace. Once you exit the tunnel from the lift, head northeast. You get the Crepus' Vial talisman for defeating him and Tanith will hand over the Serpentbone Blade when you return to the manor.
The final letter can now be found in the Drawing Room and instructs you to kill Juno Hoslow, Knight of Blood, an NPC that is part of the requirements to get Diallos to move from the manor to Jarburg.
Juno Hoslow's summon sign is found in the Mountaintops of the Giants region, southwest of Castle Sol and right next to the Lofty Shack. Defeating him gives you the Hoslow's Oath gesture, his armor set and weapon. Tanith will reward you with the Taker's Cameo talisman for completing this step.
It's important to note that you should complete any NPC quests before proceeding with this next part as they will disappear from the manor once the boss has been defeated.
You can now speak to Tanith to have her teleport you to the area just outside of the Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy boss door. Once you've defeated this boss, you're rewarded with Rykard's Great Rune and Remembrance of the Blasphemous, which grants you the Blasphemous Blade when taken to Enia in Roundtable Hold.
Tying up the loose ends (optional)
Once Rykard has been defeated, you can speak to Lady Tanith at her usual spot inside Volcano Manor. Exhaust her dialogue here, then reload the area and she'll move to Rykard's boss room. This next part is totally optional and, as far as I'm aware, Tanith doesn't move from her final spot for the rest of the game.
You can exhaust her dialogue again and leave her to continue her, err, meal, or you can kill her to receive the Consort armor set. Just be aware that doing so triggers her Crucible Knight bodyguard to appear and attack you. Defeating him rewards you with the Aspect of the Crucible: Breath incantation. You monster.
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