Elden Ring: The Best Side Quests, And How to Start Them

Here's a list of the best side quests in Elden Ring you should finish and how to start them.

Elden Ring Sidequests Feature

The world of Elden Ring is filled with colorful characters, each one with a backstory on how they found themselves exploring the Land Between and what drew them there. As a result, it’s easy to lose track of quests, miss quests, or accidentally lock out a quest line, requiring another playthrough to get its rewards.

To help in your adventures, we’ve made a list of the best quests you shouldn’t miss.

Minor spoilers ahead…

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1. Volcano Manor Residents

Start Location: Near Scenic Isle Site of Grace (Rya), Murkwater Cave near Ahgeel Lake North Site of Grace (Patches),

Elden Ring Sidequests Rya Start

The Volcano Manor quest is extremely useful since it’s made of five side quests that are linked to each other (Rya’s, Tanith’s, Bernhal’s, Patches’, and Diallos’), and has decent rewards. Be aware, these quests will end prematurely if you kill Rykard too soon.

There are three ways to join the Volcano Manor – Rya, Patches, and discovering the manor on your own. Rya is in a pavilion near the Scenic Isle Site of Grace. Complete her request, reach the Atlus Plateau and Rya will appear to bring you to the Manor. Patches is at Murkwater Cave and, after part of his quest, he’ll tell you about an enemy that will teleport you close to the manor.

Elden Ring Sidequests Tanith

Again, be sure to avoid killing Rykard too soon. Complete two of Tanith’s requests and the other residents will give you their quests. Finish those quests first before continuing with Tanith’s quest.

2. Diallos

Start Location: Roundtable Hold

Elden Ring Sidequests Diallos Location

Despite being tied to the Volcano Manor, Diallos’ quest starts a bit earlier than the Manor’s. You’ll have to first talk to Diallos in Roundtable Hold and exhaust all of his dialogue. Once you do that, he’ll appear near the Academy Gatetown Site of Grace, where you need to talk to him again. After that, he’ll move to the Volcano Manor. Finish his request and he’ll leave to Jarburg.

Elden Ring Sidequests Diallos

Diallos deserves his own mention here since his rewards are worth the extra effort. It’s a quick way to receive a better whip, a unique helmet, and a good chunk of runes. While there’s not much fighting involved in his questline, you will have to eventually face off against Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy, so be prepared!

3. Sellen

Start Location: Waypoint Ruins Cellar Site of Grace in Limgrove

Elden Ring Sidequests Sellen Location

If you’re looking for a quest that awards sorceries and intelligence buffing equipment, then speak to Sellen. Go to the Agheel Lake South Site of Grace, then head north. You’ll find her in an underground area near the Waypoint Ruins Cellar Site of Grace, just behind a Mad Pumpkin Head boss. Once you agree to learn from her, she’ll sell you sorceries and her quest becomes available. After you defeat Rennala, come back and talk to Sellen to continue her quest.

Elden Ring Sidequests Sellen

Sellen’s quest sends you to different regions to learn magic, so make sure you’ve explored a good chunk of the map. The next step brings you the Hermit Village near the volcano to learn a spell. The closest Site of Grace is the Craftsman’s shack. Head over to the village and talk to the sorcerer who will teach you the sorcery, Comet Azur. Head back to Selen to continue the quest from that point.

4. Fia

Start Location: Roundtable Hold

Sidequests Roundtable Location

Fia is found early in your Elden Ring adventures at the Roundtable Hold. Her quest is started by asking her to embrace you after defeating Godrick. That hug trades one point of vitality for a blessing, but you’ll get that vitality back after using the blessing. When you collect your second Greater Rune, Fia will give you a weathered dagger and ask you to return it to its owner, D, Hunter of the Dead. Next, head to the Black Knife Catacombs, find the Black Knife Print and bring it back to Fia to progress her quest.

Elden Ring Sidequests Fia

What makes this quest worth completing is its unique armor rewards, an amazing final fight, and a different ending to the game. Players that want a morally ambiguous ending and some new armor options should complete this quest line.

5. Ranni

Start Location: Church of Elleh, or Ranni’s Rise

Sidequests Ranni Location

Ranni is another quest that will change the ending once you complete it. Be prepared because this is a long quest that lasts from the beginning of the game to its end. Don’t let the long questline intimidate you though. The boss fight, rewards, and the ending itself is good enough to make all the effort (and sacrifices) worth it.

Elden Ring Sidequests Ranni

To start it, head to the Church of Elleh at night and rest at the site of grace. Ranni will appear and give you the Spirit Calling Bell. If she doesn’t appear, then head past Caria Manor and head toward Ranni’s Rise. You’ll find Ranni at the top of the tower where you can swear your service to her and she’ll ask you to find Blaidd near the Siofra River Bank Site of Grace.

6. Brother Corhyn

Start Location: Roundtable Hold

Sidequests Roundtable Location

Tarnished focused on Faith should help Brother Corhyn who sells incantations at the Roundtable Hold. His questline starts when you talk to him after you reach the Atlus Plateau or defeat Mad Tongue Alberich and get the Cipher Pata. Once Corhyn leaves, you’ll find him again just North of the Atlus Highway Junction Site of Grace.

Elden Ring Sidequests Corhyn

Out of all the quests that modify the game’s ending, Brother Corhyn’s ending is the closest Elden Ring will get to a “good” ending. Most of the quest will be searching Atlus Plateau for Corhyn and later for Goldmask. Make sure you’re able to reach 37 intelligence for a specific incantation needed to complete this quest.

7. Millicent

Start Location: Gowry’s Shack near the Southern Aeonia Swamp Bank Site of Grace.

Sidequests Millicent Location

While she may not seem like it if you’ve had the misfortune of being killed by her in the Aeonia Swamps, Millicent is a sweet woman who’s trying to recover from the Scarlet Rot. Her quest starts when you speak to Gowry who will point you to a boss you need to slay to help Millicent. The fights in this quest are on the tougher side, so be prepared.

Elden Ring Sidequests Millicent

Millicent’s quest is equal parts heartwarming and heart-wrenching. It’s wonderful to watch a woman who’s down on her luck get a second chance through your actions. It makes the tough fights and fetch quests worth your time. This quest is even better for Dexterity builds since Millicent will give you talismans that improve your dexterity and increase your damage for each successive hit.

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Chris Ng
Chris Ng

Chris is a roguelite addict. His favorites right now are Hades, Slay the Spire, Monster Train, and Vampire Survivors. When he's not trying to speedrun Hades, he usually listens to horror podcasts.