Lakeside Crystal Cave is a location in Liurnia of the Lakes in Elden Ring that houses the Bloodhound Knight. As part of our Elden Ring guide, we're going to explain how to complete Lakeside Crystal Cave.
Elden Ring: How to Complete Lakeside Crystal Cave
On this page, we're going to reveal how to complete Lakeside Crystal Cave. We'll include the location, a walkthrough, and any additional information, like item drops.
Lakeside Crystal Cave Location: How to Find It
Lakeside Crystal Cave is located on the southern edge of Liurnia of the Lakes, just south of the Scenic Isle. Don't let its location on the map fool you into thinking it's on top of the cliff, its opening is on the same elevation as the water to its north. Enter the cave and descend down to its Site of Grace.
Lakeside Crystal Cave: Walkthrough
It's safe to open the chest right next to the Site of Grace for a somewhat disappointing Arteria Leaf. After doing so, carefully begin descending the slope, but do so cautiously as a pair of particularly aggressive Demi-Human enemies are waiting off to the left. Take them out prior to moving on any further. You can continue up that dead end slope on the left if you wish to grab some Cave Moss by the bush, but be aware of another Demi-Human that's sitting there.
Turn back around and clamber up the rocks to the left, but be careful of – you guessed it – three more Demi-Human enemies that are waiting here, including a larger and tougher brute. Dispatch them to get a Hefty Beast Bone from the corpse. Continue down the slope, dispatch a couple more Demi-Humans, grab some more Cave Moss, and stop before entering the next chamber that contains a small waterfall.
You'll likely see the large creature lumbering around this area, but it's not the only threat. There are two Demi-Humans in here, too – one in the bushes to the left and one on the right. Your best bet is to either sneak attack or to try and bait these pesky nuisances out into the passageway you came from one at a time to make your battle with the larger beast significantly less risky. If you're able to do so and can dispatch the beast, the chamber is yours for looting. There's some Budding Cave Moss and a few Silver Fireflies by the water, but the real prize is in the treasure chest which contains a Spear Talisman.
Your work is finished here, so backtrack toward the Site of Grace to the large opening to start dropping down. If you look down the chamber, you'll see some clearly illuminated rocks to safely drop to. Drop down a couple more times and grab some more Cave Moss as you descend, and finally jump off to the east to an outcropping illuminated by some fire and a candle. Enter the next room carefully as there are three crystal snails here waiting to dish out some gnarly damage. Keep moving, stay out of the trajectory of their crystal breath, and slice them to pieces.
Some Throwing Daggers can be safely looted after taking out the snails, and patches of Crystal Cave Moss can be found in the next passageway. Walk on the right-hand side of this hallway as there are seven crystal snails waiting on the left. You can elect to just sneak past them, the only thing they're guarding is a Golden Rune  – an item not necessarily worth risking your neck for. If you do decide to take them on, area of effect attacks are strongly recommended to try and take out as many at once as possible.
Proceed as you wish to come back out to the opening you began dropping down earlier. Drop down to the left to grab some Soft Cotton from the corpse, and get yourself healed up before dropping the rest of the way to the three item-holding corpses. Those three items are a Lump of Flesh, a Smithing Stone , and a Smithing Stone. Move forward when you're ready to encounter your last enemies of this cave – three more crystal snails. As before, stay on the move so that their shots miss their mark, take them out, and heal up before your fight with the Bloodhound Knight.
Lakeside Crystal Cave: Boss Fight Strategies
Lakeside Crystal Cave: Item Drops and Loot
- Arteria Leaf
- Cave Moss
- Hefty Beast Bone
- Budding Cave Moss
- Silver Firefly
- Spear Talisman
- Throwing Daggers
- Crystal Cave Moss
- Golden Rune 
- Soft Cotton
- Lump of Flesh
- Smithing Stone 
- Smithing Stone 
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