In the second part of our Elden Ring walkthrough, we head to the Academy of Raya Lucaria. Situated in the centre of the Liurnia of the Lakes, it's where you'll find Rennala, Queen of the Full Moon. In your search for her, you shall encounter numerous spellcasters and all manner of new enemies. It's an enchanted place, so magic is part and parcel of its walls. Again, we'll be skipping mentioning optional bonuses and items to provide the most straightforward route to completing your objective.
Detailed below, as part of our Elden Ring guide, is how to complete the Academy of Raya Lucaria. We've broken the guide down into a series of objectives to make it as easy to follow as possible. If you've already done a few things here but have gotten stuck, use the headers to work out what you should be doing next.
Elden Ring: How to Complete the Academy of Raya Lucaria Walkthrough
On this page, we're going to explain how to complete the Academy of Raya Lucaria in Elden Ring and reach the boss battle against Rennala, Queen of the Full Moon.
Explore the Academy of Raya Lucaria
Once you have the Academy Glintstone Key in your possession, you'll be able to pass through the magical barrier protecting the Academy of Raya Lucaria. On the other side, rest at the Site of Grace to get yourself a safe point and then take the elevator to your right up. The image just below will greet you.
Take the staircase upwards to the entrance and you'll meet two enemies at the top. They constantly cast tracking spells at you, so either block or dodge them and take them out. Inside will be a church including another spellcaster and a new type of enemy with a... unique way of attacking. Kill them all and then go through the passage on your left. Turn left again and you'll have your next Site of Grace.
At the opposite end of the hallway, you'll be able to head outside into a sort of graveyard. Beware of the enemies here: they take a lot of damage to kill and if they grab you, they'll suck some FP points out of you. Continue heading down and cross the wooden bridge.
More of those same enemies await on the other side along with a dog. Take the path upwards and to the right. You'll eventually come to an indoor passageway marked by lit torches at its entrance. Head through and you'll come out on the other side in front of a gigantic water wheel. You need to jump onto the platforms heading upwards.
Get off at the very top and head for the doorway in front of you. In here will be your next Site of Grace.
Fight Red Wolf of Radagon
With a new checkpoint in hand, push onwards through the Academy of Raya Lucaria. In the next hallway are three more enemies to kill, two of which are spellcasters. Once dealt with, head up the staircase carefully. Another group of enemies awaits you, but they're joined by one of the large pot foes. Try and bait that one out and get it following you back down the stairs without the others noticing. The fight is much more manageable this way. Once they're dead, head up the righthand staircase to find a few more enemies to kill.
With the outside balcony here at your back, head up the stairs as the image above shows. In the next room is your next boss fight, against Red Wolf of Radagon. To learn how to beat it, click the following link: How to Beat Red Wolf of Radagon.
Push on Through the Academy of Raya Lucaria
With the Red Wolf of Radagon defeated, rest up at the new Site of Grace here and spend any Runes on levelling up. Take the new pathway opened up and you'll find yourself in a courtyard with a broken staircase off to your right. Feel free to kill any of the enemies to your left, but the main path requires you to jump over to that staircase using one of the connecting platforms.
Once you get onto the steps of the staircase itself, a huge boulder will spawn at the top and come rolling towards you. While being hit by it won't kill you instantly, it does take off a chunk of damage. You'll notice the boulder is bouncing from side to side as it tumbles down towards you, and if you can time it right, you can roll forwards when it's heading for the opposite side. Use this tactic to avoid taking damage.
Open Up a Shortcut and Find Rennala, Queen of the Full Moon
At the top of the staircase is another small courtyard, and beware of the NPC invader that spawns here, Moongrum, Carian Knight. One easy way to defeat him is to get the lift he's standing in front of to go up, and then run around the outskirts of it. If you're lucky, he'll follow you and fall to his death, rewarding you with the Carian Knight's Shield. Once that's done, take the path to your left and head on through the doorway until you come to a locked door. You're able to open this now and create a shortcut back to the courtyard just after the previous Site of Grace. This means you don't have to worry about the large boulder should you need to head up here again. And, honestly, you most likely will because we've got a big boss encounter coming up.
With the shortcut opened, head back to the smaller courtyard and take the elevator there upwards. Directly in front of you at the top will be a set of double doors. Push them open and you'll find Rennala, Queen of the Full Moon. To learn how to beat her two phases, click the following link: How to Beat Rennala, Queen of the Full Moon.
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