In the fourth part of our Elden Ring walkthrough, we're going to guide you through the mysterious Volcano Manor, revealing how to complete the quest there as well as find Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy underneath the mansion. We will be outlining the most straightforward route to completing these objectives. Feel free to explore the area and come back to these steps when you're ready to press on.
Detailed below is how to complete Volcano Manor and find Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy. We've broken down the guide into first covering the quest associated with the mansion, and then revealing how to find the Shardbreaker boss if you choose not to do it.
Elden Ring: How to Complete the Volcano Manor Quest
This first part of the guide explains the Volcano Manor quest step by step. We've broken each objective down, detailing where to go and what to expect when you get there.
Explore Volcano Manor
As you pass through the hallways of Volcano Manor, you'll eventually make it to a large room with a table in the centre with a Site of Grace behind it. Interact with it and then talk to the masked NPC to your right. She will ask you to join the Volcano Manor, and you must agree to. In exchange, she'll give you the Drawing-Room Key. This is used to unlock the doors along the hallway to your right. In the second door on your left will be two more NPCs. Talk to them both, clicking all their dialogue. You will be given the Letter from Volcano Manor.
With this in hand, return to the NPC next to the Site of Grace and talk to her again. She gives you a contract to complete in Limgrave, promising compensation if you complete it.
Kill Old Knight Istvan
You must now complete the contract. The target Old Knight Istvan is just east of Stormveil Castle, underneath the outer wall that leads to the Divine Tower of Limgrave. Fast travel to the Warmaster's Shack to get the closest. When you get there, you'll notice a red summon sign. Interact with it to invade Old Knight Istvan's world and kill him.
This is a difficult fight that's going to take some time to finish. Old Knight Istvan's attacks are incredibly strong, with the potential to kill you in just one move. You need to play it extremely safe, only attacking when you're certain you'll be able to deal damage and have time to retreat. We recommend simply landing one blow and then rolling back. It'll take a while, but this is the safest way of dealing with the encounter. Old Knight Istvan will also heal himself once.
Once you've killed him, return to the NPC next to the Site of Grace back at Volcano Manor and talk to them. They reward you with the Magma Shot spell. Then head down the righthand corridor to find another Letter from Volcano Manor.
Kill Rileigh the Idle
The next target Volcano Manor gives you is Rileigh the Idle. You can find them in the Altus Plateau, just south of the Site of Grace called Bridge of Iniquity. You'll need to safely drop down into the cliff gorge below in order to find the red summoning sign. This is a significantly easier fight than the last, but you need to watch out for the Scarlet Rot build up. If the meter fills completely, you'll slowly take damage.
With Rileigh the Idle defeated, return once again to Volcano Manor. Talk to the usual NPC again and you'll be rewarded as well as told about Lord Rykard. Next, return to the room with the other two NPCs and pick up the Red Letter on the table.
Kill Juno Hoslow
The final target Volcano Manor gives you won't be one that's accessible until much later in the game. Juno Hoslow is located in the Mountaintops of the Giants, which you can only get to after passing through Leyndell, Royal Capital. That means beating Godrick the Grafted, Rennala, Queen of the Full Moon, Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy, Starscourge Radahn, and Morgott, the Omen King. Once you've beaten these bosses and made it to the Mountaintops of the Giants, return to this guide.
The nearest Site of Grace to Juno Hoslow would be Ancient Snow Valley Ruins, which is just around the corner south of the target marker. With a nearby checkpoint in your pocket, head up and down to the frozen river and turn left. You're looking for the usual red summoning sign. It's just in front of the Shack of the Lofty.
Juno Hoslow is a very simple enemy this late in the game, with their only defining move being the ability to turn invisible for a brief second. They're equipped with a whip in each hand, and just like the previous targets, can heal themselves once. This battle shouldn't prove difficult for you whatsoever, however. You'll receive the Hoslow's Armor set for beating them.
Elden Ring: How to Find Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy
If you choose not to complete the Volcano Manor quest, you'll need to find Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy on your own. This is a mainline boss you must defeat in order to complete the game, but finding him isn't very easy. Detailed below are the steps you must take in order to find the boss.
Get Underneath Volcano Manor
The Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy boss arena is located in the volcano underneath Volcano Manor. From the entrance hall of the mansion, turn right down the corridor and take the first door on your right, opened by using the Drawing-Room Key. In the back-right corner of the room, behind the body, there's an illusory wall. Attack it to reveal an entrance.
Follow the path to the left, down the stairs, and then past the enemy in the far corner. It's very dark down here so we recommend carrying a Torch. Eventually, however, you will come to a church with a Site of Grace inside. Rest there and open the doors behind it. You're now underneath Volcano Manor, and looking out at the site below. Your next objective will be to activate the shortcut to your left, which is the bridge.
Open Up the Shortcut
What you'll want to do now is take a right down the path and run across the rooftops ahead of you. When you come to the end of the straight path, jump down to the roof below you and then again onto the stone path to your right. You're in the right place if you spot a Fog Door ahead of you.
However, we're not actually going in there since you need Stonesword Keys. Pass by the Fog Door to the left and come to another building with a lizard guarding it. Head round the path to the right of the building and climb the ladder in front of you.
Enter the only open window in the church steeple and drop down into the building. You can open up the doors from inside. Go downstairs to find a Site of Grace to rest at and a set of doors to open. Back outside, look to your right and you'll spot a ladder to climb down. Follow the path around to the left and then jump across to the other side when you see the building with an enemy holding an item hanging off the side.
Follow this path straight ahead, jumping over to the righthand side when you spot a small set of stone steps. After running to the top, you'll be in an area full of cages. You must step inside the cage with the small firepit next to it.
This lift will take you up to the other side of the bridge, allowing you to activate the lever up to the left and opening up the bridge for use. This creates your shortcut back to the Site of Grace in the church.
Go back there to rest up, then cross back over the bridge and head into the building you passed to activate the bridge. You've got a boss fight next.
Kill Godskin Noble
You must now take on Godskin Noble to get through to Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy. To learn how to beat the boss and what it's very weak to, click the following link: Elden Ring: How to Beat Godskin Noble.
Find the Teleporter to Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy
From the Site of Grace revealed after killing Godskin Noble, use the elevator to your right. It's next to the lever. Head through the doorway ahead, and now you're going to want to jump off the balcony and down onto the molten rock below. To make sure you're in the right place, look for the Martyr Effigy on the ground.
Now follow the path up and around, and past the bridge with slugs on it. When you reach what looks like a dead-end, look down and to your left. There's another path for you to drop down onto. Climb up the rocks and at the top you'll need to jump across to the other side, avoiding the lava.
There's an open window in the building ahead for you to jump through. Open the door ahead and you'll be back out in the open with a lizard brandishing a fire sword in front of you.
Kill it then head down the long corridor to your right upon entering the next room. After beating the lizard with a fire whip, head into the corridor and open the set of doors at the end on your right. There are many poisonous enemies in here that explode upon death and a few lizards to kill.
Deal with them and make your way to the back of the room where the throne is. Behind the throne room on a balcony outside is a teleporting device. Use it and you'll be taken to where Ryakrd, Lord of Blasphemy is.
Kill Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy
To learn a very easy method of killing Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy, click the following link: Elden Ring: How to Beat Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy.
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