Rya’s questline walkthrough and steps in Elden Ring


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Should you give Rya the Tonic of Forgetfulness?

Rya is an NPC in Elden Ring who you’ll meet once you reach the Liurnia of the Lakes region, and whose story will take you to Volcano Manor in Mt. Gelmir.

Our Elden Ring Rya questline guide will walk you through all steps of Rya’s story — including where to find her in Liurnia and Volcano Manor — including what choice to make at the end, and how to collect her gear: the Daedicar’s Talisman.


Where to start the Rya questline in Elden Ring

Elden Ring Liurnia map with Rya’s location marked
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You’ll find Rya for the first time in a pavilion not far into Liurnia of the Lakes. She’s northwest of the Laskyar Ruins Site of Grace and due east from the Scenic Isle Site of Grace (where you’ll find Patches after you meet him in Murkwater Cave).


How to complete the Rya questline in Elden Ring

Elden Ring player meeting Rya
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Speak to her and hear her request. She’ll ask you to retrieve a necklace for her from a thug at a nearby shack.

Reach Boilprawn Shack in Liurnia of the Lakes

Elden Ring Liurnia map showing the location of the Boilprawn Shack
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Your first step in Rya’s story is nearby — the Boilprawn Shack a little to the northwest. Head there, hit the Site of Grace, and then speak with Blackguard Big Boggart.

Elden Ring player approaching the Boilprawn Shack
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When you ask him to “give me the necklace,” he’ll offer to sell it to you for 1,000 runes. Buy Rya’s Necklace from him (despite the insults). While you’re here, speak with Boggart again and buy a boiled prawn from him — that will make him friendly to you and you can summon him in a later fight.

Return the necklace to Rya in here pavilion. She’ll finally introduce herself and invite you to Volcano Manor with the unsurprisingly named Volcano Manor Invitation.

How to reach Volcano Manor with Rya

Rya’s next location depends on how you get to the Altus Plateau:

  • If you found both halves of the Dectus Medallion — one from Fort Haight in southeast Limgrave and the other in Dragonbarrow at Fort Farroth — Rya will be waiting for you at the top of the Grand Lift of Dectus.
  • If you traveled through the Ruin-Strewn Precipice to reach the plateau, you’ll find her at Lux Ruins right next to the Erdtree-Gazing Hill Site of Grace.

Meeting her in either of these places will let her teleport you straight to Volcano Manor.

However, if you traveled straight into the Royal Capital through the Deeproot Depths as part of Fia’s questline, she won’t show up in either place. You still have options, though. You can go either via Altus Plateau or the Acadamy of Raya Lucaria.

How to reach Volcano Manor from the Altus Plateau

Even on foot, you still have two ways to reach Volcano Manor.

Elden Ring map showing overland routes to Volcano Manor
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From the Altus Plateau and the Altus Highway Junction Site of Grace, head to the northeast and the Forest Spanning Greatbridge Site of Grace. There, you’ll find a portal that will take you to the north. Head southwest, through the Witherblood Ruins and across to the Bridge of Iniquity Site of Grace. From there, continue west and watch the cliffs on your left for a tall ladder that leads to the First Mt. Gelmir Campfire Site of Grace.

Keep heading generally west to cross some stone bridges and climb several more ladders. You’ll eventually come to a fight against a Full-Grown Fallingstar Beast (you can just run away). From that crater, you can jump off to the west and wind your way down to the front door of the Volcano Manor.

How to reach Volcano Manor from the Academy of Raya Lucaria

Alternately, way back when you met Patches in Liurnia, he told you about an Abductor Virgin in Raya Lucaria that can teleport you to “the base of the Erdtree” — he was, of course, lying. It actually takes you to Volcano Manor. Kind of.

Head to the Schoolhouse Classroom Site of Grace and ride the elevator outside all the way to the bottom. Let Abductor Virgin there grab you (and kill you), and you’ll wake up in the basement of Volcano Manor. After a lot of exploring a lava-filled area and a fight against a pair of powerful Abductor Virgins, you’ll find an exit that will lead you to the Seethewater Site of Grace in Mt. Gelmir.

From there, you’ll have to loop counterclockwise around the huge lava lake, past Fort Laiedd and the Hermit’s Shack, and then through the Craftsman’s Shack and Hermit Village. After you deal with (or sprint past) Demi-Human Queen Maggie, you can cross the narrow stone pillar to reach Gelmir Hero’s Grave. Keep heading north, and you’ll meet up with the other overland route just before the part with all the ladders.

Join Volcano Manor and assassinate Old Knight Istvan

Elden Ring player approaching Tanith in Volcano Manor
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Once you’re inside, speak with Tanith to get the Drawing-Room Key. Head down the hall to the west and take the last door on the left.

Elden Ring player speaking to Rya in Volcano Manor
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You’ll find Rya inside along with a Letter from Volcano Manor. Open your Inventory, tab over to Info, and read it to mark Old Knight Istvan’s location on your map.

Elden Ring player invading Old Knight Istvan
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Head to the Warmaster’s Shack in Limgrave. When you reach the mark, use the red summon sign to invade his world. Once you defeat Old Knight Istvan, you’ll get a Rune Arc and a Furlcalling Finger Remedy. When you return home, you’ll also get the Scaled Helm, Armor, Gauntlets, and Greaves.

Back at Volcano Manor, speak with Tanith again to get the Magma Shot sorcery. Head down the hall to speak with Rya again and pick up another letter.

Elden Ring player speaking with Rya in her Zorayas form
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Rest at the site of grace, and Rya will move across the hall to the second room on the right. Speak with her there in her true form as Zorayas.

Head back and talk to Tanith again. This time, you’ll get an option to ask about Zorayas.

Assassinate Rileigh the Idle

The second Letter from Volcano Manor points you to the Altus Plateau. Head for the Bridge of Iniquity Site of Grace, and then cross the bridge heading east. To the south, there are a couple Spiritspring Jumps that will take you down to the valley floor. Work your way north to Rileigh’s red summon sign.

Elden Ring player at Rileigh the Idle’s red summon sign
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Defeat him for Crepus’s Vial and some Black Key Bolts.

Return to Volcano Manor and speak with Tanith again to get the Serpentbone Blade katana.

Reach the Prison Town Church

Check in with Rya in her room again, and she’ll tell you about something she saw in the room next to hers — the first room on the right in the hallway. Head over to that room.

Elden Ring Volcano Manor illusory wall
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In the back right corner, next to the corpse, dodge roll to reveal an illusory wall. Head inside and follow the tunnel. Keep following it through the next room and past the Bloodhound Knight.

Elden Ring player opening the doors at the Prison Town Church
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Eventually, it’ll lead you to the Prison Town Church Site of Grace. Push open the doors of the church, and then make your way back to Rya.

Speak with her again to tell her of the dark side of Volcano Manor, and then head into the Drawing Room for the Red Letter.

Speak with Tanith again and ask her about Zorayas’ troubles.

Reach the Temple of Eiglay and defeat the Godskin Noble

For the next bit, you can hold off on the Volcano Manor contracts. Instead, head back to the Prison Town Church. Work your way around to the Guest Hall Site of Grace and then over to the Temple of Eiglay for the Godskin Noble boss fight.

Elden Ring player fighting the Godskin Noble
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Once you’ve defeated the Godskin Noble, grab the Serpent’s Amnion from the altar behind where he appeared.

Give the Serpent’s Amnion to Zorayas

Head back to Volcano Manor and find Rya in her room. Speak to her and give her the Serpent’s Amnion.

Go back and rest at the site of grace. Once you do, Rya will be gone. Speak to Tanith and ask her about Zorayas’s absence. Speak to her again and she’ll give you the Tonic of Forgetfulness.


Should you give Rya the Tonic of Forgetfulness?

Elden Ring map showing route to Rya’s final location
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Rya moves to a hidden room not far above the Eiglay Temple. You’ll have to take the elevator inside the temple, jump off the balcony, and make your way up to a lava lake.

Elden Ring route to Rya’s final location
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To the northwest, you’ll be able to find a cooled lava path under a bridge that leads to her room. When you speak with her there, she’ll ask you to kill her. You have a few options to complete Rya’s questline:

  • Kill her. She’ll drop the Daedicar’s Woe talisman immediately.
  • Give her the Tonic of Forgetfulness. When you give her the tonic, she’ll go to sleep. Once you complete the Volcano Manor questline and kill Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy, she’ll return to her room in the manor. Speak with her, rest, and return, and she’ll have left the Daedicar’s Woe in her place.
  • Don’t kill her or give her the tonic. Once you complete the Volcano Manor quest, return to her secret room and speak to her again. Leave and rest, and then return to find the Daedicar’s Woe talisman and Zorayas’ Letter.

What you choose doesn’t affect the outcomes of any other questlines. Reading the contents of her letter if you choose to not kill her and to not give her the tonic suggests that it’s the better outcome — or at least the slightly more hopeful (less hopeless?) one.


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