Elden Ring: How To Reach Moonlight Altar [Location]


Moonlight Altar is one of the many hidden locations found in Elden Ring. It can be found on a plateau near Liurnia Of The Lakes and rewards players with valuables. However, you will have to defeat a boss first and solve some puzzles, including the tower puzzle, to obtain the loot. There are around 4 Dragons on the Altar for you to fight. Reaching and completing the Moonlight Altar is an important step in Ranni‘s questline in Elden Ring. 

Key Highlights

  • Moonlight Altar is an important area that the players need to access as a part of Ranni’s Questline in Elden Ring. 
  • The area can only be accessed by defeating Astel, The Natural Born Of The Void in Elden Ring. 
  • The players will be able to gather many items like the Glintstone Firefly, Smithing Stones, and Somber Smithing Stones. 
  • They will also be able to get their hands on the Dark Moon Greatsword as well as the Adula Moonblade. 
  • The field bosses in Moonlight Altar include Alecto and The Glint Stone Dragon Adula. 

How To Access The Moonlight Altar

The mysterious location can be found in Liurnia of the lakes. To reach the Moonlight Altar, you must ascend some tall cliffs in Elden Ring. However, many players find this very tricky as there is no clear pathway to get around the cliffs.

So it is important to know the correct way to access Moonlight Altar, as it is needed to complete Ranni’s quest line in Elden Ring. Furthermore, you will also have to defeat some bosses, in Elden Ring, including Radahn, before getting to Moonlight Altar.

Moonlight Altar in Elden Ring
Moonlight Altar map location (Image taken by eXputer)

The first step is to reach Ranni’s rise in Elden Ring. To do that, you will have to find the Kingsrealm Ruins first. You can do that by heading towards the northwestern area of Liurnia of the lakes. The ruins will have a fake floor. You will need to head straight towards the north from the ruins, where you will meet a boss called Royal Knight Loretta.

You will have to defeat the boss first before moving on further. After defeating the boss, you must make your way toward the three sisters’ region. Nearby will also spot a tower, and this tower is called Ranni’s Rise. Make your way to the tower’s top floor to meet and interact with Ranni. After talking to Ranni, her quest line will begin.

Going To The Nokron Eternal City

Now you will need to make your way to the Eternal City and make your way toward Nokron. However, the players won’t be able to reach Eternal City without facing and defeating Radahn in battle.

Therefore, you will have to defeat Radahn first, and in order to do that, you will need to go to the southeastern area of Caelid. He will be located in Redmane Castle. In case you don’t find Radahn there, it is because the Grand Lift Of Dectus is not activated. This is a prerequisite before the Radahn battle, and in order to activate the grand lift of Dectus, you will need to find two sides off the medallion.

Talking to the NPC
Talking to the NPC (Image taken by eXputer)

Only after defeating Radahn will you be able to access Nokron, the Eternal City. It is a viable option to get the glintstone key first. Doing so will allow you to unlock a pathway to the Grand Lift and make it convenient for you to find the medallions. Both halves of the medallion are quite easy to find. One will be located in Fort Faroth in Caelid.

The other half of the medallion can be found in the Ford Haight in Limgrave. After getting both the medallions head back to the Grand Lift Of Dectus. Now look for two Guardian Statues and stand in a zone near them.

After that, you can head straight back to the Redmane castle. You will also find an NPC here who will ask you to join the Radahn festival. The NPC will guide the players toward a portal where Radahn can be fought. After fighting Radahn, you will be able to access Nokron. 

Obtaining New Missions From Ranni 

Now you need to find a room that will be located behind a statue. The statue will be of a Finger Reader, and by going inside the room, you will be able to find the Finger Slayer Blade. You need to collect the finger Slayer blade and take it back to Ranni.

Ranni can be found in the same tower, and you will have to give the blade to her to access new missions. When you visit Ranni now, you will obtain an item from her. The item is actually a key that will unlock the Divine Tower Path in Elden Ring.

Moonlight Altar quest in Elden Ring
Finding Ranni in Ranni’s Rise (Image taken by eXputer)

Going there is not part of the main campaign, but you can check it out if you want to. Now you will have to wait for some time before taking up another quest from Ranni. You can check her location from time to time to see if there is a new quest to take on. As soon as a Site Of Grace appears in the area, it will indicate that there is a mission for you to take on. 

Teleporting To Ainsel River 

Now you need to go to Ranni’s Rise and head straight up to the top of the tower. As soon as you reach the top of the tower, you will see a portal there which you can use. The portal will open up to a secret place in Ainsel River that you won’t be able to access otherwise.

You will see a doll lying on the ground when you reach the location. This is actually a Ranni doll that you need to collect. Pick up the doll and go to your nearest Site Of Grace in that region. Now you need to interact with the doll for it to talk to you. It might take a lot of tries before the doll answers you back.

You will have to complete all dialogue options with the doll by interacting with it repeatedly. After that, you would need to explore the area where you find the doll. Not far from here, you will reach a region where you will find Nokstella Waterfall Basin. You will need to head straight from there until you meet a boss called Blaidd.

Ansel River
Ansel River (Image taken by eXputer)

He can be found in a rusty place, and you will need to defeat him in order to obtain a key. The key can be used to access the Discarded Palace. You will need to meet Ranni first after defeating the boss in order to obtain the key. 

Getting The Dark Moon Ring 

The key is an unnecessary requirement to open a chest that will allow you to access Renala Queen Of The Full Moons Place. In the location, you will be able to obtain an item called the Dark Moon Ring. Now you need to explore the region a bit more until you come across a lift. The lift will take you straight to the Lake Of Rot.

There are some triggers in the lake that will allow you to access some small towers. After these small towers appear, you will be able to make your way toward a waterfall. There will be a coffin nearby which you need to interact with. By doing so, you will be able to trigger a fight against Astel after a short cutscene plays.

Moonlight Altar bosses in Elden Ring
Fighting Astel (Image taken by eXputer)

Finding The Ring Of Oath 

By doing so, you will get the Ring Of Oath, which is the final requirement before heading to the Moonlight Altar. Continue a bit more until you come across another lift. The Deep Ainsel Well lift can be found when you go straight to the north of the boss room that you just cleared. 

This lift will take you straight to the Moonlight Altar. After that, you will need to head toward the Cathedral Of Manus Celes. While making your way to the final location, make sure to avoid the Glintstone Dragon Adula.

Cathedral Map
Cathedral Map Location (Image taken by eXputer)

It will appear right in front of the Cathedral, and the players should avoid the fight with him. Keep going towards the northern side all the region until you come across a Site Of Grace. There will be some Starlight Shards for you to collect here that will be scattered across the church. After collecting all the shards, you will need to head towards the Site Of Grace and go South from here. 

There will be a hole where you can jump and meet Ranni. Be careful when dropping down, and look for a ledge to drop down to. Otherwise, you will just fall down straight and ultimately die. Keep going towards the east of the tunnel you are in until you come across Ranni. 

Completing The Quest Line 

You will need to give the Dark Moon Ring to Ranni in order to finish her quest line. After giving Ranni the dark Moon Ring, she will soon disappear and leave you an item called the Dark Moon Great Sword. After that, you just need to use your mount and leave the place by heading South. 

Exploring The Moonlight Altar 

There are a lot of things to explore near the Moonlight Altar as well. You will find some ruins when you exit and reach a plateau. Drop down to the bed of grass below you and head straight towards the southern region. You will reach the Lunar Estate Ruins here, where you will be able to access some Spirit Summons.

They will be located near the ruins, and the players will be able to access them easily. Next, you have to explore the ruins a bit more and reach the center of the ruins. You will also have to fight a Royal Revenant here, which won’t take much of your time.

However, unlike its usual variant where it rises out of the ground, it will appear directly in front of you, which can make it a bit difficult to deal with. You can avoid it as well as the only drop you will get from The Royal Revenant is the Ghost Glovewort. After that, you just need to go towards the east of the ruins to find a hidden basement. You can reveal the secret stairs that will lead to the basement by using a jumping attack in a specific area. 

After using the jump attack on the illusory fake floor, you will be able to access a basement down there. You will also find a chest nearby that you can open to gain some Smithing Stones. After that, you will need to exit the basement and head straight to the West. Doing so will allow you to access another area where you will see a building nearby.

The first building that you will see will have another secret basement for you to explore. However, in order to access it, you will need a Stone Sword Key. You will also need to defeat a total of 4 Albinauric Sorcerers that will spawn here.

Moonlight Altar in Elden Ring
Reaching the Moonlight Altar (Image taken by eXputer)

Now make your way down the stairs in order to gain a medallion called Cerulean Amber Medallion. After that, you will need to leave the basement and prepare yourself as you will have to fight another Royal Revenant. However, the royal revenant will also just drop Ghost Glovewort so you can avoid fighting him if you want. 

Now you need to head towards the southern part of the area from where you have fought the revenant. By going a bit further, you will spot a corpse lying about against a low wall nearby. You can farm him for some Golden Runes.

After that, you need to head towards the northern part of the ruins. There you will be able to get your hands on some Glintstone Firefly by farming a corpse. Keep an eye out, as there will be 3 Albinauric Sorcerers waiting near the corpse to attack the players. Try to avoid them as they will deal significant damage. 

The Moon Folk Ruins 

Now you will be able to transport back to the Moonlight Altar Site Of Grace. After that, you will need to head straight north and reach the Moon Folk Ruins. However, be prepared as these ruins will also have some Sorcerer Enemies for you to deal with. They are the same as the enemies you encountered in Kingsrealm Ruins in the Liurnia. 

We recommend that you stay on your mount as much as you can while hunting them down. Make sure you take the enemies down before you look around for the loot. By going to the northwestern corner of the map, you will find different items like Rune Arc and Golden Runes. Now go straight ahead in the Northern direction, and you will come across another building that will have a corpse inside.

By farming the corpse, you will be able to get Magic Grease. Now head to the eastern side, and you will find a hidden basement where you will be able to get your hands on a chest. The chest will have some Somber Smithing Stones for you to collect. 

Bosses In Moonlight Altar 

After you have successfully explored both ruins and collected all the possible items and loot there, you need to go back to the east of the Cathedral and fight a boss. This boss is called the Glintstone Dragon Adula. 

The fight with Adula is what many players look forward to. Besides Adula, you will find many other Dragons to slay here as well. After that, you just need to teleport back to the Moonlight Altar site of grace.

How to Moonlight Altar in Elden Ring
Fighting Adula (Image taken by eXputer)

Now head straight north from here, and the path will curve. The dragon will be on the path, waiting for the players to attack. For the other two Dragons, you will have to head toward the southwestern corner of the region. 

The dragon you will slay will give you a Dragon Heart. However, fighting the Dragons is totally optional. Next, you can go to the Ringleaders Evergaol in the northwestern part of the map. Here you will be able to find Alecto, The Black Knife Ringleader. 

Tower Puzzle Solution 

There is also a tower puzzle solution that falls under the Moonlight Altar region. You will need to head straight from the Evergaol in the southern direction. A good indication is to follow the path where you see crystals. These crystals and crystallins won’t drop any noteworthy loot, so you can ignore them by sprinting across them.

After that, you will reach an area where a Red Wolf will be waiting to attack you. You can ignore the wolf if you want, as it won’t drop any significant loot either. Make sure to explore the area because there are smithing stones lying nearby. Give moving further, and you will find Chelona’s Rise.

There will be a statue located on the left side of the stairs that you need to interact with to initiate a puzzle where you will be required to seek 3 Spirit Turtles in Elden Ring. It is important to note that this puzzle might take a significant amount of time, and in case you die the puzzle, you will have to start it all over again.

Make sure to avoid any nearby cliffs while solving the puzzle. If you want to solve the puzzle by yourself, we recommend skipping this part, as there are potential spoilers below. 

The first Spirit turtle can be found by going to the western side of the tower. It will be near a Cliff, and you can use a spell to hit it. Players can also use their throwing knives at the great spirit turtle. 

The second spirit title can be obtained by going down the road from Evergaol and jumping on the Spirit Spring. The players will need to stand right in the center of the Spirits Spring Jump and jump straight up. 

The final title can be found in the southeastern part of the region, where the players need to drop down some platforms to reach it. 

The players need to be very careful here as one wrong step can lead them to their demise, and they will ultimately have to start the puzzle all over again. 

Summing It Up 

With this, we conclude our detailed guide on the Moonlight Altar, how to get to it, the loot you will be able to collect here, and the bosses you will fight. While you are at it, don’t forget to check out our definitive guide on the Lake of Rot. We have also curated a detailed guide on the Whetstone knife in Elden Ring. 

You can also check out our guide on how to get to the Hermit village and the Rotten Breath location. Do check out our guide on how to drop items in the game as well. 


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