The unseen underground of the Royal Capital, where the forsaken Omen were sent to rot in obscurity.
Subterranean Shunning-Grounds is a Location in Elden Ring. The Subterranean Shunning-Grounds is found in Leyndell, Royal Capital (or later, Leyndell, Ashen Capital). This area is accessed by heading down the stairs from the Avenue Balcony Site of Grace, going through the double grate-doors and immediately turning left, and hopping over the railing onto the rooftops. Continue northwest and you will pass a scarab on your left, then there is a alcove type space to your right with the well. The well is directly below where the giant dead stone dragon's wing touches the railing.
- Dung Eater - His corporeal form can be found in a sewer-gaol. From the Underground Roadside site of grace, head northeast and find a grate in the floor leading to the aqueducts/sewers. Continue north past the Rats and Giant Miranda Sprout to find a ladder. At the top of the ladder is a room where Lesser Fingercreepers and a Fingercreeper will emerge from the ground. At the back is the cell. It requires the Sewer-Gaol Key to unlock which is also given by Dung Eater at the Roundtable Hold. See his NPC page for more details.
Equipment and Magic
- Rune Arc
- Shadow Bait
- Mohg's Shackle
- Bloodsoaked Mask
- Bloodsoaked Manchettes
- Erdtree's Favor +1
- Haligdrake Talisman +1
Regular Creatures and Enemies
- Giant Crayfish
- Fanged Imp
- Lesser Fingercreeper
- Giant Rat
- Miranda Sprout
- Giant Miranda Sprout
- Putrid Corpse
- Wraith Caller
Field Bosses and Bosses
Subterranean Shunning-Grounds Walkthrough
To find the Subterranean Shunning-Grounds, start from the Avenue Balcony Site of Grace in Leyndell, Royal Capital. Head down the stairs, then immediately head left after you get attacked by the greatbow-wielding Leyndell Knight. Jump over the balcony towards the golden Teardrop Scarab that yields Ash of War: Thunderbolt. Fight off the Albinaurics that are crawling around the area, and look for a well in the northern corner. (If you've wandered to a place that overlooks a large open sewer area guarded by a Broken Statue, you've gone too far. Backtrack and try again.) Drop down this well, pick up a Rune Arc, then look northwest for a passage that eventually leads to the Shunning-Grounds. Before you descend the ladder, you can pick off the Omen patrolling the main path before climbing down.
If you've already completed Crumbling Farum Azula and Leyndell is now Leyndell, Ashen Capital , the Shunning-Grounds is still perfectly intact and accessible. Walk downhill to the center of the area to an open manhole. Jump in and carefully descend down, and land on a support beam that has the Crimson Amber Medallion +2. From this beam you can drop down onto the balcony that overlooks the main area.
Once you've gotten down onto the main path, head northeast. On your left hand side is the Underground Roadside Site of Grace. This will serve as your main checkpoint as several routes open up shortcuts that lead back here.
To Leyndell Catacombs
Leave the room with the Grace and turn left. Follow the main path northeast a bit and you can see an alcove on the opposing side past the Omen. If you can dash past or defeat this Omen, the corpse it's looking over has the Bloodsoaked Mask and Bloodsoaked Manchettes. Descend the ladder in the alcove and you'll enter a large room with several pipes and many Fanged Imps waiting to ambush you. Deal with them in any manner you fancy to clear the way forward.
The platform you start at has some Freezing Grease. Jump onto the closest pipe and follow it to the next wooden platform for some Serpent Arrows. Pick off the Imps from afar, then follow to the next platform (mind the Fanged Imp ambush) and collect a Fire Grease. If you follow the pipe forward and down its incline, you can collect a Somber Smithing Stone (6) at the end. The other branch leads to wooden platforms on the opposite side of the room and has a corpse with a Somber Smithing Stone (7). Go in the doorway and head up the stairs.
Once you peek out the doorway, you'll be at a room with a corpse on your left. That corpse holds the Shadow Bait incantation but is guarded by an Omen. To your right is a lever that opens the giant grate next to it so you can access this side of the pipe room from the Site of Grace without needing to traverse Fanged Imp territory.
Go back to the Pipe Room from this end, and look down. You can see a large pipe that you can safely jump onto. Hop down the large pipes and reach the watery floor of the area. Use the pipe sections to find safety when the Giant Crayfish attacks you. You can skip the lobsters by running into these pipe parts. Follow the wall southeast until you reach an opening where you can access the Leyndell Catacombs Site of Grace and take shelter from the Giant Crayfish. If you head back out, you can find Mohg’s Shackle up against the southeast wall. If you can take out the Giant Crayfish, the corpses in this area contain a total of 2x Smithing Stone (7) and 2x Somber Smithing Stone (7).
From the Leyndell Catacombs Site of Grace, you can proceed down the stairs to clear that dungeon. Otherwise, you can head up the stairs and turn right to a lift. Ride it up, running past the infinitely-respawning spectral soldiers that harass you. Underneath the flight of stairs that you see here are illusory walls. Hit them to open up a space beneath the platform, then look left and hit the next wall to find a Haligdrake Talisman +1. Climb up the stairs, grab the Golden Rune (11) on the way, then pull the lever at the end of the corridor to open up a shortcut to the room that held the Shadow Bait incantation.
To the Dung-Eater
From the Underground Roadside Grace, head out the room and turn left. Go as far as you can to the end of the main road until you see a hole in the grates on the floor. Drop down this hole.
At the bottom of this drop, look southeast for some Preserving Boluses at the dead end. Then turn around, fight through the rats, and follow this tunnel all the way to the end until it turns left. You'll see a total of three Giant Miranda Sprouts on the way forward. Burn them down, then climb the ladder at the end. Pick up the Rune Arc and then follow the tunnel to a right turn. The corpse has a Lost Ash of War but is guarded by a Fingercreeper. Run past this and you can find the Dung Eater's cell. Note that you must have the Sewer-Gaol Key to open this door. This key can be obtained from the Dung Eater in the Roundtable Hold while you have a Seedbed Curse in your possession. If you intend to finish the Dung Eater's quest, he will be found here in this cell to receive the Seedbed Curses to create his Mending Rune.
The Next Shortcut
After dropping down the open grate, instead of making the left turn to the Dung Eater's cell, on the wall on your right is a pipe. This leads to a labyrinthine section of the Shunning-Grounds.
Follow the pipe forward and drop down the first hole you see. You'll end up in a room with a grate that has a few Wraith Callers. Deal with them and then pick up a Stonesword Key at the far end of the room. After picking up the Stonesword Key, turn left and open the cell door. Past this door, follow the path and turn left and go along an upward incline. To your right should be the hole that you fell down previously - now you're on the other side of it. Turn left and proceed, but be wary of another hole in the ground. This one drops you into a large chamber with a Revenant. Jump over this hole, pick up the bunch of Rainbow Stone Arrow (Fletched), and then turn right at the next junction. Follow the pipe downwards and to the end, picking up the Fireproof Dried Liver on your right on the way. You'll then reach a room with an Omen atop the ladder at the end. The item you see before you is a Somber Smithing Stone (8).
Dispatch or run past the Omen, and climb up the ladder to reach another large room. The corpse on your immediate left has a Smithing Stone (7) that's guarded by two Omens, while there is a lever on your right that opens a grate that leads back to the main path and provides a shortcut to the Underground Roadside Grace. The way forward is the doorway that you see right ahead. This leads you to the rim of a large cylindrical chamber. Turn right and follow the broken stairs down to pick up some Grace Mimics, but the actual way down is on your left from this entry doorway. Look over the edge and you can find a ledge below you that you can safely drop onto. You'll find a silver Teardrop Scarab that yields a Somber Smithing Stone (6) after you kill it. Follow the broken stairs to the end to find some String, then enter the next doorway you see.
Follow the corridor, taking out Putrid Corpses and Miranda Sprouts on the way, until you've descended a set of stairs to the Fire Grease guarded by a pair of Miranda Sprouts. You'll see a ladder and a Giant Miranda Sprout that you can snipe from this vantage point. After you've taken it out, descend to fight off some Basilisks and pick up some Poisoned Stone Clumps in the room. The doorway out leads to a short platform that holds the Nomad Ashes and a Basilisk ambush. Climb back up the ladder and you'll notice a pathway that goes under the stairs. Follow it into another pipe. Travel through it, taking out a couple of Basilisks and a Commoner on the way. Note the locked door here - it's a shortcut you can open much later. Follow the pipe to the end and you'll find another open room with a single Omen in it. Kill this Omen for the Omen Bairn, loot the bodies and then climb up the ladder. Cross the wooden platform, picking up another batch of Poisoned Stone Clumps on the way, then open the double doors to find yourself on the opposite side of the Underground Roadside Site of Grace.
To the Cathedral of the Forsaken
With that door now open, start at the Underground Roadside Grace and proceed straight through the door you just opened. Rather than going back to the room with the ladder that leads to the Omen, instead look to your right and step onto the pipe. Follow it all the way to a wooden platform at its end, taking out more Fanged Imps on the way, then drop to your left onto another large pipe. Make a break for the long wooden platform northeast, then turn around and take out any Fanged Imps that are chasing you. Mind the Fanged Imp ambush from the doorway that faces the Golden Rune (10). Go through that same doorway, kick down the ladder to your left to open a shortcut that bypasses Fanged Imp territory on return trips, then turn around and walk to the end of the platform. Look to your left for a large square platform that you can jump down to, then walk on the pipe and jump into the upward-facing opening.
This is another labyrinthine set of pipes, but thankfully the last. You may notice a rat scampering away. If you want to go straight to the end of this area, skip the next paragraph and start following the rat.
Head the other direction from the scampering rat. This section of the pipe maze is devoid of enemies and has several Crimson and Cerulean Teardrop Scarabs you can refill your flasks with. Once you see the first branching point, mark the spot with a Rainbow Stone, then take the right branch, then first left, then head to the end of the pipe and turn right to find some Eye of Yelough. Backtrack, ignore the first right turn, then turn left at the T-junction. Follow the pipe all the way down, picking up the Warming Stones on your left. At the T-junction, turn left then right in quick succession, then follow the path to a Smithing Stone (8). Backtrack all the way to your Rainbow Stone and turn right. Follow the pipe down, making a U-turn that leads to a Golden Rune (8) at the intersection. Turn left at this intersection and follow it all the way to a Smithing Stone (7). This pipe also opens back to the large Pipe Room. If you've kept up with the guide this far, backtrack all the way to your Rainbow Stone and now go straight ahead.
Follow the rat down the pipe. When you reach the next branching point with the Golden Rune (11), turn left and drop down the hole. If you go straight instead you'll end up on the wrong side of the locked door and have to do more backtracking. If you went down the hole on the left, take out the Commoner, pick up the Smithing Stone (5), and open the locked door on your right. Head straight down the pipe instead of through the door you just opened, descending the stairs and ladders until you reach a room filled with Living Jars, with a Ritual Pot near the large Living Jar. Take the exit you see on the right, and then ride the elevator down to the bottom of the giant cylindrical chamber. The Site of Grace you see is the Forsaken Depths Grace, and directly ahead is the room where you fight Mohg, the Omen.
After the boss fight, loot the treasure chest for an Erdtree's Favor +1, then activate the Cathedral of the Forsaken Site of Grace and rest. Attack the wall behind the chest and a secret passageway should open. If you haven't beaten Morgott the Omen King, the way forward from here will be sealed off. If you have, though, you can proceed forward to a very difficult platforming puzzle, leading to the Frenzied Flame Proscription, the final location for Hyetta's questline. See the Cathedral of the Forsaken page for more details of the loot that can be found beyond, and for details on completing the platforming puzzle.
Subterranean Shunning-Grounds Dungeon Maps
Elden Ring Subterranean Shunning-Grounds Gallery and Notes
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