Volcano Manor is a Legacy Dungeon in Elden RingVolcano Manor is unique in that much of its progression, if you so choose, can be done outside of the manor itself. You will be tasked with assassinating Tarnished from other worlds, rebelling against the Fingers and the Erdtree itself. There is another way to beat the dungeon, however, if this band of dissenters and their tasks do not appeal to you. You'll find guides for both the assassination questline and the dungeon area here for a complete run of this Legacy Dungeon.

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Volcano Manor Guide


Volcano Manor Map

[Elden Ring Map Link]

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Lower Lava Level

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Upper Lava Level

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Ground Floor

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1st Floor

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2nd Floor

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3rd Floor

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NPCs in Volcano Manor

Volcano Manor Bosses




All Items in Volcano Manor



Weapons & Shields



Upgrade Materials

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Keys & Other




  • There are three ways to reach the Volcano Manor
    • One way through Rya's questline
    • Another through the Abductor Virgin at Raya Lucaria Academy
    • Finally, by just walking there from the Grand Lift of Dectus or Ruin-Strewn  Precipice
  • There are also two ways to reach the Volcano Manor's final boss
    • One by completing assassination quests
    • Another through completing the dungeon area

Dungeon Important Discoveries

  • Explore the ruined town
  • Lower the shortcut bridge
  • Defeat the Magma Wyrm
  • Defeat the Godskin Noble
  • Pick up Rya's Quest Item
  • Explore the temple areas
  • Face the God-Devouring Serpent / Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy
  • Collect the Serpent-Hunter
  • Confront Tanith

Full Volcano Manor Walkthrough

Use our Volcano Manor Map and Walkthrough Videos to navigate the area and obtain 100% of all items. If you prefer to do a quick sweep, click here to go to the Speedrun Walkthrough.

How to get to Volcano Manor

Rya's Questline

Volcano Manor can be reached in three different ways. One way to reach this location is by completing the first part of Rya's questline. You'll find her at Liurnia of the Lakes, east of the Scenic Isle Site of Grace [Map Link] where she'll ask you to retrieve a precious necklace. Complete her request and she'll give you a Volcano Manor Invitation, and clue you in on where to find her next. She'll next be found at the top of the Grand Lift of Dectus (if you've found both halves of the Dectus Medallion) or at Lux Ruins (if you've not completed the medallion). If you speak to her, she'll teleport you right into the lobby next to Tanith.

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Abductor Virgin

Another way to reach this area is by getting teleported by an enemy. Do note that if you decide to take this route, you will have to fight a difficult boss, the Abductor Virgins, to move forward. If you spare Patches and talk to him at the Scenic Isle, he may mention an Abductor Virgin at Raya Lucaria Academy with teleporting abilities. Make your way over there and find the water wheel elevator, just west of the Schoolhouse Classroom site of grace. Take it to the bottom and get killed by the Abductor Virgin in this area. You must be killed by a specific attack where it traps you in its iron maiden-like body. Using a Sacrificial Twig or Twiggy Cracked Tear effect will prevent you from losing runes while still teleporting you. Doing this successfully takes you to a unique area within the Volcano Manor area. Hop across the lava flows and travel southeast, dropping down a few ledges along a lava waterfall until you reach a stonework structure. Go up the stairs to reach the Subterranean Inquisition Chamber Site of Grace [Map Link]. Be sure to activate this site prior to jumping off as there is no getting back up once you drop down to the fallen pillars in the lava.

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Loot the bodies in this area for Smithing Stones [4] & [6] and jump from pillar to pillar until you reach a small cave in the south. It may look like a dead-end, but walk near the back of the cave where there's a crumbling section of ground and you'll fall through the floor into another cavern. The path here is quite linear. You'll want to head south from here, where you'll soon reach a fog door. Through this door are the Abductor Virgins, who drop the Inquisitor's Girandole upon defeat. Their defeat also makes the Abductor Virgin Site of Grace [Map Link] available and allows you to exit the cavern to emerge into Mt. Gelmir. From here, you can drop down to the Seethewater River Site of Grace, from which you can start exploring the rest of Altus Plateau.

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To head to Volcano Manor, travel north from the Seethewater River Site of Grace, hitting the Seethewater Terminus Grace. Travel through the Fire Monk camp and around the pool of lava (ignoring the Magma Wyrm nearby), and then follow the path that circumvents clockwise around the mountain, taking you past the Hermit's Shack and to the Craftsman's Shack Site of Grace. Continue northeast through the Hermit Village, ignoring Demi-Human Queen Maggie and reaching the Primeval Sorcerer Azur Grace. Look northeast and walk over the narrow ledge, then drop down onto the plateau below. The door near you leads to the Gelmir Hero's Grave if you need a quick checkpoint. Then, head north until you see a Mad Pumpkin Head, go northeast across the narrow ledge behind it, fight past a Grafted Scion, and ascend the ladder up the mountainside. Take the next ladder you see on your left, fight through a camp of frenzied Soldiers (and Knight), descend north down a ramp, look west, and then cross the bridge to the Ninth Mt. Gelmir Campsite Site of Grace. Jump up the Spiritspring or climb the ladder, ignore the Full-Grown Fallingstar Beast at the top and leap off the narrow ledge extending from the western side of the arena. Continue descending down the ramp past the Marionette Soldiers, making a U-turn and dashing past the Troll guard to enter Volcano Manor.

Alternate route directly into Volcano Manor Hall: Right after you are captured by the Abductor Virgin, look to your right over the waterfall. The drop is non-lethal; it will take about half your health (ignoring lava damage) instead. Go as far southeast along the cliff edge before jumping down into the lava below, then wade southeast down the lava (healing off any damage) until you reach a wooden platform with a cage lift. Ride this lift up, then look to your right to take a second lift up. Travel up the stairs, past the Blackflame Monk, but before you enter the church ahead (contains a boss fight with the Godskin Noble), look to your left for another flight of stairs going down. Descend it, push the lever to raise a metal bridge, then cross it to reach the Prison Town Church Site of Grace to enable fast travel out of this area. You can travel up the hidden back passage from behind the altar and hit an illusory wall at the end of a dead end which leads into a room in the Volcano Manor, but you'll be behind a locked door that can only be opened with the Drawing-Room Key, received on the other side.

Go back onto the bridge, then carefully hop onto one of the studs on the left side. From that, hop onto the wheel that hoisted up the bridge, and finally make a running (but difficult) jump onto the opposite balcony. You'll pick up a Somber Smithing Stone (7) from the corpse. Run for the door you see, past the Iron Virgin, and from indoors, head down the stairs to a room with a corpse holding a Seedbed Curse. Cross the long large room to pick up an Ash of War: Royal Knight's Resolve, then head up the stairs to open a door that leads into the Volcano Manor main hall.

From Altus Plateau

Starting from the Altus Plateau Site of Grace, travel south to the main road and follow it, taking the northeast branch from the junction. You'll reach the Forest-Spanning Greatbridge Site of Grace with a merchant and Finger Reader Crone. Nearby is a sending gate that sends you to the opposite side of the valley. Follow the main road north and then eastward, ignoring the windmills you see as you go downhill and under the broken great bridge. You should reach the Road of Iniquity Side Path Site of Grace and pass by a Caravan and the Writheblood Ruins. Cross a wooden bridge and hit up the Bridge of Iniquity Site of Grace, then go northeast into an are patrolled by Iron Virgins. The Corpse-Stench Shack at the end has an invasion from Anastasia, Tarnished-Eater that drops the Butchering Knife, and the shack itself holds the Golden Vow incantation.

Near the Corpse-Stench Shack, rather southeast of it, is a ladder which leads up the mountain. Ascend it and turn left to get to the First Mt. Gelmir Campsite Site of Grace. Dash through the camp full of frenzied soldiers, go past the Mad Pumpkin Head and go northwest along the narrow path. (This is where your route will merge with the other route highlighted in green in the diagram further above.)

Jump down to a ruined campsite, fight off a Grafted Scion and ascend the next ladder you see. Take the next ladder on your left which leads you to another merchant, then keep going up the mountain from his location. You'll reach a plateau with several frenzied Soldiers and a Knight. After you fight them off, look for a ramp that lets you descend to the plateau below. Look west for a bridge that leads you to the Ninth Mt. Gelmir Campsite Site of Grace. Take either the ladder or Spiritspring Jump to the Full-Grown Fallingstar Beast, go northwest and jump the gap going downhill, then keep descending downhill, making a U-turn and rushing past the Marionettes and Troll guard to reach Volcano Manor.

Volcano Manor Assassination Quests

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There are also two ways to reach to the final boss of this dungeon. One way is to complete various assassination quests for the Volcano Manor. Do note that this requires you to have access to Mountaintop of the Giants. Speak with Tanith, the lady sitting in a chair in the manor's lobby, and pledge your services to the Volcano Manor. She will give you the Drawing-Room Key which allows you to unlock several doors in the manor.

Before following her instructions and heading to the drawing-room, turn left and head up the stairs, where you'll find yourself in a grand dining hall. On your way to the far end of the hall, you'll get invaded by Inquisitor Ghiza. Defeat him for his weapon, Ghiza's Wheel, and collect the Smithing Stone [6] on the corpse where he spawned.

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Back downstairs, you'll see a hallway in the western section with a bunch of locked doors, many of which can be unlocked using the Drawing-Room Key. The first door to your right has a corpse with a Perfume Bottle on it and the left is inaccessible for now. Further through the hallway, the next set of doors to your left open up to the drawing-room. You may recognize some familiar faces here as Rya and Knight Bernahl can be found in this room (though Bernahl doesn't open his shop until you've completed the first Volcano Manor assignment). If you've progressed through his quest enough, Diallos will also be found here. Interact with the item on the table to collect a Recusant Finger and the Letter from Volcano Manor.

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This first letter instructs you to find and invade Old Knight Istvan at Limgrave and sets a red marker on your map to find the summon sign quickly. You can reach his summon sign by heading north from the Warmaster's Shack [Map Link]. Defeat him to collect several items including his armor set, the Scaled Set, and report back to Tanith to receive the Magma Shot Sorcery spell as a reward. You unlock the NPC quest for Patches, who can be found sitting by the wall at the Volcano Manor's entrance. He asks you to invade Great Horned Tragoth. Keep in mind that this NPC can be summoned to assist with several boss fights unless you assassinate him during Patches' quest. From here, head back to the drawing-room to pick up some interesting dialogue from Rya and speak to Bernahl to gain access to his store. The next Letter from Volcano Manor awaits you at the table as before.

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This second letter instructs you to find and invade Rileigh the Idle at Altus Plateau and, like before, sets a red marker on your map. You can reach his summon sign by going up the elevator next to the Old Altus Tunnel Site of Grace [Map Link], then heading northeast. Defeat them to collect several items including a Talisman, Crepus's Vial, and report back to Tanith to receive the Serpentbone Blade as a reward. After this, you unlock NPC quests for Rya and Bernahl.

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Go back to the drawing-room to pick up the Red Letter. This final letter instructs you to find and invade Juno Hoslow, Knight of Blood at the Mountaintops of the Giants, and sets a red marker on your map. His summon sign can be found east of the Shack of the Lofty. Upon meeting him for the first time, you will get the "Hoslow's Oath" Gesture, and defeating him gives you access to several items including his weapon, Hoslow's Petal Whip, and his armor set, Hoslow's Set.

  • If you do not have access to Mountaintops of the Giants yet, keep reading to use the manor's illusory wall to proceed.

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Report back to Tanith and she'll reward you with the Talisman Taker's Cameo and ask if you would see her Lord. Accepting her offer teleports you to a Site of Grace right outside the fog door to the God-Devouring Serpent/Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy boss fight. Exhausting Diallos' dialogue multiple times between doing each Volcano Manor quest makes him leave the manor and move to his next location. Make sure you accept and complete any Volcano Manor NPC quests still unattended to before defeating Rykard as they may disappear from the manor after you beat the boss (Rya may wait for you to complete her quest even after defeating the boss, however, this is uncertain).

From here, you can continue reading on to navigate your way through the Volcano Manor's actual dungeon area, but if you'd rather take up Tanith's offer to skip ahead to the boss click here.


Going through Volcano Manor's Illusory Wall

There's another way to get to the final boss without having to kill your fellow Tarnished. It should be noted that defeating the boss this way, before completing the letter requests, locks you out of the Volcano Manor assassination quests, as well as parts of Rya, Bernahl, and Patches' quests. This method starts the same way as above; talk to Tanith and pledge your services to the Volcano Manor to get the Drawing-Room Key. Feel free to explore the manor the same way as above, going upstairs to defeat Inquisitor Ghiza, looting the corpses, and speaking to the NPCs, however, don't leave the manor just yet. When you enter the hallway from the lobby, enter the first door to the right, the same one with the corpse with a Perfume Bottle on it as mentioned above. If you attack/jump/walk/roll into the wall just behind that corpse, you'll reveal a secret passageway.

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Follow the path through a room full of Serpent Snails and you'll end up with a room with two ways forward - one down a flight of steps, another through an open doorway to your left. Head left first, being wary of Serpent Snails that may ambush you and continue until you reach a dead end. The corpse at the end of this passageway has the Nomadic Warrior's Cookbook (21) on it, and to the left of it, reveal another hidden door that opens up into a room with the Depraved Perfumer Carmaan Ashes

Go back to the room where you saw that flight of stairs and descend them to fight a Lesser Bloodhound Knight that drops the Bloodhound Claws. Make sure you pick up the Fireproof Dried Liver here too, it may come in handy. Continue moving forward to get to a church with the Prison Town Church Site of Grace. Exit the church and you'll emerge to see a village submerged in lava. To your left will be an incomplete bridge that you can't cross just yet, so instead turn right and scale the rooftops, following the enemies, until you can safely jump down to the west, onto the stone walkways of the village. Head up the stairs and you'll get to a fog door locked behind an imp statue. Use a Stonesword Key and fight your way up to collect the Crimson Amber Medallion (+1).

Head back out of the building and turn right to cross the bridge where there's a Man-Serpent at the end. The building behind it is inaccessible from the front door, but circle around the left side of the building and do some jumping to find remains with Albinauric Bloodcot x1 an then an open door to the right, allowing you to unlock the front door of this building from inside. Watch for guys up in the ceiling. Inside the rooms are a remains with a Beast Blood and a remains with Golden Rune [9].  Make your way down to the cellar of the building and at the bottom of the stairs go through the doorway to your left. When this opens into a room, make a right and then another right to get to the Guest Hall Site of Grace. 

After interacting with the Site of Grace, head back to the previous room and out the closed-door - it should open up to the sight of buildings almost fully engulfed by the lava. Turn right to find a ladder and descend onto the lowest level and closer to the lava. Head south and circle round to the corner of the building where you'll find a corpse with two Fireproof Dried Liver on it. Continue navigating the cooled lava east, picking up the Golden Rune (9) on the corpse laying on the well to your left. Directly across from the well is a slope behind the building that leads to a corpse on the roof containing Smithing Stone (6). Return to the ground moving east past the well, and head up the stairs to reach an area with a Man-Serpent wielding a whip guarding two cage lifts -- see pictures below. 

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Defeat it and take the lift directly to the north up. Turn right to pick up a Somber Smithing Stone [5] from a corpse then turn back around to ascend the flight of stairs. Don't enter the temple just yet! Right before you do, turn left to find the incomplete bridge you saw across the way earlier. On this side, there's a lever you can turn to lift the bridge piece from out of the lava, making a shortcut to this area from the Prison Town Church.


Taking a Detour for Items

Now that you've got this shortcut, you can start exploring for some more collectibles. Make your way back to the Prison Town Church. Scale up the roofs again to the right and instead of turning westward to drop down to where the imp statue is, turn eastward where you'll find a short wooden bridge. Continue following the enemies and the path down to the lower section of the town, collecting valuables such as Golden Runes on the way, and you'll eventually get to the Omenkiller. Defeat him to get his weapon, the Great Omenkiller Cleaver, and head to the building in the northeast to collect the Erdtree Seal.

Scale up the roofs again to drop onto a wooden platform on which a Facing back toward the gate, there is a small courtyard to the left guarded by two dogs that leads to a broken staircase along the outer wall. Get a running start & jump across the broken segment to reach a corpse with a Stonesword Key (trying to drop down from the roof above the item is a fatal fall). After collecting the key, drop down & follow the path around the wall until you get to the place where a bunch of gravestones sit in cooled lava and loot the corpses in this area to collect items such as a Golden Rune [9],  Smithing Stone [6] and the Smoldering Shield. Be careful of the living jars as several of the small jars will explode upon death causing heavy damage.

Teleport back to the Prison Town Church Site of Grace and cross the shortcut bridge. Head back down the stairs and the cage lift you took previously. Turn left and into the other cage lift in the area. This one takes you back down to lava-level and if you walk forward, a Magma Wyrm will pop out of the lava, which when defeated, will drop a Dragon Heart. In the far end of the cave, you'll be able to spot a corpse with a Smithing Stone [7] on it.

Head back off that small island, and enter the small opening in the wall to the west. Continue forward towards the building ruins, following the Burning Slugs along the way, and you'll find yourself back at the stairs that take you to the cage lifts. Take the northern cage lift back up to the temple and now we can head in.


Miniboss: Godskin Noble

When you get about halfway through the temple, the Godskin Noble spawns. Ranged and magic users will find simply keeping your distance and hitting him from afar to be effective for the first half of the fight, even more so with Spirit Ashes to be able to tank for you. Many of his attacks during this phase, including a backhand slap and rapier attacks, are melee-ranged. He has an attack where he spawns black fire in a circle around him - melee users should dodge away and wait for him to leave the circle of fire before engaging him again. 

After reaching about 50% health, the Godskin Noble rises and explodes in a small area around him. He now has attacks that have wide AoEs and an unpredictable roll attack. His skills are still widely telegraphed, so time your dodges well. Defeat him and you'll be rewarded with his weapon, the Godskin Stitcher, and the Noble Presence Incantation.


Completing the rest of the Dungeon

The Godskin Noble's defeat opens up the Temple of Eiglay Site of Grace. On the altar where he spawned, you can pick up the Serpent's Amnion. This is Rya's quest item so you can head back to her now and teleport back here whenever you're ready. South of the Site of Grace, is a lift which you should take. Before heading out to the balcony, you can head right and follow the path to grab a Golden Rune [9] from a corpse.

Head back and go to the balcony. If you look down, you'll be able to see a mountain ledge you can safely jump down to. Follow the Burning Slugs northeast until you get to a corpse sitting on the mountain's edge that has a Furlcalling Finger Remedy. Turn left and you'll see another ledge you can safely jump down to. Follow the path until you see a Abductor Virgin in front of a building with an open window. Fight it or run through the window. At the southern side of the room, you'll find a ladder you can descend. There will be a Drawstring Fire Grease on the corpse here. Follow the stairs down and you'll find the Missionary's Cookbook (6). Backtrack back up the stairs and the ladder. There's a door on the west side of this room that opens up to a bridge.

Jump into the left side to get Crimson Tear Scarab. Jump once more and move counter-clockwise to come back where you were before. Go back to the bridge and head up the stairs but before going into the building, turn right and jump off the stairs, where you'll find a Teardrop Scarab that drops a Somber Smithing Stone [5]. If you have been doing doing Rya's quest, look west and you can find a room where she can be found, you can make your decision on whether or not to kill or spare her here, visit her page to read up on her quest line. Back out of the room, hug the wall and follow the cooled lava further to the north (be careful of enemies along the way), you will then encounter a room rife with Basilisks, five to be exact, kill them quickly, and do not stay in one spot as you can be caught in their breaths and be turned to stone. If needed, kill one or two, run out of the room and back south, wait until your petrification buildup goes away, then return and repeat the process until they're all gone. Grab a Somber Smithing Stone [6] and head back south to the entrance to the room where you found Rya. In front of Rya's room, look southeast and you will find an open window next to the lava waterfall, go through it and grab a Stonesword Key. Head through Rya's room to find a ladder that takes you back up to where you're supposed to go. Head right first to activate the elevator to make a shortcut to Temple of Eiglay site of grace.

You'll come across a Man-Serpent with a fiery whip. Before fighting it, don't forget to get a Commoner's Headband lying on one of protruding stones on your right. Head through the door behind him and then through another set of closed doors on your right. On the altar protected by some enemies is the Man-Serpent Ashes. Head up the first set of stairs and before going up the second set, turn around to go up the flight of stairs behind you.

Through the doorway found on this floor is an imp statue that has to be unlocked with two Stonesword Keys. You'll find cages here you can jump down to, but before doing that, turn right and drop down to the platform below. Follow the path, head up the stairs, and in the next room, you'll find the Dagger Talisman. You will see some cages which you can jump atop, do so and drop further down onto the wooden platform, kill the enemy here, and look down to the northeast to find more cages to drop onto. After dropping down a few cages, you'll be on stable grounds again, look southwest for a room full weak enemies and a Seedbed Curse on a corpse, be careful as they can overwhelm you. After grabbing the item, turn left to ascend a flight of stairs and after defeating the Abductor Virgin here, you can collect a Somber Smithing Stone [7] off of a corpse draped over the broken part of the banister. Head back into the building and continue north-east where you'll a corpse with the Ash of War: Royal Knight's Resolve.

If you continue on this path, you'll eventually make it back to the entrance of the Volcano Manor, unlocking the door in front of Patches. Teleport back to the Temple of Eiglay Site of Grace and retrace your steps back to the room with the Man-Serpent Ashes. Climb up both flights of stairs and you'll find a waygate. This takes you to the Site of Grace right outside the fog door to the God-Devouring Serpent/Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy boss fight, the same place Tanith teleports you to if you complete all three assassination requests. Rest at the Site of Grace and when you're ready, head through the fog door.

  • If you've been following the walkthrough, and for completion, it's recommended you finish the Royal Capital to get access to the Mountaintops of the Giants to get to the final assassination, the Red Letter, before facing Rykard. The NPCs of Volcano Manor will be forever changed after killing the following boss, so be sure to check their quest lines before doing so.


Facing Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy

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Immediately when you enter the boss arena, pick up and equip the Serpent-Hunter on your left. If you read it's description, it says that it reveals its true power when used against giant serpents. Well, what do you know, Rykard's boss fight starts with the God-Devouring Serpent. When using the spear against the boss, the weapon shoots out powerful gusts of wind that increase its range massively. That being said, the weapon doesn't completely trivialize this first phase. The God-Devouring Serpent has many quick attacks with long-range, but its most dangerous ones are heavily telegraphed, so keep an eye out for them and time your dodges well. Don't get greedy and start spamming attacks with the Serpent-Hunter, you may get animation locked. Instead time your attacks between his, and eventually you'll stagger him and be able to get some free hits in.

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After the God-Devouring Serpent's health reaches 0, a cutscene plays and Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy reveals himself to the player. Do note that you will have to repeat the fight with the God-Devouring Serpent if you die at any point during this second phase. The Serpent-Hunter retains its special abilities during this second phase, so keep it equipped. Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy loses the quick attacks of his first phase but instead has access to deadly moves that have massive areas of effect. The same strategy applies here, time your attacks in between his (should be easier here as he has slower attacks) and wail on him whenever he gets staggered. At 50% health, the fight gets a bit more hectic as he spawns homing skulls to attack you. It may take a couple of tries before you get dodge timing right, but as soon as you get the hang of his attacks (and maybe with a bit of help from some Mimic Tear cheese and upgrading the Serpent-Hunter), the fight becomes easier.

Upon Rykard's defeat, you will receive the Remembrance of the Blasphemous and Rykard's Great Rune. The Eye Surcoat can also be picked up from the right side of the arena and the Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy Site of Grace will be accessible.


Returning to the Inhabitants of the Volcano Manor

After defeating Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy, you can return to the main chambers of Volcano Manor and speak to the NPCs. They harbor no ill-will against you but will talk about the dissolution of the Volcano Manor. After a time-skip or reloading the area, the NPCs will leave the area, with Bernahl leaving a sword at his seat that you can continue buying his wares off of. 

At this point, if you teleport back to Rykard's boss arena, you'll find Tanith feasting upon his remains. You can choose to attack her, and if you do so her knight, Tanith's Knight, will invade you. Upon his defeat, he will drop the Aspect of the Crucible: Breath Incantation, and Tanith's clothing set consisting of the Consort's Mask, Consort's Robe, and Consort's Trousers. Doing this too early prevents you from completing Patches' quest however. With this, the Volcano Manor Legacy Dungeon is complete.



Volcano Manor Map

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Speed Run Walkthrough

The fastest way to reach Volcano Manor is by either doing Rya's questline or following Patches instructions and getting kidnaped by Abductor Virgin underneath Raya Lucaria Academy water wheel lift, beating the Abductor Virgins boss and heading north through a narrow opening at the Seethewater River site of grace. 

This speed run walkthrough will assume you're systematically completing the areas in The Lands Between and that at this point you don't have access to the Mountaintop of the Giants yet. With this assumption, we will be skipping the Volcano Manor assassination quests and heading straight for Rykard through the secret passageway. Keep in mind that defeating Rykard locks you out of these quests, as well as the NPC quests of the Volcano Manor inhabitants.

Speak to Tanith and join the Volcano Manor for her to give you the Drawing-Room Key. With the key in hand, head through the hallway in the west, and open the first door to your right. Attack the wall behind the corpse to reveal a secret passageway and head through it until you reach a room with two ways forward. If you fancy yourself the Nomadic Warrior's Cookbook (21) and the Depraved Perfumer Carmaan Ashes, head through the doorway on the left and make sure to reveal the hidden doorway left of the corpse at the dead end. Otherwise, head down the flight of stairs and past the Bloodhound Knight to get to the Prison Town Church Site of Grace.

Upon leaving the church, turn right and scale the rooftops, following the enemies until you can safely drop down to a flight of stone stairs facing west. At the imp statue, turn left and when you get to the Man-Serpent guarding the door, circle round the left of the building to get inside. Head downstairs, where you'll find the Guest Hall Site of Grace in one of the rooms.

From this room go back, to one room and head out through the closed door. To your right is a ladder going down, after which you should head east to ascend a flight of stairs. Ignore the Man-Serpent and get straight into the cage lift immediately in front of you to take you up to the next floor. Continue forward ascending another flight of steps and before you enter the temple, turn around to your left to make a shortcut back here.

Enter the temple to fight the Godskin Noble and acquire the Godskin Stitcher and Noble Presence incantation. After interacting with the Site of Grace, turn right and take the elevator up. Right ahead is a balcony. Jump over the banister down to the cliffs and follow the Burning Slug path. When you get to a corpse sitting by the cliff's edge, turn left and jump to the ledge below, once again following the path until you find a building with an open window.

In this room, there is a ladder you can go down to reach the Missionary's Cookbook (6) in a jail cell. When you've got that, return up the ladder. Head through the door to the west, cross the bridge, go up the stairs and when you're in the building, turn right, going forward until you get to a Man-Serpent with a fiery whip. Head through the door behind him then take the next door to your right. On the altar is the Man-Serpent Ashes. Run past the enemies, heading up both flights of stairs, and you'll find a waygate on a balcony.

Take the waygate and you'll be teleported to the Site of Grace right outside the fog door to the God-Devouring Serpent/Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy boss fight. When you enter the fog door, immediately take and equip the Serpent-Hunter to your left. This spear has special properties during this boss fight that makes its range longer. After the first phase, the God-Devouring Serpent is defeated, you'll fight Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy straight after. Defeat the boss and you'll be rewarded with the Remembrance of the Blasphemous, Rykard's Great Rune, and the Eye Surcoat. Grab the Site of Grace that spawns here too

If you'd like extra quick loot, you can head back to the NPCs and speak to them. They'll disappear from the location after reloading the area. Head upstairs to fight Inquisitor Ghiza and acquire Ghiza's Wheel, as well as a Smithing Stone [6] on a corpse nearby. Teleport back to the Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy Site of Grace. Attack Tanith here and fight her knight to earn her clothing set, Consort's Set, and the Aspect of the Crucible: Breath incantation


Volcano Manor Trivia

  • A couple of illusory doors have been discovered in Volcano Manor that require multiple (roughly 50) hits to open. It is assumed that these are the result of developer oversight, as they have 9999 health (this is the same for all illusory doors; they are usually killed by the game once interacted with) and do not play any of the audio/visual cues. These doors additionally all lead to previously accessible areas. These have been patched out as of v1.04.


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    • Anonymous

      don't feel bad for killing the other tarnished, they will simply respawn at the nearest grace and complaim about your build online. It's their fault for having good drip, after all

      • Anonymous

        I am trying an assassin run. I found that St Trina's Sword WA will sleep the Man Serpents in one hit, setting them up for a crit.

        • Anonymous

          ı couldn't find it elsewhere but when you defeat rykard and show the Blasphemous Blade to him or attack him with it some new boss apeears

          • Anonymous

            Glad they finally added the part about the 50 hit doors being patched out. I came back to ER and smacked those things 300 times. lolz

            • Anonymous

              On my run he would try to do the move to summon the skulls and if it was interrupted he literally wouldn't do anything else until that move goes through. If that happens just keep dodging the lava geysers and interrupting that move and it's over

              • Anonymous

                After having done a decent amount of runs where I betray and murder my fellow Tarnished for their clothing (and a sorcery and two weapons I never use, and a pretty nice talisman that I sometimes use), I'm itching to do a run where I just walk in, murder Rykard, and leave. Just shut down the whole operation immediately and leave my Tarnished bros (admittedly rivals for lordship) alive. Actually I guess the only way to kill Rykard without ever even momentarily pledging allegiance to Tanith is to take the Virgin Abduction route from Raya Lucaria and go off the cliff, so I'll do that. Just assassinate their lord without ever even visiting their main hall... sounds nice.

                • Anonymous

                  The section of the walkthrough starting “Alternate route directly into Volcano Manor Hall” states that the Prison Town Church site of grace is accessible after you take the Abductor Virgin route inside. Unless you have previously entered Volcano Manor via Rya or the front door and opened the church door from the inside, this is not the case.

                  From my own recent experience (v.1.09) of taking this route in without previously entering Volcano Manor, there are only two sites of grace initially available in this area; the Guest Hall and the Temple of Eiglay.

                  The Temple of Eiglay is much faster and easier to reach (see below), but is arguably the higher-risk option because you have to defeat the Godskin Noble to obtain the site of grace. The running jump from the bridge wheel which bypasses the temple is described as “difficult”, and without having tried it I’d personally rate it as riskier than fighting the Godskin Noble. YMMV, of course, in both cases.

                  The Guest House site of grace, though close to your entry point, is not immediately accessible because the door leading out onto the balcony with the ladder down to lava-level can only be opened from the inside. To reach this site of grace you will need to navigate the whole Prison Town circuit and enter the Guest House through the front door, fighting at least one iron maiden and many minor enemies on the way.

                  • Anonymous

                    What is the enemy outside of the Godskin Noble fight called. Love his drip and I was wondering if it's possible to farm him?

                    • Anonymous

                      There's no way you can make that jump to get the stonesword key from the other side of the broken staircase. You CAN however drop down from the roof above.

                      • Anonymous

                        The alternate way of getting in is bullshit (the one where you get abducted and drop down etc.), there is no way you can get the prison town site of grace because that door DOES NOT OPEN FROM THAT SIDE

                        • Anonymous

                          Why was access to the Mountaintops of the Giants ever a requirement for the assassinations quest?? I really don't get Fromsoft's questlines management, it always involves a step in a place that you did ages ago, or that you run into waaaaaaay later in the game... Does that mean that Volcano Manor is supposed to be completed alongside Mountaintops??

                          • Anonymous

                            I've just come back to the manor I have Juno Hoslow left to kill but I have activated grace checkpoints in the mountaintops of the giants, if that's relevant. There is a weird looking NPC outside the furthest drawing-room door that wasn't there on my first playthrough. He isn't one of those transparent spirits that have some dialogue when you interact with them but he is kind of golden glowi and is wearing the Gelmir knight armour saying it was him who left the serpent slaying spear in Rykard's chamber and is urging me to kill Rykard. Has he always been there and I maybe missed him last time even though I can't really see how I could have or was he added to give flavour after one of the updates?

                            • The alternate route to Volcano Manor says " Descend it, push the lever to raise a metal bridge, then cross it to reach the Prison Town Church Site of Grace to enable fast travel out of this area"

                              This is crap. You can't GET INTO the church site of grace from the outside, because it has a 1-way door that can ONLY be opened from the INSIDE.

                              • Anonymous

                                > Get a running start & jump across the broken segment to reach a corpse with a Stonesword Key (trying to drop down from the roof above the item is a fatal fall).

                                If you carefully step out on an exposed roof beam and then drop sideways (parallel with roof edge) you can survive the drop.

                                • Anonymous

                                  In the room with Royal Knight's Resolve Ashes (on an altar that's surrounded by some zombies), on the upper floor there's a big enemy and 2 snake guys. What's that big enemy's name? I got it to drop its weapon, but still curious if it would drop its cape.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Is there a proper way to enter this dungeon without joining the recusants? Apart from doing the jump skip from the abductor virgin warp to the godskin noble fight. I was doing a holy build and it didn't seem right joining the enemy but still wanted to try my hand against Rykard.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      On the bridge near the end 'don't forget to get a Commoner's Headband lying on one of protruding stones on your right' if you jump down and go underneath the bridge, there are several Basilisks and a Somber 6 or 7.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Noticed odd thing: after patch 1.05 in NG+ i can run full speed in lava all over Volcano Manor. Did not that used to slow you down before?

                                        • Anonymous

                                          I just killed the godskin noble and sleep pots have no effect on the one in the temple of Eiglay. I got five or six direct hits with the sleep pots while it was focused on my spirit summons but they had no effect. Just a heads up for anyone planning on using the sleep status ailment against him as part of their strategy.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            I don't know if its the case with all fire monks, but the black flame monk outside the godskin noble's boss room can't cope with getting hit by the rapid fire arrows from the 'barrage' AoW. It's been the same all three times I've killed him, I used bleed arrows once and the arrows you buy from the merchants twice and both worked well. Standing in front of him with no obstacles he'd have to go around between you gives the best value for money for the FP cost of using 'barrage'.

                                            When he runs straight at you there's no need to lead your shot with manual aim to hit him where he is going to be, this allows you to target-lock him and use the rapid fire arrows from the AoW, he wont get very far from his starting position, the arrows hitting him don't just interrupt his attempts to use the black flame incantations, it also prevents him moving forward for some reason, he can be killed before he gets anywhere near you.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              When it says "carefully hop onto one of the studs on the left side" does it mean left side if you are facing where the fat sack boss fight is? or does it mean left side if you are facing the prison town church grace? because if it is the latter, no way in hell is anyone jumping from that wheel onto the balcony opposite. That would be a bigger gap than on the rooftops of Raya Lucaria academy to get the 'full moon crossbow' and there were plenty of bloodstains showing how many players hadn't cleared the gap.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                The iron virgin near the doorway after using the stonesword key to get the talisman can be hit then easily lured back to the half open gates and killed at your leisure with no chance of getting a hit in on you. The four fuc*ers throwing poison pots are a different story though.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  When you run past the Iron Virgin and jump through the window so you can get to the short bridge that you drop off of to reach Rya, that ****ing Iron Virgin is still below and has no qualms about clipping its weapon all the way through the bridge to kill you. 9 times out of 10, it'll just wander aimlessly. But that 10th time is FromSoft's big **** you to quality control.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    Walkthrough still showcases a skip that is… well no longer.

                                                    albeit frame perfect. If one is that good. I am not

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      When does she eat his face? I killed him then travelled back, and no face eating! I did my part, come on...

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        So, for those that don’t know, you can reach the dual Abductor Virgin bossfight starting from the Temple of Eiglay grace here (where you fight the Godskin Noble).

                                                        Starting from the Temple of Eiglay, turn around and go back outside, past the Blackflame Monk and over to the left, close to where there is some loot hanging over the edge. There is a cliff below here that you can drop down to and survive (if you are online, there will probably be messages around here). Once you have dropped down, keep going forward and around to the right (this puts you close to where you teleport in from the Abductor Virgin at the bottom of Raya Lucaria), and from there you can make your around to the Subterranean Inquisition Chamber site of grace.

                                                        I thought this was worth mentioning for people that are already at Volcano Manor, this is easier than having to get killed by the Abductor Virgin in Raya Lucaria.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          I beat rykard and did all of the invading missions before starting th diallos quest line and I can't find diallos where he should be. Will he go straight to jarburg? Or did I ruin it?

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Just a heads-up fellas, you must get killed by the abductor to get their double boss fight, and subsequently their weapon.
                                                            There is NO way to double back to the area from any other Volcano Manor site of grace. The area is slightly above the manor, thus it's not possible to get their any other way. I spent two hours wading through lava to put that theory to rest.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              I haven't read the walkthrough yet, I'm more interested in hearing opinions from players who have either done all Tanith's assassinations or are deep into it, than I am in the mechanics of how to progress through this dungeon. I'm wanting to know if the pros of doing the assassination quests worth whatever cons come up from killing these NPCs?

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                Shouldn't the wiki explain the correct route to the somber Smithing stone 7 instead of the speed runners shortcut? Which is notoriously hard to do after patch 1.04

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  Bravo, fromsoft finally did a really good lava area after horrendous Lost Izalith, Iron Keep and Smouldering Lake.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    As of the 1.04 patch, if you completed the contracts before getting the required item for Rya's questline, all is not lost. After killing Rykard, if you reload the area after speaking with Tanith, she leaves it behind in the place she had once sat.

                                                                    • After completing all the assassinations and after Diallo's left the manor, a shining NPC that I don't see listed here appears at the end of the hall in the manor begging the player to kill the serpent as it has corrupted Rykard, and mentions that he left the Serpent-Hunter in Rykard's chamber. I'm assuming that he is a ghost as the weapon is on a corpse, but does anyone knows his name?

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        You don't have to kill the Abductor Virgins to reach Volcano Manor. After being teleported from Raya Lucaria, you can drop off the lavafall to your right and then you're in the Main Volcano Manor area. The Guest Hall bonfire is not far.

                                                                        You do have to fight through the Godskin Noble to get in, and it requires two Stonesword Keys but you can get there without going through the Virgins.

                                                                        The front door of Volcano Manor is locked from the outside (bizarrely) so you can't access Mt. Gelmir this way though.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          The illusory doors with 9999 health have been patched out as of the latest patch. They were in fact a bug, not a design.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            If you feel bad about doing the assassination quests just remember your fellow Tarnished are also competing to become Elden Lord and would likely betray you if they see you becoming too powerful, I like to think they only helped in earlier boss fights not out of a sense of brotherheood, but because they wanted a meatshield for their own purposes

                                                                            • There is a Golden Rune [12] I've not seen mentioned. After defeating the Godskin Noble and taking the lift next to the Temple of Eiglay site of grace, you will continue out to the balcony and jump down to safety. To the south you will find the summoning pool statue. Just beyond that is a short path downward back toward the building, with the Golden Rune [12] on a corpse at the end.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                In the manor, in that same tunnel with the NW Cookbook 21 is another illusory wall. As you're heading down the hall there is an alcove where the wall is made up of a different texture and the meme is right. Hitting it quite a number of times leads you into the room with Rya, Diallos, and Bernahl. I don't know if it's a certain number of hits, or if it has a "break bar" and bigger attacks progress the bar.

                                                                                • So, is there any downside to just doing all the assassination quests then going through the dungeon anyway? I avoided looking up info on this place before I got here because I thought it would be super complicated and require some finesse to be able to max out everybody's quests. Judging by the guide that doesn't seem to be the case at all.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    Killing the serpent boss lock you out from completing manor quests. I learned it the hard way since i was going for first playthrough blindly, i didnt know. Keep that in mind folks

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      DISCLAIMER: Do NOT kill Rykard until AFTER fully completing the assassinations questline. If you do make that mistake, do NOT talk to any NPC at the manor. Only report to Tanith for completing assassinations. You won't be able to finish the questline otherwise.

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        Tanith's "bodyguard" looks pretty badass, does he really not have a name? Also, where can I get his armor set?

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          I was shocked how little damage lava does, I always tried to avoid it as I thought it will be like in DS3 in the dungeon under the Smouldering Lake where it would kill you in seconds

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            Without the key being given for joining the manor, you can still access the room with the Recusant Finger via the hidden illusory wall that takes 50 or so hits to break.

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              Is there any way to access the Inquisition Chamber after you've basically completed everything in Volcano Manor and mostly the rest of the game?

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                What was Rykard's reason for imprisoning first generation Albinaurics (those that look like Albus)? There are many of them in wooden torture frames near the Guest Hall site of grace

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  Basilisk enemies can also be found here. They are just south of the Volcano Manor grace outside under an overhang next to the lava lake.

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    The ghost that spawns randomly at the end of the hallway inside the manor will leave behind an emote where he was, after we defeat the manor boss.

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      In my game, Diallos left volcano manor after exhausting his dialogue a few times, not after the final contract. I ended up finding him in Jarburg. I'm not sure where I was in the quest when he left, but I have not completed bernahl's contract, nor lady tanith's final contract.

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        The instructions for the Somber Smithing Stone [7] are pretty ambiguous. I had to look it up on YouTube, I couldn't follow this guide at all. It should be something like:

                                                                                                        "Drop down the cages to the bottom of the area. There are two zombies tier to chairs, and 5 crawling zombies who will rush you. You can either kill the crawling zombies - watch out, they are fast and can grab you - or run past. Run towards that, but turn left up the stairs as you pass through the archway. You will see a glowing item at one end of the area (it should be in front of you after you drop down). You'll come out above the bridge shortcut near the Prison Town Church site of grace. You can either kill the Abductor Virgin here, or run past them to grab the Somber Smithing Stone [7] from a corpse hanging through a gap in the railing. You can then drop down to get back to the Prison Town Church or the Temple of Eiglay."

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          Hated so much having to kill these innocent fellow Tarnished, and still sad about it even after beating the game. Only did the quest line to kill their leader and take this whole thing down. Also because of items, and the boss was super fun

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            A new npc was added in the latest patch. A spirit wearing the Gelmir Knight set appears in the hall after completing your first contract.

                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                              It's not written here and instead just the gesture page, but after defeating Rykard the ghost that appeared before begging you to kill the serpent drops the emote "My thanks" in its place at the end of the hallway

                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                I met an NPC I don't see mentioned anywhere on here: A random ghost spawned inside the hallway, begging me to "kill that vile serpent" or something like that.

                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                  There is a third way of reaching this place: I reached it through Ninth Mt. Gelmir Campsite after defeating the Boss on top of the mountain and jumping over the ledge.

                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                    You can actually complete this dungeon without ever talking to tanith or joining volcano manor, you just have to get abducted in raya lucaria, and then jump right off the ledge where you start into the lava and run over to where you fight the magma wyrm and just take the elevator up and you'll be right in front of the temple of eiglay

                                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                                      Why are there so many tortured first-generation Albinaurics in the building where the Guest Hall site of grace is? What was Rykard's reason for imprisoning so many Albinaurics?

                                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                                        The assassination questline flatout sucks. Kill feelow Tarnished and get armors and zero concequences, or don't kill them and simply miss out and gain nothing. This is Skyrim roleplaying levels of joining every factions in one playthrough.

                                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                                          Was able to get the serpentbone blade still even after killing rykard and tanith. Had only done the first assassination and just had the letter for rileigh and tragoth in my inventory still. Went and killer rileigh came back to the empty manor, went to the room with bernahl’s sword still there, where you get the letters and the serpentbone blade was just on the table there now where you pick up the letters.

                                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                                            When you exit the abductors boss fight you cannot simply just go passed the hermit village. It's like a thousand feet up a sheer cliff. Your method 2 and 3 are the same, basically navigate the zone till you reach it.

                                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                                              In the part: “completing the rest of the dungeon”, this part is wrong:

                                                                                                                              “ Turn left to ascend a flight of stairs and after defeating the Abductor Virgin here, you can collect a Somber Smithing Stone [2]”

                                                                                                                              It’s a [7], not a [2], which is a massive difference.

                                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                does anyone know what happens if you get to the locked rooms from the "wrong" direction, without the key? Can you open the doors from behind?

                                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                  Accidently killed patches in first area and was not able to repent at church. You can still get the second assassination letter on the table in front of Bernahl.

                                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                    Accidently killed patches in first area and was not able to repent at church. You can still get the second assassination letter on the table in front of Bernahl.

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