Gurranq, Beast Clergyman

Location Bestial Sanctum, Caelid
Role Special Trader
Voiced by Jonathan Keeble
HP 10,620
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Gurranq, Beast Clergyman is an NPC in Elden Ring. Gurranq appears to be a large, hunched creature that possesses many bestial qualities. Constantly hungering for Deathroot, he will reward those who feed him, though his hunger is unquenchable.

 I won't forget... again... mine appetite... My sin...


Gurranq, Beast Clergyman Location in Elden Ring

Gurranq, Beast Clergyman can be found at the Bestial Sanctum in Dragonbarrow. [Map link]
This location can be accessed via a waygate in Limgrave [Map link]

  • This NPC does not move.
  • Gurranq can be fought.
  • If defeated, drops: Ancient Dragon Smithing Stone.
  • Dialogue will not advance after the fourth deathroot unless you walk away or rest to trigger an event.
    • The event must be triggered before dialogue continues if giving a single root at a time.
    • Multiple deathroots at a time, or continuing before event trigger, skips lore dialogue.
    • All rewards will be given after event resolution, if given more than one at a time.


Elden Ring Gurranq, Beast Clergyman Shop


Gurranq Beast Clergyman Questline

Players should go to Summonwater Village and defeat the Tibia Mariner boss there, then return to D at the Roundtable Hold to continue his quest. He will give you directions to go to the Bestial Sanctum in Caelid. You can teleport there without having to explore by using the waygate in East Limgrave. [Map link]

After the fourth Deathroot, he will become hostile towards you, you will have to bring his HP down until he stops attacking, then you can speak with him, reset the area, and use the fifth Deathroot for the Beast Claw Incantation. If you gave Gurranq the fifth Deathroot before he went aggressive, he will immediately give you the Beast Claw Incantation upon speaking to him after subduing him.

You can also choose to not talk to him after he stops attacking and kill him instead. This will make him drop the Ancient Dragon Smithing Stone without completing his quest.

  • A tip for those who are finding this difficult: if you can aggro and bait Black Blade Kindred just outside to use it's big red swipe, it can one-shot Gurranq into submission.
  • You can also bait him at the entrance (he can hit you through the gates and walls), back away far enough and use Night Maiden's Mist (charged for extra radius) to slowly whittle down his HP. Do note that he will remain aggressive until you reset the area.
  • If you have a summons that has rot or poison, such as a Rotten Stray Ashes or Spirit Jellyfish Ashes, you can poison the Gurranq and simply wait outside while the damage ticks. It will eventually reach the threshold to break the Beast Clergyman out of his rage and reset him back to normal. Teleport out and back to find him in his normal spot.


Elden Ring Gurranq, Beast Clergyman information

  • Health: 10,620 HP
  • Poise: 80


The absorption numbers are the % of your damage that gets blocked. For example, if an absorption is 60, 40% of that damage by that type will go through and 60% is absorbed. Bigger number = less damage. An absorption of 100 means no damage goes through, and a resistance of -100 means the enemy takes 2x damage from that source. 0 means damage goes pretty much as is.


The resistance numbers are the buildup amount to trigger it. For example, if a resistance is 100 you must deal 100 points of whatever aux buildup to trigger it. Note that these go down over time, and increase each time the effect procs.


Dialogue in Elden Ring: Gurranq, Beast Clergyman


  • "..." (grunting, snarling)

First Deathroot

  • "...I smell it... Death... Feed it me..."
  • "Tarnished... bring more... Death. I shall grant thee... eye... and claw. Feed me... more."

Second and Third Deathroot

  • "..." (grunting, snarling)
  • "More... I am not sated... Feed me more... Death."

Fourth Deathroot

  • "Strange, there's something else. But the death, yet quenches. Bring more."

 (if you feed the fifth Deathroot before you rest or leave to trigger him going aggressive, you get this message)

  • "..."
  • "More... I am not... sated... Feed me more... Death"

Upon dealing enough damage after feeding the fourth Deathroot

  • (gasping and groaning)
  • "Put it away. I won't forget... again... mine appetite... My sin... So please.... Enough."

Fifth Deathroot

  • "My thanks Tarnished.... Death... My sin... Should not be touched by the hand of man... I shall grant thee... my claws... Feed me... more..."

Sixth, seventh and eighth Deathroot

  • "I won't forget... again.... mine appetite... My sin... I must have more... I must consume more..."

Ninth Deathroot

  • "It is... it is all... consumed. Still., I am not sated... Not nearly sated..." 
  • (screams)  "Marika... Is this... what it is... to sin?" "Will things... never be the same... again?" 
    "..." (panting)
  • "Tarnished... my thanks... for thy... long labor. But I have done... all I can... in this land. Henceforth, mine appetite shall be my sole companion. Farewell."

Small talk

  • "..." (grunting)


  • More... I am not Sated.
  • Bring me more Death.

When he killed Tarnished

  • I must consume more...

Upon death

  • Marika...why...wouldst thou...gull me? Why...shatter...


Elden Ring Gurranq, Beast Clergyman Notes & Trivia

  • Long ago, Gurranq was a beast of such terrifying ferocity that his former name meant "Death of the Demigods."
  • At night, Gurranq can be found to the right side of the sanctum, howling at the sky. Talking to him when he does this does not grant new dialogue. 
  • A total of nine Deathroot can be given to him to finish his questline. 
    • Once all nine Deathroot have been given to him, he will tell the player that, despite their hard work, his hunger is still not satiated and that he will go on to be alone. He will then roar and vanish, giving the player an Ancient Dragon Smithing Stone.
    • Alternatively, once you have given him the eighth Deathroot, you can kill him instead for the Ancient Dragon Smithing Stone, allowing you to skip the ninth Deathroot.


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    • Anonymous

      Since I'm a wimp, another way I've found to cheese him, granted you've already taken out the gargoyle and can't bait him into hitting Gurranq, is immediately run outside once he's hostile, whip out a bow and bop him a few times with some poison arrows to proc poison on him until he's non-hostile without taking any hits

      • Most of his attacks weren't too bad to dodge, but when he does the rock sling move, it kicks up so much dust that I straight up can't see my character anymore and had to hail mary dodge. It's more manageable when you fight him as a boss, but his actual room is too damn small to fight in. What's weird is, after he killed me with said rock sling attack he "calmed down" and I was able to continue to give him deathroot even though I didn't even get him to half HP.

        • Anonymous

          If your having trouble making gurranq calm down then go outside and bait the black blade kindred into using it’s far ranged attack, it will knock gurranq into calming down immidiatley then rest at the grace

          • Anonymous

            So, he jumpscare the living **** outta me, then hes impossible to kill cuz he kills u in 2 hits and atks faster than its possible to dodge... take distance to heal? nah he got range and will destroy you if you try that... go all in and try to smack his ass? nah hes smacking faster and harder then you ever will.
            Tip: Die (you will) > leave the place > never go back.
            This is simply bad design for a fight and it 100% ruins the game.

            • Anonymous

              "you will have to bring his HP down until he stops attacking, then you can speak with him," He's almost dead and still hostile.

              • Anonymous

                I got 4 deathroots before I discovered him. I gave him those. Then I went on my way 'til I got the 5th one. I gave him that and he only attacked me after I rested on the grace inside the Sanctum. Fcking scared the **** out of me.

                • Anonymous

                  I gave him the 4th deathroot to aggro him and we fought, but after he calmed down (suspiciously fast, judging by the comments) he grunted and didn't say anything.
                  I wonder if I skipped his dialogue by hitting him before he was able to talk?

                  • Anonymous

                    I do not get startled easily, but when this guy aggroed on me after I teleported to the sanctum thinking I was just delivering another deathroot, I almost had a ****ing heart attack!!

                    • Anonymous

                      Absolutely ****ing absurd you're expected to beat him into submission at the point of the game you're able to find four deathroots.

                      • Anonymous

                        Are this guy and the guy in Farum the same? Cuz I could still trade with him in caelid after I beat him in farum.

                        • Anonymous

                          It would be "fun" if giving him deathroots had the inverse effect of having giants seeds had vs Vendrick in DS2.

                          I don't understand the relationship between this NPC and Maliketh. Why Marika has two shadows?

                          • Anonymous

                            I thought I made it hostile by accident when fighting the Black Blade Kindred outside. I wasted and absolution only to find out this is normal in the questline after giving it the 4th death root. It sucks.

                            • Anonymous

                              I recently fought Malekith the Black Blade, who's mere existence immediately opened/answered a few questions about Gurranq for me.

                              Like, Gurranq is basically a War Horse monster underneath that hood.
                              But I'm also wondering if he and Malekith are related. And if Gurranq got serious, would he also break that seal on his hand and go full badass killer as Malekith did? And why is that Gurranq quietly hides away in the Beast sanctum anyway? Is he just trying to not hurt anyone with his presence?

                              • Anonymous

                                Gave him all 9 at once and only got 1/2 the rewards. Got the first 4 so I took a rest to reset and see if that triggered it. He went nuts, I killed him and got the ancient stone but none of the others which sucks as I was only after the greathammer!

                                • Anonymous

                                  Had to fight this guy after the 4th deathroot and I have to say, this game has some bad moments, but this one was bad....really bad. I think I raged hard enough for the neighbors to hear me. Gurranq moves fast, hits hard and usually kills me in one hit. His "arena" is tiny for such a large monster, and he's so fast that I can barely find a moment to heal. At level 64 I could not keep up with him.

                                  Overall, awful fight as a melee character. I used a summon and subdued him eventually, but it was NOT fun, at all. Next time I'll just get more magic stats and cheese the crap out of him with a poison or rot spell.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    I still laugh at my first playthrough when I gave him the 4th root. I sat at the grace to adjust my spells and **** and then I get sent flying across the room as he tackles me and goes berserk on me. I was......a little surprised

                                    • Anonymous

                                      I swear there used to be a hostile beast clergyman outside the volcano manor main entrance. I think a troll was swapped in it’s place in an early patch.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        This dude jump-scared the sht out of me when I rested at the nearby site of grace.

                                        Wasn't aware I'd given him his fourth deathroot, thought I was still on my third lol

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Fun fact: If you finish Gurranqs questline he'll have different dialogue in the Maliketh / Beast Clergyman fight at Farum Azula

                                          • Anonymous

                                            If you skip/not finish his quest line, he’ll still be chillin at Bestial Sanctum after killing him in Farum Azula. In fact you can still participate in the quest line after that fight. Is there an explanation for this lore wise or is that just a loose end?

                                            • During night time Gurranq sadly howls in the generic direction of the Erdtree, could he be howling to his long lost companion, hidden behind impenetrable thorns long ago?

                                              • Anonymous

                                                Don't do what I did and give him three at a time. Give them one at a time. I didn't need spells but it could come in handy for NG+. Same with the Dragon Communion, not needed to give one at a time, but curious what the spells are like, and damage, when points go into it.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  When i do NG+ , should i just give him 1 deathroot for another seal and kill him for another ancient stone? There seems no reason to do all 9 again

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    when he attacks you, proc with poison mist incant once, after he's done being poisoned he should be surrendered

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      I need one deathroot to get the ancient dragon smithing stone, looking at their locations am I correct in assuming getting it from red wolf of the champion in gelmir hero's grave will be easier than from the stray mimic tear at the secret path to the haligtree?

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        If I already got 8 rewards can I just kill him instead of giving him the last deathroot to get the smithing stone? Does it make any differrence?

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          alright i need answeres

                                                          after i have gurranq all 9 death roots he suddenly starts to attack me for no reason

                                                          is that a bug or have i done something wrong???

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            I got the 'beast's roar' AoW after killing tibia mariner at wyndham ruins a good while ago. I fast travelled to bestial sanctum grace just now and Gurranq went absolutely ballistic on me, he's smashed all the pillars inside the sanctum and I was just lucky he is to big to fit through the door, which makes you wonder how he got in there in the first place, after hitting him a few times with lions claw and surge o flame he was cool again. But what exactly does he mean when he says "put it away" put what away? and "I wont forget again" wont forget what again?

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              I have all his rewards yet he still wants more death root? Beast roar, clawmark seal, 6 incantations and the great hammer, why won't he dissappear.?

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                Something I saw somewhere (completely unconfirmed) is that, once he goes aggressive, he will supposedly devour a spirit summon after defeating it, calming him down, and cower and beg you to banish legendary summons if used against him.

                                                                Can anyone test this out?

                                                                • This NPC can in fact move. After following D's direction quite early into NG++(Godrick down), I handed over 2 Deathroot. I then killed Black Blade Kindred. Upon reload, Gurranq was not at his original location, but instead outside, howling in anguish. Talking to him results in "...", but he stopped howling.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    Not really about Gurranq, but i find it kind of funny how you can get the black blade kindred outside his door to kill the black blade himself

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      Important Factoid... if you cheese the golem outside before the 4th death root you can't summon ashes to help. Thought I was screwed, but ran out and breathed samarag glintstone in when he was straining at the door, that did the trick.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        "Gurranq, did you just order nine deathroot?"


                                                                        "You have seventeen bucks in your bank account mate, you can't afford that"

                                                                        "I dunno I'll just rummage around in the garage and give him **** till he goes away then"

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          Stand before the Elden Ring they said. Become Elden Lord they said. Nah man, I have become some beast-mans food-delivery.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            dude, I show up to give you some more of your heroine and you attack me... And the survey says: "you're dead"

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              Farum Azula is host to the "storm beyond time". Several incantation descriptions say Gurranq's "former name meant the Death of the Demigods". And after you feed him all the Deathroot he freaks out and dips. My belief is that he is Maliketh himself, trying to undo the Night of Black Knives by eating the Death that has sprouted as a result of Godwyn's murder. D is in his employ, "trying to put this crooked world to rights." He thought that by eating the Deathroot the stolen fragment can be restored, I guess, but turns out he was wrong. "Is this what it means to sin?"

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                He aggroed and I run out of door to attack him. Didn’t know using this cheese he won’t ever stop attacking till death unless you reset the area. Now he’s dead.

                                                                                I don’t care about the stone. I don’t really care about other rewards either. I’m a mage, what do I need faith incantations for anyway. But Maliketh is just such an awesome character and I planned to not give him the last root so he will remain in my game. Now he’s dead. That left a very sour taste in my mouth. I guess I deserved it because I cheesed. :/

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  If anyone is curious, you should be able to get absolution at the church of vows via celestial dew, and that ought to bring him back to life (maybe i havent tested, but it works for other quest-relevant npcs)

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    bruh i had this mofo at 1/3 health and he never calmed down, i got pissed and killed him. Didn't know he had more quests..

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      "simply poison him with the jellyfish" bro if you're at the level where this guy 1 shots you your jelly fish isn't gonna live long enough to poison him. They really should have eased up on the input reading after you give him 4 deathroots. Tired of this omniscient garbage

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        When he’s howling at sky at night, the direction he’s facing is the Erdtree. Does he miss Marika maybe? Makes me sad for him.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          Damn it, when he attacked me I went full murder mode and killed him. I didn't realize that he'd calm down mid-fight and you could talk to him.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            He wouldn't stop attacking and I ended up killing him really pissed I missed the items, from soft needs to do better sick of these buggy quests

                                                                                            • Even though this kind of event is rare in Souls game, I believe Gurranq/Maliketh somehow survived after the boss fight. We have a lot of npc quests that can go incomplete/broken if we killed them or skipping steps, but a boss npc whose quest is still available after being killed doesn't look like an oversight to me.
                                                                                              Also It's not difficult to imagine the devs can let some bosses live if they wish, the player clearly intended to walk away after Malenia's 1st phase despite her looking like she's only exhausted, not dead. Rennala's apparently survived and even tho Rykard is actually dead, his corpse is only available after reloading the area, meaning when the bosses crumbled to dust, that isn't really how they died but rather removed from the area.
                                                                                              Though I doubt fromsoft is ever keen on bringing old characters back, I kinda wish there's some familiar faces return to the dlc

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                Killing him DOES NOT kill maliketh and stop that boss fight from happening why do people think this? Maliketh is a very important npc in the games story there is nothing you can do that will remove a vital role to the games main story

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  After last patch... He was aggroed for several weeks. I cam back today. And he killed me once... Then was calm. He said he wont forget and gave me claw. I didnt need to beat him

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    Gurranq cannot be Maliketh. In my playthrough, I've already killed Maliketh and Radagon, but Gurranq is still at the bestial sanctum asking me for deathroots. I'm surprised no one picked up on this.

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      Anyone else having problems with his dialogue? When he agros after the fourth deathroot, he’s supposed to “beg” me to stop but he won’t. I know it’s not a big bug or anything, but the fact that I can’t access non-optional dialogue is infuriating to me.

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        I was searching a proof that Maliketh is Gurrank. I fight gurrank during his quest line, i see the rune on his left hand. The same that Maliketh use to take his sword from his beast clergyman form.

                                                                                                        Finaly !! We know ^^

                                                                                                        • Honestly surprised you get his best, final reward if you kill him early. You can get a +25 at the beginning of any game. I did this on ng+ becuase I already got his other stuff and eh, i didnt feel like going on a treasure hunt for all 9 roots again.

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            Can someone explain why "D" is peddling deathroot to this guy?

                                                                                                            Also he one-shots me with every attack. Can he be beaten without cheese?

                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                              I don't get why is he still alive after i clap his cheeks at farum azula. Alive and friendly, mind you. Doesn't make sense.

                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                man its so fun to lose 150k runes because fromsoft still thinks “gotcha” moments with npcs randomly aggroing out of nowhere is somehow fun to play

                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                  Hilariously, I've seen some online say that Gurranq isn't the same as the Beast Clergyman phase in the Maliketh fight, and that is merely From reusing assets (completely ignoring the dialogue changes, because they can't possibly be wrong).

                                                                                                                  In case these simple minded folk needed even more clues to that he's actually Makiketh, the Black Blade; the Bestial Sanctum is guarded by the... Black Blade Kindred.

                                                                                                                  • This also deals STANDARD Physical damage, and NOT STRIKE damage. Tested against Moonlight Altar Crystalians. Normal damage applies after their Poise gets broken, as usual.

                                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                                      is it the wrong link for the boss fight? shouldn't it be

                                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                                        lmao got super stoked to see what this guy provides in game, because wherever i found out about this guy told me he provided a lot of really good spells and some magic items..... not that he only provides faith based loot *Facepalm* im running strictly int atm and i feel like there just arent enough spells in this game and they all kinda suck so far :P

                                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                                          Why be vague in the description about him becoming aggressive? It's not exactly a spoiler. His room is clearly a boss room and he is clearly a bit unhinged.

                                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                                            I think he's bugged. I gave him 5 deathroot and got beast claw. But then he's not talking to me anymore. Couldn't give him the other 4 deathroots. Just get the ''...'' dialogue. I tried to make him hostile to me again to lower his hp just like first time but didn't work.

                                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                                              I poisoned him and he just stayed red and mad at me the whole time until he died. Didn’t even speak or anything. There was no break or pause. Just kept attacking me until he died of Damage over Time. This is busted. Now I can’t complete this quest until new game. This is on 1.03 it needs fixed.

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