Altus Plateau is your next destination after defeating Renalla Queen of the Full Moon in Elden Ring. But, hey, you could always go to Caelid, but I didn’t bother around that time. Here’s our Elden Ring guide to help you reach Altus Plateau after beating Rennala.
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Elden Ring guide – How to reach Altus Plateau after defeating Rennala in Elden Ring
Should you go through the Grand Lift of Dectus?
After you’ve defeated Rennala in the campaign, Enia of the Fingers in Roundtable Hold will proclaim that you may go to Leyndell Royal Capital. However, before you get there, you have to venture forth into Altus Plateau.
You’ll have a couple of ways to reach Altus Plateau in Elden Ring. Our first option is going through the Grand Lift of Dectus. This isn’t something I’ll discuss in detail since I didn’t go there while I was reviewing the game. However, the method is fairly straightforward.
Simply fast travel to Raya Lucaria Main Gate, then interact with the seal to the north. This will teleport you to Bellum Road.
All you need to do is follow the road. But there are several ballistae and siege engines along your path. And, as far as I know, the Grand Lift of Dectus leads to more hassles since you need to find two medallions.
Should you go through the Ruin-Strewn Precipice?
Instead, I decided to go through the Ruin-Strewn Precipice dungeon in Elden Ring. This isn’t a Legacy Dungeon, but it’s a fairly unique location nonetheless. To get there, simply follow the river as it winds northeast. Past the ravine, you should see a clearing with a Golden Seed. At the end of it near the cliffs, you can kill a Dung Beetle to obtain the Ash of War: Barbaric Roar.
However, our goal here is to climb the tower all the way to the top. From there, you can enter the mines. As cited in our Elden Ring dungeons guide, mines and tunnels tend to have crystalline or rock-infused mobs. That means blunt weapons will deal more damage to them. Likewise, make sure you have an item or spell that can cure poison in case you trigger traps.
Note: Mines have several Smithing Stones and/or Somber Smithing Stones as well to help you with weapon upgrades.
Upon exiting the mines, you’ll be at the cliffs once more. Beware of ambushes here from none other than Giant Bats.
Yes, these annoying buggers can even push you after you try to backstab other foes once your temporary animation immunity has elapsed.
Soon, you’ll hear strange music ringing. That’s because Harpies are nearby. Ideally, you’ll want to snipe Harpies from afar and pepper them with arrows.
They tend to throw poison gas in your face, and other Giant Bats will also start swarming.
At the top of the structure, you’ll see a small monster camp in front of you. Behind, you may cross the gap to pick up some loot from the Giant Octopus (i.e., Serpent God’s Curved Sword).
As for the camp itself, there are two Harpies and several Giant Bats here (one of the Harpies even uses Death Magic). Thankfully, you can roll past them and pull the lever. If you can avoid taking a ton of damage, you can ride the lift to the next section which has a boss fight.
Boss fight: Magma Wyrm Makar
The funny thing about Magma Wyrm Makar is how easy it is to cheese this gargantuan lizard. Just be sure you’ve got a ranged weapon and lots of ammo.
Magma Wyrm Makar does lunges are it’s running toward you, and it also spits globules of lava. While it’s moving around, it’ll leave trails of lava, too. Thankfully, you can use the large pillar in the center to keep it at bay. Run around it and get the boss to do an attack animation, then move back and shoot.
At phase 2, Magma Wyrm Makar will stand up and bring out a massive sword. Still, there are instances when the boss’ pathing will cause it to walk straight to the pillar and get stuck there until you move sideways within its line of sight. As usual, keep at it with kiting and sniping, and you should be done in no time.
Note: The boss drops another Dragon Heart that you can exchange for spells in the Church of Dragon Communion.
After defeating Magma Wyrm Makar, you’ll clear the Ruin-Strewn Precipice in Elden Ring. When you go outside, you’ll see the Abandoned Coffin Site of Grace and Leyndell’s Erdtree beyond that (shown on this guide’s featured image). If you cut through the sloping path, a boss named Ancient Dragon Lansseax will swoop in. You can just ignore it until you reach the next section, which has a Site of Grace called Erdtree Grazing Hill.
Now, you’ve got a few options:
- Eliminate the Tibia Mariner nearby for another Deathroot.
- Battle Wormface to grab some Tears for the Flask of Wondrous Physick.
- Complete the Mirage Rise puzzle to obtain a couple of spells.
- Check out dungeons like the Sainted Hero’s Grave.
- Go all the way north to visit the creepy Windmill Village.
- Travel to Volcano Manor and Mount Gelmir, or follow a riverside path to the Fort Laiedd and the western edge.
- Take a trip to the capital city of Leyndell.