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Elden Ring guide: Caria Manor walkthrough

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Standing in front of the gate entrance to Caria Manor, a dungeon in Elden Ring’s Liurnia of the Lakes region Image: FromSoftware/Bandai Namco via Polygon

Caria Manor is an explorable section in Elden Ring’s Liurnia of the Lakes region, where you will find powerful equipment and gain access to key areas that are otherwise out of reach. In this Elden Ring Caria Manor walkthrough, we’ll tell you where to find the dungeon, detail what precious loot to expect, and outline traps and enemies you’ll encounter.


Table of contents

Caria Manor location and enemies
Caria Manor loot
Main Caria Manor Gate site of grace
Manor Lower Level site of grace
Manor Upper Level site of grace
Royal Knight Loretta boss fight
Three Sisters

Caria Manor location and enemies

Caria Manor is located near the far northwest edge of the region. From the Northern Liurnia Lake Shore site of grace, head north along dry land through the Kingsrealm Ruins to reach the Road to the Manor site of grace.

Continue north across brushland to approach the building. Your approach is treacherous due to glintstone arrow barrages fired by a distant ballista. Watch for them ahead of you, and then move quickly to one side or the other as they approach to make sure they miss. You should soon arrive safely at the open front gates, where you can activate the Main Caria Manor Gate site of grace.


Caria Manor loot

Beyond granting you access to important areas of the map, your journey through Caria Manor allows you to find powerful equipment in the form of the Carian Piercer, Crystal Dart, Ice Crest Shield, Sword of Night and Flame, Urumi, and Loretta’s Greatbow. Additionally, you will find a Gold Seed, the Ash of War: Carian Grandeur, Ash of War: Loretta’s Slash, Ash of War: Chilling Mist, and the Glintstone Craftsman’s Cookbook [6], to say nothing of smithing stones and farmable materials. Finally, you gain access to the merchant Pidia, who sells precious goods of his own.


Main Caria Manor Gate site of grace

Looking at a giant hand enemy in Elden Ring’s Caria Manor garden Image: FromSoftware/Bandai Namco via Polygon

There are items all over the gardens you enter along the edge of the manor grounds, but the best gear waits along the right side. You should make a few runs through the garden and return to the site of grace to recharge until you have gathered everything you want. There are dangerous enemies on the grounds, including giant hands that drop from high walls or arches. Two of them wait on the buildings to the left and right of the main stone pathway, near the manor’s entrance. Eliminate them one at a time from a distance using magic, if possible.

Along the wall to the far right of the area, enter a room to find the Glintstone Craftsman’s Cookbook [6]. As you continue along the stone walkway from there, watch out for sword traps. They appear as swords stuck into the pathway, but when you get near, they start glowing and discharge a magical blast. There also are magic users in this area. They move slowly but fire glintstone sorcery in your direction.

Not far past the sword traps, through some grass, you’ll find the Ice Crest Shield resting on a corpse near a building. Then, near the central walkway through the garden, there is a scarab. Dispatch it quickly for the Carian Piercer sorcery, or else it could lead you into an ambush.

Caria Manor Hands enemies guarding outside of the Caria Manor chapel in Elden Ring
Head up the stairs and into the chapel for a site of grace.
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Continue along the path where you killed the scarab to access the chapel. Several smaller hands and one large one lurk just ahead of it. If your resources are running low, you might want to risk a run past them to reach the building. Climb the stairs, and you’ll find the Manor Lower Level site of grace.


Manor Lower Level site of grace

Head outside the archway from the Manor Lower Level site of grace, battling spectral soldiers as you head along a walkway. Proceed until you reach a fork in the path ahead of a high wall.

The left path

If you head left fromthe fork, you’ll follow the walkway to reach another square tower at the end, with a Rune Arc resting on a corpse near its back side. On the approach to that tower, drop through an opening in the left wall to reach a lower wall, then drop down again to arrive at the top of a ladder. Descend the ladder to arrive in a small room where you can snag the Sword of Night and Flame from a treasure chest.

The right path

Fighting spectral soldiers in Elden Ring’s Caria Manor walkways. Image: FromSoftware/Bandai Namco via Polygon

Return to the fork in the path, and this time head right instead of left. Follow a series of walkways while various spectral soldiers attack. Watch out for sword traps along the walkway as you do battle. Listen for the sound of soldiers materializing out of thin air, since they like to appear behind you and may fire projectile magic or arrows.

A staircase (left) leading to Elden Ring’s Caria Manor Manor Upper Level site of grace (right).
Follow the stairs up (left) to reach the Manor Upper Level site of grace (right).
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When you reach the far end of that series of walkways, you’ll see a wide set of stairs ascending toward a tower. Climb the stairs and catch a lift to the upper level, and then proceed forward to access the Manor Upper Level site of grace.

Manor Upper Level site of grace

At the Manor Upper Level site of grace, you should take a moment to backtrack for the Urumi.

To find it, ride the lift back down and descend the wide steps. Here, look for a place where you can jump to a lower bit of wooden scaffolding, and from there to more scaffolding so you reach a wide platform where you can proceed in two directions.

If you head a short distance to the left, you can check under some wooden stairs for the Golden Rune [3]. If you head right at the fork instead, the ledges lead you to a wide area with some of the smaller hands. Defeat those enemies, then grab the Urumi on the far side of the ledge. If you want, continue along the walkways to fight an armored enemy and eventually reach a Somber Smithing Stone [3].

Wolves, a Golden Seed, the Troll Knight Sword

Back at the Manor Upper Level site of grace, head out of the opening.

Directly ahead, a Golden Seed rests beneath a glowing sapling. Wolves guard this area. Defeat them or sneak past them and head up the stairs ascending to the right until you see a wide staircase ahead of you with a large enemy standing guard. You can fight him if you like (he does drop the Troll Knight Sword when defeated), or you can head left to find a ladder that brings you to some upper ledges to the left. Follow those ledges while dispatching a few weak enemies in order to sneak behind the big guy if you don’t feel like sparring. You can also attack from the high vantage point, where his attacks are unlikely to reach you. Just be careful of the sorcerers who aid him.

Upstairs

From the top of the wide steps the Troll Knight guarded, two narrower stairways lead to higher ground. Along the left steps, you’ll find Rimed Crystal Buds x5. There are two quick enemies here (one clings to the wall, and will drop to surprise you as you get near). Wear them down with magic from a distance if you can before moving in to eliminate them with melee attacks.

At the top of those steps, a wide archway leads to the area’s boss, but first you should take a detour through an opening in the wall to the left, which is partially obscured by some trees. You can pass through the gap and descend very carefully along wooden scaffolding to reach a graveyard built along a series of stone ledges.

Scaffolding, Living Jars, and Carian Grandeur

To begin your descent, first climb onto the crumbling stone railing and ascend to its highest point against the wall. Then drop straight down to a lower bit of wooden scaffolding. Continue dropping along ledges from there, battling jars that come to life as you approach. They are weak to magic and to magic-infused weapons. At the lowest portion of the cliffs, drop to a segment of manor wall. Near its end, check the corpse for the Ash of War: Carian Grandeur.


Royal Knight Loretta boss fight

— By Mike Rougeau

Loretta uses a combination of ranged and close-quarters attacks, and her most powerful moves deal magic damage. With that in mind, there are some items you should make sure to grab around Limgrave and Liurnia.

Defense against the sorcerous arts

Standing on a ledge, overlooking the location of the Carian Knight armor set in Elden Ring.
The Carian Knight armor set is down there.
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To defend against Loretta’s magic attacks, you’ll want armor with high magic resistance. The most easily accessible set is one you probably already have, if you followed our guide to defeating Rennala, Queen of the Full Moon at Raya Lucaria. That would be the Carian Knight armor set, the pieces of which boast decent physical and magic defense. If you didn’t already grab it at Raya Lucaria, you can find it near the Church of the Cuckoo site of grace. Travel through the graveyard like normal, but just before you reach the entrance that takes you to the large lift, look to your right over the ledge, and jump down toward the three zombie-things worshipping at the large tombstone.

Elden Ring’s map showing the location of Earthbore Cave
Earthbore Cave, in Weeping Peninsula.
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Faith-based casters can purchase the Magic Fortification incantation from Brother Corhyn in the Roundtable Hold; in fact, since it only requires 10 faith to cast, even characters without much faith may find it useful. There’s also the Spelldrake Talisman, which can be looted from the boss in the Earthbore Cave dungeon on the Weeping Peninsula (southern Limgrave).

A shield for all seasons

In addition, you’ll want to use the Carian Knight Shield, which is dropped by the NPC who attacks you just before the elevator to Rennala in Raya Lucaria and boasts an impressive 71% magical damage negation. Granted, it requires 15 Intelligence to wield, so if you’re not playing as a spell-caster, you might not have the stats. However, there are ways to get around that.

For example, you can use equipment to temporarily boost certain attributes:

Both increase Intelligence at the cost of other attributes.

Elden Ring’s map, showing the location of Marika’s Scarseal. Image: FromSoftware/Bandai Namco via Polygon

Another option is Marika’s Scarseal, a talisman that increases Mind, Intelligence, Faith, and Arcane while increasing the damage you take. Find it at the base of a waterfall underground in the Siofra River area (though be warned, you’ll have to fight a Dragonkin Soldier boss).

Also keep in mind that, assuming you’ve defeated Rennala already, you can respec your character fairly easily, assuming you have found a Larval Tear.

Another alternative is to enchant any shield with the Scholar’s Shield spell (purchased from Sellen in Limgrave’s Waypoint Ruins), which will help you tank through those magic attacks while using up less stamina.

That all may be too much work just to increase your magic defense, so you might want to simply get good at dodging Loretta’s attacks instead. Your magic defense won’t come into play if she never hits you.


Learn the Loretta fight

The battle with Loretta at Carian Manor spans two phases, although they aren’t too different from one another. The main key to beating her is mastering avoiding her magic attacks — whether by dodging or blocking them — and recognizing her predictable melee patterns so you can get in close.

Elden Ring’s map, showing the location of Street of Sages Ruins in Caelid. Image: FromSoftware/Bandai Namco via Polygon

Alternatively, you can try to keep your distance and pelt her with magic attacks from afar. Loretta’s magic resistance isn’t as severe as Rennala’s was, so spellcasting is a viable option; furthermore, a spell like Rock Sling, which does physical damage, can be very effective against her (if you don’t have Rock Sling, find it in a chest underground in the Street of Sages Ruins in Caelid).

Elden Ring’s map, showing the location of the Scholar’s Shack in Liurnia of the Lakes, east of the Academy of Raya Lucaria Image: FromSoftware/Bandai Namco via Polygon

Faith casters, meanwhile, will have the most luck with lightning-based incantations like Lightning Spear, which you can buy from any incantation vendor after finding the Dragon Cult Prayerbook on a knight who patrols just south of the Artist’s Shack in Liurnia.

The basics

Loretta’s most common magical attack by far is the Carian Phalanx, which summons several swords around her that hurtle toward you after a short delay. In her first phase, the swords fire all at once, while in phase 2 there are more of them, and they fire in two bursts. In both cases, they’re easy to predict and simple to dodge — although complications arise when she lunges in for a close-quarters attack at the same time as the swords are headed your way. It’s still possible to dodge all her attacks in those instances, though you’ll need some measure of luck as well as skill.

Meanwhile, Loretta’s close-range attacks are fairly easy to dodge and leave you plenty of room to retaliate with attacks of your own. Her overhead slams generally have a predictable wind-up, though she often follows up with a string of further strikes, so it’s not always safe to hit back right away. The best times to use your own melee attacks are while she’s casting her phalanx spell, and after she ends a combo with either the horse-rearing attack or the heavy overhead slam.

Target practice

At around 50% health, Loretta enters phase 2, and her magic attacks grow considerably more deadly. The phalanx swords are more numerous, and their delivery becomes staggered, while her singular magic missiles become clusters that can do serious damage. Some of her swipe attacks become imbued with magic damage, and she’ll occasionally pull out her magic great bow for attacks that, while easy to dodge, can one–shot you if you aren’t careful.

Luckily, these new attacks add new opportunities for retaliation. For example, Loretta has a tendency in phase 2 to spam the clustered magic missile attack your way. Once you master dodging through these, that presents a good time to close the distance and get some melee strikes in. They’re also fairly forgiving to block with your shield, especially with the Scholar’s Shield spell in play.

You still have to watch out for her close–range strikes, though, since even with the shield enchantment, they can easily break your guard. And though circling behind her is a good way to get in some safe hits during either phase, she’ll occasionally kick you with her horse’s hooves.

Summons for Loretta

Loretta is a great example of a boss that grows significantly easier when you summon help, whether in the form of a Spirit Ash or other players, since her ranged attacks are much easier to dodge than her up–close melee strikes.

Just like with other boss fights in Elden Ring, you can use the Furlcalling Finger Remedy item to enable you to see other players’ summon signs, or use your own Tarnished’s Furled Finger item to place a summon sign down and help other players beat the boss in their own world. However, keep in mind that the more players or NPCs you summon for the fight, the more health the boss will have. That isn’t the case with ash spirit summons, so if you choose to go that route, you might actually have an easier time.

Royal Knight Loretta drops

Master dodging Loretta’s strikes, and you’ll send her riding off into the sunset in no time. Then the only thing standing between you and Ranni is — oh, right, the enormous, magic-spewing dragon in the next area. Good luck!

Defeat Royal Knight Loretta, and you’ll get a Rune Arc x1 and a Furlcalling Finger Remedy x1, as well as Loretta’s Greatbow, the Loretta’s Slash Ash of War, and 10,000 runes.


Standing in front of Elden Ring’s Caria Manor Royal Moongazing Grounds site of grace (left) and the site of grace on Elden Ring’s map (right) Image: FromSoftware/Bandai Namco via Polygon

You also prompt the Royal Moongazing Grounds site of grace to appear.


Three Sisters

An archway (left) that leads to the ruins by the Three Sisters (right) in Elden Ring’s Caria Manor
Pass through the archway (left) to find the (right).
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Passing through a new opening along the edge of the area where you fought Loretta leads to an area along the edge of the manor called Three Sisters. Head left here and follow the trail while keeping an eye to your right. Check the crumbling ruins to find a scarab you should quickly defeat to acquire Ash of War: Chilling Mist. Then return to the trail.

Pidia, Carian Servant

Continue along the trail a short distance south and then veer left to find a series of rock ledges. Drop along them to reach scaffolding. Follow the scaffolding to reach a rooftop located within the proper manor grounds. Then descend a ladder to find a room with the merchant Pidia, who sells numerous precious items including Ash of War: Carian Retaliation, a Larval Tear, the Glintstone Craftsman’s Cookbook [7], the Ripple Blade, a Celestial Dew, and the Weathered Map. You should have enough runes to buy everything after defeating Loretta. Check along the balcony he occupies for the Spellproof Dried Liver, as well.

Rooftops, Old Fang, a crab, and a Stonesword Key

Climb the ladder back to the rooftop, and you can ascend some steps to reach the building’s eaves. Head to their peak to find Old Fang x5.

Next, look around to spot a section of wall to the southwest, which leads toward another tower. Drop to that wall and follow it to reach an opening along the wall to your left. Drop through that opening and continue onward to approach a giant crab.

If you fire projectile magic from a distance before dropping to the last segment of wooden scaffolding, the creature may rush you and fall off the wall. This allows you to easily claim the Stonesword Key it guarded. Once you grab that item, your first visit to the manor has concluded.

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