Elden Ring features numerous key items that reward players with loot, and Deathroot is one of them. A strange item that you can get from a few bosses in the game, the item rewards players with Incantations, Ashes of War, and more. However, tracking down all the Deathroots and exchanging them can become confusing. In this guide, we talk about what exactly is Deathroot, where to find them, and how to receive the rewards from exchanging them.
We have listed the various locations where players can find a Deathroot in Elden Ring and how to exchange them to obtain rewards in the game. Only a handful of Deathroot exists in the Lands Between and are scattered across the map. Getting a Deathroot provides the players with the means to exchange them for items and weapons.
What Is Deathroot in Elden Ring and How to Find It?
Deathroot is a key item in Elden Ring that players can obtain to exchange for items. Guuranq, one of the non-playable characters, searches for them to devour and eat. In exchange for a Deathroot, Guuranq rewards players with incantations, upgrade items, or weapons for players to use in their playthrough.
Deathroot is often found where roots have grown out of the ground or are carried by an undead enemy. The official description of the item says that Deathroots appeared when the Rune of Death spread throughout the Lands Between through the underground roots of the Great Tree. This happened after the first death of a demigod.
On the night of the dire plot the stolen Rune of Death enabled the first Death of a demigod. Later, the Rune of Death spread across the Lands Between through the underground roots of the Greattree, sprouting in the form of Deathroot.Deathroot, Elden Ring.
Before players obtain and do anything, they first need to find a particular NPC called D, Hunter of the Dead. To track him down, head to Summonwater Village Outskirts at East Limgrave. Once players reach the area, they can notice an individual standing before a dead body. This individual wears unique armor and rests the point of his sword on the ground. This is D, Hunter of the Dead. Talking with D prompts him to warn the players from progressing further and asks them to stay away.
Head to the Roundtable Hold to talk with D, who has moved away from his original position. Talk with him to learn the location of the Bestial Sanctum in Caelid, a place where Guuranq lies. Head to the point marked by D on the map to spawn into Bestial Sanctum and in front of Guuranq.
If you do not want to meet D and find the location of the Bestial Sanctum, the other way is to reach the Third Church of Marika. From here, head north toward the shallow pond. Once near the area, search for a bush on the eastern side with a hidden teleporter. Interact with it to get transported to Greyoll’s Dragonbarrow in Caelid. Interact with the large door to open up the Beastial Sanctum. Guuranq, The Best Clergyman, accepts the many Deathroot players can find in the game and consumes them. For the trouble of players, Guuranq rewards them with an item in exchange for a Deathroot.
Deathroot Locations in Elden Ring
In total, there are nine places in Elden Ring where players can obtain a Deathroot. Down below, these places allow players to gather them.
Location: Deathtouched Catacombs at Stormhill, Limgrave. It can be reached by heading west from Saintsbridge.
The first Deathroot in Elden can be traced inside the Deathtouched Catacombs at Stormhill. Located on the west of Stainstbridge, players can track it down if they follow the road. Another quick way of going to Deathtouched Catacombs is if players reach the Warmaster’s Shack at Stormhill and head straight right.
The Deathtouched Catacombs is a typical dungeon that allows multiplayer. At the end of the dungeon, players need to defeat the Black Knife Assassin, allowing players to open the chest at the end of the boss room, giving them a Deathroot.
Location: East Limgrave Summonwater Village ruins.
Across the Saintsbridge lies a dilapidated village underwater called Summonwater Village Ruins. This is also the location of our second Deathroot, which the boss Tibia Mariner holds. Tibia Mariner is a ghostly field boss who uses a large horn to attack the players while steering a boat which he also uses to attack the players. On top of this, Tibia Mariner summons skeletons to assist him in fighting the players.
Once defeated, Tibia Mariner drops a Deathroot, which players can give to Guuranq.
Location: Ruins located south of the Artist’s Shack in Liurnia.
Right before the Artist’s Shack in Liurnia lies another ruin with a small water body. In it lies the second Tibia Mariner boss, which fights and behaves like its previous iteration at Summonwater Village Ruins. Take the boss out to receive the third Deathroot.
Location: Black Knife Catacombs, located on Liurnia. Reach the Ruined Labyrinth and take a road northeast to reach there.
Situated northeast of the ruined labyrinth site of grace, the Black Knife Catacombs is one of the many dungeons players can discover all over the map of Elden Ring. What is unique about this dungeon is that instead of one, this one has two bosses that players can defeat – the secret boss Black Knife Assassins and Cemetary Shade.
Our focus is defeating Cemetary Shade since the Deathroot is inside its boss room, located in a chest. Follow the dungeon to open up a lever deep inside. This will open the door to the boss room. The Cemetary Shade boss room has many skeletons which revive and distract the players. Hence, keep an eye on them while also fighting the boss. Once defeated, open the chest and receive the fourth Deathroot of Elden Ring.
Once players hand over four Deathroot to Guuranq, he gets frenzied and starts attacking the player upon approaching him. This portion is scripted and bound to happen once handed over four Deathroot. Furthermore, dying won’t revert Guuranq to a non-aggressive state. To calm him, deal a few hits carefully while dodging his fast attacks. Doing so will make Guuranq regain his senses and stop attacking the players.
Location: Gelmir Hero’s Grave at Mt. Gelmir. Located across the Abductor’s village.
Deep through the Abductor’s Village in Mt. Gelmir lies one of the Hero’s Grave, and along with it the fifth Deathroot of Elden Ring. A dungeon that players can enter to complete, this area not only gives us one of the goofiest weapons in the game called The Ringed Finger Hammer, but it also provides us with a Deathroot. Complete the dungeon by maneuvering the murderous chariots and lavas to reach the boss room, which holds the Red Wolf of the Champion.
The wolf fights similarly to the Red Wolf of Radagon at the Academy of Raya Lucaria, who players have to defeat to reach Rennala to use larval tears. Defeat the Red Wolf of the Champion to gain access to the chest at the end of the hall. Opening it will reward players with a Deathroot.
Location: Altus Plateau. Wyndham Ruins.
If players tracked down the two halves of the Dectus medallion at Fort Haight in Limgrave and Fort Faroth in Caelid or took the secret road through Liurnia of the Lake, they can reach the Altus Plateau, shrouded in the golden light of Leyndell. This is the next area where we receive Elden Ring’s next Deathroot, located in the Wyndham Ruins. There are two ways to reach this area, and both are pretty simple since it falls in the player’s route.
If players entered the Altus Plateau through the secret route through the Ruined-Strewn Precipice, navigate the plains north of the area. Similarly, if players took the Grand Lift of Dectus, head to the north of the area. Doing so will bring players to the Wyndham Ruins, where a Tibia Mariner roams. While the boss fights like the previous Tibia Mariners, he summons gigantic skeletons this time, who shoot lasers at the players and vanish every so often. Carefully subdue the boss to despawn the enemies and receive a Deathroot.
Location: Giant’s Mountaintop Catacomb, situated west of the Mountaintop of the Giants.
The next Deathroot of Elden Ring takes us to the snowy fields of the Mountaintop of the Giants, situated inside the Giant’s Mountaintop Catacomb. To reach it, head to the Zamor Ruins, located right in front of the players after they exit the lift. Head southeast after spawning at Zamor Ruins to reach a cracked wall. From here, continue east and circle the rocks to continue northwest to pass through a passage. Here, a handful of Fire Monks roam the area. Get down the slope and take an immediate right to find the entrance to the Catacomb.
The Giant’s Mountaintop Catacomb has various traps laid around the place, so tread carefully through the area to find the lever deep inside the dungeon. Once activated, head back to the starting area to find the boss room door open. Enter to face ulcerated tree spirit, defeating which will allow players to receive a Deathroot.
Location: Stargazer’s Ruins at the Mountaintop of the Giants.
The next Deathroot is located south of the Stargazer’s Ruins. Take the bridge across the Stargazer’s Ruins and head towards the graveyard. The Tibia Mariner roams the area near the walking Mausoleum in Mountaintop of the Giants, hence using it as a landmark. While the previous Tibia Mariners was a boss fight, this one is a field enemy. However, it attacks similar to the previous Tibia Mariners in Elden Ring, and eliminating him will reward players with a Deathroot.
Location: Hidden Path to the Haligtree dungeon.
The final Deathroot of Elden Ring lies inside a large dungeon called the Hidden Path to the Haligtree. Accessing the area requires players to the two halves of the Haligtree Secret Medallion. The right part is obtained from Albus, hiding in the Village of the Albunaurics in Liurnia. The left portion is dropped by Commander Niall, located on the rooftop of Castle Sol in Mountaintop of the Giant. Receive the pieces and head back to the Grand Lift of Rold to access the area.
Instead of exiting the area to Consecrated Snowfield, explore the entirety of the Hidden Path to the Haligtree dungeon to reach a circle bridge with a broken portion. Drop down on an invisible bridge and carefully follow the various routes. Once done, players will stumble upon a lever that opens up the door to the boss room. Further, venture the area to reach the boss room with a stray mimic tear. Take him out to grab the Deathroot from the chest.
Use of Deathroot in Elden Ring: How to Get Rewards?
The only use of Deathroot in Elden Ring is to progress the storyline of Guuranq at the Beastial Sanctum. Once received head over to the NPC to hand him over the Deathroots. There are no set patterns in which a player needs to do these side bosses. However, given the enemy placements, players will stumble upon these bosses during the main story playthrough for the most part.
Giving Deathroot to Guuranq will reward players with one item per Deathroot. The first time a Deathroot is given to Guuranq, players also receive Beast Eyes, which quiver when near a Deathroot, helping players to locate them.
Deathroot Given to Guuranq Reward First Deathroot Clawmark Seal and Beast Eyes Second Deathroot Bestial Sling Incantation Third Deathroot Bestial Vitality Incantation Fourth Deathroot Beast’s Roar Ashes of War Fifth Deathroot Beast Claw Incantation Sixth Deathroot Stone of Guuranq Incantation Seventh Deathroot Beastclaw Greathammer Weapon Eight Deathroot Guuranq’s Beast Claw Incantation Ninth Deathroot Ancient Dragon Smithing Stone
Frequently Asked Questions
No. Deathroot are solely quest items for Guuranq and are only accepted by him at the Bestial Sanctum.
Deathroot procurement is an optional questline that players can skip if they want to. However, we suggest doing them, as it rewards players with great incantations, an upgrade item, and a hammer.