Runes are the main currency used in Elden Ring. They can help you complete the game by leveling up or purchasing items from merchants. This guide will provide all the Golden Rune Locations in Elden Ring.
How to Use Golden Runes in Elden Ring
Golden Runes in Elden Ring are a set of Runes that help you level up your character. They’re usually found during the initial stages of the game and are quite tricky to use at first.
Mostly you’ll find these Runes resting atop of corpses found randomly in different locations on the map.
Despite being Runes, Fringefolk’s Rune, the Lands Between Rune, the Hero’s Rune, and the Golden Runes are the few items in Elden Ring that will not disappear from your inventory upon death as they’re a part of your consumable items that provide you with Runes.
Simply visit your inventory and scroll down a bit to find the Golden Runes section. Next up is selecting the runes, resulting in your character crushing them and absorbing their power.
What makes these Runes so enjoyable is that you can even select multiple at the same time. Just click on the Rune when selecting and two option prompts will appear on the screen: “Select” and “Use Select.” Selecting the second option will grant you multiple slots for equipping and using the Runes.
What are Some Early Golden Rune Locations
When you first start the game, there is a very simple and easy way to get lots of runes quickly. What you will need in order to successfully do is the Flask of Wondrous Physick.
You will need to upgrade the flask using Strength-Knot Crystal Tear, and Crimson Crystal Tear found in Stormhill and Church of Marika, respectively.
Behind the Church of Marika will be a portal that will teleport you to another location.
Go down the stairs straight towards the bridge but don’t cross it. To the left of the bridge will be a site of grace where you need to rest, and after you rest, you can use the Flask of Wondrous Physick and kill the roaming enemies around the site of grace.
Each enemy will drop a thousand runes, and you can rest at the site of grace to respawn them. Sneak attacks are the best way to defeat them quickly. Repeat the process, and you will have enough runes to last you a long time.
Elden Ring Golden Runes Locations
Below are all the locations where you’ll find the Golden Runes in Elden Ring.
Golden Rune (1)
You can start off by picking a Golden Rune (1) in Limgrave around the north side of the cliff, where you will find several skulls which you can break using a weapon or a horse’s hooves
Around the same area, you will see a large stone surrounded by lots of bats that will also hold a Golden Rune (1).
While you are hanging around in the Limgrave region, you can pick up x5 Golden Rune (1) by looting the Sarcophagi or Stone Coffins in the northeast of Limgrave on the cliff opposite the lake.
Make your way to Jarburg Cemetery in the Liurnia of Lakes region, where you will find another Golden Rune (1) with the graveyard.
If you are at the Bridge of Sacrifice in the Weeping Peninsula, you will see the main road after crossing the bridge, and on the right side will be some bodies that have a chance of giving out x2 Golden Rune (1).
Golden Rune (2)
Starting in the Limgrave region, you can find x2 Golden Rune (2) on top of the Stormveil Castle by looting a body hanging over the platform.
Several can be found in the Tombsward Cave in the Weeping Peninsula Region by looting Rats.
x2 Golden Rune (2) can be found on dead bodies hanging off of the ledge of the wooden fence of the Castle Morne.
You can pick up more at the Raya Lucaria Academy in the Church on a corpse. x3 Golden Rune (2) can be found inside Gaol Cave in the Caelid Region
Golden Rune (3)
x1 Golden Rune (3) is found at the Purified Ruins on a corpse in a corridor. You can find another golden rune at the Stillwater Cave.
Pick up another Golden Rune (3) from the Raya Lucaria Academy. Head inside through the broken window from the rooftop of the Academy. Another rune can be found at the west courtyard of Raya Lucaria Academy on a corpse hanging on the balcony.
More can be found towards the east of the lake in Limgrave by looting the stone coffins found in the area.
Several can be found in the Weeping Peninsula Region by taking down the enormous Rats in the Tombsward Cave.
Golden Rune (4)
One Golden Rune (4) can be found near the elevator leading to Limgrave Tunnels. Jump on one of the paths to find a body with the Rune.
More can be picked up on the rooftop of Raya Lucaria Academy past the two Soldiers from the corpse on the ledge.
You can pick up more from next to the waterfall at Siofra River Well from the corpse hanging on the handrail.
More can be found towards the east of the lake in Limgrave by looting the stone coffins found in the area of Mistwood.
If you go to the Caria Manor in the Liurnia of the Lakes, you will find Golden Rune (4) on a corpse around the courtyard’s center.
You can pick up more from a dead body in the Caria Manor Ground on a dead body.
Golden Rune (5)
A Golden Rune (5) can be found at the Stillwater Cave, inside the room on a corpse.
In the Weeping Peninsula region, east of the shore of Witchbane Ruins, one more Golden Rune (5) can be picked up but be careful of the skeletons that guard the place.
More can be found in the Caelid Region around the area where the two dragons are placed.
If you are in the Altus Plateau Region, be sure to visit Perfumer’s Grotto at the end of the tunnel, right outside the fog gate, you will find x1 Golden Rune (5)
Golden Rune (6)
A Golden Rune (6) can be found at the Stillwater Cave on a corpse inside a room.
You can get one more by destroying the balloon at Liurnia of the Lakes
x1 Golden Rune (6) can be found at the Weeping Peninsula, dropped by an elite singing Bat on the cliff of the Minor Erdtree.
You can find x3 Golden Rune (6) in The Shaded Castle of the Altus Plateau region. One can be found on a body on the wooden platform extending out of the ground.
Go into the inner courtyard where you will find another one, a body lying in front of the tombstones, and the third one on the body in the eastern battlements.
Golden Rune (7)
In the Liurnia of The Lakes region within the Raya Lucaria Academy, you will find x1 Golden Rune (7) held by a corpse on the roof extending below the second floor.
You can obtain more by finishing off the Broken Statue at Leyndell Royal Capital. You can do the doing a sneak attack by taking an alternate route.
If you are in the Mountaintop of Giants, you can pick up more by going to the Cave of the Forlorn by dropping down from the site of grace after entering the tunnel.
In the northwest region of the Liurnia of the Lakes, you can pick up x1 Golden Rune (7) by looting the stone coffins towards the northeast of the lake.
Golden Rune (8)
These rare runes can be picked up first at the south of the Lenne’s Rise in a graveyard among a cluster of stone coffins high up on a cliff where you can reach by using the spiritspring.
One more can be found in the bushes towards the right of the giant staircase in the Leyndell Royal Captial.
If you explore more around the Leyndell Capital, you find another one at the end of an alleyway which you can recognize by the presence of guards protecting the Golden Rune (8)
There will be a body on the staircase holding another Golden Rune (8).
Golden Rune (9)
One Golden Rune (9) can be found in the Leyndell Royal Capital along the main road near the wheels of a chariot.
Within the Leyndell Royal Captial, make your way to the Big Chapel with the statues, and near the left exit, you will find x1 Golden Rune (9). Also, be careful of the knight in the area.
When you first visit the Crumbling Farum Azula on the right side of the walkway, you will see a body floating on the debris holding x1 Golden Rune (9)
One more can be picked up at Fort Faroth in the Dragonbarrow area of Caelid. Dropped by Poison Giant Bats
x1 Golden Rune (9) can be found by looting a corpse with the ruins at the lake of rot.
Golden Rune (10)
One Golden Rune (10) can be found at Leyndell Royal Capital on a corpse, where you fight the Trumpeteer.
You can pick up x1 Golden Rune (10) at Leyndell Royal Capital before the spartan foe in a large room to the left.
x3 Golden Rune (10) can be found in the Castle Sol in the northeast of Mountaintop of Giants. The first one can be found on a grave towards the south of the main gate.
The next one can be obtained by going to the second level using the ladder in the building nearby Ramparts by looting a corpse on the northwest corner.
The third one can be found by going to the top of the building towards the north of the Church, where you will find a corpse in the north-east section holding the Golden Rune (10)
Elden Ring Neuman’s Runes Location
Similar to Golden Runes, Neuman’s Runes are also collectible items that will give you lots of runes when consumed. A singular Neman’s Rune will give you 12,500 runes.
Neuman’s Runes are not as common as Golden Runes and can be quite tricky to find. You can find one in the Mohgwyn Palace held by a corpse hanging on the cliff on the path towards the mausoleum.
You can find one at the backside of the Divine Tower of Caelid, which will require some parkour using ladders.
A Neuman’s Runes x5 can be found in the Deeproot Depths, in the cave where you go to obtain the Elden Stars Incantation.
One more can be found in the southwest direction of the roof-facing cliffs site of grace.
Hero’s Rune (1)
Hero’s Rune (1) is often dropped by the Tree Sentinels once you defeat them.
If you go to the Mountaintops of the Giant, you can find another one on a corpse inside the Spirticaller’s Cave
Hero’s Rune (2)
You can pick one up while visiting Crumbling Farum Azula from a corpse that is sitting next to the staircase which leads to the balcony of the large building next to the Crumbling Beast Grave Depths Site of Grace
One more can be found in the Consecrated Snowfields located in the Mountaintop of Giants on a corpse hanging by the edge on the westside.
Hero’s Rune (3)
In the Mohgwyn’s Palace, there is a pillar similar to a tree around the first swaps you reach. The first pillar will have some enemies around it, and the one behind it will have a Hero’s Rune (3) on the left side of the pillar’s base.
Hero’s Rune (4)
X1 Hero’s Rune (4) can be found in the Mohgwyn’s Palace on a corpse at the bottom of the large rock pillar
Hero’s Rune (5)
x1 Golden Rune (5) can be found on a body near the lift, which takes you to the East Capital Rampart Site of Grace inside the giant chapel towards the northeast of the Leyndell Royal Capital.
Another one can be found on a body lying on the ledge in the north of the dragon temple. You can get to the ledge by staying close to the wall and using the broken section.
X2 Golden Rune (5) can be found in the Elphael, Brace of Haligtree Legacy Dungeon. The first one is held by a corpse behind a ginormous fancy chalice at the end of the hallway whenever you pass the Elphael Inner Wall Site of Grace.
The second one is located on another corpse in the eastern graveyard lying beneath a large tree
Elden Ring Lord’s Runes Locations
Lord’s Runes are similar to the previously mentioned runes, but these rare runes will grant you 50,000 runes once they are consumed. These are the rarest type of runes, and only a handful of them are in the game.
The first one is dropped by the Erdtree Avatar, which is roaming around the Leyndell Royal Capital
Another one can be picked up while visiting the Crumbling Farum Azula region. You can find this one on top of the fountain, which is situated outside the Dragon Temple Lift Site of Grace
While you are in the Elphael Brace of The Haligtree Legacy Dungeon, you can pick up two of these. The first one is held by a corpse in the alcove or small space in the north-eastern wall in the bottom floor alleyway
The second Lord’s Rune is dropped by an Erdtree Avatar guarding the Inner Wall entrance towards the north.