The mysterious Grand Lift of Dectus in Elden Ring requires certain items to work. In this Elden Ring guide, we will explain each and everything related to the Grand Lift of Dectus, how to activate it, and where you will find the medallions to activate it. Without any further ado, let’s get into it.
Elden Ring Grand Lift of Dectus Location
The Grand Lift of Dectus is located in the middle of the Altus Plateau and Liurnia. This is the main location from where you can access the Altus Plateau region from the Liurnia of the Lakes.
You will find the Grand Lift of Dectus in the northeastern region of Liurnia. To reach it, you must take the straight road that leads directly northeast from the East Raya Lucaria Academy Site of Grace.
How to activate the Grand Lift of Dectus in Elden Ring
To activate the Grand Lift of Dectus, you must have found both halves of the Dectus Medallion. Once the Grand Lift of Dectus is activated, you will be able to move freely between Liurnia and Altus Plateau, which will make traversal between the areas easier for you.
In this section of the guide, we will show you the exact locations of both halves of the Dectus Medallion. Finding these two halves will help you activate the Grand Lift of Dectus.
The Left half of the Dectus Medallion can be found in Fort Haight which is in the southeastern region of upper Limgrave. Get inside Fort Haight and get to the top using the stairs.
Then get inside the Tower and get on top of the Tower using the ladder. You will find the left Half of the Dectus Medallion on top of the Tower inside a chest.
The right half of the Dectus Medallion can be found in Fort Faroth. Get inside Fort Faroth and you will encounter some Ghost creatures.
Get past those creatures and you will see a ladder to your left that will take you to the top. The right half of the Dectus Medallion will be on top of the Fort Faroth inside a chest.
Once you have acquired both halves of the Dectus Medallion, get to the Grand Lift of Dectus. Go to the foot of the Grand Lift and hoist the Medallion by pressing the respective key of your platform.
This will trigger a cutscene and you will use the Dectus Medallion with both halves combined to activate the Grand Lift of Dectus will get activated.
How to get around the Grand Lift of Dectus to reach Altus Plateau
Acquiring both halves of the Dectus Medallion is completely optional though, as there is a way you can completely bypass the Grand Lift of Dectus and reach the Altus Plateau region regardless – just like you how you bypass the Stormveil castle in Elden Ring.
To do that, you have to make your way through the caves of the Ravine Veiled Village. This method may be a bit harder though depending on your level, as there are a lot of strong enemies here, including a boss at the end.
That said, remember that all combat here is completely optional, meaning that you can pretty much run through all of the enemies in this area on your Torrent.
Talk to the ghost in the left corner while standing at the entrance to the Grand Lift of Dectus with the Site of Grace to your right. The ghost will inform you about an old tunnel that can be used to pass the Grand Lift of Dectus and get around the Altus Plateau.
There is a ravine between two massive cliffs. It ultimately comes to an end, but this is the location of the entry point of the tunnel. You’ll want to quickly travel to the Site of Grace nearest to the gorge’s entrance, but make sure you get to the lake from there.
It’s pointless to rush to the top of the cliffs because you won’t be able to safely descend. To be safe, return to one of the Academy of Raya Lucaria’s entrances using your Torrent. This is where the Ruin-Strewn Precipice begins.
If you come upon a Site of Grace known as The Ravine, you have arrived at the right location. This location will be a small river that leads northeast from the main lake surrounding the Raya Lucaria Academy.
As you move through, you’ll come across plant-like enemies who spit poison. You won’t have to worry about them if you ride Torrent right past them.
Continue along the river until you reach a clearing with a Golden Seed in the middle. Some wooden buildings should now be visible making their way up the rock ahead of you. This is the route we’ll use to get to the Altus Plateau.
Another Site of Grace, located near one of the fire pits, serves as a welcoming checkpoint. Ascend the stairway in front of you and begin ascending to the Altus Plateau. After three ladders, you’ll be welcomed by a bright green cave, only to be disrupted by a fourth ladder on your left.
Take the only road that leads uphill and the elevator you find. Return to the sole corridor available to you, going left to reach the outdoors. There will be another Site of Grace to your right.
Use the elevator to your right to reach the top, then use the wooden platform to navigate your way around the cliff. The small enemies and bats in this area will be annoying. Once they’re dead, there’ll be another ladder leading uphill in front of you. You might hear faint singing now, which will be coming from a rare enemy.
A large group of bats will join them, which would be properly attached. If you can latch on to them one by one, you can gain aggro by casting a spell or shooting an arrow at them.
This is a far safer approach than tackling them all at once. When it’s safe, climb up the ladder it was protecting. Make your way to another path using a ladder at the end while killing the bats.
A boss encounter against Magma Wyrm Makar follows the Site of Grace. Rest at the Site of Grace after defeating Magma Wyrm Makar, and take the elevator up. You’ll successfully reach the Altus Plateau at the very top.