Great Runes are powerful items that you can activate in Elden Ring for unique passive bonuses. The significance of those blessings is why getting these Great Runes is not an easy task.
There are a total of seven Great Runes in Elden Ring, some of which can be obtained earlier while the rest can only be acquired in the late game.
Do take note that you will need at least two Great Runes to enter Leyndell, the Royal Capital. Even if you have no interest in their bonuses, you will have to get two Great Runes to access the Royal Capital. There is no other way.
The following guide will tell you the locations of all the Great Runes, how to activate them, and more in Elden Ring.
How to acquire/equip Great Runes in Elden Ring
The only way to get a Great Rune is to defeat its respective Demigod in Elden Ring. However, looting the Great Rune from the Demigod is only one part of the process. You will still need to activate it at its corresponding Divine Tower for the blessing.
When a Great Rune has been activated, you can head to the nearest Site of Grace to equip it. If you failed to activate the Great Rune from its Divine Tower, you will not see the Great Rune in your menu while resting at the Site of Grace.
When you have finally equipped it, consume a Rune Arc to get its passive bonuses until death. You can only equip one Great Rune at a time. If you want to switch to another Great Rune blessing, you will have to consume another Rune Arc.
Below are all seven Great Runes and their locations in the game.
- Godrick, the Grafted
- Rennala, Queen of the Full Moon
- Starscourge Radahn
- Morgott, the Omen King
- Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy
- Malenia, Blade of Miquella
- Mohg, Lord of Blood
Godrick’s Great Rune and its location
Godrick’s Great Rune can be obtained by defeating Godrick, the Grafted. Godrick is located in Stormveil Castle in Limgrave.
Rennala’s Great Rune and its location
The Great Rune of the Unborn can be obtained by taking down Rennala, Queen of the Full Moon. Rennala can be found at the Raya Lucaria Academy in Liurnia.
This Great Rune is different from all other Great Runes, as it cannot be equipped or activated. Great Rune of the Unborn will allow you to respec your character whenever you want. You will need a Larval Tear in order to respect your character every time.
Radahn’s Great Rune and its location
This great rune is dropped by Starscourge Radahn, who is located in Redmane Castle in Caelid. This Castle is located on a small island in the southern part of Caelid.
Once you have your hands on Radahn’s Great Rune, you will have to go to the Divine Tower of Caelid.
Morgott’s Great Rune and its location
This great rune is dropped by Morgott, the Omen King. He is located in the Altus Plateau in Leyndell, Royal Capital.
After defeating and obtaining Morgott’s Great Rune, it can be activated by heading to the Divine Tower of East Altus. In order to reach this divine tower, you will need to utilize the elevator of the Forbidden Islands.
Rykard’s Great Rune and its location
After defeating Rykard, take the Great Rune dropped by him to the Divine Tower of West Altus. This divine tower is located south of Lyndell.
Malenia’s Great Rune and its location
Malenia’s Great Rune can be obtained by defeating Malenia, Blade of Miquella. Malenia is located in the northern part of the map, in Haligtree Roots at Great Haligtree. You can get here using the teleport gate in Ordina, Liturgical Town.
Mohg’s Great Rune and its location
Mohg’s Great Rune can be obtained by defeating Mohg, Lord of Blood. This boss is located in Mohgwyn Dynasty Mausoleum in Mohgwyn Palace.
To activate this Phantom Great Rune, you will need to return to the Divine Tower of East Altus, the same divine tower you need to go to activate Morgott’s Great Rune.
The effect of this great rune is also quite unique, as whenever your summon kills an enemy, you gain HP. Summon can be another player or a Spirit Ash.
Can I duplicate Great Runes in Elden Ring?
There’s no such method in Elden Ring that allows you to duplicate Great Runes. Great Runes are only to be obtained from the bosses and there’s no way that they can be duplicated.
The only thing you can do is duplicate the remembrances and later use them to obtain ordinary Runes.
How to acquire/equip Mending Runes in Elden Ring
Mending Runes are also Great Runes but they serve a completely different purpose. Unlike Great Runes, Mending Runes offer no blessings or powerful bonuses. They can also not be equipped in any way. They only help alter your endings.
Once you have defeated the final, Elden Beast, a dialogue box will appear where you can select the ending of your choice by selecting the Mending Runes that you have.
There are a total of three Mendin Runes in Elden Ring and each of them requires you to complete a different questline.
Mending Rune of Perfect Order
The Mending Rune of Perfect Order can be looted from Goldmask once you have completed his Brother Corhyn questline. This is when Leyndell gets covered in ash.
Mending Rune of the Death-Prince
The Mending Rune of the Death-Prince can be looted from Fia after completing her quest line. This will be when you trigger the Lichdragon Fortissax boss fight inside the Deeproot Depths. Defeat the boss and return to get the Mending Rune from Fia’s corpse.
Mending Rune of the Fell Curse
The Mending Rune of the Fell Curse can be obtained from Dung Eater after completing his quest line. You will need to give him five Seedbed Curse for the Rune.