It is actually possible to skip Stormveil Castle, Margit the Fell Omen and Godrick the Grafted. Here’s how to reach Liurnia without entering the castle.
Elden Ring is the magnum opus of FromSoftware Games. As the studio that delivered the Dark Souls trilogy before, they have outdone themselves in their latest action RPG. The game invites players to a mesmerizing world with complex characters and a vague story. It also comes with massive playspaces that allow players to use shortcuts and play however they want. Thanks to this amazing world design, it is possible to skip Stormveil Castle to reach Liurnia of the Lakes.
Players were also able to go around and find shortcuts in the previous games. Though Elden Ring is an open-world title. So the way developers added shortcuts and leeways function differently. On the other hand, they did provide a chance to skip the castle even though you have to return there later on. For now, let’s dive in and find out how to get to Liurnia before killing Godrick.
Skipping Stormveil Castle to Reach Liurnia
It is actually quite easy to leave Limgrave and get to Liurnia. If you go all the way to the east of Limgrave, you will find yourself on the rotting lands of Caelid. And in the south, there lies the Weeping Peninsula.
But your path as the Tarnished will lead you to the north. To follow the Grace all the way to become the Elden Lord, you will have to beat Godrick the Grafted, alongside many other great enemies. That said, you might also want to roam around the Lands Between and focus on the bosses later on. If you are exhausted from slaying the same beasts and creatures in Limgrave, it is time for you to get to Liurnia.
Can you skip the castle in Elden Ring?
Here’s how to save yourself from trouble and skip Stormveil Castle. Simply follow the images below to avoid fighting a ton of enemies and two great bosses.
Start riding from the Site of Grace at Stormshack Hill. Go under the walls and continue riding until you see a collapsed bridge.
You are at the correct bridge if you see a Finger Maiden. They are old ladies that are obsessed with fingers. So, there’s that.
Cross the bridge and jump to the left.
Ride through the rocky area and continue riding until you see some wolves.
From there you need to make a slight turn to the left.
Keep riding until you are in the Liurnia of the Lakes.
The Academy of Raya Lucaria is seen from afar.
And if you turn back, you will see that Stormveil Castle is behind you.
Congratulations, you have successfully bypassed the first and the second bosses of the game. Though note that you will have to return to the place later on.
That’s because both of them are essential bosses to get a Great Rune.
Why should you want to go Liurnia and Godrick the Grafted?
Most of us prefer summoning our loyal companion Torrent the spectral steed and riding forth to find new adventures. While it is true that the Lands Between is filled with places to discover, you might want to change things up a little bit.
Let’s say that you progressed and turned your character into a warrior wielding two-handed weapons. And now you think that the time is right to jump into the world of spells and incantations. Even though it is amazing to gain some Runes and explore the Lands Between, the points you have spent before will not be enough to turn you into a sorcerer or a magician.
This is where the option of respec comes in. The ability to reset your character’s stats and attributes can only be found in Liurnia, though. This is the exact spot where you might want to skip Stormveil Castle. Let’s say you have spent a ton of time in Limgrave and Caelid and decided to get a different build for your character. But instead of going through all that trouble in Stormveil, you simply want to get a respec.
That’s when you need to reach the Academy of Raya Lucaria in Liurnia of the Lakes. One of the essential bosses of the game Rennala, Queen of the Full Moon waits there for the Tarnished. Unlike Margit and Godrick though, she is unskippable if you want to respec your character. You will have to beat Rennala to unlock the respec ability in Elden Ring.
We provided a guide on the feature and what items you need to get a Rebirth in Elden Ring.