Uncover the Might of Scarlet Rot: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Obtaining the Rotten Crystal Sword in Elden Ring

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Uncover the Might of Scarlet Rot: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Obtaining the Rotten Crystal Sword in Elden Ring

Embarking on quests in the massive world of Elden Ring can be both exhilarating and daunting. One such mission is to obtain the Rotten Crystal Sword—a weapon of exceptional capability due to its intrinsic Scarlet Rot effect. This guide will lead you through the detailed steps needed to acquire the Rotten Crystal Sword so you can wield its formidable power against the myriad adversaries that lie in wait. Ready your senses, Tarnished; this journey requires cunning and bravery.

Step 1: Prepare for the Haligtree

Prepare for the Haligtree

Before venturing forth, ensure your character is adequately equipped and leveled. The journey ahead is perilous, and the foes you'll encounter demand respect.

Recommended Gear and Stats:

  • A trusty set of armor with solid resistance to ailments.
  • A weapon that can swiftly deal with Crystallian foes.
  • Sufficient stats to navigate the treacherous paths ahead, primarily focused on agility and defense.

Step 2: Arriving at the Elphael Inner Wall

Your initial destination is the Elphael Inner Wall site of grace within Elphael, Brace of the Haligtree.

From Elphael Inner Wall Grace:

  1. Navigate downwards along the stairs.
  2. Veer left behind the massive branch to discover a trio of Crystallian protectors.
  3. A lone chest they guard contains the prize you seek: the Rotten Crystal Sword.

Step 3: Unlocking the Haligtree

Unlocking the Haligtree

Those who have not reached the Consecrated Snowfield will need to persevere through the game to unlock this area.

To Access Elphael:

  1. Solve Ordina, Liturgical Town's enigmatic puzzle to activate the teleporter.
  2. Triumph over Loretta, Knight of the Haligtree. She stands guard before the lift, leading to Elphael and the Brace of the Haligtree.

Step 4: The Brace of the Haligtree

After conquering Loretta, ascend the lift to find yourself at the gateway to the Haligtree.

Key Landmarks to Navigate:

  1. Prayer Room Grace Site - The starting point for your venture into the haligtree’s embrace.
  2. Heading North - Descend the staircase leap to supportive beams and gazebo platforms while avoiding or engaging the red scarab.
  3. Engage the Cleanrot Knights - If you wish to acquire the spirit ash of Cleanrot Knight Finlay, now is the chance.

Step 5: Navigating the Brace of the Haligtree

Navigating the Brace of the Haligtree

Continue northward and utilize the beams to reach a contested balcony.

  1. Run past the Cleanrot Knights and Soldiers.
  2. Head west, past Haligtree Soldiers and giant crossbows.
  3. Leap onto an adjacent arch and jump to the balcony to find the Elphael Inner Wall grace site.

Step 6: The Final Stretch to the Rotten Crystal Sword

From the Elphael Inner Wall grace site, the final steps are at hand.

  1. Descend the southbound stairway and turn left to locate the Crystallian guards.
  2. You may confront them head-on or rush to swiftly claim your reward from the chest—the coveted Rotten Crystal Sword.


With the Rotten Crystal Sword in your possession, you harness not only a blade with rapid attack sequences but also the ability to inflict devastating Scarlet Rot upon your enemies. Dual-wield for an even more ferocious onslaught, and witness your adversaries wither under the relentless curse of rot. This precious tool will no doubt serve you well in the trials to come. Proceed with confidence, and let the might of rot guide your path to victory in the lands between.

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