The Elden Ring D quest is simple in itself and ends after just a few conversations, but the real significance isn't what happens to D. The quest is tied to a broader set of storylines that eventually leads to one of the game's Elden Lord endings.
D's part in the quest ends quickly, but seeing the full arc through to the end takes a long time and involves Ranni’s quest as well. Like much else in Elden Ring, don’t expect to finish this quickly.
How do you start D’s quest in Elden Ring?
D’s quest can begin as soon as you speak to him in Rountable Hold. He’s the one with the golden mask sitting at the Table of Grace who talks about those who live in death. After speaking with him, travel to Summonwater town in Limgrave, north of the the Third Church of Marika, and defeat the Tibia Mariner. Take the Deathroot you obtain back to D in the Hold, then travel to the Bestial Sanctum (we’ve outlined how to do that in our Deathroot guide).
Travel back to the Hold, and you can get some new dialogue out of D. He’ll also sell a few Golden Order (holy, in other words) Incantations. This is technically where D’s quest ends, but it’s not the end for D – yet.
How do you progress D’s quest in Elden Ring?
Keep speaking with Fia (the death hug lady) in the Roundtable Hold. At some point, possibly after you first defeat Godrick, though it seems different for every player, she’ll ask you to help her. She wants you to return a dagger to its rightful owner. That would be D, so hand it over when you're ready.
The next step is to fast travel to the Hold again. Enter the room behind the blacksmith - to the left of the stairs - to find Fia standing over D’s dead body. Loot his body to get a special Bell Bearing for the Twin Husks and a set of Twinned Armor. Here’s where the quest branches and still involves D.
You’ll need to carry on Fia’s quest, which involves progressing Ranni’s until you obtain the Carian Inverted Statue. After that, you can find D’s brother in Nokron, Eternal City, just outside the arena where you face the Valiant Gargoyles. Give him the armor. Note that if you do, he’ll wake from his eternal (not so eternal now) slumber and murder Fia later in her quest. If you don’t, he stays asleep and Fia remains alive through the end of the game.
Fia's death occurs after she gives you her Mending Rune, so it doesn't affect the Duskborn ending.
Alternatively, you can kill D when you find him near Stormhill Shack, before visiting Roundtable Hold, and give his armor to his brother. The brother will then fight you instead, bypassing the whole situation with Fia's death.
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