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Elden Ring Grand Lift of Dectus location: Where to get the left and right Dectus Medallions

Going up to Altus Plateau! Well, you will be once you find both halves of the Dectus Medallion.

Update: Elden Ring has undergone a few patches since its launch, and we've all learnt plenty of new things about The Lands Between in that time. We've streamlined the information in this guide so you have no trouble at all finding both the left and right halves of the Dectus medallion while trying to make your way up the Grand Lift of Dectus.

With the Elden Ring early game over and done with almost, it's time to take on the Atlus Plateau and reactivate the Grand Lift of Dectus. To ride the Grand Lift, you need to reunite the left and right halves of the Dectus Medallion, which have been hidden inside chests across The Lands Between.

This will also open up several other locations, including the mysterious Volcano Manor. By the time you’re ready to raise the Grand Lift and take on the capital, you should be more than strong enough to claim both of the medallion halves - it’s all about knowing where to look.

What does Dectus Medallion do in Elden Ring?

When the left and right halves of the Dectus Medallion are pieced together, you'll be able to use the Grand Lift of Dectus in Liurnia to access Atlus Plateau. From here, you can gain entry to Leyndell, the royal capital, where you continue your quest to become Elden Lord.

How do you get the left Dectus Medallion in Elden Ring?

The left half of the Dectus Medallion in Elden Ring is found in the southeast of Limgrave at Fort Haight.

You may have already visited this location, since it plays home to one of the best Ashes of War, Bloody Slash.

Just to the right of where you fight the Godrick Knight who drops Bloody Slash on top of the ramparts, there’s a tower. Climb the ladder inside the tower, then the medallion half is in the chest at the top.

If you're yet to visit the area, don't fret. Fort Haight is just a short walk from Mistwood, where you may have previously met Blaidd the half-wolf. Once you get there, you don't need to worry about any bosses and the enemies shouldn't be too difficult to tackle. There's just one Mad Pumpkin Head and Godrick Knight to worry about, and some pesky rats.

How do you get the right Dectus Medallion in Elden Ring?

Next, the right half of the Dectus Medallion in Elden Ring is found in the Dragonbarrow area to the north of Caelid in the southeast of The Lands Between.

Specifically, you’re looking for another fortress, Fort Faroth, in the east of the area. The route towards it is surrounding by some ferocious dogs that won't hesitate to eat you alive, so we recommend riding Torrent up there and avoiding them as best you can.

From the entrance of the fort, run over to the left and climb the ladder at the end of the room. At the top is the second half of the Dectus Medallion.

There’s another really great item to find in Fort Faroth too, Radagon’s Soreseal, so have a search around before you leave. Radagon's Soreseal is one of Elden Ring's best talismans, with it raising your vigor, endurance, strength, and dexterity stats when equipped, but you will take 15% more damage while using it.

When exploring Fort Faorth, all you really need to be cautious of is the rats and bats that lurk here. They can be killed quite easily, however, so you can explore the small fort freely.

How do you activate the Grand Lift of Dectus in Elden Ring?

With the pieces of the medallion reunited, return to the foot of the Grand Lift of Dectus and you will now have the option to hoist the pieces into the air.

Doing so will trigger a scene transition that places you in the Atlus Plateau, the next area of the map as you approach Leyndell.

Do you need the Dectus Medallion in Elden Ring?

If you've decided you don't want to gather the two halves of the Dectus Medallion, and want to skip the Grand Lift of Dectus in Elden Ring altogether, there actually is an alternative route via the Ravine-Veiled Village. However, this route is also home to plenty of enemies, including the Magma Wyrm Makar boss.

To take this route, you'll want to make your way down to floor level of the gorge that is left of the Grand Lift of Dectus. If you head west and keep to the cliff-edge, you'll eventually find some platforms that Torrent can use to ascend down to the bottom.

You'll then want to make your way north-east down the gorge until you reach the Ravine-Veiled Village Site of Grace at the end. From the Site, head up the ladders until you enter a glintstone tunnel. Make your way through the tunnel, and continue ascending upwards via the various lifts and ladders you come across until you reach the Ruin-Strewn Precipice Site of Grace.

Up ahead is where the boss, Magma Wyrm Makar, lies. After felling it, continue forward and up the lift, where you will then find yourself in Altus Plateau.

For more on how to get around in The Lands Between, here’s our Elden Ring guide.

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