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- Choose: Puppet or Rune of Mending
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The Elden Ring Dung Eater quest is one of the shorter side quests in Lands Between, but it can be tricky, especially if you're looking for the Dung Eater summon and not the Mending Rune. If you're stuck on any of the quest steps or just want to prepare ahead of time, this guide has everything you need to know about this obnoxious NPC.
Completing this quest will grant you a new set of armor and, more importantly, an item needed for one of thefinished antique ring(opens in new tab)🇧🇷 You can find the Dungeon Eater quite early on in the game, though you can't start your quest until after you've collected your first Curse of the Seedling, usually when you arrive in the Royal Capital. So if you want to find out how to get started, here's how to complete the Elden Ring Dung Eater quest.
Dung Eater mission summary
Here's a quick rundown of the steps to complete the Dung Eater quest. For more detailed explanations, see the relevant sections below:
- Meet Dung Eater athold round table🇧🇷 His bedroom door will open once you reach Altus Plateau.
- Find one of the six nursery curses and talk to him again to obtain it.Kanalgefängnisschlüssel.
- Go tounderground evasion of reasonsunder Leyndell and tell the Dung Eater to come out of his cell.
- go back to your roomhold round tableto find a message.
- Derrote Dung Eater noexternal ditchout of Leyndell.
- Talk to Dung Eater again.hold round table.
- Find five Hotbed Curses and go back to your cell in the Subterranean Shunning Grounds and surrender.Or you can give him the Seluvis potion..
Elden Ring Dung Eater Ort: Roundtable Hold
You'll first encounter the Dungeon Eater in Round Table Hold, though you won't gain access to his room until you reach the Altus Plateau. This can be done by collecting the two halvesDectus-Locket(opens in new tab)and use the elevator or avoid the elevator altogether and go up the cliffside through the mines, where you must defeat the Magma Wyrm Makar boss to proceed.
Whichever method you choose to get to the Altus Plateau, the Dung Eater is found in the previously locked room, just past the Twin Maiden Husks Dealer. It's hard to miss as he looks like an invading enemy NPC.
The Curse of the Hotbed
Nursery curse locations - where to find one
You can talk to him once you gain access to his room, though you can't continue your quest line until you find the first nursery curse. There are six of them in total, one of which can be missed, and you'll need to find five to complete the quest later on. For now though, you only need one to get started.
Here are the Seedbed Curse locations:
- Volcano Mansion:Head to Rya's hideout at the Temple of Eiglay Site of Grace - detailed inRyas Quest Guide(opens in new tab)– but instead of taking the elevator to the bottom floor, head down the path to the right. In the building at the back, take another door to the right and go up the stairs to find a fog door that requires astone blade(opens in new tab)Open. The nursery's curse is at the bottom of a corpse.
- Leyndell, capital real:On top of the round building directly east of the Leyndell Catacombs Site of Grace on the map.
- Outer pit, Leyndell (overhead):looted byGreat Boggart of Blackguard(opens in new tab)if you have advanced in your quest line.
- Leyndell, capital real:Find one in the Dung Dining Room in the Fortified Mansion. The door on the south side takes you to the second floor.
- Haligtree Elphael Support:It can be found by traveling north and then west from the Prayer Room's Place of Grace. Looted by a corpse in a chair on a ledge.
- Haligtree Elphael Support:Go north again from the Grace Site of the Prayer Room, but go down the stairs that bend to your right. When you find the room below, jump over the railing to the right of the door and drop down onto the platform below. He's in the dark hallway at the bottom of the stairs on a corpse.
After getting your first Seedbed Curse item, go back to Roundtable Hold and talk to Dung Eater again. He will have a few more dialogues for you and he will give them to you.Kanalgefängnisschlüssel.
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Now that you have access to the sewers, you need to head to the Shunning Grounds underground via a shaft in Leyndell, Royal Capital. From Avenue Balcony Site of Grace, head northwest, down the steps and out the door. Follow the path and jump over the railing on the left and you'll see the fountain among the ruins.
Go down the stairs and take the first door on your left to the northeast. Go down another set of stairs and continue following the tunnel on the right. Ignore the opening on your right when you see it and go forward and down the stairs to enter the underpass area. Go through the door and you'll find yourself on a platform with a ladder on the left. Go down here and look for a door on the left. that's itGrace underground side of the road, so activate it and rest if you need it before embarking on the next leg of the journey.
Return to the gate and continue northeast through the main tunnel. You'll come to a point where three huge lattices cover the ground, but the one on the left has a hole in it. Go down here and turn left, follow the tunnel past rats and poisoned enemies until you find the ladder at the end.
Climb up here and turn right. You can use the Sewer Gaol Key on the door in front of you. Dung Eater is inside, so talk to him and choose"Get out of your prison!"if the option is offered. He runs out of dialogue, so it's time to go back to Roundtable Hold.
Fight the Dungeon Eater in Leyndell's Outer Pit
Upon returning to Roundtable Hold, you will find that the Dungeon Diner is not in its usual space. However, there is a message instructing you to meet him in the outer pit on the outskirts of Leyndell, the capital.
If you are planning to get a Curse of the Blackguard Big Boggart Hotbed, you need to make sure you've completed the first part of Rya's quest and purchased her necklace from Liurnia of the Lakes. Buying him cooked shrimp afterwards will gain his trust and move him to the outer area of the pit.
Speak with Boggart north of the location marked on the map above and exhaust his dialogue before moving on to the next step. Now reload the area and talk to Boggart again to trick the Dung Eater into entering it.
Fight and defeat the Dung Eater in the outer pit to obtain the Sword of Milos, then head back to the Round Table and speak with him in his room. He'll tell you to bring more Hotbed Curses to his real body, which is in the cell where you found him in the Subterranean Shunning-Grounds.
Choose: Puppet or Rune of Mending
How to get Dung Eater Summon or Mending Rune
When he returns to the "real" Dung Eater's body in the sewers, he will have a choice to make. Only one will allow you to complete the Dung Eater quest and get the necessary item for a specific ending.
If you want to get the item to the end and complete the dung eater quest, interact with the Dung Eater to deliver the Hotbed Curses. After offering him five, he will reward you with the Infernal Curse Mending Rune, the item needed for one of the endings.
When you got the potion from Seluviswhat is it forNepheli(opens in new tab), you can use it here instead of giving him Curses of the Hotbed. If you do, you can get the Dung Eater puppet summon from Seluvis.
Dung Eater Doll: How to buy in Seluvis
If you've decided to give Dung Eater the potion to get your Seluvis doll, you must follow a few steps to make it appear:
- Find the hidden basement between Ranni's Rise and Renna's Rise behind Caria Manor. Interact with the message near the back wall.
- Speak to Seluvis in his tower and ask about his quarters and he will offer to sell you a doll. Buy one of them.
- If you've done this step before and Seluvis doesn't offer to sell you any more dolls, or if the Dung Eater doll isn't listed, exit the area and collect five Starlight Shards.
- Go back to Seluvis and the Dung Eater doll should be listed.
Use:It seems possible to get the Dung Eater puppet even if you have progressedsearch of ranni(opens in new tab)beyond the point where you give him the Nokron Finger Killing Blade. Prior to this point, if you've talked to Seluvis and confronted him about the hidden basement, you'll be able to examine his corpse to access the doll shop.
How to get the Dung Eater armor
The Dung Eater's Omen Set can be obtained by completing his quest with Hotbed Curses or by giving him the Seluvis Potion.
When you pass all five nursery cursesand obtain Fell's Curse Mending Rune, reload the area and return to the Dung Eater's cell. You can loot the Omen set from its corpse.
If you opt for the Dung Eater doll, use the Seluvis potion and he will pass out. Wait a second or two and then kill him for the Omen to drop. The doll will continue to be available at Seluvis.
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Dung Eater quest summary
Meet Dung Eater in Roundtable Hold. The door to his room will unlock once you reach Altus Plateau. Find one of the six Seedbed Curses and speak to him again to receive the Sewer Gaol Key. Head to the Subterranean Shunning Grounds below Leyndell and tell Dung Eater to leave his cell.
Defeat The Dung Eater When He Invades In The Outer Moat
Talk to the Dung Eater's physical body by dropping down a hole in the grating down the hallway to the left of the Site of Lost Grace, then continue around the corner, past a Miranda Bloom, and up a ladder.
While it may sound repulsive enough to put one off ever going near it, the Dung Eater's questline is well worth the effort required by virtue of the rewards it offers players. It not only leads to a set of armor and a new weapon, but it also gives players an item needed to unlock one of the game's endings.Can you complete Dung Eater? ›
Complete the game
Once you find at least five total Seedbed Curses and return them to Dung Eater, he will give you one final prize: The Mending Rune of the Fell Curse. This is a key item that will be used, unless you also meet the requirements for other endings, once you beat the final boss of Elden Ring.
To achieve this ending, you'll need to complete the Dung Eater Questline that sees you give Dung Eater enough Seedbed Curse to free his form and get the Mending Rune of the Fell Curse. After the boss battle, you'll then be able to choose to either: Mend the Elden RIng or Use Mending Rune of the Fell Curse.Should I open the door for Dung Eater? ›
Step 5: Set the Dung Eater free
Unlock the door and speak to the Dung Eater, commanding him to leave his cell. It can be tempting to kill him here, given what he informs you he's planning to do, but you must resist the urge if you're going to complete this quest.
7/12 He Holds The Key To One Of The Bad Endings
Like all beings who are vying for the Elden Throne or the Elden Ring's power, Dung Eater's goal is to curse all beings in the Lands Between. He does this through his aforementioned Seedbed Curses, which grows on the corpses of his victims.
Remember, it's possible to complete Fia, Goldmask, Dung Eater, and Ranni's quests in one playthrough, then pick who to side with at the end.What do you get for beating Dung Eater? ›
After giving the Dung Eater 5 Seedbed Curses, his quest line will be complete and you will be rewarded the Mending Rune of the Fell Curse.How do you get Melina's ending? ›
There is a bonus cutscene featuring Melina for this ending, but you'll need to find the Flame of Frenzy before Melina sacrifices herself at the Forge of Giants. If you acquire the Flame before then, Melina will leave you. Reach the Forge, cast youself into the fire, then proceed through the rest of the game as normal.