How to Use Great Runes in Elden Ring [Restore, Equip, Activate]

Dejan Cvetnarevic
Dejan Cvetnarevic

Updated · Dec 05, 2022

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If you got your hands on a Great Rune in the Lands Between, you have to opportunity to 

significantly improve your gameplay – but only if you know how to make the most of it.

Here’s how to use Great Runes in Elden Ring, what they are, and how you can find them.

What Are Great Runes and Where Can You Find Them?

In Elden Ring, Great Runes are items dropped by shardbearer bosses – alongside Remembrances– upon their death.

Each Great Rune comes with a different set of buffs and abilities, but only after you activate it. 

You'll also need a Rune Arc, which is a consumable item, to activate the effects of your Great Rune, but keep in mind that the effect lasts a single life, meaning if you die, you'll need to consume another Rune Arc to activate the effects again, and you cannot have more than one Great Rune equipped at a time.

Since FromSoftware, the developer of Elden Ring, has a reputation for making players work for their in-game success, it’s only reasonable that you can’t get a Great Rune from any boss– you’ll need to kill a specific shardbearer boss to obtain the item.

Elden Ring Great Rune Effects and Locations

Here’s where to find Great Runes in Elden Ring, what abilities and buffs they offer, and where to restore them (more on that below):

Great Rune Boss Location Effects Where to restore it
Godrick’s Great Rune Godrick the Grafted Limgrave, Stormveil Castle Raises all Attributes by 5 Divine Tower of Limgrave
Radhan’s Great Rune Starscourage Radahm Caelid, Redmane Castle Raises maximum FP, HP, and Stamina by 15% Divine Tower of Caelid
Great Rune of the Unborn Rennala, Queen of the Full Moon Liurnia, at the Raya Lucaria Academ The ability to respec N/A
Morgott’s Great Rune Morgott the Omen King Altus Plateau, Leyndell, Royal Capital Raises maximum HP by 25% Divine Tower of East Altus
Mogh’s Great Rune Mogh, Lord of Blood Moghwyn Palace, Moghwyn Dynasty Mausoleum Grants "Blessing of Blood" to summoned phantoms ** Divine Tower of East Altus
Rykard’s Great Rune Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy Mt. Gelmir, Beneath Volcano Manor Restore 185 HP per enemy defeated Divine Tower of West Altus
Malenia’s Great Rune Malenia, Blade of Miquella Miquella's Haligtree, Haligtree Roots Reduces the healing power of Flask of Crimson Tears by 25%, but attacks dealt after taking damage will partially recover HP Isolated Divine Tower

**When Mogh's Great Rune is triggered, any Ashen Spirit Summon that kills an enemy in your character’s vicinity grants you restored health, essentially transferring all of their lifesteal to your character. The rune also boosts the summons’ damage when they trigger the Bleed status and gives invaders (other players) a special consumable called the Phantom Great Rune that grants all NPCs near the invader the Blessing of Blood.

How to Use Great Runes

Elden Ring players can use Great Runes after they restore them, equip them, and consume a Rune Arc to get their effects.

Step 1: Activate a Great Rune in Elden Ring

The first thing you should take after picking up a Great Rune in Elden Ring is to activate it. This can only be done in a Divine Tower, specifically, the Tower in the same region where you obtained it. 

an elden ring character restoring the Great Rune of Godrick

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For example, to restore Godrick’s Great Rune, you’ll need to go to the Divine Tower of Limgrave, in Limgrave. Going to this tower won’t restore the power of any other rune than this one.

The path to the Divine Towers of the bosses is not always an easy one. Getting into some Towers in Elden Ring requires finding items, killing strong enemies, and sometimes, solving puzzles.

Step 2: Equip a Great Rune in Elden Ring

Once the Great Rune is restored, Elden Ring players need to equip their Great Rune, which is done at a Site of Grace. 

elden ring site of grace menu with the great runes option highlighted

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Sites of Grace in Elden Ring are checkpoints where your character can rest to restore their HP and FP, refill Sacred Flasks, alter garments, and even pause the game. The Great Runes option in the menu will only appear after you activate the Great Rune.

Step 3: Get a Rune Arc

To use Great Runes in Elden Ring and their passive bonus effects, you’ll need to consume a Rune Arc.

a rune arc in the elden ring inventory menu with the use option highlighted

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You should be able to find these items in more structured areas after Godrick but others are scattered around in the Lands Between and we encourage you to use Torrent for your exploration.

The Twin Maiden Husks at Roundtable Hold sells them, as well as the merchant between the Grand Lift of Dectus and the Raya Lucaria Academy. However, buying a Rune of Arc might not be the most cost-effective way to get one- one Rune Arc consumable costs 4.000 Runes.

A surefire way to get a Rune Arc is to help other players defeat bosses or farm Giant Rats in Earthbore Cave and Castle Morne or other underground locations, since they have a slight Rune Arc drop chance.

After you consume the Rune Arc and power up the Great Rune, its effect will last as long as you live. If you get killed, you’ll need to use another Rune Arc to activate the Great Rune again.

Bottom Line

Great Runes in Elden Ring are unique items dropped by bosses in the game that give your character great buffs and/or abilities. The tricky part is, Great Runes need to be activated and equipped properly, and you’ll need a Rune of Arc to get their passive effects– otherwise, you’ll just get a short bump in your character’s HP. Also, keep in mind that you can only use one Great Rune at a time, so it’s important to understand what they do and switch between them for different areas and encounters.

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Dejan Cvetnarevic

Dejan Cvetnarevic

Dejan is a techie at heart who always dreamed of turning his fascination with gaming into a career. He finds working for TechJury a perfect opportunity to express his views of all kinds of different software. Being an avid reader, particularly of fantasy and sci-fi, Dejan pursued a degree in English Language and Literature. When not at his computer, he’s watching sports or playing tabletop games.

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