To operate the Elden Ring Grand Lift of Dectus and reach Atlus Plateau you’ll need to find two Medallion halves in Fort Haight and Fort Faroth. Once you have both you’ll be able to combine the two to operate the Grand Lift of Dectus itself and reach the Altus Plateau in Elden Ring.
Well, you don’t need both medallion halves to use the lift to reach Altus Plateau technically. There is another route but it’s basically a secret that’s almost impossible to find unless you look it up, and it’s not an easy journey either. So the Dectus Medallion locations and the Grand Lift of Dectus are a better option overall.
To help you find the Medallions and get the Dectus lift working we’ve got all the information here on where to go, and what all three stages of getting the lift working involve. We’ll also cover that more dangerous option if you want to risk it and show you how to get to the Altus Plateau without using the Grand Lift of Dectus, just so you can make your own decisions.
Grand Lift of Dectus medallion locations in Elden Ring
To get the Grand Lift of Dectus at the Northernmost point of Liurnia working, players will need two halves of the Dectus Medallion. Finding them isn’t particularly obvious because there’s almost information to help you, the game just sort of hopes you’ll stumble on at least on in the early hours. However, one you know what’s going on and what you need it’s actually east to find it all.
The left half of the Dectus Medallion is in Fort Haight, in the Southeast side of Limgrave, on the coast beneath the Mistwood. It’s a small building barely worthy of the term “fort”, with a few enemies and a few rooms before finding a chest with the Medallion half in.
The right half of the Dectus Medallion is a little further in Fort Faroth, a slightly nastier fortress on the Caelid/Dragonbarrow border, East of Sellia and South of the Minor Erdtree. It’s not any bigger than Fort Haight, but the enemies are nastier, bat-like harpies that inflict poison. You can fight them, but it might be wiser just to sprint through to the ladder – then just climb up that to the chest and get the right half of the Dectus Medallion.
Once you have them both, head back to the Grand Lift of Dectus and simply walk onto it in front of the statues. You’ll get a prompt to “Hoist Medallion”, and a cinematic will start where your character lifts both halves together and activates the lift. You can do this at any time from top or below, taking you between the Plateau and Liurnia!
How to get to the Altus Plateau without the Grand Lift of Dectus
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If you would rather find an alternative way up, players should descend down to the Liurnia water level and head up the Ravine just North of the lift itself, heading for the cave entrance at the far end marked on the map above. This is the Ravine-Veiled Village, a fairly large mine tunnel dungeon that rises up the side of the Plateau.
Be warned – though there’s a lot of treasures to be found here, it’s also a fairly rough climb, with two bosses – a monster called Magma Wyrm Makar that players have to beat to get out the other end (a fight where ranged attacks will help you a lot, incidentally), and an incredibly hard dragon called Lansseux waiting when you get out of the dungeon. Fortunately you don’t have to fight Lansseux and can horse ride past him (which we recommend), but it’s still a challenge nonetheless.
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