The Elden Ring Nepheli Loux quest isn’t the most difficult in the game, but it does include a few steps that could cause issues, particularly after the 1.03 patch. The patch significantly alters the questline’s outcome and adds to Nepheli’s backstory. This mission requires you to gather a set of ashes for this NPC, but as you can think, this is a difficult task. You’ll want to finish this task since it awards you with an Ancient Dragon Smithing Stone, which allows you to level up your weapons in Elden Ring to +25.
We’ve got all you need to know about complete Nepheli’s quest here, from where to find her to where the ashes are, and everything in between. Keep in mind that this quest requires you to defeat the Margott boss in the Capital of Atlus Plateau, so reserve it for later when you’re more powerful.
Find Nepheli in Stormveil Castle
The first step in Nepheli Loux quest is to track down Nephew at Stormveil Castle. Begin by heading east from the Liftside Chamber Site of Grace, up the steps past the enemies, and into a little room off to the right. It’s past the big wooden barricades with spiky wooden barriers. She’ll be in front of a bunch of barrels. Speak with her and use up all of her dialogue.
Talk to Nepheli in the Roundtable Hold after defeating Godrick the Grafted
After fighting Godrick the Grafted, Warp to the Roundtable Hold and speak with Gideon in the main room the next time. He’s the masked man on the right side with the hunched back. You may have previously spoken with him, so don’t be alarmed if he isn’t present.
After that, rest at the Roundtable Site of Grace and take the left path immediately before the Twin Maiden Husks, you’ll recognize it if you’ve been to any of the Elden Ring Bell Bearing bulking locations. Nepheli is standing close to a table with a candlelit on it. Speak with her and she’ll give you the Arsenal Charm.
Meet Nepheli in the Village of Albinaurics
Warp to the Village of Albinaurics from the Roundtable Hold. This region is located on the south side of Liurnia, southwest of Manus Celes Cathedral. Be cautious because this is a frightening region with many cliffs. Head east from the Village of Albinaurics Site of Grace to the location marked on the map, where you’ll find Nepheli sitting against a stone wall. Talk with her. If she doesn’t show up, try sleeping until nighttime.
Defeat the Omenkiller boss
Take a left across a wide bridge after ascending the large hill next to the Village of Albinaurics Site of Grace. At the Omenkiller boss encounter, this area will come to a halt. To advance, you must defeat this enemy.
If you become stranded, you can ride your horse to a nearby cliff to chase the boss. You’ll obtain the Crucible Knot Talisman once you defeat the boss. The boss can be found east of the Village of Albinaurics Site of Grace, beneath this site.
Speak with Nepheli in the Roundtable Hold again
Return to Roundtable Hold, then turn right past the blacksmith and down the stairs to locate Nepheli leaning against a wall. If you talk to her, she won’t have anything to say. It’s worth noting that if you have the potion from Seluvis’ questline, you shouldn’t offer it to Nepheli at this time because it would finish the quest.
Speak with Gideon in the library
Rest at a Site of Grace and talk to Gideon in the library, off to the left. He will be seated at a table. Speak with him and select “Nepheli’s sorrow” from the drop-down menu. If the library is closed, speak with Enia, the Finger Reader, in the back room.
Speak with Nepheli in the Roundtable Hold lower level
Return to Nepheli and select the “heard from Gideon” option while speaking with her. Then use up all of her dialogue.
Retrieve the Stormhawk King
On the west side of Liurnia, head to the Four Belfries area. A chest holding a Swordstone Key can be found in the tower directly next to the Site of Grace.
Grab it, then head down the hill to the easternmost Tower and use the Swordstone Key to open the gateway. This portal will transport you to a little island off the coast of Limgrave.
Then proceed south towards the building by following the way ahead, defeating the boss. After crossing the bridge, follow the left-hand steps to the Chapel of Anticipation’s entrance. However, do not enter the building through the front entrance. Take a right instead, and you’ll see a path leading up to a second story outside. On the right, opposite another entrance to the building, you’ll find The Stormhawk King.
Give the Stormhawk King to Nepheli
Return to Roundtable and give The Stormhawk King to Nepheli. If you can’t give her the item, check to see if you have the option to improve Ashes by getting far enough in Roderika’s questline.
Defeat the Morgott, the Omen King boss
After that, beat Morgott in Atlus Plateau’s Capital. Make no mistake: this is a difficult boss fight. Even though it appears similar to Margit, the attacks have been greatly improved.
You should be able to take him down if you have the Mimic Ashes, the Starscourge Greatsword, and plenty of vitality to keep you alive. If not, make sure you level up and obtain powerful equipment to assist you to defeat this boss, as he’s a major stumbling block. Some enemies are meant to test you, but this one will make sure you can’t go any further until you’re ready.
Meet Nepheli at the Stormveil Castle throne room
Finally, the last thing you need to do in Nepheli Loux quest is to go to Stormveil Castle’s Godrick the Grafted Site of Grace, and head north to the enormous circular room. Nepheli should be sitting beside a throne here. If you speak with her, she will give you the Ancient Dragon Smithing Stone.
You must also have completed Kenneth’s questline and Maliketh the Black Blade must still be alive in order for Nepheli to spawn. To get Nepheli to spawn, players have reported needing to rest at the adjacent Site of Grace many times.
That’s is how you complete the Nepheli Loux quest in Elden Ring. For more Elden Ring guides keep following Retrology.