Fairly early on in Elden Ring, you’ll come across a section of the Stranded Graveyard that’s shrouded in mist. You can’t mist it (pun intended) as this is the starting area of the game. Anyway, right in front of that is an Imp Statue, and beyond is a brutal challenge for newcomers. Here’s our Elden Ring guide to help you complete Fringefolk Hero’s Grave, the Imp Statue dungeon in the Stranded Graveyard.
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Elden Ring Fringefolk Hero’s Grave guide – Stranded Graveyard Imp Statue dungeon
To unlock the Fringefolk Hero’s Grave in Elden Ring, you’ll need a Stoneshard Key. This rare item can be found while exploring all over the landscape, but you should have one if you chose it as your Keepsake during character creation. However, I wouldn’t advise tackling this if you’re new to the game or the Souls-like genre in general. Still, if you’re up for it or if you’re leveled up further, then you can use the Stoneshard Key to open the Imp Statue Dungeon.
The first section is a chamber with putrid liquid. This will cause your poison meter to gradually build up. Once it’s full, your character will get poisoned and you’ll need to cure yourself with an item or a spell. Still, you could just sprint and get to the opposite side, then wait a few seconds for the poison meter to dissipate.
The next area is where things start to get interesting. There’s a deadly contraption here, a rolling trap that moves along the narrow corridors. You can avoid this by watching its movement, sprinting ahead, and reaching a small nook. Beware, though, because some Exile specters are also hiding in these spots.
Note: The moving trap deals extremely high damage. I did this when my character had 1,500 HP and I still lost 80% of my HP bar.
If you get past that section, you might think that you’re safe. However, the machine will continue to follow you to the next hallway.
This will be tougher since there’s a bridge, too. Sprint forward as fast as possible and try to get to the nook in time.
You should then see a fork in the passageway. If you head upward, still followed by the trap, you can fight a Knight specter that drops the Dragon Communion Seal. This is a weapon that boosts the effects of Incantations that you acquire from the Church of Dragon Communion.
- Requirements – Fai 12
- Scaling – Fai D and Arc C
Next, head down below and try to avoid getting hit by the trap. At the end of the loop, you should see the entrance to the boss arena. The boss in Fringefolk Hero’s Grave in Elden Ring is none other than an Ulcerated Tree Spirit. Yes, this is the same type of boss that you’ll fight in Stormveil Castle’s Liftside Chamber door secret, as well as the Minor Erdtree in Mount Gelmir.
Watch out for its bite and smash attacks, and roll away when it does its AoE explosion. After killing it, you’ll receive a Golden Seed (used for HP/MP flask charges) and Banished Knight Oleg (an Ash Spirit Summon).
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