To say there are a lot of items in Elden Ring would be an understatement. There’s an enormous number, with many being quite useful, but others not so much. Preserving Boluses are a part of the former category, especially once you start venturing into Caelid. These boluses will cure you of Scarlet Rot, a status ailment that will steadily damage you over time. Left unchecked, it is an ailment that can kill you quite quickly, especially if you are engaged with another enemy. Preserving Boluses will also remove any Scarlet Rot buildup, even if it hasn’t maxed out yet.
Question is, where do you find Preserving Boluses in Elden Ring? Well, I’ll answer this question, and show you the best places to obtain a good number of these handy items.
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Crafting Preserving Boluses in Elden Ring
Before I get into where you can find Preserving Boluses, I’ll first go over how you craft them. You can only scavenge a limited number of Preserving Boluses, but if you keep an eye out for three fairly common materials over your journey, you can build up a decent stockpile.
Before you can start crafting Preserving Boluses, you’ll need to get your hands on the recipe. This will require a journey to the Siofra River, the elevator to which can be found in the Mistwoods. The Siofra River Well is over on the eastern side of Limgrave, not far from the Minor Erdtree. Head inside and down the elevator, then touch the Site of Grace. You might need that later. From there, head over to the large ruins, keeping to the left side of the area.
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You’ll pass a group of mossy creatures with spears, and shortly reach a kind of waterfall. Head up the steps and up the next elevator, then continue along the path up the hill. Turn left at the top, just under the ruined bridge. Jump onto the rock ledge with Torrent and head to the far edge, overlooking the hill path you just took. There are a couple of Shamans here, with the Armorer’s Cookbook 6 on a corpse. Take it for the Preserving Boluses recipe.
Preserving Boluses recipe
Once you’ve got Armorer’s Cookbook 6, you can focus on the materials necessary to craft Preserving Boluses. You’ll need to keep an eye out for three items:
- Sacramental Bud – This material is the rarest one, but there are a few places that have a good number. You can get 15 near the Church of the Plague in Caelid, 11 around Writheblood Ruins in Altus Plateau, and a bunch in Mt. Gelmir.
- Dewkissed Herba – There are loads of these down in the Siofra River. Keep an eye out while you’re going for the Armorer’s Cookbook, and you’ll get a few. To farm them, start off at the Siofra River Bank Site of Grace and check the eastern bank for a few, then rest and repeat.
- Crystal Cave Moss – You can find Crystal Cave Moss in a few caves, including Stillwater Cave, Sellia Hideaway, Sage’s Cave, and Dragonbarrow Cave. For good farming, go to the Academy Crystal Cave in Liurnia, on the western side of Raya Lucaria Academy. Simply check the entrance of the cave for moss, then rest at a Grace and repeat.
To craft Preserving Boluses, you’ll need 1 Sacramental Bud, 1 Crystal Cave Moss, and 2 Dewkissed Herba. Gather these items as and when you see them, and you’ll never want for Preserving Boluses again.
Where to find Preserving Boluses?
Although crafting is by far the best way to get a good haul of Preserving Boluses, it isn’t that easy to do in the early game. You need to go off the beaten path for the materials, and if you’ve entered Caelid early, you need those boluses sharpish.
Thankfully, there are a few good places that have a stash of Preserving Boluses. In Caelid, you can find five inside the Shack of the Rotting, a location in the north of Caelid. Travel from Limgrave into Caelid via the northern road, pass Summonwater Village, then continue on to the Smoldering Church. You should be able to see the Shack of the Rotting from here, roughly southeast of the Church. This is the best place, bar none, for free Preserving Boluses, so it should be at the top of your list.
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On your way to Armorer’s Cookbook 6, you can find a Preserving Bolus on a corpse in the second elevator. You can also find one in the Sellia Hideaway, nearby the Church of the Plague. This is a location relevant to an NPCs questline, so you should go here anyway. Might as well get the Preserving Bolus while you’re here. There are a couple of other places to get one Preserving Bolus, but they’re far-flung and not worth prioritizing. If you’re going there, you might as well go for the crafting materials instead.
Where to buy Preserving Boluses?
Buying Preserving Boluses isn’t the greatest way to increase your supply, but it’s something. You can find a Nomadic Merchant in Caelid, up by the Highway North Site of Grace. They’ll cost you 2,500 Runes, so it isn’t cheap in the early game. On the other hand, Preserving Boluses are tough to get readily in the early game, so it does even out.
As you can see, crafting Preserving Boluses is your best bet. It’s the cheapest way to get a large quantity of them, and it isn’t that time intensive. Caelid has a bunch of enemies that can deal Scarlet Rot buildup, so it is definitely worth getting a few of them just in case, even if you don’t put time into farming them. Where they are more useful is much later in the game, during a now infamous boss fight.
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Malenia, a name you will doubtless hear a lot, deals some pretty nasty Scarlet Rot buildup with certain attacks. Having a few quick-to-use Preservering Boluses can keep death at bay during this fight, even if only for a couple more seconds. If you’re struggling with her, I’d suggest farming a few of these to offset the Scarlet Rot.