If you’ve been exploring Liurnia of the Lakes, you’ve probably stumbled across the Four Belfries on the area’s western side. From a distance, they look like another one of Elden Ring’s awe-inspiring aesthetic structures, towering over the landscape almost as much as the cliff they stand on. Upon closer inspection, you’ll find that they aren’t just an aesthetic showpiece, but house a series of waygates to unknown locations.
These waygates don’t start off unlocked, however. You’ll notice the familiar Imp Statue standing next to each waygate, with a slot that looks perfect for a Stonesword Key. But, these imps are different, and they want something a bit more exotic – the Imbued Sword Key. To find these three rare keys, and unlock the waygates of the Four Belfries, you’ll need to do some exploring. If you want a helping hand, let me guide you to each Imbued Sword Key in Elden Ring.
Where to find the first Imbued Sword Key
The first Imbued Sword Key in Elden Ring is easy to find. So easy, in fact, that you won’t even have to leave the Four Belfries to find the first key of your quest. Climb up to the top of the hill where the fourth and final Belfry stands. Instead of a waygate, it has a chest at its base, which houses the first Imbued Sword Key.
Although you could use it to immediately unlock one waygate, it’s a one-time use item. What lies behind each waygate is important, so you might want to find out what is behind a particular waygate first, before you spend one of your precious keys. I’ll be covering what each waygate holds at the end, so feel free to skip ahead if you want to unlock each waygate one by one.
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Where to find the second Imbued Sword Key
The first Imbued Sword Key was a freebie, but the other two will require a bit of effort to obtain. For the second Imbued Sword Key, you’ll need to make your way over to Raya Lucaria Academy and unlock it. You can check out this guide on how to find the Glintstone Key if you haven’t unlocked the gates already.
Once inside, progress through the Academy until you reach the Debate Parlor Site of Grace. From this Grace, head forward into the courtyard, turn left, and run up the pile of debris. Continue forward and up the stairs, then turn left and hop over the railings. There are a few sorcerers on this route, so you should either kill them quickly or run even quicker.
Once over the railing, you can turn around and head down a flight of steps to unlock a shortcut, but this isn’t necessary for the Imbued Sword Key. Either way, continue up the steps, turn left, and hop over the railings and onto the roof. Follow this roof along and kill the two marionettes near a ladder, then climb up it. You’ll be met with a long rampart with three flying marionettes and one sorcerer. Pick them off one by one, then head to the end of the rampart, just in front of a tower. Turn right at the tower, then jump down onto another roof.
Left will lead to more rooftops and a couple of extra items, but if you just want the Imbued Sword Key, simply drop down to the next few rooftops immediately until you reach a narrow rooftop. There are two marionettes on this rooftop, but you can ignore them and just drop onto the next roof behind you. A corpse with the Imbued Sword Key is in the tower ahead.
Where to find the third Imbued Sword Key
The third and final Imbued Sword Key is in Caelid, tucked away in Sellia, Town of Sorcery. This town has several magic seals placed on it, locking a total of three locations until you solve the puzzle. All you need to do is light three braziers, with each one unlocking a different seal. Lighting all three will unlock the main path, allowing you to travel up the hill. The seal holding the Imbued Sword Key is found on the eastern side of town, behind a row of buildings. Once the seal is broken, head there and open the chest for the final Imbued Sword Key.
Unlocking the waygates at the Four Belfries
Once you have at least one Imbued Sword Key, you can start unlocking the waygates at the Four Belfries. If you have all three, you can unlock them as you please, but you might want to be more discerning if you only have one. Starting from the bottom of the hill, here’s what you can expect to find behind each waygate.
The waygate at the bottom of the hill will lead you to Crumbling Farum Azula. Aside from the wonderful view of this location, you won’t get a whole lot here. If you slowly navigate the rubble downwards, you can pick up the Pearldrake Talisman, which will reduce the amount of elemental damage you receive.
The second waygate at the base of the Belfry on the left leads to Nokron, the Eternal City. You’ll get another fantastic view, and you’ll have a little more to do this time. Down on the ruined bridge is a Lesser Crucible Knight and the Mottled Necklace. This equipment will raise your Immunity, Robustness, and Focus by 40. The Lesser Crucible Knight is a tough fight, but given how many of these Knights can be found in Elden Ring, it’s worth getting good at fighting them. You’ll get a good chunk of Runes, too.
The third and final waygate is at the base of the Belfry on the right. This waygate leads to the Church of Anticipation, which is a quest location for a couple of NPC storylines. You’ll need to come here for Nepheli, possibly for Varre to collect Maiden Blood, and you can challenge the first boss of the game once more, the Grafted Scion. You can also find a few items in the area, and marvel at the characteristically stunning views found in every FromSoft game.