As the name suggests, the Lake of Rot is a lake filled with pure Scarlet Rot.
Although the swamp does not slow your character down like other areas in the game, the Scarlet Rot accumulation is lethal if you don’t have the right tools to fight it.
In this guide, we’ve put together everything you need to know on how to cross the Lake of Rot and complete the area by collecting all the items.
Elden Ring Lake of Rot – Preparations
When you first arrive at the Lake of Rot, you’ll see that most of the region is a dense swamp, and stepping into it for too long will cause you to catch Scarlet Rot.
Fortunately, the video game developed by FromSoftware offers several ways to cross the Lake of Rot.
The best way to cross the Rot of Lake is to use the Flame, Cleanse Me Incantation to remove the status effect immediately in combination with a Talisman called Immunizing Horn Charm +1 that will help alleviate its build-up.
You can find Flame, Cleanse Me Incantation on one of the corpses at the Fire Monk camp, southeast of the Church of Vows (check image below).
To use the incantation, you will need a Sacred Seal and 12 points of Faith. You can buy the Finger Seal from Twin Maiden Husks at the Roundtable Hold for 800 Runes.
If you don’t have 12 points of Faith, you can rebirth to put some points into Faith or use Godrick’s Great Rune to raise all attributes by +5.
To obtain the Immunizing Horn Charm +1, you are looking for an Ancestral Follower wandering around the lake.
Head southeast from the site of grace and kill the Ancestral Follower to obtain the Immunizing Horn Charm +1.
Also, you can loot a corpse near the water’s edge, slightly after the Site of Grace, that holds the Map: Lake of Rot, making navigation around the lake easier.
Elden Ring Lake of Rot – How To Cross
Looking out into the lake, you can notice pillars standing on their islands in the distance.
These tiny islands feature pressure plates that elevate landmasses in the lake, providing safe places to stand on while exploring the Lake of Rot.
The closest pillar to you right now on the starting island should be to your southwest, and the next one should be to your south of the first.
Near the lake’s center, ignore the boss for the time being and look for the last two pillars to elevate all landmasses in the lake, making item gathering and boss fighting easier and safer.
One of the landmasses raises the pressure plate with you to a higher level.
Since you’re here, fight the Alabaster Lord to obtain his weapon, the Alabaster Lord’s Sword, and grab the Somber Smithing Stone  sitting on a corpse near the end of the top ruins.
On the east side of the pillar, a slope leads to a ladder that can help you climb down or get you back up in case you die or fall off.
We can now deal with the Lake of Rot’s Boss now that we have all of the landmasses uplifted.
The Dragonkin Soldier is in the lake’s center, near three raised small islands.
Make sure you don’t get knocked down in the water.
After you defeat him, you will receive 58000 Runes and the Dragonscale Blade.
Where To Find All Items In Elden Ring Lake of Rot
From here, you can choose to loot all the bodies scattered over the Lake of Rot in order to collect all the items and fully complete the area.
To make it easier for you, we prepared a map with the locations of all the essential items that you can collect (check the image below).
Listed below are all items locations in Lake of Rot, and we have provided a general description of their locations.
|1||Immunizing Horn Charm +1||Dropped by an Ancestral Follower in the middle of the lake.|
|2||Somber Smithing Stone ||On a corpse lying on a tiny ridge against the lake’s edge.|
|3||Somber Smithing Stone ||On a corpse on the inside wall.|
|4||2 x Rot Grease||On a corpse near the button/pressure plate.|
|5||Somber Smithing Stone ||On a corpse lying on a tiny ridge (safe to stand on).|
|6||10 x Black-Key Bolt||On a corpse drowned in the lake.|
|7||Golden Rune ||On a corpse on the ruins.|
|8||Dragonscale Blade||Received upon defeating the Dragonkin Soldier.|
|9||Mushroom Crown||On top of the square building, use the ruins outside to climb to the top.|
|10||Somber Smithing Stone ||On a corpse hanging over a fallen pillar in the lake.|
|11||Somber Smithing Stone ||Dropped by a Scarab in the south of the lake, near the slope.|
|12||Nomadic Warrior’s Cookbook ||Inside a treasure chest inside the small stone building.|
|13||Alabaster Lord’s Sword||Dropped by the Alabaster Lord on top of the walkway.|
|14||Somber Smithing Stone ||On a corpse, to the northeast, on top of raised ruins.|
After you’ve completed this area, proceed to the southern section, where you’ll discover a waterfall.
Climb down the stairs to get to the Grand Cloister and discover the Grand Cloister Site of Grace.