Melina is an essential yet enigmatic NPC in Elden Ring, responsible for leveling up your character using Runes. Finding her and understanding her role in various game endings can be a challenge, especially for newcomers. This guide will explain where to find Melina, how to level up in Elden Ring and uncover the secrets surrounding her character.
Melina’s Location and Introduction
Melina is a mysterious NPC who grants you power using the Runes you’ve accumulated from defeating enemies. To find her, you must first visit and rest at three Sites of Grace in the open world. She is likely to appear at either Agheel Lake North or the Gatefront Sites of Grace. After your initial encounter, pay attention when resting at Sites of Grace for additional dialogue options that provide more context to the story.
How to Level Up in Elden Ring with Melina’s Help
When you first meet Melina, she offers you the Spectral Steed Whistle, enabling you to summon Torrent, your Elden Ring mount. From this point on, you can level up whenever you rest at a Site of Grace. Turn your collected Runes into attribute points, gaining a level each time. The number of Runes required for leveling up increases with each subsequent level or attribute upgrade.
Unlocking Access to Roundtable Hold
Melina will grant you access to Roundtable Hold later in the game. She typically appears when resting at the Castleward Tunnel Site of Grace, just before Margit’s boss room, or at a Site of Grace outside of Limgrave or Weeping Peninsula.
Triggering Melina’s Cutscene in the Frenzied Flame Ending
To trigger the Frenzied Flame ending cutscene featuring Melina, you must plan ahead by going through the Frenzied Flame doors beneath Leyndell before reaching the Giant’s Forge in the Mountaintops of the Giants. Defeat Mogh, the Omen, and make your way down to the gruesome-looking doors, which you can enter by removing all your armor. Accept the Frenzied Flame, and you can choose this option at the end of the game, rather than using a Mending Rune.
Saving Melina in Elden Ring
To save Melina, you must take her place as the sacrificial offering to the Erdtree by making her leave you before her story arc concludes. Accept the Frenzied Flame as a gift from the Three Fingers, the chaotic counterpart to the Two Fingers entity, which forces Melina to leave you. Burn down the Erdtree by sacrificing yourself, thus saving Melina but making her your enemy.
Accessing Other Endings After Saving Melina
Completing the steps above locks you out of all other endings except the “Lord of the Frenzied Flame” one. However, you can still access the other endings by purging the Frenzied Flame from your character. To do this, complete Millicent’s side quest, which involves obtaining the “Unalloyed Gold Needle” (dropped from Commander O’Neil), defeating Malenia, and bringing the needle to Scarlet Aeonia to get “Miquella’s Needle.”
Consume “Miquella’s Needle” at the arena of Dragonlord Placidusax, located at the Crumbling Farum Azula. This action reverses the Frenzied Flame effects and unlocks all six game endings, giving you the chance to experience each one.
In conclusion, Melina is a crucial character in Elden Ring, playing a significant role in leveling up your character and various game endings. By following this guide, you can unlock the full potential of your interactions with Melina and gain a deeper understanding of the intriguing world of Elden Ring.