A great way to get an extra healing item early in Elden Ring is to seek the Flask of Wondrous Physick. This flask takes up a slot similar to the flasks of Crimson and Cerulean Tears that recharge your health and FP. Unlike these, the Flask of Wondrous Physick has many different potential effects depending on what you want it to do and the resources available to you.
In this Elden Ring guide, we will tell you exactly where to find the Flask of Wondrous Physick, how it works, and the locations of the Crystal Tears used to upgrade it.
Where to Find the Flask of Wondrous Physick in Elden Ring
The Flask of Wondrous Physick can be found in East Limgrave, at the Third Church of Marika, north of Mistwood. There is a Site of Grace inside the church, right next to where you can pick up this important flask in a stone bowl. The flask is near the statue of Marika, to the left of the Site of Grace facing the bowl where you pick up the Flask of Wondrous Physick.
The best way to find it early in the game is to purchase the item notes on the Flask of Wondrous Physick from the merchant Kalé. He is located at the Church of Elleh, straight north from the First Steps starting area.
Once you’ve obtained the Flask of Wondrous Physick, you will also pick up the Crimson Crystal Tear that refills half your max HP. From here on, when you rest at Sites of Grace, you are given the option to mix Crystal Tears together (a maximum of two at once) indicated by the new menu option “Mix Wondrous Physick.” Part of what makes the Flask of Wondrous Physick so valuable is that it has not just one effect when used, but two effects at the same time.
Now, the only thing left to do to optimize your Wondrous Flask is to search for more Crystal Tears.
Where to Find Crystal Tears for the Flask of Wondrous Physick
It is worth noting that the Flask of Wondrous Physick doesn’t upgrade linearly, like the other Flasks, and it only has one charge. Instead of using Golden Seeds and Sacred Tears, items called Crystal Tears are found throughout the world that let you customize the Flask of Wondrous Physick’s abilities.
By the time you find the Flask of Wondrous Physick, you may not have any Crystal Tears in your inventory or you might have a bunch. Such is the nature of Elden Ring’s open world (though you should grab the one right next to the Flask at the Church of Marika). Each of these Crystal Tears gives a different benefit, and you can mix and match any two to fit your playstyle.
While it doesn’t account for every single one, a majority of the Crystal Tears in Elden Ring can be found near the Minor Erdtrees that populate the world. Some can be found in basins near the bases of these trees but many are guarded by strong boss creatures known as Erdtree Avatars. There are a number of Avatars guarding different Erdtrees throughout Elden Ring’s world and each one drops at least two valuable Crystal Tears.
Crystal Tears List (So Far) & Their Effects
By defeating these tough bosses, you can obtain nearly half of the Crystal Tears that we have confirmed to be in the game thus far. Here are all the ones we’ve found for the Flask of Wondrous Physick, as well as their effects and locations. We’ll update this list as we find more.
- Crimson Crystal Tear: Restores half of total HP; found at Third Church of Marika. See the image in the “Where to Find the Flask of Wondrous Physick” section for location.
- Cerulean Crystal Tear: Restores half of total FP; dropped by Southwest Linuria Erdtree Avatar.
- Ruptured Crystal Tear: Explodes after use; dropped by Southwest Linuria Erdtree Avatar.
- Greenspill Crystal Tear: Boosts max Stamina; found in multiple locations, but we found it in Groveside Caveat and the Minor Erdtree in the Mistwood.
- Greenburst Crystal Tear: Boosts Stamina recovery; dropped by Putrid Erdtree Avatar in Caelid.
- Flame-Shrouding Cracked Tear: Temporarily boosts fire attacksdropped by Putrid Erdtree Avatar in Caelid.
- Crimsonburst Crystal Tear: Restores HP over time; dropped by Weeping Peninsula Avatar.
- Opaline Bubbletear: Negates damage on next hit; dropped by Weeping Peninsula Avatar.
- Opaline Hardtear: Boosts damage negation; dropped by Putrid Avatar in Northeastern Caelid.
- Stonebarb Cracked Tear: Higher chance of breaking enemy stances; dropped by Putrid Avatar.
- Strength-knot Crystal Tear: Boosts Strength; found just east of Stormhill Shack, along the cliffs overlooking the forest. Guarded by a giant.
- Faith-knot Crystal Tear: Boosts Faith; found east/southeast of the Church of Pilgrimage on the cliffs near the coast, in a stone bowl surrounded by three small Poison Flowers. North of the Demi-Human Forest Ruins.
- Dexterity-knot Crystal Tear: Boosts Dexterity; found in Linuria on a rock formation just east of Folly on the Lake Site of Grace.
- Winged Crystal Tear: Reduces equipment load; found on an altar just outside Capital Outskirts.
- Spiked Cracked Tear: Enhances charged attacks; found at the Minor Erdtree in Mistwood.
- Magic-Shrouding Cracked Tear: Enhances Magic attacks; dropped by Northeast Linuria Erdtree Avatar.
- Lightning-Shrouding Cracked Tear: Enhances Lightning attacks; dropped by Northeast Linuria Erdtree Avatar.
- Holy-Shrouding Cracked Tear: Enhances Holy attacks; dropped by Northeast Linuria Erdtree Avatar.
- Fire-Shrouding Cracked Tear: Enhances Fire Attacks; dropped by Northwest Caelid Avatar near Rotview Balcony.
- Twiggy Cracked Tear: Prevents Rune loss on death; found by the Minor Erdtree in Capital Outskirts.
- Crimsonspill Crystal Tear: Boosts max HP; dropped by Wormface at Atlus Plateau.
- Speckled Hardtear: Boosts resistance and heals status effects; dropped by Wormface.
- Leaden Hardtear: Temporarily boosts poise; dropped by Ulcerated Tree Spirit on Mt. Gelmir
- Cerulean Hidden Tear: Eliminates all FP consumption; dropped by Ulcerated Tree Spirit on Mt. Gelmir.
And that’s the Flask of Wondrous Physick explained in Elden Ring. If you’re stumped looking for Erdtree Avatars, you can consult our Erdtree Avatar boss guide. If you’re wondering how to cure Scarlet Rot, head over here. For help with another big recurring boss in Elden Ring, look no further than our Erdtree Burial Watchdog Boss Guide.