Larval Tears are one of many different consumable key items in Elden Ring, and while they’re slightly more plentiful than most other key items, they’re nonetheless valuable commodities worth collecting and using wisely. You only get so many of them in a playthrough, and there’s no way to farm them or have them dropped for you by other players. If you want more, here’s where to find all of them.
How to Get Larval Tears in Elden Ring
There are 18 Larval Tears available in a single playthrough, with “playthrough” being defined as a single New Game cycle. If you collect all of them — or waste them on respec — before you beat the final boss, roll credits, and choose to embark on a new journey, you won’t be able to pick up any more. Worse, they’re scattered across the entire world. The majority of them are accessible primarily by going through Ranni’s questline.
The Precise Locations for All Elden Ring Larval Tears
Use the links below to jump to specific locations:
- Liurnia of the Lakes
- The Resurrection Painting
- Mt. Gelmir
- Atlas Plateau
- Consecrated Snowfield
- Siofra River
Limgrave Larval Tear
There’s only one Larval Tear in Limgrave, located southeast of Agheel Lake. Head east of the Seaside Ruins or Agheel Lake South Site of Grace and cross the road. Up on a ledge overlooking the road is a single wandering noble staring blankly into the distance. Kill it to reveal its true form: a minor runebear that drops your quarry after you kill it.
Caelid Larval Tear
As with Limgrave, there’s only one collectible to nab in Caelid as well. It’s precise location is in the far southeast of that hellhole. Use the Cathedral of Dragon Communion as a starting point, and head west until you reach a group of open caskets near the cliffside. At the far end of the grouping, nearest the edge, is another noble with a hat, crouching and still. Killing this noble transforms it into a troll wielding a flaming sword. Kill it, and pick up the reward.
Liurnia of the Lakes Larval Tears
There are four Larval Tears in Liurnia, two in the south and two in the north.
Village of the Albinaurics Larval Tear
From the Lake Facing Cliff Site of Grace, head down into the water and west until you go beneath the mountain above. Keep left and head up the slope until you reach a village. At the top of the slope, turn 180 degrees and head east, past the well with the spirit. There will be more open caskets and a treasure corpse among them. The item you’re after is on the body nearby.
South of Raya Lucaria Academy
If you head directly north from the Village of the Albinaurics, you’ll reach the Rose Church. East of the Church is a small ruin with the Fallen Ruins of the Lake Site of Grace and a giant crayfish patrolling nearby. You’ll need to kill the crayfish to spawn an even worse enemy: a Grafted Scion. Kill that monstrosity for this one.
Pidia’s at Caria Manor
For this respec item, go to Caria Manor in the far north of Liurnia. Make your way through, beat Loretta, and enter Three Sisters. Pick up the Ranni’s Rise Site of Grace in the far west, then head southeast until you come to a cliff overlooking the manor.
You can drop down onto a castle rooftop, then onto platforms on the building’s side, and finally through a hole in the roof of another building below. Provided you haven’t progressed Ranni’s questline too far, you can purchase a Larval Tear from Pidia, the merchant, for 3,000 Runes. If his puppets have turned on him, you’ll need to return Pidia’s Bell Bearing to the Twin Maiden Husks at the Roundtable Hold.
The Resurrection Painting Larval Tear
To spawn this collectible, you must have seen the Resurrection painting at the Artists Shack in the eastern portion of Liurnia, near the Carian Study Hall. Provided you’ve interacted with the painting at the shack, you can head northeast from Ranni’s Rise and around the north wall of the manor into a graveyard. You’ll find a spirit sitting in a chair near the southern cliffside. It will disappear when you get close, leaving the item behind.
Mt. Gelmir Larval Tear
You’ll only find one of these key items in Mt. Gelmir, along the northern path leading to Volcano Manor. You should come across a patch of crucifixes and burnt bodies on your way, nearest the Road of Inequity Site of Grace. There is a single exploding corpse enemy amongst the dead. Let it explode (preferably not near you), and pick up the Larval Tear from where it stood.
Altus Plateau Larval Tear
There’s only one of these to get on the Altus Plateau, and the easiest way to find it is to take the road from the Grand Lift of Dectus northeast, then follow it as it passes to the south of the forest. Hang left past the Rampartside Path Site of Grace and head north until you come across a small ruin. Inside is another wandering noble cowering in the corner. Kill it to spawn a lion guardian. If you can best the beast with bladed paw, the reward is yours.
Consecrated Snowfield Larval Tear
The last above-ground Larval Tear is in the blizzarding Consecrated Snowfield, meaning you need to have access to the Grand Lift of Rold (having defeated Morgott) and both Haligtree Secret Medallions. Once you make it to the Snowfield, head very slightly northeast.
If you come to a frozen river, run along it until you can find the Inner Consecrated Snowfield Site of Grace. You’ll use that as your baseline. From the Grace, turn southeast until you can see several nobles standing around, with one of them buried up to its waist in snow. The snowbound noble holds what you seek but turns into a full-grown runebear when killed, so be ready for a fight.
Siofra River Larval Tear
The final Larval Tears in Elden Ring are underground, with the first being near the middle of the Siofra River zone. Start by heading to the center of the swamp and look for a bridge support column surrounded by scaffolding. Climb up and make your way around the column until you can see a hole in the wall that leads to a dropdown. The room below hides an Abandoned Merchant. You can buy the commodity from the merchant for 3,000 Runes.
Nokron Larval Tears
There are five Larval Tears in Nokron, which you can only access by defeating Starscourge Radahn, then making your way underground via the large hole that opens in Limgrave. Luckily, all four are very easy to come by.
First Nokron Larval Tear Location
Soon after you enter the city proper, you’ll come to a clearing. The building on the right side of the clearing has two small enemies guarding a bit of treasure. Either run past them and pick it up or kill them and do the same to get this Larval Tear.
On the east side of the first clearing in Nokron is a path between two buildings. Take it until you reach another open area with a boss fog in the distance. Look to your right as you descend the stairs, and you’ll see the treasure gleaming beneath a gazebo. Beware: slimes will fall atop you if you stop to pick it up, so do a run-by for safest access.
Third and Fourth Locations
The boss of this area is a Mimic Tear that becomes a perfect copy of your currently equipped character. You can either fight this replica straight up or cheese it by unequipping all your gear before the fight, letting the copy manifest completely naked, then putting everything back on. Either way, victory yields two of these Larval Tears.
Fifth Nokron Location
The final one in Nokron is inside the giant Mimic sphere near the level’s end. I recommend running past it, grabbing the Night’s Sacred Ground Site of Grace, then doubling back to destroy the sphere. It will leave the Tear behind, and you can pick it up with or without dealing with the Nox swordswomen.
Nokstella Larval Tears
The final three Larval Tears are in Nokstella, accessible only near the end of Ranni’s questline. Sadly, all of them are inside of a Mimic sphere.
First Nokstella Location
Take the stairs up from the Nokstella, Eternal City Site of Grace, past the slimes, then to the left and up more stairs. You should see a bridge leading into the distance and a Mimic sphere on another staircase at the other end of the bridge. The sphere will start rolling toward you well before you can cross the bridge. Kill it for a Larval Tear.
Second Nokstella Location
You’ll find the second treasure in this area quite close to the first. There’s a large open door to the right of the bridge, but don’t go inside. Instead, stop at the threshold and look up. You should see a Mimic sphere there, waiting to spring a trap. Kill it however you like.
Third Nokstella Location
The final Larval Tear in Elden Ring isn’t far from the last two in Nokstella. Take the stairs once guarded by a Mimic sphere and go through the door at the top. You’ll first see slimes drop from the ceiling, but go a little farther, and you’ll also see the Mimic sphere there. The sphere won’t come down until all the slimes are dead, but you can still damage it while it hides above you. Kill it however you like and claim your prize.
Those are all of the Larval Tears available in Elden Ring. There’s no other legitimate in-game way to get any more without going into higher New Game cycles. Thankfully, being able to respec 18 times is a healthy amount, and as long as you know generally what kind of build you want to create, you won’t need half that many. For more, including our guides on the best Strength weapons and every major Poise breakpoint, check out our Elden Ring guides hub.