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Where are the Church and Cathedral of Dragon Communion in Elden Ring?

Learn new draconic incantations at the Church and Cathedral of Dragon Communion

Looking for the Church and Cathedral of Dragon Communion in Elden Ring? In our best faith build in Elden Ring, we cover a range of draconic incantations that you can buy with Dragon Hearts. To purchase these spells, you must travel to either the Church or Cathedral of Dragon Communion, two ruined structures that house draconic altars.

In this guide, we will explain where to find both the Church and Cathedral of Dragon Communion in Elden Ring, so that you can learn draconic incantations and unleash fiery fury on your enemies.

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How to get to the Church of Dragon Communion in Elden Ring

The Church of Dragon Communion is located in Limgrave, the first open area you emerge into after completing Elden Ring's tutorial section. Getting there is relatively straightforward, although to describe it as "easy" would be pushing it slightly.

If you head left away from the starting area you'll find yourself atop some cliffs overlooking the sea. In the distance ahead, you'll spy an island a little way off shore. That island is where the Church of Dragon Communion is located.

Elden Ring Church of Dragon Communion map location

The beach is a long way down and, like most things, the fall will kill you, so you're going to have to make the trek the long way: following the path north-west in the complete opposite direction from your eventual destination, until you find a more gentle gradient you can scramble down to get to the sandy coast.

If you haven't done so already, be sure to drop by the Church of Elleh on the way and part with 200 Runes in exchange for a torch from merchant Kalé's stock. Leave the church and continue north-west until you can make your way down to the beach, then start following the coast back south in the direction of the island. You might be tempted to see if you can swim it at this point — it looks pretty close to the mainland, you might reason. You could probably walk that at low tide. Guess what happens if you try? That's right: death.

The actual way to gain access to the island is to enter the cave that's just helpfully popped up on the map. The opening can be a little tricky to find, but poke around the cliffs directly opposite the nearest tip of the island and you should be able to find your way in.

An Elden Ring character approaches the somewhat hard-to-spot entrance to the Coastal Cave.

This is the Coastal Cave, one of the earliest cave-type dungeons you can find in Elden Ring. This is why you needed that torch so badly. Make your way through the Coastal Cave and defeat a pair of Demi-Human Chiefs and their numerous minions to clear the path to your destination. Follow the tunnel at the far end of the dungeon's boss arena and you'll emerge onto a surprisingly picturesque island which is home to the Church of Dragon Communion. The ruined church is the only structure on the island and so not hard to spot, but the place as a whole is a nice little area to walk around while enjoying the fact that, for once, nothing's trying to kill you.

Elden Ring player holding a torch as they leave Coastal Cave, Great Erdtree towers in the horizon

The island spawns a number of flora and fungi that are useful as crafting ingredients, so by all means take a few minutes to catch your breath and pick some Erdleaf Flowers and Tarnished Golden Sunflowers, and gather up as many Mushrooms, Rowa Fruits, and Herbas as you can fit in your pockets. Once you're ready to enter the Church proper you'll find an altar where you can offer Dragon Hearts in exchange for the draconic incantations Dragonfire, Dragonclaw, and Dragonmaw.

Elden Ring Cathedral of Dragon Communion map location

How to get to the Cathedral of Dragon Communion in Elden Ring

To find more draconic incantations, you must travel to the rotten lands of Caelid. As you venture along the southern coast to find Redmane Castle, where you will encounter Starscourge Radahn, you can proceed South past the Caelid Highway South Site of Grace. There, you will discover the Cathedral of Dragon Communion.

Unfortunately, the Cathedral of Dragon Communion is much more dangerous than the Church. Inside, you will find a Banished Knight who guards the altar. This is a tough enemy that you must fight if you want to use the Cathedral of Dragon Communion peacefully. They respawn each time you rest, so always come prepared for this fight.

After defeating the Banished Knight, head over to the altar to learn powerful draconic incantations, such as Rotten Breath and Dragonice. As you defeat dragons across the Lands Between, you will also unlock new powers that are specific to the dragon, such as Borealis's Mist or Agheel's Flame.

Here's a full list of spells that you can learn at the Cathedral of Dragon Communion, along with any bosses that you must kill to unlock them:

  • Agheel's Flame - Flying Dragon Agheel
  • Borealis's Mist - Borealis the Freezing Fog
  • Dragonclaw
  • Dragonfire
  • Dragonice
  • Dragonmaw
  • Ekzykes's Decay - Decaying Ekzykes
  • Glintstone Breath
  • Greyoll's Roar - Elder Dragon Greyoll
  • Magma Breath - Magma Wyrm
  • Rotten Breath
  • Smarag's Glintstone Breath - Glintstone Dragon Smarag
  • Theodorix's Magma - Great Wyrm Theodorix

That covers how to reach the Church and Cathedral of Dragon Communion in Elden Ring. If you want to test out these incredible incantations, take a look at our Elden Ring boss locations guide to find a challenge nearby. If you'd rather focus on the main quest, check out our full Elden Ring walkthrough to follow the critical path through the Lands Between. There's plenty more to discover throughout Elden Ring, though, with our Elden Ring sidequest guide covering every optional NPC quest in the game.

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