Want to know how to activate the Grand Lift of Dectus in Elden Ring? While there are multiple ways to reach the Altus Plateau in Elden Ring, the Grand Lift of Dectus is by far the easiest route. However, when you arrive you will discover that the lift of Dectus doesn't work. Fortunately, we're here to help.
In this guide, we'll explain how to activate the Grand Lift of Dectus, covering where to find both parts of the Dectus Medallion that you'll need to use this massive elevator.
How to activate the Grand Lift of Dectus in Elden Ring
The Grand Lift of Dectus is an enormous construction in the north of Liurnia, the second major region in Elden Ring. It separates Liurnia from the Altus Plateau to the far north. However, when you reach the Grand Lift, you'll find that it does not currently do anything. That's because you need to activate the Grand Lift first.
If you want to reach the Altus Plateau quickly, then you can circumvent the Grand Lift of Dectus entirely by heading up the Ravine path instead. This will take you through the Ruin-Strewn Precipice, a challenging area filled with tricky enemies (and a Magma Wyrm boss).
But if you want the easiest path between Liurnia and the Altus Plateau to be open, then you'll need to find the two halves of the Dectus Medallion. Bring these two halves together at the foot of the Grand Lift, and it will activate, allowing you to move freely between the two regions.
Where to find both parts of the Dectus Medallion
As mentioned above, there are two parts of the Dectus Medallion that you must find. Below, we'll explain how to find both parts of the Dectus Medallion.
Where to find the Dectus Medallion left half
The Dectus Medallion left half can be found in Fort Haight, which is located on the southeast tip of the Mistwood to the east of Limgrave. It's a very quick structure to conquer, guarded by just a few soldiers and some fire-bomb throwers.
Climb the stairs up to the ramparts, and then climb the ladder in the tower to reach a chest with the first half of the Dectus Medallion inside. Read its description for a hint at where to go to find its other half.
Where to find the Dectus Medallion right half
The Dectus Medallion right half is in Fort Faroth, deep within the Caelid Wilds. It's far harder to reach than the left side - even getting to Fort Faroth requires a perilous journey through one of the more dangerous regions of the Lands Between.
Fortunately, you don't need to conquer the entire fort in order to get the Dectus Medallion right half. You just need to get through the first room, which consists of numerous powerful winged harpy-like creatures which love to scream and spray poison at you. Climb the ladder at the end of this room and open the chest at the top to find the second half of the Dectus Medallion.
Bring the two halves of the Dectus Medallion to the foot of the Grand Lift, and you'll be prompted to interact with it. This will begin a cutscene wherein the two statues beside the Grand Lift spring into action, sending the entire platform upon which you stand on its journey high into the air towards the Altus Plateau.
If you're not sure where to head next, check out our Elden Ring walkthrough to find the next major area and boss that you must face.
That covers how to activate the Grand Lift of Dectus and where to find both parts of the Dectus Medallion. If you want to upgrade your character before heading further into the Altus Plateau, take a look at our Elden Ring Golden Seeds, Elden Ring Sacred Tears, and Elden Ring Memory Stones locations guides. If you want to get the most out of our best builds in Elden Ring, take a look at our lists of the best weapons and best armor. When you feel ready for a fight, check our our Elden Ring boss locations guide to find the nearest challenge.