Dryleaf Dane questline walkthrough for Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree

Dryleaf Dane is an NPC you’ll meet while exploring Scadu Altus in Elden Ring’s Shadow of the Erdtree DLC. Technically, you can meet him a little earlier — as a summon sign during the Rellana, Twin Moon Knight boss fight in Castle Ensis.

Our Elden Ring DLC Dryleaf Dane questline guide will walk you through where to find Dryleaf Dane, and all the steps you’ll need to take to complete his questline.


Dryleaf Dane location

You’ll find Dryleaf Dane as you explore Scadu Altus. You’ll find him at the Moorth Ruins Site of Grace.


Dryleaf Dane summon sign

Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree Dryleaf Dane and Needle Knight Leda summon signs at the Rellana boss fight in Castle Ensis Image: FromSoftware/Bandai Namco via Polygon

Technically, your first encounter with Dryleaf Dane is just outside of the Rellana, Twin Moon Knight boss fight. Both Dryleaf Dane and Needle Knight Leda can be summoned to help you fight.


Pick up the `May the Best Win` Gesture and Monk’s Missive

Your next step on Dane’s questline is the Highroad Cross Site of Grace that you’ll find just north of Castle Ensis — your first stop in the Scadu Altus region. When you approach the site of grace, you’ll be able to pick up two items related to Dryleaf Dane: the Monk’s Missive and the “May the Best Win” Gesture.

Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree contents of the Monk’s Missive Image: FromSoftware/Bandai Namco via Polygon

The Monk’s Missive is a short note that just says that a monk somewhere to the east wants you to challenge them to a bout without words.


Challenge Dryleaf Dane at Moorth Ruins

Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree Dryleaf Dane at the Moorth Ruins Image: FromSoftware/Bandai Namco via Polygon

When you arrive at the Moorth Ruins Site of Grace, Dryleaf Dane will be standing nearby. He won’t speak with you, though — he is the monk from that missive, so you have to challenge him without words. Perform the “May the Best Win” Gesture in front of him, and you’ll start a fight.

Once Dane is defeated, he’ll disappear and you’ll find the Dryleaf Arts weapon and Dane’s Hat helmet on the ground nearby.


Looking for more Shadow of the Erdtree guides? Check out our guides on new Elden Ring DLC weapons, armor, map fragments, sites of grace, and talismans. We’ve also got location guides on where to find Scadutree Fragments and Revered Spirit Ashes, and an interactive Elden Ring DLC map.