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Can You Revive NPCs in Elden Ring?

Can You Revive NPCs in Elden Ring?

It is a hotly debated topic within the Elden Ring community whether you can revive NPCs.

The short answer is no, you can’t revive dead NPCs in Elden Ring.

If you kill an NPC they will remain dead for the entirety of that playthrough.

This is in contrast to a lot of gaming sites claiming that you can revive NPCs in Elden Ring.

While you can’t bring back dead NPCs, you can return them to their default friendly state if you did aggro them.

Which NPCs Can You Revive in Elden Ring?

While you can’t technically bring NPCs back to life, there are two exceptions.

Sorceress Sellen and Ranni the Witch are the only exceptions we have come across in determining if specific NPCs can be revived.


Sorceress Sellen can be revived using a Celestial Dew in the Church of Vows, but only in her illusion state.

Following Sellen’s quest, she will reveal that the form you are seeing is not actually her true body form.

Therefore, you are not actually reviving her physical form which would remain consistent with the statement that NPCs cannot be revived.

You can revive Sellen before gaining her body form since she never was dead, even after you eliminate her illusion form.

Can You Revive Ranni?

Even though you don’t actually revive her, you can deaggro Ranni to regain access to her questline.

If you follow Seluvis’ questline, you’ll reach a point when he asks you to give Ranni the Amber Draught.

By doing so, you betray Ranni and she will get angry with you.

This results in locking you out of her questline, which means that you won’t be able to interact with Ranni or finish her quest.

Fortunately, you can use a Celestial Dew at the Church of Vows to atone and bring Ranni back to her neutral state.

This will allow you to progress through her questline without any problems.

How to Reset NPC

In order to reset NPCs in Elden Ring, follow these instructions.

  1. Find a Celestial Dew.
  2. Make your way to the Church of Vows.
  3. When you get there, you’ll find a statue that you can interact with.
  4. If you have any hostile NPCs you can revive, you’ll have a prompt saying: “Use Celestial Dew to receive absolution”
  5. Click yes to atone and the “Your sins are absolved” prompt will confirm the absolution.

Since a Celestial Dew is required for absolution, here’s where to find every Celestial Dew in Elden Ring.

How to Get to the Church of Vows

In order to get to the Church of Vows, you must clear or bypass Stormveil Castle.

Following that, you can travel to Liurnia of the Lakes. The church is located on the eastern side of the region.

There are two ways to reach the Church of Vows.

The first way is by taking the main road and following the instructions below:

  1. As a starting point, use the Lake-facing Cliffs Site of Grace.
  2. Keep to the right half of the map as you travel north.
  3. On your way, you’ll come across the Artist’s Shack.
  4. To the west of the Artist’s Shack, you can notice the church from distance.
  5. Progress northwest after crossing the bridge and eventually you’ll make it to the Church of Vows.

Alternatively, there is a second way to get to the Church of Vows:

  1. There is a portal in Raya Lucaria Academy that can teleport you to the Church of Vows.
  2. Head to the courtyard from the Debate Parlor Site of Grace.
  3. From the courtyard, make your way to the stairs on the right and enter the building.
  4. Once inside, look for the portal on the right part of the lobby.
  5. Interact with the portal to get teleported to the Church of Vows.