Giant Rock Turtles roam the Lands Between, their hanging bell ringing with every step. Here’s everything you need to know about the Walking Mausoleums, and their purpose within Elden Ring.

Given Elden Ring’s unforgiving nature, your first instinct upon seeing these massive creatures may be to kill them. For once, you’d be mistaken.

Whilst the Walking Mausoleums – sentient rock formations that look like a turtle carrying a building on their backs – can hurt you, they’re generally harmless.

But, they’re also intriguing. They’re too high to access without a Shadow of the Colossus-style climbing mechanic. The building that rests atop them must surely hold some powerful loot or helpful secrets.

So you know there must be a way to climb aboard, and you’re correct! Here’s how it’s done…

Interested in scaling some less mobile rock formations? Here’s how you can reach Volcano Manor and Climb Mount Gelmir!

Elden Ring Walking Mausoleum

How to Access the Walking Mausoleums

The way to get inside is not to climb up, but rather to bring them down. Get under the turtle creature and take a closer look at its stone feet. Just be careful not to get stomped on!

On each foot, you’ll see several deposits of what appear to be skulls. They’re a little tough to spot, especially from a distance, but you’ll notice patches that are lighter in color.

These light-gray areas are the deposits that need to be removed. Smash them with your weapon to remove them from the Mausoleum’s legs. Using Torrent will help with this, as some of the debris is above head height.

Do this enough times, and eventually, the giant will rest. At least on the Weeping Pennisula Mausoleum, you don’t need to destroy patches on all four legs.

Now the beast will lower to the ground. Pro tip: don’t be under it when it comes down…

There are seven Walking Mausoleums in Elden Ring, and FromSoftware added some variety to their mechanics.

Here’s where to find every Walking Mausoleum in The Lands Between!

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Mausoleums With a Difference

Not all of them will have debris deposits on their legs, so will need to be accessed in a different way.

This still doesn’t involve climbing, but it does make use of Elden Ring’s jump feature, unseen in most previous ‘Souls-like’ games.

If you can’t see any skulls on the rock turtle’s feet, take a step back and examine your environment. Look around for a cliff or building that you could scale and leap onto the Mausoleum whilst it’s still walking.

An example of this comes in Liurnia, where you’ll have to jump onto its back from above. Then, you’ll notice that the debris deposits are actually around the building. Destroy them as normal, and the beast will rest.

Remember that Torrent can jump further than you, so find out how to call on him to help board these rocky giants.

Elden Ring Walking Mausoleum

What’s Inside the Walking Mausoleums

These buildings give you the chance to duplicate your Remembrances, the unique items awarded for defeating Demigod bosses like Godrick the Grafted.

This will give you the opportunity to obtain both of the Remembrance rewards from Enia the Finger Reader in the Roundtable Hold.

Speaking of Remembrance rewards, here’s how you can use them to get one of the best Strength weapons in the early game.

And if you’re having trouble taking down Godrick and acquiring your first Remembrance, check out our guide on how to best him in battle.