Welcome to our Carian Study Hall Guide. Carian Study Hall is an optional dungeon in Elden Ring located in the Liurnia of the Lakes area. You may come across Carian Study Hall as you attempt to find access to the Divine Tower of Liurnia. For reference, if you were farming the lone Leyndell Knight at the Artist’s Shack, then follow the path south.
Once you enter Carian Study Hall, you’ll see a pedestal that needs an item. “Something fits on this pedestal.” Don’t worry about that pedestal for now. That’s an item we’ll cover in Part 2 of the Carian Study Hall Elden Ring Walkthrough where we cover the Inverted Carian Study Hall.
Follow the room around to the lift.
Once you’re up the lift, turn to the right to see a glowing item. You may see a message warning you of impending enemies ready to jump you, literally. Two hands will fall. If you have a ranged attack, you can make quick use of these two Lesser Spider Hands (Also known as Lesser Fingercreepers)
This will be the last time you will have to contend with these hands, as the bulk of your fighting in Carian Study Hall will be with Preceptor Miriam.
Your first encounter with Preceptor Miriam will be on the stairs to the left of the elevator. She will spawn along with two summons. These summons are slow, so you can simply run past them and get a couple of hits into Miriam if you’re a melee character.
After she teleports away, you can contend with her two summons before moving on.
Once you’re up the stairs, you’ll see Preceptor Miriam at the end of the bridge. Again, if you’re a melee character, run past the summons and force her to teleport away before working on the summons (who will still be making their way to you if you’re quick enough with Preceptor Miriam). The last thing you want to do is fight off her summons while she has free reign to rain arrows on you.
After taking out her bridge summons, head up the stairs and face her again. If you’re quick, you could force her to teleport away (ending this phase) before the last set of summons in this phase. Pick up the Carian Glintstone Staff before moving on to the next phase of Carian Study Hall.
Carian Study Hall Elden Ring Walkthrough: Part One – Phase Two
You’re going to find yourself at another elevator where several messages may tell you that this is easier as a ranged battle. If you try to approach Preceptor Mariam as you did before, then she’ll teleport away (in a cowardly sense) as she forces you to fight off her summons.
My approach to this was to let her shoot her arrows into the railing (because these corners are terrible for a ranged caster), and make short work of her summons.
You’ll notice that Preceptor Miriam simply tries to blast you, but if you stay out of her line of sight, then you’ll never get hit.
With her summons dispatched, you can now work on Preceptor Miriam herself. If you lead her back to the small room near the elevator, then you can work down her health in a ranged battle without her teleporting away. If you time it right, you can hit the Stamp (Upward Cut) Ashes of War and kill her immediately.
Defeating Preceptor Miriam will get you Magic Downpour.
Carian Study Hall Elden Ring Walkthrough: Part One – Complete
There’s not much left in Carian Study Hall in Elden Ring after defeating Preceptor Miriam. Find the ladder around the circular area and head up. There are rats that you have to deal with, so if you’re suffering after the Preceptor Miriam battle, then don’t risk dying here.
Unfortunately, during my run, I saw some blood stains, which meant there were those who met their demise in a rat after a spectacular battle with a magic archer.
Go to the glowing item on the corpse to get the Cerulean Seed Talisman. Now, you’re finished with Carian Study Hall until you get the item needed for the pedestal on the first floor.