Elden Ring: What (And Where) Is The Shard Of Alexander?

Elden Ring has become one of the most popular games in recent times, gaining initial attention due to its association with fantasy writer George R.R. Martin (of Game of Thrones fame), and its continuing reputation for difficulty, high fantasy themes, and extensive game world.

Elden Ring: What (And Where) Is The Shard Of Alexander?

There are many items, weapons, and treasures within the game world that can help players on their journey through the narrative – one such item being the Shard of Alexander. But what exactly is the Shard of Alexander, and where can it be found in game?

What Is ‘Elden Ring’?

Elden Ring is an action role playing game developed by FromSoftware – alongside Bandai Namco Entertainment. The game was directed by Hidetaka Miyazaki, and the worldbuilding was undertaken and overseen by George R. R. Martin.

What Is The Narrative?

The game takes place in the fictional setting of the ‘Lands Between’ – a fantasy continent overseen by several demigods.

The world was previously ruled by the immortal Queen Marika, who was the custodian of the titular ‘elden ring’ – a powerful and feared artifact that helped to establish the order of rule across the land.

After the ring was shattered – warring parties began to fight for dominance during an event called ‘the shattering’, with each falling under control of a demigod, corrupting them with dark power.

The player character themselves are called the ‘tarnished champion’ – exiled warriors from the Lands Between who are summoned back to their homeland following the shattering – who are then tasked with traversing the land in search of ring fragments, with the ultimate goal for reforging the ring and becoming ‘elden lord’.

Where To Purchase ‘Elden Ring’? 

Elden Ring is a popular role playing game, available for PS4, XBOX ONE, and PS5. These can all be obtained from any of the popular video game retailer, including Amazon.com: 

Amazon.com: Elden Ring (Xbox One) : Video Games

Amazon.com: Elden Ring – Standard Edition [PlayStation 4] : Video Games

Amazon.com: Elden Ring – PlayStation 5 : Bandai Namco Games Amer: Everything Else

What Is The Shard Of Alexander?

Within ‘Elden Ring’, The Shard of Alexander is a talisman that imbues the player character with certain abilities and passive effects.

What Benefits Does It Have?

The main benefit of the Shard of Alexander is that it grants the player +15% in attack power – something that applies itself to all of the skills they can unleash.

Within the context of the game engine, it is considered a variant of the Warrior Jar Talisman, and as such cannot be equipped at the same time during play.

How To Obtain The Shard Of Alexander?

For players looking to obtain the Shard of Alexander, there are certain things they need to do to make it happen.

The shard is obtained from the character Iron Fist Alexander – a warrior jar encountered in the northwestern Crumbling Farum Azula. Players must complete Alexander’s associated questline, before confronting and defeating him in combat.

Who Is Iron Fist Alexander?

Iron Fist Alexander is a warrior jar – a magically imbued jar designed to be a warrior vessel, containing the souls of many dead warriors within. Alexander seeks to prove himself, dreaming of becoming a great champion in his own right.

How To Find Alexander?

Iron Fist Alexander can initially be found in the region of Stormhill (located southeast of the Deathtouched Catacombs), where he requires the player’s help after becoming trapped in a hole.

If the player chooses to help him out of the hole – by hitting him a couple of times from below – he will then reward them with a piece of exalted flesh, and greet them with the ‘triumphant delight’ gesture, showing his thanks.

He will then travel to Redmane Castle, where a combat tournament is taking place. To converse further, the player must meet him there for further quests.

He can also be found at Gael Tunnel on his way to the tournament. Once there, he will appear alongside other NPCs (non-player characters) when it is announced.

Once in the castle, he can then be summoned as a phantom to assist in your fight against Starscourge Radahn, and after defeating him you will need to complete all of Alexander’s dialogue for the quest to end.

You can then encounter Alexander on Mt. Gelmir, where he will be sitting in the lava. Here he will give you the jar helmet, which resembles an urn.

The final encounter with Iron Fist Alexander takes place at an optional area within Crumbling Farum Azula, where Alexander will challenge the player character to a duel. If he dies, he will drop his innards, as well as the Shard of Alexander.

What Is A Warrior Jar?

Within the game ‘Elden Ring’, warrior jars are something of a mystery, even to the most skilled of players and game theorists.

One theory amongst fans is that they were specifically designed to contain the souls of deceased warriors following the ‘shattering’ – an in game cataclysm that changed the landscape of the world.

Following this shattering, the fan theory suggests that the jars then developed sentience – something that wasn’t the intention of their creators.

Final Thoughts

And there we have it, everything you need to know about ‘Elden Ring’, the Shard of Alexander, and where to find it within the game.

Elden Ring has become one of the most popular games of the year – famed for its association with high fantasy writer George R. R. Martin, and its purported intense level of difficulty that has left many players confused and exhausted.

Luckily, with this handy guide, you too can find this useful relic to hopefully level the playing field!

Ashley Newby