The Elden Ring Heretical Rise puzzle is one of many baffling obstacles players will need to overcome to reach various inaccessible areas of the Lands Between. Upon trying to enter the Heretical Rise, players will find that the entrance is sealed. A message will inform you that “Falling Snow Marks Something Unseen”, and as you might have guessed it, that’s the answer to the puzzle. But what does that mean, and how can one enter the Heretical Rise? Read on to find the solution for the Heretical Rise puzzle in Elden Ring.
Falling Snow Marks Something Unseen Elden Ring Heretical Rise Puzzle Solution
The solution itself is rather straightforward, but the execution will be the real issue. In order to break the seal on the Heretical Rise entrance, first, you need to spawn at the Freezing Lake Site of Grace. From there, head southwest along the rocks until you reach an arch-shaped ruin. Check the images below for directions to the ruins. In the second screenshot, you can also see the appearance of the ruins.
Once you reach the arch, climb on top of it and you’ll see that those are remains of what was once a bridge leading across the gorge towards the Heretical Rise. Reach the edge of the ravine where the collapsed bridge once stood. Now, don’t be afraid and step forward. You won’t fall down, instead, you’ll stride across the invisible viaduct. That bridge is a solution to the “Falling Snow Marks Something Unseen” message and the Heretical Rise puzzle.
Now comes the hard part. You need to tread lightly and watch your step. A wrong move will end up in your untimely death. The invisible path goes straight for around two-thirds and then turns left and up to reach the balcony with a broken railing. That’s our entry point to the Heretical Rise. There are a couple of strategies how to check if there is a path or not. Some players use sorceries, like Swift Glintstone Shard, to check the path in front of them. You can also drop items like Rainbow Stones to check if they will fall or float (indicating that you can step there). Finally, the good old bow and arrows will also do the trick. If they bounce off the air, that means that there is a path there.
When you step on the balcony, the front door seal will immediately fall. So you don’t need to use the invisible path anymore, you can leave the tower normally. Inside the tower, you’ll have to beat a couple of enemies and grab some loot, including the Founding Rain of Stars at the top.
Very early in your exploration of Elden Ring world you will find out that you need to prepare your character for different tasks. You'll need to learn how to use Ashes of War, how to two-hand weapons, or use magic spells during the course of your adventures. Many secrets are also waiting for you, such as, a hostile NPC Sellen that doesn't let you see her shop, an invisible man in a bush, or a huge turtle with a bell that lets you duplicate some very important items.