After defeating a major boss, Elden Ring players are often presented with new paths to take and options to consider. For example, defeating Godrick in Stormveil Castle takes players to Liurnia of the Lakes, and from here players can travel all the way to the Altus Plateau and Mount Gelmir by bypassing the Dectus Lift.
Elden Ring has three main tasks for players: use the Blasphemous Remembrance in some way, activate Rykard's Great Rune, and finish up areas before going to Leyndell. There are dozens of other things players may do other than these, but each one of these paths follows directly from defeating this Blasphemous Snake.
Choose What to Do in Remembrance of the Blasphemous
Rykard drops a Remembrance that may be used one of two ways: for the Blasphemous Blade or the spell Rykard's Rancor.
The Remembrance can be duplicated if you want both the Blasphemous Blade and the spell. Visit a Walking Mausoleum to make a copy and return to Enia to claim the second of Rykard's unique rewards.
Finish Up Volcano Manor, and then Journey To Leyndell (or Beyond)
Players who defeat Rykard can no longer progress the Volcano Manor questline, although this implies that they did not complete the questline to reach Rykard in the first place. For this reason, always take the teleporter deep into the Legacy Dungeon.
You may teleport directly to Rykard if you completed the Volcano Manor questline but did not join the rest of Volcano Manor. There are a few things in and around Volcano Manor that are worth checking out in the Legacy Dungeon. For this area, enter the Prison Town Site of Grace, the first in the larger area.
If you have already cleared Volcano Manor completely, beating Rykard only leaves one path forward: Leyndell. If Rykard is your first Great Rune, then you must collect a second one to enter the capital. Go to the Mountaintops of Giants to continue the main storyline.
At The Divine Tower of West Altus, activate Rykard's Great Rune.
When players defeat the serpentine monster, Rykard's Great Rune activates a Rune Arc, restoring 80 Health plus 7% of their Maximum Health.
Even when players aren't liable for the enemy's death, this Great Rune appears to work, and it stacks nicely with the aforementioned Talisman and armament to maximize healing. Only be able to access the Sealed Tunnel just southwest of the Leyndell Ramparts to activate the Great Rune.
Elden Ring is now available on PC, PlayStation 4 and 5, and Xbox One and Series X|S.