This page offers a guide on where to find Alexander the Iron Fist and how to complete his side quest in Elden Ring.
First Meeting: Where to Find Alexander the Iron Fist in Limgrave
To begin his quest, you’ll first have to find him in Limgrave. When you approach the area to the east of the Warmaster’s Shack site of grace, you’ll begin to hear the cries of a man in distress. If you’re following the road, then you’ll want to scale up the rocky cliffs to the right - preferably using your mount, Torrent. At the top of the cliff overlooking the road you’ll find a strange sentient cauldron-man stuck in the ground. Upon speaking to him, you’ll discover that his name is Alexander but that he is more commonly known as the Iron Fist.
How to Help Alexander the Iron Fist
He will ask you to help push him out of the ground by smacking his behind with a strong blow. You’ll want to use a heavy attack to generate enough force to dislodge his cauldron-body from the ground. You’ll unlock the Triumphant Delight emote.
He’ll thank you for your help and give you a piece of Exalted Flesh as a reward. He’ll then tell you that he’s heading east, as well as mention that there is a festival of combat being held at Redmane Castle in Caelid Wilds.
Second Meeting: How to Find Alexander in Gael Tunnel
The next place you’ll find Alexander is in Gael Tunnel in Caelid Wilds. There are two ways to enter the tunnel: from the Rear Entrance tunnel and the front entrance. If you happen to head down the rear entrance tunnel first and talk to Alexander he’ll tell you that he seems to have hit a dead end. There is a door on the back wall of this area but it seems to be locked.
This door can only be open from the other side, which means you’ll need to head back out of Gael Tunnel and find the front entrance, with is southeast of the rear tunnel entrance (see map below). Basically, you’ll want to approach the ‘Gael Tunnel’ marker from the west border of Caelid Wilds.
When you head into Gael Tunnel via the front entrance, you’ll want to take out the enemies on the wooden platform then descend down the steps into the pit. To the west, you’ll find a pathway down into another lower down pit. There’s another enemy chilling on the wooden platform next to the ladder down. Once you’ve dealt with him, descend down and you’ll find a path that heads through to what appears to be a dead end. There’s actually a door on the back wall, it’s not hidden but it isn’t that obvious at a quick glance. Interact with it to open the door then speak to Alexander, who’s found on the other side.
After speakign to Alexander twice, he will now move on from the tunnel, and the next time you’ll encounter him will be at the festival at Redman Castle on the southern edge of Caelid Wilds.
Third Meeting - Redmane Castle
As you progress through Caelid, you’ll eventually meet Alexander just north of the Redmane Castle Plaza Site of Grace in Caelid, to the southeast of the region. If Alexander wasn’t in the Gael Tunnel, he’ll already have moved to this location where you can continue his Quest. Speak with him to learn that he’s here to attend the festival and wishes you luck on the battle ahead.
Once the battle with Starscourge Radahn is underway, he’ll be one of the many NPC summons that you can use. You can summon him multiple times and his death in the battle does not impact the Quest. Once Starscourge Radahn is finally defeated, you’ll find him near the Site of Grace where he laments his weaknesses and vows to get stronger.
Fourth Meeting - Liurnia
Following your encounter at Redmane Castle, Alexander will have begun his journey north. You’ll next find him directly south of the Carian Study Hall Site of Grace in eastern Liurnia of the Lakes, on the higher ground. To reach this, you will need to find the Artist’s Shack Site of Grace and head southeast, you should hear Alexander calling out to you.
As you can see, he’s once again found himself stuck in the ground, and wishes for the Tarnished’s assistance again. This time however, once you strike him in the back, he’ll come to the conclusion that it won’t work. He’ll surmise that he needs something Slippery to him free him a bit, and you’ll need an Oil Pot for that. You can obtain this by crafting it, the Cookbook of which can be found from the merchant in the Siofra River. With the Oil Pot in hand, toss it at Alexander and then give him a good smack from behind to free him. He’ll thank you and then remark that he’s on his way to forge himself in the strongest fires.
Fifth Meeting - South of Fort Laied
The fires that Alexander mentioned can be found on Mt. Gelmir, to the northwest of the Altus Plateau. You will need to head along the base of the mountain by heading west from the Wyndham Ruins to reach the Seethewater River and following this to the northwest where you’ll eventually reach Fort Laied. From here, it’s just a short journey to the south where you’ll locate a lava field.
As you approach, you’ll be attacked by the Magma Wyrm and once defeated, you’ll find Alexander standing in the fires to the left of the large rock here. You can stand on the ground just in front of him and talk to him from range, so that you avoid taking damage in the lava. This time around, he’ll hand over the Jar, a helmet inspired from Alexander himself.
Final Meeting - Crumbling Farum Azula
It’ll be some time before you meet with Alexander again, in the game’s penultimate area, Crumbling Farum Azula. Once you reach the area, continue through until you reach the Dragon Temple Lift Site of Grace (you’ll need two Stonesword Keys to gain access). From this Site of Grace, make your way through the plaza, going up the stairs and to your right to spot a fallen structure you can leap over to. Leap to the one on the left and cross over to the other side where Alexander will be waiting after passing over another fallen ruin.
He will challenge you to a duel, and should you win, you’ll obtain the Shard of Alexander Talisman along with Alexander’s Innards. Should you be defeated in the duel, you can return here and challenge him as many times as you like until victory is yours. Despite Alexander’s questline coming to an end, you can use Alexander’s Innards to progress Jar Bairn’s Quest at Jarburg in Liurnia of the Lakes.