Elden Beast is the penultimate boss of the Elden Ring Saga. Defeating it marks the end of your arduous journey of the lands between.
The beast rises as soon as you defeat Radagon, the second Elden Lord of the Golden Order. The cosmic-looking beast turns Radagon’s remains into a menacing sword and changes the arena into a primordial world of dark water and golden light. Thus, starts the final battle.
This battle is extra tough as you have to defeat two enemies back to back; with how tough Radagon already is, the Elden Beast is on a whole new difficulty level.
With all said, we are here to help you beat the final boss and complete one of the hardest video games to exist in the modern world.
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- The beast has 22,127 HP during the New Game(NG) playthrough.
- Defeating the Elden Beast will grant you 500,000 Runes and the Elden Remembrance. You will also be eligible to take the throne as the new Elden Lord once you defeat the Beast.
- Elden Beast has two different phases. During the second phase, the beast upgrades some of his attacks into a drastically powerful version.
- The boss has a stance health of 150 and can be attacked with a critical hit once that is depleted.
- None of the attacks performed by the Elden Beast can be parried.
- Elden Beast’s attacks primarily do Holy damage, and some of its melee attacks do Standard damage.
- Elden Beast is immune to all status ailments.
- Elden Beast has high resistance to Holy attacks and medium resistance to Magic, Fire, and Lightning Elements.
Note: The water in the arena decreases all fire damage by 10% but increases all lightning damage by 10%.
- Elden Beast has very low resistance to all physical attacks (Standard, Slash, Strike, and Pierce)
- Elden Beast has a weak spot, that is, the crack on its belly, as the critical hits we do are directed to that spot. But, It is unsure if you deal bonus damage by attacking the cracked spot with non-critical attacks.
- Multiplayer and Summons: You can summon multiplayer allies for this fight, and you can also call upon your Spirit Summons to assist you.
- You cannot use Torrent during this fight.
This phase lasts till the boss has more than 50% health.
Uses its massive body to attack.
- Body Slam: The beast leaps up in the air and then slams its whole body down to the ground.
- Hand Slam: The boss uses its left hand to smash into the ground.
Uses its bony sword to attack.
- Sword Swipe: Elden Beast uses its sword to swipe at you.
- Sword Swipe and Smash: The boss first swipes and then performs an overhead smash at you.
- Fake out, Rushing Sword Swipe: The boss begins by going away from you and then charges back with a swing of the sword.
- Flaming Aerial Sword: The boss flies up in the air, sets its sword ablaze with golden flames then crashes towards you with a swing.
- Flaming Sword Attacks: The boss sets its sword ablaze and performs a combo. This can mix up quick swipes and downward stabs. This combo ends in a wide-angled swipe.
- Flaming Sword Explosion: Elden beast engulfs its sword in flames, then directs it to you and stabs through, down to the ground. This move creates an explosion when the Beast pulls back its swords.
- Sword Wave Barrage: Sends waves after waves of golden slashes flying at you. The first two are quick, and the last two are delayed.
- Spinning Swipe: Spins around along with the swipe of the sword.
Uses primordial holy magic attacks.
- Nebulous Explosion: The beast leaves an arc of explosive cosmic material with a swing of its arm.
- Nebulous Array: The beast releases an array of explosive cosmic material in a line.
- Converging Ring Explosions: Flies up in the air and creates the symbol of the Elden Ring in the sky. At the same time, a ring appears in the ground that starts converging before finally exploding.
- Elden Stars: Releases golden stars that chase the player, and these stars create smaller stars that also chase the players. These stars will damage and explode upon contact.
- Holy Wave: The beast starts charging its sword with a golden glow, once charged, releases the energy in a shape of an expanding wave that damages the player. The damage done by this move decreases as the wave travels and expands outwards.
- Holy Breath: The boss breathes out a golden fire breath that expands towards the targeted direction.
- Holy Spears: The beast releases homing spears from its wings that chase the player for a short time. These spears will crash into the ground once the chasing duration is over.
- Aerial Holy Spears: The beast dives down and jumps back up. At the same time, it shoots out the holy spears from its wing.
- Portal Teleportation: The beast teleports into a portal that explodes as its closes.
- Dive Teleportation: The beast dives into the watery ground and then comes back up in another location.
- Final Grab: Attempts to grab the player using its left hand. If the beast grabs you, uses its power to levitate you, then creates several spears of holy light to pierce through you.
This phase begins when the boss is below 50% health, and when the boss does a guaranteed cast of the Elden Stars.
- Upgraded Nebula Array: The boss craftily uses other attacks in a combo as the cosmic clouds hide its body.
- Upgraded Elden Stars: This attack becomes much more lethal.
- Upgraded Converging Ring Explosions: Instead of just one, the beast converges three exploding rings into you.
Tips and Tricks
Here are some helpful tips from our experience which will help you during this boss fight.
The Beginning of the Fight
As soon as the battle begins, it is advised to run behind the Elden Beast. This is because the boss initiates the fight with the Holy Breath attack, giving you a chance to get in a few early hits easily if you successfully get behind it.
Do Not Use Any Status Effect-Dependent Build
It’s time to say goodbye to Scarlet Rot and Poison. You can also forget about the bleed procs. Elden Beast is immune to all status effects, so you best adapt to that fact.
If you are using an arcane build with bleed affinity weapons, then if possible, change them to occult affinity, as these will fare a lot better.
Defense Against Holy Damage
You have several things in your arsenal to negate the holy damage inflicted by the Elden Beast.
- Incantations: Lords’ Divine Fortification and Divine Fortification
- Consumables: Holyproof Dried Liver
- Talisman: Haligdrake Talisman (+2 Preferred)
- Armor: Radahn’s Set, Cleanrot Set
Use Physical Damage
Use physical damage because the boss is resistant to all elemental damage. Lightning damage is the best option if you do want to take that route, as the water in the arena buffs that damage type.
If you want to cast spells, the best options are to use the ones that deal physical damage.
- Incantations: Pest Threads deal physical damage and are extremely good against large enemies in close range.
- Sorcery: Use spells like Rock Sling as it deals physical damage. Meteorite, and Meteorite of Astel are more advanced options, but the randomness of the strikes makes them hardly usable in such a large arena.
Try to time your stagger when the boss gets around 50% HP. If you stagger the boss just before it casts the Elden Stars in the second phase, then that guaranteed cast can be completely avoided.
Colossal Weapons and their weapon arts, Rock Sling, etc., deal a lot of stance damage.
Know When to Avoid Locking On
The boss has a very weird lock on when at melee range, causing our melee attacks to hit nothing, even though you might think you are close enough to strike the boss. So when close to the Elden Beast, do not lock on for the best result.
Use Stamina Recovery Boosters While Chasing the Boss
The boss tends to teleport, swim away, or dive and reappear far away, then cast ranged attacks at you, forcing you to chase it down.
Use stamina recovery boosters to be able to chase it and then attack it once you get to it. Some nifty items that help boost stamina recovery are listed below:
- Green Turtle Talisman
- Great Turtle Shell (Shield)
- Greenburst Crystal Tear (Physick Mix)
Use Close-Range AoE Spells
Large bosses are weak to spells that deal multiple instances of damage in an AoE. Try your luck with some of them if you are playing a caster build, and see which works the best.
- Pest Threads (Obtain through Millicent’s Questline by purchasing from Gowry)
- Black Flame Tornado
- Ancient Dragon’s Lightning Strike
- Mimic Tear summon will work wonders and can make the bossfight very easy.
- If you want to use Comet Azur, it is best to stagger the boss first, then set up the Comet Azur beam with Terra Magica and the Physick mix of Magic Shrouding Cracked Tear + Cerulean Hidden Tear.
Now the final nail in the coffin,
Below is a complete video recording of our encounter with the Elden Beast. It was a decent fight, and we were down to our final healing flask, but we won. Have a look for yourselves,