At the very end of Elden Ring, players head back to the foot of the Erdtree and pass through the barrier previously barred by thorns. The final boss of Elden Ring is split into two separate fights: one where players face Radagon of the Golden Order, and the follow-up battle with the Elden Beast.
There’s a lot of complex lore behind the Elden Beast, but essentially it is the manifestation of the Elden Ring after being sent to the Lands Between by the Greater Will. After beating Radagon, the Elden Beast is the game’s true final boss, and it’s one of the hardest fights in the game if you don’t know what you’re doing.
The Elden Beast’s Moveset (And How To Counter It)
The Elden Beast is a single-phase fight, if you don’t count the lead-in fight with Radagon. This doesn’t mean it’s easy, though, as the Elden Beast has a massive HP pool, can move around the battlefield with ease, and has an unparalleled number of attacks and abilities at its disposal.
The number one thing to do to counter the Elden Beast’s moveset, especially abilities that track the player, is to practice Stamina management to maintain a balance of attacking and dodging. You will only be able to get a hit or two on the Elden Beast before it retaliates, so it’s vital to keep enough Stamina for evasive maneuvers like dodging and sprinting.
- Sword Swings: The Elden Beast will wither great back and swing its sword horizontally or swim around the player to strike from a different position. Watch for the sword to come striking down and dodge towards it to best avoid this attack
- Teleport Abilities: The Elden Beast can teleport either by diving underwater or by disappearing into a black hole. Just avoid being close to the boss when it dives underwater, or move backward away from the black hole to avoid the follow-up explosion. It’s important to conserve Stamina through the fight to be able to get hits in after chasing down the boss as it regularly moves out of range.
- Exploding Dust Attacks: The Elden Beast launches sparkling dust towards the player in one of two ways; at close range the dust is swiped in a horizontal arc, and at longer ranged it is launched in a direct line towards the player. The explosions can do a good bit of damage, but they don’t affect a big area so simply sprint the opposite direction if you see glittering clouds.
- Firebreath: The Elden Beast rears back and spews a wave of golden fire across the arena, much like Phase 2 Godrick or any of the game’s Dragons. Do your best to get behind the Elden Beast as it rears back to get a few seconds of free hits, but it’s not as reliable as just running directly away and avoiding the chance of taking massive repeating damage.
- Golden Spears of Light: The Elden Beast summons a barrage of golden spears that near-perfectly track the player’s location from above. Sprinting in a single direction and not slowing down is the best way to avoid being hit by this, much like avoiding Radahn’s barrage of spears. This can also be performed as part of a grab attack, which can be avoided like most grab attacks by dodging toward the boss as its hand connects.
- Homing Orb Barrage: The Elden Beast conjures dozens of large orbs that quickly home towards the player. Sprint away from this attack to get the orbs to coalesce a bit more, then dodge towards the mass at the last second to ensure that your hitbox is nowhere near the projectiles that will then dissipate.
- Flying Sword Attacks: The Elden Beast can do a few attacks while airborne, including casting Chasing Stars, summoning Golden Spears, crashing down with an engulfed sword, or belly-flopping onto the player. To avoid Chasing Stars, sprint away and dodge towards the mass of projectiles at the last second. Golden Spears can be avoided by sprinting away, and the flaming sword smash and belly-flop are telegraphed pretty visibly, making it relatively easy to anticipate the timing of a backward dodge.
- Magic Sword Arcs: The Elden Beast will swing its sword several times towards the player, launching a golden arc their way that can be difficult to avoid. The Elden Beast can cast this either from a standing or flying position, so these arcs can come from multiple directions. Try dodging towards each arc, and consider picking up a shield with high Holy resistance to almost totally negate this ability.
- Wave of Gold: The Wave of Gold ability is one of two abilities that define the Elden Beast. When performed, a wave of golden light will radiate out from the Elden Beast, continuing to deal damage as it continues towards the very edges of the arena. You don’t have to sprint away from this one, just watch for the wave to come close and dodge towards the boss. This is also available as a Weapon Skill after downing the boss.
- The Elden Ring Attack: The Elden Beast flies up into the air, creates the symbol of the Elden Ring in the air and on the ground, and creates a golden explosion between the two that deals a massive amount of damage. It takes a while for this attack to be fully prepared, so look for the very edge of the Elden Ring symbol when it flies into the air and sprint towards it. You only take damage if you are caught within the borders of the symbol, but it takes up a massive area.
Strategies To Beat The Elden Beast
The Elden Beast is the game’s final boss, but that doesn’t make it the hardest boss. It has a plethora of attacks at its disposal but the majority of them are moves players have likely already seen in their pursuit of the Elden Ring. It’s a fight that can take a long time, though, thanks to the Elden Beast’s high HP pool and maneuverability. If you get hit more than once without healing, chances are its high-damage abilities will kill even the most well-armored character.
The best Spirit Ash to take into this fight is theoretically the Mimic Tear, but that depends on the strength of your build. If you would prefer to avoid the Mimic Tear, choose a Spirit Ash with high mobility and evasiveness, like Black Knife Tiche or Ancient Dragon Knight Kristoff
Best Strategy: Pillar Attacks, Black Flame, and Anti-Holy
Because the Elden Beast has such a high HP pool and takes up such a massive area, there are a few tricks players can use to cheese the boss. Pillar-type spells, like Black Flame Ritual, deal damage in focused points over a spread area. Because of the Elden Beast’s size, these focused areas all hit at once and stack, taking out chunks of its HP bar.
In general, the Black Flame is powerful against the Elden Beast because the lingering damage is percentage-based. The damage-over-time unique to Black Flame spells doesn’t last long, but against a high-HP enemy like the Elden Beast this small amount adds up quickly, to the point that it deals as much damage as the attack itself.
Using gear and spells that reduce incoming Holy damage is key to surviving the Elden Beast’s strongest special attacks. The majority of the Elden Beast’s attacks deal majority Holy damage, so going into the fight with the Haligdrake Medallion Talisman, the Holyproof Dried Liver consumable, and spells like Lord’s Divine Fortification can go a long way in negating the boss’ deadly moveset.
Melee players will be surprised to learn that the Elden Beast is actually staggerable. It’s difficult to pull off because of how often it moves around, though. Instead, try to stay as close to the Elden Beast at all times to be able to get hits in when openings appear. Because sprinting back and forth and dodging takes up so much Stamina, it’s not a bad idea to equip the Green Turtle Talisman to make it easier to catch up to this mobile boss. The boss’ attacks are all pretty well telegraphed, but avoid locking on as the camera will go haywire when the Elden Beast moves.
Spellcaster and Ranged Strategies
Being a spellcaster makes the fight against the Elden Beast a bit more cinematic, but it isn’t without its challenges. Incantation-users should use the Black Flame against the Elden Beast as it deals percentage-based damage that wrecks the boss’ high HP bar. Sorcery-users should opt for high-poise-damage spells like Rock Sling to regularly stun the Elden Beast, and long-range spells like Loretta’s Greatbow can keep you safe while a Spirit Ash keeps its attention. Ranged-focused players should avoid using Arrows that cause Status Effects, as the Elden Beast is completely immune to all of them. Instead, opt for heavier Arrows, or consider upgrading to a heavier Bow class.
What Happens After Defeating the Elden Beast?
After beating the Elden Beast, you can congratulate yourself – the final boss of Elden Ring is downed, and you are given the choice to end the game with one of your unlocked endings. There are six endings in Elden Ring, each of which (except the Elden Lord ending) is unlocked after completing an associated questline.
The Elden Beast drops the Elden Remembrance item, which like all Remembrances can either be consumed for Runes (50,000 in this case) or traded with Enia for unique boss weapons. The Elden Remembrance gives two options: the Sacred Relic Sword, or Marika’s Hammer. After all this, and after choosing your ending, you are given the option to start New Game Plus.
Elden Ring is available now for PC, PlayStation 4 and 5, and Xbox One and Series X|S.
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