Alecto, Black Knife Ringleader

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Location Ringleader's Evergaol    
Drops

Ringleader’s Evergaol:
runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18 88,000 Runes (NG)
Black Knife Tiche

HP 34,964    
Strong VS
Immune to
Weaker to
   

Alecto, Black Knife Ringleader is a Boss in Elden Ring. This Elden Ring Alecto, Black Knife Ringleader Guide features boss locations, tips, strategies and videos on how to defeat Alecto easily, as well as boss stats and lore for Alecto.

Alecto, Black Knife Ringleader is the ringleader of the Black Knives Plot, imprisoned within Ringleader's Evergaol. On the Night of the Black Knives, Alecto and the Black Knife Assassins assassinated Godwyn the Golden using daggers imbued with a fragment of Destined Death stolen from it's caretaker, Maliketh. During their escape from Leyndell, Alecto's daughter and one of the Black Knife Assassins, Tiche, perished protecting her.

She is an optional boss as players don't need to defeat her to advance in Elden Ring. Like her fellow Black Knife Assassins, she is swift and aggressive, closing distance with ease. Her weapon is imbued with Death, allowing it to drain and reduce her targets’ maximum HP for a short while. You may find yourself dodging and running most of the time during the fight. Be patient and punish her long recovery moves such as Imbued Helmsplitter. She drops the Black Knife Tiche Ashes when defeated.

Bosses are unique and challenging Enemies that can be encountered all over the Lands Between. They can drop unique Spirit AshesWeaponsSpells, and other various Items.

 

The assassins who carried out the deed were scions of the Eternal City. A group entirely of women, arrayed in armour of silver under cloaks which fooled the eye.

Elden Ring Alecto, Black Knife Ringleader Boss

Alecto, Black Knife Ringleader is a Field Boss found in Liurnia of the Lakes. [Map Link]

  • This is an optional boss.
  • This is a Field Boss.
  • Closest Site of Grace: Moonlight Altar
  • Stake of Marika: Yes, near boss fight arena
  • Multiplayer is not allowed for this boss.
  • You can not summon spirit ashes for this boss.

 

Elden Ring Alecto, Black Knife Ringleader Location

Alecto, Black Knife Ringleader can be found at Ringleader's Evergaol in Liurnia of the Lakes. You cannot access this area until you've progressed Ranni's quest significantly.

 

Alecto, Black Knife Ringleader Combat information

  • Health: 34,964 HP
  • Defense: 120
  • Poise: 80
  • Deals Standard, Slash, Pierce and Holy Damage.
  • Parriable: Yes, with resposte
  • Can be poise broken, which allows for a critical attack.

Negations (or Absorptions)

The negation numbers are the % of your damage that gets blocked. For example, if a negation is 60, 40% of that damage by that type will go through and 60% will be negated. Bigger number = less damage. A negation of 100 means no damage goes through, and a negation of -100 mean the enemy takes 2x damage from that source. 0 means damage goes pretty much as is.

Resistances

The resistance numbers are the buildup amount to trigger it. For example, if a resistance is 100 you must deal 100 points of the given buildup to trigger it. Note that these go down over time, and increase each time the effect procs. The values after the "/"s indicate the increased resistances after each successive proc.

NG+ and Beyond (click to reveal)
  NG NG+ NG+2
Defense 120 120 123

Resistances

poison status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxPoison Immune
scarlet rot status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxScarlet Rot Immune
hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxHemorrhage Immune
frostbite status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxFrostbite 351 / 449 / 739 / 1196 375 / 473 / 763 / 1220 380 / 478 / 768 / 1225
sleep status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxSleep Immune
madness status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxMadness Immune

 

Elden Ring Alecto, Black Knife Ringleader Boss Guide

Alecto, Black Knife Ringleader Boss Video Guide

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Alecto, Black Knife Ringleader Fight Strategy

The Best Tips for Alecto, Black Knife Ringleader:

  • Use Glintblade Phalanx or Carian Phalanx to quickly bring down her Poise.
  • Her Imbued Helmsplitter attack has a short tracking distance, so start sprinting away immediately as she crouches down to jump. Don't overextend or you'll be stuck in an attack or cast animation and unable to react in time.
Melee Users

Dodge and Punish: Dodge, duck, dive, and dip is the strategy here. You simply cannot block her attacks as they are too quick and deadly, and Barricade Shield is useless, so you must dodge. Try to keep enough distance that you can run away as soon as you see her winding up Imbued Helmsplitter, which can easily one-shot you if it hits. Keep dodging until she does Helmsplitter or Knife Sweep, and punish her while she's recovering. These are your best openings to attack safely unless you're wielding a large enough weapon to stun her. Helmsplitter is also good opportunity to get a backstab, but note that the bowl-like nature of the arena means that there's a very small chance your backstab won't connect due to elevation differences. You can safely heal instead of punishing a slow attack, or just after dodging a Blade of Death.

Glintblade Criticals: You can use the Ash of War: Glintblade Phalanx to greatly increase pressure on her Poise. Unassisted, it can take four casts to get her staggered, but you can speed this up a lot by getting your own hits in as well. Keep in mind that she can sometimes collide with some of your Glintblades before they launch and then get get knocked back out of stagger once the rest fire. She'll recover quickly, so don't close in for a punish if this happens.

Poke Her To Death: Strength builds can make good use of weapons with a fast jab attack (like the Greatsword's crouching/rolling light attack) to punish her while she's closing in for an attack. If you manage to stun her with the first attack, follow up with a second light attack - if she rolls away, stop swinging and back away while your stamina recharges.

Parries and Backstabs: Most of Alecto's melee attacks are parriable.  Take some runs to focus on observing her movesets and get accustomised to the speed of the fight. Quality & Dex builds can use a weapon with high critical damage (the Misericode is a good choice). Equip the Dagger Talisman for a damage boosts and/or the Assassin's Crimson Dagger for HP regain.  Equip a shield with the Golden Parry Ash of War to extend the parry range, or use the Carian Retaliation Ash of War on a small shield to parry the Death-Imbued Flame projectiles for some extra damage.  Many of the Twist Sweep attacks and Jump attack (no flame) can be easily outrun and allow you to go in for backstabs. If you misread a combo or missed a parry earlier in her attack chain, roll to iframe next attacks and wait for the next opportunity.

Rolling into her with the Briar set on will easily stuns/interrupts her attacks.

Magic and Ranged Users

Critical Hits: This is a formidable boss which often requires lots of HP and FP, so it's recommended to have at minimum 25 Vigor, 20 Mind, and 10-12 flasks. For Sorcery users, it's best to use multi-hit spells with homing capabilities such as Glintblade Phalanx or Carian Phalanx. These fire-and-forget spells allow you to focus on dodging Alecto's swift and powerful attacks. You can use Ash of War: Glintblade Phalanx on your weapon for quick access. Maintain your distance and wait for openings and breaks between her attacks to cast your spells and then prepare to dodge her upcoming onslaught. While these spells are not particularly damaging to Alecto, they deal massive damage to her Poise, allowing you to get a critical attack in. Keep up this strategy throughout the whole fight and you should be able to bring her down.

Sweeping Attacks: When Alecto is far away from you, she's much more likely to close in than to stand back. She has incredible mobility but low poise. She leaps from side to side and will easily dodge most magic projectiles such as Glinstone Shard or Stars. These leaps can't evade spells with broad sweeping arcs such as Carian Greatsword or Adula's Moonblade, though. As she starts closing in, time your cast to catch her right as she reaches melee range. This will stun her and interrupt her attack. Keep casting over and over, stun-locking her until you knock her on her back. This will buy you time to sprint away, use FP flasks, or prime Glintblade or Carian Phalanx (as above). She'll often leap far back after being knocked down, so just wait until she closes in again to repeat the process. 

Night and Flame: Wielding Sword of Night and Flame, back away from her along the rim of the bowl to avoid most of her chain attack combos and physical attacks (as long as you don't run out of stamina). You can use Night and Flame Stance's Night Comet attack after she does a Helmsplitter. This will usually knock her onto her back, allowing you to repeat the process. Be careful that you're back in Night and Flame Stance before you attack again or you'll start swinging your sword and potentially chop your way into her knives. If you miss, back off to regain stamina and FP. Be careful to avoid Imbued Helmsplitter, but that's fairly easy to dodge to the side if you're at a distance.

Alecto moves too fast for most ranged weapons to be able to handle her. Some jump attacks with a bow may connect safely but it will be a slow and unreliable source of damage.

Cheese Strategy 

If you find yourself incapable of dealing with Alecto's attack pattern you can essentially break her AI by standing on a specific rock in the evergaol arena. As soon as she spawns in jump onto the rock located directly to the left of her. She will be unable to reach you unless she paths her way around to the left side of the rock. She can also occasionally use her Helmsplitter moves to get on top of the rock, in which case you should simply lead her off of the rock and then get back on it as quickly as possible.

To effectively and safely deal damage to her while using this strategy you should use ranged weapons and/or long-reaching melee weapons such as spears and thrusting swords to poke her from a distance. If these weapons don't work for your build, you can also use jumping heavy attacks with the melee weapon of your choice and retreat back onto the rock while she recovers.

Be aware that Alecto's Blade of Death can still sometimes hit you while you are on top of the rock. Also avoid the hole behind the rock against the wall of the Evergaol: not only will you fall off the map and die, this death will spawn you at your last site of grace instead of the Stake of Marika.

Incantation users can utilize Black Flame Ritual spell, which will chip away her health while providing protection against her attacks (as it breaks her attacks). 

 

Alecto, Black Knife Ringleader Attacks & Counters

Attack Description Counter
Refer to the Black Knife Assassin page for Alecto's base movesets and counters.
Imbued Helmsplitter Alecto brings her knife to her side, imbuing it with a dark flame before leaping upwards and performing a Helmsplitter. On impact, her knife bursts into an explosion of swirling blades that deals immense damage as well as additional
damage over time
This move takes longer to start than the standard Helmsplitter but can also close much more distance, and is very difficult to dodge if you're too close. Sprint away as soon as you see her begin to infuse her knife. Just as with the regular Helmsplitter, use this opportunity to cast spells or get a hit in

Alecto, Black Knife Ringleader Lore, Notes & Other Trivia

  • She was the ringleader of the Black Knives Plot, where she, along with her daughter Tiche and many others, slew Godwyn the Golden. She escaped while her daughter perished, but at some point later she was imprisoned in the Evergaol.
  • In Greek Mythology, Alecto is the name of one of the Furies (or Erinyes), specifically tasked to punish endless rage and anger.

  

Alecto, Black Knife Ringleader Combo Chart 

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Alecto, Black Knife Ringleader Image Gallery

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    • Anonymous

      Beat her today after about 30 tries (lvl 11X, STR/FTH build), the final fight was tense and high-speed, but feel like I only won because she didn't hit her "F-Off" button and use her near-undodgeable one-shot AoE.
      Not a fun fight overall.

      • Anonymous

        Gave her a taste of her own medicine by repeatingly letting her get in range and hitting her with Destined Death

        • Anonymous

          Carian Regal Scepter +9, Snow Witch Hat, misc. armors (kept light load), Ranni's Dark Moon or Cerulean Flask when the AI on the OP bot screws up. Alecto makes the same mistake as Gwyn, attempts to dodge so she (he for Gwyn) dodges prematurely, gets nuked anyways. 1,100+ damage per impact, not counting frostbite.

          • Anonymous

            This boss has some of the worst mechanics in all of the bosses combined into one: ( each of these are fine on their own just not together )
            - Hoarah Loux's grab attack that you can only avoid by dodging diagonally
            - Red Wolf of Radagon's insane speed that doesn't let up for even a second
            - Maliketh's AOE attack ( but slightly modified so your muscle memory messes you up )
            All of this combines into a terrible fight where you either tank the hits, drink all your flasks, and be aggressive, or you hit and run
            The most annoying part of this boss fight is even when you've been hit and want to drink a flask, you can't without taking damage because the boss has infinite stamina.

            • Anonymous

              So after 20ish attempts, i beat this ***** with my 80 INT sorcerer

              here is some advice if you are a caster and dont want to respecc to use other weapons i recommend:
              Cold Infused Whip + Staff of Loss + Night Comet

              you wanna stay at a distance to cast night comet, when she gets close, whip her 2 times (dont be greedy) and then roll back or use bloodhound step
              if you keep it consistent you can proc cold and then spam night comet (since she wont dodge this spell)
              this requires good stamina so use your physiks flask for stamina and stamina regen

              • Anonymous

                It's astounding to me that Elden Ring simultaneously has the best and absolute worst designed bosses Fromsoft has ever made.

                • Anonymous

                  I cannot stress this enough, get a dragonscale blade for this fight. It is so overwhelmingly good due to its high damage and frost buildup on the ash of war.

                  • Anonymous

                    with great shield + 1h and not enough damage to consistently stagger her this fight was pretty dull. no offense allowed since her grab and explosion were one shots and too easy to get hit by. so shield up and walking backwards to keep distance to avoid the two dangerous moves... until she does jump-attack or explosion (allows charge attack + one or two swings) or the one (?) normal attack that gets deflected and allows a safe guard counter. no risk at all but took forever.

                    • Anonymous

                      INT build, not a hard fight by all means as long as you keep your distance constantly, but what a tedious one! There is no pattern to learn, it's always the same tactic: close the distance, spam attack, close the distance, with the occasional special move thrown every three loops or so. Super annoying, unfun and frankly badly designed. They could have made her HP 3 times larger for all I care, wouldn't have made it more interesting: the premise is completely flawed.

                      • Anonymous

                        For any melee struggling like I was, Lion's Claw was what managed it for me. She loves to dodge back but once she starts to run in for an attack, Lion's claw knocks her down and lets you get a few hits in. Break poise a couple of times for crits and eventually she goes down (or did for me). Good luck!

                        • Ranni's Dark Moon actually works really well on Alecto. Light load so you can roll well and get far away and cast with Carian Regal Scepter. The tracking still gets her even with all the jumping around and gymnastics. Before trying this I was having a rough time haha. Night comet and dual staff of loss was too slow and she just dodged my Lion's Claw attacks.

                          • Anonymous

                            dark moon greatsword L2 + stonebarb cracked tear + axe talisman. charged R2 > uncharged R2 > crit > repeat. took me three loops of that to get the kill. i don't think frostbite even kicked in.

                            • Anonymous

                              Using nothing but incantations here was a pain but I eventually got her. Just kept spamming Flame of the fel god which would occasionally hit her, but mainly it allowed me to stand in the fire and chuck black fireballs at her untill she finally died.
                              Enslaved her daughter as revenge

                              • Anonymous

                                Was having some trouble with this boss on my RL 1 run, got really close using thunderbolt ash of war a bunch of times but eventually caved and got the fallingstar beast jaw then beat her 2nd try with that, def easy mode, open the fight with frost dragon breath then start blasting her with the beast jaw ash of war and drink your potions when she stance breaks and it will be done in no time, now maybe tiche will help me beat the second phase of maliketh, the real boss im having trouble with at RL1…

                                • Anonymous

                                  Starscourge Greatsword is GREAT here, you can just spam its Ash of War, and continuously deal damage, and stagger them.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Starscourge Greatsword is GREAT here, you can just spam its Ash of War, and continuously deal damage, and stagger them.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Dex build. Tried about 30 times with my usual Dual katana setup, trying to be more faster and nimble than her, didn't work. Then tried greatshield, Great stars mace and constant Block W/ guard counter, it broke her poise and let me crit. Finally beat her and got an ashes summon that I'll never use... But atleast I beat her!

                                      • I used Giant Hunt + frost to decent effect. Hiding behind any 100% damage reduction shield does help some. For a foe so nimble, she does telegraph a lot of attacks and they're easy to dodge. But, she can evade your Giant Hunt quite a lot, so stock up on blue flasks.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Why in gods name does this boss have Maliketh's omni-slash? Better yet why does it deal just as much as his while having half the wind up?

                                          • Anonymous

                                            For the faith enjoyers out there, landing Crucible: Horns sets up Crucible: Tail, and the 2nd tail sweep always breaks her stance.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              Hated to do it but used RoB on this woman! I don’t even care. She got me no more than 3 times and scored her daughter on the 4th try. Ayyyyyooo! Very proud considering my s.o is a Souls Veteran and kept getting his butt whooped.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                If you're a melee FTH build: Aspect of the Crucible: Horns -> Giant Hunt -> heavy attack. This keeps her permastunned and poise broken afterwards for a critical hit. Very easy tactic, but she will skillfully avoid your Horns about 50% of the time.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  After growing weary of helmsplitter killing me a bunch of times, I switched to a weapon with lightning ram and spammed it over and over just because it is silly. Turns out that worked on the first attempt, an unexpected victory. It interrupts almost all of her attacks. The only issue is running out of stamina and then FP, so it's not completely without peril.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    Rejection incantation to knockdown against the cliff further to the left of the defensible rock (she does not fall though), along with an upgraded Bolt of Gransax which also interrupts her did the trick for me. Mostly poise damage until critical stab was available with a bit of chip damage while she was getting up from a knockdown, and rinse and repeat.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      For my incant users our there, Crucible Horns is your best friend. Wait till you get an opening, (e.g when she finishes a powerful attack or is running towards you, or right at the beginning) then use a fully charged horns to send her flying. Do that 3 times (make sure to reposition yourself between hits so you don't miss) to poise break, then do your critics and back off, rinse and repeat

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        Combination of Haima Battlehammer and Night Comet made this fight surprisingly easy (and fun). I can vouch this strategy for any casters having trouble with her, and it works even with low levels.

                                                        Battlehammer seems to cause the boss to retain idle animation and keep her distance, all the while she does not dodge Night Comets you pepper her with.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          "There was an old saying, that for all the terror waiting in the gloves hands of an assassin, it was nothing against a professional soldier." - Chapter 23 of the Bonehunters, Malazan Book of the Fallen

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Funny that one of the most fun, fluid bosses for light/medium weapons is one of the most susceptible to being crushed by any sort of chunky attack. It's leonine all over again

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              Just bombarded her with black flame, which is the ideal solution to, like, 80% enemies in this game. Okay, maybe 75%.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                If you are an exclusively glintstone/intelligence build like me this boss is going to be a nightmare. I ended up using the dark moon greatsword and that did the trick. Glintstone phalanx with the azurs glintstone staff, and frost attacks and staggering with the dark moon sword are the key.

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  Spam lighting spear to stun lock - easy money, just gotta dodge well enough to recover stamina but given her long windows its not too bad. Took me 2 tries with light roll and 60 faith

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    killed it on the third try, had to use Great Stars with frostbite-infused wild strikes. was left with less than half of my health bar and no flasks. i dont wanna have to fight this thing, ever again. i hope having Tiche pays out for all the post-game struggle i had to complete over half of Ranni's quest and then solo this thing even though i already finished the entire game with my Mimic Tear...

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      If you aren’t using colossal weapons, I recommend spamming Adula’s Moonblade. It’s a tough fight despite what everyone else is saying for inexperienced players. Be patient, expect to die. First off, finger but hole

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        used +24 troll hammer, stood completely still, attacked whenever she came near. timing can be tough and if she hits you its hard to heal, but it worked surprisingly well. level 125 i think, using dragon incants the entire game helped me know when to start attacking so I hit her before she hits me. sucky boss

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          So honestly, she's pretty easy without cheese if you're patient. Here's some tips if you're struggling:
                                                                          1. You can honestly just run away from most of her attacks, you don't really need to roll for anything other than her lunges which she telegraphs by crouching.
                                                                          2. When she does lunge, roll into her and to her side and you may be able to punish her depending on your weapon.
                                                                          3. She gets skiddish when you hit her with melee so if you're a magic user like me, consider bringing a simple sword that you can pre-swing at her as she approaches. She'll often either back off or dodge into a crouch stab which she'll often either follow up with her quick combo before bailing or a normal helmsplitter than you can easily punish
                                                                          4. When she's charging you she doesn't really dodge much, at least she didn't when I used lightning bolt, you can often pelt her with a spell or arrow as she approaches.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            would be cool if +10 tiche dodge fight like alecto on +10 but reduce the total hp so that it feel more like her own class bc she just have the same hp as a tank ashes while dodge like an assassin ashes.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              Spot on the cliff where you can kinda break her ai. Night maidens mist over and over worked. Though i may have been lucky.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                Can confirm the strategy mentioned in a few comments about using the Nox Flowing Hammer's weapon skill works 100%. I suggest strengthening it to at least +8, and be sure to allocate a few flasks to FP recovery* (so you're able to use the skill as much as necessary). The only 2 things to be concerned about are keeping her close enough that the weapon skill will connect, and dodging her ranged attack. If possible, get her to back up against the wall and you'll hit her every time.

                                                                                *Equipping FP-related talismans helps, too. I used the Carian Filigreed Crest, which reduces the FP cost of skills.

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  forcing her up to the cliff makes her AI kind of chill down a bit, I beat her this way without getting hit once, she basically just tanks your hits and occasionally walks around

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    I absolutely destroyed her with the starscourge greatswords. Starcaller cry staggered her every time even during that mini maliketh attack and every attack from the swords staggered her too so I ended up beating her to death without she being able to do anything. Left the taste of cheesing on my tongue

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      So I won this after having lost patience by just... knocking her down until she died. Specifically, using the fully-charged Bolt of Gransax AoW a bunch. She doesn't always attempt to dodge it at a safe-but-close distance, and generally won't try to dodge it when she enters the phase of just making a beeline towards you.

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        Like most ER bosses, it's not even that the boss is hard but that it is full of bullshit. Why does nearly every boss act like it is Sekiro when you are stuck in a Souls game.

                                                                                        • Other Black Knives are pretty fair with plenty of safe openings, especially if you’re using a heavy weapon to stagger them. But this one doesn’t have that many at all, mostly because of that Destined Death plunging attack, which makes nearly every second you’re close to her a gamble. She also automatically dodges any ranged spells as long as she’s not in an attack or recovery animation. So the strategy I used was staying in the bowl at the center to make dodging the Destined Death bullshit easier and waiting for her to do one of her attacks with longer recoveries, like said bullshit. Then I spammed Stone of Gurranq until out of stamina. Doing so keeps her staggered the entire time you’re throwing them while doing a fairly large chunk of damage. Rinse and repeat until dead.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            I am gonna get alot of hate for saying this but idgaf (i don't give a f***)

                                                                                            I like Alecto, and all black knife assassin fights, despite being in the minority.

                                                                                            The black knife assassins where always a fair battle, that was super fun to fight against, you can consistently and reliably defeat them by Parry's, stunlocking them, back stabbing them, and they give you way more counter windows then most bosses in this game. (Looking at you melania, godfrey, mogh, mr black blade dog i hate your 1st phase and 2nd phase! despite killing you multiple times in what is now my 20th time playing this game ffrom beginning to end with a new character again)

                                                                                            Alecto is by far the most damaging of all the black knifes, (simpley becease if she uses her maliketh attack and hits you with all those hits together) but not the most difficult black knife assassin to deal with for me. becease a certain invisible black knife assassin beats me more then their leader ever could. (And yes i am not using that dumb torch to see what that assassin is doing simpley becease it ruined what makes them unique/questionably bs. compared to all the other black knife assassins. If i get a change in battle i rather deal with a change head on then to simpley remove it so i can defeat that enemy in their prime.)

                                                                                            And knowing i mercy kill alecto in combat, to give her finaly the rest she deserves/yearend, is for me (a person who did all the npc's questlines) nice to help someone out for what they have yearned for. And as a final reward i get black knife tiche from alecto herself. So she can go on a new journey and help someone out again, (giving her purpose once more) as she once did in her last moments and last effort to protect, her mother.

                                                                                            And tiche is worth getting. Specialy in how use full she is in battle, and if you where also a person like me who wanted to have a friendly black knife assassin summon to assist in battle. And i am happy that that was possible after fighting the leader of the black knife assassins. A fitting way to obtain that summon.

                                                                                            So... (sigh) now let the hate begin, dislike all you want for hating to see someone like them, or having to read someone who actually likes the black knife assassins and their lore.

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              I would like to say that I beat this boss by sheer wit and skill but really I just loaded up on poise with the bull goat talisman and two handed a grafted blade +9 to victory without ever being interrupted. Highly recommend the strat if you’ve the strength for it. She couldn’t even interrupt my heals ;)

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                I'm not proud of it but I just spammed sword dance on a +25 claymore and got her second try.

                                                                                                Everytime staggers really easily and only occasionally got attacks in when I missed. It also stun locked her before she can do the ridiculous flurry.

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  Another boss fight ruined by a oneshot bs grab. Is like they had a bunch of 6yr olds brainstorming the end game content.

                                                                                                  • There is still a cheese for this, you engage and run back and to your left.
                                                                                                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-kRmWFTgxw&ab_channel=KingAlexHD
                                                                                                    It may not work the first time but try it. The video isn't the best in explaining it. I put this message up because holy crap this dude is unfair and bizarre. Basically an end game boss that is harder.

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      Why does this page not say what kind of damage her Imbued Helmsplitter does? For real. 40 vigor and the best armor I can wear and it still one shots me. I've tried the best magic defense armor... I've tried the best physical defense armor.

                                                                                                      Instant one shot mechanics on otherwise balanced bosses are consistently one of the worst parts of any Souls game.

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        Spam the Giant Hunt AOW with the Greatsword for this boss. Poke her once, wait til she nearly gets back up, and then repeat. 100% guaranteed stunlock, and DO NOT show this garbage boss any mercy, because she does not deserve it. F**k this boss.

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          >make soundtrack specifically for black knife assassins
                                                                                                          >don't use it for the leader of the black knife assassins
                                                                                                          ????

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            A SINGLE ****ing tick of damage from that bullshit aoe attack she does just oneshots me, even with 1500 HP. WHAT. THE ACTUAL. ****.

                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                              After a dozen or so playthroughs I think this is one of the most well designed boss fights in the game. It rewards skillful play over brute force or RNG luck, sure it's a challenge but it's a fair challenge. Instead of hyper-aggression, constant magic spam, arena sized AoE blasts, input reading heal punishes that cover ridiculous distances etc, you just get a straight up honest duel with well telegraphed moves that can be easily avoided once you learn her moveset, the way she dodges some attacks and then retreats back and dances around you after getting hit almost feels like fighting an actual human rather than an overtuned AI.

                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                If there were ever an example of "You are playing the game incorrectly, and now the game will punish you," it's this.

                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                  Cold infused twinblade with Ice Spear did it for me. The ash will stop the boss in its tracks and it only takes a few of them to trigger frostbite. Rinse and repeat..

                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                    The Flowing Nox Hammer's weapon art will absolutely stop her in her tracks, especially if you upgrade the hammer to +8. Just keep spamming that, and dodge the blade of death and you should be golden.

                                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                                      Elden Ring is absolute ****, 2nd half of the game they phoned it in and just gave everything unblockable undodgeable high damage attacks so they can level check you

                                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                                        there's no way she only has 8741 HP. im sure in one of my playthrough, my best attack agaisnt her deals around 1100 dmg. and im pretty sure i did it more than 8 times. its probably around 15-20times. so according to my experience. her HP should be around 16k or more. unless, the damage prompt on her health bar is fake and there's more calculation to it.

                                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                                          If you’re really struggling try this: get onto the rock and spam the Fallingstar Beast Jaw WA. It’s not nearly as satisfying as a “proper” fight, but it works.
                                                                                                                          With that said, can we just appreciate for a second that the advice for melee users is basically Patches O’houlihan from Dodgeball telling you that you CAN do this!
                                                                                                                          Good luck, fellow tarnished, and remember if you can dodge a wrench you can dodge a ball! :)

                                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                                            Finally beat em after a ton of tries. Basically rocking a moonveil samurai/mage hybrid build, cast greatblade phalanx as much as I can and also use moonveil's attack on the boss when he gets too close.

                                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                                              I appreciate that someone must have put work into the combat information and tips for Alecto probably fighting her under levelled to see her full move-set. But the black knife assassin mini boss outside sainted hero's grave was a good deal more difficult, I know that's Altus Plateau but it is the next area from Liurnia so it wont be as big a jump in difficulty as consecrated snowfield would be if it was accessed right after Liurnia.

                                                                                                                              All the stuff about dodging this way and rolling that way depending on what Alecto does wasn't necessary for me earlier on. I only died on my first attempt because I rolled myself right off the edge of the cliff trying to dodge a projectile that was reducing my total HP with each hit not just doing damage to it, getting hit by that is nasty.

                                                                                                                              The weapon art on blasphemous blade knocks Alecto flat on her arse, I'd start casting the dragonice incantation right away so that it was hitting her as she got to her feet, it might have f**ked with her AI because she stayed directly in front of me only advancing slowly and allowing me to hit her again with the weapon art then dragonice as she got up, it was remarkably easy to kill her this way.

                                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                FAITH based players can use Crucible HORN ( >>> Tail ) The Fire one is a good choice too.
                                                                                                                                Forget about breaths, she even dodge breaths (apart from the first one).

                                                                                                                                Two spells break her poise and get her down : Lannseax's Glaive and Fortissax's Lightning Spear.
                                                                                                                                Lannseax's Glaive almost ALWAYS put her on her back to the floor.
                                                                                                                                Then she will start avoiding close range and with little patience you'll get her ashes.

                                                                                                                                (I also put Frozen Mist on a sword and she seemed to dislike it). She's a pain.

                                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                  For mages just sue Carson greatsword it stuns her for just long enough to do another Carian greatsword trivializing her

                                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                    Nox Flowing Hammer WA - gives 2 hits at long range, 1st hit breaks her poise, 2nd hit knocks her down. She will never get close enough to hit you and her range attack is very easy to dodge so . . . benefit.

                                                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                      Nox Flowing Hammer's unique skill Flowung Form makes her more than manageable. One L2 press gives you two swings. The first hit results in a poise break and the second puts her on the ground. Add to that the incredible range in the attack and, with a little timing, you can easily keep her from getting close enough to get her knife into you or dropping a helmsplitter on your dome. Then, all you have to dodge her range attack, which is really quite easy as it's strongly telegraphed.

                                                                                                                                      Good luck!

                                                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                        I just used smarags Flintstone breath with dragon seal at +10 with 50 faith and arcane. Lots of running, but she eventually died, I also used golden vow, flame fortification and blessing of the erdtree. Blessing mitigates the DoT of her ranged throw. I also recommend opaline bubble tear for casters of any kind, hope this helps.


                                                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                          Spammed her with blasphemous blade's weapon art which knocks her down, she didn't even get to try to hit me.

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