Alecto, Black Knife Ringleader

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Location Ringleader's Evergaol
Drops runes currency elden ring wiki guide 1888,000
Black Knife Tiche
HP 17,482
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

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 NG+ NG+2 NG+3 NG+4 NG+5 NG+6 NG+7
HP 17,482 17,499 19,248 20,123 20,998 22,748 23,623 24,498
Defense 120 120 123 126 132 138 144 156
runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18Runes 80,000 160,000 176,000 180,000 192,000 196,000 200,000 204,000

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 386 / 484 / 774 / 1231 391 / 489 / 779 / 1236 397 / 495 / 785 / 1242 403 / 501 / 791 / 1248 408 / 506 / 796 / 1253
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

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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 Misericorde 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.

Faith/Flame Strategy

Alecto can be handled fairly easily by overwhelming her poise by spamming Giantsflame Take Thee. Using talismans (such as Flock's Canvas Talisman, Fire Scorpion Charm, Godfrey Icon) and a Wondrous Physick (Flame-Shrouding Cracked Tear) which boosts its attack, when Giantsflame Take Thee lands, Alecto will be knocked to the floor, allowing you to continuously spam it until you run out of FP. When that happens, back off, restore FP, then cast again until it knocks her down. Rinse and repeat until she is defeated.

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

      I was struggling a lot with this boss but here's how I beat it:

      Equip a shield with 100% physical negate
      Equip good poise damage weapon (I used Great Stars)
      Guard counter her lunging stab (hold R2 the moment you hear the block so she can't follow-up)
      Dodge to her back when she does that jump attack and back stab
      If she does that destined death move with like multiple slashes, run away just out of range then back stab her

      For all her other moves either walk away while guarding or dodge, up to your preference

      Good luck!!!!

      • Strong spirit ashe against bosses who benefit from connecting attacks (like when malenia's attacks heal her) or who devastate traditional tanks that block, rather than dodge (like how radagon can kill almost anyone by connecting just one or a few attacks)

        • Anonymous

          either im doing this wrong or it just doesnt work anymore but standing on the rock doesn't do anything to stop her or break her at all. also I have to mention that this fight feels impossible for someone who is an int caster, as she literally just dodges faster than all of your abilities can travel and you cant utilize cheese like poison or scarlet rot.

          the fact that her AI is so powerful that it can fully dodge a rock sling by moving completely behind the caster after the spell is cast is also kind of BS.

          typing this after trying to fight her about 15 times and barely even managing to get a quarter of her HP down, im doubtful I can beat her even after trying 30 or more times. as an int caster anyway. if I were strength or faith this would be so much easier.

          • Anonymous

            Cold storm stomp zweihander. Stuns often, use crits to move her towards the ledge. Can L2 when she gets up to prevent her from turning direction with a dodge.

            • Anonymous

              Figured out a new cheese strat, it's a bit tricky but it once you get it down it's reliable. It's mainly about the setup - first you learn her moves well enough to not get hit by them all the time. You'll know it worked when you reduce her health to 0 before she kills you. This revolves around a weird bug I discovered where you can retry the fight as many times as you want, and even though you improve every time, she always uses the same tactics. It feels unfair tbh

              • Anonymous

                equip a weapon with giant hunt -> press l2 -> repeat -> win

                This is seriously the easiest time i've ever had beating the damn thing, she just goes flying every time you use the ash which requires 0 skill to perform.

                For some reason she just wouldn't dodge out of it and would try to attack everytime i L2'd on wakeup.

                I also stance-broke her every third L2 using a spear, i assume it could go down to only 2 attacks with a heavier weapon that has better base stance damage.

                • Anonymous

                  Without build-shifting, keep your distance (even as a melee player) and identify the 3-4 attacks you can comfortably attack after. Don't try to go face her front-on because nobody's reactions are good enough to consistently deal with her backstab attack, but she never tries that the first move in a combo or after the bleed/leaping/floor-dragging attacks, so you should rarely get it and be well out of range when you do. I had no ways to deal damage but melee and got her down a couple of tries after working this strategy out.

                  • Anonymous

                    This fight is nothing but an RNG fest. If you're lucky you get her trapped against the side or a rock, if you're lucky she doesn't backstab you a lot (which strangely isn't even listed here under attacks, 2 of these close together and you're dead end of story). If you're not lucky you're likely dead. It's all RNG.

                    • Anonymous

                      If you're struggling with her, or any Black Knife Assassin, a Crucible Knight Build will make them fairly easy to deal with. Aspect: Breath will reliably flinch her for every single damage tick, Aspect: Tail covers a massive area and a single hit will knock her off her feet and open her up for damage, and Aspect: Horns flips her when fully charged and true combos into Ordovis' Vortex for massive damage despite their Holy Resistance.

                      • Anonymous

                        A Crucible Knight Build makes mincemeat out of her. Aspect: Breath will reliably flinch her for the whole casting, Aspect: Tail covers a large area and one hit will put her on her butt and open her up for more damage, and Aspect: Horns flips her and true combos into a fully charged Ordovis' Vortex.

                        • Anonymous

                          immune to rot and poison. Not made of stone, this is a living woman according to lore. Unless she has an unalloyed gold needle up her butt she should not be immune to it whatsoever

                          • Anonymous

                            I just lured her over so her back was to the cliff edge and slashed her with a dagger like 100 times until she died. She wasn't even stunlocked, but between each attack she didn't try to fight back. It was like her AI prioritized trying to slowly walk away from the ledge over anything else. Very strange.

                            • Anonymous

                              Tip: use "Briar set" it interrupt all black knife combo by simply rolling into them unless it's a jump attack which is the attack you can punish with backstab.

                              • Anonymous

                                I feel... bitter. I found her when I was barely lvl50 and by the time I finished the game with 322 deaths, 51 of were from her alone. How did I beat her, you might ask? I didn't. ****ing input reading idiot dodged me so hard she fell off a cliff (one part of the evergaol is open right beside the cliffs) and died due to fall damage. Basically: Use her overagressive attack by using either delayed spells or night spells. Adula's moonblade is also pretty good to the wide-range and medium distance aoe.

                                • Anonymous

                                  Not sure if it's mentioned already, but after struggling with her for a minute, I decided to try something I really don't use otherwise: guard counters. I found that she was *very* susceptible to them, especially after her long distance lunging attack. If nothing seems to be working & you're not usually a shield user, try picking one up and just punishing her when she attacks.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Reading all these comments and the distraught messages left around the evergaol I was really anxious about fighting her lol, I was strapping in for a world of hurt. But I thought hey, why not try the Royal Greatsword because if Blaidd was able to merc a bunch of black knife assassins with it, it's worth a shot right? and just spammed its skill Wolf's Assault whenever she got close enough, the forward flip works great as a dodge from her attacks and the cold blast messed her up with frost. Not only that but it knocked her on her butt every time which made it much easier to get a couple hits in. Worked like a charm, just had to be careful to dodge roll her blades and helmsplitter attacks. But seriously, the sword saved me! Bring some freezing pots as well. I couldn't believe I beat her first try, but I might've been a bit overleveled at 122 lol.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      After dying a few times trying to use my Moonveil I tried the Dark Moon Greatsword for the first time and almost killed her. Than I upgraded it to +8, activated the Ash of War that imbues the sword with frost and got her easilly with the heavy attack.
                                      Four or five hits broke her stance and allowed me to hit a critical.

                                      Didn´t even need to block any of her attacks

                                      • Anonymous

                                        My strategy was: keep your distance and when ALECTO runs to attack... dodge and attack with L1 or L2 using Dual Cut (Dual katana). It's a tough one-on-one boss, just keep your distance and using counterattack I could finish him off without taking a hitkill with his flying knife skill with great area attack. He only kill me with this damn attack. But once i decide to keep distance and do only counterattacks, end the problem.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          One of the most fun bosses to fight if you use BHS or quickstep. I'll use cheese if I'm absolutely walled by a boss, but stunlocking feels like I'm not really playing the game. Gliding around and dancing with this boss is a ton of fun, and I look forward to using these ashes + new weapons here each playthrough.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            This was one of my hardest fights in ER. I tried so many times to beat her that I lost count. So many different weapon combinations and buffs (I'm running an occult build). In the end, a medium shield and Great Stars +25 with Lion's Claw was her undoing. Praise Marika. This is so late game for me that I'm not even sure I'll get to use her in a significant boss fight (I've gotten her to +10 already) as I'm more likely to use my mimic I think. Such a shame that it's nigh on impossible to get her earlier (assuming you've completed Ranni's quest line). At least it was for me and my dad skills.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              After looking at all of these comments, am i the only one that beat her without cheesing a stunlock or something?


                                              All i did was take off all my armor and use the meteoric ore blade and a brass shield and then just rolly polly my way around

                                              Best way to doge her AOE flame knife thing is wait till the very last milisecond when she has just stabbed her knife into the ground after jumping and light roll straight back, it just gets you out of the way of all the flames in time

                                              And if you dont want to take your armor off, then just roll diagonally left towards her and you should dodge most of the damage

                                              • Anonymous

                                                Just my little input (no cheese) after beating her with 6 flasks left and a LOT of tries.
                                                Everything special about her is that one obnoxious Thousand Red Cuts attack where she just blinks on your position no matter what and shred + burns your HP bar.
                                                You know the one.
                                                When she prepares it, run straight. Then when she is mid-air, roll (i did diagonaly). It worked 3 times in a row so with that out of the way it managed to make time for chip-damaging her and win.
                                                That is also what i would recommand : poking her bit by bit works alright. Don't try to hit her more than one or twice when there is an opening. She'll just blink away and pounce again anyway.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  As a pure sorcerer, I just kept getting absolutely wrecked by her until I stumbled upon this strategy, and it absolutely crushed her first try. No cheese.
                                                  1.Have cerulean and magic shrouding tear flask ready
                                                  2.Enter arena.
                                                  3.Cast greatblade phalanx just in case (she never got near me)
                                                  4.refill fp
                                                  5.creep towards her summon spot.
                                                  6. Just before you get there, drink the flask
                                                  7. Step forward to the spot she will trigger summon
                                                  8. Hold down cast on meteorite of astel until you run out of fp
                                                  9.if shes not dead, back away with a fp flask
                                                  10. Spam night comet until she's dead or the phalanx finishes her off

                                                  Meteorite of Astel absolutely rocks her. She spends most of the time knocked down and/or poise broken. The only weakness here is the randomness of the meteors. If she gets lucky and can step out of the rain, you're toast. Just do the same thing again until the rng is your friend. If you get lucky, she's dead before you run out of mana.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    Little trick if you don't mind dying a lot, just trust in dragonmaw and dragonclaw. if you're lucky you can combo them by stagger-locking her and feel great in the process using flashy moves to bully a poor defenseless mother who lost her child defending her.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      I finally beat her, but not by using the strategies here. She is extremely aggressive but has relatively low poise, so actually hitting her tends to stop her aggression. Unlike what the guide says, you CAN block most of her attacks quite well with nothing more than the Best Crest Heater Shield - so the strategy is continuous Guard Counter. She'll stagger and usually hop away, giving you plenty of time to regen stamina for the next attach. If you're lucky and she is aggressive enough, you can get a guard break this way for a free critical hit.

                                                      With this tactic, the only real dangers are running out of stamina (which you can just recover the usual way - pass up a punish opportunity), and of course the Imbued Helmsplitter. The tactic that finally worked for me with Imbued Helmsplitter was to sprint *towards* her. It had the best rate of avoiding the AOE entirely - plus, if you're using target lock, which IS good for this fight considering how wiggly she is, you don't lose time toggling it off before sprinting.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        Here is an easy way to beat her.

                                                        Upgrade the Cross-Naginata to 18± and slap on a Cold infused Sword Dance, then attach a Winged Sword Insignia and a Stamina Talisman.

                                                        I beat her first try when I switched to this weapon.

                                                        The weapon has a long reach, and the Ash kept stun locking her when she approached.

                                                        The cold removes 10 percent of her health and reduces damage absorption.

                                                        Though she can still be threatening with her grab attack, and the Maliketh aoe, she may also back step from the Sword Dance.

                                                        I suggest you stay close to the circle, it helps to predict her when you're circling each other, and sword dance when she approaches, then back off and wait for your stamina to refill, rinse and repeat.

                                                        Hope this helps!

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          Here is an easy way to beat her.

                                                          Upgrade the Cross-Naginata to 18± and slap on a Cold infused Sword Dance, then attach a Winged Sword Insignia and a Stamina Talisman.

                                                          I beat her first try when I switched to this weapon.

                                                          The weapon has a long reach, and the Ash kept stun locking her when she approached.

                                                          The cold removes 10 percent of her health and reduces damage absorption.

                                                          Though she can still be threatening with her grab attack, and the Maliketh aoe, she may also back step from the Sword Dance.

                                                          I suggest you close to the circle, it helps to predict her when your circling each other, and sword dance when she approaches, then back off and wait for your stamina to refill, rinse and repeat.

                                                          Hope this helps!

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Stupidly hard and no fun. I have beaten her once and that was enough for a lifetime. I´ll gladly take mimic tear to not have to deal with this pita again.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              Was disappointed to find that it was completely unnecessary to even read on the moveset and strategies. All because this boss? Didn't even get a single hit in. GIANT HUNT completely stops her in her tracks. They are somewhat resistant to pierce, but that hardly matters when she goes flying straight up in the air with Every. Single. Blow.
                                                              Correction: after every second ragdoll, she just gets stance broken, so it became a game of ragdoll, ragdoll, critical, repeat.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                This fight was a HUGE pita. Tiche is best girl though, so I had to break down this brick wall the only way I know how.
                                                                By repeatedly slamming bloodhound's fang into her head until she stopped moving.

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  More fun boss then these hyper armor, position reading, 2 shot damage given, spamming attacks granting, and endless combo's dealing bosses.

                                                                  • I fought her on the rock to the left where the cheese spot is. I couldn't do the cheese itself as my weapons couldn't stun lock her, but the fight on that elevated platform was far easier Than fighting her in the middle of the Arena. She has nowhere to run, has to stand and take the hits, and get knocked off the rock. She sometimes charges the rock but won't jump on it, and will try to maneuver near the cheese location to meet you on an even level.

                                                                    The high ground.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      As a caster who uses Misericorde and Carian Retaliation on a shield for melee, I was overwhelmed for a minute.. didnt want to rock sling my way to victory bc I was feeling bad about doing in Adula like that. So I visited Iji and put Moonveil at +7, and man.. you can just bully her with Transient R2's. Manage your stamina and itll be over quickly.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        Bruh all this hyper specific advice is sending me. Get some poise and keep swinging. She's using a literal knife.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          This wasn't an easy fight, but it was challenging and fun. For anyone having issues Alecto has three punishable attacks that I saw to take advantage of. The one where he sparks his knife off the ground and spins, when he jumps up and thrusts, and his alternate version of that jump that looks kind of like one of Malenia's attacks. All three had a large enough window at the end of them to get a hit in. Dodge and run away, wait until one of those three happens to punish, and repeat until Alecto is no more. For what it's worth I am not a souls vet nor am I good at the game by any means. Hope this helps someone out.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            Has nearly 6000 more HP than Glintstone Dragon Adula, who is also in Moonlight Altar and many times her size. Very strange.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              Use any piece of briar armor. He has such little poise, it will interrupt a ton of attacks when you dodge into him.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                Two handing a big sword can stun lock her, you’ll still need to dodge attacks though after you run out of stamina.

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  This boss just has WAY too much HP and way too many unjustified resistances and immunities (seriously, EVERY condition except Frostbite?) for someone who can and will literally 1-shot you. She's the definition of "overtuned". It's telling that pretty much every "tip" to beating her given here is ways to cheese or exploit her.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    To the lucky person reading this. I found an abscenely FLIPPING S T U P I D way to beat her. If you just get Radagon's Ring's of light and use it repeatedly she will enter 'dodge ranged attacks' mode and stop attacking all together which just allows you to 'carefully' repeat cast radagon's ring especially when shes next to a wall. Zero skill required.

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      Got her using a +17 glaive with stormcaller set to cold. The repeated hits from stormcaller will stun lock her and build up the frostbite. You can start it up as she's charging you and she'll run right into it most of the time.

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        Level 73 strength build, got the godskin peeler to +14, it's weapon art obliterates her. Don't hit her with the weapon, only use the weapon art. Pin her against the wall, it throws her up in the air and she lands stunned. You can fully charge the weapon art or just tap it for a quick flame burst. But you *must* keep her pinned/stunned against the wall so be mindful of just chaining the black flame WA. The first time she does the atttack that looks like waterfowl dance you'll get why it's fine to essentially cheese her like this.... just bully her and keep her pinned to the wall to get the ashes. Btw the black knife tiche ashes use 132 FP, that's a lot if you aren't a mage build. Good luck!

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          If you want a real cheese for this one, use ice spear. She gets staggered with each hit (it even breaks her attack animation) and gets stunned with three hits, not to mention it's ice, so it does huge damage as well. Easy peasy. Just remember that the cast time is fairly long, so don't use it when she's using any of the blade of death attacks, that one has shorter cast than ice spear.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            Overtuned to the degree you have to use turtle tactics again. I beat her at lvl 86 after respeccing into bloodhound's fang. Just turn your back on her, sprint away, wait for an attack, let her finish the chain striking the air behind you, then turn around and get a hit in. Keep an eye on her to dodge her ranged attack, it's the only attack she can get in while you are running away. If she comes straight at you, you can time bloodhound finesse (first part) to get a hit in without getting hit yourself, she runs into it. Then you need to delay the second part of bloodhounds attack as long as possible, if done correctly you can get a second hit in. If you don't delay, she will dodge. Curved greatsword normal attack has enough poise to interrupt and stagger her normal attacks, doesn't work for telegraphed attacks which have hyper armor. Bloodhound finesse can interrupt some of these. But the most important part is the "turning your back on her and run away" thing. Sadly, I never feel satisfaction beating a boss like that because running away feels like a cheese tactic.

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              I found this after I found my way to and conquered the consecrated snowfields...
                                                                                              The infinite levels of bullsh!% she dropped on me made me not play anymore.
                                                                                              I keep trying to go back, but I just hate it.

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                For my spiked palisade tractor build brethren, stay far away as many mention, when you do this she flings her red goo at you just move a little to to the side to avoid and if she starts running at you after this wait a few seconds for her to close the distance and then do shield crash and mow her down, run away as she gets up and repeat, works 90% of the time, rest of the time she’ll back up and avoid but won’t attack, just run away and keep a distance until she flings her red goo at you and try again

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  On my RL1+0 run, I found that the easiest way to kill her (for me anyway) is using Golden Parry.

                                                                                                  Gear is this: any weapon and armor allowing light rolls + Assassin's Cerulean Dagger talisman to sustain the Golden Parry spam + Ritual Shield talisman to make the fight a bit more forgiving + any other two talismans.

                                                                                                  Strat is basically to stay at the Golden Parry range and parry three moves:
                                                                                                  - lounging attacks,
                                                                                                  - black flame bolts (your parry needs to hit her arm, not the projectile),
                                                                                                  - dragging sweeps.

                                                                                                  When she does the jumping attack (not Destined Death), roll behind her and backstab.
                                                                                                  When she does literally anything else - don't think, just roll back.

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    Hi, I'm terrible at this game but beat this boss on 4th go using Stormcaller with a Halberd and Cold affinity (Banished Knight's) - She's not immune to frostbite which when procs slows her down. Stay at a distance when she runs towards you and gets near start the Stormcaller - if it connects press 2 more times and it will knock her down every time.. Don't go in when she is down, instead move at a distance, let her get up and repeat. However sometimes she jumps back when Stormcaller starts so only press once and reset position.

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      Hi, I'm terrible at this game but beat this boss on 4th go using Stormcaller with a Halberd and Cold affinity (Banished Knight's) - She's not immune to frostbite which when procs slows her down. Stay at a distance when she runs towards you and gets near start the Stormcaller - if it connects press 2 more times and it will knock her down every time.. Don't go in when she is down, instead move at a distance, let her get up and repeat. However sometimes she jumps back when Stormcaller starts so only press once and reset position.

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        Tried over and over and adulas moonblade was about the only thing that got close after dozens of tries. But I was still only getting her down to a third health at best. I switched to cannon of haima and that knocked her over every hit. I stayed close so she wouldn't dodge as much and just kept up the pressure and finally defeated her

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          hilarious reading all these "just use this endgame item..." for an encounter you can easily meet before even reaching Altus. Yeah, I'm sure it's super simple when you're over-leveled and over-geared.

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            I beat this boss in the most boring way possible. Fire a wave of transient moonlight as she comes in charging, then two quick attacks at most, followed by dodging backwards. Rise and repeat. Once you get greater understanding of her attack patterns, you can do this repeatedly very quickly, leading to her stance getting broken and thus even more damage.

                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                              Literally just Carian Piercer, like most enemies if you just press L1 their AI has no clue how to handle it and just sits there staring at you while you flask or charge the spell. With good mind/dmg you can stunlock her to death. Be careful as if you give her even a second she can 'side-step' which has hyper-armor, then she will counter-attack. The grab and most moves are easily dodgeable if you need to run a bit to heal/mana. Sidestep her projectile and pray she doesnt use the destined death slam attack.

                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                Take away her grab and stab ability and that stupid slam ability and this fight would be way more enjoyable and do-able. Never gonna fight her again once I kill her the first time.

                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                  The rock cheese listed above works. Took a few tries to find the exact spot, but once I did she only manage to get up there with me once, and jumped back down as soon as I hit her.

                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                    Stormcaller Ash of War on any weapon with cold affinity, run away until the frostbite cooldown goes away, repeat. I used the Nagakiba for the extra range.

                                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                                      Beat her third try, but only after a steep learning curve with other bosses. I used a light roll build, right hand rogier's cold rapier +16, left hand noble's fire estoc +16, 50 vigor 30 strength and dex. Viridian Medallion +1, Blue Dancer Charm, spear talisman, and carian filigree for talismans. Armor can be whatever you like as long as you have a light roll.

                                                                                                                      Hit her with glintblade phalanx a few times, get off a crit, then poke with r2 cause it's super fast. Once you proc frost, use L1 to remove the effect with the fire, then do it again and again until she's dead.

                                                                                                                      You can trade a few times cause you'll be doing enough damage to stagger pretty regularly, but be careful cause she hits like a truck. In general, get a hit or two in, dodge and run away, use glintblade phalanx, repeat until she's dead. She can close the distance fast, so be careful, but stay aggressive and you'll win pretty easily.

                                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                                        Difficult trying lightning spears. Always got cought up on an attack sequence or the one-shot.
                                                                                                                        Used borealis from the stone behind her spawn and mixed up wirh Bloodhound Fang+8 to get her after 15 or so tries.
                                                                                                                        My son almost killed her in pure melee by two-handing the same sword. Basically interrupting hee attacks staying put of range of the one-shots and countering afterwards. And .often using the weapon skill So different ways can work.
                                                                                                                        Also tried bolt of gransax without any success.

                                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                                          Greatsword + Giant Hunt worked great
                                                                                                                          Just stand far away and Giant Hunt her when she runs at you, hardly ever dodged it. Free charged R2 after too.

                                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                                            Eleonora's Poleblade AoW hardcounters her, it deals decent damage but always staggers her, leaving her open for a critical. Rinse and repeat until dead.

                                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                                              I know some people will moan about this, but Bloodhound Step on a high level dagger combined with the filligreed crest trivializes this fight, even after the nerf. In fact I'd say the nerf helps it because the shorter 2nd Step helps you close in on her whereas before you would just shoot around all over the place out of range. You can't spam BHS anymore so time it out well to dodge the death blade beam and the helmsplitter super attack, once you got that very easy timing down then you eliminate the worst of it. I stood and waited for her to try and close in on me, 2-3 quick R1's and stepped out of range, etc. I could have fought 3 Alecto's back to back, never got hit. Added bonus the fight was epic af to watch because I moved just as fast as she did (sorta). Wear very light armor to assist the BHS and really just use a dagger for the attack speed and it's surprisingly fun. Reminded me of the fast as hell fights in Bloodborne.

                                                                                                                              Some people will say it's cheap or your cheating yourself and all that but important to remember guys that there are so so many new players picking up Elden Ring, people that never had to survive the Frozen Outskirts etc so give them a break on these fights that are obviously meant for veterans.

                                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                Bolt of Gransax +8. Just spammed Ancient Lightning Spear until dead. Easily had time to drink some blue stuff while she was laying down between spears

                                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                  Only way I could beat her as an Intelligence caster was Adula's Moonblade. Four hits and then run for my life while my stamina recharged, repeat til she finally died.

                                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                    adulas moonblade stunlocks her and it does a ton of damage as well, you can just R1 spam until shes dead. 1 combo with a full stamina bar did over half her health at 9595 (btw the number 34,964 hp cant be correct, no idea where they got this number from, but its false), a 2nd R1 combo finished her off.

                                                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                      A shame this boss has the same corny one shot nonsense as most of the other bosses because when she doesn't use her Black Blade slam attack she's actually fun to fight. Not spammy, parryable and punishable via backstab, her grab is a still a little stupid but it's not as bad as that god damn slam.

                                                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                        Could spam Lightning slash with Boltdrake Talismon and Stonebarb Cracked Tear.
                                                                                                                                        Used this set up after beat him on 3rd try.. after dying 20ish times w a different set up smh f this guy

                                                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                          I was having a hard time until I pulled out Mohgwyn's Spear. I was able to stun lock her with the R1 attack. Every dozen hits of so she'd stagger. Big relief.

                                                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                            Disgusting bugs, when i finally killed her she killed me also and for some reason i died 3 times and lost all my runes ....

                                                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                              I was using a +25 greatsword on my cringe Guts build, and I took her down first try, only using 3 flasks to top my health off. My only real concern was my stamina coming back really slowly (despite having the green turtle talisman on). Every combo-ender with the greatsword would lead to a stagger, and I didn’t even have to pay attention to her moveset and ended up VERY over prepared for the fight. Hope someone gets some use out of this info.

                                                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                                Dual wield katanas- Moonviel +9, cold Uchigatana +23.
                                                                                                                                                Took me like 12 ***** attempts but finally got lucky and evaporated her.
                                                                                                                                                Literally just get off AoW when you can, crit, and roll around like an idiot and she will eventually die.

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