Ancestor Spirit

ancestor spirit
Location Siofra River
Drops

Siofra River:
13,000 runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18 Runes
Ancestral Follower Ashes

HP ≈ 4,393 (Field Boss)
Strong VS
All Status Effects
Immune to
Weak to

Ancestor Spirit is a Boss in Elden Ring. This Elden Ring Ancestor Spirit Guide features boss locations, tips, strategies and videos on how to defeat the Ancestor Spirit easily, as well as boss stats and lore for the Ancestor Spirit.

Ancestor Spirit is a large animated carcass of a deer-like creature encountered in the Hallowhorn Grounds found in Siofra River. Another boss similar to this one can be found later on in the game in the Hallowhorn Grounds located in Nokron, Eternal City. Its horns glow with a pale blue light and many of its attacks have a magical cyan glow.

This is an optional boss, as players don't need to defeat it in order to advance in Elden Ring. There are a few moves to watch out for when fighting this boss, most notably the one where it jumps up three times in the air and slams back down. Players should note that the drop back down is is a bit delayed after the third jump, and that it usually follows this move up with a frontal stomp afterwards. It is recommended to stay close to it's hind legs to avoid most of it's attacks, though do be careful of the back kick it performs if you are directly behind it. The Ancestor Spirit drops the Ancestral Follower Ashes when defeated.

Bosses are unique and challenging Enemies that can be encountered all over the Lands Between. Great Enemy bosses can drop unique Spirit Ashes, Weapons, Spells, and other various Items.

 

Elden Ring Ancestor Spirit Boss

Ancestor Spirit is a Great Enemy Boss found in Hallowhorn Grounds. Elden Ring Map Link.

  • This is an Optional boss
  • Great Enemy
  • Closest Site of Grace: Siofra River Bank.
  • You can summon phantoms (Other players) for this boss
  • You can summon Spirit ashes for this boss

 

Elden Ring Ancestor Spirit Location

Ancestor Spirit is found in an isolated arena in Siofra River. To gain access to it, you have to light up all eight obelisks by the stairs of Hallowhorn Grounds. When you've done so, the deer carcass at the back of the temple starts glowing and you can interact with it to teleport to the boss' area.

touch horned remains siofra river

You won't be thrown into battle as soon as you teleport however, and will have to walk through a mist door to fight the boss.

You can exit the area by interacting with a white light in the middle of the arena you fought the boss in. Can be hard to spot due to the size of the arena, but wont miss it if you start with your back to the boss door and proceed forward.

 

Ancestor Spirit Combat Information

  • Health: 4,393 HP
  • New Game Health: NG (??), NG+ (??), NG++ (??), NG+3 (??), NG+4 (??), NG+5 (??), NG+6 (??), NG+7 (??)
  • Defenses do not change between phases - a firebomb will do the same damage in phase 1 as in phase 2.
  • Deals Standard Damage.
  • Parriable: No
  • Poise can be broken, allowing for a critical hit. Poise: 120.

 

Negations (or Absorptions)

The absorption numbers are the % of your damage that gets blocked. For example, if an absorption is 60, 40% of that damage by that type will go through and 60% is absorbed. Bigger number = less damage. An absorption of 100 means no damage goes through, and a resistance 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 whatever aux buildup to trigger it. Note that these go down over time, and increase each time the effect procs.

 

Elden Ring Ancestor Spirit Boss Guide

Ancestor Spirit Boss Video Guide

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Ancestor Spirit Fight Strategy

The Best Tips for Ancestor Spirit:

  • The boss has two flying attacks (observed), one sprays a damaging magical spray and the second is a dive attack, you can tell the difference as the dive attack comes straight at you, and does not have blue smoke coming from his mouth, running or rolling  away from the dive attack is possible, run or roll away from the boss as soon as it leaps into the air and continue running or rolling away until it lands. The boss will narrowly miss you. another way to avoid the dive attack is to run towards the boss and dive into it and the boss will miss. 
  • Be sure to bring a moderate amount of heals as this boss deals a fair amount of physical damage

 

Melee Users

Strategy Writeup for Melee Users

General Melee: Don't lock onto this boss. Aim for the legs. Try to bait out certain attacks (Bucking, Frontal Stomp) to get a few guaranteed hits in. Generally, attacking hind legs will make it buck, and attacking front legs will make it stomp. Avoid healing/buffing (unless necessary) until it does its Ethereal Flame attacks. Dodging this boss is quite easy once you learn how to dodge each of its attacks. The boss can be annoying at times, so be patient and don't try to land some risky/unsafe hits.

Samurai: Spawn in an Ash to act as a distraction (preferably a tanky one or one with multiple targets like Wandering Nobles AshesPutrid Corpse Ashes, or Mad Pumpkin Head Ashes).  If you have Ash of War: Bloody Slash equipped to an Uchigatana that has a refinement of +6 or more this boss will be easily done in. Spam Bloody Slash whenever you're within striking distance and be sure to roll through any attacks this thing throws at you. Doing this properly will have the beast at your feet within 7-9 attacks. 

Magic and Ranged Users

Strategy Writeup for Magic Users

Astrologer: Spawn in the any Ash Summon(preferably a ranged summon Spirit Jellyfish AshesLhutel the Headless Ashes, or Page Ashes) as soon as it tries to Prance Drop on you. Allow it to target the Summoned Ash for it's Antler Sweep and use Glintstone Pebble (Rock Sling and/or Stone of Gurranq are also incredibly useful and can stagger the boss, Stone of Gurranq being able to be rapid cast). It will either fly into the air or back up a short distance, both spewing the Ethereal Flame. When it flies just move out the way of the flame. If it backs up, the flame will be closer to it, giving you some distance for your spells. Rinse and repeat until you either run out of Cerulean Tears Flasks, It dies, or you die. 

Ancestor Spirit Attacks & Counters

Attack Description Counter
Prancing Drop It will jump into the air three times before dropping onto its target. After the Spirit's third Prance, on the count of three roll either to the left or to the right to dodge the attack. Heading toward the attack and diving into it will also dodge and put you behind the boss.
Antler Sweep  It will sweep its antlers at its target 2 to 3 times before pausing. Dodge roll through the sweeps and get in a few attacks.
Spirit Vapor Spew While walking, it will begin spewing spirit vapor that damage its targets if they stand in it. It may also do this while running on air. Try to create some distance, it will always spew its flames starting from its feet.
Frontal Stomp Raises itself upright on its hind legs, before stomping their feet on the ground. Dodge roll through the stomp. You can manage to get a few hits in since the recovery animation for this attack is slow.
Bucking Lifts its hind legs into the air while kicking at the back. You can walk in one direction and completely avoid this attack. The boss will most likely perform this move when you hang around its back for quite a while.

Ancestor Spirit Lore, Notes & Other Trivia

  • Other Notes and Trivia Go Here

 

 

Ancestor Spirit Image Gallery

 

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    • Anonymous

      I don't mind it healing, otherwise the fight would be over too quickly. The graceful movements and calm music make me really enjoy fighting this boss.

      • Anonymous

        "A glowing spirit that takes the form of a large deer, making it a menacing threat when charging at targets." Where does this supposed quote come from? If it's not official lore, it shouldn't be presented as if it is. People should cite where they find any information that isn't taken from item descriptions or otherwise plainly observable in-game so we don't just have random **** someone made-up all over the wiki.

        • Anonymous

          Lvl 96 faith build laid waste to this boss with relative ease. Probably less than 10 lightning spears to drop 'em.

          • Anonymous

            Lvl 96 faith build laid waste to this boss with relative ease. Probably less than 10 lightning spears to drop 'em.

            • Anonymous

              Did anybody watch The Ritual on Netflix? It's a movie about a Norse creature called moder. This thing loosely reminds me of that beast in that movie. Very fun fight!

              • Anonymous

                When I was facing this boss within the Hallowhorn Grounds, I was using Wild Strikes on a Lordsworn's Heavy Greatsword +10, I started swinging it while I was in-between both of his hind legs and my character ended up glitching out, causing me to do something very similar to the "Legend of Zelda Infinite Damage glitch" where it decided to do 2K dmg in a fraction of a second...

                • Anonymous

                  Pick a tanky spirit ash ( I used banished knight engvall level 0) and Rot Breath absolutely destroys this boss. 37 faith and 12 arc. Only had to dodge a few attacks when pulling Aggro.

                  • Anonymous

                    probably easiest boss I've fought so far, but maybe at level 100 I'm overlevel? pretty easy to roll through horn sweeps, the magic lava is like the final phase of some bloodborne bosses but slower. My main problem was a buggy hitbox, but once I got underneath them and started jump attacking at their hindquarters things went quickly. and then i felt a little bad

                    • Anonymous

                      The boss is currently bugged I hit him with the blasphemous blade once and he disappeared and gave me the kill screen

                      • Anonymous

                        something very melancholy about this one. i am sad. what a beautiful creature, i'm sorry to have killed it.

                        • I beat the whole game and most of the bosses without even realising this was a thing, including the Regal variant.
                          Only found out cause I was checking which achievements I was missing and this guy was in the middle of all the other bosses I HAVE killed.

                          • Anonymous

                            Why are people basically sacrificing themselves at the fog wall to this boss? There is like a pool of bloodstains, is it part of any quest or something?

                            • Anonymous

                              While I appreciate the boss design and the atmosphere, 95% of this fight was spent just trying to get in range to attack. Wasn't hard, just an extremely tedious waste of time.

                              • Anonymous

                                This is far and away my favorite boss in the entire game. The music puts you into a trance where it’s just you and this graceful, powerful force of nature dancing to and fro. I hunted him with the bow the Followers drop - he seems to take decent Magic damage, so the Dwelling Arrows do great too.

                                • Anonymous

                                  This spirit can get scarlet rot. If you are the host then you'll need another summon to do the dragon breath on this boss at least 4 times. After which the rot will bring its heath down to 4% and 2% if you are doing little damage.

                                  Not sure I killing the spirit is even worth it. It's too, reminds me of Sif. except I got a choice this time.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    I didn’t even get a hit in. He flew around for a bit, landed then teleported through the floor and died. I was looking forward to seeing this boss too

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Just did a test, it cannot be poisoned by Scarlet Rot. I used 2 full FP bar casts of Rotten Breath to be sure, and its health never started ticking.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        There's a better strategy for magic users. Sprint directly away from the boss. After every attack, throw a glintstone pebble or two at it, then keep running. If you sprint away, it literally can't hit you.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          first enemy that i actually felt sad after killing. felt like I was kiling the spirit of Siofra river for the 2nd time, helping the thing that actually killed it in the first place by making sure it stays dead.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            Dive attack is not impossible to run from. I wasn't hit once by just blocking and walking backwards. Keeping your guard up and walking away from this boss makes you near invincible

                                            • Anonymous

                                              The music for this fight was wonderful, I felt like I was meditating and my reactions were perfect because I was hardly paying attention. Unreal.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                After the rage-inducing nightmare of that was this area's archers, this boss was a relaxing, zen-like experience. A very pleasant fight that felt... soothing.

                                                • The skeletal bandit is great for the fight, as even if it dies to the flames its in invincible long enough to respawn. It also has a hard time killing it with regular attacks.
                                                  It only draws aggro though, but that's its job.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    Pop up blood grease and go to town on it while having some spirit ashes to hold its attention and you should be golden. Spirit Wolves +2 worked fine for me, along with Bloodhound's sword.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      Very cool fight. Not particularly challenging... unless you're bad at dodging I guess. Think I killed him with lightning spear at around 32 faith.
                                                      Did this before talking to Ranni so no idea if this interferes with her questline if you do this out of sequence. I'll make a note if it does. (I think Blaidd wants to fight it with you or something...)

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        the prettiest fight in the game, hands down. also, some pointers
                                                        when jolly cooping, SPLIT UP. like margit, this boss can change targets mid combo, and its unpredictability and quickness can be disorienting plus devastating.
                                                        it is advisable to turn off lock on the few seconds you have to attack him with non range/magic, as you may end up just hitting the air under its belly.
                                                        the boss is much much easier, though time consuming, if done solo. since it becomes a bit more predictable.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          Use the Kaiden Sellsword ash to tank and pepper it with Black Flame. Should be down in less than 3 minutes.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Do not summon the Jellyfish. I don't know why it is advised but it will probably never, ever, proc its status effect during the fight due to boss resistances and the low damage. Jellyfish does 11 damage per hit at +0. It can tank a bit more but with such low damage almost any other summon could hit it once and contribute to the fight much more. It doesn't help hold aggro, either, as the damage is so much lower than even when you sneeze on the boss that it can't out aggro you for help against the boss once you start to attack.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              "Vulnerable to bleed damage" is incorrect. This boss is not entirely immune to bleed but takes nearly quadruple as many hits to proc a bleed even with high aggression and boss action RNG letting you stick near him for longer than usual. Bleed is completely non-viable against this boss due to the incredibly high resistance. Bloody Slash weapon art, which has nothing to do with bleed itself, will work well though.

                                                              Boss is especially easy to melee after you learn pattern as it usually involves charging then a pause, or a swipe left then right, and in rare cases a swipe back left. Most vulnerable is when it does the drop which the page accurately recommends to walk forward and roll under for as well as when you get behind it. When behind it the boss attempts to do a back kick which lets you roll under the stomach and get free hits. Immediately after it will almost always raise onto hind legs ot slam down during which you can hit it once or twice and then dodge back to its hind legs and hit more until it moves away.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                It was a beautiful looking encounter. Hats off to the animators and model makers and VFX people.

                                                                Managed it first try though, whilst being a little reckless.

                                                                It’s a shame the reward doesn’t better reflect the ethereal creature. A nice glowy weapon or helm would’ve been cool.

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  After defeating it, I didn't see the exit light in the middle, so I just fast-mapped out. When I went to the carcass again, it offered me the option to fight again. Is this intentional?

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    Ok so I beat this boss, does it just repeat itself? Can I continuously fight this boss every time I touch its remains?

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      This is a really beautiful fight. Depending on how or when you get here, and the ease of it's moveset, you might steam roll him. But take your time with this one, it's a great one. Crank the music up as well if you play the game with the audio low for whatever reason. Easily one of my favorite fights so far. Oozes atmosphere.

                                                                      • A great strategy is just roll forward in all his attacks, he Will miss, and you'll be no the back perfect to do some damage, just be carefull with his back kick

                                                                        • He bugged out for me, I went in and he teleported away at full HP, never came back, and then just ****ing died at full HP. Kinda disappointing cuz the fight seemed cool.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            By the way could it be possible he's actually the same species as Torrent? When he jumps in the air it's like Torrent's air jump. This could be what Torrent will become one day.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              In most boss fights Im like " **************** OMG CAN YOU JUST DIE???".

                                                                              But this one really something special, Im relaxed and feel like watching documentery or a disney film.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                One of the easier bosses I've faced but the music and ambience were so good. Almost felt bad killing this beast

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  It has two different fire attacks one where it goes straight down as it walks and a second where he sky jumps and it flies to where you are standing. Also, I've seen it get poise broken which lets you strike the head for big damage. There is also the straight forward antler charge which you can just roll backwards to avoid. Also, there is the hoof stomp it does if you linger near its front sometimes. And its back kick that it does if you are near the back.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    I delt with this boss with ease. Underleveled, in fact I just started and found him by chance. I used a long sword. All you have to do is walk back once he starts the 3 headbutt combo, slash once in his head and repeat. If he jumps and vomits blue magic just keep your distance. Always keep within the limits of his meele range and he will try to headbutt you 3 times every time. It's basicly the same strat as the flaming giant dog in the cursed chalice in blood borne.

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      Used Lhutel the Headless +2 Spirit Ashes, the fire did some mild DOT to him but otherwise he was fine, he usually just teleports and repositions if he takes multiple hits.

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        Extremly easy. I was sooo excited when I first saw him. Stunning design, great music, huuuuuuge and creepy arena. I was extatic. Then he died in like 1 minute.. maybe 10 hits. I was so dissapointed I had to take a break.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          The soundtrack is so very different from what you'd usually expect from a bossfight, and I freaking love it.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            He can be fought using the same strategy as Darkeater Midir. Works pretty well. Absolutely gorgeous boss, btw.

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