Ancestor Spirit

ancestor spirit
Location Siofra River
Drops runes currency elden ring wiki guide 1813,000
Ancestral Follower Ashes
HP 4,393
Stronger VS
magic upgrades elden ring wiki guide 30Magic
All status effects
Weaker to

Ancestor Spirit is a Great Enemy Boss in Elden Ring. This animated carcass of a deer-like creature is encountered in the Hallowhorn Grounds found in Siofra River. This is an optional boss, as players don't need to defeat it in order to advance in Elden Ring.

See also Regal Ancestor Spirit.

 

Elden Ring Ancestor Spirit Boss

  • This is an optional boss
  • Closest Site of Grace: Siofra River Bank
  • Multiplayer is allowed for this boss
  • You can summon Spirit Ashes for this boss

Elden Ring Ancestor Spirit Location

Ancestor Spirit is found in an isolated arena accessible from Siofra River. To access it, you must light all eight obelisks by the stairs to the Hallowhorn Grounds east of the Siofra River Bank Site of Grace. When you've done so, the deer carcass at the back of the temple will glow and you can interact with it to teleport just outside the boss's arena. Walk through the fog gate to fight the boss.

touch horned remains siofra river 

The pillars are:

  1. By the Siofra River Bank site of grace. [Map Link]
  2. In a corner to the west of the first pillar. [Map Link]
  3. On a small island in the watery area with the lightning wisps. [Map Link]
  4. By a cliff in the eastern part of Siofra River. [Map Link]
  5. Just south of the Worshipper's Woods Site of Grace. [Map Link]
  6. West of the Worshipper's Woods Site of Grace. [Map Link]
  7. On the east side of the path to the Below the Well Site of Grace. [Map Link]
  8. On the west side on the path to the Below the Well Site of Grace. [Map Link]

 

Ancestor Spirit 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 4,393 8,105 8,915 9,320 9,726 10,536 10,941 11,347
Defense 107 117 120 123 129 135 141 153
runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18Runes 13,000 52,000 57,200 58,500 62,400 63,700 65,000 66,300

Resistances

poison status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxPoison 1140 / 1597 588 / 1045 596 / 1053 605 / 1062 614 / 1071 623 / 1080 632 / 1089 640 / 1097
scarlet rot status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxScarlet Rot 1140 / 1597 588 / 1045 596 / 1053 605 / 1062 614 / 1071 623 / 1080 632 / 1089 640 / 1097
hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxHemorrhage 1140 / 1597 588 / 1045 596 / 1053 605 / 1062 614 / 1071 623 / 1080 632 / 1089 640 / 1097
frostbite status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxFrostbite 1140 / 1597 588 / 1045 596 / 1053 605 / 1062 614 / 1071 623 / 1080 632 / 1089 640 / 1097
sleep status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxSleep Immune
madness status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxMadness Immune

 

Elden Ring Ancestor Spirit Boss Guide

Ancestor Spirit Boss Video Guide

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Ancestor Spirit Fight Strategy

The Best Tips for Ancestor Spirit:

  • Use spirit ashes that attack quickly, like Latenna the Albinauric or Demi-Human Spirit Ashes
  • Use Rock Sling to get around its Magic resistance
  • Bring a shield with 100% Physical defense, but only use it as a last resort if you can't avoid getting hit
  • Wait to heal or buff until it uses Airborne Spirit Vapor

 

Melee Strategy

Legging It: Don't lock onto the Ancestor Spirit. Instead, aim for its legs and try to stay underneath it or towards its back legs. Attack its back legs to try to bait out Kick or its front legs to try to bait out Hoof Stomp, then punish those attacks. Stay patient, and avoid getting in unnecessary hits; there are plenty of changes to do damage safely.

Magic and Ranged Strategy

Keep a moderate distance from the boss and you should have plenty of opportunities to get off shots. Roll back whenever it starts a combo with Antler Swing, then back up while you shoot it. You'll have plenty of time for hits during Spirit Vapor attacks and in the recovery for moves like Prancing Drop.

Ancestor Spirit Attacks & Counters

Attack Description Counter
Antler Swing Swings its antlers along the ground in one direction or another Roll through the swings
Kick Briefly rears up on its hind legs, then puts its front legs down again and kicks behind it Start walking left or right when you see it rear up and this will miss you
Antler Launch Plunges its antlers into the ground, then lifts them abruptly upwards Roll forward as it hunches down, then get in some hits as it recovers
Hoof Slam Rises up on its hind legs and slams down its hooves, creating a shockwave Roll forward as it begins to descend, then get in a few hits during its long recovery
Prancing Drop Leaps into the air and bounces twice in midair, hovers in the air for a second, then drops to the ground creating a shockwave After the second midair bounce, count to three then roll to either side to dodge the attack; or just run forward to end up behind the boss
Airborne Spirit Vapor Jumps into the air and runs in a semicircle around you, breathing damaging vapor that lingers on the ground Keep your distance and avoid going in the vapor
Grounded Spirit Vapor Walks forward and breathes damaging vapor that lingers on the ground counterclockwise in front of it This attack moves slowly, so just run away and avoid going in the vapor

Ancestor Spirit Lore, Notes & Other Trivia

  • Once the boss is defeated, you can leave by interacting with a white light in the middle of its arena. This light can be hard to spot due to the size of the arena, but won't miss it if you start with your back to the boss door and move forward

 

Ancestor Spirit Combo Chart

angestor spirit combo chart

 

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.

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