Astel, Stars of Darkness

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Location Yelough Anix Tunnel in Consecrated Snowfield
Drops

Yelough Anix Tunnel in Consecrated Snowfield:

120,000 runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18 Runes (NG)
90,000 runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18 Runes (NG Co-op Host)
30,000 runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18 Runes (NG, Co-op Phantom)
240,000 runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18 Runes (NG +1)
264,000 runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18 Runes (NG+2)

Meteorite of Astel

HP 18,617
Strong VS
hemmorageHemorrhage
scarlet rot status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxScarlet Rot
poison status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxPoison
All Elemental Damage
Immune to
Weaker to
Physical-type Damage

Astel, Stars of Darkness is a Boss in Elden Ring. This Elden Ring Astel, Stars of Darkness Guide features boss locations, tips, strategies and videos on how to defeat Astel easily, as well as boss stats and lore for Astel.

Astel, Stars of Darkness is a giant insectoid creature found in Yelough Anix Tunnel in the Consecrated Snowfield. This Astel is not to be confused with Astel, Naturalborn of the Void, a Legend-type boss found in the Lake of Rot. Astel shares some possible connection with the Fallingstar Beasts being outer beings born from the void.

This is an optional boss, as players don't need to defeat it in order to advance in Elden Ring. However, doing so yields useful Items and Runes. Make sure you are decently levelled before facing this boss or it's grab attacks will one-shot you. The arena you fight it in is much smaller than that of the Astel in the Lake of Rot, so be wary when trying to avoid its attacks. Astel, Stars of Darkness drops the Meteorite of Astel 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.

 

Elden Ring Astel, Stars of Darkness Boss

Astel, Stars of Darkness is an Field Boss found in Yelough Anix Tunnel in Consecrated Snowfield.

 

Elden Ring Astel, Stars of Darkness Location

Consecrated Snowfield: Astel, Stars of Darkness can be found by at the end of Yelough Anix Tunnel. [Elden Ring Map Link]

 

Astel, Stars of Darkness Combat Information

  • Health: NG (18,617), NG+ (18,896), NG++ (20,786), NG+3 (21,731), NG+4 (22,676), NG+5 (24,565), NG+6 (25,510), NG+7 (26,455)
  • Defenses do not change between phases.
  • Deals Standard Damage and Magic Damage.
  • gravity icon 40px Gravity type enemy
  • Parriable: No
  • Weak spot: Head, which receives extra damage.
  • Can be poise broken, which allows for a critical attack.

 

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 is 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 Astel, Stars of Darkness Boss Guide

Astel, Stars of Darkness Boss Video Guide

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Astel, Stars of Darkness Fight Strategy

The Best Tips for Astel, Stars of Darkness:

  • Ranged Ashes like Latenna and Ancestral Follower will almost always aim for the head, dealing extra damage from afar.
    Tanky Ashes like Tiche, Rollo, and Crystalian can provide distraction.
  • Rock Sling can easily stun the boss. Comet Azur can work if it is uninterrupted.
  • Move the middle of the arena when it teleports away, to prevent being grabbed by the clones.

 

Melee Users

Stay out of the exploding clouds, and attack the head with Jump Attacks when there is an opening. Avoid attacking too frequently, as Astel can quickly chain together attacks. It is recommended to stay close to the head, as the bite attacks can be easily dodged. But one must be wary of the Gravity Wave attacks he does when one is under him for too long

Magic and Ranged Users

Don't underestimate the tail attack, as it has a very long range and it may one-shot you if you don't dodge. Astel has limited ranged options, opting to use a long ranged attack or its tail to hit you from afar. Keep an out for when it teleports,  if you don't spot it anywhere, it may have teleported above you, getting ready for an extremely powerful grab attack.

 

Astel, Stars of Darkness Attacks & Counters

Most of its attacks are identical to the Remembrance version. See the Astel, Naturalborn of the Void page for more information.

Attack Description Counter
Illusionary
Teleport Grab
Happens at around 50% health, where it will perform the Teleport Grab, but will instead summon many identical copies from the sides of the arena to catch the player. Aim the camera upwards
to see if Astel has teleported
above you. If it has summoned
its clones, stand still in the middle of the arena to avoid it.

Astel, Stars of Darkness Lore, Notes & Other Trivia

 

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Astel, Stars of Darkness Image Gallery

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    • Anonymous

      For a faith build doing primarily Holy damage (lol), Stone of Gurranq worked best. Flies did track, but it was too slippery and the spell would fizzle half of the time. Stone would keep going until it hit the massive hitbox and not keep going for the head. Stone combos underneath the beast work great. High magic negate helps with the meteors but not necessary.

      • Anonymous

        Hey everyone. It's me that guy who usually wields gigabungus weapons.

        I actually killed Astel yesterday and forgot to write about the experience because it was pretty bad. I just got under the stupid slimey limey and started blasting.

        The Moonveil katana interestingly enough has like 50% magic block so I popped on magic defense talismans to fearlessly charge through the sniper shots and get under the stupid alien space snake. By rolling just slightly behind his head, you can avoid like 90% of his moves.

        I also summoned a summon for the fight and of course its me the +10 Mimic so Astel was pastel when I was done salami-ing him into bite size runes with me, the best sous chef. Didn't get to phase 2 and I felt like the boss might of possibly gone down surprisingly faster than my first run with Gigabungus Larry and his two big gigabungus swords...

        Guess it goes to show having range just technically means you kill things faster but STR weapons rule int weapons drool Astel is bad and if you cant kill him I recommend opaline flask tear and the pearlescent talisman and the magic defense talisman in tandem to reach high enough magic defense to use less supplies although the fight ends pretty quickly at 120RL.

        • Anonymous

          Honestly seeing all the posts below made me want to post my experience with this guy.

          My first experience was with a STR heavy RaGS character. I jump attacked everything and that usually did the trick. I hardly remember this fight nor did I know he had a clone grab attack but honestly I feel like release Elden Ring and current Elden Ring are completely different animals. In fact, I plan on writing on my second experience shortly because I just made a 2nd character after a few months to play in the colosseum update which isn't a STR character.

          That being said why spend 3 seconds on a spell to potentially miss and waste mana leaving you defenseless when you can just spend 1 jump attacking? Less frames to punish because you don't waste time taking a deep breath and compose yourself after lifting your arm up from not leveling strength.

          If you guys are here reading about this wiki to beat the guy this late into the game, just do yourselves a favor and level strength and vigor and learn how to ooga booga because that is literally the precursor to any build; hell you can even oonga boonga with certain mage weapons with certain poise damage thresh holds but STR builds just have all the best gigabungus weapons and use less talismans to achieve damage which means they can do bazongas more damage in the long run if you really wanted to sweat it so if you are really the gigabrain, why even fight it?

          STR builds have always been the supreme build of all FromSoft games. STR players have this weird stigma of being stupid braindead players but like do you guys know how much calculus and trigonometry an average STR player needs to know in order to pull off a max range perfect frame jump attack to hit someone who took a second too late to consider their choices because they decided to get within hitting distance of a player wielding a gigabungus weapon? Did you know every strength player may not keep track of faces slain but they know the exact number of people killed because of their simple tried but true method of running in to hit something really really hard? The amount of tactic and skill a STR player must exhibit to get to his target despite whether the target can make the stars themselves rain down, hurl lightning bolts of pure power constructed from the vestigial remnants of power left within ancient ashes of olden warriors of mythological ilk, throw the god damn SUN at them?

          Stay tuned for my experience with this guy on my not good character because I decided I wanted to use magic. God magic just sucks every time ever since Dark Souls 1 and 2.

          • Anonymous

            Lol. 40% damage block on anything other than physical. Talk about lazy artificial difficulty. Used to be a time we had to figure out a bosses specific weaknesses and plan a build using specific infusions to get best results. Now it's just a simple matter of hitting them on the head till they die and if your char isn't a melee build with high Phys damage then too bad.

            • Anonymous

              The thing that does me in with him isn't that he has the grab attack, it's that by the time I've adjusted the camera, it's normally too late. Otherwise, I really enjoy the rest of the fight and can manage him

              • Confessor, paladin build. Believe it or not I used the Stone of Guranq most effectively on this one. Astel cannot handle physical dmg. Currently 50 str, 50 faith, 31 Int, 49 Vigor. Godricks great rune active. Had trouble staying on the head for sword or dagger dmg. Tiche did her job well as soon as I started running in toward the boss. Remember to dodge to the side for long range attacks.

                • Anonymous

                  was rather easy for me:
                  60str,heavy greatsword +25 with Lions Claw AoW. , bullhorn chest and pants,rest crucible knight. mixed physiq: str + guard break.

                  Flame GMS + Golden Vow buffed, run up to its head and just go apeshit with Lions Claw until guard break, riposte and he is already almost dead.

                  Lions Claw has hyper armor plus that frontflip which will always hit the head

                  • Anonymous

                    Only after Tiche FINALLY STARTED ATTACKING did the boss actually start melting, 7 attempts, and no Spirit Ashes felt like taking aggro from the boss, not even Greatshield guys. But the moment Tiche finally decided "oh yeah, I'm in a boss fight" the last 40% of Astel's Health plummeted.

                    • Anonymous

                      Spend your runes before fighting this boss, if your spirit summons does what mine did here you'll be fighting Astel solo while they slowly walk the perimeter of the boss arena.

                      • Anonymous

                        Enter the arena, see Astel, remember how I hated the fight with the first Astel (killed him on 5th try), **** this guy, **** this place. Didn't bother and left him.

                        Might come back totally over-leveled just to spank him easily and laugh, because **** him

                        • Anonymous

                          After half a dozen ulcerated tree spirits, nine erdtree avatars some of them putrid, two Mohgs, two Astels, two Margits and one Morgott, a golden shade and then the real deal and f**k knows how many burial watchdogs, I think the unique in "bosses are unique and challenging enemies" is redundant at this point.

                          • Anonymous

                            I had an issue with this boss earlier on. I summoned the mimic but all it did was walk around the perimeter of the boss area while astel was fully focused on me, that turned out exactly the way you'd expect. I thought the issue was the mimic so I tried dung, he was very good for this fight in my first playthrough but this time he did exactly the same thing as the mimic just walking slowly around the boss room and doing sweet f**k all else. Radahn's rain was doing good damage to its head but I think I got to double figures with how many times it killed me.

                            • Anonymous

                              How i cheesed this guy, use latenna, put her near entrance door. use greatshield and consumables (kukri and poison dart or pots if you want), rotten breath, shabiri woe and magic defense talisman, armor heavy on magic defense. shield with high magic defense. Seriously, his attacks are easy to dodge as long as you keep proper distance. Lock on his head for poison dart and kukri. I poison him first, then rot him, and finish it up with kukris, the blood loss damage on him is insane. I didn't even need to use any flask to restor HP, only to restore FP after rotten breath. Only use rotten breath when he's using the 3-tier gravity slam since his recovery time is long on that. Don't get greedy attacking and you're fine.

                              • Anonymous

                                This boss is a shining example of how shitty the late game design becomes in this game. It's mostly a carbon copy of the earlier Astel because I guess From wanted to go ahead and get the game over with, and their idea of making it unique was to include one of the single most bullshit attacks in the entire game: the clone teleport grab.
                                The boss can use this attack at any point once you've knocked down about 50% damage (and uses the regular grab once you've hit 20%), and you'll only know the attack is coming once you see multiple portals above you. The first time the boss uses this attack, you can run to the center of the area and likely avoid it, however the second time you literally cannot get away from it. Run to the middle? All of the clones converge to that spot. Roll through? Nope, can't roll through grab attacks. Run through and get behind? The ridiculous hitbox will cause you to still get sucked in. Maybe jump? Maybe jump off a bridge instead. The only way to avoid the second clone grab is to kill the bastard if you have the chance. I've gotten the health down to a smidge, then boom the Naruto crap kills me.
                                I've played this game for entirely too many hours, and when I first bought the game I wanted to go through and defeat every single boss. This one is NOT worth it.

                                • Anonymous

                                  Beat this guy at lvl 70. Never again. Was one of the most painful fights ever. Thumbs up to those people who be beating the game at lvl 15-30

                                  • Anonymous

                                    The AoW Black Flame Tornado is super effective when done right under him. It took me three tries and on the second I saw that black flame really takes chunks out of him while regular fire doesn't.

                                    • What level are y'all when you beat this guy? I'm trying to figure out if I'm severely underleveled for this guy or if he just sucks that bad. I'm level 124 and I haven't had any major issues with bosses or enemies up to this point, but I just can't beat this guy. He always teleports directly above my head and grabs me, or he spawns a clone on my head that grabs me. It seems really unfair because I have no way of knowing where he is going to port to or what he will follow up with after... halp halp

                                      • Anonymous

                                        A good thing to know about this boss is that a lot of his seemingly unavoidable attacks can be rolled through with the right timing. You can easily roll through the grab, the reverse gravity and the gravity wave. Once you learn this, he's honestly a pretty fun boss. However, I can see why the grab can be obnoxious the first time through, and I thought it was BS too until I learned to roll under him and not away from him. Still don't know why two different otherworldly godlike aliens would look exactly the same, but I guess I shouldn't expect that much from this game.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Be careful; I used Ekzyke's Decay on this boss, he used the 1 shot grab attack at me at the end and killed me, but burned out as I was dying. I did get the item, but didn't get any runes for killing them.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            This is a boss that, at any given point in the fight, can do an grab attack that is practically unavoidable and most certainly will kill the player.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              I summoned Tiche +9 and managed to get scarlet rot dragon after 2 tries and then held on for dear life, was trying Shard Spiral but I don't think any actually even hit lol. Tiche did most of the damage honestly didn't know her bleed proc was so good, I was working so hard just to heal up most of the itme, next thing I knew he was dead.

                                              • This thing...I killed it before it done it's clone encircle teleport grab BS. But it's death animation didn't play until it'd crushed and killed me, we died at the same time..But of course, it didn't die! I was quite unhappy. This play through I'm a mage so I'll kick it's ass.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  As someone who managed to fight this guy before the weaker version i can say in confidence that i hate them both equally and this is probably my least favorite boss in the game

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    Royal pain to beat; 20+? attempts; ended up ROB OH + Fire Uchi [Flame of red manes]] w/ Ekzyke Decay + my man Dung Eater. Still a close fight

                                                    • super hard boss!! for a mage.. my mimic and I woudl slowly whittle astel down with rock sling but he owuld always grab me and kill me before we could do his last 10%!!! until finally i got pissed off and use spearcall ritual on him once he had been poise broken with soem rockslings.. he never recovered form that.. it casts quciker than rock sling and once hes down the spears blanket him and its curtains then..

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        Hmmm, either they all develop into Astel or there were 2 astels, 1 taking the sky of a city and 1 taking a city underground. The fallingstar beasts develop into Astels and the graven schools could be eggs that hatch a fallingstar beast, since these things appear to have a deep history with the moons.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          This took me a good 10 attempts before I got it. Black Knife Tiche and Rotten Breathe eventually got me it.
                                                          Although he's resistant to it, it still does damage over time which allows you to back off a bit. But other than that, it was Bloodhounds Fang to the head repeatedly.
                                                          Thanks whoever said to use Black Knight Tiche. He has an attack that does DoT as well.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Marionette soldier ashes +9 and rock sling made this a much easier fight for me. They aggro her and take all the attention off. Few hits of rock sling to the head staggers her.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              This one was hard for me. Most other boss fights - major boss fights - didn't trip me up like this one. Homie had my number with that grab (and eat you like an ear of corn) attack. And then the one time he and all his boys did me at he same time from every angle - funny as Hell, in a fairly demoralizing way.

                                                              • I had spelldrake talisman+2 and dragoncrest greatshield talisman. Used flame of redmanes with a katana and black knife tiche. She kept distracting the boss while i spammed flame of redmanes. It breaks posture and staggers so easily.

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  Why is the video on astel naturalborn of the void instead of stars of darkness? Stars of darkness has different attacks in phase 2 that you never see from naturalborn

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    I really struggled with this boss, especially because my first fight with him was on NG+4, but I found out that using the mimic with some bulky armor, and the Fallingstar Beast Jaw weapon really helps. Just spam L2 with the weapon and after about 4 hits you’ll poise break astel

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      Just use a tanky mimic tear to distract it while pelting it with rock sling. Works great, you just have to be careful to back off when it agros on you, to get it back on the mimic. Even better if the mimic has a bleed weapon.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        I love sitting on the ground for 5 seconds so he can hit me with a wake up 1 shot every time he sneezes on me. I never got the impression that From outsourced their boss mechanics to another company until now.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          Black knife +9
                                                                          Carian filigreed crest
                                                                          Shard of alexander
                                                                          Pearldrake and spelldrake talismans +2

                                                                          Keep your distance and use blade of death from the knife

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            As a noob, I'll do my best give some tips that might help with your struggles.

                                                                            1. For its charged blast, it's pretty difficult to dodge it. So I recommend a light shield with high magic and physical defence (I used Silver Mirrorshield) to counter it. You could also seek cover behind fragile stalagmites(So only at the start of fight) which somehow shields you.

                                                                            2. For its tail whips, I recommend sprinting diagonally to close distance while Astel misses its hits. Shields are viable too.

                                                                            3. For its AOE "grab attack" where you get launched into air then insta-killed by Newton's 3rd Law(Basically death by being slammed into ground), you can actually "dodge" it with i-frames. I *think* the timing is right after it does its chomp.

                                                                            4. For its teleport then suprise grab attack, I recommend walking towards it then aim to dodge behind its claws.

                                                                            5. I'm certain you can survive the grab attacks, but you will need at least 1600hp (Might be inaccurate) without taking buffs/debuffs and talismans into consideration.

                                                                            6. For meteorites attack, just use shields. It will probably break your poise but will increase your chances of survival.

                                                                            7. No clue how to dodge its final phase change attack(10× Astel clones), think I accidentally skipped them by killing it quickly.

                                                                            8. Can't give much tips on attacks, but for melee(Uchi for reference), I spammed Unsheathe on its head next to its claw(Not directly inside its claws) to maximise dmg and poise breaks.
                                                                            For dragon communion build, I spammed Ezykes Decay while maximising my distance from it(Preferably not in front due to its chained pincer attacks).

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              I died multiple times with a STR/FTH build, and then I used rebirth for an optimized Wing of Astel+9 build. Used Golden Greatshield and the typical damage increasing talisman / flask mix. This boss melted surprisingly fast with the ash of war in combination with the damage increase to gravity type enemies. It was extremely easy then and I beat him on my first try.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                I used maxed Lion Bow, mimic and spammed Radahn's Rain with Radahn's Spear arrows about 10-15 times. Got my damage resistance pretty high with talismans, crab, potions and Bull Goat, so the grab took like 60% hp. 40 vig 60 end and just enough str/dex for most weapons and ate an arc. This way the fight was easy, but before putting all this on I died quite a few times.

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  I know it gets a lot of hates, but weirdly enough this guy is not immune to hemorrhage, so if you want to melt him and get over it you can use dual seppuku, it works wonder. Oh and he's "strong" against it but 252 is not that high at this part of the game. I beat him in NG+3, level 150, dual seppuku, spelldrake talisman +2, oppaline hardtear for his magic damage and dragoncrest greatshield for his physical damage. And no summons, if that matters.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    Oh boy i love a boss that abuses my two favorite things, AOE spam that requires basically perfect timing to avoid and instadeath grab attacks that guarantee death if you screw up even once!

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      This really is a difficult boss and the camera adds to that difficulty. Target locking the head is disorientating because of the way it moves around when you are underneath him and close enough to hit the f**ker right in its weak spot.

                                                                                      For my second attempt I switched to the godslayer's greatsword, the weapon art and black flame ritual worked wonders in decimating its health bar. The queen's black flame is perfectly manageable without needing a target lock for good damage and repeated casts of black flame ritual if you are close enough will stagger it, but there wont be much time to get to the orange glow for the criritcal hit.

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        With 1600 HP, full bullgoat set and ritual shield talisman, i was able to survive the teleport grab attack, though i went from full hp to almost zero. Making the ****-up-once-and-you-die attack actually survivable made the fight slightly easier, and much, much less stresfull. Used bloodhound step to avoid fat rolling. Though its kinda cheap, bloodhound step was generally very useful for the fight - made it much easier to avoid the AOEs and swipes.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          BHS + Tiche + Katana (Powerstance) + Dragonshield Talisman + Antimagic Talisman
                                                                                          And DO NOT lock on the target!
                                                                                          Warp in, hit, warp away.
                                                                                          Dance like a butterfly, sting like a bee ;-)

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            Hated Astel the first time, but at least I learned how to fight it for the second go-round. Cheese it with Glinstone spells at like 25 int the first time, but I'd already re-specced out of int by the time I got to Astel 2: Electric Boogaloo, so it was all melee and weapon arts for this version.

                                                                                            Tiche can be great due to her speed in closing distances and her ability to temporarily decrease max HP. Gotta pull aggro here/there to keep her alive though, and the talisman that pulls aggro can be great if you know how to dodge most of the bs. Essentially just let Tiche do the killing, not very satisfying but effective.

                                                                                            Also Mimic using the Long Envoy horn can work pretty well. Just keep your distance around the edge of the gravity attack and spam the bubbles; mimic tend to spam bubbles when you do. 3-4 bubble blasts should break its poise for a critical. With the Long Envoy having strike damage on the melee attacks it's a good choice if you need to beat the crystaline legs, though you definitely want to focus the head if possible. 2-3 R2's from a great hammer should break its poise.

                                                                                            Overall its not a horrible fight, though I say that after having beat it about 10x now via NG+ and another character. Even on my level 220 meme character it's still not easy

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              If you have high dexterity stat, try to use Bolt of Gransax and aim at the head. It will take a bit longer to defeat him, but its quite safe method. It also helps to overcome problems with camera and hitboxes. Proper amount of flasks, which restore FP is needed.

                                                                                              About grab attack (which is simply terrible): Turn you camera so, that you will see front of your character and run that way, when he teleports. When his clones get close - roll through.

                                                                                              I found it on reddit and managed to avoid this attack literaly everytime. Hope it helps others as well.

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                I fell like this is one of the few actually cheap Fromsoft bosses. The way he teleports then grabs you for a one shot kill is just an "end fight" button. If you can't see him, you can't respond.

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  Second time fighting him, I think I finally started to get a feel for him. Yes he hits hard, and yes his AOE's are brutal for melee. However, the spacing is really important. Several of his attacks, particularly the scorpion-like tale stab have no hit box immediately in front of his head, giving you a great opportunity to unload. many of his slam attacks can be dodged by rolling straight underneath of him. Meteor also can be largely avoided if you run at him and dodge repeatedly underneath him. Tale slam, grab, and laser all suck, but at least you can learn the timing. Staying mid range in front of him you can wait out for an advantageous attack, then dodge through and repeat. He's tough, and I'm not even sure I'd say fair, but his attacks are very deliberate so you usually can respond accordingly. For those who played Bloodborne, think Ludwig phase 1. You stand right up against him and you're gonna have a bad time. Find that mid-range sweet spot, play reactively, and you'll get him in the end. You got spells? That sweet spot will work for you too.

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    I gotta say that this boss ended up being not nearly as bad as the community here made him out to be. Yes it's lazy design and even a bad choice to copy Astel, a very unique boss, but the boss itself after patch 1.05 isn't too bad.

                                                                                                    Summons now attack him, even after he teleports. So pick a strong tanky summon and he's distracted quite a bit. His poise is also easily broken if you can manage to land headshots. So pick whatever your strongest poise break attack is, and aim for the head. I used moonveil, and feel like 3 transient moonlight hits to the head would bring him down. He's also down for quite some time, so you can easily land 4 dual wield katana hits or 2 heavy attacks in and then still use the critical strike.

                                                                                                    The only absolute bullshit move is the teleport -> duplicate -> grab instakill move. Such bullshit that even at 1600hp it's still an instant kill.

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      Use Dung Eaters puppet. He was the champ in this fight. He took all aggro and I wast just running around casting Ezkyes Decay on her..

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        Literally the dumbest and most annoying boss in the game, and it's just a duplicate of another boss. This is just plain lazy.

                                                                                                        • Rough go on the second encounter as an ARC build... Ultimately, 1) use Latenna, 2) run to the right on him, 3) roll later than you think when he tail whips, then 4) stay close-ish to him, hit with rot breath, then go for melee when he turns to Latenna.

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            For anyone having problems I summoned Latenna the Albinauric and used lightning spear spell and it trivialized this fight! Just keep a distance, throw the lightning and try to keep him away from Latenna. Good luck!

                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                              i dont really get why people are complaining about this boss, all of the moves are telegraphed, easy to dodge and dont even do that much damage. it was fun fighting astel again in a harder area. i killed it with no summons at lvl 127 with dual great spears on my first try.

                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                Latenna worked for me despite missing a ton and doing less DPS than Tiche. I don't even care as long as that **** is dead.

                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                  Bosses like this shouldn't get past testing. Everything about it is stupid, the one saving grace being that there's a short run to get back to it.

                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                    Loved fighting this guy during Ranni's quest line, then again in consecrated snow field. A very cool boss, but definitely levels with the area. Even 45 character levels later he still hit like a truck lol. When you first get in he'll rail gun after a few seconds, if you're summoning a spirit ash be quick and dodge roll. If you're getting hit too much say running left after that, try running right, made a huge difference for me. Also, a spirit ash (depending on what it is) may not be worth it, since the fight space is HUGE. My reliable Engvall summon just stood there, like it didn't even see the boss. Whatever you summon, it's only purpose is to get Astel to turn around so you can get under its chin, then you can wail on him. Watch the gravity attacks that include underneath him (huge one shot damage at 50 vigor), and when he teleports be careful of the one shot grab attack he does if he shows up behind you.

                                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                                      This boss was surprisingly easy for me. Took me 2 attempts with Tiche, 60 Strenght and a +25 Guts sword (first run), guess being a Dex or mage isn’t as fun huh people

                                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                                        Still looking for the clones of Rykard, Radahan, Morgot, Mohg...
                                                                                                                        Oh wait I found a couple Morgots and Mohgs, never mind.

                                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                                          Infinite range? Check, BS AOE? Check. Teleport away? Check. Grab insta kill? Check. Ho Hum reward? Check.
                                                                                                                          All the things you expect from a quality Boss.

                                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                                            For some reason this guy is giving me twice the problems of his copy pasted big brother. Getting quite annoyed.

                                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                                              Absolutely the worst, most un-fun boss in the game. disappearing out of nowhere to appear directly behind you and eat you (and one-shotting you) is just a cheap gameplay extension that Fromsoft simply doesn't need to do. Cumbersome and annoying, 0/10

                                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                One of the most reliable ways I've found to avoid the multi-clone grab is to prep for it by getting you and Astel next to a wall (or as close as possible). That way, when it does the multi-clone grab, it can't actually spawn enough to encircle you (only ~180 degrees of em) and thus it's easier to dodge (spam roll into the wall). I think Astel even just teleported in place a few times. Might be because it needs a certain amount of room to spawn the clones.

                                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                  Aside from the difficulty problem, this was maybe the saddest and most disappointing boss in my original playthrough. By the time I entered the Snowfield I was pretty weary of the repeat boss fights and dungeons, a common refrain I've heard about the back third of the game. Astel wasn't my favorite boss I'd fought but it was tied to some pretty amazing moments I won't forget soon: exiting the rot temple to arrive at a beautiful night sky underground for the third time; the freaky boss design that still leaves me puzzled about Astel's place in the Elden Ring mythology; the realization that he was guarding an area I'd seen many hours ago and by beating him I'd arrived there at last. All great memories. But here it is again? In just some mine? With way more health and damage and even a new move? Astel is a named boss, so unless this is just him again truly or "Astel" is the name of some collective of beings, I have no earthly idea why they'd just put the boss, scaled-up, in another dungeon. Not just a named boss either, a character connected to Ranni's questline in a mysterious way, and a remembrance boss. It's be like if 30 hours after fighting Lichdragon Fortissax and claiming the rune of death, you ran into "Fortissax, Deathborn" in a cave in the Mountaintops and his lightning glaive now 1-shots you. I accepted so much reuse and recycling on my first character, but as more playthroughs come and go this is still the thing in Elden Ring that upsets me the most.

                                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                    I'd advise using Morgott's great rune to avoid getting one-shot. It's still a chug fest, but it's manageable.

                                                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                      man they couldn't even bother to do a blue smelter demon meme and change it's color atleast... it even has the same name as the other boss

                                                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                        Pay attention to the sound when it enters and exits a teleport. If you hear it twice back to back, meaning it came out of the teleport soon after it entered teleport, it is going for that grab attack and you should prepare to dodge. If you don't hear it exiting after a short delay, that means its just repositioning and you can rest easy.

                                                                                                                                        • As a new Souls player (on PC - no controller), I find these types of bosses really challenging. I tried many combos to beat this boss. I boosted HP and Magic resistance and used Tiche (after trying many others ashes including mimic). Rotten Breath and Stone of G were the only incantations I used. Hated this boss but could not let it go.

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