Baleful Shadow

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Location Ainsel River Main
Drops

runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18 8561 Runes

HP

5445

Strong VS
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Weak to

Baleful Shadow is an Enemy in Elden Ring. The Baleful Shadow is a wolf-like assassin of the Two Fingers, wielding a large greatsword. If you have spoken to the Miniature Ranni doll, it will ask you to defeat the Baleful Shadow, a necessary step in completing Ranni's quest.

 

 I turned my back on the Two Fingers and we each have been cursing the other since. The Baleful Shadows... are their assassins.

- Miniature Ranni

 

Elden Ring Baleful Shadow Locations

Where to find the Baleful Shadow:

 

Elden Ring Baleful Shadow Combat information

  • Health: 5445 HP
  • Poise: 80

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 Baleful Shadow Drops

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Baleful Shadow Notes & Tips

  • The Baleful Shadow can be backstabbed.
  • Can be poise-broken, riposted and parried.
  • Deals Standard Damage.
  • Baleful Shadow, while a normal enemy, is tough to kill due to its ability to dodge and drink health flasks. They have many health flask charges.
  • It is susceptible to Frostbite. The Ash of War Hoarfrost Stomp can make this fight significantly easier, as it will often catch the Baleful Shadow despite its attempts to dodge projectile attacks of any sort. It will take three or four full hits with Hoarfrost to apply the Frostbite status, dealing a chunk of health damage but more importantly slowing it down significantly, allowing you to dodge his strikes and easily circle around for backstabs, as its turn rate will be significantly reduced.
  • You can easily get a backstab opportunity if you roll forward, aiming slightly to his right side, during his jump attack, frontal charge attack and grab attack. When you're close he can use a spinning attack instead of jump attack, both of which begin in the same stance. In this case you can roll forward to his left side for a backstab opportunity.
  • Takes two parries to break stance, the first parry is followed by unparryable horizontal slash with very long wind-up and high poise damage.
  • The Baleful Shadow first spawns in next to 2 coffins. By keeping the middle one between you and him, he will be mostly unable to cross it, and you can hit him safely with a ranged weapon.
  • You can sneak up to this coffin and cast Poison Mist to inflict poison damage.  You will need to inflict poison damage six times to kill him, and each subsequent time you inflict takes more casts of Poison Mist, so bring some Flask of Cerulean Tears.

baleful shadow coffin

  • Resembles Blaidd the Half-Wolf. They even share the same moveset. 
    • However, the Baleful Shadow's sword is imbued with Destined Death, not the Frost enchantment that Blaidd's sword is enchanted with, further signifying the shadow’s allegiance to the Two Fingers.
  • If you run past the Baleful Shadow and down the elevator to activate the Lake of Rot Shoreside [Map link] Site of Grace, this will provide a faster and safer boss run.

 

 

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    • Anonymous

      This guy kept killing me with like two hits so I had enough and decided to cheese. If you can cast Noble Presence, just sneak behind the coffins as soon as he invades with the incantation ready. A fully charge blast will knock him in the air, when he's on the ground do it again. Should take no more than 5-6 times, you're welcome.

      • Anonymous

        Whenever I do this fight as a mage I just bring Magic Glintblade, you can easily kite the enemy around the arena. Cast like 4 Glintblades at a time because he won't dodge when they actually fire at him. Night sorceries may achieve the same outcome.

        • Anonymous

          Most people doing Ranni quest early and reaching baleful shadow at low levels might be roleplaying as a mage or magic swordman, relying on spells or some magic weapon art. But this mini-boss takes way less dmg against mgc, and should be a wakeup call to diversify your build. My recommendation to sidestep it is to just pick your normal weapon with the highest upgrade lvl and slap flames of the redmane weapon art. It stun him incredible easy, a stun for each 2 casts. But down the line you will meet lake of rot and astel, and diversifying your build with a little bit of faith (for flame cleanse me) and str/vigor (to fight astel) will benefit you tremendously.

          • Anonymous

            Guy was kicking my ass. Then I equipped the Inquisitor's spear, and killed him on the first try. The charge forth weapon art knocks him down and the charged R2 seems to partially stagger him.

            • Anonymous

              I swear I once got Preceptor Seluvis here back in patch 1.00. I remember dying to magic and when I came back it was Blaidd who spawned in.

              • Anonymous

                If you’re having trouble with backstabs, try the darkness incantation. You can even sneak up behind him before initiating the fight if you hug the wall to your left, but I would still use darkness even coming up from behind him because he’ll still sense you if you get close enough. I learned that the hard way. Twice.

                • Anonymous

                  I used radahns blades gravity ability to pull this enemy into the elevator shaft and he fell to his death. Easy cheese.

                  • Anonymous

                    Doing a level 1 playthrough, and I was initially intent on just poisoning him to death.
                    However due to impatience, I hit him with an Albinauric pot, and melted him with the black knife. After two attemps to use a flask, he stopped trying and died quickly.

                    • Anonymous

                      At what level is Nokstella meant to be done? I've found high level ghost glovewarts and the ghost glovwart picker's bell bearing [2] so I didn't think I came here too soon but this baleful shadow is killing me in two or three hits. I'm at a decent level and the valiant gargoyle duo couldn't kill me that quickly. I don't like having to put flame of the redmanes on a greatsword to cheese a fight like this because I can't take more than two hits.

                      • Anonymous

                        I can't seem to trigger this fight. Did I wait too late in the game? I have defeated all lords and cleared farum azula

                        • Anonymous

                          This enemy seems to have as many crimson flasks as he has time to use unless damaged with a weapon. Arrows and Rotten Breath just get healed up unless accompanied by actual attacks.

                          • Anonymous

                            The elevator strat still works, light swing your sword once when he does the slam, then roll back to the other side of the shaft.
                            then repeat

                            • Anonymous

                              After MANY attempts I finally cheesed this using just glintstone pebble: approach from Nokstella waterfall basin, kill the basilisks in the cave. Then lure baleful shadow INTO the cave, to a point where it's fairly narrow. Then from a middle distance, spam glintstone pebble. There is a sweet spot where won't be able to dodge, and he also he won't come towards you, so have at it. Takes a while and a few FP flasks, but it's successful.

                              • Anonymous

                                After defeated, he said: "It is a good fight, better than I envisioned. I can finally stand before them. Tell Blaidd and Iji, I love them."
                                What does this mean? Was he forced to kill Ranni against his will?

                                • Anonymous

                                  Cheesed him so hard with Ekzykes's decay. He can't dodge it, and for some reason, didn't charge me down as I was casting.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Crushed him with the Starscourge great sword weapon skill: Starcaller Cry. The first gravitational wave call does not pull the Baleful Shadow to you, but the followup slam will lay him flat on his back and cause significant damage. Keep alive while spamming this weapon art and you are good.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      I snuck up behind him before the battle even started, and obliterated him with corpse piler. Rivers of blood level 10

                                      • Anonymous

                                        I felt like Ranni was severing her iink to Blaidd by destroying this baleful shadow (shadow is the name of the wolf creatures bonded to Empyreans by the two fingers, a protector and failsafe assassin should the Empyrean turn against the two fingers). I'm not sure if this is the case, but it would be cool if destroying this shadow in the underworld is what allows Ranni to sever her link to Blaidd, the last connection with the two fingers.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          I have no idea why players aren't doing it, but even though there isn't a summoning pool next to the site of grace just before the Baleful Shadow, you CAN drop a co-op summoning sign there. I've left my own a few times to help people, yet I don't think I've ever see anyone else do it.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            A lot of people saying bait his attack but he will just 180 slash you and hit you in an invisible frame. its wild.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              Is there a transcript for Ranni's dialogue from when the Baleful Shadow shows up?

                                              I thought she said something along the lines of "this is the last one". It made me think that I was supposed to have fought multiple Shadows elsewhere but I somehow messed up and only came across the last one at the final location.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                you can bait all of his attacks out by just walking into his range and then walking backwards. if he does the jumping attack just dodge forwards then backstab him, repeat until dead.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  you can bait all of his attacks out by just walking in his range and then walking backwards, if he does the jumping attack dodge roll forwards and backstab him, repeat until dead

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    LIon's Claw just before he prepares to attack. It staggers him and you can do about one or two attacks after that. When he starts to swing, dodge and put some distance between. He will stop attacking and then continue to walk towards you, Repeat until dead. Took about 4 Lion's Claw, with +17 Claymore.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      "A wolf-like assassin of the Two Fingers sent forth to carry out their dirty work. Wields a greatsword that it can use along with their agile movements." where is this quote from, which item?

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        Or...just stay in the cave and spam Rock Sling. Beat him first try; he just walks slowly toward the cave and takes it.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          Was having a lot of trouble with this one, then I tried GIANT HUNT aow. Fight became so one sided I almost felt bad.

                                                          Strat: wait until he gets close but just before he attacks, run in with a stab or any attack that does pierce damage, use giant hunt asap into charged attack, retreat to regain stamina and avoid retaliation, repeat until dead. Took me maybe 4 combos to get him down, GH does massive damage on top of allowing a large opening.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Super easy..... Use Cerulean Hidden Tear in physick flask to eliminate the FP consumption, then just use Comet Azur and he goes down before he even starts walking.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              Just to point out, its sword isn't actually imbued with Destined Death despite its appearance. While it looks that way, its mechanics are actually blackflame as it has a dot-effect with no accompanying decrease in max health like seen with Alecto and the Black Knife Assassins. This makes sense when you think about it as there were no known swords forged with the Rune of Death, only the knives, and also since we know from the wolf-head armor that the Two Fingers have on more than one occasion sent their assassins in disguise. This may also explain why the assassins near Iji apparently used blackflame, since while the Black Knife Assassins can be considered to have a monopoly on their very iconic weapons, there's no reason to assume that other assassins couldn't use similar clothing sets.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                Rotten Breath + Jumping R2 did it for me. Also somehow managed to get Queens Black Flame to connect which threw him on the floor, allowing for more Jumping R2, then his stance broke and I managed to kill him with a grab.

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  Rock sling seemed to work well against him. I went in just far enough to aggro him and then started spamming the Rock Sling. It can make him stagger after 3-4 hits but I never had enough time to get to him for the visceral attack. I was able to stunlock him with the rock sling so he didn't have time to heal.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    easy fight strat: dodge to his right when he jumps and then backstab him also keep distance from him because he deals massive damage

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      Absolute bullshit. Just begging to be cheesed. Too much HP. Too much damage. 6 hit hyperarmor combo where he can't be staggered. Insanely ****ing annoying. Try beating him without faith/int and you'll see what I'm talking about. Every benefit from using large weapons is taken away from you. Not to mention his illogically large resistances. Astel was ****ing easier than this bastard for me.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        For me he just very slowly walked towards me the whole time and all I had to do was spam Rock Sling until he died.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          The GRAFTED DRAGON is perfect for him, the weapon art knock him over and give you enough time to recharge the move.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            I managed it on my 2nd try by mixing Rotten Breath, Hoarfrost stomp and backstabs with the Dagger Talismen (extra Crit damage) . When you first walk up to him, get near-ish him and blast him with a full Rotten Breath, you should be able to get a fully charged Breath off before he comes at you. Then stay at medium range and hit him with Hoarfrost 3-4 times when safe. Now that is he moving slowly you want to try to circle around with a strong shield (I'd recommend Briar Greatshield as it's very light for a Greatshield) and get as many backstabs as you can. If you find a good opportunity, hit him with another Rotten Breath. Be sure to keep the pressure on as much as you can and stay close or else he'll heal a massive amount of health.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              Where does the quote of the baleful shadow being an assassin of the two fingers come from? I don’t recall reading that anywhere in game but there so many things that I could’ve easily missed it.
                                                                              Just wondering because it’ll confirm a big theory of mine.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                I have had great success using Glintblade Phalanx. 3 hits of them and he's staggered. Follow it up with Bloody Slash. Rinse and repeat.

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  Try Aspect of the Crucible: Horns

                                                                                  Get some distance, horn him into the air, jump attack as he gets up, throw in a little sword dance here and there, rinse and repeat.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    underleveled faith builds can overwhelm him with powerstanced winged scythe + halo scythe after a backstab. make sure to spam the winged scythe skill because it makes his heal animation fail while leaving him wide open.

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      Super easy to cheese with a magic build. Just lure him back into the cave and he'll soon hit an invisible wall. From there spam your long range attack of choice and dead.

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        As a lvl95 dex/int build i was getting a bit frustrated, but i tried to switch it up to a +4 fallingstar beast jaw i was using to farm blackflame monks earlier, absolutely destroyed the baleful shadow. Extremely simple if you can just stay out of range of his lunges. Timing is barely needed since you can crit or jump r2 when he staggers (3 or 4 WA uses), take your pick. Using a shield isnt really advised for this fight btw. It actually seems to work against you.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          Albinauric Pots interrupted his flasks perfectly, I hit him with that good ol' rotten breath, tossed one and he didn't dodge it, breath'd him again since it's got decent damage during the actual skill on top of the dot, watched him try to use a flask like 4-5 times and each time did the animation for it being empty. Kept my space and kept breathing him, he never even tried to attack me, just walked at me menacingly.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            I tried to do the elevator cheese, but I fell down the elevator. luckily, he also fell down and it counted as a kill

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              I tried to do the elevator cheese, but I fell down the elevator. luckily, he also fell down and it counted as a kill

                                                                                              • I thought the "He have infinite flask charges!" sounded blasphemusly un-FromSoft like, but... after some testing, yeah, he really does seem to have infinite flask charges.

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  Just lure him to the elevator hallway and aim your bow about a body’s with left or right from him and he’ll run right into your arrows, can poison him, cast night maiden mist and/or rotten breath and then keep him in the elevator by continuously firing arrows, it’s the ultimate cheese but on an RL 1 run its very effective

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    There is no evidence to show that the baleful shadow is a black knife assassin. It is just as likely the shadow killed a black knife and took the rune. That should be removed.

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      After some testing, it seems that he has an infinite number of flasks. Not really sure how that got put in the game...

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        After trying several techniques listed here to no avail, here's what worked for me on my first try with it: I equipped Banished Knight's Blood Halberd with Blood Tax. I snuck behind the coffins, which he generally gets stuck behind, and any time he'd do a failed jump attack due to being blocked by the coffins, I would get a few piercing stabs in from a bit of a range because halberd. He actually never healed himself... maybe because he was too busy trying to attack me? If he starts strafing around the coffins, lure him back the other direction -- and if he gets past them, you can run away and hide in the elevator shaft or cave until he resets his position and sneak behind him again.

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          So we can all agree that this guy is a black knife assassin in disguise right(from the Blaidd mask we found)? So if Ranni orchestrated the Night of Black Knives then why do the assassins try to kill her too?

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            Night mist sorcery, he walks through it slowly, won't heal himself, I am on a melee build and I beat him without swinging the sword once. Just keep your distance and keep casting night mist at him.

                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                              Probably the only boss I regret cheesing.
                                                                                                              Its very easy. Keep on using rotten breadth at a distance. Once the character gets stuck in slow walk animation, keep the distance and keep on using rotten breadth. HE WONT heal himself.

                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                Get some distance between him, wait for his jump attack, roll and hit him once or just backstab and immediatly back away. Hit him once as he is getting up. Or twice but you will have to roll soon after. For me he healed only once.

                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                  Susceptible to poison mist. You can easily shave off over 1000 hp. And glintblade will stagger him in three hits. I'm primarily melee, but through Roger's rapier that combo destroyed him.

                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                    Easy cheese: at any grocery store, go to the dairy aisle. There will be varieties of cheese. Choose one. Now stand behind the coffins. Eat said cheese. Now attack while he's stuck between the coffins.

                                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                                      Bolt of Gransax weapon art destroyed this guy in a few hits, it staggers him every time and he can't really dodge it

                                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                                        Easy mode for melee: Wait for his leap attack, dodge towards him, circle around him and backstab him, then greet him with a charged attack once he gets up. Repeat.

                                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                                          If he isn't spawning for you because you've already fought Astel and came back to do the quest, make sure to exhaust the ranni's doll dialogue at Ansel River Main, then travel to Lake of Rot and walk back UP the path, he'll spawn then.

                                                                                                                          For the record, Ash of War, Flame of the Redmanes makes it a complete joke. Stagger locked him and he died in two crits.

                                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                                            Use Siluria’s Tree if you’ve got the specs. This doofus just runs into the weapon art, again and again.

                                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                                              You can also sneak up on him and when he turns around he can’t step cover the coffins behind when he tries to walk over the top to the coffin just walk left and he’ll be stuck again. He still attacks just wait for your opening and attack. Used a +17 Nagakiba and Roy Grease only healed himself once.

                                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                Running duel-wield colossal build:
                                                                                                                                - Stay a good distance away
                                                                                                                                - Bait out overhand lunge attack
                                                                                                                                - Once he's recovering from that, you can jump + double sword attack him which should stagger him
                                                                                                                                - Back away again and repeat

                                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                  If you use the Black Knife weapon skill on this guy during the fight, Ranni has extra dialogue where she says "A fateful wound, ne'er to heal." or something close to that. He also seems to be unable to dodge the weapon art, so it works very well against him.

                                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                    Still easily cheesed with Rejection- just need to send down the elevator, then lure him near the elevator hole. Position yourself along the side of the hole (not directly in the entrance), then when he gets close, cast Rejection to force him back towards the elevator entrance. You'll have enough time to position him between you and the elevator hole, then cast it again when he gets up for an easy kill.

                                                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                      Melee -> Wait until he finishes attacking, then 2h run at him and swing with one R1, it will stagger him. Then run away.

                                                                                                                                      Literally one attack at a time, and you can kill him. Takes forever compared to magic but at least he's beatable.

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