Black Blade Kindred

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Locations & Drops

Bestial Sanctum:
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Gargoyle's Blackblade
Gargoyle's Black Halberd

Forbidden Lands:
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Gargoyle's Black Axe
Gargoyle's Black Blades

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Black Blade Kindred is a Boss in Elden Ring. These large stone gargoyles are held together with black corpse wax, indicating their allegiance to Maliketh. 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.

Valiant Gargoyle is another variant of this boss.

 

 Valiant Gargoyles, mended with blackened corpse wax. Such is the mark of those who serve Maliketh, the Black Blade.

 

Elden Ring Black Blade Kindred Locations

Black Blade Kindred 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.

 

Elden Ring Black Blade Kindred Boss Guide

Black Blade Kindred Fight Strategy

The Best Tips for Black Blade Kindred:

  • Use the Stone of Gurranq spell, awarded by giving Gurranq his 6th Deathroot. This spell comes out decently fast, deals good amounts of damage, and can be used in succession. It also usually aims for the Kindred's head and can even break its poise while doing so. Lightning Spear and Frenzied Burst can work well as ranged offensive spells.
    For Intelligence players, Glintstone Cometshard or even just Great Glintstone Shard can work wonders. If you have enough set-up, casting Comet Azur can melt the Kindred although the boss can easily avoid it. 
  • Suggested weapons: 2 Great Omenkiller Cleavers with Strength/Occult affinity and infused with Cragblade Ash of War. Any weapon infused with Glintblade Phalanx will also work great because it can stance break the gargoyle in 3 hits of the skill.
  • Bring some Boiled Crabs or Prawns, as they provide great boosts to one's physical defense, which may be needed as the boss hits extremely hard. 
  • Summon Latenna the Albinauric, as she can provide a constant source of damage with her arrows, as long as the player can keep the Kindred's attention. Other multi-summon Ashes like Mausoleum Soldiers or Greatshield Soldiers can work well.
  • Summon Millicent. She is decently tanky and brings great offense against a fast and large foe like the Kindred. She can also serve as a distraction.

 

Melee Users
Magic and Ranged Users

At the Bestial Sanctum, you can stand on the ledge to his right and most of his attacks will not reach you. He will aggressively attack the corner, but the difference in elevation will keep the attacks from connecting. However, he will eventually become unstuck, usually when a leaping attack carries him up the stairs or a jump back lands him on the opposite ledge. The railing in the corner also is an obstacle to many ranged attacks. Standing on top of the railing or on horseback can help with this, but puts you more at risk of him becoming unstuck or you falling off.

It can be cheesed relatively easily at Bestial Sanctum, but its high HP and the range of the roar attack can make it very tedious. Its initial position makes it very easy to get in a single attack, and it will de-aggro easily and return to that position given enough time. Using ranged attacks, you can exploit this to safely attack once or twice, run to safety, and wait for it to return to the base of the steps and turn around.

It cannot enter the Bestial Sanctum, but most of his attacks can still hit you through the walls. The roar attack can reach all the way to the Bestial Clergyman (who mercifully will ignore being hit by it), so trying to attack from inside the building is not an effective approach. But if you run all the way to the back of the Sanctum, behind the Clergyman, he will eventually de-aggro and return to his original position.
Another reliable approach for this method is the right ledge. You can easily land a magic attack from there (dragon breath spells can pass through the railing as well), and have enough time to summon the horse and run away. Instead of running into the sanctum, where you might get hit with a roar before you can get to safety, run around the side of the building. There are a number of obstacles in that direction that slow him down and shield you from a roar. You can simply circle the building at your own pace, and from the other side, you can stay out of sight and see when he returns to the base of the stairs. It seems to take a shorter amount of time for him to reset, compared to hiding in the sanctum.

Black Blade Kindred Attacks & Counters

Attack Description Counter
Sword 
Attacks
Cleaves the sword in a forward motion attack. It may also launch a devastating combo of sword slashes. Roll to either side. Getting behind it also works as well.
Sword Thrust The Kindred draws its sword back and thrusts forward. It may use this attack during any of its combos Dodge to the sides or through it.
Halberd Switch Sheathes its sword and grabs the halberd from its back, performing a twisting attack. As soon as you see him drawing the halberd, get away.
Spinning Slash Using its halberd, it will spin around twice, dealing damage. Back away from this attack, as it has a very large hitbox.
Beast's Roar Roars a sonic projectile in a straight line that deals damage. Dodge to either side.
Charge Forth Charges forward with its halberd and finishes with an upward slam attack. Dodge to either side when he is close to you.
Corpse Wax Cutter Raises its sword and then slams it down releasing a reddish wave of energy. It will rapidly drain health for a short period of time if the target was damaged by it. Roll to either side.
Corpse Wax Whirlwind After a delay, the Kindred swings its Halberd around twice, creating a reddish tornado that covers a wide area, then end with an overhead slash.

Twinblade: It will begin rapidly spinning its twinblade, before releasing the whirlwind in a large circular area around it.
If the target is too far away, it will jump up and land close to them.

The whirlwind will rapidly drain your health, akin to the Black Knife's effect.
It's best to just roll away from the tornado than to roll through the attacks, it will most likely one-shot you if you're not careful.
Twinblade Slashes Performs rapid spinning slashes with its twinblade Dodge to the left or right, depending on its position.
Axe Switch The Kindred puts away its twinblade and roars, before switching to its axe and slamming down, causing a shockwave. This shockwave will also drain your health for a short time. Be ready to dodge once it switches back
War Cry + Overhead Slam The Kindred releases a roar before slamming its axe downwards, also causing an exploding shockwave that drains health. Roll away from this attack.
Twinblade Switch It will sheathe its axe and switch to its twinblade, performing a spinning attack. Be prepared and dodge accordingly.

Black Blade Kindred Lore, Notes & Other Trivia

  • Same moveset as the Valiant Gargoyles, but with added health drain effect on its special moves, which fits with their lore of being Maliketh’s servants.
  • One guards Gurranq in front of the Bestial Sanctum, while the other guards the Grand Lift of Rold, which leads to the flame which can burn the Erdtree, and thus unbind Destined Death.

Black Blade Kindred

Bestial Sanctum

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Drops runes currency elden ring wiki guide 1888,000
Gargoyle's Blackblade
Gargoyle's Black Halberd
HP 12,297

Elden Ring Black Blade Kindred Boss (Bestial Sanctum)

Black Blade Kindred Location

This Black Blade Kindred stands just outside the entrance to the Bestial Sanctum.  [Map Link]

Black Blade Kindred Combat information

Additional Fight Strategy

  • You can reach this boss very early on in the game, but it's a good idea to wait until you're stronger to try to defeat it.
  NG NG+ NG+2 NG+3 NG+4 NG+5 NG+6 NG+7
HP 12,297 12,309 13,539 14,155 14,770 16,001 16,617 17,232
Defense 121 120 123 126 132 138 144 156
runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18Runes 88,000 176,000 193,600 198,000 211,200 215,600 220,000 224,400

 


Black Blade Kindred

Forbidden Lands

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Drops runes currency elden ring wiki guide 1860,000
Gargoyle's Black Axe
Gargoyle's Black Blades
HP 8,452

Elden Ring Black Blade Kindred Boss (Forbidden Lands)

Black Blade Kindred Location

This Black Blade Kindred guards the entrance to the Grand Lift of Rold, along the path from the Forbidden Lands Site of Grace. [Map Link]

Black Blade Kindred Combat information

  NG NG+ NG+2 NG+3 NG+4 NG+5 NG+6 NG+7
HP 8,452 10,683 11,751 12,285 12,819 13,887 14,422 14,956
Defense 115 118 121 124 130 136 142 153
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Black Blade Kindred Image Gallery

 

 

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    • Anonymous

      I beat him last night. However, in one of my attempts while I was trying different approaches to this boss, I rode away with Torrent trying to find some cover behind the stuff around the area, and he de-aggro'd. Then when I got close to him again, I noticed that his sword suddenly has dissapeared (still got his halberd in the back), and I thought his sword was just invisible but all his attacks (he was still attacking as if he still had the sword, doing all the attack animations) were NOT hitting me nor doing any kind of damage, even the red flame ground shockwave attack was bugged because now it appeared as white instead of red, and did 0 damage. However, when he switched to the halberd he was normal, but then again when he got back to the sword, he had nothing in his hand and was unable to do damage. Sadly this happened on one of my first attempts to this boss so he killed me anyways and I was not able to replicate this bug again.

      • Anonymous

        I am a new Souls player and right from the start, I decided to try solely melee run (yeah, not the best decision retrospectively). Currently, I am sorta mid-game and I main Bloodhound's Fang, so probably the worst possible build against this powerhouse, but I decided that this will not stop me (another not the best decision)... Even at lvl 110, it took me like 2 hours of suffering to defeat him. But to be fair, most of my deaths were literally caused by being sloppy or greedy, not due to unfair mechanics. By learning his moveset and sticking solely to hit and dodge method, it is possible even with such disadvantage to defeat him quite consistently when being patient.

        It's almost absurd how much easier are the near dragon and putrid avatar. The fact that they net more runes when defeated than Kindred is indeed a bit ironic for me.

        • Anonymous

          The way the slope of the hill affects whether you can dodge the attacks or not is really f***ing stupid. On my last play through I beat my head against the wall for 3 hours unable to figure out why sometimes I could roll through his charging halberd attack and sometimes I couldn't, and then I finally just resolved to only fight with him coming at me downhill and I beat him on the first try after adopting that strategy. At certain angles and relative elevations I think one or two of his attacks are even undodgeable because of the dumb effect it has on the hitbox and tracking. That's really the only especially hard thing about this fight, which is a really obnoxious source of difficulty but pretty on-brand for FromSoft.

          • Anonymous

            Easy cheese I just did:

            Stand just past the door to the sanctum and face the stairs directly. Cast rock sling without locking on. When his back is turned you can get 1-2 back to back shots off. Run inside and crouch behind one of the pillars in the second row back from the door. He roars once per series of spells and it will not hit you. He should start backing away down the stairs. Stand in the door again, making sure he doesn't start approaching you, and if he is still facing you, you should be able to let off 5 casts of rock sling in the same manner (locked off, aiming straight ahead) before running back to the pillar. Took me 6 flasks. Can perform pretty early if you spec for it

            • Anonymous

              The one outside of bestial sancttum seems non-agro until you hit 40. I hit 40, and my first farm run after that I died, I ran past him on my corpse run and was very surprised that he agroed on me. Bye 10k runes.

              • Anonymous

                Has anyone noticed that the Bestial Sanctum kindred doesn't automatically attack if it sees you until later ingame? As soon as I got Bestial Vitality ( 3 deathroots ) it started responding to my sight and sound.

                • Anonymous

                  i don't think "regular" corpse wax is golden colored. i think that's the original bronze. there is a blackblade variant to every gargoyle weapon, and they are broken in the same spots, just mended in reverse. and the original gargoyle weapons all say they are bronze, so isn't the corpsewax portions of those the grey-ish stuff?

                  the thing seperating the blackblade variants from the other weapons are the color of the wax, and the allegiance to maliketh. being blackened by the rune of death makes the blackblade variants of the weapons lose their shine, and the wax to take on a very rough black texture.

                  so every gargoyle and gargoyle weapon had an original full version that was broken, and both halves were mended at some point. one half was distinct in its faith and serving of maliketh.

                  • Anonymous

                    The only way I was able to kill him with RL1 character:


                    Weapons: anything with Ash of War: Glintblade Phalanx + Misericorde

                    Hit him with Phalanx twice + one time with jump heavy attack. This should be enough to stagger him and apply crit with the dagger. Do not rush him for jump attack if you're not sure what he's going to do next. He may oneshot you with two-waves aoe when you're close.


                    Physick: Opaline Bubbletear + Stonebarb Cracked Tear

                    If you lost the shield from the Physick early on - give up and start again. The fight is too long, he will oneshot you eventually.

                    • Anonymous

                      Ringed finger! The weapon art does mucho damage to this guy. Use it with brass shield to block when he does his spinny pink long jump at you. Once I figured this out I killed him in a couple of tries.

                      • Anonymous

                        Bruh. Why is this mf so fast?

                        Dude was bloodborne dodging my attacks graciously as a feather as if he was an airbender or something.

                        It's kinda bs because big enemies already have funny hitboxes, you're basically chewing their ankles like you're a chihuahua dog, and then they decided to give this rocky goliath boi the speed of a black knife assassin Lmao

                        Want to keep your distance and fight ranged? Lol watch as he closes the gap in a second, dude is the size of a small building.

                        8/10 would fight again.

                        • Anonymous

                          I love how the one in Caelid basically foreshadows Gurranq's true identity.
                          It might be a shitty boss, but the attention to details is amazing.

                          • Anonymous

                            Just kill him at level 40-50 with great glinstone shard and meteoric staff. He can't break through the left column.

                            • Anonymous

                              At lvl 115 with 25 fth and 30 arc + marika's scarseal, dragon communion seal +6 I just spammed dragonmaw on the bestial sanctum version while it was busy trying to land a hit on Latenna perched on the nearby tree. You get plenty openings and can easily just run away and let latenna aggro it again.

                              • Anonymous

                                At lvl 115, 43 vig, 17 mind, 25 fth, 31 arc - dragon communion seal +6, Marika's scarseal. Plant latenna on the tree where a branch is coming out. My latenna is only +4. Now approach from the sanctum, use dragonmaw. When he aggros, pull off and latenna will aggro him, he'll keep trying to reach latenna and fail in most of his combos, take your time munching on him with dragonmaw. Even if he poise breaks just spam the maw on him. Took me like 5-7ish minutes

                                • Anonymous

                                  I’m no expert player by any means, but I managed to beat both of these guys. Around Lvl 125, +19 Great Stars, Raptors chest, jump attack talisman, stamina recovery talisman being the main equipment. The Hp increments from landing a Great Stars hit saved my ass in a few cases. Avoided him during twinblade phase and tried to stay close during axe phase and land jump attacks after his combo. Brass Shield for blocking.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    The only time I ever bothered with these guys was on my very first playthrough. Otherwise, unless you really, desperately want their gear, there's nothing to be gained other than a massive headache fighting these guys. Even then, maybe just ask a friend to drop the stuff to ya lol.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Frack this guy man, my god.

                                      I haven't had a fight that took me that long since fume knight

                                      and all the comments say he's so easy.

                                      yet that golem thats down low near the dragon area, everyone says he's so hard, he was easy

                                      ?!?!?

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Beat this guy with a colossal sword +12 at level 60. I think this is probably my number one hardest fight for the first part of the game, especially since you can face him so early. Once I got his attack patterns, he was really satisfying to finally beat. And he drops like 90k runes!

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Playing crouch goblin between his knees worked out for me pretty well. Had Lunetta around a corner on his right and that made it easier to hold aggro as the distance was quite long between them.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            Anyone else feel like they were fighting the camera and this boss's hitbox more than anything else? The number of times I would swing and miss his legs was almost unbearable.

                                            Please. Put some freaking target lock points elsewhere on this boss.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              At level 50 i changed my flasks to all fp and thunder then hide rince and repeat took me 20 minutes maybe more if tou do this make absolutely sure you dont get greedy sometimes it feels like he knows you are cheesing him and waits for a super fast attack be carefull

                                              • Anonymous

                                                If you run in the sanctum and duck in to the second cubby hole on either side, he cannot hit you with roars or attacks.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  I just beat this boss, I mainly used sorcery to slowly chip away at him so this was particularly hard to learn and I died more times than I care to count. Despite what people say this was a fantastically challenging fight and absolutely doable if you are careful enough.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    I did the hit and run thing on the one outside bestial sacntum but that was early in my playthrough and I was curious to see if I could beat the gargoyle in the forbidden lands without having to cheese it.
                                                    It killed me twice before I got it and it really is a cheap boss. I used the blasphemous blade and bolt of gransax both at +10 and they came through for me. It was obvious that having too much distance between me and it was a bad thing and on the last attempt I changed my approach.
                                                    I got a lot more aggressive with it constantly getting back underneath when it was jumping away to reposition, I fought it at the top of the incline on the flat ground just before the grace and lift I don't know if that made any difference. I did notice it was dodging the black blade incantation like it was input reading but it wasn't able to dodge the fully charged ancient lightning spear.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      Despite what everyone here is saying, this is not a boss hard enough to be considered unfair. It's an absolutely doable fight with a longsword/lordsworn's sword. Keep a distance, avoid the spinning twinblade combo, roll sideways when they use the shockwave thing, wait for any attacks that leave a small opening, such as when they jump and fly towards you with the twinblade, then use the R2 weapon skill. That's enough to stunlock the thing a few times during the fight, giving you not only one free critical but also some time to use flasks.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        If i had to take a shot everytime i said something along the lines "Stop running away!" while fighting this jackass, i would end up drinking enough to kill a T Rex.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          It really feels fun and engaging when bosses are designed in such a way that cheese and tactic is synonymous. Don't wanna be steam rolled by a 30ft blitzkrieg helicopter gargoyle on steroids and meth? Hide on a ledge and chip him down with some spell or spirit or smthn. Or get one shotted for hours to learn his every move by heart. Thanks FROM really great design. Love it. Bosses whose only weakness is ledge cheese is far into the artificial difficulty territory of game design. I did kill him quick but I really don't like that most ways you find to kill bosses feels cheap and exploity and not like you figured out their weakness rather finding flaws in the mechanics. And it takes me right out of the RP aspect of it. It feels so gamey. Standing on a ledge and cheesing or kiting in circles to poke between the one hits is not my idea of fun. Most of this game is nice but I'm hard pressed to name a single boss I liked. Save for Bayonetta. That one was amazing.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Would it have been so hard to move the camera back further for a higher POV when fighting these ****s?

                                                            Seriously, does From think that not being able to see equates to difficulty now?

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              I sure love it when he runs away like a complete coward almost everytime I try to get a hit in before nuking me with some nigh undodgeable bullshit anime move, real fun boss you've got here.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                They're coming out of the god danm walls - PFC Hudson, Aliens.

                                                                Pretty much like a lot of Black Blade Kindred's attacks if he's underneath that balcony. Also can run THROUGH that same balcony like it isn't there. Beware that axe charge. A horrible fight for all the wrong reasons when it could have been so much better.

                                                                Pretty sums up Elden RIng in general IMO. Got the tools, but not quite the polish in some places..

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  After I killed the BBK, the Clergymen became aggressive, and killed me 2 times. Once outside through the half opened boor, second after I tried to get back my belongings near the door and the site of grace where I respawned. So I had lost all my newly acquired runes. Be careful !!!

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    For the one at the sanctum the easiest cheese is: sneak up behind him and use Ekzyke’s Decay on his back full charge, run back in sanctum and hide behind big boy until he resets in place, rinse and repeat. Took me 8 breaths and a lot of FP. Cheesier that Kraft? Absolutely but it works like a charm and F*** this guy and his Mack truck swings.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      I was able to cheese the bestial sanctum one by running inside to the first left pillar, stand right behind it, let him roar and then used magic on him, mainly a fully charged lorretas greatbow. Then I let him walk back down the stairs and ran right out the door and back in when he chased me. Rinse and repeat. Takes a lot of fp, but I was only hit once.

                                                                      • I just killed him at level 87, and as a mainly magic user(my build is kind of all over the place lol), this guy was brutal. My vigor is only 25 with Radagon Sorseal, meaning he just 1 shot me all the time. Your best bet for this fight, if you suck at timing dodges like me, is to use greatshield soilder ash, 100 phys shield, shield talisman, rock sling(4 charges may make him stagger) and spam glintstone shard when the summon dies. At least the Valiant Gargoyle duo will be a walk in the park after you're done with this BS.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          For magic user try using greatshield soilder, 100 phys shield and rock sling he usually stagger after 4 charges

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            Okay, now my two cents:

                                                                            Managed to kill it with my newest char - Lv 69 colossal sword (the guts thing, you know...) with lion´s claw on it. Also took along my buddy Engvall as summon.
                                                                            Was kinda surprised that, after some tries I got the thing down.

                                                                            I feel it is crucial to stay VERY CLOSE most of the time.

                                                                            Just avoid the obvious close-range killers like that whirlwind etc.
                                                                            Got the guy stunned several times, but never forget how tanky and fast it is. Also, you wanna wear some armor.
                                                                            Pure glasscannon builds will suffer here.
                                                                            Immensly.

                                                                            Once you are wounded, heal, yeah you will have to.
                                                                            Hard to take more then one of those blows, that is for shure.

                                                                            And bring enough FP flasks !
                                                                            You will need them, if you want to poise-break that monster.
                                                                            At least if you want to spam skills which might be crucial for knocking it down.

                                                                            Ehm, good luck ? And don´t get greedy, obviously.
                                                                            That thing hits like a truck.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              The thing i hate most about this bastard is how he keeps running/jumping away almost every time i try to get a hit on the cheap shithead.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                What a garbage boss. Extremely fast, hard to hit, has too many 'checkmates' that you need BHS for or you'd need to play extremely safely to avoid. Just garbage on all fronts and is never ever fun to fight regardless of your level.

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  I just learned his moveset, he was one shotting me every time but I eventually killed him at SL 43 with black flame fire ball only. Just learn to dodge, be patient and youll eventually get him, took me probably like 8mins for the kill, and like 1 and a half hours of trying. Fighting him downhill seemed to help a lot as some of his moves with the sword wont hit you if hes about you on the hill, SOME not all.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    is the one near the lift of rold an optional boss or do you have to kill it to access the lift? life is way too short to spend half an hour dodge rolling, chipping away as its health bar hoping I can keep dodging his attacks long enough to kill him before he one shots me.

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      ultimate cheese...his little red mouth spew cant penetrate the second pillar base on the right if you are looking at Gurranq. super easy bow slaughter

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        Why do this dude turn hostile when we give crack to his boss ? From should really push non-hostile interactions, if only to make a bit of sense

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          This thing is not ****ing fun to fight. In my experience it's either fight it way overleveled or chip away at it for 30mins and get one shotted. cool design though

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            Almost felt bad about this ... ALMOST.
                                                                                            Just found that cheesing him is quite easy if you have Latenna, high level preferred. Do not approach him from the Sanctum, but from the path leading up to it. Preferably kill the little shits lurking around first, so they won't distract you later.
                                                                                            Place Latenna on top of the bent tree to the right of the Golden Seed tree. Then get on horseback for better manoeuvrability. Bait the gargoyle with a long range attack just a bit further from the ruins to the left, and use those very ruins for cover the whole time. (Using the Wraith Calling Bell works very well here.)
                                                                                            The gargoyle will come towards you, all the time being hit by Latenna - he concentrates on you, gets shot by her, retreats after some time, gets shot + aggroed while retreating again, repeat. His roar never reaches her, as she is out of range. After some time and / or losing a certain amount of health (1/2 - 3/4), the gargoyle will become more aggressive towards you. Just evade the whole time with your trusty horse, and watch Latenna do the rest.

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              I got a flashback to Dark Soul fighting this boss, probably because neither bleed nor rot, my main arsenal, works on him. If you're not applicable for any EZ-kill strategy, just calm down and learn his pattern; it's worth the effort. Keep distance and roll his clearly telegraphed attacks. Use medium/great shield to block the few attacks you find hard to time (they won't break your guard in just one hit, not even the halberd). Play safe and attack only when there's an opening (if he's too far to reach in 2 seconds it doesn't count as an opening). And for Melina's sake, wait until level 100+ before challenging the one in front of Gurranq. I barely beat him at level 125 and 28 Vigor, with a lightning-charged flail and a 100% phy medium shield; took me 30 minutes in to tal. Surprisingly, I didn't use much flasks at all; only around 5. One thing I've observed is that, when he's in halberd mode, if he's above me up on the stairs, most of his attacks tended to just whiff over my head, allowing for a lot of free hits (but I kept my shield up, just in case).

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                All his attack will leave an open window so get your hit in and get out. Use the horses and time your attack. I learned his pattern after 3-4 tries. Getting enough vig to survive 1 hit helped

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  For the one outside of the Bestial Sanctum in Caelid, my cheese strat was thus:
                                                                                                  RL38, STR/FTH (21*/25*)
                                                                                                  *Modified by Starscourge and Two Fingers Heirlooms respectively (not like STR mattered for this anyway)
                                                                                                  -----
                                                                                                  - One Black Flame fireball
                                                                                                  (with some accuracy you can do this from the doorway (with careful crouching, you could also land it a bit before it turns around, when it's at the bottom of the stairs))

                                                                                                  - Hide behind the 2nd Pillar stub in the Sanctum
                                                                                                  (the roar can't pass through the bottom of the column, and his melee attacks (as I've seen them) can't reach, he'll lose aggro eventually, same as hiding behind the clergyman and sanctum, test whether hiding behind the 1st Pillar stub is viable at your own risk)

                                                                                                  - Repeat as required
                                                                                                  (personal Cerulean Flask use was 5/8 at +6, your mileage may vary depending on your build and flask level (and accuracy))

                                                                                                  For one of the toughest gargoyles to crack in Elden Ring, I'll take the easy wins where I can find them
                                                                                                  He does have some strange behaviors doing it like this, such as walking towards and away from the door at random before going back to idle (probably something to do with his searching AI and my impatience), and the rare occasion where he phases back to his deactivated state (idfk), any big heads in the page could tell me why those are, but this was a nice thing to do at 4am while bingeing content

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    I actually quite liked this boss fight can’t lie. The Mountaintops one at least. Dragonbarrow one two shots at like 45 Vigor it’s nutty

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      I actually quite liked this boss fight can’t lie. The Mountaintops one at least. Dragonbarrow one two shots at like 45 Vigor it’s nutty

                                                                                                      • Contrary to what this says, he can be effectively and relatively quickly cheesed from within the sanctum. I just did it with 34 FTH, FTH/incant boosting kit and lightning spears. You have to be a bit patient with your aim or they'll just keep bouncing off the doors, but it's doable.

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          shieldless melee strat for the one in front of bestial sanctum (tried with lv 60 dex build w/ 42 dex, 35 vigor, nox flowing sword +6 and keen shotel+14)

                                                                                                          approaching from behind via bestial sanctum grace allows you to get 1-2 heavy hits in. it's not much but might save your run in a clutch. as with most bosses his size, reach is the least of his worries so you should always roll into attacks. doing so also gives you more opportunities to attack during his openings.

                                                                                                          He has 2 forms, sword and halberd, your strategy should switch when he does.

                                                                                                          Sword: most of his attacks in sword form are 2 hit combos that are easy to dodge into. his standard slashing combo can also have a third hit in the form of a thrust, but it's quite slow and easy to dodge also. wait for these combos to finish and punish.

                                                                                                          the only threatening attack in sword form is his stomp that looks simiar to the player stomp. this has 2 variations: uppercut swing and a 6 hit combo. both can be dodged by rolling forward and left (your left). if you only hear one swing, punish, if you hear two, roll again. the rest of the combo with miss after rolling twice due to poor tracking. it's also ok to just roll twice anyway to be safe if you don't mind missing some attack windows.

                                                                                                          interestingly, if you open with a running jump attack during his sword phase, his response almost always misses. you can also easily jump over the swing he does when he switches from sword to halberd.

                                                                                                          Halberd: arguably the easier of the two, as most of his attacks in this phase consist of diving attacks that are easy to dodge and leave him wide open. he has one charge combo that he will chain into an uppercut and a delayed dive. the only dangerous part is the dive, which is tricky to time and could oneshot players. if you're struggling with its timing, consider putting raptor of the mists on your weapon for an easier time and a free jump attack.

                                                                                                          the key in this phase is to keep your distance and wait for him to come to you. it's recommended to back off after punishing his dives. sticking to him for too long will trigger comparitively faster swing attacks and make it near impossible to dodge the corpse wax tornado. the latter is a death sentence for most players if caught.


                                                                                                          though this one technically has a roar attack, i've never seen him use it in open combat. only when the player is behind the bestial sanctum door.

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            I did it the cheesy way from inside the sanctum, but I didn't need to wait for him to de-aggro. You can hit the top of his wing if you aim it just right. While the roar does reach all the way to the back of the sanctum and will knock down the pillars, it leaves a bottom stump of the pillars that provide cover. So, after the initial attack, you sit around the middle of the sanctum. When he comes up, crouch behind one of the pillar stumps and it will shield you from the roar. As soon as the roar passes, hit him a few times. Repeat until dead.

                                                                                                            The other bosses are hard enough, so I'll take a cheesy kill when I can get it. :-P

                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                              Bring a shield, get 18 intelligence, meteor staff and rock sling, cast 4-5 times and its a guard break, reposte and repeat. His attacks are telegraphed but he covers so much distance and moves so quick that a shield can save your life. Did this sl 60 with 30 vigor 18 intelligence.

                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                Goddamn this was an annoying fight as a melee. Finally did it though
                                                                                                                Vig+Str+Dex build using a Lordsworn Heavy Greatsword +16
                                                                                                                Glintblade Phalanx / Heavy
                                                                                                                10:2 Pots
                                                                                                                Keep up the Glintblade phalanx and dodge his attacks, two glintblade hits on him plus a melee swing or two will stagger him. Keep doing this until hes dead. Still was not easy but managable

                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                  Took him down using Greatshield, Nox Flowing Hammer, and Black Knife Tiche on the assist. Hammers chunk him pretty good, and shield will completely negate most of his attacks.

                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                    Summon Mel, and use Marinette soldiers ashes. Go giant tree and use night maidens mist and circle the tree.
                                                                                                                    I use night maidens mist and ancestral spirits tears combined. Drains his health Hella quick. Tree helps block his attacks.

                                                                                                                    • At the grand lift of rold.
                                                                                                                      Summon Mill and go to the big tree on the left.
                                                                                                                      That tree can be used as a big shield.
                                                                                                                      I then use Night maidens mist and ancestoral infants head for great damage.
                                                                                                                      Digger staff and 40 int. Moose anters for boost.
                                                                                                                      I use Marinette soldiers ashes bc they agro quick and then I cast my mist on them so I agro him. I the throw baby tears on mill and he goes back and forth lol.
                                                                                                                      Took about 5 tries but every try I had him at 10% health.

                                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                                        Did its aggro range increase somehow ? I passed him on horseback while hugging the wall, it went fight mode.

                                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                                          I actually appreciate how hard FromSoft made me work for the cheese. Hitting with black flame, running to the back corner, waiting till he deaggros, repeat for 25 min.... In a funny way, I still feel like I legitimately earned the kill for my time alone

                                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                                            this man needs to be the elden lord.
                                                                                                                            immune to everything : CHECK
                                                                                                                            can two shot you : CHECK
                                                                                                                            has a badass design : CHECK
                                                                                                                            fights like a hero : CHECK

                                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                                              I *just* managed to kill the Caelid one after he beat my ass for what could have been at least 30-40 tries. Essentially the only way I would win was by not getting hit even once. If you don't want to waste your time on that like I did, head out of the sanctum and go to the section to the right of the stairs. If you hop onto that top left chalice thing where the rails are broken off, you will not get hit by any of his attacks. I was reflexively shielding when he wound up his huge sword, and then I didn't get hit by anything the entire fight. I stood there and cast rock sling the entire time. After all that, with the Golden Scarab Talisman and a fowl foot, I got 137k runes.

                                                                                                                              (Also, his crit window is VERY quick if you're not already in melee range so try not to greed it until you get an idea of the timing)

                                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                Funny as ****, the one in bestial sanctum bugged out and had no weapon, was just fighting with his fists, was meant to be doing his sword moveset but all his attacks were short, at the end halberd appeared, and interesting his sword power move with the big wave attack was white instead of red

                                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                  Golem bow an arrows will cut down alot of its health bar if u cheese it from the sanctum. (Shoot it in back from end of walk way the run to stand in back to either side , wait til the music stops then repeat until out of arrows atleast by then u wont be dealing with it with full life)
                                                                                                                                  Note ; { lvl 117 Ggb+5 took 30 reg golem arrows & 5 magic golem arrows but it felled it none the less.}

                                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                    You can cheese this guy right at the front of the sanctum by crouching behind the right front column but not too close - crouch where the crossed bones mark the spot. Roar can’t hit while crouched even after he knocks the column over. Neither does the tornado.

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