Black Blade Kindred

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Location DragonbarrowForbidden Lands
Drops

Bestial Sanctum:
runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18 88,000 Runes
runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18 176,000 Runes (NG+1)
Gargoyle's Blackblade
Gargoyle's Black Halberd

Grand Lift of Rold:

runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18 60,000 Runes
runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18 135,000
 Runes (NG+3)
Gargoyle's Black Axe
Gargoyle's Black Blades

HP

Sanctum : 12,500 

Rold : 8,315

Strong VS
Immune to
All Status Effects
Neutral to

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

Black Blade Kindred is a massive black gargoyle wielding two different weapons. Black Blade Kindreds can be found in Dragonbarrow and the Forbidden Lands. They are Valiant Gargoyles patched up with blackened corpse wax as opposed to the regular golden-hued corpse wax as a symbol of their service to Maliketh, the Black Blade.

This is an optional boss as players are not required to defeat it to advance in Elden Ring. However, doing so awards useful Items as well as Runes. Black Blade Kindreds boast a large amount of HP and high damage. It may be wise to keep your distance or prepare Consumables that bolster your defense if fighting up close. The one at Bestial Sanctum can be fought very early in the game, but it is recommended to hold off and fight it later in the game when you've levelled up and are more prepared. They drop the Gargoyle's Blackblade, Gargoyle's Black Halberd, Gargoyle's Black Axe and Gargoyle's Black Blades 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.

 

 Valiant Gargoyles that have been mended with blackened corpse wax.

Such is the mark of those who serve Maliketh, the Black Blade.

 

Elden Ring Black Blade Kindred Boss

Black Blade Kindred is a Field Boss found in Dragonbarrow and the Forbidden Lands.

  • Optional Bosses
  • Field Boss
  • Closest Site of Grace: Bestial Sanctum, Forbidden Lands
  • Multiplayer allowed
  • Can summon Spirit ashes for this boss
  • NPC Summons: Millicent. Advance in her questline till you defeat Godskin Apostle in Dominula Windmill Village, and her summon sign will be available north of the Statue of Marika in the Forbidden Lands.

 

Elden Ring Black Blade Kindred Location

Black Blade Kindred bosses can be encountered in the following locations:

  1. Dragonbarrow: Guarding the entrance to the the Bestial Sanctum. [Elden Ring Map Link]
  2. Forbidden Lands: Guarding the path towards the Grand Lift of Rold. [Elden Ring Map Link].

 

 

Black Blade Kindred Combat Information

  • Health: NG (~12500), NG+ (??), NG++ (??), NG+3 (??), NG+4 (??), NG+5 (??), NG+6 (??), NG+7 (??)
  • Defenses do not change between phases - a firebomb will do the same damage in phase 1 as in phase 2.
  • Deals Standard Damage, Pierce Damage (Twinblade) and Holy Damage.
  • Weak spot: Head
  • Unable to be parried
  • Can be poise broken.  

 

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 Black Blade Kindred Boss Guide

Black Blade Kindred Boss Video Guide

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Black Blade Kindred Fight Strategy

The Best Tips for Black Blade Kindred:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 could melt the Kindred, though the boss can easily avoid it. 
  • 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. 

 

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 Tornado 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 a 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.

 

 

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    • 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.

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  Just something i found on reddit on why the bestial sanctum one will suddenly aggro when you're farming the black dudes:

                                                                                                  "a) he's set to a passive state when you travel to the sanctum via the portal in limgrave, which can be done repeatedly b) his aggression resets when you cross a (probably distance based) boundary near the second militiaman you encounter following the road from the sanctum to greyoll."

                                                                                                  So, basically, if you want to keep farming, don't ever go far from the Sanctum (and don't approach via Caelid) and he will leave you alone.

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    Wonderfully fun fight.
                                                                                                    -The range limit of lightning spear means you can have to be almost in melee range to fire it on horse. otherwise they just phase out. This seems particular bad in this fight for some reason.
                                                                                                    -Most attacks one-two hit me and if they don't one hit me, they stun me for long enough to make the second hit unavoidable
                                                                                                    -Shout attack goes through walls/most obstacles
                                                                                                    -I believe one of his other attacks also goes through walls/obstacles
                                                                                                    -While people say to cheese through doors, you can't target him until you get near the stairs and he attacks me almost as soon as i walk out the door. I honestly don't know how people are doing this strategy. I've for sure had him hit me through ruined pillars while behind them on horseback. Maybe you need to be off horse but no idea how you engage him and run back that fast while off horse.

                                                                                                    I've had the most success fighting him outside, but i generally run out of mana due to spell max range issues and his high health. Or I mess up and get one hit.

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      I (maybe) found one of the strategies to defeat this guy at Sanctum, but it's very long and if you get hit you will possible die. So... Aggro the Gurrank, get out of the sanctum and wait close to the doors. Dodge his "small rocks" attack and wait for Beast Claw one. Get close to the Kindred (without getting aggro) and there's a chance it will hit it, without becoming aggressive. It takes around 15 casts on NG, and it's hard to make Claw attacks performed by Gurrank. If you fail (if it's not the bug), gurrank will not become hostile forever. Anyway, this way you maybe can kill Kindred if you know how to dodge Gurrank and bait him for one specific attack.

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        Let's be frank. This guy shits on tree sentinel when it comes to being bullshit difficult. I always wait until I'm level 100 to kill him

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          If you try hit and run like I did, the pillars in Bestial Sanctum protect from roar attack, even when destroyed, duck behind one of the remains. Preferably ones farther from the door, as his axe attacks can still hit you through wall.

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            After weeks of tries, I decided that he will die yesterday, took me 3 hours non stop, I finally level my git gud skill and killed him. Then I ran to his brother near the elevator and just desacralized his body lol.
                                                                                                            Toughest fight for me so far (just killed the fire giant).

                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                              Kinda cheesed at Bestial Sanctum. Just hit him with the base Lightning Spear via Finger Seal +8, ran back into the sanctum and hid behind a pillar. He'd do the scream, take some time and de-aggro. Rinse and repeat. I stocked up 7 FP flasks and also had a longbow for insurance if I ran out of FP. Tried fighting him more legit but even at level 150 / vigor 40, was getting two-shot. Couldn't get him to fall off the cliff, either.

                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                Int builds can utilize his inability to enter the beast sanctum by getting him aggro then retreating inside with a cloud of night maidens mist at the entrance for him to spaz out in. He will go back to his initial spot eventually after the mist dissipates, so you can repeat the process as many times as needed.

                                                                                                                **His roar and black blade attacks will still hit you while inside unless you block, dodge, etc.

                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                  Level 26 vigor and 21 endurance
                                                                                                                  here, if you have a shield just go between his legs, mf going to swing over your head most of the time

                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                    Had a weird bug happened to me while fighting the one outside bestiary sanctum, his weapons disappeared for some reason and he couldn’t damage me or the mimic I had summoned. Also his charged wave slash colour changed to wind.

                                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                                      Roflmao. At NG+2, RL210, I feel as though it should be tradition to follow D's directions, get teleported to Bestial Sactum, and boss rush everything from there to Fort Faroth. All to make up for the time I did it on accident at RL30 and realized immediately that I was WAY out of my league. For anyone having trouble, i strongly recommend a big hammer and trying around SL70 for a better time. XD

                                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                                        If you fought those twin gargoyles, then you know his moveset. It’s just that his damage is higher. Again, this one is where mages have it easier. Dodge, keep distance and spam rock sling or whatever is the spell of your choice. Good luck!

                                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                                          I'm on ng+5 and the one on the mountains 2 shots at 60 vig and basically any thing that isn't a "normal attack" one shots you or knocks you down where he then proceeds to kill you.... Man this game sometimes

                                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                                            There's a small "bug" i observed,sometimes when you die while hes holding the 2 handed axe instead of having the sword on his left side he'll have the greataxe from the different type (the one with the twinblade), its nothing that influences gameplay but the first time i saw it it really confused me and i wanted to know if anyone else saw that happening

                                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                                              Didn't decided to kill this lad in my new Vagabond profile since I don't have to. This guy is a sentient/neutral monster anyway. Doesn't touches you if you don't attack.

                                                                                                                              • It took me a good few tries to beat the Bestial Sanctum one, possibly around 10. I'm a Dex/Int katana user, with plenty of HP - 1500. I've used two handed Moonveil +6 and relied on it's weapon art (heavy, vertical variant) as a sole damage dealer due to it's decent power and range. Talismans: Cerulean Amber Medallion and Carian Filigreed Crest to maximize amount of attacks I can do before restoring FP. Mixed Physic: Magic-Shrouding Cracked Tear to increase the damage and Windy Crystal Tear to get some i-frames; didn't care about defense penalty since I could survive up to two of his usually used attacks anyway.
                                                                                                                                The key was to learn his moveset, dodge and perform one Moonveil's magical attack as a punishment. It dealt damage between 500 and 600. Since this guy is fairly active and aggressive, I could punish often enough to break his poise and get a critical twice during the fight. I've found his Halberd moveset to be easier to work with. Especially his "square off" stance was problematic - from it he either can do a single powerful uppercut - which is easy to dodge, or a mad series of fast slashes - and those are tricky and rather unforgivable if messed up with dodging; or, he can switch it up and quickly cancel the stance and perform a regular thrust - this guy know his stuff. Also, when using a sword he perform a two hit combo designed especially to punish you if you stick to his toes, with it's first strike being fast and hard to dodge. He has an attack with halberd meant to punish this as well, but easier to dodge.
                                                                                                                                I've found it's best to be fairly close to provoke his usual melee attacks, but far enough so he won't try to punish you biting his toes. Except of "square off" charge, all of his mid to long range attacks are easy to dodge and with predictable pacing. If you're starting a fight nest to the Sanctum's gate, you'll get one easy opportunity to heal by jumping down behind the baluster. But then you better don't wander too far, as to not aggro Vulgar Militia roaming around.
                                                                                                                                Overall, this is a decent fight. A good test of patience and positioning.

                                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                  I fought this boss outside of the chapel incase fromsoft decides to block that room. For me I used a mace and greatshield, kept luring him on the bottom of the steps, and kept jump attacking his head when able to open up a critical. You can easily strike his head in Axe mode, but i wouldn't advise when he has sword.

                                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                    Honestly the most surprising thing about this enemy is that we don't have to fight a trio of them in a tiny room. Small victories and all that.

                                                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                      +4 golem great bow giving me 485 AR used 30 normal and 30 golden arrows brought him to about 20% health. Had to poke him with regular arrows from a +4 serpent bow for the remainder. That used about 30-40 arrows.

                                                                                                                                      Just stand in the temple right where the stairs leading down to the doors are. Lure boss with some arrow shots. When he gets to the door he usually just does his burst thing. When he tries just roll left to the grace. He usually immediately leaves the second you touch the grace.

                                                                                                                                      Once he is back to his starting position you can snipe the top of his wing 3-4 times before he starts coming for you again. The closer you are the more damage your arrows will do. If you get too close it’ll lure him though.

                                                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                        if you've advanced her questline far enough, millicent's summon sign will appear just north of the statue of marika in forbidden lands

                                                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                          Ok, I found a way to cheese him, which in hindsight seems obvious. Just lure him to the ledge let him perform his dash into the depths of nothingness. Done this with 3 of my characters already.

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