Borealis, the Freezing Fog

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Location Mountaintops of the Giants
Drops

Mountaintops of the Giants:
runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18 100,000 Runes 

runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18 220,000 Runes (NG+2)

runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18 250,000 Runes (NG+6)
Dragon Heart

HP 11268 (Great Enemy)
Strong VS
Immune to
Weaker to

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

Borealis the Freezing Fog is a dragon that governs over the power of ice and is found in Mountaintops of the Giants. Long before the age of the Erdtree, the ice dragons resided in and ruled over the Mountaintops. They were eventually bested and driven away from their home by the Fire Giants.

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. It is recommended to ride Torrent during this boss fight to be able to quickly avoid it's various AOEs and chase after it when it starts moving around. Since many of it's most powerful attacks are capable of inflicting Frostbite, it may be worthwhile to bring Consumables and/or put on Equipment that can alleviate it's build-up. Borealis drops a Dragon Heart and unlocks Borealis's Mist for purchase when defeated.

Bosses are unique and challenging Enemies that can be encountered all over the Lands Between. Great Enemy bosses can drop unique Spirit AshesWeaponsSpells, and other various Items.

 

The ice dragons were once lords of the mountaintops long ago, until they were defeated by the Fire Giants and chased from the peak.

Elden Ring Borealis, the Freezing Fog Boss

Borealis the Freezing Fog is a Great Enemy Boss found in Mountaintops of the Giants. Map Link

  • Is this an optional boss
  • Great Enemy
  • Closest Site of Grace: First Church of Marika or Spiritcaller Cave (requires Stone Sword Key)
  • Multiplayer allowed.
  • You can summon Spirit ashes for this boss.
  • By defeating Borealis, the Freezing Fog players unlock Borealis's Mist at the Dragon Communion Altar at the Cathedral of Dragon Communion in Caelid.

 

Elden Ring Borealis the Freezing Fog Location

Borealis the Freezing Fog can be found by traveling to the Mountaintops of the Giants and exploring the frozen lake area in the north-east of the region. The Dragon generates a blizzard so it's difficult to see from a distance. See the map location here.

 

Borealis the Freezing Fog Combat Information

  • Health: NG (11268), NG+ (??), NG++ (??), NG+3 (??), NG+4 (??), NG+5 (??), NG+6 (??), NG+7 (??)
  • Inflicts Frostbite
  • dragon icon 40px Dragon type
  • Can be poise broken.
  • Poise: 120.

 

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 Borealis the Freezing Fog Boss Guide

Borealis the Freezing Fog Boss Video Guide

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Borealis the Freezing Fog Fight Strategy

The Best Tips for Borealis the Freezing Fog:

  • Always stay ahead of his breath attacks. Ride far away if you are not close enough to get to his sides.
  • Beware of his ability to breathe frost as he pushes off the ground to take flight.
  • Fight him during the day for better visibility. He creates a persistent blizzard in the area, making it difficult to see at times.
  • Aim for the head with ranged attacks when possible for extra damage.
  • Consider using bleed weapons (such as Reduvia) for extra damage or scarlet rot weapons (such as the Antspur Rapier) for a nice DoT effect.
  • Bring along Thawfrost Boluses to alleviate frost buildup

 

General Strategy

Just like most dragon enemies, Borealis possesses most of the standard moveset with slight variations. He is smaller than many dragons but no less dangerous. It is highly recommended to fight Borealis on horseback as there is no other way to easily avoid his breath attacks. The general strategy is to perform hit and run maneuvers whenever you see an opening. These are usually during his breath attacks if you are not too far away and can reach his side or back before getting trapped in the path of whichever breath attack he is using.

It is also worthwhile to bait his leg stomps as they afford you a 2-3 hit window to attack the dragon. But do note that his version of the leg stomp drives up snow from the ground, which builds up frostbite on contact. Stay a slight distance away from the snow particles and you should be able to continue attacking normally.

Lastly, Borealis will sometimes disengage by leaping backwards and he will breathe frost as he does so. This move is quite difficult to predict and is very damaging. To reduce the likelihood of falling to this attack, do not overextend and get greedy. Perform simple hit and run tactics, swipe at the dragon 2 or 3 times and then back away.

Melee Users

For melee users, you can use almost any weapon but it is recommended that you use ones that has a passive effect like bleed, poison, or rot. You can also put grease on your chosen weapon or use an incantation like Bloodflame Blade. Just as the strategy above says, it is recommended that you fight this boss on horseback and watch out for the frostbite. Its attacks will most likely kill you in one hit.

Magic and Ranged Users

For magic and ranged users, it is recommended that you equip a heavy-hitting spell/incantation like the Rock Sling, Rotten Breath also works well for this fight. If you're a bow and arrow user, having arrows or bolts that inflict bleed, poison, or rot will prove useful. 

 

Borealis the Freezing Fog Attacks & Counters

Attack Description Counter
Freezing Breath (Straight) Borealis breathes frost in a straight line ahead of him, ever-so-slightly adjusting his aim to follow you. Stay ahead of the breath and dash to his side.
Glacial Roar Borealis lets out a mighty roar, dealing damage and staggering in a medium radius around his head. He will follow up with a second roar that drives up the snow around him, sending it flowing outwards, dealing damage and building frostbite. Stay behind him for the first roar and get a few hits in. Once he's done, dash away quickly to avoid the second roar and snow release.
Freezing Breath (Sweep) Borealis slowly turns his head to the side and begins breathing frost, sweeping his head towards the other side as he breathes. This attack covers a very wide arc in front of the dragon. If you are close enough to the dragon, you can ride towards his side or legs and get your hits in. If in medium range or further out, do not risk it. Ride far away instead until the breath dissipates.
Freezing Breath (Disengage) Borealis pushes off the ground, breathing frost as he does so. He then flies backwards to create distance. This move is quite difficult to predict. Always keep an eye on Borealis and ride away when he takes flight.
Freezing Breath (Strafe) Standard strafing run attack most dragons use. Borealis takes flight and then breathes in a straight line over a very long distance.  Far away or to the left of the dragon's path. He will always breathe slightly to his left side so the opposite is relatively safe to stand in
Talon Smash The dragon flies up and hovers in the area for a moment, before diving down and striking with its talons and body as it lands violently. Riding towards and under him will cause the dragon to fly over your head and land behind you. You can quickly turn around to get one or two hits in.
Stomp Borealis lifts one leg up and stomps the ground below, drives up snow particles in the area upon impact. The snow particles build frostbite on contact. Ride away as he lifts his leg then go back in to get a few hits in.  Stay a slight distance away from the snow particles and you should be able to continue attacking normally.
Tail Sweep If positioned behind the dragon, he may spin 180 degrees around, sweeping his tail in a large arc as he repositions You can avoid getting hit by following his leg position as he turns. Remain under him. Moving outwards will cause he tail to hit you.

Borealis the Freezing Fog Lore, Notes & Other Trivia

  • The ice dragons were once Lords of the Mountaintops before their defeat at the hands of the Fire Giants.

 

 

 

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    • Anonymous

      "Bla bla bla hes so op & i cant kill him or whatever."






      just get on your horse & spam pest threads under him. Seriously.

      • Anonymous

        Black knife tiche and bloodboon ritual ash of war from mohgwyn sacred spear. The sacred spears ability build bleed, very ez to land on the boss while standing under it, and poise breaks the **** out of him for some reason, I think because you are actually hitting him with the stab into the air as well as the bleed aoe effect

        • Anonymous

          Super fair this thing just screams like a ***** and instantly builds up frostbite on every ****ing thing around it for a mile the entire ****ing time. Seriously how the **** does this trash make it through playtesting? Does fromsoft actually not do any playtesting whatsoever? This boss 100% feels like one they just didn't give the slightest **** about, they were just like, **** it it's at the end of the game so people should be 2 hitting everything by now, let's just give it a completely bull **** moveset cause noone will ever see all its attacks anyway. Who needs boss fights to be enjoyable instead of just consistently encouraging the player to just run past it. Cause obviously the path to becoming elden lord is all about just running from everything.

          • Anonymous

            why does this guy have extreme pierce resistance when literally every other dragon is weak to it? they could have made it a neutral resistance like 15 or 20 but no they had to pump the absorption all the way up to freaking 80. nothing really notable on why he resists pierce so hard.

            • Anonymous

              Try the taunter's tongue around this boss, then wait for an invader before starting the boss fight. Assuming you know it's moveset (particularly the roar attacks) well enough, it will be BEYOND hilarious.

              • Anonymous

                Will literally chain spam the frost breath attacks, would rather fight 4 lichdragons at once than this coward. Seriously this fight is almost as pathetic as elden beast

                • Anonymous

                  Ya so much fun to fight an enemy that runs away to breath mass aoe attacks in a 9 visibility arena.... who the actual **** thought that was a good idea? Why would you not make this dragon prioritize melee attacks to prevent such a completely unpleasant experience?

                  • Anonymous

                    wow, fighting dragons is bullshit enough with their constant flying and AOE spam, but the screaming insta damage and frostbite takes the cake. literally awful. 10/10 fromsoft

                    • Anonymous

                      wow, fighting dragons is bullshit enough with their constant flying and AOE spam, but the screaming insta damage and frostbite takes the cake. literally awful. 10/10 fromsoft

                      • Anonymous

                        Latenna hard carried I just maintained aggro while she did damage. its first attack took me down to like 10 %

                        • Anonymous

                          I love bosses that just fly away
                          with nearly unrollable damage in the process every time you get close to them. Great design.

                          • Anonymous

                            Really bad design. Either you have the usual attacks of dragons and he's completly doable, but sometimes he just decides to roar, which seems completly unavoidable, deals frost build up and high damage, and he can spam it... why fromsoft... why?

                            • Anonymous

                              Duck behind one of those LARGE tree thingies on the lake, his Freezing Breath does no damage there, wait till he approaches (he gets almost on top of you) hit him with Comet Azur (or whatever you fancy)

                              • Anonymous

                                using dex weapons feels like tickling it so i switched to the serpent hunter sword and won easily
                                also this was the first boss i fought on horse

                                • Anonymous

                                  Challenging fight for sure, but is heavily trivialized after learning its patterns. Basically just go away whenever he roars, moves its head, shakes its tail or flies in the air, and then you have a huge time window to attack.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    I used Bolt of Gransax, very effective with over 1600 head damage (+10, str 45, dex 62), while the attack from Bloodhound's Fang(+10) was really weak, only 160 damage

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Didn't find this guy too bad except for that really annoying roar attack. Torrent kept getting stuck on his wings whenever he did it so I couldn't escape and died.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        To the guy who invaded me and my friend on our first visit and pulled us to the boss fight to trigger the fog, hope you enjoyed bloodhound stepping your way around the entire map for 40 minutes before you got yeeted by a force close. If you take the piss, make peace with holding said piss in both hands lmao

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Strike, Bleed and Dragonwound Grease are effective against this son of a wh*re. If you go Dex, use flails; if Str, use Great Stars, if Quality, use Spiked Club. Or if you go Int, Rock Sling to his face; the same goes for Fth with Stone Of Gurranq.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            When I started this fight for the first time, I misread the name as "Borealis the Freezing Frog" and I got excited because I thought I was about to fight an original boss. Instead, it was another dragon fight, and one of the worst designed dragon fights in Fromsofts catalogue at that. There is nothing fun about this boss. Just a bunch of AoE attacks that can kill you if you make one mistake. I'm not sure what the devs were thinking with this one.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              i wonder if the designer of this boss knows what thewy are doing. its not fun to chase the boss forever since by the time you get close enough to do anything it ****s off again.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                Ambiguous hitboxes -- the roar is the worst, you practically have to guess how far this thing reaches out when he uses it. Also, random 80% resist to certain forms of physical damage means that there's a high chance the main weapon you've been using until now is suddenly useless. If you're not bringing magic or bleed, then bring some gosh darn Dragonwound Grease, and lots of it.

                                                • A testament to how well this game is optimised: This boss is literally the only time my game has dropped to an unplayable framerate on PS4. Sure, some places with heavy rain will drop to about 24 frames, but this thing spawning and spamming frost breath was the first time I hit 10 or lower. Inputs get eaten halfway through the fight, and the frostbite stagger from a huge AOE is enough to kill Torrent, and then I can't move and just die.

                                                  I hate this thing.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    this boss definetely not weak to strike damage it deals the same amount of slash its definetely not '' 10 ''

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      Mounted combat, circle to his right. Rot breath, sorcery. He likes to stand still and do his main breath attack.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        There is a cave near the spawn on the lake shore, use the small ledge there for cover from breath attacks. I was able to get a sweet spot with ranged spells and just timed my attacks. Not easy. Big pain

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          Was an easy enough fight with
                                                          Mimic Tear summon, Bleed infused Twinblade, Rotten Breath and Dragonfire. I beat him in my second try.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            I like the part where he does the big AoE attacks that hitbox in all directions and last for like 8 seconds so you can't escape from it. 10/10 boss puts Midir to shame.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              Man i love multiple one shot breath attacks. Disengaging freezing breath is bull, at least that is what i think it was, allows breath attack to hit behind it all the way to middle of tail in AoE with big stagger. Can seriously eat diseased hog. I only beat this dragon after i cleared the rest of the game on my first char, but it was with the f-off pest threads cheese. Other dragons? no issue! Methodically beating its ankles and smacking with WA's

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                FromSoft Devs: "We need to justify mounted combat in this game, no one will use it otherwise because it controls like ass. I know, let's make a boss that will one shot most players unless they use mounted combat."

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  This boss is actually a horseshit RNG fest on how many ****ING times he can do the stupid oneshot AOE roar in a row followed by flying all the **** away across the lake - and I say this having gone all the way to the Ashen Capital and easily beating every other dragon, including the actual bosses like Placidusax and whatever the other ones are called

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    This dragon in particular I recommend defeating in ng and buying his spell from the dragon cathedral then you don’t have to deal with him again. I’m trying to kill him on ng++ and his hp is insane. Even full powered Godrick axe is barely scratching him and his breath can one shot you, my character wears a tree sentinel set with 71 vigour and still died in one ice breath attack.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      I beat this guy fair and square and I regret it. Don't do it. Cheese him. This type of boss design doesn't deserve your time.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        What a glitchfest and total disaster. Clearly, this boss was not play tested. Fight experience: 1) Run up to the area and can't see due to blizzard. Get sniped from something flying I physically cannot see to dodge for its opening volley. Fight 2) Run up close to it before it can fly and I lose sight now that I know it is there. It screeches at close range instantly killing me. 3) Hide behind a considerably massive rock to avoid its breath attack that proceeds to pass right through killing me. 4) Uses an AoE screech attack with far larger range than the other one it has, however, it glitched I later found out and had like quadruple its normal range killing me from a massive distance approximately an entire flight range away as it had just escaped. I found in later fights the range should normally be much smaller for that specific AoE. 5) Almost have it totally dead finally and it flies away and randomly breaths ice at ground on the other side of the cliff area near us hitting jellyfish which somehow heals it up to 80% health. Wtf. 6) Kill it. F that dragon.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          Def a vigor check. 55 vigor and Morgotts great rune active and his roar and breath will one shot me still. You simply can’t get hit by either of those but it is difficult because I cant figure out any way to dodge the roar if you are on him when he does it. This is the only boss where I’d say torrent is pretty much required because you just can’t win right on him if he decides to use certain abilities.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            Spectral Lance on a spear made this easy. 3-4 throws at his face to stun him, then get a critical in while using dragonwound grease. Barely gave him a chance to attack.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              Had to cheese this fight. I summoned Latenna on the rocky outcropping near the entrance to Spiritcaller Cave and then hopped on Torrent and spammed Rock Sling and Night Maiden’s Mist.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                Surely a boss found in the Mountaintop of The Giants would be easier than some found later in the game? Well...

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  You can cheese him by unlocking the spiritcallers cave first. Then aggro him and get him to come up by the cave entrance. He will stay down on the lake for a few breath attacks and if you are up on the rocks by the cave entrance, he can't hit you. Use night maidens mist to get his hp down a decent chunk. Eventually he will jump into the air at which point you should head for the cave. He will land a little bit away from the entrance and will slowly walk there, so try to get another night maidens mist out in front of the cave for him to walk into. Then go all the way down by the site of grace and around the corner, his breath attack has a crazy range and will one shot most players, so make sure you're out of the way. After he hasn't attacked for a bit, rush back out by the site of grace and take a couple steps toward him. This is important. If you sneak out, he will breath straight down the tunnel and likely kill you. But if you rush out and toward him a bit, it seems to trigger his side to side breath attack, which won't make it in the cave. Once you see him away his head to the left, run to the cave entrance almost to where you are outside and hit him with a night maidens mist, then run back to the site of grace and around the corner. Repeat til he's dead.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    This guy’s a cheap little bastard watch out, he has this chicken screech AoE attack which continuously does damage and stuns you into death unless you have enough vigor to endure it, will also knock you off your horse if you’re not careful.
                                                                                    Don’t try to fight this guy the fair way take him to cheese town, what a soab

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      Found the best cheese by accident.

                                                                                      Unlock the Spiritcaller Cave with a full load of arrows/bolts and good range bow. Lure him to the cave, then you can camp around the grace and duck to the side when he breaths...and just slowly whittle him down in pure safety.

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        This is an optional boss, as players don't need to defeat it in order to advance in Elden Ring. However, doing so allows the player to see where the f*k they're going.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          Equipped a flail and ran around his leg attacking with RT/LT, avoiding stomp. He got knocked down by this after third full RT/LT flail combo, leaving him with about 85% HP. Then switched to Wing Of Astel and spammed Nebula. It killed him before he managed to get up.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            Falling starbeast jaw is your best friend for this guy. Its broken vs dragons in general but this guy deserves it the most

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              Falling starbeast jaw is your best friend for this guy. Its broken vs dragons in general but this guy deserves it the most

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                This guy is easy except for the part where you can’t see **** and his main attack is a one hit kill. No cheese here just get lucky

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  Funnest dragon fight in the game after Placidusax, his attacks are crazy! But avoidable and totally fair imo. As everyone has stated below, rotten breath definitely helps but really anything that applies scarlet rot will do, especially if you have a distraction like mimic or another ash summon. Scarlet rot and Rivers Of Blood AoW did the trick!

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    Cheese Captain here: you can lure him to the spiritcaller cave and make him stop at the rocks that are at a higher level (towards the entrance), with him blowing ice breath against you, missing you, while you spam something like ancient dragons lightning strike. If he manages to go around, just run away to the south side, resetting him and then luring him out again.

                                                                                                    I am no fan of cheesing, but the difficulty in this game tends to be ridiculous in some spots and there are way too many oneshot mobs out there.

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      Gotta be honest, I don't understand all the hate and dismay in the comments on this boss. You kill it the same way as all the other "Flying Dragon"-type dragons, with two caveats: use a strike weapon if you're melee since it's highly resistant to slash and thrust damage (even standard damage is fine), and ride away when it roars.

                                                                                                      That's literally it. Just stay on your horse, whack feet, wheel and circle to avoid stomps/swipes as necessary, pursue to stay under it when it flies away to avoid breath (or ride far out if you didn't react in time to get under the breath), repeat. No gimmicks required, same mounted combat tactics that work on all the others.

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        this dragon feels bad to fight because unlike the other dragons where the clear intent is baiting easily evaded stomps and bites and using jump r2 on the head to stagger and punish them hard, you get punished for just being near his head with unavoidable roars. its not killer, heal it off, they won't kill you probably, dodge like any other dragon by using torrent to evade breaths and close gaps, but those DAMN roars. are hell.

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          This thing has an obscene amount of health. Even with meta weapons, it took like 8 minutes to actually get him down to zero.

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            Apply rotten breath, retreat until the effect ends, and repeat. Sometimes a little tricky to get the second round applied, but otherwise an easy win.

                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                              most broken *****-ass enemy in the game. coming from someone who has managed to kill the fire giant and malenia.

                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                I'm mainly melee hybrid with faith and a bit of int for minor sorceries. I managed to beat him using Rotten breath and finishing off with my uchigatana+18.
                                                                                                                Rotten breath actually hurts him, and the rot deals 50 per tick. You can even summon a tanky ash like jelly fish to tank it and, if you are lucky even poison it

                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                  dodging his attacks seems bugged
                                                                                                                  he somehow always lands a hit on me even when i perfectly time his attack to dodge

                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                    While spamming the aow Ice Spear against this boss, I did manage to frostbite him on several different attempts. It's very effective burst damage and at stance breaking him and after a few more Ice Spears after one is usually when it would proc for me. Was using Cold Halberd +18.

                                                                                                                    • We somehow live in a world where Dragonlord Placidusax...is chump change compared to Borealis. Placidusax (One of the coolest boss fights ever IMHO) was a cakewalk as long as you had a weapon with the Bloodhound's Step AOW and or had a bleed build with the spell Swarm of Flies (first try with my Arcane/ Melee build, Blood Grave Scythe plus 25, and Mimic Tear Ashes plus 10). But Borealis? Really? Not mad, I'm just genuinely curious as to how he seems like the real Dragonlord to be honest with his inescapably spamtastic AOE frost burps and all that noise. So I figured out that the Frenzied Burst (I'mma Firin' Ma Lazor! spell) Incantation casted with my Dragon Communion Seal plus 10 while on Torrent was the only way to trivialize this fight, and even then there was a 98 percent chance that whenever I was whiffed by his frosty sharts that it would kill Torrent, and thus knock me off of my horse, only to then die right on the spot without even a chance to flee from it. You have to admit that the comparison here between Borealis the Freezing Farts and Dragonlord Placidusax points to some evidence that it's a boss in need of some tuning. Borealis is the only dragon boss or just boss in general in the entirety of Elden Ring that felt really wonky IMHO. It needed to be said.

                                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                                        F*** this is such a POS boss fight, how is it that at level 175, with 50 vigor, and lionels fat suit or whatever, this boss can STILL one shot me with his breath attack? How is that even close to fair or balanced or even playable? So basically the premise is, just do the fight 100 times until you either get lucky enough to kill him before he decides to do a 5000 HP AOE attack or you literally get so good you don't get hit once, because you literally can't. Oh and all the weapons that would have made this more of a fair fight, lets nerf those too because crybaby PvP simps get wrecked when trying to invade you and they don't get to ruin your game which is the only thing they have in their sad lives. Overall 10/10 great boss loving it!

                                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                                          When on horseback, Borealis would wipe me out with just one of his frosty breath attacks - one huge chunk of damage killing Torrent, another when fallen helplessly from the steed and then enough continual damage to finish me off. However, my high-robustness armor and a robust talisman seemed to work correctly when on foot, no horse. This time getting caught in frost I received far more manageable chunk-damage, which didn't even interrupt my movement. Seemed like maybe 1/5th of the horseback damage. Try it out people!

                                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                                            Since I didnt have a weapon that could do much damage on him at the time, I used Latenna. Just ran around and hit him whenever I had an opening but mostly let Latenna do her thing. It takes a while but did it on the first try

                                                                                                                            • I dunno about ranged builds but as for melee, bring a big weapon that staggers moderately fast (if you can, if not... bleed? lmao). This tip applies the same for a lot of slow colossal enemies: unlock your camera; you will have more control over your attacks and view. The camera will get really weird and you'll miss many of your attacks if you lock on to big enemies.

                                                                                                                              Stay close to and focus on one of his ankles for consistency. Have a claw talisman and jump attack the ankle once and watch out for a stomp/tail sweep/backward bite, rinse n repeat. That's how you'll mainly deal damage to him.

                                                                                                                              If he jumps up, quickly hop on Torrent and haul ass when he spews breath, and quickly close the distance back to his ankle and dismount for a jump attack again after the breath. If he doesn't spew, hop off and prepare to doge when he comes smashing down (watch his legs for the tell). After dodging that, you can jump attack his head for the extra damage if you're feeling cheeky, if not, just go back to jumping the ankle. You can try to lock on when he's in the air to make it easier to time the dodge, but once he's back down, disengage again.

                                                                                                                              There are 2 kinds of roar he does. Wait a little bit to confirm them. If it's a normal roar, it's free damage, just keep jumping his ankle, you can squeeze in 2 jumps if you're efficient. If there's chill coming out, you got a small window to get on Torrent and back the **** away real quick. Unless you're really quick, you may get caught in some of the chill mist, but Torrent will tank a lot of it and that's ok. After the mist dissipates, go back to jumping his ankles.

                                                                                                                              When he puts distance between you and pulls a freezing breath, get on Torrent and dash diagonally to dodge and close the distance at the same time. If you're quick enough, you can dismount n jump his head once, then as always, go for the ankle.

                                                                                                                              If you have a big weapon and have been doing things right, you'll be able to stagger and squeeze in 1 or 2 crits to take a bit of a breather. You might get stuck between his leg and his wing when he's staggered tho. When that happens, just use your WA or do 1 or 2 full-charge attacks (but keep an eye on your stamina). You'll take him down in no time.

                                                                                                                              The keys to a dragon fight for melee users are to keep the pressure on him for the staggers (or proc status if you're using light weapons), mount/dismount Torrent to quickly make/close distance and to reset Torrent's health, and be consistent and not greedy because most of the attacks do a lot of damage but are slow and easily dodgeable.

                                                                                                                              A side tip for HP management: you can dump a lot of lvls into VIG for the health, or you can stock up on Blackguard Big Boggart's boiled prawns/crabs and crunch them before fights for that sweet physical dmg negation boost. No crafting or mat farming needed, just get runes, and go buy them. They're so easy to stock up on and last decently long too. I got 600 in stock, and 99 in my quick slot all ready to go. This can save you some lvls you can dump elsewhere for more utility or dmg.

                                                                                                                              This guy's pretty easy to fight compared to some of the other dragons because the terrain is large and flat so you can call in Torrent and have a lot of room to dash away from his breaths, and he doesn't get that janky. If you think he's cancer, try fighting Ekzykes in Caelid. You'll have the true cancer dragon-slaying experience. I spent a whole afternoon on that mofo. After getting used to Ekzykes and beating him, other dragons are mostly child's play. ...But if you've gotten this far, you'd've already met Ekzyke right? Weird, am I the only one having trouble with him?

                                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                Dragons like this definitely feel intended for horse use. You can definitely avoid his aoe breaths on foot, but no reason not to hop on your horse and run a lot faster. For his deadly frost-roar, its usually a follow up to a melee attack/flight. So if you notice you have an unusually large attack opening, its probably time to run away

                                                                                                                                • My blind ass read it as the Freezing Frog. I was like holy ****, I get to fight a frog that freezes you instead of poisoning you! Hell yeh let's gooo. Welp

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