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.
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
- 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 type
- Can be poise broken.
- Poise: 120.
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.
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
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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
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.
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
|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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