Commander O'Neil

commander oniel
Location Swamp of AeoniaCaelid
Drops

Swamp of Aeonia:
12,000 runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18 Runes
Commander's Standard
Unalloyed Gold Needle

HP ≈ 9210 (Great Enemy)
Strong VS
Neutral to
Pierce Damage

Commander O'Neil is a Boss in Elden Ring. Commander O'Neil is a humanoid boss wielding a battle standard/halberd and summons aid from ghostly warriors. He can be found at the heart of the Swamp of Aeonia in eastern Caelid. This is an optional boss as players are not required to defeat him in order to advance in Elden Ring, but he does provide useful items as well as Runes upon defeat.

Defeating Commander O'Neil unlocks the Heart of Aeonia Point of Grace.

 

 Even after his lord was fled, Commander O'Neil continued to brandish his flag in the devastation of the rot-eaten field of battle, the sole veteran who remembers that battle with pride.

Elden Ring Commander O'Neil Boss

Commander O'Neil is a boss found in eastern Caelid.

  • Commander O'Neil is an optional Boss
  • Commander O'Neil is a Great Enemy-class boss.
  • Closest Site of Grace: Inner Aeonia
  • Multiplayer is available for this boss.
  • Torrent is available during this boss fight.
  • NPC Summons: Polyanna, Adopted Daughter. Progress in the Gowry / Millicent storyline, her summon sign should be available for use near Inner Aeonia Grace. She is available to help you progress Gowry's quest.

 

Elden Ring Commander O'Neil Location

Commander O'Neil can be found in a large clearing within Aeonia Swamp in eastern Caelid. Players can easily reach his arena by traveling southwest from Sellia, Town of Sorcery, looking for a large group of trees in a circular formation and jumping over the mutated growths with Torrent. [Map Link]

 

Commander O'Neil Combat Information

  • Health: NG (9210), NG+ (??), NG++ (??), NG+3 (??), NG+4 (??), NG+5 (??), NG+6 (??), NG+7 (??)
  • Defenses do not change between phases.
  • Deals Standard Damage and Pierce Damage. May also inflict Scarlet Rot with his wind attacks.
  • At the beginning of the fight, O'Neil summon five spectral Exile Soldiers. Depending on type of guard it may deal Standard Damage (sword) and Pierce Damage (crossbow).  After half of his HP bar is depleted, O'Neil summons additional three large Exile Soldiers with giant axe dealing Standard Damage.
  • Eliminating the spirits will not hasten the beginning of 2nd phase and not resummoned. Therefore eliminating them has to be done as soon as possible.
  • Parriable: Yes, can be riposted afterwards
  • Can be poise broken and riposted afterwards.

 

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 Commander O'Neil Boss Guide

Commander O'Neil Boss Video Guide

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Commander O'Neil Fight Strategy

The Best Tips for Commander O'Neil:

  • Use any tanky Spirit Ash Summons, as they will likely draw the most attention from the boss and his allies.
  • Use the Rock Sling Spell, which can easily be obtained in the nearby ruins.
  • Bring equipment inflicting Frostbite or/and Hemorrhage.
  • Sneak up to O'Neil, which can be done with ease. This allows to perform few attacks before he even try to summon.
  • Riding Torrent during this fight is recommended to avoid Scarlet Rot build up

 

Melee Users

Direct Melee confrontation is possible, but it's much easier completing this fight on horseback. Employing a hit and run strategy will allow you to outrun Commander O'Neil's counter attacks as well as any attacks from his minions. This also has the added benefit of allowing you to travel outside the arena and avoid the scarlet rot build-up.

Killing summoned Exile Crossbowmen and Exile Axe Soldiers is straightforward from horseback and can be performed without engaging with Commander O'Neil. Doing so will minimize the potential of being staggered or blindsided while attacking O'Neil and will simplify the fight. O'Neil does not summon replacement soldiers once a group is killed.

If you want to beat him on foot, it is also doable, since most of his attacks are easily parryable. You just have to watch out for the summons and the Rot Storm.

You can kite him out to the nearby Site of Grace, then kite him through the Scarlet Rot geysers to damage him; he needs to be walking through the geyser when it erupts to take damage, the large pool of Scarlet Rot doesn't affect him.  He will teleport back to the starting point for his second phase, and can be kited out to the geysers again.  The second group of summons will likely follow him out, and that's a good time to use your Spirits to eliminate the summons.

Magic and Ranged Users

Magic users with long-ranged spells can easily outrange Commander O'Neil by fighting on horseback, trivializing the fight. He is a slow-moving boss that lumbers across the battlefield and makes no real effort to close the distance. Just make sure to clear his minions out whenever he summons them to avoid getting overwhelmed.

 

Commander O'Neil Attacks & Counters

Attack Description Counter
Call Spirits - Exile Crossbowmen Commander O'Neil will summon 5 Exile Crossbowmen to provide fire support at the beginning of the battle. Each has roughly 430 health. First, kite Commander O'Neil away from the archers while dodging or blocking their shots. Take the minions out before refocusing on the commander.
Call Spirits - Exile Greataxe Soldiers Commander O'Neil will summon 3 Exile Axe Soldiers when he drops to 40% health. Each soldier has roughly 500 health. The axe soldiers move faster than Commander O'Neil does. Keep away from Commander O'Neil as you deal with the axe men, while dodging out when he gets within striking distance.
Glory, Fame! - Offensive Commander O'Neil will swing his Commander's Standard around in the air and exhort his summons to fight on, boosting their attack speed. This buff takes the form of a little red mist around the enemies, indicating heightened offensive capacity. Commander O'Neil does not do this attack when he has no summons. Additionally, Commander O'Neil is vulnerable to attack when he enters this animation, so potentially this can prove to be a good opportunity for damage.
Glory, Fame! - Defensive Commander O'Neil will swing his Commander's Standard around in the air and exhorts his summons to fight defensively, boosting their resilience and giving them additional health. This buff manifests as a white glowing circle on enemies, and grants them additional resilience to damage as well as small amount of bonus health. Commander O'Neil does not do this attack when he has no summons. Additionally, Commander O'Neil is vulnerable to attack when he enters this animation, so potentially this can prove to be a good opportunity for damage. 
Rotted Winds Commander O'Neil will kneel, and the wind around him will begin to blow harder as it forms a large area of effect around him. Then, he will swing his standard three times, doing massive damage to anything still inside his area of effect and building up huge amounts of Scarlet Rot, practically guaranteeing a proc. This attack takes about 4 seconds to come out, and if you're on horseback it's very easy to escape.
Spearing Attacks Commander O'Neil has a range of long-ranged attacks that can go from thrusts to slashes, he can mix these up from time to time and can sometimes chain it to the move Rotting Winds. You can easily dodge roll away from any of the spear attacks. You can also try to parry these attacks as he swings his spear very slowly.

 Commander O'Neil Lore, Notes & Other Trivia

  • The summonable NPC Polyanna, Adopted Daughter also appears at the end of Millicent's quest line where she is named "Polyanna, Youngest Sister".

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    • Anonymous

      By Irish naming convention, this guy is likely Commander Niall's grandson. The Ó prefix means 'descendant of', firstborn sons are named for their paternal grandfather, and in such cases the original name mutates a bit (Niall -> Neil).

      • Anonymous

        You can actually approach from behind on Torrent, jump over some of the white and red terrain, hop off Torrent, sneak up to him, and poison with Poison Mist without ever drawing aggro. Takes several casts and some waiting to kill him but you're absolutely safe through all of it.

        • Anonymous

          If you're a mage, you can just stand on the root at the edge of the arena and engage with Loretta's Greatbow. He will go towards you but can literally not hit you with any of his attacks. Only the summons can spam arrows on you but the damage is negligible. I just stood there and spammed Glintstone Icecrag. Hilariously easy and a major oversight in design I think. Would be better if he wasn't targetable from there.

          • Anonymous

            Fought O'Neil in hand-to-hand combat with the Raya Lucaria soldiers ashes and recieved og Mordhau experience.

            • Anonymous

              You don't need to progress Gowry's or Millicent's quest to have Polyanna available as an NPC summon. I just fought O'Neil and her golden summon sign was there, despite not having talked to Gowry nor Millicent before. O'Neil does gain a significant amount of health from summoning her though, which you can see by summoning her after damaging him a fair bit.

              I don't think she's very helpful, though, because the real boss isn't O'Neil himself or his minions but the nigh-unplayable framerate in his arena. Thankfully the Poison Mist cheese only needs 12 FTH, which even the most pagan builds can achieve with some attribute-boosting equipment, if you cannot get past him otherwise.

              • Anonymous

                In ParamID, O'Nial and O'Neil appear as Sol Knight. O'Nial means O'Neil's ancestor. When you examine their faces, you will see that O'Nial's face is more hollowed out.(Old). O'Neil and O'Nial wear the octopus Godwyn motif on their helmets (not to mention they wear the same outfit, they both have prosthetic feet). O'Neil is allied with the cleanrots and buffing each other, more or less everyone knows that. The other thing I tried was to turn on the cheat from the Cheat Engine and gather the O'Neil and Redmane soldiers to same place. As you guessed, the O'Neil and Redmane soldiers start attacking as soon as they see each other. I know this upsets those who love Malenia, but O'Neil serves Malenia. Based on the motif on their helmets, I think their first master might be Godwyn. Currently, Miquella/Malenia.

                • Fighting him in NG+ I took a closer look and he's literally the same boss as Castle Sol, fake leg and all, but with a different name and movesets... why so lazy FromSoft?

                  • Anonymous

                    In NG++, his HP is 12955. Calculated using poison mist which dealt 17 dps with my build. Cast poison mist 8 times and each cast dealt a total of 1547 damage. For the 9th cast he took 579 damage and died.

                    • Anonymous

                      Tarnished: *Goes to fight O'Neil to get an item that helps Millicent*
                      Millicent: *Invades you when the fight starts*

                      • Anonymous

                        I chesed him by crouching behind his back and used poison mist incantation- It gave me his halberd and some golden needle. Then I wanted to farm Cleanrot set in swamp but I was constantly invaded by MILICENT who was at that time still rotting in the church. Can somebody explain to me how this works? How can Milicent invade me with her fancy sword (both arms) and Malenia moveset when I didn't even started Gowrys nor Milicent quest? I know I shouldn't look for logic in quests in elden ring but wtf? Same with Dunk Eater, how can that abomination chill in roundtable hold when he's tied to the chair in sewers in Leyndell? Is it force projection? are they all "force users" like in star wars? I was prepared to kill her rotting sorry a** as soon as I'd see her in the church but in the end I felt sorry for that bit** so I wanted to give her that stupid needle so I can farm in swamp again.. nope... I had to go to gowry twice so that vermin repaired that needle, then go again to Milicent, cure her and after that I was finally free to play this game how I wanted.. Seriously, game is awesome but quests are so stupidly incomprehensible... Just be aware of this if you didn't already experienced yourself.. And one more thing: If you get invaded by her in the midle of the rotten swamp It will kick you off the horse- surrounded by 5 Cleanrot knights and atacked by lighter version of Malenia.. just "awesome"

                        • Anonymous

                          You can lure him out to the lake and he will take damage from the eruptions. Just stay on torrent and you will be safe from the rot. If you stray too far he teleports back but can be lured again. His 1st phase summons stay in the arena, his 2nd phase summons will come after you but just avoid them and you should be fine

                          • Anonymous

                            found something interesting where sneaking behind him and hitting him with gargoyle blackblade weapon art while buffed with golden vow will cause him to ignore you and his hp just gets sapped kinda useless since you need to kill the bird in front of the bestial sanctum but interesting glitch i stumbled upon

                            • Anonymous

                              I summoned Pollyana, fired a bow shot at him to start the party and then... Torrent wouldn't come out lol. I kited them both to the middle of the swamp and the ghosts couldn't keep up. Pollyanna was about to die after a while, and I notied Dung Eater +6 was on my belt and lit up ready to go. Sent my boy Dung Eater into the fray, used Flame Cleanse Me to stop rot I'd picked up, with Mighty Shots, Lorettas GB and Large Glinstone shards.

                              Tried to ride away again but couldn't... Millicent had just invaded




                              • Anonymous

                                I was having a hard time with him since i'm a sword guy but i hopped onto some growths he couldn't reach and slowly took him out long range

                                • you can bait him over to the geysers next to the site of grace and kite around him on torrent until he dies. his second phase summons spawn inside the boss arena and wont come out to get you either

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Who the hell Polyanna and how can you summon her for O'Neil if you need to kill him for Millicent's quest.

                                    • This fight is a complete joke. You can stay mounted the whole time and just pelt him from range. He's got no speed or any way to punish you for this. His summons do so little damage and can be avoided so easily that they might as well not even be there.

                                      Why am I being downvoted? The fight really is trivial if you're mounted.

                                      • So I'm running around in this swamp right? popping the pimple slugs.. I jump on a branch...Boom..I see this guy. I'm thinking to myself "Well he looks like a Doo Doo Canoe, standing in his own little Septic Tank Arena."
                                        I walk up to the guy in his Shoddy Porta Potty and tell him "It smells like an ass whooping in here!" He gets ticked and I guess he had a Scarlet Burrito, because the guy started breaking wind. Then his white sperm soldiers pop up and start to shoot at me. I tell him "Let's take this outside like men! Mano a Bozo!" So he follows me out of the Chipotle Enema he called home and twirls his little baton right? I pull out 2 Meteoric Ore Katanas and whack him in the head.. BONK! He drops to one knee, and I stab him in the face and kick him to the floor! He gets up pissed, and brings out some coneheads with a lotta moxy and axes. I roll past those clowns and use my katana's Gravitas to knock em around a bit. Easy peasy. I look the commander in the eye, and Ichimonji him 7 times. He's back on his knees again. He knows this is the end..I know it too. I put both my Space Katanas away and punch him to death..the manly manner manages to mangle his face into dust. He poofs.. I get another Needle peddler off the streets. All his white guys disappeared and a Red Headed Stepchild I forgot existed, comes running out of his Chili Ring of a home. That's how I saved Aeonia...

                                        • Ah, yes. I unintentionally triggered his fight, and then the person I'm supposed to be helping invaded me almost immediately, taking me off of my mount! Lovely!

                                          • Anonymous

                                            So you use latenna the archer spirit calling. Place her above the branch near stake of marika. Also, summon the ally near the grace, inner swamp one. Kill of the first summons by the commander and then it’s you and ally. Latenna has a good range but don’t go too far off. Also, the ally can heal, so make sure she is not ganked

                                            • Anonymous

                                              Lead
                                              him to the scarlet eruptions near his area and make him go in them, it’s the easiest 12,000 runes I’ve ever got.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                he's not a cleanrot knight. he summons exile soldiers. he was fighting malenia it's literally in the description.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  -big storms have an eye in the center
                                                  -the eye is safe
                                                  -big storms normally cause mass destruction
                                                  -Scarlet Aeonia caused mass destruction
                                                  -Scarlet Aeonia must be equal to a big storm
                                                  -Scarlet Aeonia must have an eye to it
                                                  -standing at the center of the Scarlet Aeonia should be Perfectly Safe

                                                  O'Niel is a thinking man, folks

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    If you sneak up on him with poison mist he doesn’t aggro when the poison procs. Killed him without him doing anything

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      I find it amusing that so many people boldly claim he is Malenia's commander because "he uses rot attacks!"

                                                      Let me be honest, I don't know who he served under, but I do know he does not deal any rot damage from his weapon. No rot buildup when he hits you at all.

                                                      What he does wield though, quite obviously, is the same storm-magic as the knights of Stormveil. The reason why these attacks build up rot, is because the winds are blowing up all the rot-infested dust and spores into the air and on you, infecting you in the process.

                                                      He himself doesn't look much like a cleanrot knight, but he doesn't look like anyone else's commander either. The fact that the cleanrot knights consider him an ally could indicate something, but it could also just be an oversight/compromise.

                                                      Short answer; I don't know who he served, but he definitely has ties to Stormveil.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        A way to cheese him is to activate his fight then run to the swamp(he will follow you) and let the geyser puddles in the rot swamp take him out for you.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          I had a hard time with him until I figured out his tell: After a swing, if he brings his flag fully back to upright you have just enough time to slip in and slap him once on horseback. Just circle him and stay outside his range, bait a swing, then watch for the telltale signal and smack him. Rinse and repeat till you chip him down.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            After the Radahn nerfs, the title for Caelid's Hardest Boss is between O'Neil and Ekzykes. Dragonbarrow doesn't count.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              Easy cheese (if you are really struggling for some reason) lead him out of the tree thing, towards the site of grace nearby. tak a sharp right and you should see three of those geyser things east-ish of the grace. Get on the horse and make him stand on top of the geysers as they burst. Just be careful not to stand on them yourself, and dont lead him too far from his combat area.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                How I beat him: use horse. During first phase, kill all but one of his summons. Whenever he does his rallying cry for the last summoned warrior, gallop in and beat on him. 2nd phase, gradually wear down halberd summons' health, kill all but one, repeat above strategy. If you kill them all it's easy to bait an attach and dash in after he completes it for single hits.

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  You know how there's some bosses in Souls who, for whatever reason, you just cannot beat? Who you slam your head against over and over and over, even when it seems like they're not that hard and other people aren't struggling too bad? Yea, this is one of those bosses for me. I'm maybe around 60% of the way through ER, haven't had much trouble with any enemy until now. Never died more than maybe 5 or 6 times on one boss. But O'Neil, just the combination of his insane range, his constant scarlet rot AOE's that also have a 90 mile radius around him, his summons, his deceptive attack timings and the way he always swings a different number of times, this is brutal for me. I've tried multiple strats, now I'm just trying to practice my parrying to try that route.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    You can summon as many co-operators as you want. Once one dies, you can run out to the idol and summon another. If your to low level to fight him yourself or you just suck as long as you can stay out of his and his summons reaches and quickly summon people you can beat em without actually fighting em. As long as your summons don't also, ya know, suck.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      The key to this guy is absolutely to ignore his first wave of summons and burn him down as fast as possible. His melee attacks are super slow and easy to dodge. When he summons the second wave go ham and he should die before you have to actually fight them.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        Just sneak up to him and use poison mist over and over again. He won´t aggro as long as you´re behind him and you can easily watch him die. Bonus: He takes 13 points damage per sec from poison.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          I get summoned for a guy to help with the fight.
                                                                          -I follow him to the arena
                                                                          -help him clear out the starting wave
                                                                          -get O'niel to wave 2
                                                                          -host dies instantly. Probably wasn't expecting the next wave.

                                                                          Rinse and repeat this process about four times. Last time he summons me, it's with the Dejection gesture. He clearly wants to be out of this mess. So, when he's sticking back to grab a second summon, I get my own powers revving. Normally, I stick back on these bosses, but all my characters have twink loadouts in the case of counter-twinking invaders.

                                                                          -I sneak up behind O'Niel while the host is busy
                                                                          -shard of Alexander/lord of blood's exultation/rotted winged sword talisman
                                                                          -Vulgar Militia Saw +12 with spinning strikes
                                                                          -Bloodflame Blade
                                                                          -Thorny cracked tear/strength-knot tear

                                                                          I start invoking the power of beyblade, and I can visibly see the host panic sprint up to the arena when he notices the boss healthbar show up. O'Niel is dead before the host even gets in melee range, and he just freezes before using the "thank you" Pate.

                                                                          Stuff like this warms my heart. Wordless communication and all that.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            I personally like to imagine the commander sitting behind a big DM screen in the middle of his swamp, telling all his spirit summons to roll initiative against the "crazy tarnished" and Polyanna. After the summons roll, he writes down the initiative with the Golden Needle and says that the "crazy tarnished" got a nat 1.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              YOU CAN FIGHT HIM MOUNTED ON TORRENT!

                                                                              Just make sure to be on horseback before fighting, also recommend not summoning polyanna - does make it more difficult.

                                                                              Good luck!

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                Incorrect on :

                                                                                - all of his resistances and immunities except he is immune to scarlet rot.
                                                                                -He has well over 500 hemorrhage resist and poison is higher than that still.
                                                                                -You can't remain mounted while you fight him
                                                                                -he summons groups of adds over time and they get stronger each batch
                                                                                -he is rather weak to fire (prolly cause he is not radanian)

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  I left a comment on someone else's explaining who he most likely is, but after a bit of retracking I've come up with a better answer for those of you interested in who this character actually is. I'll list the facts clearly about him so that it's easier to understand who he is and what his goals were.
                                                                                  1. He wields a Halberd, Storm Incantation and summons knights who wield Storm and serve Godrick
                                                                                  2. He served Godrick during the War against Malenia
                                                                                  3. After Godrick fled, he remained in Caelid for an unknown purpose.
                                                                                  4. Is recognized as the only character who stood with pride in the battle between Godrick and Malenia.
                                                                                  5. He remains in Caelid unaffected by scarlot rot as he holds the Needle of Miquella. it is not known how he obtained this important item. He either stole it from her in his war against her with Godrick, or Malenia lost it in her battle against Radahn.

                                                                                  Now, here's what I believe is going on. Commanders O'Niel and Niall respectively both used to serve the Storm King, who may have been Placidusax or his fiducary. Both wield Storm, summon soldiers who wield storm (Godrick's minions and banished knights respectively, and wear Equipment reminiscent of the Storm Knights (an UNBELIEVABLE deep lore fact proven only be a SINGLE ghost npc). Before the age of the Erdtree, the Fire Giants and Storm Knights were undoubtedly at war with eachother, and it is my assumption that Commander Niall remains in The Mountaintops because his foe was defeated in the middle of his campaign. with no way to return, he remained; forming his own militia. Why then, would Commander O'Neill choose to serve Godrick, a lord certainly weaker than He or Niall?
                                                                                  As a side note, the majority of game evidence points us to believe Farum Azula used to exist over Caelid. There are more dragons in Caelid than any other place in the game ( Giants in the North, Raya Lucaria in the Center, and Dragons in Limgrave Caelid would explain the placement of our Pre-erdtree factions), storm hawks AND Banished knights appear in only two locations (stormveil castle and Farum Azula) except for a single banished knight, who patrols the church of dragon communion in Caelid. (both of which also exist in limgrave and Caelid respectively).

                                                                                  It is my belief that Commander O'Neill, after the defeat of the Storm King at Godfrey's hand, was broken. We know Storm Knights had a great sense of pride and a warrior's heart (check the colosseum outside stormveil, the lore is waiting for you.) This proud General who was previously qualified to fight Fire Giants was banished, and, with such a strong sense of duty, decided to serve under Godrick; likely to remain in stormveil like many other banished knights we find there. He was the only proud soldier in the war against Malenia because he was the only one on his side qualified to stand before her. Seeing Malenia's ruin inhis homeland, and the humiliation of his commander's retreat probably shattered his soul completely. It's quiet, but he can be heard shouting "For Glory! Glory!" at the start of the fight, while summoning the soldiers.He remains in Caelid as a way of refusing that shame; holding his banner high and defending what was once his homeland, now scarred and spilling of rot.

                                                                                  Hope that satisfies anyone curious about this character! He's a small detail that leads you down the storm rabbit hole. very interesting stuff, you'll see me here as the first to say the return of the storm king is EQUAL in likelyhood to Miquella as being the game's DLC.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    You don't need to use a Furlcalling Finger Remedy to see/use the Polyanna NPC summon -- and so you can still call your spirit ashes. I used Mimic Tear, so it was three on one. Her symbol appears between the Inner Aeonia grace and O'Niell, in the northern of the two paths to him.

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      This guy is using Rot attacks and he is father of Polyanna(Millicent sister)but people still suggesting he was Radahn's man.

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        Fix the bleed resistance, using a blood flail and took several seconds of chain spin to proc a bleed once, he has like 724 bleed resistance

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          Really weird boss in the fact that he seems to be getting stuck literally just running up to you and spamming 1 attack, extremly often. This mostly happens with his wirl AoE and his run and thrust, which is hilarious, as the latter is very easy to dodge.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            Anyone have a theory on whose side he was on at the big, final battle between Malenia and Radahn? Because the description on his weapon seems like it could go both ways, since he's not specifically a Cleanrot or Redmane Knight.

                                                                                            • I don't know why Polyanna is listed under spirit summons. She's a normal summon and makes the boss harder by summoning her, it's very different from using the spirit calling bell.

                                                                                              • The only thing difficult about this fight are the golden disc throwers that jump you. Just lure him out into the rot geysers and late nature run it’s course.

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  For all tthe other low-level characters like me. You can sneak on him from behind and poison mist him to death.

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    For all tthe other low-level characters like me. You can sneak on him from behind and poison mist him to death.

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      Apart from his summoned knights & his AOE scarlet rot, this guy is basically Gywn or those Lothric Knights. This normal attacks are super telegraphed with a big swing, and are the easiest things to parry. Even at level 35 with a +2 Rapier, he was a pushover once I figured it out. Start the battle by killing his archers. Once you get them out of the picture, you can start to parry and riposte O'Niel to kingdom come over and over until he's dead. When he summons his axe men, kill them 1 by 1 & keep distance when he buffs them. Even if you can't kill him, bait them away from him for a bit of distance, then parry O'Niel. When you get his parry windows down pat (which is easy to do) you won't have to worry about missing occasionally. Just use the Assassin's Crimson Dagger talisman to recover HP whenever you riposte. This strat was a big relief to me when I realized I could finally get the needle for Gowry's quest.

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        Hardest part was getting his grace to let me touch it after. Loretta did the same thing for me. Have to reload the area from afar

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          you could just agro him, then stand next to the grace right outside the arena, there is a rot spout that you can kite him around that will kill him without inflicting a single hit. just as easy at level 1 as it would be at level 100.

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            The resistance values are clearly wrong. As a rot-infected enemy he can't be harmed by rot, and I've confirmed that by hitting him multiple times with full-meter rotten breath without inflicting the effect, and while I have both poisoned and bled him it took way more than the 3-4 hits from a poison greased bloodhound's fang that the listed resistances would indicate. Haven't tried flostbite as I don't have any reliable sources for it, but I'd be amazed if it's as easy as the listing says.

                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                              I'm fairly certain that he doesn't have 154 scarlet rot resist considering I hit him with multiple rotten breaths to the face and he didn't flinch.

                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                I guarantee you this guy is immune to scarlet rot. I rot breathed in his face for 10 hits with no proc. Frost breath worked on the first go

                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                  correction needed, I can confirm he is immune to scarlet rot. Using 4x ezikeil's breath in succession (40 seconds from start of first breath to landing of last) he still did not accumulate rot buildup to tick damage

                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                    No one has mentioned it so I guess I will. The boss is fat and can't pas between the stake and the summon pool pillar. If you go in on your horse, trigger the fight, and walk out, he will aggro and the archers stay in the arena. Bait him out and get him to walk between the two structures I mentioned and he will not be able to move closer and will try to just swing at you. Use poison breath incant, make a sandwich, and enjoy your sandwich while he does by poison. After he gets to like a 1/4 health he summons the axe guys. Apply a fresh poison, hop on the left branch thing (left when looking at the arena) and camp up there. You can use arrows or rock sling whenever Neil gets bored and wanders back. He does recover hp when he de-aggros so I beat him at lvl 33

                                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                                      Need to change his status from being abel to take scarlet rot. I used one and a half SC dragon breathe on im and no proc.

                                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                                        You can put ashes like Luterra or the ancestral archer up in a branch and they will pepper everyone while you ride around on Torrent. Nobody can reach the summon.

                                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                                          My favorite part of this fight is how my graphics card is so trash that half the time his summons are invisible and I’m running around on torrent swiping randomly while he’s closing the distance trying to pierce my but hole

                                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                                            The challenge, really, is just to kill his summons when they're buffed, who are very dangerous. Otherwise, just kite him endelessly in circles on your horse and shoot arrows or whatever spell you want. I wasn't sure if he would keep summoning again after the second wave of minions, so I allowed one his summons to live while I kited him in circles till he was dead. Alternatively, you can run towards him in your horse, then sprint and light attack, then immediately keep running to the opposite side. He will try to hit you, but will miss, then rinse and repeat.

                                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                                              You can't ride Torrent during the fight. I've got it to glitch for awhile and let me stay on but it doesn't let you stay on.

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