Dragonkin Soldier of Nokstella

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Location Ainsel River
Drops runes currency elden ring wiki guide 1812,000
Frozen Lightning Spear
HP 4,372
Stronger VS
Weaker to

Dragonkin Soldier of Nokstella is a Greater Foe Boss in Elden Ring. This huge, draconic humanoid guards an ancient throne beneath the eternal city of Nokstella. This Elden Ring Dragonkin Soldier of Nokstella Guide features boss locations, tips, strategies and videos on how to defeat Dragonkin Soldier of Nokstella easily, as well as boss stats and lore for Dragonkin Soldier of Nokstella. 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. 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, as well as Runes.

See also Dragonkin Soldier and Lesser Dragonkin Soldier (Spirit).

 

 The Dragonkin were born in the Eternal City, where they knew no true sky, nor true lightning. Instead, ice lightning was their weapon.

Elden Ring Dragonkin Soldier of Nokstella Boss

  • This is an optional boss
  • Closest Site of Grace: Ainsel River Downstream
  • Multiplayer is allowed for this boss
  • You can summon Spirit Ashes for this boss

Elden Ring Dragonkin Soldier of Nokstella Location

From the Ainsel River Downstream Site of Grace, drop down off the ledge into the river and follow it downstream into the western cave. You'll enter a cave full of Giant Ants. Head north and you'll eventually reach the Dragonkin Soldier's boss door. Once you enter the boss room, it will drop down from the ceiling and the fight will begin. [Map Link]

Dragonkin Soldier of Nokstella Combat information

Negations (or Absorptions)

The negation numbers are the % of your damage that gets blocked. For example, if a negation is 60, 40% of that damage by that type will go through and 60% will be negated. Bigger number = less damage. A negation of 100 means no damage goes through, and a negation of -100 mean the enemy takes 2x damage from that source. 0 means damage goes pretty much as is.

Resistances

The resistance numbers are the buildup amount to trigger it. For example, if a resistance is 100 you must deal 100 points of the given buildup to trigger it. Note that these go down over time, and increase each time the effect procs. The values after the "/"s indicate the increased resistances after each successive proc.

  NG NG+ NG+2 NG+3 NG+4 NG+5 NG+6 NG+7
HP 4,372 9,176 10,093 10,552 11,011 11,928 12,387 12,846
Defense 106 117 120 123 129 135 141 153
runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18Runes 12,000 48,000 52,800 54,000 57,600 58,800 60,000 61,200

Resistances

poison status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxPoison 526 / 816 / 1273 273 / 563 / 1020 277 / 567 / 1024 281 / 571 / 1028 285 / 575 / 1032 289 / 579 / 1036 293 / 583 / 1040 297 / 587 / 1044
scarlet rot status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxScarlet Rot 526 / 816 / 1273 273 / 563 / 1020 277 / 567 / 1024 281 / 571 / 1028 285 / 575 / 1032 289 / 579 / 1036 293 / 583 / 1040 297 / 587 / 1044
hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxHemorrhage 526 / 816 / 1273 273 / 563 / 1020 277 / 567 / 1024 281 / 571 / 1028 285 / 575 / 1032 289 / 579 / 1036 293 / 583 / 1040 297 / 587 / 1044
frostbite status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxFrostbite 1131 / 1588 589 / 1046 597 / 1054 606 / 1063 615 / 1072 624 / 1081 633 / 1090 642 / 1099
sleep status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxSleep Immune
madness status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxMadness Immune

 

Additional Attacks & Counters

Attack Description Counter
The first phase uses the same attacks as Dragonkin Soldier
Phase 2
Lightning Explosion Once it goes below 60% health, charges itself with lightning before opening its wings and creating an explosion that inflicts Frostbite. After this point, all of its attacks do additional lightning damage and many inflict Frostbite as well Run away once it starts charging itself with lightning
Frozen Lightning Spear Summons a large blue lightning spear in its hand before tossing it forwards into the ground, creating a trail of electricity that blasts Frostbite lightning upwards a moment later. Used when you're far away Run to either side to avoid standing on the charged ground lightning. Jump or roll as you approach the edge to be sure you clear it. Try to move towards the soldier to keep it from throwing lightning over and over again
Lightning Leap Jumps into the air either towards or away from the player while summoning a blue lightning spear in its hand, then tosses the lightning spear at the ground creating a trail of electricity that blasts Frostbite lightning upwards a moment later Run to either side to avoid standing on the charged ground lightning. Jump or roll as you approach the edge to be sure you clear it
Lightning Javelin Summons a large blue lightning spear in its hand, holds it in the air a couple seconds, then slams it into the ground creating a large shockwave that inflicts Frostbite When you see it raise the lightning bolt, run away and come back after the explosion
Dive Bomb Jumps into the air and hovers there for a second as it pulls back its left arm, then dives forward to the ground while swinging its arm forward Dodge to the right just as its arm becomes level with its head

Dragonkin Soldier of Nokstella Lore, Notes & Other Trivia

  • This follows a trend in Dark Souls, where people attempt to imitate dragons, only for them to end up malformed or disfigured.

 

Dragonkin Soldier of Nokstella Combo Chart

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Dragonkin Soldier of Nokstella Image Gallery

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    • Anonymous

      This fight was easier than I expected but that's probably because I had more luck than sense.
      Great stars +7
      All I had to do was run up, start attacking his legs behind his knee - the boss moved me along with him with every turn making me behind his back all the time. I was left to furiously mash R1 until he fell.

      • Anonymous

        If I had known there was a waterfall back by the throne, I would have waited 2nd phase to see if I could get him to dive bomb over the edge and die.

        • Anonymous

          This boss fight made me want to murder a kitten. It's ridiculous trying to get close enough to tag the #$*%! and still see wth he's doing. What's worse is trying to roll around statues and avoid getting your back against a cavern wall.
          I finally just went for broke, dug into his crotch and whaled on his thighs and took him down first phase. Got lucky with the Ash Upward Cut

          • Anonymous

            "From the Ainsel River Downstream Site of Grace, drop down off the ledge and head east into the cave."
            It's WEST not east

            • Anonymous

              I still want to know the significance of the giant skeletons each sitting on a throne, this boss area and at Nokron because the expressions on the faces of the petrified remains around both giants look like they died in terror, its all very suggestive of dark doings but no satisfying explanation.

              • Anonymous

                One of my least favourite bosses of all. I can choose to either get in range and don't see anything it does, or stay out, watch the attacks, dodge but can't hit it once. Not to mention phase 2 is an attempted murder of my GPU
                Boss is cool and I love the frostlightning, but mechanically it's just so bad...

                • Anonymous

                  Strange how the stronger version of this boss is somewhat early game. It would be as if the ancestor spirits were swapped.

                  • Anonymous

                    Stage 1: who disturbed my sleep? wtf is going on? *swings his arms randomly, stumbles* ...
                    Stage 2: ok now you really pissed me off *strikes you several times in a row with a lightning that hits 2 miles away, you die stunlocked in the opposite corner of the cave*

                    • Anonymous

                      I'm mad that i missed this guy, if i had found him sooner it could've been a cool challenging fight, but no i missed him completely, and many hours later me Mr. Overleveled andy comes in and 3 shots him before he could even hit me, stuff like this makes me so sad, missing out on cool bosses and only finding them when you're about 100 levels too strong for them.

                      • Anonymous

                        Doesn't seem to be mentioned here, but this boss is immune to the hp reduction effect from Rune of Death weapons. They will still take damage over time though.

                        • Anonymous

                          It doesn't say anything about it here, but there is a great ghost glovewart in a chest under the throne. I don't know if you can dodge the boss and sprint straight to it before killing the dragonkin soldier or if the throne has a barrier blocking access to the chest until it is dead.

                          • Anonymous

                            Man, all of these wannabe dragons look like they’re in a lot of pain. Seems to be a recurring theme in FromSoft games.

                            • Anonymous

                              When I defeated this boss (days after the game released) the spell didn't drop for me. I'll check in NG+ to see if recent patches fixed it

                              • Anonymous

                                This guy and something about Gowry made me realize they did some real last minute cut & paste with the underground. Lake of Rot seems like it was supposed to be under Caelid and the big lake of rot(insane I know). Ainsel river would fit under Dragonbarrow, so- Dragonkin boss. Maybe all they had for Liurnia was the small Astel cave under Raya Lucaria and decided that wasn't good enough for the biggest zone. So Liurnia stole Caelid's underground, Limgrave's got shoved over to compensate, you can see how the map is jacked up there Worshipper's Woods in Siofra should be under mistwood if you match up the coast. Mohg's Mausoleum is completely cut and pasted from the other side of the map to fill out the rest. He's the lord of Blood not rot, probably supposed to be under Mt. Gelmir and instead of a random teleport dropping you there, the Palace Approach Ledge-Road area lines up with Old Altus Tunnel and then all the big ghost skeletons make sense with that mountain being a pile of graves. I'd love to see a Director's Cut edition of the game some day, because this is not stuff that can be fixed by DLC

                                • Anonymous

                                  Fromsoft, why, in a game where bosses get upwards of 40k hp do you always give the awesome optional ones pathetic health, This guy, Castle Morne Leonine Misbegotten, Fortissax etc.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    I went back to this area at level 150 (initially for an ash of war) and 3 hit him during his first animation lol. I guess i'll wait until ng+ to see his moveset.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      If you get behind his left knee-cap. He get's stuck swiping and it ends up forcing you to back into a 'safe' place, thus giving you free reign to swing endlessly at said boss. *THIS ALSO prevents his 2nd phase (Ice Spears) from being triggered, making this boss more of a breeze)

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Rock sling over and over with 18 Mind and 24 Int using Meteorite Staff and Lhutel +3 summon, used two FP flasks..this was easy for me and I'm trash at this game

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Rings of light absolutely SHREDS this boss. It’s big and slow enough that each ring is almost guaranteed to hit twice. It’s attacks are also telegraphed enough that you should easily be able to dodge them while staying in front for the rings to hit it on their return.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            If you roll left when he does the big overhand slam with his left arm you can get a jump attack on his head. I was doing 400-500 damage per hit to his noggin.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              For sure one of the coolest bosses. It may have been easy but goddamn the spectacle of his phase 2 was breathtaking.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                My bosses went godrick > Leonine Misbegotten > dragonkin. Beat him after 45 minutes, using base damage fire hookclaws at level 22. It was this boss that taught me to not run around underleveled.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  Swarm of Flies and Perfumer Tricia destroyed him. He is prone to moving out of the slow flies, so use Tricia's bubble shield to get somewhat close and Radagon Icon talisman to cast even more. At SL1 this killed in 3 FP flasks + hidden tear physick.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    I killed the guy at the described location but it didn't say "of Nokstella" and it didn't unlock my achievement...

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      Even though it says he's more resistant to lightning I ONLY used lightning spears (charged) while my mimic pulled agro with a longsword, and got him first try. 22 Mind and 24 Faith and he was done after only using two blue flasks with my +8 Clawmark Seal one handed. Only needed to heal once after taking a frozen lightning AOE that wasn't even meant for me.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        Just stay under his crotch/ feet like your fighting a giant. Also, you control the camera folks get more comfortable adjusting it to "run into it" so you see the boss whole body but have a clear path to run

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          Level 52. Land of Reeds Armor with Imp Head (wolf). +11 Quality Uchigatana. I used Lone Wolf Ashes, no problem.Thought I was gonna get smashed. Beat it first time. Plenty of time to heal compared to other enemies.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            maybe I was over leveled (60) I had but he seemed kinda weak and slow? weapon art on winged scythe + 4 absolutely wrecked him. He didn't even have a chance to get into a 2nd phase.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              Skeleton spirit ashes worked quite well in keeping aggro, he was never able to kill them when they are down so they kept respawning and taking aggro.
                                                              Down on the second try. Hugged boss in second phase and was able to get many hits in resulting in easy kill.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                IDK if this is recent fix, but in my gameplay he has second phase always at 50% hp (it took my 6 tries to kill him, mostly because of camera screwing me over)

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  OH I forgot about spirit ashes first time in, but second time in (because I got killed ) my spirit ashes icon was showing as soon as I entered.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    Just here to clarify, you CAN use spirit ashes, but the first time you enter the arena, the little glyph that indicates summoning is available didn’t come up until I was pretty close to the giant throne where the boss drops down. Finicky geography, but I entered the fog again after that and summoning was available right away.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      Astrologer, taking it slow but steady. Carian Regal Scepter +9. It took two backsteps and 7 Rock Slings to take him down. Summoning was available, but not needed.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        If you get here following Ranni's questline chances are you'll be extremely overleveled. I killed this guy in 2 hits myself.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          Just here to see what he drops after getting g one spotted after getting him to 25% health. Don't need a spell on my str guy so adios

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            Guys, you just have to get under his crotch and use blood flame blade, powerstance and he will die before even second phase. Get under his crotch and then watchout for arm sweep attack + both arm smash on ground.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              Guys, you just have to get under his crotch and use blood flame blade, powerstance and he will die before even second phase. Get under his crotch and then watchout for arm sweep attack + both arm smash on ground.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                While you have to be careful about madness buildup the flame of frenzy shreds his health away and you don't have to worry about hitboxes

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  I wasn't able to summon spirit ashes for this fight. The notification saying I was allowed did not appear.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    This is the worst boss so far. You’re fighting the camera. If you lock on, you will miss hits cause of the weird hitbox- If you don’t lock on, you will get hit because you can’t see anything. The maddest I’ve been at this game for some reason lol

                                                                                    • if you are having any trouble whatsoever, this dude MELTS, literally MELTS IN FRONT OF YOUR EYES if you use hoarfrost ash of war. I have my hookclaws +6 with it and i didn't even touched it with them, only spammed this weapon art and dude was barely able to start phase 2. I also don't really have any int

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        Bloodhound's Step is amazing for this boss, goes from the front to back to his feet in 1 dash and you can get 2 to 3 hits in and dashes out again. Also great for Phase 2.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          As a melee user, i beat him first try by fighting underneath his belly and chopping at his legs. It seemed like a lot of moves that should have hit me were missing even if i timed a roll poorly. Be more cautious during the lightning part of the fight, but you can continue to do the same thing.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            iv got a bug on this boss fight where i could not get back my lost runes , they were litterally not there in the arena or completly invisible, despite what the map showed

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              One can cheese it with stucking behind his right knee and slashing away. Boss can't reach you there, and you move along with him automatically.

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                Pretty cool boos fight. Felt like fighting a Nergigante when he leap into air. Kinda sad he only give you a spell

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  What really helped me as melee was to stop "jousting" him and then running in for a hit or two and instead charge directly at him on torrent( his right, your left). His body won't hurt you, only the swipes and you'll go right under them. You can then get around 3-5 good hits in while he's all flopped on the ground and then gtfo as soon as he starts to get up. Repeat and there you go

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    There's one attack where he sort of lunges with his left arm. If you roll back and let him fall you have a window to get a strong attack in.

                                                                                                    Second phase, he'll eventually lunge toward you, dodge it and you can get a few hits in.

                                                                                                    I coated my sword in magic, it seemed to work well. He hits hard.

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      Was pretty tough for me as a melee dude with a bleedy sword. He has a few stereotyped attacks, and I found the one where he winds up with HIS LEFT arm to be the most predictable; he stumbles a bit, then sweeps back. Before he sweeps back, you can get a normal attack in. Once he goes super sayan, I summoned my meatshield soldiers and wailed on his legs as he was distracted. Took me easily 20 tries, but this is my first darksouls-y game.

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