Dragonkin Soldier of Nokstella

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Location Ainsel River
Drops

Ainsel River:
12,000 runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18 Runes

Frozen Lightning Spear

HP ≈ 4,372 (Great Enemy)
Strong VS
Neutral to

Immune to

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

The Dragonkin Soldier of Nokstella is a huge, draconic humanoid, and is found in the south-western section of Ainsel River accessed from the Ainsel River Well. This is a variation of the Dragonkin Soldier with a few changes to it's boss fight. Dragonkin Soldiers were born in the Eternal Cities and given it's title and location, it seems this one was born in Nokstella.

This is an optional boss as players don't need to defeat it in order to advance in Elden Ring. However, doing so yields valuable Items and Runes. The first phase of the fight operates fairly similar to the regular Dragonkin Soldier boss fights, with slow and telegraphed, but powerful physical attacks. After dropping the Dragonkin Soldier of Nokstella down to about half health, it gains a frost lightning aura and wing-like appendages. The boss will then be able to perform two powerful long-ranged attacks, both of which apply Frostbite. It drops the Frozen Lightning Spear 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 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

Dragonkin Soldier of Nokstella is a large Boss found next to Dragonkin Soldier Site of Grace. It should be noted that this Site of Grace is not accessible until after you defeat the boss. [Map Link]

  • This is an optional boss
  • Closest Site of Grace: Ainsel River Downstream Site of Grace. [Map Link]
  • Multiplayer is allowed for this boss. Cooperators will receive 3000 Runes, a Rune Arc, and a Furlcalling Finger Remedy upon defeating the boss.
  • Spirit Ashes are available for this boss.

 

Elden Ring Dragonkin Soldier of Nokstella Location

Dragonkin Soldier of Nokstella can be found by in a large area in the western section of Ainsel River. There are multiple withered bodies seemingly emerging from the ground, but the most prominent feature is a massive skeleton sitting on an equally massive throne. When approaching the throne, the Dragonkin Soldier of Nokstella jumps down from the ceiling to attack the player. See its location on the Elden Ring Map Here.

 dragonkin soldier of nokstella location

Dragonkin Soldier of Nokstella Combat Information

  • Health: 4,372.7 HP.
  • New Game Health: NG (??), NG+ (??), NG++ (??), NG+3 (??), NG+4 (??), NG+5 (??), NG+6 (??), NG+7 (??)
  • Defenses do not change between phases - a firebomb will do the same damage in phase 1 as in phase 2.
  • Deals Physical Damage in Phase 1, adds Lightning Damage attacks that can deal Frost Damage in Phase 2.
  • Parriable: Yes / No
  • Poise can be broken. Poise: 120.

 

Negations (or 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 are 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 Dragonkin Soldier of Nokstella Boss Guide

Dragonkin Soldier of Nokstella Boss Video Guide

[video coming soon]

 

Dragonkin Soldier of Nokstella Fight Strategy

The Best Tips for Dragonkin Soldier of Nokstella:

  • Use the Spirit Jellyfish Ash Summon to distract the boss, as it has an abundance of health for the first phase.
  • Use the Night Maiden's Mist Spell to dodge & deal somewhat slow but steady damage. Great for low-level players.
  • Bring ?? Item

 

Melee Users

In Phase 1 the Dragonkin Soldier attacks with large slow movements that cover wide areas. These can be avoided by rolling or running out of the attack zone without significant issue. Tanking these attacks is possible with high enough stamina and poise, but may not allow for a counterattack.  Take care to avoid running or dodging forward towards the stomach of the Soldier. Short or mid-reach melee weapons will struggle to reach a portion of the Soldier that can be damaged due to the large belt the Soldier is wearing preventing the player from running forward far enough to strike. This can be addressed by moving forward and to the left or right to reach the Soldiers elbows or knees. Whenever possible the player should be attempting to get behind the Soldier, between its feet. The Soldier can only damage this area with a limited number of attacks, and the legs are large enough to easily attack while moving. It seems to be possible to push the player character against the inside of the left knee of the Soldier where the player will be pushed along by the Soldiers leg when it attempts to turn to face the player. This location is still susceptible to the double hand ground slam attack, and the player can be damaged or dislodged during the forward rush attack. 

In Phase 2 the Dragonkin Soldier charges itself with frost lightning. Two new attacks are added in this phase, where the Dragonkin Soldier either flies up and backwards to rush forward with a swooping punch or rears up or throws frost lightning at the ground for a delayed area of effect attack [update these with proper attack-names when known] . These attacks apply frostbite buildup. The frostbite status effect should be avoided however possible due to the danger of reduced damage absorption and stamina recovery when fighting against an opponent that deals high damage rapidly. When the frost lightning attack is used the player should remove lockon from the Soldier and run laterally out of the damage zone. Rolling may not be adequate to escape the damage area, and the Soldier may string multiple frost lightning attacks together while the player is at midrange, so running out of the area and closing the distance between the player and Soldier should be prioritized. Beyond addressing these new attacks the strategy for fighting the Soldier remains largely unchanged.

If an Ash summon is used, avoid stationary or slow summons. If the summon damages the Soldier and draws aggro they may be attacked and destroyed before the player is able to regain aggro, particularly in the second phase where the Soldier is capable of crossing the area rapidly to attack the summon. Given the high damage and wide area of effect of most attacks a more durable or mobile summon should be prioritized. Any ash summon capable of applying poison, rot or bleed buildup is recommended.

Ranged Users

Strategy Writeup for Magic Users

 

Dragonkin Soldier of Nokstella Attacks & Counters

Attack Description Counter
Lunging
Claw
Leans its left
arm back, before
launching it, then
dragging it back.
Dodge to the left.
Two-Handed
Slam
Will mostly uses
this when the target
is under them. Slams  
both hands down
with a large
shockwave AOE.
Move away or
dodge into it 
Right Arm
Claw Attack
Claws the area in
front of it.
Stay close or
move away
Ice-Lightning
Explosion
When the Dragonkin
reaches 50% health,
it charges itself with
lightning before
exploding, causing Frostbite buildup.
Run away once it reaches half health.
Frozen Lightning Spear Summons a large blue lightning spear in its hand before slamming it downwards, splitting into trails of electricity. It may also use this while flying. This attack builds up Frostbite. Run to the sides. Watch the ground for  
patches of electricity gathering.

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 Image Gallery

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    • 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.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            If you fall into arena and die you can respawn at nearby stake of marika, this prob works in other places too. Could be a big skip for other areas

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              damn the lighting sfx are incredible! i enjoyed this boss a lot, and it didnt kill me in 2 swings like some other bosses

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                anyone else got a Glitch where the music played on the first encounter but never on subsequent fights ? i died a bunch of time to see if it would come back and it never did

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  From Ainsley River Main, go to the northern Uhl Palace Ruins, taking its southwest exit. Take the left path and jump down to the path with a chest on it. Follow the terrain and take the exit in the southwest. Hug the right wall and you will eventually reach the boss.

                                                                                                  Hope I explained this well!

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    aiming for the head with leap attack deals crazy damage at start, buff your weapon, first two leaps are free ^^

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      He does have a second phase when real low on health. He'll start to crackle with lighting and ice and will summon lighting/ice strikes that cover decently large swaths.

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