Elemer of the Briar

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Location The Shaded Castle
Drops
runes currency elden ring wiki guide 1824,000
Marais Executioner's Sword

Briar Greatshield
HP 4,897
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Elemer of the Briar is a Great Enemy Boss in Elden Ring. Elemer of the Briar is an extremely aggressive human boss and is found in The Shaded Castle in Altus Plateau. This is an optional boss as players don't need to defeat it to advance the plot of the game.

See Bell Bearing Hunter for other variants of this boss.

 

 Elemer of the Briar, the Bell Bearing Hunter, snatched the sword from the site of his looming execution, and furnished it with battle skills from his home of Eochaid

Elden Ring Elemer of the Briar Boss

  • This is an optional boss
  • Closest Site of Grace: Shaded Castle Inner Gate
  • Multiplayer is allowed for this boss
  • You can summon Spirit Ashes for this boss

 

Elden Ring Elemer of the Briar Location

Elemer of the Briar is at the very top of The Shaded Castle in Altus Plateau.  From the Shaded Castle Inner Gate Site of Grace, head north along the passage, turn west at the fork, and climb the ladder to a balcony with two Rotten Strays. Head east through the building, across the bridge, and into the next building. Climb the stairs and head south into another courtyard. Go into the door that a Cleanrot Knight emerges from, ride the elevator up, and head straight forward to find Elemer of the Briar.

 

Elemer of the Briar 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 4,897 7,154 7,869 8,227 8,584 9,300 9,657 10,015
Defense 111 118 121 124 129 135 141 153
runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18Runes 24,000 72,000 79,200 81,000 86,400 88,200 90,000 91,800

Resistances

poison status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxPoison 332 / 430 / 720 / 1177 358 / 456 / 746 / 1203 363 / 461 / 751 / 1208 368 / 466 / 756 / 1213 374 / 472 / 762 / 1219 379 / 477 / 767 / 1224 384 / 482 / 772 / 1229 390 / 488 / 778 / 1235
scarlet rot status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxScarlet Rot 332 / 430 / 720 / 1177 358 / 456 / 746 / 1203 363 / 461 / 751 / 1208 368 / 466 / 756 / 1213 374 / 472 / 762 / 1219 379 / 477 / 767 / 1224 384 / 482 / 772 / 1229 390 / 488 / 778 / 1235
hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxHemorrhage 543 / 833 / 1290 585 / 875 / 1332 593 / 883 / 1340 602 / 892 / 1349 611 / 901 / 1358 620 / 910 / 1367 628 / 918 / 1375 637 / 927 / 1384
frostbite status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxFrostbite 543 / 833 / 1290 585 / 875 / 1332 593 / 883 / 1340 602 / 892 / 1349 611 / 901 / 1358 620 / 910 / 1367 628 / 918 / 1375 637 / 927 / 1384
sleep status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxSleep 332 / 430 / 720 / 1177 358 / 456 / 746 / 1203 363 / 461 / 751 / 1208 368 / 466 / 756 / 1213 374 / 472 / 762 / 1219 379 / 477 / 767 / 1224 384 / 482 / 772 / 1229 390 / 488 / 778 / 1235
madness status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxMadness Immune

Elden Ring Elemer of the Briar Boss Guide

Elemer of the Briar Boss Video Guide

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Elemer of the Briar Fight Strategy

The Best Tips for Elemer of the Briar:

  • When entering the boss room, it's possible to sneak up behind him and hit him with a fully charged heavy attack. His retaliation to this will usually be a Shield Slam, allowing you to roll behind him and hit him again. Note that he cannot be back-stabbed.
  • All his sword attacks deal pure Physical Damage, so a shield with 100% physical negation can completely block them.

 

Melee Users

Keep it Close: Eochaid's Dancing Blade makes Elemer particularly effective at attacking you from medium or long distance, whereas he has relatively few moves and combos available at short range. Stay close and learn to dodge this limited and more predictable moveset. If you need to heal or use an item, wait until he uses Shield Slam, which has the longest recovery time in his arsenal. Remember you can bait it by moving directly behind him!

Bait and Strike: Move from close to medium range to provoke Elemer into using Eochaid's Dancing Blade, then close back in and attack. The first Dancing Blade attack can't combo into Blade Return, so you've got a relatively safe window as he passively retrieves the sword, especially if you stick to his right flank.

Magic and Ranged Users

Using a Spirit Ash will help greatly with taking Elemer's attention, giving you a lot of time to deal damage. Keep your distance to avoid his quick melee attacks, but try to avoid getting too far away and provoking a Shield Charge which will quickly close the gap, and when his sword glows red get ready to dodge an Eochaid's Dancing Blade combo.

 

Elemer of the Briar Attacks & Counters

Attack Description Counter
Swing parry icon 40pxSwings his sword in various directions. It may or may not glow red Roll away to bait Eochaid's Dancing Blade and close back in to do damage. This is almost always parriable, even when the sword is glowing red, but there's one exception. See the combo chart below
Stab parry icon 40pxStabs his sword straight ahead Roll to either side
Shield Charge Dashes forward quickly, shield-first. Usually used when you're far away Roll to either side or stay close to avoid this attack in the first place
Shield Slam Slams his greatshield down to the ground, creating a small burst of damage. May follow up by pulling it back out, creating a larger damage burst. Often uses this when you're directly behind him Move backwards or roll backwards away to get out of the attack range, or roll diagonally forwards to end up behind him and punish the attack
Eochaid’s
Dancing Blade 
His sword glows red and slashes at a distance. He'll usually start his Dancing Blade combos when you're at a medium or long distance away Roll forward. Although he can combo back into close-range attacks, it takes him long enough to retrieve his sword that this is a good opportunity to get in some damage. Just watch out for Blade Return
Blade Return Holds out his right hand and calls back his sword quickly after Eochaid's Dancing Blade, stabbing the player in the back Roll to either side when you see him stretch out his right hand, or avoid positioning yourself directly between him and his sword in the first place
Drilling
Blade 
Holds his sword to his right as it begins to glow and spin, then thrusts it forward. This thrust can be either short- or long-range; if it's long-range, he'll follow it with an unparriable Swing. Roll to your left to avoid the attack and attack his unprotected side
Grasp of Eochaid Holds up his left hand as it glows, then reaches forward to grab you. This has a longer range than it looks like. If you're grabbed, he'll lift you up and slam you down with his sword Move away from the boss as soon as you see his hand start glowing

Elemer of the Briar Lore, Notes & Other Trivia

  • Elemer's sword originally belonged to House Marais, the family of executioners who presided over the Shaded Castle. Elemer snatched the sword from the site of his looming execution, and furnished it with battle skills from his home of Eochaid, which involve telekinetically moving their weapons.
  • After beating this boss, the player can purchase his armor - Briar Set - from Enia.
  • Elemer also goes by the name of the Bell Bearing Hunter and has multiple other encounters around the Lands Between at night where other Shopkeeper NPCs are found.

 

Elemer of the Briar Combo Chart

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Elemer of the Briar Image Gallery

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    • Anonymous

      Brass shield and black fireball...and just spam normal black fireball...and block whenever he do his jedi moves...sometime he will just a LONG menacing slow walk which u can punish with charged black fireball...or u can just git gud and parry him to death(which i cant)

      I am level 40 and idk how many fckin time i have died to this c+nt until i forsake melee

      • Anonymous

        I didn't have any trouble beating him first try with a sorcerer build. He's not that tough if you can keep your distance and avoid getting stuck on the furniture.

        • Anonymous

          This boss shares some similarities with Raikoh from the Otogi series, which was also made by FromSoft. Both had lore connected to executions: Elemar was going to be executed, and Raikoh's clan was that of executioners, and he was ordered to execute his father.
          Both use glowing swords with inscriptions on them, which are heirlooms to a specific clan/house. Soul Shrine for Raikoh, and Marais Executioner's Sword for Elemar. Both also have the ability to teleport, albeit in Raikoh's case he needed help to do so.
          These are, at most, coincidences, but I thought it was kinda cool.

          • Anonymous

            Ahhh purposefully unfair annoying bullshit very fun. Definitely that master game design everyone keeps talking about.

            • Anonymous

              A classic Dark Souls-style boss fight. Tough but fair. Fast paced and fun. My favorite fight in the whole game, glad you get to fight him as many times as you do. If you struggle with this fight, try not to roll as a reflex, but as a conscious reaction. Beat that habit and you can beat this boss, no cheese required.

              • Anonymous

                There are very few bosses in Elden Ring that I would call garbage, but Elemer is definitely one of them
                -Hits like a truck.
                -Tiny, cluttered arena
                -Gigantic attack hitboxes
                -All of the poise
                -Can traverse the arena in seconds
                -Very few - if any - safe angles to attack him
                -Incredibly aggressive

                You pretty much HAVE to cheese him to make this fight not insufferable.

                • Anonymous

                  Who in the right mind is making theese unfair bosses? like seriously, even dark souls 2 is more fair than 99% of this game

                  • Anonymous

                    The ancestral follower ash worked well. It didn't steal aggro from me because of its rate of fire which allowed it to stay alive to deal damage.

                    • Anonymous

                      When I read this and saw summoning was allowed I was looking forward to seeing how the p**k would cope with the shield bros tanking for me while I lobbed volcano pots at him from behind them. I'd gotten the idea from somewhere that summons were not available for this f**ker so I was right up for it.

                      It turned out that Elmer the p**k coped well enough both with the shield bros and me throwing volcano pots to nearly kill me. He is considerably taller than the fallen hawk soldiers and was hitting me right over their heads, his grab attack also got a hold of me over their heads and it was only luck his follow up hit one of their greatshields or he would have done me over. It's a lesson about getting cocky then swiftly dying I've never managed to learn from DS1 through to Bloodborne and now Elden Ring.

                      • Anonymous

                        Why can I get his Armor off of Enia? Was he a suppossed to be a Shard Bearer? The Shaded Castle is such a waste for a simple side area.

                        • Anonymous

                          What I'd give to have my character hold a greatsword the way Elemer does instead of like a baseball bat. You can put on all his gear and not be half as scary.

                          • Anonymous

                            Buff with what you have, walk into the arena and summon, while the summon takes a lot of the attention away whale on him with the strongest, fastest weapon you have! Seems to work well.

                            • Anonymous

                              The grab's hitbox has the size of a bathtub.

                              I know, I know, mAgIc... of course... definately not nonsense or just a gimmick with the sole reason to annoy the player.

                              • Anonymous

                                He's way easier to kill if you stay in his face at all times. Grab, drill and shield slam can easily be punished, and for some reason he does the shield slam up to like 4-5 times in a row. Killed him early by getting the antspur rapier from the chick by the castle and it was just +5, the rot eats through him like butter and the fast pierce moveset is excellent at punishing him.

                                • Anonymous

                                  For some reason he's way weaker than the Caelid bell bearing hunter, still a bastard nonetheless since bell bearing hunters are just bs in general.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    I like this guy. No jumping around, no homing projectiles, no huge delays on attacks, no insane AoEs or infinite combos. Very enjoyable battle

                                    • Anonymous

                                      I'm a glass cannon build running faith and strength as my main stats. It took some timing on my part, but I managed to beat this dude under 30 seconds with a fully enhanced Golden Halberd, while applying the Golden vow, eating some exalted flesh and using any poise breaking talismans I had.

                                      Two heavy swings and a light jump attack later and this dude's poise was shat on. After that all I needed was one more heavy swing and boom, Elmer Fudd was no more.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        I do not regret cheesing this guy with Nebula and a mimic tear. If I could do it for the other 4 fights in the game I would. Super unfun boss.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          did some quick testing: sleep is NOT viable here. he immediately recovers after being hit while slept and has zero recovery time unlike some other enemies/bosses.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            So easiest way to beat him. Stay on his backside to bait the shield bash. Roll towards his back, attack the shield and it should draw out his bash again. Be wary of other attacks if youre not completely behind him but the goal is to keep him in an endless loop.of shield bashes.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              Best tip ever for you nerds. Get behind him. Dodge his shield bash rolling towards his back. Swing directly at the shield on his back. 90% of the time he will do another shield bash. Rinse and repeat. Be mindful you may not get far enough behind him and he may mix in other combos but try to stay behind his shield to draw out an endless loop of shield bashes

                                              • From: Let's put a boss in a tiny room. Boss will have 360 degree attacks and he will be range-melee.
                                                Player: range-what? are you high?
                                                From: He will use his melee sword, but range
                                                Player: W-what?
                                                From: AND HE WILL DEAL INSANE AMOUNT OF DAMAGE!
                                                Player: the fvck is wrong with you?
                                                From: AND HE WILL TRAVERSE TINY ROOM IN A NANO-SECOND WITH MOVE THAT BLOCKS ALMOST ALL INCOMING DAMAGE!!!
                                                Player: ...
                                                From: AANNND ALLSSOOO HE WIIIILLLLL NOTTT STAGGGEEERRRRRRRRR WHATSOEVER!!!!!!!!

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  My best tip for this boss is to try and parry, the second sword swing in their close range sword combo was the attack that seemed the easiest to parry, hope this helps and happy hunting

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    I really like this as an early-mid game boss. Even at a high level I died a few times, but his close range combos are really manageable with only 1 move where his sword grows red and the second swing comes out delayed that might throw you off. Everything else should be easy to learn. This boss really rewards experimenting with range and dodging rather than just blocking, good things to reinforce in a newer player. He follows the pattern of punishing moves that can savage you, but if you play aggressive and move IN rather than run away it's also a great opening. A bit simplistic, but a great boss with a very short run-up (from the stake) that will really let newer players who come upon him acclimate. Frustrating, but really consistent when you learn him.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      You can’t run! (because his sword will chase you) you can’t hide! (because oh by the way his sword also goes through walls) and you can’t- oh wait never mind you just died.

                                                      one of my favourite bosses.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        He wont actually use any ranged abilities unless he manages to first get close. He gets stuck on the tables making you easily be able to spam him down with ranged spells or incantations while he is stuck walking against tables. Turned the fight into a absolute cakewalk.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          Elemer isn't the problem, It's the fact that they cram him in a 10"x12" room full of benches, a la Capra Demon garbage

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            All I did was summon shield skellies and lightning blast him was a piece of cake think he ranged sworded me once.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              While I’m aware how boring a cheese it is, using greatshield soldier summons, infinite FP physick flask and Kamehameha (comet azur) finally did the trick first try after sitting for an hour attempting by conventional means.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                Give your Mimic (mine was +4) a strong shield and seal, and have Rot Breath or something similar on. You use Great Stars or a similar heavy weapon and keep this mf away from your boy. He'll stun after a few good hits. Cheese him and never return

                                                                don't even feel bad

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  I only tried bell bearing hunter for the first time pretty recently in stromhill. it was a lot more difficult than I was expecting it to be. I thought all the bloodstains around the shack were from new or under levelled players trying him as soon as they found him. but I'm not so sure considering how many times he killed me.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    Everyone out here struggling, I beat him my first playthrough with SONAF and NG+ 1 with bloodhound’s fang. Dunno, maybe I’m just good, or very lucky. This was all in 1.04, after the Sword of night and flame nerf

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      Lore wise, Elemer is a VERY probable candidate to beat Melania. Think about it. She tries to water foul, bam! She’s grabbed by his grab attack. Well, at least phase one. Dunno how he would fare in phase two.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        Absoulute chad fight. He has low health, doesn't actually use his shield, and can be back stabbed yet he is still hard.


                                                                        Also you know, flying sword

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          I hate this guy. Designed specifically to scare players (like me) away from him and use that slicer move. He sucks for me but I can see why people like him

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            I hate this guy. Designed specifically to scare players (like me) away from him and use that slicer move. He sucks for me but I can see why people like him

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              These Bell Bearing Hunters have to be the cheapest enemy in the game. Jesus Christ they suck. Had to spirit summon after I almost threw my controller fighting this bullshit boss.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                i love how when he attacks you can hear the jingle of all the bell bearings he stole from slaughtered merchants. really adds depth to his sinister vibe

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  Sneak up, get a heavy charged attack. Dodge whatever bullshit he throws at you next. If he's doing a multi moved sword attack, parry the second one. If he does 3 red glowing sword attacks you gotta dodge once, then dodge twice immediately with no break. If he does shield slam it's your time to back away and heal. But stay close in general other than that

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    for anyone struggling i killed him with a +7 mimic tear and a +14 godskin peeler with the bloody slash aow and bleed infusion (lvl 91), it was still hard fight but bleed combined with the mimics distraction was very efficient at melting his health quickly

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      Mage build here. Struggled with this one for a long time until I used the Greatshield Soldier Ashes - they surrounded him and kept him bottled up, doing minimal damage to them because of their awesome shield protection, while I nailed him with Magic Glintblade from across the room. I think he hit me once. I got him the first time I used these spirit ashes.

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        Anyone struggling here, best strategy is to go whatever melee option you have which is the best and just stick to him. Even when youre healing, stay close to him. His ranged attacks with the sword are by far his most punishing moves and hardest to punish. If you back away you will go down. His closer range attacks are more manageable.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          Are you still be able to continue with Patches' questline if you kill this guy early? I know I need to get back to Shaded Castle after Rykard tp see Patches but I see no articles mentioning this.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            Summon Greatshield soldier ashes and let them fight a bit. He will usually get stuck between them. Watch out when he will pull out his stunt moves. That's it. That will give you plenty of time to wreck him up. Used Lion's Claw a couple of times and he went down.

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              He has the same Holy and Lightning absorption, so why does the sidebar say he's strong against Holy and weak against Lightning?

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                Lost 86k+ runes to this guy. I swear this is the one boss (him and the Bell Bearing Hunters) that I just cannot figure out how to fight.

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  Just use flames of the redmanes. Two will stagger him for a crit. Rinse and repeat and he will not be able to get single attack off

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    after wasting a couple of hours on this guy i disregarded all the cheese methods i found around and decided to try the shield bash bug where if u go behind him exactly on his back he always does his shield bash so you just roll behind him again attack once rinse repeat.took me exactly one minute to kill him.....

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      The question is, who’s the real boss: Elemer, or those tables that are in his boss room? (Curse you tables!)

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        Level 45 with +5 Lightning Venomous Claws using Cragblade AOW and a +6 mimic tear was a surprising cakewalk

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          basically i killed it with parry and the misericorde as a dagger can hit a few hits before parry once and a few more after the ripose since this boss needs 2 parry for the critical hit

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            I found that the drill attack, while having a great tell can be treacherously hard to dodge since he aims if very well within about 120° of his initial aim. The best way to counter this is running towards him and to the right until he launches the blade, you will be safe when you pass him and have enough time for a fully charged attack to build the stagger meter.

                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                              Quite hard and very aggressive boss with big damage combos. As the Bell Bearing Hunter in Caelid he is even harder. Was the toughest fight after Malenia, for me.

                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                I don't know how you do this! As soon as I launch the ashes I stand up and it aggros him. I don't think this works

                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                  I found a melee cheese. Being directly behind the Elmer consistently triggers his (into the floor) shield bash. I was able to kill him by going in circles with this, triggering his shield bash, roll towards his back, attack, rinse-repeat. Sometimes he would use his force thrust follow up, but not often. With 23 strength, and a +6 Claymore, I broke his poise 3 times with this approach, with him refusing to shield bash after the 3rd poise break (but that might just be RNG; dunno if he actually stops using that move or not). If there’s anything I could say, keep yourself right in front of his face. His options at range can be quite killer

                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                    Traverse the fog and immediately crouch. Get close, cast Poison Mist once and wait for his health to start draining. When it stops draining, cast again. Poison proc doesn’t stack, so don’t waste your flasks. Repeat this for about 5 minutes and success, you’ve cheesed Elmo!

                                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                                      Parrying him twice is ten times easier than dodging around in that tiny room. This comes with the added benefit of you sticking close to him all the time, which is the safest place to be. I imagine normal blocks would work just as well, if you roll his first 1-2 hits and only block the last. Anything to allow you to stay within melee range. Just dodge his shield slam, because he'll follow with the explosion, which will then leave a gap to get one quick hit in. Repeat. If the area was bigger, it'd have been a piece of cake to shoot him with bows. Shame.

                                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                                        For colossal weapon users Lion's claw is really effective here - especially if you have a tanky ash to distract him with.

                                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                                          Really easy cheese, sneak up on him and use poison mist ash of war. If you do it from max range so the blade strike doesn't hit him it'll poison him without aggro-ing him.

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