God-Devouring Serpent is a Boss in Elden Ring. This Elden Ring God-Devouring Serpent Guide features boss locations, tips, strategies and videos on how to defeat the God-Devouring Serpent easily, as well as boss stats and lore for the God-Devouring Serpent.
The God-Devouring Serpent is a massive coiled serpent found at the Volcano Manor in Mt. Gelmir. It was worshipped long ago by the ancient people of Mt. Gelmir, who offered up sacrifices to the powerful serpent god using a specific curved sword. The Serpent-Hunter was once used to hunt down the immoral god and it's true power manifests when faced against it.
This is an optional boss, as players don't need to defeat it in order to advance in Elden Ring. God-Devouring Serpent is the First Phase of Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy. Unlike most boss phases, the God-Devouring Serpent has its own health bar which must be depleted before you can challenge the Second Phase. Note that dying to his Second Phase as Rykard will require you to defeat the serpent once again. Right as you enter the arena to the God-Devouring Serpent, you'll immediately be able to find and equip the Serpent-Hunter - a Great Spear with special properties in this boss fight. Rykard, and the God-Devouring Serpent by extension, drops Rykard's Great Rune and the Remembrance of the Blasphemous when defeated.
The great serpent of Mt. Gelmir that swallowed Praetor Rykard. Attacks with poisonous spit, bites, and slams.
Elden Ring God-Devouring Serpent Boss
- This boss is optional, as only two shardbearers must be defeated to gain access to Leyndell, or only Starscourge Radahn if the player uses the secret entrance in Deeproot Depths.
- This is a Demi God-class boss.
- Closest Site of Grace: Audience Pathway
- Multiplayer: Yes (summoned players can't enter boss fight, if fight has not begun)
- Spirit ashes: Yes
Elden Ring God-Devouring Serpent Location
See Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy for location information.
God-Devouring Serpent Combat Information
- Health: NG (30439), NG+ (38475), NG++ (42323), NG+3 (44247), NG+4 (46170), NG+5 (50018), NG+6 (51942), NG+7 (53866)
- Deals Fire Damage and Standard Damage. May also inflict Poison.
- Parriable: No
- Can be poise broken, but can't be riposted afterwards.
- Weak to Serpent-Hunter and Frostbite
Upon defeat, a cutscene will play and the fight against Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy will begin.
The absorption numbers are the % of your damage that gets blocked. For example if an absorption is 60. 40% of that damage by that type will go through and 60% is absorbed. Bigger number= less damage. An absorption of 100 means no damage goes through, and a resistance of -100 mean the enemy takes 2x damage from that source. 0 means damage goes pretty much as is.
The resistance numbers is the buildup amount to trigger it. For example if a resistance is 100 you must deal 100 points of whatever aux buildup to trigger it. Note that these go down over time, and increase each time the effect procs.
Elden Ring God-Devouring Serpent Boss Guide
God-Devouring Serpent Boss Video Guide
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God-Devouring Serpent Fight Strategy
The Best Tips for God-Devouring Serpent:
- Use the Serpent-Hunter Great Spear found at the beginning of the boss' chamber.
- Check your equipment load (to avoid fat-rolling) after equipping the spear; it's heavy!
- Use the Mimic Tear Spirit Summon while equipped with the Serpent-Hunter to significantly reduce the boss' difficulty.
Be sure to pick up the Serpent-Hunter Great Spear held by a corpse at the beginning of the boss' chamber. It has a special interaction with this boss fight in which it manifests a blade of light with every attack, significantly increasing its range and allowing players to damage both phases of the boss from outside of the magma pool he stands in.
The Serpent's attacks primarily consist of lunging strikes and bites. It can also perform a special grab animation with its jaws in which it slams you down twice. However, this move only deals damage once. The Serpent will sometimes raises its head up high and then slam its chin on the ground, sending magma flying outward in a very wide arc. This attack can be dodged through or blocked to reduce damage.
If you opted to use the Serpent-Hunter, you should constantly be poking him between his attacks. Enough hits on the head will cause the Serpent to go down briefly, allowing you a much needed window of uninterrupted attacks.
Once the Serpent is defeated, Phase Two begins with Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy. See Rykard's page for relevant information.
The God-Devouring Serpent and by extension, Rykard can be made significantly more easy by summoning the Mimic Tear Spirit while equipped with the Serpent-Hunter. The Mimic copies your current equipment and this extends to the blade of light functionality of the Serpent-Hunter. The Mimic will attack of its own volition and you will still need to dodge the boss' attacks properly but having what is essentially a second player firing blades of light at him will massively cut down the amount of time and effort required to defeat the boss.
Strategy Writeup for Melee Users
Magic and Ranged Users
Strategy Writeup for Magic Users
If the player wants to beat God-Devouring Serpent without Serpent-Hunter, the optimal spells would be Borealis's Mist & Ekzykes's Decay (Incantation) or Rock Sling (Sorcery). Beginning of fight gives a good opportunity to apply Status Effect.
God-Devouring Serpent Attacks & Counters
|Snake Bite||The Serpent lunges from one side towards you. It will sometimes follow up with a second lunge from the opposite direction.||Dodge towards the direction the lunge is coming from.|
|Grab Attack||The Serpent raises its head up high and lunges forward. If the attack connects, the snake will grab the player, slamming them twice but dealing damage only once.||Requires precise timing to prevent the grab.|
|Poison Spit||The Serpent spits several globs of poison that spread out in various directions, leaving a pool of poison on the ground momentarily.||Stay within medium range to prevent it from using this move. Do not stand in poison puddles.|
|Magma Slam||The Serpent raises its head up high, tilting it to the back. It then slams its chin on the ground, sending magma flying outwards in a very wide arc in front of it.||Dodge through the magma or block it to reduce damage.|
|Magma Upheaval||The Serpent raises and coils its head on its left and then plunges its face into the ground. After a short delay, it pulls its head from the ground, causing a wide magma eruption that travels forward in front of it.||This move is very difficult to dodge but can be blocked with a shield to significantly reduce damage.|
|Magma Thrash||The Serpent raises its head up high, looking to the side with its jaws wide open. It then begins thrashing about the magma as it spins around 360 degrees, sweeping with its head and tail, sending magma splashing about in random directions.||Maintain your distance and avoid any flying magma.|
God-Devouring Serpent Lore, Notes & Other Trivia
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