Godfrey, First Elden Lord (Golden Shade) is a Great Enemy Boss in Elden Ring. This is a spectral shade of Godfrey that is encountered in Leyndell, Royal Capital. This is not an optional boss as players must defeat it to advance in Elden Ring.
Godfrey, First Elden Lord is another variant of this boss fight.
Elden Ring Godfrey, First Elden Lord Boss
- This is not an optional boss
- Closest Site of Grace: West Capital Rampart
- Multiplayer is allowed for this boss
- You can summon Spirit Ashes for this boss
Elden Ring Godfrey, First Elden Lord (Golden Shade) Location
From the Western Capital Rampart Site of Grace, head south along the ramparts until you climb onto a tree branch. Then follow the branch upwards to a balcony, then head north through the fog gate to fight Godfrey. [Map Link]
Godfrey, First Elden Lord Combat information
- Health: 7,099 HP
- Defense: 114
- Stance: 120
- Parryable: No
- Is vulnerable to a critical hit after being stance broken
- Damage: Standard
- Drops 80,000, Talisman Pouch (NG Only)
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.
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+ and Beyond (click to reveal)
|Sleep||552 / 842 / 1299||270 / 560 / 1017||274 / 564 / 1021||278 / 568 / 1025||282 / 572 / 1029||286 / 576 / 1033||290 / 580 / 1037||294 / 584 / 1041|
Elden Ring Godfrey, First Elden Lord (Golden Shade) Boss Guide
Godfrey, First Elden Lord (Golden Shade) Boss Video Guide
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Godfrey, First Elden Lord (Golden Shade) Fight Strategy
The Best Tips for Godfrey, First Elden Lord (Golden Shade):
- Use any durable spirit that will distract the boss
- The fight can begin with the boss lunging towards the player, so it is best not to summon immediately upon entering the boss room.
- Using lightning spells / incantations or a weapon enchanted with a lightning Ash of War (Lightning Slash, Lightning Ram, or Thunderbolt) will allow you to deal more damage.
- The boss has a deceptively large range, frequently swinging with his axe fully extended. If you need to heal or use items, give yourself plenty of space.
Godfrey attacks very agressively and sporadically, often combining slow and fast attacks in a lengthy combo. Attacking after a slow attack in his combo and dodging through the fast attacks will allow you to whittle down his health. As for the weapons, you can either use a heavy, colossal, or any fast weapons. Avoid using weapons that deals holy damage, try for ones that has pierce or lightning damage. If you're using a heavy or colossal weapon, don't go for a combo, no matter what type of attack he throws at you. He will most likely switch up his attacks from slow to fast and fast to slow swings. If you're using a fast weapon, you can maybe manage to get at least two to three hits after a slow attack, just don't get too greedy.
Magic and Ranged Users
For magic and ranged users, heavy-hitting spells/incantations and skill are the key if you don't really wanna use any melee. The same strategy above applies here, you have to be wary that this boss can combine slow and fast hitting attacks in a single string. His range options are limited but he can rush you down if you're not careful. Equipping talismans, runes, or armor that can help in reducing the cast time of spells is useful for this fight if you're a magic user.
For Dexterity users, a very viable option is to obtain Bolt of Gransax, upgrade it to +5 and pair with Godfrey's Icon/Carian Filigreed Crest/Lightning Scorpion Charm. Godfrey is not an aggresive boss, what can be used to use charged Ancient Lightning Spear skill for massive damage.
Godfrey, First Elden Lord (Golden Shade) Attacks & Counters
|Ground Stomp||Raises its foot high and slams it downward, sending out a stream of rocks forward in a cone-shaped formation.||You can dodge roll to either side, but it is recommended that you just block the attack, since mistiming the dodge can clip you. If you can gauge that you're in a safe distance to dodge roll, you can dodge roll backwards. This attack can also be jumped over.|
|Two-handed Axe Slam||Two-hands the weapon then slams it to the ground, following up with a series of axe swings.||This is the fastest move of the boss. You'll see him lift up the axe with two hands, and slams the weapon onto the ground, this can be followed-up with his other combos. It's best to just dodge roll away for this.|
|Jumping Axe Throw||Leaps into the air, throws his axe towards the player, then dives onto it.||If you see him jump to the air from a distance, just continue running towards him and go under, you will completely avoid the attack this way.|
|Jumping Axe Slam||Jumps into the air, with a bit of delay, slams the axe to the ground.||You can roll backwards for this attack.|
|One-handed Overhead Slam||Puts the axe back on his left arm, then swings it overhead before slamming it onto the ground.||Dodge roll to either side at the right time.|
Godfrey, First Elden Lord (Golden Shade) Lore, Notes & Other Trivia
- Voice Actor: Edward Rowe
- The axe that it uses is not broken, which shows that the original axe had two blades.
Godfrey, First Elden Lord (Golden Shade) Image Gallery