Godfrey, First Elden Lord (Golden Shade)

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Location Leyndell, Royal Capital
Drops runes currency elden ring wiki guide 1880,000
Talisman Pouch (NG Only)
HP 7099
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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 version of this boss.

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

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 7,099 8,895 9,784 10,229 10,674 11,563 12,008 12,453
Defense 114 118 121 124 130 136 141 153
runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18Runes 80,000 240,000 264,000 270,000 288,000 294,000 300,000 306,000

Resistances

poison status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxPoison Immune
scarlet rot status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxScarlet Rot Immune
hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxHemorrhage Immune
frostbite status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxFrostbite Immune
sleep status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxSleep 552 / 842 / 1299 270 / 560 / 1017 274 / 564 / 1021 278 / 568 / 1025 282 / 572 / 1029 286 / 576 / 1033 290 / 580 / 1037 294 / 584 / 1041
madness status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxMadness Immune

 

 

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.

 

Melee Users

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

Attack Description Counter
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

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    • Anonymous

      such bs that he punishes you for using any flask AND can interrupt your AOWs? god damn i've never hated someone with an axe more

      • Anonymous

        its funny how it says to use the bolt of gransax to make this fight easy but forget to mention that the only way you can get that weapon is AFTER YOU BEAT THIS BOSS. what point is noting that the weapon makes this boss easy when the only way you can use it against this boss is in ng+.

        • Anonymous

          The whole game is underwhelming as a caster. You essentially found a difficulty option in a game that doesn't allow it.

          • Anonymous

            one way to cheese him is to run up and down just out of his reach till he does his axe throw attack then dodge to the right and use bloody slash then roll away and repeat

            • Anonymous

              This boss is more interesting when you are making a co-op and or invasion build for early-mid game. Its the boss that gives you the final talisman pouch, and if you’re fighting him at level 20-35 with max weapon upgrade of +5 regular it starts to be more of a worthy challenge.

              • Anonymous

                This entire comment section: I don't like this fight cause it's easy, but because *enter other reason here even though it's definitely because he's one of the easiest in the game*

                lul

                • Anonymous

                  He's absolutely not immune to scarlet rot. I suck at Elden Ring and I killed him in about two minutes by summoning a tanky spirit and then retreating and hitting him three times with Ezykes' Decay.

                  • Anonymous

                    Just bear him level 35. He mopped the floor with me for a couple hours until I realized you just have to roll straight at him for literally everything and poke. He will stomp, swing twice and give a poke opening. A pokening. Repeat for like 20 mins until he dies. All other attacks are well telegraphed and easy to dodge.

                    • Anonymous

                      I played an int/dex build and annihilated him on my first try. Sad to say didn't go well for his actual self

                      • Anonymous

                        With my melee only gigachad no armor double katana character, level 65, Golden Godfrey got me three times. Combos are fairly easy to read, ground stomp dodge is very forgiving, and does this boss even have a second phase? Difficulty 2/5, Quality 3/5

                        • Anonymous

                          Morgott making an illusion of the only person who truly ever loved him to help him protect the Erdtree will never not hurt.

                          • Anonymous

                            If you press L2 he will always jump and interrupt you. Damn input reading. I am really curious who designed it. Boss punishes heals? it's totality fine. Boss will dodge ranged projectiles? maybe a bit unfair but let's say it makes the boss look intelligent so ok. Boss will interrupt you out of weapon skills? Really? I am afraid dlc will have bosses that will spam grab attacks every time you raise a shield.

                            • Anonymous

                              I hate that he swings his axe horizontally so you instinctively doge back but right before it would hit you he switches to slashing vertically. I don't know where they do that at but i guess him being a shade prevents his wrist from snapping.

                              • He doesn't frustrate me when he kills me, he just kills me. I accept it. But i can't call it "fair". More fair that other fights, yeah. 5 hit combos that he can't be staggered out of isn't fair. Immunity to damn near everything isn't fair. Endless stamina and being able to stomp all day isn't fair. Having over 7x the health i have and doing at least 3x the damage i can with one hit isn't fair either. It's ok, though.

                                • Anonymous

                                  If you want your 4th talisman pouch on a low level PvP character, grab a shortbow, some kukris and Skeleton Militia summons and kite him from one side of the arena to the other. It'll take a while but it's doable. Make sure to intervene with a shot every time a Skeleton goes down to pull aggro back to you and stop him finishing it off.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    You can probably beat this guy fair and square at low level just by dodge and poke but ain't nobody got time for that health pool. I beat him at RL 30+3 by mixing a Flask with Cerulean Hidden Tear (to summon Banished Knight Engvall to tank) and Lightning-Shrouded Cracked Tear to amp up my Lightning Noble's Estoc and Lightning Pots. It makes the fight into a matter of drawing aggro with a lightning pot whenever Godfrey turns on Engvall.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      first time I tried him I was under levelled and lost a shed load of runes by walking into the boss room thinking I was fine as long as I didn't cross a fog gate, he battered me. just tried him again now and I see what the comments mean about it being a good fight, a fair fight and enjoyable.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Way too easy or I was extremely overleveled. Beat him on first try using only the Spiked Pallisade Greatshied with Shield Crash

                                        • Anonymous

                                          He is a very fair boss, if you have ever played a Souls game you will probably find the fight enjoyable. Dodge to the side for vertical attacks, roll back for horizontal sweep attack. He does not throw many weird curveballs or AOE attacks at you.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            A boss type that I wish Elden Ring had more of, not because of the lack of difficulty, but for realistic non-cheap movement and rhythm of the attacks. I feel that ER has a lot of the over the top "Epic" bosses (which fits the game I guess), but lacks a lot of the basics that makes Fromsoftware games fun (Bosses such as Isshin, Artorias, etc.). Imo, i'd rather fight the Bed of Chaos than some of the bosses in this game, even if they were more thoroughly designed.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              He has less health and resistances than the Valiant gargoyle just before him that you can't even use ashes for... Seems like a cool boss but the difficulty is just a bit off.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                Just lost two hundred and forty odd thousand runes to Godfrey, wasn't entirely my fault either.
                                                I'd been exploring the Royal capital looking for cool pick ups, My weapons and attributes are a bit under levelled for this area I can deal with the soldiers, Leyndell knights and perfumers but I have to be careful and not get impatient. I got to an area with thick roots that can be climbed, I got to the top and saw a message saying "good luck" and one saying "boss ahead" but I couldn't see a boss fog gate anywhere so I wasn't too concerned, but as soon as I went inside the first elden lord shade spawned in front of me, I turned to run but the fog gate that wasn't there earlier was there now, blocking my escape. The Inevitable happened, when I came back via the stake of marika the gold marker that you can touch to get your runes back was inside the fog with Godfrey.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  Honestly didn't feel like a boss. Walked in unprepared and used maybe one flask? At least you get 80,000 runes for barely any effort

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    Very fair fight, i found a 100% safe time to hit him is when he does a fully extended axe slam, this can be a combo ender or just the move itself, his openings are only one attack long (heavy weapons). His attacks are very slow and predictable though, so by attempt 3-4 you should have him figured out. His stomp is also easily dodge able and he usually does not follow up with that many attacks.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      Idk if his AI broke or something for me, but I was able to just fire off night comets from a distsance, and he just sorta slowly walked up to me the entire time. He used a grand total of 3 attacks for the entire fight lol

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        you can use AoWs such as Lion's Claw and Giant Hunt to duck under some of his attacks if you time it right. Don't know if it's better dps wise, but it feels cool as hell.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          For anyone having trouble: run as far away from him as possible then walk (very) slowly toward him until he throws his axe. Begin moving right and roll right just before the axe hits the ground. Then sprint towards him after he lands for a jump attack (or whatever you like, just don't get greedy) . Sprint and roll backwards to avoid his follow up stomp. Rinse and repeat.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            I did it first try! Well…okay it wasn’t really me who did it, it was my +6 greatshield soldiers but let me enjoy the victory

                                                            • Whenever you use range attacks on him he dashes towards you and does a stomp. As long as you aren't close enough to be stomped by his foot, you can easily jump over the quake (and if you're using a light bow, you can shoot him in midair).

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                very fair fight, once you learn him his moves are predictable, and just dont panic roll. killed him at level 1 with +5 broadsword.

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  Run to one side of the room. Fire your arrows. Run to the other side of the room. Fire your arrows. Rins and repeat. Cheese cake.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    Resistances are probably very wrong. It seems the wiki doesn't have proper values until the real values are datamined so they're trying to gauge them using a base point of 0. However, I can say without any question this boss is very resistant to lightning just like the other elements, just less so than holy. Also be warned his hit detection on several attacks is noticeably delayed similar to the Ragadon bug but they have not fixed it for Godfrey. Take his ground stomp wave attack for example. You can still jump or roll dodge it after the visuals has completely finished and all spikes are out and, in fact, this is precisely how you roll dodge it which is safer than jumping for this boss if you aren't close enough to roll entirely past the wave to begin with. Not all of his attacks have the delay but some do. Some have poor collision detection so if you're standing next to him in the right spot the axe simply goes through you and you get free hits on him without needing to dodge, such as some times it passes his left side in a swing.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      Just spammed lightning bolt. Whittled him down. Took a few tries but it’s doable. Saw zero openings for melee with my present weapons

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        I dont know if this change was the new patch but
                                                                        I JUST TESTED IT, HE IS DEFENITELY ABLE TO BE SCARLET ROTTED. I havent tested other effects, but he 100 percent is not immune to scarlet rot.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          I don't know it it's the most effective way of killing him, but I killed him very easily with Stars of Ruin. He seems to do a specific attack whenever you use spells with long casting times, and Stars of Ruin casts really quickly, so it doesn't trigger that attack.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            The best way I've used to beat him is by using the Five Greatshield Ash, and spamming him with Glintstone magic (Glintstone Cometshard) while the Ashes keep him distracted. Easy Peasy.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              Says strong vs Holy but there was some holy grease nearby which is often the games way of telling you what to use. As it's I took it down pretty easy at rl30 using the weapon art on a Black Knife +2 which deals holy damage so I'd say he was weak to holy not strong if my little rl30 can kill it with just a +2 dagger.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                Previous patch I was able to scarlet rot him with antspur. I do not know if that still works as of this latest patch

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  this boss is so fun to dodge, just something about the rhythm that he moves in so satisfying to dodge perfectly. Not really the hardest boss in the world but definitely one I look forward to in every playthrough.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    As a melee he was reasonably straight forward, but the Crucible Knight after him was unreasonably hard.

                                                                                    Aggro that guy, lure him to the elevator shaft and have him jump to his death; it's what Miyazaki would have wanted.

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      I slapped the absolute dogshit out of this shade with the +9 Gargoyle Blackblade and some Black flames, my dumbass thought it was the actual Godfrey.

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        Probably the least fun boss for me, a heavy user, due to him using the same 2 moves back to back to back to back till he roll catches me and die instantly.

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