Godskin Apostle is a Great Enemy Boss in Elden Ring. These powerful and agile humanoids clothe themselves in the skin of gods and wield unique twinblades and black flame incantations. These are optional bosses as players are not required to defeat them to advance in Elden Ring.

Godskin Apostle also appears in the Godskin Duo fight and as a spirit summon in a Spirit-Caller Snail fight.

 

 The apostles, once said to serve Destined Death, are wielders of the god-slaying black flame. But after their defeat by Maliketh, the Black Blade, the source of their power was sealed away.

Elden Ring Godskin Apostle Location

Godskin Apostle can be found in various locations:

 

Godskin Apostle 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.

 

 

Elden Ring Godskin Apostle Boss Guide

Godskin Apostle Fight Strategy

The Best Tips for Godskin Apostle:

  • Use sleep pots with a strong spirit summon such as Lhutel the Headless +4 to bait the Apostle to provide an opening for the pot to land. If the pot is a direct hit and he stays in the cloud, 1 pot will put him to sleep. If he exits the cloud, a second pot will put him to sleep (doesn't work with online players summoned). Use a bleed weapon with the BloodFlame enchantment, and land a 3x charged combo attack when he is sleeping to do more damage/ bleed build up than performing a critical hit would do. Do this a few times and the fight is done.
  • Maintain a medium distance from him at all times
  • Use Glintstone Stars, Glintblade Phalanx or any multi-hit spells that deal Magic damage to break his poise

 

Melee Users

The Godskin Apostle is a powerful boss equipped with a twinblade that has a sickle-end for slashing and a blade-end for thrusting and stabbing. He utilizes Black Flame spells similar to the monks earlier in the tower. When fighting this boss, you want to maintain a medium distance to avoid many of his attacks and only close in during openings. His melee attacks have a bit of weight to them and he does short wind-ups before attacking, similar to but not to the same extent as Margit at Stormveil.

Some notable attack windows are when he performs his Stab & Slash; he has a moderate recovery time after the second attack in which you can safely get one or two hits in. Another one is his Jumping Overhead Slash which has a slightly longer recovery than other attacks and can guarantee 2 hits for you. These two attacks are relatively easy to dodge. The attacks you should watch out for are his Black Flame as it travels quite quickly, you should dodge as soon as you see the casting rune; and his Stab & Pull which hits twice for massive damage. Another move he may use is the Spinning Weapon in which he twirls his blade in front of him as he advances forward. Maintain your distance or dodge through and behind him.

When his HP is lowered to 60%, he will float upwards briefly and then slam down, creating a shockwave around him, signifying his second phase. Get away from him when you see him float. From  this point, he can unlatch the skin of his upper torso from the rest of his body and fling it around to greatly extend his reach as well as unlock new abilities. His notable attack windows during this phase is when he uses the Flight variant of Spinning Weapon, in which he flings his upper torso outwards while spinning his weapon. His lower body remains stationary and if you can dodge through his weapon, he will be vulnerable to attack from his elongated abdomen to his legs for the duration of the attack as his torso is locked in the animation.

He will also frequently use a Plunging Blade & Sweep move where he flings his torso upwards and then slams down with his weapon, followed by a very wide sweeping slash. Both hits are easy to read and can be outranged or dodged and he is vulnerable for a couple of seconds after the sweep. Lastly, he can perform a Black Flame Whirlwind attack where he twirls his weapon in place, creating a whirlwind extending outwards all around him. The attack culminates with him plunging his blade into the ground and causing the whirlwind to burst and extend outwards a short distance from its initial edge. Do not stand too close to the edge even when the whirlwind has stopped moving. 

Magic and Ranged Users

The strategy for ranged players is largely the same and in fact, they may have an edge as the Apostle's attacks hit below medium range, which is where ranged players want to stay at anyway. The Godskin Apostle seems susceptible to magic damage and his poise can be broken rather easily by using multi-hit spells such as Glintblade Phalanx or Glintstone Stars, allowing you to get a critical attack in.

 

Godskin Apostle Attacks & Counters

Attack Description Counter
Black Flame The Apostle's bread & butter skill. Raises his left hand and conjures a black fireball that he then tosses towards his target. The projectile has a rather fast travel speed and deals damage over time for a couple of seconds after a direct hit. Dodge sideways or through the fireball as it comes towards you
Stab & Pull The Apostle quickly stabs with the sickle-end of his twinblade and then pulls back. The attack can deal damage twice if the first hit connects. The attack has a narrow hitbox so dodge diagonally backwards. Requires precise timing. Alternatively, you can maintain a medium distance from him when not attacking to get out of range of the attack.
Spinning Weapon The Apostle twirls his weapon in front him very quickly as he slowly advances. This attack will shred HP if it connects. Sprint away from the Apostle or dodge through and circle around his backside if you are caught too close to him.
Stab & Slash The Apostle stabs downward with the blade-end of his twinblade and then spins around as he moves sideways, ending with a downward slash with the sickle. Dodge backwards. If you avoid the stab, the slash will not hit you as the Apostle only moves sideways during this attack. The slash has a moderate recovery time and you can get one attack in safely.
Jumping Overhead Slash The Apostle leaps upwards and then slashes downwards in front of him. The attack has a quick animation. Dodge sideways or behind him as soon as he starts to descend. This attack has one of the longest recoveries in the Apostle's repertoire, allowing you to get at least 2 hits in when he lands.
Below 60% HP Threshold Once the Apostle is brought down to 60% of his health, he will cross his arms and float upwards and then slam down, releasing a shockwave in a small radius around him. This signifies the start of Phase 2 where he "unseats" the skin of his torso from his body, allowing him to fling his upper half around, giving him much greater range. He also modifies some attacks and gains new ones during this phase.
Spinning Weapon Flight The Apostle flings his torso outwards while spinning his weapon. His lower half stays in place. Dodge through his weapon successfully and you will have a few seconds to get up to 4 hits in on his lower body or elongated abdomen section. His torso will be locked in animation in the extended position.
Plunging Blade & Sweep A combo attack where the Apostle flings his torso upwards and then plunges the blade-end of his weapon downwards. He then follows up with a very wide sweep as his torso returns to neutral position. Both attacks can easily be outranged or dodged through due to the delayed execution of each. Dodge sideways for the plunge and dodge through the sweep. You can get one or two hits as he recovers.
Black Flame Whirlwind The Apostle's weapon is engulfed in black flames and he begins twirling it above him, creating a whirlwind of black flames that extends outwards in a large radius around him. He then plunges his blade into the ground causing the whirlwind to burst at the edges. Back away from the Apostle as he creates the whirlwind. Be careful not to stand close to the edge of the whirlwind as the final burst will cause it to extend a short distance outwards.
Black Flame Sweeps The Apostle stretches his body and swings his weapon around him, while leaving behind a trail of black flame. Either get close or run away.

Godskin Apostle Lore, Notes & Other Trivia

  • The Godskin Apostles' theme is not in Latin. The lyrics are mostly nonsensical latinish syllables and vowel sounds arranged in a way that makes them sound like Latin. This was confirmed by youtuber Antonius Tertius (aka redditor MAGISTER-ORGANI), a Latin scholar, who contacted some music producers and singers of Elden Ring and published the official lyrics and backstage information on his channel.
  • Among the official singers who recorded the Godskin Apostles' theme, there were no children as some believe. The sopranos were all adult women. This was confirmed by youtuber Antonius Tertius who contacted members of the choir hired by Bandai.
  •  Along with their Noble comrades, they served the Gloam-Eyed Queen and wielded Black Flame to slay the gods and wear their skin.

Elden Ring Godskin Apostle Boss (Dominula, Windmill Village)

Godskin Apostle Location

Head northeast from the Windmill Village Site of Grace to the very top of the village, where you'll find him waiting near a windmill. [Map Link]

Godskin Apostle Combat information

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 7,528 9,756 10,731 11,219 11,707 12,682 13,170 13,658
Defense 113 118 121 124 130 135 141 153
runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18Runes 14,000 42,000 46,200 47,250 50,400 51,450 52,500 53,550

Resistances

poison status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxPoison 334 / 432 / 722 / 1179 359 / 457 / 747 / 1204 364 / 462 / 752 / 1209 369 / 467 / 757 / 1214 375 / 473 / 763 / 1220 380 / 478 / 768 / 1225 385 / 483 / 773 / 1230 391 / 489 / 779 / 1236
scarlet rot status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxScarlet Rot 334 / 432 / 722 / 1179 359 / 457 / 747 / 1204 364 / 462 / 752 / 1209 369 / 467 / 757 / 1214 375 / 473 / 763 / 1220 380 / 478 / 768 / 1225 385 / 483 / 773 / 1230 391 / 489 / 779 / 1236
hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxHemorrhage 243 / 285 / 383 / 673 261 / 303 / 401 / 691 264 / 306 / 404 / 694 268 / 310 / 408 / 698 272 / 314 / 412 / 702 276 / 318 / 416 / 706 280 / 322 / 420 / 710 284 / 326 / 424 / 714
frostbite status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxFrostbite 334 / 432 / 722 / 1179 359 / 457 / 747 / 1204 364 / 462 / 752 / 1209 369 / 467 / 757 / 1214 375 / 473 / 763 / 1220 380 / 478 / 768 / 1225 385 / 483 / 773 / 1230 391 / 489 / 779 / 1236
sleep status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxSleep 243 / 285 / 383 / 673 261 / 303 / 401 / 691 264 / 306 / 404 / 694 268 / 310 / 408 / 698 272 / 314 / 412 / 702 276 / 318 / 416 / 706 280 / 322 / 420 / 710 284 / 326 / 424 / 714
madness status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxMadness Immune

Godskin Apostle

Divine Tower of Caelid

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Drops runes currency elden ring wiki guide 1894,000
Godskin Apostle Set
HP 13,596

Elden Ring Godskin Apostle Boss (Divine Tower of Caelid)

  • This is an optional boss
  • Closest Site of Grace: Divine Tower of Caelid: Basement
  • Multiplayer is allowed for this boss
  • You can summon Spirit Ashes for this boss

Godskin Apostle Location

On the lowest level of the Divine Tower of Caelid. See the tower's page for details on how to reach as it requires some platforming. [Map Link]

Godskin Apostle Combat information

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 13,596 13,609 14,969 15,650 16,330 17,691 18,372 19,052
Defense 120 120 123 126 132 138 144 156
runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18Runes 94,000 188,000 206,800 211,500 225,600 230,300 235,000 239,700

Resistances

poison status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxPoison 351 / 449 / 739 / 1196 375 / 473 / 763 / 1220 380 / 478 / 768 / 1225 386 / 484 / 774 / 1231 391 / 489 / 779 / 1236 397 / 495 / 785 / 1242 403 / 501 / 791 / 1248 408 / 506 / 796 / 1253
scarlet rot status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxScarlet Rot 351 / 449 / 739 / 1196 375 / 473 / 763 / 1220 380 / 478 / 768 / 1225 386 / 484 / 774 / 1231 391 / 489 / 779 / 1236 397 / 495 / 785 / 1242 403 / 501 / 791 / 1248 408 / 506 / 796 / 1253
hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxHemorrhage 255 / 297 / 395 / 685 272 / 314 / 412 / 702 276 / 318 / 416 / 706 280 / 322 / 420 / 710 284 / 326 / 424 / 714 288 / 330 / 428 / 718 292 / 334 / 432 / 722 296 / 338 / 436 / 726
frostbite status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxFrostbite 351 / 449 / 739 / 1196 375 / 473 / 763 / 1220 380 / 478 / 768 / 1225 386 / 484 / 774 / 1231 391 / 489 / 779 / 1236 397 / 495 / 785 / 1242 403 / 501 / 791 / 1248 408 / 506 / 796 / 1253
sleep status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxSleep 255 / 297 / 395 / 685 272 / 314 / 412 / 702 276 / 318 / 416 / 706 280 / 322 / 420 / 710 284 / 326 / 424 / 714 288 / 330 / 428 / 718 292 / 334 / 432 / 722 296 / 338 / 436 / 726
madness status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxMadness Immune

 

Godskin Apostle Image Gallery

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    • Anonymous

      I know I should get out of Caelid... and do something productive... but I know I can defeat him underleveled only using hookclaws... and look like a badass doing it.

      • Anonymous

        Fun fact: if you inflict sleep while he’s in a combo he will not stop… oh yeah and you have to take out the apostle everytime in order for your summon to work. Isn’t this just great.

        • Anonymous

          Got the caelid one third try. Level 70 bleed dismounter and bloodhounds. Not too bad, pretty fair and you get a window to heal unlike many bosses. I kept using the finger remedy for a summon then would get impatient and enter the fight then wondet why I couldn’t spirit summon. Derp.

          • Anonymous

            The apostle in Calied are scaled up to endgame areas like Faram Azula/Mountaintop Areas, which explains why Calied is busted early game cause enemies and bosses are real sponges and one shot you 20 Vigor or less.

            • Anonymous

              His moveset dosen't feel too bad for me, i can realiably kill him too. I'm not annoyed by his hp account either as i feel it's fine for bosses to take a few swings to kill.
              That said, his normal attacks hit for too much damage, despite having a ton of vigor 2 direct hits are usually a K.O. This alone makes me think it's a badly designed boss when you take the other things into account, 3 hits would be fine but as some of the other attacks are quite spammy i have to consider it bad design.

              • Anonymous

                Be aware, fighting the one above the Study Hall tower too many times in a row and taking too long per fight MAY cause them to go into a glitch state if you have a lag spike; in the glitch state they can perform multiple attacks WITHOUT their windup animation, and can skip freely in and out of rolling without windup, as well as teleport onto your head if you get too far away.

                • Anonymous

                  Lol, my third character and I finally realized why the godskin apostle in caelid tower is so tough. He has almost double the health (13.5k) of the one at the windmills in Altus plateau (7k health). And I just looked it up at this site, he has slightly more health that freaking RADAGON even though he's in caelid. I mean, come on lol.... He does drop like 70k runes though, and you get a great weapon. But still!

                  • Anonymous

                    Just beat the Apostle one in Caelid with my fist build, that was a NIGHTMARE but man, felt so good when he finally get down

                    • Anonymous

                      After struggling for days and reading all the comments on this page, I finally managed to beat the one in Caelid. Pretty much combined all the tips and got it done in one attempt, but boy was I sweating!

                      As soon as I walked in I summoned the Page (not upgraded) and then cast blood flame blade on my katana. When foreskin changed to throw his fireball at page, I threw a sleep pot, then rushed in and got off 2 full R1 combos. He got up and focused on page again (killing him) but I did the sleep pot again, got off a full combo and then a critical hit. Foreskin had about 40% health left, so I threw two more pots while it was doing its flame tornado, rushed in again, and he must have been left with 1hp left. Nearly died getting too eager but finally got that hit in and won’t lie I got the shakes

                      • Anonymous

                        Just wanna say for the one in Caelid: there's a mob outside the boss room and he can hit you through the fog wall. He managed to kill me as I was summoning Ogha (yea yea no vigor stfu its a glass cannon character). If you don't kill him first, make sure to take a couple steps away from the door before using summons and buffs.

                        • Anonymous

                          For those who want to get an early Godslayer GS. I recommend getting Posion Mist and some sort of frost weapon. Frozen Needle is a good choice because the Apostle doesn't dodge the projectile and it has no FP cost. Get a few Ashen Estus flasks to keep the poison up. Keep your distance and don't be greedy, it will take some time but facing the boss head on will take more.

                          • Anonymous

                            The one in the basement of caelid tower gave me a problem on my second character. Ate my +4 banished knight engvall and even +4 mimic with dual uchi's. I even tried a +14 godskin peeler, the weapon art is usually great, but he interrupts it. Switched to a +6 reduvia dagger, it's weapon art is great, but the big difference was +3 greatshielder ashes. Tanked him like a champ and I finally got him down with the reduvia blood blade. Bleed is the way to go with him for sure.

                            • Anonymous

                              Frost infused poking stick + erdtree greatshield made quick work of the one in caelid on a relatively low level character(~60). about to try again on a level 20 character with no upgrades. i'll come back with an update later.

                              • Anonymous

                                A strat I found that makes this boss much easier (and which I can't find mentioned elsewhere) is to generally avoid dodging (for most attacks) and instead use a decent medium shield (e.g. brass shield) to block the attacks. You can just walk towards him with your shield raised, try to get behind him, and then punish when most of his attacks miss (raising your shield again once he faced you again or dodging if/when you run out of stamina).

                                Obviously whilst doing this you need go be alert for his aoe attacks (these tend to be slow or have a long build up - just move away until its over and/or dodge the one with longer range/direction) and his weapon spinning attacks (it gas a long animation so just try to get behind him by dodging when he does the attack in either phase).

                                In general though, fighting one's instinct to dodge all of his attacks and instead walking towards and then around him with your shield raised + punishing during the obvious opportunities (during his long animations where attacks are missing or gaps) turns this fight from frustrating to almost easy (my experience/character at least).
                                Good luck!

                                • Anonymous

                                  Actually a great boss unlike his fat brother. I used Piercing Fang with blood affinity on weapon. Killed him in about 5 attempts.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    He's so non-aggressive in the first phase I just let him walk through a bunch of night maiden's mist for almost a 3rd of his health before even attacking me.

                                    • Great and iconic design but feels wasted. Randomly encounters you in Farum Azula in a mock up Smough/Ornstein fight. Why there and not elsewhere? Cause of Maliketh who killed their goddess? We will never know. Thanks for nothing I guess...

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Beat the one in Caelid at level 30. Had to be perfect or he one shot me, great fight. But also, f**k this guy.

                                        • Dolores the Sleeping Arrow. Go get her ashes off the dead merchant's body near 3 Sisters. Nothing else worked. Dolores keeps this dude sleeping through most of the fight. She's beautiful!

                                          • This skinny mothertrucker makes me so absurdly angry. It's almost hillarious. I just want that damn foreskin he's wearing, geez.. and who gave this little shite permission to dodge almost all of my spells? Sometimes I just hate enjoying caster builds the most.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              To anyone running a strength build: Use a curved greatsword with the newly buffed bloody slash art of war and you'll be amazed at just how fast he drops. The one with the lowest dex requirement is the Beastman's Blood Cleaver (requires 14). You have to farm the Azula Beastman you can encounter through the Four Belfries portal to Crumbling Farum Azula, but it's well worth it since it scales very well with Strength.

                                              • I was able to reliably poisebreak the one in Caelid Divine Tower with a two-handed Warhammer (Great Stars) using one charged attack and one jumping attack. As soon as you poisebreak him the first time (the Stonebarb Cracked Tear can help immensely for this), use the charged as a wake-up and then follow up with a jumping attack. He can punish you after the charged, but if you have 20 Vigor+ you should be able to tank it. Make sure to let your stamina regen a little bit before riposting him as well.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  I beat my face against this boss (Caelid Tower) for a good couple of hours. Tried with my Halo Scythe +5 because of the tracking on the Miquella's Ring of Light... Didn't do so good. I eventually switched over to 2-handing my Sword of St. Trina +4 because of the sleep and did better but still kept dying. I decided to try my Flame Art Jawbone Axe +12 with Flame of the Redmanes on it and beat this SOB the first time. It was very easy and recommend trying it out if you are struggling. I used Page +3 Spirit Ash because the constant pressure forced the Godskin Apostle to dodge often which was nice. Page actually dodges himself too so survived the majority of the fight.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    Carian Retaliation saved the day for me. I swapped some of my HP flasks for FP, summoned +2 Jelly, distracted him long enough for him to get poisoned, and then just spell parried him all the way to 0%. I was having a tough time at level 54 with a Claymore and ran up to Carian Manor just to try this strat and it paid off — second attempt I got him. Pretty easy if you’re halfway decent at parry, and his black flame spell is really well telegraphed and slow enough to parry without any difficulty. I was doing ~480 per parry, which is about what I was getting with a charged R2 with a claymore in 2 hands. Safe, and I still had a few HP flasks by the end of the fight.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      That's how I did it, walk-in sleeping pot, and then buff the hell up, and then stance breaks them (I use square off heavy attack, have seen other using morning start with heavy attack-wild strike*6-end with heavy that can apply frostbite and bleed), and then do the misericorde(my main weapon) critical, roll back and throw another sleeping pot. Godskin will do the phase change move and stand in the sleeping mist and fell asleep again and then do another buff-stance breaks-critical and that should clear the health bar (at least most of it)

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        was able to take this guy down on my 4th try, using Towershield soldier ashes. One of them made it thru with 5% health; they kept him distracted just long / often enough for me to cast at range, then roll into his phase 2 carwash airman thing and take him apart with Moonveil blasts. Felt VERY lucky and like I had actually accomplished something in this game.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          If anyone is having issues with the godskin bosses especially the duo fight at Farum Azula or anyone who just doesn't like fighting them Dolores the sleeping arrow is a very good option to have available to you for these bosses. I used her for the duo fight and she kept the apostle out cold for the majority of the fight.
                                                          You don't need to follow Ranni's quest any further than entering her service to get the necessary dialogue options from Seluvis if you only want access to the puppets and it isn't complicated or difficult to get DtSA well before Farum Azula.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            If the Godskins have the hardest boss music currently, imagine what the Gloam-Eyed Queen's boss music must've been like. Imagine how epic the fight between her and Maliketh must have been from a musical standpoint.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              Heres how I did it (after much suffering): flame of the redmanes x2 then riposte with frost greatsword rinse and repeat, always maintaining some distance. No way around some moves besides learning when to dodge. Cerulean dagger talisman to conserve some FP

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                Mimic tear +4 and bloodhound fang +9 did a number on the Caelid one pretty nicely. I think I was probably a little over leveled too, though…

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  After fighting this guy multiple times without leveling and without upgrading I learned to love the fight, to master it. It's really fun imo. You can use his input readings to your advance and end up reading him instead, as he's very predictable.
                                                                  On the other hand, the noble can eat my d*ck and balls.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    TLDR: Baited him with Carian Retaliation

                                                                    I had an extremely hard time with this guy as a Magic user. The Caelid one f'd me up a lot, especially since my summon got caught on the guy in front f the door half of the time. After dying to him a lot, I noticed that the sword projectiles from Carian Retaliation do much more damage than any of my attacks. So I just backed away until he did his black flame projectile and caught it with Carian Retaliation Weapon Art on my shield. The fight was rather cheesy and easy from that point on.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      I had a very hard time with him.

                                                                      Used a remedy for help, walked in boss room panicked cause I couldn’t use my summon. Ended up soloing him, but we traded.

                                                                      Got cocky with the monk and lost my runes. Rip

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        In terms of Presentation, the Music, the Drip, the Weaponry: S Tier.

                                                                        In terms of the actual fight? Just no.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          Any enemy can be difficult when it reads your input, has unlimited stamina, unlimited poise, and extra long reach.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            Reduvia's weapon art obliterates this boss, his only ranged attacks are a flame sling and the helicopter move which are reasonably easy to see coming. Less effective solo where he will close the gap after a proc, but its wonderful for juggling aggro in coop.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              jellyfish +0 saves the day here big time if you are bad at dodging and don't have a shield. Wait for jelly to get aggro, then attack from behind, then keep this up until it's dead

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                Finally got the him at my faith build, level 54 with 20 vigor and 15 in arcane. I’ve used Rotten breath and Skeleton Militiaman +2. The trick is to wait until he focuses on skeletons and then use rotten breath for full fp bar and let the scarlet rot do its business. The beauty of skeletons militiaman is that they keep respawning as other undead in the game and keep him busy (be careful sometimes they die if he hits them when they are down). DO NOT use rotten breath if he focuses you as he will throw his blackflame fireball when you are casting and interrupt it.

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  Turns out the fanged imps are amazing in this at +0 they can tank about four hits and proc bleed in about three hits and usually one of them survives to about half why through phase two

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    I was having big trouble with the one in Caelid using my trusty Engvall summon. This time he failed me and just got wrecked by this guys close range attacks

                                                                                    I switched to Page and got it first try. So ranged summons it is.

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      One of my favorite boss encounters, they truly feel like a duel with how artful and punishing they can be if you lose Rhythm. For sure one of those bosses where you “dance” with them to battle them. Especially with the choir going wild in the music.

                                                                                      Different page, but nobles are fun too. Easier to parry, but they replace this with retaliation and roll catching by… well, rolling.

                                                                                      To me, Godskin duo is meh. It is much more stressful, but it isn’t my least favorite boss in the game. Would prefer the normal Godskin Apostle or Noble solo, however. My least favorite boss is those Valiant d*ckheads with area denying poison and other bull crap.

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        Two words, one item: sleep pots. These dudes (including the Nobles) are insanely weak to the Sleep status effect. Make some Sleep Pots, throw them at the ground as they approach you, and watch as they become completely helpless. Once, they’re asleep, the best course of action is to use a weapon that does major chunks of damage to get the most out of situation.

                                                                                        • Summoned my mimic while i was holding 2 sleep pots. I was pretty sure if i used the ones i was holding it would be a waste, i.e. i'd sleep him but die during the fight. Used a +4 Ghiza's Wheel after reallocating stats so he couldn't one-shot me. Beat him on my 4th try today after about 17 deaths yesterday. He couldn't punish jump attacks in phase 2 as the crouching animation let me "duck" his punish and then roll away. My mimic fought better than i did until getting cornered shortly before phase 2. Didn't want this guy's weapon or armor but he had bodied me too many times to just walk away. Got a full Blackflame Monk set plus 2 extra chests, 2 extra gauntlets, 1 extra pair of boots in the process. Set my Physick flask so i wouldn't lose runes which took a lot of pressure out of the fight and made it less frustrating. Tried to parry but got chopped to pieces as i was attempting to parry literally every attack like a moron. Being a scrub is tiring.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            Put Glintblade Phalanx that you get from Rogier after defeating Godrick on any weapon, 2 relatively quickly casts (14 FP per cast) to break his pose and critical strike with your main weapon. 1st phase becomes a joke, 2nd is a little tricky because every time he executes one of his new moves, his poise resets and can't be broken before his attack ends

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              GODSKIN CHEESE AT DOMINULA: Load up on blue flasks, get poison mist, sneak behind apostle, proc poison and then Wait for the effect to wear off before casting again because if you cast it while its still afflicted it won't do anything. This cheese requires patience but if you're a level 45 weakling like me it's all worth it

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                Serious question: do these godskin *******s have stamina limit? The noble one once went his sonic spin for 3 minutes non stop then stopped and immediately started spinning again and this long strechy douchebag can blend 4 of his different combos together without stop

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  If you're having a tough time with the one in Caelid: Okay, so I was having a tough time with him, but I figured it out - get a slashing weapon with bleed, katana for example and use the blood slash for it, it's super cheap (only 3fp per cast) the animation is quick and does quite a bit of dmg to him. Next use a ranged summon, I did so with the Page. During 1st phase just dodge him and try to get hit as less as possible. As soon as you see him turn his attention to the summon hit him once and dodge right away, because he will turn to you with a quick strike, don't get greedy unless he's charging a black fire ball at your summon, then you can punish him until the end of his cast. Also save your FP for the 2nd phase. While you have the aggro let the summon do his work. Kite until you get to 2nd phase.

                                                                                                  Once you're in 2nd phase, circle around him and dodge his abilities while waiting for him to do the extended helicopter blade spin. Mid to longer range seems to trigger him to use it more often. Once he does that, dodge straight into it, so you can get to his legs and use the blood slash once , then back off. Repeat until dead. Ez pz.

                                                                                                  • im so sick of my summons trying to fight the enemy through the mist door instead of helping me at the caelid one, even the guy at the door is a bit of tank so i have to waste pots beating him just so my summons help. frustrating AF

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      For anyone struggling with him, A tip I found effective was to treat him like a bloodborne boss. dodging inward on 99% of his attacks will allow you to punish him easier.

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        Got through the Caelid one with electrified hookclaws. He does shoot fireballs every time you do something, but I noticed if you roll out of range early you can drink a flask while he is still in the attack animation. The fireball also misses point blank. As others mentioned you can also drink between fireballs. Honestly the fireballs is the easy bit, he can chew through 40 vigor like butter, truly a trial by fire.

                                                                                                        My 28 faith kinda carried my non bleed damage lol.

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          Currently stuck with the Caelid one. Absolute and complete nightmare. Not only does he have like 1639463 combos, his recovery time is minimal. Can't land 2 hits before starting to dodge all his crap. Currently on my 794863 attempt

                                                                                                          • Fought the Windmill Village one with my jelly who poisoned him in phase one and then died to the black flame tornado. I get him down to 2% health with a +1 Reduvia and then die like a fool because I got cocky. I'm watching his health numbers as i'm being told by the game that i died and he hits zero and ENEMY FELLED appears. I respawn at the Stake of Marika and receiver the Peeler, Black flame, and zero runes. Run back to my death spot and claim 558 dropped runes. Not sure how i feel about that.

                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                              Just beat the one in Caelid after literally like 100 tries. Turns out his attacks don't do much stamina damage so he can be fairly effectively turtled. I gotta say though. This guy is a total PITA and will just link combos together like an assembly robot at a chain factory so even turtling has its limits. I counted an 8-move attack string at one point. Meanwhile you're basically stuck in a tunnel with him so if he decides to pull one of his 7,451 move combos and you're trying to reposition onto the long side. Well thank you and please fly with Godskin Apostle Airlines again!

                                                                                                              It really just comes down to one thing for me: recovery time. His recovery time on attacks is way! too! short! If you're running a rushdown style build like mine (STR/END, greatswords and hammers), I could land 1 hit. Just one. freaking. basic. hit during his recovery windows. Not even a strong attack or a jump attack. And often times he'd counter so fast I couldn't even sprint or dodge roll away in time after just one hit! Commence the greatshield turtling. Then just keep doing that over and over until finally I got the perfect run. If his recovery time on his combos was lengthened by say 2 seconds, then I would say you've got a pretty well tuned fight. Might be possible to successfully jump attack and stand break him. But as he stands now, the Caelid mofo requires either extreme patience and impeccable timing or total cheese like sleeping pots and Glintblade Phalanx. Maybe that's the point, I dunno. But it seemed way way way too difficult to avoid damage without turtling or any ability to put distance between him and you. On the short side of the room he basically has enough reach to cross-arena strike you.

                                                                                                              I did try a dual wield against him at one point of Bloodfang and Rogier's Rapier which was the next most effective strategy. The Glintblade can poise break him after just 2 casts. But as with his recovery frames, his stagger is fairly short. I could then get TWO whole hits in. That worked well until phase two of the fight where he becomes a gummy worm and hint: when he's a gummy worm he won't take stamina damage. So then I was stuck trying to dodge his ridiculous combos and without any effective blocking. Oof.

                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                Is it possible to glitch the one in the Windmill? I got to its second phase and I swear not a single one of its attacks hit me, even when it looked like it should have

                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                  VS: the one in Caelid, at the bottom of the tower. At RL 60 ("nothing special" build, wpn lvl 12/4, slightly running FTH/STR), tried different methods/styles and was coming up short again and again... The answer? A flamberge. I didn't normally choose Bleed in the DS games as an avenue towards victory, never been a good enough player to truly make the best use of it. That being said, I'll be damned if the poise/stagger potential of two-handing the blade combined with the Hemorrhage factor was WAY more effective than I thought it'd be. In fact, I don't have the weapon yet with this character, but if I did, and if I knew how effective all this was, I would certainly have gone with the Great Stars. Anyways, though, if you're not higher level and you're struggling, remember: yes, the Apostle is FAST and he hits HARD, but he's FRAIL and UNARMORED. Hell, summon up a +6 or even just a +5 spirit for backup if it's been really tough for you, but trust me: Bleed + Stagger is what this boss is hoping you don't figure out. Thank goodness I upgraded that flamberge on a whim, I've hardly touched it outside of this...

                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                    Recently fought the one in the basement of the Caelid tower. It was a really fun fight! Loved the sword I got for killing him too~

                                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                                      Windmill apostle cheese: lure him close to the furthest cliffside shack, get on the shack's balcony, shoot your spell of choice and go around the corner when he retaliates. Back off enough so that his attacks don't get you via clipping.

                                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                                        LVL 80, Strength build.

                                                                                                                        Beat him (Caelid) on the 2nd try using the WATCHDOG STAFF. the sorcery of the crozier ash of war follows him and breaks his poise. Also I could take his hits and counter most of his attacks. Really fun boss!

                                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                                          After hours I managed to kill him at level 50 using rotten breath into his 'second phase' then using rotten breath again and then using blood blade to finish him off.

                                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                                            LVL 80, faith/Strength build with 18 Int, impossible to get close. How do I kill him? Well, I bait him with Night Maiden's Mist, then he throws the mf black flame fireball at you and only then can you roll to land a hit.

                                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                                              I found the apostle at windmill village not too difficult with millicent and wolves+5 but after reading the comments I'm not looking forward to the one in caelid or in later game areas.

                                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                a comment here mentions anyone using FoTR and colossal weapons on this boss need to be careful, but what is FoTR though?

                                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                  Absolute nightmare for pure casters because of his input reading dodges, but a fun challenge for hybrid casters and melee fighters.

                                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                    The Caelid boss fight was one of my favorites of the game, all their attacks are clearly telegraphed, but they still hit like a truck. On the 30th attempt I was in the zone and it was sooo satisfying to dodge all their attacks with that awesome music!

                                                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                      Tip: always wait for him to cast his fireball before using any pots . Hé is programmed to cast it when you use a pot !

                                                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                        This boss was though as hell (cealed tower) i can't even recall how many times i did him , probally well over 50/100 lmao.
                                                                                                                                        I defeated him with my bloodhound fang which isnt the greatest weapon for this Guy at all but its the only weapon i got which does do damage and is upgraded +5 . The cool thing is this boss made me alot better in this game so it was well worth it . Defeated him on lvl 78/80 and didnt use any spirits because they where useless all the time ..

                                                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                          I've just beaten my first godskin apostle at windmill village, I really enjoyed the boss fight, maybe my favourite one so far or at least it's up there with my favourites. I was looking forward to trying out the scouring black flame incantation it drops but I'm not sure I get it. I tried it out on a giant rat with fire scorpion, canvas talisman and two fingers heirloom, with these three talismans one cast of frenzied burst dissolves this rat but scouring black flame needed two charged casts, took me by surprise when the rat didn't die, it nearly killed me. I haven't used the other two black flame incantations I've found before this one much, the black flame blade doesn't last anywhere near as long as the other weapon buff incantations I have, so its not like I've thoroughly tested these black-flame incantations. What I'm wondering now though is the godslayer seal worth using the upgrade materials on or am I better off sticking to frenzy, fire, and flame incantations?

                                                                                                                                          • Using Delores the Sleeping Arrow Puppet ashes makes the fight pretty easy. Even with her missing over half of her shots (shakes fist), she can still manage to put him to sleep at least once. This allows you to drop some pretty massive damage on him while he's incapacitated.

                                                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                              the enemy design is a bunch of lieing bullshit in this game. he is literaly wearing one of the worst armor sets poise wise and still takes like 5 jump attacks with a greatsword

                                                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                                Be warned, this guy is like Malenia, he has attacks where he is completely immune to staggering and thus you can be punished for aggression. FoTR users and colossal weapon users beware

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