Godskin Apostle

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Location Altus Plateau
Caelid 
Mountaintops of the Giants
Drops

Altus Plateau:
14,000 runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18 Runes
Godskin Peeler
Scouring Black Flame

Caelid:
94,000 runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18 Runes

180,000runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18 Runes (NG+)
Godskin Apostle Hood
Godskin Apostle Robe
Godskin Apostle Bracers
Godskin Apostle Trousers
 

Mountaintops of the Giants:
70,000 runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18 Runes
Godskin Swaddling Cloth
Black Flame Ritual

HP ≈ 14379 (Great Enemy)
Strong VS
Weak to

Godskin Apostle is a Boss in Elden Ring. Godskin Apostles are powerful and agile humanoids wielding unique twinblades and black flame incantations. They can be encountered in multiple locations. These are optional bosses as players are not required to defeat them to advance in Elden Ring but they do provide useful items as well as Runes.

 

 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 Boss

Godskin Apostles are Great Enemies found in various locations.

  • Godskin Apostle met at Crumbling Farum Azula is not optional, no matter the ending desired.
  • Remaining encounters are optional.
  • Godskin Apostle is a Great Enemy-class Boss
  • Closest Site of Grace: Various
  • There is Stake of Marika near location of the boss (Atlus Plateau only)
  • Multiplayer is allowed for this boss (all encounters)
  • Spirit Summons are available for this boss (all encounters)
  • NPC Summons: Millicent. (Altus Plateau), Recusant Bernahl (Crumbling Farum Azula)
  • Millicent - Advance in her questline till you defeat Godskin Apostle in Dominula Windmill Village, and her summon sign will be available north of the Statue of Marika in the Forbidden Lands.
  • Recusant Bernahl - Summon sign is near entrance to boss fight arena. This applies to both Dragon Temple Transept and Dragon Temple sites of grace.

 

Elden Ring Godskin Apostle Location

Godskin Apostle can be found in various locations:

  1. Altus Plateau: Found by going northeast through Windmill Village. After you ascend all the way to the top, he will be waiting near a windmill. Elden Ring Map Link.
  2. Caelid: Found at the basement of the Divine Tower of Caelid. See the tower's page for details on how to reach as it requires some platforming. [Elden Ring Map Link]
  3. Mountaintops of the Giants: Fought in spectral form in a consecutive boss encounter with a Godskin Noble inside the Spiritcaller's Cave. The Apostle is fought first, and then the Noble. Only counts as one boss and gives rewards once. [Elden Ring Map Link]
  4. Crumbling Farum Azula: This time the Apostle is encountered in physical form alongside with Godskin Noble as usual, just that this time they both attack you simultaneously in a single boss fight called Godskin Duo. [Elden Ring Map Link]

 

Godskin Apostle Combat Information

  • Health: NG (??), NG+ (??), NG++ (??), NG+3 (??), NG+4 (??), NG+5 (??), NG+6 (??), NG+7 (??)
  • Defenses do not change between phases - a firebomb will do the same damage in phase 1 as in phase 2.
  • Deals Slash Damage, Pierce Damage and Fire Damage.
  • Parriable: Yes - first parry stuns him for second (without chance for critical strike), second one allows for critical strike. This applies to attacks with Peeler, that does not stretch him.
  • Can be poise broken,  which allows for a critical attack.

 

Absorptions:

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.

Resistances:

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 Godskin Apostle Boss Guide

Godskin Apostle Boss Video Guide

[video coming soon]

 

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

  • Along with their Noble comrades, they served the Gloam-Eyed Queen and wielded Black Flame to slay the gods and wear their skin.

 

 

Godskin Apostle Image Gallery

[screenshots and artwork go here]

 

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    • 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

                                • Anonymous

                                  Use horseback battle for the one in the Windmill Village. At lvl 40 with a +3 somber weapon, t's a pretty easy and methodical fight.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    This mother****er in Caelid Tower has no margin of error. One hit takes half my health which might as well be all of it since he won't give me half a second to heal. He even destroys my headless Lhutel+5 summon like he's nothing.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      What exactly is described in the combat tips here as "land a 3x charged combo attack when he is sleeping"? Is that 3 R1s, or trying to get off 3 charged R2s? Something else?

                                      • Anonymous

                                        His posture appears to go up in his second phase, as two R2 Square Offs down him in the first, but an additional R1 or R2 is required during his Black Flame Phase.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          this is the most bs boss i’ve had to fight. i’m level 78 and can only get him down to 1/4 health but he hits so mf hard i’m out of flasks and can’t do anything about it. i’m about to lose my ****ing mind.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            Why is their black flame attack linked to your heal button. like each time I heal they spam the black flame and make you unable to heal

                                            • The two game changing tips I recommend: use sleep pots. In Mountaintops, both phases are pretty vulnerable to sleep pots and that gives you tons of hits which leads to criticals. The other tip is that if you are going to heal, try to put a tree between you and him. When you heal, he will start to throw a fireball at you and it will be blocked by the tree. (Again this is for Mountaintops of the Giants).

                                              • Anonymous

                                                Picture isn’t of a Godskin Apostle, it’s of a player wearing the Godskin Apostle Set. Someone should probably fix that

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  Godskin apostle in caelids divine tower journey 4(ng+3) drops 211500 runes will update others as I get to them for journey 4

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    Where can I see his poise value? Why isn't sleep included in the resistances section when sleep can be applied to this enemy?

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      For melee users: safest way to deal damage to him is to run around medium range to bait his black flame and immediately run towards him. It will never hit you if you are close and you can score two hits with heavy weapon without consequences (1 hit if you have to roll towards him). Even better is his Plunging Blade & Sweep. Run immediately to his torso when he hits the ground and then its free 3 hits!

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        be careful in caelid if you dodge the knight before getting to the boss and let him alive your summon can hit him instead of the boss through the yellow fog so go in the corner before summoning

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          Has anyone counted how many gods/people would need to get skinned in order to make the armor sets for all the Godskin apostles in the game? I'm guessing that most of that skin came from members of the golden lineage.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Used the sleep pot + bloodflame strat on my first try against the caelid one and got him in probably under 30 seconds.
                                                            Honestly wish I could do the fight again because it was so easy it wasn't satisfying...

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              I despise this boss. Not because of the fireballs, not because of the damage, not for anything, but the fact that he whiffs 60% of his attacks. This makes parring unbearable. I go to parry, he whiffs and hits me with the follow up. Some of his attacks just go over my head. Sometimes his attacks miss because you're to close. But worst of all: Sometimes he just attacks the damn air next to you, because why not. Get this loser some glasses.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                The one is Caelid is the worst. Partly because you have to fight him in a closet, and partly because of the enemy outside the boss door that hits you through the door and aggros your spirit summons. Definitely pays to wait until later in the game to fight him there.

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  the best for me was powerstanced halberds + right halberd electrified with incant or right halberd infused with glinblade phalanx + bloodflame incant. Last provides very good bloodloss + poise, use 2 on first phase and 4 on second

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    Am I the only one who finds this guy significantly easier once you get him into his second stage? All his big showy stretchy attacks don't hit you as long as you're close to him and they all have openings you can drive a semi through. I think he's way scarier when he's just walking around hitting you.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      One thing I noticed while fighting the Apostle is that HE'S A FREAKING BUTTON READER! I swear he just chucks a fireball EVERY SINGLE TIME I USE A FLASK OF CRIMSON TEARS! You even THINK about popping open that flask from far away, and he'll just burn you to a crisp.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        If you can get the carian retaliation ash of war from caria manor, you can keep your distance and just reflect his fireballs. Takes a while but I beat the one in caelid at relatively low level on my 3rd try.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          Using the sleep jar method with the Mimic Tear ashes causes your double to use sleep jars too, although they don't come out of your stash, pretty much guarantee s he stays asleep while you attack and add bleed (or not) and just melts him (used in Caelid)

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            I remember when before we knew much about this game, this was the first thing we saw besides the first trailer. Maybe it was a sign of things to come….

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              Sleep pot works best. I made 4. It only took two. I also used a twinblade with blood damage. This was in the Caelid tower

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                Equip just bow with sleep arrows. Summon mimic.

                                                                                Throw sleep pots until he goes down. Reequip your weaponry quickly and do as much bleed damage as you can to him before he wakes up.

                                                                                Keep aggro off mimic so he can just focus on sleeping the boss.

                                                                                Made this super easy.

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  the key to beating this guy is just constantly stay up his ass, especially in his second phase when he does that slinky stretch thing

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    Why is the one in Caelid so much harder than the other ones? Was Caelid Divine tower supposed to be an endgame location? It makes zero sense.

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      The one in Caelid seems doable, but his HP pool is a bit too high if you come here after beating Radahn. If you circle him while he does the jump attack, he completely misses and you can get in a free hit. Just a matter of not doing any mistakes.

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        The fight at the Windmills can be all but trivialized by fighting on horseback, which allows you to easily evade his attacks.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          one of the most honest boss fights in the game, i enjoyed it. if you're a caster, it's a game of staying about middle-distance to bait his fireball attack and then backing up for phase 2 when he starts doing the stretchy attacks. if you don't have the dragon attack "rotten breath" i highly recommend that to help chip away at his health.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            Cool boss, though I do find it annoying that he knows when you heal, meaning you have to wait for him to start one of his lengthier melee animations because otherwise you are going to eat a black flame before your healing animation is finished.

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              An easy but time costing way is to stay mounted and every time he shoots magic rush towards him and slap him. You just need some healing potions and food for your mount.

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                After everything tying the Godskins with the serpents, serpent men, and Rykard...it's pretty likely that Godskin is a double entendre and meant to mean both God Skin and God's Kin...that kin being the kindred of the serpent god that Rykard has bonded with. The noble has a tail and the Apostle possesses the stretching capabilities of the snake men. Plenty of spoilers to allude to such, with snakes going to humanoid and humanoid to snake. Even wearing these skins is akin to snakes shedding.

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  This guy is awesome. A very fair but hard fight once you’ve got his moves down. I summoned Lhutel for the second phase to distract him so I could throw some sleep pots and proc bleed, then carefully whittled his remaining health down. One point I picked up over my deaths was you need to dodge towards him for almost all of his moves. You can use the pillars for cover when you use items and if he’s far enough away he’ll just fireball into them.

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    Carian retailation eats this guy due to him being coded to punish your heals with his fireball. Have your Carian retaliation shield ready to go before you heal and if you have enough distance you'll have plenty time to parry. I then swapped back to my brass shield for 100% blocking followed by a single +10 katana hit between combos. Then back away to heal or just to trick him into throwing a fireball and Carian Retaliate the thing right back at him :)

                                                                                                    • Summoning the Mimic Tear while equipped with a bow and sleeping arrows, trivialize this fight greatly. Make sure you have only a bow equipped when you summon so that your Mimic only uses a bow, then you may switch to your weapon of choice.

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        it seems to me, after dying to him 50 times, that he will also always do the fire AOE attack right when he gets to low health (or perhaps, when you combo/crit him down to low health). So he punishes healing (coded to always chuck a fireball), and he also punishes the face-tank YOLO to finish him off (I was using a slow weapon, so I was too stunlocked to get out the last R1)

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          Baiting his black fireball with carian retaliation on your shield will make you giggle. Its very easy to parry and punishes hard.
                                                                                                          He tends to jump just when the phalanx goes off, if that happens too much just delay yhe retaliation and turn to the side for a second, then facing him again.

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            Not bad at all once you learn his move set, (the one in Caelid tower). Leaves lots of openings for one hit each time and time to roll back or away.

                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                              I was struggling with my faith build using a + 5 halo scythe. Out of desperation, I used a blood ash of war on a +12 uchigatana I had and it absolutely decimated him. I have not put any stat points into arcane.

                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                Killed the one in Altus on horseback with skeleton mercenary ashes and casting night shard while keeping distance and circling. Went down pretty quickly

                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                  Cheesed with +7 Reduvia and +6 Lhutel, She'll just spam spears on homeboy and just spam your WA to bleed him to death, Fireballs are easy to dodge and the WA has plenty of range to keep out of melee with him

                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                    Lions Claw Ashe works wonders on him for melee. Two hits with a Great Star Mace at +15 and 38 strength, my mimic and I were able to stun him pretty consistently

                                                                                                                    • As a user of sorcery, I could only get him to maybe about a quarter, then I'd get my butt kicked all the time. I watched a quick video where a guy used Meteor Staff and Rock Sling. Once I switched to that, it was a much smoother battle. Died once, getting a bit sloppy, but second time was victory. Rock sling will break his poise after 3 or 4 of them. I also summoned Lhutel to distract him a bit.

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