Grafted Scion

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Chapel of Anticipation 
Fringefolk Hero’s Grave Stormveil Castle 
Liurnia of the Lakes 
Mt. Gelmir


Chapel of Anticipation:
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runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18 12,800 Runes (NG+)
runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18 14,080 Runes (NG+2)
runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18 14,400 Runes (NG+3)
runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18 15,360 Runes (NG+4)
runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18 15,680 Runes (NG+5)
runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18 16,000 Runes (NG+6)
runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18 16,320 Runes (NG+7)

Ornamental Straight Sword
Golden Beast Crest Shield

Fringefolk Hero's Grave:
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2,332 runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18 Runes (NG+)

Stormveil Castle:
1,176 runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18  Runes
5,880 runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18 Runes (NG+)

Liurnia of the Lakes:
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5,132 runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18 Runes (NG+)
Larval Tear

Mt Gelmir:
2,313 runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18 Runes

6,939 runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18 Runes (NG+)

HP 2596 (Field Boss)
4791 (NG+)
Strong VS
Elemental-type Damage
Weak to
Slash Damage

Grafted Scion is a Field Boss in Elden Ring. Grafted Scion is an amorphous mass of bodies that wields two swords and a greatshield, found in various locales, most prominently in Stormveil Castle. This is an optional boss as players don't need to defeat it to advance in the game.


Elden Ring Grafted Scion Boss

Grafted Scion is a Field Boss found in the Tutorial Area (Chapel of Anticipation). It also appears in Stormveil Castle, Fringefolk Hero's GraveLiurnia of the Lakes, and Mt. Gelmir.


Elden Ring Grafted Scion Area


Grafted Scion Combat Information

  • Health: NG (2597), NG+ (4791), NG++ (5000 at Chapel of Anticipation), 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 Standard Damage, Pierce Damage, Strike Damage (shield) and Holy Damage (sword buff)
  • Parriable: Yes
  • Can be poise broken, which allows for a critical attack.

Elden Ring Grafted Scion Boss Guide

Grafted Scion Boss Video Guide

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Grafted Scion Fight Strategy

The Best Tips for Grafted Scion:

  • Make sure you have a good Shield because you will almost certainly need to block.
  • Keep your distanceas much as you can, as it attacks in long combos that are difficult to block without being guard broken.
  • At Liurnia of the Lakes, Torrent can be utilized to circle it, and allow you to move away quickly when necessary, preventing some of his jump attacks.


Melee Users

When getting up close and personal, you have to take into account two important details about this fight. First, Grafted Scion has a shield, and will use it to mitigate damage, and the second detail you need to keep in check is spatial awareness. You can drop off the cliff on your left side, falling to your death.

The strategy for melee is to keep your distance and try to bait him into his jumping attack, rolling through this attack and hitting him a couple of times before resetting. The only other attack you can safely hit after is his spinning whirlwind attack, but this is hard to Block and Dodge without taking damage so it can be hard to land attacks after.

He tends to hit in long erratic combos, so you cannot just hold Block and prevent damage. You'll need to mix in rolls to prevent being guard broken and to create separation so that you don't take damage. The tight spacing can make this difficult. If you have an Ash if War that has range, such as Glintblade Phalanx, then this fight is can be much easier.

Magic and Ranged Users

Keep your distance if you can and use your spells when he is NOT attacking to deal damage, and then Block and Roll to avoid his combos. Try to stay as far away as possible from him so that you have the most time to cast, and if you're having trouble getting Glintstone Stars off, switch to Glintstone Pebble for faster casting. It'll do less damage, but it's easier to fire off. Make sure you use a Shield in your off-hand.


Grafted Scion Attacks & Counters

Attack Description Counter
Golden Tempering Crosses its swords together, buffing them with Holy Damage. Use this opportunity to hit it a few times.
Combo Attack Uses both swords and swings at you from right to left, alternating its attacks. Rollback or sideways. Note that this combo has, some pauses between attacks. This is a perfect attack to parry.
Stance Whips one of its swords back and performs a battle stance. It will execute one of two moves, depending on the distance to the target. Wait for the attack to come out, then get behind it and punish.
Spinning Slash After performing a Stance, if the target is too far away or behind it, it will begin to spin wildly, hitting anything in their path. Get behind it. This attack can only hit you once, and is easily avoided at a distance.
Piercing Stabs After performing a Stance, if the target is directly in front of it, the Scion will start rapidly stab their target. This attack is also easily avoided by getting behind it.
Shield Slam The Scion lifts up its greatshield and slams it down, crushing anything in front of it. Dodge around it and punish.
Crawling Stabs and Leap The Scion will stand up higher and begin stabbing the ground while walking, before leaping and slamming down on the player Walk around it, and dodge the leaping attack.
Rolling Slash The Scion will roll over to the side and slash its target once. Dodge away from it.
Scream Releases a close-ranged damaging scream that can quickly break through your guard. Keep your distance.

Grafted Scion Lore, Notes & Other Trivia

  • During the Network Test, many players have previously called this nameless mini-boss the Many Armed Key Master.
  • This enemy is likely the “Spider” that Roderika speaks about.



Grafted Scion Image Gallery

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    • Anonymous

      out of the tutorial bosses thus far in souls games, the Scion is up there in difficulty. hats off to those who can defeat it in first encounter.

      • Anonymous

        I was just thinking the grafted scion in Liurnia that is disguised as a crayfish drops a larval tear. There is no good reason for the grafted scion to be in Liurnia hidden and carrying a larval tear. I suspect this scion was making their way to Renalla for rebirth. The environmental story telling of this game is next level stuff.

        • Anonymous

          The turtle neck meat suggests that people haven't reproduce for ages.
          Perhaps the Scion isn't a child, but a woman. All female characters, unlike various males, have a youthful look to them (except for crones, celebrants, and thorn sorcerers(?)).

          • If this is the Gundyr of Elden Ring that you can't really start the game before beating it in Chapel of Anticipation, how many people will refund?

            • Anonymous

              Hmm I got hit when healing as a confessor and even though I had HP left (the hit nulled my healing), my screen blacked out and I got transported to the graveyard...

              • Anonymous

                The Grafted Scions seem to be conscious of the horrible state they are in.

                At least the one near Boilprawn Shack. Think about it: Not only is it disguising itself; it was also holding a Larval Tear, used for rebirth.

                Poor thing wanted to revert its' disfigurement...

                • Anonymous

                  I heard it say "Blessing" or "Blessed" right before I killed it. It was during an animation of some sort. Any info on this?

                  • Anonymous

                    Noticed that they seem to have blue feathers underneath. I found this kind of interesting. Are there any enemies/animals in the game with bright blue feathers?

                    • Anonymous

                      For new players:

                      Go vagabond, unequip the halberd, and spam the Square Off r2. Back to the shield whenever they do an animation. Might take a few tries tho.

                      • Anonymous

                        The second Belfry "Precipice of Anticipation" can warp you back to the first scion at the beginning of the game for that sweet, sweet, revenge.

                        Info for the four Belfries:

                        This Belfry easily has the best rewards out of all three IMO. You can only visit 1, as far as I know.

                        • This guy talk when he cast a buff. One of the lines is "Blessing of the Erdtree!" but the other is not that clear because of how low his voice is.

                          • Anonymous

                            Probably one of the worst aspects of this game is how unrewarding so many of its mini-bosses and special mobs like Revenants are. Even several of the bosses like some Crucible Knights don't give a reward short of a meager amount of runes. At least give something, even if incremental like in Sekiro.

                            • Anonymous

                              (To the tune of the old spider-man song)
                              Grafted Scion!
                              Grafted Scion!
                              Does whatever the children can!
                              Slays tarnished, any size.
                              Catches newbies just like flies.
                              Look out! Its the grafted scion.

                              • Anonymous

                                Do these guys have voicelines? I swear I heard the one at Mt. Gelmir talk when it was using an incantation

                                • I can confirm that if you walk casually to that platform with butterflies (yes the one that leads you to death) without rolling or jumping or anything, the rune will not lose upon death. If you die anywhere else but not on that platform with butterflies you will lose rune no matter what.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    If you have the patience for an easy yet long battle, long distance attacks then using the lift up and down is a contact free fight at Stormveil

                                    • Anonymous

                                      You can use healing incantations against these guys, it usually staggers them in my experience (especially with the more powerful healing spells).

                                      The one at the beginning of the game however can't be hurt by healing spells

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Would it be possible for someone to try recreating its face in character creation? I very much would like to see that.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Only hit it twice, so this is the worst of test cases, but

                                          It seems they have sleep resistance, I wasn't able to get a sleep crit either attempt, nor did they stay down long

                                          • Anonymous

                                            Do these guys steal your runes when you kill them? I died twice to the one at Stormveil castle. I'm pretty sure I died with 1.9k runes the first time, when I picked them up I got 1.3k, died again and retrieved them, got ~970. If true that means they steal ~30% of your runes. After killing him I now have almost 3k, so if it's true and I didn't just go mad after using frenzied flame too often it would seem the stolen runes get added to their drop total. Also don't know if this is only the case for the one in SVC as I haven't fought the others yet.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              If you’re within range of its scream, you’ll sustain a fair bit of damage and be staggered. There is no madness buildup, at least not from the encounter in Stormveil Castle.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                Use a greatshield with the barricade shield ash of war their attacks with bounce counter with a reposite after 2-3 their poise will break

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  4-hit combo is decently easy to parry. I usually go for the last hit in the combo since it's predictable and gives ya' time to get in on it before it's swung.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    So I made an effort to beat this guy on a Wretch start. You get his sword and shield, and 3,200 runes, but then the game just kills you. Like, I really need those Runes bro. Why make me waste them?

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      He was weak to magic grease on a bloodhound’s fang. The fp attack did 700+ dmg. Only took four hits to fell.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        This fight wouldn't be so ****ing intolerable if there was a stake right outside, but nope, fromsoft just ****ing hates you and makes you respawn at the belfries

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          I managed to somehow kill one of the two in the Fringefolk Hero's Grave dungeon by shooting it off of the ceiling with a crossbow and it died from the fall damage. No idea how I did it or if I could ever recreate it again

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            I figured out a handy little trick against these fellers (not sure if it's possible against the minibosses but I tested it multiple times against the ones that spawn in the haligtree) which cuts their health in half and staggers them - if you use Greater Heal they'll stagger and open them up for a riposte, while simultaneously cutting their health in half.

                                                            It might work with other holy spells but greater heal is the only one I tried thus far.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              Most of their attacks seem to bounce off a Barricaded Shield leaving them over for a Guard Counter. If you're gonna fight one in melee like this than make sure you're also packing the Curverd Sword Talisman. Learned this from fighting the duo at Finger Hero's Grave

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                I always interpreted this enemy as female? I don't know if that's just me but, that's how it always came across to me

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  How are we supposed to kill this crap even later in the game. He has way to much attacks, is to agile and strikes hard.
                                                                  Our character is still a poor sucker that has a turtle's agility

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    I love this creature. He is young man face with hell looking body. When second phase he will casting spell to his two sword, if you closer to him, you can hear he casting spell, which is pretty awesome detail IMO. I wonder why he named after grafted scion? I see some comment on youtube said scion mean young noble, but I donno if that true or not.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      I'm trying to get footage of her grab attack that I seen in someone's network test beta clip on YT. She grabs the player and bites their head or something then slams them down. Unfortunately I killed her before I could do so. Anybody been grabbed by the grafted scion? Thnx

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        Anyone know what the 2 GRAFTED SCION under the Fringefolk Hero’s Grave area? I'm too lazy to try to beat 'em to find out. If they drop the sword and shield that would be great.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          I would like to submit a phrasings change from "players must not defeat it" to "need not defeat it". I've avoided killing this enemy type due to the phrasing presented in the wiki page, assuming these enemies needed to live in order to access more of the Legacy Dungeon.

                                                                          • A Grafted Scion will spawn If you kill all the giant shrimps SE of Rose Church or NW from Boilprawn Shack (coordinates -150:61) near the small building, killing the Scion rewards you with a Larval Tear. The Scion will spawn from the corpse about 1-2 seconds after you've killed the last shrimp so be ready.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              can i not get help from multiplayer here? im really **** at boss fight but i want to PVP ????

                                                                              like **** this thing every tiem i enter it jumps ontop of me nearly 1 shotting then goes into a spider dance stabbing the ground 800 times and i cant not move. just dead moment i enter the room

                                                                              they also changed its moveset because youtube vids i watch it does not do this

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                where is the room where there are 2 grafted scions hanging on a ceiling? I forgot and now i want my revenge.

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  If you don't want to cheese it, I find it easier to time and parry instead of block and counter attack. Each of the individual hit is low damage, so the penalty for parry mistiming is relatively low.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    There's also one masquerading as a shrimp / prawn later in the game. You kill the giant shrimp and then a grafted scion pops out!

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      If you go to the balcony above it, you can jump on the railing and kill him with ranged attacks with absolute safety as long as you don't fall off

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        btw the castle fight, if you're a sorcerer, you can literally kill him from the elevator doorway. he can't, and won't, enter the archway so literally just stand there and nuke his ass

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          Since this thing loves its basic 8 hit combo, an easy way to defeat it is to bait it. The first 2hits should miss as long as you move backwards. Dodge the second of the next 2 and keep moving backwards (+left or right to avoid getting cornered) and the next 2 will also miss. Moving backwards and left is optimal bit right works too. Of the final 2, again move backwards for the first but forward dodge the last and attack. 1 attack is safe but you can try a second one after getting used to it. Next up, his high jump and smash attack is easy to avoid by moving backwards and is a safe 1 to 2 attacks. You can punish the scream by dodging towards it during the final second of the attack. When it stands up and attacks the ground, wait for the second part of the attack, a heavy smash on the ground that can be punished somewhat safely (it can cancel out the final part of the recovery animation and attack but 1 attack is safe regardless). While in the buff move, it deals more damage and chips through shields but doesn't last long. When it stands up straight I always stay away cause both of its moves from there felt like oneshots so I didn't try taking advantage. In general, the Vagabond's 100% phys shield is very useful for this fight as long as you only count on it for the random attack that you failed to outspace via moving backwards and although it takes a bit, unless you mess up, this is an easy albeit a bit time consuming way to beat it. And the rewarded shield is perfect for shield users. The best place to face it is around the central ring of the arena (tutorial) since it helps you know how far away from the cliffs you are.

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