Mad Pumpkin Head

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Mad Pumpkin Head is a Field Boss in Elden Ring. These towering humanoids wield massive weapons and wear distinctive pumpkin-shaped helmets. These are optional bosses as players are not required to defeat them to advance in Elden Ring.

Lesser Mad Pumpkin Head is the normal enemy form of this boss. Mad Pumpkin Heads can be summoned as spirits for aid in battle through Mad Pumpkin Head Ashes.

 

Though he has stifled his panic within the dark confines of his helmet, he rampages as if driven mad when agitated by bloodshed or the humming of insects. This mad soldier is all that is left of a broken gladiator. 

Elden Ring Mad Pumpkin Head Location

Mad Pumpkin Head can be found in:

 

Mad Pumpkin Head Combat information

  • Stance: 65
  • Parriable: No
  • Is vulnerable to a critical hit after being stance broken or parried
  • The head has extra armor, and attacks that hit it will do only 20% of base damage.

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 Mad Pumpkin Head Boss Guide

 

Mad Pumpkin Head Fight Strategy

The Best Tips for Mad Pumpkin Head:

  • Summon the Lone Wolf Ashes to help stagger him, giving you an opening for free damage.
  • Attack from behind to avoid hitting his head.

 

Melee Users

After a sequence of slow but heavy attacks, he will slowly reposition himself before attacking again. This is your chance to punish him. When dodging his attacks, try to end up behind him so you can hit his unprotected back once he's finished.

Magic and Ranged Users

Avoid shooting his head with spells or arrows. You can use Spirit Ashes to distract him so you can hit his back, or keep moving and rolling away to create enough distance to fire off spells or arrows.

 

Mad Pumpkin Head Attacks & Counters

Attack Description Counter
Hand Strike Strikes with his weaponless left hand Sidestep or roll backwards
Head Slam Rears his pumpkin head back, then slams it down in front of him Roll forward through the head slam, then attack his back while he recovers
Double Swing Flail: Swings his flail twice slowly, first counterclockwise then clockwise Move backwards or roll to the side
Ground Hit Flail: Leans back, then thrusts the flail violently into the ground Roll to either side
Up-Down Combo Flail: Swings the flail up and then immediately back down Roll to either side
Big Swing Flail: Holds or twirls the flail behind it, then swings counterclockwise Roll to the right

Mad Pumpkin Head (Flail) Combo Chart

mad pumpkin head flail combo chart

 


Mad Pumpkin Head

Waypoint Ruins

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Drops runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18 1100 Runes
HP 664

ELDEN RING MAD PUMPKIN HEAD BOSS (WAYPOINT RUINS)

  • Optional boss
  • Closest Site of Grace: Agheel Lake South
  • Multiplayer allowed for this boss
  • You can summon Spirit Ashes for this boss

Mad Pumpkin Head Location

Underneath Waypoint Ruins. Head down a staircase in the center of the ruins, south of the Giant Miranda Sprout.

Mad Pumpkin Head boss 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 664 2,073 2,280 2,383 2,487 2,694 2,798 2,902
Defense 101.3 117.3 120.2325 123.165 129.03 134.895 140.76 152.49
runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18Runes 1,100 5,500 6,050 6,187 6,600 6,737 6,875 7,012

Resistances

poison status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxPoison 226 / 268 / 366 / 656 247 / 289 / 387 / 677 250 / 292 / 390 / 680 254 / 296 / 394 / 684 258 / 300 / 398 / 688 261 / 303 / 401 / 691 265 / 307 / 405 / 695 269 / 311 / 409 / 699
scarlet rot status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxScarlet Rot 226 / 268 / 366 / 656 247 / 289 / 387 / 677 250 / 292 / 390 / 680 254 / 296 / 394 / 684 258 / 300 / 398 / 688 261 / 303 / 401 / 691 265 / 307 / 405 / 695 269 / 311 / 409 / 699
hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxHemorrhage 169 / 197 / 239 / 337 185 / 213 / 255 / 353 187 / 215 / 257 / 355 190 / 218 / 260 / 358 193 / 221 / 263 / 361 196 / 224 / 266 / 364 198 / 226 / 268 / 366 201 / 229 / 271 / 369
frostbite status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxFrostbite 169 / 197 / 239 / 337 185 / 213 / 255 / 353 187 / 215 / 257 / 355 190 / 218 / 260 / 358 193 / 221 / 263 / 361 196 / 224 / 266 / 364 198 / 226 / 268 / 366 201 / 229 / 271 / 369
sleep status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxSleep 310 / 408 / 698 / 1155 339 / 437 / 727 / 1184 344 / 442 / 732 / 1189 349 / 447 / 737 / 1194 354 / 452 / 742 / 1199 359 / 457 / 747 / 1204 364 / 462 / 752 / 1209 369 / 467 / 757 / 1214
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Mad Pumpkin Heads

Caelem Ruins

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Drops runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18 6300 Runes
HP 1400 each

ELDEN RING MAD PUMPKIN HEADS BOSS (CAELEM RUINS)

  • This fight features two Mad Pumpkin Heads, one with a flail and the attacks described above, and one with a hammer and a different set of moves
  • Optional boss
  • Closest Site of Grace: Caelem Ruins
  • Multiplayer allowed for this boss
  • You can summon Spirit Ashes for this boss
  • Both Mad Pumpkin Heads must be defeated to win the fight

Mad Pumpkin Heads Location

Underneath Caelem Ruins. Head down a staircase in the southeast corner of the ruins, just north of a large bonfire.

Mad Pumpkin Head Combat information

  • Health: 1,400 HP each
  • Defense: 109.3
  • Damage: standard damage 57pxStandard (Hammer), standard damage 57pxStandardstrike damage 57pxStrike (Flail)
  • Inflicts: hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxHemorrhage (Flail)
  • If you put one Mad Pumpkin Head to Sleep and wake it up without doing a critical hit, it will beat its chest three times before briefly turning against its ally.
  • Use Spirit Ashes to distract one Mad Pumpkin Head while you focus on the other.
  • Focus on the Mad Pumpkin Head wielding a hammer, since it has slower attacks. If they're both attacking you at once, make them chase you around the arena until one is blocking the other's way so you only have to worry about the one in front.
  • Drop runes currency elden ring wiki guide 186,300

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.

Additional Attacks & Counters

Attack Description Counter
Hammer Swing Hammer: Pulls back the hammer, then swings it clockwise Dodge roll through the swing and any follow-up, get behind his back, and attack. You can even land a few strikes in between swings if your light attack is quick enough
Overhead Smash Hammer: Raises the hammer over his head and smashes it down onto the ground Roll through the smash and attack
Uppercut Hammer: Swings the hammer up in front of it Roll away
Hammer Gouge Hammer: Stabs its hammer counterclockwise in front of it Dodge roll through the swing and any follow-up, get behind its back, and attack
  NG NG+ NG+2 NG+3 NG+4 NG+5 NG+6 NG+7
HP 1,400 2,132 2,345 2,451 2,558 2,771 2,878 2,984
Defense 109.3 117.9 120.8475 123.795 129.69 135.585 141.48 153.27
runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18Runes 6,300 18,900 20,790 21,262 22,680 23,152 23,625 24,097

Resistances

poison status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxPoison 237 / 279 / 377 / 667 256 / 298 / 396 / 686 259 / 301 / 399 / 689 263 / 305 / 403 / 693 267 / 309 / 407 / 697 271 / 313 / 411 / 701 275 / 317 / 415 / 705 279 / 321 / 419 / 709
scarlet rot status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxScarlet Rot 237 / 279 / 377 / 667 256 / 298 / 396 / 686 259 / 301 / 399 / 689 263 / 305 / 403 / 693 267 / 309 / 407 / 697 271 / 313 / 411 / 701 275 / 317 / 415 / 705 279 / 321 / 419 / 709
hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxHemorrhage 178 / 206 / 248 / 346 192 / 220 / 262 / 360 194 / 222 / 264 / 362 197 / 225 / 267 / 365 200 / 228 / 270 / 368 203 / 231 / 273 / 371 206 / 234 / 276 / 374 209 / 237 / 279 / 377
frostbite status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxFrostbite 178 / 206 / 248 / 346 192 / 220 / 262 / 360 194 / 222 / 264 / 362 197 / 225 / 267 / 365 200 / 228 / 270 / 368 203 / 231 / 273 / 371 206 / 234 / 276 / 374 209 / 237 / 279 / 377
sleep status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxSleep 326 / 424 / 714 / 1171 353 / 451 / 741 / 1198 358 / 456 / 746 / 1203 363 / 461 / 751 / 1208 368 / 466 / 756 / 1213 374 / 472 / 762 / 1219 379 / 477 / 767 / 1224 384 / 482 / 772 / 1229
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Mad Pumpkin Head (Hammer) Combo Chart

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Mad Pumpkin Head Image Gallery

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    • Anonymous

      The lesser ones have a chance to drop their Pumpkin helm :D

      Just got one from the guy resting in Morne Castle.

      • Anonymous

        I summoned banished knight engvall and he basically soloed these two. They didnt drop anything though. Rather anticlimactic

        • Anonymous

          The one standing next to a gravestone around the Bridge of Iniquity cliffside (sorry I can't remember better directions atm) planted a spear in the ground before attacking me. Do all of them do this?

          • Anonymous

            I took the community's advice and tried using a sleep pot, and one of them became permanently hostile towards the other while dealing no damage to him
            I then ran from the hostile one around the room for about two minutes hoping it would fix itself before dying to him
            I guess I'm just gonna have to level up vigor and strength until I can brute force these guys?

            • Anonymous

              Find it kind of goofy how they arbitrarily designed a custom great hammer for these guys but didn't put it in as a drop, but the flail is available in-game. Just seems like an odd design choice. Especially with the fact that they added stuff like the lesser bubble sorceries which is almost a joke spell.

              • I put this on the page, but I just found out you can turn the pumpkin head bosses on each other. You can also turn the generic enemy pumpkin heads on whatever allies they have.

                You need to make the pumpkin head fall asleep, then wake it WITHOUT a repost.
                They will look up to the sky/ceiling and beat their chest 3 times before attacking NPCs that happen to be around them for a while. When the frenzy ends, you'll see them stare up at the sky/ceiling again and they will return to their normal state.

                • Anonymous

                  Night maidens mist- torrent- wolves. Mind blowing how easy that was after getting jacked up over and over.

                  • Anonymous

                    Thank you for everyone who said you can ride Torrent in the dungeon. Actually makes the duo bossfight manageable at a lower level.

                    • Anonymous

                      This boss fight is super easy as a sorcerer and you can beat it without leveling up. If you picked the Astrologer class, just use the glintstone arc spell, making sure you are NOT locked on. This allows for the spell to hit under his helmet and pass through his body + arms which does alot of damage. If you try and shoot his head, it will do less damage as he is armored. Just make sure to dodge his attacks and you should have easy access to a spell merchant at the beginning of the game!

                      • Anonymous

                        This boss fight is super easy as a sorcerer and you can beat it without leveling up. If you picked the Astrologer class, just use the glintstone arc spell, making sure you are NOT locked on. This allows for the spell to hit under his helmet and pass through his body + arms which does alot of damage. If you try and shoot his head, it will do less damage as he is armored. Just make sure to dodge his attacks and you should have easy access to a spell merchant at the beginning of the game!

                        • Anonymous

                          It helped a lot to summon the Wolfs Ashes and riding on Torrent around them to gave them some nice hits without being hit. Worked for me for every fight against them, in which Ashes and Torrent was allowed. Otherwise only Wolfes and dodging.

                          • Anonymous

                            So I’m not sure if other people have found this or thought about it, feel free to put this in the correct place but on the saintsbridge there’s a pumpkin head smacking its head with its own weapon and smashing it into the ground, the fluid that comes out is white, almost like Albinaric blood but when you strike the body the blood is read, maybe the helmet holds some kind of parasite or maybe it’s to hide a defect of some kind, just found it to be odd, maybe more knowledgeable know more about this

                            • Anonymous

                              For the two in the Calem ruins, the one on the left has a flag that it sets down before fighting leaving an opening to attack so focus your attacks on that one to deal as much damage as you can so that ideally you stagger it to do a critical strike and finish it off or get close to doing so.

                              • Anonymous

                                For the duo, just use sleep arrow on the hammer one (5-6needed with barrage, 4normal) and kill the flail one (easy to parry his hand moves). Then finish off the halmer one on it’s own. That’s how I did it in sl1.

                                • Anonymous

                                  The duo fight you have two choices, pray for good overlapping RNG, or cheese, same for most duo bosses aside from crucible knight duo but only bc of the simple parries and it actually seems like their AI is tweaked to make them the spear one less aggressive. Same needs to be done here. I'll take Crucible Knight duo over this duo 10x over.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    you know when you see that awfull monster before you and you know you just dont got the level But you just dont give it the fear that he wanted you rise high and above and claim his ****ing runes and bring em back to the round table Thats what its all about baby

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Wow, amazing design. As if there wasn't enough trouble - they're perfectly capable of striking through one another and roll catching you constantly. Cancerous stuff, especially for anything melee that has vertical attack pattern due to their stupid helmets.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        There is one in the back of the giant room with the corpse pile right after you use the elevator up from the Castle Morne Life Grace. You will see a pack of dogs on the left and a huge corpse pile with a bunch of what I think are "misbegotten"? You can slip past the pile of homicide and just battle the dogs on the left then go for the pumpkin head. He's at the back hunched over a body, I think. Perfect way to get a devastating jump on him.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Wouldn't specifically follow the ranged/magic advice. Better strat was to follow the melee advice and rely on faster spells/attacks once you slip behind.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            So for the duel fight in Caelid ruins, don't waste time with spirit summons, buff up with grease prior and your psykick buff, traverse the mist and immediately mount up, just beat the duo this way, run clockwise (or counter if you're insane) and keep popping off hits, whittle them down and claim the flame shield.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              I beat a pumpkinhead on the bridge and didn't get the helmet, then waypoint ruins - also didn't get the helm.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                For the duo in Caelem ruins I found it best to target the Flail first and only parry his fist attack kill him with ripostes and eventually kill the Hammer one solo

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  One can be found on a bridge by the high road cave may be the same guy due to him being mentioned as a “famous tarnished”

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