Misbegotten Crusader

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Location Cave of the Forlorn
Drops runes currency elden ring wiki guide 1893,000
Golden Order Greatsword
HP 9,130
Stronger VS
Weaker to

Misbegotten Crusader is a Field Boss in Elden Ring. Misbegotten Crusader is a variation of the Leonine Misbegotten Boss, wielding the Golden Order Greatsword, and is found in Cave of the Forlorn in Mountaintops of the Giants. This is an optional boss, as players don't need to defeat it in order to advance in Elden Ring. However, doing so yields useful Items and Runes.

Lesser Misbegotten Warrior is the normal enemy form of this boss. Other variants of this boss appear in the Leonine MisbegottenCrucible Knight and Misbegotten Warrior, and Perfumer Tricia and Misbegotten Warrior boss fights.

Elden Ring Misbegotten Crusader Boss

  • This is an optional boss, but it must be defeated in order to receive the Legendary Armaments trophy
  • Closest Site of Grace: Cave of the Forlorn
  • Multiplayer is allowed for this boss
  • You can summon Spirit Ashes for this boss

Elden Ring Misbegotten Crusader Location

The end boss of the Cave of the Forlorn. [Map Link]

Misbegotten Crusader 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 means the enemy takes 2x damage from that source. 0 means damage goes pretty much as is.


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.

Elden Ring Misbegotten Crusader Boss Guide

Misbegotten Crusader Boss Video Guide

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Misbegotten Crusader Fight Strategy

The Best Tips for Misbegotten Crusader:

  • Use any fast rush down Ashes such as Oleg and Rollo, as it can be interrupted quite easily. While it is performing an attack, however, it gains massive hyper-armor and can breeze through the heaviest hits and connect.
Melee Users

This boss may look like any other Misbegotten boss and has a moveset similar to the Leonine Misbegotten, but it deals greater damage with additional Holy damage and with its attacks using the Golden Order Greatsword. It does a number of fast-moving aggressive attacks while advancing towards you. If you have a shield use it against these combo attacks while backing up. It will be even better if you have a shield that could defend against holy damage. When you have a chance, towards the end of the attack combos, roll through and toward the boss in order to deal a few hits. Use a combination of rolling in and attacking during the small windows, then immediately backing up again. You will especially have to look for its large AoE attacks which can occur within combo attacks. The main strategy here is to keep a defensive stance while preparing to dodge away and then quickly approach during each opening. Be conservative with your attacks until the boss is defeated.

Magic and Ranged Users

With a magic build, you may want to use quick-moving spells such as Glintstone Pebble or Glinstone Stars. Keep in mind that when you create distance, this boss quickly can close that distance with his quick lunges and could reach you with its holy ranged attacks. You will have to keep moving and constantly be prepared to dodge to the side. Attack sparingly and in between its attacks to avoid being unprepared for an incoming attack. 

Misbegotten Crusader Attacks & Counters

See the Leonine Misbegotten page for a more complete and detailed guide on its moveset, as it shares most of the same attacks.

Attack Description Counter
Establish Order Stands up straight and raises its arms to the right, releasing a holy explosion. Afterward, it follows up with a wide-sweeping projectile. Run away to avoid the explosion,
then dodge forward 

Misbegotten Crusader Lore, Notes & Other Trivia

  • A crusader is one who fights for change, whether it be political, religious, or social. Since Misbegotten are widely regarded as heretical, this one may be fighting to protect them.
  • This Misbegotten wields the Golden Order Greatsword, which was forged by King Consort Radagon. It was originally a sword gifted to him by his first wife, Rennala, Queen of the Full Moon.
  • In the Japanese version of the game, internal files relating to the Misbegotten are named “Children of Radagon”. In the English version of the game (patch 1.00), the Winged Misbegotten was called a “Radagon chimera.” This may explain why Misbegotten Warriors have red hair like Radagon and how one managed to obtain the Golden Order Greatsword.

Misbegotten Crusader Image Gallery

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    • Soo he does have a marriage-gift-like sword of Radagon himself... Looks like the Big Hammerman was enjoying some misbegotten knot in his free time, thats why he left moon mommy but Marika was not glad and made him a part of herself and the poor boi here got locked up in a cavern in the middle of nowhere.. Sad love story :..(

      • Anonymous

        Oleg kept pushing him down. He couldn't get up. I felt bad throwing rocks at him.
        I think I'm a bad man. :(

        • Anonymous

          Let's take a boss with really bad hitboxes, give him 10 times more health and the ability to leap to you from anywhere in the room.

          • Anonymous

            On RL1+0 run, I found that Golden Parry is the most reliable tool against this boss. I didn't have enough stamina to stunlock for long enough and didn't have damage to zerg fast enough. So, I needed to be patient. And, in my case, that meant I needed a parry strat.

            First, I tried Carian Retaliation. You can parry the holy cast (Establish Order). This was unreliable, however. Sometimes I parried the cast completely, and sometimes I'd get the parry effect, i.e. 3 swords would appear around me, but I'd STILL get hit.

            When CR proved to be ineffective, I switched to good old Buckler. The strat was to parry the following attacks:
            - forward lunging attack,
            - long overhand swing,
            - low dragging swipe,
            - backhand swipe,
            and roll everything else. The problem was the paw attacks. It's a quick combo, so you have to roll immediately when you see it. However, if you're at point blank when it starts, you roll the first attack, the second one will get you almost all the time. For RL150 character it's not a problem but for RL1 it is.

            Golden Parry allowed me to work around that. The strat stayed pretty much the same as for Buckler parry, but I'd stay like 2-3 steps away from the boss. This way, I could still parry everything I wanted while having enough distance to roll away from his paw combo. Worked like a charm.

            Setup I used: light rolls, Misericorde, Ritual Shield tali, Dragoncrest Shield tali, Radagon Soreseal, Dagger tali, no buffs.

            • Anonymous

              The 'stone of gurranq' incantation can stop it getting anywhere near you. It also does a load of damage if you are set up for it. Also, it does the exact same thing to the Leonine misbegotten in the boss room with perfumer Tricia.
              AND the spectral banished knight if you intend farming for the unaltered banished knight armour at castle sol. I was able to completely shut down the halberd wielding knight from using any of his attacks. But obviously you need the FP and stamina to pull it off.

              • Anonymous

                Pretty sure I did 160 poise damage to this weird thing all within the 6 second window and he didn't break...

                • Anonymous

                  Easy boss if you can stunlock. Charged Gransax WA denies him the chance to even standup, let alone make any distance towards you.

                  • Anonymous

                    Dual wielded greatswords/greatmaces etc. and colossal swords completely take a dump on this dude, much like the other misbegotten bosses.

                    • Anonymous

                      Very fun misbegotten fight. He hits like a truck but is somewhat of a glass canon with his middling hp and low poise.

                      Also thundercloud form destroys him

                      • Anonymous

                        Use rock slide, it will slow him down considerably and by the time he gets in melee distance, he’s manageable

                        • Anonymous

                          Cave of Forlorn in the "Consecrated Snowfield", not Mountaintops of the Giants
                          You got it right the 2nd time so please get it right in the 1st paragraph

                          • Anonymous

                            "A fierce warrior Misbegotten that fights to protect its people"

                            MF hides in a cave in the middle of a frozen wasteland in the farthest reaches of the Lands between.

                            • Anonymous

                              It’s weird how every Misbegotten Warrior boss in the game has dropped a legendary weapon of some sort.

                              • Anonymous

                                literally a big caveman creature and he somehow has the faith equivalent of the moonlight greatsword which belongs to marikas husband.

                                • Anonymous

                                  This one can be easy if you use the right summon. Oleg +10 destroys this one and keep its aggro. I was able to easily throw a couple of Black Flame into his face (chipping a bit chunk of its HP) while Oleg kept it pinned.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Ya ever wonder what it's like to put an enemy with Korean Action MMORPG 10-hit, non-stop comboes into a dark souls game?

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Does this boss have a unique theme? Not sure if I heard the song that was playing during it for anything else, but I might just be forgetting

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Use Ancient Death Rancor and he get staggert all the time. I charged the spell and he coudnt get to me. Works probably even with normal Rancor, but with less damage.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          He gives Golden Order Greatsword which got the unique skill Establish Order. Raise the armanent in a salute, releasing a golden explosion. Repeated inputs send out waves of golden lights.

                                          His first wife was Rennala, lol.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            This guy can be bled efficiently. I was also able to rot him. I couldn't break his poise though. I recommend dodging towards him when he does his holy wave.

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