Old Knight Istvan is an NPC in Elden Ring. He can be used as an NPC Summon. His sign is just outside the Demi-Human Chief boss arena of the Coastal Cave as long as he is not killed. He is also one of the assassination targets assigned to you by the Volcano Manor. You can find the summon sign to invade his world in Stormhill.

 

 Istvan is one of a few wizened Tarnished who survive to this day.

 

Elden Ring Old Knight Istvan Locations

Where to Find Old Knight Istvan:

istvan invasion

 

Elden Ring Old Knight Istvan Drops

 

Old Knight Istvan Notes & Tips

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    • Anonymous

      If you want to defeat him earlier than intended (rush to Volcano Manor) for his armor but are drastically under-levelled, blocking and guard-countering is a very low-risk strategy against him. Just takes a bit longer than usual.

      • Man. I thought that maybe, just *maybe*, this guy could be the one thing in PvE that Fia's Mist could affect.

        Nope. Immune to Death, despite being a non-phantom, player-model Tarnished. I am sad.

        • Anonymous

          I beat him with my level 99 prophet, but the quest line is not advancing! I love the scaled armor, but Taneth isn’t moving to the next target! What am I missing?

          • Anonymous

            Sure you murdered a random tarnished who has done no wrong and helped you at one point, but on the other hand he dropped some really nice armor!

            • Anonymous

              i am doing a challenge run just using warrior’s base set with golden parry and attack buff talismans and incants, with a two hit limit on damage taken allowed. i can almost parry the crucible knight every time this way. but this npc is absurd. he’s so quick that you have to parry the moment you see him prepare, but it’s tough sh and fy because sometimes he decides to charge, because he emulates the player, which means you’re left exposed after the wasted parry. his cragblade skill is literally unpunishable due to input reading. forget chip damage on his tanky af ass otherwise. otherwise just generally as fast as mythra with the attack power of ganondorf and the defence of king k rool in smash.

              • Anonymous

                Why is there not a parallel questline in opposition to the manor? You literally have to buy into a pyramid scheme and kill the head or ignore the entire thing. Wasted potential.

                • I wish he and the other Tarnished targeted in the assassination questline had their own questlines. Makes it far easier to swallow that we're murdering people just trying to get by when they're just faceless strangers.

                  • Anonymous

                    He was a strong summon when I challenged the goblin chief pair at level 8. Now at level 83 I butcher him for loot… feels bad. I’m glad I kill behrnal early for his loot. A life for a life. I thought he was the bell bearing hunter and he was killing me every night, so I just murdered him. Only to realize that some how the bell bearing man is still alive. And some how they were not in cahoots. Though every evening he would conveniently disappear while the hunter attack me. Which until now is still sus.

                    • Anonymous

                      Uhm, im in new game+ and am able to summon this guy for the fight in the cave in Limgrave where you fight the double Demi Human boss

                      • Anonymous

                        Note: If you kill him before reading the note in Volcano Manor (the red sign on the map shows up even if you do not read the note) he will NOT drop his armor set. No idea if that is intentional or a bug.

                        • Anonymous

                          i feel sorry from him because on my second playthrough godrick is being a no good rotten egg as usual, and istvan's the only thing i can take my anger out on.

                          • Anonymous

                            Man helps you in a 2v1 in the coastal caves and you murder him later. Same case for the other guy but Istvan REALLY carries you hard when his co-op sign shows up.

                            • Anonymous

                              He put a red summon sign down. Technically he was looking for a challenge. No need to feel bad mercing him.

                              • Anonymous

                                one of the nicer armor sets drops from him. Wore it all trhough midgame until I got some nicer (Beast Champion) Armor.

                                • Anonymous

                                  Personal **** but... My now deceased father was also called István, so finding his summon sign and then seeing him subsequently kick ass in the next boss fight made me feel very nostalgic. Made me cry happy tears.

                                  Needless to say, I'm not doing Volcano Manor.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    So, is there any possible interaction besides the coastal summon and the volcano assassination? I'm looking for reasons not to be friendly w Volcano but this page argues the opposite

                                    • Anonymous

                                      i got a summon sign for this guy in the coastal cave in limgrave. i had just been to the volcano manor and gotten the mission to kill him, but i decided to get to the dragon church island first, and then i found him in the cave. worth noting that i did have the little beast guy that had turned into a tree in the cave too, so that might or might not also matter.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        I dont know what triggers this but I was able to summon this npc VERY early on for the demi human chief boss fight in limgrave

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