Putrid Tree Spirit

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Location War-Dead Catacombs
Drops

War-Dead Catacombs:
64,000 runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18 Runes 
Redmane Knight Ogha Spirit Ashes 
Golden Seed

HP ≈ 18144 (Field Boss)
Strong VS
Weak to
Fire 
All Physical Attacks 
frostbite status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxFrostbite

Putrid Tree Spirit is a Boss in Elden Ring. Putrid Tree Spirit looks like a blood-rotted tree and is found in the War-Dead Catacombs. This is an optional boss as players don't need to defeat it to advance in Elden Ring.

 

A Scarlet Rot-filled beast. A Tree Spirit creature that radiates Scarlet Rot

Elden Ring Putrid Tree Spirit Boss

Putrid Tree Spirit is a Field Boss found in the War-Dead Catacombs

  • This an optional boss
  • Closest Site of Grace: War-Dead Catacombs
  • Multiplayer available
  • The player can summon Spirit ashes for this boss

 

Elden Ring Putrid Spirit Tree Location

  • Putrid Spirit Tree can be found by heading down the stairs and heading forward from the War-Dead Catacombs site of grace, after the player pulls the lever that opens the door leading to it.

  • In order to open this door, the player must move past a group of enemies fighting one another and head up some stairs on the right (the second set of stairs, not the first as that one is destroyed)
    and then proceed through the tunnel on their left, going past a room with two enemies and turning right into another room.

    After this room, the player should keep moving forward, past the enemies and turn right on the next tunnel they see, leading them to a room where a kneeling knight can be seen in the distance.

    Once in this room, the player should jump through an open entrance on the right and head up the stairs into another room with another small entrance on the right side.

    Jumping through this entrance will finally lead the player to a platform with the lever and a knight archer, allowing them to open the boss door.

 See Putrid Tree Spirit's location on the Elden Ring Map Link.

Putrid Tree Spirit Combat Information

  • Health: NG (18144), NG+ (??), NG++ (??), NG+3 (??), NG+4 (??), NG+5 (??), NG+6 (??), NG+7 (??)
  • Absorptions: ??
  • Defenses do not change between phases.
  • Parriable: No
  • Can be poise broken: Yes.
  • Poise: 120.

 

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 Putrid Tree Spirit Boss Guide

Putrid Tree Spirit Boss Video Guide

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Putrid Tree Spirit Fight Strategy

The Best Tips for Putrid Tree Spirit:

  • If possible, bring Scarlet Rot Talismans such as Kindred of Rot's Exultation which can increase attack power or Immunizing Horn Charm which raises Immunity
  • Use Meteorite Spell to cause it to stagger
  • Summon Rotten Stray Ashes
  • Use Bloodhound's Step to help with the boss's quick movements
  • Be ready upon entering the fog gates, as it approaches for an attack almost immediately. If considering Summons, call them after this initial action
  • Use pillars in the arena if available but we wary because they can be destroyed.
  • Be aware of the safe corners in between attacks to find an opportunity to drink your flask.
  • Always consider your position because this large creature can be faced in a small arena 
  • Lighten your load to perform swift dodges and movements since this boss has quick movements
  • Consider not using camera lock on since this boss can take up the whole screen.
  • Use heavy weapons and spells to stagger
  • At ~50% health, does an AOE Scarlet Rot explosion. Run away and find a spot on the ground without a flame visual FX and stand still. If you attempt to keep running away, you may run into another scarlet rot explosion behind you.

 

Melee Users

Can be staggered, which is very effective as its head takes increased damage, and this makes it much more accessible while he is on the ground. Consider going for attacks directly on the head while it is stance broken, instead of a critical strike. Two main methods with melee is to constantly circle around its head when lowered or reach its tail and attack from there to avoid most of it's directional attacks. Hug its back side since most attacks will come from the head. When it starts to pull back, be ready to dodge and dives or spontaneous movement dashes from the boss. Bloodhound's Step could be considered if available to dodge its quick attacks faster and to help with countering. Use a combination of waiting for its dive attacks, dodging through and repositioning around the beast to get as many hits in while out of its line of sight until HP is depleted. Keep an eye on your Scarlet Rot.

Magic and Ranged Users

Can be burst down with Meteorite. As soon as you enter the fog door, target the boss and move right. It will try to attack. Immediately cast meteorite close to it and hold the button. It should stagger which allows you to drink a blue potion to replenish your FP. You might need enough FP for this to work. Another spell to consider is Rock Sling, which deals great physical damage and can also stagger it.  If your FP is out and it doesn't stagger, you don't have enough Mind stat. Note: meteorite needs to be cast close to the target for it to hit. Though there is not a lot of free space in the arena where this boss is found so creating distance for longer ranged attacks will be a challenge. To aid with this, it is recommended to use Spirit Ashes during this encounter. Continue your attacks in between the windows of this boss's attack until it is defeated. 

 

Putrid Tree Spirit Attacks & Counters

Attack Description Counter
Head Slam The Tree Spirit lifts its head and smashes down for a slam Dodge roll backwards to avoid the landing zone as soon as you see its head lift upwards. 
Tail Whip  If on its back side, it will pull back its tail before sweeping it in a swift motion Roll Through this attack or run away and reposition
Scarlet Rot Explosion Sends out a blast and effects a large vicinity It is a good idea to have something equipped that could reduce these effects first. Once the spirit emits a glow, put as much distance between you and the Tree Spirit to minimize effects.
Dive Grab With an open mouth, it will attempt to swallow you and this will heavily affect you with Rot Immediately dodge away and circle far back if you can to get out of the line of sight. 
Slide Dive Swoops in for a dive dealing massive damage Like the other dive attack, Immediately dodge away and circle far back if you can to get out of the line of sight. 
Fire Breathing The Tree Spirit begins to lower its head and angles itself to breath fire on its victims.  Since this is a directional attack, step out of the line of damage, reangle yourself and this should give you an opportunity to attack during this action. 

Putrid Tree Spirit Lore, Notes & Other Trivia

  • Voice Actor: ??
  • Other Notes and Trivia Go Here

 

Putrid Tree Spirit Image Gallery

[screenshots and artwork go here]

 

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    • Anonymous

      Too bad Alexander left the place after Radahn's death. He missed the true boss of Caelid.

      Jokes aside, I spent 3x time and attempts more on this mf. I'm so dissatisfied.

      • Anonymous

        Doesn't this thing have 2 scarlet breath attacks? One of them being more like what the dragon breath is, but the other being more like a mortar? Cause I'm playing on the older Xbox and the visuals for the mortar one seem pretty off so I came here to see if I'm just addressing the move wrong. But I don't see that attack listed

        • Anonymous

          I never had any problem killing these, I died the first time I tried the tree spirit at the bottom of stormveil but I had a better idea of what it was about on the second attempt. The putrid tree spirit at the bottom of Elpael brace of the Haligtree was different it killed me a load of times before I got lucky. I don't really fancy trying to beat this one but I'm really struggling with Malenia and her wiki recommends knight Ogha being a good choice to summon for her, so I think its worth a try just to see, a boss room in a dungeon is going to be bigger than where you fight the on at Elphael so maybe it wont be as bad.

          • I beat it after a few tries with a tanky mimic tear, frost pots and volcano pots. It procd frostbite after one frost pot, then I let my mimic tear draw all of the aggro and spammed the volcano pots from the other side of the room. Anytime it got close to me I turned target lock off and sprinted away, and I finished the fight in probably a minute or two. I think I was level 95? Cheers and good luck to everyone :)

            • Anonymous

              war-dead catacombs was makin me crazy. once i got the lever thrown & got to the boss, i didn't even get out of the door the first try, but the second time i summoned black knife tiche and ran like hell to the back of the room almost to where the pile of skellies is. once tiche got his attention i spammed rock sling until he staggered, then just kept hitting him. when he did his scarlet rot explosion, everything landed in front of me so i just kept spamming (mostly out of fear for my life). most amazing was i used one FP pot to kill him. beginner's luck maybe but i'll take it......

              • Anonymous

                I 3 shot Radahn without summons as melee just for this damn tree to murder me 50+ times and hold my Radahn runes hostage

                • Anonymous

                  This strategy for spellcasters is complete bs. With 51 Int and the sorcery boosting physick, it did a reasonable amount of damage, but the way you need to hold still for meteorite means you're just fodder. Even with a summon out, you're instantly pulling aggro back to yourself on the off-chance your summon manages to get it off you. I have enough vigor and mind that if I *could* keep the thing off me the tactic might work and I can tank a couple hits. But summons simply do not hold aggro sufficiently.

                  • Anonymous

                    Trust me when I tell you to use the Skeletal Militiaman Ashes. Preferably upgraded a level. The full moon attack she does kills any summon in almost a single hit, but those minions will get right back up and continue distracting her (as well as her ash summons). Killed her first try when I stopped using wolves AMD switched to the skeletons.

                    • Anonymous

                      Based on all of the previous comments, I came to the conclusion that I'm severely under leveled and have been playing the game wrong. This is my first souls game so all this stuff is a new experience. I'm level 61 but I'm seeing comments saying they're either 90 and above or on new game plus. I didn't even know there was a new game plus. People are also recommending weapons and spells I have never seen in my playthrough yet. Not to mention seeing level 10 and up weapon levels. My highest weapon is a crystal sword at level 6! Im starting to think i got this far by only pure luck and willpower so I might have to come back to this fight later or try to fight it again for another 30 or more times like I did with Radahn. I guess I'm at the point where I get good or go home. You dark souls people are crazy and I think you're rubbing off on me.

                      • Anonymous

                        Just a heads up for anyone reading this page before trying the boss, this says it is strong against poison and scarlet rot but the numbers given as its resistances to both are 252 that is very close to the highest resistances given for omen in the subterranean shunning grounds at 250 and I had no problems inflicting poison on them and those in leyndell catacombs with poison arrows and poison bone darts. It only takes five or six hits then sit back and watch their health bar get decimated. If the numbers given here for this tree spirit are accurate poison and scarlet rot are perfectly viable to use against it.

                        • Anonymous

                          For STR builds, powerstanced greathammers worked best for me vs him. He seems quite vulnerable to the jump attacks. All you need to do is stay close and jump attack him. I staggered him more than 5 times with this strategy. Keep flame cleanse me for safe measure.

                          • Anonymous

                            strategy described for magic users does not work, must be some joke put here to mess with people. Meteor does not stagger it at all

                            • Anonymous

                              Rune gain is wrong, it’s only 64,000. The erdtree falling leaves weather gives a 5% boost to rune gain which makes it 67,200.

                              • Anonymous

                                FROSTBITE WRECKS HIM - lvl 98 - icerind hatchet +5 two handed (great weapon, low reqs, even great vs dragons) and go to town with your summon. this boss and other avatar bosses are designed to mess you up when you're medium or far distance. he can certainly 1 or 2 shot you no problem. stay right next to him and keep the pressure on. the AI doesn't know what to do. swing away and you'll start doing 2000 damage proc with frostbite. when he starts exploding in the 2nd phase, just flask up and preserving boluses. he's 10x easier to dodge when you're on top of him. wondrous flask with crimsonburst & greenburst. good luck!

                                • Anonymous

                                  Must have died over 50 times to this boss, but finally defeated him in my underpants! Lvl 119, mainly ystr/dxt/int build, lance+13, gilded greatshield, seal with rotten breath, and greatshield, radagon's soreseal and starscourge heirloom talismans. Just blocked and stabbed him, kept close at all times except when he exploded in rot, and blew rotten breath on him once. Finally got the bastard down.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    there are 2 strategies ive found effective on these, all the different versions...

                                    frostbite SHREDS it, the debuff is nearly double damage once frostbitten and the frostbite itself deals enough damage to be respected
                                    godslayer sword MELTS this thing like NOTHING else

                                    • Anonymous

                                      there are 2 strategies ive found effective on these, all the different versions...

                                      frostbite SHREDS it, the debuff is nearly double damage once frostbitten and the frostbite itself deals enough damage to be respected
                                      godslayer sword MELTS this thing like NOTHING else

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Crazy annoying bossfight as an ending to one of the most punishing - but still fun! - dungeons. The boss itself could f... up most world bosses and demigods like nothing! It's HP is punishing, the movement - for me at least - is extremely unpredictible, lightning fast and the dmg output, well, absolutely insane. Spice it up with scarlet rot and a "one shot" ability, which is so carefully designed it won't one shot you but the built-up scarlet rot will and you end up having one of the most memorable bosses, for all the unwanted reasons. Obnoxious. Try using frostbite maybe...? I just gave up for today, will return later. My Tree sentinel halberd albeit brutal is not that suited since this monster has 40% against holy.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Outsidw the fog door, cast rock sling, when the rocks dont reach the boss, enter the arena, i promise you the AI will be broken. Cast a ranged ashes, latenna preferably or attack with bows, but do not stagger it because the AI will be back again.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            Took 3 tries. I was using the godslayer great sword with a dex/faith build. I just stayed underneath the monster and spammed the weapon art

                                            • Anonymous

                                              is seriously fun, decided to challenge myself in NG+4 against him with 2 +20 hoslow whips, one with frostbite, the other with poison that I've been experimenting with. Beat him first try, but was challenging enough. it is easy to read, so even though it could kill me in 2-3 hits, it was fun

                                              • Anonymous

                                                is seriously fun, decided to challenge myself in NG+4 against him with 2 +20 hoslow whips, one with frostbite, the other with poison that I've been experimenting with. Beat him first try, but was challenging enough. it is easy to read, so even though it could kill me in 2-3 hits, it was fun

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  got him on 3rd try, summon spirit ashes to distract, while I just spewing Agheel Flame then chug blue estus, repeat 3-4 times from safe distance, dodge/bh steps if he starts aggro +6 dragon seal, 34 arcane, 22 mind.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    So this boss is huge, but also insasnely quick, but also insanely damaging, but also unpredictable, but also insanely tanky, but also has a ohk grab attack, but also doesnt have a stake of marika, but also is too big to fit in his room, but also has one of the worst cameras in the franchise and is, by the way, recycled tons of times through the game. What idiot greenlit this? the game has boss fights like godrick, or radahn, but also THIS ****. Makes me want to pull my hair out

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      I’m a strength build. I was able to beat him using the giant crusher+14 with chilling mist Ash of war. Also used the mottled necklace+1, claw & Ragadon’s scarseal talisman. For spirit Ash I used banished knight Engvall+5 to keep the focus off of me. I also had some preserving boluses just in case. I just went to town on him jumping and spamming L2. It eventually worked!

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        this boss is a complete joke, it says the strategy for magic is to move to the right and cast meteorite? did the person who wrote this even play the same game as me? u cant move ot the right or u get 1 shot instantly, tbh i think that needs to be removed so people dont waste their time

                                                        • Just defeated the one in the War-Dead Catacombs, after thousands of tries. No summons, but used a +14 Greatsword infused with Frostbite damage, the Fingerprint Shield, Lionel's Armor Set. Remember that you can interrupt the Scarlet Rot attacks, and all you have to do is dodge the grab attacks. Expect to use up at least half of your flasks

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Alright, with a Banished Knights Cold Halberd +13 with the Spinning Strikes Ash of War, and Greatshield soldier Ashes, I was able to melt this bastard in about a minute or two. Just try to stay on his butt, let your soldiers tank him, and start spinning. He'll be frozen, and down to half health in no time. At which point its AOE's will kill your guys, and you will definitely have Scarlet rot. Don't waste any consumables trying to cure it, just spam heal when needed (have lots of healing flasks for this fight). Just keep spinning, spam dodge if he looks like he is going to grab you (instant death), and you will be pointing down on his grave shortly with some luck.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              Flame of the Redmanes. Flame.of.the.Redmanes. Seriously. Put on the Dagger talisman. 3-4 casts of FotR will stagger it, and you can get each cast off really quickly. Then get the crit with your flame infused weapon (I was using an Executioner's Fire Greataxe +16, Flame, Grant Me Strength + Golden Vow + Strength Knot & Leaden Hardtear) and it will SHRED his health. It won't turn the battle into a joke. You still have to dodge and be sure to run far away when it screeches and does it Scarlet Rot explosion. But it's works disgustingly well and is about as easy as this fight can get.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                Just another garbage recycled boss with buffed stats in a tiny room where the camera just sh*ts itself. Boss will clip his head half through the wall or ceiling so I can't anticipate his 1 hit kill grab. 10 years for a game that recycles bosses half a dozen times spawned in asset reused dungeons. nice one

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  Two hoarfrost stomp apply Frost on him in phase 1. In phase 2 (when he catches fire), it seems to require 3-4 casts.

                                                                  Hold simple source of fire in left hand (dagger + fire infusion) and hoarfrost source in right. Defrost him after every frost. This only pays off if you're low level though.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    Killed by spamming Rock Sling while having friend hold aggro using the Shabriri's Woe talisman that holds aggro.
                                                                    Alternatively, use the Putrid Corpse Spirit summons, which also hold aggro.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      My favorite part is when the camera is pointing as a wall or a leg or who knows and then a mouth comes from some direction or another, and then I gotta restart

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        I was srtuggling for half an hour and then i noticed something, he's too big for his own good. stick to the right and almost all of his attacks can be avoided with a good ole roll. His grapple is predictable as he'll always roar and raise himself and clip through the wall most of the time. ROLL INTO IT. Everytime i entered the room i always applied black flame to my great sword and was able to knock 1/4 of health rather quickly. I then did the above strategy until i staggered him. When he does his AOE run to the tree stage if possible. Then a bit after when i staggered him at 1/4 health i summoned my mimic tear. He was out in no time.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          use dragonice for forst and black flame(it last a very short amount of time, be prepared to use repeatedly) on a fast attack weapon(i use it on a twinblade). this is the recipe to shred this bs boss using a melee fighter. i am lv50 mind you. one hit is all it takes to kill me and i can't do meaningful damage to him but with this recipe i found. i was able to shred him in matter of 3~4 minutes. btw don't worry about the weapons damage. it is the black flame that will eat his HP alongside frost for extra damage.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            4/19/22 damn I've been summoned for this boss about 20 times today through the summoning pool as soon as I enter my sign. Dude is popular.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              Spam the **** out of hoarfrost stomp. I had Nightrider flail +14. 70 int. Spells are too slow for this fight. With luck, bleed and frost should proc when you need them to. Distract with spirit ash but anything you choose will die about halfway anyway. Hug the body and spam that hoarfrost, smack when you run out flask and don't have time to charge. Good luck! This boss is an absolute nightmare. I couldn't even see my character.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                Kept trying strategy after strategy to no avail until I reached this one: just spam friggin rock sling and dodge like heck. It's simple enough, but here's some context i guess. My int is level 70, mind 30, and endurance 22. Used Carian Scepter+10 in right hand (Lusat's is fine but i didn't want to risk precious time on flasks) and Meteorite Saff in the other hand for gravity boost. I cast Unseen Form beforehand (idk f it helped), downed one Blackguard Boiled Crab, and had a physick w/magic-shrouding tear and crimson bubble. Summoned Engvall+7 because he has HP and i had FP to spare. Talismans were Graven-school, green turtle, kindred of rot's exultation, and radagon icon. Using an immunity booster talisman works too, I just made up for that with my armour.

                                                                                I will say that i tried some of the intelligence-based strategies on here and failed miserably, this one was a one-shot win. This could mean I'm just a terrible sorcerer though. Like others said, the gravity spells break his stance like crazy and he just stops, giving you precious time for whatever. If he does go wild with the rot, do not stand on the flames on the ground. Also avoid getting caught in corners as much as possible, staying mobile and running to wherever he isn't bc it gives you more time to attack, drink, and space to dodge.

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  I found that this thing was really easy to poise break with Ash of War Glintblade Phalanx + jump attacks, got in like 10 poise breaks

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    Stay close to the belly and use frost weapons, pray to the erdtree that you have invested in enough stamina...

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      Why does every boss needs to have a rot variant? They are the only bosses other than godskin duo and malenia that are tedious to fight. And it's coming from some weirdo like me who even likes elden beast and fire giant

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        I tried a bunch of strategies on him. What worked for me was godricks great rune to get me to 90 int, eat couple of buff foods, dual wield lusats + meteorite staff, precast unseen form, summon spirit (oleg+8), cast terra, pop stance break & infinite fp flask, hold down meteorite, he literally dissolves in 5-10s and he gets guard broken almost instantly.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          Listen, this is only if you’re completely done with this boss’ bs and you don’t mind cheesing it. But if you have enough points to dump into int, dual wielding Lusats staff +10, and the meteorite staff and using meteor on it after sneaking up behind it with unseen form and popping a physick with the cerulean hidden tear and the magic boosting tear absolutely melts him before he has much time to react at all. It may take an attempt or two but it completely trivializes the fight

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            I beat the boss at lvl 50 with +10 spiked caestus in 3 tries. Most of his attacks are well telegraphed imo, it's the ****ing camera that makes it absolutely horrible. Use freeze or frost, maybe even both, the boss is weak to them. Also grab preserving boluses, they'll come in handy.

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              Only way I manage to beat this boss with a mage was to just cast night maiden mist and dodge around the arena with bloodhound step with my fist art of war and let the mist tick away damage and let me summon do the rest of the tanking.

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                First thing I've seen in Elden Ring that is legitimately badly designed. Other bosses felt unfair and cancerous but only because I sucked and hadn't figured them out, but this guy is just a mistake. Hitboxes drawn by a drunk late stage Parkinson's patient, much too large for the arena, and my attacks that clearly hit well inside his model just randomly whiff for no reason. This boss should not have made it to release in this state. Other bosses got me tilted but this is a Bed of Chaos type mistake.

                                                                                                • You can use Unseen Form and get around it without aggroing it to poison it from the side, as well. It does really low damage, so this is really only good if you don't have another heavy damage spell.

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    Something I've noticed that I haven't seen posted here yet, after one of the recent patches, he now spawns from the ground a few seconds after you enter the arena (instead of just already being there), so you no longer get insta hit when you enter the fight

                                                                                                    not sure if this is the same for other tree spirit bosses, hopefully it is though

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      This boss has the weirdest hit boxes. It swings so wide and randomly that by staying next to it, i barely got hit. It was only when I started rolling away that it was hurting me.

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        Greatshield Soldiers spirit ash seems to survive a bit longer than others. Every second counts for a boss that 1-shots me!

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          Strategy for squishy mages: use Unseen Form and he won't agro when you enter. Gives you time to Spirit summon; I was able to go behind him, buff, and use Comet Azure for the kill.

                                                                                                          I'm not going to call it a cheese because this boss is the Grand Fromage and he agros as soon as you hit him.

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            I found frost to be much more effective than fire in my case. I used a lordswordn straight sword +12, and occasionally applied frost grease. Took like 3 frost grease and diligent dodging to finish it

                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                              My 2 tips for this boss:

                                                                                                              1. Use fire damage. He's weak to it.
                                                                                                              2. Don't summon another player. His health is already insanely high and it becomes even higher when another person joins. Spirits are fine.

                                                                                                              My experience with these spirits are that More Players=Less Victory Chance. The average simply can't deal with this fast moving, unpredictable boss. Add more people and he gets more health. He also becomes even more unpredictable because he's switching targeting between multiple players. Spirits don't seem to be a problem in that regard (I've noticed that the AI focuses on the player 90% of time over a spirit).

                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                If you have access to the Ice Spear ash of war, it trivializes this fight by a huge, huge amount.
                                                                                                                4 Ice Spears should stagger it, 2 more gets it to half health. The frostbite adds up very VERY quickly and staggers well.
                                                                                                                If you're struggling, try and find a good source of frost damage - it did much MUCH better for me than even my best flame incantations and summons.

                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                  After trying almost every offensive spells for both sorcery and incantation that can be cast with at least 22 Int, 20 Faith and 18 Arcane, I learned a lot about this one. Just to point it out, I didn't do this by desperation, but just by curiosity as to find the best way to deal with this boss because lots of people seems to have difficulties against it. I could have beat him in about 8-10 tries at most, but instead as its super easy to reach I decided to try multiple spells, die, return and try other spells just for the sake of seeing the results. First, forget anything that is lightning or light oriented. Those deal barely any damages (around 70-80 even for the strongest spells I could get my hand on). Fire damages is obviously its weakness, followed by regular magic damage. In terms of FP usage, ease of use and damage output, there are 3 spells that beats every other spells against this boss: The 3rd best spell is an incantation. If you got the spare FP Magma Shot takes a good chunk, but it comes with the issue of high-raise in aggro. Every time you case it and hit, you can be sure you got its attention for a while (even if your summon is a spam-type for aggro). The only good side of that spell, above the other, is the after-hit damage IF the boss is not moving (and we know it loves to roll around). The 2nd best spell is Flame Sling. It deals a decent (around 250-300 in my case with 22 Int, 20 Faith and 18 Arc, as a reminder), has good range which allow you to cast it from outside this boss' critical close zone (the zone that makes you hate the camera movement as it fails to gasp the boss' movements). The number 1 best spell is, as some might have guessed, the Black Flame incantation. That spell DESTROY this boss faster than anything. Its initial damage is similar to the Flame Sling, but that spell as also deal a bunch of secondary damages over time after each hit and those damage are accumulative if you hit multiple times in rows. (3-4 hits from that spell would drop this boss's HP by around 1/6 or more if you hit its head) I noticed that the secondary (burning) damage of the spell doesn't aggro the boss either (unlike the Magma Shot) as my summon was able to take on the aggro even while the boss was getting hit by the burning effect of the Black Flame. With 25 in Mind, you'll need around 3 or 4 FP pots if you use Black Flame with 20 in Faith and a Sacred Seal with 168 or more Incantation Scaling.

                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                    The world famous randomly wriggling hurtbox, not to be confused with the spin to win hurtbox, the AOE spam hurtbox or the neverending comboes hurtbox. Textures and animations are secondary, the important part is that I get hit. Oh yes. Keep hitting. I deserve it.

                                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                                      This boss is indeed vulnerable to poise damage. You can use a weapon art as simple as Flame of the Redmanes; easy to hit with, does decent damage, and (for me) three casts of the weapon art without too much of a delay in between will stagger. Watch for the tells on its grab, be mindful of the AoE burst at 50%, and otherwise the fight is fairly straightforward. Bit of a letdown considering the rest of the dungeon.

                                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                                        Got him in my first try. His attacks has really interesting hitboxes, though in a favor of player. Even the large aoe attacks seems to effect smaller area. Also it is really vunreable when he tries to breath scarlet rot, oldest tip one the book -aka striking the belly- worked pretty well.

                                                                                                                        He has a relatively karge health pool though.

                                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                                          These types of bosses are just lame and unoriginal. You can hardly anticipate to their attacks because you can't see what they are doing because they are too big. The one shot attacks make it even worse.

                                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                                            Got him second try. On my way to him got invaded, hit the guy with pest threads to stun and then I said goodnight using taker's flame, 1293 direct hit. The trick to the boss is using a chunk damage that can stagger. Taker's flame for me.

                                                                                                                            Once you get past his initial grab just hit twice and roll left or right depending on which way he coils up. He'll telegraph his rot aoe.

                                                                                                                            You got it.

                                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                                              Got him second try. On my way to him got invaded, hit the guy with pest threads to stun and then I said goodnight using taker's flame, 1293 direct hit. The trick to the boss is using a chunk damage that can stagger. Taker's flame for me.

                                                                                                                              Once you get past his initial grab just hit twice and roll left or right depending on which way he coils up. He'll telegraph his rot aoe.

                                                                                                                              You got it.

                                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                Easy boss. Mimic +10 took all the aggro while I attacked with bleed weapons. Only got hit once and never grabbed me. Maybe I got lucky?

                                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                  Easy boss. Mimic +10 took all the aggro while I attacked with bleed weapons. Only got hit once and never grabbed me. Maybe I got lucky?

                                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                    It's such a shame that this boss is... like it is, because the rest of the dungeon is awesome. I was so hyped after fighting my way through an infinite ghost struggle, I thought I'd find some kind of super ghost, but no, just another stupid tree spirit. One that one-shots you as soon as you enter the room.

                                                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                      Note that since the patch, EVERY SINGLE cheese strategy (and the magic guide on the page itself) NO LONGER WORK.

                                                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                        Against its bite: bloodhound step
                                                                                                                                        Against its erratic damage hitbox: use 100% physical shield with better boost
                                                                                                                                        Against its phase 2 scarlet rot AOE: dont bother to dodge, just block with Golden Great Shield to halved or -70% of its damage
                                                                                                                                        Best Spirit summon: +8 Greatshield or above.

                                                                                                                                        It works for my Gransax Bolt 1200+ per charged bolt slowly without trigger much aggro. Greatshield spirit still left 3 out of 5 alive.

                                                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                          Shard Spiral absolutely destroys this thing. So long as you can avoid it’s opening gambit and dodge the grab, the spirals do immense damage on its massive hit box, and stun it pretty easily

                                                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                            not even radahn oneshot me with like 90% of his kit. you walk in on this guy after beating the crimson hype beast only to learn this snake jacks rad's lunch money

                                                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                              The strat that worked for me was a cold nightrider flail with wild strikes AOW. Just get in close and hold L2 and when it’s about to go away hit R1 or R2 and you should stagger him. You’ll proc frostbite pretty quick too. I should note I did use golden vow incant before entering the fog wall. Hope it helps.

                                                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                                The strat that worked for me was a cold nightrider flail with wild strikes AOW. Just get in close and hold L2 and when it’s about to go away hit R1 or R2 and you should stagger him. You’ll proc frostbite pretty quick too. I should note I did use golden vow incant before entering the fog wall. Hope it helps.

                                                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                                  Avoid summoning immediately when you enter as the boss will most likely attack and try to grab immediately. Summon after dodging his grab. I found Bloodhound step is a MUST to avoid his grab, most attacks, and closing the gap.

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