Runebear is a Field Boss in Elden Ring. It's a massive beast with a runic pattern on its chest found deep in the Earthbore Cave. This is an optional boss, as players don't need to defeat it in order to advance.
The Lesser Runebear is the normal enemy form of this boss.
Elden Ring Runebear Boss
- Found in Earthbore Cave [Map Link]
- This is an optional boss
- Closest Site of Grace: Earthbore Cave
- Multiplayer is allowed for this boss
- You can summon Spirit Ashes for this boss
Runebear Combat information
- Health: 3,311 HP
- Defense: 102.6
- Stance: 80
- Parryable: No
- Is vulnerable to a critical hit after being stance broken
- Damage: Standard, Slash
- Unaffected by Beast-Repellent Torch
- The first time you fight this boss, it will be asleep until you attack it. After that, it will begin each fight awake and aggressive.
- Drops 2,600, Spelldrake Talisman
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.
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+ and Beyond (click to reveal)
|Poison||313 / 411 / 701 / 1158||342 / 440 / 730 / 1187||347 / 445 / 735 / 1192||352 / 450 / 740 / 1197||357 / 455 / 745 / 1202||362 / 460 / 750 / 1207||367 / 465 / 755 / 1212||372 / 470 / 760 / 1217|
|Scarlet Rot||313 / 411 / 701 / 1158||342 / 440 / 730 / 1187||347 / 445 / 735 / 1192||352 / 450 / 740 / 1197||357 / 455 / 745 / 1202||362 / 460 / 750 / 1207||367 / 465 / 755 / 1212||372 / 470 / 760 / 1217|
|Hemorrhage||512 / 802 / 1259||559 / 849 / 1306||567 / 857 / 1314||575 / 865 / 1322||584 / 874 / 1331||592 / 882 / 1339||600 / 890 / 1347||609 / 899 / 1356|
|Frostbite||512 / 802 / 1259||559 / 849 / 1306||567 / 857 / 1314||575 / 865 / 1322||584 / 874 / 1331||592 / 882 / 1339||600 / 890 / 1347||609 / 899 / 1356|
|Sleep||170 / 198 / 240 / 338||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|
Elden Ring Runebear Boss Guide
Runebear Boss Video Guide
Runebear Fight Strategy
The Best Tips for Runebear:
- Use the Lone Wolf Ashes
- If you see the Runebear winding up for his grab, hug his left leg and roll with it.
- Stay close to the Runebear and roll into its attacks
Keep to the Belly: Try to stay underneath the Runebear. Dodge through its attacks and attack back as hard as you can, dodging forward whenever it swings or rises on its hind legs. Most of its attacks will pass over you, giving you plenty of time to deal damage. Blocking is risky since its attacks do massive Stamina damage.
Break its Stance: Although the Runebear has relatively high Stance, once it breaks it'll be knocked out for long enough to get in a few attacks and a critical hit. This may make it worthwhile to use charged heavy attacks, jump attacks, or other means of dealing lots of stance damage.
Magic and Ranged Users
Since the Runebear is safest up close, your best bet as a spellcaster is to use short-range spells and follow the same strategy as melee players. Bow users who are unwilling to switch to melee will have quite a challenge. Use a Shortbow for its attack speed and fire arrows at point-blank range.
Runebear Attacks & Counters
|Claw Maul||Raises its claw and slashes it forward. This attack has a deceptively large hitbox and excellent tracking||If you're underneath the Runebear, this attack will miss. Otherwise, dodge in when the paw reaches the top its arc|
|Smash||Rises briefly onto its hind legs with its left paw raised, then slams it into the ground||This attack has limited range, so back away or move around the back of the Runebear|
|Bite||The bear opens its mouth and lunges forward||Roll into the bear, trying to end up in the safer area underneath it|
|Lunge Attack||Lunges through the air towards you, covering a lot of distance||Roll into the bear, trying to end up in the safer area underneath it|
|Double Paw Smash||Rises onto its hind legs with both paws raised, then slams them both into the ground creating a shockwave||If you've got some distance, you can jump over the shockwave. Otherwise, roll in once its paws are level with its face|
|Bear Hug||Rises onto its hind legs with its arms spread wide, walks forward a bit, and grabs you with both arms||Roll once it's taken a few steps. If you get grabbed, mash buttons to release yourself. This may trigger a bug where the bear will fall through the floor to its death|
Runebear Lore, Notes & Other Trivia
- Bug: If the player manage to escape from grab attack by button mashing, the Runebearbear will fall through the floor and die
Runebear Combo Chart
Runebear Image Gallery