Runebear

runebear bosses elden ring wiki guide
Location Earthbore Cave
Drops runes currency elden ring wiki guide 182,600
Spelldrake Talisman
HP 3,311
Strong VS
Weak to

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

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.

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 3,311 9,459 10,404 10,877 11,350 12,296 12,769 13,242
Defense 102.6 117.4 120.335 123.27 129.14 135.01 140.88 152.62
runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18Runes 2,600 13,000 14,300 14,625 15,600 15,925 16,250 16,575

Resistances

poison status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxPoison 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 status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxScarlet 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 status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxHemorrhage 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 status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxFrostbite 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 status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxSleep 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
madness status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxMadness Immune

 

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

 

Melee Users

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

Attack Description Counter
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 combo chart

 

Runebear Image Gallery

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    • Anonymous

      Having over 3000 health and being that much of a c**t is obviously a big f**k you from the devs. The so called lesser rune bears are not much better.

      • Anonymous

        there’s one of these in the consecrated snowfield that drops a larval tear and has more hp than malekith, what a travesty

        • Anonymous

          I swear whenever I see a Runebear I hear a Wrestling gong ring somewhere and the words 'LETS GET READY TO RUMBLE!" before getting bodied in a second.

          • Anonymous

            My strategy for killing runebears is always the same. "A strange game. The only winning move is not to play. How about a nice game of Candy Land?"

            • Anonymous

              Envoy Long Horn +10 - 2 bubble blasts, then smash his face in with the critical strike. Easy peasy dead for the ones out in the world. (Stand in his crotch when you bubble blast)

              • Anonymous

                i ended up killing him using the basic torch kale sells you, didn't have a slash weapon and lone wolves were useful at drawing aggro for half the fight. turns out even a torch is a good weapon to kill them.

                • Anonymous

                  Horrible enemy. It can change ****ing direction mid leap and come down on you every time. And the one in Caelid by the well only gives 1900 runes...that's such bullshit

                  • Anonymous

                    bullshit how its so big in the cave, did it in like 5 tries but still lame, like howd it even get in there??

                    • Anonymous

                      I summoned a phantom to help me with this after it merc'd me the first time I stumbled into his cave. Only for the bear to fall through the ground at about 60-70% hp and die

                      • Anonymous

                        You know you're in for a rough game when a brown bear is the easiest and smallest bear in the game to fight

                        • Anonymous

                          **** that bear in the concecreated snow fields, it attacks faster than you can stand up after being hit once and you can't summon any help while it's more of a bullet sponge than most bosses

                          • Anonymous

                            they really aren’t worth the effort unless you enjoy fighting them for some reason, most of them in the world don’t drop jack s-

                            • Anonymous

                              For Consecrated Snowfield:

                              Most of the Runebears are in a cave or something similar and allow you to use ranged attacks and status effects to take them down. However, the one in Consecrated Snowfield leaves you no option but to go toe to toe or hit and run while mounted. I opted for the toe to toe fight on my bandit and used the following method: I used Rot Breath to quickly dispatch the 3 pilgrims (one of which spawns the Runebear). Once the Runebear spawns I hit him with a blast of Rot Breath. I then make use of the Flame of the Redmanes to break his guard. On the first break I hit him with the second blast of Rot Breath causing him to become afflicted. The rest of the fight is rolling under his belly and out between his hindlegs hitting him with the Flame of the Redmanes - scoring critical hits every 2 blasts. This was definitely a tough fight but very rewarding in the end.

                              • Anonymous

                                I could be wrong but I'm pretty sure I had a Runebear wavedash at me to land their grapple. Like actually scoot without motion 5-6 extra meters.

                                • Anonymous

                                  The most annoying thing about Runebears is the attack where they abrutly charge at you and if you're behind or to the side of them, they instantly rotate before they charge at you. That nonsense is so god damn fast that I've yet to consistently dodge it and the worst is when they decide to spam that attack back to back. Once had a Runebear do that FOUR TIMES IN A ROW.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    I was fighting the Runebear in Earthbore Cave, and it grabbed me so I spammed buttons to get out of it, and I did. When I did however, the bear fell through the floor and died from being out of bounds. I don't know if this is a glitch that could work every time but it worked pretty well for me.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Is there a page on the enemies that randomly turn into rune bears? I've run into two, one near the Agheel Lake South grace and one in the blizzard section of the consecrated snowfield. The second one was half buried in the snow, with some buddies trying to dig him out.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Ok, whoever put the strategy to fight Runebears below, thank you!

                                        Here's what I did with the one in the Consecrated Snowfield: Get in CLOSE. Like under him and then roll around to behind him as he stands up to do the pounce attack. I got hit with his charge, but he missed with every other attack.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Not sure if it's just me, but on PS5, every single time I get grabbed by a runebear and mash out of it, they fall through the floor. This seems to be 100% consistent, even on relatively flat ground. In certain areas they even fall through onto another floor below, and remain there. You can even drop them into underground tombs if they are underneath.

                                          It got to the point that my way of fighting runebears is to just make sure there'd be nothing underneath the terrain except the killplane, then let them grab me so I can mash out of it and have them fall.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            Runebear's can just piss off tbh, they are so annoying to fight, I know some people will find them easier to beat but they are just generally bullshit of a mob, super fast, huge hitboxes, does more damage to me than a boss does....Bloody sadistics are the people who work for From Software xD

                                            P.S. I love the game but god damn some of the enemies suck ass to fight xD

                                            • My strategy for killing runebears is always the same. Here are the steps

                                              1. physick
                                              2. boiled crab
                                              3. mount torrent (if available)
                                              4. frostbite
                                              5. scarlet rot
                                              6. fire
                                              7. cowardly avoid relentless attacks through careful positioning and well-timed sprints on Torrent
                                              8. victory

                                              • Anonymous

                                                I dont understand this thing. Faster than horse, even if you are far his scream has huge rablnhe and pulls you in. Even if you dodge 2 attacks he relentlessly follows up, gives no opening to heal or riposte. Only times i beat this monster was cheesing it from some place he cant reach.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  I read somewhere that the wolfman Blythe or whatever no longer speaks to you and is hostile if you kill runebears. Is there an exception for this boss?

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    Highly recommend fighting these on horseback when you can. High speed keeps you away from most of his high damage attacks

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      is it just me or is the runebear disguised that drops a larva tear in concentrated snowfield lower fps than anything else lmfao. I was trying to get the larval tear from it then when I fought it I noticed it was in like 10-20 fps while every5hing else was in 60. When he did that hug grab attack I could clearly see the difference lmfao.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        Stay under it, get in as many hits as you can, and dodge towards its back if it stands up on its hind legs. The charge attack is borderline un-dodgeable, so always be prepared to heal a few times, but it rarely charges if you're close.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          ok... can we talk about these bears... the one in the consecrated snowfield. Whoever designed that encounter genuinely hates people. There's fun challenging, and then there's this. Stun locking nonsense.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Runebears are EXTREMELY weak to sleep effects. I've tested on multiple bears, 2-3 Arrows of St Trina will put them to sleep and allow for a critical hit.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              I would have been more intimidated if the final Boss was a bear, two dogs, and a Stormhawk. Truly the deadliest of enemies

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                Lone wolf ashes got taken out pretty quick for me but the banished lord engvall was an absolute tank and served as just enough distraction to get a good balance of ranged attacks to compliment the melee. Rolling into the attacks made all the difference as well because you can find a spot under/close to him where his huge attacks won’t affect you as much.

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  Lone wolf ashes got taken out pretty quick for me but the banished lord engvall was an absolute tank and served as just enough distraction to get a good balance of ranged attacks to compliment the melee. Rolling into the attacks made all the difference as well because you can find a spot under/close to him where his huge attacks won’t affect you as much.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    Just roll trough his attacks!
                                                                    He clawswipes twice!
                                                                    plenty of openings especially after his "bear hug" attack missed!
                                                                    Dash attack is annoying but dodgable with some training and gives you time to heal afterwards!

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      Several non-boss instances exist out in the wild. I've found at least one near the minor Erdtree in Liurna, and I seem to recall seeing another one in the swamp near there as well.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        great tip about rolling forward and staying underneath him, I was unable to summon spirits - I had plenty of FP.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          great tip about rolling forward and staying underneath him, I was unable to summon spirits - I had plenty of FP.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            Nobody seems to have mentioned in yet, but as of the most recent patch (1.03.1), there is a glitch with virtually every Runebear I've fought. If you get caught in its grab and you button mash out in order to take less damage, you'll pop out and he'll fall through the ground and fall into the killbox below the world. This has happened on almost every bear I've fought in the game since the most recent patch. I only figured this out because I'm terrible at dodging his grab. Don't know if it works on the dungeon boss in Earthbore, since I beat that dungeon before the patch.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              To reiterate on someone else: stay RIGHT at its feet and its an easy kill, the only attack to worry about is the head butt. If you have a group summon its absurdly easy to kill. I got a drake talisman on the kill.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                Im shocked nobody mentioned using sleep status on these things! Not even the wiki brings it up. The cheese is 2-3 sleep arrows and crit it, rinse repeat. Seriously its so effective, the bears become a joke.

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  Has anyone in the world ever dodged his stupid grab without outranging it? Seems to have an awful lingering hitbox similar to the ogres in DS2.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    I honestly hate this enemy. He's easy if he doesn't decide to use his headbutt attack that has little to no wind-up. That attack almost always hits me since it's incredibly fast and the telegraph is very subtle.

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      I have problem with this one, I roll trough his pounce atack and i get hit by his back legs or something. Can't block that even with Baricade shield...

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        The hitbox on its grab is so broken holy ****. It practically turns into a cube and you can be grabbed from like 5 feet away at its side.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          A tip to fellow tarnished who might be struggling: stay very close to this guy. Like, literally underneath him or preferably, behind him. Dodge accordingly, and the bear will be a breeze.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            Almost immune to bleeding, using Reduvia & bandit knife powerstanced you attack 4 times per instance and with the attacking 5 times for the full combo it hits about 20 times, 4 full combos will not bleed the bear (80 hits) if you use the Reduvia special I have 15 mind about 84 FP and it costs 4 FP to use draining my bar (21 attacks) twice (42) will bleed the bear once. to put this in perspective every other boss I've fought requires 2-3 hits to bleed. (Ancient Hero of Zamor
                                                                                            Demi-Human Chief, Erdtree Avatar, Godrick the Grafted, Grave Warden Duelist, Leonine Misbegotten, Night's Cavalry, Soldier of Godrick, Stonedigger Troll)

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              Little Tip for This guy Stay Under Him Only attack That will be Tiny Bitt Your worrie is His Running Attack block that with Your weapon You take Tiny bitt damage and all stamina Or shield And Less health Lost but still all stamina Gone Butt you will have Time To get Enough To run Under Him againg For More Heavy or Light attacks Try This Tacktick!!!

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                I seem to be only able to summon one co-op user in this fight. I don't know if it's a hard cap or something with the server.

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  Boss can be poise broken and receive critical attack on its head. Used rock sling about 3 times to break poise

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    For some reason this enemy spawned for me in the open world on the east of the limgrave lake. Couldn't find anything about this anywhere on the internet.

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      could beat him as caster ez..just go max range bait his jump , 2 - 3 casts .. repeat.. and finish last 10% with melee. took me around 5-6 trys @ lvl 17

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        The summoned spirits in this cave are utterly useless and a waste of FP, don't do it if you're playing solo. Their range literally only covers two braindead rats and then they despawn.

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