Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy

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Location Volcano Manor
Drops
runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18130.000
Rykard's Great Rune 
Remembrance of the Blasphemous
HP 89,613
Stronger VS
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God-Devouring Serpent and Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy is a two-phase Demigod Boss in Elden Ring. The God-Devouring Serpent is a massive coiled serpent found at the Volcano Manor in Mt. Gelmir, and Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy is its true form that's revealed after the first phase is defeated. When Rykard offered himself up to the serpent in a pursuit of immortality, most of his followers turned on him and sought to bring him down with the Serpent-Hunter.

 

Rykard is an optional boss, and doesn't need to be defeated in order to advance in Elden Ring. However, Rykard is a shardbearer, and two of the four available shardbearers must be defeated before entering Leyndell, Royal Capital.

 

 Join the Serpent King, as family... Together, we will devour the very gods!

Elden Ring Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy Boss

  • This is an optional boss
  • This boss fight has two phases with the same stats but different names. You must kill God-Devouring Serpent and then Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy to win the fight, and if you die you'll start over with God-Devouring Serpent.
  • Closest Site of Grace: Audience Pathway
  • Multiplayer is allowed for this boss
  • You can summon Spirit Ashes for this boss

 

Elden Ring Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy Location

From the Audience Pathway Site of Grace, head through the gateway immediately to the south. Make sure you grab the Serpent Hunter on your left as you enter, then proceed towards the center of the room until the God-Devouring Serpent attacks. [Map Link]

There are two ways to reach the Audience Pathway Site of Grace:

  1. Progress to the end of the Volcano Manor legacy dungeon and take the waygate after the room with the Man-Serpent Ashes.
  2. Complete all three of Tanith's contracts, then agree to see him and she'll teleport you to the Audience Pathway Site of Grace. Note that if you choose this option, you won't be able to use Rykard as one of the shardbearers needed to enter Leyndell, Royal Capital, since the last contract is only available after Leyndell.

 

Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy 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 (Serpent) 30,439 38,474 42,321 44,245 46,168 50,016 51,939 53,863
HP (Rykard) 59,174 74,795 82,274 86,014 89,754 97,233 100,973 104,713
Defense 115 118 121 124 130 136 142 153
runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18Runes 130,000 260,000 286,000 292,500 312,000 318,500 325,000 331,500

Resistances

poison status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxPoison 556 / 846 / 1303 270 / 560 / 1017 274 / 564 / 1021 278 / 568 / 1025 282 / 572 / 1029 286 / 576 / 1033 290 / 580 / 1037 294 / 584 / 1041
scarlet rot status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxScarlet Rot 556 / 846 / 1303 270 / 560 / 1017 274 / 564 / 1021 278 / 568 / 1025 282 / 572 / 1029 286 / 576 / 1033 290 / 580 / 1037 294 / 584 / 1041
hemorrhage status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxHemorrhage 556 / 846 / 1303 270 / 560 / 1017 274 / 564 / 1021 278 / 568 / 1025 282 / 572 / 1029 286 / 576 / 1033 290 / 580 / 1037 294 / 584 / 1041
frostbite status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxFrostbite 247 / 289 / 387 / 677 120 / 162 / 260 / 550 121 / 163 / 261 / 551 123 / 165 / 263 / 553 125 / 167 / 265 / 555 127 / 169 / 267 / 557 129 / 171 / 269 / 559 130 / 172 / 270 / 560
sleep status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxSleep 556 / 846 / 1303 270 / 560 / 1017 274 / 564 / 1021 278 / 568 / 1025 282 / 572 / 1029 286 / 576 / 1033 290 / 580 / 1037 294 / 584 / 1041
madness status effect elden ring wiki guide 25pxMadness Immune

 

Elden Ring Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy Boss Guide

Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy Boss Video Guide

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Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy Fight Strategy

The Best Tips for Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy:

  • Rykard is very weak to Frostbite, therefore inflict it at the beginning of the fight to increase damage.
  • Use the Serpent-Hunter Great Spear found at the beginning of the boss' chamber.
    • The Great-Serpent Hunt weapon skill stuns Rykard for a brief period of time, opening him up to a weapon skill combo or a charged heavy attack. This stun occurs regardless of poise damage, and provides an opening for casting/combo attacks.
    • Use the Great-Serpent Hunt skill in the 2nd phase to interrupt Rykard's Rancorcall (the one that releases dozens of homing skulls). This will stagger him and prevent the rancor skulls being released.
    • Carian Filigreed Crest can help by lowering the FP consumption of skill.
  • Use the Mimic Tear Spirit Summon while equipped with Serpent-Hunter to significantly reduce the boss' difficulty.
  • Because the fight does not begin until the player gets close enough to Rykard to activate him, a player can fast travel out of the boss arena immediately after picking up the Serpent-Hunter. Visiting a blacksmith to upgrade the Serpent-Hunter before fighting Rykard will make the fight easier. 
  • If a Starlight Shard is used once at the beginning of the fight and once more during the transition from God Devouring Serpent to Rykard, Lord Of Blasphemy the Serpent-Hunters ash of war Great-Serpent Hunt can be used repeatedly to stun both phases of the boss, typically preventing him from attacking. Of note is that you should step back between attacks to prevent yourself from stepping into the lava pool.
  • Avoid trying to walk directly up to Rykard, since he's surrounded by lava that will continuously damage you and stagger you out of attacks.

 

General Strategy

Rykard is first fought in his first phase as the God-Devouring Serpent. See the serpent's page for relevant details. This section pertains to Rykard in his second phase as Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy. Be sure to pick up the Serpent-Hunter Great Spear held by a corpse at the beginning of the boss's chamber. It has a special interaction with this boss fight that manifests a blade of light with every attack, significantly increasing its range and allowing players to damage both phases of the boss from outside of the magma pool he stands in. The spear has a three-stab light combo with escalating damage, a two-move heavy slashing combo with slightly increasing damage on the second hit, and a two-attack special move that has a long wind-up and costs FP.

Success in the Rykard boss encounter hinges on your ability to manage the multiple area effects as well as the boss's wide-arcing swings with his blade. In general, you should always dodge towards the side his sword is coming from because Rykard is a large boss with very slow swings. Dodging in the same direction that his weapon swings towards will increase the time his sword's hitbox overlaps with yours, causing a hit and each hit from Rykard is extremely painful. There is also a lot happening in the background, with debris falling all over the place. While these will not always deal damage, they can obscure your vision as Rykard is about to attack. Remain vigilant and always keep vision on the boss.

Rykard is a very slow boss and has plenty of openings in between his attacks for at least one poke with the Serpent-Hunter. There is no need to be greedy and you should prioritize being on the move, learning his patterns and dodging. Once you have his patterns down, you can consistently poke him in between almost every movement. Furthermore, being hit in the head with the Serpent-Hunter enough times will cause him to go down briefly, giving you an even bigger opportunity to deal damage.

While in his second phase, he will sometimes raise his sword up high to his side, appearing to empower himself. Dozens of large flaming skulls will then come raining down from the sky, with the bulk of them homing in on you. At this point use the Great-Serpent Hunt skill in order to stagger him and interrupt the casting, as it takes a good 3-4 seconds before going off. These skulls explode after a short delay upon reaching their target or impacting with the ground. Time your dodges or sprints properly to avoid damage. This phase persists for a long time and Rykard will continue with his regular moveset as the skulls rain down. If not killed after a while, he will end this phase by raising his sword up high with both hands, channeling the flames in the sky into the blade, culminating in a giant overhead cleave.

Cheese Strategy

Rykard can be made significantly more easy by summoning the Mimic Tear Spirit while equipped with the Serpent-Hunter. The Mimic copies your current equipment and this extends to the blade of light functionality of the Serpent-Hunter. The Mimic will attack of its own volition and you will still need to dodge the boss' attacks properly but having what is essentially a second player firing blades of light at him will massively cut down the amount of time and effort required to defeat the boss.

Melee Users

Though there is a weapon provided at the entrance of the arena, you can still fight Rykard with other weapons if you want. With melee weapons, it's best to use frost weapons since that's a weakness of his, but using bleed works too. The magma under him doesn't deal much damage so with a bunch of health flasks and health you can easily tank through it (provided your armor and/or resistances are high enough). Get right up close and hit his body. The only downside to this is that you will take constant chip damage due to the magma you're standing on (sometimes cancelling your attack mid animation), and it'll be hard to see what attack he's doing. He also will keep sliding away, especially in phase two. A plus is that he won't be able to hit you much when you're there.

 

Magic and Ranged Users

Due to the special weapon used, HP flask charges are more useful than FP flask charges.

If the player wants to beat Rykard without Serpent-Hunter, it is crucial to use main weakness (Frostbite) and boss large size. This makes Borealis's Mist, Pest Threads and Ancient Dragons' Lightning Spear (Incantations) a good choice. In case of sorceries, Ranni's Dark Moon paired with Rock Sling is a good call.

 

Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy Attacks & Counters

Attack Description Counter
Sword Combo Rykard's most common combo involves swinging his sword from the left to the right, then right to left, ending in a stab in front of him. Note that the second swing has a slight feint where he first slams the blade's side on the ground before swinging it across to throw you off your dodge timing. Sometimes, he will not perform the stab and other times, he will perform a fourth attack by pulling the sword upwards directly after the stab, causing the ground to erupt in the area. Dodge towards the direction his sword is coming from during the swings. His stab travels more to your right side so dodge to the left.
Stab Combo Rykard holds his sword to his side in preparation for a stab. He then proceeds to quickly stab at the ground in near his target three times. He will sometimes perform a fourth upheaval attack, pulling his sword from the ground and causing the ground to erupt. Sprint or dodge far to the side.
Sword & Snake Bite Combo Rykard swings his sword from the left and follows up with bash with the serpent's head from the right. He finishes off with a lunge from the serpent head coming from the left. Same as his sword combo, dodge towards the direction each attack comes from.
Magma Leap Rykard leaps either forward or backwards, sending out volleys of magma in random directions upon impact. Maintain distance from the magma pool and move as the magma flies out.
Groundshock 1st phase only. Rykard plunges his serpent head into the ground, then after a moment pulls it up to send a magma shockwave AoE attack forward in a cone shape over the earth. Very difficult to dodge, can't be rolled through or jumped over. Possible to avoid by sprinting sideways if timed immediately as the animation begins. Use weapon guard (L1) to reduce damage taken if you miss sprint timing.
Rykard's Rancor Rykard extends his head forward and releases a small flaming skull from his mouth that creates a fire trail along its trajectory. After a short delay, explosions are released in a cascading fashion along the trail. Note that these skulls also appear from the ground periodically, with varying trajectories. Simply avoid being anywhere near the trail.
Snake Bite Rykard flips his head to the left, revealing the serpent which subsequently lunges forward to bite you. Time your dodge to the left side.
Rancor Storm Rykard raises his sword high above to his side, appearing to empower himself. Many large flaming skulls will then rain down from the sky with the bulk of them flying towards you and exploding after a short delay as they reach their target or impact with the ground. This rain of skulls will continue for quite a while and Rykard will continue on with his standard moveset as the skulls rain down. Dodge or sprint away from the skulls before they explode. When Rykard is charging, take the time to get as many free hits in as possible before he resumes attacking. Using Great-Serpent Hunt in the beginning can interrupt his cast and will cancel the effects entirely. 
Taker's Flames If not stunned or killed during the Rancor Storm, Rykard will begin the attack by raising his sword high above with both hands, channeling the fire into the blade. After a long moment, he will then cleave the ground directly in front of him, culminating in a fiery explosion that travels forward. If Rykard is within 3-4 hits of dying, just finish him off before he finishes charging. Otherwise, sprint far to the side or time your dodge precisely as the blade lands.

Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy Lore, Notes & Other Trivia

  • Voice Actor: Simon Gregor
  • He is the son of Rennala and Radagon but chose to go against the Erdtree, and eventually gave himself to the serpent.
  • Before "uniting" with a serpent, he was a Praetor - this was a status in Ancient Rome that either ment a commander of army or someone, who assigned various duties to other.
  • WARNING! Defeating Rykard will lock players out of completing any incomplete Volcano Manor invasion requests.

World Changes after Defeat:

Dialogue

Introduction:

Hmm... Very well.

You...

Join the Serpent King, as family... Together, we will devour the very gods!

Defeating player:

Now, we can devour the gods, together!

After Fight:

No one will hold me captive.

A serpent never dies.

Ha ha ha...

 

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    • Anonymous

      So the erdtree is a specific "great tree", the GDS is a "great serpent", and it seems that it can absorb bodies+souls like the erdtree...

      I think Miquella at least had an easier PR sell with his usurper plan than Rykard lol. "Hey guys let's burn down the erdtree and replace it with this giant snake!" no freaking wonder they don't tell people what the plan is before sending them to "meet" Rykard!

      • Anonymous

        We need a Rykard ending. How cool would it be to go back to his head and feed him all the great runes or remembrances or something?
        Not because a giant snake eating the world would make sense but because then we would all really be TOGETHAaaaa

        • Anonymous

          I don't know what happened but somehow in my run I could just hug his body due to high fire resist or whatever and wail on him without much issue for minutes at a time. I am not sure if just my run was bugged or if this is generally possible. If so, the greatest cheese strategy seems to be walk onto the lava and slap him all day long. Maybe I was way overleveled and overequipped for the area?

          • Anonymous

            Fighting the Family Guy without the Serpent hunter is hella fun. Every Elden Ring veteran should do it at least once.

            • Anonymous

              Running a strength build on my first playthrough has never felt so convenient. I'm doing at least 800 damage per hit with 60 strength. Really cool gimmick boss.

              • Anonymous

                The weirdest part about him, as a character, is that his men actually admired and were loyal to him. But not in a fanatic sort of way, as they sought for ways to defeat him after he succumbed to gluttony. Rykard also has a loving wife, or consort, whose adoptive daughter is pure of heart and looks up to her mother despite all the atrocities Volcano Manor commits. It seems to me that Rykard was both a good husband and ruler, which is pretty ironic to think about. Maybe he inherited some of his mother's gentle temperament, alongside his clear sadistic and megalomaniac tendencies.

                • Anonymous

                  Lava does not eat that much health and when you are close to him, most of his attacks do not hit you. I am playing armorless, so I only had a fire talisman and the physique that increases resistances. And I was comfortably just standing in the lava smacking him.

                  • Anonymous

                    players with years of fromsoft experience forgetting the most elementary concepts of gameplay as soon as they walk into a gimmick boss's arena (I am players)

                    • Anonymous

                      NPC's don't actually leave the manor after defeating rykard, only after reporting rykard's death to tanith

                      • Anonymous

                        HmMmMmmmmMmm…
                        *INHALE* Very wellmmm…
                        mMmmyoouuuuu
                        *INHALE* Joinn tha serpent kinng as famileeee…
                        TOGETHAAAAA WE WILL DEVOUAAAA THA VERY GODZZ

                        • Anonymous

                          I got summoned by a host to help fight him only for me to realize I didn’t have the serpent hunter (I had an optimized inventory for swapping but forgot it) on my character so I just put on the godskin swaddling cloth and used cold straight swords and it worked quite well. The swaddling cloth healing outpaced the lava damage and since I was so close to him none of his attacks could hit me. So that is another way to beat Rykard fairly easily without even needing the serpent hunter thought the easiest way is still just upgrading the serpent hunter.

                          • Anonymous

                            This was super easy for me, might have been that I upgraded the weapon they give you before my second attempt ;)

                            • Anonymous

                              Tried him once, couldn't figure out how to hit him without going in the lava. Decided to finish some other stuff first.

                              Come back a few days later, spend an hour running at him with a sword just tanking the lava, constantly get him down to half health on phase 2, but I just do so little damage. Check this page, realize I had completely forgotten about the weapon at the start, first try him with it.

                              • Anonymous

                                A curious thing: I had on Scaled Gauntlets and Greaves, and managed to survive Groundshock with 1 HP left. I thought wearing the full Scaled set would give me better protection, but I ended up dying to the same move. Yes I need to come back after I leveled up my vigor, but the damage from that move never made any sense.

                                • Anonymous

                                  Honestly I don't mind the concept of a gimmick boss, but part of me wishes the special weapon was found somewhere more interesting. Imagine how fun it would be if, in line with the theme of the manor, you had to invade and defeat someone to get it. Maybe make it part of Bernahl's quest and bro it up with him in the process. Just spitballing here, ANYthing seems better than just plopping it down in the boss arena like that.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Him having lightning defense as lowest amongst elemental defense is as ironic as his every creation also having problems against lightning (man serpents and fingercreepers being neutral to lightning and abductor virgins being outright weak to it) while trying to go up against Lyendell which is filled with dragon cult lightning enthusiasts and is guarded by an ancient ighting dragon...

                                    • Anonymous

                                      I’m very confused, the stagger on the weapon art seems super unreliable. It seems like there’s a cooldown period between stuns but it’s hard to place, usually one attack cycle from rykard works but if it doesn’t I die. I don’t remember him being this hard lol

                                      • Anonymous

                                        His voice is ridiculous. Also the hardest part of this fight is just being able to see during phase 2. His attacks themselves are pathetic, I just find the rubble from the pillars keeps getting infront of the screen so I choke.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          I'm honestly surprised that I've not seen any memes of Rykard and Voldemort from Harry Potter Sorcerer's Stone. The prononciation of "Togethaaa..!" is spot on!

                                          • Anonymous

                                            To anyone struggling with Rancor Storm, if you use Great-Serpent Hunt as soon as it starts (the cue is a groaning sound followed by him slowly raising his sword), the attack will interrupt. After a moment, he’ll do the same thing again. And again.

                                            You can completely stunlock him to death lol, even if his stance breaks he’ll just get right back up to do the same attack (assuming I didn’t just get a case of bad AI).

                                            • Anonymous

                                              IMO the best boss in the game, despite it's issues (the Poison Spit and Magma Upheaval in phase 1 and the Skull rain in phase 2), this fight is a lot of fun with the Serpent-Hunter or even ranged magic (Loretta's Greatbow, Lightning Spear, etc.) as another means of dealing damage. Plus he's kind of a challenge if you don't cheese him with the skill.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                Honestly, pretty fun.

                                                L94, +5, and it was challenging, but not super unfairly. There is a method to the madness, and left me feeling accomplished.

                                                Except that one attack in phase 1 where its nearly impossible to dodge, burrowing in thee ground then spitting it out at you. **** that.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  While the gimmick is cool, this might as well be bed of chaos with extra steps albeit less annoying.

                                                  Once I realized the sheer amount of hp the boss had, I just swapped to fast bleed and went to town. The only problem was that the lava made it taxing on my estus. Even with mimic, going for it without the spear was engaging. I like slower paced combat tbh and smacking a wall of flesh that could only hurt me like Asylum Demon was kind of nice. But it dragged on, and when I realized I wouldn't have enough healing to survive the tax in melee, I resorted to the spear. But then I discovered that the attack didn't stagger the boss. Only once I saw my mimic hit the second phase with a one-two did I realize I had a working combo.

                                                  It probably works for some, but a lock-and-key weapon RIGHT before the boss kind of feels meh to me. I would have liked to find it while exploring though I must admit my blind ass missed it on the first attempt anyway. Of course new weapons are awesome, and I think if I just liked the weapon better I'd probably happier. I like my uncut nails, my apple peeler, and my holy scythe. I also like my spikey chain ball, but the spear is kind of meh for me. But then trying to LEARN a new weapon right before the boss just feels kind of meh.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    The hit box on his central body is incredibly janky. Really frustrating to run into a pool of lava and swing away at him and do 0 damage. I kept getting close killing him just by spamming weapon skills at him but those skulls get pretty tough and I kept just running out of FP :/. And then the spear just trivialized the fight entirely and I slaughtered him effortlessly and I'm not sure how to feel about that.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      I swear, out of all the bullshit bosses in this game, this is the bullshitties. I dont mean he is hard, oh no, but the most bullshit. A lot of his attack is close to, of not completely unavoidable. Obstacles all around the arena in random spots, and arena hazards, which you wont notice if you Are locked on. If you arent, you cant see his strike attacks and movements <— great camera, as usual in elden ring. A large lava pit; making close combat awkward due to camera angel and attacks being interrupted by character flinching in lava. All in all, massive middle finger to meele builds, but you get the serpent hunter, which makes this fight a joke (super easy)
                                                      as long as you are lucky with the earlier mentioned hazards.
                                                      And for those wondering, yes i beat him. All most deaths was due to him hitting me once, making me flinch, unable to Dodge the shitstorm of aoe attacks and skulls, unable to see, or got blocked by objects.
                                                      All in all, easy ( serpent hunter, or sorcery/incantation) but straight up BS and RNG

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        Maybe bug, but staggering him with Great Serpent Hunt when he began the Rancor Storm seemed to catch him in a loop when I played. After each hit, he continued trying to wind up the attack. A pretty easy kill because of this. Just have to watch out for floor exploding.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          the rancor just completely kills so much of my enjoyment of this boss. they're just such bullshit to have this constant stagehazard that can combo you to death if you're knocked down ONCE. what a pain, what a shame.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            from all the messages in front of the mirror, the mimic boss fight and the fia's champions, the most remembered insult will definitely be how this guy ate all kinds of ****, but when he tried to eat me he just spat me to the other side of the arena, as if the player was more disgusting than all the other kinds of who-knows-which-bullsh!t he ate in his lifetime...

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              I really don't like this boss. Or rather I should say the camera is more of a boss than Rykard was. All my deaths fell into two categories. One is that his snake head goes over my character, causing the camera to make up to 3 full 360 spins in the span of seconds. And each attack usually moves him closer to me or his hitbox will nudge me so I end up in lava that entire time but I can't roll out of it because the camera is spinning in circles.

                                                              The other method is my entire screen fills with orange and I suddenly die. I've beaten Rykard and I still have no idea what the attack is or how to counter. I just mash dodge and pray I don't get dropped.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                For those who don’t know. Talk to manor lady after fight. Then go back to serpent dudes SoG. You’ll see her doing something kinky. After talking to her, kill her and you get to fight her knight. Something I wanted to do ever since seeing him standing there. Cheers!

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  I'm doing the Manor quests but got to him through the dungeon several weeks ago, but I can't fight him because I can't reach the third assassination target yet, which is way the **** east and I can't find an exit from Leyndell. Do I need the fire or is there another way out there?

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    zero mention of the armor hidden in a pile of corpses. or anything else thats in here. the reason im currently on this page.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      The amount of bodies littering the floor is overwhelming. This abomination devoured thousands of people. Good f**king riddance!

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        For those who didn't/couldn't go to Nokron before this fight, Latenna the Albinauric is actually a really solid spirit summon. I'm not kidding- she does pathetic damage, but she can actually guard break or stagger Rykard in both phases. Plus, never ever moving means you can take your time to position her optimally before aggroing Rykard, so she shouldn't die unless you mess up somehow.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          Amazing fight, tons of fun. Good to see From Software really get creative, culminating in a gimmick weapon fight that's actually quite challenging. One of my favorites in the game.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            You can use the AoW to stun him momentarily, and while the stun is on cooldown, you can use charged R2s to break his posture, then use the Aow, stagger with R2s, and so on and so on

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              TFW no possible Blasphemous (video game) inspiration on trivia section. I mean lord of BLASPHEMY and also his sword is very similar to a character from Blasphemous

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                Blond Rykard made 'Radagon is Marika' thing even better, not believed he's older than his parents as everybody's immortal before the shattering, not graying hair, also Morgott and Mohg are specials

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  Super easy boss fight so long as you manage heat damage and bring a summons. Basically just stand in the magma and chip away at his health and he can't even touch you. So long as you have enough flasks to top up your own health when it gets low, you're golden.

                                                                                  Did this boss fight like that with <30 in Vigor, so totally doable.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    This is a f**king epic boss design, the second phase is hands down, no doubt about it the best looking boss I've seen so far up to the fire giant which has a nice design as well and also a big ramp up in difficulty in his second phase. The boss arena is pretty cool as well, the husks of dead bodies entwined by snakes is bang on target. The serpent hunter great spear suckered me into a false sense of security thinking the weapon art was hitting from a safe, long range. Until I noticed I wasn't actually doing any damage to the god devouring serpent's health bar from that far away, that's when it all went to s**t for me, it's grab attack was one shotting me and it took me a good few tries to recognise the tell early enough to get to the second phase against Rykard himself. Honestly Rykard is the first boss in elden ring I see being on par with the best and most memorable bosses from bloodborne, the orphan of Kos, Ludwig the holy blade and lady maria of the astral clock tower. In a year or two it's Rykard I'll remember not the recycled and rehashed boss fights that are more hard work than fun.

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      im sorry, but this guy was a joke (i used the spear)

                                                                                      he's like yhorm but yhorms arena made him challenging, this guys arena doesn't work with him

                                                                                      too easy man too easy, yhorm was harder and i used siegward

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        Dude I as giving some trouble, even with Mimic Tear, but then I realized that L2 stuns him a bit while R2 does more damage. So, I spammed L2 to keep stunning him, and my Mimic Tear spammed R2 for big damage. Even then was still a bit of a challenge. 11/10 boss fight

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          Don't know if it was a bug, but I just spammed L2 all the time and during 2nd phase he didn't even managed to attack me, even when I chugged FP flask and was recovering stamina, always managed to interrupt him first. Only in the 1st phase he swiped at me 2-3times. Felt bad that I cheesed it like that. But the cut scenes were pure gold. TOGETHAAA

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