Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy

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Location Volcano Manor

Volcano Manor:

runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18 130.000 Runes 
runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18 292.500 Runes (NG+3)
Rykard's Great Rune 
Remembrance of the Blasphemous

HP 59174 (Demi God)
Strong VS
Weak to

Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy is a Boss in Elden Ring. Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy is the true form of the God-Devouring Serpent, whose body has been taken over by Rykard, and is found in Mt. Gelmir. This is an optional boss as players don't need to defeat it to advance in Elden Ring.

Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy is first fought in his First Phase as the God-Devouring Serpent. Unlike most boss phases, the God-Devouring Serpent has its own health bar which must be depleted before you can challenge the second phase. Note that dying to his second phase as Rykard will require you to defeat the serpent once again.


 Join the Serpent King, as family...

Together, we will devour the very gods!

Elden Ring Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy Boss

Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy is a Demigod Boss found in Mt. Gelmir.

  • This boss is optional, as only two shardbearers must be defeated to gain access to Leyndell.
  • This boss is a Demi-God
  • Closest Site of Grace: Audience Pathway
  • Multiplayer is allowed for this boss.
  • Spirit ashes can be summoned for this boss.


Elden Ring Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy Location

Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy can be found by entering the lobby of Volcano Manor and taking a right down the corridor. Unlock the first door on the right using the Drawing-Room Key and revealing the illusory wall in the back-right corner by attacking. Follow the hallway left and keep going straight until you reach a set of stairs. Head down the stairs and follow the path past the enemy to find the Prison Town Church site of grace. Open the doors in the back of the church, head right and across the rooftops and jump down in the direction of the fog door. Take a left at the fog door, follow the path down to the lizard enemy and take the path right to find a ladder against the building. Climb the ladder and enter the open window in the back of the steeple. Drop down and head downstairs in the south part of the building. Go north and take a right and you will find the Guest Hall site of grace. Outside of that room to the east, open the set of doors, take a right and head down the ladder. Follow the path east and up the stairs to the area full of cages. Step inside the elevator cage next to the fireplace, go up, and then head up the stairs to find the lever shortcut and a church containing the Godskin Noble. Defeat this enemy and head up the elevator to the right. Follow the path around, head over the bridge with the slugs on it, and drop down to the path on the left. Follow the path up, jump on the rocks over the lava lake, and head up the mound into an open window. Open the door on your right, head up the stairs into the room and take a right to head down the corridor. Go past the whip-wielding Man-Serpent into the room and open the door on the right. Head up the stairs and through the door on the left and enter the portal. From there, head south into the boss room where Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy resides.

Alternatively, after completing all three contracts for Tanith at the Volcano Manor, she will ask if you would like to see him. Accepting will have her teleport you directly outside of his mist gate. See Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy's location on our Interactive Map.

If you don't wish to partner with Tanith, you can alternatively follow Patches' directions, and get transported to Volcano Manor through the Abductor Virgin at the bottom of the wheel in Raya Lucaria Academy. Once you spawn, there is an area on the ledge behind you that you can safely drop down into the lava. Follow the wall to solid ground. Continuing forward you'll find an elevator cage that leads up to a platform. Another elevator cage will be straight ahead, take it. After taking this elevator,  move forward, and up the stairs, where you will find the church containing the Godskin Noble. From here the directions are the same as above.  


Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy Combat Information

  • Health: 59174 HP
  • New Game Health: NG (??), NG+ (??), NG++ (??), NG+3 (??), NG+4 (??), NG+5 (??), NG+6 (??), NG+7 (??)
  • Defenses do not change between phases.
  • Deals Standard Damage, Pierce Damage and Fire Damage.
  • The floor around the boss is covered in lava, which deals low fire damage over time and can interrupt attacks.
  • Parriable: No
  • Can be poise broken, but can't be riposted afterwards. Poise: 120



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.


The resistance numbers are 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 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:

  • 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.
  • 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. 


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, the optimal spells would be Borealis's Mist & Ekzykes's Decay (Incantation) or Rock Sling (Sorcery).


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 the Great-Serpent Hunt skill can interrupt his cast and will cancel the effects entirely. 
Taker’s Flames If not killed during the Rancor Storm phase, Rykard will end the phase after a while by raising his sword high above with both hands, channeling the fire in the sky into the blade. He will then cleave the ground directly in front of him, culminating in a fiery explosion. 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.
  • WARNING! Defeating Rykard will lock players out of completing any incomplete Volcano Manor invasion requests.




Hmm... Very well.


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

      Mimic and the serpent-hunter not leveled up. Spam r1 and r2 and an occasional special attack when he stuns. Let the mimic get close you just stay on the lava edge. Easy fight

      • Anonymous

        I struggled with both phases of this boss before I realized you could use the light attack (i.e. R1) of the weapon. I thought you had to use the slow mediocre weapon skill, but nope! Upgraded it to +7 for nothing, lol. So you can pretty much not even bother using the weapon's skill; just spam light attacks and both phases will get killed really quickly.

        • Anonymous

          god this whole single weapon geared towards one boss is so trash, hated it for yhorm and hate it for this guy too. such a brain dead mechanic. i shouldnt have to improve a weapon im never going to use again or redo my entire build just to kill an optional boss. im already specced for bleed but idk wtf ya'll talking about you just ran up and killed him with bleed and ice cuz that lava interrupts everything i try to do. trash boss. only one i've disliked so far.

          • Anonymous

            This strat really needs to be updated. I’ve been farming him nonstop and to everybody struggling, it’s super easy even without the spear.

            Use the fire resistance buff or consumable, use a blood weapon with icy potion poured on it.

            Run right up to him and just spam attacks. His attacks go right over your head and he dies so quickly that I don’t think I’ve ever seen the skull summon things.

            • Anonymous

              i just noticed when the 2nd phase starts the room starts to get filled with a red fog, rykard seems to only summon the skull storm when the fog is very dense, i have noticed red fog comming out of the sword when he pulls it off the ground after the 4 hit combo, stopping him from doing this 4 hit combo seems to actually delay the skull rain.

              • Anonymous

                Here's the deal: Rykard is a possible reference to the game Blasphemous, in more ways than one:
                His title is Lord of Blasphemy.
                His design is similar (probably) to a boss in that game, the wicker snake thing in the Scion of Abjuration fight.
                The sword of his remembrance is also quite similar to the Mea Culpa in that game.
                It is possible that this boss is a big reference to the game Blasphemous. It is also possible Rykard is more of a purely Berserk reference.

                Signed, DS3FireKeeperbestwaifu.

                • Anonymous


                  just came here after the fight to discover i could have upgraded the f cking thing...

                  "A SerPEnT nEVeR DieS." - well, sh t

                  • Anonymous

                    He looked like he was ripped straight from Berserk design, down to the human face sticking out of a monstrous body. Just google "Grunbeld apostle form"

                    Either way, it was a dope reveal, and a fun boss fight, even if it was easy.

                    • Anonymous

                      Well, now I know which Boss I'll be farming for Ruin Arcs. To make the materials I sunk into the great spear worthwhile.

                      • Anonymous

                        A boss combined of Yhorm and Aldrich ?
                        Cool phase 2, but way too easy. Attack dealt 924/2866/6271 damages (combined) with the triple-hit combo which, everyone surmised, deals more damage with later attacks. Weapon Art dealt 2730/9629 with my level 145 character 34 str/72 dext. Did it at about the third try reaching phase 2, no ashes. Also took me a while to figure out how to use the Weapon Art's second move ; it's not linking to a heavy attack, but to itself (Weapon Art button). It died (phase 2) in overall 18 hits + 3 full WA.
                        One full WA dealing an average of 6 hits for me. Probably doable with only 6 WA. Weapon unupgraded.
                        I wish the giant alberd was more an alternative way of fighting rather than the indispensable absurd stream of damage and stagger it is. Boss staggers in only 14 attacks (two-handed), down about 60% his health bar.

                        Although Yhorm's fight was terrible, this one barely makes better thanks to the better animations and original concept.
                        I should also mention how terrible the area is. It's a mix of DS3' Old Demon King area and Demon Prince's. Perfectly round area => nowhere to run => impossible for distance builds. At least Rykard doesn't rush at you from the other side of the area in three seconds and a half only to cancel your heal before you can roll away.

                        Oh, and pro tip : creating attacks that can triple hits-kill-you (the triple sword smash, 1500 health 35% phy defense, (Banished Knight Unaltered Armor)) doesn't make a fight more skillful or interesting. It just needs shorter window of attacks. The boss attacks so slowly I could yawn before being hit.
                        Anyway. 7/10 boss saved by the design. But Fully-Grown Fallingstar Beast was a lot more complex, lot more cooler and lot more rewarding ; despite being only 21 000 souls worth.

                        • Anonymous

                          I was having a lot of difficulty with this boss as a high level mage. But then I equipped gear with the highest fire resistance, took a fireproof dried liver, equipped a +9 Serpent Hunt, called in mimic tear, and then just stood in the lava next to him and spammed L2. At the start of second phase I popped my flask with the Crimsonspill Crystal Tear and Opaline Hardtear. Worked first try.

                          • Anonymous

                            He is a lot like Aldrich, lore wise. both eat people, both had a cult of some sort (volcano manor and aldrich faithful)
                            both want to Devour the gods, they had a vision of a new world ( deep sea and world with out the erdtree) and they both know that it will be hard ( I Know the road of bladspemy is long and perilous. He know the path would be arduous,but he had no fear).

                            • Anonymous

                              I upgraded serpent spear to +4, mimic tear +5, allocates all flask to crimson tear (13) and BOOMM CHEESE BOSS (mimic tear surely MVP tho)

                              • Anonymous

                                I'm on a 2nd playthrough & I've noticed something surprising, it is now a lot harder to stun him, he will regularly poise through attacks & hit the player, making thos fight frustrating, this is a new character on NG, not NG+ just fyi

                                • Anonymous

                                  This is the first major boss I don't like. I might intentionally not do it. The visibility is terrible, his attacks are bullshit and the entire use this weapon gimmick is a miss for me. Maybe with a different build, it would do some damage, but currently it's doing next to nothing. How am I suppose to kill a boss who has nearly 60000hp with a weapon that needs to charge 5 sec just to deal 1496. O yes and also, 60000hp; this is just its second phase. Even if I were to hit all of my attack, that would still be about 40 hits, meaning 200 seconds where you need to not be uninterrepted, while also not moving. Again, this is just for its second phase.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Bro, I ran naked into the lava and punched the snake with my Nagakiba +25 and Rivers of Blood +10 until she's over, than used the spear +10 on second phase. If you're building bleeding damage, just do the same. The snake have only one attack that can hurt you when you are close, and if you foreseen it, it's dodgeable.

                                    • AoW Ice Spear and frost pots are invaluable here, especially with the mimic tear. I'm lvl 103 and tore him down pretty fast... just have the poison removal bolluses equipped and some anti fire damage tali/shield. But I never really set foot in the lava. The poison almost got me a couple times however.

                                      • Eye Surcoat is the piece of armor looted in his room.

                                        In case you accidentally loot it in battle like I did and don't catch what it was in the heat of the moment.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Probably the most annoying boss I've encontered so far, and I had a really bad time on some. The small lava pool around it makes sure that if you get too close you'll probably die, as the constant staggers mess up your rolls, the arena often gets you trapped, and the visibility isn't great. Adding insult to injury, some of the attacks will also hamper the visibility, such as the poison spit and the little skull shower.

                                          Plus, it says here that the skull shower can be prevented, but I haven't succeeded at it in over an hour. I did manage to kill the boss, but only by summoning a tanky spirit to steal the aggro of the skulls. 15/10 game, -5/10 boss

                                          • Anonymous

                                            Trying to do cooperative with this boss is just not working for me!!! They always get stuck behind the mist... Unless this is a new AFK thing... Any input?

                                            • Anonymous

                                              Another boss that proves From hates HATES magic users. Duh, grab spear the run into lava to bonk.
                                              The best they can think of?

                                              • Anonymous

                                                The only thing I didn't like about this fight was how there was no visual indicator for when his "stun immunity" to the spear's weapon art was over. You have to just try a bunch of times to get the timing down, which is frustrating considering how doing the weapon art too soon after your last one can easily get you killed. They could have given him an aura or something to give the player that information

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  Everyone saying the boss is too easy. Well ofc it is, you have tools to make the boss easier. Want the full experience? No summons, no online and lvl 1 Serpent Hunter, and no *****ing about it either, have a good day

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    Just beat him today. A literal hell of a boss fight in terms of setting lol. The fight itself was fun, I fought him without ashes summon but I did use the serpent hunter. I died once in his 1st phase because he grabbed me and then whacked me right after I stand up. Then I go straight to Hewg to upgrade the Hunter to +8. Comeback and it did make the fight easier even though he grabbed me twice. I only use light attacks against him though since the ash of war and heavy attack are just too slow for me.

                                                    The 2nd phase came and I was surprised that he moved quite fast for his size. Got panic attack when he released those skulls from hell lol. I just roll the hell out of there and then he grabbed me again, and luckily still barely alive.

                                                    After that surprisingly the fight got lot easier when he got close to me and I got to be under him, I just spam L1 from there and none of his attack reached me.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      I love his design, both phases. But the fight reminds me Yhorm, from DS3, and once the weapon is right at your face, it is so obvious what you have to do that Rykard is not even a chalange. Summon Mimic Tear with another serpent-spear e the fight become trivial.

                                                      Maybe I'm missing something about the lore, maybe Rykard is sad and exhausted as Gwyn, so the fight is supposed to be easy. But I am disappointed.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        This is a boss where you can throw away everything that makes sense. Leroy Jenkins is the only mindset you need.

                                                        For both phases, run directly up to this guy and absolutely spam the jump attack using the serpent hunter. Many will miss because the lava will poise break your attack, however, if you are close enough, you will damage him before the poise break happens. The poise break actually makes the attack happen faster. You will stun him every 5 hits or so. He only has one move that can directly hit you - his spin move. Do be careful with that.

                                                        Phase two is a little more difficult since he actually can reach you when he stands up, but it still works the same. Throw some weapon arts in the mix to stun him every now and again. But even if you die, doing this fkr phase one is so fast that it’s not terribly annoying.

                                                        I did it as a joke initially. I didn’t think it would actually work.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          I love this guy! Love the Boss fight (with & without the gimmick Spear) and I love the Volcano Manor! Really hope he makes a return in either dlc or sequel, seeing how they claim he can return...would love to see him back with a different fight and moveset!

                                                          • How are people avoiding the raining skulls during the 2nd phase? Every time I just get overwhelmed by them, and repeatedly take damage until I die since the attack lasts forever. I'm using the Fingerprint shield

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              Casters! Ranni’s Dark Moon and Rock Sling ftw! Fight closer than usual with those spells so the boss doesn’t use his undodgeable attack. (Is that a word? Haha!)

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                Ladies and gentlemen, ladies and gentlemen, thank you so much for visiting with us this evening. Now I've traveled across half the lands between to be here and to see about this volcano. Now I daresay some of you might have heard some of the more extravagant rumors about what my plans are, so I just thought you'd like to hear it from me. This is the face -- it's no great mystery.

                                                                I'm a serpent man, ladies and gentlemen. I have numerous recusants spread across the lands between. I have many invasions killing many thousand tarnished per days. I like to think of myself as a serpent man. And as a serpent man I hope that you'll forgive just good old-fashioned plain speaking. Now this work that we do is very much a FAMILEE enterprise. I work side by side with my wonderful wife Tanith. I think one or two of you might have met her already. I encourage my recusants to bring their tarnished friends as well. Of course it makes for an ever so much more devouring life for them. FAMILEE means together; together means we can devour the very gods. So wherever we set up camp, devouring the gods is a necessity, and we're just so happy to take care of that. So let's build a wonderful manor on Mt Gelmir. This FAMILEE is the future that we strive for and so it should devour the gods, TOGETHAAAA.

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  Hey so I beat him but there is no head left with tanith eating it? ***I agreed to join manor and didn’t do anything but fight him in the end. What’s happening?

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    After his parents divorced and his dad left them, the teenage Rykard sought solace in listening to Cradle of Filth

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      Pop a Fireproof Dried Liver and just walk into the lava surrounding him and plug away! At level 160 I used: a Cold Epee +24, Mimic Tear, FpDL, and Adula's Moonblade for cold sorcery. Took me a few tries but finally got him! Fun boss, much awesome.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        Beat him recently on this latest patch.. Not sure why everyone is pulling their hair out.

                                                                        The fight wasn't too hard or too complicated it was just plain fun! A most worthy reward for finishing up the Volcano Manor.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          I've seen everywhere (including this page) that killing Rykard will lock you out of pending invasions. This is simply not true. My last invasion was in the forbidden lands and it remained there after I killed him, and I was able to invade and get the loot.

                                                                          Now, considering everyone leaves after you kill him, yes, you'll be locked out of any potential requests.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            As pointed out by other comments and in the article, using the Great-Serpent Hunt is a MUST for this boss. The standard attacks have an absurd reach and cause much more damage against this boss. Moreover, the special attack (L2/LT) causes the boss to stagger, including in the second phase. I would simply spam LT and drink a flask of cerulean tears whenever my FP would deplete, making the fight trivial even after my summon died.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              I don't know if i just sucked unbelievably at this boss or he was made quite a bit harder in a recent update. I was way overleveled by the time I got to him (RL 120, mage build), but even the 1st phase just stomped my *ss. Without an upgraded spear I had no chance of reducing his gigantic health bar, while each hit from him destroyed half my health bar (30 vigor). Took my about ~30 tries for the whole fight. Quite a suprise for me after beating Morgott on my 2nd try 2 hours earlier..
                                                                              Incredibly cool boss design and voice acting though.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                Hey I just used serpent hunter and another great spear (mohgwyns trident) against rykard and got the special effect on both when using dual wielding attacks

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  I really hope they buff lava damage (or just HIS lava's damage) if they haven't already (idk what changed about him in the most recent patch that May 4 anon referred to), but if you fight him as intended, it's the first really solid gimmick weapon bossfight so far in these games. Although that said, his big rain of exploding skulls move in phase 2 sucks, along with Elden Beast's homing golden orb that shoots out dozens of holy beams and any other attacks that last for 30+ seconds and all you do is run away from them in a circle.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    I just fought this boss for the first time since I skipped Volcano Manor in my previous two playthroughs. Here's what I gathered:
                                                                                    Both phases of the fight seem to become immune to the poise break of Giant Serpent Hunt after getting hit by it for a while, usually enough time for them to throw out one or two attacks.
                                                                                    Once I started using the jumping heavy attack of the serpent hunting spear in between those windows to punish instead of charging up the L2, boss phases of the boss became immediately quite manageable. The jumping R2 does about 2k damage so more than the first L2 instance with less of a wind-up.

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      Decided to try to play co-op for this boss and when the host and I attacked, the boss would regenerate his HP almost instantly. Anyone else run into this glitch?

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        This boss was made way harder in the last patch. I beat him on my second try last month with my first character and now I’m kicking rocked. F this

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          No idea what happened to me with this boss. First phase was god awful, as the stun was completely unreliable, he would get stunned some times, even in the middle of attacks, and sometimes he wouldn't get stunned even at idle (despite taking damage). On one attempt he literally only did hid AoE back-to-back 7 times, killing me and not allowing me to do anything because it's impossible to avoid (or at least, I've still not figured out how to).
                                                                                          When I finally managed to bring him to 2nd phase, he somehow became a Tohou boss, he started spamming the skull things and slamming wildly his sword without rest. It was so bad that I could barely even understand what was going on, obviously I died since I had no opening to do the weapon art.
                                                                                          The second time I managed to start his second phase the AI finally, and literally, gave up, he let me spam the weapon art while he stood there and take it...
                                                                                          Idk, I guess the game broke for me during this fight.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            Coolest bos so far. My first try was getting into the 75% second by attacking manually when he lands attack, not knowing that you can use the Serpent Hunter weapon hahaha

                                                                                            Basically Yhorm fight after that, very grand and chaotic

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              There is a misleading part of this wiki where it implies you can interrupt his rancor spamming attack with the Serpent-Hunt ash of war, when he, in fact, simply casts it again after being interrupted for the first time

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                I love the part where the attack can't be avoided or fully blocked. I also love the part where i can't see anything. Yhorm any day over this unclean cabbage.

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  God this fight sucks. I got him down to about 25% health and I couldn't see a damn thing through all the skulls and lava effects. Next thing I knew, my health was gone and I had a little over half left

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    cool boss, cool gimmick, but the fight itself is pretty cruddy, which isn't really new to these kinds of games so whatever

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      Don't bother using any other wep than the Serpent Hunter spear you get at the beginning. Put on any talismans/flasks you have to boost dmg, use mimic tear, allocate all flasks to health and spam left click.

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        After trial and error, I can safely say that using a higher level Mimic summon, armed with the Serpent-Hunter, makes the battle much easier

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          So... I got summoned as a phantom to help with an invader WHILE picking up the spear. I got the spear, but when I got back to my world another spear was lying there.. I now have 2 spears???

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            So... I got summoned as a phantom to help with an invader WHILE picking up the spear. I got the spear, but when I got back to my world another spear was lying there.. I now have 2 spears???

                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                              He has another attack, where he puts his head in the ground and pulls it oud to release a magma trail. he does this in phase 1

                                                                                                              • Hey, remember when the "boss fight with dedicated boss weapon" was still a challenge? Like, DS3, you had to at least time your attacks right, because your weapon took half a year to load? Or Demon's Souls, when you had to wait for the right moment, otherwise Captain Flappy was out of range? Well, not here. Here it is "run into him and spam the funk out of your attack buttons". First try I was too hesitant, gave him damage, retreated, and so on. Until his 50 magic skulls took me out (I was basically stunlocked). Second try I went full Eddie Gordo on him and he had no chance.

                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                  Pushover boss, unupgraded Serpent-hunter L2 spam works just fine, even faster with mimic if you're only holding the spear

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