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 (Demigod)
Strong VS
Weak to

Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy is a Boss in Elden Ring. This Elden Ring Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy Guide features boss locations, tips, strategies and videos on how to defeat Rykard easily, as well as boss stats and lore for Rykard.

Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy is the true form of the God-Devouring Serpent, whose body has been taken over by Rykard. Players can fight him at the Volcano Manor in Mt. Gelmir and is one of the shardbearers players may fight to access Leyndell. He was revered by his supporters for seeking to overthrow the Golden Order. However when he 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.

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. Defeating Rykard nets you Rykard's Great Rune and the Remembrance of the Blasphemous.

Bosses are unique and challenging Enemies that can be encountered all over the Lands Between. Shardbearers drop their own unique Great Rune and Remembrance capable of being transformed into powerful Weapons, Spells, Ashes of War, and Talismans for the player.


 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: NG (59174), NG+ (74796), NG++ (82275), NG+3 (86015), NG+4 (89755), NG+5 (97235), NG+6 (100975), NG+7 (104714)
  • 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. 
  • 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.


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

      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

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Any easy aproach ;-)
                                        run in the first time, grab the snake-slayer and use Pureblood Knight's Medal (if you have it) to leave.
                                        Use some somber stones to level the killer spear.
                                        Return, find some players and just nuke the crawler into oblivion ...

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Is it my imagination? This dude wasn't this bad my last play through. Bite grab, bite grab, spam AOE, spam AOE, bite grab, endless.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            By far the best voice acting in the entire soulsborne for now.

                                            Right next to old king doran scream after death, to the fair lady egg boy, after you kill the fair lady screaming in sadness, the nomadic merchant after you attack him and he says "i said don't hurt me! Aaaaaagh!"

                                            Oh soulsborne and voice acting it's 10/10 when it comes to being hilarious.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              Not only does the Serpent-Hunter WA interrupt Rancor Storm, he tries to cast it again after, giving you time to hit him with the WA again, causing him to try to cast it again, giving you time to hit him again, repeat until he dies. The random lava bursts are the only thing to watch out for.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                Loved the idea of the "Godslayer Spear", but wished that as a sidequest reward. Just walking up to it seemed too easy. Having it as a "tail weapon", which you have at least to get it once, fighting the serpent, would be very nice.

                                                It's OP and is intended to be OP lorewise, but being that easy to get sort of take me out of immersion.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  I literally just spammed both phases out with WA of Serpent Hunter, L2 combo till death.

                                                  Added a couple R2 jumping attacks with jump talisman, a very good damage too with a far reach.

                                                  Basically, you begin the fight with Jumping R2, then 2-strike L2 combo, then dodge and replenish stamina and repeat. 3-4 circles with +0 SH no mimic - he’s done.

                                                  Second phase - even easier. L2-2-strikes combo - replenish stamina - repeat. Maybe you can put in 2 comps in quick succession.

                                                  If you are lucky enough, he won’t even hit you.

                                                  I haven’t even seen those famous red skulls.

                                                  • I beat it yesterday and just wanted to share some thoughts.

                                                    At first I did not appreciate the battle. Having to use a different weapon, with a gigantic boss with a very slow but powerful set of attacks, the arena was vast but hard to traverse because of all the columns, the camera was all over the place when Ryckard stuck me in a corner. I was disappointed.

                                                    It was difficult and I did not see how to get over it.

                                                    Also I did not tried or understand that all the weapon attacks were distant ones, so at first I just tried to time my L2 attacks and it was most of the time disastreous.

                                                    I tried running to it and beat it with my frost weapon while having my health bar chipped away by lava. I liked it even less, all the majestic scenery was gone, it was just spam spam spam.

                                                    So I tried the way the game nudge you towards. Use the spear, evade powerful attacks, punish him with R1/R2 and the occasionnal L2 with is a stance breaker if you keep it in reserve for some dangerous attack (like when he dives into the ground and does a big wave attack).

                                                    Then phase 2, the same with a slow reading of his sword swing, and then runnin and rolling to evade the avalanche of red skulls he send to kill you. Survive that and you're good to finish him.

                                                    When I killed him, i felt proud. It was epic, the boss, the music, the direction. I'm not a good player, don't tell me to git gud, or it's easy to beat him with a butter knife and a level 1 wrench. I'm glad for those who can do that, but obviously I'm not good enough. But guess what ? At the end, I'm glad, I've done it, and that's all that matter.

                                                    In the end it was a very memorable and enjoyable boss. A bit like the Demon Hatred of Sekiro, something a bit different, a bit challening, something to remember.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      Fun fight. Phase 2 is easy once you make a point to be aware of your surroundings and occasionally run back and away and re-establish in an area with a lot of space behind you so you can slowly back away from the creeping lava while skirmishing this mofo like Ice Cube in Anaconda. It's when you get pinned in the mountain behind you you're F'ed. Also you can break the stone body piles with attacks to clear out the area to sides of you so you can dodge or get through them if they're blocking you from running away from the annoying ranchor BS. For that part just run away from him entirely and keep rolling completely away from him dodging the skulls so you can outrange his sword and bites attacks and only have to worry about dodging the skulls. If you positioned yourself carefully it's easy to do without taking a hit. People saying light attack with weapon is the way to go but power attacking if you get 3 or 4 charged hits in can stagger him and then can just unload on him while he's stunned.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        Fun fact, you're allowed to fast-travel out of the arena if the serpent hasn't woken up yet, so grab the weapon then teleport to a blacksmith and get it to +2 or more, depending on which bell bearings you got. I used it at +2 along with a mimic +5 doing the same, and easily killed the boss just spamming light attacks.

                                                        • 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

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