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.
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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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy Attacks & Counters
|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.
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