- Elden Ring has received universal praise for its mix of spectacle and challenge, offering tough boss fights that can both wow and defeat players.
- Not all bosses in Elden Ring are created equal, with some offering less of a challenge than others. There are 238 boss fights in total, with some being easier encounters before the end-game difficulty spike.
- The upcoming Elden Ring DLC, Shadow Of The Erdtree, will introduce a new group of challenges for players to enjoy, further increasing interest in the game.
Elden Ring was released to almost universal praise. With its mix of spectacle and tough challenges, it wowed audiences as often as it defeated them. Known as Fromsoftware’s most accessible game, Elden Ring still pulls no punches when it comes to boss fights. Some of the toughest encounters in any of their games are found within The Lands Between.
Yet not all bosses are created equal, with many offering less of a challenge than others. In total, there are 238 boss fights in Elden Ring, many of which are boss versions of enemies that can be found roaming the world. Even among the unique or main quest bosses, not every encounter has a high skill wall to overcome, providing a much-needed boost to players before the end-game difficulty spike.
Updated January 14, 2024, by Andy Chapman. With the upcoming release of the Elden Ring DLC, Shadow Of The Erdtree, interest in Elden Ring has only grown. With this release, there will be a whole new group of challenges for players to enjoy. The game is one of the most critically acclaimed entries in Fromsoftware’s Soulsborne series and has captivated and frustrated players in equal measure. This article has been updated to include additional information on each entry, including their location, what each boss drops after being defeated, and how much HP they have. There have also been a few extra entries included to provide a wider picture of the easier in the game and the difficulty level they pose.
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12 Godfrey, The First Elden Lord (Golden Shade)
Location: Leyndell, Royal Capital
- Drops: 80,000 Runes
- HP: 7099
Leyndell, Royal Capital, is one of the most original and striking areas in Elden Ring, with tough challenges waiting around every corner. Eventually, players will come to a boss wall and meet the Golden Shade version of Godfrey, The First Elden Lord.
Godfrey is by no means a pushover, but compared to the real version encountered later in the game, he doesn’t quite live up to the name. By the time the player reaches this boss, they will have come up against tougher challenges and overcome them.
11 Mohg, The Omen
Location: Subterranean Shunning Grounds
- Drops: 100,000 Runes
- HP: 14,000
Much like Godfrey, this easier version of a tough later boss is underwhelming. Found below the royal capital, guarding a hidden wall that leads to the frenzied flame, Mohg can dish out some heavy damage but offers little in the way of challenge.
With a limited move set and well-telegraphed attacks, most players will defeat Mohg relatively quickly. Also, like the Golden Shade Godfrey, players will be experienced enough in the game at this point to take on the fight with little to worry about.
10 Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy
Location: Volcano Manor
- Drops 130,000 Runes, Rykard’s Great Rune, Remembrance Of The Blasphemous
- HP: 89,613
One of the most iconic fights in Elden Ring for the voice acting alone, Rykard is a terrifying gimmick fight that delivers in droves. What it lacks in difficulty, it makes up for in pure chaotic joy, reveling in its unabashed spectacle.
Found after completing the Volcano Manor legacy dungeon, the fight is more thematic than challenging, with the weapon needed for victory waiting at the opening of the boss room. Rykard is one of the central characters within the lore of the game, and it is a fight that shouldn’t be missed, even though the battle itself is lacking in terms of a challenge.
9 Margit, The Fell Omen
Location: Stormveil Castle
- Drops: 12,000, Talisman Pouch
- HP: 4,174
The first major story boss that new players will encounter in the game, taking on Margit too early can be a true challenge. His attacks are fast and unrelenting, and finding an opening on a first attempt is tough. This boss fight is a test for players and a taste of what’s to come later.
A common mistake new players make in Elden Ring is taking on Margit too early. There’s all of Limgrave to explore before moving on to Stormveil Castle and plenty of opportunities to level up, find better gear, and take on easier boss fights. Elden Ring is a big game, and by taking the time to explore and level, players will discover that Margit isn’t the impossible challenge he first seemed.
8 Godrick The Grafted
Location: Stormveil Castle
- Drops: 20,000 Runes, Godrick’s Great Rune, Remembrance of the Grafted
- HP: 6,080
The Godrick boss fight is one of the highlights of the starting area in Elden Ring. This boss is found at the end of Stormveil Castle, the first major legacy dungeon in the game. The fight can be tough for those less experienced, but having already defeated the tougher Margit, The Fell Omen, players shouldn’t find Godrick to be too much of a challenge.
Although Godrick is one of the easier story bosses within the game, the fight offers a hugely enjoyable experience. Fast-paced, with a fun array of attacks, this battle has a ton of character.
7 Rennala, Queen of the Full Moon
Location: Raya Lucaria Academy
- Drops: 40,000 Runes, Remembrance of The Full Moon Queen, Great Rune of the Unborn.
- HP: 3,493 in Phase 1; 4,097 in Phase 2
Rennala is another boss battle that is heavier on spectacle than difficulty. A central figure within the world of Elden Ring, the fight is required for the Age of Stars ending. It takes place at the end of The Academy of Raya Lucaria and has two distinct phases.
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In the second phase, the fight truly starts. Rennala uses spells that can cause huge damage, but with a few well-timed attacks, her health can disappear quickly, ending the battle before it gets a chance to truly begin.
6 Tree Sentinel
- Drops: 3,200
- HP: Golden Halberd
Tree Sentinel is the first boss encounter in the game. As soon as the Tarnished leaves the tutorial dungeon, this golden armored rider is patrolling just below and is a big challenge for new players. Taking on Tree Sentinel and defeating him then and there is possible, but not recommended. It is much better to level up, find better equipment, and return later on.
Once players have gotten used to the game and improved their equipment, Tree Sentinel becomes a much easier encounter. His move set doesn’t change much throughout the fight, and most attacks are easily dodged.
5 Leonine Misbegotten
Location: Castle Morne
- Drops: 3,800 Runes, Grafted Blade Greatsword
- HP: 2,198
One of the early notable battles in Elden Ring, this boss isn’t one of the main story characters or even a lesser one. Versions of this boss also appear in the late game as common enemy encounters.
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Found at the end of Castle Morne in the Weeping Peninsula, the boss has a move-set reminiscent of Slave Knight Gael in Dark Souls 3. While it is a fast-paced fight, it has none of the impact of that battle. Nonetheless, the setting of the fight is stunning, and it is a good tester for later battles to come.
4 Red Wolf of Radagon
Location: Raya Lucaria Academy
- Drops: 14,000 Runes, Memory Stone
- HP: 2,204
Midway through the Academy of Raya Lucaria can be found the Red Wolf of Radagon. This is another boss fight that is unique at this point in a playthrough, but other versions of the enemy can be found later on in the game, too.
Set within a lecture hall in the legacy dungeon, the battle is fast and fun, but it ends far too quickly. The fight is also reminiscent of the Great Grey Wolf Sif boss in the first Dark Souls game, which lends a perfect touch of nostalgia to the encounter for fans of soulslike experiences.
3 Commander O’Neil
Location: Swamp Of Aeonia
- Drops: 12,000 Runes, Commander’s Standard Unalloyed Gold Needle
- HP: 9,210
Deep within the infected swamps of Caelid, players will find Commander O’Neil. This boss fight is needed to progress the Millicent storyline. Unfortunately, the unique and unsettling backdrop of the encounter doesn’t carry over to the fight itself and is one of the more forgettable boss battles in the game.
Commander O’Neil can be easily defeated when using Torrent, giving players little in the way of challenge. A tougher version of this boss, Commander Niall, can be found in Castle Sol in the Mountain Tops Of The Giants area, and defeating him is sure to remind players of how easy it is to beat Commander O’Neil.
2 Ancestor Spirit
Location: Siofra River
- Drops: 13,000 Runes, Ancestral Follower Ashes
- HP: 4,393
Elden Ring is a game full of surprises, and one of the most stunning is revealed when using the lift to get down to the Siofra River area. After lighting all the pillars in this underground level players are treated to a stunning boss fight.
The Ancestor Spirit boss is an easy fight to overcome, offering barely a challenge even to new players, but its beautiful design and eerie atmosphere make it a must for any playthrough of the game. The Regal Ancestor Spirit found in Nokron, Eternal City, is an equally memorable boss fight that only provides a little more challenge.
1 Mimic Tear
Location: Nokron, Eternal City Hidden Path to the Haligtree
- Drops: 10,000 Runes
- HP: 19,536
Found after entering Nokron, Eternal City, the Mimic Tear is one of the easiest unique fights in the game. Fighting the player’s own character should be more of a challenge, but unfortunately, the mimic rarely compares to the real thing.
Encountered partway through the level, the Mimic Tear is almost a forgettable fight but acts as a prelude to finding one of the best items in the entire game, the Mimic Tear Spirit Ashes. Ironically, the Mimic Tear Spirit Summon is one of the strongest in all of Elden Ring, often turning even difficult endgame bosses into easy wins.
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- February 25, 2022