Elden Ring: How to Defeat The Ancestor Spirit Boss

Elden Ring is home to some of FromSoftware’s most stunningly beautiful and dangerously horrifying game worlds. One of the best examples of the team’s artistic ability is the Siofra River. With one of the game’s most beautiful boss fights, it does an excellent job showcasing the stunning art direction from the acclaimed studio. Undoubtedly, it is the Ancestor Spirit Boss fight.

Ancestor Spirit in Elden Ring will be remembered by fans for years to come because it ticks every box that makes these games so popular, including everything leading up to it and the battle itself. After six titles with similar formulas, it’s quite a feat that they still manage to surprise and delight their fans.

When you take into account the Ancestor Spirit’s unique fighting style and the pre-boss puzzle, it’s easy to see why it’s so difficult to defeat. Find out how to beat Elden Ring’s toughest boss and solve the puzzle in this walkthrough.

Elden Ring: How to Defeat The Ancestor Spirit Boss

Ancestor Spirit Boss Location

Elden Ring: How to Defeat The Ancestor Spirit Boss

The Ancestor Spirit boss can be found in a secluded underground arena in the Siofra River. Previously, this area was searched for Blaidd the Wolfman, who became trapped here following your last encounter.

It is necessary to decipher an eight-pillar puzzle at Hallowhorn Grounds before meeting this celestial boss. The Siofra River Bank, northwest of Hallowhorn Grounds, is the nearest Site of Grace, and you can fast travel there from your World Map.

About the Ancestor Spirit Boss

Elden Ring: How to Defeat The Ancestor Spirit Boss

The fight against the Ancestor Spirit isn’t particularly difficult, and it falls into the lower end of the “challenging” scale. But that doesn’t mean the fight is bad or boring in any way.

As a matter of fact, the Ancestor Spirit is one of the most visually stunning and visually stunning encounters in the game. And we thank you deer-ly for that.

How to Solve the Pillar Puzzle in Elden Ring?

Elden Ring: How to Defeat The Ancestor Spirit Boss

The pillar puzzle must be solved in a specific order before the boss battle can begin once you’ve arrived at Hallowhorn Grounds. For starters, you can turn on one pillar by lighting the one at the river’s edge, and that will light up another at the temple’s steps.

Your World Map shows the locations of the other pillars, making it easier to locate them. There are eight unlit torches on the front of the Hallowhorn Grounds temple, visible from the Siofra River Bank Site of Grace.

A pillar and a pillar stand in the middle of the river in front of it. You can use this to light one of the temple steps’ torches.

As a result, you’ll be scouring Siofra River for the seven flame pillars that correspond to the Elden Ring. You can see all of the relevant locations marked with diamonds in the screenshot above.

Using the skull symbol, you can bypass the crabs and minotaur men to reach the north end of the map. You can also see the three Sites of Grace in Siofra River, as well as the Hallowhorn Grounds Temple with the boss in the southeast..

It’s best to sneak around the pillars where you can because they all look alike and are guarded by more minotaur men and rats. The minotaur men are also easier to fight from horseback, but be aware of their charge attacks.

The minotaur men archers, with their extremely long-range and unblockable arrows, are a serious threat. The northern end of the map is particularly dangerous for archers, so you’ll want to avoid them by hiding or moving from cover to cover.

Following the message that appears once you’ve lit all eight flame pillars, you can return to the Hallowhorn Grounds and take on the boss there. You’ll be transported to the boss arena if you touch the stag.

Ancestor Spirit Attacks

There are a few heavy-hitting attacks that require your full attention to dodge and reposition yourself, but the Ancestor Spirit is a relatively straightforward fight. One of the best examples of boss combat, the Ancestor Spirit’s attacks include wild stomping and beautiful blue-white flame bursts.

Flying Ethereal Flame

Sometimes, the Ancestral Spirit jumps into the air and moves from left to right while spewing blue-white flame at you. After making contact with the ground, the flame spreads slowly but steadily.

How to Counter? Relax and step away from the flame. The flame will likely stun you and you could die if you charge under the boss while it is performing this action. Keep calm and wait for the likely barrage of attacks that will follow.

Flutter Jump

It’s common for the Ancestral Spirit to perform a Flutter Jump after executing its Flying Ethereal Flame attack. The boss jumps three times in the air before slamming into the player with a charged slam.

How to Counter? To avoid the slam, roll to the left or right after the Ancestral Spirit performs its third jump. It is possible to avoid all damage and knockback if the timing is right, and then return to the fight with a few more hits.

Ancestor Spirit Boss Fight Strategy

With the right strategy, the Ancestor Spirit should pose little of a threat to you, no matter how close or far you approach it. After enduring the nightmare enemy placement to reach this point, you’ll be able to take down this boss with ease.

Ancestor Spirit is a relatively tame boss in the grand scheme of things Elden Ring has to offer. It lacks many outrageous attacks (or attacks in general). We don’t recommend attempting this encounter until you’re at least Level 30-35 due to the callousness of the area leading up to it. And if you’re in that range, you’ll be more than prepared if you ever get there.

Melee Strategy

The Ancestor Spirit’s attacks are often slow-building and reactionary, so we strongly recommend that melee-focused players be patient in this encounter. In order to get the most out of the boss’s Flutter Jump, Charge, and Antler Sweep attacks, you need to bait them first. Take things one step at a time, and you’ll avoid the pitfalls of impatience.

The Bleed status effect can also be used if you have an upgraded weapon that can inflict it on the boss. This will allow you to take large chunks of the boss’s health away in a few strikes. If you decide to go this route, we suggest using the Reduvia Dagger, the Bloody Slash Ash, or the War.

Ranged Strategy

The Ancestor Spirit’s ranged approach differs slightly from our discussion of melee tactics. In the end, you’ll want to lure a few attacks while avoiding the majority.

In order to avoid a premature death, you must be patient. So that you can stay as far away from the beast as possible, you’ll be aiming your spells at it once the creature lands.

When the Ancestor Spirit uses its Flutter Jump attack, one popular strategy is to summon the Spirit Jellyfish Ashes, which will draw the Ancestor Spirit’s attention after it lands.

You can safely cast incantations at the boss while it is attacking the jellyfish from the ground. To defeat the Ancestor Spirit, all you have to do is wait for it to land, have your Jellyfish companion pull agro, and then repeat.

How to Defeat The Ancestor Spirit Boss in Elden Ring?

In comparison to other Elden Ring bosses, the Ancestor Spirit is a piece of cake. We don’t recommend using a summon early in the fight because the boss has an ability that can quickly destroy them.

Elden Ring: How to Defeat The Ancestor Spirit Boss

It’s important to keep in mind that equipping Hemorrhage or bleeding effect weapons, skills, and spells will quickly deplete your HP.

The Bloody Slash: Ash of War, for example, can deal a lot of damage to the Ancestor Spirit, but it’s important to have an extra Flask of Cerulean Tears on hand in case you take too much damage.

Keep an eye out for the Ancestor Spirit’s three distinct attacks. After a three-dive jump, they lunge at you with a charged attack in the first.

Elden Ring: How to Defeat The Ancestor Spirit Boss

Dodging to the left or right, or rolling towards the boss, is the only way to avoid this attack. You’ll be able to land several strikes before the boss responds to your attacks if you do this.

You may be knocked out if you roll into the next attack, which uses its antlers to sweep. Rolling underneath the boss or completely away from the boss will allow you to avoid this attack.

With its blue and white fire gushing from its mouth, the Ethereal Flame will unleash a devastating strike. You can avoid being trapped by the flames by moving away from the attack line.

Elden Ring: How to Defeat The Ancestor Spirit Boss

Defeating the Ancestor Spirit should be straightforward if you have the patience and skill to carefully counter his attacks. A prize of 13,000 Runes and the Ancestral Follower Ashes will be rewarded to you. You can also check out how to get  Mimic Tear in Elden Ring.

Well, that’s all we have here about how you can defeat the Ancestor Spirit Boss in Elden Ring. We hope this guide helped you.

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