Elden Ring Bosses: Ranked By Difficulty

Troy Reeder

Elden Ring

Elden Ring, developed by FromSoftware, is well known for its challenging bosses and intricate world design. This article ranks some of the most difficult bosses in the game, providing insights into their unique challenges and strategies for overcoming them. Understanding these rankings will help you prepare for the tough encounters ahead as you journey through the Lands Between. Whether you’re experienced or new to the game, this guide will assist you in getting ready for the trials you’ll face.

Elden Ring’s Bosses: Ranked

Here is a table ranking the bosses in Elden Ring with details unique to each boss:

RankBoss NameUnique Details
1Elden BeastThe final boss, representing the Elden Ring itself, with cosmic and holy attacks.
2Malenia, Blade of MiquellaMalenia can heal herself with every hit she lands, even on blocks. She has a second phase with aggressive Scarlet Rot attacks.
3Dragonlord PlacidusaxFound in Crumbling Farum Azula, he has multiple phases and time-warping abilities.
4Commander NiallLocated in Castle Sol, he uses frost and summoning abilities to overwhelm players.
5RadagonThe first part of the final boss encounter, Radagon of the Golden Order has holy-based attacks.
6Mohg, Lord of BloodThis fight involves blood magic and a ritual that makes him invincible for a short period.
7Godfrey, First Elden Lord (Hoarah Loux)His second phase, Hoarah Loux, is a brutal melee fighter with wrestling moves.
8Lichdragon FortissaxAn ancient dragon with death-infused attacks, found in Deeproot Depths.
9Godskin DuoThese two bosses, Godskin Apostle and Noble, use black flame and rapid attacks in tandem.
10Loretta, Knight of the HaligtreeUses powerful sorceries and rides a spectral steed.
11Beast Clergyman / Maliketh, the Black BladeMaliketh uses death magic and can nullify healing.
12Mohg, the OmenA variant of Mohg, Lord of Blood, found in Subterranean Shunning-Grounds.
13Astel, Naturalborn of the VoidAn alien-like creature that uses gravity magic and meteoric attacks.
14Commander O’NeilLocated in the Swamp of Aeonia, uses scarlet rot and summons phantom soldiers.
15Sir Gideon Ofnir, the All-KnowingUses a variety of spells and knowledge of player abilities.
16Ancient Dragon LansseaxAnother ancient dragon, this one uses red lightning attacks.
17Valiant Gargoyle & Valiant Gargoyle (Twinblade)Dual bosses with poison and stone-based attacks.
18Morgott, the Omen KingThe true form of Margit, he has more advanced attacks and phase changes.
19Alecto, Black Knife RingleaderLeader of the Black Knife Assassins, quick and deadly with her blade.
20Elemer of the BriarWields a sword with telekinetic powers, found in The Shaded Castle.
21Mohg, the OmenA variant of Mohg, Lord of Blood, found in Subterranean Shunning-Grounds.
22Vyke, Knight of the RoundtableWields the Frenzied Flame and invades the player.
23Crucible Knight & Crucible Knight OrdovisPowerful knights with formidable shield and sword skills.
24Black Blade KindredDual-wielding gargoyle with death-infused attacks, found in various locations.
25Tree SentinelMounted knight that guards the entrance to the Lands Between, uses holy attacks.
26Fire GiantMassive boss found in the Mountaintops of the Giants, uses fire and physical attacks.
27God-Devouring Serpent/Rykard, Lord of BlasphemyRykard’s fight involves a phase with a giant serpent and another with his true form using fire and lava.
28Starscourge RadahnMassive fight on a wide battlefield, can summon meteors and has a gravitational pull attack.
29Godrick the GraftedThe first Shardbearer, uses wind-based attacks and grafts a dragon head onto his arm.
30Dragonkin SoldierFound in various underground regions, uses lightning and frost attacks.
31Godfrey, First Elden LordHis first form, uses powerful axe swings and earth-shattering attacks.
32Margit, the Fell OmenAn early game boss, uses a combination of melee and magical attacks.
33Godefroy The GraftedSimilar to Godrick, found in Golden Lineage Evergaol.
34Night’s Cavalry (Duo)Mounted knights that patrol at night, use large weapons and quick attacks.
35Putrid AvatarRot-infused version of the Erdtree Avatar, uses scarlet rot attacks.
36Death Rite BirdAn undead bird that uses death magic, found in multiple locations.
37RunebearLarge bear with high health and powerful physical attacks.
38Regal Ancestor SpiritA spiritual deer that uses life-draining attacks and teleports.
39Ancestor SpiritSimilar to Regal Ancestor Spirit but found in Siofra River.
40Sanguine NobleBlood magic user found in Altus Plateau.
41Crucible Knight SiluriaA variant of the Crucible Knight with a different moveset and weapon.
42Godskin Apostle and Godskin Noble (Spiritcaller Snail)Bosses summoned by the Spiritcaller Snail in Spiritcaller Cave.
43Full-Grown Fallingstar BeastUses gravity magic and charges, found in Mt. Gelmir.
44Godskin ApostleUses black flame attacks and has a stretchy, whip-like weapon.
45Godskin NobleUses black flame and a large rapier, found in multiple locations.
46Tree Sentinel (Duo)Two mounted knights that guard certain areas together.
47Decaying EkzykesDragon that inflicts scarlet rot with its breath attacks.
48Borealis the Freezing FogFrost dragon found in Mountaintops of the Giants.
49Red Wolf of RadagonLarge wolf with magical sword attacks, found in the Academy of Raya Lucaria.
50Rennala, Queen of the Full MoonUses powerful sorceries and summons, found in the Academy of Raya Lucaria.
51WormfaceTree-like creature with a face that uses death blight attacks.
52Black Knife AssassinQuick and agile enemy with a dagger that inflicts blood loss.
53Grave Warden DuelistUses large hammers and traps, found in various catacombs.
54Draconic Tree SentinelVariant of the Tree Sentinel that uses lightning attacks.
55Abductor Virgins (Duo)Pair of mechanical enemies with grab attacks that transport players to Volcano Manor.
56Glintstone Dragon AdulaSorcery-based dragon found in the Three Sisters area.
57Crucible Knight & Misbegotten WarriorDuo boss fight with different fighting styles, found in Redmane Castle.
58Fia’s ChampionsGroup of champions summoned by Fia in Deeproot Depths.
59Beastman of Farum Azula (Duo)Pair of fast and aggressive enemies, found in various locations.
60DeathbirdBird-like creature with death-infused attacks, appears at night.
61Ulcerated Tree SpiritLarge, grotesque creature with erratic movements and fire attacks.
62OmenkillerUses large cleavers and fire attacks, found in multiple locations.
63Magma WyrmDragon-like creature that uses magma attacks.
64Great Wyrm TheodorixLarge dragon found in the Mountaintops of the Giants.
65Royal RevenantFast and unpredictable enemy with poison attacks.
66Magma Wyrm MakarFound in Ruin-Strewn Precipice, uses magma-based attacks.
67Royal Knight LorettaKnight that uses sorcery and fights on horseback.
68Night’s CavalryPatrolling knight that appears only at night, uses large weapons.
69Grafted ScionSpider-like enemy with multiple limbs grafted onto its body.
70Omenkiller & Miranda the Blighted BloomDuo boss fight with different fighting styles and attacks.
71Glintstone Dragon SmaragSorcery-based dragon found near Raya Lucaria Academy.
72Flying Dragon AgheelLarge dragon that uses fire breath and sweeping attacks.
73Flying Dragon GreyllDragon with similar attacks to Agheel, found in Caelid.
74Putrid Crystalian TrioTrio of crystalline enemies with different weapon types and rot attacks.
75Crystalian Spear & Crystalian RingbladeDuo of crystalline enemies with unique weapon types.
76Ancient Hero of ZamorWarrior with frost-based attacks, found in various locations.
77Demi-Human Queen GilikaLeader of the demi-humans, found in multiple locations.
78Demi-Human Queen MargotAnother leader of the demi-humans, found in Altus Plateau.
79Demi-Human Queen MaggieSimilar to other demi-human queens, found in Hermit Village.
80Erdtree Burial Watchdog (Duo)Pair of watchdogs with unique movements and fire attacks.
81Cleanrot Knight (Duo)Pair of knights with rot-infused attacks.
82Onyx LordUses gravity-based attacks and found in various locations.
83Crucible KnightStrong defensive enemy with powerful melee attacks and incantations.
84Perfumer Tricia & Misbegotten WarriorDuo fight with a focus on buffs and aggressive melee.
85Ulcerated Tree SpiritSame as previous entry, but found in different locations.
86Necromancer GarrisNecromancer that summons skeletons and uses death magic.
87Cemetery ShadeShadowy enemy with fast, teleporting attacks.
88Mimic TearCopies the player’s current build, found in Nokron, Eternal City.
89Fell TwinsPair of large, aggressive enemies with different weapon types.
90Kindred of Rot (Duo)Pair of enemies with rot-infused attacks, found in various locations.
91Esgar, Priest of BloodBlood magic user with aggressive melee attacks.
92Putrid Grave Warden DuelistRot-infused variant of the Grave Warden Duelist.
93Adan, Thief of FireUses fire-based attacks and a large flail.
94Demi-Human ChiefLeader of the demi-humans, found in multiple locations.
95Mad Pumpkin HeadsPair of enemies with large maces and head armor.
96Elder Dragon GreyollLargest dragon in the game, found in Caelid, uses rot breath.
97Battlemage HuguesUses both melee and sorcery attacks, found in Sellia Hideaway.
98Nox Swordstress & Nox PriestDuo with sorcery and melee attacks, found in various locations.
99Bloodhound KnightFast and aggressive enemy with a curved sword.
100Cleanrot KnightUses rot-infused attacks and strong defensive moves.
101Frenzied DuelistUses frenzied flame attacks and a large flail.
102Spirit-Caller SnailSummons other enemies to fight for it, found in multiple locations.
103Stonedigger TrollLarge troll with high health and strong melee attacks.
104Erdtree Burial Watchdog (Impaler’s Catacombs)Unique watchdog with fire and magic attacks.
105Onyx LordSame as previous entry, found in different locations.
106Crystalian Spear & Crystalian Staff (Duo)Duo of crystalline enemies with unique weapon types.
107CrystalianUses strong physical attacks and high defense.
108Bols, Carian KnightKnight with sorcery-based attacks, found in Caria Manor.
109Misbegotten CrusaderAggressive enemy with unique moveset.
110Alabaster LordUses gravity-based magic and a curved sword.
111Scaly MisbegottenLarge misbegotten with powerful melee attacks.
112Erdtree Burial WatchdogFound in multiple catacombs, uses fire and magic attacks.
113Miranda the Blighted BloomPlant-like enemy with poison attacks.
114Leonine MisbegottenAggressive enemy with quick attacks, found in Castle Morne.
115Erdtree AvatarTree-like creature with high health and strong physical attacks.
116Tibia MarinerSummons skeletal minions and uses death magic.
117Mad Pumpkin HeadLarge enemy with strong melee attacks and head armor.
118Beastman of Farum AzulaFast and aggressive enemy with curved swords.
119Stonedigger TrollSame as previous entry, found in different locations.
120Guardian GolemLarge, slow enemy with powerful melee attacks.
121Grave Warden DuelistSame as previous entry, found in different catacombs.
122PatchesTrickster enemy that surrenders mid-fight and can be encountered multiple times.

The Early Game Hurdles

Elden Ring’s early bosses serve as a trial by fire for new players. Margit, the Fell Omen, tests your timing and pattern recognition with his relentless attacks and unpredictable moves. Godrick the Grafted, a grotesque figure with multiple grafted limbs, presents a multi-phase battle that demands adaptability. These encounters teach you the importance of patience, dodging, and understanding enemy attack patterns.

Margit, the Fell OmenStormhillMedium
Godrick the GraftedStormveil CastleMedium-Hard

Mid-Game Trials and Tribulations

As you venture deeper into the Lands Between, you’ll face tougher challenges. Starscourge Radahn, a colossal demigod who commands gravity magic, offers a thrilling spectacle with his meteor shower attacks and mounted combat. Rennala, Queen of the Full Moon, tests your ability to break her magical shield and survive her devastating lunar spells. These mid-game bosses push you to refine your build and strategies.

Starscourge RadahnCaelidHard
Rennala, Queen of the Full MoonRaya Lucaria AcademyMedium

Late-Game Legends and Nightmares

The late game of Elden Ring is where the true trials lie. Malenia, Blade of Miquella, is considered the game’s hardest boss, a relentless warrior with a deadly Scarlet Rot attack and a flurry of sword strikes that can quickly drain your health. Maliketh, the Black Blade, is a fast and agile foe who punishes mistakes with his powerful attacks. These bosses demand mastery of the game’s mechanics and a well-prepared build.

Malenia, Blade of MiquellaElphael, Brace of the HaligtreeVery Hard
Maliketh, the Black BladeCrumbling Farum AzulaHard

Beyond the Main Path: Optional Encounters

Elden Ring also features a variety of optional bosses that offer unique challenges and rewards. From the towering Crucible Knights to the elusive Astel, Naturalborn of the Void, these encounters test your skills and knowledge of the game’s lore. They provide a chance to experiment with different builds and strategies while earning valuable loot and runes.

Crucible Knight OrdovisAuriza Hero’s GraveHard
Astel, Naturalborn of the VoidLake of RotVery Hard

Key Takeaways

  • Elden Ring features a variety of challenging bosses.
  • Each boss requires different strategies.
  • Understanding rankings aids in preparation.

Ranking the Bosses of Elden Ring

Elden Ring offers a wide range of boss encounters, from the towering Fire Giant to the cunning Margit, the Fell Omen. This section breaks down key criteria for ranking the bosses, spotlights the toughest challengers, and highlights common mechanics.

Criteria for Ranking

Difficulty: The measure of how hard it is to defeat a boss. This includes their attack patterns, health, and damage output. For example, Malenia’s quick attacks and healing ability make her particularly daunting.

Boss Encounters: Some bosses like Godfrey, First Elden Lord, are fought multiple times with varying forms and difficulties. These repeat encounters can affect the overall ranking.

Mechanics: Unique abilities and techniques used by bosses. Radagon of the Golden Order has powerful magic attacks that require precise dodging and positioning.

Top Challenging Bosses

Malenia: Known for her healing ability and waterfowl dance attack. Very high difficulty due to speedy attacks and long-range abilities.

Fire Giant: Massive size with area-of-effect attacks. Requires careful spacing and timing to avoid heavy damage from fire and stomps.

Starscourge Radahn: Uses gravitational attacks and meteors. High health and complex mechanics make him one of the toughest boss fights.

Mohg, Lord of Blood: Uses blood magic, healing himself while draining players’ health. Complex phases make him a major challenge.

Frequent Boss Mechanics

Dodging: Essential to avoid heavy damage. Bosses like the Full-Grown Fallingstar Beast have attacks that require precise movement.

Summons: Often used for aid against tougher foes. For instance, you may need help to deal with Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy, during his intense phases.

Magic Attacks: Many bosses use ranged magic attacks. Starscourge Radahn and Radagon of the Golden Order are prime examples of this challenging mechanic.

Poise: Higher poise means a boss can absorb more hits without getting staggered. The Godskin Duo’s fights demand learning their poise levels to maximize damage opportunities.

Exploring the Lands Between and Its Inhabitants

Elden Ring’s vast open-world offers diverse environments and formidable bosses scattered throughout its regions. Understanding this intricate landscape is key to navigating its challenges.

Geography and Environmental Challenges

The Lands Between features a variety of terrains, each presenting unique obstacles. Limgrave, lush and green, is the starting area, guiding players with moderate enemies.

Stormveil Castle, a foreboding fortress, signifies a difficulty spike.

Crumbling Farum Azula, floating ruins in the sky, hosts some of the game’s toughest foes like Maliketh.

Leyndell, the royal capital, combines urban warfare with labyrinthine design.

Varied environments force players to adapt their strategies continually.

Noteworthy Bosses Across Regions

Each region boasts distinct bosses. Limgrave houses introductory bosses like the Grafted Scion and the Ulcerated Tree Spirit.

In Stormveil Castle, Godrick the Grafted tests player’s skills early on.

Leyndell’s formidable foes include Godfrey, First Elden Lord, marking a significant challenge.

Farum Azula’s daunting location, Crumbling Farum Azula, is home to extreme threats like Maliketh.

The variety in bosses ensures no single tactic serves throughout the game.

Special Encounters and Optional Bosses

In addition to mandatory battles, Elden Ring includes numerous optional bosses. The Red Wolf of Radagon and Loretta, Knight of the Haligtree, provide extra challenges.

Field bosses like Borealis and Lichdragon Fortissax surprise players with their sudden appearances.

Unique encounters like the Mimic Tear and Astel, Naturalborn of the Void, offer varied combat experiences.

These additional bosses reward adventurers who explore off the beaten path, enhancing the rich, immersive gameplay within the Lands Between.