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All Elden Ring bosses in order

Elden Ring bosses: Malenia is clutching her sword arm as Starscourge Radahn falls off-screen.


What are the Elden Ring bosses in order? The most defining moments in any of the Souls-like games are the tough boss fights. They can be tricky for several reasons: some are hard to hit consistently, and others can squash you with just one attack. Despite having hundreds of monsters, you only need to beat 12 Elden Ring bosses in this order to finish the game.

In addition to a list of mandatory boss encounters, our list of the Elden Ring bosses in order includes where you can find them, and what rewards they drop. We’ve also collated the top five Elden Ring bosses in order of difficulty, as well as some handy tips on how to beat them. Generally speaking, dungeon bosses are not as hard to kill as the major bosses. However, there are exceptions, so equipping the best Elden Ring summons and upgrading the Flask of Wondrous Physick with Elden Ring crystal tears can make all the difference in one of the best PC games of all time.

Main Elden Ring bosses in order

You may think you need to beat all Shardbearers to complete Elden Ring, but this is far from the truth. You only need two Great Runes to access the Altus Plateau, then defeat the Great Rune bearer in Leyndell, Royal Capital to unlock the doorway to the Erdtree. From here, you start the final part of the game, where you must travel to the Crumbling Farum Azula, before returning to Leyndell, now an Ashen Capital, to fight against the final gauntlet of bosses.

Unless you’re aiming to complete a speed run, we don’t recommend that you solely focus on these boss fights. Instead, you should at least do a little bit of grinding or seek out some of the best Elden Ring weapons to aid you in combat, as well as the best Elden ring armor to survive fearsome attacks.

Here are the main Elden Ring bosses in order:

  • Margit the Fell Omen (required boss to reach Godrick)
  • Godrick the Grafted (beat for one of the two required Great Runes)
  • Red Wolf of Radagon (required boss to reach Rennala)
  • Rennala, Queen of the Full Moon (beat for one of the two required Great Runes)
  • God-devouring Serpent / Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy (beat for one of the two required Great Runes)
  • Starscourge Radahn (beat for one of the two required Great Runes)
  • Magma Wyrm Makar (optional)
  • Godfrey, First Elden Lord
  • Morgot, the Omen King
  • Fire Giant
  • Godskin Duo
  • Maliketh, the Black Blade
  • Sir Gideon Ofnir, the All-Knowing
  • Godfrey, First Elden Lord / Hoarah Loux
  • Radagon of the Golden Order / Elden Beast

All Elden Ring bosses

To make it easy for you to see which ones you’ve beaten and which remain alive, you can find a complete list of all Elden Ring bosses locations and loot drops, including the best Elden Ring talismans, below, sorted by region. Next to each entry, you’ll also find any special conditions you need to complete to fight them, such as one of the many Elden Ring quests.

Here are all of the bosses in Elden Ring:


Boss name Location Item drops
Soldier of Godrick Stranded Graveyard 400 runes
Tree Sentinel Limgrave Road 3,200 runes
Golden Halberd (weapon)
Flying Dragon Agheel Dragon-Burnt Ruins 5,000 runes
Dragon Heart (key item)
Erdtree Burial Tree Watchdog Stormfoot Catacombs 1,300 runes
Noble Sorcerer Ashes (ashes)
Stonedigger Troll Limgrave Tunnels 1,800 runes
Roar medallion (talisman)
Beastman of Farum Azula Groveside Cave 1,000 runes
Flamedrake Talisman (talisman)
Demi-Human Chief Dissenter’s Cave 900 runes
Tailoring Tools (key item)
Sewing Needle (key item)
Bell Bearing Hunter Warmaster’s Shack 2,700 runes
Bone Peddler’s Bell Bearing
Grave Warden Duelist Murkwater Catacombs 1,700 runes
Battle Hammer (weapon)
Mad Pumpkin Head Waypoint Ruins 1,100 runes
Crucible Knight Stormhill Evergaol 2,100 runes
Aspects of the Crucible: Tail (incantation)
Bloodhound Knight Darriwil Forlorn Hound Evergaol 1,400 runes
Barricade Shield (Ash of War)
Night’s Cavalry Bridge near Agheel Lake North at night 2,400 runes
Repeating Thrust (Ash of War)
Nightrider Glaive (weapon)
Black Knife Assassin Deathtouched Catacombs 1,600 runes
Assassin’s Crimson Dagger (weapon)
Tibia Mariner Summonwater Village 2,400 runes
Deathroot (key item)
Skeletal Militiaman Ashes (ashes)
Margit the Fell Omen Stormhill 12,000 runes
Talisman Pouch (key item)
Ulcerated Tree Spirit Fringefolk Hero’s Grave (requires Stonesword key in Stranded Graveyard) 15,000 runes
Banished Knight Oleg (ashes)
Golden Seed
Deathbird East of Warmaster’s Shack (only at night) 2,800 runes
Blue-feathered Branchsword (talisman)
Guardian Golem Highroad Cave 1,700 runes
Blue-dancer Charm (talisman)
Patches Murkwater Cave Golden Rune (1) x2
Grovel for Mercy (emote)
Additional item drops if you kill him:
Spear +7 (weapon)
Leather Armor (armor)
Leather Gloves (armor)
Leather Boots (armor)
Patches’ Bell Bearing (key item)
Bell Bearing Hunter Warmaster’s Shack (only at night) 2,700 runes
Bone Peddler’s Bell Bearing (key item)

Stormveil Castle

Boss name Location Item drops
Crucible Knight Stormveil Castle 1,500 runes
Aspects of the Crucible: Horns (incantation)
Lion Guardian Stormveil Castle 1,138 runes
Somber Smithing Stone [1] 
Beast Blood
Old Fang x2
Grafted Scion Stormveil Castle 1,176 runes
Godrick the Grafted Stormveil Castle 15,000 runes
Godrick’s Great Rune
Remembrance of the Grafted (use to get boss weapon)

Weeping Peninsula

Boss name Location Item drops
Erdtree Burial Watchdog Impaler’s Catacombs 2,400 runes
Demi-Human Ashes (ashes)
Runebear Earthbore Cave (lower level) 2,600 runes
Spelldrake Talisman (talisman)
Night’s Cavalry Road north of Castle Morne Ramparts 3,400 runes
Barricade Shield (Ash of War)
Nightrider Flail (weapon)
Scaly Misbegotten Mourne Tunnel 2,000 runes
Rusted Anchor (weapon)
Cemetery Shade Tombsward Catacombs 2,200 runes
Lhutel the Headless (ashes)
Ancient Hero of Zamor Weeping Evergaol 5,400 runes
Radagon’s Scarseal (talisman)
Erdtree Avatar Minor Erdtree east of Tombsward Site of Grace 3,600 runes
Opaline Bubbletear (crystal tear)
Crimsonburst crystal tear (crystal tear)
Leonine Misbegotten Castle Morne 3,800 runes
Grafted Blade Greatsword (weapon)
Deathbird North of Castle Morne in the mountains (only at night) 3,900 runes
Sacrificial Axe (weapon)
Miranda the Blighted Bloom Tombsward Cave 2,100 runes
Viridian Amber Medallion (talisman)

Liurnia of the lakes

Boss name Location Item drops
Grafted Scion Chapel of Anticipation 3,200 runes
Ornamental Straight Sword (weapon)
Gold Beast Crest Shield (shield)
Cleanrot Knight Stillwater Cave 3,300 runes
Winged Sword Insignia (talisman)
Adan, Thief of Fire Malefactor’s Evergaol 3,800 runes
Flame of the Fell God (incantation)
Tibia Mariner Liurnia of the Lakes near the Study Hall 4,700 runes
Deathroot (key item)
Skeletal Bandit Ashes (ashes)
Erdtree Burial Watchdog Cliffbottom Catacombs 3,200 runes
Kaiden Sellsword Ashes (ashes)
Night’s Cavalry Patrolling south of Bellum Church (only at night) 5,600 Runes
Giant Hunt (Ashes of War)
Nightrider Glaive (weapon)
Night’s Cavalry Near Gate Town Bridge Site of Grace (only at night) 5,600 runes
Ash of War: Ice Spear (Ash of War)
Erdtree Avatar Minor Erdtree northeast of Ruined Labyrinth in the northeast of the region 5,800 runes
Holy-shrouding cracked tear (crystal tear)
Lightning-shrouding cracked tear (crystal tear)
Magic-shrouding cracked tear (crystal tear)
Erdtree Avatar Minor Erdtree south of Revenger’s Shack in the southwest of the region 5,800 runes
Cerulean crystal tear (crystal tear)
Ruptured crystal tear (crystal tear)
Crystalian (Ring Blade) Raya Lucaria Crystal Tunnel 3,000 runes
Smithing-Stone Miner’s Bell Bearing (1) (key item)
Red Wolf of Radagon Raya Lucaria Academy (Debate Hall) 14,000 runes
Memory Stone (key item)
Crystalians x2 Academy Crystal Cave 3,300 runes
Crystal Release (sorcery)
Rennala, Queen of the Full Moon Raya Lucaria Academy 40,000 runes
Great Rune of the Unborn
Remembrance of the Full Moon Queen (use to get boss weapon)
Alabaster Lord Royal Grave Evergaol 3,600 runes
Meteorite (sorcery)
Royal Revenant Kingsrealm Ruins (underground) 3,100 runes
Royal Knight Loretta Caria Manor 10,000 runes
Loretta’s Greatbow (sorcery)
Loretta’s Slash (Ash of War)
Bols, Carian Knight Cuckoo’s Evergaol 4,600 runes
Greatblade Phalanx (sorcery)
Alecto, Blade Knife Ringleader Ringleader’s Evergaol 80,000 runes
Black Knife Tiche (ashes)
Spirit-caller Snail Road’s End Catacombs 3,000 runes
Glintstone Sorcerer Ashes (ashes)
Omenkiller Village of Albinaurics 4,900 runes
Crucible Knot Talisman (talisman)
Glintstone Dragon Adula Cathedral of Manus Celes 120,000 runes
Adula’s Moonblade (sorcery)
Dragon Heart x3
Glintstone Dragon Smarag In the lake west of Raya Lucaria Academy 14,000 runes
Dragon Heart
Glintstone Dragon Adula Three Sisters N/A
Death Rite Bird In the ruins south of Gate Town North Site of Grace (only at night) 7,800 runes
Ancient Death Rancor (sorcery)
Bell Bearing Hunter Church of Vows (only at night) 6,000 runes
Meat Peddler’s Bell Bearing
Death Bird North of Scenic Isle (only at night) 6,600 runes
Red-feathered Branchsword (talisman)
Black Knife Assassin Black Knife Catacombs 4,200 runes
Assassin’s Cerulean Dagger (talisman)
Black Knifeprint (key item)
Bloodhound Knight Lakeside Crystal Cave 3,600 runes
Cerulean Amber Medallion (talisman)
Bell Bearing Hunter Church of Vows (only at night) 6,000 runes
Meat Peddler’s Bell Bearing (key item)
Cemetery Shade Black Knife Catacombs 3,500 runes
Twinsage Sorcerer ashes (ashes)
Godskin Noble Divine Tower of Liurnia 4,810 runes
Godskin Noble hood (armor)
Godskin Noble robe (armor)
Godskin Noble bracelets (armor)
Godskin Noble trousers (armor)
Magma Wyrm Makar Ruin-strewn Precipice 18,000 runes
Magma Wyrm’s Scalesword (weapon)
Dragon Heart


Boss name Location Item drops
Magma Wyrm Gael Tunnel 7,500 runes
Dragon Heart
Moonveil (weapon)
Erdtree Avatar Minor Erdtree northeast of the Smouldering Church in the northwest of the region 9,600 runes
Greenburst crystal tear (crystal tear)
Flame-shrouding cracked tear (crystal tear)
Mad Pumpkin Head (Hammer and Flail) Caelem Ruins 6,300 runes
Erdtree Burial Watchdog (Sword) and Erdtree Burial Watchdog (Scepter) Minor Erdtree ruins 7,400 runes
Mad Pumpkin Head ashes (ashes)
Decaying Ekzykes South of Caelid Highway South Site of Grace 38,000 runes
Dragon Heart
Night’s Cavalry On the road east of Caelid Highway South Site of Grace at night 8,500 runes
Poison Moth Flight (Ash of War)
Commander O’Neil In the middle of the swamp close to the Inner Aeonia Site of Grace 12,000 runes
Commander’s Standard (weapon)
Unalloyed Gold Needle (key item)
Nox Swordstress and Nox Priest Along the road to the northeast of Caelid, close to the Sellia Crystal Tunnel 6,400 runes
Nox Flowing Sword (weapon)
Black Blade Kindred Greyoll’s Dragonbarrow 88,000 runes
Gargoyle’s Black Axe (weapon)
Gargoyle’s Black Blades (weapon)
Fallingstar Beast Sellia Crystal Tunnel 7,600 runes
Somberstone Miner’s Bell Bearing (1)
Smithing Stone (7) x5
Somber Smithing Stone (6)
Gravity Stone Chunk x4
Starscourge Radahn Redmane Castle 70,000 runes
Radahn’s Great Rune
Remembrance of the Starscourge (use to get boss weapon)
Death Rite Bird On the hill east of Caelid Highway South Site of Grace (only at night) 18,000 runes
Death’s Poker (weapon)
Frenzied Duelist Gaol Cave 6,700 runes
Putrid Corpse ashes (ashes)
Cleanrot Knight x2 Abandoned Cave 7,000 runes
Gold Scarab (talisman)
Battlemage Hugues Sellia Evergaol 7,800 runes
Battlemage Hugues (ashes)
Cemetery Shade Caelid Catacombs 6,800 runes
Kindred of Rot ashes (ashes)
Crystalians x3 Sellia Hideaway 7,000 runes
Crystal Torrent (sorcery)
Crucible Knight & Misbegotten Warrior Redmane Castle 16,000 runes
Ruins Greatsword (weapon)


Boss name Location Item drops
Elder Dragon Greyoll West of Dragonbarrow West Site of Grace 10,845 runes (boss)
5,423 runes (for each other dragon)
Dragon Heart x5
Godskin Apostle Divine Tower of Caelid (basement) 94,000 runes
Godskin Apostle Hood (armor)
Godskin Apostle Robe (armor)
Godskin Apostle Bracers (armor)
Godskin Apostle Trousers (armor)
Beastman of Farum Azula Dragonbarrow Cave 65,000 runes
Flamedrake Talisman +2 (talisman)
Flying Dragon Greyll Close to Farum Greatbridge Site of Grace 80,000 runes
Dragon Heart
Bell Bearing Hunter Isolated Merchant 50,000 runes
Gravity Stone
Peddler’s Bell Bearing
Black Blade Kindred Close to the Bestial Sanctum in the northeast peninsula 88,000 runes
Gargoyle’s Blackblade (weapon)
Gargoyle’s Black Halberd (weapon)
Bell Bearing Hunter Isolated Merchant’s Shack (only at night) 50,000 runes
Gravity Stone Peddler’s Bell Bearing (key item)
Putrid Avatar East of Dragonbarrow Fork Site of Grace 95,000 runes
Opaline Hardtear (crystal tear)
Stonebarb cracked tear (crystal tear)
Night’s Cavalry North of Lenne’s Rise Site of Grace (only at night) 42,000 runes
Bloodhound’s Step (ash of war)
Putrid Tree Spirit War-Dead Catacombs 67,200 runes
Redmane Knight Ogha Spirit ashes (ashes)
Golden Seed (key item)

Altus Plateau

Boss name Location Item drops
Stonedigger Troll Old Altus Tunnel 9,600 runes
Great Club (weapon)
Elemer of the Briar The Shaded Castle 24,000 runes
Marais Executioner’s Sword (weapon)
Briar Greatshield (shield)
Black Knife Assassin Sainted Hero’s Grave 11,339 runes
Black Knife (weapon)
Godskin Apostle Windmill Village 14,000 runes
Godskin Peeler (weapon)
Scouring Black Flame (incantation)
Tibia Mariner Wyndham Ruins 14,000 runes
Deathroot (key item)
Tibia’s Summons (sorcery)
Necromancer Garris Sage’s Cave Nothing (combined with Black Knife Assassin)
Erdtree Burial Watchdog Wyndham Catacombs 12,000 runes
Glovewort Picker’s Bell Bearing (1) (key item)
Tree Sentinel Duo Outside Leyndell, Royal Capital’s western gate 20,000 runes
Hero’s Rune [1]
Erdtree Greatshield (shield)
Draconic Tree Sentinel Capital Outskirts 50,000 runes
Dragon Greatclaw (weapon)
Dragonclaw Shield (shield)
Godefroy the Grafted Golden Lineage Evergaol 26,000 runes
Godfrey Icon (talisman)
Demi-Human Queen Gilika Lux Ruins 8,500 runes
Ritual Sword talisman (talisman inside a chest)
Black Knife Assassin Sage’s Cave (requires Sentry Torch) 9,000 runes
Concealing Veil (talisman)
Night’s Cavalry Southwest of Atlus Highway Junction Site of Grace (only at night) 10,000 runes
Shared Order (ash of war)
Sanguine Noble Writheblood Ruins 8,800 runes
Wormface Minor Erdtree northeast of Bower of Bounty Site of Grace 10,000 runes
Crimsonspill crystal tear (crystal tear)
Speckled Hardtear (crystal tear)
Crystalians x2 Altus Tunnel 1,800 runes
Somberstone Miner’s Bell Bearing (2) (key item)
Miranda the Blighted Bloom and Omenkiller Perfumer’s Grotto 8,400 runes
Great Omenkiller Cleaver (weapon)
Fallingstar Beast South of Perfumer’s Grotto Site of Grace 11,000 runes
Somber Smithing Stone x5
Smithing Stone (6) x5
Gravity Stone Fan x1
Gravity Stone Chunk x1
Necromancer Garris Sage’s Cave Family Heads (weapon)
Ancient Hero of Zamor Sainted Hero’s Grave 24,000 runes
Ancient Dragon Knight Kristoff (ashes)

Mt. Gelmir

Boss name Location Item drops
Ancient Dragon Lansseax East of Abandoned Coffin Site of Grace 60,000 runes
Lansseaux’s Glaive (incantation)
Perfumer Tricia (with Misbegotten Warrior) Unsightly Catacombs 9,400 runes
Perfumer Tricia ashes (ashes)
Grafted Scion At the destroyed camp at the bottom of Mt. Gelmir 2,313 runes
Ulcerated Tree Spirit Roams the north of Mt. Gelmir close to Ninth Mt. Gelmir Site of Grace 18,000 runes
Leaden Hardtear (crystal tear)
Cerulean Hidden tear (crystal tear)
Full-grown Fallingstar Beast Close to Ninth Mt. Gelmir Site of Grace 21,000 runes
Somber Smithing Stone
Smithing Stone [6] x5
Fallingstar Beast Jaw (weapon)
Kindred of the Rot Seethewater Cave 10,000 runes
Kindred of Rot’s Exultation (talisman)
Demi-Human Queen Maggie Northeast of Hermit Village near Primeval Sorcerer Azur Site of Grace 13,000 runes
Memory Stone (key item)
Golden Rune [1]
Abductor Virgins Volcano Manor 10,000 runes
Inquisitor’s Girandole (weapon)
Omenkiller Volcano Manor 1,674 runes
Great Omenkiller Cleaver (weapon)
Demi-Human Queen Margot Lowest level of Volcano Cave 11,000 runes
Jar Cannon (weapon)
God-devouring Serpent and Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy Mt. Gelmir 130,000 runes
Rykard’s Great Rune
Remembrance of the Blasphemous (use to get boss weapon)
Magma Wyrm Lava pool south of Fort Laiedd 19,000 runes
Dragon Heart
Magma Breath (incantation unlock for Cathedral of Dragon Communion)
Red Wolf of the Champion Fort Laiedd 21,000 runes
Bloodhound Knight Fioh (ashes)
Godskin Noble Volcano Manor 50,000 runes
Godskin Sticher (weapon)
Noble Presence (incantation)

Leyndell, Royal Capital

Boss name Location Item drops
Divine Bridge Golem Leyndell, Royal Capital 2,992 runes
Bell Bearing Hunter Hermit Merchant’s Shack 20,000 runes
Medicine Peddler’s Bell Bearing
Draconic Tree Sentinel Capital Outskirts 50,000 runes
Dragon Greatclaw (weapon)
Dragonclaw Shield (shield)
Crucible Knight Ordovis (and Crucible Knight) Auriza Hero’s Grave 28,000 runes
Ordovis’s Greatsword (weapon)
Crucible Helm (armor)
Crucible Armor (armor)
Crucible Gauntlets (armor)
Crucible Greaves (armor)
Fell Twins Capital Outskirts 29,000 runes
Omenkiller Rollo (ashes)
Morgott, the Omen King Near Elden Throne Site of Grace 120,000 runes
Remembrance of the Omen King (use to get boss weapon)
Morgott’s Great Rune
Onyx Lord Sealed Tunnel (required to reach Divine Tower of West Altus) 16,000 runes
Onyx Lord’s Greatsword (weapon)
Erdtree Avatar Patrolling the road southwest of East Capital Rampart Site of Grace 10,062 runes
Lord’s Rune
Godfrey, First Elden Lord Leyndell, Royal Capital 300,000 runes
Remembrance of Hoarah Loux (use to get boss weapon)
Deathbird East of Hermit Merchant’s Shack (only at night) 29,000 runes
Twinbird Kite Shield (shield)
Bell Bearing Hunter Hermit Merchant’s Shack (only at night) 20,000 runes
Medicine Peddler’s Bell Bearing (key item)
Margit, the Fell Omen Close to Outer Wall Battleground Site of Grace 16,800 runes
Viridian Amber Medallion (talisman)
Grave Warden Duelist Auriza Side Tomb 15,000 runes
Soldjars of Fortune ashes (ashes)

Forbidden Lands

Boss name Location Item drops
Black Blade Kindred Forbidden Lands 60,000 runes
Gargoyle’s Black Axe (weapon)
Gargoyle’s Black Blades (weapon)
Night’s Cavalry Near the lift in the Forbidden Lands (only at night) 36,000 runes
Phantom Slash (ash of war)

Consecrated Grounds

Boss name Location Item drops
Putrid Grave Warden Duelist Consecrated Snowfield Catacombs 78,000 runes
Great Grave Glovewort (upgrade)
Rotten Gravekeeper Cloak (armor)
Mimic Tear Hidden Path to the Haligtree 50,000 runes
Blackflame Monk Amon (ashes)
Night’s Cavalry x2 Southwest of Inner Consecrated Snowfield Site of Grace (only at night) 84,000 runes
Night’s Cavalry helm (armor)
Night’s Cavalry armor (armor)
Night’s Cavalry gauntlets (armor)
Night’s Cavalry greaves (armor)
Ancient Dragon Smithing Stone (upgrade)
Astel, Stars of Darkness Yelough Anix tunnel 120,000 runes
Meteorite of Astel (sorcery)
Death Rite Bird Southeast of Apostate Derelict Site of Grace (only at night) 220,000 runes
Explosive Ghostflame (sorcery)
Putrid Avatar Minor Erdtree east of Ordina, Lithurgical Town Site of Grace 192,000 runes
Rimed Rowa
Great Wyrm Theodorix Outside Cave of the Forlorn (only at night) 180,000 runes
Dragon Heart x3
Misbegotten Crusader Cave of the Forlorn 93,000 runes
Golden Order Greatsword (weapon)

Mountaintops of the Giants

Boss name Location Item drops
Borealis The Freezing Fog Mountaintops of the Giants 100,000 runes
Dragon Heart
Godskin Apostle and Godskin Noble Spiritcaller’s Cave 70,000 runes
Godskin Swaddling Cloth (talisman)
Black Flame Ritual (incantation)
Erdtree Avatar Near the northeast of Ancient Snow Valley Ruins Site of Grace 70,000 runes
Cerulean crystal tear (crystal tear)
Crimson Bubbletear (crystal tear)
Fire Giant Mountaintops of the Giants near the Forge of the Giants 180,000 runes
Remembrance of the Fire Giant (use to get boss weapon)
Commander Niall Castle Sol 90,000 runes
Veteran’s Prosthesis (weapon)
Roundtable Knight Vyke Lord Contender’s Evergaol 75,000 runes
Fingerprint Helm (armor)
Fingerprint Armor (armor)
Fingerprint Gauntlets (armor)
Fingerprint Greaves (armor)
Vyke’s Dragonbolt (incantation)
Death Rite Bird Southwest of Castle Sol Main Gate Site of Grace (only at night) 77,000 runes
Death Ritual Spear (weapon)
Ancient Hero of Zamor Giant-conquering Hero’s Grave 83,000 runes
Zamor Curved Sword (weapon)
Zamor Mask (armor)
Zamor Armor (armor)
Zamor Bracelets (armor)
Zamor Legwraps (armor)
Ulcerated Tree Spirit Giant’s Mountaintop Catacombs 48,000 runes
Golden Seed
Glovewort Picker’s Bell Bearing [2] (key item)
Astel, Stars of Darkness Yelough Anix Tunnel 120,000 runes
Meteorite of Astel (sorcery)

Miquella’s Haligtree

Boss name Location Item drops
Loretta, Knight of the Haligtree Courtyard in a temple in Miquella’s Haligtree 200,000 runes
Loretta’s Mastery (sorcery)
Loretta’s War Sickle (weapon)
Malenia, Blade of Miquella Elphael, Brace of the Haligtree 480,000 runes
Malenia’s Great Rune
Remembrance of the Rot Goddess (use to get boss weapon)

Siofra River

Boss name Location Item drops
Ancestor Spirit Siofra River 13,000 runes
Ancestral Follower ashes (ashes)
Mimic Tear Nokron, Eternal City 10,000 runes
Larval Tear x2
Silver Tear Mask (armor)
Regal Ancestor Spirit Nokron, Eternal City 24,000 runes
Remembrance of the Regal Ancestor (use to get boss weapon)
Dragonkin Soldier Siofra River 16,000 runes
Dragon Halberd (weapon)
Valiant Gargoyle and Valiant Gargoyle (Twinblade) Siofra Aqueduct 32,000 runes
Gargoyle’s Greatsword (weapon)
Gargoyle’s Twinblade (weapon)
Mohg, Lord of Blood Mohgwyn Palace 420,000 runes
Mohg’s Great Rune
Remembrance of the Blood Lord (use to get boss weapon)

Deeproot Depths

Boss name Location Item drops
Fia’s Champions Across the Roots 40,000 runes
Fia’s Mist
Crucible Knight Siluria The Nameless Eternal City 25,000 runes
Siluria’s Tree (weapon)
Lichdragon Fortissax Across the Roots (complete Fia’s quest) 90,000 runes
Remembrance of the Lichdragon (use to get boss weapon)
Erdtree Avatar Near Great Waterfall Crest Site of Grace 10,000 runes
Staff of the Avatar (weapon)

Lake of Rot

Boss name Location Item drops
Dragonkin Soldier Lake of Rot 58,000 runes
Dragonscale Blade (weapon)
Dragonkin Soldier of Nokstella Uhl Palace Ruins in Ainsel River 12,000 runes
Frozen Lightning Spear (incantation)
Astel, Naturalborn of the Void Grand Cloister 80,000 runes
Remembrance of the Naturalborn (use to get boss weapon)

Crumbling Farum Azula

Boss name Location Item drops
Godskin Duo Crumbling Farum Azula 170,000 runes
Smithing-stone Miner’s Bell Bearing [4]
Black Flame Tornado (Ash of War)
Maliketh of the Black Blade Crumbling Farum Azula 264,000 runes
Remembrance of the Black Blade (use to get boss weapon)
(there are other drops)
Dragonlord Placidusax Crumbling Farum Azula 280,000 runes
Remembrance of the Dragonlord (use to get boss weapon)
Draconic Tree Sentinel Crumbling Farum Azula 28080 runes
Malformed Dragon helm (armor)
Malformed Dragon armor (armor)
Malformed Dragon gauntlets (armor)
Malformed Dragon greaves (armor)

Leyndell, Ashen Capital

Boss name Location Item drops
Mohg, the Omen Subterranean Shunning-Grounds 100,000 runes
Bloodflame Talons (incantation)
Sir Gideon Ofnir, the All-knowing Leyndell, Ashen Capital 180,000 runes
Scepter of the All-knowing (weapon)
All-knowing Helm (armor)
All-knowing Armor (armor)
All-knowing Gauntlets (armor)
All-knowing Greaves (armor)
Radagon of the Golden Order and Elden Beast Leyndell, Ashen Capital 500,000 runes
Elden Remembrance

Elden Ring bosses in order of difficulty

Here are the top five Elden Ring bosses in order of difficulty along with some vital tips on how to defeat them. It goes without saying that there are spoilers below.

Elden Ring bosses: Malenia, Blade of Miquella in profile, her red hair streaming out from underneath her iconic winged helm.

Malenia, Blade of Miquella

Who else? Melania easily takes the top spot as the most difficult Elden Ring boss of the lot – in fact, she’s a strong contender for the hardest boss in FromSoftware’s stable. We’ve even got the stats to prove it thanks to Bandai Namco, who confirmed that players have engaged her in combat a whopping 329 million times, accounting for 5.5% of all boss attempts in the expansive open-world game.

Melania is fiercely aggressive and agile, but her extreme difficulty lies in her ability to heal after every successful attack, as well as the health that she regains during the transition to her second phase. Many of her attacks are a one-shot execution, most notably her lethal Waterfowl Dance. Your best bet is to rely on your summons to take some of the heat, keep your distance, and take advantage of her low poise to interrupt her less deadly attacks. Of course, can you really say you’ve beaten her if you haven’t rolled credits with the Elden Ring mod that transforms every enemy into Melania installed?

Elden Ring bosses: Margit the Fell Omen standing to attention at his post above Stormveil Castle, wrapped in a linen cloak and holding his gnarled staff.

Margit the Fell Omen

While he’s not the most difficult on paper, Margit the Fell Omen is the first of the main Elden Ring bosses and can really test your mettle while you’re just beginning to find your feet in Limgrave. His attack patterns follow the usual tricks of the trade as far as FromSoftware is concerned, incorporating slow wind-up attacks to bait an early dodge with a flurry of attacks that barely give you room to heal.

Margit is an education for anyone who needs to brush up on stamina management since many of his attacks can break through your defenses while blocking. Instead, rely on dodging, and take advantage of an opening to go on the offensive and induce a stagger. Mastering this fight will stand you in good stead for all of the other Elden Ring bosses that follow. On subsequent playthroughs, you might want to partake in a bit of jolly cooperation and help 20 Elden Ring players beat Margit, or try to defeat him using a harp as a PC controller.

Elden Ring bosses: Starscourage Radahn howls at the blood-red sky of Caelid dressing in burnished battle armour for the festival at Redmane Castle.

Starscourge Radahn

Starscourge Radahn needs no introduction as one of the most difficult Elden Ring bosses because the opening moments of this battle do a good job illustrating it by forcing you to charge headlong across a desolate battlefield towards a demigod. To call Radahn intimidating is something of an understatement. He’s flipping enormous, and remarkably quick despite his size. You can use summons to redirect his volley of arrows during the first half of the fight, but they won’t do you much good after he launches himself into the air and comes crashing back down as a flaming meteorite.

The Elden Ring Radahn boss fight is certainly one to remember, enshrouded in a festival of madness and fury, and it scored an easy win for the PCGamesN PC Gaming Awards 2022. You don’t just have to take our word for it – it’s Miyazaki’s favourite Elden Ring boss fight, too.

Elden Ring bosses: Malekith, an anthropomorphic beast on all fours dressed in plate mail and wielding a bloody black blade wreathed in a crimson aura.

Maliketh, the Black Blade

Maliketh, the Black Blade follows a long-standing tradition of FromSoftware throwing an easy boss at you, only for that boss to transform into the stuff of nightmares. You begin this encounter by facing off against the Beast Clergyman, an aggressive boss with a suspiciously straightforward moveset. He transforms into Maliketh, the Black Blade once half his health is depleted – and if you thought the Beast Clergyman was aggressive, wait until you encounter Maliketh.

His eponymous blade inflicts damage over time and can trigger an AoE explosion when he plunges it into the ground. Thankfully, you can use the pillars dotted around the arena to hamper his mobility and block his projectiles, and many of his regular attacks can be avoided by rolling into him. Be sure to punish any openers he gives you, but be wary of his reach if you’re looking to put some distance between you both. Just be warned: defeating Maliketh too early could break one of the best Elden Ring quests involving Nepheli Loux.

Elden Ring bosses: The Elden Beast, an eldritch being made of shadow and starlight, clutching an elegant sword in one of its spindly hands.

Radagon of the Golden Order / Elden Beast

All your previous battles with Elden Ring bosses culminate in one final explosive encounter with Radagon, head of the Golden Order and wielder of the hammer that shattered the Elden Ring. Radagon is a fierce combatant in his own right, but the struggle to best him pales in comparison to what awaits after his transformation into the Elden Beast.

This spectral deity has a gargantuan health pool and wide-ranging attacks that are easily anticipated yet difficult to dodge. It also has a nasty habit of repositioning itself as soon as you’ve got it exactly where you want it, forcing you to sprint toward its incoming attacks. To win this fight you need oodles of stamina and a keen dodge, but be warned – if you fall to the Elden Beast, you’ll be forced to defeat Radagon before you can confront it all over again.

Those are all of the Elden Ring bosses. If you’re having trouble against any of them, you might want to swing by the Elden Ring Smithing Stone upgrade locations to upgrade your gear, or look into the Elden Ring respec system to fine-tune your build. Alternatively, if you’re just starting with the RPG game, here are the Elden Ring dungeon locations so you can find some of the optional bosses and the best Elden Ring builds for fun and victory. You may also want to know how to play Elden Ring multiplayer, so you and a friend can hunt the bosses down together in co-op.