Elden Ring, is the newest installment in the Soulsborne genre of games. This IP by FromSoftware is set in a more fantasy-like setting with the looks of the series deviating from the well-established medieval style of enemies and bosses previously seen before. This can be seen by the bosses that are laid throughout the beautiful open world with masterful world-building and storytelling from the fantastic writer George R. R. Martin, world-renowned for his work on the Game of Thrones series. The game has a total of 80 bosses including mini-bosses and a grand 70+ unique bosses. In this guide, we will share our opinion on the Elden Ring best bosses. Also, if you have just started Elden Ring like many other beginners – we highly recommend going through Elden Ring Starting Classes.
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Keep in mind that this list is subjective and contains HEAVY SPOILERS for the game and some parts of the story.
Best Elden Ring Bosses
Claiming that a boss is the best is quite controversial, especially in a Soulsborne game where each person has a varying experience with a boss. Some find it easy while some find it near impossible. So to avoid a war in the comments section let us clarify; this list is in no particular order but rather the bosses we consider to be worthy of looking back at with rose-tinted glasses when thinking about the game.
This boss is essentially an ancient dear spirit. It is a more powerful version of the Ancestor Spirit that resides in the Siofra River. However, this version of the boss resides in the Eternal City and has more abilities than its weaker counterpart.
The battle itself is amazing with a beautifully haunting soundtrack paired with the ghost-like design of the boss giving it a certain atmosphere that makes you remember it for just how truly beautiful this creature is.
One thing to note about this boss is that it is not required to be beaten to progress the story.
Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy
He is the true form of the God-Devouring Serpent. This version is the body taken over by the Lord of Blasphemy at Mount Gelmir. This boss is required to be beaten if you wish to progress in the main story of Elden Ring.
It has an interesting spawning method, in which this boss only appears after the first boss is completely killed and it is initiated right afterwards. The design of the boss is reminiscent of a virus that has overtaken a host with giant crimson tendrils and grotesque body modifications.
Quite an interesting boss and one to remember but not in the running for Elden Ring best bosses.
She can be found at the northern side of the Caria Manor, in the Liurnia of the Lakes. She is a spirit boss, similar to the Regal Ancestor Spirit except she is humanoid and battles atop her trusty steed. Her weapon of choice is a great bow; aptly named Loretta’s Great bow.
Her boss fight is mandatory to progress the storyline in Elden Ring. Even though she is considered to be an easy boss by most people her boss room and her moveset leave her as one to be remembered. Truly contending for the Elden Ring best bosses spot.
Morgott, The Omen King
He is the last of all kings and his name is Morgott, The Omen King. Players might remember this boss as they have faced him before under the disguise; Margit, The Fell Omen. This is a necessary boss fight to progress through the story but it is one that nets the player an amazing weapon that scales with dex.
The Tree Sentinel is the first real boss encountered by the player. This boss is found in the outskirts of Limgrave riding atop his golden clad steed. He wields a giant golden Halberd and fights from horseback.
He is especially tough to kill in the very beginning of the game and the way most players beat him is by coming back to this optional boss after levelling up their character and being equipped with new gear.
This boss is not exceptionally hard in the grand scheme of bosses but it is noteworthy because it is the first boss we encounter that truly gives a sense of difficulty for the rest of the game and for that reason he is very memorable.
Radahn is a hulking behemoth of a creature found in Caelid. He is a mandatory boss to progress through the story of Elden Ring. He is one of those bosses that makes your jaw drop to the floor by the sheer scale and magnitude of his attacks. You forget for a moment that this is a video game and hold your breath every time he telegraphs an attack only to doge it at the last frame.
He is truly a boss that comes to mind when you think Elden Ring best bosses.
Rennala is a unique boss, to say the least. She is clearly inspired by the Cathedral of the Deep boss in Dark Souls 3. However, it appears that FromSoftware learned from their previous mistakes and this time after you defeat the first phase that resembles the Cathedral of the Deep you get to see a second phase.
This second phase is amazing in all aspects, the boss room where it takes place all the way to the moveset of Rennala. This is a fight that players will remember on their journey to claim the Elden Ring and can be called one of the Elden Ring best bosses.
She can be found in the Academy of Raya Lucaria.
Astel, Naturalborn of the Void
If you enjoy Eldrich horror then this will no doubt be your favourite boss fight in the entire game. Astel is if Orphan of Kos grew up and decide to hit the intergalactic gym. This boss is found in the Grand Cloister and its design speaks volumes to the design team’s creativity.
It is an optional boss but to ignore him would be a shame and a sin to any fan of the Soulsborne franchise. We personally consider this one of the best bosses In Elden Ring, right next to an entry on this list that is slightly lower.
Radagon of the Golden Order
The first half of the final boss fight of Elden Ring. He is a broken and shattered god, known as the other half of the eternal Queen Marika. He is the man narrating the initial cutscene of the game and calls for the awakening of the tarnished.
In terms of a boss fight, he is one worthy to be remembered, not because of his outstanding moveset but rather the emotional connection, we the player have made over the course of the game, with the journey to reach this point.
Simply based on the expectations set up by the story and the payoff delivered by the boss, he is considered one of the greats
The culmination of the entire game, the second and final part of the final boss fight in Elden Ring. This is the true form of the Elden Ring and acts as a messenger for the Greater Will in the Lands Between.
This boss can only be described as beautiful, from the design to the soundtrack to the boss room where the fight takes place. All of it can be summed up with the word: beautiful. A boss to look forward to fighting in any run of the game. Definitely in the top spot for the Elden Ring best bosses.