is known for its tough boss battles, but none quite like Starscourge Radahn’s fight. It’s not only set in a massive arena with plenty of ground to cover, but it also has the skills to take you inside seconds.
In this guide, we’ll detail Radahn’s skills, how to build on the strengths you have, and the best strategies to defeat him. This fight takes place in the middle of Elden Ring, after completing the Stormveil Castle and Academy of Raya Lucaria dungeons. So be warned, slight spoilers are coming.
Information before the battle
This battle takes place in the desert north of Redmane Castle in the Caelid region. Although defeating Radahn isn’t completely mandatory, most players will usually encounter him after exploring Caelid. If you decide to skip this and continue the game, you will close access to some of the endgame events. To engage in this fight, you will need to encounter several NPCs along your journey through Limgrave and Liurnia. Inside the castle, you will encounter several characters that you have encountered on your journey. These characters will give you advice and prepare you for the Festival, where you will meet Radahn.
Boss Fight Breakdown
General Radahn, otherwise known as Starscourge Radahn, is such a threat because he excels in almost every aspect of combat. From a distance, he can shoot you down with his big arrows – that’s the first hint you’re in for a tough fight. When at close range, he has massive twin swords with serious range. A combo attack from him can easily deplete all your health. In addition, he is very mobile thanks to his faithful steed (named Leonard) and he can catch up with you quite easily. Finally, he also has deadly magic spells that he casts in the later phases of the fight.
Simply put, this is a fight that can lead to quick and brutal deaths for your character and leave you, the player, frustrated with what you need to do to progress. In this fight, one thing to remember is that luckily you are not alone in this battle. The various characters you have seen previously can be called upon to help you. In the arena, you will see various summon panels that you can interact with. You’ll need to quickly activate these panels to summon your small army of NPC fighters, all of whom have their own set of skills that they’ll use against Radahn in battle. However, don’t rely on them too much as they deal minor damage and mostly serve as distractions for the boss.
In fact, one NPC you can summon is Patches. If you kept him alive in the Murkwater Depths dungeon in Limgrave, he can be called into battle. However, he will immediately cut and run as soon as he sees Radahn on his horse. Never trust patches.
First phase strategy
First, you better not call another human player to help you. While you are good at summoning the various AI characters, the downside of summoning another player is that you cannot summon your Torrent horse with an additional player present. This is a battle where you’ll need to cover ground quickly, and while the extra save can help in some ways, you’ll need to stay ahead of Radahn and quickly close in distance when you need it. . Riding Torrent is a great help for this.
When the battle begins, make sure you’re locked on Radahn in the distance and keep an eye out for what he does next. He will always start the fight by shooting three to four purple arrows imbued with gravitational magic. This part is important because the fight can quickly end here; you will have to dodge the arrows or use the weapon beams scattered around the arena as cover. If you get hit with an arrow once, it will likely kill your character instantly. In this part of the fight, the main thing is to summon your allies while avoiding his attacks. Eventually, Radahn will fire a hail of arrows that are slowly heading your way. If you have a heavy shield and high stamina you can block most of it, but it’s recommended to mount Torrent and dodge the arrows by moving away quickly.
Eventually, your allies will engage with Radahn, forcing him into close combat. From there, you’ll have to choose your moments and start attacking the boss when he’s distracted by the other fighters. Stick and move is the name of the game here. If you’re a magic user, you can cast spells on him, but quickly walk away once his attention is on you. If you’re a close-range fighter, you’re getting into a more risky fight because you’ll have to get close to him often. Keep hitting him with your attacks and reviving your allies at new summon points and he’ll eventually enter the next phase of the fight…explosively.
Second phase strategy
After half of his health is depleted, Radahn will leap into the air and out of sight. Keep your eyes skyward and seek bright light, for Radahn will come hurtling down to Earth like a comet. If you don’t keep your distance, his dramatic return to the planet will kill you instantly, forcing you to start the fight all over again. Radahn is more powerful as he now uses gravity magic.
As well as sending out waves of energy with swings from his sword – which can be jumped to dodge – he’ll also use his magic to conjure up massive boulders that act as homing missiles. When he summons them, they will hover above his shoulder for a while. However, when a bright flash occurs around the rocks, it’s time to take cover. Since you’ll likely be fighting towards the center of the arena, there are several mounds of sand scattered across the hill. These mounds are great for cover, so if you need to run quickly to get away, run up Torrent quickly down the hill and away from Radahn’s line of sight to avoid the massive boulders.
The key to beating Radahn is sticking and moving with your attacks and keeping your allies in play. Despite how hard he hits, Radhan can still get beat once everyone attacks in unison. You can stun him if you manage to land heavy blows fast enough. As long as you don’t lose your patience and focus and keep picking the right times to attack, you’ll eventually be able to overcome one of the most over-the-top battles in Elden Ring.
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