All Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree bosses and where to find each of them

Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree bosses - Dancing Lion
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There are a lot more Shadow of the Erdtree bosses than you thought there were; I can almost 100% guarantee it. Elden Ring's first expansion has 55 bosses, including returning boss types from the base game, while 42 of these could be considered original. 

These range from field bosses like dragons and Furnace Golems to dungeon-based bosses like those in catacombs and Gaols, as well as NPC bosses in Mausoleums. Some of the bosses I've included, like Ulcerated Tree Spirits, could technically be considered as very tough enemies, but here I've listed them since they drop unique items that a regular enemy wouldn't.

In this Shadow of the Erdtree boss list, I'll run through every boss in the expansion, where they're located, plus what each of them drop. Since the main boss section will contain quite a lot of spoilers, especially the last boss, I've put it at the end of this guide.

Field bosses

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Furnace Golems

You can find these giant wandering braziers throughout the Land of Shadow and each one will drop one of the new Crystal Tears. There are eight Furnace Golems altogether. You can find these:

  • Just past the Scorched Ruins in the Gravesite Plain
  • Towards the southern end of Ellac River where it leads into the Southern Shore region
  • In front of the Shadow Keep in Scadu Altus in a Messmer soldier camp
  • In east Scadu Altus on the road leading up to the Church District entrance to the Shadow Keep
  • On the west side of the upper Rauh Ruins, accessible via the western rampart of the Shadow Keep
  • In front of the Castle Watering Hole site of grace in lower Scadu Altus
  • Sitting in front of the Unte Ruins in lower Scadu Altus
  • At the west end of the Charo's Hidden Grave area, accessible via Jagged Peak

These bosses also drop the Furnace Visage crafting material.

Ghostflame Dragons

This new zombie dragon is pretty similar to those in the base game, except it breathes ghostflame. There are three of these in the game, and they each drop a Dragon Heart and a Somber Ancient Dragon Smithing Stone. You can find these in:

  • The lake to the west of the Abandoned Ailing Village in Gravesite Plain
  • On the road leading south through Scadu Atlus, attacking a Messmer soldier camp
  • In the Southern Shore region; it flies down and attacks as you head south from the Cerulean Coast site of grace

Ulcerated Tree Spirits

That's right, your favourite boss is back! There are three Ulcerated Tree Spirits in Shadow of the Erdtree that drop various items. You can find these:

  • Through the locked well gate in the poison area of Belurat, Tower Settlement. This one drops the Immunizing Horn Charm +2.
  • In the Ellac Riverbed. This one drops the Horned Bairn item; an upgraded version of the Omen Bairn from the base game.
  • In the flooded Church District of the Shadow Keep after you drain the water. This one drops the Mantle of Thorns sorcery.

Jagged Peak Drakes

You'll have an opportunity to fight three of these dragons when you visit Jagged Peak; first, one on its own as you enter the area, then two together further up the mountain. These each drop a Dragon Heart and a Dragonscale Flesh consumable.

Golden Hippopotamuses 

There are three of these big hippo bosses in the Land of Shadow. The main one is the Golden Hippopotamus that you fight at the entrance to the Shadow Keep in Scadu Altus. This gives you the Aspect of the Crucible: Thorns incantation that lets you fire out spikes at enemies, plus two Scadutree Fragments. There are also regular hippopotamuses in: 

  • Scadu Altus, in a lake to the south of the Bridge Leading to the Village site of grace (there are two hippos here—make sure you get them both!)
  • Upper Rauh's Ruins, in a lake to the south of the Viaduct Minor Tower site of grace 
  • Charo's Hidden Grave, in a lake to the west of the Charo's Hidden Grave site of grace

Both of these drop Scadutree Fragments.

Tree Sentinels

Just like the Tree Sentinels that guard the gate of Leyndell, you'll fight two of these in the Hinterlands area, one after the other. One has the torch and halberd combo, while the second has a halberd and a shield. They each drop a Blessing of Marika consumable flask.

Fallingstar Beast

  • Location: Hinterlands, Scadu Altus
  • Reward: Gravitational Missile sorcery

This boss is located in the same Hinterlands area as the Tree Sentinels; just look for the big crater and the gravity portal that shows where the boss will appear.

Ancient Dragon Senessax

  • Location: Near the top of Jagged Peak
  • Reward: Ancient Dragon Smithing Stone, Somber Ancient Dragon Smithing Stone

You can find this boss further up the track towards the top of Jagged Peak, after you've defeated the twin Jagged Peak Drake boss. This is your typical ancient dragon with red lightning attacks, but watch out since his arena is filled with lightning-conducting water.

Dryleaf Dane

  • Location: Moorth Ruins, Scadu Altus
  • Reward: Dane's Hat, Dryleaf Arts

Though he's just an NPC, Dryleaf Dane is technically a boss. We talk about the specifics of how to challenge him in our Monk's Missive guide, but he will give you those martial arts gloves from the trailer.

Ralva the Red Bear

  • Location: Lake to the north-east of Highroad Cross, Scadu Altus
  • Reward: Pelt of Ralva hat

This is the first of two red rune bear bosses in the game. They're much the same as regular runebears except that they have a giant AoE roar and cause earthquakes like Godrick or Hoarah Loux. This first one gives you a bear hat, so is well worth fighting.

Rugalea the Red Bear

  • Location: In the woods in the north-west of Rauh Ruins Base
  • Reward: Roar of Rugalea incantation

The harder second red bear is located in a wood in the north-west area of the Ancient Ruins of Rauh. He's only accessible at ground level, so you'll have to make your way in from Scadu Altus, head past the pest area, and into the woods to find him. His reward is the roaring bear head spell from the trailer.

Demi-Human Queen Marigga

  • Location: A hidden beach you can access through the ravines near the Cerulean Coast West site of grace, Southern Shore
  • Reward: Star-Ligned Sword

Just your typical Demi-Human Queen boss from the base game, with a Demi-Human Chief and a load of other Demi-Humans protecting her. The most notable thing about this boss is that she drops the katana wielded by the new Demi-Human Swordsman enemies.

Death Rite Bird 

  • Location: In the big graveyard in Charo's Hidden Grave
  • Reward: Ash of War: Ghostflame Call

They even managed to squeeze a deathbird into Shadow of the Erdtree. The Charo's Hidden Grave area is accessible via Jagged Peak, where you'll find this big bird in the watery graveyard area.

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Erdtree map fragments: Uncover the Land of Shadow
Scadutree fragments: How to level up in Erdtree
Leda quest: Track the Erdtree main quest
Sir Ansbach quest: Help the former servant of Mohg
Hornsent quest: Complete the quest for vengeance

Dungeon bosses

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Demi-Human Swordsman Onze

  • Location: Belurat Gaol, Gravesite Plain
  • Rewards: Demi-Human Swordsman Yosh Spirit Ashes

This boss is a speedy Demi-Human who uses a magical katana. Despite his speed and acrobatics, he's quite easy to stagger so you can very easily gang up on him with a Spirit Ash.

Ancient Dragon Man

  • Location: Dragon Pit's, Gravesite Plain
  • Reward: Dragon Hunter's Great Katana

Similar to the version of the NPC who invades you on the road to the dungeon, but now he does Malekith-esque dragon fire slashes and has dragon incantations like bite. Still, the slashes are highly telegraphed, so you can just bully him with a Spirit Ash otherwise.

Magma Wyrm

  • Location: Dragon's Pit, Gravesite Plain
  • Reward: Ancient Dragon Smithing Stone, Dragon Heart

Just a regular Magma Wyrm from the base game. You can find him in the opposite direction from where you drop down to fight the Ancient Dragon Man.

Death Knight (Twin Axes)

  • Location: Fog Rift Catacombs, Gravesite Plain
  • Reward: Death Knight's Twin Axes, Crimson Amber Medallion +3

A very cool new dungeon boss who is essentially a Leyndell dragon cult knight who uses lightning twin axes and lightning incantations. He's not too hard to fight, though, provided you have a Spirit Ash to distract. Just be wary since he's very fast-moving and aggressive due to using Ash of War: Blinkbolt.

Chief Bloodfiend

  • Location: Rivermouth Cave, Gravesite Plain
  • Reward: Blood Fiend Hexer's Spirit Ashes

A slightly tougher version of the regular blood fiend enemies with a different moveset. The main difference is he can cast blood talons, do butt slams, and lunge at you. You'll need to get to the Ellac Riverbed area to access this dungeon. 

Black Knight Garrew

  • Location: Fog Rift Fort
  • Reward: Black Steel Greatshield
  • Difficulty: Easy

This Black Knight isn't particularly harder to fight than the ones elsewhere in the DLC, he just has a boss health bar. Watch out for his shield slams and golden cone attacks and you can take him out pretty easily. You can find Fog Rift Fort by dropping down some rocks onto a bridge near the Scadu Altus West site of grace.

Black Knight Edredd

  • Location: Fort of Reprimand, Scadu Altus
  • Reward: Ash of War: Aspect of the Crucible: Wings

A big pushover, really. He's a twinblade-wielding Black Knight which is kind of scary, and he uses that aspect of the crucible that lets you fly. That said, he has the health of a regular Black Knight enemy, so isn't hard to kill. You'll find the Fort of Reprimand in south Scadu Altus.

Curseblade Labirith

  • Location: Bonny Gaol, Scadu Altus
  • Reward: Curseblade Meera Spirit Ashes

Your typical Curseblade enemy with the two circular blades and the spinning acrobatic moveset. To get here, you'll need to descend through the Moorth Ruins in Scadu Altus to emerge at the Bonny Village with the Gaol just nearby.

The Lamenter

  • Location: Lamenter's Gaol, Charo's Hidden Grave
  • Reward: Lamenter Mask

Not a particularly tricky boss, just a horned dude who likes to disappear and summon lots of copies of himself. Keep hitting his copies until one doesn't die and you've found him. The reward for this boss is very strange; a mask that lets you turn into a strange horned creature called a Lamenter.

Death Knight (Longhaft Axe)

  • Location: Scorpion River Catacombs, Rauh Ruins Base
  • Reward: Death Knight's Long Hafted Axe, Cerulean Amber Medallion +3

Very similar to the other Death Knight boss, but this one has a grab attack that steals health and uses a big two-handed axe instead. You'll find the dungeon at the far north-west of the Rauh Ruins Base area, along the river past the pests, and where all the flying insects are.

Jori, Elder Inquisitor

  • Location: Darklight Catacombs, Abyssal Woods
  • Reward: Barbed Staff-Spear

A Hornsent spellcaster boss who summons barrages of golden arcs and other Hornsent inquisitors to help him out. He's not so bad if you summon and he doesn't have much health, but watch out when he summons the really big Hornsent inquisitor enemy, since this can mess you up. This dungeon is very out of the way, and only accessible via lower Scadu Altus.

Mausoleum bosses

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Blackgaol Knight

  • Location: Western Nameless Mausoleum, Gravesite Plain
  • Rewards: Greatsword of Solitude, Solitude set 

Just an NPC dude with a greatsword, repeating crossbow, and mega poise. Bait out his attacks to get hits in, especially after he does his full ash of war combo firing the air blade, or after he's finished firing his crossbow.

Dancer of Ranah

  • Location: Southern Nameless Mausoleum, Southern Shore
  • Reward: Dancing Blade of Ranah, Dancer's set

Not a particularly hard boss, just a dex NPC wielding a pair of curved swords. The only attacks you need to watch out for is when she summons two waves of flame or does the Dancing Blade of Ranah unending dance combo, which goes on for days. You can access the island with the Mausoleum by searching along the shore for a cave.

Red Bear

  • Location: Northern Nameless Mausoleum, Gravesite Plain, accessible through Rauh Base and a Spiritspring nearby
  • Reward: Red Bear's Claw, Fang Helm and Iron Rivet set

This guy is very similar to Logur who you find in the woods in the starting area; an aggressive beast claw-wielding fella dressed as a bear. He just keeps coming and will also summon a bear head midway through the fight to roar at you.

Rakshasa

  • Location: Recluses' River Downstream, lower Scadu Altus
  • Reward: Rakshasa's great katana, Rakshasa's set

This great katana-wielding warrior isn't too hard to beat, but has impressive reach with their weapon. On the plus side, they are quite slow with their swings which lets you get some hits in. The only way to access the area with this mausoleum is by gaining access to lower Scadu Altus through the Shadow Keep and continuing down the river.

Main bosses

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Divine Beast Dancing Lion

  • Location: Belurat, Tower Settlement, Gravesite Plain
  • Reward: Remembrance of the Dancing Lion, Dancing Lion Head

🦁 Dancing Lion guide: How to beat the Divine Beast

This is a very chaotic boss since the Dancing Lion's movements are unpredictable and it changes between different elements throughout the fight. You can, however, summon Redmane Freyja to help. It's worth noting there is a second secret Dancing Lion boss in the temple that you can see in upper Rauh Ruins.

Rellana, Twin Moon Knight

  • Location: Castle Ensis, Gravesite Plain
  • Reward: Remembrance of the Twin Moon Knight

⚔️ Rellana guide: How to beat the Twin Moon Knight

A dual sword-wielding knight who throws glintstone sorceries into the mix. The fight feels very similar to Loretta from the base game, except that Rellana is a lot more aggressive and combos for days. Halfway through the fight she'll light up one sword with magic and one sword with flame like Pontiff Sulyvahn in Dark Souls 3. You can summon Leda and Dryleaf Dane for this boss.

Putrescent Knight

  • Location: Stone Coffin Fissure, Southern Shore
  • Reward: Remembrance of the Putrescent

A strange star creature like Astel, but this one is riding a horse and has a big two-handed curved blade that it throws like a boomerang. Though its attacks aren't too hard to dodge, it does a lot of damage. The good news is that you can summon Thiollier for this battle if you find his summon sign as you drop into the arena.

Commander Gaius

  • Location: Shadow Keep back gate, Scadu Altus
  • Reward: Remembrance of the Wild Boar Rider

This mounted boar rider is pretty tough, mixing gravity magic with regular attacks similar to Radahn. His spells include firing gravity magic at you with his lance, and he’ll even fly up into the air like Radahn when he does his big whirlwind attack. 

Bayle the Dread

  • Location: The top of Jagged Peak
  • Reward: Heart of Bayle

A giant ancient dragon who resides at the top of Jagged Peak. This optional boss is comparable to Placidusax from the base game, though arguably much harder. However, if you're pursuing Igon's quest, you can summon him for a little help just inside the boss arena.

Romina, Saint of the Bud

  • Location: Church of the Bud, upper Rauh Ruins
  • Reward: Remembrance of the Saint of the Bud

A scarlet rot boss who has a lot of sweeping attacks and AoE scarlet rot inducing explosions, but honestly not that hard if you stick close to her. Something about the weird shape of her body means that if you stay close to her torso a lot of her glaive swings don't seem to connect at all. Also be sure to bring some kind of anti-scarlet rot like the Flame Cleanse Me spell.

Messmer the Impaler

  • Location: The top of the Shadow Keep, Scadu Altus
  • Reward: Remembrance of the Impaler

One of the main stars of the Shadow the Erdtree, Messmer is both very mobile and highly aggressive, mixing Messmer flame pyromancy spells with spear thrusts. His second phase is especially fearsome as he becomes even harder to catch. If you need help, you can summon the Hornsent for this fight inside the arena provided you're pursuing his quest.

Scadutree Avatar

  • Location: Scadutree Base, Scadu Altus
  • Reward: Remembrance of the Shadow Sunflower, Miquella's Great Rune

My favorite boss in the game, a giant shadow sunflower with all sorts of thorn spells and shadow magic. Fairly easy if you focus on its head, but you have to kill it three times to win. Each time it's downed, use a critical strike on the flower. It will revive with a third less health, so you do this three times.

Metyr, Mother of Fingers

  • Location: Cathedral of Manus Metyr, Scadu Altus
  • Reward: Remembrance of the Mother of Fingers

Not quite a giant hand, but more like a messed up cosmic hand-creature with a finger for a face. Definitely the most Bloodborne-esque boss in Elden Ring and its remembrance gives some very fun items. To access this boss, you'll need to complete Count Ymir's quest, which you can start in the Cathedral of Manus Metyr in east Scadu Altus.

Midra, Lord of Frenzied Flame

  • Location: Midra's Manse, Abyssal Woods
  • Reward: Remembrance of the Lord of Frenzied Flame

You'll want to bring some madness resistance for this fella. Midra may seem underwhelming at first, but he'll transform into a fearsome boss who combines madness spells with fast-moving attacks and AoE explosions. The only way to access this boss is by getting to lower Scadu Altus through the Shadow Keep, and descending the river to the Abyss area.

Radahn, Consort of Miquella

  • Location: Enir-Ilim
  • Reward: Remembrance of a God and a Lord

This boss is a young Radahn on foot, and he actually feels quite similar to Radahn in the base game in terms of his attack timings and patterns. At two-thirds health, Radahn will enter a super state which enhances his regular combos and adds new AoE holy attacks, and this is when it gets extremely spicy. You can summon a variety of NPCs for this boss depending on whose quests you completed.

Sean Martin
Guides Writer

Sean's first PC games were Full Throttle and Total Annihilation and his taste has stayed much the same since. When not scouring games for secrets or bashing his head against puzzles, you'll find him revisiting old Total War campaigns, agonizing over his Destiny 2 fit, or still trying to finish the Horus Heresy. Sean has also written for EDGE, Eurogamer, PCGamesN, Wireframe, EGMNOW, and Inverse.