Limgrave is the first location that Elden Ring players arrive in after leaving the Chapel of Anticipation. After activating the First Step Site of Lost Grace, Tarnished will find themselves surrounded by lush green grass, golden trees, bushes that provide many Elden Ring Crafting Materials, and of course the sight of the illustrious Erdtree far on the horizon.
Although Limgrave does appear peaceful and full of innocent wildlife, it hides multiple sinister enemies that are lurking around. Some bosses are hidden in plain sight, while others require a bit of exploring to reach. Defeating bosses rewards players with useful items that’ll surely help them in their Elden Ring journey.
Updated November 22nd, 2022 by Jacob Buchalter: Elden Ring and the Tarnished’s adventures all across the Lands Between (which is actually getting its own board game) is still an enthralling experience no matter how many months pass. And Limgrave, the first major area players explore, has a lot more to discover than one might expect. In particular, there are a lot of bosses in Limgrave that serve to introduce the player to enemy types found in later regions, or are just there to ease players into the combat of Elden Ring. Let’s take a look at all of the bosses found in every part of Limgrave and see where they are, what they drop, and what type of fight they are.
All Limgrave Bosses, Locations, And Drops In Elden Ring
Limgrave can be divided into five sections; Stormveil Castle, Main Limgrave, Mistwood, Stormhill, and Weeping Peninsula. There are a total of 32 bosses scattered around its corners.
This Grafted Scion is located inside the Chapel of Anticipation, an area actually on a separate island just to the southwest of Stormveil Castle. The Scion is the tutorial boss that every player must face (or more likely, die to) before moving to the next area. The boss drops 3,200 Runes, Golden Beast Crest Shield, and Ornamental Straight Sword upon defeat. If, like most players, one finds themselves unable to defeat the Grafted Scion, don’t worry about needing to reset the game to try it again or anything like that, as players can return to this area later on in the game through the Four Belfries.
Additionally, a Grafted Scion will appear as a standard elite enemy in Stormveil Castle, but it only rewards Runes. From that point on, the Scions do appear very rarely in certain locations, but never again as a boss.
The Soldier Of Godrick
The Soldier of Godrick is the second boss that players encounter within the tutorial area in the Stranded Graveyard, and it functions as a way to test that players were paying attention to the tutorial and understand the basics of Elden Ring’s combat. Because it’s just a basic soldier that players will see hundreds of throughout the game, it only rewards 400 Runes. after being defeated.
Margit, The Fell Omen
Margit, The Fell Omen is the first “things just got real” boss of Elden Ring, as every great Soulslike game has, as he’s a lot more aggressive than other bosses up to this point and there are a lot of moves to learn in order to survive. Killing him is required if players wish to open Stormveil Castle, though this absolutely isn’t the last time the Tarnished will be seeing him. In any case, beating Margit rewards 12,000 Runes and a Talisman Pouch.
Godrick The Grafted
Godrick the Grafted is the first Sharbearer that players will likely encounter, and he’s the main boss of Stormveil Castle. And, although Godrick the Grafted is crucial to the story as a Shardbearer, he’s actually an optional boss that can be skipped if players go around Stormveil Castle and cross the broken bridge instead. Godrick, for all his monologuing about being “lord of all that is golden” and his extra digits, only drops 20,000 Runes, as well as Godrick’s Great Rune, and the Remembrance of the Grafted.
Throughout the Lands Between exists multiple Erdtree Burial Watchdogs guarding the numerous underground catacombs. In the western parts of Limgrave, just northwest of the Church of Elleh, the first Erdtree Burial Watchdog can be found at the end of Stormfoot Catacombs. While it moves very mechanically, players shouldn’t take this to mean the Watchdog is predictable, so approach it carefully. Once defeated, players will receive a meager 1,300 Runes and the Noble Sorcerer Ashes.
The second one is the boss of the Impaler’s Catacombs, which are southeast of the Bridge of Sacrifice in the Weeping Peninsula. 2,400 Runes and the Demi-Human Ashes are given upon beating this one.
Most of the time, the Crucible Knights are, frankly agressive, normal enemies that are scattered around the world of Lands Between, similar to the Black Knights in the original Dark Souls. However, just like with a lot of bosses in Elden Ring, enemies that were originally introduced as bosses quickly become common enemies in later areas. This Crucible Knight is encountered as a boss, trapped in the Stormhill Evergaol in the western parts of Limgrave. Once defeated, the Tarnished will get 2,100 Runes and the Elden Ring Incantation, Aspects of the Crucible: Tail.
Beastman Of Farum Azula
The Beastman of Farum Azula is located inside the Groveside Cave in the southwestern parts of Limgrave and is a perfect example of an enemy who is powerful enough to be a boss now, but is just a common enemy later as the Beastmen are the basic mobs of the Farum Azula area. The cave is rather easy, as expected since it’s an early-game area, and The Beastman of Farum Azula drops 1,000 Runes and the Flamedrake Talisman when defeated.
Bell Bearing Hunter (Warmaster’s Shack)
The Bell Bearing Hunters can be found in various locations throughout the Lands Between, and they only appear at nighttime in locations that merchants and instructors commonly occupy during the day. One of them spawns at Warmaster’s Shack east of Stormhill Shack. These are optional bosses and are difficult enough to make some players ignore them entirely, so be ready for a tough fight. But, if the Tarnished manages to win they’ll receive the Bone Peddler’s Bell Bearing as well as 2,700 Runes.
Both Deathbirds (Stormhill & Weeping Peninsula)
Like many Elden Ring bosses, Deathbirds are a type of boss that occur multiple times. In fact, they’re actually incredibly similar to the Bell-Bearing Hunters as both bosses only appear at night in specific locations. Two Deathbirds can be found in Limgrave; one in Stormhill east of Warmaster’s Shack, and another south of the Callu Baptismal Church in Weeping Peninsula.
The Stormhill Deathbird drops 2,800 Runes and the Blue-Feathered Branchsword Talisman, while the other one drops 3,900 Runes and Sacrificial Axe.
Black Knife Assassin
The Black Knife Assassin is a well-known enemy in Elden Ring, as these are the same assassins responsible for the Night of Black Knives, an event in which Godwyn the Golden was slain. They appear in various regions, most of the time as optional bosses and one of them can be fought at the end of the Deathtouched Catacombs west of the Saintbridge Site of Lost Grace in Limgrave. Defeating the Black Knife Assassin rewards 1,600 Runes and the Elden Ring Talisman, Assassin’s Crimson Dagger.
The Guardian Golem is the final boss of the Highroad Cave in Elden Ring and is another boss players should quickly get used to fighting as they pop up pretty often as regular enemies later on. The cave itself can be reached by jumping down the bridge near the Saintbridge bonfire and heading north. Additionally, the Cave is an odd mini-dungeon full of Wolves, Giant Bats, and Giant Land Octopi.
Once defeated, players can get the 1,700 Runes and the Blue Dancer Charm Talisman.
The Tibia Mariner boss can be found near the borders of Caelid on the east side of Limgrave lurking inside Summonwater Village. Yet again, there are a fair number of Tibia Mariners spread across the Lands Between, so be sure to learn their attack patterns early. As one of Those Who Live in Death, the Tibia Mariner drops Deathroot when defeated, as well as 2,400 Runes, and the Skeletal Militiaman Ashes. The Elden Ring Deathroot triggers D, Hunter of the Dead’s Questline which leads to the Beast Clergyman and almost all of the Beastial Incantations.
Grave Warden Duelist
Inside the Murkwater Catacombs, which are north of the Murkwater Coast bonfire in Limgrave, there’s a boss that goes by the name Grave Warden Duelist. The Grave Warden Duelists are a variation of the Duelist enemies found in other locations in Elden Ring such as near the colosseum in Leyndell. These Duelists, in particular, were exiled from the colosseum and forced into watching over their assigned catacomb, but players should get ready to see this enemy type again after this boss fight. Defeating the Warden grants 1,700 Runes and the Banished Knight Engvall Ashes.
Patches is a well-known NPC and popular PvP roleplay idea that has appeared in just about all of the Souls Games. However, in Elden Ring, Patches can (optionally) be fought as a boss inside the Murkwater Cave, south of the Murkwater Coast Site of Lost Grace. If players spare him, they’ll get two Golden Runes (1), the Grovel for Mercy Gesture, and Patches will then become a merchant for players to buy items from. On the other hand, if Patches isn’t spared, the rewards are:
- 800 Runes
- Spear +7
- Leather Armor
- Leather Gloves
- Leather Boots
- Golden Runes (1) x 2
Be aware that once the Tarnished has ventured into Liurnia, Patches will move from this location to the Scenic Isle Site of Grace and will keep moving as the Tarnished progresses, eventually ending up in Volcano Manor.
The Stonedigger Troll can be found at the very bottom of Limgrave Tunnels, northeast of the Church of Elleh. Again, this is a boss that is also a common enemy found across the Lands Between, though the Trolls probably have the most variations of all the enemies that are both bosses and regular mobs. This one is holding a Great Club and will drop 1,800 Runes and the Roar Medallion, an Elden Ring Talisman, once he’s beaten.
Flying Dragon Agheel
Flying Dragon Agheel is quite intimidating for early players that only have weak equipment, as this is the first of many gigantic dragons they’ll encounter. The boss will appear north of the Dragon-Burnt Ruins, dropping down onto the Ruins and surrounding lake area after raining fire down from above. If the Tarnished manages to kill the dragon, 5,000 Runes and one Dragon Heart are rewarded. This heart can then be taken to the Church of Dragon Communion, found by going through the Coastal Cave, and both locations are also part of Limgrave.
The Tree Sentinel
The Tree Sentinel is probably one of the most iconic bosses in Elden Ring, primarily because it can be fought right after leaving the Chapel of Anticipation, though this is incredibly difficult to do without leveling up the Tarnished and their gear first. It can be seen walking back and forth near the Church of Elleh’s entrance. Defeating it grants the Golden Halberd as well as 3,200 Runes. Be ready to fight more Tree Sentinels across Elden Ring, sometimes even multiple of them at once.
The Demi-Human Chief is part of an Elden Ring NPC’s Questline, Boc the Seamster, a friendly Demi-Human. The chief isn’t quite so friendly and is found inside the Coastal Cave southwest of the Church of Elleh. Upon killing the boss, players get 1,200 Runes, Tailoring Tools, and the Sewing Needle. Both of these items unlock the ability for players to have their armor tailored, whether it’s by their own hands or by Boc’s.
Ulcerated Tree Spirit
The Ulcerated Tree Spirit is the main boss of the Fringefolk Hero’s Grave, which is an incredibly difficult challenge dungeon that unlocks by using two Stonesword Keys at the Fog Gate just before the exit that leads to The First Step Site of Grace. If the Tarnished manages to make it here after all the Chariots, Imps, and Phantoms, they’ll have to beat this gigantic Tree Spirit which drops 15,000 Runes, Golden Seed, and Banished Knight Oleg Ashes.
Mad Pumpkin Head
The Mad Pumpkin Head boss can be found guarding the NPC, Sorceress Sellen, inside Waypoint Ruins to the north of the Agheel Lake South Site of Grace. These maddened ex-gladiators can be found all over the Lands Between, usually minding their own business until the Tarnished interrupts. Beating it is quite easy with proper spacing and it drops 1,100 Runes afterward.
Both Night’s Cavalry (Agheel Lake North & Castle Morne Rampart)
As the name suggests, the Night’s Cavalry is a dark boss that can be seen only at night. As part of a Calvary, they’re also found at multiple spots on the map. There are two in Limgrave, one near the Agheel Lake North Grace and one near the Castle Morne Rampart Grace.
The one found in Agheel Lake North drops 2,400 Runes and the Ash of War: Repeating Thrust when beaten while the other drops 3,400 Runes, the Ash of War: Barricade Shield, and Nightrider Flail. The Night’s Calvary are soldiers under Margit’s command who used to roam the Lands Between and grant glorious death to great soldiers and warriors. Players will likely find fighting them on their steed, Torrent, but they can also be fought on foot and players can even knock them off their horses if through Stance Break.
Bloodhound Knight Darriwil
South of the Agheel South Lake, there is the Forlorn Hound Evergaol that has Bloodhound Knight Darriwil as its boss, trapped there for eternity for his betrayal. If players are successful in killing him, Blaidd will be happy, but they’ll also receive 1,900 Runes and the Bloodhound’s Fang Curved Greatsword.
The Runebear lies dormant inside the Earthbore Cave, west of Forest Lookout Tower in Weeping Peninsula. It’s a gigantic bear that can easily overwhelm players who aren’t used to such aggressive (almost too aggressive) enemies. Defeating it grants 2,600 runes and the Spelldrake Talisman. But, be warned, these bears with a bit of backstory appear pretty often later on, and there’s even a forest full of them called the Mistwood.
The Cemetery Shade is located inside the Tombsward Catacombs as it’s boss, south of the Church of Pilgrimage in the Weeping Peninsula. Killing the Cemetery Shade, which should be easy given how low its overall health is and how simple its attack patterns are, awards 2,200 Runes and Lhutel the Headless Spirit Ashes.
Scaly Misbegotten is an optional boss inside Morne Tunnel. The tunnel’s entrance is west of the Callu Baptismal Church. Again, this is just a tougher version of the Misbegotten regular enemies, and when it’s defeated, The Scaly Misbegotten drops 2,000 Runes and the Rusted Anchor Greataxe.
The Erdtree Avatar is available in all of Elden Ring regions throughout the Lands Between, and they typically guard Minor Erdtrees. There’s one in the Weeping Peninsula that is reachable by traveling to the Minor Erdtree, south of the Church of Pilgrimage. Anyone familiar with the Souls series will likely recognize how similar it is in both appearance and moveset to the Asylum Demon, and players can follow the same general strategy for killing it. Once beaten, it drops 3,600 Runes, the Opaline Bubbletear, and the Crimsonburst Crystal Tear for the Flask of Wondrous Physick.
Ancient Hero Of Zamor
The Ancient Hero of Zamor is trapped inside the Weeping Evergaol, southwest of the Tombsward Ruins, and is an introduction to the Knights of Zamor that will be appearing much later in the Mountaintops of the Giants. Defeating this boss rewards 5,400 Runes and the Radagon’s Scarseal Talisman.
Miranda The Blighted Bloom
Miranda the Blighted Bloom is a plant-like boss that’s found inside the Tombsward Cave, southeast of the Fourth Church of Marika. This is the boss variation of the Giant Miranda Sprout enemies that appear often in the Lands Between, though it’s said that this one is the first of its kind. Upon beating it, the Tarnished gets 2,100 Runes and the Viridian Amber Medallion Talisman.
The Leonine Misbegotten is the boss players will find at the end of their exploration in Castle Morne next to the Beside the Rampart Gaol Site of Lost Grace in Weeping Peninsula. Players will, once again, fight this enemy type often as the Misbegotten Warrior, there’s even a boss battle against a Misbegotten Warrior and a Crucible Knight at the same time in Caelid. When the Tarnished beats this one, they’ll get the Grafted Blade Greatsword and 3,800 Runes.
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