Elden Ring: How to Beat Crucible Knight

Skill and caution will only get you so far before the game catches up. At first, an early death is likely due to understanding how one greataxe compares to another such as ambushing a new area.

Newcomers to the Lands Between can find themselves in a cycle of perpetual death with some of the punishing bosses from the title. In fact, there’s an optional fight that players can engage in early on in their journey that’s sure to stop some in their tracks.

Long before players take down Starscourge Radahn or find out what’s really in Miquella’s egg, they can enter Stormhill Evergaol and attempt to take on a Crucible Knight.

Even later in the game, Crucible Knights are a source of frustration and a quick ticket to the underworld if not approached with a plan in mind. This is the best way for players to take on the formidable enemy and come out on top.

Melee: Resist the urge to hack and slash

Elden Ring: How to Beat Crucible Knight

Melee: Resist the urge to hack and slash

Melee characters facing a Crucible Knight will have to stay on their toes to avoid getting hit by the boss’s variety of attacks and combos (as illustrated in Fextralife).

While many of the Crucible Knight’s attacks seem slow and easy to evade, they are often followed by additional attacks. While few things can compare to the Godskin Noble’s difficult-to-dodge maneuvers, the Crucible Knight easily catches new “Elden Ring” players off guard.

In general, players want to dodge the Crucible Knight’s attacks to try to get a more favorable position behind the enemy. However, melee characters should watch out for a tail slam from the boss, which can be followed by another larger tail slam from time to time.

More than anything, the key to leading a melee character to victory against a Crucible Knight lies in learning the boss’s attack animations and recognizing when he’s about to land another hit.

Patience is king. Understanding that this enemy’s combos last longer than they seem at first, and often have a much longer range than suspected, will be the key to taking down a Crucible Knight.

Ranged: Archers have it rough, but mages do their best

Elden Ring: How to Beat Crucible Knight

Ranged: Archers have it rough, but mages do their best

According to Fextralife, ranged characters will fall into one of two camps: magic users who won’t have much trouble damaging the boss, and archers who will. For mages, the spells are surprisingly effective against the Crucible Knight, with some still doing damage through the boss’s shield.

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At times when casters can cast a spell when the shield is fully down or the Crucible Knight is in the middle of an attack, they’ll see some satisfying damage. It’s probably worth converting as many Crimson Tear Vials to Cerulean Tear Vials as the player is comfortable with.

Unfortunately, without a melee weapon or magic to fall back on, archers will find the encounter much more difficult. For those still determined to defeat the Crucible Knight with arrows or lightning bolts, a rapid-firing shortbow or similar weapon can catch the Crucible Knight while his shield is down.

Ranged fighters will want to stay as far back as possible for the duration of the fight. In cases where the Crucible Knight grows wings and flies towards players, rolling into the attack will put some much-needed distance between them. With a little practice and some attention to detail, players will beat the boss.

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