Elden Ring fans have been blown away by the number of boss encounters in the game, but some of these bosses are annoying. Players who come across these bosses at the appropriate skill level may not have difficulty defeating them. However, there are aspects to their fights that may frustrate even the most experienced Soulsborne player.
Boss fights are a staple in every Soulsborne game. Some of these bosses may be considered optional, so defeating them rewards players with cool items or runes/souls. However, there are other bosses that players must defeat if they want to progress through the game. But in every Soulsborne game, there are boss fights that many players can agree on being annoying, even if they aren’t as difficult as some of the franchise’s more punishing fights. And out of the many bosses that Elden Ring has, several of them fall into this category.
The challenging bosses in Elden Ring will require players to study their move sets or summon help. However, there is a difference between a difficult boss and an annoying boss. An annoying boss may have ridiculous attacks, or they may not be alone during the fight. No matter their character level or skill, some players will struggle with these bosses.
Elden Ring – Rennala, Queen of Being Annoying
Rennala, Queen of the Full Moon is one of Elden Ring’s main bosses that players can encounter early in the game. She can be skipped since only two Great Runes are needed to reach the Altus Plateau. However, players who want or need to respec stats in Elden Ring may prioritize defeating Rennala. Assuming a player reaches Rennala at the appropriate level, she is not overly difficult to fight; she is weak to bleed and physical damage, which players can use to their advantage of her.
Rennala has two phases to her fight, but the first phase is the most annoying. During the first phase, players must destroy her protective barrier by killing the correct student in the room. Running around and finding the right student sounds simple, but during this phase, her students of Ella are throwing items at the player and dropping chandeliers. Meanwhile, Rennala will use a powerful beam attack to devastate unwary players. If a player is not careful during this first phase, they can begin Rennala’s second phase with not enough health or flask of crimson tears.
Elden Ring – Irritating Commander Niall
Commander Niall is another annoying boss. He can be found in Castle Sol in Elden Ring’s Mountaintops of the Giants region. Commander Niall is optional, so players can avoid him and the Castle, but defeating him is essential for players who want the Haligtree Secret Medallion (Left) to access the Consecrated Snowfield location.
Commander Niall is a difficult boss, but what makes him annoying is the two ghostly Banished Knights that he summons at the beginning of the fight. Winning the fight depends on how well a player can manage the two knights along with Niall himself. The knight with the dual swords is aggressive and should be taken care of first. But if a player defeats both knights, Niall will become aggressive. It is an annoying fight that may make players decide the Consecrated Snowfield is not worth it.
Elden Ring – The Most Annoying Royal Revenant
The Royal Revenant is an optional boss found in the Kingsrealm Ruins in the northwest section of Elden Ring‘s Liurnia of the Lakes. Players can reach the ruins early in the game and find the boss room beneath an illusionary floor in the ruins. While revenants and royal revenants are challenges that can be found in other locations of the game, fighting this Royal Revenant is annoying because of how small the boss room is. Getting pinned against the wall while being poisoned and hit by the boss is a huge possibility. And if players are not careful, they can be killed as soon as they enter the room.
Elden Ring – Most Irritating Erdtree Burial Watchdog
The Burial Watchdogs are common bosses and enemies found in many dungeons throughout Elden Ring. Beating the Erdtree Burial Watchdogs in Elden Ring is possible for all players. However, the Erdtree Burial Watchdog in the Impaler’s Catacombs may be annoying for every player, regardless of their character level. The reason this specific Erdtree Burial Watchdog is annoying is because of the imps that accompany this boss. During this fight, it is easy for the imps to surround a player and inflict bleeding, while the Burial Watchdog finishes the job. There is even a chance that the imps will kill the player before the Burial Watchdog can even reach them. To defeat the boss, players must clear out the imps while avoiding the Burial Watchdog’s attacks.
Elden Ring – Astel, Naturalborn Of The Void And Annoyance
Players can encounter the boss Astel, Naturalborn of the Void late in the game. Defeating him is not necessary for the game’s main storyline; however, if players want to complete Ranni’s storyline, they must defeat Astel. And beating Elden Ring‘s Astel, Naturalborn of the Void is not easy, even for those seasoned Soulsborne players. If players can get close enough to him, they will find he is not that hard, but reaching him is annoying.
Astel has a lot of AoE attacks, along with several powerful grabs. He teleports around the arena and will use his mandibles from him to bite the player. Plus, when players first enter the arena, Astel does a beam attack that has a chance to one-shot the player. Getting one shot over and over before even getting close enough to him is exhausting. Astel is an annoying fight that can probably be skipped unless players are completing Ranni’s quest. Later in the game, another version of Astel called Astel, Stars of Darkness can be encountered in the Yelough Anix Tunnel.
Elden Ring – Putrid Crystalian Trio Is Not Fun
Elden Ring‘s Putrid Crytalian Trio within Sellia Hideaway is another annoying boss encounter. Crystalians are common enemies and bosses in the game, and they can be especially problematic for players without weapons to deal blunt damage. However, the Putrid Crystalian Trio are the most annoying Crystalians in the game. There is a Staff, Spear, and Ringblade Crystalian who all deal Scarlet Rot when they attack the player. In theory, players should defeat the Staff Crystalian first, but that is a challenge when the Spear and Ringblade Crystalians are chasing the player. Spirit Ashes may help, but they should inflict blunt damage.
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