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How To Beat Godfrey/Hoarah Loux in Elden Ring

How To Beat Godfrey/Hoarah Loux in Elden Ring

Godfrey or Hoarah Loux is the third last boss in Elden Ring. This fight is extremely difficult and will require you to stay on your toes at all times. How to defeat the boss? What is the boss weak to? What strategies can you use to beat it? Are there ways to cheese the boss? All will be answered in this ultimate boss guide to beating Godfrey/Hoarah Loux in Elden Ring.

This boss fight has two distinct phases. It will begin with Godfrey, First Elden Lord, the real version, not the golden shade you fought previously. At the 50% health mark, the boss will transform into the beastly Hoarah Loux, Warrior. Learning the boss’s pattern is the only way to take down this boss. The openings to counterattack are few and short so cat-like reflexes are a must.


Let’s take a look at the best strategies and builds in this boss guide that can help us easily defeat Godfrey/Hoarah Loux in Elden Ring.

Is Godfrey/Hoarah Loux Optional?

Godfrey/Hoarah Loux Optional

Godfrey/Hoarah Loux boss fight is not optional in Elden Ring. It is one of the last bosses before the end of the game and must be defeated to progress.

Strategies for Defeating Godfrey/Hoarah Loux

Below are some strategies for defeating Godfrey/Hoarah Loux boss in Elden Ring. The build you selected will determine the approach you should go for. We will cover the basic melee/magic caster strategies here:

Melee Strategy

The first phase of this fight is relatively the same as he was when you faced him before as a golden shade. Phase one isn’t too difficult, he does have a lot of stomps that you just need to roll through. The trick is to just stay close to him, and this allows you to roll through all of his axe attacks and you can also jump across some shockwaves.

Whenever he spins the axe a couple of times above his head, he’s going to always slam it into the ground, and then a second later he’s going to put his foot into the axe creating a bigger shock wave that you need to jump over and then you need to get out of the big AOE that’s about to explode on the ground.


Alternating between rolling through the shock waves and jumping over them is the right strategy. If you are close then roll, if you are far then jump. This habit will help you out in the second phase when the shockwaves are much bigger.

The move where he swings the axe and then drags it behind him and flips it over gives you the best opportunities for free follow-up damage. You don’t even need to block this attack, you can just move to his left and deal damage.

When his health is lowered to approximately 75%, he will unleash a massive shockwave which you can jump over like before if you manage to get away from him. The rest of the moves stays the same, the shockwaves just get bigger.

Melee Strategy

The Hoarah Loux (second phase) has a ton of grab attacks that you need to watch out for. There is one where he rakes his hands and charges towards you.

This is the deadliest grab and harder to react to. Back away from him and then as he gets really close to you, you want to roll backward. This will allow you to not get caught. If you are afraid you’ll get caught, use the Opaline Bubbletear shield from the Flask of Wondrous Physick.

The most devastating attack is when he leaps in the air and then crashes into the ground which then emits a screen-filling shock wave that you need to get out of asap.


Hoarah Loux’s attacks are very delayed, making them harder to judge and react to. As before, roll forward into the shockwave if you are close to him and backward if you are further away. Other than the big slam attacks, most of his attacks can be dodged by rolling toward him and to the right. Use these little windows to deal one or two hits.

Magic/Faith Strategy

Magic and Faith builds have to follow a similar pattern as melee builds. This boss is extremely aggressive and won’t give much opportunity to cast spells. You have to understand his moveset to react accordingly. Check the previous section for his movesets.

The start of the fight is the best time to unleash your most devastating spell. Godfrey will walk slowly toward you, giving you time to cast the Terra Magica buff and then cast Rennala’s or Ranni’s moon spell. This will inflict frostbite, making him susceptible to more damage. Frostbite will also work in phase two.

Fast-firing spells like Comet and Glintstone Cometshard will be your bread and butter. Glinstone Icecrag is slower but has the potential to proc frostbite.

Faith builds can replace the moon spell at the start with Borealis’s Mist for dealing frostbite. He is weak to lightning damage so Lightning Spear will work wonders.

Find openings and lob your spells in. Be extremely careful since his distance-closing attacks are quite lethal.

What is Godfrey/Hoarah Loux Weak To?

Godfrey/Hoarah Loux Weakness

Godfrey, First Elden Lord (First Phase), and Hoarah Loux (Second Phase) are weak to the following damage types:

  • Godfrey, First Elden Lord (First Phase)
  • Hoarah Loux (Second Phase)
    • Slash Damage
    • Magic
    • Fire
    • Lightning
    • Poison
    • Scarlet Rot

What is Godfrey/Hoarah Loux Strong Against?

Godfrey, First Elden Lord (First Phase), and Hoarah Loux (Second Phase) are strong or resistant to the following damage types:

Godfrey, First Elden Lord (First Phase):

  • Strong
    • Holy
  • Immune
    • Madness

Hoarah Loux (Second Phase):

  • Strong
    • Holy
    • Sleep
  • Immune
    • Madness

Can You Parry Godfrey/Hoarah Loux?

Godfrey, First Elden Lord, and Hoarah Loux, both are unparryable. You can break his stance and subsequently perform a critical strike.

Can You Cheese Godfrey/Hoarah Loux?

Cheese Godfrey/Hoarah Loux

There are no actual cheese strategies for this boss. The most you can do is summon the Mimic Tear and you both start exploiting his weaknesses. Rotten Breath will proc easily and deal tick damage over time. You both can use the Moon spells to deal frostbite.


Let your summon take the aggro and utilize the time to unleash your most powerful weapon arts. Weapons like Blasphemous Blade and Moonlight Greatsword and Moonveil with their long-range weapon skills will destroy him while he is distracted.

Godfrey and Hoarah Loux shouldn’t be taken lightly especially if you are considering soloing him. His relentless attacks will make your life miserable. You will be dodging more in this fight than actually fighting. Luckily, his health doesn’t restore to full after his transformation.