Mastering the Crucible Knight in Elden Ring: Strategies for Early-Game Success

Among the early bosses in Elden Ring, the Tree Sentinel and the Crucible Knight are notably challenging. While the Tree Sentinel encourages players to return when stronger, the Crucible Knight, located in the Stormhill Evergaol south of the Stormhill Shack Site of Lost Grace, presents a unique challenge. Signified by stone ball creatures gazing towards the Evergaol, this boss is considered by many to be more formidable than Margit or Godrick.

Crucible Knight's Moveset and Weaknesses

At first glance, the Crucible Knight appears as a typical knight, clad in heavy plate armor and wielding a large sword and shield. However, players quickly realize he has a diverse set of moves, including a challenging "phase two."

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Phase One Moveset:

  1. Shield Uppercut: The Knight ducks behind his shield and thrusts it upwards, dealing high damage.
  2. Slashing Combo: A series of two to three sword swings, leaving a brief opening after the final swing.
  3. Long-Range Thrust: A two-handed weapon thrust following a short wind-up, used to close distance.
  4. Two-Hand Stomp: A two-handed weapon slam causing AoE damage, hard to dodge.
  5. Two-Hand Heavy Attack: A charged vertical swing that deals high damage.

Phase Two Moveset:

  1. Airborne Swooping Attack: The Knight gains wings and performs a high-damage, hard-to-dodge aerial sweep.
  2. Tail Swipe: Summons a spectral tail for two 360-degree swings, dealing medium damage.

Weaknesses:

The Crucible Knight has no significant weaknesses, and melee players may find the battle slightly easier due to their ability to counter his rapid movements. Ranged players can deal damage from a distance, but must constantly avoid his long-range attacks.

Strategies for Defeating the Crucible Knight

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General Tips:

Melee Strategies:

Spellcasting/Ranged Strategies:

The Crucible Knight is one of the toughest early-game enemies, but with the right strategy and preparation, you can overcome him. Remember, it's perfectly acceptable to retreat, level up, and return stronger to face this formidable foe.