Hellblade Valravn Boss Guide – How To Defeat The God Of Illusion, Tips And Attack Patterns

This Hellblade Valravn Boss Guide will help players defeat this main boss of the game and come out the other end triumphant while taking as little damage as possible to avoid the game’s perma-death mechanic.

One of the first bosses in Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is Valravn, the god of illusion. While players can take on this boss fight as their very first main boss, it is better to tackle Surtr by taking the path to the right, as that fight is easier. However, if players decide to fight Valravn, they need to take the left path at the start of the game that will take them to the boss.

For more help on Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, check out our Errors/Tweaks Guide, Fenrir Boss Guide, & Surtr Boss Guide.

Hellblade Valravn Boss Guide

In our Hellblade Valravn Boss Guide, we’ve detailed some of the tips and strategies that should help you defeat the first boss in Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice.

Hellblade Valravn Boss Guide

Valravn, the god of illusion, isn’t a particularly difficult boss since players can parry most of his attacks with a well-timed block. However, Valravn also favors ranged attacks, quite a lot, and will occasionally throw projectiles at the player.

For this very reason, players need to stick close to him by reducing the gap between Valravn and Senua by dodging forward using X. However, even though they should try to keep the fight melee-focused, players should always maintain a safe distance as getting too close to Valravn boss would be devastating.

Unlike Surtr, Valravn also summons minions during the boss fight. While these smaller enemies aren’t difficult to defeat, their numbers can be annoying and ultimately overwhelming if players don’t kill them quickly. These minions also use jump attacks that the players must always dodge as getting hit with one of them deals a lot of damage. Whenever these minions appear, players should ignore the boss and try to kill the minions as soon as possible.

Once the minions are dead, players can focus again on Valravn. The best way to deal damage to him is to parry his attacks and always be ready to follow that up with a couple of attacks of their own. Whenever they see Valravn getting ready for an attack, players should also be ready to parry it. This allows players to land a few hits of their own before Valravn gets ready to attack again.

If for some reason players can’t parry his attacks, they should wait for Valravn to finish his attack combo and once he is done, land a couple of heavy attacks on him and then back off to play defensively. Whenever he uses his jump attack, players should dodge sideways and then quickly follow up with some attacks on his back.

Repeating this process throughout the fight will ultimately weaken Valravn considerably and the final stage of the boss fight will begin. During this last phase, Valravn turns into an invincible shadow but players can make him vulnerable again by using their Focus ability.

Simply press R2 to make Valravn physical again, leaving him vulnerable to heavy attacks from Senua. Of course, Valravn can still attack the players so they need to careful after making him physical. He will turn into his shadow form a few times before ultimately being defeated.

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