Astel, Naturalborn of the Void is one of the legendary bosses of Elden Ring, meaning that players should be prepared for a tough fight should they decide to defeat him. The following guide will highlight strategies and tips to help players defeat Astel, Naturalborn of the Void.
Elden Ring Astel, Naturalborn of the Void Location
Astel, Naturalborn of the Void is an optional boss encounter in Elden Ring but a mandatory encounter to complete the Ranni, the Witch’s questline.
Grand Cloister is where you’ll find Astel, Naturalborn of the Void. When you arrive at this Site of Grace, you must drop onto the Scarlet Rot River. If you stay on the left side of the great building, you’ll come across a coffin that will lead you right up to the boss’ arena
What makes this boss fight truly iconic is that the boss has also appeared in Bloodborne.
Before discussing the fight and how to be victorious, here are some tips that you should keep in mind.
Astel, Naturalborn of the Void Recommended Level and Weaknesses
You can fight Astel around 50-50 level. However, fighting with Astel can be easy if you have a character level of 110 or above. Preferably around 115-120.
Your weapon upgrades, on the other hand, are more important, and we recommend at least +19/+22 weapon level for this encounter.
Astel, Naturalborn of the void is very weak against Magic, Incantations, Holy, and Rot attacks. So, make sure that during the fight against Astel in Elden Ring, you use these attacks.
Astel, Naturalborn of the Void Attacks and Counters
Astel, Naturalborn of the void will use a lot of attacks during the fight. Below we have explained all the attacks with their counters.
This attack consists of a charged laser. Astel uses this attack from range. You can counter this attack by either blocking it or dodging it.
Waves of Darkness
This attack creates shockwaves that keep on repeating multiple times. You can easily counter this attack by moving away from it and also by blocking it to reduce its damage.
Large Wave of Darkness
This attack is upgraded version of Waves of Darkness. You can use the same counter attack strategy we recommended for Wave of Darkness.
Astel attack the players with its tail from mid range. To counter this attack, dodge towards right or left.
In this attack, Astel uses its hand to attack the player. While attacking, Astel’s hand leaves a fog that explodes after a second or two. You can simply dodge this attack as it is very predictable.
It is a very dangerous attack as Astel teleports above the player all of a sudden to inflict damage. You must run away from the point of teleportation to counter it.
Meteorite of Astel
Astel Naturalborn of the Void will use the teleport skill to escape away from the player when he’s down to half his HP. Following that, he’ll begin casting Meteor Shower. Simply dodge through the Meteor Shower to counter this.
How to Defeat Astel, Naturalborn of the Void in Elden Ring
Astel has a variety of brutal attacks that are usually easy to anticipate for counters. One attack, in particular, can blind players for a brief period. Read on to know every single tactic and attack the boss has.
The strategies for melee and ranged players in this fight are different. Whether you are a melee or a ranged player, Astel will not go down easily unless players know exactly what to do and how.
The best thing for melee users to do here is to use Holy Scythe or any other Holy Damage Ash of War to increase their damage. The fight starts with a huge distance between you and the boss. Try to dodge all incoming attacks to get in closer.
Now, start pounding your attacks on its head. After some time, the boss will teleport away. You must now confirm if Astel has teleported across the arena or is hovering above.
To defeat the boss without getting into all these troubles, upgrade your Mimic Tear Ashes and Halo Scythe. Now combine these two and see the deadly combination here that will finish the fight at the very beginning.
Astel has devastating mid to long-range attacks which will take huge sips of your HP. So, magic wielders are recommended to stay close until you are very good at rolling and dodging.
You may also maintain a sweet spot and attack Astel with your magic and incantations until it teleports away. The players will find this helpful until the meteor phase come in and are in mid to short-range, baiting the tail attacks of Astel.
Spirit Ashes here can be a great source of distraction. Spirit Ashes will draw Astel’s attention and utilizing the opportunity, you can easily cast your spells here to deal surplus damage. But if you are not into Spirit Ashes, use Holy or Rot-focused incantations as they are most effective against Astel and are a kind of its weakness.
Astel, Naturalborn of the Void Drops
After defeating Astel, Naturalborn of the Void, you’ll receive 80,000 Runes and Remembrance of the Naturalborn which can be traded with Enia at Roundtable Hold for Ash of War: Waves of Darkness or Bastard’s Stars flail.
How to Cheese Astel, Naturalborn of the Void
This cheese strategy will let your summon suffer the brunt of the damage while you focus on the boss.
Since Astel’s weakest point is its head, use hard-hitting vertical strikes such as leaping heavy attacks. This is most effective with heavier Strike weapons. These can assist in breaking Astel’s stance, allowing you to cause some critical damage.
Furthermore, if you see anything that looks like pink dust, you should run or duck away as soon as possible. If you are caught off guard, the pink material will ultimately burst and kill you. These normally appear when he does a claw swipe or teleports.