From Software is famous for its unforgiving boss fights, and Elden Ring is no exception to this rule. This guide will help you beat the Godskin Duo boss in Elden Ring by highlighting boss movesets and key strategies you can use.
Elden Ring Godskin Duo Location
Players will have fought different Godskin bosses up till this point, but this is the first time you will be facing two of them at once, unless you have been doing all the optional dungeons.
Godskin Duo boss fight is the main boss fight in Crumbling Farum Azula. This is not an optional fight like most of the Godskin bosses, and players will have to suffer through this fight.
To find the Godskin Duo Bosses, head inside the Crumbling Farum Azula dungeon, which can be accessed using the Site of Grace at the Forge of Giants location.
Once inside, head to the northern part of the dungeon and look for the Dragon Temple. Go inside the Dragon Temple and run to the staircase at the end of the great hall to trigger the Godskin Duo boss fight.
Godskin Duo will have you facing both Godskin Apostle, the one with the Godskin Peeler and Godskin Noble, the bigger one.
Both the enemies have a combined health bar as well as individual health bars. As you damage both of them, you damage the overall boss health bar as well as their individual health bar.
It’s even possible to kill one of them during the fight, but if the Boss health bar isn’t depleted, they will simply respawn. The fight is similar to the Living Failures from Bloodborne.
Godskin Duo Recommended Level and Weaknesses
Since you’re fighting two bosses at once in this fight, you’ll need to be very powerful to survive. The recommended level for this boss fight is Level 90.
The biggest weaknesses of the Godskin Duo are Slash Damage, Hemorrhage, Frostbite, Sleep, and Scarlet Rot.
Godskin Duo Attacks and Counters
Godskin Apostle and Godskin Duo have unique movesets, but they share a few attacks. We will only mention those attacks that stand out or are common to both of them. However, we still recommend facing them one on one around the world just so you have an idea of their capabilities.
You can find Godskin Apostle alone in Windmill Village in Altus Plateau, and Godskin Noble alone in Volcano Manor, in the Temple of Eiglay.
Godskin Apostle Attacks and Counters
Stab and Pull Attack
The Apostle plunges his Twinblade into the player and then pulls it back. An important thing to note about this attack is that it can deal 2x damage if the first hit lands.
To counter this attack, roll around the Apostle until you’re behind him and then punish his attack.
The Godskin Apostle raises his arm and then summons a black fireball that he throws at the player. If it connects, it deals damage over time after the damage from the impact.
To counter this attack, roll sideways to dodge the fireball and then run towards the Godskin Apostle to punish the attack.
Leaping Overhead Strike
The Apostle jumps up into the air and then performs a downwards strike.
Roll to the side or roll behind him while he’s up in the air to counter the attack. Even though the attack animation is very quick, the Apostle takes a surprisingly long amount of time to recover from this attack, giving you a huge window of opportunity to land attacks.
The Apostle spins his Twinblade in front of him and slowly moves forward in a straight line.
To counter this attack, you can either roll around the Apostle until you’re behind him and then punish the attack or run away until you’re out of the range of the attack.
Stab and Strike Attack
The Apostle performs a downwards stab with his Twinblade, spins around (while moving sideways), and then finishes the attack with another downwards stab with the Twinblade.
Perform a backward roll to dodge the first stab to counter this attack. If you successfully do so, you won’t get hit by the second part of the attack, allowing you to easily punish the Apostle.
Phase 2 Starting Attack
When you bring the HP of the Apostle down to 60%, he will float up into the air and then slam down, causing a large shockwave to release around him. When he floats up, make sure to run far away from him.
The Apostle spins his weapon with his upper body while his lower body stays in position.
To counter this attack, simply roll away to dodge the spinning weapon. You can then easily punish the attack.
Slash and Sweep Attack
The Apostle throws his torso upwards and then smashes his weapon downwards, followed by a sweep attack as his torso comes back into place.
To counter this attack, roll sideways to dodge the first part of the attack and then roll backwards to dodge the second part. You can then punish the attack as the Apostle is recovering.
Black Flame Sweep Attack
The Apostle stretches out his body and then sweeps his weapon around him. The path where the weapon traveled will leave behind a black flame trail.
To counter this attack, simply run away until you’re out of the range of the attack and then come back to punish it.
Black Flame Whirlwind
The Apostle imbues his weapon with black flames and then spins it above him. This spawns a Black Flame Whirlwind, which reaches out in a big radius around the Apostle. To finish the attack, the Apostle slams his blade into the ground, which causes the whirlwind to explode.
Run away when you see the Apostle creating the whirlwind to counter this attack. Maintain your distance from him until the whirlwind explodes, and then quickly run to the Apostle to get a hit or two in.
Can the Godskin Apostle be Parried?
The Godskin Apostle is parriable in Elden Ring, but only those attacks where he is not stretched. The first parry stuns the Apostle for one second, the second one has no effect, but the third parry opens him up for a critical strike.
Godskin Noble Attacks and Counters
The Godskin Noble raises his arm and then summons a black fireball which he then throws at the player. If it connects, it deals damage over time after the damage from the impact.
To counter this attack, roll sideways to dodge the fireball and then run towards the Godskin Noble to punish the attack.
Black Flame Ritual
The Godskin Noble summons pillars of black flame around him to protect himself. These pillars protect him from all melee attacks.
To counter this attack, roll away as soon as he starts to summon the pillars. Wait for them to go away before you continue attacking him.
The Noble shoves his belly into the player, knocking them back. This attack can only stagger; it cannot deal damage.
To counter this attack, simply roll back to avoid getting shoved by his belly.
The Noble stomps the ground twice with his right leg and deals AoE damage within a small radius.
To counter this attack, simply roll away until you’re out of the small radius.
Stab and Slap
The Noble stabs the player with his rapier and then finishes the attack with a backhand slap.
To counter this attack, roll to the right of the Noble to dodge the initial. If you do so, the second part of the attack will not be able to hit you, so you’ll be able to get free hits on the Noble.
Stab and Overhead Slash
The Noble stabs the player with his rapier and then finishes the attack with an overhead strike.
To counter this attack, roll sideways to dodge both parts of the attack.
Phase 2 Starting Attack
When you bring the HP of the Noble down to 60%, he will float up into the air and then slam down, causing a large shockwave to release around him. When he floats up, make sure to run far away from him.
Belly Roll Attack
The Noble inflates his belly and then falls onto the ground, landing on his side. He then rolls around the arena, dealing damage if he catches you in his path.
To counter this attack, immediately roll sideways as soon as you see him inflating his belly.
The Noble pushes his belly forward, stunning the player if the attack lands.
To counter this attack, roll to the side and then punish him.
The Noble inflates his body and floats up, then slams down onto the ground.
To counter this attack, simply roll away from the Noble until you’re out of range of the attack.
The Noble holds his rapier vertically and then quickly performs a fast combo of strikes with the weapon.
To counter this attack, roll to the side as soon as you see him holding his rapier upright.
Can the Godskin Noble be Parried?
The Godskin Noble is parriable in Elden Ring, but only those attacks which involve his rapier.
How to Defeat Godskin Duo in Elden Ring
Since both bosses have individual health bars, we recommend damaging both of them equally.
This seems like a bad idea, but an important mechanic to understand in this fight is that they will keep respawning until the collective health bar of the bosses is depleted.
So if you manage to get both of them to be dead at the same time, you get a good breathing room to drink all the flasks you want, use items, cast any protective spells, and prepare in general.
Don’t ignore your Spirits. Spirits will distract one of the two bosses, allowing you to focus on one of them at a time making the fight much easier than it should be.
Mimic Tear Spirit works best here and will be the most helpful, but any spirit can also do the job as long as it is tanky and can distract for a long time.
Both the bosses are weak to Bleed and Frost damage, so use them. In this case, Hoarfrost Stomp Ash of War does wonders as it can hit both the bosses and can even be used from behind the pillars.
There are six pillars in the arena. These can help you block many of the attacks these bosses use.
Keep in mind that these pillars will break down after an attack or so, but they make platforms which you can jump on and use to your advantage. These can allow you to avoid many of the low aiming attacks and use plunge attacks which will help stagger Godskin Apostle.
When it comes to the attacks you’ll have to face in this fight, for the Godskin Apostle, he has a high range from his weapon. The most damaging attack he has is where he spins his peeler and just walks towards you.
We recommend completely dodging this attack, as it will eat through your health as well as stamina if you try to block it. He is fairly slow during the attack but will track you, so don’t try to go behind him and get greedy.
For Godskin Noble, it will help expand and start rolling around the boss room. You have to dodge early as this attack has aggressive tracking and is fast enough to punish late dodges.
Whenever you see the flabby boss getting on his side, start running, or take cover behind one of the pillars to break the line of attack. The attack will knock you down, and Godskin Apostle will capitalize on this opportunity, so avoiding these attacks is crucial.
Another annoying feature both these bosses have is that if you are within a specific range, they will attack you immediately if you try to heal.
Never heal when close to them as they will interrupt your heal, even though this is not confirmed, we never managed to get in a heal as they always interrupted our heals even when we tried healing at the end of their combos.
Speaking of combos, there is no specific tell when they will end their combos, so be on your guard unless you are absolutely sure that they have stopped attacking.
Lastly, both the bosses will use Black Flame, so do wear garments with high fire resistance along with high physical resistance.
Godskin Duo Drops
For defeating the Godskin Duo, you will be rewarded with 170,000 Runes, Smithing-Stone Miners Bell Bearing 4, and Ash of War: Black Flame Tornado.
How to Cheese Godskin Duo
If you’re having trouble defeating the Godskin Duo in Elden Ring, there’s no need to worry as you can easily cheese them.
For this, you’ll need some sort of bow (choose whichever one you like) and Saint Trina’s Arrows. These arrows can be bought from a merchant in the Raya Lucaria Academy.
After getting the bow and arrows, start the fight with the Godskin Duo. Once the fight starts, shoot one of the Godskins with your special arrows until you see a purple beam appear above them. This signifies that they are falling asleep.
Now, ignore the sleeping Godskin and shoot a few arrows at the second Godskin until he goes to sleep as well.
Now that both Godskins are fast asleep hit them with the most powerful weapon/spell that you have. Keep hitting them until you kill them. With this cheese strategy, you’ll be able to defeat the Godskin Duo within two or three minutes.
How to Skip Godskin Duo
If you don’t want to fight the Godskin Duo at all, there’s an exploit that you can use to simply skip past the Godskin Duo in Elden Ring.
First off, set all of your in-game settings to low so you can maintain a steady framerate as you use the exploit.
Stand on the Tempest Facing Balcony and drop down to the lower platforms. Once you’re on the lowest platform, face towards the Godskin Duo arena and then hold your Guard key. After precisely two seconds, press your Forward key, and you should zip through the map.
After teleporting to the other side, drop down until you’re in front of the Tree Sentinel, and then just run away. This will allow you to completely skip the Godskin Duo fight in Elden Ring.
It may not work at first, but keep doing it, and it will eventually work. This exploit is all about timing.