Elden Ring: How to Defeat Crucible Knights

When it comes to boss fights, Elden Ring has an abundance of them, and Crucible Knights are one of the bosses that we encounter during our journey. In significant regions of the Lands Between, Crucible Knights are some of the resilient, formidable side bosses. Furthermore, Crucible Knights are one of the few bosses in Elden Ring that you can try taking on if you simply want to show off your playstyle and enjoy heightened difficulty. Utilizing a myriad of attacks, this side boss poses a formidable challenge to those who don’t prepare beforehand. So, in this article, we share some tips and tricks to defeat the Crucible Knights in Elden Ring.

If you have played Elden Ring, there’s a good chance that you have probably already encountered one of the many Crucible Knights in the starting areas. And if you have come across the boss, you already know that taking on a Crucible Knight requires patience. Naturally, for a seasoned player, this should not be an issue. For an unaware player, unfortunately, facing this boss (even if it is a side boss) can become a disheartening experience. So, let’s learn where to find and how to defeat the Crucible Knights.

What are Crucible Knights in Elden Ring

Elden Ring: How to Defeat Crucible Knights

Crucible Knights are one of the many field bosses players will encounter in the game. An optional side boss that is skippable, Crucible Knights are one of the hardest side bosses, requiring players to be tenacious and patient when fighting them.

As per the Crucible Axe armor set and other supplementary items, 16 Crucible Knights used to serve Godfrey and follow the old traditions of primordial life and Erdtree. However, as time passed, these traditions became outdated and impure, and by its extension, so did these Crucible Knights.

Crucible Knights have a few varied attacks and patterns, which change when their health drops below a certain point. In the first half of the fight, Crucible Knights use three separate swings of the sword and lunging stab to attack the players, combined with a mix of an AoE (area of effect) ground stomp and sword slam. When their health drops below 60%, Crucible Knights start utilizing two varieties of tailspin attacks, Flying Dive and Flame Breath.

The boss is categorically hard in the sense that players can find getting an opening to deal damage troubling. But, once attack patterns are understood, Crucible Knights go down much like any other bosses in the game.

How Many Crucible Knights are there in Elden Ring?

In total, players can encounter thirteen different Crucible Knights in the game. However, not all of them are bosses in Elden Ring. Only 4 of the total Crucible Knights are optional side bosses. The rests are field enemies, which despawn once defeated. Out of this, one of them is an invading NPC. Here are the Crucible Knights players can encounter in Elden Ring.

Side Bosses

  • Stormhill Evergoal Crucible Knight
  • Crucible Knight and Misbegotten Warrior
  • Crucible Knight Ordovis
  • Crucible Knight Siluria

Invading NPC

  • Tanith’s Knight

Field Enemies

  • Stormveil Castle Crucible Knight
  • Siorfa River Crucible Knight
  • Two at Siorfa Acquedact
  • Two at Leyndell Capital
  • Two at Crumbling Farum Azula

Location of All Crucible Knights in Elden Ring

To help you reach these, bosses, we have listed the locations where players can find the Crucible Knights in Elden Ring:

Crucible KnightLocation
Crucible Knight and Misbegotten WarriorPlaza at the end of Redmane Castle, when the Festival of Radahn isn’t active.
Take the Chamber Outside the Plaza Site of Grace.
Tanith’s KnightRequires players to defeat Rykard. This prompts Tanith, proprietor of Volcano Manor to move to the boss’s room and devour the boss’s corpse. Kill her to get invaded by the knight.
Crucible Knight OrdovisAuriza Hero’s Grave. The tomb is located in the eastern section of Capital Outskirts. Follow the main path within the Outskirts wall, towards the east.
Crucible Knight SiluriaInside Deeproots Depth. Players need to spawn on The Nameless Eternal City Site of Grace and down the lower wetlands. Turn west, around the base of the building, and northwest towards the Deeproots Depth West spirit spring.
Stormhill Evergoal Crucible KnightWestern area Stormhill, Limgrave. Head inside the circle surrounded by strange stone creatures and touch the summoning sign.
Stormveil Castle Crucible KnightInside Stormveil Castle, on a secret Cliffside facing the sea. Spawn at Rampart Tower Site of Grace and head northwest towards a small area to the left from where a Warhawk comes. Drop off from here to a ledge and follow the route.
Siorfa River Crucible KnightSpawn at the Four Belfries Site of Grace in Siorfa River, and unlock the Waygate labeled “Night’s Sky Unceasing” using an Imbued Sword Key. Follow the route to find the Crucible Knight.
Siorfa Acquedact Crucible KnightsFirst Knight: From Acquedact-Facing Cliffs Site of Grace, jump down into the circular room with open sides.
Second Knight: Head northeast, crossing the walkway from the circular room. Walk the stair in front and turn right through the door.
Leyndell Crucible KnightsOff the main avenue, a Crucible Knight stands inside a chamber from the east side of the courtyard with a fountain. The second one is down the elevator near the Erdtree Sanctuary Site of Grace.
Crumbling Farum Azula Crucible KnightsFrom the Dragon Temple Lift Site of Grace: Go down using the lift, turn east and walk the stairs. Halfway, jump down on the floating rocks and head to a large building. Once there, head straight to an open area and the knight.

From the Dragon Temple Rooftop Site of Grace: Drop the southeastern edge of the arena onto a platform to a building. Make your way through the hall to a balcony, and climb the ladder on the western wall. Take the lift in the front and head straight to find the Crucible Knight.

Tips & Tricks to Defeat Crucible Knights in Elden Ring

Crucible Knights are formidable bosses who test a player’s skill and patience, as previously mentioned. However, as the saying goes, the bigger they are, the harder they fall. With the following tips, fighting the boss becomes a tad bit easier.

1. Learn Parry Timings

The slash of Crucible Knights is easy to parry with shields like a buckler. Learn the timings for the slashes to parry at the right moment. This breaks the poise of the enemy, giving players the time to deal critical damage and take out a chunk of health off of the Crucible Knight.

The best way to time the parry is when Crucible Knight raises his sword for a swing, that is your startup cue. Immediately when the sword comes down to hit the player, press the parry button to use the shield and block the attack.

2. Maintain Distance When You Need to Heal

Like most bosses in the game, Crucible Knight will throw players into an annoying stun lock if they manage to hit one of the slashes. Hence, try not to heal near them. Move away to a considerable distance and then heal up. The only thing which players need to keep a check on is Crucible Knight’s lunged stab, where he lunges at the player. This attack has a long hitbox and will hit players upon contact from a distance.

3. Crucible Knight is a Patience-Oriented Boss Fight

Patience is the key, and this mantra applies to Crucible Knight. One of the fastest boss fights in the game, and the key to defeating him is simply staying patient. Don’t try to get greedy, as while it may look like the player can squeeze in an extra attack on the boss, chances are that the Crucible Knight will throw you into stun lock by an immediate quick attack. This generally happens during the slashes with the sword. As such, try to play it safe.

4. Utilize I-Frames in Numerous Instances

Most Elden Ring bosses have an abundance of openings, thanks to invincibility frames, aka I-Frames. As such, nearly every attack from Crucible Knights has I-Frames on rolls and dodge. Utilize them, as doing so will open up options to damage the enemy and also protect players from oncoming damage.

5. Use Lighting or Fire Attacks to Deal Increased Damage

Crucible Knights don’t fare well against damage using lightning or fire. As such, use items that put lightning or fire effects on a weapon. If a player is using a sorcery or Incantation build, use fire or lightning Incantations or Sorceries. No other status effects deal damage to Crucible Knight. Hence, do not try using any sorceries utilizing something like frost

Rewards for Defeating Crucible Knights in Elden Ring

Defeating each of the Crucible Knight bosses rewards players with a few items. These come as Incantations in Elden Ring, weapons, as well as armor sets. Below, we list the rewards players get after defeating the Crucible Knights in the game.

Crucible KnightRewards
Crucible Knight and Misbegotten WarriorRuins Greatsword
Tanith’s KnightAspect of the Crucible: Breath
Crucible Knight OrdovisOrdovis Greatsword, Crucible Axe Armor Set
Crucible Knight SiluriaSiluria’s Tree
Stormhill Evergoal Crucible KnightAspect of the Crucible: Tail
Stormveil Castle Crucible KnightAspect of the Crucible: Horns
Siorfa River Crucible Knight3080 Rune
Siorfa Acquedact Crucible Knights (Two in total)Crucible Hornshield, Somber Smithing Stone [6]
Leyndell Crucible Knights (Two in total)3840 Runes each
Crumbling Farum Azula Crucible Knights (Tow in Total)5512 Runes each

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Summon A Friend or Ash of War to Assist in Fighting the Crucible Knights?

Players can only summon against Ordovis, Siluria, and Crucible Knight at Redmane castle for co-op or Ash of Wars since these are proper boss fights. The rest of the Crucible Knights are field enemies, restricting players from calling in aid.

Can I Obtain Items Dropped by Crucible Knights in Other Ways?

No. The items dropped by Crucible Knights are specific to them, which makes defeating them mandatory if players want them.

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