Astel, Naturalborn of the Void, is one of the Legend-type optional bosses in Elden Ring. While you don’t need to defeat Astel to complete the game, you must defeat him to progress Ranni’s questline that eventually unlocks one of Elden Ring’s hidden endings.
Apart from that, defeating Astel also gives players access to the Moonlight Alter, an area where you will find Black Knife Tiche Spirit Ashes, the second encounter with Adula, the Cerulean Amber Medallion +2, Dark Moon Greatsword and many other items that you must not miss out.
To increase your chances of winning against Astel in Elden Ring, we are here with a handy guide sharing tips and strategies that you can use to beat the said boss.
How to Beat Astel, Naturalborn of the Void in Elden Ring
Astel is a massive boss whose appearance resembles a dragonfly. He has around twelve sets of moves ranging from long-range attacks, AoE attacks, grab attacks, and others that can kill you quite quickly.
When you enter Astel’s boss arena, he will fire his Cosmic Burst attack, a massive beam of light that deals significant damage and heavy knockback. You can escape Astel’s attack by sprinting towards the left or right.
Next, you must summon Spirt Ashes who can tank Astel’s attacks for you. Or at least take the boss’s aggro. We recommend using the Mimic Tear, as depending on your equipment, the summon can also deal significant damage to the boss.
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Astel is weak against Poison and Scarlet Rot status effects. So if you equip a weapon or throwable item with the said effects, the Mimic Tear summon can even help you proc Poison or Scarlet Rot on Astel.
Also, you must not lock on to the Astel until it’s required. Locking on messes with the camera and can even get you killed.
That said, start attacking Astel. We recommend focusing on his head, as you can stagger the boss after dealing certain damage. This gives you enough window to proc status effect or deal significant damage.
When you see Astel use his Waves of Darkness attack, creating three orbs in his arms, either block the attack or run away from it. He even has an alternate version of the Waves of Darkness where he summons around six orbs while being in mid-air. So when Astel is preparing for the attack, you must run away as soon as you can.
If you try to attack Astel from behind, he will hit you with his Tail Slam attack, which you can avoid by dodging towards the left or right. Sometimes Astel also brings his tail above his head to unleash a ground slam attack, which opens a window to attack his head while he is busy with the attack.
Nebula is yet another of Astel’s attacks that you can dodge by sprinting toward left or right. Many players try to run forward or dodge backward, which still puts them in the attack’s exploding range.
When you lower Astel’s HP by 50%, he will enter the second phase, where he uses his Meteorite of Astel attack. To avoid it, dodge towards the left or right.
Apart from these attacks, you must also beware of Astel’s teleport attack. Whenever he teleports, keep sprinting in a random direction. Also, keep checking your surrounding as he always teleports near you, performing a dive attack, sometimes, followed by grab attacks.
Keep inflicting damage while looking out for the mentioned attacks to defeat Astel in Elden Ring. And if you are a mage, all you need is the Rock Sling magic. If you have it, lock on to Astel’s head and attack him from a distance. We defeated him easily using Rock Sling and the Meteorite Staff.
That concludes our guide on how to defeat Astel in Elden Ring.
Elden Ring is a roleplaying game available on PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, and PC platforms. For more on Elden Ring, check out our dedicated guides section.
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