How To Defeat Elemer Of The Briar In Elden Ring

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Elden Ring is the latest FromSoftware’s action RPG game that has been getting constant praise throughout the gaming community. The game brings on a new look to open-world games and has an engaging combat system. Throughout your journey in the Lands Between, you will come across a vast number of bosses. Elemer of the Briar is a recurring boss that appears in Shaded Castle. You will find weaker versions of him labeled as Bell Bearing Hunter near Shacks at nighttime.

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The fight with Elemer of the Briar can be tough, especially considering how little the arena is compared to the arenas with his weaker versions. Here is all you need to know about the Elemer of the Briar boss fight.

Updated October 28, 2023, by Sean Murray: Elemer of the Briar isn’t the worst foe you’ll fight in Elden Ring, but versions of this boss will appear several times in your journey through the Lands Between, so you’d better learn how to defeat him efficiently. That’s why we’ve refreshed this guide with improved formatting and more breakout tips to make beating Elemer of the Briar that much easier.

Elemer Of The Briar Overview

Tarnished coming face to face with Elemer of the Briar

Elemer of the Briar Overview


The Shaded Castle




Players and Spirit Ashes


  • Marais Executioner’s Sword
  • Briar Greatshield

Weak To

Jump Heavy Attack

Elemer of the Briar is located in The Shaded Castle, which is north of Atlas Plateau. The fight and the area are entirely optional and do not affect the story whatsoever.

You can spawn any Spirit Ash for this fight, or you can summon online players. Defeating the boss will drop the Marais Executioner’s Sword, which has a unique Skill attack.

The boss can be parried as well as poise broken, so using charged heavy attacks or jumping heavy attacks can be very useful.

Defeating weaker versions of the boss found at nighttime at Shacks will reward you with different kinds of Bell Bearings.

Acquiring the rewards after defeating the Elemer of the Briar.

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Elemer Of The Briar Attacks

Elemer of the Briar swinging his sword at a long range.

Elemer of the Briar has a variety of close and long-ranged attacks. Keeping your distance in the battle can prove troublesome for the first time in a boss fight.

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The boss swinging his sword around.

There are two main strategies for this fight: using a close-range weapon to break his poise and bring him down to his knees or melting his health bar with Sorcery.

Melee Strategy

Tarnished hitting the boss with a melee weapon.

For the melee strategy, you need to stay close and destroy his poise. A heavy weapon can do that relatively quickly, but the boss does not stagger after every hit, so it might be a risk. If you summon another player, both of you can spam jumping heavy attack to break the boss’ poise faster, allowing you to get a critical hit in for serious damage. You can also bring a bleed weapon to fill the Blood Loss on the boss.

His attacks at close range have more predictable timings, making dodging easy. You only need to watch out so that you do not get grabbed or hit by the shield slam.

Ranged Strategy

The player using Sorcery to attack the boss.

The ranged strategy for this boss fight is quite simple. You can use the Cerulean Hidden Tear on your Wondrous Flask to make your spells consume no FP for a small duration. Pair this with the Comet Azur (Sorcery), and you can do shoot the beam for more than ten seconds melting the boss’ health bar.

Other forms of Sorcery also work well as you can keep your distance from the boss at all times. You need to keep an eye out for the ranged swings and shoulder charge.

You can use Faith Incantations on the boss paired up with Radagon Icon (Talisman) to decrease their cast speed. Summoning a Spirit Ash or player can also prove to be useful as you can have them aggro the boss while you blast the boss with your spells.

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