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One of many bestial occupants of Castle Morne, Leonine Misbegotten is a furious, vengeful wretch who yearns to give you a brutal beatdown. Living in the sandy ruins behind the castle proper, Leonine is a harsh combatant who will demolish new players who decide to trek to his peninsula a little too early. Still, as far as bosses go, Leonine is one you can probably take down in the first 10 to 20 hours.
This guide will help you wallop Leonine Misbegotten. This fight is a duel, pure and simple, and you'll need some crazy reflexes to escape unscathed.
Leonine is the boss battle for Castle Morne, a lonely, broken citadel on the southern end of the Weeping Peninsula. To get to the Peninsula, you need to head south along the road from Limgrave, cross the bridge guarded with soldiers, and keep going until you cross through a rocky valley and wind up at broken castle walls. Here you'll find the Castle Morne Rampart Site of Grace.
If you carry on south through the walls, you'll come under attack by a stone giant with an enormous bow and an even more enormous range. Hop on your horse and ride like the wind, jumping occasionally and veering back and forth to avoid the arrows. Castle Morne will come into view pretty quickly. Get past the giant and enter the gates. From that point on, you just need to get through the dungeon, which is lengthy but not complex.
Once you reach the Behind the Castle Site of Grace you're within striking distance of Leonine. Hop off the rickety bridge ahead, ignore the peaceful jellyfish, and make for the nearby boss fog. Leonine is waiting for you.
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Leonine is an extremely fast attacker for one of the earlier bosses, and his moves are both painful and difficult to avoid. He's almost exclusively a melee fighter, so if you aren't accustomed to dodging melee weapons you're going to have to learn quick. Leonine will use the following moves against you in battle:
- Leonine swipes at you with his sword. Period. This is most of the fight, honestly, and Leonine will come at you relentlessly with single sword swipes or brutal sword-and-claw combos. Blocking is an option, but only if you plan on taking one, maybe two hits. Otherwise you want to roll out of the way and smack Leonine.
- Leonine leaps into the air, coming down at you with his sword poised like a guillotine. If he lands the hit he'll do significant damage and knock you around. This is one of the easier attacks to avoid, as like most enemies Leonine sort of hangs in the sky for a moment before making his deadly descent. Roll out of the way as he's hanging, then smack him a few times when he lands.
- Similar to the overhead chop, Leonine will sometimes leap at you and stab his sword down at your skull. Roll to avoid and punish him for attacking you.
- Leonine roars, temporarily pushing you back, then typically spins around twice. Get out of the way of the roar if you can to avoid the spins. Occasionally he'll roar and perform another move, but not too often.
- Leonine performs a short range stomp attack. He'll usually follow this up with the same spinning as when he roars.
- Going down low and getting close, Leonine spins his sword around in a slow, then very fast, arc. He'll often follow this up by leaping into the air and trying to impale his sword in your skull. Get ready to dodge both attacks, then smack him afterward.
- Leonine digs into the dirt for a moment, his eyes flash, and he leaps at you from across the arena. If his attack lands he'll stop there; if not he'll sometimes carry on into a longer combo in an attempt to hit you. Roll under his leap to avoid his attacks.
Taking Leonine down is pretty difficult if you come here early in Elden Ring. His attacks are unforgiving, and he gives you very little room to breathe once the fight begins in earnest. Whether you're a melee or ranged fighter this brawl is going to be close up, and you'll want to use constant rolling and quick attacks to hit Leonine whenever he finishes a sword swing and is vulnerable. You're most likely to escape unscathed if you strike Leonine just after one of his jump attacks, as these require the most recovery time.
Though Leonine can probably take down any Ashen Summons you bring into the fight they are nevertheless invaluable. You'll find that even low-level Spirits can last decently long against Leonine, and having a gang of them knock him around will give you space to hit him from a distance. They're also great at disturbing his attacks, which can really save you in the middle of a combo. Just be ready to roll, as Leonine is very quick to switch targets and will fling himself at you if you're doing more damage than your ghostly comrades.
If you're feeling particularly cocky it is possible to parry Leonine's attacks, and doing so will open him up to a nice amount of damage. That said, Leonine varies his attack speeds so much between hits that you may be hard pressed to figure out the timing. Your best bet is to try and parry him when he's performing single, basic, horizontal slashes with only a bit of wait time. Otherwise you're better off just rolling out of the way.
You'll earn 3,800 Runes and a Grafted Blade Greatsword for defeating Leonine Misbegotten. (The latter should look familiar to fans of A Game of Thrones.)