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How to Beat Godskin Apostles in "Elden Ring"

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A white-hooded figure who looks more like a normal enemy than a boss, the Godskin Apostle is one tough customer. Thin, wiry, and swift, Godskin Apostles have vicious twinblades that they'll use to rip you in half if you're not quick on your feet. You'll need every ounce of concentration to take one of these things down.

This guide will help you beat the Godskin Apostles in Elden Ring. Hopefully you don't mind fighting them too much, because, yes, there's more than one.

All images copyright FromSoftware.

All images copyright FromSoftware.

Finding the Godskin Apostles

There are two Godskin Apostles in Elden Ring (at least for now). One is far stronger than the other, though they both utilize the same moveset. You'll find them in these locations:

  • The Altus Plateau. If you haven't explored the north of the Plateau, head to the Forest-Spanning Greatbridge Site of Grace. It's just south of the area's Minor Erdtree. There's a portal here that will shoot you to the other side of the valley, to an area full of windmills. In the northeast you'll find the Windmill Village Site of Grace, located at the bottom of a hilly village filled with dancing - but aggressive - women. Fight your way to the top of the hill and you'll find the Godskin Apostle waiting. Try to kill anyone who might have followed you up the hill before you take on the Apostle. Killing the Apostle will earn you 14,000 Runes, the Godskin Peeler, and the Scouring Black Flame Incantation.
  • Caelid. This Apostle is in the Divine Tower of Caelid, a tricky location that requires careful platforming to enter. Your best bet for reaching it is the Dragonbarrow West Site of Grace. The Apostle is in the bottom of the tower. Killling the Apostle will earn you 94,000 Runes and the Godskin Apostle Set.

Godskin Apostle Moveset

Godskin Apostles are short- to medium-range combatants, and though they spend most of their time trying to close in on you, they have several longer-range attack options as well. Expect the following moves from a Godskin Apostle:

  • Most commonly when you're at a range, the Godskin Apostle will summon black flames and hurl them at you. Not too difficult an attack to avoid, though the Apostle will often (almost always) do this when you're trying to heal. Create space before you pull out your Flask so you have time to roll away from an incoming flame, or heal when the Apostle is finishing up a different move.
  • The Godskin Apostle will come at you with a series of slicing combos. Typically it will attack at least twice per assault, though it may add a third attack as well. You can block your way through these if your Stamina is high enough, though consider rolling under the last one so you have room to smack the Apostle.
  • The Godskin Apostle will jab at you, then reverse its blade and try to hook you backwards. Avoiding the initial jab almost always takes you out of range for the hook attack.
  • The Godskin Apostle will begin to spin its twinblade extremely quickly and walk towards you as it does. So long as you aren't caught in the initial swing this is an easy attack to avoid. Just stay away from the Apostle until it stops.
  • The Godskin Apostle will, for lack of a better phrase, violently nudge you several times. This is a weak attack but it's very fast, and can throw you off balance.
  • The Godskin Apostle will leap into the air and try to slice down at you as it lands. This is a good attack to punish since the Apostle's recovery time after it lands is not inconsiderable. You'll occasionally see this attack paired with other combos, and always at the end of the combo.

Once you've done enough damage the Apostle will float up into the air. This will trigger and area of effect explosion after a few seconds, so get away and do damage at a range. Once this is done the Apostle will become more aggressive, and it will add a few new, unexpected attacks to its repertoire:

  • The Apostle will stretch its torso out and, if you're far enough away, crawl-fling itself at you. It's a bit startling to see at first, but this attack isn't that difficult to avoid. The Apostle may also perform other moves, such as basic swings or chops, while extended.
  • The Apostle will stretch itself to another location, travel over, then perform a 360 degree spin with surprising range. Move far away if the Apostle stretches anywhere but towards you.
  • The Apostle will perform another stretching attack, this time spinning its twinblade as it comes at you. Dodge straight through it so you don't get caught on the end of the twinblade and suffer damage multiple times. Time this correctly and you'll have several free hits at the Apostle's torso as it recovers.
  • The Apostle will stretch up, infuse its twinblade with black flames, and whirl around itself in a broad arc. As soon as you see the Apostle stretching - for any reason, really - you need to get away from it.
  • The Apostle will whirl its twinblade around and summon a wind suffused with black flames. This continues to deal damage so long as you're in the area of effect, and will get bigger over time, so roll or run away as soon as you see the winds gathering.

Beating a Godskin Apostle

Godskin Apostles are quick enough that most of this fight will be close range, though if you fight at a distance it's possible to back off and use spells without the Apostle constantly being in your face. Whether you're melee or ranged, wait for the Apostle to attack, back off a bit, and attack. Continue the procedure once the Apostle switches forms, always remaining aware that the Apostles reach is now much, much longer than it was.

If you're fighting with a ranged weapon or slower spells you need to keep in mind that Godskin Apostles are very quick on their feet. Unless the Apostle is somehow occupied - say, using a spell of its own, or fighting something else - it will probably dodge to one side. You'll need to use fast-acting spells and projectiles to hit an Apostle.

Getting help against Godskin Apostles is pretty invaluable. They don't attack quite often enough to instantly obliterate Ashen Spirits, and their attacks are often directed enough - at least in the first phase - that you can take some time to recover while your allies do the heavy lifting. These helpers will be less useful in the second phase, so be prepared to fight on your own if you haven't called in another PC.

Feeling cocky? It is quite possible to parry a Godskin Apostle so long as your timing is good. Most of their 'normal' attacks - no jumping, no stretching - can be knocked aside. The stabs seem to be a bit easier to parry since they don't have too much wait time before the Apostle actually lashes out at you. You'll have a much easier time getting in parries during the first phase than the second.

The rewards for defeating a Godskin Apostle vary depending on which one you've killed. What you'll get for victory is noted above, with their locations.