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Looking more like a fox than a dog, the Red Wolf of Radagon continues the noble FromSoftware tradition of stuffing bloodthirsty wolves with weapons into its games. Taking a page from the Great Grey Wolf Sif in Dark Souls, the Red Wolf comes at you with a sword in its mouth and a maddened desire to take you down. It's a fun fight, albeit quite heart-pounding at times.
This guide will show you how to defeat the Red Wolf of Radagon. Compared to some of the other bosses in Elden Ring, this one isn't so bad, though you'll still probably need to fight it a few times before you land the killing blow.
Finding the Red Wolf
The Red Wolf of Radagon is one of the defenders of the Academy of Raya Lucaria, a dungeon you must complete to get through Elden Ring. As such you have no choice but to face down the Red Wolf.
Finding the Red Wolf isn't too difficult. Make your way through the Academy until you reach a massive, gear-based elevator that can take you down to ground level. Hop onto the elevator as one of the platforms rises up to you and ride it to the top. Up here you'll find several weak enemies near a torchlit door. Inside the door is the Schoolhouse Classroom Site of Grace.
Straight ahead from the Site of Grace is a doorway leading to a series of passages. Take a right here, run down the corridor to the next juncture, go up the stairs on your right, and then go up either of the next sets of stairs to find the boss fog. There are a lot of spell-casting enemies along the way but they're not that difficult to avoid if you sprint. Most of them won't follow you if you make it to the antechamber just before the boss fog.
Red Wolf's Moveset
The Red Wolf of Radagon, like most canine enemies in Souls games, prefers swiftness and quick attacks. You'll spend most of the fight rolling away from its strikes as the Red Wolf leaps at you from a distance. You can expect the following attacks from the Red Wolf:
- The Red Wolf lunges at you and performs a series of biting attacks. It may only perform one attack or a combo of several. Though you should roll to avoid most of the Red Wolf's attacks unless you have a very heavy-duty shield, you can block this one without too much worry.
- The Red Wolf conjures a glowing red sword in its mouth and swipes at you. It may strike out at you one or multiple times. You can see the sword appearing, so even though this attack is lightning fast it's also predictable, and easy to roll under.
- The Red Wolf conjures its sword, then swirls around, hitting everything within a 360 degree radius. It usually does this attack after a normal sword strike, so the chances are pretty good that you'll already be out of the way.
- The Red Wolf conjures its sword, leaps up, and tries to slash down on top of you. So long as you're locked onto the Red Wolf seeing this attack coming shouldn't be a problem.
- The Red Wolf creates a line of blue, magical swords that hurl themselves at you. Though the Red Wolf can do these one at a time it usually leaps away from you and creates three or four, then times its own attack to mask the incoming swords. Time your roll away or towards the Red Wolf itself properly and you should also avoid the incoming projectiles.
- The Red Wolf conjures a light blue projectile in its mouth, leaps into the air, and fires it at you. Though this spell hurts more it's less of a problem than the Red Wolf's other projectiles, since you don't also have to worry about the Red Wolf rushing you, so just roll out of the way once the Red Wolf is in the air. Wait until you see the beam coming and it's already too late to move.
Beating the Red Wolf
This fight is typically very quick, whether you succeed or fail. The Red Wolf has far less health than most bosses - some normal enemies will take more hits - and if you find a way to sustainably damage the thing it should die pretty quickly. The key, of course, is hitting the Red Wolf without getting hit yourself.
For once melee fighters will have an easier time with this boss. Dodge the Red Wolf's attacks until it decides to get up close and personal, either with its sword or just its jaws. Once it has finished attacking, hit it. You'll likely only get a single hit in before the Red Wolf jumps away. Get your shield back up, prepare for the next volley of attacks, and repeat. A single hit at a time doesn't seem like much, but given the Red Wolf's low health it won't take that long before you fell the beast.
Ranged fighters will have a tougher time with this fight, particularly those whose projectiles don't home in on the Red Wolf. It spends too much time zipping around the room and getting in your face to really get off good, long-range shots. Either you'll have to treat the fight similar to a melee fighter - basically firing at the Red Wolf when it's right next to you - or pull in some distractions so the Red Wolf isn't constantly focused on mauling you.
Ashen Spirits are an excellent idea for fighting the Red Wolf, though like yourself they will have a tough time hitting the thing at a range. You're best off using melee combatants to take the Red Wolf down. (Fittingly, Spirit Wolves work pretty well in this fight.) Normal PC summons will also do the trick, and despite the extra health the Red Wolf just can't last long against a sustained attack from multiple sources.
You'll receive 14,000 Runes and a Memory Stone for defeating the Red Wolf of Radagon. You'll also open the path to the remainder of the Academy of Raya Lucaria.