How to Defeat Alecto, Black Knife Ringleader in Elden Ring

Want to know how you can defeat Alecto, Black Knife Ringleader in Elden Ring?

Elden Ring is the latest game developed by FromSoftware. It’s published by Bandai Namco Entertainment and is available for the Playstation, Xbox, and PC. 

With over 12 million copies sold in just a month, you’ll know that Elden Ring is a game you should not miss. One of the main attractions of the game is the NPCs and bosses that you’ll have to face. 

Knowing FromSoftware, expect these bosses to give you a hard time. However, if you love challenges, you’ll find yourself enjoying Elden Ring despite getting frustrated occasionally. 

There are a handful of bosses that you’ll face in Elden Ring. Some of them will be part of the game’s storyline, while others are optional encounters that reward valuable items, gears, and weapons. 

One of the bosses you’ll face in Elden Ring is Alecto, Black Knife Ringleader. This boss holds the Black Knife Tiche, one of the best Spirit Ashes in Elden Ring. 

Today, we will show you how to locate and beat Alecto, Black Knife Ringleader in Elden Ring. 

Let’s get right into it!

Alecto, Black Knife Ringleader Location

Alecto, Black Knife Ringleader, is a boss located at the Ringleader’s Evergaol. This area can be found on the western side of Liurnia of the Lakes. You’ll see her near the Moonlight Altar Site of Grace. 

alecto Black Knife Ringleader in Elden Ring

An important thing to keep in mind before heading to the boss area is that Alecto is just an optional boss and is not needed to complete the game’s main story. 

However, you’ll have to defeat her if you are after the Black Knife Tiche Spirit Ashes. 

Boss Fight Overview

One of the crucial things that you have to learn and understand with boss fights in Elden Ring is the boss’ moveset. 

Before heading to the strategies to defeat Alect, Black Knife Ringleader, let’s take a look at Alecto’s attack patterns and how you can counter each attack. 


Alecto leaps into the air and comes crashing, ending her attack with an overhead slash using her knife. 

This is the easiest attack to dodge from Alecto’s arsenal, and it can even be punished. First, dodge it by running away from the impact area as she jumps into the air. Now, you can counter her attack by striking at her or casting a spell while she is completing the attack animation. 

However, you have to keep your guard up as Alect is very quick. As a general rule, only strike her once or twice and disengage right away. 

Imbued Helmsplitter

Alecto empowers her knife with a dark flame and performs the Helmsplitter attack. This time, her knife explodes upon impact, which releases energy that deals great damage and applies a status effect that inflicts damage over time. 

This variant of the Helmsplitter has a longer range than the normal one, and you’ll have to roll further away from Alecto to dodge the attack successfully. 

You also have to watch out for the energy she releases at the end of the attack. If you dodge it successfully, you can punish her the same way with a normal Helmsplitter. While she’s finishing her animation, get off an attack or two and disengage. 


Alecto jumps straight towards your location and attempts to grab you. If you get caught, she’ll stab you in the back and deal massive damage. 

The animation speed for this attack is quite fast, so it practically comes out of nowhere. To avoid getting caught, you’ll have to keep your distance from Alecto at all times. Even if you have good distance, there will be times when you have to roll away further due to Backstab’s great range. 

Spinning Knife Attack

Alecto spins around and slashes using her knife. She then ends the attack with two more strikes toward you using her knife. 

As Alecto is spinning around, she’ll cover some distance, so you have to stay away from here and roll to dodge the attack. 

Projectile Attack

Alecto fires a projectile from her blade that travels in a straight line. If it hits you, it will deal massive damage and apply a damage over time debuff on your character. 

Fortunately, the projectile moves slower than the rest of her attacks, which means that you can avoid it easily by moving sideways. 

Leg Sweep

Alecto shoves her knife into the ground and uses it as a support to perform a sweeping attack. She then ends the attack with a big slash using her knife. 

Leg Sweep also covers a lot of ground, so you’ll need to keep your distance from her and dodge away as she performs the attack. You can also punish and counter this attack due to its awkwardly long animation. 

Lunging Knife Attack

Alecto moves to the side and fakes a dodge. However, it quickly lunges forward and performs a subsequent stab with her knife. 

To avoid this, you’ll need to roll to the side and then roll back. 

Melee Strategy 

Alecto’s biggest advantage over you is her speed. Due to her agility, you’ll have very few opportunities to punish her attacks. 

In this fight, you cannot block any of Alecto’s attacks. The only thing you can do is roll away to dodge them. Due to this, you must maintain some distance between her and your character throughout the fight. 

alecto Black Knife Ringleader in Elden Ring

If you get up close to Alecto, dodging her attacks will be extremely difficult due to her quick attack animations.

Keeping a good distance from here will make the entire fight easier. 

While quickness is her biggest advantage, it can also be Alecto’s greatest weakness. Due to her speed, Alecto is prone to get staggered. 

To do so, you’ll need a powerful heavy weapon with a high chance of staggering opponents. When you pick out a heavy weapon for the fight, coat it with Freezing Grease. This should allow you to deal Frost Damage, which is one of Alecto’s weaknesses. 

Combine that with an Hoarfrost Stomp Ash of War, and it will allow you to keep her poise low, which will synergize well with your heavy weapon. 

To deal the most damage, you’ll have to take advantage of her Helmsplitter and Leg Sweep attacks. Due to their slow animations, you can punish Alecto and get off some attacks as soon as she uses these moves. 

Generally, the entire boss encounter is about patience. Keep your cool and wait for the perfect opportunity to counter. 

Ranged Strategy 

If you want to fight Alecto from a distance, the spells that will help you the most in this fight are the Comet Azur and Terra Magicus. 

As soon as the fight starts, cast Terra Magicus and Comet Azur. These spells should instantly knock Alecto down, and they’ll keep her down if you continue casting them. This should allow you to deal massive damage early. 

Once she successfully interrupts your spell, get far away from her and maintain your distance at all costs. The spells you have to cast now should have homing ability. 

alecto Black Knife Ringleader in Elden Ring

Due to Alecto’s quickness, she’ll be able to dodge your spells easily. This is why homing spells are crucial to being successful in this fight. Once you cast them, homing spells will connect with Alecto no matter what. 

While homing spells don’t deal that much damage, they will lower her poise and eventually stagger her. During this time, you can switch back to more powerful spells to deal even more damage. 

Adula’s Moonblade is one spell that you can use against Alecto due to its Frost damage and staggering ability. 

That ends our guide on how to defeat Alecto, Black Knife Ringleader in Elden Ring. If you have questions regarding the encounter, please drop a comment below, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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