Do you want to know how to defeat Astel, Naturalborn of the Void in Elden Ring?
There are a handful of bosses in Elden Ring that will surely test your patience and make your head hurt. If you’re new to FromSoftware titles and Elden Ring is your first one, you are set for very long gameplay.
In any case, there are also plenty of quests in Elden Ring that lead you to bosses that you can’t get to without completing storylines. One of them is through Ranni’s quest.
After obtaining the Dark Moon Ring and going through the Lake of Rot, a fearsome opponent awaits you.
If you are reading this, we can assume that you’re struggling to handle Astel. Luckily, you have come to the right place.
Today, we will show you how you can defeat Astel, Naturalborn of the Void in Elden Ring.
Making the Encounter Easier
Astel, Naturalborn of the Void, hits hard and has an unusual hitbox. However, your main problem is going to be getting close to the boss. Unfortunately, this is incredibly painful for melee characters since the boss fight location is wide.
Besides, Astel’s reach is long enough that you’ll die while trying to close the gap between you and the boss.
Now, there are a few things you can do to shift the tides.
First, you can ring the bell and summon some Spirit Ashes to keep Astel busy as you close the gap. When summoning Spirit Ashes, your main goal is only to shift Astel’s attention and not so much about damage output.
We suggest summoning a tanky, melee-based Spirit Ash, even if it’s going to take you summon some time to get to Astel and be effective.
You should also remember that Astel is weak to poison and Scarlet Rot. The Spirit Jellyfish can be great for applying poison. However, since it is a ranged summon, it might not be able to steal Astel’s aggro.
Nonetheless, you can use a melee summon if you’re struggling to approach the boss. If the fight is taking too long, summon a spirit that can inflict poison to chew up Astel’s HP bar.
Beating Astel, Naturalborn of the Void
Astel’s unusual form makes it hard to figure out its weak point. As weird as it might sound, the hardest-looking parts of Astel’s body are the most vulnerable to physical damage.
In other words, Astel’s head and arms/legs should be your primary target to finish off the fight quickly. If you can target them consistently. On the other hand, its wings and ethereal parts are the most armored.
If you’re having a hard time getting close to Astel, you can try aiming for the wings. While this will deal less damage, it allows you to chip off its HP at a distance.
While we recommend summoning some Spirit Ashes for this encounter, you don’t have to do it upon entering the arena. Astel starts the fight by firing massive beams of light that will hit you if you immediately summon Spirit Ashes.
Due to this, you must dodge the beams first before calling your summons.
Thankfully, Astel is only a single-phase encounter. However, the tricky part is getting close to it and landing some attacks.
The main thing you have to watch out for when approaching this boss is its tail attacks, which are very hard to anticipate due to its short animation. The way its tail waggles can also make it hard to know if Astel is preparing to attack or simply idling.
Nonetheless, dodging just before the tail lands is the way to go. Ideally, you should dodge its attacks going towards the boss to close the distance even faster.
Many of Astel’s attacks could kill you in one go or drop your HP at a critical level. Once you get close, lock onto Astel’s head and start getting off your attacks.
Keep in mind that if you stay under Astel for a while, it will raise its hands up and summon a purple bomb, which deals AoE damage. To avoid damage, just be ready to dodge and run away before the explosion.
At this point, Astel will teleport further back into the arena, requiring you to close the gap once more.
This boss also has a grab attack that is considered to be its most dangerous move. Once you see its hands extending towards you, move immediately and dodge. At 50% HP, Astel will spawn purple meteors.
Keep dodging until the meteor rain is over before you get back on the offensive.
For the rest of the fight, Astel will continue summoning purple orbs before delivering some physical attacks. The shape and direction of each attack are different, so keep an eye on the orbs and anticipate where they are going to land.
The most dangerous is an AoE combo, where each strike spawns a circle on the ground, expanding the reach of each one.
When Astel uses this type of attack, get ready to dodge at all costs or run away to avoid damage. Luckily, this attack is easy to read since Astel levitates before summoning purple orbs in all six of its limbs.
What to do After Defeating Astel?
Once you’ve beaten Astel, Naturalborn of the Void, a Site of Grace should appear, and an exit behind where Astel was will become available. This is a sealed area that you can open after acquiring the Dark Moon Ring, which you can get towards the end of Ranni’s quest.
If you still don’t have the ring, just mark the area and come back once you’ve grabbed it from the locked chest in the Raya Lucaria Grand Library.
Having the Dark Moon Ring will not only allow you to remove the seal but also reveal a secret elevator that will take you up to a certain part of Limgrave. From there, you’ll be able to finish Ranni’s quest and unlock the ability to trigger the Age of the Stars ending.
That ends our guide on how to defeat Astel, Naturalborn of the Void in Elden Ring. For your questions and other concerns, please leave a comment below, and we’ll do our best to help.