Elden Ring Godskin Apostle tips and strategy
How to defeat the Atlus Plateau optional boss.
Godskin Apostle is one of many optional bosses found in the world of Elden Ring.
You can locate the boss near the upper northern reaches of the map, found in a small village in the Atlus Plateau region.
You can absolutely take on the Godskin Apostle on your own, but we'd advise using some co-operation for the tough fight ahead, or even a a spirit ash summon to help you on your way to slaying the boss.
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How to prepare for Godskin Apostle
The Godskin Apostle can be a tough foe to take down, depending on what level you're at when you encounter the boss in the Atlus Plateau. For this fight, we'd recommend using Ash summons that provide you with multiple allies at once, like the wolves, or a summon that grants you one strong ally, like Knight Oleg.
The Godskin Apostle's chief weakness is Bleed damage. We'd strongly advise taking in a weapon that accrues Bleed damage on a foe with every hit, and also one that has either range or quick strikes to it.
The Godskin Apostle moves and attacks quickly, so you either want to jab them from extended range with a spear, or get in close and get a hit off quickly before backing away.
Godskin Apostle tips: How to beat Godskin Apostle
The Godskin Apostle hits hard and fast in this first phase. The most common attacks to watch out for are quick strikes with the sharp end of its scythe-like weapon, which it can often change together in two quick strikes. Rolling through these is relatively simply, the only thing you need to watch out for is to not roll too soon.
The Godskin Apostle also has a little ranged attack it can bring out. The boss will summon a black-ish orb of energy in its hand, and hurl it towards you. If you dodge while the orb is careening towards you in the mid-air, this attack isn't too hard to deal with.
Godskin Apostle can also slowly walk towards you while spinning its big scythe around in one ongoing attack. This attack typically lasts for right around three seconds, and it's best to just back off during this phase.
In fact, if you're using a ranged or magic build in Elden Ring, this is the perfect time to hammer the boss with some ranged attacks, since it won't go anywhere until it's done with the full spinning attack animation.
At right around half health, the Godskin Apostle will unleash a blast of black energy around it. From now on, the Godskin Apostle becomes a bit like a slinky, stretching its midriff across the battlefield to stab any unfortunate souls that are caught too close to it.
The boss will frequently pull off its spinning attack with the scythe, but this time stretching out its body towards you. Once this attack is over, the boss' top half will slink back towards its bottom half.
On the other hand, if the boss extends itself and slices with its scythe in one or two attacks, it's about to pull its bottom half towards you for another attack.
The full chain attack encompasses two quick slashes, and then a big third attack that slices over a good few meters around the top half of the boss, so be prepared to dodge roll through the final attack when the Godskin Apostle pulls itself together (literally).
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Godskin Apostle reward
When the Godskin Apostle is finally down, you'll get a nice 14,000 Runes for your efforts.
You'll also get the Godskin Peeler Twinblade (the weapon the boss was using against you), as well as the Scouring Black Flame Incantation, which spews black fire over the battlefield at your command.
With the Godskin Apostle down, it's time to head back out to the open world of Elden Ring, and continue your adventure.