10 Best Optional Bosses in Elden Ring with High Rune Rewards


Elden Ring uses runes as both the player’s experience points and the merchants’ money. But, the principal source of runes is the game’s antagonists. You will get runes and items for killing the people that live in the Lands Between. Enemies will sometimes possess golden shimmering eyes, which means they will dump five times as many runes as usual. So, you better defeat these toughest enemies to get a reward of runes.

Upon defeat, some bosses can drop remembrances you can use to make runes or trade for potent equipment. In multiplayer cooperative games, the host takes 75% of the boss’ rune prize, and cooperators receive 25%. Any runes you have with you will be left behind at the scene of your demise. Also, you will never be able to get those runes back if you were killed once more before doing so. The screen’s top compass shows the direction where the runes have gone missing. With that in mind, a dependable source of runes is the Golden Rune Consumables. They do not perish with the owner, so you can save them and utilize them whenever you require a few extra runes.

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After first encountering Melina, you can consume runes at any site of grace to level up and gain access to this feature. Later on, through Rebirth, you have the option to reassign attribute points. Runes can purchase an assortment of items, weapons, and other things from the welcoming residents inhabiting the Lands Between. On rare occasions, retailers provide specific things with an endless supply, allowing even the biggest purchasing binges. Speaking of runes, today we will take a quick overview on 10 optional bosses in Elden Ring. These bosses usually drop the most runes in the game. Without further ado, let’s dive right in.

10. Glintstone Dragon Adula

Liurnia of the Lakes is home to the enormous dragon boss known as Glintstone Dragon Adula. Adula is initially discovered wandering the Three Sisters subregion in the north. When sufficiently damaged, this dragon may teleport to the southern Cathedral of Manus Celes. Try to inflict Physical Attacks if you can since this boss has a high magic resistance. To make this fight simpler, use the spell Eternal Darkness to attract the homing crystals. Killing this optional boss will reward you with 120,000 runes.

9. Astel, Stars of Darkness

Residing in the Yelough Anix Tunnel in Consecrated Snowfield is the enormous insect-like beast known as Astel, Stars of Darkness. This optional boss in Elden Ring has almost no weakness except its physical damage. But, you can briefly knock it down by strong blows from Spirit Ashes. It usually supports multiplayer attacks. Melee users should avoid the exploding clouds and jump-attack the head whenever there is a gap. Astel can easily chain together assaults, so refrain from attacking too frequently. It is advised to remain near the head because biting assaults are simple to avoid. However, if you spend too much time under him, he may attack you with a Gravity Wave.

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Users of magic and ranged weapons must never overlook the tail attack due to its extremely long range. It could one-shot anyone who fails to avoid it. Astel only has a few choices for long-range attacks; it usually uses its tail or a long-range laser. Keep an eye out for it when it teleports. If you don’t see it anywhere, it might have been transported above you in preparation for a grab attack with incredible power. Anyone who defeats this boss will get the 120,000 runes reward.

8. Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy

The God-Devouring Serpent’s actual form is Rykard Lord of Blasphemy, whose body Rykard has possessed. He serves as one of the shard bearers that players can battle at the Volcano Manor in Mount Gelmir to access Leyndell. His admirers held him in high regard for wanting to topple the Golden Order. However, the majority of his supporters turned against him. They tried to kill him alongside the Serpent-Hunter after he gave everything over to the serpent for immortality. This boss causes Fire, Pierce, and Standard Damage. Also, the area surrounding the boss is submerged in lava, which can thwart assaults and deliver slow-burning fire damage.

Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy’s weakness is the Serpent-Hunter weapon, slash, pierce, and physical damage besides frostbite. You will acquire 130,000 runes once you defeat this demigod.

7. Spiritcaller Snail

The Spiritcaller’s Cave and the Road’s End Catacombs are where you can find the Spiritcaller Snail. Multiplayer and spirit summons are permitted when facing this boss. If you encounter this boss in the Road’s End Catacombs, pay attention to the snail’s position and concentrate on that instead of the summons. You may check for the ground’s flimsy glowing light if you cannot see the snail. The arena’s corners are where you will find the snail. Once you defeat this optional boss, you can expect to get 170,000 runes.

6. Great Wyrm Theodorix

Great Wyrm Theodorix resides in the Consecrated Snowfield’s frozen river to Albinauric Rise North. Multiplayer and the use of spirit ashes are permitted when facing this boss. On the ledge beyond his resting place, Great Wyrm Theodorix is watching over the ancient dragon smithing stone. Theodorix’s Magma incantation will be available at the Cathedral of Dragon Communion once you kill this boss besides the 180,000 runes.

5. Loretta, Knight of the Haligtree

Loretta, Knight of the Haligtree is the non-spirit variant of the Carla Manor boss and resides in Miquella’s Haligtree. Multiplayer and spirit summons are permitted when facing this boss. Loretta is a straightforward boss with patterns that are simple to identify. She frequently employs glintstone sorcery, signaled by a blue rune flash. She typically uses Carian Phalanx, which takes a while to fly near their target. Always put some distance between yourself and Loretta before dodging the rockets. Beating this boss will earn you 200,000 runes.

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4. Death Rite Bird

The skeletal bird-like entities known as Death Rite Birds are found across many places. You can summon spirit ashes depending on the location of the encounter. These entities usually reside in Caelid, directly east-southeast of the Southern Aeonia Swamp Bank site of grace. It is located near the Gate Town North Site of Grace in Liurnia of the Lakes at night, crossing the bridge to the northwest of Stargazer’s Ruins on the Mountaintops of the Giants. They also go down from the snow-capped cliffs. At night you can also find them in the Consecrated Snowfield, near the Apostate Derelict, southeast of the frozen river.

The runes acquired are based on the location: Liurnia of the Lakes = 7,800, Caelid = 15000, Mountaintops of the Giants = 77,000, and Consecrated Snowfields = 220,000.

3. Dragonlord Placidusax

You can encounter the enormous, two-headed dragon known as Dragonlord Placidusax in Crumbling Farum Azula. Multiplayer and summoning spirit ashes are permitted when fighting this legend-type boss. While Dragonlord Placidusax’s attacks are swift and vigorous, there is plenty of time in between them for you to land easy blows. Like other dragons, he has a weak spot in his head or head. However, unlike other dragons, you will not often get the chance to attack it in the head. Attacking Placidusax in this area—behind his wings, close to his hind legs—will put you in the best position to survive. By doing this, you put yourself in a position to evade his wing ram. You can also avoid being hit by his tail swipe. Unlike other dragons, you should prevent being hit by any assaults made by his back feet. Winning against this boss will earn you 280,000 runes.

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2. Mohg, Lord of Blood

In Siofra River’s Mohgwyn Palace, a supremely strong Omen demigod known as Mohg, Lord of Blood specializes in blood magic. Only a few unique items become available when facing this boss. One of which is Mohg’s Shackle which players can use to stun the boss twice during the first phase of the battle. The Purifying Crystal Tear is another item you should consider during this encounter. Consuming a bottle of Wondrous Physick with the equipped tear will null the bleed effect of Mohg’s attacks. Usually, he drops the Remembrance of the Blood Lord and Mohg’s Great Rune aside from the 420,000 runes when defeated.

1. Malenia, Blade of Miquella

Miquella, the most formidable Empyrean, had a twin named Malenia when she was born. She gained notoriety for the famous battle she fought Starscourge Radahn in during the Shattering. It is where she released the Scarlet Rot’s destructive power, razing Caelid to the ground. Malenia resides in Elphael, Brace of the Haligtree, and is rig-out with prosthetic arms and legs. She is a challenging end-game boss, and players may find it challenging to prevent her Waterfowl Dance technique damage. You can also play on her lack of poise to block some of her assaults. When defeated, she drops the Malenia’s Great Rune and the Remembrance of the Rot Goddess aside from the 480,000 runes.

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That’s the end of our list of the best optional bosses in Elden Ring. Beating them all will surely reward you with a number of runes. Get the latest updates and news about Elden Ring only here on PlayPC!

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