Cutting past the hefty armor of this cosmic beast is difficult, but defeating it will net you one of the game’s most sought-after Intelligence weapons.
Many of the most difficult fights in “Elden Ring” take place near the conclusion of Legacy Dungeons, frequently in enormous, epic arenas with significant plot consequences and cinematic cutscenes. Others you just happen across in a field somewhere. One such example is the Full-Grown Fallingstar Beast.
If you’ve already defeated the Fallingstar Beasts at the end of the Sellia Crystal Tunnel or in the Altus Plateau, this massively armored tetrapod could appear familiar. The “Full-Grown” version, on the other hand, has a slew of additional deadly skills and is a substantially more difficult battle. It’ll take a lot of endurance and patience to lower its health meter to zero, but once you do, you’ll be rewarded with one of the game’s best high-Intelligence weapons.
The Full-Grown Fallingstar Beast’s Location
Grace at the Bridge of Iniquity
The Bridge of Iniquity Site of Grace is the shortest path to the Full-Grown Fallingstar Beast. Follow the trail from the top entrance to Lyndell to get there. Continue northwest until you reach the damaged bridge, which is past the Windmill Village. Drop down cautiously and continue the way southwest from there. You’ll ultimately come to a little wooden bridge. Cross it to reach the Grace Site of the Bridge of Iniquity.
Continue northwest, hugging the rock wall to your left as you rest. (Be on the lookout for Abductor Virgins prowling the neighborhood.) You’ll ultimately come to a tall ladder. Climb to the peak, then head northwest, passing the Pumpkin Head and over the rock bridge. Kill the Grafted Scion in the clearing, then go north on the ladder.
The Full-Grown Fallingstar Beast is nearest to the Ninth Mt. Gelmir Campsite Site of Grace.
Take the tall ladder to your left after you reach the top, then the next ladder right past the Merchant. Continue west, passing by the soldiers and the sword shrine before crossing the wooden bridge. Rest at the Site of Grace on Mt. Gelmir’s Ninth Campsite. Just above you is the boss.
Getting ready for the fight
Physical damage is very resistant to the Full-Grown Fallingstar Beast, and it is immune to Frostbite and Bleed. It is vulnerable to Elemental harm, so bring some Magic or Fire Grease or your finest Fire weapon or spell before venturing in. For melee users with the Faith to wield it, the Blasphemous Blade is an excellent choice. Sorcerers can use any Glintstone magic to their advantage.
Always have a decent Spirit Summon with you to give you some breathing room and help you whittle down the boss’ massive health bar. The Mimic Tear is always a good choice, but anything huge and tanky, like Lhutel the Headless or Banished Knight Oleg, is very useful in this fight.
Because the monster deals Magic damage, carry some Spellproof Dried Livers with you or add Opaline Hardtear to your Flask of Wondrous Physick. However, the catastrophic physical damage it may inflict is a far greater concern, so dress in the strongest armor you can within Medium Load range.
How to Defeat the Fallingstar Beast in Full Grown Form
First and foremost: Yes, this boss may be cheesy. Get on Torrent, leap onto the platform, and land as near to the arena’s right edge as possible. You will go unnoticed by the boss. Simply crouch, creep up behind the boss, and use Poison Mist to watch its health meter slowly—very slowly—drain away. It’s a really mundane path to victory, but it works. Continue reading if you’d rather take the boss down the traditional route.
Prepare for a long battle. The Full-Grown Fallingstar Beast is strongly armored and has a large health bar. Its head and back, on the other hand, receive greater damage, so target your assaults there whenever feasible.
For greatest damage, aim your blows against the white of its head or its butt.
This combat may be approached in two ways: through torrent or on foot. If you opt to battle on Torrent, the goal is to just run away from the boss’s assaults while doing damage with arrows or spells from a safe distance. It’s a realistic technique, but it’s also dangerous; one strike from the Beast would almost certainly kill Torrent, leaving you unprotected on the ground. With this strategy, you’ll need a Spirit Summon to draw its attention up close and allow you time to recover from a distance.
It’s ultimately up to you how you approach the combat, but fighting on foot is recommended. Its assaults are all well-planned and simple to avoid if you know what to look for. You won’t want to rely on a shield because its strikes can deplete your stamina bar in one or two hits if they are blocked, so prepare to roll.
The first phase
A charge assault is always used by the Beast to begin a combat. When it opens its jaw and lowers its head, you’ll know it’s coming.
The ladder or the leap platform can be used to reach the Full-Grown Fallingstar Beast from the Site of Grace. When climbing the ladder, however, the monster will see you when you reach the top and may knock you down to your death below. Take the jump platform and strive to land to the right of the boss. You can use a powerful assault to catch the boss’ attention from here before it notices you. (Use Cerulean Hidden Tear and Comet Azur, for example, during this time.)
During phase one, keep an eye out for the following major attacks:
- Charge. This is how the Beast will always begin a fight. It will drop its head and open its mandibles before charging at you two or three times in a succession. To avoid being hurt, go to the side and roll over its jaw. As the boss charges you, you can perhaps shatter his stance with a strong missile or a well-timed charged thrust strike. Although the timing is difficult and you risk suffering a significant hit, the payoff of a Critical Attack makes it worthwhile to consider.
- Swipe your tail. It will take a stride back, curl its tail to the side, and hold it there for a time before sweeping it at you and inflicting Bleed damage if it strikes. To avoid being hit, roll backwards.
- Fling a rock. After a little interval, the monster will dig its mandibles into the earth and hurl rocks at you. (It can also use its tail for this.) Simply keep rolling.
- Blast of rock. The Beast will sink its mandibles into the earth before pulling them out, causing a tremendous rock explosion all around it. To evade the AOE, run away from the boss when you see it sink its mandibles into the earth.
- Slamming the ball. It will launch itself into the air, roll up into a ball, and then smack down on you. Just before it makes contact, roll to the side.
- Grab your opponent. The Beast will take a step back, click its mandibles together, then leap forward, trying to capture you in its jaw. To avoid being caught in this strike, roll backward.
- Bolt of Gravity The monster’ eye will flash purple, and it will click its mandibles together before repeatedly ripping rock spikes from the earth under you, followed by a third, bigger rock spike AOE. Prepare to swerve to the side as soon as the ground beneath your feet begins to ignite and flash purple. Sprint to the side after evading the second spike to escape out of range of the massive rock spike AOE.
The second phase
To avoid being caught in the AOE, rush away when the air surrounding the boss begins to twist and electrify.
Phase two begins when you’re roughly 50% healthy. It’s much the same as phase one, except with a few of lethal new attacks:
- Gravity is reversed. This strike is always launched by the Beast to begin phase two. The air around the monster will warp and electrify, and its eye will glow purple. It will then pull you (and any other players in the area) into the air, keeping you there for a brief while before smashing you down. When you see the boss begin to ramp up its attack, simply sprint away to avoid being hit.
- Beam of energy Instead of charging you a third time after charging you twice, the boss will launch a lethal energy beam at you from its eye. The beam is extremely tough to avoid, and if it connects, it may easily one-shot you. To avoid it all completely, you should get behind the boss. While you wait for the affect to wear off, get some hits in on its tail.
After the Beast’s second charge, go behind it to evade the energy beam.
It takes some time to whittle down the Full-Grown Fallingstar Beast’s strong armor, but with patience and good dodging, you’ll be able to destroy it in no time. You’ll be awarded with 21,000 Runes, a Somber Smithing Stone, and the Fallingstar Beast Jaw, a melee weapon based on Strength/Intelligence that has the Gravity Bolt Skill.