Eldon Ring There are hidden areas, nondescript bosses and entire neighborhoods all over the place that you might not see if you don’t venture off the beaten track. A more unique type are the Ancestral Followers, which can be found deep underground on the banks of the Siofra River.
Followers worship ancestral spirits and can be seen gathered around their remains for rituals. Following a simple mini-game, you can travel to the realm of ancestral spirits and confront them in boss battles.
All is well, but the fight itself is nothing like all the other fights in Elden Ring. Most of the players who played against the Ancestral Spirit BOSS in the game felt that they got a slightly different experience from others.
In other words, the attacks you have to watch out for don’t always align with what other people report online, or even with your own experience of dying and restarting the fight. And for good reason, as modder Zullie the Witch discovered.
As you may have noticed, the entire area, including the boss arena itself, is filled with the spirits of critters. You can’t attack them and they won’t interact with you. But in this fight, they serve two very important functions that explain why boss fights feel weird.
At various points during the battle, the Ancestral Spirits will teleport from the player before reappearing randomly. What you might not realize by now, however, is that the boss picks up a smaller animal spirit and bursts out of it, back into the fight.
The best part is that depending on which animal spirit it chooses, its attacks change to reflect that – which is why the boss’ attack patterns seem to change randomly. As you can see in the video below, the animation is a little scary.
Occasionally the boss will also kill a few surrounding elves to heal himself, just to add to the sacrificial color of the whole thing.
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