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Fire Giant boss fight guide: How to beat the Fire Giant in Elden Ring

Learn how to defeat the Fire Giant in Elden Ring

Need a Fire Giant boss fight walkthrough? As you continue along the main quest in Elden Ring, you will encounter the Fire Giant in the Mountaintops of the Giants region. This is a necessary boss that you must defeat for every ending, and it's a tough one. Fortunately, we're here to help with a few top tips that will make the Fire Giant an easy endgame battle.

In this guide, we'll cover the Fire Giant's exact location and give our 5 top tips for defeating this boss. If you want to find other bosses that lurk nearby, take a look at our Elden Ring boss locations guide to find every boss in the game.

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Fire Giant location: Where to find the Fire Giant in Elden Ring

To find the Fire Giant, you must travel to the Mountaintops of the Giants. To reach the Mountaintops, you must go to Leyndell. Once there, head to the Great Erdtree, where Melina will entrust you with the Rold Medallion. Then, you must pass through the Forbidden Lands (a fairly linear area to the East of Leyndell, Royal Capital) and head to the Grand Lift of Rold, where you can use the Rold Medallion to ascend into the Mountaintops.

When you reach the Mountaintops, head through the Zamor Ruins and go North until you enter the Freezing Lake. Follow it South towards the First Church of Marika, fighting Borealis the Freezing Fog on the way. Then, climb the nearby cliffs and continue further South until you reach the Church of Repose, which is the nearest Site of Grace to the Fire Giant's boss arena. From there, simply head East until you spot the wall of fog across a small ravine.

We recommend fighting the Fire Giant at level 110, so you might want to explore some optional areas or complete some NPC sidequests to level up first. Certain quests, such as Ranni and Fia's storylines, can also lead to alternate endings that you might want to explore.

How to beat the Fire Giant: tops tips for success

The Fire Giant is one of Elden Ring's most notorious bosses, but a recent issue made the fight much easier. Patch 1.04 introduced a bug that would instantly kill the Fire Giant upon reaching the second phase if you recently inflicted a status effect, such as bleed or rot. However, FromSoftware fixed this glitch in patch 1.07, released on April 27th, so you won't be able to take advantage of this accidental weakness.

Here are our top tips for defeating the Fire Giant in Elden Ring:

  1. Boost your fire damage negation
  2. Use Torrent to stay agile as you approach
  3. Attack the left ankle during the first phase
  4. Attack from behind in the second phase
  5. Trigger the fire orbs to stop their tracking

1. Boost your fire damage negation

As the name suggests, the Fire Giant deals a hefty amount of fire damage. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to increase your protection against fire. The easiest item that'll help with this is the Flamedrake Talisman. This is a powerful talisman that increases your fire damage negation. You'll find it in Groveside Cave in Limgrave.

There are also stronger variants of this talisman hidden in late-game areas, but collecting them will prove more challenging. The Flamedrake Talisman +1 is found along the edge of the walls in Leyndell, Royal Capital, but you can't collect it until you defeat Morgott, the Omen King. Flamedrake Talisman +2, which offers a total of 20% extra fire damage negation, will drop after killing the Beastmen of Farum Azula in Caelid's Dragonbarrow Cave.

If you want to boost your fire damage negation even further, you can also use the Fireproof Dried Liver consumable. This acts similarly to the Flamedrake Talisman, but it is craftable. To make Fireproof Dried Liver, you'll need to get the Armorer's Cookbook (1) from a soldier camp on the ridge above Murkwater Cave, also in Limgrave.

To find ways to boost your fire protection even further, take a look at our list of the best armor sets in Elden Ring to find some gear that might boost your fire damage negation.

2. Use Torrent to stay agile as you approach

As you approach the Fire Giant, it will usually use a large metal plate to send a wave of snow towards your character. This is an incredibly powerful move that could instantly kill you. It's also very hard to dodge on foot, so it's a rough start to the fight.

Fortunately, you can use Torrent to dash away from this shockwave. Torrent moves much faster than your character, so you'll be able to use its dash to sprint to the side and avoid taking damage altogether.

You could also use the Opaline Bubbletear, a Crystal Tear that provides a one-time bubble shield to protect you from the next hit. Since the Fire Giant's sweep attack can deal a fatal blow in one hit, this Crystal Tear might save you and secure a win against the Fire Giant. You'll get the Opaline Bubbletear from the Erdtree Avatar at the Minor Erdtree in the Weeping Peninsula.

The horse Torrent leaps over a canyon in Elden Ring

3. Attack the left ankle during the first phase

After dodging that initial attack, your main focus should be the Fire Giant's left leg. This is the Fire Giant's weakspot in the first phase, so try to land as many hits as possible here.

Of course, there are plenty of attacks to avoid while you wail on its poorly ankle. We'll list some of the worst phase one attacks below that you should avoid while attacking the ankle:

  • If you see the Fire Giant lift its leg up, this indicates that it is about to stomp down. Back off a bit until this attack is finished, and then ride back into close-quarters and continue slashing and smacking the left ankle.
  • Sometimes, the Fire Giant may also crouch down and roll around the arena, but this shouldn't prove too troublesome. Instead, just use Torrent to chase it across the open fields and get back into position to keep striking the ankle.
  • If you notice the Fire Giant start to back away, keep an eye on that large metal plate. The giant will reach out in front and drag it back towards your character in a brutal attack that deals massive damage. To avoid this, try dashing out of range before the Fire Giant starts dragging the plate through the snow.
  • If you notice fire starting to rise from the ground, try to get away from the Fire Giant as fast as possible. These will soon erupt into roaring flames that cause a lot of damage if you're caught within the area of effect.

After dealing a few thousand points of damage to the ankle, the bandage will tear and give the Fire Giant new fire powers. Fortunately, you can avoid many of these by simply standing by the left ankle like before. This will usually stop the Fire Giant from firing out any fireballs, as it will focus on trying to crush you with physical attacks instead.

4. Attack from behind in the second phase

In the second phase, the Fire Giant will fall to the ground and rip off its damaged leg to get some more fire powers. Fortunately, you can avoid most of these by simply attacking from behind. Focus on dealing damage to the armored foot to whittle down the Fire Giant's health without getting into danger. The Fire Giant will still use a range of fire attacks and it will also roll to either side more often, so sitting directly behind it is the safest place.

While you might notice that hits to the arms deal more damage, we recommend avoiding the front side of the Fire Giant. If you stand in front, the giant will use a range of melee attacks that deal huge chunks of damage. This could end your run in a heartbeat, so we suggest playing it safe and attacking from behind. This will make the Fire Giant's attack pattern a little more limited and the fight much easier.

5. Trigger the fire orbs to stop their tracking

Throughout the fight, the Fire Giant will occasionally generate two orbs of fire. These will slowly move towards the player, tracking wherever you go. When they get close, they'll start to glow before erupting in a fiery explosion.

These orbs deal a lot of damage and tend to track for a long time, making them hard to avoid. However, you can remove them from the field altogether by purposefully detonating them. While this may seem counter-intuitive, think of it as a controlled detonation. You know where these fire orbs are and how to remove them from the battlefield, so target them early rather than letting them float around and potentially catch you off guard later in the fight.

When the Fire Giant summons these orbs, move close to make them glow and then quickly dash away. The orbs will pulse briefly, giving you time to back off to a safe distance before they detonate. Controlling the explosions like this will help you avoid any pesky fire orb sneak attacks later on.

That covers everything you need to know to defeat the Fire Giant in Elden Ring. If you want to deal more damage, take a look at our list of the best weapons in Elden Ring. To improve your character even further, consider respeccing so that you can change your playstyle to fit one of the best builds in Elden Ring. If you're looking for other challenges, consider using the Grand Lift of Rold to reach the Consecrated Snowfield, where you can find and beat Malenia, Blade of Miquella.

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