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Morgott, the Omen King, the boss in Elden Ring’s Leyndell, Royal Capital Image: FromSoftware/Bandai Namco via Polygon

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Elden Ring boss guide: Morgott, the Omen King

Margit, we hardly knew ye

The Leyndell, Royal Capital is one of the most impressive locations in Elden Ring, and luckily for Soulsborne fans who enjoy a challenge, the city’s final obstacle is none other than Morgott, the Omen King — who players already met in the form of Margit. At the foot of the Erdtree, Morgott doffs his disguise, and the battle is truly epic. Don’t worry if you’re stuck — or even if you’d just like a few tips! — and look no further than our Morgott boss guide for everything you need to know about the capital’s final boss.

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Preparing for the Morgott fight
Learn the Morgott fight

Preparing for the Morgott fight

The self-proclaimed “last of all kings” is no slouch, and this battle is significantly more chaotic and difficult than earlier fights with Margit. Thankfully, there’s a lot you can do to make it easier. If you checked out our guides for the Draconic Tree Sentinel and Godfrey’s Golden Shade, some of this will look familiar. If not, you have some exploring to do. Get ready to get the most out of Altus Plateau.

Gearing up in Altus Plateau

First off, you want your healing Flasks to be as effective as possible at this point, so make sure to grab all the Golden Seeds and Sacred Tears you can find in Altus Plateau. Without venturing too far and encroaching onto Mt. Gelmir to the west, you can grab two Sacred Tears in Altus Plateau at the following locations:

  • Second Church of Marika, on the western edge (accessible from the north)
  • Stormcaller Church, near the Rampartside Path site of grace
Altus Plateau flask upgrade map locations in Elden Ring Image: FromSoftware/Bandai Namco via Polygon

Meanwhile, Golden Seeds can be found in the following locations:

  1. Beside the Erdtree Gazing Hill site of grace
  2. Roadside East of 1
  3. Inside the Capital wall past the two Tree Sentinels
  4. North of 3
  5. Near the road heading north from 4, outside the Capital wall
  6. Near the Minor Erdtree (watch out for the wormface enemies)
An Elden Ring map of Leyndell, Royal Capital showing Flask upgrade locations the Ulcerated Tree Spirit spawn point and on a balcony.
Flask upgrade locations the Ulcerated Tree Spirit spawn point and on a balcony.
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And within the capital city itself, you can find two more Golden Seeds:

  • The Ulcerated Tree Spirit that spawns in the courtyard near the Avenue Balcony site of grace drops one
  • One is guarded by a group of envoys and a large gargoyle enemy on a balcony just outside the West Capital Rampart site of grace room (it’s hard to miss on your way to Godfrey fight)

With your flasks upgraded, you’ll want to grab the Arsenal Charm +1 from the Altus Tunnel dungeon, which you can see on your map — it’s a roundish discoloration just south of the Altus Plateau Minor Erdtree. In addition, if you somehow missed the extra Margit fight on your way to the Draconic Tree Sentinel, follow the road north/northeast from the Outer Wall Phantom Tree site of grace and fight the boss again for the Viridian Amber Medallion +1. These two talismans raise your maximum equip load and maximum stamina, respectively, and should be useful no matter what kind of build you’re running.

Elden Ring map showing the location of the Sainted Hero Grave dungeon
Get the Dragoncrest Shield Talisman +1 at the Sainted Hero Grave dungeon.
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Another thing you’ll want to grab is the Dragoncrest Shield Talisman +1, a charm that boosts physical damage negation. You’ll find it behind a stone sword key fog gate in the Sainted Hero’s Grave dungeon in the central area of the Altus Plateau.

Elden Ring’s map, showing the location of the Seaside Ruins dungeon
Get the Haligdrake Talisman starting from the Seaside Ruins site of grace, and you’ll negate some Hold damage.
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In addition, unlike the previous boss, Godfrey, Morgott does Holy damage as well as Physical. So go pick up the Haligdrake Talisman too if you don’t already have it. From the Seaside Ruins site of grace in Limgrave, jump down the ruins directly south and alight on the beach by jumping into the whirling spirit spring. Defeat the enemy there for an unrelated Ash of War, then head into the cliffside cave to pick up this talisman, which improves holy damage defense.

Alternatively, if you’re feeling even more adventurous and have already begun delving into the Subterranean Shunning-Grounds underneath Leyndell, you can pick up the slightly more effective Haligdrake Talisman +1 in the Leyndell Catacombs dungeon. To reach the dungeon, head beneath the Capital by dropping down a well in the shadow of the large stone dragon, and then continue navigating downward until you reach a large room full of meandering pipes. Sneak past the giant lobsters at the bottom and the dungeon is through the next passage.

Elden Ring’s map showing the location of the Cathedral of Dragon Communion.
You can get Rotten Breath from the the Cathedral of Dragon Communion in southwest Called.
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Lastly, Morgott is quite susceptible to status effects like Poison, Frost, Bleed, and even Scarlet Rot. Faith users can cast Rotten Breath, a dragon incantation purchased at the Cathedral of Dragon Communion in southwest Caelid.

Elden Ring’s map showing the location of the Smoldering Church in north Caelid.
Get the Nomadic Warrior’s Cookbook [14] from the Smoldering Church in north Caelid, and you can craft Poisonbone Darts and Poison Pots.
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Poisonbone Darts and Poison Pots are easy to craft, as long as you’ve looted the Nomadic Warrior’s Cookbook [14] from the Smoldering Church, also located in Caelid. For Frost, magic users can purchase Glintstone Icecrag from Preceptor Seluvis after giving his potion to either Nepheli or Gideon in the Roundtable Hold.

Elden Ring’s map, showing the location of the Hoarfrost Stomp Ash of War near Caria Manor in Liurnia of the Lakes.
Get the Hoarfrost Stomp Ash of War in this swamp near Caria Manor in Liurnia of the Lakes.
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Alternately, Hoarfrost Stomp — an Ash of War looted from an invisible scarab in the small body of water east of Caria Manor — is still a powerful option, despite getting slightly nerfed in the 1.03.1 patch.

Elden Ring’s map showing the location of Murkwater Cave in Limgrave, where you’ll find Patches.
Find Patches in Murkwater Cave to get Margit’s Shackle.
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Lastly, it’s a very good idea to bring Margit’s Shackle into this fight. Despite Morgott changing his loadout and his name, the shackle still works to pin him to the ground during the battle’s first phase, making for a very good opportunity to lay on some damage. If you never got this item, go meet Patches in the Murkwater Cave in eastern Limgrave, and be sure to spare him when he begs for mercy.

Learn the Morgott fight

This new-and-improved version of Margit has a much bigger and more threatening arsenal. His attacks are varied and unpredictable, and even come loaded with status effects in his second phase. Trying to predict Morgott’s attacks is usually a losing strategy; he mixes things up far too effectively. Instead, you’ll want to keep your distance and look for openings during which you can get some damage in.

Phase 1: Let’s get this over with

Morgott waits until his second phase to unleash his bleed and fire attacks, which can easily kill you if he catches you off guard with a combo. That’s when you’ll need all your flasks and FP for abilities and magic; as such, it’s a good idea to get through phase 1 as quickly as possible.

Luckily, that’s fairly easy to do if you’ve summoned Melina outside the fog gate (or summoned other players using a Furlcalling Finger Remedy), have Margit’s Shackle in your hotbar, and are using bleed and/or frost status effects. Even post-nerf, using a katana imbued with the Cold Affinity does massive damage by stacking frost and bleed. Basically, as soon as the battle begins and you get within range of the boss, use the shackle, then get in close and attack him as much as you can before he gets up. Then do it again. If you’re effective, you can get him nearly or even all the way down to phase 2 right from the start.

Otherwise, you’ll have to try your luck dodging and blocking Morgott’s attacks and trying to get in a swipe here or there. This is where magic or Hoarfrost Stomp can really come in handy, although Morgott will still catch you off guard with fast, unpredictable attacks like his holy daggers and his spinning hammer move. On the other hand, his jumping hammer slam and holy spear throw are extremely easy to dodge, and should give you an opening to punish him with some damage.

Likewise, when Morgott charges at you with his spear, roll toward him and then turn around to attack his back as he charges past you (don’t try to block this, as he’ll likely break your guard). And the large-area attack that sends holy swords falling from the sky is a great time to heal, or punish the boss with distance attacks or even status items like throwing pots or darts.

Phase 2: Holy moly

The second phase is where things really get crazy. You can get some attacks in as Morgott kneels on the ground, but watch out for the considerable explosion that quickly follows. This is when Morgott begins imbuing his weapons with status effects, including bleed and fire. Random explosions occur throughout the arena, and the boss’s combos get even meaner. Watch out in particular for the deadly thrust after Morgott coats his blade in blood; the wind-up is painfully small, and it can easily one-shot you.

Luckily, the same general strategies apply. Keep your distance from Morgot as much as possible, watching out for easily dodged moves like the high-flying hammer slam. Use those opportunities to get one or two attacks in, or spam a highly damaging move like Hoarfrost Stomp, then back off again before Morgott gets his next attack off. If you summoned Melina, feel free to hang by her, as she’ll cast powerful healing spells that you can take advantage of.

Even in this dangerous second phase, it’s possible to break Morgott’s stance, though you’ll have to be dangerously aggressive to do so. Luckily, Morgott will still do his easily avoided raining-holy-swords attack, leaving you enough openings to get damage or status effects in from a distance.

Maidenless no more

Summoning Melina for the fight with Morgott is a very good idea. She uses powerful attacks and can even heal you with incantations, which might make you wonder why she doesn’t help out more often. Alternatively, if you’ve leveled up your Spirit Jellyfish ash summon, the poison might come in handy.

And just like with other boss fights in Elden Ring, you can summon help by opening your multiplayer menu and using the Furlcalling Finger Remedy item to enable you to see other players’ summon signs. And don’t forget that you can use the Tarnished’s Furled Finger item to place your own summon sign, allowing you to help other players beat the boss in their own world, while getting to practice the fight without risking your runes. However, keep in mind that the more players or NPCs you summon for the fight, the more health the boss will have.

Lay on the status effects and keep your distance while you patiently wait for openings to attack, and Morgott will wind up in the dirt where he belongs eventually. Just keep in mind that your journey is far from over, and keep checking here for more guides as you go.

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