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Full-Grown Fallingstar Beast Elden Ring boss guide

Kill the boss on your way to Volcano Manor

Elden Ring’s Full-Grown Fallingstar Beast boss has a ton of health, pesky resistances and immunities, plus dangerous attacks, and Polygon’s Elden Ring boss guide will tell you exactly how to beat Full-Grown Fallingstar Beast. We’ll teach you about its weaknesses, drops and rewards and battle tactics, whether you’re dealing melee or magic damage, and how to avoid its attacks.


Table of contents

Full-Grown Fallingstar Beast weakness
Learn the Full-Grown Fallingstar Beast fight
Full-Grown Fallingstar Beast drops

Full-Grown Fallingstar Beast weakness: Preparing for the fight

The Full-Grown Fallingstar Beast is immune to Frost and Bleed damage, so put those katanas away. And it’s tough to make a dent with Physical or melee damage. That means magic users are going to have the easiest time.

  • If you’d like to take the Beast on using melee attacks, buff your armament with extra elemental damage.
  • For sorcerers, the Scholar’s Armament spell is great.
  • Faith casters can choose between incantations like Electrify Armament and Blackflame Blade.
  • Electrify Armament: Buy from any incantation vendor after finding the Dragon Cult Prayerbook on a knight who patrols just south of the Artist’s Shack in Liurnia.
  • Scholar’s Armament: Buy from Sellen in the Waypoint Ruins in Limgrave.
  • Blackflame Blade: Purchase from any incantation vendor after finding the Godskin Prayerbook in Stormveil Castle. You’ll locate it past the Stonesword Key door downstairs from the courtyard full of soldiers with flame turrets.
  • Faith casters can also buy the Lightning Spear incant from the aforementioned prayerbook, while sorcerers can use whatever spells you’re comfortable with.

Defense

Defense-wise, we don’t recommend using a shield here, as the Beast’s most dangerous attacks are all gravity-based, and blocking them is ineffective. Instead, you’ll need to learn exactly when to dodge and when to straight up run away. We’ll cover that more in the next section.

For now, simply equip the Dragoncrest Shield Talisman +1 found behind the stonesword key door in the Sainted Hero’s Grave in Altus Plateau, plus anything that boosts your stamina, like the Green Turtle Talisman found behind the Stonesword Key door in eastern Limgrave’s Summonwater Village.


Learn the Full-Grown Fallingstar Beast fight

The battle with the Full-Grown Fallingstar Beast will be one of attrition for most players, as it’s difficult to make a dent in the boss’s strong defenses. However, that’s mitigated by its slow and easily predicted attacks. Sure, those attacks can be tough to dodge even when you see them coming, but that’s what this guide is for.

Before we get into the boss’s move set, here are a couple of general tips:

  • Riding Torrent is not advisable, as it’s harder to dodge the boss’s attacks on horseback, and you’ll usually get knocked off quickly.
  • If you can manage to hit the boss in the face, you’ll do extra damage compared with striking its rocky body and legs.

Phase 1

The Fallingstar Beast’s attacks fall into a handful of categories:

  • Combo strikes: The beast briefly winds up, and then strikes with its head in front of it. The combo can last anywhere from one to four hits, and it often ends with a rearing-up animation followed by a frontward stomp. These attacks are easy to dodge, and you’ll have a great damage opportunity should you manage to remain in close-quarters with the boss. However, it can also throw tail and ranged attacks into the mix, which gets complicated. The best rule of thumb is to just keep dodging.
  • Grab: Occasionally, the boss grabs you in its pincers and does heavy damage, possibly even one-shotting you. It’s hard to tell this strike apart from its normal hits, but luckily, the strategy for dodging it is the same, and you should be able to avoid it with relative ease.

  • Bull charge: The boss stamps its foot on the ground and then charges like an angry bull. It often turns around and charges up to two more times afterward, though this isn’t guaranteed. Your best bet is to dodge toward the side of its head, through its horns, though the timing is admittedly tricky.

  • Tail swipes: The Full-Grown Fallingstar Beast’s tail swipes can cause big damage plus Bleed build-up, not to mention the damaging debris they sometimes hurl into the air. Luckily, they’re easy as pie to dodge. Often, especially if you’re close enough to the boss, the tail swipes will miss entirely, even if you fail to dodge at the right time.

  • Gravity quakes: For many players, the beast’s gravity attacks, which send craggy rocks jutting up from the ground, will present a serious problem. However, avoiding them is relatively simple. Dodging them is possible, but it’s easier to simply start running away from the boss when you see it begin this attack, which usually includes two small eruptions of rock under your feet, followed by a wide-area explosion that’s significantly tough to dodge. However, as long as you keep running in a straight line away from the boss, you should escape this attack most of the time.

  • Ground slam: The boss leaps into the air, curls into a ball, and lands near you, causing heavy damage. Dodging this is simple, as long as you get the timing right, and it presents a great attack opportunity as the beast uncurls.

The bottom line is that the Full-Grown Fallingstar Beast’s attacks are supremely telegraphed, and once you get the timing down, it shouldn’t be all that difficult to dodge them. If you’re having trouble surviving when you do get hit, try beefing up your HP and defense any way you know how.

Once you get it to about 50% health, the Full-Grown Fallingstar Beast will enter a second phase, which comes with a couple of new attacks — and even more chances for you to retaliate and cause damage of your own.

Phase 2

The boss enters its second phase by launching a massive gravity attack during which it flings anyone and anything close to it into the air, then slams you back down to the ground. Luckily, this attack is incredibly easy to avoid. You should see it coming a mile away, and can simply put distance between yourself and the boss to avoid it, then use any long-range attacks you have to cause damage during the build-up. The boss will repeat this attack now and then, and you can use the exact same strategy every time. It’s a great opportunity to chug some flasks or refresh your buffs.

In addition to that gravity attack, the Fallingstar Beast gains a deadly magic beam ability in phase 2. However, not only is it also easy to avoid, but it presents the best damage opportunity of the whole fight. It tends to launch this face-laser after two bull charges, so as long as you dodge through those and stick relatively close to it, you can deftly flank around the boss’s right (your left) side and get four or five attacks in while it’s casting the now-useless attack.


Full-Grown Fallingstar Beast drops

Using these strategies, you’ll wear the Full-Grown Fallingstar Beast’s health down in no time (well, maybe a lot of time, but still). Doing so will net you a Somber Smithing Stone [6], Smithing Stone [6] x5, and the Fallingstar Beast Jaw weapon.

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