How many bosses are there in Elden Ring? Total boss count

Elden Ring

There’s…a lot!

Elden Ring features a ton of bosses for you to fight. A lot! All in all, they make From Software’s masterpiece challenging and something worth coming back to even after you’ve finished the game.

If you’re new to the game, however, you’re probably wondering just how many bosses do you need to fight in order to finish it. Or maybe you’re wondering if there’s a way to avoid fighting these strong enemies and still finish the game. If you are, then you’re in the right place.

How many bosses does Elden Ring have?

Based on our count, Elden Ring has more than 238 bosses for you to fight. Many of these are hidden in different places in the Lands Between, which means you might miss some of them and end up missing a few good things from the game.

Some of these bosses are unique, while some are just souped-up or redesigned versions of other bosses you encounter in the game. The number of boss encounters is estimated to be around 150, while the number of unique bosses is around 112.

Main bosses in Elden Ring

Despite the staggering number of bosses in Elden Ring, you only have to defeat a few bosses to finish the main story. From Software didn’t create a clear boss order for you to follow. However, their varying strengths will require you to reach a certain level before engaging them.

Main Story Bosses (Essential)

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Here’s a list of essential bosses you need to defeat to finish the game. Some of them are Shardbearers. Some, like Margit, are not Shardbearers, but must be defeated in order to gain access to important locations.

  • Margit, the Fell Omen (Stormveil Castle) / Morgott, The Omen King (Leyndell)
  • Godrick the Grafted (Stormveil Castle)
  • Draconic Tree Sentinel (Leyndell)
  • Godfrey, First Elden Lord (Leyndell)
  • Fire Giant (Mountaintops Of The Giants)
  • Godskin Duo (Crumbling Farum Azula)
  • Gurranq, Beast Clergyman / Maliketh, The Black Blade (Crumbling Farum Azula)
  • Sir Gideon Ofnir, The All-Knowing (Leyndell, Capital Of Ash)
  • Godfrey, First Elden Lord / Hoarah Loux, Warrior (Leyndell, Capital Of Ash)
  • Radagon Of The Golden Order / Elden Beast (Elden Throne)

Main Story Bosses (Optional)

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Here’s another list containing bosses you won’t need to defeat to advance in the game. While they are optional in finishing the game, some of them are part of the game’s narrative and must be completed to see other endings.

  • Red Wolf Of Radagon (Academy)
  • Rennala, Queen Of The Full Moon (Academy)
  • Starscourge Radahn (Redmane Castle)
  • God-Devouring Serpent / Rykard, Lord Of Blasphemy (Volcano Manor)
  • Mohg, Lord Of Blood (Mohgwyn Palace)
  • Commander Niall (Mountaintops Of The Giants)
  • Loretta, Knight of the Haligtree (Miguella’s Haligtree)
  • Malenia, Blade Of Miquella / Malenia, Goddess of Rot (Elphael, Brace of the Haligtree)
  • Astel, Naturalborn of the Void (Grand Cloister)
  • Astel, Stars of Darkness (Consecrated Snowfield)
  • Elemer of the Briar (The Shaded Castle)
  • Regal Ancestor Spirit (Nokron, Eternal City)

And that’s what you need to know about the number of bosses in Elden Ring. Feel free to use the mod that lets you summon the bosses that gave you a hard time!

JB Cachila