How do you beat Bloodhound Knight in Elden Ring? This optional boss at the south end of Liurnia of the Lakes has quick attacks and rapid combos are likely to give you a bad time. It's the final boss of the Lakeside Crystal Cave and your last obstacle before reaching the Slumbering Wolf's Shack. In this Elden Ring guide, we're going to show you how to beat Bloodhound Knight.
Elden Ring: How to Beat Bloodhound Knight
On this page, we're going to explain how to beat Bloodhound Knight in Elden Ring. We'll include an overview of the foe, boss fight strategies, tips and tricks, and item drops.
Bloodhound Knight: Overview
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Bloodhound Knight: Boss Fight Strategy
The Bloodhound Knight is no pushover, but it's far from the toughest cave boss encounter – especially if you practice the golden Elden Ring virtue of patience.
Regardless of whether you plan on going up close or maintaining your distance throughout, keep a close eye on the knight's movements. It will very clearly telegraph its first attack, but it'll frequently follow up with another few fast swipes. After dodging the first blow, be sure you're ready to avoid the rapid attacks that follow.
Also keep a watchful eye out for its teleporting attack that it uses to close the distance. The Bloodhound Knight will clearly wind up for it, but be sure you don't dodge too soon. You'll usually want to wait until after the knight disappears to roll, and also be mindful of its immediate follow-up attack after the teleport – only after that follow-up is it safe to perform a retaliatory attack of your own.
Every attempted combo by the Bloodhound Knight will leave it open to a quick attack. Study its limited moveset, carefully time your dodges, and get a stab or two in before repeating. Don't get greedy, as one salvo of slices from the knight could mean your demise.
To help ease some of the stress, you can give the old reliable Lone Wolf Ashes a summon. While they don't hold up for long against the knight's sweeping slashes, if they're able to start some bites in, they'll start making the Bloodhound Knight flinch. Those flinches make for golden opportunities to deal some damage, as they're one of the few times that it won't be rapidly moving around and posing a threat.
While riskier, you can also attempt a charged heavy attack after doing a few jumping slashes to try and coax it into a stagger. Because of the knight's rapid movements and tendency toward several rapid attacks in succession, we'd only recommend attempting a charged heavy attack if you know it won't put you in danger. But if you do manage to pull a stagger off, you'll be allowed a free hit that'll do some very solid damage.
If you play it safe, it shouldn't take more than a few attempts to emerge victorious. If the Bloodhound Knight does get the best of you, there's no need to fret as it isn't far from the Lakeside Crystal Cave's Site of Grace, and you can use some craftable Soft Cotton to drop straight back down to the boss arena entrance.
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