How do you beat Tree Sentinel in Elden Ring? The inaugural boss fight you'll discover in the game, the Tree Sentinel is the first named enemy you'll come up against outside of the introduction and the tutorial. It's located in Limgrave, just south of the Church of Elleh. You'll also encounter the Tree Sentinel at the outer wall of Leyndell, Royal Capital. In this Elden Ring guide, we're going to reveal how to beat Tree Sentinel. For more information, you can also learn How to Beat Draconic Tree Sentinel.
Elden Ring: How to Beat Tree Sentinel
On this page, we're going to explain how to beat Tree Sentinel in Elden Ring. We'll include an overview of the foe, boss fight strategies, tips and tricks, and item drops.
Tree Sentinel: Overview
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Tree Sentinel: Boss Fight Strategy
The Tree Sentinel boss fight takes place in an open field close to the Church of Elleh. The boss itself is a huge soldier riding a horse, equipped with a spear and a shield on its side. With a variety of attacks up its sleeve, it's a tough enemy to fight at the very start of the game. We recommend avoiding the Tree Sentinel until you've levelled up a few times and are packing more attack power and health. The best piece of advice we can give is — honestly — leave it alone for a few hours.
Once you're able to summon Torrent, then return. You'll want to fight Tree Sentinel on horseback; it makes the fight so much easier to manage. You're essentially going to treat this like a jousting match. Get a hit in on the boss and then immediately retreat. The swings it makes with its spear are extremely wide-reaching so you'll always want to be on the move in order to avoid them. Torrent can also take damage, so you need to care for it too.
Tree Sentinel never takes a second for a breather, it's always on the move. You'll want to be doing the same: lock onto the boss so it's always in your sights. Another thing to take note of is your stamina gauge. You use up a lot of stamina — a surprising amount, actually — when fighting on horseback.
The only attacks you really need to watch out for once you're fighting atop your trusty steed are the jump attacks, which have a slightly longer wind up. You'll notice when Tree Sentinel kneels down — that's when it's about to do one. Speed up by holding the circle button at that point to make sure you get out of the way. Besides that, chip away at its health bar with quick attacks and you'll kill the boss.
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