The Lands Between is full of beautiful and strange creatures that you might not encounter if you stick to the main road. One of the more interesting and uniquely designed optional bosses you can find in the Elden Ring is Ancestor Spirit, a pitiful animated corpse of a deer-like creature. But don’t feel too sorry for this boss, since he happens to eat defenseless little animals to heal himself.
This reveal comes from Souls detective Zullie the Witch (via Players (opens in a new tab)). The area where you fight the Ancestral Spirit is full of small animal spirits, and although you can’t kill them, the Ancestral Spirit can. In the video, which you can watch below, Zullie explains that “one of the spirit’s attacks seems to drain the life out of animals, restoring their HP by killing smaller spirits.”
Healing is not the only way the Ancestral Spirit uses these little creatures; they can also affect how the boss attacks. “During the fight, the Ancestral Spirit will sometimes collapse and disappear, reappearing somewhere else in the arena,” explains Zullie. “Where it warps isn’t fixed, but it’s not exactly random either. It goes to one of the smaller spirits and moves into position with it.” Interestingly, the boss changes his moveset based on the selected animal. For example, Springhares grant a jumping stomp attack, while Boars allow Ancestor Spirit to use a dash ability.
It’s a neat little addition that could easily go undetected during the chaos of battle. However, the warp animation is frankly quite unsettling; as Zullie explains, “It lifts one of the smaller spirits up into the air and then comes out of it.”
Zullie also reveals some content for the Ancestor Spirit fight that was apparently not used in the final game. According to the video, the boss had an attack that made his horns grow larger, meaning he could deal more damage and had a longer range. This boss isn’t exactly a pushover like he is, and one wrong move can end up costing you dearly.
In order to improve the performance of Elden Ring, a modder recently decided to remove the Erdtree from the game, making the entire conflict of The Lands Between a moot point.
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