- Thu Aug 18, 2022 10:05 pm
This is a f**king epic boss design, the second phase is hands down, no doubt about it the best looking boss I've seen so far up to the fire giant which has a nice design as well and also a big ramp up in difficulty in his second phase. The boss arena is pretty cool as well, the husks of dead bodies entwined by snakes is bang on target. The serpent hunter great spear suckered me into a false sense of security thinking the weapon art was hitting from a safe, long range. Until I noticed I wasn't actually doing any damage to the god devouring serpent's health bar from that far away, that's when it all went to s**t for me, it's grab attack was one shotting me and it took me a good few tries to recognise the tell early enough to get to the second phase against Rykard himself. Honestly Rykard is the first boss in elden ring I see being on par with the best and most memorable bosses from bloodborne, the orphan of Kos, Ludwig the holy blade and lady maria of the astral clock tower. In a year or two it's Rykard I'll remember not the recycled and rehashed boss fights that are more hard work than fun.