Elden Ring: How to Defeat Lord Golden Shade Godfrey First-hand – Boss Guide

  Elden Ring: How to Defeat Lord Golden Shade Godfrey First-hand – Boss Guide

Elden Ring: How to Defeat Lord Golden Shade Godfrey First-hand – Boss Guide


Godfrey is one of the Great Enemy bosses you must face if you want to complete your journey as Elden Lord in the Elden Ring!


Elden Ring faces many challenges from the very beginning of the game. You have to face Tree Sentinel from the very beginning, which is not an easy feat with your starting stats.

This trend continues throughout the game, just like any other Soulslike. The further you go, the harder the bosses get.

Some bosses will even reappear with some changes as you explore the Lands Between.

Godfrey is one of the bosses in Elden Ring and it may take some time for you to beat him, especially if you don't know the right strategy to face this challenge.

Elden Ring: How to Defeat Lord Golden Shade Godfrey First-hand – Boss Guide

Godfrey, Best Strategy to Defeat Lord Golden Shade First Hand

Godfrey, Lord First Hand Where to Find Golden Shadow?

You can find this boss in the Capital Leyndell. After reaching this location and exploring the surroundings, follow these steps:
  • If you do not own the Western Capital Walls Grace Site:
  • Quick travel to Avenue Balcony Site of Grace, if you need guidance, here are all the Grace Sites in Elden Ring with the corresponding map
  • Go down the stairs and follow the claw to climb the dragon's remains and drop into a hall with stairs.
  • Climb the ladder, go up the stairs and follow this path until you reach the West Capital Rampart Site of Grace.
  • If you already own the West Capital Rampart Site of Grace:
  • Follow the path from this Site of Grace until you reach the roots of the tree you can climb.
  • Climb the root and continue climbing as soon as you reach the larger root.
  • After reaching the top, take the root going down to the right
  • Take the upwards root as soon as you reach another intersection of the root.
  • After a few seconds of climbing you will see some of the swell along with some pillars, jump in there and you should now be in the arena of Godfrey, The First Hand Lord Golden Shade.
Elden Ring: How to Defeat Lord Golden Shade Godfrey First-hand – Boss Guide

Tips for Beating Godfrey Golden Shade

Godfrey can be tricky in Elden Ring if you don't know how to face him. Here are some tips for this boss fight.

Boss Battle Tips

  • At the very beginning of the fight, it is almost certain that Godfrey will jump up and try to give you an ax attack, as soon as he takes off, start rolling to avoid it.
  • If you stand at medium distance from this boss and aren't too far away, he will no longer do jump attacks or dashes.
  • Godfrey's moves aren't the fastest in the game, so you can dodge most attacks by taking a look at how he moves his shoulders in preparation for his next ax strike.
  • Godfrey almost always follows his stomp attacks with a damaging ax attack, so it's not a good idea to roll around to avoid the stomp area attack, as it will most likely hit you, stun you, and get you ready to take Godfrey's direct hit. ax
  • Once Godfrey's shoulders are immobilized, do a few attacks to damage him.
  • Godfrey's turn attacks are almost always followed by an ax strike with considerable reach, so roll away to create distance.
  • If you need extra help you can summon your friends or random players to help you fight Godfrey, here is everything you need to know about summoning friends
  • You can summon a Spirit Ash for this boss fight, if you don't have one that you think is suitable for this battle, you can find all Spirit Ash in Elden Ring here.
  • Don't be afraid to fail, there is a Marika Statue just outside this boss area in case you need additional attempts.
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