The first beacon beckons you in Lords of the Fallen. Your first major goal in the story is to defeat the Hushed Saint and reach the first beacon. Your goal in the story is to find and repair five beacons — each one is glowing red in the sky, leading you to an inevitable boss battle. Because the Hushed Saint is such an important boss, he’s also an impressively difficult battle. Unlike the fight against Pieta, you’ll need to learn the value of dodging or you’ll get crushed. Although, there is one very specific moment you’ll want to parry the Hushed Saint to deal maximum damage.
The Hushed Saint is a mounted holy knight that uses Wither magic to drain your stamina. He uses an enhanced weapon that explodes with Eldrich vines, making him the first real challenge you’ll face in the game. If you’re struggling against the Hushed Saint, we’ve got a few tips to help you overcome this overwhelming boss fight. He seems hard, but with a little practice you’ll take him down fast.
And don’t forget to upgrade your weapons at the Blacksmith. Upgrading weapons can significantly increase your damage output.
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The Hushed Saint | Boss Guide
Location: The Hushed Saint is the boss guarding the first of the five beacons. You’ll find him at the end of the Forsaken Fen, past the Shuga Village area. The Forsaken Fen is the area you’ll reach after leaving the Pilgrim’s Perch. Past the hunter boss, you’ll gain access to the murky swamp of the Forsaken Fen.
This boss is overwhelmingly strong if you fight him without Wither Resistance. Some of his attacks with Wither can kill your character instantly. His magically enhanced melee attacks in Phase 2 explode, dealing critical damage if you’re caught. That’s why parrying is less essential for this boss. Medium Load will make dodging his attacks much easier.
- NOTE: Before entering the boss arena, I recommend summoning Pieta. She’s the beckon shadow closest to the boss door. She will heal you and herself mid-battle, keeping her in the fight for longer. Make sure to parry the initial charge attacks while the boss is mounted — during the first phase, he’ll only target your summoned ally. Stand next to the summon and parry to knock the boss off his horse and protect your ally. If you can protect Pieta (or any beckoning) for this first phase by parrying, the rest of the fight will be much easier.
Fighting The Boss: During the first phase, the boss will charge you while mounted. You can dodge to avoid damage, or parry. Parrying will knock him off his horse — just make sure you’re standing to the side of him or you’ll take unblockable damage from his horse.
A successful parry will stun him for a long time. If you parry his charge attacks at the start of the fight, the first phase will end so much faster. I only recommend trying to parry his mounted charge attacks. The rest are very risky and aren’t worth it — but they’re much easier to parry in Phase 1. In Phase 2, his normal attacks become harder to parry.
Whether mounted or on foot, the Saint will charge up with energy, then release a wave of vines. The only way to dodge this attack is by roll-dodging forward through it. Be prepared to dodge through the vines when they appear.
Phase 2: At about 60% health, he’ll dismount and fight almost entirely on-foot. At this stage, parrying is much more difficult due to his explosive attacks. He’ll finish his combos by slamming the ground with his shield, generating an explosive blast of wither damage.
- NOTE: The boss almost exclusively deals wither damage. To prevent dying instantly to his attacks, boost your wither defense.
In the second stage, you’re better off guarding with a shield and dodge-rolling through his attacks. After he finishes a combo, he’ll often slam the ground and generate a wither explosion. He is always vulnerable to attack while he recovers after summoning the vines.
When he disappears into the ground, he’ll always attempt to surprise attack you from a random angle. Wait and dodge-roll after a few moments. You’ll be able to see vines or hear him reform. Once you’re prepared for this attack, you’ll be able to avoid it every time. Don’t even worry about finding him when he reappears. Just dodgeroll in a random direction to avoid eating a hit.
If he knocks on his shield three times, he’s about to summon his horse. The horse will appear and charge at you. Dodge-roll when the horse appears to avoid taking max damage. This attack can’t be blocked or parried. Dodge!
Learning how to dodge and dodge often is your most important skill in this boss fight. Once you’ve learned how to safely avoid his melee attacks, this boss becomes much easier to handle.