Astel, Naturalborn of the Void location, weakness, and how to beat in Elden Ring

Astel, Naturalborn of the Void, is one the hardest hitting bosses in Elden Ring, thanks to its pesky teleports and almost predatory grabs. Astel is an optional boss, but it provides you with a remembrance and allows you to progress in Ranni’s questline.

In this boss guide, we’ll tell you how to get to Astel, how to potentially cheese your way through the fight, and how to avoid Astel’s attacks.


Astel, Naturalborn of the Void location

The location of the stone coffin that leads you to the Astel, Naturalborn of the Void fight marked on the Land of Rot map of Elden Ring. Graphic: Johnny Yu | Source images: FromSoftware/Bandai Namco via Johnny Yu

Astel is located in its own area to the south of the Lake of Rot, but to reach that area you must take a coffin for a ride down a waterfall. To reach the coffin, travel to the Grand Cloister Grace in the Lake of Rot and traverse the ledges to the ground level. You’ll get here as part of progressing Ranni’s questline.

Head west until you reach the end of the hallway and then turn left to find a coffin sitting at the edge of a waterfall. Enter the coffin and you’ll spawn in a new area. Go north from the initial location to find the fog door leading to Astel, Naturalborn of the Void.


Astel, Naturalborn of the Void weakness

Astel can be a tricky boss. Some of their attacks can wipe out over half of your health bar if you’re unprepared, but there are some weapons, incantations, and spells that’ll make the fight much easier.

  • Astel is immune to frostbite, sleep, and madness, but is susceptible to poison, scarlet rot, and bleed damage. We recommend incorporating these status effects into your build by using a corresponding weapon, incantation, or spell.
  • Astel is also particularly resistant to every type of elemental damage (magic, fire, lightning, and holy). They’ll still take damage as they aren’t immune, but it just won’t be the amount you’re used to.
  • On the other hand, Astel is not as resistant to physical damage. Magic users should not be afraid. You still have an advantage with your range and you can use gravity spells.

How to prepare for Astel, Naturalborn of the Void

Here are a couple of weapons, incantations, and spells that will help you in your fight against Astel, Naturalborn of the Void:

  • Any weapon with poison, scarlet rot, or bleed. We know this is extremely vague, but these status effects can and will deal a lot of damage to Astel. Find a weapon with either of these status effects in a category of your liking and upgrade it as much as you possibly can.
Location of the Cathedral of Dragon Communion marked on the Caelid map of Elden Ring. Graphic: Johnny Yu | Source images: FromSoftware/Bandai Namco via Johnny Yu
  • Rotten Breath incantation (purchased at the Cathedral of Dragon Communion in Caelid for one dragon heart). Although this incantation is not as strong as it was on launch, Rotten Breath will still deal a lot of damage through scarlet rot.
Location of the chest that contains the Rock Sling sorcery spell marked on the Caelid map of Elden Ring. Graphic: Johnny Yu | Source images: FromSoftware/Bandai Namco via Johnny Yu
  • Rock Sling sorcery (found in a chest in the northern section of the Street of Sages Ruins in Caelid). Rock sling is a gravity spell that has great tracking and range. You can spam this spell from a distance, allowing you to avoid a majority of Astel’s attacks. If you couple this sorcery with the Meteorite Staff (found on a corpse in the Street of Sages Ruins), Rock Sling will deal 30% more damage, making the fight even easier.

As always, before you head into a boss fight, you should level up your attributes and upgrade your weapons and spirit ashes. We recommend using the Mimic Tear Ash to divert Astel’s attention and tank a large portion of their damage.


How to beat Astel, Naturalborn of the Void

Astel, Naturalborn of the Void has a weak spot on its head, but that doesn’t mean you should always stand directly in front of it. Some of Astel’s most damaging moves involve the use of its pincers, which are, of course, attached to its head. Instead, stand slightly farther away to the point where you can see most of Astel’s body. This will allow you to see a majority of Astel’s telltale attacks, which can be very telegraphed.

The general game plan is to learn the attack’s wind-up, avoid it, and get a few attacks on its head. Listed below are some of the moves that you’ll need to know to defeat Astel, Naturalborn of the Void.

Astel, Naturalborn of the Void charging up a purple laser to fire at the player in Elden Ring. Image: FromSoftware/Bandai Namco via Johnny Yu
  • As soon as you enter the boss room, Astel will charge up a purple ball that’ll shoot a laser directly at you. You won’t have to dodge immediately as there is a slight wind-up time, but we recommend spamming your dodge roll at first to get a hang of the timing. After Astel fires the laser, you’ll have time to summon your Mimic Tear Ash, or whichever spirit ash of your choosing.
Astel, Naturalborn of the Void, with three purple orbs in its hands swinging at the playable character of Elden Ring. Image: FromSoftware/Bandai Namco via Johnny Yu
  • Astel swiftly rises with three purple orbs in their three left hands, then slams the ground, releasing three growing shockwaves. It can be pretty difficult to react in time to this attack, so we suggest that you just spam your dodge roll as you run away until you get used to this move.
Astel, Naturalborn of the Void, holding five purple orbs in its hands (sixth orb not shown), waiting to attack the playable character of Elden Ring. Image: FromSoftware/Bandai Namco via Johnny Yu
  • Astel will rise into the air with a purple orb in each of their six hands, then proceed to slam into the ground, releasing three shockwaves that grow in size. This attack is similar to the previous one, but the wind-up time is significantly longer. Again, run a considerable distance away from Astel as the shockwaves can grow deceivingly large.
Astel, Naturalborn of the Void, electrifying the air around them in Elden Ring. Image: FromSoftware/Bandai Namco via Johnny Yu
  • Astel will begin to charge up — adding an electrifying animation to their surroundings for a couple of seconds — before levitating you up into the air and then slamming you into the ground. When you see Astel charging up, run away from them and wait for the slamming animation to finish before you go in for an attack.
Astel, Naturalborn of the Void, leaving behind a purple mist in its battle in Elden Ring. Image: FromSoftware/Bandai Namco via Johnny Yu
  • Astel will create a single purple orb in one of their hands, then sweep their hand in front of them, leaving a purple shroud that explodes in a second. Depending on your distance to Astel, you may have enough time to run through the mist and land a couple of hits on their head before their next attack. There are multiple variations of this attack and they all function similarly, but just keep an eye out for the single purple orb.
Astel, Naturalborn of the Void, charging at the playable character with its arm wide open in Elden Ring. Image: FromSoftware/Bandai Namco via Johnny Yu
  • One of the banes of this entire fight is Astel’s teleport that leads to their grab. Particles will begin to gather above Astel, creating a large orb that teleports Astel away. When Astel begins their teleport, sprint away and rotate your camera so that it’s pointing behind you. If they do teleport above you, try to stay aware of their arms and dodge when they begin to swoop in to grab you — almost like they’re hugging you. This grab will do a TON of damage and potentially kill you, so do your best to roll away from it. Do note that Astel can teleport to other locations, but this attack is the deadliest.
Astel, Naturalborn of the Void, hurling meteors at the playable character of Elden Ring. Image: FromSoftware/Bandai Namco via Johnny Yu
  • Another of Astel’s teleport attacks is one where they’ll teleport away from you and summon a multitude of rings behind them. Meteors will shoot out of the rings and fly at you, but these can be avoided by continuously running to the side and dodging when needed.
  • Lastly, watch for any movement in Astel’s major bodily features. If their pincers begin to twitch, look out for an attack from their pincers; if their tail begins to sway, look out for an attack from their tail.

Once you’ve defeated Astel, Naturalborn of the Void, you’ll receive the Remembrance of the Naturalborn, which can be traded in for the Waves of Darkness Ash of War or the Bastard’s Stars.

For those progressing in Ranni’s questline, you’ll unlock a path leading to the Cathedral of Manus Celes.