The Forbidden Lands in Elden Ring may look like the gameís very own winter wonderland, but youíll soon realize the area is just as deadly as anywhere else. To make things worse, itís patrolled by an enormous Fire Giant which you need to beat in order to progress in the gameís story. The Giant guards the Forbidden Flame, something youíll need on your quest if youíre going to pass through the vines of the Erd Tree.
While the Fire Giant in Elden Ring may not be a demigod or a shard-holder, heís just as powerful as many of the main bosses youíve fought so far. Heís easily one of the hardest bosses in Elden Ring and will stamp out hasty players with ease. However, there are effective strategies to bring him down. Hereís how to defeat the Fire Giant in Elden Ring as well as his weaknesses.
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Phase 1
His opening attack will usually be his snow shovel so be ready to block or ride away. Once his initial attacks end, ride or run quickly towards him, targeting his left ankle. Youíll notice he has some sort of injury here, so this is the gameís way of telling you where to strike. Heíll have a splint keeping his foot in place, so attack this with ruthless aggression. Just be ready to dodge and donít get too greedy in your attacks.
Whether youíre a melee build or a ranged/magic build, this should be your target. Watch his attack patterns and try to time your strikes during the moments when heís coming out of an attack animation. Heíll usually perform his attacks in a sequence but donít count on this. The Giant also has a lot of health, so donít expect this to be a quick win.
However, using a weapon with bleed effect will make this first phase end quicker. Heís also susceptible to scarlet rot. While this wonít take much of his health away, it will chip away gradually while youíre running/riding around and repositioning for attacks.

Phase 2
Once you get him to around 50% HP, a cutscene will play in which the Fire Giant rips off his own foot and uses its fire to buff himself. He wonít be able to walk anymore, but heíll now roll around the map which can cause heavy damage if he happens to do so over you. Itís a hard attack to dodge, so stay mobile and look for tells. Donít stay in one place for too long either.
In his second form, Fire Giant will now have a ridiculous amount of health and defense. Youíll notice your attacks donít do the damage they did during phase 1. At times you may even wonder if this boss is immune to physical damage. Heís not, but it sure can look that way to those simply trying to slug him to death.
Attacking his hands and feet still works, but youíll get precious little openings to hit him there before he rolls away. He takes more damage from his hands than from his feet, but they are harder to hit.
His weak spot is the eye that opens on his chest, but this is incredibly hard to hit for a melee build unless youíre riding Torrent or using weapon arts that do decent AOE damage. Learn his patterns and strike there when you can, this is the best way to bring him down, rather than hacking away at his feet until he catches you in a roll.
His new fireball attack does massive damage, so avoid this at all costs. Try to stay behind him on Torrent and continue your strategy. You can take advantage of Spirit Summons in this battle too, and weíd suggest using ranged attacks so youíve got more chance of hitting his weak spot. However, youíll need to hold his attention while your summon fires their volleys.
Mage or ranged builds should summon a tanky Spirit Ash to keep him occupied while you aim for his chest. If youíre a glass cannon, it wonít take many hits here to bring him down. Just donít get caught in his AOE fire attacks, these can kill you in one hit, or stun-lock you and kill you in 2 or 3.