How To Beat All Ulcerated Tree Spirits In Elden Ring

The first time you have encountered an Ulcerated Tree Spirit in Elden Ring is most likely at Fringefolk Hero's Grave, located in one of the very first areas in the game. Since then, there have been more variations of the Ulcerated Tree Spirit in various spots in The Lands Between, and they are just as violent as they are chaotic.

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FromSoftware embodies what it is like to battle a relentless, endlessly wriggling worm whose bent on killing you. Their sheer aggressiveness and speed in combat make it doubtlessly challenging to keep up with them, much less defeat them. As such, a fully detailed rundown of these parasitic worms is to permanently exterminate them.

Ulcerated Tree Spirit Overview

Ulcerated Tree Spirit
Location
  • Minor Erdtree, Mount Gelmir
  • Giants' Mountaintops Catacombs, Mountaintops of the Giants
Optional Yes
Summons Spirit Ashes
Drops
  • Mount Gelmir: 18,000 Runes; Leaden Hardtear; Cerulean Hidden Tear
  • Giants' Mountaintops Catacombs: 48,000 Runes; Golden Seed; Glovewort Picker's Bell Bearing (2)
Weak To
  • Physical Attacks
  • Fire Attacks
  • Frostbite Attacks

Aside from the ones you'll find in Fringefolk Hero's Grave and War-Dead Catacombs in Limgrave and Caelid respectively, Ulcerated Tree Spirit bosses can also be found at Mount Gelmir and the Mountaintops of the Giants. For the former, you'll find the boss at the base of a Minor Erdtree near the Road of Iniquity Site of Grace, while the latter is close to Giant-Conquering Hero's Grave.

With similar move sets, the game has allowed you to call for as much help as you need when it comes to these bosses. It is best to summon tanky Spirit Ashes such as Lhutel the Headless or Kaiden Mercenary to deal with the walloping these Ulcerated Tree Spirits inflict. With the Mount Gelmir boss, you can do combat on horseback, which makes it easier to evade during devastating AoE attacks. But the Ulcerated Tree Spirit in the catacombs puts you in a bit of a tough spot since you're not given an open space to maneuver, though that doesn't mean it isn't doable.

Ulcerated Tree Spirit Attacks

For a wriggling worm, the Ulcerated Tree Spirit has a vast panoply of attacks that it wields. Most of the time, this boss launches itself at you and flip-flops about the boss arena with devastating effect. It is a challenge of mobility on your part when it also inflicts a detonator attack that can one-shot you. So to be as prepared as possible here is a full outline of the Ulcerated Tree Spirit's attacks.

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Battle Strategies

There are two different strategies you can use to approach this boss. Since this boss is extremely aggressive and moves around a lot, being a melee combatant is going to be more difficult than being a ranged fighter, as the latter can still keep their distance while dealing damage. Using Ashes of War can help defeat this boss faster and more efficiently, specifically ones that deal fire and frostbite damage. As for weapons, upgrading your blade to a +6 will be sufficient in dealing with this wily worm.

For Mount Gelmir's Ulcerated Tree Spirit, using Torrent is recommended. Take advantage of the vast, open area and mount Torrent, dealing blows while galloping away from any of the attacks.

Melee Strategy

For melee combatants, you'll need to upgrade your weapon up to +6, as well as summon a tanky Spirit Ash to back you up if things get tricky. Coating your weapon with either Fire or Freezing Grease will help increase the attack power of your blade. Aside from using different types of Greases to give your weapon an added boost, you should consider using Ashes of War such as Hoarfrost Stomp or Flaming Strike to target its weaknesses.

But remember to upgrade your chosen Spirit Ashes up to a +5 so that they can keep up with you. Using weapons such as Moonveil Katana or any Colossal-type swords is recommended to pack that extra punch. Also, you can never go wrong with some Opaline Bubbletear.

Ranged Strategy

As mentioned before, ranged combatants have a bit of a leg up in comparison to melee fighters. As a sorcerer, using a Spirit Ash summon to assist is still recommended. But as for sorceries, any that deal Physical, Fire, or Frostbite damage will be effective against an Ulcerated Tree Spirit.

Sorceries such as Rock Sling, Comet Azur, or Night Comet are recommended for this boss. You should also consider wielding any of the Dragon Communion Incantations, especially Dragonfire or Agheel's Flame. Equipping Opaline Bubbletear to increase your defensive capabilities is advised against such a violent foe.

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