How to beat Rennala Queen of the Full Moon in Elden Ring: Boss stats, weaknesses & tips

Sam Smith
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Rennala Queen of the Full Moon is an optional Boss in Elden Ring, but you might want to take her down as she’s a shardbearer and the one who can help you respec your character. Here’s everything you need to know about this powerful sorceress in FromSoftware’s game.

 You’ll face Rennala shortly after defeating the Red Wolf of Redagon in Raya Lucaria. This legacy dungeon boss isn’t actually a demigod herself, but her ex-husband was. As a result, Rennala is still in possession of his shard of the Elden Ring, which you’ll need to enter Leyndell, Royal Capital.

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Additionally, the head of the Carian Royal family has the ability to help you respec your character’s stats once you’ve defeated her, so it’s definitely worth the fight.

Rennala is one of the most creative and impressive bosses in all of FromSoftware’s games and the battle takes place over two vastly different phases.

Here’s what you need to do to overcome this powerful sorceress.


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Rennala’s story is very sad.

How to defeat Rennala Queen of the Full Moon in Elden Ring

When you enter Rennala’s arena you’ll see it filled with crawling scholars in graduation gowns called her “sweetings”. No matter how many of these you kill, she’ll simply summon more, so don’t bother trying to thin the herd.

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Phase 1

These creepy kid creatures can attack you with swipes or spells but are relatively slow and harmless on their own. However, if you get caught in a chain of attacks by several, they can soon kill you. So, stay mobile, and don’t let them gang up on you.

Rennala herself will be floating in the air within a protective bubble whispering sweet words to her Elden Ring Shard as she cradles it like a baby. She’ll also cast the occasional spell at you and resurrect her sweetings. Her fire and glintstone spells can do major damage, so use the bookshelves to avoid her attacks.

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To win this fight, try to locate the sweeting covered by a golden aura and attack them. You don’t need to kill them but do shatter the aura. Doing so will damage Rennala’s shield and after breaking 3 gold auras, Rennala’s shield will break and she’ll float down to the floor – this is when you can attack and damage her.

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After you hit 3 golden aura scholars, Rennala will collapse, giving you an opening to deal damage.

Once you’ve got in a few good hits, Rennala will cast an explosive spell and restore her shield, so get away from her the moment she begins glowing, as this attack can really hurt. She’ll then cast the golden aura on another sweeting and you’ll need to repeat the process.

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Remember, her attacks against you increase in frequency the more health she loses, making her progressively more dangerous. When surrounded by a golden aura, her sweetings will be able to fire books at you, making them more dangerous than normal, so be wary.

The good news is this process is pretty simple when you know what you’re doing. Once you’ve reduced her health to zero, a cutscene will play and you’ll enter phase 2 of this boss.

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Phase 2

In phase 2, Rennala will fight you directly in a new arena and will cast a variety of powerful spells. Her attacks can be devastating to those with little magic defense, so avoid them at all costs. Luckily, she’ll telegraph them in advance so you can avoid each one with some careful timing.

While Rennala hits hard she’s also somewhat of a glass cannon and doesn’t have much health or poise. So, ending the fight as quickly as possible is to your advantage, you can do massive damage to her, so take advantage of these moments. This way she has less time to cast her spells against you – worse, she’ll also summon increasingly difficult back-up.

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Rennala’s second phase will transport you to a different more opened setting.

She’ll also make life harder for you by summoning a variety of spirit allies including a Giant, a Bloodhound Knight, and a Dragon. Naturally, each of these enemies is hard enough on their own, so killing her before she can summon them is recommended.

The good news is these spirit allies disappear after a few attacks, so try to avoid them and don’t engage. Just focus on Rennala. Using your own spirit summons is also a smart way to fight fire with fire, as these will draw some of her attention and that of her allies.

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Post battle

Surprisingly for a Souls game, Rennala will survive the battle once you defeat her and will surrender her Elden Ring Shard to you. She will then become a friendly NPC, allowing you to repec your character design should you revisit her in her tower and offer her a Larval Tear.

Where to find Rennala in Elden Ring

Rennala can be located in Liurnia, after taking the elevator to the top of the Raya Lucaria Academy, the very end of the legacy dungeon. After beating the Red Wolf of Radagon, make your way outside and take the path round to the elevator.

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A giant ball will roll towards you and can be very dangerous, but once you’re past it you can unlock a shortcut to avoid taking this hazardous route again.

Remember, the elevator is guarded by a powerful Carim Knight who can ruin your day due to his auto-parry ability. Fight him if you like, but don’t be afraid to lure him away from the elevator then run back to it quickly to escape him and progress to the boss.

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You can also cheese this enemy by sending the lift back up and coaxing the Knight to fall to his death down the elevator shaft. We won’t judge you.

Rennala Queen of the Full Moon stats

The stats for this powerful sorceress will change from one phase to the other, so here are both of them:

  • Health: 3493 HP / 4097 HP
  • Defense: 109 / 109
  • Stance: 0 / 80
  • Parryable: No / No
  • Immunities: Sleep and Madness / Sleep and Madness
  • Deals: Magic, Fire, and Standard physical damage / Magic damage

Rennala Queen of the Full Moon weaknesses

During the first phase of the combat, Rennala will be immune to any Critical Hit as breaking her stance will cause her to collapse briefly. However, things change during the second phase, and you’ll be able to deal a lot of damage with Critical Attacks once her stance is broken.

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Rennala’s “sweetings” will attack you constantly, so be aware of them at all times.

Additionally, Rennala is weak to Standard, Slash, and Pierce damage, and during the second part, she’ll stagger easily before physical damage. The smart thing to do is to take a quick weapon like Fists to target the scholars and switch to a stronger weapon -yet light and fast- for when it’s time to hit her.

Keep in mind that this boss has extremely high Magic negation, so you need to approach this encounter as a melee fight with a weapon that scales with Intelligence or Faith like Moonveil.

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Useful tips to defeat Rennala Queen of the Full Moon

NPC summons

There is no particular NPC you can summon for this battle, but you can use the multiplayer option for this boss battle.

Spirit Ashes

One of the best Spirit Ashes you can use for this battle is the Lone Wolf, which summons three lone wolf spirits that can distract and stagger the enemy while you deal damage. It has decent HP and moves quickly enough to avoid being hit, so it lasts longer in combat. It costs 55 FP and can be obtained from Renna at the Church of Elleh in Limgrave

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The Godrick Soldier summons two Godrick soldier spirits that fight next to you. Because there are two of them, they have a good amount of HP and can work as a distraction just like the Lone Wolf Ashes. It takes 54 FP and can be found next to a grave at the Cemetery on the west side of Stormhill.

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Godrick Soldier Ashes is a great way to divert Rennala’s attacks.

The Avionette Soldier Ashes and the Skeletal Militiaman Ashes work the same way, so you can try and use them too, but no matter which Ash you pick, you need to summon them during the second phase to truly take advantage of them.

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Items

As a powerful sorceress, Rennala will deal Magic and Fire damage, so you need to equip yourself with items that will debuff her power.

The best option at this point in the game is to use the Spelldrake Talisman, which reduces the percentage of damage dealt with magic. You can get the regular Talisman inside the Earthbore Cave at the Weeping Peninsula, its +1 alternative at the northwest of Sellia, Town of Sorcery, or its ultimate +2 variation underneath the Hidden Path to the Heligtree.

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Also, you can equip the Flamedrake Talisman to increase your fire and physical resistances. The regular one can be found in the Groveside Cave in Limgrave, the +1 is at Leyndell Royal Capital near the Grand Lift of Rold, and the +2 variation is dropped by the Beastman of Farum Azula in Dragonbarrow Cave.

Magic

Rock Sling is the best spell you can use against Rennala Queen of the Full Moon. This Gravity Sorcery summons rocks from the earth and launches them toward your target. It only costs 18 FP and requires 18 Intelligence.

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You can find the Rock Sling Spell inside a chest on the Street of Sages Ruins, just look for an underground cellar surrounded by Servants of Rot.

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Rock Sling can help you hit Rennala from afar without receiving damage.

All Rennala Queen of the Full Moon attacks

When fighting this boss, you must look out for all of these attacks:

  • Light Explosion
  • Chandelier Drop
  • Gravestones
  • Fire Breath
  • Headbutt
  • Flying Book and Flying Globe
  • Comet Azur
  • Star Shower
  • Glintstone Cometshard and Glintstone Pebbles
  • Shattering Crystal
  • Rennala’s Full Moon
  • Twirling Toss, Twirling Spiral, and Twirling Retreat

Additionally, Rennala will summon different spirits during your encounter, such as Lone Wolfs, Bloodhound Knight Spirit, Dragon Spirit, and Troll Knight Spirit.

Rennala Queen of the Full Moon drops

After this arduous encounter is over, you’ll be rewarded with 30,000 runes, the Great Rune of the Unborn, and the Remembrance of the Full Moon Queen.

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Rennala will become a friendly NPC after the battle.

The Great Rune of the Unborn is a special item that gives you the perfect rebirth ability, which means you can go back to Rennala and offer her a Larval Tear any time you wish to respec your character. All the attribute points will be given back to you and you can redistribute them however you like.

As for the Remembrance of the Full Moon Queen, it’s the same as the ones given by Godrick, Mohg, Morgott, and other Bosses. It can be sold for 20,000 runes or given to Enia at the Roundtable Hold in exchange for Rennala’s Full Moon or the Carian Regal Scepter.

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For more Elden Ring content, check some of our guides below:

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