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Elden Ring: Commander O'Neil boss encounter - how to defeat? Elden Ring guide, walkthrough

On this page of the Elden Ring tutorial you will learn how to defeat the optional boss in the Caelid region. We are talking about a boss named Commander O'Neil.

Last update: Saturday, June 11, 2022

This page of our Elden Ring guide is dedicated to Commander O'Neil boss encounter. This is an optional opponent . However, defeating him is necessary to progress in Millicent and Gowry's questline.

Commander O'Neil is in Caelid. You'll find the arena not far from Inner Aeonia site of grace. On this map , this site of grace is marked with 21. Head south to find Heart of Aeonia site of grace. . It becomes active once you win the encounter. On our map, this site of grace is marked with 20.

Reward for defeating

For defeating the boss named Commander O'Neil, you will receive Runes (12,000), Commander's Standard and Unalloyed Gold Needle - Elden Ring: Commander ONeil boss encounter - how to defeat? - Caelid - Elden Ring Guide

For defeating the boss named Commander O'Neil, you will receive Runes (12,000), Commander's Standard and Unalloyed Gold Needle . The needle is an item required for the Millicent and Gowry questline.

General tips

  1. Commander O'Neil is vulnerable to all statuses except scarlet rot and death blight .
  2. Using a mount during this fight is advised , as it will protect you from Scarlet Rot status.
  3. Most of Commander O'Neil moveset deals physical damage, so protection against it is a priority. From time to time, he uses a Scarlet Rot attack, so have Preserving Boluses on the ready.
  4. Commander O'Neil summons aides twice . The first time at the start of the fight, and the second time after depleting some of his health. In both cases, take care the aides first, as they can hinder your attempts to hit the boss, especially when the first group mixes with the second one.
  5. Before the battle starts, you can sneak up to the boss and land a few strikes before the enemy enters the fight and summons helpers.
  6. The safest tactic for this battle is to deal a few hits and run away (when on a mount).
  7. You can use Spirit Ashes and Ashes of War, as well as summon an ally player during the encounter.

Melee build - how to fight?

Try to sneak up on the enemy before the fight starts. If you were able to reach him in time, you can hit him a few times before he manages to summon aides and enter the battle. It is better to fight mounted, as the arena's surface applies Scarlet Rot status, although there are safe areas on it.

When the fight starts for good, consider focusing your attacks on the Commander's aides - Elden Ring: Commander ONeil boss encounter - how to defeat? - Caelid - Elden Ring Guide

When the fight starts for good, consider focusing your attacks on the Commander's aides . He will not bother you that much when you target the aides, and when they are gone, the fight becomes much easier. Aides' attacks can stun you for a short moment, or even throw you off the mount. This is why you should eliminate them as soon as possible.

Once they are dealt with, you can fully focus on the Commander - Elden Ring: Commander ONeil boss encounter - how to defeat? - Caelid - Elden Ring Guide

Once they are dealt with, you can fully focus on the Commander. Look out for an attack where a small whirlwind appears around his weapon . This means that in a moment he will trigger a tornado that builds scarlet rot status very quickly and deals quite a lot of damage.

So when you see him casting this attack, quickly back away. The whirlwind does not have a large range, so it will only hit you when you are directly next to the enemy.

The opponent will also accumulate energy around him from time to time - Elden Ring: Commander ONeil boss encounter - how to defeat? - Caelid - Elden Ring Guide

The opponent will also accumulate energy around him from time to time . This will be followed by a very big blast,from which you better stay away from. When this attack concludes, the boss needs to catch a breather. This is a good time to land a few strong blows.

When an opponent's HP drops below half, he summons a second wave of aides - Elden Ring: Commander ONeil boss encounter - how to defeat? - Caelid - Elden Ring Guide

When an opponent's HP drops below half, he summons a second wave of aides . This time, they will be slightly stronger, so taking care of them is definitely a priority. Also, if you didn't take care of the previous group, you'll now have to deal with two.

Finish off helpers so you can focus solely on the boss - Elden Ring: Commander ONeil boss encounter - how to defeat? - Caelid - Elden Ring Guide

Finish off helpers so you can focus solely on the boss. If you have a weapon that induces bleeding or frostbite, consider using it - this way you'll deprive the boss of his health points faster. There is only a single phase to this encounter, so remember - attack a few times, then back away. The boss will have a hard time hitting you if you skillfully circle around him.

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