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Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree Rellana, Twin Moon Knight Boss Guide

Steel your nerves for the fight ahead as we guide you on how to find and defeat Renalla, Twin Moon Knight, in Elden Ring's Shadow of the Erdtree DLC.
Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree Rellana, Twin Moon Knight Boss Guide

If you're progressing through the main storyline of Elden Ring's Shadow of the Erdtree, you'll eventually need to confront the second main boss of the game, Renalla. This boss is a step up from the previous Dancing Lion boss and requires more attention to detail to defeat successfully.

Fortunately, you won't have to face her alone, as this guide will assist you. We'll walk you through exactly how to locate the boss and provide some of the best tips for defeating Renalla, Twin Moon Knight, in Elden Ring's Shadow of The Erdtree.

Rellana, Twin Moon Knight Boss Location

Rellana, Twin Moon Knight, is a two-phase boss that you’ll encounter at the Ensis Moongazing Grounds, located at the eastern edge of Castle Ensis. She is a mandatory boss and impossible to miss if you wish to proceed to Scadu Altus through this route. There’s a site of grace just outside her arena, as with all bosses, and two NPC summons: Dryleaf Dane and Needle Knight Leda.

Rellana Twin Moon Knight Location
Rellana can be found at the very end of the Castle Ensis just next to the bonfire shown above. (Picture: Shane / FromSoftware)

Rellana is a two-phase boss fight against Rellana herself, a large female knight wielding two blades, which she infuses with magic and fire—one for each blade (think Pontiff Sulyvahn). The fight becomes progressively more difficult as her health decreases, causing her to become more aggressive and frequently spam her magic-infused blades. Let’s break down her move set and then discuss some tips for defeating her:

Rellana, Twin Moon Knight Boss Fight Overview

Phase 1 Abilities

Rellana Twin Moon Knight Phase1 abilities
During phase 1, Rellana will use more physical attacks to overwhelm you as described below. (Picture: Shane / FromSoftware)
  • Short Combo: Rellana leaps towards you to perform a short 2 to 3 swing combo. She can leap backward on the final slash to reposition herself or stay in your face and launch another attack.
  • Long Combo: Rellana performs a longer 4 to 6-hit combo, ending in a heavy attack with both her swords either piercing or slashing at you.
  • Heavy Combo: Rellana performs one short strike, followed by swinging both her blades at you, delivering 3 more heavy and slower attacks with both blades.
  • Sweep Closer: The boss swiftly moves towards you, closing the gap and delivering a two-hit combo ending with an upwards slash.
  • Greatblade Phalanx: Summons Greatblades that float around the boss and attack enemies when you move close enough.
  • Carian Phalanx: Creates numerous swords over her head which attack you when you get close enough.
  • Glintblade Trio: Creates three glintblades that seek you out when fired.
  • Carian Greatsword Combo: Rellana charges her magic blade, forming a massive greatsword around it. She then swings it down at you and follows up with a horizontal slash that reaches across the entire arena.
  • Adula's Moonblade: Rellana charges up her magic blade, then unleashes a slash of magic energy that flies towards you at rapid speed.

Phase 2 Abilities

Rellana Twin Moon Knight Phase 2
During phase 2, Rellana will infuse both magic and fire into her blades and use the attacks listed below. (Picture: Shane / FromSoftware)
  • Flame Hurricane: The boss begins a 4 to 6-hit combo around herself with her flame sword, dealing heavy damage if you’re near, and causing explosions of fire on the ground around her that also deal damage if they hit you.
  • Adula's Moonblade Combo: Similar to her normal Moonblade, but instead of swinging once, she will deliver up to 4 slashes that fly toward you.
  • Explosive Strike: Rellana uses her fire sword to either deliver two heavy attacks or 3 fast strikes that leave a trail of fire in the air that explodes after a certain period.
  • Rellana's Twin Moons: Rellana creates two moons that strike the ground, dealing damage in a wave throughout the entire arena, requiring dodging or jumping.

Tips for Defeating Rellana, Twin Moon Knight

When facing Rellana in the boss fight, there are several critical elements to consider, notably how she telegraphs her magical attacks and executes her sword combos throughout the battle. During Phase 1, it's crucial to observe Rellana's sword for a blue glow, indicating incoming Phalanxes, Moonblades, or Glintblades. You'll need to dodge both these projectiles and Rellana herself, who may leap forward to attack while the magical projectiles are in motion.

Rellana Twin Moon Knight Phase 1 tips
During the first phase of the fight, you'll need to be wary of her physical strikes and learn her attack patterns while avoiding her magical abilities that deal heavy damage. (Picture: Shane / FromSoftware)

Regarding her sword combos, mastering their timing is key. Understanding whether she will continue her assault or has concluded a combo allows for strategic opportunities to counterattack. Rellana can chain these combos or abruptly transition to other actions. Instead of retreating when she initiates combos, utilize a classic Souls game tactic by dodging past her either to the left or right and towards her back, as all her attacks are forward-facing.

Once you've managed to whittle down her health to Phase 2, the intensity ramps up significantly. Her Flame Hurricane ability becomes particularly dangerous. Upon seeing her fire sword ignite, swiftly backing away is crucial to avoid taking damage. Be mindful not to stand on spots where fire has erupted on the ground, as these spots will burst and cause harm.

Rellana Twin Moon Knight Second phase tips
During her second phase, you need to watch out for her AoE flame attack as well as her wide-reaching magic strikes that become more aggressive and more frequent than her physical attacks. (Picture: Shane / FromSoftware)

Similarly, her Explosive Strikes are slower but demand vigilance. They provide an opportunity to retreat before they detonate. However, be cautious as the explosion can obscure your view, and Rellana might exploit this moment to catch you off guard.

Finally, her Twin Moons attack is arguably her most devastating move. It's advisable to create distance and either jump over the waves or roll through them. Jumping is recommended as rolling can be challenging to time correctly due to the rapid succession of waves. Successfully navigating this attack allows you to resume the offensive.

Rellana Twin Moon Knight Rewards
Once Defeated, you'll get Rellana's Remembrance which you can trade for either her weapons or her Twin Moon spell. (Picture: Shane / FromSoftware)

If you find the fight challenging, consider using the available NPC summons or bringing a Spirit Ash to distract Rellana. This strategy can provide windows for learning her patterns or dealing damage while she's preoccupied. With persistence and strategic adaptation, you'll eventually defeat Rellana, earning her Remembrance, which you can exchange for Rellana’s Glintblade Swords or her Twin Moon sorcery from Enia at the Roundtable Hold.