Are you ready to take on one of the toughest bosses in V Rising? Look no further than our guide on how to defeat Azariel the Sunbringer! Located in the Silverlight Hills, Azariel is not for the faint of heart. With hordes of Knights, Soldiers, and Clerics to fight through and Heavy Holy Radiation damage to avoid, the battle ahead is no easy feat. But fear not, as we have compiled a comprehensive guide that will equip you with all the necessary tools and strategies to defeat Azariel and emerge victorious and the rewards that await you.
Update on 18 May 2023: We're in the process of updating all our V Rising guides to reflect the changes in the Gloomrot update, starting with the boss guides. In most cases, the guides are still accurate, with the exception of the boss' levels, rewards, and a few spells.
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V Rising: Where To Find Azariel The Sunbringer - Location
Azariel the Sunbringer is located in the Brighthaven Cathedral of the Silverlight Hills. But be warned: this area is reserved for high-level players and is on par with the Cursed Forest regarding the dangers that lurk within. Specifically, you will have to either fight through hordes of Knights, Soldiers, and Clerics to reach the Cathedral or if you already have Bat Mode unlocked, you can fly directly to the Azariel the Sunbringer's location in V Rising.
The recommended approach is to enter through the top of Silverlight (there's a hole in the wall of the northmost entrance to the Castle) and to avoid fighting as much as possible -- Rat Mode and Human Mode will help you tremendously. However, it's worth noting that high-level enemies, such as Paladins, will still be able to see you through your disguise if you get too close, so be wary. Once you reach the Brighthaven Cathedral and set foot on the grounds, you will start to take Heavy Holy Radiation damage.
In this case, you'll likely need to unlock the Holy Resistance Flask by killing Willfred the Werewolf Chief. Alternatively, you could Rambo in with Bear Mode if you're brave enough. Finally, it's worth mentioning that you can fight Azariel The Sunbringer in V Rising without using the Holy Resistance Flask, as the Heavy Holy Radiation won't kill you (i.e., it will drop your health to 1HP); however, you'll need to play flawlessly to survive the boss fight. Nevertheless, when you're ready, enter through the large doors of the Brighthaven Cathedral and begin your battle.
V Rising: How To Beat Azariel The Sunbringer
To comfortably beat Azariel The Sunbringer in V Rising, you'll need a Gear Score of 65 or higher; any level below this will make this battle significantly tougher. First, you will want to do as much damage as possible at Azariel's state of rest, as he doesn't engage for the first few seconds -- this gives you a window of opportunity to line up your spells and attacks to start. For offensive spells, we recommend Chaos Volley, as it inflicts Chaos Burn on the target, depreciating their health between blasts. Frost Bat is also a good spell for offense, as it has a relatively low cooldown and is very easy to land.
For defensive spells, we suggest Crimson Aegis: it offers the best protection from a non-reflective barrier and will allow you to tank a few hits with no observable health loss. You could otherwise opt for Chaos Barrier or Ward of the Damned to reflect spells and summon skeletons, respectively. While your choice of movement ability is completely up to you, we prefer Veil of Blood because it allows you to recover 5% of your max HP after attacking. Alternatively, Veil of Illusion from the Illusion Spell Book. This spell summons an illusion that deals 40% magic damage in the form of projectiles and allows you to teleport to it for a short period.
For Blood Type, we recommend Brute Blood for the life leech and the +1 Level to your Gear Score. Otherwise, Scholar Blood is a must (preferably 90%+) if you plan to hone magic build. Since Azariel the Sunbringer doesn't move around too much in the fight, landing spells is a relatively easy task, allowing you to exploit spells with longer animation times. Regarding his attacks, Azariel the Sunbringer will launch a devasting sweeping beam of light that does huge damage and moves very slowly, so save your movement ability for when he does this, as it can be game over if it hits you.
Azariel The Sunbringer will also summon totems that further expand upon his offensive arsenal, so take them out as soon as you can using a ranged attack. Spells like Frost Bat and Chaos Volley can destroy the totems at long range without necessitating the risk of closing the gap or using your movement ability. Furthermore, Azariel the Sunbringer in V Rising also calls a beam from the sky that does massive damage but is slow-moving and fairly easy to dodge. However, if the ray hits himself, he will heal a great deal of HP, so keep your distance from him when he launches the attack; otherwise, your progress in the fight will be undone.
Finally, Brighthaven Cathedral is home to several nuns. It's recommended that you leave them unharmed, as you can use your Veil of Blood travel ability to regain HP by killing them during the boss fight. Of course, you can also drain their blood if your blood meter runs low. Alternatively, you can attack the nuns so their HP is low enough to drain their blood. Then, you can dodge some of Azariel's abilities by feeding on them strategically during the fight.
V Rising: Azariel The Sunbringer Rewards
After defeating Azariel the Sunbringer in V Rising, you'll be rewarded with the Power Surge defensive spell and the recipe for crafting Gold Ingots. Power Surge is an incredibly useful point-target ability. When cast, Power Surge gives you more attack speed and movement speed, as well as protection of 125% of your spell power as a shield. In addition, Power Surge removes any negative debuffs, which you can use on allied units. For this reason, Power Surge is essential for fighting the Winged Beast boss later in the game. This ability is truly a game-changer and is not to be overlooked.
The Gold Ingot recipe is equally vital as it allows you to make several high-tier necklaces in V Rising that greatly increase your spell power, Gear Score, and other stats. You will also need Gold Ingots to create the Gold Castle Key to destroy the Castle Heart of your enemies or even take it over if you choose. And that's everything to know about how to beat Azariel the Sunbringer in V Rising.
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V Rising Azariel The Sunbringer: How To Beat, Location & Rewards FAQ
Where can I find Azariel the Sunbringer in V Rising?
Azariel the Sunbringer can be found in the Brighthaven Cathedral of the Silverlight Hills.
What are some tips for defeating Azariel the Sunbringer in V Rising?
Use offensive spells like Chaos Volley and Frost Bat, and defensive spells like Crimson Aegis. Dodge his sweeping beam of light and destroy his totems.
What rewards can I expect from defeating Azariel the Sunbringer in V Rising?
You'll receive the Power Surge defensive spell and the recipe for crafting Gold Ingots, which can greatly increase your spell power and Gear Score.