Elden Ring: The best cheese to beat Promised Consort Radahn

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Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree’s Promised Consort Radahn arguably stands as the toughest Soulsborne boss ever but the DLC’s final boss can be beaten, and can be taken down with cheese surprisingly easily.

Fan-favorite demigod Starscourge Radahn made a surprise comeback in Shadow of the Erdtree. This time, however, instead of fighting him while he has been enfeebled by Scarlet Rot, players face off against a younger version of Radahn as he takes his forced role as Miquella’s promised consort.

As expected, the fight against Promised Consort Radahn is one of the most difficult fights in any FormSoftware game, ever. Fortunately, not only are there multiple methods players can utilize to beat this tough opponent, but it’s also possible to cheese him and make his fight significantly easier than it should be.

Defeating Radahn with the cheese weapon

How to beat Promised Consort Radahn in Elden Ring DLC

Players can beat Promised Consort Radahn by exploiting his weaknesses to Frostbite, Bleed, and Scarlet Rot and maxing out their Scadutree Blessing level.

The Shadow of the Edtree DLC adds a new way for players to level up in the form of Scadutree Blessings and Revered Spirit Ash upgrades. Maxing out these upgrades makes a significant difference in the fight against Radahn and allow players to deal more damage than their build would otherwise allow. The max Scadutree Blessing level is 20 and the max Revered Spirit Ash level is 10.

Miquella's Consort Radahn fight cutscene

Thanks to Radahn’s susceptibility to bleed, using spells like Seppuku and Bloodflame Blade before walking through the wall of mist can help pop his bleeds quicker. While the Demigod has very high poise, he’s relatively easy to counter. Those used to countering attacks can use the Deflecting Hardtear to easily poise-break him by parrying his attacks at the right time.

Promised Consort Radahn hits like a truck but his moves aren’t tough to memorize. Depending on what the player is used to, they can dodge or tank his attacks before dealing damage back when possible. 

The attack players must watch out for the most are the gravity-based ones. The first pulls players in before Radahn either does an AOE smash or performs a combo with his swords. Players can either dodge this attack before gravity pulls them in, or run back and dodge roll at the right time to get out unscathed even if they get pulled in.

The second gravity attack players must watch out for is where he goes into the sky and hurls down boulders. Just running around can be enough to avoid this attack entirely, especially since Radahn waits for the meteor shower to end before restarting his attack.

Promised Consort Radahn’s second phase, the Consort of Miquella

Radahn’s second phase is where things get kicked up a notch. Most of Radahn’s attacks stay the same. However, thanks to Miquella’s holy assistance, players must also dodge a wave of holy energy after every attack. The Golden Braid and Holyproof Pickled Liver can make this phase significantly easier.

miquella and radahn elden ring

Naturally, Miquella adds more attacks to Radahan’s already dangerous repertoire. The first is one where he slowly levitates while building up holy energy where the player is. The best way to dodge this is to run as far away from the point of impact as possible. Poise-breaking Radahn, while the energy is building up and landing a critical hit at the right time to take advantage of the invincibility frames, is also a good idea, but it’s very risky.

Radahn also gets a grab attack where Miquella whispers words of persuasion in the player’s ears. Nothing happens the first time the player gets caught. However, the second time instantly kills the player and gives them unique “heart stolen” death screen.

Radahn's grab attack

Players who get Radahn to around 10% health will see the DLC’s final boss jump into the sky. Players need to run to the throne in order to avoid the massive AOE damage from his landing. It’s similar to Starscourge Radahn’s meteorite attack, but even deadlier.

How to cheese Promised Consort Radahn in the Elden Ring DLC

Promised Consort Radahn can be cheesed using the Bloodfiend’s Arm with a bleed-focused, high-poise build.

The Bloodfiend’s Arm is arguably the most overpowered weapon in the DLC thanks to its extremely high potential for bleed buildup. Players can find it in Prospect Town, which is reached by following the cliffs south of Belurat, Tower Settlement. This area has multiple ogre-like Bloodfiends wielding the Bloodfiend’s Arm. Players can get one by killing the group of them located high in the ruins.

Prospect Town location in Elden Ring

After acquiring the weapon, level it up to level 25 using regular Smithing Stones and give it a blood infusion. The Ash of War doesn’t matter much as this cheese strategy requires players to use the weapon’s charged heavy attack.

To do this cheese strategy, players will likely need to go to Rennala and respec. The Bloodfiend’s Arm with a blood infusion scales on strength and arcane, with the latter being a stat that is rarely touched by players.

Best armor for fighting Promised Consort Radahn

The best armor for players looking to beat Promised Consort Radahn is any heavy armor with high poise. Because Radahn and Miquella have a variety of different damage types, there’s no definitive best option.

More important is picking talismans that accentuate this. The Dragoncrest Greatshield Talisman, Bull-Goat’s Talisman, Two-Handed Sword Talisman, and Golden Braid are all solid options. Additionally, the player character should wear heavy armor that increases defense, even if necessitates “fat rolling.” The Stonebarb Cracked Tear and Viridian Hidden Tear can increase the cheese more.

With all this done, the player can cast Golden Vow and Flame, Grant Me Strength before walking through the fog barrier. Dodge the first gravity attack Radahn does and instantly counter with a charged heavy attack. All the player has to do is continue hitting charged heavy attacks to cause massive bleed buildup and easily stagger the final boss to set up critical hits. Keep repeating this and Radahn will fall in no time.

To make the cheese Promised Consort Radahn strategy even easier, players can summon their Mimic Tear to deal even more stagger damage. Another option is summoning Sir Ansbach, assuming he’s still alive. While the NPC summon won’t deal much damage, he can still serve as a great distraction and meatshield.

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Written by Hannan Mundia

Hannan Mundia has been playing video games since he was just three years old. He loves everything about gaming, from RPGs to first-person shooters. He has sunk countless hours into Bethesda's popular RPGs, but his favorite game remains Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. His writing has also been featured on Fandom Spot, and you can follow him on Twitter / X at @zombiezomz.

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