This V Rising Cursed Forest Bosses Guide will teach you how to defeat the powerful bosses in the deadly forests and swamps of the far north!
Quicklinks: Ungora the Spider Queen (Level 60) | The Duke of Balaton (Level 62)
Foulrot the Soultaker (Level 62) | Matka the Curse Weaver (Level 72)
Nightmarshal Styx the Sunderer (Level 76) | Gorecrusher the Behemoth (Level 78)
V Rising Cursed Forest Bosses Guide - Ungora the Spider Queen (Level 60)
Where to Find Ungora the Spider Queen
Somewhat unsurprisingly, you can find Ungora the Spider Queen in the Spider Cave in the northeastern part of the Cursed Forest. The Spider Cave follows a relatively straight path; she can be found deep within the cave at the rear.
What Do You Get for Beating Ungora the Spider Queen
- Ultimate Ability (Unholy) - Volatile Arachnid
- Recipe - Ghost Yarn
- Recipe - Silk
- Recipe - Spiderling
How to Beat Ungora the Spider Queen
Before you fight Ungora the Spider Queen, it's a good idea to destroy as many of the white eggs in her arena as possible. These eggs, when destroyed, can spawn Spiderlings -- and you really don't want to have to fight any extra creatures in this battle.
Ungora the Spider Queen uses a mix of melee and ranged attacks, along with the occasional summon. Her most prominent attack is a wave of poisonous bolts fired out in front of her. She will also occasionally fire larger bolts that do AOE damage. Ungora occasionally will fire a web line at you to reel you in for a melee attack.
Even if you destroy all of the eggs in the arena, Ungora will still summon different kinds of spiders to help her out. It's a good idea to kill the adds quickly so you don't get overwhelmed.
Recommended Gear & Skills for Ungora the Spider Queen
You should have Merciless Iron weaponry and a full set of Merciless Hollowfang armor before you decide to fight Ungora the Spider Queen. You may be able to build the next tier by farming Ghost Yarn in other areas of the Cursed Forest; unfortunately, you won't be able to craft it as Ungora is the one who drops the recipe to make Ghost Yarn.
As for spells and weaponry, Ungora is best fought at range if you can't tank her damage; fortunately, her arena gives you enough room to move around. AOE spells may be a good idea in order to combat any other spiders assisting her.
How to Beat Ungora the Spider Queen Solo
The best way to beat Ungora the Spider Queen solo is through careful preparation and long-range fighting. It is absolutely essential that you destroy as many of the eggs in her arena before fighting her (and ideally, all of them) -- the fewer spiders you have to fight, the better.
I would also strongly recommend bringing at least one stack of the beast heal-over-time potions that you can. It's fairly easy to dodge her ranged attacks (even without using your Travel Ability), so you can use that time to heal while moving.
V Rising Cursed Forest Bosses Guide - The Duke of Balaton (Level 62)
Where to Find The Duke of Balaton
The Duke of Balaton can be found in the Swamp of Greed, directly north of the Cursed Forest Waygate at the northernmost point of the zone. Along the way, you can expect to encounter the occasional Witch along with Spiders, Toads, and Mosquitos. You may be able to avoid some of the Mosquitos by taking the western path north (on the left) instead of the eastern path north (on the right).
What Do You Get for Beating The Duke of Balaton
- Vampire Power - Toad Form
How to Beat The Duke of Balaton
The Duke of Balaton stands alone in his arena in the Swamp of Greed. At first, you'll only have to contend with three main attacks:
- The Duke will swipe his tongue side to side in melee.
- The Duke will jump into the air, dropping a circle of poison blobs when he lands.
- The Duke will shoot his tongue straight at you.
The latter attack can be particularly dangerous -- it may just pull you closer, but The Duke of Balaton may also swallow you and spit you into the air; you'll be stunned when you land and vulnerable to further attacks.
Once The Duke is below half health, he'll add some new attacks to his repertoire:
- The Duke will swallow you whole and spit you elsewhere in the arena, inflicting a stun on you when he lands.
- The Duke will spit into the air and cause a large number of poison blobs to land in the area.
- The Duke will spawn a single Cursed Spitter Toad.
- The Duke will leap into the air, spawning three Cursed Spitter Toads, and eventually land.
When the Duke makes a large leap into the air, you should do everything you can to kill all of the other Frogs in the arena. Fighting the Duke on his own is tough enough as it is and you should take the opportunity to kill his henchmen. (Henchfrogs?)
The Duke appears to be much more aggressive about eating you in the second half of the fight, too -- do your best to keep your distance from him, and use your Travel Ability if it looks like he's charging you.
Recommended Gear & Skills for The Duke of Balaton
As with Ungora, it's recommended that you have Merciless Iron weaponry and Merciless Hollowfang armor at the bare minimum. If you've already defeated Ungora, it should be easier to upgrade to Dawnthorn armor. Every little bit counts, so it's strongly advised that you make this upgrade.
I recommend taking at least one defensive Ability that can protect you from The Duke's AOE attacks.
How to Beat The Duke of Balaton Solo
Fighting The Duke of Balaton solo can be somewhat more challenging than you'd think -- he's a highly mobile boss despite his size.
You must do everything you can to stay out of melee range, especially in the latter half of the fight. You can lose a huge chunk of health if The Duke manages to eat you and stun you when he spits you out.
I also recommend bringing at least one stack of healing items; while you can feed on the Cursed Frogs he spawns, it's a risky move standing still -- especially when he's coming in for a landing.
Finally, save your Travel ability to dodge during the critical moments when he's about to eat you or when a poison blob is about to land on the ground. It can be especially difficult to avoid those attacks otherwise.
V Rising Cursed Forest Bosses Guide - Foulrot the Soultaker (Level 62)
Where to Find Foulrot the Soultaker
Foulrot the Soultaker is located in the Ancient Village in the Eastern half of the Cursed Forest; he stands in the southwestern part of the village. Keep in mind that there are a dozen or more Skeleton Mages, Skeleton Priests, and Banshees throughout the Ancient Village -- it's a good idea to kill as many of these mobs (and ideally, all of them) before starting the fight proper.
What Do You Get for Beating Foulrot the Soultaker
- Basic Ability (Illusion) - Mist Trance
- Recipe - Phantom's Veil
- Recipe - Spectral Dust
- Recipe - Banshee
How to Beat Foulrot the Soultaker
First and foremost, Foulrot the Soultaker is surrounded by a veritable army of Skeleton Priests, Skeleton Mages, and deadly Banshees -- you must do your best to kill as many of these mobs as possible before starting the fight.
If you can clear out the other mobs in the area, the first half of the Foulrot fight is fairly easy. His only attack is two swings of his swords; getting hit with either will affect you with the Weaken debuff, but you can simply outrun him or avoid these attacks by carefully moving out of the way.
In the second half of the fight, Foulrot introduces several new attacks:
Foulrot will summon six Banshees to attack you.
Foulrot will disappear and charge at you with a dash.
Foulrot will activate a Counter shield to protect himself.
When Foulrot disappears, get ready to use your Travel Ability to evade him. The Banshees, too, are best avoided by carefully timing your movement or using your Travel Ability to dodge them. (Of course, kill them from a safe distance if you can.) As for the Counter Shield, you should take care not to attack him until he drops it; this is also a good opportunity to use a healing potion or recover a bit with Blood Mend.
Recommended Gear & Skills for Foulrot the Soultaker
Once again, Merciless Hollowfang armor and Merciless Iron weapons are the bare minimum here. It's preferable to beat Ungora the Spider Queen and craft Dawnthorn Armor for some extra protection if you can.
The first half of Foulrot's fight is pretty easy, but the Banshees in the second half can be troublesome. It's a good idea to have a defensive spell that you can activate if you're in a spot where you can't avoid a hit.
How to Beat Foulrot the Soultaker Solo
Foulrot can hit like a truck, nevermind the fact that his Banshee summons can badly damage you, too. You can fight him in melee considering his slow speed, but you'll need room to move around -- make absolutely certain that you've killed every other enemy in the Ancient Village before beginning the fight.
If you're going for melee combat, it is a bad idea to stay close to him when he's summoning Banshees. Back away and either kill or avoid the Banshees; you can get back into melee range once you've killed them.
V Rising Cursed Forest Bosses Guide - Matka the Curse Weaver (Level 72)
Where to Find Matka the Curse Weaver
Matka the Curse Weaver stands alone in her arena: the Nest of the Curse Weaver on the Western side of the Cursed Forest. Expect to encounter the occasional Witch or Night Lurker on your way there.
What Do You Get for Beating Matka the Curse Weaver
- Basic Ability (Unholy) - Unstable Mosquito
- Recipe - Schematic
- Recipe - Mosquito
How to Beat Matka the Curse Weaver
Matka the Curse Weaver can quickly bog you down with her magic if you don't stay on the move. Standing still is foolish (and borderline suicidal), so keep moving.
You'll encounter a fairly wide range of attacks in the first half of the fight:
- Matka spawns pools of green liquid that slow you down if you touch them.
- Matka fires a wave of green bolts in front of her.
- Matka fires a single blast of green energy that can bounce around the arena.
- Matka summons two Mosquitos, around Level 72-74.
- Matka will command a Mosquito she's summoned to explode.
Once she gets below half health, she'll add some new attacks.
- Matka will occasionally spawn multiple pools of sludge instead of just one.
- Matka will stand still and her staff will glow blue. She'll then cast a spell -- you'll turn into a pig and she'll fire out a nova of five bouncing green beams.
- Matka will burrow underground and send multiple mosquitos charging at you, each of which will explode a short time later.
Matka can fill her arena with all sorts of deadly projectiles, but the real danger comes from her mosquitos, especially when she commands them to explode. Make sure to kill them as soon as possible.
Recommended Gear & Skills for Matka the Curse Weaver
You're probably going to take at least a few hits in your fight with Matka the Curse Weaver -- that's why I strongly recommend you take the time to craft Dawnthorn Armor at the minimum. You might be able to win with Merciless Iron weapons, but it wouldn't hurt to have Dark Silver weapons for this fight.
As with other AOE-focused bosses, bringing a defensive Skill with you is a good idea. It will likely be very difficult (if not outright impossible) to avoid every attack, so you may as well have the ability to block them as needed.
How to Beat Matka the Curse Weaver Solo
Your biggest priority (aside from doing damage to Matka) is ensuring that the number of mosquitoes doesn't get out of hand. She absolutely will summon more even if she already has some out, so make sure to kill them as soon as they spawn in. If she doesn't have any Mosquitoes out, your main goal should be doing damage to Matka and dodging her attacks.
V Rising Cursed Forest Bosses Guide - Nightmarshal Styx the Sunderer (Level 76)
Where to Find Nightmarshal Styx the Sunderer
Nightmarshal Styx the Sunderer can be found patrolling the roads of the Cursed Forest. Search the loop in the center of the map and the easternmost road and you'll likely find him around there. Keep in mind that you're sure to encounter Witches and Night Lurkers along the way.
What Do You Get for Beating Nightmarshal Styx the Sunderer
- Vampire Power - Bat Form
How to Beat Nightmarshal Styx the Sunderer
Nightmarshal Styx the Sunderer starts off with three attacks:
- Nightmarshal Styx swings his swords twice, then dashes forward and finished with a stab.
- Nightmarshal Styx summons two waves of bats that approach from either side.
- Nightmarshal Styx spins and sends out a spinning wave of red blades.
As always, Nightmarshal Styx gets some new attacks once he's down to half health.
- Nightmarshal Styx will jump into the air and summon 2 Withered Vampires, followed by a third one shortly thereafter. These are ferocious creatures that rapidly attack in melee.
- Nightmarshal Styx teleports behind you, then charges at you with a dashing stab.
Seeing as you're fighting him on the road, a major danger is the addition of other enemies into the fight. Once you see Nightmarshal Styx, you should try to kill any other nearby enemies and then get him off of the road to prevent any other enemies from joining the fight.
Beyond that, the name of the game is dodging. His only real dangerous ranged attack is the spinning blades and those get easier to dodge at range; otherwise, you can sidestep most of his other attacks without too much trouble.
Recommended Gear & Skills for Nightmarshal Styx the Sunderer
Although Nightmarshal Styx is a fairly simple fight, he does hit pretty hard and has a higher level than most of the other bosses in the game. You should at least have Darkthorn Armor and Dark Silver weapons if you're going into this fight.
How to Beat Nightmarshal Styx the Sunderer Solo
Fighting Nightmarshal Styx the Sunderer solo wouldn't be tough if it weren't for the Withered Vampires he summons -- they can drain your health very quickly when they attack you. You have to focus on removing them right away before they take out too much of your health.
As a solo player, it will also be vitally important to ensure that you don't attract any attention from other enemies. Take a little extra time and clear out an area for the fight in advance before Styx comes along, otherwise you might have an unnecessarily tough fight on your hands.
You can learn how to beat Gorecrusher the Behemoth in our V Rising Soul Shard Bosses Guide.
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