March 9, 2022 | Posted in: Elden Ring

This post describes the first dungeon players should encounter in the game. Dungeons are a great place to collect runes, get items, and practice tactics against various bosses.

Players die a lot in this game

Mastering combat takes time and I’m not big on learning defensive moves. Running away and barrel rolling are clutch, especially in boss fights. After failing several times in the Dragon Burnt Ruins, and dying to it’s boss, Flying Dragon Agheel, I decided to explore other areas of Limgrave and came upon the Church of Elleh, where you find a vendor to buy and sell goods, and Groveside Cave.

In Groveside Cave, it’s fairly easy to get to the boss, one merely has to clear a pack of four wolves, then two wolves, then a solo wolf. I’m playing Astrologer so the ranged attack has been clutch. Here’s some video inside Groveside Cave dying, a lot, and failing to the boss over and over. The frustrating part is having to fight the pack of wolves over and over again because when you fail the dungeon, the mobs are respawned.

Beastman of Farum Azula

After finding the best tactics to defeat the wolves, one traverses the mist to face the boss of Groveside Cave, Beastman of Farum Azula. I’m playing Astrologer and quickly learned taking him down with ranged spells, particularly Glinting Pebble, as this is the best damage per mana point available at this early state, was the best way to fell the enemy. Barrel Rolling to avoid his attacks and keeping him locked on target by pressing the right stick down was the best way for me to defeat the boss. Running from him when he’s not being targeted by pressing the right stick down again (this process will toggle targeting him and not targeting him). You can watch more epic fails below and see how running from him is quite easy.

Defeating Beastman of Farum Azula

Defeating the boss will award you the flame drake talisman reducing fire damage taken which could be clutch when facing another Limgrave Optional Boss, Flying Dragon Agheel. I found auto targeting the boss and barrel rolling away to dodge his attacks and moving backwards, a lot, was the best way to defeat the boss as Astrologer class using Glinting Pebble for my attacks. In the video below, I defeat the Beastman of Farum Azula around the twenty minute mark. And, I don’t bother you with advertisements.

Also, while in Groveside Cave, make sure and collect crafting materials like cave moss and silver firefly. There are some bodies to loot with other items.