Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree’s Furnace Giant is simple, but it’s a great learning tool

In the Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree gameplay trailer, the terrifying Furnace Giant was shown, and it looks like a tough enemy. However, during my recent hands-on with the game, that turned out not to be the case, as this enemy is surprisingly easy to defeat.

During my hands-on experience I experienced the first parts of the DLC. From the starting point of the DLC, the Furnace Giant (the Wicker Man-esque enemy) is the first major enemy you encounter if you drive straight as intended.

When I saw the Furnace Giant, I thought it would be another Tree Sentinel moment, as it is an enemy designed to be defeated later in the Elden Ring DLC. Still, I tried to fight it. Lo and behold, the Furnace Giant didn’t put up much resistance. It’s not even considered a boss since it doesn’t even have a boss health bar.

To be honest, it can kill you if you’re not careful, as every step with his feet creates a wave of fire that can drain a lot of your health. However, while riding Torrent, you can easily avoid this telegraphed attack by jumping.

The fight boils down to punching his legs until he staggers, while simply dodging his fire stomp attack. It also has other attacks, but they are quite slow and easy to read. Soon you’ll be able to defeat him and get the Deflecting Hard Tear and the Furnace Visage (which seems to be related to the Fell God of Fire based on the item description).

While the fact that such a terrifying enemy is easy may be disappointing to some, I thought this was another great example of how FromSoftware used previous enemies to teach key mechanics.

In the same way that the Tree Sentinel teaches players that they can avoid enemies that are too strong (unless they are skilled or stubborn enough to defeat them) in the open world, the Furnace Giant teaches the value of jumping.

Sure, many bosses in the base game have attacks that can be dodged by jumping, but rolling is good enough in most cases. Meanwhile, in my battles against the main DLC bosses, I encountered attacks that players seemed to be able to avoid only by jumping.

If it weren’t for the Furnace Giant, I probably would have forgotten to jump to avoid these attacks and just panicked instead. Sure, it’s a small thing, but it shows how much thought the developers put into Shadow of the Erdtree. This has made me even more excited to discover what else the DLC has to offer.

Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree will be released on June 21, 2024 for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC.