Gretel (Second Encounter) Boss Guide
|Area Encountered||The Lost Shrine (Second Route)|
|Attack Gauge Points||3 (Body)|
|Flaming Orb Projectiles||Fires flaming orb projectiles from her mouth.||Run to the side or destroy them with your weapon.|
|Lance Slash||Raises its lance vertically before slashing down in front of it.||Guard or dodge to the side.|
|Lance Swipe||Performs a horizontal sweep in front of it with its lance.||Guard or dodge away.|
|Summon Shades||Summons shades to aid her in battle. She will then put up a shield which will remain activate until all shades are dead.||Kill the shades. You can also lure them into the sunlight to take them out easily.|
|Shield Self||Activates a shield that negates all incoming attacks. Done after summoning shades.||Kill the shades to force Gretel to deactivate her shield.|
|Spinning Attack||Spins around the battlefield to damage targets in its path.||Run around and dodge to try and outrun Gretel. You can also jump just before she hits you to avoid taking damage.|
Avoid Gretel’s mouth projectiles by running to its side or by destroying them with a spear. Gretel will then summon shades which you should take care of first (the boss will put up its shield and only deactivate it when the shades are all dead). You can lure the shades to where the light is shining to kill them off easily.
When the shades have been dealt with, attack Gretel with your weapon as it will only mostly retaliate with its familiar lance slash and lance sweeps. Get in a few hits and reposition yourself when the boss faces you to avoid getting hit. You can also pummel the boss with charged magic attacks from afar to stack even more damage at a relatively safer distance. When the attack gauge appears, unload on it with more magic attacks. A cutscene will then play.
After the cutscene, Gretel will become much more aggressive and will start performing a spinning attack that allows her to move rapidly all around the area. It can be hard to dodge so keep moving around and healing when you need to (try to dodge just before Gretel hits you and you should be able to avoid getting hit). When Gretel stops spinning, continue bombarding her with magic attacks will moving around her and the attack gauge should appear eventually. Aim for the attack gauge and she will go down but will get up one last time. Finish her off with a charged magic attack to defeat her.