How to Beat Forest Ancient | Boss Fight Guide | God of War PS4 (GoW 4)

This is a guide on how to beat Forest Ancient in God of War PS4 (GoW 4). This page will explain its attack patterns, behavior, and tips and strategies on how to deal the most damage you can against it and take minimal damage at the same time.

Forest Ancient Boss Information

Bestiary Entry

Forest Ancient
Forest Ancient Bestiary Entry
Category Primordial
Entry Text
We ran into an Ancient of the Forest on our way out of Fafnir's Storeroom. This one was walking around, instead of just hibernating like most of them do. Or maybe we woke it up while we were trying to get inside? These Ancients are kind of beautiful... I wish their hearts weren't so valuable.

Basic Information

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Name Forest Ancient
Recommended Level 4-5
Weapons Flaming Projectiles, Laser Beams

Forest Ancient Location

World View Guide
The Forest Ancient appears in the forest of Fafnir's Storeroom after retrieving the knife of Fafnir's Son.

Best Build


Armor Set Arcane Might

Leviathan Axe

Axe Level 4

Forest Ancient Boss Fight Guide

Use the Environment

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The secret to this fight, is to position yourself behind the surrounding trees while the Forest Ancient attacks. A majority of its attacks can be blocked by the terrain giving you multiple openings to attack.

Forest Ancient Attack Patterns

Attack 1

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The Forest Ancient's first attack is similar to the Fire Ancient. It will expose its core and shoot flaming projectiles directly at you.

Attack 2

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The second attack will make the Forest Ancient fire a laser beam from its core. This attack has two variations where it will target you directly or shooting the beam in a wide area.

Attack 3 and 4

The 3rd and 4th attack of the Forest Ancient rarely happens. This attack only happens when you are close to melee range with it. A red circle will flash on the Forest Ancient signaling you that it will do a close range attack.

Tips and Strategy

The trick to defeating the Forest Ancient is to position yourself behind a tree while waiting for it to expose its core. Small fragments of the Ancient will drop if you hit its core.

If you throw 2 of the fragments back to the Forest Ancient, you will be able knock them down and deal massive damage to them using the R3 button.

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