Adan Thief of Fire Boss Guide: How to Beat Adan in Elden Ring

Adan, Thief of Fire is a big fire mage who makes you feel like Elden Ring is trolling you throughout the fight. Although not too difficult, he fights like a cheap player and can be difficult at first. Adan Thief of Fire can be found in Evildoer’s Evergaol, similar to the Knight of the Crucible and the Ancient Hero of Zamor.

Reach Evildoer’s Evergaol

The Malefactor Evergaol location is very close to the Grace site of the lake facing cliffs. If you teleport to this Grace Site, you can take the road down the cliff that leads you past an enemy camp full of warriors.

Once past the camp, you will be taken to Liurnia of the Lakes. There will be a vendor selling astrologer gear next to Grace’s site. If you look at the cliff next to the Site of Grace, you will see an item on the cliff, the Sacrificial Branch. If you go up Skyrim on the cliff side, you’ll get the branch, and a little more pathing will lead you to Evildoer Evergaol.


If you don’t care about the object and don’t feel like doing the frustrating trial and error to climb the cliffs, there is another way. Climb Torrent around the same mountain cliffs and turn left, you will see a wind vortex. Have Torrent jump into the vortex to lead him safely to Malefactor Evergaol.

The center of the stone ruin will be purple, and you can enter Evergaol to start your fight with Adan. The fire thief fights like a cheap multiplayer spammer and you’ll see it soon enough. He only has one strategy with a few different combos to go with it.

How to Beat Adan, Fire Thief in Elden Ring

First, Adan will always use his Flame of the Fell God spell to conjure a massive fireball that will follow you for a bit and then explode. If you insist on staying away from him, he will conjure several and then rush you. This will force you to retreat or attempt to confront it and risk detonating the fireball on you. Getting hit by the fireball is a death sentence, especially as a low level player.


If you get too close to Adan, he will start using the Catch Flame spell to blast you. He also fights with a Morning Star which he will use to deal uneven damage. Some of his basic strikes will barely hurt you while some of his heavy strikes will be about to finish you off in one hit.

His two combos are a light double swing followed by a heavy strike and a combo where he lightly attacks in front of him about 8 times before finishing with a heavy attack. Finally, to top it off, Adan has a healing flask and will use it at around 40% health unless you stop him from drinking it. This is difficult to do as he will usually summon a fireball to protect himself and then heal himself.

Defeat Adan Thief of Fire in melee


Adan, Thief of Fire is boring but defeating him can be quite easy if you play patiently. The good thing about this fight is that the boss is easily knocked out. Most attacks will stun him and allow you to pull off lots of good combos. That said, if Adan threw the fireball, you’ll need to move away from him as it will explode, which could set you up.

The most effective strategy is to start by relentlessly attacking Adan when he first appears. Because he is easily stunned, you will most likely be able to drop most of his health. From there, play defensively. Run away from his fireball and don’t linger too close to avoid the Flame Catcher spell.

The perfect time to strike is when Adan begins his long morning star combo. Get close to him to unleash his heavy strike and back up to avoid him. (You do NOT need to dodge roll as it is easily telegraphed). Once he does that, start a flurry of attacks and when he recovers, back off. Rinse and repeat this until victory.

Defeat Adan fire thief with magic


Adan is very good at dodging long-range magic and he can retreat from most attacks, so trying to catch him off guard won’t work. That said, the best strategy is to use his own spell against him, Catch Flame. Although he is a fire mage, Adan is still very weak to fire magic. At the start of the battle, blast it continuously with the spell. He won’t be fast enough to escape and you can do tons of damage until you run out of magic. It’s even possible to just win the fight this way as the spell will continuously stun him until you stop spamming the spell.

If Adan escapes, back off and repeat the strategy above. If you want to use long-range magic, the best way to make sure it lands is to wait for him to use his Fell God spell. He is less likely to refuse to use this spell than any of his other attacks.

No matter what strategy you use, note that it’s best to remember that being patient will win the fight. Don’t put yourself in danger in order to rush Adan when he tries to heal himself. It’s best to let him use one vial and scale it down.

Once downed, the fire mage will leave behind the Flame of the Fallen God. This new spell will give you the ability to summon the large firebomb that Adan used against you during the entire boss fight. This is an incredibly fearsome spell that can only be used by Terni with a high faith skill.

Elden Ring is currently available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.

– This article was last updated on March 3, 2022

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