The Tree of Men

The Tree of Men


NG+7 8,000


8,010 Gold

8,000 Salt

NG+7 309,840 Salt

The Tree of Men's Ashes

Strike 100 Fire 50
Slash 500 Lightning 50
Poise 100 Poison 50
Block 100 Holy 50
Block Damage 100 Arcane 50
Block Magic 60    

The Tree of Men is a Boss in Salt and Sanctuary

A corporeal manifestation of tools of torture. No inanimate object should be capable of malice, but in a world of vengeful spirits and arcane magic, anything is possible."



Combat Information

  • Attack Types: Fire traps in the area, physical damage, knockback.
  • Weak vs: All Elements
  • Strong vs: Slash attacks

Phase 1

  • You must attack the Chained Men that comprise the tree to weaken it. Use the platforms left and right of the boss to get high up and reach the enemies, but be mindful of the fire-spitting traps that are set up
  • If you stay on the lower portion, the knockback from his attacks will likely push you down to your death: jump right before or roll right as the stomp happens to avoid it
  • Try to stay on the 2nd and 3rd level platforms (the first two non-destructable ones) on either side. This gives you the best access to the men that compose the tree and also helps prevent getting knocked off by the tree's feet.
  • If you die from knockback, your Salt will be in a Salt Bat who you can defeat easily when you come back.

Phase 2

  • After all Chained Men are dead, the only weak spot left is the head. Go up the LEFT side of the platform and attack the head once or twice, then drop down to avoid the fire trap
  • The boss will also run his arm across one of the top two platforms based on where you are standing. Bait him into attacking then leap up (or down) to avoid it and the flame trap.
  • Once his health reaches about 10%, he gains a fire-spewing attack that covers a wide range and does a fair bit of damage. Use a fire resistant shield such as the Phoenix Rondache or the Raider's Targe to nullify the fire damage.  Following this spray, its head will bow down, allowing its vulnerable spot to be hit.
  • There is a way Phase 2 can be cheesed. Stand on the top left platform at the edge facing The Tree of Men. Using a fire resistant shield block every time the fire of jet behind you goes off as well as when the Tree uses his fire-spewing attack during the final phase (remember blocking works even if you're facing the other way and stamina will gradually recover even while blocking). The Tree will launch melee attacks in a predictable pattern. Jump before each attack and counter-attack once you land (be careful not to move forward or you'll fall off the platform). If the timing is such that jumping will lead to you getting hit by fire from behind block both the Tree's melee attack and the jet of fire from behind then recover stamina waiting for the next round.


Melee Strategy Video



Player Notes

  • Use the drops to make: Mountain Breaker
  • A shield that resists fire helps a lot during this fight
  • If using melee, Impen's Charm is effective for all phases.
  • Pillar of Light makes phase 1 trivial.



    • 01 Feb 2017 21:54  

      This boss has a glitch that males you lose all your salt. Usually when you die by fire, those bombs thrown by the chained men or from the fall you'll get a bat to kill and recover your salt, but if you die to that huge punch the boss will become "salted". However, getting the boss HP to the "salt mark" by killing the caged men won't give your salt back!

      Apparently, the game only recognizes the head and arms as the Tree Of Men, so when you get to hit that the "salt mark" will have passed and you lost your salt forever.

      Actually, that happened to me but I died afterwards...don't know what happens if you actually kill the boss, if you get your salt back.

      • 15 Jan 2017 12:25  

        Not sure if this is a bug but I found that when I placed enough stacks of Mossy Pessmud poison on the Tree of Men he stopped moving and died of poison.

        • 31 Dec 2016 16:10  

          For some reason, in the second phase, he just stop his attacs and stays there, motionless. Tried quit/reload for a fair fight but he refuses to attack.

          • 29 Dec 2016 22:28  

            Now, im not sure on PC, but on ps4 version, if you are playing co-op, when you enter the fight, the player behind the person who triggered te fight, teleports behind the player, and dies instantaneously.
            Just saying.

            • 27 Dec 2016 10:34  

              You can use the few frames of invincibility during which you climb a platform to make the fight easier, you will have to time it right but once you have the timing you can dodge most of its attacks.

              • Did not die to him04 Aug 2016 19:26  

                But died plenty of times ro bloody gravity and flame throwers died 54 i died quote on quote to this boss WHY THE BLOODY AOE FEET BACK

                • Great weapons ftw31 Jul 2016 14:21  

                  The range on these makes all the difference for swatting the weak spots. If you ever end on on the floor though for thr love of god keep an eye out for the foot stomp move...

                  • Phase 330 May 2016 07:25  

                    It certainly seems like you are winning, but the show is not over. Not yet. Here, take some flamethrower in your face. I'll be waiting for your return.

                    • Ridiculous26 May 2016 14:55  

                      This is the worst boss design I've seen for a while. This isn't like Dark Souls difficulty, it's just unnecessarily stupid. Open floor, millions of projectiles, traps, falling platforms, allocated weak points. Try spending all money and salt before attempting this thing.

                      • RNG...22 May 2016 08:04  

                        Oh, ***** better not jump up there. Thank god I saw the fire before it spit out and I aborted the jump. Oh, the platform is gone. Oh, sorry the foot stomped right where you fall at the exact moment the platform vanishes. Oh, you got killed instantly. Man, why didn't you just jump into the fire and take a heck ton of damage?<br/>This boss doesn't make me feel like I am failing at defeating him. It feels like the boss fails at being fair.

                        • Tree of Man25 Mar 2016 14:49  

                          As a mage for the first phase with the caged men, stand under him, dodge his feet and spam lightning storm, the move up left hand platforms, dodge his melee attacks and continue spamming lightning storm until you cant then just bait his melee atk to the middle platform jump up to the top and melee his eye till dead.<br/><br/>As a cleric, stand under his feet, dodge the stomps and spam ray of searing until dead.

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