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The Witch of the Lake

The Witch of the Lake
Health:

2,000

NG+7 10,400

Drops:

12,010 Gold

12,000 Salt

NG+7 319,440 Salt

The Witch of the Lake's Ear

Defences
Strike 500 Fire -50
Slash 50 Lightning 50
Poise 100 Poison 50
Block 0 Holy -50
Block Damage 0 Arcane 50
Block Magic 60    

The Witch of the Lake is a Boss in Salt and Sanctuary



Saira, one of two twins. The Witch of the Lake, guardian of the Salt Alkymancery, is a magic user of legend, an immensely powerful arcanist and alchemancer. Her black robes conceal a physical form that has been grotesquely disfigured by alchemy as obscure as it is dangerous."

Location

  • Siam Lake: This is a small area, the boss is on the left side.
  • Coordinates: {X:55811.56 Y:30732.57}
  • Boss Flags: xx NPC / Merchant progress

 

Combat Information

  • Attack Types: Ranged homing magic, close melee physical
  • Weak vs: Fire and Holy Damage
  • Strong vs: Strike Damage


Phase 1

  • The Witch will attack you using ranged spells mostly. It is advisable to have arcane-resist gear and a light build, as you would most likely fail at blocking, thus rolling and dodging away is imperative
  • Fireball barrage: She shoots tons of energy balls from her staff that can stagger, drain stamina and KO if caught off guard. It is recommended to stand below her as her melee attacks are far weaker(as in, cannot KO you) and this spell is easiest to dodge from this position.
  • Purple Arc: Shoots an amount of dark balls positioned on an arc to on of her sides which then follows the player which can KO if not avoided
  • If close to her for too long, she will melee hit downwards in an arc which she can combo into an uppercut launching you into the air
  • Shard Ball: Shoots a medium sized ball which after a second will explode and shoot shards that follow the player which can drain a shielder's stamina and KO afterwards.

Phase 2

  • She will stand still and casting for a brief second an arc of balls above her in which will then target and can KO you.

Melee Strategy Video

 

Player Notes

 

  • The Ashen Effigy Greatshield is the perfect shield to use if available as it has 100% resistance to arcane attacks, making it an ideal tool against her.
  • When fighting the Witch, Make sure to keep an eye on your arena space as this will benefit against the Shard ball and arcane barrage.
  • When avoiding the fireball barage from upclose, simply roll over to the other side of the Witch. If avoiding the Barage from a far distance, the balls will split into spaces that can be jumped over or rolled through (Rolling through still needs testing)
  • When avoiding the Shard ball, the best tactic so far is to run away whilst the shards are being shot at you as these will simply end up hitting the floor.  Dodging through the shard ball is not recommended as the invisibility timier inbetween will still get you considering the amount of shards fired from the ball
  • When avoiding the Purple arc, it is best to stay underneath her and looking where the arc is positioned, if to her left wait 1 second under her then run the opposite side of the balls as these can simply hit the floor.
  • When avoiding any range homing attack, do NOT jump as one projectile can possibly clip your character and KO if you are off-guard.
  • When fighting her, do NOT stay near the edge of the arena as she can simply leave from view and attack using any ability as this may KO you
  • It is possible to block her attacks with 100% arcane resist greatshields if you have enough stamina.
  • All of her attacks can be parried with reflect shields (like Mirror Shield) and i-frames on that move are long enough to make the rest of projectiles pass through you. You can also chain successful parry into roll.
  • Carsejaw The Cruel's armor set that is sold by the Nomad Trader after his defeat can provide a significant defense against her Arcane based attacks.

 




    • Anonymous

      17 Aug 2017 23:05  

      I tried every weapon (best and most appropriate for every class) against her to see how quickly I could kill her with melee in NG+7. Turns out Daggers are the way to go, no contest. More specifically the Eviscerator. With a Blessed Page or Pitch Fire, the fight barely lasts a minute if she doesn't troll you (Spoilers : she will). Now... with Divine Blessed Weapon at 50 wisdom and Golden Wine... you pretty much make her health bar turn yellow.

      • Anonymous

        07 Aug 2017 21:55  

        Some Strategies:

        Equipment:
        -Strong Slashing Weapon
        (Chitin Obelisk with 34 strenght works wonders)
        -Holy of Fire Buff
        (Either through Prayer or Items)
        -either no armour or light armour with high arcane resistance
        -Fire Bombs can help

        The actual fight
        -dash towards her and spam 2-3 attacks
        -try to stay under her and try to bait the magic barrage
        -hit everytime she can't hit you

        She is fairly squishy and should go down within 5-6 combos.

        • Anonymous

          25 Jul 2017 08:23  

          first of all this boss IS well made as there are more tips and replies for her than any boss from dark souls and nioh.
          second thing is used pitchfire/ 2hand obsidian pillar (v) and attack ring/charm and she went down in 6 jumping strong attacks in about 45 seconds. also run and jump attack as soon as fight starts which will give you an immediate second chance to do it again after you recover. only used one pitchfire and it does out when collecting her gold. you don't need a shield just do it quickly. high strength helps with this. my hammer was swinging at base 187 on ng. each hit burns her for a bit after you do that jumping strong attack as well. you can get through most bosses with the obsidian pillar / (seawolf cutlass for third lamb) actually.

          • Anonymous

            25 May 2017 00:40  

            The way I beat her was poison spam. It was race against Health. If you ask me it was really effective, but risky. I died multiple (around 4) times, but managed to beat her.
            So here's my tips to this boss:
            1. Max Arcane Defense, both Shield and Armor (+ Ring). With my equipment I had 50% Arcane Resist (Mostly Nullifies Otherwise certain Deaths)
            2. Poison Build = Forestfang + Pessklaw (First forestfang when she approaches you and pessklaw when she spams her rapid fire)
            3. Run far away and Jump Block the Homing Shadow Burst Sphere of Nearly Certain Death (Only 1-3 Will hit you and your shield will block the damage at least mostly)
            4. Dodge the other homing spheres where multiple are cast at once (they will hit the ground and disappear)
            5. Stay Behind her and be ready to roll against Melee and Rapid Fire

            • Anonymous

              19 May 2017 16:35  

              The *itch gets EXTRA aggressive when she is poisoned, for some reason. She becomes so spammy, the game turns into a bullet-hell, making poison stacking to a reasonable point with Mossy Pessmud such a pain, you're better off not using it (no wraithfangs, those things are broken). I have been through the game many MANY times (27 journey bottles on my jack-of-all-trades character alone, but haven't dropped daggers for a while now :p), and can pretty much beat her with my eyes closed. But DAMN she's never been such a *itch, which made me love her again.

              • Anonymous

                18 May 2017 18:41  

                Game breaking boss at NG+. Has the tendency to move offscreen and spam homing missiles while you can't reach her. I don't mind a challenge but this is ridiculous.

                • Anonymous

                  21 Apr 2017 07:09  

                  i found this boss to be more rng than anything, stay incredibly close and hope she uses the barrage, then get a few hits in, rinse and repeat

                  • Anonymous

                    01 Apr 2017 12:37  

                    Any of distance attaks can be avoided by simple jump and dashing in the same direction. All of her projectiles has a limited lifetime. So if you have a good gun or crossbow you will not have any issues fighting her.

                    • Anonymous

                      06 Feb 2017 13:42  

                      Took me a few death before I decided to abandon my shield and most of my armor ; I killed it on my next try. Maybe keep enough stuff to tank the melee damage, but the rest is quite easy to dodge. Stay under her, and jump to avoid the arching projectile she uses to reach you when you're there. I used the charm that gives holy damages and a two handed headman's voulge, which was enough to inflict a lot of damage.

                      • Anonymous

                        20 Dec 2016 20:28  

                        I recommend the Wardens Set and whatever headgear has the highest arcane resist. Additionally you can use the silver shield, which has 100% arcane resist.

                        If you have problems dodging the mayority of a spell's projectiles this is the best armor to wear, either dodge as much as you can then take the rest of the damage (just don't take all) or block as much as you can and then take the rest.

                        Since her melee atatcks aren't that strong and sonsists only of a 1-2 combo you can afford it.

                        Currently on my first playthrough and this was the best setup for me

                        • Anonymous

                          The Witch of the Lake [S&S Wiki]19 Dec 2016 02:49  

                          Run away, then turn around a boost jump over them. Its that easy. Also the Gatling attack is easy to avoid, just run the other way and jump the projectiles.

                          • Anonymous

                            15 Nov 2016 08:00  

                            I found the orb that spawns missiles to be the hardest part initially. What worked well for me is to be close to underneath the orb (like 7 or 8 o'clock if the orb was the center of the clock) then just walk away. Dont jump. Dont dash. If you just walk away they all miss you. The annoying part is if she happens to follow up with her rapid spray ability you will likely die but most of the time she did not so it worked out after a couple tries. I had a shield on but honestly never even pulled it up.

                            • Anonymous

                              Evil Incarnate02 Oct 2016 03:42  

                              If you're cooping, this boss is pure evil. Two of her three magic attacks can one-shot you if they so much as touch you, and she's got a pretty sizable health pool.

                              • Anonymous

                                Easiest boss in the game guys get good seriously.22 Sep 2016 06:40  

                                If you use the Iron rampart you can literally block 100% of everything she can do. You can just..be naked even other than that shield and your weapon and she wont hit you a single time. No cheap tricks or I frames or strategy needed, block Every single spell and attack inbetween.

                                • Anonymous

                                  ng+ witch = incredibly hardest boss..10 Sep 2016 19:36  

                                  First playthrough is a bit easy.. but when ng+, fortunate and damage don't work at all.. you need to concentrate extremely long time to defeat her..

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Not that hard09 Sep 2016 21:47  

                                    I was worried about fighting her but i beat her on my 3rd try, her spells hurt a lot but she can be killed rather quickly

                                    • Anonymous

                                      This boss really isn't that hard.16 Aug 2016 07:53  

                                      Maybe it's because I was running a flint & steel build when I fought her, but I beat her after 4 tries.<br/>She has like, 4 attacks. Just learn those, stick close to her so you can dodge easier, and be agressive.<br/>Unless you have a really high arcane defence don't bother blocking either.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Did 1st time with Iron Rampart03 Aug 2016 03:42  

                                        Seriously that shield is insane. Add that Faithful Ring and you can tank everything this girl throws at you.

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