The Coveted



NG+7 12,500


24,020/36,030 Gold

24,000/36,000 Salt

NG+7 638,880/958,320 Salt

The Coveted's Ashes

Strike 0 Fire 50
Slash 600 Lightning 50
Poise 100 Poison 50
Block 0 Holy 50
Block Damage 0 Arcane -50(-40*)
Block Magic 60    

*: Enhanced Edition Values

The Coveted is a Boss in Salt and Sanctuary

A strangely sharp stone executioner's axe. As the legend tells it, a royal executioner received it as a mysterious gift, and immediately took a liking to it. Power in the kingdom shifted, and before long, the executioner had used his axe on the entire royal family. Power shifted further, and the executioner became king. But the executioner never resigned from his grisly station, and the axe was well fed, though never satisfied."




Combat Information

  • Attack Types: Physical (mostly Strike), Knockback, Arcane.
  • Weak vs: All elements and especially Arcane Damage.
  • Strong vs: Slash Damage.
  • The Axe itself is the Boss and can only be hurt, not the ghosts. The boss fight essentially consists of two invulnerable Coveting ghosts and The Coveted greataxe itself. In the beginning of the fight, one of the ghosts picks up the axe and swings in around while the other bombards you from above.
    • Later, the axe-wielder drops The Coveted, leaving it stuck in the ground again. Both ghosts shoot at you and after a few seconds, then one of them goes to retrieve the axe. This remains the same through the fight, as there's no phase 2.
  • It is possible to separate the ghosts so that one stays in a corner of the room and loses aggro while you fight the other ghost wielding the axe.

The Axebearing Ghost

The player may damage The Coveted (the axe) any time during the fight, but must be careful of both ghosts' moves, as most of the time the axe will be up in the air.

  • Retrieve - Pulls the axe from the ground. This creates a powerful shockwave that can damage and knockup the player. Do not stand near the axe while the ghost retrieves it.
    • The player may still opt to damage the axe at range while it's being retrieved, provided the other ghost does not impede them to do so. Elemental damage is recommended.
  • Swing - Lifts the axe, then does a downward slash. Very short range and telegraphed, but has high damage and causes knockback. The player can opt to either roll through, or roll away.
  • Twirl - Lowers and rears back the axe, then rapidly swings it while moving forward with one hand. Easily rolled through. Consumes high stamina if blocked, deals medium damage and causes knockup.
  • Throw - Flies high in the air and throws the axe in a fixed arc, leaving The Coveted stuck in the ground and exposed. When the axe hits the ground, it creates a small shockwave on both sides of the point of impact.
    • Once the axe is down on the ground, the player can take this chance to hit it without having to worry about jumping to reach the axe. However, be mindful of both ghosts, as they won't sit idly.

The Unarmed Ghost

  • Soul Arrows - Casts three times in a row with it's hands, conjuring damaging small projectiles that deal Arcane damage. This move always shoots one projectile on the first two casts, then two projectiles on the last cast (thus, 4 total projectiles, or 1,1,2).
    • The ghost cannot turn around while firing, meaning that you're completely safe under/behind him.
    • This attack can be spell reflected.
  • During the transitional phase with the axe on the ground, both ghosts fire these at you. Be wary of getting cornered and/or between them while trying to damage the axe.


Melee Strategy Video





Player Notes

  • Use drops to craft: The Coveted (Weapon) and the Mosaic Culverin.
  • The player can use an Arcane-resistant shield to block the ghost projectiles.
  • Poison can be unexpectedly effective against this boss, as it's able to damage the axe even when the player can't reach it while it's in the air.
  • None of it's physical attacks can be parried.


If one manages to kill the boss without aggro-ing both ghosts, only the aggro-ed ghost will die, dropping gold and ashes. This doesn't ends the battle however. Aggro-ing the second ghost after the other one is already dead ends the battle, kills the second ghost instantly, and makes him drop another pile of gold and ashes.


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    • Anonymous

      Is this boss optional? The wiki says it isnt, but I haven't gone through the temple and I reached the crypt already.

      • Anonymous

        One of the ghosts was out in the mid of the fight, came back later. Probably was just drinking some tea.

        But I liked the fight, I actually found it pretty challenging.

        • Anonymous

          This boss bugged out for me about halfway through the fight. The axe was slammed into the ground and both of the ghosts just stopped attacking and stayed stuck up in the corner

          • Anonymous

            Come in from the right. Stay close to the entrance and only aggro 1 ghost. Stay to the right of the arena and effortlessly kill this boss. Get reward. Walk to the left, other ghost insta dies. Duplicate reward.

            • Anonymous

              if you die to axe you need to deal certain damage to get your salt back while if you die to arcane bolts it will be on an otherwordly creature inside boss.

              • Anonymous

                This was a really interesting idea for a boss, probably my favorite so far purely for its originality. Also, upon my second fight with these guys they seemed to just stop throwing lightning for some reason, the non axe wielded just floated around until the axe was dropped.

                • Anonymous

                  fun fact: if you get the one ghost to get stuck on one side of the map, and then go over to the other side of the map with the axeghost following you, and then stop attacking the axe and stop moving, the axe ghost stops too. and from this point, if you have poison knives, you can poison the axe from a distance and it'll take damage, but the ghost wont pick it up.

                  • Anonymous

                    Seems this boss has a ton of glitches associated with it, adding to that I first encountered this boss accidentally because I went to the Pitchwoods before Ruined Temple, so I came into the boss room from the left side (exit I guess) where there wasn't a candelabra until it was too late and I was being pounded by those projectiles. All other bosses with multiple entrance points have had candelabras on either side, pretty annoying losing my salt and time, or I would have horned out.

                    • Anonymous

                      If the Axe is thrown from very high, it can get stuck mid-air. It can also be dropped outside of the boss arena. This boss needs a patch.

                      • Anonymous

                        You can sneak up and only agro the axe ghost . after that it's simple as long as you keep him around 1 screen .

                        • Anonymous

                          whats the damage type of the projectiles? I used a shield with 100 strike defense (Teuthis Shield IV) and it goes through and kills me as if im not blocking at all... but I am and I have enough stamina...

                          • Anonymous

                            So, apparently you can get triple the reward. I walked into the fight from the right, then stayed there spamming wraithfang.

                            Axe died, get reward.

                            Walk a bit, first spirit died, get reward.

                            Walk a bit further, second spirit died, get reward.

                            • Anonymous

                              Simply access this boss from behind, by getting the Dart brand and getting into the ruined temple via the Pitchwoods! All you need to get past is 3 Spindlebeasts... sigh...

                              • Anonymous

                                walked into this guy with 100k salt, died and when i come back the boss doesn't have my salt nor any spawned mobs to kill for it, essentially lost 100k to a bug...

                                • Anonymous

                                  I Transmuted the iron butterfly axe to make the Coveted axe, and then it mysteriously disappeared from my inventory afterwords. What's up with that? I spent awhile farming up that 100,000 salt to get that thing, and i don't have a second Coveted Ashes to make another one. the axe i transumted was not upgraded, but i don't think that should matter because it allowed me to do it.

                                  • I just had a similar experience: At first both of the spirits aggro'd normally and the fight went as expected until about 66%.At that point one of the spirits moved to the far left and deaggro'd while I was on the right side.I took the opportunity and stayed on the right until the second spirit threw the axe while being on the far right side and deaggro'd there.The remaining 50% I just stood at the axe which was about in the middle of the arena and kept hitting it without being bothered by the spirits.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Hey i just wanted to inform whoever, devs, and players *wink wink* you can glitch the boss by only agrro'ing the first of the two spirits, he will eventually throw the axe and remain still, the axe will we vulnerable and nobody else will be moving. after killing the axe the first spirit died and the boss bar remained empty until i walked over and aggrod the second spirit and it said vanquished.(also not sure if i was supposed to receive two boss salts from it, might be part of the glitch)

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