The Witch of the Lake

The Witch of the Lake


NG+7 10,400


12,010 Gold

12,000 Salt

NG+7 319,440 Salt

The Witch of the Lake's Ear

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."


  • 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.
    • The Silver Shield also offers 100% arcane resistance, but its stagger resistance (aka Balance) is much lower, which means it probably won't stand up to the Witch's multi-hit attacks. 
  • 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

      22 Jan 2019 03:27  

      I am in NG+7 with a 50 str and 50 wis build. Overall muy best weapon against this boss is the purifier reaper, while a GS will do more damage per hit, the extra aerial hit of the purifier helps a lot.

      • 06 Jan 2019 02:54  

        Anything with a high Fire Damage completely melts her HP bar. I know she's weak to Holy but I always had way quicker results with Fire. On a mage Flame Barrage and Dragon Plume completely anihilates her. Putting a stone Alchemist and stone Mage (or Cleric if you go Holy and/or Blacksmith to boost physical if you dont use magic) at the Siam Lake Sanctuary is pretty useful.

        • Anonymous

          08 Sep 2018 21:22  

          all of her moves are easy to dodge EXCEPT for the bull*****floating orb that spews a million deaths. For that one you MUST be away from the edge of the arena as the only way to avoid it is to run away from it. You basically have to control the space in a way you usually don't have to.

          • Anonymous

            02 Sep 2018 21:20  

            I mean I might have been a bit overleveled (naginata+7 and thunderstone), and then the 100% arcane shield + some arcane defense armor then you can pretty easily dodge the ball attack, by moving left/right then rolling through it. Staying close to her avoids most of her attacks and the only attack you really have to dodge is the stream

            • Anonymous

              05 Aug 2018 01:51  

              I mean...she's not that hard. She has a pretty limited range of attacks that are easy to dodge if you know how, and a relatively small health pool. I recommend wearing light armor with strong arcane defence or just forgoing armor entirely, for extra mobility. just takes practice lmao

              • Anonymous

                17 Jun 2018 14:20  

                Had a hard time against her. Took me about 25 trys until I defeated her. Other bosses fell mich quicker, mostly within 3 trys.

                • Anonymous

                  25 Sep 2017 01:37  

                  I almost beat her on the first try with my greatsword build with no armor, impen charm and holy pages. I'm using the Disembowled Husk boss weapon with a level 4 upgrade tier.

                  • 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:

                      -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

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