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

      08 Jul 2020 15:12  

      on my first playthrough i defeated her on my first attempt, without using a shield, but on ng+ this became the pure form of suffering. Hardest boss on the game.

      • Anonymous

        21 Jan 2020 16:37  

        cheesy way to easily kill her: ashen effigy with 100 arcane defense. take whatever weapon you want, just use mireheart charm. hit her a few times and raise your shield. gg

        • Anonymous

          21 Jan 2020 16:23  

          simply the best boss the game offers in my eyes. every attack can be dodged with good timing and positioning, especially since you are able to double dash while in air at this point of the game. BUT once one shot connects from her spells, youre most likely to die. having arcane resistance is basically useless, because you cant outtank all this damage. you have to be aware of every movement and use the time you have to be aggressive as possible while avoiding all these oneshots. i really enjoy fighting her and winning against her feels almost like you did a perfect fight.

          • Anonymous

            21 Jan 2020 08:21  

            I had a super easy time with her on my first playthrough, was using sheikimaru and made pretty quick work of her, only died 2 times I think, worst boss for me has to be either kraeken wyrm or the third lamb

            • Anonymous

              15 Jan 2020 23:20  

              I also think it is one of the easier bosses. The Kraken Wyrm and Nameless god are difficult, especially in ng+7.

              • 02 Nov 2019 00:09  

                The umbral aegis and umbral armor makes this fight easy, but even with it she still hit pretty hard. I made sure to stay well out of the way of her magic attacks but i only survived cause of the insane arcane resistance i had. I pretty much was running the perfect counter build for dealing with her. full umbral set, iron butterfly greataxe with the holy damage charm and prayer, and the ethereal intervention up. Absolutely melted her, but tbh i could easily see how she is awful to fight. Even with all my advantages she got pretty close to killing me a few times.

                • Anonymous

                  22 Oct 2019 01:03  

                  The hardest boss in the game. Don't let any anonymous boasters on here saying 'oh just wear X set and she's ez' get to you if you're having difficulty with her, she is EASILY the hardest fight in this game whether a first runthrough or on any NG+. It's not enough that she has a few spells that can OHKO you, but while can be avoided easily once you get the feel for her, she has a tendency to occasionally use moves back to back in a fashion that would imply a strong AI. Getting you to run far to one side to avoid tracking lasers, then following up with machine-gun balls which you wanted to be close to her to avoid. Advice for fighting her: First the obvious, equip a light load for faster mobility, as much arcane defense as you can get. If you have rank 3 prayers, try and keep Ethereal Intervention up at all times. If available, use fire, holy, or poison damage. Poison, as always, works great on a first run, but it's tick damage won't be as spectacular in NG+, but it's still nice to let her tick damage while you focus on dodging. Spend all your salt and gold before fighting her. Chances are you will die a lot trying to figure her out. No need to be losing several thousand gold each time you die, and there's even a good chance she'll get a random one shot on you early in a fight and make you lose your salt. If you're melee, use a weapon with an overhand swing if you can, plenty of times she'll be floating frustratingly above your reach. Won't be available til you face her in NG+, but trinity greatsword is great for it's overhand swing, and for being very fast as far as greatswords are concerned. Now for her actual moves, most are easy to dodge on their own. Her melee swing is easy enough to roll through, and if you just step back to avoid the follow up swing, you can usually get several hits in on her. At low health she'll usually follow a melee swing by glowing purple and shooting those homing swarms at you, just back up and roll through to dodge. Her three spells: Machine gun fireballs, the easiest to avoid on it's own but the one most likely to one shot you. If you had been able to stay close to dodge this and her melee, just walk or roll past her. If she's low to the ground when she casts this, you can get some free damage from behind her. If you are far away when she casts this (because you were dodging a different spell) this is the thing most likely to kill you even after you've got her pattern down. Only thing to do here is try and dart dash even farther away and then jump, roll, or whatever dodge you can to hopefully only get clipped by one or two hits. They'll still hurt, be ready to heal. Dark Swarm: Actually easy to dodge. If you're close to her, just jump and dart dash over the ones that come in low, and the other ones should go over your head in the process. If you're far away, just roll through to dodge. Tracking Laser: Only annoying because it's the one best dodged by being far away, which will then set you up for being one shot by other spells. Run from her when this comes out, dart dash to get some distance, then if necessary try and dart dash over the last few bits or roll through them. Chances are you'll still get clipped, but getting clipped by this one isn't as deadly as getting clipped by the other spells. Now you just need to worry about your position and which spell is coming next. If your FAR, stay far and dodge the next spell appropriately. If you're mid range and she's preparing a low to the ground machine gun... well you're probably going to die. And of course, don't get greedy even when she's low health. She can one shot you, you're not safe til she's dead, even if she's only one hit away. Play it safe, get your hits in when you can, prioritize dodging. Seen too many deaths to this boss because I tried to rush in and finish her off when she was almost dead.

                  • Anonymous

                    19 Oct 2019 05:26  

                    I hate this boss there is no reason she needs three moves that have tracking spells that fire a billion rounds at you.

                    • Anonymous

                      15 Oct 2019 14:16  

                      Here's my advice. You know the machine gun magic balls she shoots at you? That's the only safe window for attacking other than her melee attack. never be greedy with her and take your time.

                      • Anonymous

                        25 Jul 2019 22:10  

                        If she chains two spells in NG+, you’re dead. No room to dodge or parry unless you just Greatcheese the fight. Died 42 times tryng to kill her with light armor + 2h Trinity sword + every arcane resist crap equippable + miracles. Never, and I say never, did I manage to melt before her RNG OHKO combos cucked me. Got bored, picked Ashen Effigy, won first try. I was close to a no-damage. Like, seriously, cheesing makes everything dumb easy, not doing so turns this fight into your worst nightmare, and I can’t stand this chick turning into Rare Akuma just because I try not to play like a hacker.

                        • 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

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