How to Defeat Calder
Calder is a pretty powerful Muspel enemy meaning he’ll have a few fiery special attacks up his sleeve in addition to his halberd weapon. He has three weak spots: both shoulders and his left knee. They’re actually pretty easy to hit as well since he doesn’t use a shield that might block damage to his weak spots. The skill Brush with Death is an especially useful tool in this fight - if you successfully dodge an attack, it’ll trigger a slowed period of time in which you can get in some uncontested damage. During these slowed periods of time, you can disengage and attempt to hit his weak points. If you manage to hit all three weak points and deplete his stamina bar, you’ll be able to perform a powerful stun attack that does lots of damage!
Below you’ll find a break-down of Calder’s special attack moves and abilities that you’ll want to dodge!
Spinning Halberd Attack
During this attack, Calder will charge towards you then spin his halberd around. If you get caught in the halberd’s path you’ll get knocked down as it’s a pretty damaging and heavy attack. He’ll sometimes use this attack as a follow up after one of his fiery special attacks or if you’ve tried to disengage. It’s quite a slow attack so it’s easy to dodge!
During this attack, Calder will slam down his halberd into the ground and create a large pool of lava around him. This pool is temporary but takes up around 75% of the arena and will cause burn damage if you’re stood in it. There are two solutions to dealing with the lava: activate the Power of Muspelheim or keep to the outskirts of the arena. If you’ve upgraded your Power of Muspelheim to have an increased duration you’ll be able to fight for a long time in the lava.
Fiery Slam Down
Calder will slam his fists into the ground and create a small explosion of lava around him. If you’re caught in this, you’ll be knocked back, incapacitated and set on fire. It does a whole heap of damage too so it’s definitely an attack to avoid!
Calder doesn’t have a second phase or anything so knowing his three main big attacks, as outlined above, will make this fight pretty easy. If you’re having issues with the burning attacks, consider equiping some runes that help with fire resistance!
After defeating Calder, he won’t actually be dead but Eysa will use the Salakar to absorb his soul! Once you’ve witnessed the cut scene you’ll begin the quest, Malvigr.