Aava, the King's Pet

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HP 8,930 | 12,502 (NG+)
Weakness Thrust, Fire
Resistance  All magic, Poison
Immune None
Respawn NO

Aava, the King's Pet is an enemy in Dark Souls 2.

 

Aava, the King's Pet Information 

Pet Guardian of Eleum Loyce and the Ivory King's beloved child of the Dark.
Aava is a big sabertooth-like ice tiger whose duty is to protect the path to the Grand Cathedral. She is barely visible but can be seen fully after acquiring the Eye of the Priestess. She usually rests on the way to the Grand Cathedral but becomes Hostile when the player comes too close.

    • You may summon Steelheart Ellie to assist with the fight. Her sign is located on the right, very close to the boss fog.
    • You may also summon Masterless Glencour to assist with the fight.

Location

  • Boss of Frozen Eleum Loyce, found just past the first bonfire. After the large door across the bridge go left and down the stairs. The entrance is immediately ahead.

 

Drops

 

Attacks

Attack Name Attack Description
Homing Ice Crystals Runs farther away and roars, conjuring five Ice Crystals that launch a few seconds after at their target, every crystal tracking the player.
Getting hit knocks the player down and thus the rest of them will miss. (With high poise you might get hit by more than one)
Leaping Ice Swipe Runs farther away like with Ice Crystals. Instead of conjuring crystals she leaps at the player and swipes with her paw.
Leaping Ice Slam Runs away in a manner like the Ice Swipe. Instead of swiping you, leaps at you and slams into the ground with her front right paw. Has a large, lingering hitbox around 270 degrees on the right side of her body.
Ice Swipe Swipes the area in front of her; can chain another swipe with her other paw.
Note: If she decides to change target and swipe at the same time, she can do a 180' degree turn.
Ice Smash Smashes the ground with her paw, summoning little ice pools around her which erupt an ice spike after a few seconds.
Ice Explosion After a short, stationary charging animation, she emits an icy explosion, dealing damage to and knocking back everyone around her.
Bite attack She leaps away and then leaps towards you with her mouth open. If you are too close to her head when she lands, you will be sucked in her mouth and suffer heavy damage.

 

Strategy

Melee Strategy for Aava: It is important to note that Aava can take away a great deal of health if any of the hits connect. Aava is a melee-oriented boss, so a shield with good damage reduction is recommended to soak up the majority of the damage being dealt. If you’re a dual weapon user, then it is important to have high agility (minimum of 92) to help you when rolling away from attacks.

Now, the first order of business is to lock-on to Aava. This is important, as all your attacks will want to be focused directly Aava. Now that you've locked on, you must ALWAYS stay near the hind legs (the back legs) as Aava will only have 3 methods of attack to get you from there: she can use ice explosion which can and will damage you if you're behind her, as well as her ice smash attack, Aava will move her body to the side that is opposite to your side and do a claw sweep that will force her to directly face you. When this happens you have three things to do (depending on your build):

If you’re a tank with a shield: Raise your shield as soon as you notice Aava moving her body slightly to the side. When she attacks, your shield will soak up the damage and you can then proceed to sprint to her hind legs once again.

If you’re a dual weapon user: Roll to the front of Aava or to the away from her. If you roll to the front, you’ll get underneath Aava ( DO. NOT. ATTACK.), just simply roll to the side and repeat the process of attack that’s already been mentioned.

If you're a mage: Use phantoms to distract her, and then proceed to stagger her with Dark Hail, Block its magic with a shield that has good Magic defenses in order to absorb the majority of the damage. It is vital that you stay at a far away range from Aava, if she begins to focus on you, it is recommended to roll through her attacks OR use a shield to block the damage she may inflict on you. Retreat to a safe position while phantoms begin to distract her.

Aava also has a long-range attack. She will summon 5 soul spears, which will all fire in rapid succession of each other towards the player. When she summons them, just move behind her and 90% of the time they miss. If you're too far away to make it behind her, sprint to the left or the right and they should all miss you.


Alternate Melee Strategy: (Used at SL138 with Throne Watcher's Armor set +2, fire-infused Heide Longsword +10 and fire-infused Blue Flame +5, Chloranthy ring +1, Fire Clutch Ring and Old Leo Ring on a STR/DEX 40 build)
--(Feel free to use any combination of dual-wielded fire-infused weapons, my setup would have been better with a Fire Longsword instead of Heide Longsword)

You will want a fire-infused weapon for this, and a shield is optional as her attacks will very easily stagger you if blocked. For this reason, dual-wielding and powerstancing with fire weapons is preferable. Lighter, faster weapons are recommended, as you will have more time to dodge after your strike. If you can use Flame Weapon, use it. If not, the only other buff that is useful is Crystal Magic Weapon: it adds both physical and magic damage, and she resists both magic and Dark damage.

First, summon the two NPCs available for the fight; they serve as meat shields and will likely die before the end of the fight. As soon as the fight starts, lock on to Aava and stay that way for the rest of the fight. While Aava concentrates on them (she always turns her head to face her target), stand far enough away that you're out of her spinning swipe range, as this should be the only move that could hit you while she isn't targeting you (other than her AoE ice spike which is easy to dodge), but close enough that you can run in for a few hits. (Using a straight sword, you may feel like you have time enough to go for 4-5 hits, but her spinning swipe has next to no warning, so stay with 2-3 hits). As soon as she finishes her combo, dash in for a few hits to her side. Quickly back away once you finish. DO NOT strike at her flank: she will begin targeting you after doing a backward leap/leaping bite combo if you do. Only strike at her side; the left side seems the best choice. Keep this up until the NPC Phantoms die, which should happen after she is at about 1/3 health.

Once the NPC Phantoms die, Aava will begin targeting you. DO NOT STRAFE at this point. She will unleash holy hell and wreck your ass with AoEs if you do. Allow her to use her biting and clawing attacks (she typically does either 2 swipes or a bite followed by 2 swipes) while facing her head-on. Simply back away before she strikes and after the combo, strike her face 1-2 times and repeat. The only moves you need to worry about are her back jumps followed by leaping bites, which are highly telegraphed but have a deceptively wide hit-box, her leaping swipes, and her spin attacks, which have almost no warning and a lagging hitbox extending ALL THE WAY TO HER OPPOSITE SHOULDER (she shouldn't use this unless you strafe). Move backward, not to the side, to avoid both of these. When you see her leap back, DO NOT APPROACH unless she is charging her soul spears, in which case you need to run forwards and roll between her legs, hit 1-2 times, and quickly move away once the attack is finished.

Optimal healing times are while she uses her ice spike AoE, which can be triggered by attacking her hind legs (not her flank or side, but in between the two) and her spin swipe, which can be avoided once you know how to trigger it and can predict when she will use it. This should take no more than 2-3 minutes.

Video Strategy:

Solo NG+3 Black Knight Greatsword
Aava: Ranged, Sword & Board and Power Stance
Ng+ boss strategy, solo, sl1, melee, no shield just a rapier
NG+2 Shield & Murakumo strategy
NG Rapier & Bow Strategy

Solo, Caestus Only
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Hints

  • Without the Eye of the Priestess, the player can barely see Aava. It is possible, although very hard to see Aava's very faint outline,
  • Even with a good shield Aava will most likely drain your stamina completely after 1-2 hits (especially in NG+ and further). However, the Baneful Bird Ring might be helpful and allow blocking 1 more attack, (especially for smaller shields)
  • If she has summoned her Ice Missiles, just walk to the side of Aava. Normally none of them should hit you.
  • Aava is very resistant to all magic - dark orb does 25% dmg only and the other 3 elements seem to be no better.
  • However, Dark Hail is actually handy for staggering Aava.
  • It is highly recommended to get your magic resistance as close to 900 as possible to minimize damage from her spells
  • Magic Shield and Rebel's Greatshield infused with Magic makes this fight almost trivial, as both provide 100% magic damage reduction
  • Fighting Aava with under 92 Agility  is incredibly difficult, most notably; the Leaping Ice Slam attack is impossible to avoid via dodge iframes, level up Adaptability  or equip some combination of the Peasant's Set,  Simpleton's Ring  and/or Handmaid's Ladle if you are running SL1 until you have sufficient Agility to avoid being hit.
  • Can be poisoned, took 19 arrows.

 



 




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    • Anonymous

      Kept dying to her with different tactics so I just left, came back two days later and did her in one try. Summons DO help keep her off my back. Thank you Ellie and Glencour.

      • Anonymous

        Beat it first try, and thank **** my build was perfect for this boss. Full Havel’s armor and the greatshield +5, but even that was barely enough to block all of its swinging attacks. Black knight ultra greatsword +5 infused with fire cuts through this kitty like butter.

        • Anonymous

          I'm glad I only entered the boss area after obtaining the eye. This is the coolest boss from DS2 I've fought so far. It really feels like a souls like boss, hard but not impossible with good rewards. My uchigatana almost broke during the boss fight, so big thanks to NPC that distracted her while I was in the inventory searching for repair powder xD

          • Anonymous

            Soul lvl 150 with 10+ pyro flame. Dex build. Penal handcuffs equipped. Pyromancy does not deal big damage against Aava (tried fire tempest, chaos storm, fire whip, great combustion, and fire orb) especially since Aava is very aggressive in DS2 standard, finding right moment for tempest and chaos storm is difficult. After testing those spells at least once on Aava, i decided to use old trusty warped sword and make Aava into mincemeat much faster.

            • Anonymous

              Pretty brutal for mages. I will say I prefer using soul arrows/spears to dark orb for this boss because of the added range. Felt like I had to be right on top of it to get the dark orbs to connect.

              • when i looking back, this game really makes me feel like an idiot. I fought this giant cat as invisible and I thought it was a compelling feature of the game. i didn't even think we needed to find an item to see him.
                likewise Mytha ( medusa ) i didnt know we can using a Torch to burn away the Windmill's Blades.
                my stupidity was probably more challenging than the game, but goddamn that game was hell of a fun.

                • Anonymous

                  To let you know, if you didnt already:
                  All DLC enemies are insanely resistant to SPELLS specifically. While their elemental damage is generally high it's still more than viable to use weapon buffs AND infusements.
                  Like, Lost Sinner Sword is capable of doing roughly 1000 damage on certain attacks if infused. Granted that is with an incredibly OP weapon, but I've used infused Bandit Axe and it works fine.

                  It's kinda weird that they'd be super resistant to spells, but then take **** loads of damage from infused + buffed weapons. Hell, I ran a split faith/int build so I could use a dark infused weapon, then built entirely around support spells for co-op. Dark Infused Red Iron Twinblade is fun.

                  • Anonymous

                    Man... the NPC summons do nothing. Not that it was a particularly difficult encounter (first try) but they basically just ran around and didn't even distract it much. Although there was a moment where I had to go into my inventory to grab a weapon as my spear was about to break. Didn't see that one coming.

                    • Anonymous

                      And I thought Nioh was a cheap boss compendium but this boss takes the cake of cheapness of the millenium!

                      • Anonymous

                        This boss sucks as all other DS2 bosses...can't this game just vanish out ofexistence? Such a piece of disgrace

                        • Anonymous

                          My strat using an archer with 5 vit
                          55 dex
                          hunters black bow +10
                          flynns ring
                          ring of blades +1
                          old Leo ring
                          chloranthy ring+1

                          I summoned one phantom because I'm noob.
                          when aava attacks, don't roll to her, but run back instead, she eventually gives up and stops chasing you, then she targets the phantom. Took around 60 arrows

                          • Anonymous

                            "I'll make a character with 5 ADP, what's the worse that can happen"
                            yeah nah, this is impossible with no adp

                            • Anonymous

                              On NG at SL 150 it’s still wiping the floor with me. This is a problem. This boss completely sucks ass, there’s rarely a moment to counter attack through aava running away, many of the attacks look the same so it’s a gamble which way you should roll, and the fact that your equipment WILL break is just complete BS.

                              • No clue why but I’m using a +8 raw twin blade and each hit is only doing like 3 damage, I’m having to go full tank and shield everything for the summons to do their work

                                • Anonymous

                                  This is a pretty cool boss. The delay attack is very punishing, but not unfair; you just have to remember the timing. My only real complaint is that the ice projectile attack is a bit annoying to dodge. I rate it 8/10.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    I'll tell you what;

                                    This boss can beat the entire game, even all of the DLCs.

                                    And itt can actually be the perfect summon for any difficult bosses like Sir Alonne, herself, Lud and Zethh, and even the Ivory King.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      I have to big tips for anyone stuck on this boss
                                      1 always dodge backwards except for the grab attack
                                      2 bring some repair powder

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Yeah I might be a bit underleveled for this boss... Dealing 140 dmg/hit. Tbf I don't know where to go since I got the key inside the Drangleic Castle.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          for me she didnt even care about the summons and only went after me and when i try to hit her she just ran away

                                          • Anonymous

                                            i like the phrase "sabertooth-like tiger", cuz putting bigger teeth on modern tiger isnt what sabertooth tigers were

                                            • Anonymous

                                              I can dodge the slam attack consistently with 10 ADP while under 30% equipment load while wearing the cloranthy ring +1 third dragon ring, bracing knuckle ring +2 and the ring of blades +1. You definitely do not need 92 ADP whoever wrote that was salty af

                                              • Anonymous

                                                I like aava because even though she hits like a truck and delays her attacks a lot she still gives you heal chances and attack opportunities. Then lud and zallen appeared and ruined everything good about aava.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  This boss is nonsense.
                                                  Fast, hits like a truck, isn't weak to anything and has huge lingering hitboxes on every melee attack.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    the jump attack on this thing is total bullshit
                                                    Takes all my HP in human form with 20 VIG, the hitbox is large the entire boss and cannot be blocked by shields
                                                    I knon DLC bosses are far more difficult than main game bosses, but this is just unfair

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      If you don't have the eye, he is not barely visible the whole fight but instead but completely invisible for a good 10 seconds or so and then barely visible for 2 seconds.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        this Boss beats my muscle memory in a way that I hate the attacks are too slow compared to the dlc Bosses of the old iron king who are really serious

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          I had a lot of trouble with this one in NG+ until I figured out to stop trying to be behind the boss. Aava is pretty slow on the recovery, and if you're rolling backwards the swipes are easy to dodge.

                                                          So what worked for me was just standing in Aavas face to bait an attack, roll it, then whack once or twice with a quick weapon. Took 50/60 durability so watch out for that.

                                                          Good healing windows are at the start of the ice soulmass and when aava very first starts running away. (Aava will run away and then usually set up a lunge attack pretty often). You can also wait til you dodge a lunge to heal.

                                                          Hope that helps someone

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            After 10+ attempts it was really damn scary when my weapon broke and I had to switch weapons in the middle of the battle. Why do weapons break so easily :d

                                                            • I bonfire asceticed the first bonfire in order to fight her again but everything has returned into being invisible, the eye is still in my inventory and can't be dropped and there's nothing at the altar, does anyone know what to do?

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                One of my absolute favorite bosses in the series. Difficult but really fun to fight and they look cool as hell.

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  Wonder why this wiki doesn't indicate status immunities. 100+ Poison arrows from the host and a phantom and no poison proc, so it IS immune to poison.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    bro there's no archer strategy XD. My poor level 30 bow only build, it takes almost 100 arrows to kill this boss plus I get one shot, this is the only struggle in the game so far

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      This is my second time playing this game

                                                                      I was dreading this fight, as Aava and fume knight gave me the hardest time ( I’m admittedly not Very good)

                                                                      I did better on fume

                                                                      But I was not doing well against Ava

                                                                      Then I read a comment on here that she was weak to fire

                                                                      So I put away my hammer and whipped out my fire rapier

                                                                      3 tries and I was done

                                                                      Hooray

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        Has anyone noticed that Aava is affected by the Promised Walk of Peace miracle? I was stuck on this boss for quite a while with a full caster build (rip me) and was basically throwing everything against the wall to see what would stick. When I used the Walk of Peace miracle Aava seemed to halt whenever it tried one of the bouncy/moving attacks. Made the fight a lot easier.

                                                                        Might need verification if this is (still) true and I haven't tried it on the other pets yet...

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          don’t summon Ellie for this boss... she’s decent enough for punching fume knight but for whatever reason devs decided to give her wet noodle pyromancies to use against aava. dead weight.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            I haven't got a problem with hitboxes (except for one time). If you got some problem, ist's about your characters agility. You need at least 24 ADP for increase your i-frames.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              So is Aava cannonicaly a he or she? In my language Aava is referred to as a he. I know this is a stupid question but I don't want to misgender.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                As a hexer this fight is a pain in the a**. I summoned Glauica and Ellie but they do little damage and are too squishy as distraction if you dont kill Aava fast enough. Dont rely on them and dont stay behind Aava cause it will then only focus you instead of the npcs.

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  A fun fight once you figure out her moveset, but still tough. I found her more predictable without summons.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    'Fighting Aava with under 92 Agility is incredibly difficult, most notably; the Leaping Ice Slam attack is impossible to avoid via dodge iframes, level up Adaptability or equip some combination of the Peasant's Set, Simpleton's Ring and/or Handmaid's Ladle if you are running SL1 until you have sufficient Agility to avoid being hit.' i found a way to easily dodge them and i never level adaptability (so it stays under 10) all u do is roll under it and it cant hit u, i also used the summon just outside the fog gate to keep its aggro off me but its really unnesasary if ur patient and hit only after it attacks

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      this boss has a hitbox that is absolute trash. dumb paw swipe attack makes 0 sense with how it hits you. and what the heck is the durability reduction for*****s and giggles? its an ice cat not a rusty McChonker

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        Should be noted that Aava will corrode your weapons. My red rust scimitar broke towards the end of the battle, and the final hit came from a fire orb, and only because I never bothered unequipping my pyro. And just like with the other DLC bosses, the damage dealt will decrease if you summon npcs.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          She’s definitely weak to fire or slashing damage. My Fire Black Knight Halberd +5 was doing 600+ damage per hit. It was close to breaking so I switched to my Lightning Heide Spear +10 and was only doing about 350 damage.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            >Without the Eye of the Priestess, the player can barely see Aava. It is possible, although very hard to see Aava's very faint outline Partial credit. Without the Eye you can barely see Aava PERIODICALLY. Most of the time she is completely invisible but a transparent form will appear every so often.

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              She's tough, but if you bait the Jump & Bite attack; it should be fine (for melee). When she almost land, roll to the right and give a few hits. Take a Havel Greatshield with you, equip load below 60% and shield-circle her other attacks.

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                NG+7 says goodbye to NPCs and I return to fight alone. The attack is too weak and the weapon is easily damaged.

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  Strength/vitality build strat: why are you reading strats fight it blind and solo like a man. If you really need a strat and can't first try this boss no guides no summons like the rest of us then make sure your gear is in check. It's easy to forget the nerd stuff: under 70%, 105 agility, havel's armor/shield, smelter hammer (70 strength 300 durability) or king's ultra greatsword (50 strength 220 durability do you even lift bro), and chloranthy/third dragon/royal soldier's/optional (baneful bird) rings. Stamina management is key and if you aren't completely full some of its attacks will dislocate your shoulders. Health management is also key so minimize shield bleed-through with chumpgems. I didn't have hitbox issues at 105 agility and rolling toward the boss (is there any other way?) so either level your agility like everyone else or alternatively if you want your shield to solve everything uninstall. Quickly switching to 2 handing for extra damage will likely be a waste because it leaps away but since I would still do it regardless of what I read on the internet do it anyway. If you do everything right you'll only be thinking one thing: why am I not hitting harder?

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    My only problem with this boss is that it chugs my weapon durability, but I don't understand how is that possible lore-wise. It's a big magic tiger? How does that damage my weapon more than Smelter Demon, Iron King, etc.? I can understand Sinh destroying my weapon, it's a dragon that represents decay and sickness. But Aava? In my opinion it's a bug. They had this bug in previous versions on pretty much every enemy until it got fixed. Also, if you haven't broken Santier's Spear yet, this is the right boss for the job I guess.

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      I see videos of players rolling under her jumping attacks... That doesn't work for me. It's not even her claws, but her middle body smashing me to the ground. Or the hitbox is very *****ed up and it's her claws. I'm stuck on this boss, last DLC to go, so I have to face it a few hundred times I guess until I get lucky.

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        Everytime i enter aava is like:"Last Operator standing!"(R6 reference) and is jumping 24/7 and only does grab attacks ...i mean i normaly dont say such stuff about bosses (well...blue smelter demon) but it seems very unbalanced that the is able to do that. I mean i already got 38/41 bosses so...

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          NG++ NPCs only help you hold it for a short time because they will die quickly. magic is weak and can only be melee. It's pointless to force players to not use magic.

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            I beat her on my first try, I watched someone else fight her first to see her moveset, used both NPCs , I used chloranthy ring+1, third dragon ring, ring of blades+1, spell quartz ring+3, as soon as entered the mist gate I used a charcoal pine resin on a Curved Dragon Greatsword +5, when the NPCs had her attention I 2 hand R2 5 or 6 times until my weapon was at risk, this took her health down to close to half, the I used dark hail with dark sunset staff+5, I used all 18 casts, i used a plain watchdragon parma shield, then I switched to black knight halberd+5 to finish her off, both NPCs survived, hope this helps

                                                                                                            • This boss is the embodiment of*****boxes. Like seriously I can't dodge her leap attack. Even after unequiping all my armor and having fast rolls. And don't get me started with the fact that you need the damn eye to see her... I hate all this games dlc bosses... they are absolute trash wo th to much health and to much damage

                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                i thought roal rat authority was bad but holy*****. aava has the most ridiculous hitbox i have seen up until this point, and that is after having killed 29/41 bosses. the bite attack always land no matter how far away i am or if i mid roll. her swipes covers the enitre width of the bridge as well.

                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                  Ridiculous tips. Do NOT lock on to her if you use a thrust weapon (spear, halberd, rapier) as it means you will only be able to attack her directly to the front and rear, not her sides. Locking on while attacking her sides with a thrust weapon results in your attacks going between her front and rear legs and hitting nothing. Far better to stay at her side and attack her FRONT areas so she doesn't retaliate with a turning swipe.

                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                    After about 20 effigies, I decided to quit trying to summon “friends” and go it solo as a hallow. I found that she does about half the damage and takes a lot more without summons...Did it second try solo. So, if you are going the summoning route and getting pounded, you may want to try without them a few times.

                                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                                      If you got a summon or two she's really not that bad. I used my +8 Flamberge, while she kept her attention on my two summon AI friends, i just stayed behind her and used my Flamberge R2 stab attack, and just kept poking her in the butt until she died. Took a while cause i had to keep chasing her down. It's still my first playthrough on DS2 SOTFS, so i would imagine shes much much tougher solo. Really fun battle though!

                                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                                        The boss itself is easy. Just roll through all the melee attacks which you can see coming from a mile away. When it arches its back, back off fast to get away from the AOE. When the missile attack comes, un-lockon and sprint perpendicular to them, they will miss.

                                                                                                                        IMPORTANT: Attacking this boss DESTROYS YOUR WEAPONS. I would of had this thing on the third attempt, but after going through my first halberd, hot swapping in a second, then having it break, I got killed trying to find another weapon in my inventory. Saw no mention of this in the article.

                                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                                          Took me quite a few tries ( 30+ )

                                                                                                                          Second most next to fume knight

                                                                                                                          In the end just had to be patient and roll lots

                                                                                                                          Had only glencour, he died just last half aavas health

                                                                                                                          End was a nail biter, my ten year old son was bouncing in his seat

                                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                                            Just beat it using santiers spear and full Havel but kept it under 70%. Back up and with the shield and poke when the leap misses. Also run behind during range attack and do sprint 2h attack. I ended up using Lifegem a but it worked.

                                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                                              Have 2 weapons ready, additional items to heal, possibly get the a shield ready in case you can react, use the summon.

                                                                                                                              I can solo many bosses at SL120, i can bet brume knight a SL80 solo, but i can't beat this guy at SL130 solo. Had to use shield, additional healing and the 2 summons.

                                                                                                                              • I'd call Aava slow. I was tanking with a shield and had lots of time to recover stamina or get behind her between attacks - especially by using the summons to draw her attention. Tried a +10 fire longsword and the damage dealt was disappointing. Switched to my standard +10 broadsword and killed her before either summon died or the sword broke. Have repair powder slotted or a 2nd weapon ready as hits deplete durability rapidly. Keep your HP topped up and watch out for the bite attack.

                                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                  The only way I was able to kill this at Soul Level 1 (Scholar of the First Sin) was to use the Hexer's Hood, a faintstone imbued sorcerer's staff +10, the Ring of Knowledge, Southern Ritual Ring +2, the Life Ring +2, the Steel Ring Plus +2. I also stocked up on Wilted Dusk Herbs and Crimson Waters. I took a bright bug, then summoned the NPCs. I used simpleton spice to enable both Crystal Soul Spears and Soul Spears (3 of each). I tried my best to stay behind the tiger, but not too far from the other NPCs, that way I could run toward them to increase the chance of the tiger's AI switching to them when it targets me. I managed to kill it with both NPCs still alive. I tried other methods I've seen, such as using the peasant set, simpleton ring, and two handing the broadsword, etc. That didn't work in Scholar of the First Sin, as it did in the vanilla game. Aava's AI seems a bit different and the hitboxes have wider range. Even with the first method I mentioned, I died several times before pulling it off. However, each time I managed to get it down to a sliver of health, so I knew I was on the right track.

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