How to Beat Adan, Thief of Fire in Elden Ring


Jim Windrow

Writer and Storywriter


In the Lands Between, there are mystical portals sprinkled across the country. In these realms, you’re subjected to a circumference limited by walls of white fog and here you are meant to defeat an enemy different from the others. These are called Evergaols, and can sometimes give understanding to the story that surrounds them. Most of the time, the adversaries are difficult and maddening. In this instance, a prisoner with devastating abilities waits for you. In this guide, you’ll learn where to find and how to defeat Adan, Thief of Fire.

How to Beat Adan, Thief of Fire in Elden Ring

Adan, Thief of Fire Overview

Adan, thief of fire
Adan, Thief of Fire surrounded by flames .

This opponent’s story is simple: with lust for power, he stole the knowledge of the Fire Giants and uses it to send large, devastating balls of fire toward his enemies. It takes time for Adan to cast this spell, known as Flame of the Fell God, and it’s very slow-moving. But if it manages to hit you, it will minimize your HP bar in no time. 

Alongside this ability, he also has Catch Flame which will cause a burst of flames to appear in front of him quickly and can catch you off guard. He uses a flail for melee attacks and does just that with it – flail – making his physical attacks unpredictable.

To top it all off, he’s one of the few enemies you face that actually heals, although it’s only once. There is no real way to train yourself against Adan since there isn’t anyone else similar to him in the game. It is known that he is at a disadvantage to ranged attacks rather than melee since his only real move that has length to it is easy to keep track of. Summons and multiplayer aren’t available for this fight, so use this guide to help you get ready. 

What is Adan, Thief of Fire weak to?

Although he doesn’t take much damage from head-on attacks, he is susceptible to ice, and using heavier weapons can cause him to break his poise and stagger. If you have a special weapon, spell, or Ash of War that can do ice damage, that will be your best friend for this fight.

The Hoarfrost Stomp Ash of War and the Glintstone Icecrag spell are reliable. Hoarfrost Stomp can be obtained by killing an invisible Teardrop Scarab in the shallow water southeast of Caria Manor. Glintstone Icecrag, on the other hand, can be purchased from Preceptor Seluvis in Seluvis’ Rise west of Caria Manor, or by the Twin-Maiden Husks after giving them Seluvis’ Bell Bearing post-mortem.

A good ice weapon to consider is Icerind Hatchet. This armament can be found at Temple Quarter to the southwest of Raya Lucaria Academy. It will be inside a chest southeast of the temple. It’s also possible to stun Adan with heavier weapons, so think about using one with some weight to it.

What is the recommended level for this fight?

A good level to start taking on Adan is around level 40. By this point, you should have good enough stats for your HP; FP; and Endurance to support yourself during battle. As for weapons, take these suggested levels into consideration: standard equipment, a +5 or higher; special weapons, +2 or higher. You’ll need Smithing Stone 2 and higher to upgrade your normal munitions, and Somber Smithing Stone 2 and higher for your unique weapons. 

Both of these types of Smithing Stones can be found throughout the Raya Lucaria Crystal Tunnels, slightly northwest of the Church of Vows.

Elden Ring Adan, Thief of Fire Location

Adan is located at Malefactor’s Evergaol in the southern area of Liurnia of the Lakes, just north of Stormveil Castle. The closest Site of Grace is Liurnia Lake Shore, although it’s the most difficult way up. The easiest way would be to go northwest around the cliff – past Laskyar Ruins – and through the marsh onto the bank, then traveling eastward.

Malefactor’s Evergaol location elden ring
Location of Malefactor’s Evergaol.

Pre-Fight Strategy

Adan, Thief of Fire boss fight
Level up and equip yourself to deal with fire damage.

With knowledge about Adan and his abilities under your belt, the next step is to arm yourself with ideas on what to do before going into the fight. Consider these suggestions before trying again.

Check your stats

One of the main things you should always do when struggling with a fight is to make sure your levels are in a good range. Vigor is always a good one to start with, as well as Mind if you’re a caster or if you use special weapons. If you’re a melee player, check your Endurance and Dexterity numbers so you can easily dodge and roll out of the way of his physical attack and his quick Catch Flame. 

Get the right gear

Knowing that he uses fire-tactics, equipping armor and talismans to negate the effects of his attacks will help you greatly. Some good armor sets would be the Scaled Set or even the General Radahn Set. If you’re looking for something lighter, Noble’s Set or Preceptor’s Set will suffice. It won’t work as well, but could fit better into your particular play style. Talismans to consider would be Flamedrake Talisman to mediate fire damage by 13%, and Dragoncrest Shield Talisman to reduce physical damage taken by 

The Flamedrake Talisman can be found by defeating the Beastman of Farum Azula in Groveside Cave in Liurnia. Dragoncrest Shield Talisman is north of the Bestial Sanctum in Altus Plateau. It will be on the lowest level of the cliffs. 

Fight Strategy

Adan, Thief of Fire fight in Elden Ring
Be wary of his ability to inflict Bleed damage as it builds up incredibly fast.

You’ve got the goods, the insight, and a pre-game plan. Now it’s time for the in-battle scheme. Remember, this advice isn’t for everyone and their preferred way to play. Use what feels best for your play style. 

Wait a minute

As with all Evergaols, the fight doesn’t trigger right when you walk in. When you get in, use any buff you may have (spells, incantations, Wondrous Physick, etc.) before walking up to the glowing blue area in the Evergaol to start the fight. 

Build up your first attack

When you walk up to kick off the fight, it still takes Adan a moment to fully spawn in and start attacking. Use this to your advantage and charge up any attacks that you may not be able to use later due to it taking too long to utilize. He can still dodge out of your moves, so try to use strikes that allow you to change its trajectory. 

Pay attention

Adan doesn’t have many moves, but the ones he has can give you a run for your money if you’re not watching. He uses blood loss, which will build even with a shield and it raises fast. Do your best to roll out of his flail attacks, as that’s where the Bleed effect comes from. When he uses his Flame of the Fell God fireball move, it’s easy to underestimate it because it’s so slow. However, it can definitely creep up on you and catch you off guard, dealing hefty amounts of damage. 


Although the fight with Adan, Thief of Fire can be a rough one for all players, the winnings are beneficial mostly to Incantation users. 

You get:

  • 3,800 Runes
  • Flame of the Fell God Incantation: Casts and sends a large ball of fire towards enemies and explodes after some time.

While extra Runes aren’t much of a complaint, this optional boss is even more voluntary for non-Faith users. The value of Fire Incantations is beneficial, though, so if you want to learn more, consider seeking out the Fire Monks’ Prayerbook or Giant’s Prayerbook. These can be taken to Brother Corhyn or Miriel, Pastor of Vows, to gain the ability to learn new incantations.

We have covered everything you need to beat Adan, Thief of Fire in Elden Ring. Did we miss out on anything? Please let us know your thoughts and suggestions in the comments section.

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