Long before your time as Tarnished, the now lost people of Nokron, Eternal City, created what is called Silver Tears. These are seemingly harmless enemies at first, seeing as how they’re literal blobs until you walk into their proximity. They can choose to take on a human-like form and generate their own weapons from almost nothing. However, there are two specific Silver Tears that were produced with the ability to absolutely copy its opponent, including spells; weapons; armor; and skills. This particular Tear became fittingly known as the Mimic Tear and one that drifted from the city, Stray Mimic Tear. In this guide, you’ll learn where to find the two existing enemies and how to defeat them.
Mimic Tear Overview
Mimic Tear as a foe is a simple concept: your literal shadow. However, the process of defeating it is more complicated. How do you win against an opponent that has all the same abilities and tools as you? Despite fighting against yourself, there are a few differences that once you have knowledge of them, it will make this fight significantly easier.
For starters, Mimic Tear can heal, but just once, while you are only limited to the number of Golden Seeds you collect (and there are a lot of them.) You also have the capability to use summons and multiplayer, while Mimic does not. In the pre-fight strategy, there will be suggestions as to what kind of help you should employ, as well as other ideas to consider. Also, despite there being two of them, the game plan to defeat them is the same.
Is it possible to obtain Mimic Tear Ashes before this fight?
For the Mimic in Nokron, unfortunately, no. You have to defeat this boss in order to access the area in which you can find the ashes. The only time you are able to do this is if you start a New Game+ and you summon the spirit for the fight. This is not possible in a normal New Game.
As for the other Tear in Haligtree, yes! You do not need to defeat the other one to reach this one. As a matter of fact, you can use the Mimic Tear Ashes to assist you in the fight against the second Mimic.
Elden Ring Mimic Tear Location
The first adversary can be found in Nokron, Eternal City. The closest Site of Grace is Nokron, Eternal City. To be able to enter this area, you’ll need to defeat Starscourge Radahn in Caelid first. Afterward, travel to the Fort Haight West Site of Grace in western Limgrave. Head to the field west of the site, just south of Mistwood, and you’ll see a massive crater in the ground. Proceed down into the crater to find Nokron.
From that Site of Grace, head east and you’ll see a fog door just past a small bridge. Traverse the mist and you’ll find Mimic Tear.
For the second, you’ll find them in the Hidden Path to the Haligtree. You can access this area by obtaining the two Haligtree Secret Medallions by following Latenna the Albinauric’s questline.
This one is a bit harder to get to, so let’s walk through the steps you’ll take to find it:
- Once you have made it to the pathway by using the medallions at the Grand Lift of Dectus, you’ll go forward into the building and take a left onto the stairs when you see it.
- On the small balcony, once you reach the end of the first flight of stairs and before the second, you’ll see a piece of the railing that’s broken. Drop straight down and you’ll fall right onto an invisible pathway.
- Turn right and walk forward until you see a doorway in the distance on your left. Walk straight to it, and jump down to the platform on the left.
- Go into the room from there, and you can either defeat the enemies in here or run around the Land Octopus to pull the lever behind it. Run to the other end of the room, through the hallway, and make your way through the dungeon. In the end, you’ll reach the fog door that contains the Mimic Tear behind it.
Now that you know where to find Mimic Tear, it’s time to get into the details of how you’ll prepare yourself to conquer this foe.
Allocate your flasks
As you know, Mimic can only heal once. If you’re not much of an FP user, consider adding a few more uses to your Crimson Tear Flasks for this fight. Typically, you should have at least 3, but raising that to 5 or higher will benefit you. You can use Golden Seeds to increase your number of flasks, which are found in various spots across the Lands Between. Here are a few spots you may have missed:
- Fringefolk Hero’s Cave – Located just east of the Stranded Graveyard. You’ll need 2 Stonesword Keys to enter and obtain the seed, you’ll have to maneuver through the cave and defeat the Ulcerated Tree Spirit boss at the end. One of the more difficult locations, but one you more than likely missed.
- Ravine-Veiled Village – Start by traveling to Testu’s Rise in the northern waters of Liurnia. Head northeast into the ravine until you reach the very end. You’ll see the shining tree near some Giant Land Squirts off to the left.
- War-Dead Catacombs – After defeating Starscourge Radahn in far east Caelid, you’ll have entrance into this cave. To get the Golden Seed you’re looking for, you’ll need to defeat the boss Putrid Tree Spirit and it’ll drop it as a reward.
Strategize your abilities
You know your skills best, so think over what has the most range, what does the most damage, and so on. If you have ranged abilities that can be dodged relatively easily, consider equipping those so you have a chance to roll out of the way. For physical abilities, take a look at what your build’s weaknesses are and exploit them. Stock up on any consumables that could be utilized to turn the fight in your favor.
Use summons to assist you
Considering this is a fight against yourself, it can be pretty tough. Give some thought to making use of spirits to put the odds in your favor. Mimic Tear cannot summon, so there’s no need to worry about them using it against you. The best way to pick a summon is to review the areas that can be taken advantage of. For general coverage of areas, here are some recommendations:
- Black Knife Tiche – A quick, light-footed assassin that attacks her enemies with her Black Knife imbued with the Rune of Death. Her ashes can be obtained by defeating Alecto, Black Knife Ringleader at Ringleader’s Evergaol in southwestern Liurnia. The closest Site of Grace is the Moonlight Altar to the southeast of the Evergaol. Tiche costs 132 FP to summon.
- Giant Rat Ashes – Summons 3 Giant Rats that spawn a little ways away from you and rush forward to start the fight. These ashes can be upgraded to +10 level, which will give the ability to have 5 rats each summon, which can be done by visiting Roderika at Roundtable Hold. The best part about these ashes is that they don’t consume FP to summon. You can find this help at West Windmill Pasture at Altus Plateau in the middle stable with the rat enemies.
- Skeletal Bandit Ashes – Used to raise a Skeletal Bandit to aid you in battle. The benefit of calling on this spirit is that since it is one who lives in Death, it doesn’t die when its health bar is depleted. It sits out for a moment before reviving and stepping back into battle. The only way to finish it off is to hit it once it’s down, which typically doesn’t happen in boss battles. You can obtain these ashes by defeating the Tibia Mariner Field Boss in Liurnia of the Lakes slightly southwest of the Carian Study hall. The closest Site of Grace is the Artist’s Shack north of the Tibia Mariner. Skeletal Bandit has a small price of 22 FP to cast.
Lastly, after coming up with an in-battle plan alongside all the tools and knowledge in your arsenal, you’ll be ready to fight Mimic Tear. Let’s cover a few ideas you can consider.
Un-equip your armaments until the battle
One thing you can do is take off all of your weapons until you cross the fog gate. Once you’re past it, you re-equip your gear and start the fight. This tricks the system into thinking you’re going to fistfight Mimic, so it causes it to fight with its fists and you’re brandishing weapons. This one is a bit of a cheesier way to win, so it’s entirely up to you if you want to utilize this option.
Try to time when you cast your summons
Initially, Mimic spawns as a blob with no real threat to it. It transforms into your mirror only when you get close enough to it. When you walk across the fog, take a few steps into the area until the blob shows up. Once it does, summon your spirits and let them dash into the fight. The blob has significantly less HP and does less damage than Mimic Tear does, so there is a chance your summons will kill it before it has the chance to change. The same goes for multiplayer.
For some, the Mimic Tear battle is a true challenge, while for others it’s not so bad. Regardless, you’ll be given valuable winnings for both Mimics.
For Nokron Mimic, you get:
- 10,000 Runes
- Larval Tear x2
- Silver Tear Mask
For Haligtree Mimic, you get:
- 50,000 Runes
- Blackflame Monk Amon Ashes
After defeating the Nokron Mimic, you have the ability to find the Mimic Tear Ashes within Night’s Sacred Ground, which will be very beneficial to you in the future. Overall, this is a fun adversary to conquer and you get to experience it twice with awesome loot to top it all off.