Juno Hoslow is a hostile NPC in Elden Ring you need to invade and beat as part of the Volcano Manor questline. Defeating him will give you his entire arsenal, including the Hoslow armor set and Hoslow’s Petal Whip, a DoT-focused bleed weapon. Furthermore, this invasion is also a key step to fighting one of the main demigods in the game – Rykard, Lord of Blasphemy.
- Juno Hoslow’s invasion is a late-game encounter when you’ve reached Volcano Manor and the Mountaintops of the Giants.
- You can only invade him during Tanith’s questline once you’ve killed the previous 2 NPCs in that questline.
- He has most of the NPC combat abilities, such as quick movement, dodging, and healing at least once per fight.
- He’s also susceptible to Status Effects in Elden Ring, so you can beat him with almost any weapon or build.
How To Reach Juno Hoslow
Juno Hoslow is the final NPC you need to beat in Volcano Manor’s main quest line. As such, you’ll first need to kill Old Knight Istvan in Limgrave and the Rileigh the Idle in the Altus Plateau as part of the questline. Once you’ve killed these 2 NPCs, return to the drawing room in Volcano Manor. On the table beside Recusant Bernahl, you can pick the Red Letter regarding Juno Hoslow’s whereabouts and other details.
You can examine this Red Letter by navigating through the Info section in the Inventory. According to the letter, Juno Hoslow can be found in the Mountaintops of the Giants. Specifically, his summon sign is near the Shack of the Lofty on the Mountaintops’ northern side. You can see a red marker with Juno Hoslow’s name appear on the map showing exactly where you can find him.
The quickest way to get to this location is from the Ancient Snow Valley Ruins Site of Grace. Once you’re at this site of grace, head down the valley north until you reach the frozen lake. From here, take a right and follow the straight path until you reach the Shack of the Lofty at the intersection of the lake. You can find Hoslow’s red summon sign right outside the entrance of the Shack and invade him.
How To Beat Juno Hoslow
Hoslow will mainly be using his Petal Whip, which is a ranged weapon that stacks bleed at an insane rate. The whip has a large hitbox, quick startup animations, and unpredictable angles to hit the opponent. Coupled with the fact that Juno also has the Bloodhound Step gives him a much higher level of difficulty compared to other NPCs in this questline.
The best approach to beat Juno Hoslow in Elden Ring is using weapons with a ranged Ash of War attack to kill him. This includes weapons like the Blasphemous Blade, Moonveil Katana, and other long-ranged Ash of War weapons. Another easy method to beat him is using DoT incantations, spells, and weapons such as Ekzykes’s Decay or Swarm of Flies that cause status buildups like Scarlet Rot and Bleed. Just remember to keep your distance as his whips can kill you in 2 or 3 hits.
Once you kill Juno Hoslow and return from the invasion, you’ll receive the following items in Elden Ring:
- Hoslow’s Helm
- Hoslow’s Armor
- Hoslow’s Gauntlets
- Hoslow’s Greaves
- Hoslow’s Oath Gesture
- Hoslow’s Petal Whip
- 1 Rune Arc
- 1 Furlcalling Finger Remedy
Juno Hoslow’s armor set is a middle-weight set that is one of the best fire and lightning-resistant sets in its class. Apart from that, this set is also great against melee weapons as it absorbs most of the enemy’s melee damage including thrust, strike, and slash attacks.
On the other hand, the Petal Whip is a dual whip that causes Bleed buildup. This weapon scales with Dexterity and Strength and can also be infused with an Ash of War to make it more versatile.
Getting To Rykard After The Invasion
Now that you’ve killed Hoslow and completed all 3 contracts, you can now access Rykard’s boss fight. Simply head back to Tanith in Volcano Manor and exhaust her dialogue, where she tells you to join Rykard. After that, she’ll teleport you directly to Rykard, and you can begin the fight.
Juno Hoslow’s Lore
As seen from its appearance, Juno’s armor set is nearly identical to that of Diallos, whom you get to meet at the Roundtable Hold as well as Volcano Manor in Elden Ring. This is because Juno and Diallos are siblings, and they both belong to the Hoslow House.
Juno Hoslow was the older brother and was perceived as being more competent than Diallos. Therefore, Juno was the one who inherited the Hoslow legacy and was tasked to carry the family name. As the Hoslow Helm’s item description states:
“Juno Hoslow had a younger brother who was all talk and no trousers. His inability to commit to action was such that Juno inherited the Hoslow legacy without resistance, granting him the freedom to shower his little brother with adoration.”
The Hoslow family was primarily focused on bloodshed and brutality. As such, Juno took over the legacy as a way to protect Diallos, who was not as well-trained as his older brother.
Since Juno was a renowned warrior in the Lands Between, he received an invitation from Volcano Manor to join them against the Erdtree. However, he declined the offer since he wasn’t a fan of bloodshed himself. This refusal did not sit well with Volcano Manor, which is why we’re tasked to kill him in the contract.
That wraps up our complete guide on getting to and killing Juno Hoslow in Elden Ring. It’s important to note Juno’s fight is entirely optional, and it’s not necessary to fight him to reach Rykard since there are two routes to his arena. However, the Hoslow set is one of the best middleweight armor sets in the game, and the Petal Whip is also one of the strongest whips. So if you’re looking to upgrade your arsenal, you should definitely try out this encounter.
For other NPC questlines like Juno Hoslow in Elden Ring, here’s a guide on Millicent’s complete questline in the game. If you’re instead looking to find more key items, check out these guides on locating all the Memory Stones and Map Fragments in Elden Ring. Apart from that, consider reading up on our definitive guide on the Lake Rot in Elden Ring if you’re interested in finding more hidden areas.
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