So you need help and a guide to beat Old Denizens of the Woods? If Coeurls weren’t bad enough in FFXV – Elder Coeurls are much more so. I can’t pinpoint what pissed me off in this hunt – but it did. So here’s how to smash ’em. (See also: FFXV Hunts list)

I guess it was the amount of animation cancels, knockdowns, instakills, them healing themselves… basically it’s an annoying fight that I’d rather not waste Mega Phoenixes and Megalixirs on if I can.

So let’s go ahead and go through the things we need to prepare for…

Countering the Instakill

As you must be aware of by now, Coeurl young or old have an instant death move. DO NOT BLINDLY MELEE THEM WHILE THEY’RE RESTING as that triggers the instagib counter-attack. Like their younger brother, the same advice applies…

  • Safety Bit – accessory which prevents instant death. A bit rare, though.
  • Fettini di Cernia from Maagho restaurant gives “Death-Defying”.
  • Tide Grouper Carpaccio from Ignis. Unlocking this requires eating the above.

While I cleared this WITHOUT any of the above, it’s never a bad thing to have. The strat I used never got me into close contact with them, anyway!

Brute force or Cheese?? Beating the Elder Coeurls

Without having to worry about the instakill, they’re still annoying. A ton of HP, heal and knockbacks WAY TO MUCH. So how? Magic & Burst Damage! If you wanna brute force it with multiple Mega Phoenix & Megalixirs – then you don’t need a guide lol.

The basic preparations still apply… leveling up to increase stats is actually easy. And if you’re not 99 yet check out that link to know how to reach it painlessly.

Prepare a strong fire spell

Either get a Limit Break Fire spell (Flare), or a Quintcast Fire. You need at least 3 (4 or 5 to be safe) ONE FOR EACH OF ‘EM! Do the Zu Beak farming method for Flares.

The nuke I prepared for these guys tagged them for 99999 – but that’s not enough to kill them. As I said earlier they have to die FAST before they rest. We need more…


While there’s a lot of ways to gain burst damage, not a lot of people would (or in their right minds) have the break damage 999 AP nodes right now, and that’s fine.

Use Bow of the Clever + Overwhelm (Ignis Skill). While that combo is best for beasts with multiple places to hit, it works just fine to fill in our “simple to get burst damage” needs without going out of our way. (Don’t have Bow of the Clever!?!?)

Equip and USE Bow of the Clever right before you hit with Overwhelm. It scales from magic so equip all weapons and accessories that increase magic before doing so. Again Bow of the Clever has to be your active weapon for Overwhelm to use it.

Summary & Strategy

  • Ignis Skill: Overwhelm
  • 3 or more strong Fire Spells
  • Charge up Armiger before goin’ in.
  • Try to just use (Hi)Elixirs, (Hi)Potions and Phoenix Downs.

Enter the area and stay unnoticed for as long as you can. You can gain tech bar this way! Wait until you’re full. Spotted you? Doesn’t matter. While you can try to take some cheap shots in, you’ll soon find out it’s not that worth it.

Full 3 bars of tech? It’s time for the burst.

  • 1) Let your fire spell rip.
  • 2)Equip Bow of the Clever -> Overwhelm. USE BOTH ON THE SAME GUY. I
  • 3) Not dead? Warp Strike with the bow is extremely powerful… but be careful.
  • 4) Armiger to gain “invulnerability” after Warp Striking.
  • Rinse Repeat from here, you may be able to kill the 2nd with Armiger + Overwhelm.

Well there you go! Hopefully you have three more Elder Coeurls in the bag after reading this, and ticked off Old Denizens of the Woods. Check out our FFXV Hunts list and other FFXV Guides.

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  1. Wish I checked on this strategy sooner. I brute forced this at level 67-68, and used about 20 hi-potions, 5 mega potions and 2 mega phoenix. Even crabby ass leviathan felt sorry and let me summon her halfway through.

  2. At first, i was pretty stunned because until this particular fight the game was so easy, it was almost a joke…
    I went in with all party members at lvl 100 and didn’t expect such a difficult fight, just like you all. After bashing on those fuckers for 10-15 minutes without even making a dent i decided to pause the game in menu mode and search for a strategy on google that got me here… i had the bow, unfortunately i sold the safety bit just 30 minutes before, but i had the ribbon from the rainbow frog sidequest, and tried to scramble together some killcast fira spells with what elemancy resources i had at the time. I also used up my ~150 AP to boost my magic skilltree… after everything was set i unpaused the game, made one fira-bow-overwhelm combo but i don’t know if it actually did anything since while doing that first attack the L2 FOR SUMMON message appeared…. so i pressed L2, Ramuh appeared and instakilled ALL 3 elder coeurls ^^
    talk about luck LOL…

  3. Use the ring. Says it’s weak to it but I kept casting Eterna over and over and eventually all four were sucked up into oblivion during desperate casts.

  4. Thank you for this! This hunt was driving me insane I’m level 88 but they were still annihilating my team despite all wearing the safety bit and eating element nullifying food. The combo really works but the bow especially helped as noctis had been constantly getting mauled because I kept missing the parry after blocking. The bow made dodging a breeze I didn’t even have to block and parry and amazingly none of my team were ever in danger status either

  5. Good technique. Opening with flare then bow strike then overwhelm really did help. Just be sure to keep your focus on one target, ignore the other two during the battle. If one or two of your team is in DANGER status they will not participate in overwhelm, so using a megalizer/megaphoenix may be worthwhile to get all four in the fight. The battle gets much easier once you eliminate 1 of 3 and is very easy once you have killed 2 of 3.


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