Bosses in Dark Souls 2 are powerful enemies that add challenging experiences to the game. Bosses can be encountered throughout the different areas of the game. While some must be fought to progress through the story, most are optional. Each boss features a unique set of moves, gear, and various weaknesses and resistances to different damage types and styles of play. Successfully defeating a boss grants the player larger amounts of Souls than traditional enemies in their respective areas, and many offer rare and/or unique armaments, ArmorMagic, and other Items. This page contains a list of all the Bosses encountered in the game.

List of all 32 Bosses available in Dark Souls 2, and the bosses encountered in the additional DLC content. Defeating them grants you access to further areas, gives you special items such as Keys, and drops Boss Souls that can be used to acquire Boss Soul Weapons.


  • If you have a Soul Memory of 1,000,000 souls (NG), you can go directly to the Shrine of Winter, which in turn allows you to skip large portions of the game (This doesn't work on SoTFS PS4 Version). Since this detail technically makes over half of the bosses skippable with ridiculous grinding, it is not taken into account when considering a boss "optional" or not.
  • There are also other bosses that can be skipped regardless, depending on which path you choose. See Optional Bosses for more details.
  • If bosses are defeated with a last hit, but they deal a hit on you causing your death at the same time, that boss could potentially not be considered defeated and can respawn.
  • If the aforementioned scenario occurs in co-op where the host and the boss die within seconds of each other, you WILL NOT receive your "duty fulfilled" reward (Token of FidelitySunlight Medal, etc). However, you will get the souls for defeating the boss if it dies before the game loads you back to your world.


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Area boss of the Forest of Fallen Giants. Mild-Mannered Pate can be summoned right outside the fog door, if you have met the conditions for his sign to appear.

Accessed after going down a lift and at the end of a narrow corridor. He will detach his arm and use it as a weapon when he is at about 50% hp or below.

Souls Awarded: 10,000
Weakness: Fire, Lightning
Optional: No


  • Pate is actually a decent summon for this fight. He doesn't do too much damage, but he can keep the heat off you if you're a caster. It's best to stay far from The Last Giant's feet; the shockwave hits the area next to the foot as well. If you don't want to summon Pate, it is easy to dodge his arms and feet because they are slow and easy to telegraph. Simply bait him to use his arms and run between his legs then attack his feet.
  • This boss can be skipped up until later in the game when you need the Soldier's Key in order to access Memory of Jeigh. This can be done by going through Heide's Tower of Flame (Old Dragonrider) then proceeding through No Man's Wharf to get to Lost Bastille.


Second boss of the Forest of Fallen Giants. Accessed by going up onto a high bridge that leads to the Bastille.
Can also be fought upon returning to Smelter Demon's location, and there are two of them at Drangleic Castle's throne room, behind Chancellor Wellager(NG+).

Souls Awarded: 17,000
Weakness: Lightning, Strike
Optional: Yes



This boss is encountered in the Huntsman's Copse across a dilapidated wooden bridge and behind a dark spirit NPC.
Pull a lever down the corridor to knock the charioteer off and kill him, then battle the horses. Watch out, as their kicks are unblockable.

Souls Awarded: 19,000
Weakness: Lightning, Poison
Optional: Yes


  • Your main tactic for this fight is going to be running. Avoid the skeletons and run for the alcoves to dodge as the Chariot passes. Have a shield with 100% melee protection, as while you're in the alcoves, the skeletons will still attack you. All you have to do is wait for the chariot to take them out, giving you some breathing room. It is best to have a lot of stamina for the first phase of this fight because you'll constantly be running and blocking. Take out the two necromancers in the area so the skeletons can die. Once the rider is down, the second phase and the horses begin attacking you. Their attacks don't hit too hard, but they move quickly and unpredictably, so having a caster who can fire from afar can help a lot, as well as other summons to keep the horse busy.
  • After the fight, you can go into an area with another bonfire. The area in question is a dead end, but it allows you to join the Brotherhood of Blood if you have a Token of Spite with you.
  • If finding the necromancers is an issue, throw an alluring skull in the middle of the corridor whilst the Executioner's Chariot is still charging. It will kill them and the skeletons with it. The first necromancer is located three alcoves to the left as you enter the area and the second is located six alcoves to the right, just before the gate lever.


Boss in King's Passage. He can summon NPC's and invaders (Mirror Squires) during the fight with his mirror shield. Benhart of Jugo can be summoned right outside the Fog Door.

Souls Awarded: 25,500
Weakness: Dark, Strike, Poison/Toxic
Resistance: Fire, Lightning
Optional: No


  • This is one fight where Benhart is actually a bane rather than a boon. Since he doesn't block at all, the Knight will just be toying around with him. He does keep the aggro well, but for the buff the boss receives for a summon and how quickly he is killed off, he is definitely just going to be more of a hassle than a help. If you do want him as a summon, summon another player as well to counteract him.
  • The Knight's shield will deflect any and all attacks, spells andmiraclesincluded, even when it is just by its side. Hitting the shield will cause you recoil from a melee attack and a spell will shoot off into the distance. The only time you can attack the shield is in the second phase when he summons a gray phantom, though its best if you don't attack the shield as the player coming out of the shield most often cannot react quickly enough and can be easily killed if focused down.
  • As with all armored bosses, he's more vulnerable to blunt, crushing weapons like maces or clubs.


Area boss of the Huntsman's Copse, behind the waterfall. Three large skeletons wielding a scythe, spear, and pyromancy flame.

Souls Awarded: 15,000
Weakness: Alluring Skulls, Yearn & Strike, Strike, Fire/Lightning
Optional: No


  • As soon as one of the larger skeletons is destroyed, they let out a blast to signify when the skeletons will arrive. Its definitely recommended having some summons for this fight, at least one to help you deal with the smaller skeletons. Blunt weapons are best to deal with the smaller skeletons. While not very fast, they do more damage than strike or slash weapons. It's best to have a fast weapon to deal with The Skeleton Lords themselves, however.
  • For an easier way to defeat this boss, kill only one of the Lords at a time, while continuously moving around the arena. The smaller skeletons only spawn in groups after defeating one of the Lords. So, kill a Lord, then kill the skeletons that they spawn, and repeat the process for the other two. A good first move is to sprint from the fog gate to behind the right-side Lord and backstab him as soon as he lands and can receive damage. The Skeleton Lord who uses mainly pyromancy (it wields a Bone Staff while the other two use a scythe and spear) spawns Pinwheels and should be killed last. When the pinwheels spawn, attack them before they have a chance to stand up and you can take out a couple of them before the rest start attacking. Spamming Heavenly Thunder as they start appearing can clinch the fight for you before they have a chance to start spinning around the arena.


Area boss of No-man's Wharf. Accessed by ringing a bell atop the Wharf that docks a ship. Lucatiel of Mirrah can be summoned earlier in No-Man's Wharf.

Souls Awarded: 14,000
Weakness: Lightning, Poison
Optional: Yes*


  • This boss can be optional if you decide to fight The Pursuer andthe Ruin Sentinels
  • You can hit the bell from across the map if you use Iron Arrows.
  • Lucatiel is decent for this fight if you plan to simply attack this boss at a range. You shouldn't go toe to toe with the boss if you're not very agile, as it can attack quite fast stun you. If you do plan to attack with melee, goad it to attack with one side. The other side will not attack you while the other is in its combo, so you can get a quick few hits in. Lucatiel's summon can be found near a large grate inside a 3-story house; pull the lever near the grate to activate a shortcut.


Area boss of Sinner's Rise. Accessed by going through a long, flooded hallway leading to the building which has 2 stairwells on the side. Can be locked on to if lights on the sides of the outside of the arena are lit. Guards a Primal Bonfire.

Souls Awarded: 45,000
Weakness: Lightning
Resistance: Fire
Optional: No


  • As soon as the boss starts, the first thing she will do is shut out the lights. You should either turn up your brightness settings or, before the fight, light some oil places on fire that are located up the two stairs that are visible on the way to the fight (this is only possible using the Bastille Key found beyond the Belfry Gargoyles, and thus they must be killed before battling the Lost Sinner). Spells are not recommended as a light source, as they will burn out eventually and torches prevent you from using your left-hand weapon.
  • The boss itself is pretty fast and agile, reminiscent of Artorias from the first game's DLC, though not quite as hard-hitting or aggressive. The best tactic is for at least a single summon to help, whether it be for aggro bait or simply to take pot shots to whittle down her health.
  • With the lights off your lock-on range is greatly reduced making it difficult to use spells. With the lights turned back on by burning the oil in the two adjacent rooms before the boss fight, your lock-on range is returned to normal making spells easier to land.
  • For melee players, stay close and watch her attacks. The thrust is easy to dodge, but the slashes are faster. However, strafing will sometimes work as you can get behind to hit her.


Area bosses of Belfry Luna. Total of five of them to fight. Very similar to the gargoyles in Dark Souls.

Souls Awarded: 25,000
Weakness: Lightning
Optional: Yes


  • AOE spells and sweeping weapons are more effective against the Gargoyles since they will likely be next to each other. If focusing on one target, it's best to have a summon to distract the others.
  • When a Gargoyle's health is reduced by half, they will generally start breathing fire. Rarely, they will use an attack similar to Blinding Bolt and is telegraphed by one of them holding their bident up and starting to glow, like the Looking Glass Knight.
  • The Gargoyles are extremely weak to Lightning damage, and Gold Pine Resin, Sunlight Blade, or lightning-based weapons will carve through them in very short order.


Area bosses of Lost Bastille. Accessed by the end of a hallway of a series of cell rooms. Pilgrim Bellclaire can be summoned in one of the cells leading up to the Fog Door.

Souls Awarded: 33,000
Weakness: Lightning, Magic, Strike
Optional: Yes


  • The first Ruin Sentinel is directly to your left upon entering the boss room. These bosses are agile and can jump back onto the platforms if knocked down, landing with a sweeping attack that's difficult to see coming. You will only have to fight one of them at first. When the first one is down, the other two will jump down and slowly head towards you.
  • A summon is good for this area; Crystalsorceriesseem to be the most damaging, taking off sometimes a third of one's health with one shot. There is an NPC summon in one of the cells right before the boss fight who uses Crystal sorceries; however, she has poor physical defense, so use the Red Eye Ring or be prepared for her to die.
  • Skip: If you have a lockstone in your inventory and the antique key, you can make your way to the lockstone room where you find the bone staff via holding cell bonfire. Once the lockstone is placed it will expose 2 illusory walls, one of which will have a lift that takes you to the beginning of Sinner's Rise, completely bypassing the boss.


Area boss of Grave of Saints. Accessed by going through the mist after the second bonfire. Looks like a normal rat but has a giant mohawk on it's back. There are MANY rats in this room, so watch that you don't get poisoned or petrified.

Souls Awarded: 11,000
Weakness: Fire (Flame Swathe and Lingering Flame can kill large numbers of rats at the same time while still dealing heavy damage to the boss himself)
Optional: Yes


  • There is no summoning available in the Grave of Saints. You must face the rat horde alone.
  • The boss battle technically doesn't start until you've killed ten rats. The rats do not infinitely spawn, but you'll be wanting to kill about one, finding the best exit to the other side of the room and repeat. You should be able to survive if you do this conservatively. Don't panic if the rats start to clog and exit. You can usually just clear a few out and some will aggro you, giving you enough room to retreat. The small stones on the ground can be used as barriers to heal, as the rats can't seem to get past them easily. Best to keep Poison Moss or any other item that cures poison/toxic. Your main goal is to look for the rat who has a mohawk. It's a bit tricky, but you'll know it when you see it. Your goal is to kill that particular one, as it is the actual "boss". It's best to kill him as quick as possible while still remembering the steps from above. These things don't hit hard, but can combo damage and quickly cause poison and petrification (Vanguard only).
  • Since the regular rats can be evaded relatively easily, and the Vanguard has little health, a crossbow can be very effective. Do your best to avoid the host while looking for clear shots of the boss. It shouldn't take more than 30 regular bolts from a heavy crossbow, even if your dexterity is low. Wide, sweeping weapons are not recommended, as the small statues will block your swings and momentarily stun you.


Area boss of the Doors of Pharros. A giant rat with a moveset similar to Sif from Dark Souls.

Souls Awarded: 14,000
Weakness: Fire
Optional: Yes


  • There is no summoning available in the Doors of Pharros. You must face the monster rat alone.
  • The four smaller rats in the boss room must be killed immediately, as they can and will afflict you with poison. Fire is powerful; if you put out a Lingering Flame and quickly attack one of the rats, you can make them walk into a powerful trap.
  • For melee players, dodging its frontal attacks and running underneath it will let you hit the back legs. Be wary of tanking the boss, as its attacks drain lots of stamina and inflict poison. If the boss starts to vomit, run, as it breaks all equipment if you stay underneath. It is best to have a shield that both blocks 100% physical damage as has high stability.The boss is slow and its attacks are easy to spot. It has large sweeping attacks like Sif but it also can bleed you making this fight very short. You'll want to stay as close to its legs as possible no matter what build you're using.
  • Sorcerers will find this fight easier as they can simply put out an Affinity, Homing Souls mass etc. to kill the small rats quickly while doing a bit of damage to the boss. However, you still will need the shield so unless a Sorcerer is agile and well-timed, they'll find this boss to be a pain.


Area boss of the Shaded Woods, accessed by the third bonfire. Take the path to the right of the large basilisk. Manscorpion Tark can be summoned outside the Fog Door if you talk to him with the Ring of Whispers first and exhaust his dialogue.

Souls Awarded: 23,000
Weakness: Fire, Dark
Optional: No


  • Don't be fooled as you walk in. She's half-buried in the sand and will fire sorceries until you approach her.
  • Manscorpion Tark won't deal much damage to her but is an excellent tank for casters. Unfortunately, he doesn't hold her aggro very well, so ranged weapon fighters should expect her to suddenly charge them from time to time, and melee fighters should be ready for her to occasionally hit you instead of Tark.
  • The boss itself is fairly easy albeit difficult to predict. Her melee attacks are easy to dodge and leave her wide open, save for her tail whip which does a lot of damage, comes and goes fast, and will knock you down(her tails can be cut to make the fight easier). Fortunately, you'll have time after pretty much any of her attacks to recover stamina and chug an Estus. If she manages to hit you with her double sting, hope that your allies can hold her aggro and be prepared to start chugging Estus until the Toxic status effect goes away.
  • Halfway through the fight, she'll burrow underground and attempt to murder you from below; you can hide out on the block of stone in the middle of the chamber, and she won't be able to reach you. Watching where the ground spits out dust clouds and running away from her is also acceptable. Just don't get cornered while running, as this move deals massive damage. Your movement speed will also be slowed a few seconds before she emerges, making the attack extremely difficult to dodge.
  • Magic shields are decent for long range, though her sorceries will more than likely stagger you as she fires multiples at a time. If possible, hide behind a tree when you see her beginning to cast, as they'll soak the spells for you.


Area boss of Brightstone Cove Tseldora. Accessed by going through the whole map. Guards a Primal Bonfire. Ashen Knight Boyd can be summoned behind a pillar at the back of the bottom floor. Facing directly away from the fog gate, run to the back wall and turn left.

Souls Awarded: 42,000
Weakness: Fire
Optional: No


  • Unlike the other Primal Bosses, you must pick up Freja's soul. There is not a bonfire particularly near the boss fight without many enemies, so be sure to pick it up when you kill Freja, or else you will find only disappointment at the Shrine Of Winter.
  • Once you enter the boss fight, you'll notice a few minion spiders around. Kill them and you'll have a few minutes to attack the boss before these enemies respawn again. To counteract this, its best to have at least one summon during the fight, preferably one who takes care of the spiders or aggros the boss giving you time to take care of the little ones.
  • Spellcasters should maintain a safe distance, as it makes her attacks more predictable and reduces the chances of being suddenly stomped on. It's better to alternate between Freja's two heads, as opposed to focusing exclusively on one.
  • The best opportunity to damage her comes during and after her wide-sweeping laser attack. Trigger the laser by maintaining a fair distance, and Freja will generally fire it. When the laser is coming, the boss will turn to your left and a beam will emerge. Simply run to the other head and wail on it a few times. This is more easily accomplished with at least two people, although that makes it more difficult to predict where Freja will fire her laser.
  • After the boss fight, there are two enemies between Freja's chamber and the Primal Bonfire. One enemy, Vengarl's Body, is particularly strong. He is easily dispatched if you poison him and simply walk back into the library and through the archway, which acts as a "safe zone".


Area boss of the Earthen Peak, directly in the middle of Harvest Valley. Jester Thomas can be summoned next to the staircase prior to the Fog Door, but only after the poison is drained. Thomas is one of the more useful NPC summons in the game, outputting a large amount of damage through pyromancy and is recommended if the boss is giving you trouble.

Souls Awarded: 16,500
Weakness: Fire
Optional: No


  • Burning the windmill near the second bonfire in Earthen Peak will drain the poison from Mytha's chamber as well as the poison in the room before the fog gate. This also allows Jester Thomas to be summoned for the boss fight.
  • A secret bonfire directly above her fog gate will save time between attempts.
  • Stay in the center of the fight for the most part as you can still be poisoned by the pools on the outskirts, and lure her away from them as the boss will heal if she stays inside one. Jester Thomas has a tendency to stand in the pool of poison, no matter how small, and get poisoned; however, he can still survive long enough to output an incredible amount of fire damage. Mytha attacks primarily with her spears, but she can also cast sorceries from her decapitated head. When she throws her head, it will deal magic damage in a wide area after landing. Mytha will immediately rush to retrieve it, leaving her vulnerable assuming the attack was dodged.


Area boss of the Black Gulch, below the Gutter. Lucatiel of Mirrah can be summoned next to the bonfire outside the Fog Door. Lone Hunter Schmidt can be summoned to the left of the Fog Door, in the open, though this is not recommended as he deals little damage and has little health. A large mass of bodies swinging a giant cleaver, its attacks hit hard and it has a deadly grab attack. Its arms can be destroyed with some persistence, and the left arm drops a Pharros' Lockstone, but they will regenerate after a period of time. It will sometimes vomit acid that degrades equipment, oil the player (causing them to explode if they attempt to light a torch or step into the fire pits) and has two ranged attacks: a dark-damage area-of-effect blast and a frontal dark-damage cone. Watch out for the fire pits, as they drain health very quickly.

Souls Awarded: 47,000
Weakness: Thrust
Optional: No


  • Its attacks are devastating to both health and stamina. Its slash attacks will stagger a blocking player and significantly drain their stamina and will deal heavy damage to unprotected players. However, is attacks only deal physical damage, so a 100% physical shield can be useful in emergencies. Blocking is still not recommended, however, as The Rotten tends to attack multiple times in quick succession and will usually break a players guard and deal heavy damage in a three-hit combo. Even if the damage isn't dealt, this commonly knocks players into one of the fire pits. If it pauses slightly while raising the ax above its head, roll to the side as its preparing a sliding charge that has deceptively long range: oftentimes, rolling backward will not be sufficient. When it slowly pulls its left hand back, it is preparing a grab-this has little range and is easily dodged by rolling backward, but it will instantly kill anybody it successfully grabs unless they have extremely high health and physical defense.
  • At approximately 50% HP, The Rotten will gain two new attacks. When it begins to hunch its shoulders and close its fists, immediately dodge and roll backward as it is preparing a wide AOE dark-damage blast, but be careful to not roll into one of the fire pits. When it raises its cleaver and begins to gather energy it in, it's preparing a wide, long-range frontal cone that deals dark damage. If you are already a considerable distance away from The Rotten, keep moving back to make certain that the attack does not damage you. However, if you're already close to The Rotten, roll to the right at the last moment to dodge most of the attack.
  • The Rotten deals extremely high damage, has high health and resistances, and attacks surprisingly quickly, but does not move terribly fast. Ranged players and spellcasters can easily kite the boss, but must be careful to not move into the fire pits.


Boss behind the fog gate across a large drawbridge dropped by pulling a nearby lever, at Heide's Tower Of Flame. Masterless Glencour can be summoned from the Dragonrider arena. His moveset is almost identical to Ornstein's from the original Dark Souls.

Souls Awarded: 20,000
Weakness: Fire, Magic, Strafing
Optional: Yes


  • The boss attacks using a combination of dark magic, stabbing attacks with his spear, and slashes. Hiding behind the pillars and attempting to heal will cause the Old Dragonslayer to charge you, breaking the pillar and likely dealing hefty damage (if not finishing you off outright). One summon is useful for this fight; one individual can hold the boss' attention relatively easily and protect their partner while they heal. The boss himself is not remarkably durable and can be easily stunned, but is fond of disengaging from close combat using a retreating swipe while jumping backward.
  • The Old Dragonslayer will occasionally squat and glow with dark energy, and the player should immediately roll away upon observing this as he will jump into the air and slam down, sending out a powerful shockwave. Be wary: although the Old Dragonslayer is vulnerable after doing this, the aftershocks from the attack continue into the first few moments of his vulnerable state, which can lead to some unexpected damage if the player moves in too quickly. The Old Dragonslayer will also fire dark energy blasts at the player; these can home in, but are still easily dodged by rolling towards them.
  • When the boss leans forward and grabs his spear with both hands, he is preparing a very fast charge. If this connects, the boss will impale you and deal heavy damage. Rolling towards the boss (at close range) or to the side (at long range) easily avoids this, but the boss takes reduced damage briefly after the attack if it did not connect. Melee players are advised to strafe to his left, as this will prevent many of his thrusting attacks from connecting.


Area boss of the Harvest Valley. A large slug-like monster, this boss is quite easy. He flops and rolls around the arena and also uses some sweeping attacks. He can also eat the player, which will unequip all of their armor, weapons, and rings. If you are worried about this attack, store all unequipped gear in your item box and it will be much easier to find your weapons in the case they get unequipped.

Souls Awarded: 13,000
Weakness: Magic, Thrust, Fire
Resistance: Poison
Optional: No


  • The boss is fond of rolling towards the player, but almost always rolls again if the first attack did not connect. Thus, it is best to wait several seconds before retaliating. The boss will also vomit corrosive acid onto the player, degrading their equipment, and can use a variety of short, fast swipes at players in front of him. When the Covetous Demon pauses and licks his lips, he is preparing to swallow the player-if he succeeds, then they will suffer heavy damage and all of their armor, weapons, and rings will suffer a durability penalty and be unequipped. However, be aware that the room you battle him in is small, and getting trapped against a wall while the Demon is in the middle of a roll or a belly flop will likely result in a quick death.
  • Above the arena are pots with the undead in them. Break them with a powerful projectile (anything equal or greater in power to a Soul/Iron Arrow) and the corpses will drop. The Covetous Demon will completely ignore you and focus on eating the corpses. While eating, he takes significantly less damage, but will completely ignore any aggressive taken towards him. This can also be an opportunity to heal or re-equip gear if it has been removed.


The first boss of the Iron Keep. It guards a rather useful bonfire that significantly reduces travel time between deaths in the second half of the Iron Keep, so defeating should be a priority. Lucatiel of Mirrah can be summoned for this battle, but she is often defeated very quickly. Still, she is an excellent tank for casters. Using the Redeye Ring can increase her chances of surviving, but will require the caster to get uncomfortably close to the boss.

Souls Awarded: 32,000
Weakness: Lightning, Poison
Resistance: Fire
Optional: Yes


  • The Smelter Demon is incredibly dangerous, and ending the fight quickly significantly increases the player's chances of success. The Smelter Demon does not deal any fire damage in the first phase of the fight, but can still deal significant physical damage and can perform a leaping stab that may be followed by an AOE: there is no way to determine if it will use the AOE or not, so it is safest to simply back away after the leaping stab. It is also fond of performing a two-slash attack to either side before following up with a forward slice to the ground as well as a very fast forward stab.
  • After taking a small amount of damage, the room will darken and the Smelter Demon will squat and roar. From this point on, remaining in close proximity to the boss will deal continuous fire damage, and during the transition, the boss briefly enjoys reduced damage from all sources.
  • At approximately 70% health (the exact percentage varies, although the trigger is also time-based if the player takes too long), the Smelter Demon will stab itself with its sword and coat it in fire, also gaining increased damage protection during this stage. All attacks now deal additional fire damage, and the forward slice now sends out a jet of fire from the blade. The AOE following the leaping stab also an increased radius and deals additional damage.
  • Fire resistance gear of some sort is almost completely necessary, as even ranged players and casters will be taking continuous fire damage. Flash Sweat is a good choice for casters, while the Alonne Knight armor set can be useful for melee players. Fire resistance rings and consumables are also adequate, as are any other buffs. The Gyrm Greatshield, in particular, is helpful, as it offers 100% physical and fire resistance and thus offers immunity to all of the Smelter Demon's attacks except the continuous AOE damage (assuming the player has the stats to equip it). A Ring of Restoration, as well as several Lifegems, can mitigate the constant AOE damage as well, although the Ring of Restoration will easily break and Lifegems can quickly disappear given the rate at which they would need to be consumed.


The second boss of Iron Keep; there is a nearby bonfire called Eygil's Idol, which is hidden at the top of a ladder in the room with flaming minotaur heads and spikes before the fog gate. Guards a Primal Bonfire.

Souls Awarded: 48,000
Weakness: Magic (Soul Geyser only), Lightning
Resistance: Fire, Dark
Optional: No


  • The Old Iron King stands waist-deep in lava the entire fight, keeping his main body out of reach of most melee weapons: attempting to attack the boss' main body with anything shorter than a spear or long thrusting sword risks a plunge into the lava at his waist. However, the boss can be hit with melee weapons on his left horn whenever he lowers his head for breath attacks, and on the hands and arms whenever his attacks leave them available (such as the laser attack). The boss can be hit by ranged weapons and spells at all times, except when he submerges.
  • The boss has no grab attack but instead relies on two physical attacks: a sweep to either side or slam onto the ground with his fists. The boss will often move from a sweep into a slam, but will sometimes sweep back and forth once on either side before attacking in this manner. After a slam, his hands remain on the platform for several seconds, offering the best opportunity to attack. However, be aware that if any of his attacks connect, the player will suffer heavy damage and be knocked down, likely costing them the opportunity to attack.
  • The boss can also breathe fire in two different ways: if he lowers his head, he will breathe a swathe of fire, generally from his right-to-left, that will cover the entire platform and can be avoided by moving between the flames. If he remains upright, the fire will spread in a smaller cone and can be avoided by moving backward. The Old Iron King can also, infrequently, let out a shockwave that deals damage and knocks the player down. If the Old Iron King raises both his fists and they begin to glow red, he is preparing a massive slam that will send out multiple pillars of fire-this is best avoided by moving back or hiding on the ledge near the exit to the room, to the far right of the entrance. He can also pull his arm back and let out a thin, continuous jet of lava that can move through walls, negating the advantage of hiding near the exit. The boss can also submerge unexpectedly, releasing a wave of lava when he goes under and when he resurfaces. He generally resurfaces on the opposite side of the platform that he submerged, but occasionally rises back up without moving. He will also reposition himself if the player maintains a certain distance. When the boss submerges to reposition, you can move anywhere in the area to cause him to re-emerge in a spot advantageous to you.
  • Great caution must be exercised in moving around the platform: there is a small hole directly to the right of where the player enters that can be easily rolled into if its existence is forgotten and, since all of the Old Iron King's attacks knock the player back, the boss can also easily kill the player by throwing them off the edge of the platform or into the hole. It is best to not be locked on to the Iron King when moving, for optimal awareness of the pitfalls.


Boss of Aldia's Keep. While "Guardian Dragon"is in fact, fact a Wyvern, this is still an appropriate name as wyverns are defined as a type of dragon.

Souls Awarded: 38,000
Weakness: Lightning, Dark, Magic
Optional: No


  • The boss has extremely low health and is incredibly vulnerable to lightning. Combined with the fact that the boss takes several seconds to begin attacking, the player can theoretically kill the boss before they even have a chance to attack if they've coated their weapon, readied their spells, or otherwise prepared for the boss before entering the chamber.
  • However, if the boss is not killed before they rise for the first time, then great caution must be exercised. The boss can breath fire onto the ground, causing it to splash outward and deal heavy damage in two pulses to players that are caught in the blast. The wyvern can also latch onto the walls of the aviary and breathe fire downward, either in a constant blast or as a single large fireball.
  • The boss will generally land after attacking once in the air, though they will generally rise back up after a few seconds if the player does not move to engage them swiftly. The boss is fond of spending a great deal of time in the air: not only are they out of range of most bows, but the circumstances are too chaotic to allow for spells to be properly cast.
  • Even on the ground, the boss is not defenseless. They can breathe fire in a sweeping motion from left to right, snap with their beak, or stamp with their talons. In addition, the boss will attempt to slam players directly behind them with their tail, breathe fire between their legs, or bite backwards. For best results, the player should stay as close to the wyvern's legs as possible; this will often bait the boss into using their stamp attacking, which is easily avoided and leaves a generous opening for the player to take advantage of.


Area boss of the Shrine of Amana. A giant frog-like creature with a withered face and arms in its mouth. It is immune to damage when its face is covered. Felicia the Brave can be summoned in a hut before Rhoy's Resting Place, though it's difficult to bring her all the way to the boss if the enemies are not defeated beforehand owing to her tendency to fall into the deep water when chasing enemies.

Souls Awarded: 26,000
Weakness: Magic, Lightning
Resistance: Fire
Optional: No


  • The boss is motionless and does not react to attacks for the first few seconds of battle, giving players a chance to get some early damage in or finish preparations. The boss's skin is made of a tough, leathery armor that can be pulled down using its inner arms to form a protective coating that blocks all damage and causes the boss to resemble, visually, a young frog that still possesses their tadpole tail.
  • The boss is immune to all damage when their face is covered, but can still move around. When protected, the Demon of Song attacks by sweeping with its small armored limbs or by dashing towards the player; the boss will always steady its legs and hunch over before performing the latter, so the dash can be avoided easily.
  • After a period of time, the boss will open its protective coating and reveal the hideous face and arms within. During this phase, the boss will attack with its arms by slamming them on the ground, sweeping from side-to-side, or by attempting the grab the player and smash them against the floor of their lair. The boss will pull its arms back at an odd angle before attempting to grab, and players should roll backwards to avoid this.
  • The Demon of Song can also spit water at the player during this phase, either as a series of three large gushes or as a continuous stream. It can also perform a large body slam, rising up on its hind legs before slamming down with its arms outstretched. This is indicated by the camera panning upward and the boss's silhouette being emphasized by the light above its lair; the attack is best avoided by rolling or sprinting backwards and to the side, as simply rolling backwards will often not be enough to avoid the long reach of the boss' arms. During both phases, it will also attempt to attack players behind it with its tail.
  • Owing to its aquatic environment, the Demon of Song is permanently wet and is thus incredibly weak to lightning damage when its face is open, and is similarly resistant to fire damage.


First boss in Undead Crypt. He is a large knight wielding a giant bell hammer. Grave Warden Agdayne can be summoned for the fight, to the left of the boss's fog gate, near a pillar.

Souls Awarded: 50,000
Weakness: Lightning
Resistance: Dark
Optional: No


  • The battle against Velstadt, The Royal Aegis, is split into two phases. During the first phase, the boss will attack players with his bell-hammer; if he grabs his hammer with both hands and leans back, he is preparing a massive overhead slam that will knock players down and deal heavy damage. This attack should be avoided by rolling to either side, even if the player has a shield-the attack will likely stagger any blocking player, regardless of the stability of their shield owing to the strikes incredible power. The Royal Aegis will generally follow up this attack with a sweep to the right, so the player should be prepared to dodged twice.
  • If the boss leaps backwards and leans on his weapon-hand, he is about to charge forward at rapid speed and thrust with his bell-hammer; this can be dodged by rolling to either side. The boss can also swing backwards to attack players behind him, followed by a one-handed overhead smash.
  • Velstadt can also sweep to either side, and will generally do so twice, followed by a thrust forward with his bell-hammer. As these attacks do not knock the player down, he can easily strike the player three, which will generally kill any player not at full health or in possession of high physical defense. The boss can also perform a leftward sweep as he jumps back, allowing him to disengage while simultaneously dealing damage in a cone in front of him. All of these attacks should be avoided by rolling towards or away the boss; rolling to either side will generally cause the player to roll into the final portion of the swing, even if they roll away from the direction Velstadt is attacking in.
  • At approximately 50% health (although this can trigger as early as 75% health, depending on the player), Velstadt will crouch and begin ringing his bell-hammer, gathering dark energy around him. During and after this process, he gains additional damage reduction and deals significantly increase damage with all his attacks. Though none of them do additional dark damage, they deal significantly increase physical damage, and multiple hits (or a single attack from the overhead smash) will stagger any blocking player or kill any undefended one. They should be avoided as before.
  • The boss can crouch after the transition to the second phase and begin ringing his bell-hammer; after a few seconds, a large number of massive dark projectiles will be fired from his bell in a cone in front of him, dealing extremely high dark damage to any players struck and likely killing them in one blow. This can be avoided in two ways; either by getting behind him as the attack charges (which will give the opportunity to deal damage to the boss as the attack is fired), or by retreating to a fair distance away and attempting to dodged between the projectiles. Assuming the player is far enough away from the boss, the distance between the projectiles is generous enough to allow for them to be avoided in this manner.
  • Any items, consumables, or spells which reduce dark damage will be extremely helpful. While rare, a 70%+ dark protection shield significantly simplifies the second phase, allowing the player to simply block the projectiles with little consequence. Perhaps ironically, given Velstadt's connection with Raime, the Rebel's Greatshield is perfectly suited for this purpose.


Second boss in Undead Crypt. He is non-hostile and will only walk around aimlessly dragging his sword. He will aggro after taking a few hits and a fog gate will close off the room. He is slow and predictable but VERY powerful, and can easily one-shot even well-equipped players. Obtaining Giant Souls (not Soul of the Last Giant) will weaken his defenses, with a maximum of 5 Giant Souls bringing him down to normal boss HP.

Souls Awarded: 90,000
Weakness: Bleed Weapons, Giant Souls
Optional: Yes


  • There is no summoning available. You must face Vendrick alone.
  • Make sure you have at least 4 Giant Souls to do any decent damage to him. Use a fast weapon, as Ultra Greatswords and the like may not give you a chance to get out of the way in time. Strafe him on his non-weapon side and you should be able to avoid all his attacks, as his swings only hit the side he is holding his weapon.


Secret and optional boss of Dark Chasm of Old (accessed by joining the Pilgrims of Dark Covenant and lighting all 3 fires in the 3 Dark Old Zones). He can duplicate himself when HP is at about 50% or less.

Souls Awarded: 35,000
Weakness: Fire, Lightning
Optional: Yes


  • There is no summoning available in the Dark Chasm of Old. You must face the Darklurker alone.
  • He is majorly weak to pyromancy and lightning, so it is recommended that you have a maxed pyro flame and several pyro spells equipped. Using lightning and fire buffs on your weapon also works.
  • The Darklurker has very well telegraphed attacks. Be sure to memorize them and know how to defend against each type of attack, as this will make it easier to fight two of them once the first splits.


First Boss of Heide's Tower of Flame. Accessed by the mist located on a circle platform and guarded by an Old Knight wielding an ultra greatsword. Masterless Glencour can be summoned right outside the Fog Door.

Souls Awarded: 12,000
Weakness: Lightning, Strafing
Optional: No


  • This boss is required for chatting with Licia of Lindelt. After exhausting her dialogue, she moves to Majula to open the way to Huntsman's Copse.
  • With enough arrows, you can damage him from the bridge where you pull the first lever. When his health is almost gone he will raise his shield and block all incoming projectiles. After this, when you enter the fog gate he will only have a tiny sliver of health.
  • His attacks are quick but insanely easy to telegraph. He usually only does a single attack and rarely will attack anything behind. Keep your shield up for the majority of the fight and strafe around his attacks which are easy to dodge. Having a shield with 100% melee damage reduction is recommended.
  • He's also very easy to parry, which can be done indefinitely through the whole fight, making it trivial if you can get the timing down.


Bosses of Drangleic Castle. Two of them: one uses a bow from a platform and can be drawn from his perch with ranged attacks, the other uses the same moveset as the Dragonrider from Heide's Tower.

Souls Awarded: 26,000
Weakness: Fire (Flame Swathe takes out huge chunks of their health regardless of NG cycle), Lightning
Optional: No


  • A summon is very useful here. Be sure to try and take out the ranged Dragonrider first, as it has about 2000 less health than the melee Dragonrider. If the ranged Dragonrider falls down from his pedestal and you are near him, he will attack with melee, so its best to keep your distance at least until the first is taken care of.
  • If you don't have ranged attacks, use the red Dragonrider to knock the other off his perch by baiting him to hit the column he is shooting from, then he'll fall to your level, becoming vulnerable to melee damage. He won't switch his bow until he's at 10% health but you should kill him before he does that anyway as he is weaker as stated above.


Perhaps the weakest boss in the game, located in Brightstone Cove Tseldora. Can easily be defeated with a wide-swinging weapon or AoE spell, (I suggest Dark Fog). Take out the Magus and the two undead clerics first, the rest of the Congregation will be child's play. Be sure to go back and summon Bernhart of Jugo first if you want to complete his questline.

Souls Awarded: 7,000
Weakness: Lightning
Optional: No


  • It's best to summon Benhart of Jugo for this fight as he can be a great distraction as well as decent damage dealer. This boss is the easiest way to complete Benhart's questline at the cost of some bonfire ascetics. You can find his summon from the first bonfire to the right inside of a tent behind some boxes.
  • As soon as you're in, head straight for the priests in white or the Magus himself. Ignore the minions on the floor. The white mages will heal during the fight and throw lightning at you, so they might be on the top of your first to kill list.


Boss of the Memory of Jeigh after examining a tree in the Forest of Fallen Giants. His moveset is the same as The Last Giant when he has removed his own arm. He has a ranged attack where his sword creates a forward-moving shockwave.

Souls Awarded: 75,000
Weakness: Fire, Magic

  • Dark - Great Resonant Soul hits for 1050 damage at 65 int/faith (at the cost of souls), while Dark Hail also deal 1050 damage if all orbs hit the boss
  • Magic - 7 Casts of Soul Geyser will kill him, at nearly 1500 damage per cast (tested at level 600+ with 99 INT and Magic Staff of Wisdom +5, in NG200+)
  • Lightning - 12 Casts of Great Lightning Spear will kill him (Tested at level 600+ with 99 FTH and Lightning Dragon Chime +5 in NG200+)
  • Fire - More specifically Pyromancy. While not as good as the aforementioned weaknesses, Pyromancies such as Great Fireball and Great Chaos Fireball deal around 650-700 damage with a +10 Pyromancy Flame at only 25 Int/25 Faith (tested in NG+ through NG+7)

Optional: No


  • Soul Farming Target (killing him in NG+7 gives approximately 400,000 souls; with Tseldora Set and Covetous Silver Servpent Ring, over 500,000 with all gear.)
  • You can summon Benhart of Jugo or Captain Drummond for this fight, but your reward will be less. The Boss will be a bit tougher, but the NPC will make it a considerably faster fight. Even though the soul count is less when summoning an NPC, it may be faster to gain more souls using them in the long run, as each fight will be much shorter. To summon NPC's repeatedly, you must leave the area and return. Memory of Vammar is a good loop to accompany this memory for collecting useful Items, allowing the NPC to be summonable upon your return to Memory of Jeigh.
  • When respawning the Giant Lord, ALL the memories will reset as well; this means that all items respawn, and going through each memory will net you a few Souls of a Hero and Great Souls of a Hero, as well as Soul Vessels and Smooth and Silky Stones. So don't just continually respawn the Giant Lord without going to each memory and collecting all items. Preferably do this with casting rather than melee because it takes too long to kill giants with melee.


Boss in Dragon Shrine, found at the very end of the map. The player can talk with him to obtain the Ashen Mist Heart and optionally fight him.

Souls Awarded: 120,000
Weakness: Magic, Lightning
Optional: Yes


  • He mostly uses flame attacks against you, by breathing flame straight in front of him; or he does a flame breath from his right to left. He will also fly into the air to do a very large AoE attack that in most cases kill you if you don't run away. Flame resistance isn't much help against this attack as it hits more than once. Best way to avoid this is to have a light or no armor and run to the furthest edge of the arena, but be prepared to run past him or you won't have enough time. You can easily see when he does this by looking carefully at his wings during the whole fight, so if they start to flap you should start running immediately. After the attack run back in fast. The boss will also move slightly towards the place you ran to, so you usually can only use the same spot twice, but sometimes only once so look carefully at the distance.
  • There's also a small chance to get really unlucky if he decides to do the AoE attack right after you run back in, so you might bite the dust because of it. Being too close to his face might trigger his physical attacks, so the best fighting spot for casters is to be slightly right of his face with a little distance. Same goes for melee, you just tickle his feet during his frontal flame attacks. Vengarl can be summoned (who is quite useless), as well as Melinda the Butcher, but this fight is best to do alone since the boss will use other attack patterns outside of his flame attacks if there's people running around him.
  • Be patient; this boss has high HP and can take a while to bring down.


Bosses of the Throne of Want, accessed after obtaining the King's Ring.

Souls Awarded: 68,000
Weakness: Lightning
Optional: No


  • The easiest way to do this fight is to have as many summons as possible. Preferably two who can tank their attacks and one who can damage them from afar. Benhart and Vengarl can be summoned for this fight so Clerics with lightning and Sorcerers can use them well. They usually alternate between targets randomly.
  • Your best bet is to attack The Watcher first since he is the fastest of the two. You should keep their health bars relatively close to one another. Once one is taken down, just kill the other as quickly as possible. Should one be revived during the fight, focus on the one with more health so they are back to the same health level.
  • The fight is straight forward. Just make sure to keep an eye on both at all times, as Throne Watcher does have both a projectile attack and an AOE burst, though both are rarely used.
  • Both will begin to enchant their weapons once below 50% HP.
  • It is recommended to defeat the Giant Lord after you fight them, otherwise the fight with Nashandra will begin immediately afterwards.


Boss of the Throne of Want, appears only if you have the Giant's Kinship and the King's Ring. Final Boss.

Souls Awarded: 90,000
Weakness: Lightning, Fire, Magic
Optional: No


  • The boss itself is fairly easy, albeit extremely hard-hitting. Attacks are well telegraphed so you won't have much trouble there.There are two basic attacks she does: the first is a simple scythe slash, which does a lot of damage but is easy to avoid by just being a bit close. The other attack she does is an AoE dark attack. She'll channel the dark and sprout up fountains around her at the beginning of the fight and every so often. These fountains curse you and drain your health by a considerable amount if you're anywhere near them. The Cursebite Ring is recommended, as well as armor with high Curse resistance. It's best to have at least one summon for this fight. Benhart can be summoned, though if you're a pure melee character I wouldn't recommend this. Best to have a caster nearby simply shooting lightning to get her health down in chunks. As a summon, I had a regular Lightning Spear and 35 faith and I was doing about 120 - 200 damage per strike without the 'Sun Bro' ring equipped.
  • The Lifedrain Patches created by her CAN be destroyed by hitting them a few times.


Boss of the Throne of Want, appears only if you have met him in all three locations and defeated both Vendrick and Nashandra. True Final Boss.

Souls Awarded: 0
Weakness: Lightning 
Optional: Yes


  • This boss mostly uses fires based projectiles and teleports, everytime he reappears he leaves AoE explosion, The Gyrm Greatshield can block most of his attacks effortlessly.
  • During flame mode in 1st phase, he has at least 50% damage reduction. During 2nd phase, there is at least 75% damage reduction. That aura deals fire damage.


DLC Bosses

Crown of the Sunken King


First boss of the Dragon's Rest, encountered after the maze-like pit area filled with Black Drakeblood Knights.
A halberd-wielding woman with a ghastly appearance, who mainly uses Dark Magic and Dark Pyromancy to annihilate her opponents. She also has the ability to summon minions to assist her, making the battle even more hectic.
She has to be defeated to gain access to the Sanctum Nadir Bonfire; and ultimately Sinh, The Slumbering Dragon.

Souls Awarded: 72,000
Weakness: Magic, Strike
Optional: No


  • She's highly resistant to Lightning. Fire and Magic attacks seem to be the most effective. She will summon 3 variations of enemies, all different in difficulty, once the battle gets going. She can summon Velstadt (or a enemy wearing his armor), skeletons, and rarely will summon pigs like those in Majula. All these enemies inflict poison damage. It appears that the summoned enemies are weak to lightning damage [please confirm].
  • There are two NPC summons available for this fight: Benhart of Jugo, and Steelheart Ellie; however, neither is recommended. Ellie dual-wields Caestus, and dies rather quickly; Benhart similarly stays to close to Elana and both tend to die because of her AoE Dark Blast. If you want to summon, summon other players instead.
  • The Dark Transgressor's Leather Shield has 100% Dark damage reduction that can help if you are a ranged attacker, but always be prepared to face off against her minions.


Second boss of the Dragon's Rest, found directly after the Sanctum Nadir Bonfire. A slumbering pale dragon with a giant spear pierced in his chest. You see it awakening before the first bonfire of Shulva and when you approach the Dragon Sanctum (it flies over the bridge and breathes fire on you and the enemies there). It's the final Boss of the Sunken King DLC.

Souls Awarded: 96,000
Weakness: Lightning
Optional: No


  • His fire inflicts toxic build-up. You can cut the tail if you attack it several times with some melee weapon with high damage (has a high chance you can break your weapon trying to do this). It's tail does not drop anything. A very aggressive boss with a fleshed out set of attacks, including many aerial attacks that can one-shot unwary players.
  • The Rebel's Greatshield or Gyrm Greatshield are excellent for this fight in regards to negating any fire damage. The Rebel's shield can also greatly reduce Toxic build-up. Two summons are available right by the Sanctum Nadir bonfire: one is a faith caster and the other is a Black Dragon phantom like those encountered in Dragon's Shrine. The Black Dragon summon is much more convenient, as he can heal and dish out decent damage. However, it seems that the more summons you have (and the farther apart they are), the more likely that Sinh will stick to aerial attacks.


Optional Bosses of the Cave of the Dead, accessed after the Priestess' Rest bonfire. Three NPC-like enemies that gank you: the first is a dual swordsman, the second is a Havel tank, and the third is an archer.

Souls Awarded: 60,000
Weakness: Parrying, Backstabbing, Guard Breaking (preferably using a dagger-like Mundane Manikin Knife +10 to do the most backstab and riposte damage)
Optional: Yes


  • This boss battle is meant to be fought in co-op; it's still possible solo, but it requires kiting. There are two NPC summons available right after you fall off the small ledge after the bonfire, Rapacious Andrei and Ruined Alfis. However, keeping them at full health will be difficult since the area leading up to the boss fight is filled with petrification statues and poison variants of the Sunken Knights. Player summons are recommended if possible, as well as group healing spells. These enemies can also backstab you and they are not afraid to use that to their advantage. The Ironclad Armor or the Jester's Robes will prevent you from getting surprised from behind.
  • For the most part, the archer Cerah will stay back and fire great arrows at you while the Graverobber and Varg gank you. Use wide swinging weapons so you can hit more than one at a time, and do your best to keep them far apart so they don't gang up on you if you're solo. In co-op, have it so that you and your summons are individually fighting only one boss at a time.
  • If you summoned any phantoms to the fight, there are two easy ways to complete it. The first is poison/toxic. All of them are able to get poisoned and toxic, just have your phantom distract two of them (preferably the swordsman and Havel) and just throw toxic and poison mists at the last one. Somewhere between 3 - 6 casts is needed, depending on how much they dodge them. The archer will die extremely fast using this strategy (I used it on him with bonfire intensity 56 and he only needed to get toxic and poisoned once, to get him far enough down to finish with a couple of hits from a decent weapon). After the first is dead, just move on to one of the others and repeat the strategy.
  • The second way is parrying. This might be harder than the first, depending of how good you are at parrying, but basic strategy is the same as with the poison strategy. Have your phantom distract two and just parry the last one. After getting parried the first time, they usually enter an extremely predictable attack pattern and makes it very easy to parry them again. (When I used this strategy, the archer kept getting up and attacked with the same attack immediately almost every single time). Again, once the first goes down, just rinse and repeat.
  • For solo tactic, kite the three bosses to lower platform, once they're lined up, focus on Graverobber and Cerah, keep casting Great Resonant Soul until they die out, once there's only Varg left, you're mostly safe.


Crown of the Old Iron King


A Smelter Demon that burns of blue; he is much more powerful than the one in Iron Keep. Resides in Iron Passage, which is this DLC's co-op area, meaning you probably shouldn't go through this alone.

Souls Awarded:75,000
Weakness: Poison, Toxic, Fire
Resistance: Magic


  • He has the same moveset as the Smelter Demon in the Iron Keep, but with some additions. He will sometimes prolong an attack or change it altogether. The Tick-Over AOE seems to be stronger. His sword, when buffed by his blue flame, is twice as big as the one wielded by the other Smelter Demon, and deals magic damage instead of fire damage. The helm is different as well, and looks more like a taurus.
  • If you plan to get to this boss solo, it's best to run through the entire area rather than fight the enemies leading up to him. The most annoying of which will be the Astrologist casters, who will spam Promised Walk of Peace and Profound Still. If you can, spam Profound Still yourself to stop them, because they will also use Great Heal on the enemies you try to kill and make your run that much more difficult.
  • During 3rd phase, his attacks deals only magic damage.


Final and only mandatory boss of the Crown of the Old Iron King DLC. Found at the bottom of Brume Tower, near the Throne Floor bonfire. Carhillion of the Fold can be summoned for this fight, as well as Steelheart Ellie.

Souls Awarded: 84,000
Weakness: None (as far as all research goes)
Resistance: Lightning, Fire, Dark, Magic, Slash, Thrust
Optional: No


  • Arguably one of the toughest, if not the toughest, boss in the entire game since he likes to delay some attacks to catch players off guard. The Fume Knight is not too difficult at first, as he mostly uses his greatsword to attack, only occasionally using his ultra greatsword in large sweeping attacks. However, once you get him down to about 60% health, he buffs his ultra greatsword with Dark Fire damage. Not even the Gyrm Greatshield, with its 100% fire reduction, can stop all of the damage this buff inflicts. Note: with specific tactic listed on the page, player can avoid this buff.
  • Similar to Sir Alonne, Raime has very high defence towards non-physical damage. Therefore, if possible, the player should switch to melee.
  • This fight is made more difficult because (following the trend of this DLC), enemies and bosses have prolonged attack animations as opposed to the well telegraphed and timed attacks of the main game bosses. Be wary: this boss will heavily punish you if you dodge a half-second too quickly or too late. Always be cautious about your dodges because the longer and slower attacks will likely catch you.
  • The NPC summons are not recommended if you're in NG+ and above, as they die quickly if the Fume Knight aggros them. Wear the Red Eye Ring to maintain the Knight's aggro so that the NPC's can wail on the Knight. However, the Fume Knight seems to be resistant to magic, as Carhillion's strongest attacks (like Crystal Soul Spear) barely hit for 200 dmg in NG+3.
  • This boss is actually Raime, the left hand of King Vendrick. It appears that if you wear Velstadt's helmet, Raime will immediately buff his sword, as if in anger against his brother-in-arms.


Boss of the Memory of the Old Iron King, who wields a large katana that inflicts bleed damage. Is found at the end of the memory after going through a small army's worth of Alonne Knights, some of which wield greatbows.

Souls Awarded: 80,000 
Weakness: StrikeResistanceSlash, Thrust, Fire, Lightning, Magic, Dark
Optional: Yes


  • Similar to Raime, Sir Alonne has high defence towards non-physical damage.
  • Sir Alonne also follows the DLC trend of prolonging attacks. He has a tendency to wind up an attack but will only follow through with it a half to a full second later. This will severely punish players who dodge when the animation begins rather than when the hit lands. He is aggressive, and only a few of his attacks will allow you time to heal.
  • If you manage to kill Sir Alonne flawlessly within specific time, his death animation will change to him committing ritual suicide in the manner of a samurai, known in Japanese as seppuku. In addition, bowing immediately after entering the fog will delay his initial attack (needs confirmation).


Crown of the Ivory King


Boss of the Old Chaos, found after falling through the hole inside the Cathedral.

Souls Awarded: 80,000 (with both summons)
Weakness: Lightning, Dark

Resistance: Poison/Toxic, Fire
Optional: No


  • The boss is extremely difficult to fight solo, it is recommended to explore the DLC and find at least two of the three hidden Loyce Knights, in order to seal the portals and prevent the Burnt Loyce Knights from spawning while fighting the Burnt Ivory King.
  • When he buffs his sword is blue, his attacks will do bonus damage that go through shields; his attacks will also do bonus damage to stamina.
  • While his sword is buffed, he will often try to do a stab motion; it is unblockable, and impales you on his sword where you lose most, if not all, stamina, and take some major damage. If you do get hit, make sure that you try to walk away at first and try to dodge his next attack, which is usually immediately after you get up.
  • Phantoms are important here to distract the Ivory King as well as the Burnt Loyce knights, giving you a chance to heal.


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.

Souls Awarded: 78,000
Weakness: Fire, Dark 

Resistance: Magic
Optional: No


  • Without a specific item, "Eye of the Priestess", in possession, Aava will remain invisible through the fight.
  • A large tiger-creature with a standard moveset. However, its attacks are very punishing. It will create what may aptly be described as Homing Crystal Soulmass, but ice-themed, which have moderately-good tracking but deal more than just magic/physical damage. It will also use a DLC version of Wrath of the Gods(ice themed). When it rears its paw to hit the ground, ice crystals will erupt in an AoE arc.
  • Attacks let youre weapon break pretty fast


Optional Bosses that Reside in the Frigid Outskirts. Two giant black tigers with the same moveset as Aava.

Souls Awarded: 56,000
Weakness: Fire
Optional: Yes


  • This boss battle is meant to be fought in co-op. There are two NPC summons available immediately to the left at the start of the area.
  • When Lud's health falls below 33%, you should kill him as quickly as possible. Zallen will join the battle, and both of them performing a lunge attack or launching their homing missile attacks is difficult to defend against. Having one or two phantoms with you makes Zallen join faster (50% or 66% respectively).
  • When Zallen's HP reaches 20%, he will cast a buff and start regenerating health (up to 60%) and gaining increased defense (150%) and damage (120%). (Unsure if Lud can do the same thing. Need confirmation if only Zallen can use this buff) You can try and kill Zallen in this stage, but unless you didn't bring phantoms it's advised to stay away, since he will probably regenerate faster than you can deal damage.

Weakness: None (but does take more damage from Magic and Lightning) (has been said by IGN) as stated by IGN

  1. Note: This boss can be optional if you decide to fight The Pursuer and Flexile Sentry instead.
  2. It IS possible to summon dark phantoms (red). These will be changed by the chasm into Abyssal Spirits, giving the invader the same pure black appearance as everyone else. While you're an abyss spirit you can attack the other npc abyss spirits. You can not join the summoner for the boss fight, however. Credit to Paragon from the Redeemers of the Night from the forums for this.

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Quick Search of All Dark Souls 2 Bosses 

Name Availability Location Soul Dropped Resistance Weakness Optional
The Last Giant Base Game  Forest of Fallen Giants Soul of the Last Giant None Fire, Lightning No
The Pursuer Base Game  Forest of Fallen Giants
Drangleic Castle
Soul of the Pursuer Dark Lightning, Strike No
Executioner's Chariot Base Game  Huntsman's Copse Executioner's Chariot Soul Dark, Strike Bleed, Fire, Lightning Yes
Looking Glass Knight Base Game  King's Passage Looking Glass Knight Soul Lightning Dark, Fire, Magic, Strike No
The Skeleton Lords Base Game  Huntsman's Copse Skeleton Lord's Soul Magic, Thrust Fire, Strike No
Flexile Sentry Base Game  No-man's Wharf Flexile Sentry Soul None Fire Yes
Lost Sinner Base Game  Sinner's Rise Soul of the Lost Sinner Bleed, Fire, Poison Magic No
Belfry Gargoyles Base Game  Belfry Luna Belfry Gargoyle Soul Poison Magic, Strike Yes
Ruin Sentinel Base Game Lost Bastille Ruin Sentinel Soul None Lightning, Poison, Strike, Toxic Yes
Royal Rat Vanguard Base Game  Grave of Saints Rat Vanguard Soul Poison Fire Yes
Royal Rat Authority Base Game  Doors of Pharros Royal Rat Authority Soul Poison Fire Yes
Scorpioness Najka Base Game  Shaded Woods Scorpioness Najka Soul Magic Thrust, Fire No
The Duke's Dear Freja Base Game  Brightstone Cove Tseldora Soul of the Duke's Dear Freja Dark, Lightning, Magic Bleed, Fire, Strike No
Mytha, the Baneful Queen Base Game  Earthen Peak Mytha, The Baneful Queen Soul Lightning, Magic, Slash Fire, Thrust No
The Rotten Base Game  Black Gulch Soul of the Rotten Dark, Poison, Strike Thrust, Lightning, Bleed, multi-hit AOE attacks No
Old Dragonslayer Base Game Heide's Tower of Flame Old Dragonslayer Soul Dark None Yes
Covetous Demon Base Game  Harvest Valley Covetous Demon Soul Lightning, Poison, Strike Bleed, Fire, Magic, Thrust  No
Smelter Demon Base Game  Iron Keep Smelter Demon Soul Fire Strike Yes
Old Iron King Base Game  Iron Keep Old Iron King Soul Fire, Poison Lightning No
Guardian Dragon Base Game  Aldia's Keep Guardian Dragon Soul Fire Dark, Magic No
Demon of Song Base Game  Shrine of Amana Demon of Song Soul Poison Bleed, Dark, Magic No
Velstadt, the Royal Aegis Base Game  Undead Crypt Soul of Velstadt Bleed, Dark, Poison Lightning, Strike No
Vendrick Base Game  Undead Crypt None Dark None Yes
Darklurker Base Game  Dark Chasm of Old Darklurker Soul Dark Lightning Yes
Dragonrider Base Game  Heide's Tower of Flame Dragonrider Soul None Fire, Lightning, Strike No
Twin Dragonrider Base Game  Drangleic Castle Dragonrider Soul None Fire, Lightning, Strike No
Prowling Magus and Congregation Base Game  Brightstone Cove Tseldora None Varies Bleed, Fire, Slash, Thrust No
Giant Lord Base Game  Memory of Jeigh Giant Lord Soul Physical Dark No
Ancient Dragon Base Game  Dragon Shrine Soul of a Giant Fire, Physical, Poison Dark, Lightning, Magic Yes
Throne Watcher and Throne Defender Base Game  Throne of Want Throne Watcher Soul
Throne Defender Soul
Bleed, Poison Lightning No
Nashandra Base Game Throne of Want Soul of Nashandra Dark, Poison Lightning, Strike No
Aldia, Scholar of the First Sin Base Game Throne of Want None Dark, Fire, Poison Lightning, Magic, Slash Yes
Elana, Squalid Queen Crown of the Sunken King Dragon's Rest Soul of Elana, Squalid Queen Dark Magic No
Sinh, the Slumbering Dragon Crown of the Sunken King Dragon's Rest Soul of Sinh, the Slumbering Dragon Fire Dark, Magic No
Graverobber, Varg, and Cerah Crown of the Sunken King Cave of the Dead None ??? ??? Yes
Smelter Demon Crown of the Old Iron King Iron Passage Smelter Demon Soul Magic Dark, Lightning, Poison, Strike No
Fume Knight Crown of the Old Iron King Brume Tower Soul of the Fume Knight Fire None No
Sir Alonne Crown of the Old Iron King Memory of the Old Iron King Soul of Sir Alonne Bleed, Fire, Poison None Yes
Burnt Ivory King Crown of the Ivory King Old Chaos Soul of the Ivory King Bleed, Poison Lightning No
Aava, the King's Pet Crown of the Ivory King Frozen Eleum Loyce Soul of Aava, the King's Pet Magic, Poison Fire, Thrust No 
Lud and Zallen, the King's Pets Crown of the Ivory King Frigid Outskirts Soul of Zallen, the King's Pet
Soul of Lud, the King's pet
Poison Fire, Thrust Yes

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    • Anonymous

      Seems like these bosses are way too overhated for "quantity over quality" issue. Ds1 has at most 6-7 bosses that are fun to fight (including AotA) whereas others are either a broken moss or easier than regular enemies, and half of ds3 bosses are a joke or pushovers. Ds2 easily has the richest world and weapons and mechanics in the trilogy and also pve that poses an actual threat, which is why this game is still fun to play, so I don't mind reusing.

      It's the same with elden ring tbh. There are MANY mechanically complex enemies and bosses but everybody likes to point out that they're copypasted across the map and have delayed attacks that skill issued all casual players (they existed since forever and are completely telegraphed)

      • Anonymous

        theres so many bosses in this game that just feel like regular big enemies but with the healthbar of a boss

        • Anonymous

          i think that this chart is wrong it should list that you dont have to kill the four lord souls dont have to be killed because of the 1 million souls to open the shrine of winter

          • Anonymous

            ds2 is meant to be played slow, haters will trash on it for ganks (which yes there are a few actual ganks, but most of the time theyre avoidable) yet they rush through all the areas and wonder why they have enemies from all sides. The only time rushing is acceptable in this game is when the boss runback is horrendous and its doable.

            • Anonymous

              soy dark souls 2 hater: nooo! u cant like the game its bad bcus everyone say so!
              gigachad dark souls 2 enjoyer: game is fun

              • Anonymous

                I counted 27 good bosses out of 41, game really fun.
                A boss like covetous demon is here to be a little troll before the real bosses, so he is a fun boss in that sense. New game + bosses good, double smelter.....xD
                DS3 counted 15 good bosses out of 25
                Bloodborne 40 good bosses out of 40 + chalice version, lol
                Elden Ring 5 bosses out of 10000000 xD

                • Anonymous

                  Let's put 1 tiger right next to a bonfire! Let's make it challenging by making the tiger invisible!

                  Let's put 2 tigers right next to ABSOLUTELY ****ING NOTHING IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE IN A BLIZZARD WITH UP TO 3 LIGHTNING HORSES SPAWNING EACH TIME THE BLIZZARD REACTIVATES, oh and let's make it challenging by making it about 20 minutes for the player to walk there!

                  • Anonymous

                    The run backs are harder then the damn bosses them selves. I get wanting to make the level challenging but the bosses of said level should be harder then a couple of random dudes in a room.

                    • Quite a few of the weaknesses on this page are different from the ones on the boss pages. Like Zud and Zallen, on here it only shows their weakness of fire. Yet when you open the wiki page for the boss themselves, it also shows their weakness to thrust along with dark, and their resistance to poison

                      • Anonymous

                        This game has like 5 bosses that contend for best in the series, and then the rest are so garbage that it feels insulting

                        • Anonymous

                          I think one of the best things about DS2 (also simultaneously one of the worst) is the focus on level difficulty rather than solely bosses. DS2's bosses, especially the base game are 95% pretty easy but the areas are some of the areas of ALL the games. DS2 often does enemy placement lazily and it gets very tiring getting ganked for the fifteenth time but i do appreciate the identity this game holds over the others because of that challenge in exploration. Bloodborne, DS3, Elden ring, Sekiro and AC6 too now (if you want to count that as well) all suffer from the issue of short, easy to average difficulty levels with very difficult bosses. They clearly went out of their way in this game to make the areas as hard as possible with enemies aggroing from far, archers being the most accurate they have ever been even to this day, large groups of enemies, narrow corridors or cliffsides with mobs blocking them, enemies chasing you TO the fog wall and even being able to interupt your traversal of it, slow healing, hallowing lowering you health, etc...
                          It makes me wish of all the things they would do for their new third person action game that they design larger, harder areas rather than putting all the budget on bosses. I miss sens fortress especially which i believe is the peak of from software level design.

                          • Anonymous

                            Am I the only mother****er who likes the Smelter Demon boss fight? because, everyone seems to be talking loads of trash about this "giant ancient kings killing machine", even though it's an optional boss fight...

                            • Anonymous

                              I just now finished the game and i love it, but going down through the comments i gotta say, some of y’all getting wayyyy too emotional about this game. It’s not bad to admit flaws of a game nor is it bad to love the game. End of discussion

                              • Anonymous

                                Maybe I'm making this up but it seems like the bosses that get reused in non-boss encounters tend to have just stupid amounts of HP, especially in NG+ and later. In particular, the Flexile Sentry in Sinner's Rise and the Dragonrider just before Velstadt's fog gate in the Undead Crypt both seem to have more HP than the bosses they're ostensibly guarding.

                                • Anonymous

                                  playing through sotfs edition (several years after I played ds2), I finally realized most of my deaths come from the enemies throughout the map than the bosses themselves. Though I think I only run into this issue early game, otherwise once I've beefed my stats, later game areas become easier to get through and I don't have to run like a pussy to find a few seconds to heal. From then on death is only because I'm stupid as **** and continuously get greedy during boss fights.

                                  Lighting is a hard temptation to resist, makes the game feel pretty easy but takes any challenges away.
                                  I agree with some of the complaints, and find some of the bosses laughable (i.e. Jabba the hutt, foreskin demon, etc) but I will never hate the game for it's poor designs and mechanics because
                                  it was my first and will always remain dear to me when I think of souls games.

                                  I figure I'm in for an immediate ass whooping once I play the other souls game, hearing that DS2 is very clunky and slow (I am too comfortable with DS2 combat)

                                  • Anonymous

                                    My list of 'Good' Bosses in this game are as follows (not including boss runs): burnt ivory king, pursuer even though he is reused all the time, sinh (somewhat), fume knight, sir alonne, looking glass knight, regular smelter demon, velstadt

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Technically, only last giant, twin dragon riders, mirror knight, demon of song, velstadt, guardian dragon, giant lord, throne watcher/defender and nashandra are required to beat the game without glitches. The shrine of winter will also open upon obtaining 1000000 soul memory, skipping most bosses

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Average player: nooooo! another dude in armor! why these bosses are so unoriginal?!?
                                        Meanwhile me: great. Another boss, which I can cosplay. yey.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          i wish the bosses were fun, but there pretty boring and slow, some bosses i was just disappointed at like velstadt, people were saying it was the best boss in the base game, same thing goes with the dlc and people saying it was the best dlc in souls, and then velstadts moveset was 4 moves long, with one of them being a kick, exciting. This game is overhated but its not good, or bad, just mediocre and boring, i swear pinwheels moveset was more memorable then like every boss in the base game and he went down in 4 hits, and i only remember 2 of his moves, i wanna like this game but i don’t, also its corny that the game is all like, this is a hardcore game for hardcore gamers, with the red clothed old ladys being like, ur gonna lose ur souls over and over again, u die once and u get a trophy called, “This Is Dark Souls”, majula has that one thing that shows how many deaths there are worldwide, like just shut up, let the game talk, the only other time a fromsoft game has done this was ds1, “prepare to die edition” which is lame. Alright i just brought up ds1, in the same comment thats includes being angry at ds2 for having slow bosses, even tho ds1 combat is slow, but if u swing a straight sword in ds1 and roll immediately after, the time gap between swinging and rolling, is almost nothing, in ds2 however there is a very noticeable difference between ds1 and 2s gaps between swinging and rolling, its slower, also ds1 just swings faster, yeah both combat systems are slow and kinda mid, but one is much slower then the other, to the point where some bosses feel turn based in ds2, like the rotten, and if i powerstance its even worse, if u like or even love the game thats fine, i just dont, thats it really

                                          • Anonymous

                                            it's only me who finds the boss lud and zallen really hard, for me it's the hardest boss in the game more than the ivory king

                                            • Anonymous

                                              I think the game itself is good but compared to other ones it lacks enjoyment and fluid gameplay. Also the enemies/bosses are so forgattable.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                I see alot of people saying this game's bosses are bad, but I honestly disagree, sure there's a good amount of mediocre/unremarkable ones, but I wouldn't call many of them straight-up bad, and there's some very good ones in there like the Pursuer, Looking Glass Knight,Velstadt, Vendrick and the Darklurker, and some of the DLC bosses are phenomenal imo particularly Sir Alonne, Fume Knight and Burnt Ivory King are some of the best bosses of any souls game in my opinion, Also I personally don't get the people who complain about "Too many armoured knight guy bosses", most of them are pretty unique and distinct from one another (Except for Dragonslayer Armour who's pretty much just Palette-swapped Ornstein with a few new Dark attacks), Like most of the best bosses in the Souls trilogy easily can count as "armoured knight guys" such as Knight Artorias, Ornstein and Smough, Champion Gundyr, Soul of Cinder, Slave Knight Gael etc, plus this game does have a good variety of other types of bosses, I feel the people who make those complaints are honestly being a "little" nitpicky and are proly just looking for every excuse to hate on this game knowing the general Fromsoft fanbase.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  Dark souls 2 is painfully average, took me 24 hours to beat, compared to 63 and 84 hours in ds1 and elden ring respectively, not because of how "good" i am, but because exploration feels so unrewarding in dark souls 2. The first half of the game felt like a chore, youre controlling a freight train unless you dump levels into adaptability... funny how they couldnt adapt when they got a new director for the game and make it good instead. The second half is kinda good but still meh.
                                                  I really liked some of the boss designs, like Nashandra, but most of them were so unoriginal and bland;
                                                  big stone giant, how creative
                                                  big guy in armor
                                                  so good you get to fight him twice :D
                                                  they must have been really proud of him

                                                  Theres also a bunch of backtracking in the game, to the point where the game literally just gives you a homeward bone with infinite uses. Sadly, its given to you before the secondlast boss, so i dont really understand the thought process behind that one. Good chunk of the game is locked behind people turned into stones and if you want to "unstone" them you have to use a finite recource, but you might just get unlucky and theres literally nothing behind that statue actually because **** you :D
                                                  And some of the ****ing runbacks to the bosses makes four kings and bed of chaos seem like a 100m sprint.

                                                  Ds2 fans can cry, cope, seethe and mald all they want, it still wont make the game any better. And before one of them inevitably tries to say im a ds3 spam roller, i havent played ds3. And no, elden ring wasnt that good either, but thats besides the point.

                                                  All of the games have flaws, this one sadly has too many, and insists on showing them to you 24/7.

                                                  Let the dislikes commence

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    A quick tip for any new DS players is do not treat this game like Skyrim, or any other RPG. Especially in DS2. Take your time eliminating enemies, and really pay attention to their attacks. Do not charge in anywhere thinking you will destroy every enemy. Even the basic enemies. Good luck!

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      Honestly, this game has some of the weakest and forgettable lineup for bosses of any of the souls games. Many of them are just knights, an a lot of the enemy types are also reskins with minor changes here and there (more noticeable in DLC's).

                                                      This game, out of any Fromsoft game, even the old titles of DS1 and Demon Souls, have the worst enemy placement, and artificial difficulty spikes I've ever experienced. Very basic enemies will be able to out damage the player, out run, stun-lock, and have a ridiculously accurate and magnetized attack on the player, where even if you rolled clear out of the weapons visual range it WILL still tag you which more often than not leads to you being tagged again right after, or killed.

                                                      Almost every single enemy is capable of this, the most notable ones are the Alonne kights who are able to just stab the player during the mid of the role at the exact frame that doesn't have I frames any longer.

                                                      This game also does what I refer to as "swarming" far to often. Every other area will just have enemies, who are all capable of what i mentioned above, all at varying degrees of damage and speed (but all still stronger and faster than the player) swarm the player relentlessly, and because of this there is not really a way to time an attack in melee because even if they manage to hit 1 or 2 of them the 3rd, 4th, and so on will land hits on the player, and at times box them in, and outright slaughter them.

                                                      This is VERY noticeable in the Aged Smelter Demon area where the enemies are in tight corridor-like spaces, they physically block the players movement, every hit staggers, and stun locks all but the heaviest and tank specific builds, and there is a mix of ranged enemies who endlessly hit players with a barrage of multi hitting spells or miracles (one of them uses Great heal to full heal themselves and the other ranged user should the player think they're clever with hitting them from afar, but are a bit too slow to kill them) all the while the melee units in the room can corner the player, and melt them in very few hits, not to mention the annoying spell that instantly over-encumbers the player.

                                                      That would be a good example of artificially inflating the difficulty by placing too many overlapping enemies in a small area to overwhelm the player, and while the Aged Smelter Demon is a "co-op area" there are still other parts of the game that still do this exact thing; Shrine of Amana is notorious pre SotFS edition, but post SotFS it was made "easy" in 1 way, and more difficult in many others- Case in point mages there no longer shoot spells like they have it on automatic, it still shoots relatively quick, but is a bit more manageable, yet they dump the lizard guys who inflict bleed (which inhibits max health and stamina + stamina regen) hidden amongst the deeper pockets of water which you are bound to run through while being assaulted by the mages, heavier hitting enemies off to the side here or there like the one random old knights you fought originally in Heides Tower location, then by the boss location the overload the area with multiple knights, castors, some lizard men in the waist high water (significantly reduced movement in it), and a invader NPC who can just outright mow the player down with a barrage of spells once approaching the spawn zone, or one-shot the player, even if you manage to kill them the knights behind you and mages will be right on your heals if you were so unfortunate enough to walk close enough to aggro them.

                                                      now some areas have been given more Npc summons, great, that's wonderful, somethign to potentially help you traverse the more terrible areas right? Wrong, NPC ai is very awful for attack priority, and pathing. Most of the actual NPc's they give are so laughably bad their only use is to literally eat damage, and HOPEFULLY last long enough for you to have managed enough hits to either kill the boss, or almost gotten them to a manageable level of health before they ultimately die; the NPC's do just horrible damage, and i'm talking specifically the new additions they added to the game, i wont sneer or Jab at Jester Thomas, mans does work even if his health pool kinda sucks, but then you get this other NPC name Steelheart or Stalwart Ellie and she has a decent hp pool, but god damn does she do no friggin damage, like it's so negligible they might as well have given her negative damage stats.

                                                      Bosses often are capable of turning on a dime too mid attack leaving the player frustrated, and confused as to how that can be considered "fair" when it essentially is a way for the AI of the bosses to cheat. Some bosses are more easily observed doing it, Sir Alonne is one of them, he is capable of raising his blade for an overhead or underhand slash, and midway through the animation he can randomly lock onto the player behind him, and complete the attack with added distance and speed potentially killing the player unfairly despite the attack aimed at a cooperator or NPC. He can do this with his incredible fast jump attacks, long ranged underhand slash/stab, and at times he does it with his powered up stab attack which is... quite frustrating to say the least.

                                                      I just think overall enemy/boss design, placement, and balance is an utter mess in this game, and can severely kill the enjoyment for the player especially because the difficulty spikes are not gradual, and come and go randomly, making some encounters feeling effortless, and some more down the line torturous, and frustrating.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        How fitting that the souls game that often gets alot of undeserved hate, has the most toxic and needlessly hostile people on its wiki page, The amount of comments that aren't even whining or blaming the game instead of acknowledging that they were just playing badly that have tons of downvotes and smooth-brains pulling the "Git Gud!" "U suck!" gatekeeper fromsoft elitist card on them is astounding

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          I like how on this site if you try and vent or complain about something annoying or something that you're struggling with, you get downvoted and a bunch of morons try to say "Git Gud, You just suck! Shut up!", Or "Skill issue! *proceeds to try and tell you that some unfair poorly-designed bullshit is totally fair and balanced game design and it's totally your own fault that the camera is awful/hitboxes are bullshit etc, and you just suck*" Real welcoming and helpful lot some of you are... totally not a bunch of Fromsoft Bootlicking, gatekeeping aholes who refuse to listen to criticism and will ****-talk people venting about things they're having problems with instead of helping them out and giving them tips any decent person who's not a toxic fromsoft simp who worships Miyazaki like a god would do

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            How do people even enjoy the bosses in this game, they have less attacks than back in DS1 and they consistently spam the same 1 or 2 out of their pool. Few bosses that have a 2nd phase are extremely laughable, being only a small buff to their weapon.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              This may be controvertial, but Fume Knight, even tho he keeps you on your toes, didn' really strike me as the hardest boss. It was hard, but not nearly as hard as is often portrayed by players. A tough boss, but still pretty killable in your first 4 attemps.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                Yikes this comment section is a minefield.

                                                                This game has a lot of things wrong with it. It also does a lot of things right. Every souls game has weak bosses. This game still has some great fights. For example, Looking Glass Knight with human invaders is super memorable, for me.

                                                                The issue is this game has a lot more mediocre bosses than other entries; especially next to Bloodborne which released only a year later. That's a very valid criticism.

                                                                Adaptability is also downright a horrible mechanic. You're essentially forced to pump up a stat to 30 just so it doesn't feel awful to play.

                                                                I think soul memory, while it makes some degree of sense, is ultimately a bad addition. (Although based on Elden Ring PvP I almost wish it was in that game...)

                                                                However, the biggest issue this game suffers from is that going through a lot of the areas between those bosses can be borderline torturous. I think they did a pretty bad job of designing the levels/enemy placement in this game. This is especially evident in the Old Iron King DLC. Getting back to smelter demon and Alonne is seriously painful for no reason. They artificially inflate difficulty by throwing bullshit at you constantly. Shrine of Amana is notorious as well.

                                                                So what did it do right?

                                                                I think the branching paths at first is pretty cool. It gives you a bit more flexibility when it comes to early game builds.

                                                                Bonfire ascetics are a cool idea that isn't in any other entry.

                                                                I think this game handles covenants the best in the series.

                                                                I think the lore is genuinely pretty good.

                                                                The biggest one for me, is that this game actually changes/adds things to NG+. This is a great feature that hasn't been utilized since. This feature should have been expanded on; not abandoned.

                                                                None of these games are irredeemable trash. Some of you guys are absolutely ridiculous. Is this the weakest Souls game? I think so, personally. Is it bad? No. Does it have bad things in it? Yes. As does every other Souls game.

                                                                Elden Ring has a lot of things I don't like, too. I still love a lot of things about it. The only games I have very few complaints about personally are Sekiro and Bloodborne, and there's lots of people who don't care for those games for one reason or another.

                                                                The thing about those games, however, is they're more or less designed around one kind of playstyle. Due to the flexibility of the Souls series in comparison, this means people will have a more positive experience with one game over another depending on their specific playstyle and build. It's hugely subjective in that regard.

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  Burnt Ivory King and Sir Alonne have some disgusting hitboxes
                                                                  but Lud and Zallen are one of the hardest bosses i've faced in a FromSoftware game, never again XD

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    getting 1 million souls does not require ridiculous grinding. whoever wrote that obviously has no idea what they are doing.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      I heard this game is not great cause it's so much harder as you should update to even dodge normally and bosses are just ridiculously hard
                                                                      now I read comments and people are saying this game suck cause it's so easy?!
                                                                      I really think people didn't play this at ALL... and if you ask me personally I really liked it more than other souls games (except elden) as it has so much more heavy metal vibe than other games cause the writer is different

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        I can officially say after beating all bosses in dark souls 2 this game felt too easy and was the biggest disappointment except for maybe 3 bosses. every boss takes 1-3 tries, nothing feels good, and this game just feels bad. i'd rank it as my least favorite fromsoft game. I've played and beat every one of them and this is just the worst

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          Looks like I killed all of them. Hardest DS2 bosses imo were Lud/Zallen and Sir Alonne. Not sure how Fume Knight got the reputation as hardest boss, especially considering he is adjacent to an actually hard boss.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            Can everyone please just accept that some closed minded individuals will call a game garbage without even trying it much and stop getting hung up on morons who live in their mothers basement?

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              it just me or you guy do spend 3 hours at the beginning of the game just to try to kill the big boi at the forest of fallen giants?

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                Ahh yes we have bosses such
                                                                                big armor dude
                                                                                big armor dude
                                                                                big armor dude
                                                                                big fire armor dude
                                                                                big blue fire armor dude
                                                                                2 big armor dudes
                                                                                shiny armor dude
                                                                                big armor dude and big armor GIRL
                                                                                small big armor dude
                                                                                burnt big armor dude

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  La pécheresse, quelle déceptions sérieusement... Et l'arène dans le noir n'est absolument pas dérangeante.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    For me the only wrong thing in ds2 Is his names if the had any other names and was otside of the dark souls 's world many more gamers would have liked

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      Can't be bothered to backtrack through shulva only to fight three random dudes and blue smelter demon is not worth my time. I guess it's just Vendrick and the final 3 left.

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        Will never forget the time spent clipping Ancient Dragon’s toenails for 8 minutes…. I’d still do it again

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          My first souls game was ER. I’ve beaten ds1 + ds2 and I’m a few bosses away from beating ds3. From my experience, dark souls is easy as **** and elden ring just a little more difficult. I might have enjoyed ds2 more if I didn’t beat every boss first or second try.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            tbh ds3 and elden ring fanboys just suck in general, shits on other souls game. I have my doubts that they've only tried ds3 or elden ring, maybe both.

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              Lmao, The Elden Ring fanbois trying to calm themselves by calling DS1 & DS2 bosses trash after seeing how most players didn't like ER bosses. Like why do you think this genre is called Souls-like, not Elden-like, or something else? it is only thanks to the success of the first 2 games that even ER exists.

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                Most of these bosses are insanely easy but the devs compensated that by making the run to them annoying as all hell. Garbage game.
                                                                                                And yes, I've beaten every last one of them.

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  Ds2 players when a boss doesn't take 5 billion percent more damage from strike and lightning damage like all the other ones

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    Mid game overall, most bosses are slow and easy to walk around with the occasional jumpy boss. The gargoyle swam boss was easily the most stressful considering the small arena and multiple enemies attacking you. Personally they should have taken some of the late game bosses and replaced some of the first bosses like the lord giant for the last giant. Story was decent but didn’t have anything to it. In Ds1 and Ds2 you aim to become the next fire keeper or whatever to kindle the flame but this one you just sit on a throne for what point? Felt a bit pointless. For people just joining the franchise it’s a good starter game and considering the slower enemies it’s a good game to learn parrying.

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      I ****ing hate smelter demon; I've killed every single boss in this game but him or his blue version. Absolute garbage boss!!!

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        Some of this bosses where really bad, but I really liked the amount of them and the Bonfire Ascetic mechanic. It made the game feel longer (in a good way) and allowed getting multiple characters to high level quickly with minimal farming, it was great for the many builds I tried on PVP.

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          i think its the best soul game because it has more story more bosses and it just last longer than any of the souls series.

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            I like this game and its boss roster. I think it's pretty fair to say that DS2's bosses have some really high highs and very low lows, but in my opinion a lot of the more mediocre DS2 bosses aren't that much worse or less interesting than 60% of their DS1 equivalents.

                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                              Honestly best souls game: best environments, largest variety of actually useful weapons, dual wielding, best variety of fun enemies, fun combat cause ds1 is just tanking with smoughs armour and a ziewnhander and ds3 is just dadge spam with the sellsword twinblades.down sides are: least interesting bosses, hit stun, meh npc and story and tbh that's it dodge stat is fine dodging in ds1 was useless anyway imo. Maybe I'm wierd but considering the team was so small compared to the other souls games aswell its a fantastic game. Also side note healing is fine it just require some skill to survive so you cant just pam heal out every hit like in other souls games. just git gud and stop complaining

                                                                                                              • ludwig(BB) in phase 1 looks like aava with his bites and scratches forward, and in phase 2 he looks like the king of ivory by his blue sword horizontal attacks and the 2 stick the sword into the ground releasing magic kkk

                                                                                                                • why to so many people with alzheimer who play soulsborne? They are always saying that such a boss or enemy or npc is forgettable since I remember them all, from ds1, ds2, I even remember the ones I didn't even play, only saw the demon souls, bb and ds3

                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                    "In addition, bowing immediately after entering the fog will delay his initial attack (needs confirmation)." This is false, there's a video on YouTube that proves it.

                                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                                      ironically DS2 is the first Souls game that i played and probably the one that i gave more chances before playing DS1 and DS3, but it's also the one that i dislike the most between the 3, it just feels cheap with all the enemy spam especially in the SOTFS version and all the ADP bullshit, also this game has probably the worst hitboxes in all of the Souls games, and doesn't really link well with the other 2 thematically at all and the lighting downgrade from the demo to the final game didn't help at that at all, some bosses are just straight up filler too, there's 41 bosses but you can count the actually good ones with your fingers, idk, i don't necessarily hate it but i could never bring myself to love it like i do with the other 2, it's basically a strange body between 2 extremely good games imo, the only 2 things that i truly appreciate about this game is that it has the best fashion by far and also the sheer amount of content it has even tho a lot of it feels like filler, because if you actually like the gameplay of this game then there are a LOT of areas to clear and have fun, this is something i felt was lacking in DS3(which is probably my favorite) which has less areas and bosses than even DS1, although some of the areas in DS3 are more fleshed out than the ones in DS1

                                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                                        DS2 is the best out of the franchise. Not by the most epic music or super huge one hit kill boss but various gameplay and super dope map design that you need to walk with full focus and concentration cause you won't expect something that could come out of nowhere. Other good is you can't just evade all thing by rolly polly around as the hitbox, the Iframe and every hit box and angle must be needed to use to the maximum benefit for your survive. Anyone that whine and cry about how hard DS2 is can get Stepover Toehold Facelock Up by John Cena.

                                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                                          The real reason people dont like ds2 is because there is no final boss where there is an old man with sad music

                                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                                            I think this game really lacks in the boss department. Sure there’s 42 bosses but the quality of the bosses is extremely inconsistent. There are great bosses like fume knight, sir allonne, and the pursuer but then there are bosses like the covetous demon and prowling magus. There were some lack luster bosses in other souls games as well, shout out bed of chaos, but I think it’s a bigger problem in this game. Well it is what it is.

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