Nashandra

General Info
Health Souls Location Drops
8770 90,000 Drangleic Castle Soul of Nashandra

Nashandra is a Boss and NPC in Dark Souls 2

 

Nashandra Information

Queen Regent of Drangleic, who takes her monstrous form immediately after the player defeats the Throne Watcher and Throne Defender boss. She wields a scythe and uses dark magic against the player. Most of her attacks have the potential to kill in one hit. She also summons wisps that will curse you similarly to the Cursed Vessel in the Shaded Woods, though they are much faster and can directly damage you. They can be destroyed with any attack.

Nashandra can also be encountered at Drangleic Castle as an NPC, guiding you to seek the Ancient Dragon and the Giants.

 

 

Encounters

Drangleic Castle. Encountered in human form sitting in a faraway throne, right before the dual Dragonrider boss fight arena. Disappears after obtaining the Giant's Kinship.
Located in the Throne of Want. To access Nashandra, you need to have defeated Throne Watcher and Throne Defender and obtained the Giant's Kinship and the King's Ring.

 

 

Drops

  1. Soul of Nashandra

 

 

Attacks

 

Description

Counter Measures

Dark Nova Nashandra charges and releases an explosion of darkness, damaging and knocking back all who are around her.
Hint: She uses this move around 50% HP.
Back away as soon as you see her charging the dark energy.
Vertical Dark Laser Nashandra lifts her hand and releases a laser which starts near her and ends far from her in a straight line. Easy to dodge (best to roll away right before she uses it). Can be blocked but will likely kill you with a 2nd hit due to the stamina drain.
Horizontal Dark Laser Nashandra lifts her hand and releases a laser that moves horizontally covering 1/4 of the area.
As of the new patch, this move is much faster than before but can be blocked.
It's possible to block the laser, but it drains a lot of stamina.
The laser is pointed into the ground, so you can back away from it.
If you're more or less close to Nashandra, it's not difficult to roll under the laser.
Scythe Swing Nashandra swings with her scythe once, usually if you're not directly in front of her, but to her sides.
Nashandra can also swing twice slowly then swing again after a second.
Can be dodged and blocked.
Plunge Nashandra strikes once and hits the ground with her scythe, as if she's stuck, this helps you land some attacks. Can be dodged and blocked.
Lifedrain Patch Nashandra projects a few orbs that inflict curse and also drain HP continuously if you're close to them. You can break the orbs with weapons or spells. Ranged attacks are preferable.
As the arena is quite large, you can simply move away from the orbs and wait until Nashandra comes closer, out of the orbs' range. She barely moves if you're close so it's a good strategy, especially with fist weapons (which can't break the orbs)[Caestus, at least, can break the orbs - confirmed on a power stance dual Caestus run. Bone Fist also breaks the orbs with ease, at least with the 1-handed running attack].

 

 

Strategy

Attack the grey wisps the boss summons to make them disappear. Wait for her to swing and dodge her three swings (An easy way to do this is to roll toward her scythe, it will pass over you and land in front of her, which allows you to attack her back.) then attack. Another strategy is to summon 3 NPCs and shoot her with a bow, however, this is time-consuming and the summons will die in the end, avoid attacking all the wisps unless it's completely necessary as the curse might build up and you'll lose hp, kill the wisp closest to you when you enter the boss door in order to create some space for you to attack. To avoid the laser, roll right before she unleashes it, you can see the timing when she moves her hand. It may be worth keeping your Human Effigies in the hotbar as they can restore your cursed health mid-fight. You'll need space to use it, plus a healing item afterward.

Another simple strategy that works for all builds is to wear the Ring of Restoration, Ring of Binding, Dark Quartz Ring (or Dispelling Ring) & Cursebite Ring and buy at least 20 lifegems from Melentia and 30 Holy Waters in the Blue Cathedral. When the battle starts, simply strafe around her once you are able to target her, but watch out about the holes on the platforms if you get too far back.

Destroy the two closest curse constructs and run directly in front of her (continue holding forward running into her). If you are close enough her attacks go right over your head and you can swing away while your NPCs attack. A great club +10 with lighting resin added. This will do about 600+ attack on NG and kill her rather quickly. Use stamina recovery items to make its faster.

Don’t worry about her dark energy constructs and their curse status because you are going to be using the Lifegems to immunize yourself against the curse drain; use a Lifegem as soon as you get cursed and after her next attack use another; between the Lifegems and the Ring of Restoration your health will be fine and you can use the Holy Water to keep out of range while using a good shield or simply use your regular attack strategy while strafing. Don’t forget to pop a lifegem every 20 seconds for the curse damage or in case she hits you with an attack so you don’t have to stop to use your Estus flask.

The Dark Pyromancy Flame is particularly good for this fight because the more hollow you are the more powerful it gets and at full upgrade 2 Flame Swathes can drain almost half her health

Range strategy (solo): I stayed along the outer perimeter shooting Fire Arrows at her, unlocked, with the Hunter's Blackbow +10. The distance baited Nashandra to use her laser attack almost exclusively. Dodge that by simply moving clockwise or counter-clockwise out of the way and then firing more arrows. Once or twice I would kill a curse wisp if it was in my path, but if you use the tip above for negating curse effects you don't have to concern yourself with them. The person above who said using bow is time-consuming is not accurate. I made short work of her with a couple dozen fire arrows. Never took a hit, never was in any danger. I've since replicated this on my second character. By moving slowly around the edge of the field, you basically limit her moves to one (the laser attack) and it's laughably slow and predictable.

(Confirmed) The Range strategy is probably the easiest way to beat the Last Boss. As said above, by distancing yourself from her, she is limited to the laser beam attack. The laser beam attacks in two ways. If one stays still, it will shoot directly and slowly climb upwards. If one walks around her, the laser will start to follow you slowly. My build is a Bandit, with a Dragonslayer Bow +5, and around 200 Lightning Arrows (bought it from Chancellor in Drangleic). Before the fight, it is advised to summon the two phantoms that are provided before the boss battle. If you let the two phantoms fight her alone, you should have enough time to take quick shots at her hp before both of them dies. I have gotten her HP down by over a half thanks to them. Once your phantoms are dead, try to strafe around her and try your best to avoid the wisp, and take several shots at her once she tries to summon more wisp. It took me around 1-3 mins, and probably used up around 50 or so arrows to finish her off.

Miracles and Lightning Spears: I used a maxed-out Dragon Chime with Lightning infusion and I destroyed her in about 5-6 hits with Greater Lighting Spear and Sunlight Spear. (With 50 Faith and a +5 Lightning Dragon Chime, it took me 14 Great Lightning Spears, while Benhart and Vengarl kept her occupied, The entire fight took less than a minute. - MultiracialLion)
I was able to defeat this boss by baiting her into firing her laser, running in and casting Firestorm right on her. Firestorm would damage her a few times, I would dodge backward to avoid her attacks, bait the laser attack, and repeat. After using 4 Firestorms, finished her off with two Flame Swathes. As for the curse clouds, I would destroy one or two just to give myself room to bait the attack.

Easy Pyromancy + Gower's Ring Strategy: Before entering the fog I popped 4 regular lifegems to negate most of the health drain inflicted by curse. I used my Dark Pyromancy Flame +10 and made sure to have Gower's Ring of Protection equipped (I have 30/30 INT/FAI). Upon entering the fog I immediately ran right up towards Nashandra, turned my back to her (IMPORTANT so that Gowers ring works), and unleashed 2 casts of Chaos Storm which took her to a little over quarter health. By this time she had set up her curse clouds and began whacking me with her scythe. Gowers ring negated all damage from her sword and the lifegems were doing a good job of negating the curse damage. I then cast fire Tempest twice to finish her off (after one cast she was all but dead the second was safer than turning to face her to use any other attack). It was all over in seconds. You just have to make sure you keep your back to her so her attacks do no damage thanks to Gowers ring. Nice and easy.

 

 

Hints

  • You do NOT have to fight the Throne Defender, Throne Watcher, Nashandra, and Aldia, Scholar of the First Sin back to back. It is possible to use a homeward bone or feather IMMEDIATELY after the Throne Watcher and Defender battle ends (it helps to have it on your quick-slots). It worked for me, the Nashandra cinematic played, but as soon as it ended, I was back at the bonfire.
  • It is possible to summon 3 NPC's for the boss fight. The first may be found near the back of the statue room near the golem torches. The next two summon signs can be found just outside the fog wall. Bashful Ray, Head of Vengarl, Benhart of Jugo
  • The pyromancy Flame Swathe deals pretty good damage on her. By coordinating this with the phantoms and some spell regen items this can make the fight effortless.
  • If you defeat Throne Watcher and Throne Defender before the Giant Lord, an alternate cutscene will trigger where Nashandra is already waiting in the boss room for the player, however, the cutscene dialogue is still the same.
  • Great Lightning Spear works really well just stay at a safe distance and use gear that allows faster casting, Should defeat her in a matter of minutes.
  • Using Ceastus during this fight can prove difficult, as they are unable to hit the cursed orbs to dispel them.
  • Using the Rebel's Greatshield with the Dark infusion is immensely helpful for anyone that has it, for it has 100% dark negation and will completely nullify her laser and nova attacks.
  • She shares similar moveset to Darklurker

 

 

Dialogue

- When met in human form at Drangleic Castle
You have fought admirably on your journey, cursed Undead.
I am Nashandra, Queen of Drangleic.
A true monarch carries the weight of their souls.
The last king of this land, King Vendrick, as he was called…
He was less of a king than you might imagine.
He found the strength to rule his people, and when the Undead were born, cursed…
He found more strength, to face them.
But in the end, he never took the true throne.

- When talking a second time during the first encounter
Visit Vendrick.
We have no need for two rulers…

- When coming back and talking after the first encounter, having not activated other triggers

- When talking after killing or just visiting Vendrick
Drangleic is no longer.

- When talking after obtaining the King's Ring
Brave Undead, seek the throne.
Follow the symbol of the monarch, and do what must be done.

- When talking after meeting the Ancient Dragon
Brave Undead, what did that dragon tell you?
That thing is a prop, a false deity. Don't be fooled, my Undead.

- When talking while the Ashen Mist Heart is in inventory
Seek the forest, you, where those wretched Giants slumber.

- Boss introduction cutscene
Brave Undead,
you have proven yourself to me.
Now, be one, with the Dark…

 

 

Trivia

  • According to the official guidebook, she is in fact Manus, or technically, a fragment of various reincarnated Manus.
  • By using the sky-walking glitch, you can get to Nashandra on her throne in Drangleic Castle. Hitting her with a melee weapon makes her laugh at you. After three hits, she will start to stand up, but disappear. (You can see the same effect without glitches if you shoot her with a Hunter's Blackbow or Sea Bow while a Hawk Ring is equipped.)
  • Nashandra is voiced by Harriet Kemsley, a comedy actress.

 



 




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    • Anonymous

      20 Sep 2021 07:16  

      I actually found her more difficult than most bosses in this game due to her gimmick.
      If you haven't stocked up on Lifegems, fight can essentially become a DPS race, where you have to kill her before you run out of healies and the lifedrain finishes you.

      • Anonymous

        22 Aug 2021 10:07  

        I don't have an account to edit, but Nashandra doesn't come after the THrone Watcher and Throne Defender are defeated. You can defeat them long before meeting the requirements for her fight. The real requirements are:
        - having defeated the Throne Watcher and Throne Defender (possible as soon as the player gets the King's Ring)
        - having obtained the Giant's Kinship (requires the King's Ring to reach the Ancient Dragon who gives you the Ashen Mist Heart, allowing you to get into the Memory of Jeigh to kill the Giant Lord who drops the Kinship)

        It is therefore possible to do the Watcher and Defender way earlier and to avoid the double bossfight this way.

        • Anonymous

          21 Jul 2021 12:58  

          I used one of the king's crowns during the curse thing, it really helps, still get the damage from the curse, but can't be cursed. In the end no lost max health.

          • Anonymous

            10 Jul 2021 01:03  

            I find it funny how in literally every other souls game the final boss has a cool title, whether it be False King, Lord of Cinder, The First Hunter, Slave Knight, or The Sword Saint, while in ds2 it’s just frickin Nashandra. Like they at least could have called her Dark Queen Nashandra or something like that.

            • Anonymous

              15 Feb 2021 23:41  

              Part of me hates how they tried to turn Manus into the Bowser of the series, but I still think it's cool how she seems to tie in with that cult looking for Nito's power to kill the gods, and how that spans into DS3 with Aldrich.

              And they say Filianore was an ass pull.

              • Anonymous

                12 Dec 2020 05:55  

                Ok so let's be clear about something

                Nashandra, while in fake human form, was calling ancient dragon a fake and a liar?

                • Anonymous

                  04 Dec 2020 13:12  

                  Ooooh please miss nashandra... Just a little bath water ma'am... Please I'm ever so thirsty... Just a little booty sweat madame please.... Oooooooghh

                  • Anonymous

                    21 Sep 2020 10:10  

                    If we look at it correctly, the player is the actual final boss of the game. Nashandra walks through the fog gate and challenges the player.

                    • Anonymous

                      13 Jun 2020 13:11  

                      Fun fact: alt+f4 during the credits makes you start the credits over. Also, it seems that SOTFS version plays credits that are twice as long... after a while the credits stop momentarily and it says “ORIGINAL DARK SOULS II”... followed by more credits.

                      • Anonymous

                        04 Jan 2020 08:12  

                        Nashandra: I am queen from faraway land I am not a weird skeleton monster created after manus died Vendrick: she hot so must be telling the truth Now the kingdom looks like it does when you see it in Dark Souls 2.

                        • Anonymous

                          27 Nov 2019 04:23  

                          Disappointing generic skeleton lady. Given how impressive and unique manus was, why does his offspring look like something a bethesda employee would come up with for a dungeon boss?

                          • Anonymous

                            23 Aug 2019 22:42  

                            It was such an easy fight, I just stuck close to her and walked in a circle around her until she attacked, then I just attacked her, it was really fast using a raw great sword +10

                            • Anonymous

                              27 May 2019 15:35  

                              This boss is easy alright, but if you wear the Black Witch Veil she's straight up harmless, because she can't even soften you up for the one hit she finally manages to land on you.

                              • Anonymous

                                23 May 2019 05:17  

                                Apparantly... the bane of her existence is 99 life gems. Too slow, to the point where she can let you heal all the health you lost while cursed with a life gem. Beat her right after the watcher/defender fight (which I lost to by accidentally falling down) and I had no idea wtf I was doing. Still beat her, cuz 99 life gems makes all of the base games' bosses a joke

                                • Anonymous

                                  04 Mar 2019 19:32  

                                  This is a badly designed boss. It would have been fine if they didn't change a rule that was set in stone, but they just had to make the curse drain your health. There are so many things they could have done to drain your health instead, but nope. They just had to change the *****ing rules instead of making a good boss.

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