Vendrick

vendrickframe
HP 11,450 | 14,885 (NG+)
Weakness None
Resistance Dark
Immune Poison
Respawn NO

Vendrick is a Boss and NPC in Dark Souls 2

 

Vendrick Information

  Vendrick is an optional boss in Dark Souls 2. Encountered shortly after the Royal Aegis Velstadt boss fight, he walks in a circle in the Undead Crypt, moaning until the player deals enough damage to him. Vendrick himself deals enormous damage, and has an extremely high defense, therefore caution is advised when engaging him.


  IMPORTANT NOTE: Make sure you keep your Giant Souls for Vendrick, as he divides your damage by 32/16/8/4/2/1 at 0/1/2/3/4/5 Giant Souls. It is recommended to have at the very least 4 Giant Souls when fighting Vendrick, if you have used any prior to this boss fight be aware that they do not respawn until the next playthrough.


  Vendrick appears as an NPC if you have the Crown of the Sunken King DLC. You can access Memory of the King by using Ashen Mist Heart at his armor in Undead Crypt.


  Upon being defeated, he does not drop a soul. The Soul of the King can be found on a wooden chair in Shrine of Amana (after the second bonfire walk up towards the first large set of ruins and look to your left for a bridge that will take you to a wall of vines, then proceed through a door that can only be opened after killing Vendrick, and while the player is human). To the left of the soul is a chest containing the King's Set. Killing Venrick via Bonfire Ascetic doesn't get you another Soul of the King. Killing Vendrick will also unlock the 'Vendrick' trophy/achievement.

 

Location

  • 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.

 

Attacks

 

Description

Counter Measures

Horizontal Slash Vendrick swings his sword in a wide horizontal arc, sometimes twice and frequently 3 times. A greatshield will usually take 2 hits before being completely drained of stamina and when this happens Vendrick will usually kill the player with the third hit. Occasionally jumps back from the player if the player stays directly behind him. Left leg
Curse Orb His hand glows red and shoots a red orb that curses you (for a large amount of health). Left leg
Leap Strike If the player is some distance away from Vendrick, he may choose to jump towards the player and sink his blade into the ground, this attack can be easily avoided but drains a lot of stamina. Left leg
Vertical Strike He swings his sword over his head and smashes it vertically in front of him to the ground. Just roll to the right side when the blade is above his head. Often times he will follow up with a 3rd horizontal slash. Left leg

 

 

Dialogue

- When spoken to in Memory of the King the first time

  1. Seeker of fire, coveter of the throne.
    I am Vendrick, ruler of Drangleic.

- When spoken to in Memory of the King without having linked the fire or gathering any of the crowns

  1. As flame rises, so does it fade. Such is the way of things.Do you intend to link the fire? Then you must first take the throne. Prove your worth. Find the ancient crowns. Seek adversity, and they will be yours. And your wishes, granted.

- Continues here if player has the King's Crown .

  1. Seeker of fire, deliverer of crowns.
    What do you see in the flames?
    Find the crowns, and your own answers.
    The crowns hold the strength of lords from time long past.
    Seek adversity.
    As befits you, seeker of fire, coveter of the throne.
  2. I am no king. I am more fit to be a jester…
    I was unaware of my own blindness.
    We are feeble vessels, with feebler souls.
    We would cast aside the prop of life, only to face greater hardship.
    Are you another such fool, or something more?
  3. I fail to see your design, young moth.
    But I see very little, these days…

- Continues here if player has one DLC crown and the King's Crown

  1. Seeker of fire, conqueror of Dark.
    I, too, sought fire, once.
    With fire, they say, a true king can harness the curse.
    A lie. But I knew no better…
    Seeker of fire, you know not the depths of Dark within you.
    It grows deeper still, the more flame you covet.
    Flame, oh, flame…
  2. I am king of this wretched, unravelled kingdom.
    I subdued the Giants, and claimed their strength.
    So that I might step closer to fire…
    Drangleic will fall, the fire will fade, and the souls of old will reemerge.
    With Dark unshackled, a curse will be upon us…
    And men will take their true shape…

    (The last three lines are repeated when spoken to again.)

- Continues here if player has two DLC crowns and the King's Crown.

  1. Seeker of fire, I see you've subdued another foul creature.
    One of the Father of the Abyss' spawn, that confounded quintessence of humanity.
    The Abyss once had form, but then dissipated.
    And yet, traces of its existence endured.
    Each fragment, thirsting for power, spread Dark, with no relent.
    My dear Shandra… was one such fragment…
    A feeble, tiny thing that thirsted for power more than any other…
    Driven by insatiable lust for a worthy vessel.
  2. Fire came to be, and with it, Disparity.
    Heat and cold, life and death, Light and Dark.
    Dark was seen as a curse.
    Shadow is not cast, but born of fire.
    And, the brighter the flame, the deeper the shadow.
    Inherit fire, and harness the Dark.
    Such is the calling of a true leader…

    (Repeats from line three.)

- Continues here if player has all three DLC crowns and King's Crown.

  1. One day, fire will fade, and Dark will become a curse.
    Men will be free from death, left to wander eternally.
    Dark will again be ours, and in our true shape…
    We can bury the false legends of yore… Only…
    Is this our only choice?
    Seeker of fire, coveter of the throne.
    Seek strength.
    The rest will follow…

- If player attempts to attack Vendrick

  1. Foolish…

 

 

Strategy

Make sure that at least two (have five for the best results) "Soul of a Giant" are in your inventory; this will weaken Vendrick's defense so that killing him isn't an impossibility. Pre-Patch 1.10 You can in fact farm giant souls from the two giants in black gulch, just use a Bonfire Ascetic on the first bonfire.
Stay close to his left leg and roll out of the way when he swings his sword in any direction. Attack only when he finishes attacking, then rinse and repeat. Casters and Archers can use this same method to beat him. In fact, casters can stand just behind his left leg and circle strafe him while casting; his leg will nudge you to safety. Another thing to remember is if Vendrick leaps back do not pursue him rather let him come to you and be prepared to dodge backwards, wait until the last second if straight slam or simply dodge left or right.

  • Bring Aromatic Ooze to further increase damage.
  • Do not get greedy with your attacks.
  • (If Archer) Use Lightning or Fire arrows to achieve the most damage.
  • (If Caster) Use the best spells you have or have multiple "Great Heavy Soul Arrow" slotted.
  • (If Miracle Caster) For those doing so little damage the lost health doesn't change color, take note that Lightning Spear and Great Lightning Spear are still doing more than Emit Force; the Lightning Spear miracles do minor splash damage in addition to their primary damage, and this second number is always the one displayed when fighting bosses.
  • (If Miracle Caster) Soul Appease is effective, doing 30-40% more than a Great Lightning Spear off the same catalyst.
  • (If Miracle Caster) with 50 faith above, Sunlight Spear is better than Soul Appease.
  • (If Hexer) with 43 attunement + 50int + 50 faith, Dark Hailcombine with Abyss Seal and +5 Dark Sunset Staff or +5 Dark Caitha's Chime will inflict above 1000 damage onto Vendrick per hit. (needs Certification)
  • Note: Great Resonant Soul no longer inflicts 1000 damage on Vendrick after Calibration 1.06, only Dark Hail works. (needs Certification)
  • Gower's Ring of Protection will help a lot for this fight if you plan on dodging.

 

Strategy: Caster 1

If using spells stand just far enough away from him while back peddling to cause him to swing at you. Once the swing has missed cast your spell. Repeat this for the horizontal swings, they are easy to dodge. Sometimes he will do two horizontal swings back to back. If you dodge the first horizontal swing the second should miss too giving more time to cast spells. Roll left or right when he does a vertical swing for an easy dodge if you are too close. (this attack seems to have a slightly longer range than the horizontal swing) otherwise the back peddling to dodge works as well. Be careful because sometimes he will follow up a vertical swing with a horizontal swing. Always have your shield ready to take the hit if you can't get away in time. Just wait for the swing to miss you and cast. Don't cast until the swing misses! There is plenty of time to cast most spells or miracles at that time, but usually only one cast. Also be mindful of your surroundings and the spot where you picked up the King's Ring, you don't want to get pinned against a wall. Sometimes you can get stuck at the spot where you pick up the King's Ring so it's best to avoid that area altogether. Keep this strategy up and the fight should take about 10-20 minutes with minor hiccups to heal, granted you have an ample supply of 'Soul of the Giant's. (I had 4 Soul of the Giants and it took me ~10 minutes using ~30 casts of Great Lightning Spear with Priest's Chime+10 and 45 Faith).
Strategy: Caster 2
He's attacks are very easy to dodge because he telegraphs them long before. If he swings sideways, roll back. If he leap strikes, roll to the right side and if he does the vertical strike (swings the sword over his head) roll to the right side too. The curse orb is also easy to dodge, just roll to any side. So in short: always roll to the right except when he's doing the Horizontal Swing, then you roll back. Cast after every roll and this will be one of the easiest fights in the game, if you have all 5 Giant Souls.

 

Equipped with a fully upgraded pyromancy flame, magic-infused Staff of Wisdom, and Red Tearstone Ring, have Great Combustion x2, Flame Swathe, Soul Greatsword, and Soul Arrow x2 attuned. You will also want herbs that will refresh your spell casts. Run through the antechamber leading to Vendrick, and allow either the spear or sword-wielding Syan Knights to injure you to the point that the Tearstone activates. This will add some good damage to your attacks. I would also have rings or armors that increase your casting speed, just for the small boost. I used the Defender Shield for those oopsy moments, although my poise was low enough that it would stagger me.

The simplest way to beat Vendrick is to move counterclockwise (i.e. to the right) of him. Lock on and get behind him, and begin casting your spells. The Red Tearstone ring will boost damage respectably. When he gets close to a wall (making circling difficult), run away from him after an attack sequence and draw him back towards the center of the room. Refresh your spell casts when needed. Flame Swathe, followed by Soul Greatsword, does the most damage here, so you can also just bring enough herbs to constantly cast it on him. Combustion can sometimes not connect -- I found it easiest to be next to his right knee and then use it. Spells like Firestorm, Fire Tempest, or Chaos Storm can work, but I found that they take a while to complete, and it's possible that he will come around and attack you before you can dodge to the right. Rather than risk it (after about ten tries), I went with the above strategy.

With this strategy it took me approximately 5 minutes to kill him. Getting the rhythm of his attacks can be difficult initially, but once you've got it, he is actually a very easy boss to kill. Just remember: ALWAYS GO TO THE RIGHT. As with many Dark Souls 2 battles, don't get greedy. He's not going anywhere fast, and you gain nothing by getting him down to low health and then dying because of impatience.

Strategy: Light Melee

Heavy Melee is not viable for this fight. Even with high Vigor and heavy armor you will only be able to be hit once or twice as his attacks are very very powerful. If you try blocking you'll be knocked off balanced and have your stamina completely drained from one hit. Because you can only block one attack it's best to do so if you absolutely need to, just make sure there is enough time in between his next attack for you to recover your stamina otherwise a follow up will take you down. NG+ with upgraded gear and high health you'll be able to take a lot more hits and block but for the first time fighting him you'll most likely be squishy considering his damage output.
This strategy is something I like to call "I Give Up." I found this out by using a sword and just staying close to him, circling him (moving right), and surprisingly, It worked.
For this, I used a +7 Varangian Sword, and tried it with each element. Fire does the most damage (225), with Lightning second (222). A bleed weapon does 79 damage with the occasionally 200 bleed damage, so while it's not exactly worthwhile, It can still help. Another thing to note is that Vendrick is Immune to poison damage. With these in mind, equip a short sword of your choosing, preferably fire/lightning, and the rest is fairly simple.

As soon as you walk through the fog gate, Run straight to him, while moving a bit to the right, and after move behind him. He will most likely do a horizontal swing, but if you can manage getting behind him, his swing will fall just a bit short, missing you. This gives you the opportunity to get in 3-4 swings. Immediately after, lock on and strafe to the right, not the left. He swings towards to left, so you will most likely get hit. Occasionally, he will jump back and do a jump attack, and if you don't react fast enough, this will most likely end your run. When he jumps back, run straight to him, going back to your position of behind him. Repeat this, and the rest is a cake-walk. In the event that you get hit, repeat the same process, but instead of attacking, use two estus flask (if available), so you quickly regain all of your health. (Mine was +4 at the time, and after one hit, using one estus flask wasn't enough to heal me). This will take about 5 minutes, so you must have patience.

Also remember to have 5 Souls of the Giants. You can get 3 from the memories, 1 from the giants under the Black Gulch, and one from the Ancient Dragon. The Ancient Dragon is optional, as if you use a Bonfire Ascetic in Black Gulch Mouth, you can fight the giants again, netting you another soul, as well as leaving the area boss in NG instead of NG+.

Strategy: Heavy Melee

The other guide suggests that using Heavy weapons is not an option. However, I was able to defeat Vendrick (with 5 giant souls) using +5 Curved Dragon Greatsword and +1 Ring of Blades without a shield (you can equip a shield which boosts stamina recovery and just put it on you back) with <50% load on NG doing 750 damage on hit. Any curved greatsword with decent stat scaling (I do not know about other heavy weapons, but I guess that they won't be much different or even maybe better, as some heavy weapons have better attack range than curved ones) will work fine, just be sure that you can enchant them with fire or magic damage (you can also try lightning, as other strategies suggest). Here are my , so you can compare with yours. (I also confirm this. I killed him with a +5 Lighting Pursuer Greatsword, going about 250 damage each hit. Heavies just need to make sure it keep at his rear and be careful when he jumps back)

When you walk through the mist, run behind the boss and stay on his left side and always be close to him (he has his sword in the right hand, so you are basically safe) and when he tries to do a horizontal swing, dodge it in the direction of his left hand (basically you will be out of his sword's reach), when do 1-2 hits (depends on your stamina) and start walking behind him (actually, getting as close as you can to his back is best). This way, he'll mostly try to do his heavy attack (in front of him), which has big recovery time and very easy to roll out of. After this attack, you can snatch 2-3 hits ( do not get greedy though!). With good enough weapon (if you are maxing both STR and DEX, Murakumo will work greatly too) you can kill him very fast ( 1:10 is my time). Just be sure to dodge his attacks, watch your stamina bar (save it for 1-2 rolls, depending on your AGI) and if you were hit, run to his back and heal after his attack and you will be totally fine!

 

 

Hints

  • Because his attacks are so easy to predict and to avoid by moving to the right, try to use the Red Tearstone Ring and high damage weapon to your advantage. Buff your weapon, attack once, and then circle again. This battle is one where patience is definitely rewarded.
  • It is recommendable that you wear the best armor you can without getting past 70% load (in order to do the fast roll) because this way you can probably endure at least 1 hit (which in a long battle like this can happen and will probably kill you otherwise),RIng of steel protection helps too. If he one hits you anyways, you can just use Tseldora gear for the extra souls, or whatever else helps.
  • Vendrick  divides your damage by 32/16/8/4/2/1 at 0/1/2/3/4/5 Giant Souls.
    Key Note - Do not use the giants souls otherwise you will lose the defense reduction which is supposed to occur to Vendrick, I figured this out after going into battle and dealing ~25 damage per hit before using them and back down to ~13 with none of the souls in my inventory.
    (Edit: When first fighting him his defense is equal to you having the 5 Giant souls, if you die during this first fight you will need to pick up the 5 souls to inflict the same amount of damage on the next fight.)
  • -> At NG, with soul level 145, a pyromancy flame +10 and 5 giants souls it takes about 2 chaos storms and 2 fire storms to kill him. He will very likely not one-hit kill you if you upgraded your armor to +5 or more (no guarantee for mages). A shield that can block 100% physical is still highly recommended and the faster cast ring is almost required with this tactic. If you managed to kill the dragon for the 5th soul, then this will be childs play.

    Stay to his left, your right. Roll accordingly forwards as if to get behind him, His attack will never hit you if you continue rolling to your right, and his left to try and get behind him.

 

 

Trivia

  • The boss is believed to be modeled after Gwyn from Dark Souls, however, he isn't a direct reincarnation of Gwyn (this goes to Old Iron King), and his moveset is much close to a enlarged hollow wielding a normal ultra greatsword.
  • Oddly, the "defenseless" and hollowed nature of him makes him similiar to Gwyn, while the nature of him being defended by Velstadt (Garl Vinland), makes him similiar to Maiden Aestraea from Demon's Souls.
  • The Scholar referred Vendrick as a near monarch, as he was near to success to seek the cure of the Undead Curse.
  • Produces the same ambient breathing noise as the Heide Knights. It is unknown what this means lore-wise.

 

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    • Anonymous

      “Why wont you die?!” “Nanomachines, son! They harden in response to no giant souls. You cant hurt me, bearer of the curse!”

      • Anonymous

        How much is "enough damage" to trigger the fight?
        I've been wailing at him for 5 minutes with my fully upgraded stone twinblade and what are beyond reasonable stats for it, and he still ignores me.

        • Anonymous

          “Heavy Melee is not viable for this fight”

          My +5 Fume Knight Ultra Greatsword and Havel’s set would beg to differ :)

          • Anonymous

            Idk what's harder, fighting the dragon with the largest health than any boss or this guy with ×2 defense because **** me if I don't wanna fight another dragon

            • Anonymous

              Wow...this page made me a bit nervous to fight him because it makes it sound like a pretty tough fight. I absolutely am not trying to be one of those people, but that was super easy. I'm not trying to imply I'm just amazing at Souls or something, I'm not. Just make sure to have all 5 Giant Souls. His moveset is just so simple and he is so slow. Just constantly strafe around him to the right and you're good. His swings will usually miss you, and even if they don't, they are incredibly well telegraphed and very easy to dodge. His vertical swings are also heavily telegraphed, and they have very little tracking at all, making them a cinch to avoid. Having high adaptability will help, as it does with all fights in DSII. What I'm trying to get at is, if I could do it in about 2 minutes without any trouble, you will be fine because I'm not that great a player.

              • Anonymous

                > "(If Hexer) with 43 attunement + 50int + 50 faith, Dark Hailcombine with Abyss Seal and +5 Dark Sunset Staff or +5 Dark Caitha's Chime will inflict above 1000 damage onto Vendrick per hit. (needs Certification)"



                Confirmed false. The setup should instead be dealing around 650 damage if all orbs land. Not nearly as much as 1k+, but still respectable.

                Tested on SOTFS PC Ver. 1.02 Calibrations 2.02 (current patch) with the following setup:
                - Dark Sunset Staff+5
                - 56 INT / 57 FTH
                - Abyss Seal + Dark Clutch Ring
                - 5 Giant Souls

                • Anonymous

                  Filled with dread every time I get to this fight. Invariably takes me 5-10 tries until I get used to his moveset again. Hugging his left leg and staying a little behind him works, even as a magic user. Really need to manage stamina and not get greedy with attacks. Also need to keep heath bar maxed or near maxed to avoid a one-hit kill, which can easily happen if you make a mistake. When he eventually backs into a wall, get away from him until he moves so you can reset by/behind his left leg. Obviously, do yourself a favor and get the 5 giant souls before trying this fight.

                  • Anonymous

                    First playthrough I tried to use a lighting greastsword of some sort in my right hand and a heide knight sword infused with poison in my left. It took me about half an hour until my weapons broke and Vendrick managed to kill me. I actually really liked it.

                    • Anonymous

                      DS2 gets a lot of flak for many things, but the lore and presentation behind Vendrick is top notch. Masterfully written character, even if he's not a hard fight.

                      • Anonymous

                        As of this comment:
                        Light Melee: "Heavy Melee is not viable"
                        Heavy Melee: "The other guide is wrong"
                        lol petty disputes **in the body of the actual page**, that's the quality of this community. I'm convinced it's not Fextra; DS1 and Sekiro pages are airtight for the most part here. This game just gets no love.

                        Anyway, fully upgraded mag rapier at 50 Dex and 50 Int (that was the highest dps for him in the few weapons that I tested.), and this fight is still a slog. I think a slog of a fight makes sense for the narrative though. You're fighting the hollowed remains of the most powerful being in the land for ages. He has no real combat ability left, but it will still take forever to take him down. And one false move, however basic, can end it for you. It gets a pass in my book for storytelling.

                        • Anonymous

                          I was expecting extreme difficulty but got him first try, with 5 giant souls. He's so slow... I thought the slow walking before you engage him was to contrast with him being super fast or something. But his combat is just as lethargic. I basically just walked to keep beside or behind him and only had to roll when I got greedy to get extra hits in. I waited for some devastating attack that never came. What an absolute turd of a boss.

                          I'm beginning to realize that difficulty in this game is relative; it really depends on your play style. I'm not telling anyone to "git gud" but if you have any trouble with this boss then perhaps try mixing up your tactics. He's one of those bosses that's safer up close. Just walk up and start hitting him. Why you'd ever use ranged attacks or a shield here is beyond me. Just stick to his side, hit him, and walk / roll. He doesn't even telegraph his moves, he smoke signals them. I'm not a spectacular player by any means but this was a joke. Doing this at SL1 would be difficult but only in stifling your impatience.

                          INB4 muh ratio. Adapt. I fought this boss with my usual play style but had to resort to no armor and a bow (first time ever using a bow in all 3 games) to beat Fume Knight and it took over 60 tries. It moved me out of my comfort zone and as a result I now have 2 of them. Adapt.

                          Side note: I tried to sign up here but Protonmail and Hotmail aren't allowed... good grief. Does Google own this place or what?

                          • Anonymous

                            I have 99 int 40 faith 55 atunement i give dark orb with 9 damage first encounter him i know he is bosss but i how much try shoot crystal soul spear he still dont ****ing care about me he is like you nor even woeth my 1 sword attack *****

                            • Anonymous

                              stay close to his left leg and turn counbter clockwise with his hits and you should be fine... have a good shield also

                              • Anonymous

                                Such a grind... 10 minutes of whittling away at his health to get him about halfway down and then I miss one dodge and get destroyed. I miss Gwynn.

                                • Anonymous

                                  50/50/60 int/fth/atn, Dark Sunset Staff +5, Abyss Seal. 4 Souls of a Giant in my on-hand inventory. Dark Hail did 130 points of damage. One hundred thirty.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    50/50/60 int/fth/atn, Dark Sunset Staff +5, Abyss Seal. 4 Souls of a Giant in my on-hand inventory. Dark Hail did 130 points of damage. One hundred thirty.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      I gotta admit, beating Velstadt and then seeing this big, decrepit old man with a massive sword walking in circles in a crypt is a pretty damn cool moment.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Standing stuck to his left leg (slightly towards his back) makes it easy to dodge all his attacks. Most of the time his 2 swiping swings miss without even dodging.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          My first playthrough I used two giant souls like a dumbass and had to spend 15 minutes just poking him to death hoping I don't get two shot

                                          • Anonymous

                                            Even if Vendrick succumbed to the Undead Curse himself, he did much better job being a king than Gwyn having humility and realizing his own mistakes avoidable or not. Yet he did actually make an effort to cure the Undead Curse and was pretty close. I mean he didn't send his people to mass death unlike Gwyn.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              maybe its just me but i feel like his attacks ignore defense..i went into the fight over leveled and with full smelter demon gear and his attacks did half my hp in one hit on regular new game

                                              i took off all my armor and went back to the fight..still taking the same amount of damage

                                              • Anonymous

                                                Even if you have the four crowns from NG, he won't give you the blessing in NG+
                                                Tried if after rushing to undead crypt and going into his memory.

                                                Anyone know a way how to get the blessing without obtaining other crowns from DLC?

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  It seems if you have all giant souls from NG it works at NG+ as well. I aggroed him in NG+ before getting any giant souls in NG+, and could deal significant amout of damage to him.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    Like the guy who posted below, I used bleed on Vendrick with only 1 giant soul. It took me about 6 deaths to learn his moveset, but using a notched whip made it fun because I literally whipped his ash. I had full havel set, which helped because I could tank at least 1 and then heal up. Bring a repair powder or 2 and most importantly DO NOT panic heal after taking a hit. Wait till you've baited another attack from him first. He isn't that hard of a boss, but he can get in your head because of his insanely high dmg. Just circle close to the side of his left leg and you'll make him your bich in no time.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      How to kill easily with just the 1 Giant Soul from Black Gulch (or none): bleed him to death using a Bandit Knife.
                                                      With a bleed infused +10 one and Crest of Blood, Vendrick bleeds in 4 hits. Wait 5-6 sec, then bleed him again. To be safe and have fast stamina regen, I took my highest stability 100% block shield, Life Ring+2, Second Dragon Ring, Cloranthy Ring+1, soulgems, REPAIR POWDER, and was naked with 50 vigor.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        I give ds2 alot of **** but I will always give credit where it is due. The entire crown sub story is extremely cool and feels genuinely rewarding. Vendrick is also a cool character to boot.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          I can't believe this isn't mentioned, but Vendrick is the easiest boss in the game. All you do is shove yourself directly up his butt, behind him and between his legs, then walk in to him. You'll waltz round with him, and none of his attacks can hit you. Just patiently waltz with him until he swings his sword, then hit him a couple of times. Rinse, repeat. Even if you don't have a single giant soul you can kill him with enough patience, though having 4-5 makes it less tedious.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            So I have all 3 DLC crowns, but he just repeats the lines stated in having 2 crowns, without going on to the following lines. Is there something I'm missing?

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              Why are the giants called giants when this guy and his queen, Sir whatshisname and all his syan knights are already giant in size? Compared to Vendrick the giants are the same size even a bit shorter (except the Giant King).

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                I feel so bad for him. He was a good king and a great leader. Then he got manipulated by an evil witch/monster thing disguised as a beautiful queen, and got his entire kingdom destroyed. He then seals himself off in a cave for eternity until he goes hollow, unable to even die in peace.

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  "produces the same ambient breathing noise as the heide knights" you mean the raggedy breathing? that doesn't mean anything at all, why would it ever have any significance?

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    Someone please update this . There is a another dialogue something about wishes granted is what he ends on

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      After reading all the strategies, and tips, and tricks I was kinda scared of this boss. Turns out, the only strategy here is this: he's swinging, you dodge. He's not swinging? You swing. Doesn't even matter where do you position yourself. Shield helps. You're welcome.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        king that constantly gets referenced and was kinda anticipated to be the final boss NOPE just some naked guy in a dark room in the undead crypt

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          For those who don't get it, you kill him by sticking to his left because you're following in his footsteps

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            As a hexer all my dark infused weapons/ spells weren't doing a lot (dark infused old whip was alright but risky trying to attack more than once). The best weapon I found with 50 INT was magic moonlight greatsword. It's 1h R1 attacks are fast, so you can definitely get 2 attacks in adding up to 400 odd damage every time. It is a straightforward fight but he does seem to have certain punish moves with very little wind up if you get caught out finishing your attacks in the wrong place. Only ever attack when you're in his back left quarter

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              What really trivialized the fight for me was to stick to his left and rolling FORWARD when he did an attack. Beat him flawless that way(which I needed since I was a one hit for him).

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                That is such bull*****that you can’t get a second Soul of the King after beating Vendrick again; I was REALLY hoping I could get his soul to transpose into the King’s Shield. I was going for full Vendrick in terms of armour AND weapons.

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  I would tell myself that I'm putting him out of his misery, but he's too far gone for that. He's not suffering, he's too mindless to realize his surroundings. You're basically pulling the plug on his life support

                                                                                  • This boss may be easy or hard or however you feel it, but i still find the hardest part to attack him in the first place. the lore builds up to him and the pure shock factor of seeing him, hollow, wander around his crypt like a simple zombie with the eerie track playing in the background? Chills, man. I always feel bad when i kill him, but i need that crown..

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      So what if you had already used all the giant souls because you don't use the wiki unless you absolutely have to, is the fight just going to take absolutely forever unless I go into ng+?

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        With 5 giant souls and using dual dragon tooth at 75 str he died after about a minute thirty. This was after I used and ascetic.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          This boss is very easy once you have 4 giants soul(didn't try with any other number). Just stay behind him(right under his skirt!) and hit him once or twice every time he does his combo. Very easy win, you don't even have to get hit, since he lacks any move to get behind him. Just make sure to move behind him again when he jumps. (my setup:65 str, 45dex,pursuer ultra great sword +5,ring of blade+1 rest don't really matter, cuz you won't get hit)

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            I have all 3 crowns and he still isn't telling me his last dialogue. He just keeps repeating the last line of the second one.

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              In his shame he fled, and stripped of his vestments.... now he wanders naked with only a sword in his hand.. that very much sounds like the madness of Lancelot from his portrayal in the Lancelot Grail cycle...

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                the strategies in this are way off when reffering to his attack patterns. He very often does 3 horizontal swings in a row and 2 vertical swings followed by a horizontal swing.

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  ....so this entire time I thought you USE the giant souls to get stronger not hold onto them.....he he sh*t

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    3 obtained from giant memories should be enough. funny numbers. BKH one handed does 112 at 20str and 26 dex. Ice rapier 72 buffed with lightning 86. Don't bother with magic unless you have all 5 souls and even then is suck. Dark orb at 40 int 30 faith sunset 72. LMAO. He is not hard just tedious and basically worthless. DS should be renamed to ASSsouls considering 90% of almost every boss fight you spend poking them in the ass or scrotum.

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      The first thing I realized was that the place was too dark. I had to find enough torches to light and died countless times crazy. if the total time is probably more than 4 hours. Just a Horizontal Slash is my character will die. I hid on the king's left foot and followed his movements. It really felt horrible and I had to move around the king so dizzy. X(

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        Why are y'all making complex strats for dealing with this old man with a UGS? Unplug his life support and move on to Aldia's

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          This fight was maybe not hard in the sense that you had to really learn the timings, but it was very stressing on my patience, which fit perfectly with the boss and his character. Seeing that husk of a once proud king with the eerie music in the background... it may not have been a special souls fight, but the soul of the fight was special.

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            Honestly this is my third easiest boss in the entire game. Due to his highly telegraphed attacks and his one weakspot, his left ass cheek. This fight becomes ridiculously easy if you strafe his left side and wail on him at the end of his combos, I don't think I have ever died to previous ruler of drangleic. In my opinion though I wish we would have been able to fight in his prime, it would have made the fight much more fun and exciting knowing that the old ruler and future monarch get to Duke it out if this were the case.

                                                                                                            • It really makes you question whether relighting the fire is worth it. This once proud king is now a shambling, brainless hulk of bones, cursed to wander in his own tomb, forever in madness. If this is the fate of a King, wont you meet a similar end? Maybe it would be best for it all just to stop...

                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                Beat using Sinner's Ultra Greatsword 2H and 4 giant souls. The boss is easy once you have the patterns but very punishing due to extremely high damage. Vengarl's armor and still deals 80% of my HP with one swing. The only thing which should trouble you on this boss is the horizontal swing, which covers a very large arc that reaches quite a ways behind him. Sometimes he will be a troll and follow up the huge horizontal swing with, yes, another huge horizontal swing, in the opposite direction. Otherwise, all of his attacks are dodgeable by strafing sideways. Weakness: Rear Therefore try Strafe

                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                  Ok so i figured out that the forbidden sun WILL aggro him so be careful if you wanna see how much damage he has to take before aggroing . Anyways I managed to beat him on NG+ easily using the espada ropera+10 while throne watcher set+2 I also had all 5 giant souls just circle his left side and wail when he swings and the fight is over in less than 5 minutes.

                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                    It takes some time to agro him. Aquire at least 4 Souls of a Giant, get a high bleed weapon and start slicing his legs. Eventually he’ll build up a bleed effect. It took me about 2 minutes this way. Almost as soon as he started bleeding, the gate closed and he killed me with one hit :) Once he’s agroed, he stays that way. If you die, you’ll find your bloodstain outside the fog gate. Now get your best weapon and go in light. Roll to his back and start attacking. Always stay behind him and you should survive with minimum to no damage taken. Although if he hits you, it’s most likely gonna be a one hit kill if you have low def :)

                                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                                      I locked on, stood behind him, rotated right and just waited for him to attack and used good ol spin to win with a +5 blue knight halberd

                                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                                        Are you new to this game and getting bored? Well here's a tip

                                                                                                                        Use bonfire ascetic at the Undead Ditch bonfire and *magic* you have successfully made dark souls as your lover

                                                                                                                        11/10 would play again in NG+

                                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                                          I just beat him with only 4 giant souls (only missing the ancient dragon)

                                                                                                                          Aromatic ooze helped alot on my +10 greatsword, but he still wasn't "easy".

                                                                                                                          Basic strategy for anyone struggling is, don't lock on him, hug his right leg ( side without sword) and just be patient don't get greedy get those hits in.

                                                                                                                          Best of luck, and of course PRAISE THE SUN!

                                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                                            so what you're saying is that you lose the 5 giant souls if you die in the first fight? and have to reaquire them to try again?

                                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                                              Couldn’t even get the fight to start. I kept hitting and hitting him over and over and literally nothing happened.

                                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                                this was the easiest fight in the game. He didn't hit me once. I had 5 souls and he died in 2 mins. He didnt attempt the curse orb on me though.

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