Dark Souls 3 Boss Guide – Tips, Strategy, Tactics, Locations, How to Kill

By   /   Apr 8, 2016
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Dark Souls 3 is brimming with bosses who will do everything in their power to bring you down… and they will successfully do so over and over again. That’s where our Dark Souls 3 boss guide comes in.

Although this guide will not miraculously let you complete each boss fight without dying, but it will certainly teach you a thing or two about fighting each boss effectively given your character level and equipment.

For more help on Dark Souls 3, read out our Dark Souls 3 Gestures Guide, Dark Souls 3 Covenants Locations Guide, and Dark Souls 3 Estus Flask Upgrade Shards Locations Guide.

Dark Souls 3 Boss Guide

Each Dark Souls 3 boss battle is divided into two phases with the second phase kicking in after a boss has lost about 50% of its HP. In addition to this, each boss battle has its own Trophy or Achievement.

Dark Souls 3 boss guide essentially details everything there is to know about boss battles in the game:

Dark Souls 3 Iudex Gundyr Boss Tips
Being the first boss in the game that appears during the tutorial section of the game, Iudex Gundyr is not extremely tough to defeat unlike other bosses in the game.

You need to pluck a spear out of his chest to initiate the boss battle, but make sure to land a couple of hits before backing away. He wields a halberd with a large range, but relatively slow attack speed.

As mentioned earlier, at about 50% of HP, the boss will begin transforming into the second phase. The brief transformation phase is your clue to dish out some more damage as the boss will not attack you during the transformation phase.

During the second phase, he gains more damage and range, but the general pattern and techniques to defeat the boss primarily remain the same.

One important thing to note here is that his attacks can be parried with a shield. If you still do not know how to parry, try to get behind the boss and attack from there. If you stay in front for too long, he will grab you at close range and leap at you from afar.

Dark Souls 3 Vordt of the Boreal Valley Boss Tips
The second boss in the game is of immense size and deals good amount of physical damage. You should not consider blocking his attacks and must rely on dodging away or getting behind him.

To do so effectively, lock onto him, get in range, and roll around his left-hand-side which will put you directly behind him. Once there, land a couple of hits and he will jump away. He also has a frost de-buff which slows your stamina regeneration.

During the second phase of the fight, his eyes will start gleaming and he will leap at you with a charging attack about 2-4 times – it is crucial that you dodge these charging attacks to avoid receiving damage.

Other than this, you need to stay under his belly or behind him and continue your assault to complete the boss fight.

Dark Souls 3 Curse-Rotted Greatwood Boss Tips
This large tree – or at least it appears to be a tree – has eggs that grow all around it and you must destroy them to complete the boss battle. Do note that there is no way to block or parry the boss’s attacks which is why you should charge in to hit eggs.

One important thing to bear in mind is that you will notice some mobs around the boss which must be dealt with first before eggs on the tree. You should be able to eliminate most of the mobs while they are worshipping the boss.

As soon as you see the floor crumble, the second phase of the boss battle will start. During the second phase, you will be able to destroy the eggs all around the boss.

The boss will also spawn an arm from his belly which it will use to swipe and grab you character, but note that attacking the arm will also deal damage to the boss. Furthermore, beware of the poisonous seeds the boss shakes from the branches.

As with most of the bosses in SoulsBorne games, you need to get behind the boss and continue to attack to complete the boss fight.

Dark Souls 3 Crystal Sage Boss Tips
Crystal Sage primarily relies on Magical Projectiles that can easily be dodged. In addition to this, you should be able to stun the boss that will allow you to dish out some more damage – he literally will not do anything while he is stunned.

After absorbing damage, the boss will teleport away and you will have to repeat the entire process again. It is important to note that the boss will take a couple of seconds to re-appear after the teleport which can be used to heal up a little.

During the second phase of the fight, the Crystal Sage will summon 3x decoys who will have blue attacks and will go down in a single hit. Since the decoys stick close to each other, it is possible to kill a couple with a single attack.

Other than this, his attacks during the second phase primarily remain the same.

Dark Souls 3 Deacons of the Deep Boss Tips
This is a relatively easier boss fight. The boss is not only weak, but also rarely attacks. The only thing that you need to bear in mind is that the boss (surrounded by red glow) is surrounded by mobs.

The mobs will continue to spawn and use weak attacks coupled with occasional fireballs. Attacking the minions will not hurt the boss which is why you need to head in and attack the boss – once he is dead, the minions will die as well!

During the second phase of the boss battle, the minions will throw more fireballs and will channel a fog which will one-shot your character. Therefore, you need to break the channel by attacking the minions and continue hitting the boss.

You will slowly whittle away his HP and complete the boss battle.

Dark Souls 3 Lords of Cinder: Abyss Watchers Boss Tips
At the start of the boss battle, you will come across a total of 3x enemies who will continue to attack each other. You, on the other hand, need to concentrate on the main boss.

A brilliant method to do so is to circle around the main boss with your shield up and wait for him to miss an attack after which you will be able to land your own attack. Do not be greedy and only attack once the main boss misses one of his attacks.

During the second phase of the battle, the boss will come up with a flaming sword, increased range, and increased damage. During the second phase, it is a good idea to have fire-resistant gear and shield.

In addition to his primary attack, the boss will also leave a trail of fire on the ground which will deal some serious damage to your character if you are not careful! Stick to the strategy mentioned earlier and hope to get victorious.

Dark Souls 3 High Lord Wolnir Boss Tips
The boss battle with High Lord Wolnir is not extremely hard if you know what to do. In order to complete the boss battle, you need to destroy 3x yellow glowing rings on his arms.

While you are onto it, dodge away as soon as you are about to get hit. In addition to this, you need to stay away from the purple fog around the boss. Just stick to the primary objective and you will complete the boss fight in no time.

Dark Souls 3 Pontiff Sulyvahn Boss Tips
This boss uses two swords – a flaming sword and a magic sword. As with Lords of Cinder: Abyss Watchers, you need to keep with shield up and circle around the boss waiting for him to miss his attacks.

As soon as you see him miss a few of his attacks, you need to land in a couple of your shots.

In addition to this, the boss will also summon a phantom. There is no need to fight both of them at the same time so you need to try and eliminate the phantom as early as possible. The phantom has low HP and goes down fairly quickly!

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