Top Ten Hardest Bosses In Dark Souls II

Considering the experience in the regular game, not New Game + (or higher) neither through Bonfire Ascetics. All the bosses of Scholar of the First Sin considered, that said all the bosses from the three DLC's plus Aldia are candidates

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1Lud and Zallen, the King's Pets

By very far, the hardest boss of the game. Completing the convoluted path filled with those annoying Lightning Horses was a hard task, let alone taking the boss itself! Having no bonfire next to the gate fog was cruel. I mean, Aava was already hard, imagine fighting two of them at the same time; took me so many attempts! - MetalGurja

Apart from the awful run to these guys, they're still difficult. Aava was hard enough, but now there's two of them. This boss is just two overpowered magical tigers. It's complete bs.

2Fume Knight

Imagine playing Ninja Gaiden where you can only take 3 hits and the floor you step on will burn you if you stand on it for too long. That's this boss. There's little time to heal, he can pummel you quickly even if you're a tank, he's very fast, hard to predict and dodge, and he has a lot of health. Learn to dodge, be patient, don't run out of healing items, and you MUST solo this boss. Bringing a friend will only make his resistances more ridiculous. Good luck, and may the Sun bless you.

Often considered as the hardest of the game, I think because a tank build is the easiest way to finish the game and this boss is unforgivable with those kind. Dodging skills are extremely required! The bonfire up close to the arena makes the learning process much easier. One of the most awesome and enjoyable showdown of the entire game - MetalGurja

It is worth noting that you can force the Fume Knight into phase 2 at the beginning of the fight if you wear Velstadt's helm. Some people find it easier to deal with him this way, as his attacks are more predictable when he only has one sword. But no matter which way you decide to do it, this guy will undoubtedly kill you many times before you succeed. Good luck.

Unlike the other two above him, this fight is actually fair. It's presents one of the best challenges in Dark Souls II. His attacks are rather easy to dodge, but God help you if you get hit. - MKBeast

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3Ancient Dragon

One-hit kills... I remember that my Dragon Shrine stage was already with no enemies given the times I completed it after several deaths at the boss fight. The boss isn't that hard but the one-hit kills and the very large HP transformed it in a test of patience where one mistake was fatal. And escaping from that diving fire breath was very hard and tricky - MetalGurja

Just tedious an boring. Run in, take a few hits and RUN away, then RUN back and repeat. If you do it wrong he one-shots you. Fun.

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4Ruin Sentinels

How are they this high on the list? Sure, they're brutal for a new player, but they're a joke for veterans. - MKBeast

The difficulty of this boss is due to facing him in the very beggining of the game. Being gank spanked by those two (or three if you messed up the fight) agile Sentinels was excruciating. The windows for attacking were so rare - MetalGurja

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5Blue Smelter Demon

I only beat him because the game somehow glitches so that he didn't buff himself to constantly radiate magic damage. Before this happened, though, he killed me a pretty good amount of times.

His attacks have a wide range and power after he buffers his weapon; and the patth to the arena is a pain in the ass. Dodging is extremely required to beat him - MetalGurja

I died 80 times (give or take). Fume Knight is a nightmare too. Both are the hardest bosses I've ever fight with since PacMan. Each of them is even harder than the infamous Ornstein&Smough. (I beat Demon's Souls & Dark Souls).

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6Afflicted Graverobber

Ganking is very annoying, and now it's made into a trifecta of bosses. A biggun, a regular Knight, and an archer; a good combination. Bring friends into this fight, or be ready to pull your hair out in frustration (or break your controller if you're bald). DON'T let anyone backstab you, or you're automatically screwed. Good luck.

Real name of the boss: Afflicted Graverobber, Ancient Soldier Varg, Cerah the Old Explorer. Guess the site found it too big and edited
Kind of and understimated fight. As a melee build it is very hard indeed. You have to be so aware of the enviromnent and there is no place to rest; such a tense fight. And the journey to the arena in painful also. - MetalGurja

7Royal Rat Authority

The boss isn't that hard. What IS hard is the rats at the beginning. If you get toxic, it's all over from there. The best thing to do is lure them and use Lingering Flame. - MKBeast

Not the hardest fight of the world, but his headbutt is nearly impossible to dodge and the shield is useless. The beginning with the smaller rats is kind tricky too. - MetalGurja

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If you think it is easy, that's only because it hasn't split yet. The only reason it is so low on this list is because it is a vague, optional boss that very few have seen.

Another hard fight and the necessity of giving away a Human Effigy each time was kind annoying. When he clones himself, you know it got real so keep one eye at his HP and buffer your weapon with lightning to go berserk at the right time. Don't let the fight with the two be long enough to get yourself killed - MetalGurja

Not too bad, but it can be a melee user's nightmare. - MKBeast

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9Belfry Gargoyles

Definitely one of the worst bosses in the game. There's nothing fun about taking on 5 of these things. - MKBeast

Remember fighting 2 of these? Here comes 5, you silly peasant!

The reminder of the frustation in Bell Gargoyles boss fight at the previous installment comes immediately as soon as you enter the arena. Thought facing two gargoyles was hard? Imagine five! - MetalGurja

10Sir Alonne

Another awesome fight! Isn't that hard because you can block all of his attack with the Royal Kite Shield, the most basic shield of the game; if wasn't for that, this would be one hell of a hard fight. Again, another hard path culminating with a boss fight without a Bonfire along the way - MetalGurja

The Contenders

11Elana, the Squalid Queen

Been breezing through scholar till now. I've completed vanilla but not any dlc. This is the toughest boss I've fought so far. That health though!

This THING summons Velstadt. While shooting overpowered magic at you and teleporting wherever it wants. Even so I still enjoy the fight, but it is really difficult.

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12Burnt Ivory King

This fight is absolutely epic. The knights getting ready, the entrance, the fight before the king shows up, the boss fight, everything. I loved this fight. - MKBeast

Why is the giant lord ranked higher than him...

Definitely one of the best fights in this game. He's fast, difficult to dodge, has high DPS, and has above average health.

13Velstadt, the Royal Aegis

He's really slow. To me he is the most "men" boss in the game.

Meh. He should've been a fight for earlier in the game. Every giant fight has prepared you for this guy's telegraphed attacks, but he hits really hard. - MKBeast

This guy. If you're going solo, you're screwed, not to mention Agdayne being barely any help. It's best to bring Scarlett if you can, as she's tough and will actually heal herself. Velstadt is a giant tank that hits like a truck, but his attacks are predictable (although the AoE makes it hard to dodge).

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15The Pursuer

His moves are incredibly predictable and easy to dodge. - MKBeast

16Throne Defenders

This is one huge adrenaline rush. Having to manage two well-rounded characters that are scaled for endgame means you're in for quite a fight. Be sure to kill them quickly, or one will revive the other. - MKBeast


It depends, really. If you don't have giant souls or don't have 5 of them, good luck. His defense multiplies by 72 without giant souls, whereas it's pretty weak if you do have 5. An Old Whip and Soul Appease will put him down quickly, but be careful, as his attacks are devastating (although predictable).

18Giant Lord

He's easy for ranged characters, and somewhat difficult for melee. In fact, get him outta here.

19Aldia, Scholar of the First Sin

To sum this bugger up: high resistance to everything, high health, fire damages nearby players, giving the middle finger to melee users, highly-damaging spells, and worst of all, absolutely nothing meaningful as a reward for beating him.

20The Duke's Dear Freja

Nothing too terrible, but can be incredibly agonizing to get to. - MKBeast

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1. Lud and Zallen, the King's Pets
2. Ancient Dragon
3. Blue Smelter Demon
1. Lud and Zallen, the King's Pets
2. Ruin Sentinels
3. Afflicted Graverobber



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