Hardest Bosses In the Dark Souls Series

The Top Ten
1 Nameless King (Dark Souls III)

Like many others I too believe The Nameless King is the toughest SOB in the Souls series. Since my character can't parry, I had to utilize the most well timed dodges to beat him. And even then he got a few hits in before I took him down.

This guy.. he's one of my favorite fights in the series but also the hardest. One time I got super frustrated because I had him down to one hit left and then died. But then. I summoned another player and we took him down together.

Definitely the hardest, because it takes such a level of concentration and perfect timing just to avoid the attacks

2 Darkeater Midir (Dark Souls III)

For me all of the DS3 dlc bosses (apart from the Gravetender and Halflight) are very challenging. Midir just barely wins because of the health and absurd damage. You really do feel like you can die at any second. I feel like the Nameless King is much more predictable.

I haven't played the games because I don't dare to play theese games. But there is a guy on Youtube who does lists on these games ( including bloodborne) he deciede to rank the difficulty for the bosses of each game and he graded them out of 10 I remember Midir recieving the highest ranking in the whole franchise (10.91/10) which is saying a lot

3 Fume Knight (Dark Souls II)
4 Manus, Father of the Abyss (Dark Souls)

Definitely one of the most aggressive bosses of the three games. He also has the highest health in the game.

In my opinion, this is the hardest boss in all Souls-games.

5 Ornstein & Smough (Dark Souls)

Smough and Ornstein have definitely earned this spot on the throne as one of the hardest boss fights in Dark Souls. I have lost countless souls to these guys, out all the bosses in the base game this is the fight I have the most trouble with. This fight is troubling for me because I have a heavier build, I use Havel's armor minus his helmet I substitute that with the mask of the child, a ring of favor and protection and Havel's ring. If I don't have this there is a 100% chance that I will get completely screwed over by the speed of ornstein. Now smough really isn't that hard for me to handle. I can move faster than he can, and if I have solaire to help me he helps keep smough disgraced while work on killing ornstein. I always kill him first because if I don't the fight becomes almost literally impossible for me because of his speed. Super Smough is no problem because of his lack of speed so I'm able to get a couple hits off after one of his attacks that take him a while to recover from

6 Sister Friede (Dark Souls III)
7 Lud and Zallen, The King's Pets (Dark Souls II)

The second "Aava" just appears when the life of the first is around 40%, so the developers were not that deranged; still, the period when you're facing both tigers makes atheists pray. The tigers are very fast, their attacks hit like a truck, the windows for attacking are scarce because you can be hit by the other tiger... and the worst: the bonfire distant as hell from the arena, the adrenaline of taking another shot at the boss is destroyed by the thought of completing the awful path to reach it. I was seriously reconsidering my policy in the Soul series of beating the boss solo, but then, out of a blue, I somehow killed him. Fire is their weakness by the way.

8 Ancient Dragon (Dark Souls II)

One hit AoEs, massive damage, massive range, enourmous health, enough said.

9 Slave Knight Gael (Dark Souls III)

The best boss in the history of Dark Souls.

I beat him on my 6th try but he is still hard and my favorite ds3 boss

10 Pontiff Sulyvahn (Dark Souls III)

This boss can be and is pretty difficult. He does, fire, magic, and physical damage, and his combos can be quite punishing. However if you can get his parry timing down you can get this boss to half health with little to no struggle. After that however he gets a bit harder. Not only can his clone hit you but he now has ranged magic attacks that hit pretty damn hard so watch out for those

From what I've heard, he's one of the hardest bosses in the game. Me? I didn't have too much trouble with him. That said, he has sporadic delays, heavy hitting attacks, combos that can stun lock you to death, his AoEs are the worst, and has quite a health bar. Definitely a fantastic fight.

The Contenders
11 Black Dragon Kalameet (Dark Souls)

When I took the DLC I was going with a sorcerer build-up and I found out that the game is ridiculously easier (and by consequence, less enjoyable) when you can Soul Spear everything from afar. So this guy causes me trouble, but not so much; by the other hand, I could foresse how insane Manus, Astorias and Kalameet should be with melees. Mostly Manus, this guy should be something

This dragon is a terror. Extreme difficulty, nearly impossible when fighting him while he's flying.

God, this guy. High damage, high health, difficult to dodge attacks, etcetera...

12 Abyss Knight Artorias (Dark Souls)

Artorias is one of the hardest bosses to read, he can combo you easily, and he hits pretty hard.

13 Soul of Cinder (Dark Souls III)
14 Twin Princes (Dark Souls III)

The only boss I had to use summon in Dark Souls III. These guys were absolute hell, a lot harder than Nameless King.

15 Sir Alonne (Dark Souls II)

Shame that I missed this boss. From what I've heard, it's the best in Dark Souls II. I've also heard that it's one of the hardest.

16 Gwyn, Lord of Cinder (Dark Souls)

There's one factor that prevents him from being any higher: parrying. That's easier said than done, as his attacks are mostly hard to read, but one can get the timings down.

17 Aldrich, Devourer Of Gods (Dark Souls III)
18 Four Kings (Dark Souls)
19 Burnt Ivory King (Dark Souls II)
20 Capra Demon (Dark Souls)
21 Smelter Demon (Dark Souls II)

This is one of the hardest main game bosses. High health, extreme damage, and when he buffs, he damages you over time when you get close. This is a fight of how much Estus you have before you unfortunately run out.

It barley takes damage and his fire attacks get through your shield with ease. there is a complicated way to skip him which is what I do all the time. I hate this boss

22 Dancer of the Boreal Valley (Dark Souls III)
23 Sister Friedrich (Dark Souls III)
24 Looking Glass Knight (Dark Souls II)

He isn't the hardest, but can be a tough adversary if you're not careful. He hits really hard, and can summon a PLAYER to assist him.

25 Gaping Dragon (Dark Souls)
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