Top Ten Hardest Bosses In Dark Souls II

MetalGurja
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

The Top Ten

1 Fume Knight Fume 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.

My first time playing through Brume Tower, it must have taken me 3 hours to finally get his pattern down and beat him. Clearly it stuck with me, because now I can beat him first or second try, every time. Even knowing that though, no fight in any game gets my heart pounding quite like this one. It's amazing, and the highlight of the entire game.

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

This boss made me struggle. Dark Souls 2 gets a lot of bad rep for being the easy souls game but this... This was far harder than Nameless King or Slave Knight Gael from Dark Souls 3. Not only the hardest boss of Dark Souls 2 but maybe the entire Souls series. (Have not played DS1 or Bloodborne)

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2 Lud and Zallen, the King's Pets Lud 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

Not that hard themselves but consider that the area leading up to it is the seventh circle of gaming hell - Tylerlangford1234

A boss that is unfairly difficult. - kempokid

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.

3 Ruin Sentinels Ruin 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

In the beginning these guys are absolute hell

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

I remember struggling a lot for the first time but eventually I got in on my 4th try. Afterwards (NG+ etc.), the sentinels are low-level enemies at best. This shouldn't be this high on the list.

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4 Ancient Dragon Ancient 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.

One shot to fast boss is too hard for a game

I hid an spammed arrows until he died. ez win

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5 Afflicted Graverobber Afflicted 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

6 Blue Smelter Demon Blue 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).

Full sorcerer here; had to create a dark weapon and basically memorize all of his timings in order to beat him. The fight was still ~15m long. Seriously, this guy was the only boss in all of DS2 (including the DLC) that forced me to step my game up to the next level.

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7 Royal Rat Authority Royal 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

My brother brought his friend over for the weekend once, and they played against this boss, it was very entertaining. - EliHbk

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

Easiest boss.killed him on first try :(

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8 Darklurker Darklurker

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.

This angle of death delivers and is one of the few bosses that are actually a challenge, the fact that you NEED effigies to fight it puts on pressure on you every time you die the. Oh and that splitting in two thing...no.

The Hardest boss in the Vanilla game so far. It is almost impossible to beat him if you're a melee character, somehow you're forced to use lightning spells or fireballs to kill him when he uses mitosis before he kills you, has a huge variety of spells, and some of them are very hard to avoid (like the dark bomb), specially when he ganks you doing the same attack divided.

He's actually not that tough, him splitting is actually beneficial to the player because it gives you a chance to double your damage if you hit them both.

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9 Sir Alonne Sir 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

Took me hours, till I realized you need to be light and not greedy with hits. +10 rapier did the trick for me.

Harder than fume knight and blue smelter demon in my opinion

This boss is the hardest for me. He is faster than Fume Knight but does just as musch damage, hits as hard, has an unblockable, very hard to dodge "stab grab" and just sucks so hard. The run to the fog is ass numbingly annying.

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10 Belfry Gargoyles Belfry Gargoyles

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

I'm really shocked this boss is so low, way harder than sentinels.

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

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

The Contenders

11 Burnt Ivory King Burnt Ivory King

People on here tend to get mixed up on what was their favorite boss fight and what was actually their hardest boss fight for example the guy on this site has fume knight listed as his number one hardest boss and it only took him a few tries to defeat the fume knight where the burnt ivory king took him a few weeks to beat that means burnt ivory king should be at the number one spot for being the hardest boss fight not number 11

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.

12 Sinh, the Slumbering Dragon Sinh, the Slumbering Dragon

That damn camera

This guy. OK, lemme sum this up via bulleted list:
1. Dragon. enough said.
2. When you hit him, your weapons break faster. Bring some repair powder
3. Difficult to predict melee attacks and difficult to dodge ranged attacks.
4. He has a ton of health.
5. He does a lot of damage.

13 Looking Glass Knight Looking Glass Knight

Not the hardest, but one of the best fights, with the ambiance of the arena and the looming, brooding, silver knight who claps lightning while you're wet. I had a really huge Greatsword (Ultra Greatsword) and when it hits the shield's hit box, it bounces right off. Fun fight. Definitely worth the duel.

14 Elana, the Squalid Queen Elana, the Squalid Queen

Hardest fight for me. Took hours. Tried with every combination of gear I had. Tried with summons, and without. Finally got her down as hollow, lots of health missing, no summons, and no shield. I'm the boss now

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.

Ugh... This one.

15 Velstadt, the Royal Aegis Velstadt, the Royal Aegis

Not a bad fight at all. Decent size windows to heal, attacks blockable with a shield. The only thing to worry about is phase two with his magic attacks. But as long as you stay close to him they're nothing to worry about.

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

What I intended to do was use my bastard sword +8 on the path to him, and then switch to my Raw Bastard Sword +10 for the actual fight. I forgot to switch. That would have made it easier. My armor was Vengarl's armor and gloves, and the hood and leggings from Straid. I also had Idol's chime and 44 lightning spear.

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16 The Pursuer The Pursuer

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

17 Giant Lord Giant Lord

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

18 Aldia, Scholar of the First Sin Aldia, 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.

19 Throne Defenders Throne 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

20 Vendrick Vendrick

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).

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