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

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

Even harder than Pinwheel from DS1

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2 Lud and Zallen, the King's Pets Lud and Zallen, the King's Pets

Welcome to the frigid outskirts, or as Tylerlangford1224 said, the seventh circle of hell.

This is the biggest place in the entire game.

There are no bonfires in this area.

There are frequent snowstorms that makes it hard to see where you are going.

During snowstorms, at least one electric ice horse will charge towards you, and because you can't see very well during snowstorms, they will likely deal damage to you before can see them. The exception to this is when you are close to a house, in which case they won't spawn.

Finally, the fight itself.
It's like fighting against Aava again (which already was a tough boss to begin with), but this time in a much more smaller area, and two of them at the same time.

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

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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

A bit rough but not in my top five

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

Too... Much...... Health...

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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.

Tied with royal rat authority for worst boss in the series.

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

Amazingly entertaining fight, it's a toughie but once you get the hang of it you can probably beat him consistently without much trouble. One of my favorites of ds2

I wasted 15 effigies, 25 twinkling titanite upgrades and 50000 souls just to beat although that jeopardized completing the rest for dlc.
The reason for that is because I died more than 60 times either by him or by trying to reach him which is probably more difficult!. On one occasion we killed each other at the same time but it counted for him because I died 0.1 second earlier!.
To succeed you either have to be expert in dodging which I don’t recommend anyway because one mistake is probably fatal or maximum upgrade Havel’s shield infused with magic and also magic resist armor.
You should know very well when to attack and when to heal as he hits like a truck once you’re healing he will attack you immediately.

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7 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

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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8 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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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 harder than people think just TRY to kill him flawlessly. I had to fight him on ng+2.

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10 Belfry Gargoyles Belfry Gargoyles

This boss is a paint in the a**... like seriously, either you rush it, or you have to kill like 3 or 4 at the same time. Especially if they stay compact together, it gets really frustrating... This is the only boss I never killed in the entire Souls series...

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

The boys! I fought these guys after Belfry Sol, so I didn't expect guards other than gray phantoms. But these guys knocked me flat. Turns out Disney's Hunchback severely underestimated the power of gargoyles.

OH MY GOD this boss does not belong on this list. the very first time I fought this boss I was intimidated by its sheer numbers but once I started spamming spells this boss was down in a matter of minutes. all you have to do to win is run around the map train them into one spot them start spamming spells. dark orb and heavy great soul arrow are good choices. once they start going on the defensive just dash to the other side of the map. they don't have any way to defend themselves so they go down pretty quickly. and if your a melee fighter sure its harder but all you have to do is bait their attacks then swoop in and punish. - reaperam

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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 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.

-35 Human Effigys

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14 Looking Glass Knight Looking Glass Knight

One of the best bosses in the game. - reaperam

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.

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

This boss was harder for me than the rest, when I fought him I was with the champions covenant...which means he was NG+ or NG++ for me

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18 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

The challenge here is to beat them solo! I wasted 4 effigies, 25 gold pine resin ( approximately 40000 souls ) to do that. Their ability to revive each other after one of them is killed is a real pain in the ass.

19 Giant Lord Giant Lord

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

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).

21 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.

Screw this boss fight. - reaperam

22 The Duke's Dear Freja The Duke's Dear Freja

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

23 Executioner's Chariot Executioner's Chariot

The most annoying boss fight I have seen in any game and the only boss in dark souls series -which I played- that I had to put down only with my crossbow

24 Old Iron King Old Iron King

Really easy to dodge, but those annoying lava pits in the middle can make this fight really frustrating.

Only time I raged 1 hit left and I fellin to lava

25 Covetous Demon Covetous Demon

One of the slowest bosses in the game, extremely telegraphed attacks, and even if he unequips your weapons you could still fist him to death.

26 Old Dragonslayer Old Dragonslayer

Such a shame game calls him Ornstein. He is a crude imposter

27 Skeleton Lords Skeleton Lords

These should be at the bottom of the list, and so here they are. Very weak to everything, especially thrusting weapons. The fact there only 3 of them to 3-4 shot is ridiculously a piece of cake.

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Top Remixes

1. Lud and Zallen, the King's Pets
2. Ancient Dragon
3. Blue Smelter Demon
1. Sir Alonne
2. Fume Knight
3. Burnt Ivory King
1. Lud and Zallen, the King's Pets
2. Ruin Sentinels
3. Afflicted Graverobber


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