Hardest Bosses In Dark Souls III

This list is to count down the most difficult bosses in Dark Souls III, which is a game I consider to be the hardest in the series.
The Top Ten
Darkeater Midir

This is one hell of a dragon fight. Although many of it's attacks are very telegraphed, they can still very much catch you by surprise, and demolish your health, and even one-shot you if you're more of glass-canon type build. It's gigantic healthbar, it constantly flying or stampeding through the arena, and that you have to hit it's head for acceptable damage makes this fight an endurance fight, which can be incredibly tiring when you're most likely incredibly focused at dodging his large attacks.

That being said, it's definitely the best dragon fight in the series, and it's difficulty matches the image of a dragon recruited by the lords to fight the dark.

Nameless is difficult but Midir is much scarier. Nameless is mostly a tedious fight with an unfair first phase that leads into an excellent but very fair second phase. Midir however is consistently strong throughout boasting several attacks, sweeps, and AoEs that do damage that would make Nameless blush. On top of that he has a tanky health bar, little weaknesses, and only one viable spot to attack: his head, which also happens to be small, always moving, and constantly shooting fire at you. Combine that with an even stronger second phase and you have the toughest fight in the game.

Unpredictible. It changes quite often the way to attack and deals a lote of damage. The best idea is to use poison and to have patience.

To be honest, Midir isn't actually all too hard to dodge or hit. The main problem with him is his absurd health bar. It's more a test of endurance than an actually difficult boss. But I'm going to vote him anyway because during this ridiculously long fight you're likely to make a mistake and then have him kill you.

Nameless King

He became significantly easier once I respeced for higher VIG and changed my tactics for a more agressive one. I found it better to soak up some of his damage and punish him for it than being overly careful and wasting too much stamina on dodging his combos. He actually leaves plenty of time for estus. Just don't waste them on his first phase.
But make no mistake, he is still a monster.

Honestly, the way he delays his attacks alone are the primary reason he's so insanely frustrating for many people. He has a windup that can instantly come directly at you or can be delayed into a multi-hit combo. Predicting that one move incorrectly generally leads to a failed attempt...

I'm level 110 and and still trying to defeat him. The way he spams his gust attacks. The first form is easy, but his 2nd form of his 2nd form is frustrating. but over all he is the coolest boss to ever fight in Dark Souls 3

Time has passed. Looking back, he is not as hard as people thought, but that does not make this a cakewalk. He's still the same heavyhitting endurance fight.

Sister Friede

I can see her being much higher than Wolnir (sorry about that, guys). Like the Nameless King, she's an endurance fight, except you'll need more endurance if you plan on going solo. Without spoiling, she has 3 forms, with the first being easy, the second being arguably the hardest, since it turns into another O&S situation, except it's done right, and her final phase has her hit like an 18 wheeler.

Harder than Nameless King for some unlucky people (like me) who get rekt by RNjesus

Hard but fair

THIS BOSS!?!? She is amazing in all three phases but REALLY they need to tone it down slightly I mean COME ON she is a gang boss in the second phase and it is A HUGE LOAD OF BS.

Slave Knight Gael

Easily the best boss in the Ringed City. He's the last fight in the entire series, and boy, what a swansong. As for the fight itself, it is a serious challenge. Like Midir, he has a boat load of health, but unlike Midir, his attacks are very telegraphed and easy to avoid, but Gwyn help you if you get hit.

He's true final boss that's stronger than darkeater midir, soul of cinder, gwyn lord of cinder, nameless king, sister friede, fume knight and ornstein and smough.

Tough and annoying even with a full squad of phantoms

The Best Boss fight in the series SoulsBorne

Pontiff Sulyvahn

This guy is a huge pain in the ass if you can't parry him. He will combo you almost literally to death then he gives you now time to heal afterwards. However this boss becomes a bit easier if you can parry as it can bring him down to half health pretty quickly. After he reaches half health he'll spawn a clone of himself that will tell you what attacks are coming before the real pontiff does them himself. While he's spawning said clone you should take this time to get a few hits in as he is completely defenseless during this time. You can kill the clone too which can be helpful especially if the boss is low on health as it will give you time to hit and potentially kill him as he spawns another clone.

If your DPS ain't enough to kill the clone during the summoning you're pretty much done, unless you know the boss' moveset well. There is barely any openings in between attacks you can punish too.

What makes this whole encounter harder is that this boss is only at the halfway point of the game, I'm sorry, casuls.

I stand corrected. This guy hits hard, has high health, and can stun lock you to death. A lot.

Twin Princes

The second phase is pure luck to not get hit. This boss is definitely harder than Pontiff Sulyvahn. The Twin Princes should be in the top 5 biggest pain in the ass.

This boss is annoying, with lorian teleporting everywhere, and lothric having his arsenal of spells this boss fight can be a pain in the ass. But I think the run up to this boss is worse than the boss itself

The twin princes are the strongest boss because they have magic attacks and they heal 3 times

Like Aldrich, these two are a massive pain in the ass.

Soul Of Cinder

This is a really tough boss, he has multiple weapons, spells, poison mist, and insane damage. If you can manage to get him dow to second phase the fight becomes a bit easier as he gets the same moves as gwyn from DS1 and his hits are fairly easy to dodge. Just watch out for that five hit combo because even missing a little bit of health you will die if you get hit by this.

Definitely a fitting boss here. Multiple weapon forms, 2 life bars, high health, and high damage.

Soul of Cinder,
then Soul of Gwyn
Second Phase is easy if you played DS1 but by that time I only have like 1 estus.

Champion Gundyr

This guy... I loved this fight. An absolute adrenaline rush against an extremely aggressive boss.

He gave me a false sense of security like the dancer did but he hits way harder

Took me like a month to beat him. no joke! (I hate him)

Kicks and punches...

Demon Prince

Unbelievable! I think Gael is kinda hard, and midir, once you got the attack pattern down, its not too hard. Friede and nameless king are pretty hard no doubt. But Man! I think this demon prince is unbeatably hard?! I'm really surprised how everyone seems to be able to kill this demon with no problem. Maybe it's because I'm a solo type of player? The boss has two phases and not to mention the first one is a gank phase. the second phase even you could play smart and avoid the fireball demon prince, but the beam shooting one is still very hard! Unrealistically large health pool and very fast and unpredictable, and its attacks are pretty lethal as well... I don't get it...

Very difficult to manage these two at the same time, but with a phantom and some bleeding tools, it's not too bad.

This boss is pretty difficult If I had too admit. They may not be the hardest but 16th? Below Wolnir? What it even going on!

Wow... I'm very surprised these guys aren't at least top 3. This is literally OandS all over again.

Abyss Watchers

This fight can be frustrating or easy depending on how you go about it. If you go in to the fight and try to be as aggressive as possible towards the first watcher you can take him down relatively quickly. After the second one drops in try to play more defensive and wait for the third one to drop in to help you out go on the offensive. Be careful though as the third watcher can hurt you too, and will sometimes actually go after you.

Depending on your capability to dodge, this ranges from easy to frustrating. Definitely a great boss nonetheless.

If it wasn't too hard, why is it even on the list? I beat him first try. Easy to parry and backstab.

Not particularly gruelling, but probably the best fight in the game, it's just fun.

The Contenders
Aldrich, Devourer Of Gods

I beat him first try. I think people find him hard because they are to aggressive. I play dark souls 3 aggressively but I still found him easy. When he is about to shoot his arrows walk away and don't run until they are getting close to you. Don't roll. That is a mistake I see a lot of people make running is better than rolling for that attack

The room of ornstein and smough got an worthy adversary in form of this boss. Severall of her attacks have huge range, can go beyond your shield and one shoots. On top of that she has plenty of health. In my opinion way harder than pontiff

I found this boss to be my biggest challenge through the entire main game. Once you get the pattern it's not too terrible, but so many one hit kill opportunities. Just one slip up is all it takes.

This is boss can be easy or difficult depending on your build. if you have armor that has good magic and fire resistance then you shouldn't have too much of a hard time. Just try to dodge his attacks the best you can and try to save your estus as much as possible.

Dancer of the Boreal Valley

This boss can be very difficult, but at the same time I think it's super fun. Her spin attack is annoying and so is her grab attack but I had a good time with this boss

This is the only boss in the game that I have zero confidence in fighting. She just swirls her arms around and you're dead, plain and simple.

This guy is very fast, hits hard, and his/her/whatever's 2nd form can be hard to avoid. Only easy thing is that its health isn't too high.

Roll to the right

Dragonslayer Armour

This boss was kind of easy for me I'm still on first play through but I beat this guy on like my fourth attempt. The dragon thing that's shooting stuff at you isn't hard to dodge, and neither are the bosses attacks by themselves. His hits are pretty heavily telegraphed which makes them easy to dodge and it can take a while for him to recover which allows for a little bit of punishment. Just budget your, heals, hits, and dodges and you'll do fine in this boss fight

This boss is kinda in the middle. He can provide a serious challenge for those who have low vigor and those that do not know how to dodge. Make use of pyros, particularly Chaos Bed Vestiges, learn his attacks, and do not fall off.

Dunno lol mt dew diabetes

As a sorcerer, every other boss in the game becomes your bitch except this guy, and his giant damn shield.

Dancer Of The Frigid Valley

This is a typo. Don't vote for this.

Hardest boss of the series

This secret boss is so hard

This area sucked in ds2

High Lord Wolnir

This guy isn't bad as long as you stay out of the poison

What easiest boss ever in the Soulsborne series tied with Ancient Wyvern

After fighting him a second time, I can safely say that he isn't so bad as I thought. It's just that poison.

Iudex Gundyr
Crystal Sage

hardest bost, no problem. with quote-
"you can not beat me, dark souls"

Vordt of the Boreal Valley

I am on new game and I just started last night but I had a small bit of prior knowledge of what the arena you fought him in looked like so when I got there for the first I went all the way back to the bonfire on the wall of high lothrich. Not the first one you start at but the second one, anyway I killed this big beast first try solo. Maybe I just got good RNG because he only charged me once but he was no problem as long as I stayed under him or behind him.

Didn't have too much trouble since I know how to dodge, but he can hit like a truck.

In NG I had to summon but I slaughtered him in NG+

This one is a piece of cake to me

Yhorm, The Giant

If it weren't for the good old storm ruler this fiery giant would take forever to kill. Depending on your class and what level your weapon is at you probably won't do much damage to this guy with normal hits. You pretty much have to use the storm ruler if you want to get the boss fight over with quickly.

Hard, I don't know why, even harder that Nameless king. Maybe because of my Heavy build

This boss is very easily cheesed.

Oceiros, The Consumed King

Second phase can be more difficult if you get hit by bad RNG. A lot of the time he just spins over and over and it gets a little hard to dodge.

Nothing too special. The NPC in particular helps you out pretty well.

It's just his healthbar

Old Demon King

Nothing too bad, just have some good fire resistance, or you're dead. The NPC phantom can poison him, making the fight significantly easier.

Curse-Rotted Greatwood

This fight is super easy. If you can get to her eggs and start slashing you'll have this boss below half health pretty quickly. Though I wouldn't recommend that strategy at all as this boss can hit pretty hard for the early game plus all the undead that are trying to kill you as well. After the tree breaks the ground and you both fall what I recommend doing is keeping your distance as the tree will do its falling attack pretty often when you play like that.

I hate this tree. It has some really cheap attacks, especially the acid.

For a tree this boss was grotesque even for a dark souls boss(treetestis)

Crystal Mage

Correction it's actually crystal sage, though I think I made this one I don't know. Anyway when the boss fight first starts it lulls you into a false sense of security and you thinking "oh this boss fight isn't too difficult, I'll have this boss beat in no time." Nope once the boss buffs it spawns three clones of itself. The clones die in one hit and are easily identified as they cast blue magic as compared to the real sages purple magic.

Stray Demon

While it doesn't have a boss health bar, I consider it a secret boss, due to the fact that 3 of these were bosses in Dark Souls 1. A little side note: DON'T LET HIM GRAB YOU.

Deacons of the Deep

This boss is super easy, it's not hard to figure out that the glowing deacon is the one you have to kill, then after you kill five of them the real boss shows up and you can just focus on him. Just make sure to only go in for a 3-4 hits then back away for little bit. The fight is made even easier if you have alluring skulls as the fake deacons are stupid enough to go for it.

The best mob fight in the series, but that's not saying much. This boss is five times more annoying than difficult. It'd be best to grab a good crowd control weapon and swing away.

How is Oceiros easier than these

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