Hardest Bosses In Dark Souls III

MKBeast
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

1 Nameless King Nameless King

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...

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. - MKBeast

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

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.

2 Darkeater Midir

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.

This dragon is an absolute monster. Absurd health, insane damage, and difficult to avoid attacks. Use Pestilent Mercury. - MKBeast

He beat the nameless king in difficulty for sure.

Destructive dragon that takes the darkness and slays it. Lore lol.

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3 Soul Of Cinder Soul Of Cinder

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

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. - Ihategwyn310

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.

4 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. - MKBeast

5 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. - MKBeast

6 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. - Ihategwyn310

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

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

In my opinion this is the hardest
I was thinking to sell the damn game😭

7 Champion Gundyr

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

Kicks and punches...

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

8 Twin Princes

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. - MKBeast

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 is worser than puntiff he teared me

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9 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 - Ihategwyn310

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. - MKBeast

10 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

Good lord. This guy is a pain in the ass. - MKBeast

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. - Ihategwyn310

The Contenders

11 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. - Ihategwyn310

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

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

Brutal second fase! My blood is on his hands!

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12 High Lord Wolnir High Lord Wolnir

This guy isn't bad as long as you stay out of the poison - Ihategwyn310

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 ****ing poison. - MKBeast

13 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 - Ihategwyn310

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. - MKBeast

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.

14 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. - Ihategwyn310

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

15 Dancer Of The Frigid Valley

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

16 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. - Ihategwyn310

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

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

17 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. - Ihategwyn310

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. - MKBeast

18 Demon Prince

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

19 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. - Ihategwyn310

20 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. - MKBeast

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