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Dancer of the Boreal Valley

Dancer of the Boreal Valley DKS3
General Info
  souls.jpg Location
5111 60,000 High Wall of Lothric
Drops Soul of the Dancer
Defenses
Weak Resistant Immune

Dark
LightningLightning
strikeStrike

 n/a

PoisonPoison & Toxic

Frost

Pontiff Knight Curved Sword

Dancer of the Boreal Valley Information

Dancer of the Boreal Valley is a Boss in Dark Souls 3.

Location

Drops

  • Souls: NG (60,000), NG+ (180,000), NG++ (200,000), NG+3 (202,500), NG+4 (216,000), NG+6 (220500), NG+7 (271,350)
  • Co-Op Souls: NG (15,000). NG+ (49,500)
  • Other: Dancer's Soul

 

Combat Information

Strategies

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Strategy 1 (Melee)

Due to the large size of her flame sword it is not recommended to dodge backwards when she does combos. Wield your weapon two-handed and watch her sword. You can roll towards her when she does a wide range sword slash. Her long arms make it relatively easy to roll under and past her and get a few hits on her backside. Attacking her beside her right leg is generally safer than beside her left one, since she wields her sword in her left hand. Do not be greedy with your attacks; you are unlikely to get more than two in before she counterattacks.  Move away once the second part begins.

In the second phase things become more complicated. Do not attempt to block the entirety of her spin attack as she will certainly stagger you; abuse pillars and try to dodge some of it. You must play more reactively in this phase, as safely approaching her during combos has become more difficult and remaining close to her is out of the question. Wait for her to perform an attack with a long ending animation, then hit her and move away again (being very wary of the delayed action on some of her magic effects). You have time to strike her once during the jump & spin combo, between the landing AoE and the circular slash (dodge backwards at least once after the attack). Continue patiently getting hits in and avoid endangering yourself and you will win before long. You may also use projectile consumables to damage her more safely, although in phase 2 if you distance yourself from her she will jump and reposition herself, which will also involve an attack.

In addition to the above, since the Dancer is one of the more difficult bosses (speedrunners of the game even rate her about a 9 out of 10), below is a full playbook on how to beat the Dancer of the Boreal Valley as a melee class. It contains twelve essential tidbits of knowledge that are formulated from watching no-hit SL1 runs of the boss.

  1. The Dancer opens up the fight somewhat calm, but becomes more aggressive as her health goes down. Being a harder boss, the player only gets up to about three hits before he risks getting hit, and the Dancer does about 600HP damage pretty easy on a ~SL81 character, so it is not advised to get greedy, especially considering that the Dancer's resistance is low, and she is pretty accepting of damage.
  2. The Dancer's attacks, like was just said, are very damaging. Luckily for the player, her telegraphs are there, and involve her raising her swords.
  3. Avoiding her attacks is not that bad. The player will not have as easy of a time as he did with Pontiff in avoiding them, but he will not be dealing with the same level of hectic activity as Aldrich, either. The Dancer is somewhat in-between those in how she keeps the temperature of the fight. Going to her rear, and clinging to her trunk avoids most swings, so any attacks that cannot be tracked for dodging can be tanked on the player's shield. She is not a fast turner, so keeping a lock and strafing to hug her rear is not difficult.
  4. At this time, it is very easy to have 13 Estus Flasks at +8 strength, so this is desirable and gives a lot of extra HP to draw from in the battle, even if the player's vigor stat is low.
  5. The Dancer's attacks are very fast, even if her telegraphs are very noticeable. Her most dangerous attacks are spinning attacks, like with some enemies in Irithyll Valley, and those can insta-kill the player, so the player should mind those. Her telegraphs have a tendency to appear as fake-outs, so the player should note that it is only a good idea to dodge if she is actually throwing an attack with her blades, and to note that little things like head jerking do not mean anything.
  6. Of those spinning attacks mentioned above, she has an attack that cycles seven times (The Blade Dance, like it says below), where on the seventh time, she may spin twice. It is possible, while hugging the back of her pelvis (being closer to the back of her right thigh may optimize this more) like mentioned above, to completely avoid getting hit by six of those attacks, and then waiting for the seventh to roll in the direction that the blade is swinging to avoid damage while optimizing invincibility frames. This attack tends to run counter-clockwise, so rolling to the left, or in the z-axis are doable for that finishing spin. Youtube videos are good at showing this!!
  7. There is a shorter variant of the Blade Dance move that is about five spins long, where the Dancer's rear flank will not be safe for the last two spins. This is dodgeable if the player remembers that his invincibility frames start when the dodging animation starts. 
  8. If the player is finding it hard to get to the flank of the Dancer at her back, it helps to strafe to the player's left, over the Dancer's right shoulder, where she has an empty hand. Her leg is further forward there, so it will not block the player from strafing to get to her back.
  9. The Dancer has a grab attack that comes out of her empty hand. This can do about 1000HP of damage, so the player should avoid this.
  10. The Dancer does not consume a lot of stamina, if a player is trying to block attacks, but she will still stagger if the player actually relies on his shield, so unless the player has one of the best shields, a lot of HP, and a lot of defense, he should avoid this tactic entirely.
  11. The dancer has an AOE attack, where she attacks the floor, and screams. This has about a six foot radius. No need to get hit by this!
  12. When she loses about 35% of her health, she will attack the floor and do her AOE, but this will have a good twelve food radius, much bigger than her other AOE. She will then fill her empty hand with another sword, then do her blade dance move, where she spams her spinning attack, so the player should note that will come at that time. 

That is basically the top and bottom of the fight. The player now knows the dangers, how to avoid them while preserving the means to attack, and being efficient, so the fight will be much easier with that playbook.

Strategy 2 (Pillar Peek)

This strategy can be done with either sorcery or melee. When you go into the room, immediately go to one of the four pillars. Make sure to roll/smash the surrounding furniture to allow for free movement. Now you'll just need to keep kiting the Dancer around the pillar, or just keep moving left and right slightly to keep the Dancer in one place so that she can never progress towards you and is stuck at the pillar. Be careful though, she can still hit you through the pillar. If you're keeping her in place by taking advantage of how she tracks and aggroes, she won't be able to move towards you during those attacks so just keep a distance when she's attacking. This is useful because during attacks like the Blade Dance, she will just spin in place and not pose a threat at all.

Just wait behind the pillar while she attacks and during her recovery phase get a quick hit in, and retreat back to kiting. Be cautious, especially during the second phase, of what opportunities you use to attack. You'll want to have enough time to run to her, attack, and move back. Throw a Pestilent Mercury into the mix and the fight becomes somewhat trivial. 

Strategy 3 (Magic)

The Dancer of the Boreal Valley is one of these bosses which are more difficult for spellcasters simply because she is able to quickly close the distance. For example, she will end her spin attack in phase 2 after just a few spins once she has reached melee distance with you.
All sorcery spells work well against the dancer, although it is easier to avoid getting hit when relying on faster spells such as Great Soul Arrow or Soul Spear. The Dancer is also weak to dark magic - so one easy solution for this boss fight is to use Affinity: Make room between you and the Dancer (especially the wooden area on the left and right of the church, behind the pillars, are great), cast Affinity, stay in range, lock on, cast Soul Spear on the Dancer, run away and repeat. Other good spells here will be Black Fire Orb, but ordinary fire spells such as Chaos Bed Remnants or Great Chaos Fire Orb will also do big damage.

Strategy 4 (Dragon Crest Shield)

This strategy works great for Thieves. Hiding behind the Dragon Crest Shield gives you the opportunity to stay close to her most of the time. The key is to stick behind her as much as possible and to wear her down with a quick one-handed weapon. Painting Guardian's Curved Sword is a great choice. Watch your stamina bar and lower your shield when possible to recover it quickly. Chloranthy Ring is a great addition. During some of her combos it might be necessary to back off completely to recover your stamina. Just make sure your stamina never depletes when you are close. Since the pace of the fight increases during phase 2 you have to pay more attention to her moves but basically you can stick to the same strategy. 

Attacks

 

First Phase (the Dancer wields a flame sword)
Attack Name Attack Description
Residual flames Many of the Dancer's attacks with her flame sword leave scorching marks that deal damage if the player walks over them.
Triple hit & slam The Dancer rapidly slashes her sword thrice, then slams in a slower attack.
Grab The Dancer attempts to grab the player, impaling them with her sword if she succeeds. The hitbox of the grab is cone-shaped, narrowing as it gets nearer to her. Deals enormous damage.
Swing The Dancer swings her sword in a diagonal motion.
Slam The Dancer slowly slams her sword into the ground, has tracking.
Twirl The Dancer stands up, before quickly swinging her sword in a short ranged 360 degree arc around her.
Thrust The Dancer draws her sword back, then thrusts it forward in a straight line.
Fire thrust The Dancer draws her sword back, then thrusts it forward in a straight line, shooting a jet of flame from its point.
AoE explosion The Dancer raises a flame to her lips, then blows it to the floor, creating a medium sized area of effect blast around her.
Second Phase (the Dancer wields an ash sword along with her flame sword)
Attack Name Attack Description
AoE ash cloud The Dancer reaches into the ground to draw her second sword, creating a cloud of ash that does minor damage. The second phase will always begin with this attack.
Blade dance The Dancer follows swings her swords in a series of vertical arcs, before finishing with a medium ranged horizontal spin attack. She will follow the player during this attack.
Slash, spin & double thrust combo The Dancer performs two slashes in front of herself, followed by a short ranged spin attack, two more slashes, and then a forward thrust using both of her swords.
Slash combo The Dancer performs a wide arcing horizontal slash, then follows up with a similar vertical slash.
Jump & spin combo The Dancer readies herself, then jumps to the player's location. Upon landing, she creates a short ranged area of effect explosion, then follows up with a short ranged spin attack after a small delay. She will use this attack to close distances.
Dual uppercut The Dancer swings both of her swords in an ascending arc in front of her, knocking the player into the air if hit.
Erupting ground slices The Dancer drags her flame sword through the ground in a counterclockwise 180 degree arc, then does a similar clockwise cut with her ash sword. Shortly after each cut is made, it erupts with the element of the sword that created it, knocking the player into the air if hit.
Ash AoE The Dancer thrusts her ash sword into the ground halfway to its hilt while releasing an ash cloud in a circle around her, then after a small delay thrusts it in further, creating another ash cloud. Both ash clouds inflict considerable damage, and it is possible to be damaged by both in consecution.

 

Lore Theories

  • She was one of the daughters of the royal family of Irithyll, but was ordered by Pontiff Sulyvahn to become a dancer first, and then legioneer, which is equal to exile. He also gifted her dual blades, infused with darkness and fire, similar to his own weapons.
  • While Pontiff Sulyvahn wields his dark weapon in his left hand and his fire weapon in his right hand the Dancer does the opposite, wielding dark in her right hand and fire in her left hand.
  • All Outrider Knights are fated to turn into beasts. According to her armor's description the armor is actually fused to her "hide".

 

Notes & Trivia

  • The most dangerous part of the first phase is her grab attack. She announces the attack with a snake-like bow and then slowly sweeps her right arm over the floor to grab you and smash you on the floor. Either get some distance immediately when you see her bow or roll-dodge through the sweep (she uses her right hand, so roll to the left or you will get caught in the sweep).
  • If you dodge one hit of a combo, the remainder of the combo is unlikely to strike you.
  • The setting of this battle is reminiscent to that of Bloodborne's Vicar Amelia, which is fought in the Healing Church's Grand Cathedral.
  • Uses matching swords; one gold, one dark, similar to the Gold Tracer and Dark Silver Tracer wielded by Lord's Blade Ciaran in Dark Souls 1, and wields them in the same hands. Also conceals her face, like Ciaran. These things seem to suggest a relationship between the two, and possibly that there are other characters corresponding to the Knights of Gwyn.
  • During the fight, you can clearly hear each of her footsteps echo throughout the room.
  • Attacks with the fire sword will leave traces on the environment and will light objects in the room on fire (just visual).
    • By the end of the fight, it's likely that half of the room is on fire and lit brightly.
    • Once defeated, the Dancer explodes into ash and extinguishes all of the fire in the room.
  • In beta footage, the Dancer is called Dancer of the Frigid Valley.

 

 




    • Anonymous

      19 Jan 2018 23:23  

      "and possibly that there are other characters corresponding to the Knights of Gwyn."

      Soul of Cinder = Gwyn
      Nameless King = Ornstein
      Yhorm = Gough
      Dancer = Ciaran
      Gael = Artorias

      • Anonymous

        17 Jan 2018 13:40  

        I used my Heavy Great Club + 5 and smacked her repeatedly at 310 consistent damage. Soul level is in the mid 80s. I didn't realize how overleveled I was. Beat her in one attempt.

        • Anonymous

          05 Jan 2018 02:13  

          I just beat her after taking the advice from another player which was: keep your eye on her butt and aim your hits for it. Circle round herand roll into and around her swings for both phases

          • Anonymous

            03 Jan 2018 19:10  

            A weird glitch kept happinf where if I had 3 summons the grab alway did 0 damage. She did the grab attack about 6 times and no one ever took damage from it.

            • Anonymous

              03 Jan 2018 07:01  

              Frame Rate the Boss. this boss would be more manageable if it werent for the garbage performance of console hardware and horrible optimization from Fromsoft.
              Input delays, Inputs ignored, Stored Rolls, and SEVERE frame rate drops as HYPER fast enemy attacks are performed with blinding fire Effects that crush the frame rate down to 5fps. i hope everyone suffers the stuff ive seen.
              t. thousands of hours, over 30 playthroughs.

              • Anonymous

                14 Dec 2017 21:55  

                I beat her SL40 with only dark hand, I was contemplating using my normal build which was a sorcerer (wanted to try something new) but, I realized I'd die more times than I would with dark hand.

                • Anonymous

                  09 Dec 2017 10:04  

                  Killed her with Affinity, 33/33 Int/Fth, just concentrate on dodging and cast whenever you have time. Her attack patterns are very unusual, so it takes some tries to learn not to get hit. Staying locked on helps, stamina regen ring is useful.

                  • Anonymous

                    29 Nov 2017 20:15  

                    Apparently the blade dance isn't automatically started after the second sword appearance : on one of my tries today, she pulled her sword out of the ground, then directly wlaked toward me without her dance. I found it hard to believe at first. Maybe I was too far away.

                    • Anonymous

                      04 Nov 2017 13:56  

                      FLT (Fun Lore Theory) If you look closely at the Dancer, you'll realise she's a skeleton! And considering she's part of the royal family, which other character in Souls is also a member of the Royal Family and also a skeleton; yes, Nashandra, the possible final boss of Dark Souls 2. Also, remember that one room not long before Pontiff with the Silver Knights and the portrait of Gwynevere? Well, keep to the left and you'll see a portrait of Nashandra and this portrait is in Irithyll Of The Boreal Valley; and where does the Dancer originate from? Exactly. So the Dancer might possibly be Nashandra herself, but if not perhaps a relative? Let me know what you lot think down below.

                      • Anonymous

                        30 Oct 2017 18:35  

                        Other possible relations to Ciaran: the Dancer's helm item info says that the blue veil was only granted to important members of the royal family, probably meaning the faithful human attendants to Anor Londo. Ciaran, of course, was one of the Four Knights of Gwyn. Perhaps the Dancer is a distant descendant of Ciaran?

                        Furthermore, it was implied in DS1 that Ciaran had some sort of romantic relationship with Artorias. Akin to Ciaran and Artorias, the Dancer was evidently the partner of Vordt, the "watchdog of the Boreal Valley," possibly tying him to Artorias' title, "Wolf Knight." Maybe this was a sort of ritual upheld in honor of the Four Knights of Gwyn, considering the Abyss Watchers were created in the image of Artorias under the belief that he had successfully defeated Manus?

                        On a side note, it might be beneficial to mention somewhere that both Vordt and the Dancer appear to be dripping a liquid similar to the fluid associated with the soul dregs, potentially meaning they had fallen into the Deep after Irithyll was subjugated by Sulyvahn.

                        • Anonymous

                          25 Oct 2017 21:52  

                          I was trying to beat this boss on my SL20 character with the dark hand. It simply destroys her. 1st phase isn't so tough if you hug the left (her right). When she tries to go into her crazy phase 2 get as many hits as possible and then back away, and i mean really really away as she's about to get into the spin combo. When the combo ends try to get a few hits. And repeat. Stay really far to trigger the spin combo, wait for it to end and get a few hits. This i found to be the reliable way to beat her with a low SL character using the dark hand.

                          • Anonymous

                            24 Oct 2017 02:52  

                            The trick to this fight is keeping your damn distance--took me way too long to realize that myself. Baiting her long-range attacks (leaps, stabs, lunges, etc) usually leaves her pretty wide-open for retaliation, especially to her noggin, eventually staggering her for a riposte. It's also about the only way to survive her potentially endless cyclone attack, as long as you use the pillars around the room to stall her movement. Just be careful not to get stuck against any damn statues cropping out of the wall like I always do, lol. You can also lob a few lightning urns for about 300 damage a pop.

                            • 23 Oct 2017 12:49  

                              SL75 with 40 Vitality, Embered, and Speckled Stoneplate Ring, and she can still murder you easily. Be careful as some of her sweeping slashes have massive range and hit long damage frames. Some of her slashes are pure bait, because the follow-ups are instant or too fast to dodge consecutively, so try to pay attention to her patterns.

                              I did this at a much, much lower SL my very first time, trying with a friend that was ahead of me in the game at launch. In the killing attempt, he died at around 80-85% HP when he got grabbed, and I managed to solo to the end. I used a +7 Heavy Claymore in a 40/20 build so far with no infusion, but I believe I had a +3 Black Knight Greataxe the first time.

                              • Anonymous

                                22 Oct 2017 01:34  

                                beat her on my 3rd try. i was expecting her to be harder, she was the boss I dreaded fighting the most. however, I beat her with my dark-infused great scythe after I got her patterns down. cheers. :)

                                • Anonymous

                                  21 Oct 2017 19:21  

                                  I think there is an attack in Phase 1 missing.
                                  I justed got knocked up by one of her hits, and took pretty incredible damage.

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