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Darkeater Midir

General Info
hp.jpg souls.jpg Location
15,860 150 000 The Ringed City
Drops

Soul of Darkeater Midir

Spears of the Church

Defenses
Weak Resistant Immune

LightningLightning

ThrustThrust 

Farron GS

Wolf Knight's GS

Pestilent Mist

 Critical Strike

Dark Dark

 FireFire

 MagicMagic

Poison Poison/Toxic

Bleed Bleed

Frost Frost

Darkeater Midir Information


Darkeater Midir is a Boss in Dark Souls 3, available with the The Ringed City DLC.  Midir is also optional.

Midir, descendant of the Archdragons, was raised by the gods, and owing to his immortality was given a duty to eternally battle the dark, a duty that he would never forget, even after the gods perished.

Location

  • Darkeater Midir is found in The Ringed City: After opening the shortcut near the Ringed Inner Wall bonfire in The Ringed City, head down the lift and hop out the door to your left half way down the lift. Head left and open the illusory wall to the right of the ember laying here. Go down the ladder into the shrine area and drop down the hole behind the altar.
  • Must have fought him past the Swamp. You will need to cross the bridge that Midir torches continuously and make your way up the ruined stairwell (past the Moaning Knight). There will be another bonfire and Midir will be waiting for you on the other side of it. Simply drain his health and knock him off the side of the cliff and he will be waiting for you in his boss room. Knocking Midir off this bridge will not reward the player any souls, it is simply a pre-requisite that unlocks the boss fight. Video Example of location from the Shared Grave Bonfire.
  • When fighting Midir on the bridge: Use lightning if you can for extra damage. Aim for the head for extra damage. When he looks downwards he sprays fire on the ground near him then it fans out and follows with a dark laser beam. When you are close to him, he claws you with 2-3 hit combo. Avoid it by taking distance and coming back to attack his head. When you do enough damage he will stagger and allows you to finish him.

 

Drops

  • Souls: NG (150 000), NG+ (300 000), NG++ (330 000), NG+3 (??), NG+4 (337 500), NG+5 (367 500), NG+6 (??), NG+7 (382,500), NG+8 (??), NG+9 (382 500)
  • Co-Op Souls: NG (112,500), NG+ (225,000), NG++(247,500)
  • Other: Soul of Darkeater Midir
  • Spears of the Church covenant badge
  • After defeating Midir, meet Shira in order to receive Titanite Slab.

 

Combat Information

  • Health: NG (15,895), NG+ (??), NG++ (17,880), NG+3 (??), NG+4 (??), NG+5 (??), NG+6 (??), NG+7 (??)
  • Parriable: No
  • Midir attacks deals Standard, Fire and Dark (2nd phase) damage.
  • As long as Midir's health bar is not present, summoned phantoms can't fall to boss fight arena.
  • Plunging attack does not work on Midir.
  • Using Dragon Crest Shield is useful in this fight.
  • Due to large health pool, Midir is extremely weak to Pestilent Mist. His size makes him an easy target for this spell.
  • Weak to Lightning Damage and Thrust Damage.
  • Abyssal enemy, therefore weak to Farron Greatsword and Wolf Knight’s Greatsword. A Black Knight Glaive, Lightning Washing Pole or higher DPS weapon is recommended. Weapons like this will allow the player to pass his first phase without losing Estus.
  • Medium resistance to Magic Damage, Fire Damage and Dark Damage.
  • Immune to Poison/Toxic, Bleed and Frostbite.
  • Can be staggered and riposted for the massive damage by the end of the fight if player has been consistently hitting Midir's head. Riposte deals very high damage. Player should bear in mind, that rarely Midir can survive critical strike, but stagger after that attack gives enough time to finish him off.
  • There are no areas on the boss that result in less damage being done, although hitting Midir in the head multiplies damage dealt by two.
  • This boss fight is optional. However, Midir must be defeated at least once, if player wants to join Spears of The Church covenant.

NPC Summon

  • Shira, Knight of Filianore - Summon sign is in the preparation room, near the furthest left statue. Shira is available as long as the church is in good favour, such as running Midir before waking up princess Filianore. She uses the same build as in her duel invasion.
    • Due to bug - probably - connected with fog before boss room with Midir (visible only for phantoms), Shira may "pass" it before fight begins. After that, she will either fall to death or will try to enter boss room from the wrong side. In both cases, she will become useless. Rarely, after entering boss room in proper way, it can be difficult for her to spot Midir.

 

Strategies

Video Strategy

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Strategy 1 (Melee)

Try to hit the tail when possible, and run/roll through this melee combos and get to his tail. Dodge his tail whip when he turns around and hit him in the head if you can before repeating. Use a weapon with 500+ AR as his defenses are insane. Respec if you have to.

 

Strategy 2 (Melee, staying by the head)

Going behind, under or side of Midir triggers moves that are difficult to avoid and usually one shots low-mid level players. However staying near the head often triggers easy-to-read melee moves that are highly punishable with charged heavy attacks. Attempt to stay by his neck, roll when needed to dodge his claw swipes and charges, inbetween his attacks hit his head with the weapon of your choice, make sure it has high physical damage, his defenses are very high, and his resistances are even worse.

Bite+bite+flamethrower -combo has a very good opening after the second bite. Dodge it towards the boss and run next to the left front leg (your right). You are safe there. When he attempts to do his area of effect fire blast, run far out in front of him (NOT BEHIND!!) and you will not take damage, run back to your spot by his neck and repeat. When he flies off into the air and doubles back breathing fire on the ground, simply run far to the left, the fire will miss you if done correctly.

When he begins his second phase he will begin to channel dark energy which will promptly explode in a large AOE around him doing tons of damage, do the same as you would do with the fire AOE, but roll a few times to make sure you are not hit, this move can instantly kill people in NG if they have 30 or less VIG. When he breathes fire in front of him, now is your time to attack! Hit his head while he is breathing fire and you get some free damage! Watch out for the dark explosive beam he will do afterwards, he does it right in front of him and it's easy to get caught. When he summons the dark orbs from the ground, try to get a few hits in and dodge them, this move isn't too bad and can usually land you a few free hits if dealt with correctly. Hopefully following this strategy you will fell the beast, and be victorious. 

 

Strategy 3 (Magic/Pyromancy)

A strategy is to be provided here, be sure to add any equipment / build requirements and tips and tricks.

First Encounter (on the bridge)

If you play as a sorcerer don't bother with crystal or dark magic. He is extremely resistant (300+ damage per crystal soul spear with 5 items boosting magic damage). 

Use Pestilent Mercury instead. The boss is stationary  and this spell does wonders. Stay  under him and cast the spell at his right arm. so that you won't get hit by Mercury when you'l have to move closer to the bridge (his left arm) to avoid his fire attack. When he does his dark magic attack it won't touch you if you stay close to his left arm (there is a  more or less safe spot). However sometimes fire can hit you.

Second Encounter (Midir’s Boss Room)

This fight has two stages and each stage can be overcome with the same strategy though more caution is certainly needed for phase 2.

In both phases Midir’s move set is highly predictable and leaves him immobile for an extended length of time.  This combination leaves him open to massive damage accumulation from Pestilent Mercury. To use Pestilent Mercury you will need 30 INT. The spell does not scale with INT and is not effected by stat boosting rings. Pestilent Mercury deals damaged based on the Midir's max health.

Dodge Midir’s attacks and deploy the cloud around his head, feet, or tail. The most ideal time to hit Midir with a cloud in phase 1 is when he does his forward fire breath combined with the vertical/horizontal dark beam attach. The best time to hit him in phase 2 is when he does his strobe beam.

It is recommended that you summon one other phantom who is also equipped with Pestilent Mercury and take turns deploying the clouds.  This makes Midir very manageable for two players.

Strategy 4 (Solo Melee)

 

Midir has a lot of health, high defense and high damage, but he is extremely predictable. This is a strategy for fighting him solo by attempting to manipulate his attacks, and does not work effectively with summons because they make Midir more unpredictable. 

Rings

You'll be doing a lot of sprinting during this fight, so Ring of Favor +3 and Chloranthy Ring +3 are recommended. As for the other rings, choose rings that increase your survivability (e.g. Estus Ring, Life Ring +3, maybe Ring of Steel Protection +3). If they don't make a difference with your setup, use whatever 2 rings you want.

Weapons

Midir, like most dragons, is weak to lightning, so using lightning buffs or weapons with innate lightning damage is recommended. Weapons with reach are also advised, as Midir's tail can often be hard to hit. The Dragonslayer Swordspear and Dragonslayer Greataxe are examples of good weapons to use, however when using heavy weapons be sure that you have leveled Endurance to 20 at the very minimum. 

Strategy

At the start of the fight, Midir will roar and begin charging you. You can run backwards, left, or right, but be aware that at the end of the charge, Midir will turn 180 degrees and his tail will swipe along his left side. If you are far away from him when his charge ends, sprint toward him. Be careful of his claw swipes, which can come after an extreme delay, and he will sometimes back up during the middle of a combo. Your goal is to get behind him where you can start trying to manipulate his behavior.

When you get behind him, wait for him to attack. He will almost always either turn to face you (which takes a few seconds) or lift his tail up and to his right and sweep it behind him, turning 180 degrees in the process.

If he turns to face you, run at his face an do a running R1 for double the normal damage, then sprint below him again and try to get to his tail.

If he swipes with his tail, roll at about the time he stops raising it and then start sprinting toward his head. While you're running at him, pay attention to his head movements. If he doesn't move much, you can most likely get a running R1 attack on his head, where he takes double damage, and then sprint to his tail. If his head starts moving before you get there, he'll likely do a move, which is usually either breathing fire below him, rearing up and roaring and then lunging forward and biting, or a claw swipe combo. If he breathes fire, run backwards, left, or right until he's finished and then dash underneath him to get to his tail. If he roars, run either left or right and roll as soon as he lunges and then head for his tail. If he swipes, roll his first swipe and then keep sprinting underneath him. He can finish his combo by breathing fire underneath him.

If you get behind him and he's not preoccupied with breathing fire, wait for his next move like you did earlier. If you're feeling confident, you can hit one of his hind legs (which, incidentally, seems to make the tail swipe more likely). If he breathes fire, run until you're more than half his tail's length away from him, as the fire has a long reach under him. While he's breathing, wait for some stamina and try to hit his tail. 

You can repeat these steps (waiting for a move behind him, dodging it when necessary, running up to his head and using a running R1, sprinting to attack his tail when he breathes fire) and he will likely not use other moves frequently, and this manipulation works on phase 2 as well. Most of the time, the muanities he summons in phase 2 can be dodged by sprinting left or right, but watch out for his tail if you're behind him at that point. This strategy is by no means the fastest, but it is relatively safe and consistent. One of the few inconsistencies is when Midir flies away and then immediately shoots a lazer from his mouth. You'll have to dodge that normally, and it will often kill in one hit, but it's an infrequent move.

Strategy 5 (Faith)

Use lightning arrow spell to his head and get 300-350 damage per hit at 19 FP cost. This has very good range and slight tracking. Use this over sunlight spear. Very easy to hit from far away and you get hits very very frequently.Around 4-5 Ashen estus should do the Job.

Attacks

Darkeater Midir has 2 attack phases. In the first phase, he can breathe fire, expel a dark beam from his mouth, as well as use an assortment of melee attacks, in the second phase he begins to use dark magic more often, being able to summon Affinity-esque projectiles, and also having the ability to unleash a large AOE.

  First Phase
Claw Swipes If the player finds themselves close to Midir's head (or close in front of him), he may use his front claws in a quick series of two swipes. Can be avoided with rolls, or simply walking out of range.
Tail Whip If the player finds themselves behind Midir, he will sometimes swivel around to face you, if the player is too close, they may collide with his tail, dealing high physical damage and most of the time knocking them down (depending on poise). Can be avoided with a well timed roll.
Fire Breath - Front If the player should find themselves in front of Midir, he will begin to channel flames from within, before unleashing a fire torrent in an attempt to burn the player asunder. This move can be avoided with relative ease, and is a good opportunity to hit his head for some free damage.
Fire Breath - Under Throughout the first phase, Midir will intermittently unleash a long lasting torrent of flames under his body. This move can be avoided by running a decent distance in front of Midir (Running behind him will cause you to be hit more often) and waiting for the flames to die out.
Fire Breath + Dark Beam Combo Midir breathes fires a torrent of flame under himself, followed by two quick beams of dark magic (in succession) dealing high damage, these beams leave delayed AOE explosion in their wake. The orientation of the beams is as follows: The first beam will be fired in a straight line at the ground in front of Midir, the second loops around to the side relative to his target. Can be avoided with ease, although it should be noted that this move is unblockable. Midir will refrain from using this attack if the player is close to him.
Air Assault Midir takes to the skies flying away from the player, before doubling back to send down a large torrent of flames to his left. This fire can be easily avoided by simply running in the opposing direction (E.G. If the fire is to your right, run left). 
Savage Rush If the player should find themselves far away from Midir (or sometimes under/behind him), he will breathe flame before abruptly bursting into a sprint, he will stop a number of times during this rush to swing his front claws and breathe more fire. Can be completely avoided if the player stays behind him.
Dash If the player finds themselves close in front of Midir (often after a Savage Rush or Fire Breath - Front), he may let out a thundering roar which creates visible sound waves from his jaws, before bounding forward in an intense leap. Can be avoided with a well timed roll.
Critical Strike If the player should find themselves close to Midir's head, he may attempt to grab them using his jaws, if he succeeds you will be unable to help but watch your character be chewed up and thrown accross the arena, dealing critical damage. Can be avoided with ease, is also unblockable.
  Second Phase
AoE Strike Upon reaching the second phase, and intermittently throughout it, Midir channels dark energy for a few seconds, and releases it all at once to cause very high damage to anything within range. This attack is heavily telegraphed, so the player can easily avoid it with a well timed roll.
Mass Affinity Midir summons many Affinity projectiles which rise a few feet from the ground before pursuing the player, these can be eradicated by leading them to hit walls, the floor, or Midir himself (However, they do not damage him). These can be avoided with well timed rolls.
Focused Dark Beam Midir will charge his dark beam attack for a few seconds and then release it firing it wildly for a short time in front of him, dealing massive damage to the player, however after the attack ends Midir will be exhausted for a few seconds, giving the player a chance to land multiple hits to his head.

 

Lore Theories

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Notes & Trivia

  • Midir bears some similarities to Malassa - a dragon from Heroes series.
  • Few of Midir abilities mirror Black Dragon Kalameet, a boss from Dark Souls I.
  • Midir is also a name of one of the characters from Irish mythology.
  • Midir is believed by some to be a reference to Guyra from King's Field.
  • Midir's "Fire Breath + Dark Beam combo" attack is believed by some to be a tribute to Godzilla's atomic breath from Shin Godzilla Resurrection.
  • Midir is the only optional boss in the Ringed City DLC.
  • Staying still during the start of the fight will prevent you from being hit by Midir's initial rampage, allowing a few hits on his head or body.
  • Boss fight arena is believed by some to be the same arena, which can be spot during words about "humanity" from Dark Souls I introduction.
  • At the boss fight arena there is a large number of corpses. This bear some similarities to what player may seen during Aldrich, Devourer of Gods boss battle.
  • On NG+7 game cycle, with proper equipment, killing Midir may grant player with 1,115,370 souls, making it the largest amount of souls in Dark Souls III, that can be granted by killing one creature.
  • Using Chameleon spell or Young White Branch at the boss fight arena will transform character into humanity phantom from Chasm of the Abyss (Dark Souls I, Artorias of the Abyss DLC).

 

 




    • Anonymous

      11 Dec 2017 06:57  

      about 12 tries. solo it with an old wolf curved sword, 13 estus + 7 ,no shield and keyboard only(how I normally play this game) . (SL 125)

      Gotta say baring with the camera is very agonizing. My advice would be fighting him just under his neck. Never go greedy with more than 2 hits ( except it is entering second phase).

      But seriously tho, i got really lucky for my victory. I was performing really badly at that moment (4 estus left after 50%hp). It somehow spam its craw attack four times in a row, giving me the chances to retaliate

      • Anonymous

        10 Dec 2017 22:25  

        From Software: You can't design gigantic bosses. You never could and apparently you will never be able to. Just stop trying.

        You need "Ring of Camera +3" to kill this boss.

        • Anonymous

          04 Dec 2017 07:08  

          Note: if you kill halflight, you cant summon anymore for midir. If you cant see your friends sign, then thats why. You have to revive his ass.

          • Anonymous

            02 Dec 2017 21:35  

            Shout out to guys who beat nameless king and Midir solo , that’s something I can’t accomplish .. respect !!!!!

            • Anonymous

              24 Nov 2017 00:46  

              Gotta admit Nameless King was harder to me. Midir is no joke tho, defeated after 20-25 tries and many Embers wasted. SL 125, Black Knight Set + Shield, Ringed Knight Sword+5, Chloranty Ring+3, Havels Ring+3, Ring of Favor+3. The battle really is all about focus and patience, learning when to heal and how to dodge his most devastating attacks.

              • Anonymous

                23 Nov 2017 22:55  

                On NG+6, I do 484 damage to the head with R1 Wolf Knight's (Abyssal bonus). It takes what looks like 0,1% of his HP. At moments like this I wish I could reverse my NG+ number.

                • Anonymous

                  23 Nov 2017 17:07  

                  Not sure where to post this, but I had some lore thoughts concerning Midir and Lothric. The entrance to Midir's arena is behind an altar in a hidden room, and on this altar is placed a Lothric Knight Sword. I found this somewhat unusual, since there's little allusion to the Kingdom of Lothric throughout the rest of the Ringed City, until I realized there was an important connection to be made.

                  Lothric Knights were once dragon hunters, but eventually learned to worship their prey. How this happened is a bit of a mystery, but I wonder if Midir was the very dragon that inspired their dragon worship? Midir was a dragon employed by the gods to battle the Dark, eventually becoming tainted by the Dark itself. Similarly, the dragon-worshiping Kingdom of Lothric is now tainted by the spreading Pus of Man, which has even infested the wyverns employed by Lothric as gatekeepers. This marked the beginning of the betrayal of the gods' will, and possibly started the research into Seath's sorceries practiced in the Grand Archives, later leading Oceiros and his bloodline to their demise.

                  Gwyn used Midir to police mankind, but Midir became mankind's beacon of hope for redemption... @ gwyn #you*****eduplol

                  • Anonymous

                    14 Nov 2017 20:07  

                    Considered by many players as the hardest boss in the game. I'd love to see Nameless King riding Midir instead of the Stormdrake lol

                    • Anonymous

                      12 Nov 2017 23:32  

                      1800 hp, ful havel set, fire stoneplate ring, embered, a,d flash sweat, he did his lazer beam*****, the got down, his lazer was still up, he one shoted me, seriously ***** off

                      • Anonymous

                        07 Nov 2017 05:04  

                        I find it best to just run under him unlocked and attack his foot/tail. This limits his move set greatly. First phase 90% of the time he will breath fire under him (which you can punish his tale during the entire move) and tale swipe. Second phase is exact same except you need to watch out for his AoE dark attack which is very easy to spot and run from it. It is a battle of attrition however as you will do very little damage, about 300-350. It is very safe however finished with 13 estus.

                        • Anonymous

                          05 Nov 2017 05:04  

                          Attacking the head is still my favorite method. All you have to do is dodge backwards for almost all of his melee attacks, then run forward and whack him on the nose. Dodge sideways for focused fire breath attacks/rampages, and then switch from rolling to sprinting whenever he readies an AoE or his laser.

                          Plus it just looks way more epic when you have the camera actually focused on Midir instead of free-movement, otherwise he just keeps clipping through the camera and breaking immersion, especially during his rampages. I know it's not everyone's favorite method, but the way the camera adjusts with each attack helps so much to accent the grandeur of battling a dragon the size of a 747...

                          • Anonymous

                            04 Nov 2017 19:39  

                            The trick to dodging the laser is to roll to the side when the straight beam starts, then wait a while and when his head Is coming back towards you for the horizontal beam hit, dodge towards the beam direction.
                            I had a SL 120 Str/Faith build with DSGA.
                            Use the weapon art when you're at the side of his head and he's still breathing fire. Hits like a truck.

                            • Anonymous

                              30 Oct 2017 15:01  

                              My favourite strategy to use is to run as far away from the boss door as possible and go have a cry in greirats cell.

                              In all seriousness, I find midir to be one of the toughest most rage inducing bosses I have fought in a long time, he beats my buttocks every time with those damn hard to dodge attacks, on top of that when he charges I have the hardest dodging or spacing myself enough to get a beat on his head... And I *****ing love his fight, it is tough, it is brutal it is damn rewarding when you finally beat him. Hadn't looked too deep into the lore but what I've read so far it goes deep. My tactic for when I finally beat him, run around like a headless chicken and pray to RNGesus that he doesn't flick you away

                              • Anonymous

                                29 Oct 2017 05:19  

                                *****ing bad designed boss camera is a nightmares and gets you killed oneshot laser aoes and he turn way to quickly u lose tracking very often and on top of that all high immunitys and just to big healthpool did anyone at fromsoftware beta test at all this *****ing boss and didnt noticed that flaw ?

                                • Anonymous

                                  27 Oct 2017 07:53  

                                  I just noticed that when you knock Midir off the bridge, he doesn't fall into a dark, bottomless pit that eventually leads to the underground chasm we fight him in, but he's actually falling into the black swamp. I found this out when I was tooling around the half-submerged building guarded by multiple Ringed Knights, and noticed that the black swamp extends all the way up to the base of the cliffs that the Church of Filianore is seated. In fact, if you look carefully from the bridge itself, you can see the slightest hint of watery texture in the pit.

                                  Doesn't seem important at first, but this also means that we, too, managed to pass this barrier of black water without knowing and somehow ended up in the chasm. Most people associate this black water with the Abyss, which makes perfect sense, but I wonder if it could instead be a representation of the Deep that Aldrich was obsessed with? After all, it says in the trivia here that the water in Midir's arena is filled with the same ruddy body parts as in Aldrich's arena. Even more concerning is the fact that Aldrich's habit of cannibalism lines up well with the Locusts' obsession with the feast (and yes, Gael's consumption of the Dark Soul, but for the sake of argument...).

                                  Last but not least, there are pools of this same black fluid in the Dreg Heap that spawn forth the Murkmen, and if you get a good look at them, they're all covered in barnacles. In the description for the Soul of Aldrich, it says that Aldrich had envisioned the coming of the Age of the Deep Sea, suggesting the Deep does, in fact, have something to do with a body of water. The Deep is also associated with Human Dregs, which the Murkmen drop/cast/transform into, and the Dregs are also said to be the "shackles that bind this world," acting as a sort of foundation for existence.

                                  Or, maybe the black swamp thing was just a total oversight on From's part, and I'm talking***** out of my mouth.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    26 Oct 2017 11:35  

                                    if youre having problem managing stamina try using dragonslayer spear and poke 1 or 2 hit everytime he finish his combo, and dont forget to learn his attack pattern.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      24 Oct 2017 01:58  

                                      tfw when Midir catches you in his mouth, bakes you like a potato, then spits you about 300 feet, but you survive with like 10 HP and somehow survive the rest of the fight on NG+7... i've never felt so damn lucky in my damn life, especially considering I was NOT wearing very good armor. a good, proper dragon fight is all I've ever wanted, and From finally gets it down to a T.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        20 Oct 2017 15:13  

                                        Would a +10 Sharp Crow quills buffed by a +10 Yorshka's chime with lightning blade and 40 Dex plus hunter's ring and Leo ring good enough to crush this guy to oblivion?

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