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Halflight, Spear of the Church

General Info
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3,350 80,000 The Ringed City
Drops

Filianore's Spear Ornament

Titanite Slab (once per NG cycle) 

Defenses
Weak Resistant Immune

Halflight: Frost, Lightning

Guardian: Fire,  Frost, Lightning, Vow of Silence

Halflight: Bleed,  Poison/Toxic

Guardian: Bleed, Poison/Toxic

Halflight: N/A

Guardian: N/A

Halflight, Spear of the Church Information

Halflight, Spear of the Church is a Boss enemy in Dark Souls 3, added with The Ringed City DLC.

 

Location

  • Halflight, Spear of the Church is found in The Ringed City, inside the church down the Ringed Inner Wall bonfire shortcut.
  • After beating this boss, player can use souls to revive Argo and repeat this fight. He can do it at the Velka's statue or Purging Monument. See Show Your Humanity, how to reach Purging Monument. Note: Step connected with Velka's Statue can be achieved without finding Purging Monument.

 

Drops

 

Combat Information

  • Health: NG (3,350), NG+ (??), NG++ (??), NG+3 (??), NG+4 (??), NG+5 (??), NG+6 (??), NG+7 (??)
  • Parriable.Yes
  • Church Guardian attacks deals Slash or Magic damage. May also cause bleeding.
  • In offline mode, Halflight uses the Frayed BladeWhite Birch Bow (RH) and the Knight Shield (LH)
  • Halflight attacks deals Slash, Thrust, Dark, Magic or Lightning damage. May also cause bleeding.
  • Halflight is weak to Frost and Lightning.
  • Halflight and Church Guardians are resistant to Bleed and Poison/Toxic.
  • Church Guardian is weak to Fire, Frost and Lightning. Vow of Silence is also effective, as it blocks healing miracles.
  • First Church Guardian appears shortly before Spear of the Church, second when his health is lowered by half. Shortly after killing Spear of the Church, remaining Church Guardians dies.

Strategies

Video Strategy

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Strategy 1 (Melee)

After entering the boss battle, Judicator Argo gives a speech, giving plenty of time to prepare with items, spells and/or buffs. Alternatively, you can take this opportunity to kill Argo, who is non-hostile unless approached. Then a Church Guardian appears, much stronger than Painting Guardian from Dark Souls I. Shortly after this a Spear of the Church appears. If Argo is still alive, he will disappear at this point. It is recommended to focus on the phantom (especially if it is a player phantom rather than Halflight himself), as his HP is relatively low for a boss fight.  

In offline mode, Halflight uses Frayed Blade and White Birch Bow. During his entry, and the rest of the fight, he is supported by various miracles and occasional Ritual Spear Fragment attacks that can make it dangerous to stay close. Dodging is essential.

 

Strategy 2 (Melee)

Playbook:
 

 Below is a playbook that will provide a checklist of things that need to be done in order for the fight to be successful. Other methods are possible, but with this particular method provided, it frames the fight in the proper way so the player can still be creative with his tactics.

  1. Get the church door open. When you approach it at a certain angle, after getting the necessary item to approach the door, near the Ringed Knight. It's not necessary to bother with him, as he can be avoided without damage, so if you feel the need to kill him every single time you run for the church, you are mistaken.
  2. Take out the Judicator Argo. He has multiple lock-on points on his body, so stay locked on the highest point, in his head area (no pun intended), so you can see his attack telegraphs, as they all come from his hands. He may summon a PvP invader, or an NPC. If he spawns a PvP player, and you find that he is about to cheese you, don't bother, and just reload the match in offline mode.
  3. Now let's assume that the Judicator summoned someone after being defeated. He will summon a Painting Guardian, and Halflight himself. The painting guardian has low reach, low health, low poise, throws projectiles and some periods of rest, so you can use those things to kill him quick. These will be repeatedly summoned, and they heal Halflight in a few seconds, so you want to take these guys out quick. Placing yourself so Halflight is behind a pillar can buy you time to get in extra hits, as the Guardian will always aggro towards you.
  4. The Guardian, like Halflight, is highly frenetic and hits hard, so it makes sense to watch him, and be at a certain distance so that you can close the distance, and hit him, without being hit yourself. He likes to extend his arm to increase the range of his Painting Guardian sword, so don't be fooled by the length of his blade!
  5. Now let's kill Halflight. Some of his attacks are short combos and other attacks that have a period of recovery. Use those moments to really beat his face in. You don't want to tank hits from him, because he hits very hard, for about 400HP per hit, and he is basically as fast as Sister Friede in subsequent playthroughs. That is a LOT of DPS. His miracles have a wind-up time, so it is easy to anticipate them, and punish. 
  6. Painting guardians die quick, and will spam very fast healing miracles on Halflight. It makes sense to kill these guys when they come up.
  7. Rolling attacks, flanking, and timing your punishments can net you all the damage you need to kill Halflight. There is no need to try desperation maneuvers, because the Painting Guardians that spawn are about as dangerous as a Ringed Knight, so ultimately you're not dealing with insane aggro. 

 

Strategy 3 (Magic/Pyromancy)

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

Attacks

Halflight, Spear of the Church has 2 attack phases. In the first phase, Church Guardian appears, shortly after that moment Spear of Church. When his/her hp is lowered by half, another Church Guardian appears.

First Phase
Swift Sword attack (Guardian) Guardian uses his sword few times, dealing physical damage. Then jumps back to avoid retaliation.
Knife throwing (Guardian) Guardian throws few knives dealing magical damage.
Healing (Guardian) Guardian kneels and uses a healing spell that restores health in small area.
Homing Knives (Halflight/Phantom) Skill similar to spell Homing Crystal Mass. However, instead of magic projectiles there are knives. Deals low magic damage, but can break  attack.
Swift Sword attack (Halflight) Sheathes their katana, then unleashes a flurry of swings.
Dark Wave (Halflight) Sheathes their katana, then brings the katana down to release a wave of dark.
Jump attack  (Halflight) Halflight performs a katana running jump attack.
Bow attack (Haflight) Halflight uses bow and attacks from distance.
Ritual Spear attack (Halflight/Phantom) Spear of the Church uses Ritual/Divine Spear fragment - acts simillar to Black Serpent Spell. Such "serpent" stays for a few seconds acting simillar to "wall". Deals high lightning damage.

 

Lore Theories

Halflight was the youngest among a company of missionaries that sent to the Ringed City from a land of magic far far away. When all of his fellow missionaries have fled the city after facing the horrors that hidden within the depth of the streets. The young sorcerer decided to stay behind and eventually becoming the last recorded Spear of The Church to serve as the last line of defence for the slumber of princess Fillianore.


 

Notes & Trivia

  • Halflight is one of few bosses in series that is capable of parrying and riposting player.
  • This is one of the fights in the Dark Souls series, where a regular player is treated as a boss.
  • Halflight, Spear of the Church is the only fight in Dark Souls III, that can be reset without beginning next NG cycle.
  • Halflight is the offline Boss, but can appear online if either Spear of the Church isn't summoned on time or leave the fight.
  • Player summoned as Boss can't use Estus, but can use healing miracles. 
  • This boss resembles the "Old Monk" fight from Demon's Souls.
  • Same, as in case of Ancient Wyvern boss fight, there is no corresponding bonfire. Instead, shortly after leaving boss fight arena, near the double staircase, there is a bonfire "Fillanore's Church".

 

 




    • Anonymous

      23 Feb 2018 01:50  

      wtf this game is that old and still that *****ing bug. Defeated all enemies and game doesn't goes on. 2 times in a row

      • Anonymous

        15 Feb 2018 00:07  

        Trying to help a buddy out with a boss, put sign down. Get summoned by Argo instead. As I spawn, 4 people are beating the living daylights out of the poor guardian. Every time I get one near death, the gank squad healer heals them fully. Try to kill healer, he starts skating and cant deal any damage. To make matters worse, they are all wearing untrue dark rings so can-t even tell, as I am being hounded by 4 guys with heavy weapons and heavy armor, who is the host.

        What a mess.

        • Anonymous

          26 Jan 2018 16:45  

          Are the guardians actually called Church Guardians? While i was playing, from their set and weapon, to me they look like Painting Guardians

          • Anonymous

            20 Jan 2018 22:05  

            Just steamrolled this one quite nicely with a Refined +10 Splitleaf Greatsword and a light build w/ high magic resistance. Chloranthy +3, Ring of Favour +3, Knight's Ring, RoSP +3. Roll, bait swings, punish, repeat. Don't get greedy.

            • Anonymous

              12 Jan 2018 13:10  

              Perhaps the worst fight in DS3. Not from being hard. You pretty much get a free RNG pass if you are connected to a terrible player. Long ass repeating speech, annoying knife spamming healers. It was just incredibly lame.

              • Anonymous

                08 Jan 2018 23:45  

                The real question at hand here, is does the spear ornament still drop when you respawn him using the momument? I know the slab doesnt, cause that would mean we could upgrade all our weapons to +10 in one playthrough, and thats no bueno.

                • Anonymous

                  07 Jan 2018 22:01  

                  I wouldn't summon phantoms or Patches because it gives both Halflight and painting guardians monstrous amounts of health.

                  • Anonymous

                    17 Dec 2017 11:40  

                    Beware, the painting guardians inflict infinite poise damage and will stagger you with every single of their attack.

                    • Anonymous

                      28 Nov 2017 21:44  

                      I had a wierd occurrence with this boss a while back where I want paying attention to muy souls or estus and entered the boss fog with low estus and a large sum of souls. So I boned out and after I spawned back at the bonfire before the boss I couldn't rest at the bonefire and a player was summoned for the boss fight and could roam my world as if they were an invader... I will say it was interesting to fight halflight my first time in the vacant courtyard before the boss room where the dual wielding greatsword knight is, I managed to defeat the boss and then the boss fog wall disappeared and the boss was beaten, don't know how it happened but Ill take a win where it was a 1v1 without the annoying painting guardian mobs

                      • Anonymous

                        11 Nov 2017 16:40  

                        From all Katanas in DS3 the Chaos blade, the weapon of the Sword Master, has the same lenght and an almost similar sword guard as the Frayed Blade. Could it be that Halflight is the young Sword Master? That he fled the Ringed City after its destruction into the past in search for his old weapon he lost to Midir in the future?

                        • Anonymous

                          15 Sep 2017 02:28  

                          I met unbreakable patches, is that normal? he kept doing emotes, and repeated the emotes i did at him, and kept squatting, eventually i just backstapped him for the kill..

                          • Anonymous

                            13 Sep 2017 11:31  

                            wtf my fight was just that first kkk looking dude and a guy with ornsteins helm and he just stood there and let me kill him in like 2 hits

                            • Anonymous

                              28 Aug 2017 14:51  

                              Embarrassing, but I needed several times to defeat Halflight (playing offline) because I always killed first the big dude, then got attacked by the Church Guardian from behind and the fighting against him very defensively because I thought he's the boss, being so focused on him, that I haven't even seen Halflight. So always thought, how the hell is he spelling lightning spears out of the ground without any sign / casting!? :-D ... Once I realized, how it works (not killing the big dude, but killing the Guardian as fast as possible) Halflight was pretty simple. Maybe it would have been more challenging to fight against a Fulllight ;-)

                              • Anonymous

                                15 Aug 2017 23:54  

                                It is heavily implied via text of the "Antiquated Plain Garb" that Halflight came from Oolacile, the land of golden sorceries. (If one looks closely, Halflight is wearing this)

                                Also, one of the magic spells that Halflight conjures during the battle is a golden version of "Homing Soulmass," further underscoring the connection to Oolacile and its trademark sorceries.

                                • Anonymous

                                  03 Aug 2017 22:43  

                                  If I'm going through at a really low level will a player be summoned even though they will be way out of my level range or will it just be halflight?

                                  • Anonymous

                                    30 Jul 2017 05:56  

                                    Pyro strat for me was the two pyro rings, Chloranthy for casting and rolling spam. I had darkmoon ring on as the fourth ring. I used CBV to kill the healers and Story teller staff to poison kite and CBV Half Light, fight lasted like 2 minutes at SL 116 with 40/40 faith/int.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      26 Jul 2017 08:18  

                                      Don't understand, for my first run with this boss i had a thing called Nameless King. Don't if it was a player, but it had as much health as Darkeater and was playing like a classic ennemi. I'm very confused.

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