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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 physical 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 physical, dark, magic or lightning damage.
  • Halflight is weak to Frost and Lightning
  • Halflight is resistant to Bleed and Poison/Toxic.
  • Church Guardian is weak to Fire, Frost and Lightning. Vow of Silence is also effective against him, as it blocks healing miracles.
  • Church Guardian has medium resistance to Bleed and Poison/Toxic.

 

Strategies

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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)

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Strategy 3 (Magic/Pyromancy)

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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.
Knive throwing (Guardian) Guardian throws few knives dealing magical damage.
Healing (Guardian) Guardian kneels and use a healing spell that restores healthpoint in small distance.
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

  • 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 an 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 in on time or leave the fight.
  • Player summoned as the Boss can't use Estus, they can however use healing miracles. The Church Guardian can heal the player also.
  • This boss resembles the idea of "Old Monk" fight from Demon's Souls.
  • Same, as in case of Ancient Wyvern boss fight, there is no corrensponding bonfire. Instead, shortly after leaving boss fight arena, near double staircase, there is a bonfire "Fillanore's Church".

 

 




    • 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.

            • Anonymous

              16 Jul 2017 21:31  

              easiest boss in the entire game - after spending like a good 3hrs trying to beat darkeater - this boss was a joke. Literally took me about a minute at best to kill him. I don't even know if that was the full fight - honestly was so confused at how easy this boss was.

              • Anonymous

                09 Jul 2017 04:05  

                Just fought him and he was swapping his weapons a breakneck speed, about a swap every .5 seconds or something. Don't know what caused it but there is no god anymore, we killed them all in Dark Souls 1.

                • Anonymous

                  06 Jul 2017 05:58  

                  You can easily kill this boss with FUGS by charging L2 till he falls, then right when ur stamina is starting to regen starts charging L2 again

                  • Anonymous

                    15 Jun 2017 11:04  

                    I really had a lot of trouble with this fight until i tried using friede's scythe with the farron ring. Then i just spammed the first weapon art on the guardian and halflight, the fight ended in less than 5 minutes.

                    • Anonymous

                      10 Jun 2017 21:19  

                      Finding it hard to identify the gender and pale skin, it's safe to say that Halflight could be an Astoran or Irithyllian who tends to the reversal ring.

                      • Anonymous

                        29 May 2017 15:21  

                        "Rarely, a player can be summoned as a Spear of Church even if they have not joined the covenant yet."
                        Within the span of 30-40 minutes I've been summoned like 4 times. I think what triggers it is just putting your summon sign down somewhere. That's what I did after each time I was summoned to the boss fight and then I frequently get summoned.

                        • Anonymous

                          28 May 2017 21:12  

                          A broken PvP Experience. I remember during the launch summoned spears of the church running around so they can be healed by the paintng guardians, after getting their rear ends kicked by me (without any phantoms). The guardians proved more of a challenge back than, but the amazing rollspam to get healed made me frustrated so i started summoning an army of phantoms to get over this s..tstorm as soon as possible. I guess everyone started doing that so the spears started crying and from heard their cries. Oh boy right now this is even a bigger mess. Today I was summoned by a host and he had another phantom already, (actually I was by the inner city wall bonfire to help with the level not the bosses). The host took us to halflight and when the spear of the church summoned he wasnt getting stunlocked at all (ok i get that it is necessary to give him a fighting chance, it is fair) but does he also really need to take 70 damage out of 250 i usualy deal in pvp? I mean he killed the first phantom, than i had all of my estus finished, than he killed me, it was a very long fight where i hit him with spells attacks etc. a lot! And all the damage we were able to deal him was %20 of his hit point, than an almost unkillable painting guardian healed him full. My backstabs were dealing 190 damage to him. Thats insane. This thing is broken as hell right now, best way to approach this thing is doing it solo (which is also a pain as you will be ganked actually) or cheesing the real halflight by going offline. The idea of a PvP boss fight is a very good thing, and it was done quite well back in Demon Souls with the Old Monk. It worked back than becouse it was a straight up pvp experience against another player. Right now it is a mess becouse there are a lot of mechanics involved.

                          • 23 May 2017 12:00  

                            He can also be farmed for huge amount of souls in ng+ and higher. With symbol of avarice, shield of want and cssr+3 on ng++ I got bit over 400000 souls per run. Reviving him on that character (sl 135) costs 67500 souls which means about 340000 souls of profit for a fight that took less than a minute in most cases. After 29 fight I had collected over 9.8 million souls.

                            • Anonymous

                              23 May 2017 10:47  

                              Boss is incredibly easy with a bleed build (str-dex-luck). I use Hollowed Warden Twinblades with Carthus Rouge consumables. I fell Halflight in a single combo (L1 L2 R2) on my second attempt where I just went all-in (failed miserably the first attempt by being overly defensive). Fight lasted 4 seconds.

                              • Anonymous

                                22 May 2017 00:26  

                                strat for pyro, just kite him while casting GCFO or CBV (recommend CBV over GCFO due to boss dodging and not staying in place for the lava to hit him), stay just far enough away you don't get hit by the dark pillars but close enough he doesn't pull out the bow and the only thing you will really need to do is dodge/block the homing spearheads that act like affinity/homing orb spells as at that range the rising spears wont hit you unless you let them, focus on the 2 Church Guardians when they appear as with bleed inflicting weapons and AoE healing skills (i.e. heals both the guardian AND the boss while simultaneously damaging you if you are too close) make them a much bigger threat than the boss himself...in offline mode anyways

                                • Anonymous

                                  18 May 2017 04:48  

                                  guess this fool can be used to farm for Spear's covenant itens. Don't know why someone would do that tho, the itens are online only

                                  • Anonymous

                                    17 May 2017 07:19  

                                    For clarification, Halflight is a male. You can look at his chest and compare it to the male and female character's model. Its the male's model. Not to mention his garb also reveals the gender: Antiquated Plain Set

                                    • Anonymous

                                      16 May 2017 12:51  

                                      Halflight have absurd recovery time, almost at the same level as friede.
                                      Sometimes, he can counter and even do the weapon art of frayed blade in the middle of my combos at him.
                                      The guardian is very easy but Halflight is plain annoying with his attacks coming out of nowhere.
                                      You guys have any idea what weapon can do a better job for him?
                                      Im usually using straight swords btw, Thanks in advance.

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