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Iudex Gundyr

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General Info
hp.jpg souls.jpg Location
1037 3000 Cemetery of Ash
Drops Coiled Sword
Defenses
Weak Resistant Immune
Frost Frost
Fire Fire
Dark  Dark
Bleed Bleed
PoisonPoison & Toxic

Iudex Gundyr Information


Iudex Gundyr is a Boss in Dark Souls 3. He is the first Boss that players will encounter. The player will have to face him in order to gain access to Firelink Shrine.

 

Location

 

Drops

  • Souls: NG (3000), NG+ (15,000), NG++ (16,500), NG+3 (16,875), NG+4 (18,000), NG+6 (??), NG+9 (??)
  • Co-Op Souls: None, co-op is disabled in the tutorial.
  • Other: Coiled Sword

 

Combat Information

  • Health: NG (1037), NG+ (3561), NG++ (3917), NG+3 (4095), NG+4 (4273), NG+5 (4629), NG+6 (4807), NG+7 (4985)
  • Parriable.  If you are close enough to hit him, the first attack he will usually use upon wake-up is a one-handed thrust.  This attack is one of his more easily-parried moves.
  • Weak to Fire after his transformation.

 

Strategies

Video Strategy

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Strategy 1 (Melee)

Once the Coiled Sword is removed, the player will have the opportunity to get a few attacks in before the Boss begins to attack. If the player has a Weapon with a Weapon Art that acts as a buff, its use before removing the sword is recommended.

Keeping in mind this is a boss fight designed to teach new players the basics of combat, consistently blocking all of his attacks with one of the starting classes is impossible. Rolling through or parrying his attacks is vital to win this fight. Learn the boss's attack patterns and attck when he's vulnerable.

An easy way to dodge most of Gundyr's attacks is to circle around to your right of him with your shield up. Most attacks will miss the player but be ready to dodge out of the way of his grab.

During the second stage of the fight, he will gain in speed and range.

 

Strategy 2 (Melee)

If the player has trouble defeating him, keeping your distance and baiting him into doing attacks that are easily dodged and leaving him vulnerable is recommended.  Otherwise, sticking to his left side or back allows for an easy kill. 

Once he transforms, maintain the same strategy. However, due to a now gained weakness to Fire, using the Firebombs found in the tutorial area is recommended.  

 

Strategy 3 (Magic/Pyromancy)

In his second form, he is weak to Fire damage. Either use Pyromancy or Firebombs for exceptional damage. 

Attacks

Iudex Gundyr has two attack phases. In the first phase, he wields a halberd type weapon. In the second phase, which triggers when he is below half health, a dark, lizard/serpent-like mass with a tail and claw erupts out of his body, greatly extending his reach.

First Phase
Strong Sweep Attack He uses his halberd to sweep the ground in front of him. It does considerable damage, but there is a delay between the moment when he raises his arm and when he attacks. 
Jump and Slice Creating distance between you and Iudex will provoke him into doing a jumping attack with a long range, slicing the ground( and maybe you) with his Halberd. It can be avoided by rolling. The player should not try to get more than one attack in after this.
Fast Sweep Attack It's similar to the first attack, except it's much faster and it does approximately the same amount of damage. He tends to do it while getting up to get you off of him. 
Jump and Jab It's the same thing as the second attack, except now, instead of doing a slice, they stick their halberd into the ground when landing. He gets up slowly, so use this as an opportunity to retaliate. 
Rapid Slice He chops the terrain in front of him quickly. Easily dodgeable, but you still have to be careful. He does this attack rapidly, mostly after doing the second attack. 

 

Lore Theories

Gundyr, corrupted by the abyss, spends eternity testing unkindled to see if they are worthy to Link the Flame. He was once an unkindled himself but arose too late to fulfill his duty, never meeting his Fire Keeper, who had been buried within the tower behind Firelink Shrine with the Estus Ring. The flame had already gone out and the bells failed to ring which started a new dark age. As the player character travels through the illusion door, they go back in time to the dark age to face Champion Gundyr at his prime (note: this is fan speculation, it's not proven). This is where they defeat him as the unknown warrior mentioned in the description of Soul of Champion Gundyr, sheathing within him a Coiled Sword and sealing his fate. A prisoner with an unbreakable halberd hoping that one day an unkindled will rise and relink the flame once more.

 

Notes & Trivia

  • This set bears extreme resemblance to Old King Dorian from Demon's Souls, a probable call back.
  • Their crown also bears some resemblance to the one worn by Ludleth of Courland
  • Iudex means judge in latin, and gund means battle in old germanic. Together it means judge or test battle. In Japanese, his name is "Judge of Ash Gundyr"
  • His moveset is interesting to observe on a second playthrough if you also fought Champion Gundyr. Iudex Gundyr's specific halberd moveset is almost exactly the same as the Champion's, but he staggers slightly more after each swing. It's not just a simpler moveset for beginners: compared to the later fight he seems lethargic and not on point at all.

 

 

 




    • 20 Dec 2016 21:00  

      Oddly, the ONLY boss that has no boss soul.
      Simple Strategy even for first timers (I beat him on my 1st try):
      Hit 2x, recover by stepping far enough away that he doesn't hit you but not so much he leaps/runs (try to be an inch from his stretch attack), then repeat. Once he starts to transform, hit him as many times as you can, then once you're out of stamina, RUN (he WILL attack wildly).
      Now pull out your Bombs (should have 15 before fighting him), then toss them at him from maximum range (he has a LONG reach in his transformed state). By the time you've used up all your bombs (hopefully you were locked on him), he should have a sliver of Health left over. Just smack him 2 or 3 times & he's dead.

      His tells are also really easy to figure out, If he looks like he's gonna stab in the gut, he's doing his lunge attacks. If his arm goes near his head, he's gonna make an arc swing.
      His transformed state is a lil tougher to read, most times if you wanna be sure you're safe, make him leap at you, then get behind him & whack away.

      Trick to beating ANY Boss: Don't get overconfident, be patient, watch their movies carefully, and strike when you see a SAFE opening. Example of Safe: When Iudex Gundyr finishes his attack (try to hit the moment he makes his last strike), there's a few second window to where you can attack him. With Vordt (killed him my 1st try as well), you have to attack him between his back legs, fighting him in the front is suicide. Vordt becomes VERY vulnerable after he does his 3 charge attack (mainly does it when near death).

      • 12 Dec 2016 00:28  

        Gundyr IS the champion who came late to the festivities. Hence his soul being "Champion Gundyr." He woke up too late, and in order to stave off the next Dark Age, he plunged the coiled sword into himself, keeping a bit of ember alive.

        The Untended Graves are what would have happened if he didn't sepuku himself and went full darkside with the rest of the world.

        • 12 Dec 2016 00:26  

          Gundyr IS the champion who came late to the festivities. Hence his soul being "Champion Gundyr." He woke up too late, and in order to stave off the next Dark Age, he plunged the coiled sword into himself, keeping a bit of ember alive.

          • 03 Dec 2016 19:26  

            really easy way to beat him
            just run as far away as possible, and he'll do a leap and stab the ground
            roll away before he hits you
            and then hit him as many times as possible while he recovers
            then run away and repeat

            • 25 Nov 2016 12:27  

              I just confirmed that Gundyr can still be parried in his 2nd phase abyssal form. However, you can only parry him when he swings his halbeard, not when he attacks with his abyssal hand or head.

              • 17 Nov 2016 22:18  

                Kinda decided to see how long I could survive against him in NG as a deprived, took off the shield, put away the club (didn't take it off, just put it away so that I'd be bare fisted for a second), and then just proceeded to constantly parry him for 30 minutes until I got bored then started riposting with the club after parrying.

                • 22 Oct 2016 21:09  

                  I'm not new to Dark Souls, but I've never been good at any of the games. I'm playing a thief, trying this fight, over and over, and I can't get him to the halfway mark. Come on, game, I just want to play you! I've watched the video, tried the strategy, and I just can't. I know, I know. Git gud.

                  • Easy NG+07 Oct 2016 18:18  

                    Super easy if you can use profaned Greatsword <br/><br/>In first phase bait his long jumping attack and attack him once rinse and repeat<br/><br/>In second phase as soon as he finishes transforming use the weapon art to get a fire buff and do loads of damage he should be almost dead after that

                    • Take some time20 Jul 2016 21:30  

                      I worked hard in the tutorial farming souls and killing the giant crystal lizard so stay there for a while and you might have more of a chance of killing this boss

                      • Really easy20 Jul 2016 21:25  

                        For starting players who are new to dark souls this fight might be a challenge but if you block and roll away from its second form you'll be fine

                        • the dark is the real one15 Jul 2016 18:17  

                          We don't go back in time by going through the illusion wall after Oceiros, this is the real firelink shrine, consumed by the dark of abyss, which begun to spread through the castle garden (explaining the mutated/abyss hollow). The game hub with all the npc is just a copy of the firelink shrine freezing in time and space, just as the old workshop in bloodborne, dusty and forsaken, being the real one.

                          • Shadow tower anyone?12 Jul 2016 15:21  

                            I know he looks like old king doran but does anyone else also see the resemblance between him and captain apollos from shadow tower? theyve even both got mutation/corruption thingies growing out of their left shoulders.

                            • For the Haters.06 Jul 2016 16:44  

                              This is my second souls game. After Bloodborne I thought that this game will kill me because of the difficulty but it is actually quite easy. I went in blind and beat the boss in my second try. You just have to be really patient and bait out his attacks. Phase 1 you stay far away from him and when he jumps to attack you then roll away and get a few hits on him. I was using the knight class so I was doing 52 smug per fast attack and could get 2-3 attacks per 1 of his attacks. You have to roll quite a bit as well. You see him coming close or preparing an attack you start rolling. Follow this. When you reach the second phase then the trick is not to stay far away but to get up close. Most of his attacks in phase 2 will be lifting the entire body and standing on the tail and then smashing down. Roll to the side and when he hits the ground then attack 1-2 times. I won't say that you don't get hit in the second phase but keep rolling and stay agile. Don't try charged or heavy attacks as they won't help you much. I also admit that I got lucky with his moves but this technique should help you.

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