Iudex Gundyr

General Info
hp.jpg souls.jpg Location
1037 3000 Cemetery of Ash
Drops Coiled Sword
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.





  • Souls: NG (3000), NG+ (15,000), NG++ (16,500), NG+3 (16,875), NG+4 (18,000), NG+6 (??), NG+9 (19,125)
  • 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)
  • Deals Standard Damage.
  • 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.
  • Can be poise broken, but that does not allow to perform a riposte. He receives extra damage for a brief period of time.
  • Weak to Frost (whole fight) and Fire Damage (2nd phase).
  • Resistant to Dark Damage and Bleed.
  • Immune to Poison and Toxic.



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. 


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.




    • Anonymous

      30 Sep 2017 07:18  

      this is not "old almost dead" Gundyr. This is LOW SL GUNDYR! Overloaded because not enough vitality! The black stuff symbolizes an exploit using gameplay mechanic where the "player Gundyr" increases move and attack speed thanks to an onymous technique/cheat. My theory this is basically From telling those DS3 hipsters "We know you. And we keep an eye on you!" (that's why they have the coiled firelink sword in their heart stepped, they are unworthy of the game!)

      • Anonymous

        17 Sep 2017 23:30  

        Phase 1:
        Remove weapons, parry, equip weapon, reposte, repeat...
        Phase 2:
        Have black firebomb burial gift.
        Spam attack transformation.
        Keep distance and one hit punish jump attacks. Use firebombs, and don't get greedy.

        When you know how to parry this boss is easier than pinwheel. Even when deprived without club and shield.

        • Anonymous

          22 Aug 2017 18:49  

          Boss too easy? He's a tutorial boss. What did you expect? Midir? Nameless King? This fallen badass is here to seek noobies who have the potential to become god like players. If you beat him, either you're a veteran or you're just starting to git gud.

          • 21 Aug 2017 17:01  

            He's very easy even for a first time player if you bait him. During both of his phases lure him (by keeping distance) to do his jump attack, this can easily be avoided by rolling to the side then get a hit or 2. One will not get hit using this strategy. Also hitting the darker portion of his body does more damage than hitting the main body.

            • Anonymous

              06 Aug 2017 19:45  

              There is one move in his second phase that is parryable.

              • Anonymous

                23 Jul 2017 20:58  

                Did you know Gundyr can be staggered in his second phase? I tried to do a critical follow-up, but could only do a normal hit with the counter sound playing.

                • Anonymous

                  19 Jun 2017 04:58  

                  I beat him on my second try while completely s*** faced at my friends house. Playing as a depraved, I think was what it was called.. I looked like a caveman? Anyways, easy boss, club him to death.

                  • Anonymous

                    15 Jun 2017 06:34  

                    this guys beastmode heres a tale
                    Where is he now?
                    After being shot in the *****ing balls he went and became a unkindled. He needed to become someone else, or something else, annnnddddd gets destroyed by dat first boss cause he chose thief and couldn’t fight to save his life. Now he is back at that first bonfire grindin for years and getting nowhere.

                    • Anonymous

                      17 May 2017 01:01  

                      Soul of Cinder? One-shot.
                      Dancer of the Boreal Valley? One-shot.
                      Nameless King? Three-shot.

                      Iudex Gundyr, the "tutorial boss"? Still kills me 5-10 times whenever I make a new character, because I effectively "forget" how the game works.
                      I maintain that Gundyr is a piece of filth and completely inappropriate as a tutorial. As far as I can tell, his main purpose is to inflate the ego of veteran players.
                      For anyone who struggles and doesn't want to waste hours of their life on him, just make a sorcerer or pyromancer and then follow whatever path you want from there.

                      • Anonymous

                        05 Mar 2017 05:44  

                        1st playthrough of DS3, bloodborne really helpped with rolling instead of blocking. Got him on the 1st try! Some luck of course!

                        • Anonymous

                          21 Dec 2016 03:00  

                          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).

                          • Anonymous

                            12 Dec 2016 06:28  

                            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.

                            • Anonymous

                              12 Dec 2016 06:26  

                              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.

                              • Anonymous

                                04 Dec 2016 01:26  

                                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

                                • Anonymous

                                  25 Nov 2016 18:27  

                                  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.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    18 Nov 2016 04:18  

                                    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.

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