The Nameless King

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4577 (KoS)

7100 (NK)

80,000 Archdragon Peak
Drops Soul of the Nameless King
Weak Resistant Immune
King of the Storm

Slash Lightning

Frost Frostbite





Nameless King



Slash Lightning



PoisonPoison & Toxic


Nameless King Information

  • The Nameless King is an optional boss enemy in Dark Souls 3.
  • Hawkwood will use a Black Separation Crystal once the bell has rung, disabling summons. He may be killed before this encounter, allowing summons to be possible.
  • During the first phase of the boss fight, his name is shown as "King of the Storm," until the wyvern he is riding is killed. This begins the second phase where his name changes to "Nameless King."



  • Archdragon peak, after ringing the large bell by the Great Belfry he becomes available.



  • Souls: 60,000, NG (80,000), NG+ (160,000), NG++ (176000), NG+3 (180000), NG+6 (??), NG+9 (??)
  • Souls for Cooperator: NG (20,000), NG+ (40,000)...
  • Soul of the Nameless King

Combat Information - King of Storm

  • First phase of the battle.
  • Health: NG (4577), NG+ (??), NG++ (???), NG+3 (??), NG+6 (??), NG+9 (??)
  • Attacks deals Fire Damage, Lightning Damage, Standard Damage and Thrust Damage damage.
  • Weak to Lightning Damage and Frostbite.
  • Weak spot: Head and Wings. 
  • Hits to the legs deals minor damage.
  • Resistant to Poison/Toxic, Bleed and Fire Damage.
  • Can't be parried, but can be staggered and riposted for massive damage. Recovery after that riposte is long.
  • Can easily jump out of your camera view, a good strategy would be to increase camera sensitivity and do not lock on at all times.

Combat Information - Nameless King




Video Strategies

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Strategy 1 (Melee)

This boss deals lots of lightning damage in both phases, so any lightning resistant gear or rings are a huge benefit in this fight.

The first phase consists of the Nameless King riding atop his stormdrake, the King of the Storm. This boss require constant attention to camera angle. It is important to be aware of what both the rider and wyvern are doing at all times. Having the camera locked to one or the other at the wrong time is a recipe for doom. It is advised to keep the wyvern at some distance until you go in for one or two hits then retreat to be able to keep watch on both and time your responses appropriately. The wyvern will sometimes flip behind you, requiring you to adjust to maintain your relative position. The Nameless King will, at times, attempt to hit you with his swordspear. Depending on position, roll or block accordingly, keeping an eye for his two or three hit combos. The stormdrake itself will bite at you and attempt to roast you with its flames. Avoid its attacks and aim for the stormdrake's head, as damage to the legs and body does minimal damage compared to blows directly to the beast's head. A good way to get several hits on its vulnerable spot is when the stormdrake is about to rear it's head for a flame attack, rush towards it's body and hit the neck area just below the rider, ensuring that you keep your distance from the fire-spewing head. If the stormdrake flies into the air, it will do one of two things: unleash a fiery breath attack directly beneath it, or circle around you while the Nameless King hurls Lightning Spears at you. If it stays in one spot in the air, move away, avoiding its breath attack, until it lands again.  The breath attack hits almost directly below the drake's body, so a good rule of thumb to avoid it is to run in the direction its head was facing when it took off, since from where your character is likely standing, that's the shortest path to safe ground. If it begins to circle you, keep an eye on the Nameless King; his Lightning Spears are intimidating, but can be dodged. Rinse and repeat until the stormdrake is dead, whereupon a cutscene will signal the start of the second phase.

In the second phase of the fight, you will face the Nameless King himself. He is very fast and deadly, so medium to light equipment load is recommended if you plan on roll dodging his attacks. With enough attacks dealt he will be staggered, allowing you to perform a riposte-esque visceral attack not unlike the mechanic in bloodborne. While he stands up from this riposte, he is vulnerable to further attacks for most of his animation. Use this to get extra damage in or to heal up if you need it. The boss itself can be very difficult for a novice (or anyone for that matter) and his movements, while somewhat predictable, are still erratic, so stay on guard until there's a guaranteed opening to attack him. Also, another recommendation would be to equip the Carthus Bloodring and stay on his left side (your right) and continuously roll dodge his attacks until you see an opening to strike. For fast weapons (Straight Swords, Rapiers, etc.) try to get two hits in at most and for larger weapons (Greatswords, Ultra GS, etc.) one at most, two if your bold enough but it is quite risky.

Be particularly wary of:

  • his lightning strike attack. He telegraphs this by taking out his weapon and slowly brandishing it to the sky. With a short delay after he finishes, a lightning strike will be summoned directly over you, dealing heavy damage. This attack must either be dodged with perfect timing, or blocked by a shield with high lightning resistance (which will drain all stamina).
  • his waist-level charged lunge.  This attack cannot be blocked or dodged sideways, though it can be rolled through.  The safest way to react is to dodge backwards.  (Note that you should not dodge backwards against his shoulder-level lunge, however.)

 For melee users, in conjunction with everything else, below is a playbook of info that will completely trivialize the Nameless King/King of the Storm.

  1. More than anything else, the Nameless King will open up the fight by flying over your head. This is just an intimidation tactic, and meant to throw off your lock-on.  Don't buy into it.
  2. In the first phase, keep your lock on the King, and not his dragon, because he will be 90% of the opposition for his wider range of attacks, and frequency of attack. If he breaks your lock or it is messing with you, quickly unlock, rotate your camera, and then re-lock.
  3. Staying under the dragon may SEEM like a safe strategy, but it's not. His feet will stomp you, and you will look stupid. If you have a bleed effect, this becomes viable, because his stomp attack is not frequent, but the dragon will still try to blow flames on you.
  4. It is better to only use no more than three Estus during the first phase of the fight. During the second phase, usee a max of two Estus for when the Nameless King is above about 30% health, because past that point, his arsenal of attacks widens up.
  5. If you hit the dragon's head, be prepared to immediately sprint, and then roll spam, because that makes him more prone to flying upward. Staying under the dragon's belly brings up the probability, too. The AOE is about fifty feet maximum from the point of impact, and it can be avoided by combining sprinting, jumping, and then rolling out of the edge of the AOE. The dragon telegraphs this by slightly bringing one of his knees down, as if he is kneeling, pushing down his tail and quickly flying up, letting out a scream, so as soon as he starts this telegraph with that slight kneel, get to evading with the fleetest of feet!
  6. If you miss an opening, be absolutely ready for the dragon to breathe fire downward. Again, this is because for every opening, he is very likely to do that attack!
  7. As for phase two, the Nameless King has a maximum combo of ten to eleven strikes (eleven has never been seen by this contributor, but it's a safe bet), more likely in the form of spear thrusts. Use this to get an opening.
  8. Nameless King has some very powerful spear attacks. When he stabs, it can go right through your shield most of the time, so it is befitting to roll backward, out of range, diagonal, or to the side. Dodge roll timing is much more precise than other attacks because the Nameless King waits for an opening, so the player really needs to have this down.
  9. For essential equipment, the player should have a Lothric Knight Shield (Easy to get by purchasing it from Greirat. Other options exist, as well), or another kind of lightning shield, Grass Crest Shield (second slot), Ring of Steel Protection, Thunder Stoneplate Ring, Estus Ring, and Lloyd's Shield Ring. This will mitigate a lot of damage, and these pieces are quick pick-ups, that are virtually hassle free. By all means, the player can also stack some lightning armor, as well. If the player is using a Chloranthy Ring, the Grass Crest Shield nullifies the need for it, because switching to it is extremely fast, for a stamina boost. The Chloranthy Ring, at later levels (provided the melee build is done correctly by levelling Vigor, Endurance, Strength, and Dexterity almost exclusively) becomes redundant for the pace of the game, including this boss fight, so the player should ditch it, and pick up the big boy toys (Plus, wearing flowers is hideous and cheap looking). Using an Ember will increase the effectiveness of the Estus Ring, since it scales to a multiple of 20% more health.
  10. If the player really wants to survive with a lot of health, he should stay some feet out of range of the Nameless King's spear, so he will fly up, and do a plunging lightning attack. He doesn't regenerate health, so this way, the player can take advantage of that to take out his health.
  11. The Nameless King (second phase) has a lightning attack where he brings lightning down from the sky. Once his spear flashes with lightning, throw a double or triple dodge roll in rapid succession, and you should avoid it.
  12. The Nameless King's lightning AOE in his second phase tends to spread out a lot. This is a ruse, as the attack only does damage on impact, so use this to roll.
  13. One or two of the Nameless King's lightning attacks in his second phase has a post-attack where strands of lightning spread out. Roll into the region in-between these strands, and you will be good.
  14. In the first phase, the Nameless King is kind of an edgelord, and will surf on his dragon while it flies in a circular motion. You get a better chance of avoiding his lightning bolt if you roll in the direction the dragon is flyfing, because he likes to throw his lightning bolt into the opposite direction, in an attempt to seek on you. However, dodge rolling in basically any direction has a solid window, so this is not a big deal.
  15. In reference to excerpt 9, it seems like that equipment doesn't offer a big buff, but how it works on paper, and how it works in-game is different because you get more hits before you are in the red-zone for being thwarted and killed. So definitely work your build as a lightning and physical tank build, and you will be fine.
  16. The Nameless King has wind attacks. These are physical, and thus can be blocked with a 100% physical block shield, but rolling to the right or forward avoids them nicely. Like all the wind attacks, they move too slow to roll backward, so this is not advised, and please keep note that if you roll near the King, he will very likely try to hit you with his spear, so be ready to dodge roll. 
  17. If you gauged this battle to be as hard as fighting Dragon Slayer Ornstein & Executioner Smough, or Manus, then you have got it spot-on, because that is how much danger that the Nameless King and his dragon are bringing.

That is all that can be said, really. This will work regardless of most aspects of a build, and whether the player used a summon. However, if somewhow this does not work, then this one trick absolutely works in all situations in any game: Think about and seperate what you are failing at doing that is causing you to get hit by the King, versus what you can do naturally, without thinking (for example, hitting R1, versus avoiding the downward flame attack), and then make the entire fight about those things, then you will win. If this STILL does not work, use the method again, and continually nest the method so you know exactly what to do. Once you apply this technique of executive functioning, then you are absolutely golden, because then your enemy loses all of the situations where he hits you, and your environment loses that power, too. The player needs to have a nose for obfuscations that are hindering his tactical execution to be able to succeed in skill-based games like Soulsborne games.


Strategy 1.5 (Easy KotS Melee)

Using a two-handed Lightning Lothric Knight Greatsword +9, It is possible to kill the King of the Storm in just four hits, allowing you to more easily practice the much more difficult Nameless King fight, as well as save much of your estus for it. Landing two fully charged heavy attacks to his head will stagger him and allow you to riposte him. As he recovers from the riposte you will have just enough time to land a running light attack to his head, finishing him off. The best time to land fully charged heavy attacks is during the King of the Storm's grounded fire breath attack and right after the Nameless King's lightning slam attack after dodge rolling toward him. However, due to the Nameless King's high lightning defense the Lothric Knight Greatsword does very poorly against him and it is therefore recommended to have a different weapon to switch out to during the second phase of the fight.


Strategy 2 (Sorcerer)

This is one of the easiest bosses for sorcerers, since the dragon (phase 1) is highly vulnerable to magic damage, and the Nameless King itself (phase 2) not resistant to magic. Considering that this is endgame and assuming you have endgame stats and build (60 INT, Court Sorcerer's Staff +10, all the shiny sorcerer-rings, etc.), this boss is a walk in the park.
Phase 1: Stay out of the dragons range, lock on his head, fire Crystal Soul Spear's until he's dead. Should be around 4 Spears to kill him.
Phase 2: Basically do the same, but this time with the Nameless King. A little bit more tricky, since the King is more agressive. But he has no great range, so dodging him and get out of the melee-zone should be no problem here. Since the Nameless King has pretty much one damage type here (Lightning), you could consider to equip the Thunder Stoneplate Ring if you have problems with your health.


Strategy 2 (Magic / Ranged)

Keeping away from the boss but able to lock onto him is key here. In the first phase learn to dodge his lightning spears and follow up air to ground attack. Lock onto HIM not his little pet's head, when you're rolling to dodge his landing attack. Aim to complete your roll to the side of, or under the dragons base of the neck. Lock onto his head and stay underneath and fire away. He may take flight sooner rather than later but at any time if you hear the audio que (dragon scream) start to run away before he breathes his fire attack onto the ground. If you are lucky enough to keep him at range and the boss is only doing his flying attack straight at you, upon completion of his animation the dragons head will be motionless for a brief period and wide open for you to open fire.

In the second phase, just STAY AWAY and keep shooting. Run sideways as soon as you see him raise his dragonslayer swordspear to do the shockwave attacks because it is wide and difficult to out maneuver. Early bird stays damage free here. I used a greatshield in my Melee completion and I was able to tank his shockwave attacks, so equip a great shield if you'd like to do less evading. The purpose of ranged combat is to pick him apart from a safe distance. There is a distance where he will be wide open for attacks as he slowly walks after you. Circle him to keep him at a range you are able to lock on and shoot. Watch the background. There are two buildings you ned to keep an eye on. If you dont see one of them in the background while you are back-walking, you know you are headed towards the narrow edge of the map and may need to run to the side to re-center and get him back to a shooting range. If you feel he is too close, just watch for his telegraphed wind up attack and roll through it and keep rolling away as he recovers and you'll be back to sniping him to death. Good luck! and have fun


Alternative Magic Phase 1 Strategy

If your build has a mixture of Intelligence and Faith (like a Pyromancer), the sorcery Dark Edge is extremely powerful in the first phase of the fight. Keep your target on the dragon's head as opposed to the rider and take advantage of the many possible openings. The possible openings for casting includes after the aerial-to-ground strike (don't confuse this with the standing ground strike), after or during the fire breath (dodge roll to your right through the flames and get in close before casting), after the electric ground strike and after a second side swipe. Unsafe times to cast would be after it leaps over you to land on your opposite side, after it lands from the aerial lightning spear->stab combo, after it lands from the aerial fire breath, after one standing ground strike (as this can combo into side swipes) or after one side swipe (as a return side swipe may follow). Don't get greedy and keep an eye out for the safe openings. With around 3 solid strikes to the head of the dragon, you can trigger the stagger animation and land another free blow.


Strategy 3 (Bow and Heavy Weapon in KoS, Light Weapon+Buffs in NK)

As soon as you enter the boss arena run forward for a while but not too close to the place where boss lands (half a stamina bar). This way boss won't attack you immediately and you have time to use your bow and try to hit the head of King of Storms. After boss flies behind you change to your heavy hitting weapon and always go for the head.

When the second part of the fight starts, change to your light weapon (rapier or anything with high dps) and use Carthus Beacon pyromancy (consecutive hits boost damage). Also have the Pontiff's Right Eye ring (consecutive hits gives a dmg buff) and any other buffs you can. Nameless King is very tanky and has high health but if you can do good damage and fast you get two riposte opportunities which make this fight much easier. However you have to be very good at rolling and in stamina control. Still, usually do not attack more than once or twice if you have a good opening. Boss usually does 2-3 hit combos so after the second attack wait a while and take the opening little late just be sure he won't attack the third time.

Strategy Four - Faith with Lightning and Dark Blade

The King of Storm is weak to lightning. A high faith character (60) can annihilate the King of the Storm with Sunglight Spear or Lightning Arrow using the upgraded talisman or chime of their choice. Yorksha's Chime will provide the best buff, while Canvas Talisman will also provide an excellent buff and the unfaltering prayer weapon art. 

Hurling the Spears or shooting the arrows at the King of Storm will end him very quickly. As noted elswhere, a max Lothric Knight Great Sword on a faith strength character with a buff can kill him in four heavy attack hits with the riposte.

For the Nameless King, human pine resin or dark blade on a fast weapon will break him down quickly, particularly if you have the blindfold mask. Melee characters can rely on this as well, as I used the human pine resin on grave warden twin blades. However, at 60 faith with the sunlight straight sword on NG, this will hammer him. The Crucifix of the Mad King will also be rewarding if you have your timing down. 







First Phase (King of the Storm)
Aerial Fire Breath Flies straight up into the air and spews fire straight down in a large area. It is possible to evade it, if you run away from him fast in the direction his head is pointing to. The attack has some tracking, so rolling around the dragon or behind him is likely to fail.
Fire Breath Drake breaths fire from front to his right side. Very good moment to use Weapon Art or land few hits. 
Air Wave King of Storm Creates an air wave, which deals small physical damage, but can topple player(s).
Circulation + attack from above King of Storm circulates around arena, what ends with a sweep attack using King's weapon. During that move, King will try to hit target with Lightning Spear.  Can be evaded by circling the other way (to the right) while moving forward (towards him). His follow-up spear thrust can also be avoided simply by walking backwards and to the left. Shield kept us as safeguard is adviced.
Attack from above King will rise his drake and he will try to hit player from above, using his spear. 
Melee combo King tries to hit player with his spear up to 3 times. May end with Lightning explosion
Lightning Explosion King raises up his spear, then hits ground beneath him, what causes a lightning explosion. 
Second Phase (Nameless King)
King's Shockwave - wide King attacks horizontally with his weapon, what releases an expanding shockwave.
King's Shockwave - narrow Kings slams his weapon into the ground, what releases a quick narrow shockwave.
Attack from above Kings goes up, then attack swiftly with his spear up to 3 times. 
Rush + attack King rushes towards players, then rotates and tries to hit him with his swordspear.
Spear attack King uses his spear to hit enemy in front of him up to 4 times.
Lightning Stake Nameless King performs a Lightning Stake miracle.
Falling Bolt The King slowly pulls out his weapon, creating a lightning strike on the player's location.
Expanding Lightning The King creates a sunlight spear, and strikes it into the ground. After a short while, smaller lightning bolts fire out from that location, travelling by the floor.
Sword-Spear Stab The King prepares a large stab, rushing towards you with great speed. If it lands, the player is lifted upwards and struck by lightning. This attack is very similar to Ornstein's attack from Dark Souls.


Lore Theories

The Nameless King is quite possibly Gwyn's firstborn: a fearsome, dragon-slaying war god from the time of the ancient lords. At some point during the war with the Everlasting Dragons, Gwyn's firstborn turned against his father, siding with the dragons. Despite this, the dragons were defeated by Gwyn and the other Lords, bringing about the first Age of Fire. As punishment for teaming up with the dragons, Gwyn ordered his son's name expunged from the annals of history and stripped him of his deific status. He also was Dragonslayer Ornstein's personal trainer, explaining their similarities in moveset and cross-spear design.

The Nameless King could also be Faaram, the war god worshipped by the Forossan knights. In this case, Faaram could also be the 'faithful knight' of Gywn's firstborn mentioned in the Sacred Oath miracle, explaining why he uses lightning miracles and fights like Gwyn and Ornstein. The knights of Forossa were called the Lion Knights. In Dark Souls 2 you can find lion-men in the Shaded Woods. Their manes are very similar to the hair of the Nameless King.

Ornstein's spear and armor are found nearby, which could suggest that he was slain by The Nameless King (highly unlikely, since the armor isn't attached to a dead body), or that he forsook his duty as a dragonslayer after meeting him. It is quite likely that the son of Gwyn is the deity whose headless statue is the covenant leader of the Heirs of the Sun. This statue carries what appears to be a swordspear, but looks different to the Dragonslayer Swordspear.

The Serpent-Men in the area could indicate that Sen's Fortress belonged to the nameless king, suggesting his name may have been Sen


  • Dragonslayer Greatshield makes the fight much easier, if your build supports it. A Spirit Tree Crest Shield or Lothric Knight Shield will also work, if your build cannot support greatshields.
  • Carthus Bloodring is effective for dodging lightning attacks' large hitboxes, as well as delayed melees.
  • This boss uses physical, lightning, and fire abilities, making building an armor set against him difficult.
  • In the First phase of the fight, any weapon arts that have a large vertical hitbox can inflict normal damage to the stormdrake, as long as they are under the torso, an example is the Dragonslayer's Greataxe weapon art, which calls down a bolt of lightning and has a very high hitbox, but has a high FP cost.


  • Several of the Nameless King's abilities mirror Ornstein, Gwyn, and Artorias from Dark Souls.
  • The Nameless King's arena is in the sky, and its floor is not counted as a normal floor by the game. Dropped souls will appear outside the boss room on the nearest solid land, along with messages. Summon signs cannot be used on this floor.
  • Looking up on the bridge after the fight reveals several bloodstains from other players, suspended in the air.
  • When the dragon dies, the Nameless King's hand shakes just before he stabs him.
  • Lore only mentions there being one God of War, so the true identity of the Nameless King may be Faraam, the God of War, but this is not directly stated.


King of the Storm  King of the Storm and Nameless King 

King of the Storm and Nameless King Nameless King 

    • Anonymous

      27 Oct 2017 12:23  

      I love and hate this boss, first the camera is***** in the dragon part. And in the Nameless king fight his charge attack hitbox is his whole body not the weapon, like at least lower the body hit damage. I'll gladly accept some tips!

      • Anonymous

        25 Oct 2017 01:15  

        okay guys i found an easy way to kill him but you need 1 thing its dragonslayer greatshield you get it by killing dragonslayer armor and then transposing its soul for the shileld it has 95% lighting resistance so all you need to do when fighting him KEEP YOUR SHIELD UP dont roll or anything (i mean you can if you can dodge) but i did it witheout rolling he does laughable little amount of dmg to your hp so you will get low maybe 1 time if you blocked everything just drink estus and continue to block i beat him in 2nd try (first one was because i tried to roll and got pwned) hope this helped anybody :)

        • Anonymous

          23 Oct 2017 20:10  

          So many people complaining about the dodgy camera angle, it really isn't that bad to deal with. Or that bad at all. Git Gud and get over your selves

          • Anonymous

            09 Oct 2017 19:18  

            Here's a list of what's killed me in this fight...

            Can't unlock from the dragon and get hit in the back because I can't turn around or see where I'm going.
            The camera suddenly flipping around to face the other way while I'm trying to dodge/block.
            Can't lock the dragon or rider so I turn away and get hit in the back instead of backing away with my shield up.
            Try to lock the dragon but get the rider, facing the right way but disoriented, get hit.
            Suddenly losing the lock while backing away, turn around and get hit in the back.
            Roll under the falling bolt but get hit anyway. If I roll towards the dragon I'll get hit, this has to be a roll back or left.
            Roll past the lunging grapple, get caught while I'm behind him.
            The floor is completely featureless so I can't tell how close I am to either target. I often swing into thin air or get hit because I'm too close.

            That is all.

            • Anonymous

              01 Oct 2017 18:53  

              First few times fighting this guy is hell, trying to memorize all his movesets and getting used to his delayed attack patterns and crazy long range, but after you beat him just once, he becomes virtually one of the safest bosses in the game so long as you stick to bait-and-tackle maneuvers.

              King of the Storm tips:

              - Try to target the Nameless King himself so that you can see what attacks he's pulling and when to dodge. Only target the Stormdrake's head when you're ready to attack, if you're going to target at all.
              - If the Stormdrake flies over your head, roll forward once or twice before averting the camera. Oftentimes, the Nameless King will take a swipe at you after positioning the Stormdrake behind you.
              - Wait until the Stormdrake's head is down to move in, preferably right after an attack. Prime opportunities include just after any one of the Nameless King's vertically-oriented sword strikes (dodge left; if Lightning Explosion, keep moving backwards and dodge backwards just before the sword strikes the ground). If he uses either a horizontal slash or a thrusting attack, know that he'll probably use it as a combo, and any one of these should end with the vertical strike.
              - As he flies in a circle around the arena, keep moving to your right and dodge the Lightning Spear, then dodge under his lunging sweep. Immediately after, target the Stormdrake's head and sprint toward hit. The Nameless King will lower his guard, and you should be able to get 2-3 hits on the Stormdrake.
              - If the Stormdrake is about to breathe fire (announces this by making a sort of guttural noise as sparks form at its mouth), dodge backwards two or three times if you're not quite close enough to get behind its head. The initial stream of fire should miss, and as the Stormdrake sweeps its neck to the side, you should have ample time to run up and hit it once or twice. Watch out for a punishing attack from the Nameless King.
              - NEVER get too close to the Stormdrake if you're not ready to attack. It will either stagger you with a gust of wind, or fly into the air and coat the floor directly beneath it with a spray of fire.

              Nameless King tips:

              - WHOA LOOK OUT MAN, he'll probably start the fight with a shockwave or two, so be prepared to dodge.
              - Keep a decent distance, but not too far, or he'll spam shockwaves. I'd recommend being about... twice his height away from him? That's pretty much how long his reach is.
              - Bait his "attack from above" moves. As soon as you see him angling the swordspear to strike, dodge left or right, then turn around and give him a hit or two. If he looks like he's about to use his thrusting attack after landing (usually happens after his quick version of this attack), simply walk around him to the right hand side (his left, away from the swordspear), and all of these thrusting attacks should miss. Give him 2-3 hits. Dodge backwards out of his following slashes.
              - If he tries to rush you with a lunging thrust, dodge left or right. Find him again, but don't go in for an attack.
              - If he tries to "grab" you with the lunging thrust, dodge left or right, then anticipate subsequent thrusting attacks, in which case, move to the right again and punish him as I described above. If he doesn't follow up, simply back up again.
              - When he creates a small shockwave while moving perpendicularly, dodge to the direction he moved from, then backwards to avoid his usual swiping followup.
              - If he raises his foot to stomp the ground or creates a Lightning Spear, immediately dodge backwards twice to avoid the large Lightning AoE. Keep moving to the right, and the five-pointed scattering of sparks should miss. If he starts charging his swordspear for a Lightning Stake, dodge right or left about a second after he raises his weapon into the air. You can also deflect the stake with your shield, though your stamina will likely be completely eroded, and you'll still take reticent Lightning damage even with an adequately resistant shield.
              - In the instance that he charges his Lightning Stake and you're already pretty close to him, hit him 2-3 times, then dodge the tracking stake as you would normally.
              - Although it may feel like you're fighting in an endless expanse of clouds, you're actually still in a narrow rectangular space. The pedestals where the dragon statues may have been mark the boundaries of the room, so try to avoid getting backed against the wall. (In fact, it's best to constantly move backwards and to the right throughout the entirety of this fight.)
              - Just be patient. Using this sort of bait-and-hit strategy can take a few minutes, if he's being particularly bone-headed. Don't get zealous when his health his low, or you'll regret it.

              Official armor for taking on Nameless King: Catarina set, but replace the chest piece with Winged Knight armor. Just try and rock THESE rolls, Nameless King.

              Good rings to equip: Lightning Stoneplate (duh), Ring of Steel Protection, Chloranthy, the us'. Use Havel's Ring or the Ring of Favor if you want some heavier armor with decent Lightning defense, like the set I mentioned above.

              And as for weapons, speed and range are preferable over power. Scythes are actually a good class against him, even if they're not particularly strong.

              • Anonymous

                27 Sep 2017 17:47  

                I was wondering why his dragon looked so... bird-like in comparison to other dragons, and then I realized that it has four wings just like the Corvians... The Corvians are the heretical outcasts shunned by the kingdom of Lothric, who eventually find their way to the Painted World, a sort of haven for unwanted souls. If the Nameless King really is Gwyn's firstborn (let's face it, he totally is), then it would make sense that his dragon would appear similar to Corvians, seeing as Gwyn deemed his firstborn a traitor and stripped him of his godly status, perhaps banishing him to the outskirts of the world.

                Furthermore, if one recalls from DS1's intro, the Age of the Ancients was an unformed world of fog, gray crags, and archtrees, and occupied only by the everlasting dragons. A message in front of the belfry warns us, "If the bell is rung, nothing will remain," and of course, when we pull the lever, a torrential storm blankets the entirety of Archdragon Peak, and what was once an astoundingly bright location becomes universally gray and cloudy. It's as if the Nameless King has somehow reinvented the unformed world.

                To me, dragon worship throughout Dark Souls seems to represent those who wish to serve no other, but instead opt for free thought and wish to choose their own path rather than submit to a king or a god. Maybe that's what the Nameless King wanted--a world without Lords, and without servitude, which of course colludes with Gwyn's fascination with the Fire. Perhaps what he wants more than anything else is total freedom, something we can all agree on--but at the cost of sovereignty and purpose, which is everything Gwyn fought for.

                • Anonymous

                  14 Sep 2017 16:02  

                  This boss is completely ruined by its first phase, not because it's difficult but because of the awful camera.
                  After Bloodborne you'd have thought they would have perfected fighting large creatures that jump around a lot.

                  • Anonymous

                    13 Sep 2017 04:12  

                    I can't find anyone to summon at the belfrey. I'm SL94 and there are zero summon signs in the bonfire room or on the little bridge thingy next to the bell.

                    • Anonymous

                      11 Sep 2017 22:11  

                      I just cheesed him last night. Phase 1: Melee whatever build just stayed in front and avoided moving too far past his neck to not trigger the flame bs. used lothric knight shield for a few blocks, as I am horrible at reading him. no big deal if you have to use some estus.
                      phase 2: pharis bow +9. stay far away and keep walking back/rolling back, around the edges of the arena. 2-4 arrows then roll. he will hit with some shockwave attacks but thats it. he walks super slow. tedious but ez-pz.

                      • Anonymous

                        11 Sep 2017 12:48  

                        If you use Great Soul Dregs on both King of Storms and Nameless King the KOS is a goner in 4 hits and NK is dead in 8hits. Use Young Dragon ring and Bellowing Dragoncrest ring and Dark Clutch ring. Use Murky Longstaff(or Izalith staff for higher lvl`s) Use blindfold mask(dark boost) and Scholar candlestick in left hand(magic boost) For Great Soul Dregs to cast you need 40 intelligence. Good luck.

                        • Anonymous

                          24 Aug 2017 08:58  

                          Oh my god I'm so sorry about the formatting for my previous post it looked good as I was writing it but I guess that did not translate over!!

                          • Anonymous

                            24 Aug 2017 08:57  

                            Hello all just defeated this boss on NG+5 solo and thought I'd share my melee strategy in case those outlined above are not working so hot for someone.

                            First a few tips that I found useful for this fight:
                            - This strategy requires patience and time
                            - Unless you are a mage or pyro Ashen Estus is useless for this fight go all in on the HP estus
                            - For the second phase of the fight your eyes need to be glued to the Nameless King, don't even glance at his healthbar he'll die when he dies just keep track of him, your health, and your stamina. This might seem elementary but it's very easy to loose the fight just because you got excited about how close his HP is to zero it will only cause you to be reckless
                            - If you ever find yourself under the Dragon gain distance RIGHT AWAY this is a terrible place to be since you can't keep track of the either the dragon's head or the King
                            - If you ever hear a sound similar to the one that is played for a critical hit (not the visceral or the pary just the "hit on staggered enemy" sound) gain distance right away this is the queue (usually) for the King to to several swiping attacks that cover a lot of horizontal area
                            - You should only lock on to the dragon when you are about to deal damage to it otherwise Keep the Lock on Trained on the Nameless King
                            - The Dragon's fire breath attacks (especially the AOE one) can be very hard to dodge if you can't get a good view of what the dragon is doing get some distance fast!
                            - Phase 1: Dragonslayer Ax
                            - Phase 2: Dark Astora Greatsword

                            - Full Dragon Slayer Armor
                            - Dragonslayer Greatax +5
                            - Dark Astora Great Sword +10
                            - Spirit Tree Crest Shield (any level will do upgrading only increases stability and physical damage, also 83 lighting protection is fine 95 is to heavy and kind of overkill IMO, [I'm looking at you Dragonslayer's greatshield])
                            - Ring of Steel Protection +3
                            - Ring of Favor +3
                            - Chloranthy Ring +3
                            - Havel's Ring +3
                            (Standard stuff)

                            Phase 1: Dragon and Rider
                            - Main Strategy :
                            The easiest way to finish this phase quickly is to bait out one attack in particular. Often the Namless king will use his dragon to pounce behind you, this is EXACTLY what you want. Quickly pivot and lock on to the King. The majority of the time he will proceed to charge his spear with lightning and attempt to pancake you, This is good. As soon as you see that he is executing this attack move forward and slightly to (your) left just enough to get the King to track you (you'll see him rotate a little) then just as he's finished charging the attack ROLL INTO IT. If done correctly this will put you exactly near the dragon's neck/head and you will take no damage. Immediately lock onto the dragon's head and use the Ax Weapon art on it. Then quickly gain distance. Rinse and repeat this usually takes about 4 axe hits to either outright kill it (if you were able to consistently get 1K damage) or else open the dragon to a visceral that will finish it off.

                            - Phase 1 Tips and Tricks:
                            - Anytime the King gets ready to lunge roll into the attack this has three benefits, you'll take no damage, you may be able to get a lucky hit to dragon's head in, you can keep running forward in order to gain distance
                            - The Nameless King Likes to throw lightning bolts at you luckily these are a sinch to dodge, simply walk in the direction opposite to his (when he's flying) as if you are chasing him (i.e. don't go in a straight line curve in a little bit also be sure to lock onto him or this is much much harder) then just as he's finished charging the attack dodge to your right once is usually enough but I always give it two or three just to be safe.
                            - Immediately after the lightning bolt attack the King will go in for a lunge the windup is pretty obvious and slow, just remember to dodge INTO the attack this unfortunately will put you under the dragon so just get out of there right away, DO NOT attempt to hit the dragon's head the down time after this attack finishes is very short and he will almost always follow it up with a couple of horizontal swipes that will hit you, just get out of there that way you can get back to baiting his pounce attack.
                            - He will also do a pounce without a charged lightning spear attack, simply rotate the camera so that you have him in your sights and wait for the right version of the attack

                            Phase 2: The Nameless King
                            - Main Strategy: The nameless king's moveset when on the ground although quite fast actually tends to leave him with a decent opening sometimes. Hi most dangerous moves are the ninja like quick attacks and his waist lunge. However what we want is to bait one of hi aerial attacks. In order to do this simply wait for the King to make the first move, ALWAYS this (like a lot of DS boss fights) is a reactionary battle. As soon as he jumps up start moving toward him then just as he's about to unleash the attack dodge forward he will miss you completely and be open for A SINGLE attack with the greatsword. Once you hit him immediately dodge backwards, Under NO circumstances should you ever be close to him. Simply Rinse and Repeat. This opening can also be used to heal in case he managed to take chunk out of your health, do not attempt to both heal and deal damage, you don not have enough time.

                            - Phase 2 Tips and Tricks:
                            - Occasionally and most often when you get too far away from him the Nameless king will unleash what look like sonic waves, one is a straight forward over head swing and forms a line, the other is much worse and is generated by a horizontal slash, both of these travel very far and in the case of the horizontal wave are easy to get caught in. Luckly you can roll through them and take ZERO damage. If you block, it will hurt you and stagger you a little, but just enough to be a real danger, If you fail to block and get hit full on you will get heavily staggered and it will deal a lot of damage. Just roll through it it's all good.
                            - Dodge away from his waste level charge, the wind up is obvious, he will pass his hand over the blade of the spear and it will glow (it won't really crackle with energy just a very orange/yellow glow) the range is really quite short so just dodge backwards a few times.
                            - There are two version of his jump attacks, one (the one we like to see most) is a straight up jump into the air, the other is instead a kind of sideways leap into the air, usually to the left this second attack is dodge the same way as the first (into the attack) however it is MUCH faster so be prepared!
                            - I found that circling him in my dominant direction (right in my case (left handed -> left, right handed-> right)) was very comfortable and it seemed to me that most of his attacks go left anyway.
                            - He has a spear thrust attack (you'll recognize it right away it's very aggressive and he extends forward from a "fixed" position quite a lot) has deceptively long range, this is the only time when getting right up close is ok, still it is safer to simply get a lot of distance.
                            - DO NOT be tempted to rush in and take a shot at him while he is just walking around, instead use this time to heal and recharge stamina.
                            - Dodging his summoned lightning is easier that it looks simply wait until he shouts electricity into the air, the wait just a fraction of a second longer, then dodge It may take a few tries but once you've got it it's a sinch to do it. If you can't dodge just block it.
                            - If you get too far away from the Nameless king you will loose lock on THIS IS NOT GOOD since his move set is very erratic and you need to be able to constantly keep track of him.

                            Well I believe that is all I hope it helps,
                            Cheers and Goodluck!

                            • Anonymous

                              13 Aug 2017 15:08  

                              On NG+/ second playthrough:
                              - first of, I died 25+ on my first playthrough against him before beating him. Crest shield with lightning absorption +5 was a lifesaver.
                              - having the Dragonslayer Greatshield +5, Dragonslayer Spear +5, Chaos Longsword +10, Cloranthy Ring +3, Ring of Favor +3 and Estus Flask +10, 15 charges were crutches against him in NG+. And because of the aforementioned items, I got to beat him in 1 try on my 2nd playthrough.
                              - the 1st playthrough struggle felt more fulfilling.


                              • Anonymous

                                08 Aug 2017 15:26  

                                is it me or has noone made the connection between the two things we are not told in dark souls ,what did the nameless king do ?you know this great fighter against dragons and then boom, immediately reconsiders them .and then there's thing number 2 ,what the hell happened to gwendolyns legs ,you know this crossdresser that is hidden and raised as a girl and learnt magic.
                                A thought for you all ...
                                want to be the best man ,train with the best and fight ,fight for the kingdom and to uphold it
                                train with your older brother, the best, yes ?brothers fight and cut off his legs .life saved my magic of some sought (seath )
                                gwendolin had it deemed too dangerous to be a fighter to be a man to look up to in this kingdom ,so raised as a girl .he later builds an intrest in what saved him and magic in general .
                                but for the first born ... my brother is now a part of that which I swore to hate .Dragon ,though not a perfect one ,worse still is seath an ally of farther ."dragons are for slaying" why then does he live ? though I did not wish to hurt my brother ,I cannot let him be this thing of which i despise .

                                soon after ,he is banished .within his banishment he finds love .then he understands why his father did what he could to save his youngest son .for only he the first born (out of the two) was strong enough to last outside of the walls of the kingdom .he acknowledged that a dragon that could have let gwendolin die and get some revenge for his fallen comrades ,even a dragon knows . peace

                                • Anonymous

                                  07 Aug 2017 01:39  

                                  I don't care what you people say, this is easily one of the worst bosses in the entire series.
                                  Handling the camera is an absolute nightmare. It takes away from the epicness and the immersion of the fight.
                                  I am playing Dark Souls, not Camera Man Simulator.

                                  To top it off, it is possible for the dragon to plant its foot right on top of you, locking you in place due to what appears to be a bug.
                                  It's not exactly game-breaking, but it adds to the frustration (in the rare case it actually happens to you).
                                  The final thing that annoyed me was the absence of my blood stain. It was nowhere to be found and I couldn't recover it.
                                  Of course this is Dark Souls, so I am used to losing a level or two every now and then.

                                  I feel FROM really dropped the ball when it comes to the entire area. It feels rushed, and the boss is no exception.
                                  If you ask me, this is Dark Souls 3's Izalith/Bed of Chaos all over again.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    05 Aug 2017 05:16  

                                    That wyvern fight wouldnt be so hard if the smoke and camera angles didintake it look like im right in front of him just to swing at the air.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      04 Aug 2017 04:58  

                                      What if Knight Solaire wasn't Praising The SUN, but was Praising The SON? Specifically, Gwyn's first born son.

                                      If you listen to Solaire's dialogue and mentally replace each use of the word SUN with the word SON, a lot of what he says takes on a completely different meaning. Not every line works, but quite a few do.

                                      Let me go out on a limb here. Things can get lost in translation, and Miyazaki is anything but direct. There could have been a translation mix up early on that was completely embraced to deepen the mystery and intrigue. Solaire was a Knight of the Son, and worshipped him, just as those of Lordran once had. But something happened, and he was exiled. Knight Solaire searched through Dark Souls One for the Lord he was sworn to, and his equipment existing in Dark Souls Three could mean he got pretty close to, or even found The Nameless King. His shield is even obtained by trading an item you receive a matter of feet from the door to the boss fight.

                                      Most importantly Solaire is a Sun-Bro, and the smashed statues in the Warriors Of Sunlight covenant are almost definitely sculpted in the likeness of The Nameless King.

                                      Praise The Son!

                                      • Anonymous

                                        02 Aug 2017 02:31  

                                        Lothric great-sword might not work anymore if you have it equipped (at least for me) the dragon refuses to land i switched weapons and the dragon immediately landed but i died

                                        • Anonymous

                                          30 Jul 2017 21:57  

                                          What if Solaire is Nameless King and he was in a disguise to keep low profile (ala not to be detected as the gywn's exiled son) ? What you think about this theory ?

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