The Nameless King

hp.jpg souls.jpg Location

4577 (KoS)

7100 (NK)

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

Slash Lightning


Bleed/ Fire


Nameless King
Fire Slash Lightning PoisonPoison & Toxic

Nameless King Information

  • The Nameless King is a boss enemy in Dark Souls 3.
  • This boss is an optional boss fight.
  • 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."
  • Nameless King is commonly considered to be the hardest boss in the game.



  • 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 (??), NG+6 (??), NG+9 (??)
  • Souls for Cooperator: NG (20,000), NG+ (40,000)...
  • Soul of the Nameless King


Combat Information

  • The dragon is weak to magic damage and his head takes massive damage
  • King of the Storm can be riposted after staggering, but not parried. It is possible for multiple players to simultaneously riposte, dealing extra damage. This is true of many ripostes in the game, but especially easy against staggered bosses.
  • Dragonslayer Greatshield makes the fight much easier if your build supports it. A Spirit Tree Crest Shield will also work just fine if your build cannot support greatshields.
  • It is possible to evade his aerial fire breath attack 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.
  • When he begins to circle you in the sky (he always circle you counterclockwise), you can evade his Lightning Spear attack simply 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. You can keep your shield up throughout as a safeguard.
  • If you damage the dragon enough it will be staggered for a good few seconds, simply walk up to the head and attack to perform a critical (riposte) attack, staggering it again for another few hits.
  • Carthus Bloodring is effective for dodging lightning attacks' large hitboxes, as well as delayed melees.
  • In the first phase, King of the Storm can very easily jump out of your camera view, a good strategy would be to increase camera sensitivity and do not lock on at all times.
  • An upgraded crossbow makes the otherwise challenging second phase almost completely trivial. Simply keep your distance and shoot him between his attacks.




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.)


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 (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.




First Phase (King riding atop Stormdrake)
Attack Name Attack Description
Aerial Fire Breath Flies straight up into the air and spews fire straight down in a large area.
Second Phase (King by himself, but buffed)
Attack Name Attack Description
Lightning Storm 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

Notes & Trivia

  • Several of the Nameless King's abilities mirror Ornstein, Gwyn, and Artorias from Dark Souls.
  • This boss uses physical, lightning, and fire abilities, making building an armor set against him difficult.
  • 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 often 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.
  • 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.
  • When the dragon dies, the Nameless King's hand shakes just before he stabs him.

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    • 18 Apr 2017 18:58  

      Here's what's wrong with this boss and with everyone who praise him to be the best

      -Waiting times: there's nothing hard in waiting, nothing. Waiting for him to do one of the stupid attacks instead of his op ones is just cheesing. There's never a challenge in waiting and I don't know how nobody can't get it.
      -Patterns: kinda like Sulyvahn, there's no way you can base your dodges on your reflexes because of the dumb castledelays (delays in commands like in the 1st castlevania from the NES). This is not really their fault, but it's about the game itself.
      -1st phase: Well... It's not a phase, mom! Kinda like the majority of phases before the final, the 1st is just a sandbag- waste of time (but it's really appealing, I guess, except for the dragon that looks like a peacock)

      Not much for the people, except that they're just being hipsters with this new term "artificial difficulty"
      People that prefer the Nameless King's fight instead of Midir or Gael are the same that says "giving a lot of HP/ATT won't them ACTUALLY hard" wich translates in: lemme show off and tell everyone how tough I am compared to you, casul, after I died countless times in deep frustration and learned their patterns to perfection before actually killing them.

      It's just a phrase that baffles me. They're basically saying that levelling is not important (because stats) and NG+ is useless (because stats, again). Mhm... What about the jokes of SL 80 1st game, 100 2nd, 120 blaze it meta ng++?

      Same goes for trading hits wich goes on armor and most of all poise, wich again, poise is something that hipsters will shove to your face if you dare to make the most little meme (joke. Everything is a meme when*****talking about poise), but if this is the excuse to trash Midir and Gael fights, instead of this waiting simulator, then that whole phrase is just pointless.

      "But deeeh, once you learn the patterns they're so easy", yes, you sadly just described the whole game

      • 16 Apr 2017 23:59  

        Anybody think maybe he's Solaire? Think about it, Solaire failed to link the fire and subsequently he should come back as an ashen one, and yet we never meet up with him. He was the prime suspect of being Gwyn's firstborn and I don't think this is reason enough to change that. My personal theory is that he came back, somehow regained his memories by visiting archdragon peak and recovered his identity as the nameless king.

        • 14 Apr 2017 06:54  

          Sunlight Spear for the wyvern ⟹ Crystal Soul Spear for the King ⟹ souls for the Sunbro

          This boss is piss easy if you stack intelligence and faith, and use all relevent damage increasing items. The wyvern is so weak to lightning you can hit well over 3000 damage with Sunlight Spears, and even Great Lightning Spears hurt it a lot. You can smack the King around for 1000+ damage with Crystal Soul Spears, and his attacks are dodged pretty easily when you're already standing back.

          • 14 Apr 2017 00:51  

            Look at his face, its mummified like a hollows!

            He also gives out weird raspy cat hisses whenever he's about to attack. Not an easy boss fight unless you're a dark sorcerer who can dance around like a fairy princess. Combat wise, I went in with the dragon slayers spear and dragon slayers great shield. I didn't face him off directly, just waited for him to do his jump attack then poke him a few times. Kept the shield up for good measure. Also, I tossed darts at him when he was at a distance and even firebombs. Took many death to figure it out.

            • 13 Apr 2017 20:01  

              Is the Storm Drake weak to dark now? I was obliterating him with my Dark Longsword at 40/40 int fth. It would support the Oresntine became the Storm Drake theory bc the gods were weak to dark

              • 13 Apr 2017 12:45  

                Looks like the king has been dethroned for being the hardest boss. You thought the king hit hard try getting hit from the new king Darkeater midir (2 shots most people)

                • 12 Apr 2017 12:27  

                  Have people tried that new lightning miracle from the DLC against the dragon? It absolutely decimates him. My record for getting to the second phase is about 15 seconds, either that miracle needs a nerf or this guy needs a little buff against lightning. This is on NG++ too so From might want to fix this.

                  • 10 Apr 2017 01:01  

                    Fun fact: Sen (also sennau) like in "Sen's Fortress" is a welsh word meaning "reproof, rebuke, censure". Gwyn is a welsh word meaning "White, Blessed, Fair". Let's spin a little theory.
                    So, in going with the DS1 naming convention, if we follow the theory that Nameless King = Sen:
                    the firstborn could have been named something like "Gwynsen/Gwynsennau" or similar, Sen for short.
                    This might mean something like "fair reproof" or "rebuked by the Blessed" or even "censured by the White". All things that fit very well with a son being stricken from history by his Blessed Father, being censured and rebuked for his choices.
                    This ties very neatly into FromSofts love for prophetizing names (naming people after what will happen/has happened to them in the story, even though it was not apparent from birth). Not only that, they like using words from the same or similar languages for their chosen names and name parts. And except for Filianore, all people descending from Gwyn have completely welsh names. It's no big leap to think the nameless firstborn would have a welsh name as well (especially one that has already been mentioned in DS1, where this convention comes from)
                    Even more telling: in Lordran nobody knows who Sen is supposed to be, in a land that keeps records of basically anybody even a little bit noteworthy. This could tie in really well with a god who has been stricken completely from the annals of history, doesn't it? Plus, you can erase a name from books, destroy statues, forbid people from saying a name... but it's a lot harder to rename a whole fortress (and possibly order of knighthood), isn't it?
                    The last part that also fits really well: the firstborn was said to be a great warrior god... so having a really great and hardy Fortress with lots of traps and extremely strong soldiers guarding the only way into the City of the Gods is very fitting for a Warrior God and son of the God King, right?
                    I don't know if anybody else has already had this line of thought, it just came into my head and I had to follow through :)
                    What do you think?

                    TL,DR version: new headcanon is NK was called Gwynsen (or so), "censured by the Blessed/Gwyn". Sen's fortress guarding Anor Londo belonged to him.

                    • 08 Apr 2017 20:13  

                      I can't see why is this boss hard
                      People said champion gundyr is hard. first time i fought him i parried him 3 times and only got hit once.
                      Nameless king people said he was impossible alone. I did it alone ez pz.
                      Nameless king isn't the hardest boss people it just requires reflexes and having solid damage.
                      Champion Gundyr is a boss that requires reflexes aswell as with good parrying skills if you want and easy encounter

                      • 28 Mar 2017 16:51  

                        I was the poster below about breezing through the game until this guy.... Finally beat him. Was fighting Sister Friede over and over and did some level grinding and respec-d my guy. Went back just to try again figuring I would get smoked and took him out. Had a Lothric shield all buffed up to block I think it was 95% lightning after I infused it. That helped with the AOE attacks. Still used the black knight great sword I have been rocking almost the entire game, also pegged him with some arrows during the times I would back away and heal just to help a little... Having a lot of health and not being able to be 1-2 shotted was the trick.. Not as bad as Sister Friede imo, still haven't beat her.

                        • 26 Mar 2017 13:39  

                          ... you guys are going to hate me...

                          So this is my first run through ds3, never beat a souls game before, I was only sl 80 when I fought this guy...

                          First try...

                          • 18 Mar 2017 04:16  

                            Great Deep Soul is the best spell to use against this guy and his pet. Not only dose it do a great deal of damage, especially towards his pet, but has a better tracking due to its slow movement. Just don't get greedy and spam nonestop. Cast 2 dark orbs and watch his movements.

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