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The Nameless King

hp.jpg souls.jpg Location

4577 (KoS)

7100 (NK)

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

Slash Lightning

Frost Frost

PoisonPoison/Toxic

Bleed

 Fire

None

Nameless King

Fire

 Dark

Slash Lightning

 Frost

  Bleed

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."

 

Location

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

 

Drops

  • 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 - King of Storm

  • First phase of the battle.
  • Health: NG (4577), NG+ (??), NG++ (???), NG+3 (??), NG+6 (??), NG+9 (??)
  • Attacks deals Fire, Lightning, Standard and Thrust damage.
  • Weak to Lightning and Frost.
  • Weak spot: Head. 
  • Hits to the legs deals minor damage.
  • Resistant to Poison, Toxic, Bleed and Fire.
  • Can't be parried, but can be staggered and riposted for massive damage. Recovery after that riposte is long.
  • 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.

Combat Information - Nameless King

  • Second phase of the battle. If player fails that phase, he also must repeat first.
  • Health: NG (7100), NG+ (??), NG++ (???), NG+3 (176000), NG+6 (??), NG+9 (??)
  • Attacks deals Lightning, Thrust and Standard damage.
  • Weak to Dark and Fire damage.
  • Resistant to Bleed, Frost and Lightning.
  • Immune to Poison/Toxic.
  • Can't be parried, but can be staggered what allows to perform a riposte. 

 

 

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 (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. 

 

 

 

 

Attacks

 

First Phase (King of the Storm)
Attack Name Attack Description
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)
Attack Name Attack Description
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 2 times. Deals physical and lightning damage.
Spear attack King uses his spear to hit enemy in front of him. Deals physical damage.
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 

  • 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.

Trivia

  • 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.

Gallery

King of the Storm  King of the Storm and Nameless King 

King of the Storm and Nameless King Nameless King 

 




    • 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.

      -Mikko

      • 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 ?

                  • Anonymous

                    24 Jul 2017 02:48  

                    Going off the theory that The Nameless King is Lord Gwyn's first born, and his approach to naming his offspring (Gwynevere, Gwyndolin) I'd say it's a safe bet that this guy's given name was, "Gwyneth".

                    • Anonymous

                      22 Jul 2017 13:47  

                      I can consistently kill the Stormdrake with my +5 Moonlight Greatsword with 35 INT, Magic Clutch, and Lloyd's Sword Ring. The best I've gotten against the King himself is half health, though.

                      • 21 Jul 2017 00:37  

                        My mixed caster (50 int, 45 fth) kills the dragon in two to four casts of sunlight spear with crystal chime, depending on if each spear counted as a melee hit or not. Used lightning clutch ring and ring of the sun's first born. second phase I did chaos bed vestages with fire clutch and witch's ring. Both phases had sage's ring. Can't remember the last ring, or if I swapped between phases.

                        • Anonymous

                          09 Jul 2017 20:40  

                          The camera is the true enemy here. It's more of a breeze in the 2nd phase knowing the camera isn't freaking out all the time.

                          • Anonymous

                            08 Jul 2017 18:07  

                            I was able to complete him on the fifth try, if you are a quality STR+DEX build i highly recommend using a refined dark sword +10 with a lothric shield.

                            2h the sword in the first phase for extra damage. After learning the moveset and camera it should go pretty fast.

                            Sword and board the second phase. Its stupid easy when blocking with the shield. Roll the attacks you cant block. Ezpz.

                            • Anonymous

                              03 Jul 2017 00:20  

                              Frost straight sword from first outrider knight fully upgraded is very effective against king of storms and not so effective against the nameless king

                              • Anonymous

                                01 Jul 2017 09:25  

                                This boss with the King of Storms reminds me of some eastern monsters. the ones where a snake, eel, tentacle like thing grows out of the stomach or between the legs. Don't want to force pictures in you or not proper content here but I have the feeling FROM did that on purpose. This phalic imagery. "look how huge mine is"... this primitive subconcious message that tells us he is more powerfull, more man than us because "bigger" still works in us. (think of cars for example!) So defeating Storm king is a castration basically. We take away what makes him superior to us, make him equal to us. Take away is "monstrous advantage" between his legs to fight us fair and square.

                                • Anonymous

                                  29 Jun 2017 04:59  

                                  I'm not a seasoned dark souls player. I've only played through bloodborne. Still on my first clear of DS3. This boss was likely the most challenging boss in any rpg I defeated solo. Spent so much time trying to down him. Very fun, intense fight. Can be frustrating but I like how this battle demands near perfection. So happy right now :)

                                  • Anonymous

                                    29 Jun 2017 00:02  

                                    Hollow build using Hollow Dark Sword +10, a light Hollow Shield on my back +10 for that extra luck buff, and lightening strong armor all under 70% weight. 24/22/44/46/41 HP/Stam/Str/Dex/Luck

                                    Slapped some dark on this sword with resin and went to work. Wrecked him.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      28 Jun 2017 20:53  

                                      Anyone finds the boss difficult? I'm willing to help anyone who needs it.
                                      NOTE: I play on PS4 and I'm from Finland, my time zone is UTC +3, so if you're American. You might have to wait a while, or if you're lucky, I might be staying up late.
                                      Hit me up and mention you came from this comment and I'll help you out asap!
                                      PSN: Littlebiglazer28

                                      • Anonymous

                                        27 Jun 2017 22:50  

                                        A crazy idea. I don't know if it makes it easy or nah. But how about the use of Harvel's Greatshield? That should make the boss a little easier.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          25 Jun 2017 09:38  

                                          No wonder they made this an optional boss; the camera angling in phase 1 is just atrocious. From Software is lucky that they can get away with passing off their laziness and sloppy coding as appealing 'difficulty', but I see right through that BS. lol

                                          • Anonymous

                                            23 Jun 2017 15:58  

                                            "Nameless King is commonly considered to be the one of the hardest boss in the game."

                                            Still baffles me. He's one of the most predictable bosses in the entire series. Ridiculously easy for any melee character. Even casters since he'll spend most of the time just edgewalking to you.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              Nameless King [DKS3 Wiki]19 Jun 2017 09:58  

                                              You will recognize his move-set after few attempts, it's easy to read his move set, i'm using FUGS and bet him easily, his move-set are predictable compare with dancer (for me), anyway GLHF

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