Aldrich, Devourer of Gods

aldrich devourer of gods enemy dark souls 3 wiki guide
General Info
hp souls Location
4,727 50,000 Anor Londo
Drops Cinders of a Lord
Soul of Aldrich
Defenses
Weak Resistant Immune
icon lightningbonus Lightning
icon firebonus Fire
icon thrustdef Thrust
Farron Greatsword
Wolf Knight's Greatsword
Vow of Silence
Headshots
icon magicbonus Magic
icon darkbonus Dark
icon wp frost Frost
icon wp bleed Bleed
icon poisonres.pngPoison/Toxic

 

Aldrich, Devourer of Gods is a Lord of Cinder and a Boss enemy in Dark Souls 3 (DS3). This Dark Souls 3 Aldrich Boss Guide features locations, strategies and videos on how to defeat Aldrich, Devourer of Gods easily, as well as tips, weaknesses, trivia and lore notes for the Aldrich boss.

Aldrich appears to the player as a dark mass of bones and flesh with the upper body of and garments similar to those worn by Gwyndolin in Dark Souls. He attacks with Gwyndolin's weapons - a catalyst that is imbued with fire after being brought down to a certain health threshold, and a bow.

As with most boss fights in Dark Souls 3, this boss fight can be challenging to players of all skill levels. When avoiding Aldrich's attacks, it is recommended to roll away as opposed to blocking due to the erratic nature of his attacks. Anri of Astora can summon the player to their world for assistance with this boss fight if their questline has been fulfilled. This boss is not optional - all Lords of Cinder must be defeated to progress through the game.

Bosses are unique and challenging Enemies that drop Boss Souls capable of being transformed into powerful Weapons, Spells, and Items for the player.

 

Dark Souls 3 Aldrich, Devourer of Gods Location

Where to find Aldrich, Devourer of Gods in Dark Souls 3?

  • Anor Londo, up the stairs and into the Cathedral where Ornstein and Smough are fought in the first Dark Souls. 
  • From the bonfire, up the stairs with two Silver Knights, to the left, in the room with the Giant's corpse and his coal, up the stairs, inside the building and down the stairs the fog wall can be seen. The golden gate on the other side of the room can be opened by a mechanism, allowing easier access from the bonfire.

 

Aldrich Drops

What do you get from defeating Aldrich, Devourer of Gods in Dark Souls 3?

  • Souls: NG (50,000) | NG+ (150,000) | NG++ (165,001) | NG+3 (168,750) | NG+4 (180,000) | NG+6 (187,500) | NG+7 (191,250)
  • Co-op Souls: NG (12,500)
  • Other: Cinders of a Lord, Soul of Aldrich (in Anri's world if summoned there: only Ember)

 

Aldrich Notes & Tips

What should you know about fighting Aldrich, Devourer of Gods in Dark Souls 3?

 

Aldrich Stats

Playthrough NG NG + NG ++ NG +3 NG +4 NG +5 NG +6 NG +7
Health 4,727 6,126 6,739 7,045 7,352 7,964 8,271 8,577
Damage Type Standard Strike Slash Thrust Magic Fire Lightning Dark
Absorptions 30% 31% 29% 28% 76% 22% 30% 83%

 

Dark Souls 3 Aldrich, Devourer of Souls Boss Guide & Strategies

DS3 Aldrich Video Strategies

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Dark Souls 3 Aldrich Attacks

Attack Name Description
Lunge Quickly lunges forward for a melee hit after a short charge up. Dodge roll to the side of it.
Horizontal Swing (Phase 1) Swings "Gravelord-Halberd" in a wide arc and deals high damage. Dodge roll into it.
Soul Spear (Phase 1) After a short charge up, thrusts two soul spears towards you which can pass through pillars. Dodge roll out of the way. Deals significant damage. Up to five soul spears can be thrust in succession during Phase 2. Less likely to use soul spears at close range.
Flame Trail (Phase 2) Emerges from the ground in a burst of flames, swathing the ground in fire that will burn players who stand within it. Kite Aldrich away from the flames.
Homing Soul Mass (Phase 1) Casts several homing soul masses. Use pillars to block them. (Phase 2) Casts homing soul masses after every retreat.
Scythe Spin Draws a Lifehunt Scythe (miracle) and spins twice, stealing a bit of health.
Arrow Barrage

(Phase 1) Creates an expanding wave of arrows, dealing very high magic (and thrust) damage.

(Phase 2) Creates a wave of arrows, which seeks his enemy.

 

General Tips

  1. Aldrich, like most Dark Souls 3 bosses, is a very vicious boss with powerful attacks that can easily do 700 HP in damage to the player. That means like with most bosses, there are only 1-3 seconds to hit him safely. No getting greedy!
  2. Aldrich is using the half-eaten, twisted upper body of Dark Sun Gwyndolin, and amplifying his abilities. That means he has the same attacks, but he's more dangerous. He can open up with any of his attacks, but is least likely to melee, since the player starts some distance from him. During this open-up, make sure to get a lock on, and keep it, because you can avoid off-camera insta-kills this way.
  3. Aldrich's moveset  is avoidable with basic moves, like dodging and running. He will sometimes throw his giant Gwyndolin soul-arrow while also using his trailing showering arrows, and will use this attack often. Since this arrow attack is very long, it is easy to lose all your stamina, and get caught, even with 120-130 stamina and a chloranthy ring. What one should do is wait for the arrows to come close, then begin spamming dodge roll, since it is efficient on stamina, and will allow for the player to dodge the soul arrow with proper timing. This is the KEY way to preserve estus during the fight, and out-last Aldrich. His other attacks are avoidable with basic game control knowledge, so no need to explain there. It is wise to also not let Aldrich control the player's movement, so that avoiding one attack puts him in the position to be hit with another, so be very careful about how stamina is allocated for dodging homing soul arrows, and such.
  4. Despite being able to stagger Aldrich when hitting his tail, the tail takes reduced damage from attacks. Be sure to aim for the torso if given the choice.
  5. Aldrich has low health, but he is extremely dangerous for this reason, and can kill in two hits, under three seconds, like the worst of bosses. Don't get too nonchalant and take him seriously, and you can end the fight well, without using your embers or buffs, which can be used on harder bosses. Think of Aldrich as about 50% harder than the Crystal Sage, and you have a good estimation of how powerful his character build is.
  6. Aldrich is kind of a fast mover, and will swipe quite a bit if you are in front of him. So stay near his tail, and you can avoid some damage, and save about three estus flasks that way. Try not to get distracted by his up and down floatation, because it doesn't matter much.
  7. The area before Aldrich, up until the Church Of Yorshka bonfire, from the Central Irithyll bonfire can net about 11k souls easy, with a basic Covetous Silver Serpent Ring. It is a good idea to take advantage of this caveat, because the player can passively buff his build with more stats, making Aldrich's weakness of low health even bigger.
  8. As to his attacks, knowing the telegraphs Aldrich uses with his weapon is not fully important, as the player has some time to see them coming at him to avoid them, but by all means, the player should take the privilege of learning his telegraphs with his weapon.

How to fight and beat Aldrich, Devourer of Gods

Strategy 1 (Melee)

Aldrich seems to be very weak to attacks on the tail. Multiple attacks will stagger and cause Aldrich to fall if it is standing higher for an attack.When you enter the room, rush towards Aldrich and begin attacking. Dodge roll any melee attacks and soul spears. Hide behind pillars to block homing soul masses. Run around the room away from Aldrich when he whips out a bow, as he will fire an Arrow Barrage over the area. Return to attacking when arrows end. He will periodically retreat and pop up at the corner of the room which is the farthest from you. Move to the center of the room and watch where he appears. Immediately move in to attack once he appears. At about 70% health Aldrich will be augmented with flames, gaining a damage boost and leaving trails of fire in its path.

 

Strategy 2 (Pyromancy)

This strategy involves using Great Chaos Fire Orb and Flash Sweat. Use any high Magic Resistance armors as well as pyromancy equipment. Cast Flash Sweat before entering the boss room. Sprint towards Aldrich and close the distance, preventing him from casting Soul Spears. Start casting Fire Orbs, while dodging any attacks. Follow dodging patterns in Strategy 1.

Alternatively, you can just stand behind pillars and lob Chaos Bed Vestiges or Great Chaos Fire Orbs at him. He will take massive damage, and the only attacks you'll have to worry about are his Soul Spears (which can be dodged easily) and the tracking Arrow Rain in Phase II, which can be outrun.

 

Strategy 3 (Sorcery/Melee)

Twisted Wall of Light can be used it to negate Aldrich's soul masses and arrow barrage (**does not work with soul spear**). If you are using augmented spells like Greater Magic Weapon apply it before entering in the fog. Once inside rush towards Aldrich and follow strategy one. If you are caught off guard then cast Twisted Wall of Light until Aldrich stops casting. Continue closing the gap to deal melee damage and make sure to top off your FP when Aldrich teleports out.

The dark miracle Vow of Silence can be used to cancel nearly all of Aldrich's attacks, including the Soul Masses, Soul Spear, Arrow Barrage, and even the dark vortex he sends out before teleporting. However, Vow of Silence dissipates quickly, so time your attacks carefully.

 

Strategy 4 (Sorcery)

Pestilent Mist can be used to good effect. Aldirch can be trapped behind the pillars fairly easily, and the spell can be cast before the arrow barrage attack if timed quickly. It is best used after melee attacks, however as they usually cause Aldrich to become unstuck. Whilst casting arrow barrage Aldrich will not move (may need confirming). During phase 2 this strategy works best casting pestilent mist after the arrow barrage attack as it is longer in the fire phase. Suggested rings: Bellowing Dragoncrest RingYoung Dragon RingLingering Dragoncrest Ring and Sage Ring. The player can use far casting spells such as Greater soul arrow during this strategy.

It is recommended that the player also removes the Crown of Dusk as Aldrich can easily one shot and un-embered player. Blue Bug Pellets can be used to mitigate magic damage taken (roughly 2 per fight).

 

Aldrich Lore Theories

  • "Aldrich, infamous for his appetite for flesh, apparently had the desire to share with others his joy of imbibing the final shudders of life while luxuriating in his victim's screams." - Aldrich's Sapphire/Ruby
  • "Aldrich dreamt as he slowly devoured the God of the Darkmoon. In this dream, he perceived the form of a young, pale girl in hiding" - Lifehunt Scythe. This is most likely a reference to either Priscilla, and how her Painted World is akin to a dream in which she is hiding from the real world, or to Yorshka, who is found hiding at the top of the chapel in Irithyll. Given Aldrich's similar abilities, it is possible that he devoured both Gwyndolin and Priscilla.
  • As stated in Hawkwood's dialogue, "He ate so many that he bloated like a drowned pig, then softened into sludge, so they stuck him in the Cathedral of the Deep".  Because of this, it has led many to believe that Aldrich is a  Man-Grub, a monster found in the Cathedral or that the Man-Grubs are made in Aldrich's image.
  • Given their shared status as infamous maneaters, the fact that killing Aldrich nets Smough's Set from The Shrine Handmaiden much as killing others nets their armor, and the fact that when Aldrich returns to his true home, he is found in the cathedral of Anor Londo, it is likely that Smough became Aldrich, possibly through consumption of huge quantities of humanity through the men he ate.
  • Aldrich had devoured Gwyndolin, who was ill at the time, thus possessing much of the latter's abilities as well as appearance
    • Aldrich was locked up and forced to become a Lord of Cinder, as opposed to willingly sacrificing himself or becoming cursed like Prince Lothric.
  • Pontiff Sulyvahn says in his dialogue that he imprisoned a God of the old royalty, Gwyndolin, son of Lord Gwyn (the old royal).
  • After performing a melee attack, Aldrich won't move for a while, which could be the result of not fully being used to Gwyndolin's body.

Aldrich Trivia

  • Use items that boost stamina regeneration, such as (Budding) Green Blossoms, the Cloranthy Ring or the Galvanize Skill, since a lot of rolling/sprinting is required.
  • Because Aldrich's teleport attack is not based on damage dealt to him or the health he has, it is advised to watch out for whenever he performs a teleport, as the AoE attack can easily kill you if you aren't prepared.
  • Due to the fire around Aldrich during phase 2 being so weak, trying to avoid it can prove to be a waste of time and may leave you open to other attacks.
  • The arena you fight Aldrich in has a few similarities to the one where you fight the dragon,  Darkeater Midir.
  • The Arrow Barrage is the boss' most dangerous move. In the first phase it can be dodged by going up close to the boss and simply rolling behind the boss when it casts, but in the second phase the arrows track you and last for roughly 3-4 times as long. These can be dodged effectively by rolling in a triangular or circular pattern, although the boss can cast Soul Spear at the same time.
  • During Phase 2, you can also run away and back, forming a big loop and covering at least two pillars of distance. The arrows will be ended by the time you get back on Aldrich's face. Prepare for a Soul Spear on your return.
    Another effective way to dodge the arrows in the second phase is to simply wait for them to come close then run in a circle around a pillar.
  • The arrows have trouble crossing over the pillars and are slowed down by it greatly. Additionally, the pillar will defend against many projectiles Aldritch throws at you and the fact that you are running will dodge the rest. This works best with a summon or when doing it with Anri so that your friend can keep agro and damage on Aldritch.
  • Despite Aldrich's plural title, Gwyndolin is the only God confirmed to have been devoured.
  • The blade on the end of his staff is the Gravelord Sword; this has led many to speculate that he may have devoured Nito as well. However, there are no other lore implications to support this claim, as Nito was destroyed in Dark Souls 1.
  • Aldrich possesses buff miracle that uses a staff as a catalyst, casting it at the start of combat. Entering the room and zooming in quickly allows one to see the staff itself, which is a Golden Ritual Spear.
  • His theme lifts elements from both Dark Sun Gwyndolin/Moonlight Butterfly's theme.
  • His name is likely derived from Germanic name Aldric, formed from the elements ald "old" and ric "ruler, power". Given his lore, he might be a reference to Saint Aldric, who was a 9th-century bishop of Le Mans.
  • His name is spelled "エルドリッチ" in Japanese, which is read as "Eldritch," possibly a reference to H.P. Lovecraft.
  • Examining the floor, the bones of the many hundreds, possibly thousands of beings that Aldrich has consumed may be seen floating within the sludge. Given his use of the Gravelord's sword and that his own body is, effectively, a mass grave; Aldrich may be considered the new Gravelord in replacement of Gravelord Nito, whose own body was also an aggregate collection of bones, rather than a reincarnation or corruption of Gwyndolin whom he merely manipulates as he would a puppet during this encounter.
  • Oddly enough, Aldrich's attacks will still deal magic damage during his second phase, rather than dealing fire damage akin to how the other three Lords of Cinder do so during their second phases.
  • The arena you fight Aldrich in is the same arena you fight Orstein and Smough in the original Dark souls. 

 

Aldrich Gallery

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    • Anonymous

      This is bullshit, it would be easy if it wasn't for the camera angle that gets all messed up while this piece of crap moves. This is trash and it's crazy that the series can't fix this ****. It's trash

      • Anonymous

        If you have read James Clavell's book "Shogun", you may be familiar with this event in the early chapters: the Dutch warship, The Erasmus, piloted by the English John Blackthorne, lands on the shores of Japan and it's crew is captured by a local Samurai Lord and thrown into a pit. One of the crew, the cook I believe, is taken up from the pit and then put into a large pot of water. The Samurai Lord orders it to be heated slowly to the boiling point. The poor fellow didn't see much of Japan.

        I think it is highly probable that whoever created, "Aldrich, Devourer of Gods", must have been a descendant of that Samurai Lord.

        • Anonymous

          Stick on the Archdeacon robes and respond to the arrow attacks by running serpentine. Should be able to avoid the magic attacks and arrows fairly easily. Get in a few whacks and you're golden. Just good old patience (and scurying)

          • Anonymous

            By far the most annoying fight I've done solo. Got him down to a pixel of hp then he did the AOE teleport when I was low hp. Thanks Dark Souls.

            • Anonymous

              If it does the arrow barrage followed by the Dark Spears frequently, you are going to have a hard time.

              This is not just a "git gud" boss (on account you need to notice the telegraphs), this is also a "good luck" boss.

              • Anonymous

                This guy is pretty easy if youre melee just be patient and when hes not doing the arrow attack just get right up into his face and most attacks will miss or do close to 0 damage, for the arrows just run away from the guy until it stops

                • Anonymous

                  Was my first Soulsborne game, probably died more to him in my first playthrough than to any other Soulsborne boss outside of Sekiro, but 6 playthroughs later I don't think I've died to him once, arrow rain truly is the only thing he has

                  • Anonymous

                    Most annoying and tedious boss, rain arrow spam is the worst part but even then his other moves manage to be all annoying

                    • The only one who had insight on what would come after the Age of Fire and how to prepare for it. In the grand scheme of things, he's the hero of this world.

                      • Anonymous

                        they should of gave Aldrich 3 phases first is normal second the same 3 spits gwyndolin out and he says bless you before dying and we fight Aldrich in his worm form

                        • Anonymous

                          Spams nothing but homing attacks and obnoxious arrow rain faster than you can run away from, then teleports with AOE the instant you close the distance.

                          • Anonymous

                            More like Aldrich, Devourer of My Patience with those cheesy ranged attacks.
                            ...Really I'm just mad because I got him down to a fingernail-width of heath and died, and had to go back like five or six times to get the kill.

                            • Anonymous

                              This is a DPS race/Stamina conservation fight. The best tip I could give anyone is to use fire resins, wack the crap out of his tail and keep his upper body in the corner of your eye to telegraph any upcoming attacks.
                              You don't want to get stuck in a swinging frenzy only to realize he's drawing his bow up to the air and you have no stamina left to outrun the arrow rain.

                              He'll usually teleport to the farthest opposite side of where he's at but sometimes he'll be in the middle of the arena during a teleport. Best thing to do in that scenario is run to the middle, reapply your buffs/top off heals and wait to see where he will show up. His moves and spells are easily dodged but the trouble comes up when the homing soul mass gets thrown into the mix. The only thing you can do in that scenario is unfortunately circle him and roll dodging the soul spears til you get a crappy opening. Eventually you'll get a good reset.

                              Almost any build can two hand a raw +6 dragonslayer axe that you get from the Creighton invasion by the Yorksha Chapel (if youre following the Sirris questline). By then you'll have the easterner's ashes for large titanite shards and the xanthous ashes for gold pine resins if you did irithyll dungeon before attempting him. He is weak to lightning as well and the damage output from that simple set up is insane for this fight. Wear the grass crest shield on your back + cloranthy ring + pontiff right eye ring = ez.

                              • Anonymous

                                His weakness to fire really can't be overstated. Doing this boss as a sorcerer vs. as a pyromancer is night and day.

                                • Anonymous

                                  "Pontiff Sulyvahn says in his dialogue that he imprisoned a God of the old royalty, Gwyndolin, son of Lord Gwyn (the old royal)."
                                  When does he ever talk?

                                  • Anonymous

                                    This is one of the most boring fights of this game, I really try to best this boss only when i need to acess the grand library

                                    • Anonymous

                                      I recommend using a fire straightsword +5, the dark crest shield, and the archdeacon set with firekeeper or any other gloves.

                                      (I've tested this on two characters, probably the easiest melee way to destroy him, just stick close and circle around if he tries doing the arrow rain attack)

                                      • Anonymous

                                        beat him first try on my first run. just used a strength/pyro build of demon's axe+chaos bed vestige. chaos bed deals insane damage to him, and the axe is great for when I run out of ashen estus

                                        • Anonymous

                                          This boss fight felt personal. After playing DS1, when I realized I was at Anor Londo, I was ecstatic. But going through the place, seeing how the Deacons of the Deep twisted and desecrated it, then Aldrich has the gall to use the O&S boss room, on top of killing and devouring Gwyndolin, it all adds up to me genuinely feeling hate towards him and his followers.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            "But Gywndolin might have serious dialog or quest potential, shouldn't we keep him around?"

                                            "Too much effort, just kill him off"

                                            "How should we go about that though?"

                                            "Make Aldrich eat him alive to give players even more reason to hate Aldrich"

                                            Thanks Miyazaki. ****ing prick.

                                            • I killed the Pontiff, went to Firelink and back left the bossroom and Aldrich just died? Like i got the souls, his boss soul, the ashes and i checked, he really just died. Haven't seen this mentioned anywhere else as a bug?

                                              • Anonymous

                                                Is this the only person in the series who's an actual bad guy, through and through?

                                                I'm not crazy versed in ds2 tho so there might be someone there

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  >it appears attacks to the tail lose 1/3 of their damage

                                                  >Strategy 1: Melee - seems very weak to attacks on the tail

                                                  ?????

                                                  I felt in my experience of fighting them just now in Anri’s world, their tail is weak, not resistant. Pyros were doing a lot more damage there than the front lower body. Maybe the lower front body resists more damage than the rest but the tail felt like it was getting beat down fast

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    tbh the arrows arent that dangerous, the real danger comes from him deciding to pelt you with soul spears during the arrows

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      Died simultaneously with the devourer, but got the win. First playthrough too, so my Aldrich trophy is my corpse riddled with his dreadful arrows. Sums up my ability perfectly, but I'm trying...

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        Even on NG++ he's still one of the easiest bosses for a pyro. CBV turns him into a *****, even with just 25/25 int/fth.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          You know, this would be an actual fun boss fight if half of his attacks didn't force you to constantly run away and waste time. They should have given him more melee attacks and reduce the chances of him casting the arrow rain spell.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Why is it just "a theory" that he ate Priscilla and Nito? He's literally using the proof. He uses Lifehunt Scythe and Nito's sword. He's also "devourer of GODS". If anything we'd need evidence that he *didn't* eat them.

                                                            The wiki is equating that Gwyndolin is the only one he ate that's talked about to that Gwyndolin is the only one "confirmed", but i think that given the context it's just that he's the only one talked about.

                                                            Something else, Nito's coffin is in Gundyr's boss room. And no, it's no one else's, the size doesn't match Yhorm or Gundyr and it has the same textures as the coffin from DS. There's also that the coffin is only slightly ajar, not fully open, so neither Yhorm or Gundyr have jelly bones to exit it and not disturb the Tree on top of it. Aldrich's coffin is in the Cathedral of the Deep. The coffin was dug up, brought to Lothric and Nito's remains (he was a skeleton) were fed to Aldrich, the only one who could've fit in the slight gap to get in there and eat Nito as he's sludge.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              One has to wonder: how much of Aldrich is actually Aldrich? What did he look like before consuming Gwyndolin?

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                This boss is just pure rng. Sometimes you’ll get spammed with arrows and teleports. Other times it’ll be one the easiest bosses

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  Okay I might sound like a salty player because I am f*** this boss no seriously f*** this boss and it's entirety cuz once you finish it you're probably out of Estes both healing and mana you ran out of all of your buffs and you're probably on low as health as soon as you finish the fight you get drafted into another fight with the primordial dancer which she'll kick your ass from where he left off and don't get me started on his f****** arrow barrage that s*** is bull cuz once you escape it like get a running Head start it will fastly catch up to you in a moment's notice you can't block it you can't Dodge it all you have to do is keep on running and hope you don't get hit with a fireball to the face while you're running away from raining arrows

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    While Aldrich was sleeping in his coffin, pontiff called him by phone, he said ''Aldrich! wake up! I have gotten the best kind of food for you, which so many human dregs it collapses on itself!'' Aldrich thought he would finally get food he deserves, so he made his way from the cathedral of the deep, through the road of sacrifices monching on a few crabs as journey snack, went through the farron keep while constantly being annoyed by ghrus and big ghrus, crashed through the abyss watchers breaking a wall and heading straight into the catacombs, collapsed the hanging bridge, falling into the smouldering lake, was shot by a ballista, climbed up to the ballista and killed the giants, used most of his strength to break down rocks in the smouldering lake, finally, he saw irithyll. He climbed up the rotating tower, he saw the pontiff and sulyvahn told him to come to the cathedral of anor londo, and said ''I am sure you are excited for your best meal!'' Aldrich, happily followed him. When they reached ornstein and smough's room, sulyvahn threw aldrich right into ill gwyndolin, and forced him to eat him, or else he would ram his profaned greatsword up his slimy arse. Aldrich was unhappy he had to possibly eat the worst kind of meal he could even think of, and was sad he didnt get his promised human dregged meal.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      Under Lore Theories: "Pontiff Sulyvahn says in his dialogue that he imprisoned a God of the old royalty, Gwyndolin, son of Lord Gwyn (the old royal)."

                                                                      Uhhhh Pontiff Sulyvahn doesn't have dialogue...

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        Is it just me or is the Gwyndolin part of Aldrich wearing the Crown of the Darksun backwards?
                                                                        It looks like a different crown but i think its the same head piece just weathered and backwards on his head.....

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          I'm pretty sure Smough isn't Aldrich. Aldrich was in the comics twice. Once as a guide and then again in a prison cell eating a corpse, neither time did he look anywhere near big enough to wear Smough's armor

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            soul spear which normally does roughly 550 damage deals less than 200 to her, this boss is just made to piss of sorcerer builds.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              the arrow attack in the second fase is so damn bs, the most anti fun attack in the entire game. If you are a mage then this is pure suffering.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                If you are on level the arrow rain in phase two is the only thing that should give you major problems. As others have said you can dps him down pretty effectively with basically any decent level appropriate build. That said this is definitely one of the most challenging bosses in the base game if you are going very low sl to build invaders or challenge runs. Took me a couple hours when I did sl12 +1. Fire bundles/resins are very good, but I had more consistency with a fire infused weapon because of rng on his attacks.

                                                                                It’s a balance of patience and aggressiveness. I had the prisoners chain, lloyds sword, chloranthy, and estus rings. He was the last boss I did before lothric castle so I had 14 +8 estus. The life-hunt scythe attack is a much bigger problem at low sl than it normally is. Using both the chloranthy ring and grass crest shield to out range the arrows when you need to can be hugely beneficial. I generally don’t lock on, but if you never play unlocked it’s probably better to go that route. You need good rng on the ranged attacks so get in on him as quickly as possible once you see him teleporting in, but don’t be greedy. If the bow goes up get back immediately and set up pillar pivots. Take tail shots if you can’t get to the head. Getting clipped by the teleport wave and a couple of soul masses will kill you. Lastly pay attention to your armor setup. A few extra points in absorption will make a difference. The fire will hurt enough at low sl that it can take you by surprise.

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  Reading the comments only made me worry about the fight unnecessarily lol

                                                                                  Aldrich is actually not that hard and will probably one of the easies boss if you're good in running fast. All I can think that helped me was probably the the Lothric Knight Sword and the Pontiff's Right Eye ring.
                                                                                  Just get really close to the boss and go behind it for the tail.

                                                                                  The Soulmass-like spell can be easily be avoided by running and/or rolling. The arrows it summons is what I've heard the most frustrating thing but it seems that Aldrich only triggered this move one time; everytime Aldrich starts teleporting, go run to the opposite corner where it teleported and being close enough probably will prevent this move from being triggered too much

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    I actually find it very unlikely that Aldrich devoured Nito due to the fact that he doesn't have to devour people to gain their ability's, he only has to dream of them which is how he gained Priscilla's "lifehunt scythe". I find it more likely that he simply dreamed of Nito's gravelord sword and turned it into a magical sword which is why he doesn't actually have a gravelord sword, only a magical replica.

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      Aldrich is literally eating gwyndolins butt erm that's gross wrong and someone can we kill this degenerate

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        managed pyro strat after several attempts on SL 89 with 37 faith and 26 vigour and holding shield of want. 5 estus, 6 ash estus. brass set w/ both pyro rings, silver serpent ring, and sage ring

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          Fun fact, Gwyndolin might still be sentient even though Aldritch has partially eaten him, let that sink in...

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            me walks into Aldrich's room Aldrich I will devour you me yeah cool erm I'm actually not here for you I'm here for gwyndolin his big brother will kind of kick by ass into next week if I don't bring him to him so Aldrich oh erm I'm sort of eating him right now so erm but whos his big brother by the way? me the nameless king ( Aldrich spits gwyndolin out with intensity )

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              Need some opinions on what the proper SL range is to fight him and not feel like I cheated myself? Felt too easy

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                One of the only reasons I find this boss hard is that f*cking arrow attack, it may not track in the first phase, but in the second phase those arrows will hunt you to the ends of the earth

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  This MF's magic resistance is out of this goddamn world. Using court sorcerer staff with 60 int, both sorcery boost rings, magic clutch ring, red tearstone and morion while low hp, crown of dusk AND staff weapon art, a fully connected soul stream was basically tickling him...

                                                                                                  • Lightning Stake miracle works really well on this guy for cleric builds. With min faith (35) and cleric's sacred chime +7 I was dealing 500+ per cast thanks to his big hurtbox. you can get 2-3 casts before he teleports away if you time it right, but if you only hit the tail you won't get the full damage.

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