Bosses in Dark Souls 3 are powerful foes which constitute some of the most challenging experiences in the game. Most are defeated as part of the mandatory story progression, with the rest optional. Defeating a boss earns the player souls, restoration of Ember and unique Boss Souls which can be transformed into powerful WeaponsSpells, or Items via Soul Transposition from Ludleth of Courland in Firelink Shrine. 

Certain bosses feature special NPCs available as summons for the fight, with some of these summoning instances dependent on meeting certain progression conditions. See the individual boss pages for NPCs available and their conditions. 

As long as the respective boss of an area remains alive, a player may be invaded by hostile phantoms. Once the boss is slain, invasions are no longer possible, however players may continue to summon phantoms via the Red Sign Soapstone.

In total there are 19 bosses in the whole game, with 6 of them being optional.

 

 

All DKS3 Bosses

BOSS LOCATION NPC SUMMONING WEAKNESS RESISTANCE IMMUNITY PARRYABLE OPTIONAL
Iudex Gundyr Cemetery of Ash None Fire/Frost/Riposte

Dark/Bleed

Poison/Toxic YES NO
Vordt of the Boreal Valley High Wall of Lothric Sword Master

Lion Knight Albert
Fire/Dark

Slash/Thrust

Poison/Toxic

Bleed/Frost

NO

NO
Curse-Rotted Greatwood Undead Settlement

None

Slash/Thrust/Fire

Sacs

None

Poison/Toxic

Bleed/Frost

NO

YES1
Crystal Sage Road of Sacrifices

Eygon of Carim

Slash/Thrust/Strike

Poison/Toxic

Magic None YES4 NO
Abyss Watchers
 Farron Keep
Sirris of the Sunless Realms

 or
Londor Pale Shade
 
or
Black Hand Gotthard
Lightning/Backstab

Dark/Bleed

Poison/Toxic YES NO
Deacons of the Deep Cathedral of the Deep Anri of Astora

Sirris of the Sunless Realms
or
Horace the Hushed

Slash/Thrust/Strike

Hollowslayer GS

Magic/Dark

Bleed

None YES NO
High Lord Wolnir Catacombs of Carthus none Bracelets / Blessed Weapons
Farron/Wolf Knight's GS
Dark

Poison/Toxic

Bleed/Frost

 

NO

NO
Old Demon King Smouldering Lake Knight Slayer Tsorig

Great Swamp Cuculus

Dark

Black Knight Weapons

Fire

Bleed/Frost

NO YES
Pontiff Sulyvahn
Irithyll of the Boreal Valley
Anri of Astora

Black Hand Gotthard

Londor Pale Shade
Thrust/Riposte

Poison/Toxic

Bleed/Frost

 
None YES NO
Yhorm the Giant Profaned Capital

* Siegward of Catarina
joins the player during the boss cutscene if his questline is fulfilled

Storm Ruler

Lightning

Physical/Magic/Dark

Fire/Poison/Toxic

Bleed/Frost

 

NO

NO
Aldrich, Devourer of Gods Anor Londo None

* Anri of Astora
summons the player in his world to defeat Aldrich if his/her quesline is fulfilled

Fire/Lightning

Farron/Wolf Knight's GS

Magic/Dark Poison/Toxic  NO NO
Dancer of the Boreal Valley


High Wall of Lothric

After 3 Lords of Cinder are defeated

(or Emma is killed)

Sword Master Dark/Lightning/Strike

Bleed

Poison/Toxic/Frost

NO

NO
Dragonslayer Armour Lothric Castle Sirris of the Sunless Realms

Eygon of Carim

Frost

Farron/Wolf Knight's GS

Dark/Lightning Poison/Toxic/Bleed NO NO
Oceiros, the Consumed King Consumed King's Garden Hawkwood Lightning Magic/Bleed Poison/Toxic  NO YES2
Champion Gundyr Untended Graves Sword Master Lightning Poison/Toxic/Bleed None YES YES
Lothric, Younger Prince The top of Lothric Castle

Sirris of the Sunless Realms

Orbeck of Vinheim

(Lorian) Lightning/Frost

(Lothric) Slash/Thrust/Strike

Dark Poison/Toxic

YES3

NO
Ancient Wyvern
Archdragon Peak
None

Lightning/Frost

Plunging Attack

Poison/Toxic/Bleed  None NO YES
Nameless King Archdragon Peak

None

* Hawkwood
can be summoned but he will desert when reaching the altar or when the player ring the bell

(King of the Storm)

Lightning

(Nameless King)

Fire

(King of the Storm)

Fire/Bleed

Poison/Toxic

(Nameless King)

Lightning

(King of the Storm)

None

(Nameless King)

Poison/Toxic

NO

YES
Soul of Cinder Kiln of the First Flame Yuria of Londor

Shade of Londor
Lightning Fire Poison/Toxic

Stagger

(Only in 2nd Phase)

NO

1Curse-Rotted Greatwood technically this boss is optional, although you won't be able to use your Boss Souls to perform Soul Transposition without defeating it because you will not receive the transposing kiln for Ludleth.

2Oceiros, the Consumed King this bossfight is not optional for the "End of Fire" ending, but optional for all others..

3These "staggers" or parrys cannot be followed up with a riposte. However, most bosses are still vunerable to ripostes, triggered through consistent damage and/or head damage.

4He can be parried, but he usually uses spells; the most likely parry is at the very beginning of the fight, where he is more prone to draw his rapier.

 

Ashes of Ariandel Bosses

BOSS LOCATION NPC SUMMONING WEAKNESS RESISTANCE IMMUNITY PARRYABLE OPTIONAL
Sister Friede Painted World of Ariandel Slave Knight Gael Bleed, Dark, Lightning Poison, Frost None YES NO
Champion's Gravetender & Gravetender Greatwolf Painted World of Ariandel None Bleed, Fire Poison, Frost None YES YES

 

The Ringed City Bosses

BOSS LOCATION NPC SUMMONING WEAKNESS RESISTANCE IMMUNITY PARRYABLE OPTIONAL
Demon in Pain & Demon From Below / Demon Prince The Dreg Heap Lapp & Slave Knight Gael Dark Fire Frost NO NO
Halflight, Spear of the Church The Ringed City Unbreakable Patches Fire Bleed None YES NO
Darkeater Midir The Ringed City Shira Mercury, Lightning Dark, Fire, Magic  Poison & Toxic, Bleed Frost NO YES
Slave Knight Gael (Boss) The Ringed City None Frost, Poison & Toxic Magic, Dark  None ?? NO

 

Mini Bosses / Special Encounters

  • Boreal Outrider Knight, located under the double elevator of Undead Settlement, where we meet Siegward. He drops the Irithyll Straight Sword.
  • Boreal Outrider Knight, located on the left side of the main bridge of Lothric Castle, down a staircase. He drops the Sword Irithyll Rapier.
  • Boreal Outrider Knight, located behind an illusory stone wall of Grand Archives, top of a small ladder above the wooden bridge. He drops the Outrider Armor Set.
  • Stray Demon (drops Soul of a Stray Demon), located on the other side of the bridge where you find Yoel. Can be accessed from the poison swamp area via ladder.
  • Fire Demon, located on the way down to smouldering lake
  • Deep Accursed, located within the Cathedral of the Deep in a large room with a body in the distance
  • Deep Accursed, located within the Anor Londo castle hallway, on ceiling
  • Carthus Sandworm, roaming the smouldering lake area just before the old demon king boss fight (drops: Miracle Lightning stake and undead bone shard)
  • Sulyvahn's Beast, crocodile/wolf hybrid, located on the bridge to Irithyll of the Boreal Valley.
  • Sulyvahn's Beast x2 in the Water Reserve area of Irithyll of the Boreal Valley, location of the Aldrich Faithful covenant altar.

 




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    • Anonymous

      While I agree ds3 has the best boss lineup in the whole series, I think people are *****ing way too much about elden ring. Yes,the game has copy pastes bosses, the game has some awful encounters, but most of them are minibosses. If you look at the rememberence bosses lineup which are the actual bosses in elden ring, 14 out of 17 are pretty decent if not great. sucks how the community only really remembers the bad bosses. Reading this comment section would make you think elden ring is terrible without any good boss and discourages the player base to experience an otherwise great game.

      Tldr; both are honestly good in terms of bosses but elden ring's larger boss lineup does include some bad bosses, there are still enjoyable ones as well

      • Anonymous

        why does this wiki have adds to be honest the bosses are cool when you can parry them
        its good to parry them

        • Anonymous

          Best bosses of all the Souls+ games. Rock solid quality very nearly all the way through with some of the best fights in the series that they still haven't topped. And looking back after Elden Ring makes me appreciate that there are no outright bad bosses in the entire game, only two or three that are mediocre. Goated boss lineup.

          • Anonymous

            Damn after beating Radagon I realized how much I cherish every single boss in DS3 compared to all of those garbage bosses combined

            • Anonymous

              Was not expecting to be looking back to this game after beating Elden Ring and wondering where the quality went.

              • Anonymous

                the bosses I find to be easy in ng+3: Iudex gundyr, Vordt, cursed greatwood, crystal sage, deacons of the deep, abyss watchers, high lord wolnir, pontiff, old demon king, dancer, yhorm, dragonslayer armor, oceiros the consumed king, aldrich, sister friede, champion gravetender and greatwolf, demon prince (I used black knight weapons and gnawing) and spears of the church and I think thats it

                the bosses i find hard are champion gundyr (still) the prince brothers, soul of cinder, nameless king and slave knight gael.

                The one I can't be asked to fight is Midir, we don't talk about midir

                • Anonymous

                  lothric can be riposted, his riposte area is just his side and not his head so you have to be slightly to his left your right

                  • Anonymous

                    If I can help anybody by defeating a boss, giving them souls or items, my character is lvv 390 with maxed weapons and all spells etc, if you need something message my psn: The_Due_MK44

                    • Anonymous

                      I came here to see which bosses were weak to magic, since, I’m doing my first sorcery build. Lo and behold it’s the only weapon form that no bosses have a weakness to. Some of the bosses are resistant to it, but not one is weak. Literally every other form of damage has a weak boss, wtf.

                      • Anonymous

                        Hardest bosses per NG:
                        NG: Darkeater Midir
                        Hits harder then every other boss has high defenses, and is just a ***** sometimes
                        NG+: Soul of Cinder
                        He just seems to be on a different lvl lmao
                        NG+2: Slave Knight Gael
                        Hits so so damn hard lmao and has super super high defenses, beat him somewhat easy with Chaos infused onikiri and ubadachi, Lady Maria 3rd phase cosplay btw
                        NG+3: Twin princes
                        IDK why but they seem so much harder now lol
                        NG+4: Halflight
                        Whys he gotta be so tanky and keep running away lol
                        NG+5:Gael again
                        For the same reason but worse lol
                        NG+6:Demon prince(Not demon below and pain)
                        Hes when i say is so so godamn tanky and its annoying and not just that hits so damn hard
                        NG+7: Demon prince
                        Again for the same reason but worse lol, tied with Gael tbh

                        • Anonymous

                          So, i decided to count weaknesses, and here is what i found :
                          Lightning - 12(!)
                          Fire - 7
                          thrust - 5
                          frost/dark - 5
                          slash/strike - 4
                          poison/toxic/bleed - 2

                          Use lightning, boys

                          • Anonymous

                            Shouldn't Champion Gundyr be marked with the little 2 for "this bossfight is not optional for the "End of Fire" ending, but optional for all others.." as well?

                            • Anonymous

                              can somebody help me get the vertebra shackles please, you summon me, I kill you and you get a lot of souls, my psn is The_Duke_MK44

                              • Anonymous

                                I understand you're proud... but literally no one cares how many tries it took you to kill a certain boss

                                • Anonymous

                                  Why r ppl saying that the dancer is hard my first playthrough it took me 3 tries and my second i did it first try

                                  • Anonymous

                                    I hope I don't get flack for this, but after well over 1000 hours of this game, Midir is simply not difficult, all his moves are obvious and telegraphed. The explosion is not that big when he switches to second phase.

                                    All his moves you can simply roll out of in between his legs or out of range, for lasers just run to the left or right and close to him, run to the tail when he does the fire underneath himself. Obviously, his flying fire is easy to avoid if you run to the left. I did this fight with around 376 AR on a straight sword, no problem. The fight just takes longer in higher ng cycles or if you're underpowered severely.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      killed them all after 62 hours of sufffering
                                      the hardest bosses definitely are: gael drakeater midir aldrich twin princes dragon slayer armour and abyss watchers these are all hard when i beated some of them like gael or thr dragon it took me 10 minutes to beleive it

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Came here to check out the resistances because I'm think about doing a Luck/status effect run. But Wolir is listed as immune to Poison/Toxic, and I know for a fact that he's not (you can use Poison/Toxic Mist to kill him without triggering the fight).

                                        So, just more proof to not trust the Dextralife wiki.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Demon Prince itself is not weak to dark, in fact dark did very little damage. The 1st part of the 2 demons can be damage with dark.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            All these bosses weakness doesn't make sense, same goes for the regular enemies, as if FormSoftware just randomly put a weakness to each of them.

                                            • Ds3 bosses in a nutshell

                                              Iudex: Pus of man warm up
                                              Vordt: CAKE
                                              Greatwood: Acid diarrhea and ballsacs
                                              Crystal Sage: Wanna see me cast 3 spells at once?
                                              Abyss watchers: Badass fight
                                              High Lord Wolnir: Vaping is bad kids
                                              Old demon king: If your 90 year old grandpa tried to fight off a home intruder with a blunt instrument
                                              Deacons of the deep: *laughter intensifies
                                              Pontiff: Hit L2 2 win
                                              Aldrich: I misspelled his name, it should be aldbi*ch
                                              Yhorm: Those knees aren’t gonna last much longer
                                              Dancer: CAKEEE
                                              Dragonslayer armor: We all know we only want his weapon
                                              Oceiros: INSTA CHARGE GO BRR
                                              Champion: BOOT
                                              Twin princes: A cripple and his weird ass brother
                                              Ancient wyvern: just why
                                              Nameless King: Phase 1 camera ftw
                                              Soul of cinder: The pyro falchion will have you screaming

                                              • Anonymous

                                                There's another sulyvahns beast not listed, right near the water logged entrance to the spider beast cellar

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  Kinda annoyed that it took 9 of the 19 bosses for the first heavy hitter.

                                                  But man, the Pontiff made me feel like that little boy being bent over by the Pursuer all over again.
                                                  Almost as good as the Old Dragon Slayer.... Almost

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    Everyone needs to understand that souls games randomise the boss encounters so you could easily beat sulyvahn one playthrough an the next playthrough he's the hardest in the game so that way every encounter despite already killing the boss in a previous playthrough is unique or even challenging therefore you can't simply say a boss is the hardest or easy I person got my ass beaten to a pulp by the dragon slayer armour and even got a friend to get to my level an use my gear to see if it randomises now it took me about 6 tries to kill him my mate did it first go so the experience in a souls game is always different no matter what equipment you use

                                                    • This page still lists Darkeater Midir as weak to "Mercury", however the spell was renamed to Pestilent Mist, so this page needs to be edited.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        > ng+3
                                                        > NLK, dancer, champion Gundyr, SOC, midir, Gael, Friede all these bosses first try
                                                        > Died to crystal sage, deacons of the deep and Aldrich
                                                        > Sed lyf :(

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          Under the mini-boss/special encounter shouldn’t the following also be included:

                                                          Fire Demon - Fought in the undead settlement with Siegward

                                                          Wyvern - Fought at archdragon peak after the ancient Wyvern boss fight

                                                          Giants - Cathedral & Irithyll Dungeon


                                                          I say this because they’re all large, high health enemies that don’t respawn after you kill them. Which seems to be the theme for all of the enemies in that section

                                                          A case can also be made for the Ravenous Crystal Lizards too

                                                          • A while ago a picture of a boss concept art was shown, called "The Dirty Beast". It's a very Bloodborne looking boss. The strongest beasts in Bloodborne usually had religious titles such as "cleric" or "vicar". On this boss list one of these sounds very similar: Pontiff Sulyvahn. This boss even has a ring named after it called "Pontiff's Left Eye", the description explains that he turns people into frenzied beasts ... Both of those things played a huge role in Bloodborne. It only makes perfect sense.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              People seriously had trouble with the Champion Gundyr? I beat him on my first try. Lorian was a complete nightmare though.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                Dar soul is peepeepoopoo gam if yu pley it you gey lel.

                                                                ~~~~ That 5 year old Fortnite kid (18:22, December 2, 2020)

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  Wanna watch Solaire of Astora taking on all of 91 Dark Souls bosses in NG+9? If so, look for 'All Dark Souls Bosses in NG+9 VS Solaire of Astora'

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