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Champion Gundyr

Champion Gundyr
hp.jpg souls.jpg Location
4956 60,000 Untended Graves
Drops  Soul of Champion Gundyr
Defenses
Weak Resistant Immune

 Strike

Lightning Lightning

Frost

 Slash

PoisonPoison/Toxic

Bleed Bleed

None

Champion Gundyr Information

Champion Gundyr is a boss enemy in Dark Souls 3.

A different version of Iudex Gundyr. He utilizes the same moveset as Iudex Gundyr as well as new attacks. He is much more aggressive than he was in the Cemetery of Ash.

  • You can summon Sword Master to help you fight this enemy. (Must have defeated Sword Master NPC outside of Firelink Shrine). Summon sign can be found just in front of his boss fog.
  • This boss is not optional to succeed in "The End of Fire" ending. In any other case, this boss is optional.

Location

 

Drops

  • Souls: NG (45,000), NG+ (90,000), NG++ (99,000), NG+3 (135,000), NG+6 (139,988), NG+9 (??)
  • Co-Op Souls: NG (15,000)
  • Soul of Champion Gundyr
  • After defeating him, his armor set can be bought from Shrine Handmaid for 36,000 souls total.

 

Combat Information

  • Health: NG (4956), NG+ (6265), NG++ (6891), NG+3 (7204), NG+4 (7518), NG+5 (8144), NG+6 (8457), NG+7 (8771)
  • While entering the boss fight, he kneels at the center of the boss fight arena. Approaching him will trigger the fight.
  • Deals Standard Damage.
  • Parryable: Yes. Can also be riposted after a successful parry.
  • Can be poise broken, but that does not allow to perform a riposte.
  • Weak to Strike Damage, Lightning Damage and Frostbite.
  • Resistant to Slash Damage, Poison, Toxic and Bleed.
  • If the player heals, Gundyr will stop combo and perform his charge attack.

 

Strategies

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How to parry (with small shield)

  • Jump and slice move. Keep your eyes on his legs. When he is at the top of his jump or just about to start deciding hit the parry button.
  • Two pokes and a smash. Avoid or tank the pokes and when he smashes hit the parry button as soon as the weapon starts to come down from above his head.
  • Slowly starting swipes. Two versions. One starts little lower and other little higher. He moves his halberd to his left side (your right) and the tip of the blade is in his right side (your left). Keep your eyes on the blade part and as soon as the swipe starts, hit the parry button. It is easy to parry too soon.
  • Phase two charge+swipe. Usually the first move he does after he buffs. Stay so far that you avoid the tip of his weapon when he charges straight at you, and when he starts to twist his body for the swipe hit the parry button.

 

Strategy 1 (Melee)


One of the most efficient ways of dealing with him is by parrying. His moveset is similar to Gwyn's, in a sense, as it seems he has an endless flurry of rapid attacks, leaving barely any time to attack. The easiest attack to parry is his forward jab-like attack, which can be baited out by standing about the length of his weapon away from him. He is stunned for a long time after a parry, you can usually hit him once, then riposte, then hit him again before rolling away. Another useful strategy for the first phase is to keep a lot of distance between him and bait his long jump attack, which is easy to roll attack into.When he buffs, any other attack besides his jab becomes extremely difficult to parry. Attacking only once per opening and dodging precisely should work well for the remainder of the fight.

In conjunction with the above, and the other melee strategies on here, the below is a playbook of ten tips on how to beat Champion Gundyr, which is formulated based off of very potent strategies used by people who successfully run every boss at SL 1, with no damage. That means these tips should work fantastically for a typical-strength character. Here goes:

  1. Gundyr will open up with a jumping attack, which more likely happens if you do not try to rush him. This jumping attack has a different dodge timing than his other jumping attacks, so pay attention when he is coming at you, and don't use the same roll timing as his other leaping attack.
  2. The tip of Gundyr's Halberd moves very fast. DO NOT use the blade to try to dodge, it is a complete ruse, like his eccentric body movements. Instead, use anywhere from his blade hand, to about halfway up his weapon to time your dodges. You will be more successful this way.
  3. Gundyr is a little bit of a numbnuts, much like many giants, and has pretty bad motor skills to show it. He has a funny way of walking, where he kind of does these very small calf raises and top squats while he walks, and he struggles to control the heft on his gorilla-turtle (Tortilla? Gorurtle? Gurtle?) physique. He likes to make slight vertical increases in his positioning before he hits, as well. Do NOT pay attention to this behavior. This is a ruse, meant to throw off the player. Just watch his Halberd, his back-kick, and his open hand, and you will be absolutely fine.
  4. When Gundyr is open for an attack, he will start to seek the player, turning around. He is also open when he does a heavy attack, but be prepared to roll quickly. 
  5. Gundyr has combinations as long as about six attacks. The player should expect a strong going maximum of ten, which is the peak number for the Nameless King, to be safe. The player should not be lulled into complacency. 
  6. When Gundyr does his running spin attack, roll over his left shoulder, where his empty hand is, and in the diagonal direction. This will ensure that the player 
  7. Do not think that the Sword Master will carry you in this fight, at all. Champion Gundyr cuts through him like butter, and the Sword Master will only get down maybe 1/8th of Gundyr's health.
  8. Champion Gundyr is a very feverish, aggressive, Bloodborne-type boss. That being said, and effective tactic is to keep the Grass Crest Shield in the secondary shield slot, and quickly switch to it to cure your stamina. Wearing the Chloranthy Ring really optimizes this. Both items are very easy to get, so if the player is too under-leveled, it makes sense to make the very fast trip to get these items.
  9. If you need to heal, be about 80% of the distance of the arena away from Gundyr, and make sure you hit the Estus button when the last attack of his combo finishes. Otherwise, you will be paying one or two Estus per opening, and this is not economical for surviving the fight.
  10. Don't use your Estus until Champion Gundyr loses about 35% of his health, and buffs into a red-eyed version of himself, because this is where the fight really becomes a boss fight!! 
  11. Again, Gundyr's motor skills are terrible. You can briefly go in between his slower attacks for a rolling attack, and then roll a few times out. Again, don't expect to be safe for an Estus flask if you're not at least 80% of the distance of the arena away from Gundyr, because he is really a mad steroid gorilla beast, and will beat on you like a ragdoll object.
  12. Using more than one Estus Flask, even back to back, will get you hit with a very high probability. Just facts.
  13. Gundyr grunts for all of his attacks, except one or two. Use this to help your timing to signal you when he is going to attack.
  14. Roll into the direction of his swings to optimize your i-frames. Most of his swings go clockwise, so that is a helpful tidbit.
  15. When Gundyr is moving to back-kick, he will raise his trunk, as he raises his body for most of his attacks, if not all.
  16. Gundyr has two or three mild AOE attacks. They have about a six foot radius, so don't worry about these too much.

With this playbook, the player is now prepared to beat Champion Gundyr!

 

Strategy 2 (Rapier)

This strategy is good for most melee builds, though strength builds may have more trouble pulling this off as it's easier with high Dexterity.  You will need a rapier enchanted with frost (Irythill Rapier is good for this) to lower his stamina,  and a 100% shield is highly recommended.  The rapier has rather fast attacks and wearing him down with frost will lower his ability to counterattack.  When he is in the first phase, roll into him and attack his back, watching his feet as he finishes his attacks.  If he lifts any of his legs, there's a good chance he will kick (which has extremely unforgiving tracking), so roll again or tank with shield.  You could sneak in two hits if he has one of the longer windup attacks (such as his large smash or his two-slash).  If you're lucky, he'll fall to his knees in the first phase and you'll be able to attack freely.  Once he enters his second phase, you have to roll in a more calculated fashion; he's going to string more attacks as you dodge, but there should be good windows to sneak in one hit.  

Note:  be careful of the shoulder smash; This attack is easily the worst thing to be hit by, has very little warning (Gundyr bends his arm and braces his shoulders just a bit), and can lead to a combination of knockups and stuns.  In the second phase, it's strongly recommended not to try for two attacks, because he can shoulder smash or punch MUCH faster than before.  When needing to heal, back away and wait out his stamina, for he doesn't have very strict movesets in this phase.  Continue stringing attacks as consecutively as possible, in order to stack up the frost, and he should fall to his knees again, allowing for free attacks.  Played patiently, this strategy should net a fast, low Estus run.

 

Strategy 3 (Magic)

Lightning/Sunlight spears can do considerable damage to Gundyr, however due to his aggressive nature it can be very difficult to get a cast in without taking damage, especially after he buffs himself in the second phase and becomes much more aggressive. However, using a talisman with unfaltering prayer can be a big help if you can tank some damage to get a cast off.
Trying to get distance to be able to cast is generally pointless, as Gundyr will not only easily close the distance with a single leap or charge, but may also avoid your projectiles while doing so. It is therefore recommended to stay in close or medium range and work only with fast spells such as Great Soul Arrow or even Great Farron Dart.

 

Strategy 4 (Pyromancy)

First phase treat the boss as you would any other melee boss staying away and lobbing spells whenever he does a heavy recovery move such as his overhead or his side swipe. What makes this boss difficult in his 2nd phase is the inherent mage mentality to stay away from the boss which results in you trying to endure his onslaught of attacks (which most mages cant) or the desire to roll back to avoid his attacks, instead focus on staying somewhat close and rolling behind him forcing him to turn around and interrupt his attack string. By doing this you will constantly slow his momentum and often result in him doing single string attacks or his turn around stomp which is easily telegraphed. Use chaos bed vestiges as his large hitbox is an easy target and it does large amounts of damage at 30/30 faith/int.

 

Strategy 5 (Sword Master Exploit)


There's a glitch for this fight (May 6th, app1.04 reg1.05) that you can do like Dancer very easily.

Summon the Sword Master (You need to kill him at Firelink before). As soon as the NPC dies, save & quit via the Start Menu. Reload your game and summon the NPC again and go in the boss room.

Sword Master will now take very minor damage and will dodge due to a hitbox bug. Just let him take the aggro and wait for the boss being bled to death. See Dancer for original Glitch.

Attacks

 

First Phase (Champion behaves as Iudex Gundyr)
Attack Name Attack Description
Slash into Large Slam Winds up spin, holds halberd behind, then smashes, lifting quickly, throwing rocks and knocking up
Stab into Smash Stabs, winds up smash, smashes ground
Smash into Slash Smashes ground, winds up slash, slashes
Double Slash Spin attack, twice
Double Stab into Smash Stab attack, twice; holds 
Double Slam Slow smash attack, twice
Gundyr Grab Opens his palm, grabbing anyone in reach.  Follows into being stabbed through his halberd and thrown a large distance.
Jumping Smash Hops a short distance, stabbing the ground
Sidekick Executes kick in direction of player (Must be to his side or behind)
   
Second Phase (Champion's eyes glow red)
Attack Name Attack Description
Charge (x3) into slash Charges, dealing three ticks, into fast slash
Double Slash into Slam Two fast slashes, into a charging smash
Sprint Slam Sprints, jumps and smashes the ground
Stab, Punch, Slice Stab Stabs, punches with left hand into a fast upwards slice, wind-up stab
Punch, Lifting upwards slice, Shoulder Smash Punches with left, upwards slice (which can knock-up), into fast shoulder smash

Note:  Typically, the attacks in his first phase are pairs, whereas the combos in the second are trios. 

Lore Theories

  • Iudex Gundyr, who was corrupted by the Abyss, spends an eternity testing new unkindled heroes if they are worthy of fulfilling the prophecy of rekindling the First Flame. He was once an unkindled himself, but had risen too late to fulfill his duty. The Flame had already been extinguished and the bells failed to ring, starting a new Dark Age. As the Ashen One travels through the illusory door, they go straight to that very same Dark Age to face Champion Gundyr at his prime. This is where they defeat him as an unknown warrior which seals his fate. A prisoner with an unbreakable halberd hoping that one day an unkindled will rise and relink the flame once more.
  • The reason Iudex Gundyr does not drop his Soul might be the result of the Untended Grave being the past, thus when you kill Iudex Gundyr you already obtained his soul in the Champion Gundyr fight. From a gameplay perspective this is probably to not allow players to obtain both items transposable from his soul in a single playthrough.
  • "Once, a Champion came late to the festivities and was greeted by a shrine without a fire, and a bell that would not toll." - Soul of Champion Gundyr

     

Notes & Trivia

  • If you die to this boss you can acquire your lost souls in the area where you fought Iudex Gundyr. Possible explanation: Untended Graves and Cemetery of Ash occupy the same space in the game's map.
  • His set bears extreme resemblance to armor used by Old King Doran from Demon's Souls. Gundyr's helm also states this it was modeled after a former king.
  • Because of Gundyr's devastating kick that he most commonly performs in his second phase (red eyes), it is advised for the player to never test his or her luck behind him.
  • His shoulder tackle and drop kick attacks are similar to the ones used by Father Gascoigne from Bloodborne in the third phase of that boss fight.
  • Bug (very rare): If a phantom gets stuck in the remains of the coffin, there is a chance that Gundyr will try to hit him. During this attempt he may "climb" on the top of the coffin, which will result in his death, as the coffin's upper part is a non-collision object.

 

 




    • Anonymous

      16 Jul 2018 09:24  

      This makes me so happy. I love Champion Gundyr. He's the man. Parryable (and Im a Vordts main, so that doesnt even come into play), straighforward...he's everything a Dark Souls boss should be. If you get cocky, roll too early or late, try to spam shield his attacks, or make a mistake of any kind, hes going to murder you. If you keep a level head and play counteractively, you can beat him...however, mistakes = Champion Gundyr making sure you pay for it. I just got done watching mods of him beating Pontiff (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LgRtoy-hl8) and the Nameless King (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f13gUjAZkis). Surprisingly, Pontiff was closer. But Gundyr beat them both.

      • Anonymous

        06 Jul 2018 09:26  

        I didn't see this in his move set but he was in phase 2 and he launched me upward and then kicked me off the cliffside, has this happened to anyone else?, the attack string not the off the cliff part.

        • Anonymous

          01 Jul 2018 15:39  

          The way I thought of it, the Eyes of a Firekeeper actually produce the image they had seen of the world without fire, and the Untended Graves are just a premonition or a fear of the potential future. Champion Gundyr is noticeably tainted by the Abyss both in Untended Graves and Cemetery of Ash, perhaps indicating that these two worlds are one and the same, just viewed through different eyes--one with hope for rekindling the fire, and one in fear of the eventual Age of Dark. The wiki suggests Gundyr awoke to the Age of Dark already, but this isn't necessarily true--he lacks the heart to become a Lord of Cinder, and would rather ensure that another Ashen One takes his place, which incidentally makes him prey for the Abyss for abandoning his duty.

          Leave it to Dark Souls to provide inferential development for a character that never speaks a word. Gundyr is one sad dad.

          • 05 Jun 2018 13:02  

            After I died to him many times I got used to his movements and defeated him with +10 warden twin blades with a blood gem using the weapon art + strong attack combo when I had the change to attack it had the most epic feel of a defeating a boss since the watchers.

            • Anonymous

              16 May 2018 11:26  

              Dorhy's Gnawing wrecks him killed him in NG+2 with that spell only with only 40 faith really easy I believe I used 2-3 ashen estus and thats it.

              • Anonymous

                27 Apr 2018 09:12  

                When you find Gundyr on your own: Heeeeey, wait a second, this is just the first boss over again! I'll just use the firebomb strategy and take him out no problem! One minute later: Hey, he isn't transforming! (And then there was pain.)

                • Anonymous

                  26 Apr 2018 02:01  

                  My strategy to kill this guy in first try:
                  Get fucking raped by every enemy before entering the arena
                  Nos you have 7 estus flasks left.

                  Enter the fight.
                  Run.
                  RUN.
                  They get really fucking lucky and kill him.

                  Yeah. I don't know what happened there.
                  Amyways , I was a Knight with Exiled Armor , 10+ Sharp Knight Sword , and and a Dex build.

                  Anyways , I felt like I was going to puke after killing him in my first try.
                  So I thought I wanted to share my experience.
                  And , anyone knows an actual way to get away from him? I just ran like the ***** i am the whole fight

                  • Anonymous

                    03 Apr 2018 09:08  

                    I can take this boss on in a melee fight, but just for laughs, I decided to concoct a strategy for players having trouble dealing with Gundyr at close range, or maybe people who don’t have melee builds or can’t parry well. First, acquire the Storyteller’s Staff from the Corvian Storyteller enemy (Rare drop, so buff item discovery and prepare to farm). You don’t need to upgrade this weapon at all as we will only be using it for its weapon art, which does not scale with its spell buff. Second, acquire the Knight’s Crossbow, which can be farmed as a rare drop from Lothric Knights or bought from Greirat after he pillages Irithyll (see Greirat’s questline for details). Upgrade this weapon to +6 and then stop, there is no need to waste Titanite Chunks on it. Third, acquire as many Lightning Bolts as you can buy from Greirat, as they do much more lightning damage than heavy bolts do in standard damage, and Gundyr is weak to lightning. Fourth, remember to equip your Chloranthy Ring and Grass Crest Shield (restores stamina but can also be used to parry in a pinch), as well as your Lloyd’s Sword Ring since you’ll be spending a good amount of time at full health if you do this right. As you can see, this build doesn’t require much in the way of stats, upgrade materials, or skill, really, so it’s advisable if you only need it for this one fight. | | | | During the actual duel, you have time to peg him once with your lightning crossbow before his first attack. His first attack is always a huge leap that leaves him vulnerable for a moment. Use this moment to use the Storyteller Staff’s weapon art, Poison Spores. Its damage scales to the target’s HP, so it’s most useful for boss runs. It will take at least 2 castings to proc him, maybe 3 or 4 depending on how long you can keep Gundyr in the poison cloud. Once proc’d, Gundyr will stay proc’d for about 75% of the fight at NG. At this point. stay as far from him as possible. Every time he ends a close range attack that you aren’t near, fire the crossbow, keeping an eye on your stamina gauge as reloading blocks your stamina recovery. | | | | In phase 2, when he roars and goes for the halberd charge, fire once before you dodge. Striking Gundyr in the head with a lightning arrow has a high chance to stagger, and the best time to strike his head is when he bows it towards you for the roar, and then charges head first. The stagger you inflict will be your only window to heal during this fight, so always use it for that purpose if you aren’t at 100%—any other time you try to heal, he will immediately close distance and attack before your animation completes. Be careful however as the halberd charge can seriously ruin your day if not avoided. | | | | Other than that, just kite him around the arena popping off lightning arrows as you go and beware the halberd charge, and you should be good. I’ve proc’d him a second time at the end of the fight, but it might not be worth leaving yourself vulnerable if you can make your arrows count. Even using a ranged strat, don’t think this will be a boring fight—Gundyr Mk. II is very good at keeping you on your toes and making every engagement epic and tense.

                    • Anonymous

                      31 Mar 2018 07:47  

                      Everyone suggests parrying heavily for this fight, but my strategy defeated Gundyr first try. You need Small Leather shield or Target shield for the parrying you will be doing, and a +10 greatsword like the Claymore or Executioner's greatsword as well as a Talisman and Force. This method is failsafe and gets you a 1 minute Gundyr on average, with a possibility of no damage. First, land 3 hits on him, and then roll through his first attack. Then parry his slower sweeping attack and don't riposte, instead land 2 r1s and stomp. From there, hit him twice, which should activate his second phase. When he buffs and starts to shout, roll and charge Force, and by the time he gets near you, Force should activate, negating his charge. Gundyr's AI will assume that it is still attacking the player, which should give you time to land 2 hits before he becomes aggressive again. Wait for his slow swipe again, and for a safe strat, riposte, or you can just punish. This strategy is useful for low vigor builds or even speedrunning if you have the knack for it.

                      • Anonymous

                        27 Mar 2018 18:24  

                        Tip for phase 1: He only appears to do the kick every other time you get behind him, though this is only if each approach is within a short time frame of another. This doesn't work in phase 2 though, as he tends to add long combos to each original attack, in this case, he often follows up with a shoulder bash.

                        • Anonymous

                          23 Mar 2018 14:04  

                          Lore question. When we fight him as the champion we get his soul and the page says this is because this is the past before he is iudex? But I was under the impression that the untended grave was an alternate future. We find the burnt fragment of the coiled sword in the shrine, meaning someone (maybe us) took it from iudex and lit the fire, the fire keepers eyes are found here too and it appears as if the fire keeper had been sealed away. Ludleth (in our firelink) speaks of trying to keep the sight of betrayal away from her, leading me to think maybe he (or maybe someone else) sealed her away for her safety perhaps after the unkindly has made the choice not to kindle the first flame? This would mean that finding the eyes is essentially a boot strap. We find them and give them to her, then either kindle the fire or don't. Only the second choice leading to this future. I'm guessing I'm wrong here but I can't see where. Id really appreciate some input

                          • Anonymous

                            12 Mar 2018 19:38  

                            Someone pls help. I got to Gundyr, parried the living hell out of him, beat him and slew the black knights after him. Then I immediately went back to the arena because I forgot the BK Glaive, only to find Gundyr alive again! After I rested at the bonfire there, he was gone. Can someone explain what happened? I play on PS4

                            • Anonymous

                              12 Mar 2018 17:13  

                              how on earth did fate pick us, a nameless, skinny, weakling undead over this demi-god to save the world is beyond me

                              any lore expert here can explain ?

                              • Anonymous

                                08 Mar 2018 14:48  

                                I just finished him off with a parry, lit the bonfire and went off to the area with the black knights. After a while I returned and realised that he was still standing in the arena, the same spot where I killed him. He did nothing, just standing still (still doing the breathing animation tho). I can't attack him, all my attacks go straight through him. Did this happen to anyone else?

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