Crystal Sage

Crystal Sage DKS3
hp.jpg souls.jpg Location
2723 8000 Road of Sacrifices
Drops Soul of a Crystal Sage
Weak Resistant Immune

Physical Physical
Lightning Lightning
icon-darkbonus Dark
icon-firebonus Fire
Poison Poison/Toxic
Frostbite Frost


Magic Magic n/a

Crystal Sage is a boss in Dark Souls 3.


Crystal Sage Information


  • Crucifixion Woods. Located to the left of the swamp, accessed by going into a dilapidated building, past a group of enemies and up the stairs. A map is provided here.


  • Souls: NG (8,000), NG+ (40,000), NG++ (44,000), NG+3 (45,000), NG+4 (48,000), NG+5 (??), NG+6 (49,000), NG+9 (51,000)
  • Co-Op Souls: NG (2,000), NG+ (??), NG++ (11,000), NG+3 (??), NG+4 (11,250)
  • Soul of a Crystal Sage
  • Its hat can be bought from Shrine Handmaid after defeating it

Combat Information



Video Strategies

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Strategy 1 (Melee)

Since this boss can be staggered, rushing it is the best choice. Running, make sure to move around all projectiles it hurls at you while closing the distance. Once you've gotten to it, hit it as many times as you can, since you'll have a short time to deal any damage until it teleports.

Paying attention to both its Sword attacks, which are relatively subtle, and making sure to be close enough to it that it can't hit you with Homing Spells while staggered is thoroughly advisable. Even if you're using a weapon with good range or sweet spots, such as a Halberd.

Once it begins its second phase, quickly take out the Clone that spawns in the middle of the arena. Taking out the other ones can be done with either running attacks or Throwing Knives, the latter being more advisable.  Making sure not to be hit while taking the clones out can be a bit hard, but can be done as long as you do not run out of stamina and keep running. 

When there are no Clones, go for the Sage.

Extra tip: Keep your weapon buffed with Lightning Resins while it is teleporting to deal as much damage as you can.

Strategy 1.5 (Melee Rush)

Alternatively, you can try to predict where the Sage will teleport to (generally the opposite end of the arena) and rush it throughout the fight, ignoring the summons. The summons teleport along with the Sage so high damage output is preferable to cause very quick teleports, giving you time to heal and get ready to find the Sage on reappearance. When the Sage teleports with the summons and they all reappear, find the purple magic caster and rush it (this is the main boss, the summons cast blue magic).

Strategy 2 (Magic) 

(NG) Casting Magic Shield on East-West Shield allows you to soak up a small portion of magic damage - while insignificant, this can help you to stay alive. Since the Crystal Sage is highly resilient to magic damage, you are advised to land as many melee blows as possible. During Phase 2, it is highly recommended to use an Ember to raise your maximum health.

(NG+ onward) Make sure you cast Crystal Magic Weapon before entering the fog gate, so you have maximum damage output on the Sage. In the first phase, proceed to rush the sage, preventing it from casting spells on you. Casting Great Magic Shield will enable you to block all of its magic attacks at no damage to you and you can easily recast it between teleports. In the second phase you can use Homing Crystal Soulmass (cast between teleports) to kill one or two of the illusions. Remember illusions shoot blue magic! Aim for the purple magic wielding one and you are golden. 

Strategy 3 (Archery)

Make sure to have the maximum amount of arrows and a decently upgraded bow before the battle. In the first phase stand behind the left or central pillar to avoid most of the attacks. Mind the Soul Rain as it can still hit you. Be careful and watch your sides in the second phase as the Sage starts spawning clones.

Strategy 4 (Throwing Knife Spam)

Its second phase can be easily beat by using Throwing Knives to take out its clones before going for the real one.

Strategy 5 (Pyromancy)

At the start of the fight, run up to the boss and immediately use Sacred Flame when you have the chance. Keep spamming it even after you just use the spell until the boss's health is depleted.  This also allows you to skip the 2nd phase completely.

Strategy 6 (Phase 2 skip)

Rush the Sage at the start of the fight, and hit it til it has around 60% HP left. It's very important that the HP does not get under 50%, because that will trigger phase 2, which will spawn the clones. Should this happen, just homeward bone or quit out, since the strategy is ruined, and it's not worth the risk of getting hit.
A melee attack will cause a slight stagger and interrupt it's current attack so rushing up and attacking should be relatively safe. At this point in the fight when the Sage has about 60% HP left, it should teleport under the ground and appear at another place.
As you did in the start of the fight, rush him down again to minimize the time it has to do attacks and get close to him. When you are close to the Sage it will try to hit you with melee attacks in the form of three swings with it's rapier. These can be parried, and afterwards the Sage can be Riposted. This riposte will cause huge amounts of damage and throw the Sage to the ground. When it get's up, you should have about 2-3 seconds to finish it off with the low amount of HP it has left, before it tries to teleport under the ground again and start phase 2. If you successfully follow these instructions, the Sage should die in phase 1, and phase 2 should be completely skipped, consequently making this boss fight easier and safer.

Completely skipping the second phase of the fight greatly reduces the chance of getting hit, or even worse - dying. No hit runners often use some variation of this strategy to minimize the risks when fighting this boss. The best thing with this strategy is that you don't need very much damage to successfully do it, although it is recommended to kill the Abyss Watchers, and even High Lord Wolnir, to be able to level up to an adequate level. Also get the Large Titanite Shards in the Smouldering Lake and reinforce your weapon to be on the safe side in terms of damage. It's animation when winding up it's rapier combo is easy to spot, and the Sage is easy to parry, so this strategy should be accessible to new players as well as veteran no hit runners. Tip when parrying the Sage - it's better to parry when it seems "too late" rather than too early since it winds up it's first swing for a counter-intuitively long time.


First Phase
Attack Name Attack Description
Homing Crystal Soul Mass Same as regular spell though easier to dodge considering the Sage's size
Soul Spear Same as regular Soul Spear albeit slightly larger
Soul Rain  Summons a rain attack that can hit behind objects
Soul Crystal Mass  Summons a large, slow moving, homing soul mass to attack the player
White Dragon Breath Shoots a laser at the ground that creates a long trail of damaging crystals
Ice Crystals Protrude from the ground whenever the boss teleports
Rapier Combo Sweeps its Rapier from side to side twice.  Finishes the combo by reeling back, then thrusting the rapier through the player.  If this connects, the player is lifted off the ground as crystals sprout along the length of the rapier, skewering the player and dealing high magic damage
Clones At 50% Health, clones start being summoned. They can be distinguished by their blue magic, opposed to the true Sage's purple magic and will dissappear after one hit

Lore Theories

  • The Crystal Sage on the Crucifixion Woods trained the Undead Legion of Farron to use magic. As a result there are now several "Farron" spells.
  • The Crystal Sages are twins and are called "the preacher twins". The other twin is in the Grand Archives.
  • Their favorite pupil was Crystal Kriemhild who also sired Daughter of Crystal Kriemhild.
  • The item description on Sage's Crystal Staff reads that crystal spheres devour the will of their user. Perhaps this is why they are mad.
  • The two sages were trained by Big Hat Logan, which is mentioned in the examine text for its hat. Their spells are reminiscent of his.

Notes & Trivia

  • Using the Blue Bug Pellet found right before the boss, near Orbeck of Vinheim, will help during this fight.
  • It is possible to predict where the boss will approximately spawn after it disappears. These rules of thumb work most of the time but the boss seems to be patched somewhat more unpredictable lately: During phase one, if the boss casts teleport near the west wall, it will spawn near the opposite, east wall around an area where there are no crystals. If boss disappears in a corner, it will appear in the crystal free side of the opposite corner.
  • During phase two with multiple clones, the real boss will again usually spawn at the opposite side of the arena, but this time around an area where there are multiple crystals.
  • The mask worn by the Sage is reminescent of Bloodborne's Beak Mask.
  • Bug - A potentially fight-ruining glitch sometimes occurs (in experience, while cooperating online) during the fight with the Sage in the Road of Sacrifices, which appears to result from hitting a clone shortly before it begins its warp animation. With sub-optimal connection, the game may not recognize the clone has been hit until they already have entered the animation, causing it to stagger, but not dissipate; while the others, including the true mage, teleport away. The clone then becomes inexplicably invincible and returns to fighting the players; the true mage or the other clones with it will not return, and due to the fact the main mage is required to trigger the warp animation the now invincible clone will never warp from the arena. This renders the fight unbeatable, forcing the player, should they not have a homeward bone, to willingly die to the invincible clone or use the dark sign in order to escape from the encounter. (You can also quit the game and reload in order to leave the boss fight.) (Version 1.04, PS4)
  • Bug - There is a possible exploit, where the host is able to stand within the boss room without triggering the fight, yet completely isolating themselves away from any invaders. This happens because all phantoms have a permanent fog gate at the boss room, regardless of whether the fight has been initiated or not.
  • The Sage can't teleport if he has Homing Crystal Soul Mass active. If you get close enough to him before they cast, one or two won't fire as long as you stay on the opposite side of that Soul Mass. Attack while circling around him for an easy kill.


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    • Anonymous

      01 Dec 2019 07:29  

      On my first playthrough, I died to every boss multiple times, yet I still managed to beat this guy on my first attempt. For some odd reason, on my third playthrough, I've beaten every boss on my first attempt, but I keep dying to this guy now lol. Funny how that happens

      • Anonymous

        16 Nov 2019 07:16  

        Idk why but that "GAAAHHH" when you kill him just sounds uncanny. He literally sounds unimpressed that you murdered him, like you slightly inconvenienced his day by bludgeoning him to death with a giant club

        • Anonymous

          20 Oct 2019 20:45  

          this man is weak to everything except magic. I used Vordt's hammer and killed this man in 8 hits. I ended this man's whole career.

          • 30 Sep 2019 00:37  

            For anyone who is having trouble with this boss (somehow) in new game, use the dark hand. It rips his health bar into shreds and will poise break through his teleport animation every hit or 2nd hit

            • Anonymous

              27 Aug 2019 08:47  

              If you’re on NG+ and have the frayed blade it can get him down below 50% health on ng+7 if you keep spamming the r2/rt weapon art. It’ll probably kill him or get him very close to death on lower ng+ cycles.

              • Anonymous

                23 Aug 2019 14:05  

                I used Astor’s spear to fight it and did plenty of damage with the shield splitter skill. And the poison damage really helps as well.

                • Anonymous

                  28 Jun 2019 00:28  

                  Just go full melee. Believe me, even as a sorcerer. Don't trust me? Google 'Dark Souls 3 Intelligence kills Crystal Sage'

                  • Anonymous

                    18 Jun 2019 19:49  

                    Lol,I don't know about you guys but I died up to 20 times in my first run lul,I beated Abyss Watcher before this dude,only took me 4 tries,also cleared through Catacomb very easily and Crystal Sage somehow kicked my asses into oblivion.But in the second run,he is pushover

                    • Anonymous

                      16 Jun 2019 22:33  

                      It should be noted that the Crystal Sage will spawn on one of the crystals that it creates before the clones spawn in.

                      • Anonymous

                        22 May 2019 04:27  

                        it should be added that he seems to start his second phase after 3 teleports regardless of how much damage you do to him. i have had him teleport away after 1 hit and then teleport again before i can hit him 2 more times and have him activate his second phase at ~95% health

                        • Anonymous

                          09 May 2019 06:05  

                          It's also super effective to use Soul darts to take out the clones as only one is enough to kill them, so they're rather easy to take out

                          • Anonymous

                            25 Feb 2019 10:59  

                            Instead of throwing knives you can use Farron Soul Dart if you play as a caster. Not mentioned in the strategies page, you can poison him shortly before phase 2, then you will only have to kill the clones one or two times and wait for the poison to do the rest.

                            • Anonymous

                              17 Feb 2019 13:15  

                              I find throwing knives to be very useful. Not sure if it’s the real one cuz they haven’t started casting? Throw a knife and watch for the death animation. It’s still alive? Start chopping.

                              • Anonymous

                                28 Jan 2019 16:40  

                                Crystal sages big hat, cornyx chest, lorians leggings, clerics gloves, brigand twin daggers: Eileen the Crow.

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