Darkeater Midir

darkeater midir
General Info
hp souls Location
15,860 150 000 The Ringed City
Drops Soul of Darkeater Midir
Spears of the Church
Weak Resistant Immune
icon lightningbonusLightning
icon thrustdefThrust
Farron GS
Wolf Knight's GS
Pestilent Mist
Critical Strike
icon darkbonus Dark icon firebonus Fire
 icon magicbonus Magic
icon poisonres.png Poison/Toxic
icon wp bleed  Bleed
icon wp frost Frost

Darkeater Midir is a Boss in Dark Souls 3, available with the The Ringed City DLC. This Dark Souls 3 Darkeater Midir Guide features locations, strategies and videos on how to defeat Darkeater Midir easily, as well as tips, weaknesses, trivia and lore notes for the Darkeater Midir boss.

Midir, descendant of the Archdragons, was raised by the gods, and owing to his immortality was given a duty to eternally battle the dark, a duty that he would never forget, even after the gods perished. He is a massive dragon with crystals lining his entire body and four wings.

Players may find the fight against Darkeater Midir one of, if not, the hardest boss fights in the game, with high defense and a large health pool, as well as a multitude of attacks that can punish you hard if you're caught out of position. This boss is optional and not required to finish the DLC. There is one NPC that players can summon for this boss fight:

  • Shira, Knight of Filianore - Summon sign is in the preparation room, near the furthest left statue. Shira is available as long as the church is in good favour, such as running Midir before waking up princess Filianore.
  • Its highly advisable to NOT summon her as she fights at range which makes Midir do a LOT of his charged dash attacks, dark beam attack, rage charge attack and sky fly fire breath attacks, all of which suck to fight against.
  • She uses the same build as in her duel invasion and will cast Lightning Arrow often.
  • On the other hand she almost always gets the most of Midir's attention, almost always succumbs to his grab bite attack and generally makes trying to melee Midir's head a lot harder.
  • Due to bug - probably - connected with fog before boss room with Midir (visible only for phantoms), Shira may "pass" it before fight begins. After that, she will either fall to death or will try to enter boss room from the wrong side. In both cases, she will become useless. Rarely, after entering boss room in the proper way, it can be difficult for her to spot Midir.

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 Darkeater Midir Location

Where to find Darkeater Midir in Dark Souls 3?

  • Darkeater Midir is found in The Ringed City: After opening the final shortcut gate near the Ringed Inner Wall bonfire.
  • Using the lift, Halfway down there is an opening, jump/roll in. Head left at the junction into a circular room filled with statues.
  • Look for the statue not holding a sword, it is an illusion.
  • Break the illusory wall and head down the path. Carefully approach the ladders edge.
  • Down the ladder is the shrine room where the Shira summon is.
  • Then simply drop down the hole behind the altar. Walk into it, you wont be hurt.
  • Must have fought him past the Swamp. You will need to cross the bridge that Midir torches continuously and make your way up the ruined stairwell (past the Moaning Knight). There will be another bonfire and Midir will be waiting for you on the other side of it. Simply drain his health and knock him off the side of the cliff and he will be waiting for you in his boss room. Knocking Midir off this bridge will not reward the player any souls, it is simply a pre-requisite that unlocks the boss fight.
  • When fighting Midir on the bridge: It can be best to charge him down before he fully stands up and attacks. Try to get behind him and look for a little safe spot he mostly can't hit you in.
  • When he looks downwards he sprays fire on the ground near him then it fans out and follows with a dark laser beam. When you are close to him, he claws you with 2-3 hit combo. Avoid it by taking distance and coming back to attack his arms, wrist and head.
  • As he gets low HP he goes berserk and can knock you off the safe spot so evade during his tantrum and get in the final few hits.
  • When you do enough damage he will stagger and allows you to finish him.
  • if you want to keep your distance, use ranged lightning attacks. Aim for the head for extra damage.


Darkeater Midir Drops

What do you get from defeating Darkeater Midir in Dark Souls 3?


Darkeater Midir Notes & Tips

What should you know about fighting Darkeater Midir in Dark Souls 3?

  • Parriable: No
  • Midir attacks deals Strike, Fire and Dark damage.
  • As long as Midir's health bar is not present, summoned phantoms can't fall to boss fight arena.
  • Plunging attack does not work on Midir.
  • Fight him head on. Theres no way around it, you must keep in front of him in order to control how he attacks. Having  his attention locked onto you makes him more manageable, and thus is suggested to solo this boss.
  • Target his head. You will find this the best method of actually killing him. Attack his head a couple of times then back up a wee bit. Stay within an area near his head and in front of him, but don't stray too far. This helps reduce some of the annoying moves he does at range.
  • As a general rule always stay in front of him. Going underneath and hitting his legs will almost always make him rear up and do his fire attack.
  • Being near his tail and rear area will often make him jerk his tail to one side and then sweep in a large arc. It has to be rolled from the side it's coming from, or suffer massive damage.
  • Alternate between using lock on and not. It will be crucial as the unstable camera can often be your downfall.
  • Due to large health pool, Midir is extremely weak to Pestilent Mist. His size makes him an easy target for this spell.
  • He is an Abyssal enemy, therefore takes a bit of bonus damage from the Farron Greatsword and Wolf Knight’s Greatsword The latter is better when 2 handing. Get a couple of R1's in and prepare to roll or evade his incoming attack.
  • Midir is weaker to every physical damage type than he is to lightning, which is the least resisted element. Unless you're on a faith build don't use a lighting infusion (buffs are still fine). Just use a weapon you're comfortable with. Vertical slashing weapons are good at landing solid, fast hits. Thrust Damage is also the least resisted physical resistance.
  • A fast, light-weight weapon can also be effective by providing fast attack animations. You can manage to get in 2-3 attacks and still have stamina for evading Midir's incoming next attack. 
  • Medium resistance to Magic Damage, Fire Damage and Dark Damage.
  • Immune to Poison/Toxic, Bleed and Frostbite.
  • Can be staggered and riposted for the massive damage near the end of the fight if player has been consistently hitting Midir's head. Riposte deals high instant damage. Player should bear in mind, that rarely Midir can survive critical strike, but stagger after that attack gives enough time to finish him off.
  • Hitting the head deals double damage; the absorptions for everywhere that isn't the head are pretty high.
  • This boss fight IS optional. However, Midir must be defeated at least once, gaining the covenant item upon his death. Letting the player join Spears of The Church covenant permanently.
  • Using Dragon Crest Shield is useful in this fight, if you are a fan of blocking. However it is highly suggested to roll his attacks or get out of the way.


Darkeater Midir Stats

 Playthrough NG NG + NG ++ NG +3 NG +4 NG +5 NG +6 NG +7
Health 15,895 16,098 17,880 18,513 19,318 20,928 21,733 25,017
 Damage Type Standard Strike Slash Thrust Magic Fire Lightning Dark
Absorptions 52% 52% 53% 45% 75% 76% 61% 89%


Dark Souls 3 Darkeater Midir Boss Guide & Strategies

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Dark Souls 3 Darkeater Midir Attacks

Darkeater Midir has 2 attack phases. In the first phase, he can breathe fire, expel a dark beam from his mouth, as well as use an assortment of melee attacks, in the second phase he begins to use dark magic more often, being able to summon Affinity-esque projectiles, and also having the ability to unleash a large AOE.

  First Phase
Claw Swipes If the player finds themselves close to Midir's head (or close in front of him), he may use his front claws in a quick series of two swipes. Can be avoided with rolls, or simply walking out of range.
Tail Whip If the player finds themselves behind Midir, he will sometimes swivel around to face you, if the player is too close, they may collide with his tail, dealing high physical damage and most of the time knocking them down (depending on poise). Can be avoided with a well-timed roll.
Fire Breath - Front If the player should find themselves in front of Midir, he will begin to channel flames from within, before unleashing a fire torrent in an attempt to burn the player asunder. This move can be avoided with relative ease, and is a good opportunity to hit his head for some free damage.
Fire Breath - Under Throughout the first phase, Midir will intermittently unleash a long lasting torrent of flames under his body. This move can be avoided by running a decent distance in front of Midir (Running behind him will cause you to be hit more often) and waiting for the flames to die out.
Fire Breath + Dark Beam Combo Midir breathes fires a torrent of flame under himself, followed by two quick beams of dark magic (in succession) dealing high damage, these beams leave delayed AOE explosion in their wake. The orientation of the beams is as follows: The first beam will be fired in a straight line at the ground in front of Midir, the second loops around to the side relative to his target. Can be avoided with ease, although it should be noted that this move is unblockable. Midir will refrain from using this attack if the player is close to him.
Air Assault Midir takes to the skies flying away from the player, before doubling back to send down a large torrent of flames to his left. This fire can be easily avoided by simply running in the opposing direction (E.G. If the fire is to your right, run left). 
Savage Rush If the player should find themselves far away from Midir (or sometimes under/behind him), he will breathe flame before abruptly bursting into a sprint, he will stop a number of times during this rush to swing his front claws and breathe more fire. Can be completely avoided if the player stays behind him.
Dash If the player finds themselves close in front of Midir (often after a Savage Rush or Fire Breath - Front), he may let out a thundering roar which creates visible sound waves from his jaws, before bounding forward in an intense leap. Can be avoided with a well-timed roll.
Critical Strike If the player should find themselves close to Midir's head, he may attempt to grab them using his jaws, if he succeeds you will be unable to help but watch your character be chewed up and thrown across the arena, dealing critical damage. Can be avoided with ease, is also unblockable.
  Second Phase
AoE Strike Upon reaching the second phase, and intermittently throughout it, Midir channels dark energy for a few seconds, and releases it all at once to cause very high damage to anything within range. This attack is heavily telegraphed, so the player can easily avoid it with a well-timed roll.
Mass Affinity Midir summons many Affinity projectiles which rise a few feet from the ground before pursuing the player, these can be eradicated by leading them to hit walls, the floor, or Midir himself (However, they do not damage him). These can be avoided with well-timed rolls.
Focused Dark Beam Midir will charge his dark beam attack for a few seconds and then release it firing it wildly for a short time in front of him, dealing massive damage to the player, however after the attack ends Midir will be exhausted for a few seconds, giving the player a chance to land multiple hits to his head.

How to fight and beat Darkeater Midir

Strategy 1 (Melee, staying by the head)

Going behind, under or side of Midir triggers moves that are difficult to avoid and usually one-shots low-mid level players. However staying near the head often triggers easy-to-read melee moves that are highly punishable with charged heavy attacks. Attempt to stay by his neck, roll when needed to dodge his claw swipes and charges, in between his attacks hit his head with the weapon of your choice, make sure it has high physical damage, his defenses are very high, and his resistances are even worse.

Bite+bite+flamethrower -combo has a very good opening after the second bite. Dodge it towards the boss and run next to the left front leg (your right). You are safe there. When he attempts to do his area of effect fire blast, run far out in front of him (NOT BEHIND!!) and you will not take damage, run back to your spot by his neck and repeat. When he flies off into the air and doubles back breathing fire on the ground, simply run far to the left, the fire will miss you if done correctly.

When he begins his second phase he will begin to channel dark energy which will promptly explode in a large AOE around him doing tons of damage, do the same as you would do with the fire AOE, but roll a few times to make sure you are not hit, this move can instantly kill people in NG if they have 30 or less VIG. When he breathes fire in front of him, now is your time to attack! Hit his head while he is breathing fire and you get some free damage! Watch out for the dark explosive beam he will do afterwards, he does it right in front of him and it's easy to get caught. When he summons the dark orbs from the ground, try to get a few hits in and dodge them, this move isn't too bad and can usually land you a few free hits if dealt with correctly. Hopefully following this strategy you will fell the beast, and be victorious. 


Strategy 1: Playbook & Tips (Melee, staying by the head)

  1. Midir is going to open up this fight by throwing a tantrum, where he spits fire, and attacks with his front paws. He is going to very consciously try to roll-catch you, and catch you wherever you are, but is very bad at closing distance, so stay out of range, and dodge as little as possible to minimize the chance of being hit. Let him finish his tantrum, and he will turn around 180 degrees. You have a couple of seconds to hit his head, and begin one of the bigger objectives of the first phase. What you don't want to do is be so far, that he throws a ranged attack, because punishing these requires a lot of dodging, and this increases your chance of being hit.
  2. For the rest of the first phase (first half of his health bar), the player wants to stay in striking distance of Midir's head. To do this the player has to be conscious of when Midir is going to throw his bite attack, fire attacks, and his dark laser/fire attack. When Midir starts throwing his combo, back out and dodge until you are out of range, so Midir can burn himself out with a heavy attack. Typically, this is a double-front paw slam, or a single front paw slam, but one persisting pattern is that whenever he is open to attack, he lowers his head and calms down for a couple of seconds, and that is the precise reason why the player should hug his head. Sprinting works very well on Midir's movement while he is prowling around and not flying or anything, so implement this to position yourself, as well.
  3. Be mindful of Midir's rear paws, teeth and tail. Midir is very good at using these to hurt you. If you're in those places, you're also baiting him to turn around and swipe at you.
  4. Rolling for Midir is not the same as rolling for other bosses. When you roll, you need to roll away from his head, a couple feet out of swiping range of his paws, because again, he roll-catches you, uses variable timing, and follows your path of movement with his paws, and teeth.
  5. Don't let Midir throw off your camera lock-on, mess up the camera angle, or put you up against the wall. He's fast enough to hit you while you're fixing those problems.
  6. Don't roll spam more than three times ever, for any reason. Midir is fast enough to seek you out and roll-catch you for any rolling longer than that. 
  7. Don't try to go berserk on hit Midir too many times. His windows of calm only last a few seconds. For reference, a Wolf Knight Greatsword (which is one of the best weapons for Midir) user only has about two hits of the two-handed R1 attack before he needs to be conscious of Midir's next attack.
  8. Hiding under Midir is a terrible idea. All this does is cause him to spam his flame AOE attack where he sprays the floor with fire, and his defense is much higher on the rest of his body, and it increases the chance of being caught in that flame, making the player lose one Estus.
  9. Like basically any boss, the player has to be able to do a certain amount of damage to Midir before he can chug an Estus. For example, for 15 flasks, irrespective of strength, every time you take out 1/15th of Midir's health or more, chug an Estus. This keeps your health full in a well-paced way, while his health dwindles down. Midir doesn't heal, after all, so any points you score on him, you keep!
  10. Midir's basic laser attack, where he draws an exploding line straight away from him, and then in a semi-circle across the arena tries to home in on you. Don't expect this attack to always be dangerous in the same places, because he will adjust things based on your movement patterns. To bypass this tendency, dodge roll into (this reduces the exposure time to the attack, so i-frames work consistently), not away from the beam, and mix sprinting with rolling to give yourself proper distance. 
  11. Follow #2 on this playbook until his health is at about half. He will throw a dark-magic AOE, which may or may not have a persisting hitbox, depending on what he tries to do. Don't get too far in such that he will start doing ranged attacks, because he will start throwing new ranged attacks that are designed to keep you away from him, and he will just spam them continuously. So continue to try to be near his head, so his melee attacks are more likely. Again for this phase, wait for him to throw heavy.
  12. Avoiding Midir's dark orbs in the second phase is tricky. The slower traveling orbs can be avoided by running under Midir, to his belly, where they all crash on him. These orbs do not go up very high, as well. For his faster, more high-reaching dark orb attack, it is better to, without roll spamming, sprint and roll diagonally to the left or right, keeping track of how many orbs there are. Another way to avoid these orbs is to, after Midir does the AOE attack that comes before the orbs, run toward his face, and roll in that direction. I was able to roll that attack without problems on NG+7 difficulty without getting hit, so I recommend that.


Strategy 2 (Magic/Pyromancy)

First Encounter (on the bridge)

If you play as a sorcerer don't bother with crystal or dark magic. He is extremely resistant (300+ damage per crystal soul spear with 5 items boosting magic damage). 

Use Pestilent Mercury instead. The boss is stationary and this spell does wonders. Stay under him and cast the spell at his right arm. so that you won't get hit by Mercury when you have to move closer to the bridge (his left arm) to avoid his fire attack. When he does his dark magic attack it won't touch you if you stay close to his left arm (there is a  more or less safe spot). However, sometimes fire can hit you.

Second Encounter (Midir’s Boss Room)

This fight has two stages and each stage can be overcome with the same strategy though more caution is certainly needed for phase 2.

In both phases Midir’s move set is highly predictable and leaves him immobile for an extended length of time.  This combination leaves him open to massive damage accumulation from Pestilent Mercury. To use Pestilent Mercury you will need 30 INT. The spell does not scale with INT and is not affected by stat boosting rings. Pestilent Mercury deals damaged based on the Midir's max health.

Dodge Midir’s attacks and deploy the cloud around his head, feet, or tail. The ideal time to hit Midir with a cloud in phase 1 is when he does his forward fire breath combined with the vertical/horizontal dark beam attach. The best time to hit him in phase 2 is when he does his strobe beam.

It is recommended that you summon one other phantom who is also equipped with Pestilent Mercury and take turns deploying the clouds.  This makes Midir very manageable for two players.


Strategy 3 (Solo Melee)

Midir has a lot of health, high defense and high damage, but he is extremely predictable. This is a strategy for fighting him solo by attempting to manipulate his attacks, and does not work effectively with summons because they make Midir more unpredictable. 


You'll be doing a lot of sprinting during this fight, so Ring of Favor +3 and Chloranthy Ring +3 are recommended. As for the other rings, choose rings that increase your survivability (e.g. Estus Ring, Life Ring +3, maybe Ring of Steel Protection +3). If they don't make a difference with your setup, use whatever 2 rings you want.


Midir, like most dragons, is weak to lightning, so using lightning buffs or weapons with innate lightning damage is recommended. Weapons with reach are also advised, as Midir's tail can often be hard to hit. The Dragonslayer Swordspear and Dragonslayer Greataxe are examples of good weapons to use, however when using heavy weapons be sure that you have leveled Endurance to 20 at the very minimum. 


At the start of the fight, Midir will roar and begin charging you. You can run backwards, left, or right, but be aware that at the end of the charge, Midir will turn 180 degrees and his tail will swipe along his left side. If you are far away from him when his charge ends, sprint toward him. Be careful of his claw swipes, which can come after an extreme delay, and he will sometimes back up during the middle of a combo. Your goal is to get behind him where you can start trying to manipulate his behavior.

When you get behind him, wait for him to attack. He will almost always either turn to face you (which takes a few seconds) or lift his tail up and to his right and sweep it behind him, turning 180 degrees in the process.

If he turns to face you, run at his face an do a running R1 for double the normal damage, then sprint below him again and try to get to his tail.

If he swipes with his tail, roll at about the time he stops raising it and then start sprinting toward his head. While you're running at him, pay attention to his head movements. If he doesn't move much, you can most likely get a running R1 attack on his head, where he takes double damage, and then sprint to his tail. If his head starts moving before you get there, he'll likely do a move, which is usually either breathing fire below him, rearing up and roaring and then lunging forward and biting, or a claw swipe combo. If he breathes fire, run backwards, left, or right until he's finished and then dash underneath him to get to his tail. If he roars, run either left or right and roll as soon as he lunges and then head for his tail. If he swipes, roll his first swipe and then keep sprinting underneath him. He can finish his combo by breathing fire underneath him.

If you get behind him and he's not preoccupied with breathing fire, wait for his next move like you did earlier. If you're feeling confident, you can hit one of his hind legs (which, incidentally, seems to make the tail swipe more likely). If he breathes fire, run until you're more than half his tail's length away from him, as the fire has a long reach under him. While he's breathing, wait for some stamina and try to hit his tail. 

You can repeat these steps (waiting for a move behind him, dodging it when necessary, running up to his head and using a running R1, sprinting to attack his tail when he breathes fire) and he will likely not use other moves frequently, and this manipulation works on phase 2 as well. Most of the time, the dark projectiles he summons in phase 2 can be dodged by sprinting left or right, but watch out for his tail if you're behind him at that point. This strategy is by no means the fastest, but it is relatively safe and consistent. One of the few inconsistencies is when Midir flies away and then immediately shoots a laser from his mouth. You'll have to dodge that normally, and it will often kill in one hit, but it's an infrequent move.


Strategy 4 (Faith)

Use lightning arrow spell to his head and get 300-350 damage per hit at 19 FP cost. This has very good range and slight tracking. Use this over sunlight spear. Very easy to hit from far away and you get hits very very frequently.Around 4-5 Ashen estus should do the Job.


Darkeater Midir Lore Theories

Midir may have hatched from Fillianore's egg

Darkeater Midir Trivia

  • Midir bears some similarities to Malassa - a dragon from Heroes series.
  • Few of Midir abilities mirror Black Dragon Kalameet, a boss from Dark Souls I.
  • Midir is also a name of one of the characters from Irish mythology.
  • Midir is believed by some to be a reference to Guyra from King's Field.
  • Midir's "Fire Breath + Dark Beam combo" attack is believed by some to be a tribute to Godzilla's atomic breath from Shin Godzilla Resurrection.
  • Midir is the only optional boss in the Ringed City DLC.
  • Staying still during the start of the fight will prevent you from being hit by Midir's initial rampage, allowing a few hits on his head or body.
  • Boss fight arena is believed by some to be the same arena, which can be spotted during words about "humanity" from Dark Souls I introduction.
  • At the boss fight arena there is a large number of corpses. This bear some similarities to what player may seen during Aldrich, Devourer of Gods boss battle.
  • On NG+7 game cycle, with proper equipment, killing Midir may grant player with 1,115,370 souls, making it the largest amount of souls in Dark Souls III, that can be granted by killing one creature.
  • Using Chameleon spell or Young White Branch at the boss fight arena will transform character into a humanity phantom from Chasm of the Abyss (Dark Souls I, Artorias of the Abyss DLC).
  • Try muting all the sounds while fighting him, because the music and soundFX are distracting you from focusing on the fight (Tried & worked like magic).
  • Using Pestilent Mist repeatedly with good dodging movements is one of the easiest ways to kill him without a single hit.



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    • Anonymous

      Best dragon boss fromsoft ever made. Way more fun than Elden rings dragon reskins or a sitting duck that summons lightning and then teleports like a maniac (which looks **** imo). I see that a lot of opinions here differ. I can only say that I did him no hit recently and that I adore this boss and his theme. I played on console and it's not buggy there at all. People calling him the worst boss in Souls history probably just played 1 and a half souls games not including ds2 and it's big dragon and the bed of chaos from ds1. Git gud and stop attacking the tail, stand in front im him and the camera isn't a ****ing issue

      • Anonymous

        I adapted the strategy for solo melee and got great results ! It really is about baiting his claw, low fire, and tail attacks and with a bit of practice, you can almost always get to the second phase easy, and the second phase is not much harder (the humanity attack is easy to roll and not too strong, most annoying of all, it easily confuses you and then you get tail swiped or something).

        But, tbh, there is a lot of RNG at play here. I experienced that the beginning of the fight determines everything after: Once Midir comes towards you, just roll twice in his direction JUST AFTER his last claw swipe. Turn immediately back to his head and you can get 2-3 hits easy.

        Then, the attacks he does pretty much determines if you're gonna make it or not: If he does a claw swipe, a bite, or jumps away to throw fire, you are fine. If he simply jumps away, you will likely get one of his flame/laser or charge attacks which are much harder to roll, and if you get hit then, it will be VERY hard to get in the groove of running between his legs and keeping him baited.

        If you managed the beginning of the fight ok, then do as the guide say, just run/ roll in between the legs. Two factors can cause a problem, however: 1) the bite attack, because if you are not really in between his toes when you roll, you almost always take a hit, and 2) if he turns around while clawing, it is easy to get disoriented and end up away from his crotch, then he can much more easily combo you with claws + bit or, worse, fly away.

        When running back and forth between the head and the tail, keep the following in mind:

        - Keep always enough stamina to run to where the tail leaves the ground, this is where you can avoid the low flame attack while hitting the tail
        - Wait until the tail goes down a bit for an attack. If you fail, you likely wont be able to get another shot this time, but after 1 hit, a second is easy
        - DO NOT let yourself be put on the side of his back legs, then Midir will likely bite/ clawyou before you can get a hit on his head
        - The idea is to stay always right under his tail, moving sideways with him and bait the tail swipe, the easiest attack to roll
        - When you run to the tail and you see that the tails dows not go down (and thus no low flame attack), do indeed slash his heels, but better doing it from the back than the side/ front, because then you will avoid being moved around when Midir turns (also turn back just before striking towards his head, to see the tail swap coming)
        - ONE STRIKE ONLY on the head when you charge, otherwise, you will get out of rhythm and die
        - If Midir flies, run to him as fast as possible, otherwise he will start a flame/ laser/ charge attack that is hard to avoid
        - If he charges and cast flame at the same time, jump to your left and youll be fine
        - Get a good flame resistant armor. I had the Black Iron one + estus, favor+3 weed ring +3, defense ring +3, Halberd, and weed shield

        Good luck, it gets easy.... no, not easy, doable, once you figure the rhythm, so don't you dare go hollow !

        • Anonymous

          Hardest boss, hands down. Hits like a truck and half the time you are fighting with the camera. But once you learn his patterns he becomes manageable. Coming from 40 fights I can tell you one thing: be patient. You can't cheese this fight or power through with a high hitting weapon. Stay close, avoid attacks and hit once or twice then reset your position and prepare for the next move. Use openings to attack OR to heal. You won't have time to do both. Second phase is actually easier since you can stagger him and riposte. I managed to beat him only reaching second phase three times. Then I went in blind to fight Gael and took him to last 30% on first try. So yeah Midir is way harder.

          • Anonymous

            Worst boss fight in souls game history worse than elden beast worse than anything from other companies. This boss fight on the very last update is soooooo Damn bugy I'm Hitting his tail and EVERYTIME get Teleported in front of him when he attacks my weapons go through his head legs tail etc and do NO damage or something like 70 damage using a 600 AR weapon buffed with 3 different things and lightening weapon my weapon one shots every normal enemy and 2 shots things like the the knight's in ringed city also he runs LITERALLY everytime I get to him on some runs so by the time I am to him I have no stamina to hit so I wait for it to recharge with the shield and ring+3 and he runs away before I even get 1% back (you would think my stamina would come back almost immediately since I am using buffs Grass rings and a shield but it still takes like 5 seconds just to get to almost half that is also extremely stupid I have 27 endurance) I tried literally every build on Google that is "OP" and still do 70 damage SOMETIMES I get lucky and do 600 randomly. I am also wearing dragon slayer armor and have 2k HP and get 2 shot by literally everything he does he. I've been one shot by him without him walking and I mean that literally I was running up to him he started that fire BS again I ran to his back hit him 6 times on the tail did 70 damage with a +5 sharp Astoria greatsword with 99 dex and 50 str with a charged 2 handed R2 buffed my AR was over 800 Anyways after that BY HIS TAIL he moved and I had full health and died. There is more that happens LITERALLY EVERY FIGHT WITH IT so it's not just one time it's over and over besides the walking thing that has only happened 7 F*CKING TIMES. Weird thing is I beat his ass first try on ps5 but I play on PC and this crap happens. Anyways I'm done ranting about the most horrible bugfest boss fight and all of souls like game history

            • Anonymous

              Just beat him after 7 tries and I feel like I just had good RNG rather than winning a fair fight, boss is dogshit.

              • Anonymous

                I love how I can kill Gael, Orphan, Ludwig and Gwyn in less than 5 tries but this thing made me not wanna live anymore.

                • Anonymous

                  I gave up after the first attempt as a pyromancer because I didn't do any dmg with dark or fire. Then I respec 40str/40dex as a typical melee and started testing 3 maxed weapons: drakeblood, onyx & wolf gs. Onyx was useless, drakeblood was ok with lightning infusion(~350 dmg/hit) but wolf knight gs was what i was looking for: almost 500 dmg headshots. After a few more tries it was over. I could write that it's a good boss, praise From and generally recommend the fight. But it's not, because this is the second time in a DLC I have to change the build. I don't know how a pure sorcerer or cleric handles this boss, but I would definitely recommend anyone to switch to melee build. Unless you're using summons. Then everything is trivial...

                  • I asked my friends how to beat this boy,some of them said pestilent mist,and some of them said sellsword twinblades.
                    So I grabbed a staff for pestilent mist in left hand and sellswords in the right hand,kinda spanked him so hard (12 tries but completely worth the cool vergil katana)
                    I really recommend this strategy if you are a dex-int half melee

                    • Anonymous

                      Do *not* try to summon for this fight, it honestly makes it much harder, even if you're summoning other players rather than the NPC.

                      With more than one person in the arena his movements become very erratic, which makes it harder both to dodge his attacks (which have such huge areas that they'll hit you even if you're not the target) and to actually catch up to him to attack as he spins all over the place. His recovery timings also speed up, where you usually get a few seconds to hit his head after an attack when solo, with more people around he starts moving again much quicker. (Maybe related to AI target switching? Dunno, but it's quite obvious.) He also is far more likely to do the various vertical breath attacks that force you to run away with more people around since it increases the chance of *someone* being in the trigger zone underneath him.

                      Between all of it, even if you can dodge perfectly (and good luck), with more people you just get much fewer opportunities to actually *attack* him since you spend most of the fight just chasing him around trying to get close enough to hit him. Every extra person *reduces* your total damage output against him, rather than increasing it, and makes it *harder* to stay alive rather than easier.

                      This is a boss you just have to learn his moves and figure out how to deal with him. Standing in front of his head keeping his attention in one place, baiting out the easier to deal with attacks, dodging and punishing will get you *much* further than trying to summon.

                      About the only time summoning might make it easier is if you're a pure caster build, and in that case, well, good luck and I hope you have Pestilent Mist.

                      • Anonymous

                        midir is weird cause he's a really fun fight once you learn how to fight him proper, but the actual process of learning him is probably the most frustrating in the game. long runback, huge health pool, extremely punishing damage. they're not flaws per se, aside from the runback they're part of what makes him fun, but they certainly make the process of learning his moveset irritating

                        • Anonymous

                          This boss has been amazing in breaking a Souls veteran expectations of a dragon fight and providing entertainment. You expect a dragon to point his mouth at you and start breathing fire, meanwhile you elegantly move out of the way and punish it with some hits, and then Midir comes and goes APE MODE firing fire north west east and south and throwing a tantrum like a little kid. 10/10 boss fight, one of my favorites of all souls games.

                          • Anonymous

                            WTF are these lore theories? Shira literally tells us the lore of Midir. Just write down what Shira said and add some half-assed speculations.

                            • Anonymous

                              Love the boss. Difficult but fun. Ironically the most annoying parts are the tedious run back and fighting him on the bridge before he spawns in the boss room.

                              • Anonymous

                                Don't let bad mental game get to your head, a poise break + riposte will do 1/4-1/3 of his health. No matter how bad the current run is going, it can still be salvaged with a single poise break.

                                • Anonymous

                                  this fight, gaping dragon, and placidu-something from elden ring are the only enjoyable dragon bosses in the series. Overall 7/10 would have been better if I didn't have to play cameraman simuator

                                  • Anonymous

                                    The AI really shouldn't have been twisted to use fire attacks underneath so much, it's almost impossible to come close to him when 9/10 attacks force you to run away.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      I’d rank it as a 7/10 boss. The camera can be annoying and it can get frustrating, but at the end of the day it’s a giant dragon that shoots laser beams and it’s awesome.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        I just beat him and he is pretty good. He’s far from my favorite fight and he can be frustrating but the feeling of beating him is well worth it. It took my 8+ tries and the only tips I have are stay aggressive and in his face during the second phase unless you are comfortable dealing with the long as hell laser attack. When he spawns those purple humanity, run while slightly turning .

                                        • Anonymous

                                          I feel like alot of the people complaining are suffering because they don't stay in front of him, the camera is alot less garbage if you take care to always stay in front of him and his attacks are alot easier to recognise and see coming

                                          • Darkeater Midir is the G.O.A.T. Dragon boss fight in any FromSoft game, period (IMO)....a close second would be DragonLord Placidusax from Elden Ring.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              This fight is fine as long as you're willing to play cameraman. Stay in front of him, and by the same token, don't roll into his swipes either.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                I had the real deal Let me Solo Him as an option to summon, and i wasnt going to pass that up. he did indeed solo him effortlessly, no hits. thank you mr. solo him

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  A phantom i summoned named Otar the mad literally one shot the boss and I dont know how since I didn't even get off the elevator to open the hidden wall to go to Midir by the time. Random HP bar popped up and midir defeated came a second later with him losing his entire hp bar instantly. Can someone explain how tf this happens ? Where are you Otar, you madman. Tell me what the **** happened.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    A phantom i summoned named Otar the mad literally one shot the boss and I dont know how since I didn't even get off the elevator to open the hidden wall to go to Midir by the time. Random HP bar popped up and midir defeated came a second later with him losing his entire hp bar instantly. Can someone explain how tf this happens ? Where are you Otar, you madman. Tell me what the **** happened.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      "fight solo" didn't work for 10x embers. Brought in Shira. She held it down while I Pestiluent Misted and whacked his feet with my Lightning buffed Lothric sword. (Maybe I'd have done the real Git Gud method if I'd have a more ready supply of Embers.)

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        Expected another cheap, cheesy boss fight after hearing how hard he was, but legit one of the best difficult bosses in the series. Attacks are all easily managed once you learn them, and none of them were too hard to figure out. Its like a dance once you find a rhythm. Took 2 hours solo, but actually had fun.

                                                        Difficulty comes from his insane health pool, death on 1 mistake, only getting 1-2 hits at a time, and wonky camera.

                                                        My advice: ALWAYS stay in front of and hit head. Lock on is fine as long as you dont get under him. Unlock during cross map nose dive & flying. Use slow, high dmg weapon(+9 pickaxe for me) for 1-2 running hits at a time. Never get greedy. Greatsheild for combos(strafe towards swinging arm. Can also roll back). 1-2 ashen estus for 3-4 tears of denial(1 mistake can insta kill).

                                                        Roll spam under cross-map crawling combo. Run left of flying fire attack. Run/Roll spam away from him & his phase 2 dark spirit summon. Run/roll sideways, & to him during laser & fire blasts. Good luck skeleton!

                                                        • Great Club +10 and Havel’s set did the trick. Once I kept in front of his head this became a super fun and rewarding fight. sad we had to put the good boy down :(

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Killed him on NG+4 with a SL 11 with +1s. He’s a fun boss to fight, as he telegraphs heavily, and because of his movesets…it just feels like an epic battle over the course of 5-20 mins depending on your gear and what handicaps you apply.

                                                            Easily the most fun fight to learn and enjoy completing if you want to emulate a massive dragon showdown!

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              Honestly, if they just took away 5000 hit points from him it would probably be fine. I had fun beating him and didn't die that much, but seeing him just not die to a lot of stuff ticked me off.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                4 tries to get him to phase 2, another 6 to beat him (first time fighting Midir). Honestly once you figure out to just stay in front of him the fight is really lame. Swapped around between hollowslayer greatsword, crow+quill, and farron greatsword. Farron greatsword did it in the end simply because putting in one or two hits at a time was enough. Kind of a disappointing fight after Nameless King

                                                                • it's interesting/funny how active this boss page is currently compared to others.

                                                                  i recently finally beat him on a low dmg run. i recommend a light weapon, either something with thrust damage like estoc, or dragonslayer's axe, with gold pine resins. i used the dragonslayer's axe. heavy weapons feel terrible to whiff with and you will probably get in more damage over time getting 2-3 hits with a light weapon than 1 hit with a heavy weapon. plus you don't want to run out of stamina before you can roll away from his claw attacks.

                                                                  the crit didn't even come close to killing him... unfortunately i forgot to swap to my crystal mailbreaker :,( really just takes a lot of patience and learning where to be standing when he FINISHES his attacks so you can get in an optimal punish. also you want to be unlocked 95% of the time. i would only lock on for a sec to make sure my running/jumping attacks land when i have to sneak those in, and then immediately unlock.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    Just beat him for the first time after 25 deaths. Despite all the camera problems that come with such a large boss, his attacks are slow/predictable enough that I found myself having a lot of fun during the final 10 attempts. FWIW: I think Pestilent Mist is NOT a cheese kill here; you still need to dodge his attacks and awkwardly place the mist clouds. Moreover, the spell doesn't exploit any AI weakness; this is a boss with very high health and a large hitbox... of course the AOE spell that damages based on %max hp is a good choice!! No more a cheese than taking a melee weapon targeting an elemental/status weakness on any other boss.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      Fume Knight and Midir were the only bosses in this franchise that made me go "never again" after beating them.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        Really annoying to fight if you have a zweihander, would rather die 100 times to gael or friede than 20 times on this boss, it's just a boring and spongy enemy

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          Midir can only be hurt by hitting his head, but Miyazaki isn't satisfied with this minimal level of bullshit.

                                                                          Next, DLC in Elden Ring is going to include a dragon that can only be harmed by hitting the seventh scale on its tail with a specific sword that you can only find during a night cycle while being chased by twelve or more enemies.

                                                                          The dragon itself can only be harmed during one specific attack animation that it performs only when the console is shutting down and during server maintenance. The player must also be wearing the One Ring, only attainable by playing an emulated version of the SNES version of The Lord Of The Rings, on a hacked console.

                                                                          Miyazaki will leave a clue on how to do this, but it is only seen in the PS9 version of Dark Souls Remastered: Remastered. The clue will be found on the inside of the model of Siegmeyer's helmet.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            Fack those ghosts. Avoided the first bunch? How about another wave? RAINING THEM? Oh and double back jump into mega laser behind them. WHO WOULD HAVE SEEN THAT COMING? FOR THE MILLIONTH AND BILLIONTH TIME? And then the double rampage run AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN cause WHO NEEDS TO KILL THE BOSS IN UNDER AN HOUR??? And I thought the Demon Prince and Lothric were the epitome of bullshitting...

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              "Try muting all the sounds while fighting him, because the music and soundFX are distracting you from focusing on the fight (Tried & worked like magic)." yeah no im fine

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                Last boss in game I killed as a pure caster. He's definitely a pain but doable. Sunlight Spears at 60 FTH with the 2 miracle rings and clutch ring hit for a little under 700, so decent damage. If you use the rose whip buff (+25% miracle damage for 2 mins) you can speed this up even more. At 30 attunement I could cast 4 spears before needing to drink with quite a bit of leftover FP, so for efficiency you probably want a little more attunement. I think it took 6 flasks total to get his whole health bar down, so again not too bad.

                                                                                His melee attacks are very easy to dodge, and the other big attacks are also easy once you figure out how to deal with them. The fiery spam charge I still don't understand how to dodge, but his simple charge is the best move you can bait and punish with 2 spears every time. When he staggers in phase 2 make sure you have a full FP bar to finish him off. Overall easier than Gael imo, though both of them are probably the hardest bosses for pure casters if anything because of their health pools and needing to drink so many flasks. Good luck!

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  Summoning Shira actually helped a lot for sorcerer build, since she occupied most of his attention while i sneakily set Pestilent Mist on him without worrying about being punished for stepping an inch closer or inch farther to his head

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    Beat this guy on my own for the first time on my guts cosplay run. Gotta say I haven't felt this good in a while

                                                                                    • This is one boss I did with just magic spamming crystal soul spears and nothing else so naturally I had only 4-6 healing flasks (most had to be ashen due to the high FP costs and this guys magic resist)

                                                                                      People call me an ez mode pussy and gatekeeping the game often but doing this fight with just projectile sorcery at range was immensely difficult. I had to get really good at dodging his lasers and dive bombs for 5 constant minutes and over 50 times.

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        Poked him to death on NG with 2-handed sharp partizan+10 with dex 50 and 144 stamina (SL 96), used 9 flasks.

                                                                                        Second phase - when he summons orbs, you can stand still until last moment before they touch you and dodge - this way you will not run far from his head and not prompt hist laser mega-combo. Also, mind the double fire breath + angry walk attack in the second phase - it always catches me off guard.

                                                                                        Was intimidating at first, but feels fair, albeit a bit lengthy - but again, we are taking a huge f-ing dragon. Loved this guy, and, frankly, was a bit sad when I finally beat him - he fell to his side, so exhausted like a poor doggo. Of all dragons that I've met in many games, this one shares the throne with Everlasting Dragon as the coolest experience.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          Ok, first time i fought midir i was in ng+6 because i didn't buy the dlc yet. It was thrilling to say the least. I would die over and over trying to figure this dragon out, but the satisfaction of killing him with the riposte can only be expressed by doomguy's happy face.

                                                                                          Regardless of your weapon, here's the best advice i can give: keep yourself right in front of him. Most of his attacks only takes 1 roll backwards to avoid and some of them you only need to backstep a little. But ALWAYS hug it's front and ALWAYS aim for the head, any other body part is a waste of your time. The parts where he goes to breathe fire at you takes a lot of stamina to fully avoid, or perfect rolls for most of their damage. If such isn't an option for you, pick damage mitigation tactics such as timed stomps, perseverance or a trusty shield. But never run unecessary risks such as running for an attack with barely any stamina, because this guy is pulling no punches.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            Damn, with all the stories I read about him I thought it was gonna take me forever. But I somehow managed to defeat him on my 4th try! Seems like a pretty fair boss where positioning seems to be very important, he just has a ton of health.

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              Shoutout to (grossly incandescent?) PC player Katana-chan, whom I summoned at the Ringed Inner Wall bonfire to help me take on Midir. It turned to out to be dual lightning katana solo smashfest, as I stood there drooling and mouthbreathing in my armor. Next time I'll solo by myself 'till my fingers cramp up, I pass out or what ever... Win? My honor demands it. Praise the Sun! \`[T]/

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                After rage quitting to Pontiff on my first playthrough in 2018, I finally defeated all bosses today. For as many times I died to Midir, it was bittersweet when I eventually beat him, what a way to go out though!

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  Maybe I’m weird but I can’t help but smile like an idiot every time I face Midir. Like seriously his entire moveset lets you hit his head (the most fun way to fight a dragon) and he breathes fire, channels the abyss, flies around, combos you, bites and claws at you, SHOOTS LASERS, and his OST does the drop when he looks at you like how can you not love Midir? And he’s such a cute lil dragon as well

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    just beat him solo with my pyromancer/quality build, I'm going to use his katana even though It's a dex weapon.

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      Stand in front of his head to bait claw attacks that are easy to dodge. Make sure to only hit him one time on the head, if you hit him twice he can catch you with another attack.

                                                                                                      Every boss can be outplayed if you one tap them and time dodges.

                                                                                                      After 10+ tries you can remember any bosses move set so don’t get discouraged.

                                                                                                      This game teaches discipline with patience, memory, not to be greedy, and experimentation.

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        I enjoy fighting Midir in every playthrough because I find him significantly more forgiving and easy than the other dlc bosses despite his massive health pool, plus I love being able to do a point down to poise break combo due to hitting him during a move, it's funny.
                                                                                                        This might just come from playing Monster Hunter too much but I really don't care how big his health pool is.

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          I beat him with a melee only dex build today and i have to say that staying under him was very useful unlike what most other ppl are saying.
                                                                                                          You can get multiple hits to the legs before he starts breathing fire downwards. And the fire is also pretty easy to avoid, just run straight to his tail (which you can also hit if you have the time).
                                                                                                          After that, if midir turns slowly to you rush to his head and land some blows. Otherwise roll towards him if he is going for a tail sweep.
                                                                                                          Never lock the camera, its a death sentence

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            this fight is so amazing and fair. After not beating him for like 20+ attempts i beat him without getting hit once!!

                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                              It doesn't feel like fighting a dragon, it plunges like a hound, swipes like a beast, and it breathes fire toward its nuts.

                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                Does anyone know how much poise Midir has? He bassically only gets "poise broken" when he reaches a certain health. Does Midir have infinite poise?

                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                  Just beat him first try as opposed to my first playthrough that probably took around 30+ Just goes to show learning to manipulate this boss's attacks and dance with him is key 10/10 boss

                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                    Just beat him first try as opposed to my first playthrough that probably took around 30+ Just goes to show learning to manipulate this boss's attacks and dance with him is key 10/10 boss

                                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                                      I wonder when souls players will realize that the coolness of a boss will never overshadow it's inescapable gameplay flaws.

                                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                                        Pestilent mercury annihilates bridge midir , simply cast near his claw , hide behind the rock and whenever he peeks his head to breath flames , jump out and recast

                                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                                          I just killed his ass with the black knight greatsword. murdered his *****-ass! only went for the head. no other body parts at all. you get the viscral attack/face stab at the very end. you have to slap him down to like 10% health.

                                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                                            This is a hard one, play it calm, and learn the moveset, never panic roll unless he breathes on his feet upright, at last I’d say when he goes berserk on phase 2 and fires insta kill beams everywhere, then get hella close to him and roll like a *****, gl chosen Undead. I got him just on the try my mom told me something, so try using mom’s love as a lucky charm.


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