Halflight, Spear of the Church

General Info
hp.jpg souls.jpg Location
3,350 80,000 The Ringed City

Filianore's Spear Ornament

Titanite Slab (once per NG cycle) 

Weak Resistant Immune

Halflight: Frost, Lightning

Guardian: Fire,  Frost, Lightning, Vow of Silence

Halflight: Bleed,  Poison/Toxic

Guardian: Bleed, Poison/Toxic

Halflight: N/A

Guardian: N/A

 Halflight, Spear of the Church is a Boss enemy in Dark Souls 3, added with The Ringed City DLC.


Halflight, Spear of the Church Information

  • You can summon Unbreakable Patches for this fight if you have completed Lapp's questline.
  • Judicator Argo will summon players in the Spears of the Church as the Boss or Halflight if offline or there are no players available to summon.
  • Optional - must be defeated in order to reach Filianore and complete the DLC, but like all of the DLC bosses, is not neccessary to complete the main game.



  • Halflight, Spear of the Church is found in The Ringed City, inside the church down the Ringed Inner Wall bonfire shortcut.
  • After beating this boss, player can use souls to revive Argo and repeat this fight. He can do it at the Velka's statue or Purging Monument. See Show Your Humanity, how to reach Purging Monument. Note: Step connected with Velka's Statue can be achieved without finding Purging Monument.




Combat Information


Video Strategy

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Strategy 1 (Melee)

 Below is a playbook that will provide a checklist of things that need to be done in order for the fight to be successful. Other methods are possible, but with this particular method provided, it frames the fight in the proper way that can be executed with almost any weapon.

  1. Get the church door open. When you approach it at a certain angle, after getting the necessary item to approach the door, near the Ringed Knight. It's not necessary to bother with him, as he can be avoided without damage, so if you feel the need to kill him every single time you run for the church, you are mistaken. Remember this: summoning phantoms makes this fight significantly more difficult. The Spear of the Church gains lots of extra health and passive poise (think Dark Souls One poise) for each phantom you summon, including Lapp. If you choose to call for help, be wary.
  2. Ignore Judicator Argo. He will not attack unless provoked and will die on his own once he's finished summoning a Spear. Instead, watch for the first Guardian and prepare to ambush him as he spawns in. When the Guardian is finished standing up, attack him. He will not have poise, and his weapon is very small, meaning it's simple to just mash r1 to wipe him out in a short period of time. Try to drop him before the Spear can arrive.
  3. Halflight has arrived. If you haven't finished off the Guardian yet, it's best to concentrate your efforts on him, as his health should be low, and he will cast healing miracles to revitalize the Spear if left alone for too long. While doing this, keep him between you and Halflight, as it's important to keep your eyes on the Spear in case he draws his bow, uses the shockwave katana attack that covers a decent distance, or uses his Divine Spear Fragment to attack from afar. These ranged attacks are the greatest threat, as the Guardian has few methods of attack that can get past a bit of r1 spam. You can also use the pillars in the room to attract the Guardian and fight him behind cover, safe from Halflight's ranged attacks. Finish the Guardian, and turn your attention to the Spear.
  4. Halflight is pretty simple as far as NPC AI goes. If he's running at you, he's going to do a running attack with his katana. If you're in his range, he'll attack randomly with quick katana attacks. If you get too far away, he'll shoot arrows at you with his bow. At times, he'll use his Divine Spear Fragment to summon a wall of spears, which is easily dodged simply by strafing left or right. It will also give him a few moments of passive poise, so wait for the glow that appears around him to subside before attacking. 
  5. The best strategy that any weapon can employ against Halflight is this: let him walk into your range, and then just hit him. This will work like a charm, as his lack of poise and range mean you won't need to worry about his attacks. Just make sure he isn't using his shield, because he is an NPC, and has a chance to read your input and parry you effortlessly if you're using a weapon that can be parried. Avoid this by using a weapon that can't be parried, such as a two-handed ultra greatsword or greathammer, or by using attacks that can't be parried, such as certain weapon arts and the jumping attack. You could also just wait for him to put the shield up and two-hand his katana.
  6. Should Halflight manage to hit you, you'll notice that he has much more attack power than a katana user has any right to have. Keep your cool, roll away from him (not towards him or to his side), and make sure he isn't using the weapon art shockwave to chase you down. Then heal in safety, as Halflight usually won't press his advantage. Once you've whittled his health down, phase two will begin, and a second Painting Guardian will spawn in the middle of the arena. 
  7. This is the hard part. The main challenge here will be to pay attention to both of your adversaries at once. It's best to focus your efforts on the Guardian again, as damaging Halflight is a slow and steady process in which the Guardian will have plenty of time to cast healing miracles. Just as before, keep both targets in your line of sight at all times, and pay close attention to Halflight's ranged attacks. If the Guardian manages to get a heal off, it's no big deal. Prioritize your survival above all else, as once the Guardian is down, Halflight will be unable to heal. 
  8. If you've made it this far, Halflight's backup is dead, and the fight is almost over. Don't get cocky, take it slow, don't get parried, and you'll be victorious. Good luck.

Strategy 2 (Magic/Pyromancy)

A strategy is to be provided here, be sure to add any equipment / build requirements and tips and tricks.


Halflight, Spear of the Church has 2 attack phases. In the first phase, Church Guardian appears, shortly after that moment Spear of Church. When his/her hp is lowered by half, another Church Guardian appears.

First Phase
Swift Sword attack (Guardian) Guardian uses his sword few times, dealing physical damage. Then jumps back to avoid retaliation.
Knife throwing (Guardian) Guardian throws few knives dealing magical damage.
Healing (Guardian) Guardian kneels and uses a healing spell that restores health in small area.
Homing Knives (Halflight/Phantom) Skill similar to spell Homing Crystal Mass. However, instead of magic projectiles there are knives. Deals low magic damage, but can break  attack.
Swift Sword attack (Halflight) Sheathes their katana, then unleashes a flurry of swings.
Dark Wave (Halflight) Sheathes their katana, then brings the katana down to release a wave of dark.
Jump attack  (Halflight) Halflight performs a katana running jump attack.
Bow attack (Haflight) Halflight uses bow and attacks from distance.
Ritual Spear attack (Halflight/Phantom) Spear of the Church uses Ritual/Divine Spear fragment - acts simillar to Black Serpent Spell. Such "serpent" stays for a few seconds acting simillar to "wall". Deals high lightning damage.


Lore Theories

Halflight was the youngest among a company of missionaries that sent to the Ringed City from a land of magic far far away. When all of his fellow missionaries have fled the city after facing the horrors that hidden within the depth of the streets. The young sorcerer decided to stay behind and eventually becoming the last recorded Spear of The Church to serve as the last line of defence for the slumber of princess Fillianore.


Notes & Trivia

  • Halflight is one of few bosses in the series that is capable of parrying and riposting player.
  • This is one of the fights in the Dark Souls series, the other being the Old Monk bossfight in Demon's Souls, where a regular player is intended to serve as the boss.
  • The Spear of The Church boss fight, and therefore, Halflight, Spear of the Church, is the only boss fight in Dark Souls III that can be reset without beginning the next NG cycle.
  • Halflight is the offline Boss, but can appear online if either the Spear of the Church isn't summoned on time or leave the fight.
  • Players summoned as Boss can't use normal Estus, but can use healing miracles, abilities, and equipment as well as ashen estus. 
  • This boss resembles the "Old Monk" fight from Demon's Souls, consisting of a player being summoned in with altered stats to serve as the boss, with homing soul masses periodically being summoned around them.
  • As in case of Ancient Wyvern boss fight, there is no corresponding bonfire. Instead, shortly after leaving boss fight arena, near the double staircase, there is a bonfire "Fillanore's Church".



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    • Anonymous

      25 Nov 2020 19:42  

      offline safe strat: whips. The ai doesn't know how to defend against whips, and infusing an elemental attribute will help keep damage on the npc when they are camping behind their shield. It helps to bait a melee attack and hit them from a safe distance with whips.

      • Anonymous

        03 Nov 2020 15:02  

        Ran into a player summon here with incredibly bad latency; so bad I couldn't damage him. I closed the game after it turned out I wasn't getting anywhere as long as he was functionally invulnerable, then got the message that my account was flagged for cheating when I got back to the menu.
        My advice? Just toggle yourself offline for this one. At least Halflight won't get you banned.

        • Anonymous

          25 Sep 2020 08:25  

          Do you not get the slab if you kill the player summon? I skipped through the dialog box for loot quickly so I'm not sure if I got it, and I seem to be 1 slab short of the 15, despite checking every spawn location to be sure.

          • Anonymous

            08 Sep 2020 06:48  

            Best tactic i've found for NPC Halflight is to retreat as far as needed to get him to swap to his bow, then dart in and hit him with wide swings, then drop back again. His bow has no split damage and no effects, so a good, stout shield can block it easily.

            • Anonymous

              08 Sep 2020 03:18  

              I destroyed the guy who was summoned. I was using a Farron Greatsword +5 and I killed him in 4 hits in less than 20 seconds. I don’t know if being the boss gives you more vigor but I know you get more defense. If it does give more vigor I would be amazed. If not I recommend that if your gonna use this covenant invest in vigor because a fully upgraded weapon can destroy a person with low health (once again don’t know if you get more health)

              • Anonymous

                08 Sep 2020 01:34  

                When I get summoned as my regen build, if it's only the host without phantoms, I'll let him kill the Guardians to give him a sporting chance :)
                Then at half health I use power within as a "phase 2" to give the host a good show. So fun~

                • Anonymous

                  01 Sep 2020 19:52  

                  Soul Level 73, got a player who did nothing beside abusing the insane hyper armor you get as the halflight boss to literally trade hits with no care in the world with Vordt's hammer, and running away to camp with guardians for heals. He could deadass swallow a hit without staggering and just parry the next. Great game, very balanced

                  • Anonymous

                    18 Aug 2020 10:24  

                    Imagine there being a bug or glitch where he accidentally summoned two players instead of the one. Think about it, you could be fighting two people with Ornstein and Smough's gear

                    • Anonymous

                      17 Aug 2020 05:03  

                      very strange bug after the fight: i was grinding this to farm spear ornaments, and immediately after the fight i went back outside to the divine spear monument. i turned in the ornaments and got the rewards, and looked through my inventory to take a look at them. after that i started walking back towards the arena, and crossing over a certain spot, i heard argo's "make haste!" line trigger. i could walk over that spot and get it to happen a few more times before it stopped.

                      • Anonymous

                        08 Aug 2020 12:35  

                        1 lone host: a normal pvp fight. Host and 2 phantoms: invincible boss unless idle. Learn the fking lesson.

                        • Anonymous

                          03 Aug 2020 04:52  

                          Bruh I thought that was gonna be a real fight... I trashed it and thought I just beat phase 1 as i got the slab and ****.... Dafck the demon was 10x harder

                          • Anonymous

                            01 Aug 2020 16:41  

                            I dont know about you guys but i liked this idea, i was amazed that the judge summons a player as a boss!

                            • Anonymous

                              01 Aug 2020 15:16  

                              As a pyromancer offline facing the NPC I got parried and killed when I attempted to guard break him with my straight sword. Next round I knocked his ass on the ground with a chaos infused Astora greatsword thrust and just kept doing that until he died, 2 vestige casts took care of the painting guardians.

                              • Anonymous

                                30 Jul 2020 10:54  

                                Look at the true face of this "wonderful" community. Whenever sonething doesn't let them gank on someone, whenever the game tells them that they must forget about summoning phantoms for just 1 of the many bosses it has, they hate, cry and cuddle in the mud. A point down to gonkers from this and many other spears of the church.

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