Halflight, Spear of the Church

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

Filianore's Spear Ornament

Titanite Slab (once per NG cycle) 

Defenses
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.

 

Location

  • 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.

 

Drops

 

Combat Information

Strategies

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.

Attacks

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".

 

 




    • Anonymous

      04 Dec 2019 19:37  

      I killed the Spear, before the second helper was resummoned. Then the helper came back, I killed the helper and boss fight didn't finish. Stuck in the room, I reloaded, had to restart the fight. Worse yet, I fought the same spear and lost. Smh visios of liar

      • Anonymous

        02 Dec 2019 00:38  

        *******NOTE****************** Before fighting this boss, and definitely before reaching the final area of the game, if you have killed midir and are doing Shira's sidequest, after killing midir, immediately return to speak to Shira. If you kill this boss and then progress to the final area of this DLC and have not claimed your reward for killing Midir, YOU LOSE THE SLAB FOREVER for this playthrough. I have not seen this mentioned and it's very easy to miss this slab. Shira's disposition towards you changes massively and she tries to kill you. So get your slab!!!!!

        • Anonymous

          12 Nov 2019 20:33  

          Pro tip : if you dont summon phantoms, it is effectively a duel except you can use estus and the other guy gets 2 npcs. If you really suck, play offline and cheese halflight with knockdown charged heavy attacks from ultras or something.

          • Anonymous

            28 Oct 2019 15:31  

            So many people in these comments never knew how hard the old monk fight sucked because regionlock wasnt a thing and you'd spend 30 seconds getting spammed by some dude living in a shack in the Himalayans

            • Anonymous

              03 Sep 2019 22:50  

              Guys, seriously. It’s an easy boss, all you have to do is get lucky and get a weak Church Phantom and use a Fume Ultra Greatsword or something super damaging. Or, maybe it might be hard for you guys. Good luck!!

              • Anonymous

                31 Aug 2019 02:02  

                I've been having trouble with this boss for a while now, people have telling me to either git gud or make a setup against him, but it's nearly impossible to kill a f*cking acrobat in the space of 10-20 seconds, beyond that you have the chance to fight a player that could be using anything from a broadsword to sorcery!! In conclusion I'm quitting.

                • Anonymous

                  24 Jul 2019 07:55  

                  For the rest of use living in the boonies pvp inthis game blows. I can swing it as a warrior of sunlight and ranged. But come on 1-3 seconds of lag is magic for the most folks whom have cable connections.

                  • Anonymous

                    15 Jul 2019 16:59  

                    I beat my head against this particular wall 6-7 times, hated this damn boss. Then I accidentally killed him in 10 hits. Turns out, he and the painting guardian are stun-lockable. Lightning blade, Lothric Greatsword (sharp)+10, and spam the full-charge heavy attack. It has pretty good tracking on the thrust, and if you manage to hit him with the full charge it knocks him prone. move a little closer, and heavy attack him again. You can literally keep him on the ground the entire fight. Same tactic works on the painting guardian. Made the entire fight much easier.

                    • Anonymous

                      09 Jul 2019 17:12  

                      That’s a nice gank you got there. It’d be a shame if I punished your over aggressive playstyle with Wrath of the Gods. Oh, are you trying to regroup with your two remaining phantoms? Guess I’ll take this opportunity to fully heal. Hey, are you trying to bully my painting guardian? Take a sunlight spear to the face. One phantom left buddy. No turtles here buddy, take a guard break. Just you and me now eh? Oh cool, you have the ringed greatswords. Bet you forgot the Spear has extra poise. Another victory as a Divine Spear. Get shamed by a miracle build.

                      • Anonymous

                        08 Jul 2019 01:07  

                        This is one of the worst bosses I’ve ever fought in a game (I haven’t fought the Bed of Chaos yet). I hate the painting guardians because they’re so spammy and they can heal each other and Halflight! I also am not a big fan of pvp in any souls game and whenever a player is summoned I pray that they’re as bad as I am at pvp. The npc isn’t too bad, it’s just the fact that he hides behind the painting guardians makes it annoying as all hell. I wish this fight was optional for the ringed city but you have to do it in order to get to Gale. F*ck Halflight!

                        • Anonymous

                          25 Apr 2019 15:10  

                          Yesterday a white fantom "Summon me now" guided me through the Ringed Cityand we got very far but unfortunately died, today I finally got to this bossfight and he was summoned and he kicked my ass.

                          • Anonymous

                            19 Apr 2019 19:09  

                            PVP in this game is embarrassing to say the least, you'd think FromSoft would be ashamed for how unpolished and cheap it is and not shove it on the face of every *****ing player that just want to do PVE.. Well at least they dropped it completely in Sekiro thank god, took them awhile to realize they aren't capable of making a competitive online game.

                            • Anonymous

                              31 Mar 2019 17:57  

                              What a surprise, comments are either full of people saying how BS this boss is (and it is), and everyone else is just saying "lol git gud skrub" Tell you what *****tards, not everyone WANTS to do PvP. Especially when the guy you're fighting has 1500 hours in this game alone since it's literally all he does, and also lagging like*****. Forced PvP in a game where lots of people do NOT want PvP bull*****happening, is retarded.

                              • Anonymous

                                13 Feb 2019 22:48  

                                I'm curious if the player summoned as the boss also has the weaknesses of frost and lightning applied to them as they would be to Halflight in offline mode. It would make sense they would. It'd just be nice to know if it would help to have a stoneplate ring equipped to compensate for weaknesses I wouldn't normally have when I get summoned as the boss.

                                • Anonymous

                                  21 Jan 2019 09:15  

                                  Way to remind me why I hardly ever do PvP in Souls anymore. First try summoned some insanely laggy dude from America (I am from Europe so that made it probably even worse) where like half of my hits didnt do any damage to him, even tho you could clearly hear the hit land, blood splash and everything, while he was hitting me with his fist weapon from range of an UGS, second try was even worse, some Russian dude was just plain lag backstabbing me, said ***** it, switched to offline, killed HalfLight withou using a single estuts. Garbo fight either way.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    20 Jan 2019 04:13  

                                    Having the boss summon real players is the most retarded thing ever. Did this once and some guy showed up with immense lag. It's always lagy when I'm doing pvp forcing it on me in a boss fight is just the worst.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      16 Jan 2019 22:46  

                                      1 try... like every other boss except for nameless king and Dancer (2 each).... and like 15 tries for midir lmao...

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