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 necessary to complete the main game.
  • When playing online, this boss is replaced with another player, who presumably has the Spear of the Church Covenant equipped, although this is not always the case. In some instances, this boss fight can summon players that are actively attempting to invade another's world, which probably occurs when there aren't enough players playing with the Spear of the Church covenant equipped. An alternate theory is that the boss fight prioritizes Spear of the Church players, but really only looks for a player that is performing an action that would enable them to damage and kill a host, such as placing a white summon sign while using the Mound-makers covenant, as experienced by user Stephetheon



  • 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, the 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 a 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 a 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 a bow and attacks from distance.
Ritual Spear attack (Halflight/Phantom) Spear of the Church uses Ritual/Divine Spear fragment - acts similar to Black Serpent Spell. Such "serpent" stays for a few seconds acting similar 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 defense 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 boss fight 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 the case of the Ancient Wyvern boss fight, there is no corresponding bonfire. Instead, shortly after leaving the boss fight arena, near the double staircase, there is a bonfire "Fillanore's Church".



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    • Anonymous

      26 Aug 2021 14:04  

      Ymfah on Youtube made a Millwood greatbow cheese strategy for this boss by the way, on his video called "How to make a "Bow" Only Build in Dark Souls 3". It involves triggering the fight without ever entering the arena.
      Also, as PSA, I don't fight back when I get summoned as the boss so if you ever see a player named "KetchupPreCxm" but with a "u" instead of an "x" on pc you can relax, cuz I even turn my back towards you for backstabs.

      • Anonymous

        25 Aug 2021 16:43  

        " In some instances, this boss fight can summon players that are actively attempting to invade another's world"
        This is false, well, not entirely, but I got summoned to fight in here while I had my coop sign written. So it's not just invasions, white sign soapstone also enable this.

        • Anonymous

          02 Aug 2021 14:27  

          Well... This is a poorly designed boss, but the devs are't really the ones to blame for it. You just had it coming.

          Host of embers defended everything wrong with pvp in the early days of this game (ganking, mostly.), and the devs aknowledged what kind of toxicity they have let in their community by the time they finished ashes of ariandel. So when making this dlc, they picked up the long list of advantages hosts have and threw it back at them. Ganking doesn't do sht to halflight, r1 spam doesn't work, no blues for backup, halflight having it's own phantoms, etc. And they added it right before the final boss, as if trying to tell you "this sht is over".

          GG fromsoft, try to put a proper pvp system (and be more original) next time.

          • Anonymous

            27 Jul 2021 21:52  

            Honestly man all you *******s talkin bout how this is such an amazing boss need to stop circle jerking and realize that some people are just bad at PvP. Trust me I am decent at PvE (1300 hours across dark souls 1, 2, and 3) but can’t PvP for the life of me, mainly because I hate meta weapons and like being interesting. This is honestly such a demoralizing boss to me and makes me dread the dlc every time I enter because one of my favorite bosses lies behind it…

            • Anonymous

              24 Jul 2021 17:46  

              You don’t need to be a spear of the church or be trying to invade someone to be summoned in this fight. My friend was a sunlight Bro with his sign outside of midir boss room and was summoned.

              • Anonymous

                14 Jul 2021 05:00  

                A lone host: i let the painting guardian die and do the duel bow gesture.

                A 4 men gank: attacking non-stop, healing inside the spear fragment zone and point down once dead.

                That's my way of being halflight. You choose, host of embers.

                • Anonymous

                  13 Jul 2021 16:55  

                  i didn't even knew it was a real boss it was so easy others may find this one hard but not me as i can see i am happy i found the ring that increases stamina fast that it maybe what helped me the most

                  • Anonymous

                    11 Jul 2021 23:38  

                    Seriously just fight the offline one he’s so much easier than some sweatlord. I killed him with exactly 2 parries and the hornet ring

                    • Anonymous

                      09 Jul 2021 15:09  

                      -1 INT players like to cheat as spears. I had one summoned with 100 in every stat and godmode on, why would one even need godmode at an impossinle SL lmao

                      • Anonymous

                        03 Jul 2021 00:21  

                        I just had a heart attack. I got summoned in to be the spear of the church when I laid my white sign nowhere near the fight and haven't even progressed that far.
                        I'm so confused...

                        • Anonymous

                          01 Jul 2021 16:19  

                          this fight is the worst fight in souls history, it's the mario maker of boss fights and people are sweaty smfh

                          • Anonymous

                            26 Jun 2021 15:34  

                            So... I was invading near Mausoleum Lookout with Red Eye Orb as a Mound-Maker (farming goddamn Vertebra Shackles). I didn`t place any signs. And guess what? I got summoned as a freaking Halflight. I didn't even know it was possible. And while I stood in astonishment, the host finished both me and a guardian in one hit with Chaos Bed Vestiges. Well, good for him, I guess. I made someone`s boss fight a piece of cake.

                            • Anonymous

                              08 Jun 2021 18:42  

                              You might be summoned for fight if you have the inf invade item. Sign down, an still got summoned to invade

                              • Anonymous

                                06 Jun 2021 03:45  

                                This is a hate mail factory and I love it.

                                Dear bads,

                                Cross the fog gate hollow and ember after he summons the NPC boss if you’re too bad to fight a player.

                                • Anonymous

                                  05 Jun 2021 10:30  

                                  It feels good when I beat a real player, I failed a lot of time even one of the SOTC invader left cuz he won me once, the feeling when actually beats other SOTC is quite satisfying (close fight btw, both are at low health)

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