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 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

 

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, 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.

 

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 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

      09 Jun 2021 00:42  

      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 09:45  

        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 16:30  

          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)

          • Anonymous

            27 May 2021 21:41  

            Whoever complains about this boss not letting you progress without summoning phantoms FOR FKIN ONCE IN ALL OF YOUR SAVED DATA, just doesn't deserve any rights or respect.

            • Anonymous

              27 May 2021 04:13  

              Never, never EVER summon help as a dex char if you are doing this battle offline. If you summon help, the guardians and halflights poise will go through the roof. If you can't pancake them, they will poise right through your attacks and hit you for massive damage. It's ****ing retarded

              • Anonymous

                27 May 2021 04:13  

                I CAN'T EVEN KILL THE ****ING PAINTING GUARDIANS. NONE OF MY ATTACKS STAGGER ANY OF THESE MOTHER****ERS!!! HOW THE **** IS A PAINTING GUARDIAN GONNA HAVE HIGHER POISE THAN A RINGED KNIGHT???!!!! **** THIS BOSS ****ING GODDAMN ******* ****

                • Anonymous

                  22 May 2021 03:00  

                  i put my white soap stone sigh in front of the fog wall while equipping the warriors of sunlight covenant. nonetheless i was summoned as Spear of the Church.

                  • Anonymous

                    12 May 2021 23:22  

                    You know someone is uselessness incarnate when they can't even get 2 hits in a row after the 3 phantoms they' ve summoned die.

                    • Anonymous

                      02 May 2021 23:55  

                      Oh, stop whining already. This "boss" is the easiest enemy of the entire dlc as long as you don't summon anyone. The moment a phantom enters your world, you re fcked.

                      The 8 harald knights guarding those stairs are way harder than this.

                      • Anonymous

                        02 May 2021 21:51  

                        I just clipped a game, from like 10 minutes ago, where I got summoned as the Spear of Church boss, yet I’m in the Warrior of Sunlight covenant & had only placed my summon sign, while unembered.

                        • Anonymous

                          30 Apr 2021 14:20  

                          The cringiest piece of content in all of the souls series.
                          Why does it summon players even with matchmaking turned off?

                          • Anonymous

                            12 Apr 2021 12:55  

                            What kind of joke is that? He died so quick in ng+4 i thought he was going to be harder in the next new games...

                            • Anonymous

                              06 Apr 2021 15:26  

                              I actually really like playing as SotC. Especially if it comes to a straight 1v1. I guess i am a pretty mediocre Player, so i am able to provide a challenge, but definitly not unbeatable.

                              That said, here is the thing:
                              Is there any universal way to tell my opponent that he can kill of the Church Guardian without me interfering?
                              I want my opponent to be able to focus on the duel and have some PvP-Fun, not worrying about some half-baked NPC lurking in the background.

                              • Anonymous

                                30 Mar 2021 00:26  

                                This is like a worse version of the Old Monk from DeS. No cool music, no cool visuals, no cool lore, and no cool rewards for the invader. 2/10.

                                • Anonymous

                                  17 Mar 2021 00:02  

                                  I had the Sunlight covenant equipped and was summoned as the boss for this fight. I didn't want to fight them, so I just let them win.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    15 Mar 2021 10:24  

                                    The data above that Halflight is resistant to toxic is incorrect. You can beat him at any level by standing behind the far left pillar as you enter (near the chair) and wafting out a cloud of toxic mist. Neither he or the Guardians will aggro if you position yourself correctly.

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