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

      02 Apr 2020 07:16  

      I soul streamed a player while he was spawning and killed him almost instantly. Apparently if you kill the player too fast, Halflight will spawn with a low amount of HP.

      • Anonymous

        26 Mar 2020 21:00  

        Guys. Magic strat is easy: use the soul dregs (the giant dark orb). This is ultra efficient against all NPC-like enemies. They dont know how to avoid it and Always roll into it.

        • Anonymous

          24 Mar 2020 22:48  

          okay so idk if the fight bugged for me or if I just fought it wrong: I just ran up to Argo and nuked him as fast as possible. There was only 1 Phantom Spawn for some reason. So I killed that and ran up to the boss and it went down super quick without spawning another.

          • Anonymous

            13 Mar 2020 07:55  

            Cool idea, awkward implementation. Shout out to "Henry Kissinger," who did the Patches squat while me and the real Patches summarily executed you. Unfortunately, the fog walls didn't drop. Apparently, that's a bug that can happen in this fight ( Good thing I was able to commit suicide using Pestilent Mist, or I'd have been in real trouble, lol. The next three attempts involved spears who were willing to fight back, and oh, boy, it's really fun to get beat up. The final attempt involved a guy who didn't move. Either he was AFK, or cared less than Henry. (I'm bad with names and only remembered Kissinger because of how strange that was.) I do like the idea of this fight, and that's coming from someone who doesn't care about PvP or even co-op. Even when I win against a real person, it's like "okay, cool, whatever, let's move on." I just don't care about it. PvP can lead to memorable moments, but it generally doesn't do anything for me outside of covenant grinding. BUT PvP is so key to Dark Souls, and I can understand how they'd put this fight in the game. Also, it's very cool how they kind preface this with fights against the other Judicators. The actual boss fight itself just feels pretty goofy in execution.

            • Anonymous

              13 Mar 2020 06:29  

              Ah the old monk days when people only did the spell casting glitch with fire storm and you were not ever given given a chance at a proper fight rip demon souls (it needs a remaster)

              • Anonymous

                12 Mar 2020 17:59  

                For sorcerers doing this fight online: besides your usual PvP setup, you gotta nuke the first guardian with crystal spears. If everything goes right it's gonna be a 1v1 until the second one arrives. If the other guy is bad he's gonna be dead before she can help, if he is decent your best bet would be running around trying to nuke the second one with crystal spears again. It's pretty tough because you won't have a lot of time to cast, but there is no way she is dying with homing soul mass while the guy is charging r2's in your back. So either try that or do your best to win 2v1. If it gets too infuriating (it's really tough doing PvP while getting ganked 'cause you can't cast***** and if you're a mage you die easily) either summon someone else or switch to offline.

                • Anonymous

                  02 Mar 2020 07:34  

                  this boss sounds extremely dumb online but I fought it offline and it was a lot more tame, would recommend instead of toughing through the lag

                  • Anonymous

                    01 Mar 2020 21:02  

                    The NPC boss is so*****ty. Get an ultra with strike dmg and ***** it. But if you are a pyro or mage, get ready to have all your attacks evaded and 2 shot.

                    • Anonymous

                      15 Feb 2020 04:43  

                      [Summoned as a boss] Host: “My phantoms and i will destroy you!” Me: *rubbing rotten pine on Ghru Spear* “Let 99Luck will decide you fates. Foolish mortals!”

                      • Anonymous

                        07 Feb 2020 14:21  

                        The anount of casuls ranting around here is hillarious. This is but a lite pvp version of the first dlc boss, and everyone loses their heads and cry around not being able to use the r1 spam. Get rekt.

                        • Anonymous

                          07 Feb 2020 01:44  

                          In my opinion, a very dumb boss. I get some people play Souls games for PvP, but there are parts of the game for that (Invasions/ Hollow Arena/ etc) and I don't think bosses should be a PvP fight. the Looking Glass Knight in DS2 was a grey area for me, but the boss was still a boss, just one who just summoned help that could be a players. Having the actual boss itself just be a PvP fight feels kind of dumb IMO.

                          • Anonymous

                            02 Feb 2020 21:10  

                            Okay, Spear of The Church covenant was wronged after the patch. I mean most of the hosts would at least have 2-3 summons against them. For what thatnerf was intended, I do not know. Feels as if it wasn't a FromSoft decision but a gaming journalist complaint. Where the hell was the fanbase ffs?

                            • Anonymous

                              26 Jan 2020 17:27  

                              Oh good, another boss where you have to fight two things at the same time. I'm so glad I paid extra for the Fire Fades version to play the DLC -_-

                              • Anonymous

                                14 Jan 2020 22:24  

                                Worst *****ing boss in any fromsoft game ever made. Never fought the bed of chaos, but I already know that one is freaking amazing compared to this piece of *****ing cancer!!!!!

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