The Nameless King

the nameless king enemies dark souls 3 wiki guide
hp souls Location
4577 (KoS)
7100 (NK)
80,000 Archdragon Peak
Drops Soul of the Nameless King
Defenses
Weak Resistant Immune
King of the Storm
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icon wp frost Frostbite
icon poisonres.pngPoison/Toxic
icon wp bleed Bleed
fire icon Fire
None
Nameless King
fire iconFire
icon darkbonus Dark
icon wp lightningdef Lightning
icon wp frost Frost
 icon wp bleed Bleed
icon poisonres.pngPoison & Toxic

Nameless King and King of the Storm are an optional Boss in Dark Souls 3. This Dark Souls 3 Nameless King Guide features locations, strategies and videos on how to defeat the Nameless King and King of the Storm easily, as well as tips, weaknesses, trivia and lore notes for the Nameless King boss.

The Nameless King is an armored humanoid riding atop a blue wyvern and attacks players with his spear. During the first phase of the boss fight, his name is shown as "King of the Storm," until the wyvern he is riding is killed. This begins the second phase where his name changes to "Nameless King."

Players may find the fight against the Nameless King to be difficult, however, being familiar his moveset definitely makes it easier. This boss is optional and there are no NPC summons for this boss fight. Two things should be noted before summoning the boss. Hawkwood, if summoned, will use a Black Separation Crystal once the bell has rung, disabling summons. He may be killed before this encounter, allowing summons to be possible. Additionally, ringing the bell to summon the King of the Storm covers Archdragon Peak in a massive storm, making certain items, primarily The Twinkling Dragon Torso Stone (and therefore its partner, The Twinkling Dragon Head Stone) unobtainable until he is defeated.

Bosses are unique and challenging Enemies that drop Boss Souls capable of being transformed into powerful Weapons, Spells, and Items for the player.

 

Nameless King Location

Where to find the Nameless King in Dark Souls 3?

 

Nameless King Drops

What do you get from defeating the Nameless King in Dark Souls 3?

  • Souls: NG (80,000) | NG+ (160,000) | NG++ (176,000) | NG+3 (180,000)
  • Souls for Cooperator: NG (20,000) | NG+ (40,000) | NG++ (44,000)
  • Soul of the Nameless King

 

King of Storm Tips

What should you know about fighting the King of Storm in Dark Souls 3?

Nameless King Tips

What should you know about fighting the Nameless King in Dark Souls 3?

 

Nameless King & King of the Storm Stats

Playthrough NG NG + NG ++ NG +3 NG +4 NG +5 NG +6 NG +7
King of the Storm Health 4,577 4,582 5,040 5,269 5,498 5,956 6,186 6,415
Nameless King Health 7,100 7,108 7,818 8,174 8,529 9,240 9,595 9,951
Damage Type Standard Strike Slash Thrust Magic Fire Lightning Dark
King of the Storm Absorptions -4% -7% -3% -27% -17% -16% -70% -30%
Nameless King Absorptions 21% 19% 22% 20% 24% 23% 83% -8%

 

Dark Souls 3 Nameless King Boss Guide & Strategies

DS3 Nameless King Video Strategies

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Below are video strategies from our Youtube Partners:

DS3 Nameless King & King of the Storm Attacks

First Phase (King of the Storm)
Aerial Fire Breath Flies straight up into the air and spews fire straight down in a large area. It is possible to evade it, if you run away from him fast in the direction his head is pointing to. The attack has some tracking, so rolling around the dragon or behind him is likely to fail.    
Fire Breath Drake breaths fire from front to his right side. Very good moment to use Weapon Art or land few hits.     
Air Wave King of Storm Creates an air wave, which deals small physical damage, but can topple player(s).    
Circulation + attack from above King of Storm circulates around arena, which ends with a sweep attack using King's weapon. During that move, King will try to hit target with Lightning Spear.  Can be evaded by circling the other way (to the right) while moving forward (towards him). His follow-up spear thrust can also be avoided simply by walking backwards and to the left. Shield kept up as a safeguard is advised.    
Attack from above The Kings drake will rise up and he will try to hit player from above, using his spear.     
Melee combo King tries to hit the player with his spear up to 3 times. May end with Lightning explosion    
Lightning Explosion King raises up his spear, then hits the ground beneath him, which causes a lightning explosion. While the attack deals moderate damage, even if you get hit, you can still circle to the right side of the Drake's neck to get 1-2 hits in before the next attack.    
Second Phase (Nameless King)
King's Shockwave - wide King attacks horizontally with his weapon, releasing an expanding shockwave.    
King's Shockwave - narrow Kings slams his weapon into the ground, releasing a quick narrow shockwave.    
Attack from above Kings goes up, then attacks swiftly with his spear up to 3 times.     
Rush + attack King rushes towards players, then rotates and tries to hit him with his swordspear.    
Spear attack King uses his spear to hit enemy in front of him up to 4 times.    
Lightning Stake Nameless King performs a Lightning Stake miracle.    
Falling Bolt The King slowly pulls out his weapon, creating a lightning strike on the player's location.    
Expanding Lightning The King creates a sunlight spear, and strikes it into the ground. After a short while, smaller lightning bolts fire out from that location, traveling by the floor.    
Sword-Spear Stab The King prepares a large stab, rushing towards you with great speed. If it lands, the player is lifted upwards and struck by lightning. This attack is very similar to Ornstein's attack from Dark Souls.    

 

Spear Charge

King lifts his swordspear to shoulder-height and prepares a charge. He usually uses this attack 2-3 times in a row. Dodging backwards is a no-go, but rolling sideways after a few moments of him charging the attack works great.    

 

General Tips  

  1. More than anything else, the Nameless King will open up the fight by flying over your head. This is just an intimidation tactic and meant to throw off your lock-on.  Don't buy into it. Typically when entering he will land, making it seem like you can attack immediately. THIS IS NOT THE CASE. Unless you’re right on top of him as he lands, you will not get it and there’s a high chance he can land a horizontal swipe on you.
  2. In the first phase, keep your lock on the King, and not his dragon, because he will be 90% of the opposition for his wider range of attacks, and frequency of attack. If he breaks your lock or it is messing with you, quickly unlock, rotate your camera, and then re-lock.
  3. Staying under the dragon may SEEM like a safe strategy, but it's not. His feet will stomp you, and you will look stupid. If you have a bleed effect, this becomes viable, because his stomp attack is not frequent, but the dragon will still try to blow flames on you.
  4. It is ideal to use no more than three Estus during the first phase of the fight. During the second phase, limit yourself to two Estus for when the Nameless King is above about 30% health because past that point, his arsenal of attacks widens up.
  5. If you hit the dragon's head, be prepared to immediately sprint, and then roll spam, because that makes him more prone to flying upward. Staying under the dragon's belly brings up the probability, too. The AOE is about fifty feet maximum from the point of impact, and it can be avoided by combining sprinting, jumping, and then rolling out of the edge of the AOE. The dragon telegraphs this by slightly bringing one of his knees down, as if he is kneeling, pushing down his tail and quickly flying up, letting out a scream, so as soon as he starts this telegraph with that slight kneel, get to evading with the fleetest of feet!
  6. If you miss an opening, be absolutely ready for the dragon to breathe fire downward. Again, this is because for every opening, he is very likely to do that attack!
  7. As for phase two, the Nameless King has a maximum combo of ten to eleven strikes (eleven has never been seen by this contributor, but it's a safe bet), more likely in the form of spear thrusts. Use this to get an opening.
  8. Nameless King has some very powerful spear attacks. When he stabs, it can go right through your shield most of the time, so it is befitting to roll backward, out of range, diagonal, or to the side. Dodge roll timing is much more precise than other attacks because the Nameless King waits for an opening, so the player really needs to have this down.
  9. For essential equipment, the player should have a Lothric Knight Shield (Easy to get by purchasing it from Greirat. Other options exist, as well), or another kind of lightning shield, Grass Crest Shield (second slot), Ring of Steel Protection, Thunder Stoneplate Ring, Estus Ring, and Lloyd's Shield Ring. This will mitigate a lot of damage, and these pieces are quick pick-ups, that are virtually hassle-free. By all means, the player can also stack some lightning armor, as well. If the player is using a Chloranthy Ring, the Grass Crest Shield nullifies the need for it, because switching to it is extremely fast, for a stamina boost. The Chloranthy Ring, at later levels (provided the melee build is done correctly by leveling Vigor, Endurance, Strength, and Dexterity almost exclusively) becomes redundant for the pace of the game, including this boss fight, so the player should ditch it, and pick up the big boy toys (Plus, wearing flowers is hideous and cheap looking). Using an Ember will increase the effectiveness of the Estus Ring since it scales to a multiple of 20% more health.
  10. If the player really wants to survive with a lot of health, he should stay some feet out of range of the Nameless King's spear, so he will fly up, and do a plunging lightning attack. He doesn't regenerate health, so this way, the player can take advantage of that to take out his health.
  11. The Nameless King (second phase) has a lightning attack where he brings lightning down from the sky. Once his spear flashes with lightning, throw a double or triple dodge roll in rapid succession, and you should avoid it.
  12. The Nameless King's lightning AOE in his second phase tends to spread out a lot. This is a ruse, as the attack only does damage on impact, so use this to roll.
  13. One or two of the Nameless King's lightning attacks in his second phase has a post-attack where strands of lightning spread out. Roll into the region in-between these strands, and you will be good.
  14. In the first phase, the Nameless King is kind of an edgelord, and will surf on his dragon while it flies in a circular motion. You get a better chance of avoiding his lightning bolt if you roll in the direction the dragon is flying, because he likes to throw his lightning bolt into the opposite direction, in an attempt to seek on you. However, dodge rolling in basically any direction has a solid window, so this is not a big deal.
  15. In reference to excerpt 9, it seems like that equipment doesn't offer a big buff, but how it works on paper, and how it works in-game is different because you get more hits before you are in the red-zone for being thwarted and killed. So definitely work your build as a lightning and physical tank build, and you will be fine.
  16. The Nameless King has wind attacks. These are physical, and thus can be blocked with a 100% physical block shield, but rolling to the right or forward avoids them nicely. Like all the wind attacks, they move too slow to roll backward, so this is not advised, and please keep note that if you roll near the King, he will very likely try to hit you with his spear, so be ready to dodge roll. 
  17. If you gauged this battle to be as hard as fighting Dragon Slayer Ornstein & Executioner Smough, or Manus, then you have got it spot-on, because that is how much danger that the Nameless King and his dragon are bringing.

How to fight and beat the Nameless King

Strategy 1 (Melee)

This boss deals a considerable amount of lightning damage in both phases, so any lightning-resistant gear or rings are a huge benefit in this fight. (Avoid metallic armors if possible.) 

The first phase consists of the Nameless King riding atop his Stormdrake, the King of the Storm. This boss requires constant attention to camera angle. It is important to be aware of what both the rider and wyvern are doing at all times. Having the camera locked to one or the other at the wrong time is a recipe for doom. It is advised to keep the wyvern at some distance until you go in for one or two hits then retreat to be able to keep watch on both and time your responses appropriately. The wyvern will sometimes flip behind you, requiring you to adjust to maintain your relative position. The Nameless King will, at times, attempt to hit you with his swordspear. Depending on position, roll or block accordingly, keeping an eye for his two or three hit combos. The Stormdrake itself will bite at you and attempt to roast you with its flames. Avoid its attacks and aim for the Stormdrake's head, as damage to the legs and body does minimal damage compared to blows directly to the beast's head. A good way to get several hits on its vulnerable spot is when the Stormdrake is about to rear its head for a flame attack, rush towards its body, and hit the neck area just below the rider, ensuring that you keep your distance from the fire-spewing head. If the Stormdrake flies into the air, it will do one of two things: unleash a fiery breath attack directly beneath it, or circle around you while the Nameless King hurls Lightning Spears at you. If it stays in one spot in the air, move away, avoiding its breath attack, until it lands again.  The breath attack hits almost directly below the drake's body, so a good rule of thumb to avoid it is to run in the direction its head was facing when it took off, since from where your character is likely standing, that's the shortest path to safe ground. If it begins to circle you, keep an eye on the Nameless King; his Lightning Spears are intimidating but can be dodged. Rinse and repeat until the Stormdrake is dead, whereupon a cutscene will signal the start of the second phase.

In the second phase of the fight, you will face the Nameless King himself. He is somewhat fast and deadly, so medium to light equipment load is recommended if you plan on roll dodging his attacks. With enough attacks dealt he will be staggered, allowing you to perform a riposte. He is vulnerable to additional attacks during the following recovery animation. Use this to get extra damage in or to heal up if you need it. Equipping the Carthus Bloodring and staying on his left side (your right) and continuously roll dodge his attacks until you see an opening to strike can be effective. 

Be particularly wary of:

  • His lightning strike attack. He telegraphs this by taking out his weapon and slowly brandishing it to the sky. With an approximately 1-second delay after he finishes, a lightning strike will be summoned directly over you, dealing heavy damage. This attack must either be dodged with perfect timing or blocked by a shield with high lightning resistance (which will drain all stamina). (An easy trick to avoiding this attack altogether is to unlock the camera and face both your character and the camera away from the boss until you hear both audio queues.) 
  • His waist-level charged lunge.  This attack cannot be blocked or dodged sideways, though it can be rolled through.  

 

Strategy 1.5 (Easy KotS Melee)

Using a two-handed Lightning Lothric Knight Greatsword +9, It is possible to kill the King of the Storm in just four hits, allowing you to more easily practice the much more difficult Nameless King fight, as well as save much of your estus for it. Landing two fully charged heavy attacks to his head will stagger him and allow you to riposte him. As he recovers from the riposte you will have just enough time to land a running light attack to his head, finishing him off. The best time to land fully charged heavy attacks is during the King of the Storm's grounded fire breath attack and right after the Nameless King's lightning slam attack after dodge rolling toward him. However, due to the Nameless King's high lightning defense the Lothric Knight Greatsword does very poorly against him and it is therefore recommended to have a different weapon to switch out to during the second phase of the fight.

Another easy strategy for ending this fight is to summon a friend(it’s fine if not) and while the King of The Storm is focused on the summon, use the dragon slayer great axe(acquired from the dragon slayer armor boss fight) weapon art against the head of the drake. It can be staggered in 3 hits if landed successfully. It can be done without a summon but makes it slightly harder. And easy way to do it solo is wait for a fire breath attack and you can perform 2, maybe 3 if you’re quick, weapon art slams. Since it is a heavy strength weapon, you might equip a long sword or lothric straight sword for the upcoming Nameless King fight.

 

Strategy 2 (Sorcerer)

This is one of the easiest bosses for sorcerers, since the dragon (phase 1) is highly vulnerable to magic damage, and the Nameless King itself (phase 2) not resistant to magic. Considering that this is endgame and assuming you have endgame stats and build (60 INT, Court Sorcerer's Staff +10, all the shiny sorcerer-rings, etc.), this boss is a walk in the park.
Phase 1: Stay out of the dragons range, lock on his head, fire Crystal Soul Spear's until he's dead. Should be around 4 Spears to kill him.
Phase 2: Basically do the same, but this time with the Nameless King. A little bit more tricky, since the King is more aggressive. But he has not so great range, so dodging him and getting out of the melee-zone should be no problem here. Since the Nameless King has pretty much one damage type here (Lightning), you could consider equipping the Thunder Stoneplate Ring if you have problems with your health.

 

Strategy 2 (Magic / Ranged)

Keeping away from the boss but able to lock onto him is key here. In the first phase learn to dodge his lightning spears and follow up air to ground attack. Lock onto HIM not his little pet's head, when you're rolling to dodge his landing attack. Aim to complete your roll to the side of, or under the dragons base of the neck. Lock onto his head and stay underneath and fire away. He may take flight sooner rather than later but at any time if you hear the audio cue (dragon scream) start to run away before he breathes his fire attack onto the ground. If you are lucky enough to keep him at range and the boss is only doing his flying attack straight at you, upon completion of his animation the dragons head will be motionless for a brief period and wide open for you to open fire.

In the second phase, just STAY AWAY and keep shooting. Run sideways as soon as you see him raise his dragonslayer swordspear to do the shockwave attacks because it is wide and difficult to outmaneuver. Early bird stays damage free here. I used a greatshield in my Melee completion and I was able to tank his shockwave attacks, so equip a great shield if you'd like to do less evading. The purpose of ranged combat is to pick him apart from a safe distance. There is a distance where he will be wide open for attacks as he slowly walks after you. Circle him to keep him at a range you are able to lock on and shoot. Watch the background. There are two buildings you need to keep an eye on. If you don't see one of them in the background while you are back-walking, you know you are headed towards the narrow edge of the map and may need to run to the side to re-center and get him back to a shooting range. If you feel he is too close, just watch for his telegraphed wind up attack and roll through it and keep rolling away as he recovers and you'll be back to sniping him to death. Good luck! and have fun.

 

Alternative Magic Phase 1 Strategy

If your build has a mixture of Intelligence and Faith (like a Pyromancer), the sorcery Dark Edge is extremely powerful in the first phase of the fight. Keep your target on the dragon's head as opposed to the rider and take advantage of the many possible openings. The possible openings for casting include after the aerial-to-ground strike (don't confuse this with the standing ground strike), after or during the fire breath (dodge roll to your right through the flames and get in close before casting), after the electric ground strike and after a second sideswipe. Unsafe times to cast would be after it leaps over you to land on your opposite side, after it lands from the aerial lightning spear->stab combo, after it lands from the aerial fire breath, after one standing ground strike (as this can combo into sideswipes) or after one sideswipe (as a return side swipe may follow). Don't get greedy and keep an eye out for the safe openings. With around 3 solid strikes to the head of the dragon, you can trigger the stagger animation and land another free blow.

 

Strategy 3 (Bow and Heavy Weapon in KoS, Light Weapon+Buffs in NK)


As soon as you enter the boss arena run forward for a while but not too close to the place where boss lands (half a stamina bar). This way boss won't attack you immediately and you have time to use your bow and try to hit the head of King of Storms. After boss flies behind you, change to your heavy hitting weapon and always go for the head.

When the second part of the fight starts, change to your light weapon (rapier or anything with high dps) and use Carthus Beacon pyromancy (consecutive hits boost damage). Also have the Pontiff's Right Eye ring (consecutive hits gives a dmg buff) and any other buffs you can. Nameless King is very tanky and has high health but if you can do good damage and fast you get two riposte opportunities which make this fight much easier. However you have to be very good at rolling and in stamina control. Still, usually do not attack more than once or twice if you have a good opening. Boss usually does 2-3 hit combos so after the second attack wait a while and take the opening little late just be sure he won't attack the third time.

 

Strategy 4 (Faith with Lightning and Dark Blade)

The King of Storm is weak to lightning. A high faith character (60) can annihilate the King of the Storm with Sunglight Spear or Lightning Arrow using the upgraded talisman or chime of their choice. Yorksha's Chime will provide the best buff, while Canvas Talisman will also provide an excellent buff and the unfaltering prayer weapon art. 

Hurling the Spears or shooting the arrows at the King of Storm will end him very quickly. As noted elsewhere, a max Lothric Knight Great Sword on a faith strength character with a buff can kill him in four heavy attack hits with the riposte.

For the Nameless King, human pine resin or dark blade on a fast weapon will break him down quickly, particularly if you have the blindfold mask. Melee characters can rely on this as well, as I used the human pine resin on grave warden twin blades. However, at 60 faith with the sunlight straight sword on NG, this will hammer him. The Crucifix of the Mad King will also be rewarding if you have your timing down. 

 

 

Nameless King Lore Theories

  • The Nameless King is possibly Gwyn's firstborn: a fearsome, dragon-slaying war god, founder of the Covenant of Sunlight and master of Ornstein, from the time of the ancient lords that had his deific status revoked and his name stripped from the Annals after an unnamed incident.
    • According to the lore of the nameless king's armor, soul, and weapons, he was a dragon-slaying god of war and heir of lightning that sacrificed everything to ally with the Ancient Dragons, taming a stormdrake who fought with him in countless battles.  His weapon is the predecessor to both the spear and sword and his armor bears resemblance to that of the First Lord. These facts strongly support the idea that he is Gwyn's firstborn.  Gwyn's firstborn being Ornsteins master explains both the similarity of their movesets and the armor found after beating The Nameless King. The statue of the Heirs to the Sun is a statue of Gwyn's Firstborn, which heads the covenant, and the statue carries what appears to be a swordspear, although it looks different from the Dragonslayer Swordspear.
    • Faaram, the war god worshipped by the Forossan knights, could be the name of Gwyn's firstborn, and therefore The Nameless King, who is the only god of war mentioned in the series.  The knights of Forossa were called the Lion Knights, fitting elements of both The Nameless King and Ornstein's designs. In Dark Souls 2 you can find lion-men in the Shaded Woods. Their manes are very similar to the hair of the Nameless King.
  • Ornstein's spear and armor are found nearby, which could suggest that he was slain by The Nameless King (unlikely, since the armor isn't attached to a dead body), or that Ornstein forsook his duty as a dragonslayer after meeting him, as it is found in much the same way that Siegward's armor is found after Yorm is slain.  Bizarrely, the absence of a body and the proximity of the armor to the Nameless King could indicate that the foe the player fights is not the man the armor describes, but instead Ornstein impersonating that man, although there is not much evidence to support this. 
  • It is unclear if the Stormdrake The Nameless King rides is The King of The Storm, being the primary force you fight in the first part of the battle, or if The King of The Storm is the title of the man you fight and by slaying his stormdrake you deprive him of this title, making him The Nameless King.
  • Statues of The Nameless King abound in the area where The Ancient Wyvern is fought, indicating that he is a being of great worship among those that wish to become dragons.
  • Due to the strange nature of Archdragon Peak, being a place cut off from the rest of the world and being reached through falling asleep while meditating, it is unclear if it or those within actually exist or are instead some kind of collective dream among those that desire to become dragons, as many elements of Dark Souls III, from the Forlorn to Miracles, come from stories being believed strongly enough to become real.  Being sent into a dream of glorious conquest is the final answer Siegmeyer obtains from The Descendant of Dragons in Ash Lake in Dark Souls I, who is also the originator of the dragon covenant, and Archdragon Peak could be this or a similar dream. 
    • In this context, the ringing of the bell, awakening the dreamers, and its role in summoning The King of Storms is incredibly odd and open to multiple interpretations. 
      • It is possible, given the extremely surreal circumstances through which the player summons him, that The Nameless King the player fights is not the real Firstborn Son of Gwyn but some kind of collective conception of him by the dreamers, an idealized version called to defend the dream from destruction 
      • Alternatively, he could be the awakening from the dream, effectively a midpoint between nightmare and reality being called by the bell, representing both the slayer of dragons and the loss of those that worked with dragons.
      • Of course, either of these could still be the case regardless of if The Nameless King is real or not.
      • The player ringing the bell mimics how a bell was rung to rouse the player from the dead at the beginning of the game, perhaps implying that The Nameless King was dead and revived via a similar mechanism, or perhaps being simply a poetic parallel.
    • Regardless of interpretation, the arrival of the player, the slaying of the Ancient Wyvern, and ringing of the Bell to destroy the dream of dragonhood strongly parallels the rise of those empowered by flame and their attempt to wipe out the dragons at the dawning of the age of fire, and the arrival of The Nameless King to fight the player mirrors his arrival to fight Gwyn during the war.
  • The hollowed appearance of The Nameless King and its implications is a detail of some significance.  He does not speak, a trait shared by Hollows who have lost their sanity, but this on its own is not enough evidence.  If he is the Firstborn son of Gwyn, this may be a result of him being stripped of his inheritance, as though the fire of his lordship were ripped from him, but this is contradicted by his ability to continue to use lightning.  It is possible that he was branded with the sign of the undead, as this appears to be the case for all of the warriors that follow him.
  • The Serpent-Men in the area could indicate that Sen's Fortress belonged to the nameless king, suggesting his name may have been Sen.

Nameless King Notes

  • Dragonslayer Greatshield makes the fight much easier if your build supports it. A Spirit Tree Crest Shield or Lothric Knight Shield will also work if your build cannot support greatshields.
  • Carthus Bloodring is effective for dodging lightning attacks' large hitboxes, as well as delayed melees.
  • This boss uses physical, lightning, and fire abilities, making building an armor set against him difficult.
  • Because each phase, King of Storms and Nameless King, is resistant to what the other is weak against, and each rewards and punishes close up and ranged fighting differently, creating a single build to navigate the fight is incredibly difficult.
  • In the first phase of the fight, any weapon arts that have a large vertical hitbox can inflict normal damage to the stormdrake, as long as they are under the torso, an example is the Dragonslayer's Greataxe weapon art, which calls down a bolt of lightning and has a very high hitbox, but has a high FP cost. 
    • One would think that this would make the Stormruler effective against the first phase, just as The King of Storms was weak against the Storm Ruler in Demon's Souls, however, the extremely low damage of The Stormruler in Dark Souls III makes this not the case.

 

Nameless King Trivia

  • The name King of Storms is a reference to the identically named King of Storms boss in Demon's Souls.
  • Several of the Nameless King's abilities and armor pieces mirror Ornstein, Gwyn, and Artorias from Dark Souls I.
  • The Nameless King's arena is in the sky, and its fog-gatelike floor is not counted as a normal floor by the game. Dropped souls will appear outside the boss room on the nearest solid land, along with messages. Summon signs cannot be used on this floor.
  • Looking upon the bridge after the fight reveals several bloodstains from other players, suspended in the air.
  • When the stormdrake dies, the Nameless King's hand shakes just before he stabs him.
  • Only one God of War is definitively mentioned in the series lore, with there being no precedence of overlapping domains of deities, so the true identity of the Nameless King may be Faraam, the God of War, and the god depicted on the Wargod Shield, but this is not directly stated.
  • The story of The Nameless King is very similar to that of the Japanese Storm god Susanoo, the son of the head god Izanagi that was banished from Heaven after offending his sister, Amaterasu, Goddess of The Sun.  During his travels on earth, Susanoo famously slew the dragon Yamata-no-Orochi, and is therefore often known as The Dragonslayer, and the weapon he crafted from the dragon's tail, Kusanagi, was a large sword capable of generating whirlwinds, much like the swordspear of the Nameless King (as well as the dragon tail weapons in the series).  The long flowing hair of The Nameless King and his wrapped garb, with him standing atop of clouds, is highly evocative of many depictions of Susanoo in ancient japanese artwork and the flowing white hair of the headpiece in particular resembles that used by actors in Kagura plays, which often retell the story of Susanoo slaying Yamata-No-Orochi.
  • The sound The Nameless King's weapon makes when striking the ground is the same as the parry sound effect.
  • Much like Ornstein, The Abyss Watchers, Yuria, and others, it is unclear if the fact that the character's hat comes with his hair attached means that it is decorative and the person is actually bald underneath.
  • Curiously, the nature of the Nameless King, of a lightning-infused dragonslayer that instead slays only men, is paralleled and forshadowed in the description of The Dragonslayer Axe.
  • The concept of a rag-wrapped individual that embodies sovereignty as they lack everything besides their kingly status, that exists and rules over a dreamlike place, who is embodied primarily in countless followers bearing his symbol and united by the idea of him, and whose appearance is heralded as one of coming destruction, is very similar to the character The King in Yellow by Robert W Chambers, who is directly stated to be the inspiration for the design of The Old Monk and his Xanthous Robe seen throughout the Souls Series, as well as the design of the Bloodborne enemy Martyr Logarius, who in his file name is labeled "King in Blue".

 

Nameless King Gallery

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    • Anonymous

      On NK I went with a sharp bandit knife +10 two handed (dex build). He may be resistant to bleed but when it happens, it takes a big chunk out of his HP.

      • Anonymous

        A thing you have swapped the names of the bosses in the absorption tab (I don't know how to edito the Page so I can't position then right)

        • Anonymous

          such an epic design, beautiful music and cool arena. but the fight itself... it's got every bad tropes of souls bosses; unreadable and delayed attacks, unexpectedly long range, terrible camera... it's not very fun. even though gael was harder he was better imo.

          • Anonymous

            I beat gael before I beat this guy, the camera is B's and the second phase is just him saying" hmm you're not right next to me I want you to be right next to me" that's 100% of his move set, any one here saying just use ranged is lying and died at least 100 times

            • Anonymous

              I would enjoy this boss more if the area didn’t make me lose depth perception. I spend half my time swinging at the air 4 meters away from the boss

              • Anonymous

                i've tried reccomended strategies, (Dragonslayer Greataxe, Twin princes greatsword,) but not of them worked since they made me fat-roll. i equipped the catarina helm, chestplate, braces, and the iron dragonslayer legs, then equipped the Dragonslayer Greatshield and crystal chime for casting tears of denial. and finally, i brought out my ol' reliable fully-upgraded Morion Blade and kicked his ass.

                • Anonymous

                  This boss is real bullshit. The King Of Storm isn't that bad and can easily be learnt but patience and learning is just kind of thrown out the window with Nameless King. The hit boxes for his thrust and rush are so janky it's actually crazy. The easiest way of defeating him was getting a crossbow and a bunch of bolts (any kind will do, I used wooden bolts for this) and I just walked backwards while straying to the right while firing and reloading. Making sure to dodge his attacks from a distance and keeping myself away when he gets too close.

                  Eventually I did finish him off but it takes a little bit, but far more manageable then getting close and personal. Bullshitting this bullshit is the easiest way for this boss.

                  • Anonymous

                    Which is better because i got 3 drops form the "Nameless King" I still only get 1 right?
                    1. Dragonslayer Swordspear @ 10k
                    2. Storm curved sword @ 5k
                    3. Lightning storm (miriacle) @ 5k

                    First Dark Souls out of the series... Elden Ring got me hooked on these guys. Thanks

                    • Anonymous

                      First phase is ONLY hard for me because of the damn fire attack. You can't see his head so you have to kinda hope you go the right direction from his head and even then I still get hit sometimes, other than that, I love this boss :)

                      • Anonymous

                        Great souls dregs turns this guy into a clown. Used to shudder at the thought of him, but now can solo him in under a minute.

                        • Anonymous

                          Just use sorcery. I killed him in 3 tries just use soul spear and homing soulmass along with great soul dregs.

                          • Anonymous

                            Pretty much the worst boss of the series. You hardly fight the Boss, you're fighting the Camera and the Hitbox.

                            • Anonymous

                              Imagine dying to a naked f**k with a stick haha, couldn't be me haha. I am totally not the Nameless King btw, I'm just a random haha.

                              • My new Cleric character was having issues in this playthrough, since they didn't seem to be that overtly powerful compared to my previous characters.... until the Nameless King. At SL 92 with 52 FTH and Talisman+10, my Sunlight Spear took care of the Storm King in three hits + riposte. The funniest though was the Nameless King himself, which was taken care of using, if you guessed it, Dorhy's Gnawing which tore through his health remarkably quickly. First time in all my playthroughs that I defeated the Nameless King first try.

                                • Anonymous

                                  Pretty sure it's solaire. The only way to get solaires shield is to trade an item found in archdragon peak. The item description of his Armour say used by THE warrior of sunlight. The heirs to the sun in ds1 worships THE warrior of sunlight, who we know is Gwen's firstborn. The only places we can summon solaire is places either exposed to sunlight or that have something to do with gwen. When gwen exiled him, he may have sought revenge, or his own power, which he could call his sun as a metaphor. Trading a lightning urn gives you his helmet. Lightning urns were used by lothric knights, who later tamed dragons and worshiped the sun.solare could have become a lothric knight but left with his dragon to archfragon peak. His armor is named iron, which has low lightning defence, so he probably gave it away to keep it safe, as well as himself. Opinions?

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Alright im reporting:

                                    Hacker: Nameless King
                                    Eye witness: King of the Storm before he ****ing died
                                    Hacks: Sonic speed, incredible damage and being metal as **** while beating me up

                                    • I pondered this Goku cosplayer to the ground with my black knight great axe. He fell like a tree striked by lightning.

                                      In my second try.

                                      The first try I couldn't keep my focus because of the cutscene with his muscular veiny legs.

                                      ...and such magnificent feet

                                      • Anonymous

                                        This boss fight is hot garbage.
                                        First run through of the game i died 3 times in a row because i couldnt see what the stupid dragon rider is doing BECAUSE THE MODEL IS BIGGER THEN MY SCREEN
                                        Read a comment on here that says target the head, killed the dragon, solod nameless king first try because his attacks are so slow. Like, REALLY SLOW
                                        in summary:
                                        This boss is frustrating bullshit followed by a pitifully easy dodge-n-stab.

                                        • Have you ever made a bossfight as Miyazaki intended?

                                          I did

                                          You just have to take a minute and discover the beautiful artwork of his legs, the veiny muscles and most importantly - the feet

                                          I was stunned, and, quite frankly died a few times, but my

                                          Such feet

                                          Friede has the second tier to him imo, and gundyr falls the third, because he has them dirty black.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            Fun fact: His lightning attack, the one that is also the weapon art of his weapon, can not hit you if you're not looking at him.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              I did it by blocking. Out of spite I killedhim with dragonslayer great axe (electrical damage) to make him understand who was the boss and who was the little ***** in that arena

                                              • I managed to beat him on my pyro/hex mage. Phase 1 i used dark weapon on my +9 claymore and switched to a +9 chaos dagger to riposte the wyvern, with the hornet ring, after that it went down to one hit. Phase 2 i used dark weapon and kept hitting him until he got staggered, then i riposted again with the dagger, and switched to chaos bed vestiges spam for the remainder of the fight, On hindsight, i could have probably done the entire battle with magic, but i felt like this strategy ended up working the best. Most of my deaths were before phase 3, when i wasnt able to stagger him, and i ended up getting comboed after a missed dodge. I have to admit i was somewhat overleveled though, at SL 110. On my defence, my build is not really otimized, and i beat every single other boss, including the DLCs, before facing him.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  On the lore side of things, it's very likely that he's Priscilla's father. People speculate Gwynevere as her mother, but if it was her Gwyn would have had banished her for sure, as he did to NK for allying with dragons. And NK seemed in favour of the union between dragons and men (Path of the Dragon) so it'd make sense for him to sire a crossbreed (maybe King of the Storm is a female dragon and we have a Donkey from Shrek situation here), while Gwynevere has no connection at all to Priscilla except being big.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    I'm the first when it comes to whining about a bosses difficulty, but using the Havel Greatshield +5 makes this fight (and many other bosses) trivial. I got him in 3 tries.
                                                    Sure, it might not be the most elegant way, but I don't see how using this game mechanic is any other than summoning someone to tank / distract or manipulating the boss AI to only perform easy-to-dodge attacks.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      well it took countless tries but I finally did it. dex build. Sharp washing pole +10 in first phase (the extra reach helped hit the wyvern) then a blood bandit knife +10 on Nameless King. I just stuck to him rolling out of his swipes and DPS'ing the lightning charge ups. the knife is great as it lets you get cheeky stabs in between his attacks worry-free at a low stamina cost. This was after countless attempts with a sharp Uchi +10. Onto Midir.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        If he is too strong your build is most likely the main problem. Have vigor +35 minimum and use a weapon which benifits from your stats. It's always better to survive a few hits and to deal some damage if you are still in the learning phase. And remember the goal is to kill him. It doesn't have to be pretty or stylish.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          I recently faced the Nameless King and I would like to leave a tip here:
                                                          If this is your first time facing this boss and you're not used to changing equipment, I advise you not to follow the tip to switch between Grass Crest Shield and Lothric Shield (the "big boy toys" as described). This will require a lot more cognitive effort at a critical moment and you may get confused with what you're wearing.. My strategy was to keep Chloranthy Ring and a Lothric Shield on hand and deal with it without having to switch shields.
                                                          In this fight you just really need to focus on rolling at the right moment and attack one or two times per opening. It will work!

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            My theory is that nameless king had a bad breakup with ornstein over the whole dragon slaying thing, so he exiled himself to arch dragon peak, leaving ornstein in anor londo. Smough was ornsteins rebound, but he eventually left to search for his old bf cause he realized he still had feelings for him. This explains why smough crushes the ornstein illusion and shows no remorse. He felt betrayed. Ornstein finds nameless in archdragon peak and the two fall for each other once again. This explains why you find his armor laying somewhere rather than on his actual corpse. He didn’t need it anymore. Either ornstein became the king of the storm, or nameless is hiding him somewhere in archdragon peak. Nameless may have even placed his armor and weapon there to convince anyone looking for ornstein that he’s dead. Thank you for coming to my TED talk and I’m do sorry you read this.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              Very enjoyable boss to fight. Now granted I strugelled with him (as I always do since I am used to DS 1 speed of enemies) and you do need either +10 or special +5 weapon to do enough dmg till he bleeds you out of your estus, but in the end as soon as you realize most of his attacks are simply slightly delayed to throw you off, it is fight on the level of Pontiff Sulyvan. While hard fair.
                                                              At least that's how I would describe phase 2, phase 1 on the other hand...

                                                              It is rather obvious, but this boss really tests your patience in phase 1 thanks to nothing else than the bloody camera. Locking on in phase 1 is a death sentence which really shouldn't be the case now should it, considering that free aim will make half your attacks miss completly for the most miniscule movements of left analog stick.

                                                              For anyone strugelling with him I would suggest for you to equip shield with 100% physical and above 60% lightning block. My favourite is by far lothric kinght shield. Physical block is very usefull for phase 1 if you can't turn your camera around fast enough and for phase 2 for his ranged "cloud wave thingis" while lightning block will ensure you can use the shield even against his regural attacks without bleeding HP too fast.

                                                              Overall one of the highlights of the game.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                Quote: "Ornstein's spear and armor are found nearby, which could suggest that he was slain by The Nameless King (unlikely, since the armor isn't attached to a dead body), or that Ornstein forsook his duty as a dragonslayer after meeting him, as it is found in much the same way that Siegward's armor is found after Yorm is slain. "

                                                                I dunno, this doesn't make sense to me. Didn't Siegward pass away (either from exhaustion/injuries or because his duty now was fulfilled or both), and you find his armor and weapon? Why is it so unlikely Ornsteins body had rotted away or was eaten by dragons, leaving his armor behind after he tried to kill the Nameless King and had been killed?
                                                                So either it's the same thing, both passing away, you finding their armor without bodies in them, or Siegward didn't die, just fulfilled his mission and walked off... or maybe us finding Ornsteins armor and weapon left behind at Archdragon Peak IS proof he was beaten by the king a long time ago.

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  In my first playthrough I just couldn't beat him. I struggled with first phase, then died in second. I just COULDN'T GET HIM. I tried and tried, but his delayed attacks with deceptively long range were beyond me. I was 120SL dex/qual build. By the end I was forced to cheese him with a bow. It still took like 10 tries, with final one 20 minutes long. Killing him wasn't satisfying, I was just glad for it to be over.
                                                                  In my second playthorugh (pyro build, used chaos murakomo) killed him first try. In every subsequent also. I think I got gud, but don't know when. It just clicked.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    Resistent to bleed?
                                                                    My bleed character is among my most effective builds against him so what does
                                                                    "resistent" even mean here?

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      After trying a couple dozen times of trying I finally did him in. In phase 1, Sunlight Spear absolutely melts away the mount's health. In phase 2 the number of opportunities to punish Nameless is few. Getting a few hits whenever he does his jump attack or the lunge attack after rolling towards him is the way to go. Whenever he does the 4/5 hit combo just spam roll and get as far away from him as possible (also do the same if you need to heal). Play as safe as possible and don't get too greedy with attacks and you'll win fairly easily.

                                                                      • Miracles-only strategy:

                                                                        Equipment: Yorshka's Chime +10, Caitha's Chime (second right-hand slot), Saint-Tree Bellvine left hand. Morne's Ring, Sun's Firstborn ring, and Lloyd's Sword ring/Lightning Clutch ring.

                                                                        Stats: 60 Faith and dump into Int.

                                                                        Spells: Great Lightning Spear, or Sunlight Spear if you have it. Dorhy's Gnawing for phase 2.

                                                                        Phase 1: Yorshka's Chime and Great Lightning/Sunlight Spear. Aim for the bird's head. 3-4 shots (depending on equipment, spell, and stats) will stagger and another 2-3 will take it out. (For Lightning Clutch Ring users: Ring swap to Dark Clutch the second that HP bar hits zero. Swapping will be much harder in phase 2).

                                                                        Phase 2: Soft swap to Caitha's Chime (menu won't stay open for ring + weapon swap unless you're incredibly quick) and Dorhy's Gnawing. Fire off a Gnawing during NK's recovery times after attacks. Two is enough to bleed him, but be patient. You don't want to die, so focus on evasion first and casting second.

                                                                        Congrats in advance!

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          Phase one is over in seconds for me now, but regardless of what setup I use, I get stomped in phase two before even getting 10% of his health off. If he hits you even once, his attacks are so relentless that you won't get time to estus and block/roll so you're dead. Also, he's 'weak' to dark and fire like I'm weak against nerf darts.

                                                                          A very cool fight, yes, but even by DS3 standards it's too damn hard

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            That camera in KotS is revolting. I end up not bothering with lock on for parts of the fight.
                                                                            But KotS is much easier than the second phase, who just spams lightning.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              I do not understand why people find King of the Storm phase hard. All you need to do is smack the dragons head while watching out for the Nameless King

                                                                              • If you are running some kind of faith build, make sure to bring along a long range, powerful lightning miracle, such as great lightning spear. Lightning stake can be hit or miss with the bird. Once you kill the bird, use dorhys gnawing for nameless, or enchant your weapon of choice with dark blade or human pine resin if possible. Lightning miracles are useless in the second phase.

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  Ughhh, Nameless King phase is a banger but King of Storms is such a bloody mess to fight, come on Fromsoft - having the bosses gimmick literally be trying to make you lose lock-on? Oh, and I haven't even started about the hitboxes....

                                                                                  • I look at the resistances and realize that my STR/FTH build is kinda screwed. Well, not completely, guess I'll have to use the Blessed buff for the Nameless King and Lightning for his bird since I didn't follow Yoel's questline at all and didn't get the Dark Blade which would be the best for this encounter.

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      Was pure gold in 2016 and 2017. Teaming up with people, gaining confidence and skill. Turning this battle into a chase for numbers and style. Now only few of us remain and we rarely meet with each other. Wherever you are, NK Sunbros, it was fun. Alot.

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        so this is Gwyn's first child huh I can defiantly see the family resemblance
                                                                                        my only wonder is dose any of his siblings know he is still alive or know he's literally living near by to where they live

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          For phase 2, try using Dhorys' Gnawing. It shreds him pretty quickly. I just beat him on NG++ without too much fuss (a shock even to me, because I suck at this boss.) This article says he's resistant to bleed, but trust me, he will bleed and you will win.

                                                                                          • One of the worst bosses in DS3. I can't tell what the hell is even happening half the time because the boss is flying around out of frame. The camera just can't keep up. And as a sorcerer with 20 Vigor, I can't really take any hits during any phase of the boss or I will die. It's really hard not to get hit when I can't see what the boss is doing! Phase 2 is so frustrating because the boss kills me in a single hit, but I can't reliably get to Phase 2 to practice it because Phase 1 is so hard to SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING.

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              Quick tip for King of the Storm: literally don't lock on unless he uses the "fly in a circle and lov a lightning spear" move. As a matter of fact, do that for every large and nimble boss, like Demon Prince and Oceiros.

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                Is it possible that Ornstein not only didn't die at Archdragon's Peak, given that his armor was found with no body inside, but that he became a dragon himself? As one of the fiercest men to ever exist, searching for his long lost friend Nameless King, became the dragon known as King of the Storms.

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  With so many ppl complaining about the camera, i can't help but wonder if a blind person would find the bossfight easy.

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    This boss sucks. The camera constantly spazzes out during the first phase so you often miss during the narrow opportunities you have on the head or get blind-sided by le random Swordspear Chop. Second phase is a little better but you can get punished for throwing a goddamn straight-sword counter. That's just ugly and stupid.

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      If you're a FTH build and a caster of miracles...make sure you have access to Dark Miracles (such as Dark Blade and Gnawing). While the chicken is easy to down with spells such as Lightning Arrow, the Nameless King himself will make you wish you'd never become a cleric. Tested this on a 60 FTH character with Morne's Ring and Ring of the Sun's First Born, plus a fully upgraded Talisman (226 spell buff), and Sunlight Spear, on NG+2. A whopping 114 DMG. Yikes.

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        I used knight crossbow with thunder bolts on the dragon phase, it was much easier and saved more estus flasks for the real deal.

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          Is it just me or does the Nameless King get a lot more aggressive when you use Dragonslayer weapons against his Stormdrake? He seemed to be using the melee combo and other melee moves far more often than he did when I was using other weapons. Idk, maybe my memory is overly pessimistic or maybe that’s normal when you deal lots of damage very quickly to a boss, I wouldn’t know since this is the first time I’ve had that kind of power lol.

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            I found pretty useful in the first phase to lock on the NK instead of the dragon, the camera goes very less crazy, only lock on the dragon head when u have a window to hit it and its fine.

                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                              Bad camera management and worst hitbox programming imaginable = such a good boss, much badass, very nice design, from

                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                I've found a decently easy way to kill him if you happen to be a miracle build
                                                                                                                For the first phase keep poisecasting Great Lightning Spear or Sunlight Spear at KoS's head whenever you have the chance. After two or three hits it should be open for a riposte, and if you're using a lightning weapon (which you probably are if you're leveling faith) that should easily take its remaining health
                                                                                                                In the second phase it's important to keep a respectful distance between you and NK. If you're too close he will attack you, and if you're too far away he will rush towards you or use ranged attacks. But if you're at a moderate distance he will largely just walk towards you and only attack occasionally; it's a matter of keeping enough space between you and him and casting while he just walks. I used Dorthy's Gnawing for the base Dark damage and bleed, which triggered every other hit.
                                                                                                                You can also use ToD as a safety net if you'd like

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