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Sister Friede

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General Info
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Phase 1: 4,863
Phase 2: 7,150
Phase 3: 6,864
72,000 Ariandel Chapel (Painted World of Ariandel)
Drops

 

Soul of Sister FriedeTitanite Slab (2nd phase end, one time per NG cycle)
Defenses
Weak Resistant Immune
Friede: Physical(?),  BleedBleed, DarkDark, LightningLightning, Backstab, HS Greatsword
Ariandel: All types of damage, Riposte, HS Greatsword
Blackflame Friede:  BleedBleed, LightningLightning, Dark, Backstab, HS Greatsword
Friede: PoisonPoison/Toxic, 
Ariandel: None 
Blackflame Friede: Poison/ToxicPoison/Toxic,  
Friede: Frost
Ariandel: None
Blackflame Friede: Frost

Sister Friede is a Boss enemy in Dark Souls 3. She is part of the Ashes of Ariandel DLC.

Sister Friede Information

  • Player can summon Slave Knight Gael for assistance, although he will appear at the beginning of the 2nd phase. Summon sign is in the room with bonfire, near the stairs which lead to the boss room. However, defeating Demon Prince from The Ringed City DLC blocks this summon.
  • After defeating Blackflame Friede speak with Corvian Settler near the Corvian Settlement bonfire to receive a Titanite Slab.
  • Optional
  • Total Health: NG (18,877), NG+ (18,896), NG++ (20,785), NG+3 (21,729), NG+4 (22,675), NG+5 (24,564), NG+6 (25,509), NG+7 (26,454)

 

Location

  • Ariandel Chapel, as a non-hostile NPC. See the Sister Friede NPC page for full dialogue and information. Speaking with her before initiating the boss fight will earn you the Chillbite Ring.

Drops

  • Souls: NG (72,000), NG+ (144,000), NG++ (158,400), NG+3 (162,000), NG+4 (172,800), NG+5 (176,400), NG+6 (180,000), NG+7 (183,600)
  • Co-Op Souls: NG (18,000), NG+ (36,000)
  • Other: Soul of Sister Friede,
  • Titanite Slab: first time after completing the second phase of the fight. Can obtain once per NG cycle.

Combat Information - Sister Friede

  • Phase 1 Health: NG (4863), NG+ (4868), NG++ (5355), NG+3 (5598), NG+4 (5842), NG+5 (6328), NG+6 (6572), NG+7 (6815)
  • Phase 2 Health: NG (7150), NG+ (7157), NG++ (7872), NG+3 (8230), NG+4 (8588), NG+5 (9304), NG+6 (9662), NG+7 (10,020)
  • Present during 1st and 2nd phase of the battle. During 2nd phase shares one health bar with Father Ariandel.
  • Parryable: Yes
  • Sister Friede attacks deals Slash Damage or Magic Damage. May also cause Frostbite.
  • Friede can easily be staggered and backstabbed. Also, some attacks can turn her over or send her flying.
  • Weak to Bleed, Dark Damage and Lightning Damage.
  • Hollow enemy, therefore weak to Hollowslayer Greatsword.
  • Resistant to Poison/Toxic.
  • Immune to Frostbite.
  • During 2nd phase, Sister Friede will not try to perform a critical strike, but instead she may restore some health points.
  • Lothric Warbanner weapon art makes Friede use her dash like insane (as long as the buff is active) and she even often dashes straight into players face thus making the fight MORE DIFFICULT. This works mostly in the first and third phase in the second phase it is much less notable.

Combat information - Father Ariandel

  • Health: NG (7150), NG+ (7157), NG++ (7872), NG+3 (8230), NG+4 (8588), NG+5 (9304), NG+6 (9662), NG+7 (10,020)
  • Present during 2nd phase of battle. Shares one health bar with Sister Friede.
  • Parryable: No
  • Ariandel is a very fragile boss, therefore he is weak to all types of damage, most noticeable is weakness to Frosbite, Bleed and Fire Damage.
  • Hollow enemy, therefore weak to Hollowslayer Greatsword.
  • Attacks deals massive Strike Damage and/or Fire Damage.
  • Due to size, Ariandel can't be backstabbed, but it makes him an easy target for spells with AoE like Poison/Toxic Mist or Pestilent Mist.
  • With enough hits, Ariandel can be staggered, allowing players to perform a riposte, dealing significant damage. His recovery after the attack gives players a chance to land few more hits.

Combat Information - Blackflame Friede

 

Strategies

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Strategy 1 (Melee)

Before advancing to take her on, summon the NPC by the bonfire.

In the first phase of the fight, Sister Friede will shoot streaks of frost that deal heavy frost damage, and can quickly inflict Frostbite. She will often become invisible and teleport directly over your head, finishing with a lethal move. You can counter this by watching for a puff of fog where she lands behind you or listening for her footsteps. You can walk up and interrupt her invisibility spell. Her attacks can be easily interrupted and she is also vulnerable to backstabbing. When this phase is complete, the next two are incredibly difficult.

A cutscene will indicate the start of the second phase, at which point Ariandel joins the fight. The NPC you summoned prior to the fight will appear at this point and will assist you. Let your companion occupy Friede while you shift your attention to Ariandel. You can hit him from behind, but be wary of his powerful attacks. Eventually he will become staggered and open for a critical attack. During this phase both bosses share the same health bar, but attacking Father Ariandel makes the health bar deplete much more quickly.

In this final phase of the fight, Sister Friede will become Blackflame Friede will begin to deal dark damage in addition to her frost and melee abilities now augmented with increased speed.  Be wary of standing next to her as she comes back to life. She will begin to mix in a dark beam as well as a charged dark explosion that both deal a tremendous amount of damage. She will occasionally also take to the air and attempt a devastating attack from above. To defeat her keep your melee distance and dodge her magical attacks to the left and right, dodge far to the left to avoid her dark charged explosion. When she slows down take advantage of the window to get some attacks in and then retreat. Repeat this process of evasion and attack until she is defeated.

In conjunction with everything else that applies to melee players, below is a playbook of tips on how to beat Sister Friede and Father Ariandel (provided the player's weapon is a faster swinger, like a Broadsword, or better):

  1. Of the first of three phases of the fight, Sister Friede will more often open up with a melee attack. In this phase, her attacks do not exceed the number of three hits (not accounting for rapid succession. Sometimes, she will deal two hits, and also she will do two hits, then another two in rapid succession, but an attack window is there) before she calms down, so use that to damage her. She can be back-stabbed so if you are in that position (which is rare), then go for it!
  2. Sister Friede tends to teleport, when this happens, go up against a wall, and wait for the audio cue, which kind of sounds like swinging blades. Next, dodge roll.
  3. Sister Friede's dodge roll timing is different than a typical melee user and many bosses, because she likes to roll-catch by using a fast windup, and a very fast swing. Wait for the actual swing to dodge, and you will be good.
  4. Friede is only open when she is recovering. When she poises herself to attack by going into stance (she will align the handle of her scythe parallel to her upper shoulders) 
  5. One big tactical advantage is to stay in swinging distance of Friede when she is not trying to evade. This way, you can interrupt her attacks (she has little poise) and stun-lock her for some hits. She is fairly forgiving on the player needing stamina, so don't fret if you get greedy and eat up more than half of your stamina hitting her.
  6. One big tip is Estus timing, here. Because of this boss fight's overall HP of 18,877, the player should wait, provided he has 14 of +10 strength Estus or more (easy, if you finished the main story), and only pop an Estus when he does 1349 damage, so his Estus reserve is in pace. If not, the player sadly has to adjust his Estus to the enemy's health. 
  7. For phase two, just get in hits when things are calm, and people are not attacking. Ariandel takes more damage per hit and shares the same health bar with Friede, but don't bait yourself into getting hit by rushing. The player can use Ariandel as a buffer, but constantly trying to make this happen can get the player hit, out of distraction. Ariandel's attacks do not stick to the player much, and overall both bosses are less aggressive, so when Friede is in her calm periods, it is easy to get damage on Ariandel for an easier phase two, but Friede will use some of her attacks in first phase, so be ready to go after Friede if you're really trying to conserve Estus.
  8. In phase three, as you probably know, Friede becomes Blackflame Friede. She will open up with a roughly five-hit cyclone, has homing attacks, an AOE, and does a combo where she frosts the floor with a trail, that may slightly home in on the player. After about two swings of this frost combo, the player is open. Other openings are very dangerous!
  9. The player should not rush this fight. Friede and Ariendel are kind of glass-cannon builds, so although openings are the absolute scarcest (just to be all-inclusive and safe), the player gets in nice damage for every opening, and the fight ends fairly quickly. With a physical AR of 426 or better, the player gets a nice pace.
  10. To speak in visible terms, this is a hybrid boss fight. Ariendel and Friede borrow, with respect to severity from Lorian's teleportation, Aldrich's ranged magic, Lord of Cinder's curved sword attacks, Dragon Slayer Armor's slow but heavy attacks, Ornstein & Smough's mobility, Manus' short opportunities for damage, and Nameless King's insane AOE attacks. Now, does this make them as hard as those guys? Not so much. The low HP offsets that, but the player should absolutely be very survival-oriented, and hold his survival much higher over doing DPS, because magnetism towards the bosses tends to create most, if not all the damage caused in this fight.

However, the demands scale up really high when one goes into NG+7, so I will add some new caveats for each phase

Phase I:

  1. A good rule of thumb here is that when Sister Friede has done a combo and has gone calm or idle, she is open. One may know from previous playthroughs that she staggers easy, but please know that she comes out of her stagger very quickly, no matter how big the weapon is. When this happens, it is VERY likely that she will counter you, so STOP your attack combo and don't spam. Get ready to book it and get back to dodging when she comes out of that stagger!
  2. Friede deals Physical and Magic damage for her first two phases. Her third phase also includes Dark damage, but her Dark attacks are easily nullified with horizontal rolls, so using a +2 Magic Stoneplate Ring is a nice addition because one gets a benefit on every hit.
  3. Her teleport can be dealt with in three ways. A. You can run into her while she is teleporting to keep her in one place and visible for some free damage. B. You can wait for the snow under her feet to fluff up, showing she has teleported, then spin 180 degrees and scan around for a few seconds. The snow will splash where she lands and you can hit her. C. jog (not sprint) in a circle in case you fail to find her. Once the audio cue comes up, roll in a circle and you get a safer dodge roll.
  4. Having an equip load of under 29% helps a bit. Not a game changer, but it improves your dodge roll animation.
  5. She almost always finishes a combo with a fast, emphasized scythe swing with a distinct metallic blade audio cue, where the scythe sounds like it is cutting air.

Phase II:

  1. The fight will start with Friede being resurrected. Lock on to Friede, and move left, and back, towards that corner of the room, so about 7 o'clock, where the snake doll in the nook behind Father Ariandel would be 12 o'clock, for reference.
  2. Move counter-clockwise. This allows you to be on the side of Friede's ice trail traps so you can punish them. Moving clockwise is cool if  you're trying to hit Ariandel.
  3. Hitting Ariandel in passing is a way to get free damage.
  4. Don't try to fight these bosses when they are close together. That's how you get caught during your roll!
  5. Moving in and out of Friede's range to bait her melee combo is cool, because the combo ends quickly, allowing you big, safe damage while Ariandel is not a threat.
  6. Do NOT let them get you in any of the two nooks in the map. Father Ariandel will easily blow flames, making it hard to escape. Sometimes, even Friede will block your escape, causing serious problems (like...damage. Because damage on NG+7 on bosses is almost always an almost instant kill). Getting locked up against a wall also nets a similar result.
  7. When Friede goes invisible to heal Ariandel, she almost always is nearby him. Scan in the radius around him, and you should find her. Backstabbing her keeps you safe from counters, here, because again, comboing Friede can de-stun her and let her counter you.
  8. Father Ariandel likes to hit you when his bowl is out of view, he likes to catch you off guard, and he likes to roll-catch. So don't think you're safe around him.

Phase III:

  1. This is the Blackflame Friede phase. Grab the lube because holy balls, she has serious insta-kill power here.
  2. Her first attack of this phase is almost always a jumping AOE slam, that deals dark damage. Be out of range and roll sideways for a safe counter.
  3. Her attack where she spins and tries to cut your throat is basically an instant kill. Rolling maybe three times is a good way to survive it.
  4. There is no free damage during this phase like the last two phases. That means you have to wait for those ending animations and windup animations to get your damage in.
  5. If she's invisible, she will do two or three ice trails. The player can then go up against the wall and see which trail she's making. Rolling with a preference for fast reactions is a solid counter, here. I saw no issues with that.
  6. Her black flame AOE attacks ALWAYS have a black flame trail. Rolling sideways is very good, here.
  7. One hit is one Estus lost in this fight. Almost every hit is one of her magically charged attacks (these attacks show a blue flash or flash of black flame, so learn the counters for these attacks well.
  8. Blackflame Friede is slightly weak to rolling, including double-rolling and triple-rolling, because her Scythe's hitbox is small, and moves fast. Hint hint!

That is all! The player should now know how to avoid damage from Friede and Ariandel, while dealing it out, for that easy but still skillful win.

Strategy 2 (Melee + Lightning Blade, Solo)

For Stage 1: Try to be aggressive when she teleports so you can cancel her attack as it's very powerful and can almost one shot the player. 

For Stage 2: Leave Friede alone and go after Ariandel. Attack him from the back or the sides while being wary of his attacks and AOE smash. Roll through Friede's ice attacks. Ariandel may or may not be ripostable but he should go down fairly quickly.

For Stage 3: Play more passive while you understand Friede's attacks. Most have a wide or long AOE and do massive damage. There is a slight delay between the scythe swings, giving you a chance to attack and break her poise. 

Strategy 3 [Melee - Bleed build, Solo]

Before fight: Find, equip and upgrade Warden Twinblades (or any weapon, that by default can cause Blood Loss and can be buffed) and buy at least 20 Carthus Rouge (in case you fail to beat the boss on first run - average run with final phase requires up to 4-5 Carthus Rouges). While choosing the rest of your set (shield is not necessary) try to increase fire and frost resistance as much as possible, but do not forget about agility and physical defense. Just before the fight use Carthus Rouge and reapply during break in fight or at beginning of phase.

1st phase: You will face only Sister Friede, an easily staggered boss on whom critical attacks can be deadly. During her invisibility run across the room and after the sound jump in opposite direction of her attack (hard, but possible to avoid). Attack after her attacks - every three to four hits you will trigger the bleed damage, on NG+3 this was around 1000 damage.

2nd phase: Instead of fighting Friede focus on Ariandel because he seems to be more vulnerable to bleed than Friede, but keep in mind that the combination of Friede's frost attack and Ariandel's bowl stomp is usually deadly. The most suitable moment for attacking is after Ariandel's rush.  Dodge and then simply run to him and strike multiple times (On NG+3 his rush can easily deal 4500 damage). When Friede uses her healing spell you don't have to interrupt her, as simply attacking Ariandel will negate the spell effect (as well as lowering the total amount of HP). Just keep in mind to avoid Ariandel's attacks, because no matter what armor you use they will probably deliver a lot of damage, if not a fatal blow.

3rd phase: DON'T RUSH TOWARDS HER during her transformation (her HP will replenish and you will take some fire damage). Use that moment to heal or use Carthus Rouge. In this phase she is WAY more dangerous than in the first or second phase. The best opportunity to attack her is after the massive dark flame AoE attack that uses some kind of upgraded Dark Serpent. A few successful hits will deal massive bleed damage. 

Strategy 4 (Sorcery, Solo)

Equipment: Court Sorcerer's Staff +10, Magic Clutch Ring, Bellowing and Young Dragoncrest Ring, Sage Ring (+1/+2). Scholar's Candlestick in offhand for sorcery boost. A fast weapon like a straightsword is also helpful for flushing her out when she turns invisible.

Armor: Crown of Dusk, rest of Northern Armor Set

Estus: 11 orange/4 blue

With this loadout and 99 INT, I was doing around 600 per hit with GHSA. This spell is your bread and butter for this fight since there is so much HP to burn through, and it also staggers her reliably.

First phase: Just try to keep your distance constantly as she attacks, avoiding corners and the ends of the room. I like to save up stamina to full or almost full before firing off a volley of spells, as opposed to hammering R1 when you have minimal stamina. When she turns invisible, jog up and down the length of the room, reversing course occasionally to confound her aim. Or, if you happened to see the direction she went, (sometimes you can catch a glimpse of her as she flies past) run after her and hit her with your weapon to stagger her out of the assassination attack.

Second phase: Other than her exploding ice patches, you can ignore Friede almost entirely as long as you stay away from her. Focus fire on Ariandel from a distance, which will probably cause him to use his bowl slam to drag himself toward you. The thing about this attack is he can't easily turn once he commits to a direction. Right after he slams his bowl into the ground near you, roll/run behind him, and you should get a ton of free hits as he careens past. This phase should be a gimme as you can burn down Ariandel quickly with sorcery.

Third phase: During her resurrection animation, Friede will prop her scythe on the ground to pull herself to her feet. Don't stand too close, but right at this moment, you should be able to lock on to her and get 2 or 3 free shots before she starts attacking. This phase comes down to staying away from Friede while effectively dodging her ranged attacks. Her black flame tornado followed by shooting a flame snake got me a few times, but you can avoid it just by locking onto her and strafing sideways. When she goes invisible, avoid her exploding ice patches and wait for her to reappear, watching out for her black flame snake. You can sometimes interrupt her combos with sorcery, but I found it to be more reliable to hit her at the end of her combos, as she sometimes punishes your casting by firing a black flame snake that will hit you during your spell animation. Just back/roll away from her constantly while waiting for an opening.

Strategy 5 (Backstabbing Pyromancer, Solo)

Equipment: Rings boosting fire damage and Ring of Favor,  5 Estus and 7 Ashen Estus, Armor & Weapons: Brass Set, Chaos Mail Breaker +10 (right hand), Pyromancy Flame +10 (left hand), Spell: Chaos Bed Vestige

Pyromancer using this spell with 32 Intelligence and 32 Faith will deal high damage with Chaos Bed Vestige - around 700 in case of Friede and even 1,000 or more to Ariandel.  Mail Breaker is a must to break dangerous Friede attacks or backstab her (backstab may deal up to 700 damage).

1st phase: Try to limit attacks to moments, where Friede is preparing to strike - otherwise, you risk, that Friede will evade spell or receive minor damage. If you play carefully, Friede will be downed pretty fast.

2nd phase: Don't focus on Friede (but watch for her attacks with AoE, or when she starts to heal), but attack Ariandel and - when he has a cooldown or stationary attacks like Fire Breath (of course, if you are not risked of getting hit) spam him with CBV, as he is very weak to fire. In case Friede starts to heal hit her with CBV to break down the spell or backstab her.

3rd phase: Watch out for attacks, and attack during cooldowns or to break some of her actions. Mail Breaker is useful to backstab or stun her.

 

Attacks

Sister Friede has two attack phases.

First Phase (1st and 2nd battle phase)
Critical Scythe Attack Friede turns invisible and jumps across the arena (if you are close to her, invisibility is turned off). After a few seconds there is a sound and she performs a swift attack (which can be broken, if player attacks her before she moves to perform visceral attack), in which she grabs the player with her scythe and throws them beneath her. Deals high damage, but with good timing can be avoided. If player is not good at timing, he can either hit Friede with kukri/arrow, which are visible even if boss is invisible or poison her. Sorcerers can also use homing spells.
Jump + Freezing Friede jumps in the air and tries to land on player. After landing a circle of ice appears, which explodes after a second dealing serious frost damage. 
Freeze Jump Friede freeze arena directly in front of her, then jumps on player dealing both frost and psychical damage and causes ice path to explode. If she lands far from that path, it gives a good opportunity to perform backstab attack.
Freeze attack Sister Friede freezes the ground in front of her at medium range, in a triangle-like shape. Walking on it causes frost damage. After a few seconds it explodes and causes massive frost damage. Can be avoided with ease.
Scythe Swings Friede swings three times, dealing both physical and magic damage. Can cause Frostbite effect. Simply roll away from her.
Scythe Swing + Jump Friede attacks with her scythe and jumps back to avoid being hit.
Healing (2nd battle phase) Friede, after a short preparation, restores some of the hp lost during the battle. Hit her with any weapon to break the spell.

 Second Phase (3rd battle phase) - In this phase Friede uses Dark Pyromancy and is labeled as Darkflame Friede. She uses a few attacks from her first phase, but they are now more powerful.

   Second Phase (3rd battle phase)
Blackflame flying smash + homing snake Often the first move she does in phase three. Friede goes up with black fireworks, comes down with a smashing AoE and a homing flame snake. Keep running left or right and after the first smash part, run behind her and backstab.
Two invisible ice waves + big blackflame snake The first ice wave lets you know where she is and the second ice wave lets you know if she is going left or right. If the second ice wave attack happens left from the place she did the first one, she jumps left again and will be helplessly charging the blackflame snake somewhere left, providing an easy backstab opportunity.
Fast dash to decapitating grab While in medium distance from you, Friede's blue scythe flashes and she dashes towards you, grabbing you in a guillotine attack. Dodge the grab a little left and towards her to end up behind her for the backstab.
Long combo to small jumping smash Friede starts with a small jump and keeps swinging multiple times until she finishes with a small and fast jumping smash. Dodge the last move towards her and go for the backstab if you can.
Scythe grab + Hit Blackflame Friede tries to bring player closer with her scyte, then she swiftly attack dealing both Fire and Physical damage. Rolling from her is a good strategy to avoid damage.
Quick healing Very rarely, Blackflame Friede may restore some healthpoints.

Father Ariandel - Second Battle phase Only

  First Phase (Second Battle Phase)
 Fire Breath Ariandel slowly lifts his huge bowl to his face and blows on it for a few seconds, which releases a huge flame. Inflict huge fire damage, but with good timing  player can avoid this flame and perform counter-attack.
Bowl Stomp Ariandel attacks the ground right before him with bowl up to 3 times. Deals high physical damage, but can be avoided.
Fire Bowl Stomp Ariandel attacks the ground right before him with his bowl 3 times - first two attacks deal pure psychical damage, third one causes a massive explosion, which inflicts fire damage. Attacks are telegraphed, so player can avoid them with ease.
Rush Ariandel rushes towards the player and attacks with his huge bowl. Attack deals pretty high physical damage, but can be avoided. After that attack, Father Ariandel needs to stop for a few seconds.
Lava Rain Ariandel tilts his bowl, which causes a huge pool of fire to appear around him (the pool doubles its size in a few seconds). Deals massive fire damage.
Bowl Swing Ariandel swing his bowl, dealing high physical damage

 

Dialogue

Player approaching Father Ariandel, before first fight

(Ariandel): I see flame. Flame, flickering, once again. Not enough blood yet shed. My flail.... Bring me my flail. Ahh, Friede. What stops thine ears? Please, my flail, right away...

Cutscene dialogue, before fight (needs to be triggered by approaching Ariandel and choosing option "Talk")

(Ariandel): Ahh, oh. Bring Friede to me, please. Canst thou not see? The flame, flickering once again. Soon it will surge. I can see it, feel it...

(Friede appears, this time as boss)

(Friede): Fret no father, we have no need of thy flail. Tis only the flame, quivering at misguided Ash. Please avert thine eyes. I will snuff out these ashes for good.

Dialogue, after second phase

(Ariandel): When the Ashes are two, a flame alighteth. Thou'rt Ash,  and fire befits thee, of course...

 

Player is not a Lord of Londor

Dialogue, first phase, player dies

(Friede): Return from whence thou cam'st
For that is thy place of belonging.

Dialogue, second/third phase, player dies 

(Friede): Leave us be, Ashen One.
Sweep all thought of us from thy mind. As thy kind always have.

 

Player is a Lord of Londor

Dialogue, first phase, player dies

(Friede): Return from whence thou cam'st
Yuria surely awaits thee.

 Dialogue, second/third phase, player dies 

(Friede): Leave us be, Ashen One.
Thou art the Lord of Londor and have thine own subjects to guide.

Player completed Lord of Hollow ending, but not started next NG Cycle

Dialogue, player dies

(Friede): Return Lord of Londor. You have your own subjects to attain to.

 

Lore Theories

The eldest of three sisters: Friede, Yuria and Liliane are founders of the Sable Church of Londor.

 

Notes & Trivia

  1. If player approaches the statue which covers the boss room before opening it up, he can hear sound coming from the room. It is Father Ariandel smacking himself with a Rose of Ariandel. Strangely, near Ariandel there is no flail he may hit himself with, and when player enters boss fight arena for the first time, he asks to bring him one. 
  2. However, in Ashes of Ariandel trailer, player can spot a flail he may use.
  3. Father Ariandel will mostly go for the player, which attacked Friede last.
  4. Father Ariandel has green skin, similar to Hollow players in Dark Souls II.
  5. Gael's summon for this battle does not count as a regular summon. Therefore, player can still summon up to 3 player phantoms.
  6. Weapon used by Father Ariandel bear some similarities to the Lordvessel from Dark Souls I.

    Some people say that Friede is on a speed scale to Bloodborne, while the player is at a Ds3 speed scale, mainly due to her extreme comboability and her extremely low attack lag during the 3rd phase.

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    • Anonymous

      16 Feb 2019 09:45  

      Is there anyone else here who thinks this fight is near impossible to do solo with no help from Gael? Nameless King ain't got sheit on Blackflame Friede (not including King of Storms).

      • Anonymous

        09 Feb 2019 06:28  

        Something I haven’t seen mentioned much Is the bleed stacking strategy with the blood crow talons. Pair them with either a bleed gem or hollow gem if you have high luck and wait for her to use her invisibility moves in the first and third stages. Then use weapon art to hit her with the rapid fury attack. It deals like 1,400 damage Pretty shortly.

        • Anonymous

          08 Feb 2019 08:35  

          so there are 5 lords of cinder in the game, the abyss watchers, yhorm the giant, aldrich, lothric, and ludleth; each of them have a unkindled who is some how linked to them like hawkwood, siegward, anri, and probably you for the first four respectively. So could sister friede (someone who claims to be unkindled) be linked to ludleth?

          • Anonymous

            04 Feb 2019 18:01  

            If you are attempting solo or with Geal summon. Make sure to do it offline. I had her down to 1% on ng ++ and my game lost connection to the server.

            • Anonymous

              29 Jan 2019 23:43  

              This boss fight definitely rewards practice so to all newbies: Focus on dodging and observing her attacks first. Once you get a feel for them you will automatically follow up with attacks on your own. Here are some other pointers I learned after beating her twice: Friede hits hard but her attacks are choreographed and leave very big windows for backstabs and counters. Her hard hitting attacks are intimidating but they don't have as much reach as it seems. In phase 3 practice rolling behind her aerial smash attacks and you basically get a free backstab which you can follow up with a heavy attack. When she goes for the triple aoe beams you can actually try to walk up to her and backstab her as well. So don't be afraid to exploit her weaknesses. Part of her gimmick is to scare you away from hitting back and her long recovery attacks heavily rely on that intimidation factor. And if all of that doesn't help I can give you one last advice: Git gud!

              • Anonymous

                29 Jan 2019 23:24  

                It took me 2 attempts to beat her. Overrated boss. 3rd phase on first attempt. Just roll good, dont get greedy and be patient. She is easy, especially when you fight her after Nameless King and Booty Dancer. Honestly i had more problems with Abyss Watchers as Dark Souls noob, never played any of those games before. What should i play next? DS1 or Bloodborne? DS3 is my first Dark Souls game so im not sure if DS1 will be more difficult than DS3 was.

                • Anonymous

                  28 Jan 2019 23:32  

                  If you run at her the moment she goes invisible she will always jump behind you and go into her charge up stance. Essentially giving you free hits on her

                  • Anonymous

                    16 Jan 2019 07:28  

                    Slave Knight Gael not 100% sure but I think he can be summoned only if player already kill him in other DLC. I didn't prior to Frida fight and didn't have his sign. Parts 1 and 2 is a joke. Parry her, back stab her, sit behind a shield and smack her in the face. Everything works. Part 2 a bit annoying alot of AOE otherwise is even easier then part one. Part 3 holly*****. Dark AOE, frostbite, then appears behind you and cut your throat. Boom insta dead. Really nice fight. Probably best designed fight in the game. Frida is my favorite. She is tough for all right reasons not like Midir or Nameless King where you have to fight a camera instead of a boss. I highly recommend to take Gael with you for a ride. For me she was not that bad solo but I'd rate her third stage at par to Twin Princes or maybe even harder.

                    • Anonymous

                      15 Jan 2019 23:33  

                      i thought i'd seen it all but she just did her critical scythe attack to me all of the sudden after getting up from being smashed. caught me off guard.

                      • Anonymous

                        15 Jan 2019 18:01  

                        First of all, a big hand to all dudes/dudettes writing useful stuff here, since I think this is a pretty tough boss. Here's my two cents: For a my pyro build, I use the Onyx blade and CBV, and learn to read which direction she takes when she turns invisible. Then smack dat ass around pretty much all trough phase 1. Phase 2 is pretty easy with CBV and the slave dude, just keeping the distance and lobbing them firethingeys on the daddy. Phase 3 is where I ran out of potions but still kept distance, roll-dodging and lobbing CBV was going pretty good until the slave died, got a few hits in with the Onyx blade, then I took an arrow to the knee :-D

                        • Anonymous

                          27 Dec 2018 21:57  

                          Finally beat this girl and her daddy on SL1. First phase I used 1 Estus and second phase only 2 more Estus so it was a pretty good run from there, and then she gave me really forgiving stuff, got 2-3 backstabs in a row, and she stayed around the center of the arena more often then not. The best part is I only used 1 more Estus in phase three, so in total only 4 Estus. Weapon was DSA with Grass Crest Shield on my back. Rings were Knight's, Hunter's, Lloyd's Shield, and Prisoner's Chain. Backstab -> R1 -> R1 is about 1200-1300 damage. Armor doesn't really matter at SL1 but for fashion I was using the Cleric Hat, Mirrah Vest, Black Leather Gloves and Fire Witch Leggings. I would have used Gael's help but I had started Ringed City so no summon sign :(

                          • Anonymous

                            24 Dec 2018 12:36  

                            I died once to the boss and teleported out twice, so 3 tries in total. Here is my advice. First phase should be extremely easy. You should be at most using 1 Estus. Second phase, focus Father Ariandel. Wait until he does the running forward slam attacks. He can only run forward during this time giving you 4 free hits when you run behind him. The second time to attack is when he spews fire. Run to the side of him and get 2 attacks. Repeat these 2 things and they will die easily. Third phase, stay far away from the boss. You should be far from her 90% of the time because it is hard to dodge her attacks when you are close. Keep dodging all her magic attacks. They should be very easy to dodge. Just keep spiriting. When she does the black flame ranged attack, just spam roll. Wait until she crosses her scythes for a leap attack. Dodge it and do a roll attack in the process. Attack her twice and immediately run away. Repeat this until she dies.

                            • Anonymous

                              23 Dec 2018 05:23  

                              Am I the only one who think our dear sister is cute and this fight is a lot of fun? I like to see her jumping around and even want to hear her say that I should return to Yuria as she must be waiting----I wonder where Yuria currently is too, since she left behind all her clothes without saying anything.

                              • Anonymous

                                08 Dec 2018 06:47  

                                A ridiculous boss with kitchen sink design. lets list all the things they threw in instead on making something creative. 1. Three. &^$*ing. Phases. 2. Magic flying everywhere that does massive damage. 3. Magic covering the entire floor that does massive damage and inflicts status in addition to launching you into he air leaving you vulnerable to anything else on this list. 4. A giant monster that can two shot you with fast attacks with gigantic hitboxes that cover 60% of the screen. He also throws lava everywhere because lol why not. 5. A human character with unlimited stamina, FP, and roughly 6 times the HP you can have at level 99 vigor who doesn't lose when they die...twice. 6. Did i mention three phases? 7. The boss is so ridiculously difficult no one wants to do any co-op thus eliminating a potential way to squeeze some genuine fun from this meat grinder. 8. You only other help is an NPC with the self preservation instinct of a kamikaze pilot. 9. Several types physical and elemental damage because they wouldn't want to make it easy to use equipment to give you some kind of edge. And no i don't care if you beat it blindfolded with a naked SL 1 with a broken straight sword. Git gud? Ive beaten the main game dozens of times with every class, including the optional bosses. I could be able to beat this boss with nothing but bare fists using a wiimote and it still wouldn't make a dumb boss in a tiresome DLC that gave me horrid dark souls 2 flashbacks.

                                • Anonymous

                                  05 Dec 2018 22:51  

                                  Yeah, this boss just made me stop playing this game. Seriously? 3 phases? Damn you From Soft, I hope you all rot in hell for this!

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