Dark Souls 3 – How to Defeat The Nameless King (Boss Guide)

The character level for this fight: 99 (Knight). The weapon for this fight: Broadsword + Havel’s Greatshield.

Nameless King is an optional boss found in Archdragon Peak after ringing the big bell. He is very hard, one of the toughest bosses. Going into this fight I would recommend a Greatshield. The one I use is for killing an enemy near the boss (follow path to the right of the bell and climb up the ladder, he has a stone armor and the shield). Keep your equipment load below 70% so you can roll quicker and stamina recovers quicker. Health will be a problem in the 2nd part so bring at least 10+ upgraded estus flasks (15 would be better) and be level 100+ with plenty of health. Remember you can do this fight in online co-op if you can’t beat it by yourself.

Phase 1: In the first phase he is riding a dragon. Once you learn his attack pattern this part isn’t so problematic. Aim for his head for maximum damage. Stay under his head at all times and he will miss all melee attacks. Don’t go near his feet because he will often fly up and breathe fire at the ground. Whenever he is flying up run like hell to get away from the fire. Never block with a shield, always roll away.

Phase 2: This is the hard part and why you want to bring a greatshield. He is super aggressive, attacks very quickly, has long reach and kills you in 2-3 hits. Lock onto him and block his attacks with your shield, then attack 1 time and repeat. You want to stay as close as possible to him. To the point where your shield touches him at all times (walk into him). When you get further away he throws massive combos and at you and does unblockable throws. He usually does 2-3 strikes or 1 massive strike and then you have a second to hit him one time or refill health. If all goes well you can stun him after a few hits and stab him to deal massive damage. Just be patient. He does lightning + physical damage, so use a shield that blocks those.

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