In every Souls game there are boss fights most players get stuck on and in turn fear, which makes writing Dark Souls reviews quite difficult sometimes and even tougher to Platinum. One popular example is the Dancer in Dark Souls 3, with her fast dual wield combo during the second phase of the fight she brought down countless players leaving them in despair. But the Dancer wasn’t the worst of them. So, here’s a list of the hardest bosses in Dark Souls Remastered.
Spoiler Warning for those who haven’t played or finished Dark Souls Remastered.
Dragon Ornstein & Executioner Smough
Let’s start this list with the widely feared duo, Dragon Slayer Ornstein and the Executioner Smough. These two are a perfect team, with Smough’s slow but powerful hammer attacks and Ornstein who chases you with his fast spear attacks. After you successfully kill one of the two you might think “Hey now it’s just down to one, I can do this,” but no instead you see a cutscene where the surviving boss absorbs the other’s power and the second phase of this fight begins. If Ornstein is the surviving boss he gets bigger but also slower, whereas Smough will receive lighting which covers his hammer. Fighting two bosses at the same time and a second phase after killing one disheartened many players after countless tries.
Next up we have Gravelord Nito. To enter this boss fight you have to jump in a hole where you will receive fall damage after the cut scene. Meer seconds after landing he will send red daggers through the ground. If you survived that he sends skeletons your way; small ones with swords and shields, and big ones who carry a straight sword. While you avoid skeletons and attack Nito himself, he will slash you with his dagger and charge up to hit you with a wave of deadly dark magic. Closing in on Nito to deal some damage while you are getting attacked by skeletons and Nito himself frustrated many players.
Seath the Scaleless Dragon
Who doesn’t remember Seath the Scaleless Dragon cursing your character over and over while being invincible thanks to his regenerative power. It might only take you 3-5 deaths to find out that you have to destroy the Primordial Crystal behind him to make him vulnerable so that you stand a chance, but that only works if you can avoid his crystal curse and tail attacks. The boss fight itself isn’t that hard save for the curse which builds up and kills you when the bar is full. Once cursed you have to find a way to get rid of it since it cuts your health points in half and remains after dying. Players would be lucky to have a couple of Purging Stones on them. Otherwise, you have to either buy, find or visit an NPC that can cure you. It can be quite annoying to leave Crystal Caves to get a cure since you can only fast travel to a few Bonfires and walking the way in between those checkpoints is dangerous while only having half your health.
The Bed Of Chaos
The Bed of Chaos boss fight is very unique. In most fights, you hurt the boss with whatever weapon you are using and try not to get killed in the process, but in this fight, you more or less have to solve a puzzle while avoiding death. In order to defeat this boss, you have to reach and destroy two glowing roots on either side of the tree. The first one is rather easy to get to, but after reaching it, pieces of the ground start breaking and falling into endless darkness. Now you have to avoid the tree roots slashing at you while trying not to fall to your death. Once you destroy the second root more ground breaks away opening a path to the inside of the tree. Getting there alive is the hard part. First, you have to avoid the original roots who are still after you, then there are the new fire attacks you’ll be bombarded with, then you have to take a leap of faith and jump, hoping to land on the root that leads you into the center of the tree. As you run up the root trying to breakthrough branches and bush, you’ll still be harassed by the fire attack. If you managed to survive all that you only have to kill a bug to beat the boss. Super easy! Just figuring out what to do in this fight is frustrating. But even once you’ve figured it out, you still have to avoid the incessant and nagging obstacles of his slashing roots and fire attacks which I found to be difficult.
The Moonlight Butterfly
The Moonlight Butterfly Boss fight isn’t really as difficult as some of the other bosses, but the pace of the fight is slow and annoying, especially when you die and have to try again… and again… and again… and again. The Butterfly will fly around and shoot projectiles at you while you stand on a small bridge trying to avoid the magic. Sadly while getting shot at you can’t hit him with your close ranged weapons, but magic and bows will work. With a sword, you have to avoid getting hit by his projectiles over and over while waiting for the Butterfly to land on the edge of the bridge, so you can land a few hits. Shortly after he will fly off and the cycle begins anew until one of you is dead. In case you died you can look forward to fighting this long and slow boss fight again… and again… and again. This fight was my least favorite since the fight felt slow and I could only hit him with my Greatsword when he landed.
The following boss fights are all included in The Artorias from the Abyss DLC.
Knight Artorias, who is corrupted by the abyss, is fast and strong. During this fight, you rarely have a chance to attack or heal. He will chase you through the whole arena. I even had to switch from my greatsword to a straight sword so I could actually land a couple of attacks without taking too much damage. Astorias often uses jump attacks and a somersault slash which he can do in a row. Often he will charge up where you get the chance to attack and stop him from charging. Once charged, he will be more aggressive and his attacks do more damage. Many players die repeatedly even when summoning other players for help and some might have given up on the DLC because of Artorias. Even though Artorias was one of the hardest boss fights I experienced, he is still my favorite on this list. For the most part, dying to his blade didn’t make me mad or frustrated. The longer I fought him the more I enjoyed it. I started to be able to read his patterns and in turn killed him, which made me happy and sad. I was happy that I finally won but also sad that our dance of blades was over.
Great Grey Wolf Sif
Great Grey Wolf Sif is a huge wolf with a greatsword in his mouth. He is fast, and thanks to his giant sword his attacks have a far reach. Getting close to him can be challenging since he can jump out of reach and charge at you. Once you learn how Sif dances around you and attacks you will win at some point but to get to that point you’ll have probably died a couple of times. But keep at it.
Manus, Father Of The Abyss
Manus, Father of the Abyss is my personal nemesis. He may not have been the scariest creature in Dark Souls, but he broke me to the point where I didn’t play for weeks. Beforehand I started this personal challenge where I have to beat Souls games without summoning Phantoms which I did in Bloodborne. For my playthrough of Dark Souls Remastered, I had to summon a phantom for help since I didn’t feel like I was getting close to killing him. Manus is fast and unpredictable and his attacks are hard to read. Some of his arm and magic attacks have a far reach which makes it hard to retreat. Manus does many chained combos even with magic which makes it hard to avoid, and once you’re hit you might not get out of the onslaught of attacks. He will often spam his attacks while you are trying to survive and heal. I can’t be the only one feeling like his random attacks and his quick magic we frustrating?!
So those were the toughest boss battles in Dark Souls Remastered. Which boss fights did you think were the hardest in Dark Souls Remastered? Which were the easiest? Sound off in the comments below and thank you for reading!