Here’s all 19 bosses in Dark Souls III, ranked from worst to best.
The criteria for this ranking takes into account the difficulty of the fight, the mechanics used, and the lore behind the bosses themselves. Ultimately, the bosses will be judged based on the overall memorability of the fights and how they implement the game’s mechanics and improve upon past encounters from previous entries.
All Dark Souls III bosses: Ancient Wyvern, Old Demon King, High Lord Wolnir (VapeNation lord), Crystal Sage, Deacons of the Deep, Yhorm, Abyss Watchers, Iudex Gundyr, Vordt of the Boreal Valley, Curse-Rotted Greatwood, Spear of the Church, Pontiff Sulyvahn, Aldrich, Dancer of the Boreal Valley, Oceiros the Consumed King, Darkeater Midir, Demon Prince, Champion Gravetender and Gravetender’s Greatwolf, Champion Gundyr, Nameless King, Dragonslayer Armour, Twin Princes, Sister Friede, Slave Knight Gael, Soul of Cinder.
Since Lord Gwyn, the first Lord of Cinder, many exalted lords have linked the First Flame, and it is their very souls that have manifested themselves as defender of the flame. Talk about how the final boss may not be the toughest fight in the game, but it ends up being the most meaningful and memorable. Also, the soundtrack changes to Gwyn’s theme in the second phase. Need justification for Twin Princes being above Nameless King. Check lore for Nameless King (“name removed from the very annals of history”?)
25. Ancient Wyvern
24. Old Demon King
23. High Lord Wolnir
22. Crystal Sage
21. Oceiros, the Consumed King
20. Vordt of the Boreal Valley
19. Curse-Rotted Greatwood
18. Spear of the Church
If you're playing the game online, you'll have the chance to duke it out with another player. This makes the fight experience vary greatly between players, and it's a unique and refreshing twist that's been missing from the series for a very long time.
17. Yhorm the Giant
16. Deacons of the Deep
15. Iudex Gundyr
14. Abyss Watchers
13. Dancer of the Boreal Valley
12. Darkeater Midir
Midir is an incredibly aggressive boss that puts your combat skills and spacing to the ultimate test. Though Midir is an optional boss, his combos and attacks are some of the hardest to learn in the DLC, making him one of the most satisfying challenges to overcome in the game.
11. Demon Prince
After getting past the first phase, you're forced to contend with the Demon in Pain and the Demon from Below. Part of what makes this fight so fun is having to balance and manage to aggressive enemy AIs at the same time, and choosing who to kill first, which (of course) triggers a third and more powerful phase for whoever you left alive.
10. Champion Gravetender and Gravetender's Greatwolf
Midway through your relatively easy joust with the Gravetender, you hear a howl and the Greatwolf bursts onto the scene. He's the real boss you need to deal with here, and this fight is made all the more exciting because of his lightning speed and devastating frost attacks - an element which was way too underappreciated in the base game.
9. Dragonslayer Armour
8. Champion Gundyr
7. Aldrich, Devourer of Gods
6. Pontiff Sulyvahn
5. Nameless King
4. Twin Princes
3. Sister Friede
Her first phase is remarkably similar to that of Priscilla's from the first game, and it's a very meaningful lore-filled throwback to the Painted World of Ariamis. As you uncover the secrets of Ariandel, you learn exactly why Friede adopts Priscilla's move set as well.
This is also a fight that contains not two, but three phases - something which is rarely ever seen in Souls games. After beating the explosive second phase with both Friede and Father Ariandel, the game offers you a Titanite Slab to bait you into thinking that the fight is over. But then, you hear Gael's voice over the flames, and Friede is resurrected once more as Blackflame Elfriede. In spectacularly badass fashion.
Elfriede's final form is brutal and unrelenting, and she punishes players too impatient to slow down and learn her move set. The entire fight is a test of endurance across three different phases, and serves as one of the most memorable challenges in Dark Souls III.
2. Slave Knight Gael
Slave Knight Gael is our final adversary in The Ringed City, and he wields a Greatsword. He swings his weapon quickly, and leaps around the massive arena to keep you on your toes. It's a very gorgeous arena as well, and it's a fitting one for the end of the series.
Most importantly, Gael finally offers us what we've been searching for since the beginning of the series. The titular Dark Soul of Man. We won't spoil its lore description, but suffice it to say that it's a fitting, if rather bittersweet, ending to this epic fantasy series.