10 Toughest Bosses in Dark Souls 3: Page 3 of 3

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“Ashen one, link the fire. For the Lords of Cinder, for the ashen prisoners, for all those held to preserve the fire… link the First Flame."

1. Pontiff Sulyvahn

Pontiff Sulyvahn is one of the more evil beings in Dark Souls 3, and that is before all the attempts you’ll have to make to defeat him.

Congratulations to Pontiff Sulyvahn for achieving the top spot on our list! And now a massive raised middle finger for all the players who have had trouble with him…

Sulyvahn’s aggressiveness in the first phase of the fight will leave you wondering if you’ll ever see the second phase. His chains are long and each attack has staggered timing, yet your stamina will disappear if you block them in their entirety. His swords are imbued with magic and fire, so they will damage you through blocks anyway.

Upon reaching 50% health, Pontiff Sulyvahn will begin summoning phantoms of himself, and mimic their attacks. While this can be overwhelming, each attack has a blatant announcement before it is executed and broadcasts his moves before he does them. The phantoms can be defeated, but this will cause Sulyvahn to regain his previous aggressiveness, which actually makes the fight tougher. Not to mention that he will re-summon the phantoms after a brief period anyway.

Sulyvahn is not shy about using magic attacks if you attempt to cheese him with ranged attacks, and can leap through the air toward you in order to interrupt healing. Well-timed attacks and defense combined with stamina management are the keys to handling Sulyvahn. For veterans of the franchise, he won’t be too much of a challenge, but for first-timers like me, the fight can evoke multiple controller throwing fits enhanced by a steady flow of curse words.

That completes our list of the 10 toughest bosses in Dark Souls 3. Let us know if you agree with our picks in the comments, and don't forget to share the list with your friends!

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