Bosses

Major Bosses

  • Even though some of these boss fights don't immediately start after you enter the fog gate, you cannot go back out through the fog gate. If you want to exit, you can use a Homeward Bone or Homeward miracle, and be returned to the last bonfire you rested at. Alternatively, you can quit the game and when you reload, you will be in front of the boss' fog gate.
  • Certain Boss Souls can be traded for unique equipment and spells.
Boss Loot Souls Areas Required Notes NPC Summons
The Last Giant Soldier Key & Soul of the Last Giant 10,000 Forest of Fallen Giants Yes Must be killed in order to gain access to Memory of Jeigh via the Soldier Key he drops. Mild Mannered Pate
The Pursuer Soul of the Pursuer 17,000 Forest of Fallen Giants No Either him or Flexile Sentry must be killed in order to travel to the Lost Bastille None
Dragonrider Dragonrider Soul 12,000 Heide's Tower of Flame Yes Must be killed to reach Licia of Lindeldt Masterless Glencour
Old Dragonslayer Old Dragonslayer Soul 20,000 Cathedral of Blue No Must be killed to reach the Blue Sentinels Covenant Master Masterless Glencour
Flexile Sentry Flexile Sentry Soul 14,000 No-man's Wharf No Either it or the Pursuer must be killed in order to travel to the Lost Bastille.
Has two enemy summons at Bonfire Intensity 2+ (Suspicious Shadow)
Lucatiel of Mirrah
Ruin Sentinels Ruin Sentinel Soul 33,000 The Lost Bastille No You can avoid this boss by using a shortcut. However, you must unlock the shortcut first by using a Pharros Lockstone. Pilgrim Bellclaire
The Lost Sinner Soul of the Lost Sinner
Old Witch Soul (Bonfire Intensity 2+)
45,000 Sinner's Rise Yes Has two enemy Black Phantom summons in NG+ and above (Prisoned Sinner) Lucatiel of Mirrah
Belfry Gargoyles Belfry Gargoyle Soul
Covetous Gold Serpent Ring +2 (Bonfire Intensity 2+)
25,000 Belfry Luna No Gain access to the Upper Ramparts bonfire to get the Bastille Key. None
Skeleton Lords Skeleton Lord's Soul
Clear Bluestone Ring +2 (Bonfire Intensity 2+)
15,000 Huntsman's Copse Yes None
Executioner's Chariot Executioner's Chariot Soul
Chloranthy Ring +2 (Bonfire Intensity 2+)
19,000 Undead Purgatory No Must be killed to reach the Brotherhood of Blood Covenant Master None
Covetous Demon Covetous Demon Soul 13,000 Earthen Peak Yes None
Mytha, the Baneful Queen Mytha, the Baneful Queen Soul
Covetous Silver Serpent Ring +2 (Bonfire Intensity 2+)
20,000 Earthen Peak Yes Jester Thomas
Smelter Demon Smelter Demon Soul 32,000 Iron Keep No The Pursuer spawns in its boss room after the Demon is defeated. Lucatiel of Mirrah
Old Iron King Old Iron King Soul
Old King Soul (Bonfire Intensity 2+)
48,000 Iron Keep Yes None
Scorpioness Najka Scorpioness Najka Soul
Southern Ritual Band +2 (Bonfire Intensity 2+)
23,000 Shaded Woods Yes Manscorpion Tark
Royal Rat Authority Royal Rat Authority Soul & Rat Tail 14,000 Doors of Pharros No Must be killed to reach the Rat King Covenant Master (either location) None
Prowling Magus & Congregation Titanite Slab 7,000 Brightstone Cove Tseldora Yes Does not drop a boss soul. Benhart of Jugo
The Duke's Dear Freja Soul of the Duke's Dear Freja
Old Paledrake Soul (Bonfire Intensity 2+)
42,000 Brightstone Cove Tseldora Yes Ashen Knight Boyd
Royal Rat Vanguard Royal Rat Vanguard Soul & Rat Tail 11,000 Grave of Saints No You have to kill him to reach the Rat King Covenant Master (either location) None
The Rotten Soul of the Rotten
Old Dead One Soul (Bonfire Intensity 2+)
47,000 Black Gulch Yes Lucatiel of Mirrah
Lone Hunter Schmidt
Dragonriders Dragonrider Soul 26,000 Drangleic Castle Yes You must reach one million Soul Memory (NG) OR collect the four Great Souls in order to gain access to Drangleic Castle via the Shrine of Winter. None
Looking Glass Knight Looking Glass Knight Soul
Ring of Steel Protection +2 (Bonfire Intensity 2+)
34,000 King's Passage Yes Benhart of Jugo
Demon of Song Demon of Song Soul & Key to the Embedded 26,000 Shrine of Amana Yes Felicia the Brave
Velstadt, the Royal Aegis Soul of Velstadt
Royal Soldier's Ring +2 (Bonfire Intensity 2+)
50,000 Undead Crypt Yes Grave Warden Agdayne
Vendrick None 90,000 Undead Crypt No Does not drop his soul.
His soul and armor can be found in Shrine of Amana after he has been defeated
None
Guardian Dragon Guardian Dragon Soul 37,000 Aldia's Keep Yes Later encountered as miniboss versions. None
Ancient Dragon Soul of a Giant & Petrified Dragon Bone 120,000 Dragon Shrine No Drops Soul of a Giant rather than Ancient Dragon Soul. Its soul can be acquired in Dragon Memories. Head of Vengarl
Melinda the Butcher
Giant Lord Giant Lord Soul & Giant's Kinship
Ring of Giants +2 (Bonfire Intensity 2+)
75,000 Memory of Jeigh Yes Unlocks the Nashandra fight Benhart of Jugo
Captain Drummond
Throne Defender & Throne Watcher Throne Defender Soul & Throne Watcher Soul
Ring of the Evil Eye +2 (Bonfire Intensity 2+)
68,000 Throne of Want Yes Immediately followed by the Nashandra fight when defeated, provided you killed the Giant Lord. Benhart of Jugo
Head of Vengarl
Nashandra Soul of Nashandra 90,000 Throne of Want Yes Final boss of the game Benhart of Jugo
Head of Vengarl
Darklurker Darklurker Soul 35,000 Dark Chasm of Old No Start fight automatically after you cleared all three areas of Dark Chasm of Old None
Elana, the Squalid Queen Soul of Elana, Squalid Queen 54,000 Dragon's Rest No Crown of the Sunken King DLC boss. Required to fight Sinh Benhart of Jugo
Steelheart Ellie
Sinh, the Slumbering Dragon Soul of Sinh, the Slumbering Dragon 96,000 Dragon's Rest No Crown of the Sunken King DLC final boss
Crown of the Sunken King can be found on the ground after Sinh is defeated.
Transcendent Edde
Abbess Feeva
Afflicted Graverobber, Ancient Soldier Varg & Cerah the Old Explorer 3x Twinkling Titanite
3x Petrified Dragon Bone
Titanite Slab
45,000 Cave of the Dead No Crown of the Sunken King DLC optional boss.
Does not drop a boss soul.
Rapacious Andrei
Ruined Aflis
Fume Knight Soul of the Fume Knight
Soul of Nadalia, Bride of Ash
84,000 Brume Tower No Crown of the Old Iron King DLC final boss Steelheart Ellie
Carhillion of the Fold
Sir Alonne Soul of Sir Alonne 80,000 Memory of the Old Iron King No Crown of the Old Iron King DLC
Optional boss but required to get the last shard of the Soul of Nadalia, Bride of Ash
Steel-willed Lorrie
Drifter Swordsman Aidel
Smelter Demon (Iron King DLC) Smelter Demon Soul 75,000 Iron Passage No Crown of the Old Iron King DLC optional boss Steel-willed Lorrie
Drifter Swordsman Aidel
Aava, the King's Pet Soul of Aava, the King's Pet 78,000 Frozen Eleum Loyce No Crown of the Ivory King DLC first boss Steelheart Ellie
Masterless Glencour
Burnt Ivory King Soul of the Ivory King 92,000 The Old Chaos No Crown of the Ivory King DLC final boss Lucatiel of Mirrah
Twiggy Shei
Lud, the King's Pet & Zallen, the King's Pet Soul of Lud, the King's Pet
Soul of Zallen, the King's Pet
56,000 Frigid Outskirts No Crown of the Ivory King DLC optional boss Head of Vengarl
Abbess Feeva

Notes

  • Defeating the final boss (Nashandra) does not end the game like it does in the original Dark Souls. You can start NG+ whenever you want by choosing the option at the Majula bonfire.
  • Items that are exclusive drops at Bonfire Intensity 2 or higher don't replace the regular drops.
  • The Souls column represents the amount of souls you get during your first playthrough.

Minibosses

  • These stronger enemies are considered minibosses. Most of them spawn only once per game.
  • Most items in the loot column are not guaranteed drops, though some are.
Boss Loot Location
Flexile Sentry Twinkling Titanite Shaded Woods
Frozen Eleum Loyce
Giant Basilisk Petrified Dragon Bone Shaded Woods
Aldia's Keep
Guardian Dragon Petrified Something
Petrified Dragon Bone
Twinkling Titanite
Flame Quartz Ring+2
Fire Tempest*
Dragon Aerie
Vengarl's Body Vengarl's Armor
Vengarl's Gloves
Vengarl's Boots
Lord's Private Chamber
Heide Knight Heide Knight Sword
Heide Spear
Heide Lance
Heide Greatlance*
Heide Knight Set*
Forest of Fallen Giants
The Lost Bastille
Shrine of Winter
Ogre Stone Ring
Dragon Acolyte Mask
Things Betwixt _ Shrine of Amana
Aldia's Keep
Prowling Magus Warlock Mask
Wilted Dusk Herb
Cursed Bone Shield
Shrine of Amana
Pursuer Ring of Blades +1 Iron Keep
Twin Pursuers Twinkling Titanite*
Ring of Blades +2*
Washing Pole
Drangleic Castle
Covetous Demon (Ivory King DLC)** Ivory Warrior Ring Frozen Eleum Loyce
Skeleton Human Effigy Majula (Mansion)

Notes

Order of Major Bosses

Since Dark Souls 2 is more-or-less an open world RPG (though "seamless" would be the better word), it is not always easy to find the next boss you should defeat in order to advance. This is a list that shows an example of an order in which you can defeat the bosses. Since you can access a lot of places right from the start, there are not many restrictions on an order to defeat the bosses.

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