Major Bosses

  • The Souls column represents the amount of souls you get during your first play-through. For each New Game Plus, that amount increases proportionally.
  • 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 10000 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 17000 Forest of Fallen Giants No Either him or Flexile Sentry must be killed in order to travel to The Lost Bastille
Dragonrider Dragonrider Soul 12000 Heide's Tower of Flame Yes Must be killed to reach Licia of Lindeldt Masterless Glencour
Old Dragonslayer Old Dragonslayer Soul 20000 Cathedral of Blue No Must be killed to reach the Blue Sentinels Covenant Master Masterless Glencour
Flexile Sentry Flexile Sentry Soul 14000 No-man's Wharf No Either it or The Pursuer must be killed in order to travel to The Lost Bastille.
Has two enemy Black Phantom summons NG+ and above (Suspicious Shadow)
Lucatiel of Mirrah
Ruin Sentinels Ruin Sentinel Soul 33000 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 (NG+) 45000 Sinner's Rise Yes Has two enemy Black Phantom summons NG+ and above (Prisoned Sinner) Lucatiel of Mirrah
Belfry Gargoyles Belfry Gargoyle Soul, Covetous Gold Serpent Ring +2 (NG+) 25000 Belfry Luna No Gain access to the Upper Ramparts bonfire to get the Bastille Key
Skeleton Lords Skeleton Lord's Soul, Clear Bluestone Ring +2 (NG+) 15000 Huntsman's Copse Yes
Executioner's Chariot Executioner's Chariot Soul, Chloranthy Ring +2 (NG+) 19000 Undead Purgatory No Must be killed to reach the Brotherhood of Blood Covenant Master
Covetous Demon Covetous Demon Soul 13000 Earthen Peak Yes
Mytha, the Baneful Queen Mytha, the Baneful Queen Soul Covetous Silver Serpent Ring +2 (NG+) 20000 Earthen Peak Yes Jester Thomas
Smelter Demon Smelter Demon Soul 32000 Iron Keep No The Pursuer spawns in its boss room after it is defeated Lucatiel of Mirrah
Old Iron King Old Iron King Soul, Old King Soul (NG+) 48000 Iron Keep Yes
Scorpioness Najka Scorpioness Najka Soul, Southern Ritual Band +2 (NG+) 24000 Shaded Woods Yes Manscorpion Tark
Royal Rat Authority Royal Rat Authority Soul, Rat Tail 14000 Doors of Pharros No Must be killed to reach the Rat King Covenant Master (either location)
Prowling Magus & Congregation Titanite Slab 7000 Brightstone Cove Tseldora Yes Only boss fight that doesn't give you a boss soul at the end. Benhart of Jugo
The Duke's Dear Freja Soul of the Duke's Dear Freja, Old Paledrake Soul (NG+) 42000 Brightstone Cove Tseldora Yes Ashen Knight Boyd
Royal Rat Vanguard Royal Rat Vanguard Soul, Rat Tail 11000 Grave of Saints No You have to kill him to reach the Rat King Covenant Master (either location)
The Rotten Soul of the Rotten, Old Dead One Soul (NG+) 47000 Black Gulch Yes Lucatiel of Mirrah, Lone Hunter Schmidt
Dragonriders Dragonrider Soul 26000 Drangleic Castle Yes You must reach one million souls memory (NG) OR collect the four great souls in order to gain access to Drangleic Castle via the Shrine of Winter.
Looking Glass Knight Looking Glass Knight Soul, Ring of Steel Protection +2 (NG+) 34000 King's Passage Yes Benhart of Jugo
Velstadt, the Royal Aegis Soul of Velstadt, Royal Soldier's Ring +2 (NG+) 50000 Undead Crypt Yes Grave Warden Agdayne
Vendrick - 90000 Undead Crypt No Does not drop his soul.
His soul and armor can be looted from a locked room in the Shrine of Amana after he has been defeated
Darklurker Darklurker Soul 35000 Dark Chasm of Old No Start fight automatically after you cleared all three areas of Dark Chasm of Old
Demon of Song Demon of Song Soul, Key to the Embedded 26000 Shrine of Amana Yes Felicia the Brave
Guardian Dragon Guardian Dragon Soul 37000 Aldia's Keep Yes Later encountered as miniboss versions.
Ancient Dragon Soul of a Giant, Petrified Dragon Bone 120000 Dragon Shrine No Drops Soul of a Giant rather than Ancient Dragon Soul. Its soul can be acquired from the memory in the boss area The Duke's Dear Freja Head of Vengarl, Melinda the Butcher
Giant Lord Giant Lord Soul, Giant's Kinship, Ring of Giants +2 (NG+) 75000 Memory of Jeigh Yes Benhart of Jugo, Captain Drummond
Throne Defender & Throne Watcher Throne Defender Soul, Throne Watcher Soul, Ring of the Evil Eye +2 (NG+) 68000 Throne of Want Yes Immediately followed by the Nashandra fight when defeated, provided you killed Giant Lord. Benhart of Jugo, Head of Vengarl
Nashandra Soul of Nashandra 90000 Throne of Want Yes Final boss Benhart of Jugo, Head of Vengarl
Elana, the Squalid Queen Soul of Elana, Squalid Queen 54000 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, Crown of the Sunken King 96000 Dragon's Rest No Crown of the Sunken King DLC final boss Transendent Edde, Abbess Feeva
Afflicted Graverobber, Ancient Soldier Varg & Cerah the Old Explorer Twinkling Titanite x 3, Petrified Dragon Bone x 3, Titanite Slab 45000 Cave of the Dead No Crown of the Sunken King DLC optional boss Rapacious Andrei, Ruined Aflis


  • Whilst the Old Ones and bosses leading up to them are listed as required, you technically only need one Fragrant Branch of Yore to reach Drangleic Castle. The Shrine of Winter can be alternatively opened by having a required high Soul Memory for your current NG level. (1 million on NG).
  • 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 a bonfire.


  • These stronger enemies are considered Mini-Bosses. Each of their iterations only spawn 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
Giant Basilisk Petrified Dragon Bone Shaded Woods
Giant Undead Boar Divine Blessing Brightstone Cove Tseldora
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 Greathelm*
Heide Knight Chainmail*
Heide Knight Gauntlets*
Heide Knight Leggings*
Forest of Fallen Giants
The Lost Bastille
Shrine of Winter
Ogre Stone Ring
Dragon Acolyte Mask
Things Betwixt
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 Ring of Blades +2*
Washing Pole**
Drangleic Castle


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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