The Ringed City DLC for Dark Souls 3 is fantastic. One of the biggest reasons for this is the epic new boss fights that we got in this expansion. But which boss is the hardest to take down? This was very difficult to determine as 3/4 of the bosses here are extremely challenging in their own way. But after many deaths and contemplation, I have my rankings. So let's kick things off with the easiest boss in The Ringed City.
#4 Halflight, Spear of the church
Well, this was kind of disappointing. The only boss I find to be somewhat "meh' in The Ringed City, Halflight will be one of two things: a gank fight with an NPC, or a gank fight with an actual player. You see, if you enter the Spears of the Church covenant, you'll be able to fight players looking to progress in the DLC by becoming the actual boss in this fight.
Whether or not you're fighting another player, the boss is really just three normal guys in a room. The boss itself has a few cool magic attacks, such as spears that rise up from the ground and homing projectiles (similar to Lothric). Then there are two NPC painting guardians that throw knives at you and can actually heal the boss.
I found that fighting another person was actually easier since they keep their normal health. That means, if you play your cards right, you could beat this boss in 4-5 hits. But this fight is more about the gank than anything else. Just keep those painting guardians in check and try your best to keep them from healing the boss and you should be totally fine. It shouldn't take you too long to beat this disappointing boss.
#3 Demon Prince/Demon in pain/demon from below
Now for those of you who haven't played the DLC yet don't worry, this is not a 3-on-1 fight. But damn, what an epic first boss to a DLC. You start off dropping down into a destroyed building where two demons lay: the Demon in Pain and the Demon from Below. Both demons have the same moves, but the way they operate is the key to defeating them.
When one of them buffs, they will be extremely aggressive and come at you with tons of melee attacks. When not in this buffed state, they will bombard you with poison spray, poison explosions, and the occasional melee attack if you're close to them. This fight may be the closest From Software has come to making a 2-on-1 fight feel fair since the legendary Ornstein and Smough.
As long as you keep your greed in check and keep a good eye on both demons, you should get this first phase down in only a few tries. Once both are down I took a sigh of relief…only to see that the last one I killed has gotten up, screamed, and became the Demon Prince with all of its health back.
What's great about this stage is that the boss' moves will depend on which Demon you killed last. One of them is more of a melee fighter; trying it's best to stay on top of you while occasionally stepping back to blast you with fire. This one certainly isn't easy, but it does have one or two attacks that can be heavily punished. But the second type of Demon Prince is much harder.
The second type of Demon Prince is much more projectile heavy. He can summon a huge ball of fire to just bombard you with flame balls for at least 5-10 seconds (but it'll feel like centuries). He'll spend a bit of time outside of your reach too by flying, so hitting when you can is absolutely a necessity if you want to stand a chance.
I know what you're thinking: this boss sounds hard as hell! Why is he only #3? Well, like I said, the first phase isn't really that difficult once you kick the fear of being outnumbered. Then, the first type of Demon Prince is hard but very easily punishable. It's only the second type of Demon Prince that truly whoops you if you aren't perfect with your dodges and punishes. Plus, these next two bosses really are just hard as hell.
#2 Slave knight Gael
Who would've thought that the man that gave us access to The Painted World would be such a badass? As the final boss of The Ringed City (and all of Dark Souls), Slave Knight Gael is truly a beast. I use that term on purpose because the first phase of this fight is very reminiscent of The Orphan of Kos from Bloodborne (who I ranked as the second hardest boss in the Souls series). Gael runs around on all fours like a dog while using his giant sword to do consistent swipes at you, leap into the air to stab you, and he even has a devastating five hit combo that will obliterate you.
His moves are oddly timed. It is sort of reminiscent of The Nameless King in his moves. They are delayed just enough to where reacting too early is just as devastating as reacting too late. It doesn't help that he is pretty bulky too (or maybe I was just under-leveled or just the joys of NG+3), meaning that you'll need a lot of endurance for this fight.
Once you get Gael to a little less than 1/3 of his health, he'll regain some composure and fight upright. You'd think that this would make him somewhat easier but, you guessed it, it doesn't. While I can see how some people would find this phase easier than his first, I found it particularly harder. Gael's melee attacks gain fire to them as well as increased range, while still being just as fast as he was before. He also gains the boomerang magic spell as well as a crossbow that will shoot you way more than it should.
Despite how difficult this fight is and how much it may make you rage, Slave Knight Gael may be the best fight in Dark Souls 3. Its difficulty is fitting of being the last boss of the Souls series, and is really a lot of fun. I never really found myself too discouraged when losing to Gael, rather I had feelings of wanting to get better and fight this warrior again and again. But there is one more fight that I find to be the most difficult in this DLC.
#1 Darkeater Midir
If there's one thing that we wanna do when playing a game set in a medieval time period, it's wanting to fight a big scary dragon. The Souls series has had many of this fights before; Kalameet, Sinh, Ancient Dragon, etc. So it only makes sense that the final DLC gives us the true dragon fight that was sorely missing in Dark Souls 3 (Ancient Wyvern in no way counts). From Software gave it to us in the form of Darkeater Midir, the only optional boss in The Ringed City, and damn is he hard to take down.
First off, you have to do several tasks before you can even get a chance to fight this guy. You gotta accept a quest from a hidden NPC. Then you gotta fight the dragon on a small bridge. Smack his left paw enough and he'll fall down, seemingly to his death (but of course he is not dead). After that, you have to find a hidden path in order to discover the boss room.
Once you're finally able to fight him, get ready to get bent. A lot. Midir is one of the bulkiest bosses in the series. He takes decent damage at his head, but everywhere else he is pretty heavily defended. He also hits like a truck. One false step can mean your instant death. His first phase is mostly consisting of staying on top of you and spamming an annoying fire blast on the ground. Midir also has a devastating mouth grab, strong charge attack, and a flying fire spray.
When Midir gets to a little less than 50% health, he'll perform a dark AOE blast that will one shot you. He'll gains several new attacks; such as a homing dark spell and the ability to use his dark AOE blast whenever he pleases. He'll be just as aggressive and perform many of the same attacks, so the sooner you get the timing for these attacks down the better. This is truly an endurance fight from beginning to end. Darkeater Midir is without a doubt my most difficult boss of the four new bosses.
That's our rankings of the four new bosses in The Ringed City DLC. Which boss gave you the hardest time? Let us know in the comments below! You can also check our review of The Ringed City DLC.