Dark Souls- 7
Dark Souls II-4
Dark Souls III- 12
Dark Souls III
My first playthrough of DS3 I played with Scotty, but this was before the Ringed City DLC had come out. So when I bought the Fire Fades Edition, I was forced to trek through the latest quest by myself.
I found myself struggling with Midir at every turn. He shows up earlier in the Ringed City to spew fire along a cliff side and make life hard for you, and then later pops up to block a bridge (what is it with From Software dragons and bridges?). Finally, you drop down into an underground cavern and take on the mighty dragon.
I didn't struggle with Midir nearly as much as a did Friede for whatever reason. I will say this, however; never once did Midir feel unfair to me as a challenge. I do find myself having to chase him down a lot, which is somewhat annoying.
Overall this is simply an endurance fight, time your dodges well and make your hits count. If you're like me you'll have used most of your Estus before toppling this mighty dragon.
Midir is a descendant of the Archdragons, and was raised by the gods, who tasked him with fighting against the Abyss. Since he is immortal, he would be able to perform these duties long after his masters had passed.
Really great fight, and the difficulty is spot on. I'd expect nothing less from a dragon, after all.
22) Looking Glass Knight
Dark Souls II
There are so many things I love about this boss. You fight him near the top of Drangleic Castle, in the middle of a thunderstorm. That sets such a cool tone for this epic battle.
The knight himself looks amazing too, from his shiny armor to the ornate, mirror-like shield he wields. This shield can be your downfall if luck isn't on your side, however.
I've said this before, but DS2 tends to suffer from an over abundance of heavily armored enemies that merely serve as a test of your skill (and that's the lore of this guy too, unfortunately). This means you can expect the same type of strategy for the LG Knight; dodge his attacks and don't get greedy. What sets him apart is his aforementioned shield. Once you've damaged him enough, he spawns an NPC fighter through his shield to aid him in the battle. That's if you're playing offline.
If, like me, you play online, this means he will summon another player. Which means you're fighting two enemies, and this can cause your experience to go one of two ways: the other player isn't very good (me!) which just causes a minor annoyance, or they're really good (not me!) and this fight becomes nearly impossible.
Dark Souls II gets a bad rap, but it's bosses like this guy that make me really question those accusations.
Dark Souls II
And so we hit the #3 spot for best DS2 boss. This is going to be a long one, sorry! (Not really sorry)
Remember how I said Sister Friede was my hardest boss? Apparently that means I was successful in repressing the nightmare of a time I had with this guy.
So in order to get to this guy, you had to fully rank up in the Pilgrims of Dark covenant, which involves traversing through three separate dark chasms. At the end of your final one, you are dropped in the Darklurker's lair.
So here's the problem: Darklurker deals no physical damage through the fight, instead it is all either fire or dark based. And since my playstyle involves getting up in an enemies face, I usually build myself up for physical resistance. That didn't help me one bit for this fight. It doesn't help that he splits himself in two halfway through the fight either.
What really made this fight so awful is that it involved having to trek through the dark chasms once again, which in itself kind of sucks. Not only that, but you have to give a human effigy to handicapped evil Gandalf/Palpatine in order to even access it! That's a precious commodity! I actually ran out of my stock, had bought all of them I could, farmed the enemies that dropped them, and was about to start killing NPCs out of desperation.
I was determined to beat this guy on my own terms. No changing my stats and build just for one guy. So I fought, and fought, progressively getting better with my timing and reacting accordingly to his attacks.
And finally, with my last effigy spent, I emerged victorious.
I was elated. I had managed to overcome the hardest obstacle I had ever faced in a Souls game (that's probably still true) without compromising my own personal style. I don't know that I ever want to face it again however.
A buddy of mine claims that the Darklurker was super easy. That's because you played with a magical build, Mitch!
20) Dragonslayer Armour
Dark Souls III
Not once, not twice, but three times do we get to fight Ornstein in this series. Sort of.
This go around he's guarding the way to the Grand Archives, and apparently is being controlled by the Pilgrim Butterflies we see flying towards Lothric Castle. Instead of his usual quick movements and long spear, DS3 gives the Dragonslayer Armour a large axe and shield, but he still retains command of lighting attacks. He's definitely a tank, slow but powerful and can take a hit.
You end up fighting a smaller, more agile version in the swamp during the Ringed City for whatever reason. No idea why.
Ornstein is one of my favorite character in the series, so I'm never opposed to seeing him come back!