Dark Souls- 7
Dark Souls II-6
Dark Souls III- 14
Dark Souls II
I went over a lot of Nashandra's lore in Vendrick's post, so I'll just summarize really quick: Nashandra is a fragment of Manus, Father of the Abyss, who convinced Vendrick to go invade the giant's land and steal the great soul. She also hoped he would lead her to the Throne of Want (or the First Flame? I'm not really sure) but Vendrick exiled himself to deter her. Now she awaits the Bearer of the Curse and guides him to find Vendrick's hiding place and open the path for her. And since we as a player let everyone manipulate us to their own ends, we do just that.
Once we've defeated the Throne Watcher and Throne Defender, Nashandra (no longer in her beautiful queen form) appears to claim the throne for herself. She's admittedly pretty awesome looking, somewhat like a mix between Gravelord Nito and a Xenomorph from the the Alien franchise. She brandishes her large scythe and prepares to end us as well.
She begins the fight by placing curse orbs around the arena, which you can dispel with one strike of your weapon. From there you just need to avoid her scythe swings, a few magic attacks that can leave her wide open, and an AoE attack that I've admittedly fallen prey to multiple times due to being greedy.
While Nashandra is a great character lore wise, her fight just doesn't seem like final boss material. And since you fight three bosses in a row, it's kind of hard to feel excited about any of them.
26) Sister Friede
Dark Souls III
I'm gonna go ahead and say that I probably suck more at this fight than any other in the series. The first phase is ok, as it's basically just an overly aggressive NPC fight. The second isn't too bad either, despite being a gank fight, since Father Ariandel absorbs damage like a sponge and Friede's ice moves are easy enough to avoid. That final phase though...
But I'm getting ahead of myself. Let's check out the lore.
Friede, Yuria and Liliane founded the Sable Church, and Friede appears to be an Ashen One, much like ourselves. However, she ultimately abandoned the church and discovered Ariandel's Painted World, and where she convinced him to use his own blood to prevent the Fire from appearing that would burn the painting away. This results in the world beginning to rot, as the cycle of burning and repainting cannot continue.
So Slave Knight Gael gives us a mission to show fire to the Painter Girl we discover during our time there. And then when we attempt to speak with Father Ariandel, Friede steps in to stop us.
Thus begins one of my biggest headaches in the franchise. Like I mentioned already, the first two phases aren't all that bad. But after you defeat her and Ariandel, he uses the fire to resurrect her (similar to how we use Embers) and she goes full on beast mode, with quick strikes, fast movements, and unforgiving combos that will end your life so fast it isn't even funny. She is easily staggered by your strikes but can punish you for being too greedy, which I am notorious for.
"Stop being so aggressive and dodge better!" I hear you yelling. Don't tell me how to live my life!
Great lore, great boss, and the only reason she's this low is because I'm still a little bitter about how much I suck at it.
25) Throne Watcher and Throne Defender
Dark Souls II
From Software must've realized that people loved the Ornstein and Smough fight, so they decided to try and do it once again. While it's fun, it doesn't quite stack up.
For starters, this is the first of THREE bosses you fight in a row, and while they are the best of the bunch in my opinion, that can make you feel bitter about the whole experience.
Why did I compare it to O&S? One is fast and nimble (Watcher) and the other is slow and powerful (Defender). Also, you have to take them out rather close to the same time, because if one falls the other will resurrect them with FULL health! Not if I can help it!
Lore wise, one watches the throne, one defends it? I guess?
Fun fight, but just barely scrapes in to the top 25.
24) Aldrich, Devourer of Gods
Dark Souls III
Oh man. After Friede, this might be the boss I suck at the most. No matter how many times I play it, I never seem to get better. Never one to back away from a Dark Souls challenge though, I find myself trying again and again. I usually get cheap shotted one way or another, but again, I'm guilty of being greedy when it comes to bosses.
So why's this (almost literally) piece of crap so high on the list? The lore!
Aldrich was once a Holy cleric who experienced a vision of "the coming of the Deep Sea". Thus he founded the Church of the Deep, and developed a habit of cannibalism. Pontiff Sulyvhan and Archdeacon Royce kept a steady stream of sacrifices flowing to Aldrich, until eventually he turned into a giant mass of sludge. Due to his immense power, he was forced to take on the mantle of Lord of Cinder and to link the First Flame.
Once he was reawakened, Aldrich decided to set his sights higher and devour the gods themselves. He captures Gwyndolin and consumes him, taking on his appearance and utilizing his sorceries. The same music from the Gwyndolin fight plays during the Aldrich battle, turning the nostalgia up to 11.
Aldrich may be my least favorite of the Lords of Cinder, but that doesn't mean he isn't a good boss in his own right.