Dark Souls- 10
Dark Souls II-9
Dark Souls III- 16
Here we have another example of meh fight, awesome lore. Let's talk about the fight first.
Once you enter the fog wall, Gwyndolin remarks on your apparent heresy and transforms what used to be a short hallway into an endless corridor. There he will continue to teleport away from you, and pelt you with arrows or sorceries from a distance. When you get up to him you only get a few seconds to do as much damage as you possibly can before he repeats the cycle.
Now on to the lore. Gwyndolin is Lord Gwyn's younger son, who was raised as a daughter for his affinity for the moon (are we sure Lordran isn't in millennial America? This is a true gender crisis). When the First Flame started fading and his father left to link the fire, all of the other gods left Anor Londo, leaving only Gwyndolin behind.
Together with Kingseeker Frampt, the two plotted to prolong the Age of Fire and stave off the Dark as long as possible. To do this Gwyndolin cast an illusion over the city of Anor Londo, causing it to retain its former glory. He also created a rather voluptuous image of his sister Gwynevere (cue the "Amazing Chest Aheah" signs) to maintain the facade that the gods still remained there. From behind the scenes he leads the Darkmoon Blades covenant, who punish those who invade other players.
Gwyndolin's story actually continues into the third game where he is ultimately devoured by Aldrich, Saint of the Deep, causing the latter to take on his appearance during your fight with him.
34) Demon Prince
Dark Souls III
DS2 was notorious for having an overabundance of gank fights, many of which weren't executed effectively and left us harboring slight resentment towards them. The third game, however, I felt really got it right.
The Demon Prince is an interesting twist on a familiar concept; you have two nearly identical entities in the form of the Demon from Below and the Demon in Pain. Both will alternate between an aggressive, fiery mode and a slow version that spews poison. Once both are downed, whichever was killed second will become the Demon Prince.
The Demon Prince has a lot of the same attacks, but brings in some new ones. Depending on which of the original duo lasted longer, he'll either gain a laser beam or fire orbs, both of which will decimate you if you're not careful. He also tends to do a lot of aerial moves, but doesn't stay out of range much.
Like the First Flame, the Chaos Flame needs to be refueled in order to keep it burning, and therefore keep the Demon race alive. The Demon Prince went to challenge Prince Lorian of Lothric, but was defeated and buried himself deep beneath the ends of the world. Thus, once you defeat him, you've effectively marked the end of these once powerful adversaries.
You can summon both Slave Knight Gael and Amnesiac Lapp for this fight. Should you trust either of them? For this fight, yes.
33) Bell Gargoyles
From one gank fight to another...
When you first arrive in Lordran you are told to ring two Bells of Awakening, so you set off on your journey, braving both the Undead Burgh and the Parish beyond. Once you reach the rooftop of the church, a gargoyle on the tower ahead of decides that it's not content with remaining still its whole life, and swoops down to intercept you.
I personally didn't have that much trouble with this boss, but that doesn't mean it doesn't present its own challenge. Once you get the Gargoyle's health to around half, a SECOND one drops in to join the party. So if you haven't already taken down the first guy, you now have to keep an eye of both of them. It's pretty easy to get caught in the literal crossfire as they like to spew flames towards you with impressive range, as well as an array of spear attacks.
For many like myself this game was our first foray into the Souls series, so this served as a grim reminder that Dark Souls doesn't always play fair and yes, the odds are stacked against you, but with a level head and enough persistence you can overcome anything in this game.
Dark Souls II
Vendrick may not have an epic boss battle or an overall impressive design, but this guy has gotta have some of the best lore in the series.
Vendrick was the king of Drangleic, and under his rule and the aid of his brother Aldia the kingdom flourished. One day a beautiful woman named Nashandra appeared and warned Vendrick of the threat of the Giants across the sea. Naming her his queen, Vendrick sailed with his army and attacked the Giants, capturing several of them and an object that allowed him to create golems to aid in the construction of Drangleic Castle.
The peace that followed would soon be broken as the Giants came to Drangleic to exact revenge for the earlier war. This war lasted for generations, and much of Drangleic was destroyed in the conflict. Once the Giant Lord was defeated (by us!) the war was over, but by then Vendrick's kingdom was in ruins.
To make matters worse, the fading of the First Flame brought the Undead Curse to Drangleic. Vendrick and Aldia became obsessed with ridding their land of the curse, and since Vendrick refused to refuel the fire, they also sought to end the never ending cycle of light and dark.
To Vendrick's horror he realized that his beloved Nashandra was actually born of a fragment of Manus, Father of the Abyss, and desired the power of the First Flame and the Great Soul that Vendrick stole from the Giants. Thus Vendrick went into exile to hide both of these from Nashandra, and hid in the Undead Crypt where he eventually succumbed to the Curse.
And after we defeat his loyal knight Veldstat, that's where we find him, hollowed and wandering aimlessly in circles. Thus it is our duty to put the once great king out of his misery.
In terms of offense, Vendrick is very slow and has really telegraphed attacks. On the other hand his attacks can one-or-two shot you with ease, so stay on your guard. He also has ludicrously high defenses, and only by using the Ashen Mist Heart and visiting the giant's Memories can you acquire Giant Souls that drop his defenses by half each. How fitting that he starts with 32x the defense, and he comes in at #32.