Dark Souls- 14
Dark Souls II- 17
Dark Souls III- 20
For me this guy was the first boss I encountered in the series. I had heard horror stories from friends how hard these games were, but I was determined to overcome it and point how it was just that they were bad at the game.
The Asylum Demon did nothing but fuel my ego. I fought my way through the Undead Asylum and shower this chump who was boss. As you'll learn later, I was definitely put in my place as the series progressed.
I remember thinking the Asylum Demon had a cool design, and apparently From Software thought so too, because they reskinned it! Twice! But I've already ranted about that... so what's good about this guy?
For starters, he's pretty slow and has well telegraphed attacks, but still hits hard if you're not careful. I feel that of the three games' intro bosses, he lands right in the middle as a well balanced tutorial. And I'll always remember how good it felt (if only for a little bit) to take down my first boss in a series I've come to know and love.
Dude kinda sucks fighting him with a stick but overall nothing spectacular. First boss, and after you plunge him he dies pretty easy.
50) Aldia, Scholar of the First Sin
Dark Souls II
Aldia was the older brother of King Vendrick, but was banished due to his obsession with the Undead and unlocking the secrets of life and death. Aldia kept to himself in a long-forgotten manor deep in Drangleic, and within its halls conducted horrific experiments on those who found their way there.
Throughout your journey you meet Aldia, who takes on the form of a charred humanoid head covering in branches, and he attempts to convince the player that there is a way out of the endless cycle of death and rebirth. Once you've defeated King Vendrick and later Queen Nashandra, Aldia shows up to face you as a final test.
As far as fights go, I consider this one kind of boring. Aldia is almost constantly surrounded by fire that will tear your health apart, and that just doesn't jive with my play style. I want to get in there and introduce my twinblade to this guy's face! Instead I'm forced to hang back. I can't even use my ranged Pyromancies, because he freakin' resists them.
Aldia's lore (which I didn't get into too much detail here) is what lands him as high as it does. He arguably brings more plot to the table of DS2 than any other character.
Semi fun fight, but nothing to write home about. Avoid the fire and stab him a couple of times. Still Interesting.
49) Deacons of the Deep
Dark Souls III
Of the three "joke" bosses in the series (along with Pinwheel and Prowling Magus) I feel the Deacons bring the most to the table in terms of lore.
When Aldrich, the leader of the Church of the Deep, departed for Irithyll, he left behind Royce and his deacons to guard over his coffin. The deacons remain there loyally, awaiting their master's return.
Unfortunately for them, I got there first.
The deacons are really your first foray into crowd control. I use the Butcher Knife so I can hit multiple Deacons in one swing, so two or three hits and I've cleared a path in front of me. You want to go after the deacon that is glowing red, as they are the only one that will affect the boss's health bar. After you've downed a couple, Royce himself shows up and offers little more of a threat. Take him down and make the others question their religious decisions.
While people would be right to consider the deacons among the easiest Dark Souls boss, I actually died to them twice on my initial run. As I've mentioned I like to get in an enemy's grill and ruin their day, and it's really easy to find yourself surrounded if you're not careful. Also, the Deacons use Curse! It's the bane of my existence!
And because I know Scotty will give me crap about dying to them twice, I watched him die three times to Wolnir. Take that!
Mob fight. Just keep moving and stab the red guy. Pretty easy. Kinda fun.
48) Veldstat, the Royal Aegis
Dark Souls II
Veldstat was one of King Vendrick's two most trusted soldiers, and along with Raime, served as his liege's right hand man. One day Raime and Veldstat quarreled, and Raime was branded a traitor and exiled. Veldstat continued to serve Vendrick faithfully. Even when Vendrick succumbed to the Undead curse and removed himself to the Undead Crypt, Veldstat loyally followed him and still stands guard over the king.
Unfortunately, King Vendrick has an item I really need, so I have to go through this guy to get there.
Veldstat isn't a terribly hard boss, but he hits hard and is pretty aggressive (I mean, you ARE after the king) so you have to stay on your toes if you want to survive. He's got a pretty cool weapon in the form of a giant hammer that seems to also function as a bell, but the closer it gets to your face, the less awesome it gets. After some punishment he gains some new dark powers to go along with his moveset.
I've yet to play the DLC for DS2, but my understanding is that one of the bosses you face there actually SUMMONS Veldstat to fight alongside her. That's insane!
Also, I've heard that some reliable sources consider the Fume Knight (also from the DLC) to be one of the hardest fights in the series. And it's Raime! How'd Veldstat even beat that guy?!
I actually like this fight. I don't know why. There is nothing crazy special about it, but it still seems challenging. Overall decent and fun.