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10 Best FromSoft DLC Bosses, Ranked

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FromSoftware’s games, especially from Demon’s Souls onwards, are known for their boss fights. Each area of the game ends in a tense, challenging battle that tests the player’s skills. Most of these boss fights are considered excellent. However, FromSoftware is also known for putting the best content in its DLC.


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The expansions to games like Dark Souls and Bloodborne are of the highest quality. They add in new areas, enemies, and equipment that rival the best the base game has to offer. In particular, FromSoftware’s DLC tends to raise the bar on boss fights. They add in encounters that are more challenging, epic, and heartfelt than many others in the game. A past tendency for excellence suggests good things for any upcoming Elden Ring DLC.

10/10 Manus, Father Of The Abyss Has Creative, Unique Attacks

Dark Souls: Artorias Of The Abyss

Manus, Father of Abyss, the final boss of Dark Souls' Artorias of the Abyss DLC

Artorias of the Abyss is Dark Souls‘ only DLC. However, it’s a huge piece of content that adds several new areas and four new boss fights. Its final fight is against Manus, Father of the Abyss. He’s a primordial human who represents the sheer power of the Dark Soul. Befitting his epic role in the lore, his fight is excellent.

Manus presents one of Dark Souls‘ hardest boss fights. However, even with his large health pool and high damage, he never feels unfair. Instead, he challenges the player with an array of creative and unique attacks. Manus is held back by Dark Souls‘ slightly dated, slow-paced design. Nonetheless, he’s still a gripping and fun challenge to take on.

9/10 Sister Friede Has A Significant Speed Advantage

Dark Souls III: Ashes Of Ariandel

Sister Friede, the final boss of the Ashes of Ariandel DLC for Dark Souls III

Sister Friede starts Dark Souls III‘s Ashes of Ariandel DLC as a non-hostile but sinister figure. When the Ashen One discovers the truth behind the Painted World of Ariandelle, however, she takes up arms in its defense. The player fights her across three phases. Once by herself, once alongside Father Ariandelle, and then again when she’s revived as Blackflame Friede.

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Sister Friede is unique among Dark Souls bosses. She’s a smaller, more human figure than most. She has more in common with Bloodborne‘s hunter bosses than Dark Souls III‘s hulking monsters or vast warriors. However, some consider her unfair for how much faster she is than the player. Nonetheless, Sister Friede presents players with an excellent, challenging, and beautiful fight.

8/10 Sinh, The Slumbering Dragon Battles The Player From Various Ranges

Dark Souls II: Crown Of The Sunken King

Sinh the Slumbering Dragon boss in Dark Souls II Crown of the Sunken King DLC

Dark Souls II has more DLC than any other FromSoftware game. Its DLC forms the Three Crowns Trilogy. Each adds three areas and three bosses to the game. The standout fight of the Crown of the Sunken King DLC is Sinh, the Slumbering Dragon. Dark Souls II builds on Black Dragon Kalameet from the first game to create one of the franchise’s best dragon fights.

Sinh, the Slumbering Dragon has everything a good boss should. He’s visually stunning and at the center of an excellent piece of story. His fight is also varied and interesting. He can engage players both from range and up close, and has several attacks for any scenario. Sinh’s variety, fun, and design make him one of the best bosses in all of Dark Souls II.

7/10 The Orphan Of Kos Is Fiercely Aggressive

Bloodborne: The Old Hunters

The Orphan of Kos boss cutscene Fishing Hamlet Bloodborne

The Orphan of Kos is the final storyline boss in Bloodborne‘s The Old Hunters DLC. The expansion takes Bloodborne‘s beloved aesthetic, enemies, and bosses, and takes it up to another level. The Orphan of Kos stands out as one of Bloodborne‘s most distinctive bosses. On top of that, it’s undeniably one of the most challenging.

The Orphan of Kos is infamously aggressive, even by Bloodborne‘s fast-paced standards. Its attacks are blisteringly fast, and it rarely gives the player breathing room. It’s a fight that has to be carried on adrenaline and instinct. It also has one of the game’s most striking boss arenas — a desolate sandy shore near the corpse of a Great One.

6/10 The Burnt Ivory King Has Charred Loyce Knights By His Side

Dark Souls II: Crown Of The Ivory King

The Burnt Ivory King in Dark Souls II Crown of the Ivory King DLC

The titular boss of Dark Souls II‘s Crown of the Ivory King DLC is worth the price of admission alone. It stands out from the entire Soulsborne franchise for its unique set piece, as well as its way of rewarding exploration. Before the player can fight the Ivory King, they must vanquish his Charred Loyce Knights.

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However, the player doesn’t have to do so alone. If they’ve fully explored Eleum Loyce, they have three Loyce Knights of their own to fight alongside them. The mass battle to reach the Ivory King is one of Dark Souls II‘s standout moments. The fight itself is also beautiful and gripping, even if more mundane than the build-up.

5/10 Sir Alonne Remains Of The Franchise’s Most Challenging Bosses

Dark Souls II: Crown Of The Old Iron King

Sir Alonne with his sword drawn in Dark Souls II Crown of the Old Iron King DLC

Sir Alonne is a figure throughout Dark Souls II‘s lore long before the player ever meets him. He’s integral to the backstory of King Vendrick and the land of Drangleic. When the player encounters him in the Crown of the Old Iron King DLC, he doesn’t disappoint.

The fight has excellent staging. Sir Alonne is found waiting for the player. He rises, glad to meet a true opponent. The following duel is the smoothest and most graceful in all of Dark Souls II. Alonne is challenging, but he feels like a fair match for any build. The game has some uneven boss quality, but there’s no denying that Sir Alonne is one of the franchise’s best.

4/10 Artorias The Abysswalker Mirrors The Player

Dark Souls: Artorias Of The Abyss

The corrupted Artorias the Abysswalker in the DLC to Dark Souls

Artorias the Abysswalker is one of Dark Souls’ most significant lore figures. The Artorias of the Abyss DLC lets the player go back hundreds of years to his heyday. However, they don’t find the legendary shining knight of legend. Instead, they find Artorias corrupted by the very Abyss he’s spent his life fighting, and a battle ensues.

Artorias, more than any foe in Dark Souls, feels like a mirror of the player. He uses a fairly simple moveset, but an impressive one. He hits hard and has great athleticism, but he doesn’t push the player relentlessly. Everything from the fight’s staging to the epic rhythm of the duel marks it out as a boss fight for the ages.

3/10 Ludwig The Accursed/Ludwig The Holy Blade Switches Gears During Battle

Bloodborne: The Old Hunters

Luwdig the Accursed in the first stage of his boss fight Bloodborne The Old Hunters DLC

The player learns of Ludwig the Holy Blade as a champion of the people, Chief Hunter of Yharnam. When they meet him in The Old Hunters DLC, he’s a hideous beast. Decades of bloodshed have turned him into the Hunter’s Nightmare’s worst monstrosity. In his first phase alone, Ludwig is one of the game’s best beast boss fights.

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It’s in his second phase, and the transition between the two, that Ludwig the Accursed shines as one of Bloodborne‘s best bosses. Ludwig staggers and sees his Holy Moonlight Sword. It reminds him of his humanity, and he draws it to fight the player as a hunter. The result is two very different stages of the fight, each of which is incredible in its own right. The fight itself, and the storytelling within, are nothing less than gripping.

2/10 Slave Knight Gael Tests Every Skill Players Have Mastered

Dark Souls III: The Ringed City

Slave Knight Gael, the final boss fight of Dark Souls III Ringed City DLC

The Ringed City DLC is the finale to Dark Souls III, and the franchise as a whole. It closes the story of the whole trilogy, reveals key lore details, and gives players the fight of their life. A whole franchise of designing and refining bosses comes together to make a thrilling experience from start to finish.

Slave Knight Gael is the crowning fight of the entire Dark Souls saga. A former friend to the Ashen One, he’s become monstrous and warped by humanity. The two fight in the ruins of the world’s end. Gael challenges every skill a player has learned over the entire franchise. He’s a lengthy, epic, challenging boss who will push even the most experienced players.

1/10 Lady Maria Of The Astral Clocktower Continually Evolves Her Techniques

Bloodborne: The Old Hunters

Lady Maria of the Astral Clocktower

Lady Maria of the Astral Clocktower comes halfway through The Old Hunters. She bars the player’s way to the Fishing Hamlet and will do anything to keep them away from it. At the start of the fight, she uses only the martial arts that she’s famed for. As she becomes more and more desperate, she resorts to forbidden blood arts and arcane magic.

It’s an excellent piece of storytelling. On top of that, it creates an evolving fight that can catch players off-guard while remaining fair. Lady Maria’s fight is considered one of FromSoft’s finest. The battle’s staging is also beloved. Additionally, the short cutscene before the fight begins masterfully tells so much story in just a few words.

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