Great Grey Wolf Sif


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HP: 3,432 | Souls Awarded: 40,000 (First Playthrough)
HP: ???? | SoulsAwarded: 120,000 (New Game Plus)

A very large wolf who resides in a serene graveyard, across the river from Darkroot Garden. It can also be reached by climbing up the ladder close to the Hydra in Darkroot Basin.



Rumors

It was originally believed that Sif could be spared and allowed to limp away during the last segment of the fight. This is not true and the only way to progress in the game is to kill Sif, she is not an optional boss. Your dealings with Sif have no impact on the Forest Hunter covenant.

Attacks

  • Attacks are primarily horizontal swings, but it will also do a jumping attack. These will be swung to your left.
  • A 2 part attack where Sif will spin 360 degrees twice. She will swing to your right when she does this.
  • A backflipping attack used if staying under the legs for too long.
  • A high powered charging attack, used rarely.

Strategy

Stay close to the wolf! Her attack range is far, but by sitting under her, she will miss completely. Get in as many hits as you can before it eventually jumps away, timing your movement so that you can get under it once more.
Easiest way getting underneath her is waiting for her to swing from your right to left. Then roll under her front legs. Just lock on her and back up while waiting for her to swing, after the first swing get your shield up and run underneath her. This is also a simpler way to avoid the 360 degree attack which will always come from the left swinging to the right. Make sure you stay in the middle and back up in a circle to avoid getting pinned down.
Blocking both parts of her 360 degree spin attack will very likely stagger you, so roll through the second part.
Attacking the wolf's legs will make it limp, disabling its mobility (Jumping/Running).

*If you're a magic user, instead of staying under Sif, try kiting her around, and whenever she attacks, first make sure you've rolled away from it (backwards/sideways) then fire off a few spells. Repeat the process and she should go down pretty easily.

Or if you have combustion, sit under her and combust.

Also, unless you have an uber shield with amazing stability, his two loop spin will most likely break your guard/stamina (Unless you have godly stamina). Another way is to block the first hit then roll tward the next attack direction. The Eagle Shield found just past the upper bonfire in Blighttown is excellent in this fight and for this spin attack for 1st playthrough.

Sif will also limp if she has close to no health (For some reason she'll have a small speck of health left after one of my attacks that would have killed him). She'll start doing slower attacks and her slash combo will cause her to fall over and struggle for a bit before getting back up. For me i didn't have this happen, i used a high Dam. sword she straight up died when her health hit zero, never letting up her attacks {ps3} (From this, a rumor started that attacking her sword while she's limping will cause it to break and she'll flee, leaving the sword for you (This is false, as making contact with the sword is not possible (It passes right through))). If you really want the sword she's wielding in her mouth, it's the Greatsword of Artorias that can be crafted from her soul.

Magic Strategy: Honestly, this fight is either extremely hard or extremely easy depending on how much you think about it. The easiest way to beat is to follow these 5 steps (if you main magic)
1. IF YOU AREN'T CASTING KEEP YOUR SHIELD UP
2. Stay as far back as you can without losing your lock on. Despite the length of her sword if you keep backing up, most of her normal attacks will miss.
3. Great Heavy Soul Arrows are a huge no no (unless you have excellent timing). The casting time is too great for you to just muck around. Stick to using your Soul Spears and Great Soul arrows.
4. Time your regen, randomly drinking flasks is an easy way to get killed
5. This is an endurance match, don't rush it. Guard and use your spells when she whiffs.

After spawning Sif with the initial cutscene, quit and reload. It is possible to jump to the top of the rocks to the left of the boss fog and snipe Sif with a bow. Any combination of Red Tearstone Ring, Feather Arrows, Black Bow of Pharis, and Hawk Ring is recommended.

Notes

  • Opening cut-scene is slightly different if you had freed her in the Chasm of the Abyss before approaching Sif in Darkroot. (AotA / PTDE)
    • Confirmed (at least for freed and summoned). Sif will approach menacingly, knock the player down, and then recognize the player's scent. Sif's expression will change, she will howl at the moon, and reluctantly pick up his Greatsword. The cinematic is noticeably longer than normal. (AotA/PTDE)
    • The special cutscene appears even without summoning Sif.
    • She can be summoned to help with Manus if you locate and free her from the magic barrier provided by the shield of Artorias situated behind an illusionary wall
    • The Hornet Ring can be obtained without triggering the initial boss encounter. Only the immediate area in front of Sif's greatsword will begin the cutscene, so it is safe to simply walk around the gravestone, grab the ring, and leave.

Drops


Online Co-Op

  • There seems to be an issue (possibly a bug), when trying to summon the same phantom after losing in a fight with Sif. I'm not sure if this is related to the Darkroot Garden in general or possibly due to the forest and the covenant/hunter pvp.
  • I was summoned as a phantom by 3 separate hosts and lost the fight 3 times. Unlike other boss fights like Gaping Dragon and Quelaag, the host was not able to find my soul sign after returning to the steps leading into the forest and the doors leading to Sif. New hosts were able to summon me with no issue.
  • I talked to the 3rd host and we both exited and re-entered the game, set my soul sign down and we were then able to match up and fight Sif again with no issues. I was Covenant of the White and the host was Forest Hunter Covenant.