Knight Artorias the Abysswalker
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Location Royal Wood
Health * NG: 3,750
NG+: 5,887
Souls * NG: 50,000
NG+: 100,000
* Recorded in PATCH 1.5
 

Knight Artorias is a Boss in Dark Souls Remastered. He is located just before Oolacile Township in the DLC portion of the game.

 

 

Knight Artorias the Abysswalker Lore

Knight Artorias was one of the four Knights of Gwyn, the commanding knights of Lord Gwyn's army. Artorias had an unbendable will of steel, which both helped and fed his hatred for servants of the Dark, particularly the Darkwraiths of Kaathe.

Lord Gwyn bequeathed him with a custom-made ring, the Wolf Ring, to assist in his already unmatched ability to wield a greatsword.

When in New Londo Artorias discovered the ability of abysswalking; earning him his title: Artorias the Abysswalker. This allowed him to enter The Abyss, the home of the Darkwraiths and the Four Kings themselves. At some unspecified time in the past, when Oolacile was attacked by the Abyss, Artorias traveled to Oolacile to rescue Princess Dusk of Oolacile.

Defeated by Manus and the Abyss, Artorias sacrificed his great shield to protect his loyal companion, a young Sif, from the myriad Humanity Sprites that littered the deepest reaches of Oolacile. With his left arm shattered following his confrontation with Manus, he had no use for the shield and chose to wield his greatsword in his one good hand. With time, Artorias became fully-corrupted by the Abyss (though, in hunting the corrupted denizens of Oolacile, it is clear he didn't wholly forget his mission). At some point after this, an unknown hero (The Chosen Undead) travelled back to the past and, in the process of relieving Oolacile of its corruption and rescuing Dusk, finally bested Artorias.

In doing so, The Chosen Undead preserved the lost knight's honour. Despite The Chosen Undead's feats, the saviour of Dusk and Oolacile would come to be attributed to Artorias. Rather than being corrupted by the Abyss like the rest of Oolacile, it was believed that he perished while facing the Abyss. Perhaps the only compatriot of Artorias that knew the truth was Sif, who in thanks for his rescue from the Abyss gifted The Chosen Undead Artorias' Cleansing Greatshield.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

Attacks

  • Savage Leaping Strike, Artorias howls, then leaps to the player to use him as a sheath for his sword, dealing massive damage. Can be blocked while moving sideways or avoided by rolling forward/to the side when he's about to land. Good moment to hit once.
  • Stabbing Charge, Artorias dashes to the player in an attempt to pierce the player. This attack hits twice, unless you manage to avoid it, and while blocked, can take most of your stamina bar away if you don't have a proper shield for it. If blocked, it's a good moment to hit safely on Artorias as he will back off if hit. If hit in the back, he can perform a Slashing Dodge.
  • Slashing Dodge, at close range, Artorias can perform a very fast backhand slash at the player, while leaping away at the same time. This attack is very fast, and it one of the main reasons a shield should always be held ready when close to Artorias and not attacking/regaining stamina.
  • Light Stab, Artorias will often follow with a light stab after closing up on the player with a previous attack.
  • Gliding Slash, Artorias glides a short distance to slash horizontally in front of him. There is another version where Artorias rather slashes downwards after approaching with a disarticulated upperbody motion. Can be blocked or avoided by rolling sideways. May follow with a Light Stab.
  • Slashing Combo, Artorias will swing his blade 1-3 times. Commonly followed by 2-hit Hurricane Swing/Light Stab.
  • 2-hit Hurricane Swing, Artorias will swing his blade for 720°, hitting the player twice in the process. Can be blocked or dodged. Used when standing near him for a long time/after he does a melee attack.
  • Somersault Smashing Combo, at medium range, Artorias might do a fast somersault towards the player to heavily smash his sword downward. This smash can be repeated another 2 times, each swing individually tracking the players new position. Dodging/blocking the first attack is vital as each strike will stagger the player/crush the player to the ground, which are very hard to avoid if having higher than 50% Burden. Not recommended to hit after avoiding the first hit since Artorias can do the same counter as the follow-up of Stabbing Charge. Can safely hit if you blocked the 3 somersaults. He slowly regains stance after the last smash. This is one of the few attacks in the game that completely ignores iFrames, meaning that it will damage the player even mid-roll or on the ground if the sword connects with the player. Rolling to the side is the best way to avoid it.
  • Oozing Darkness, if standing behind Artorias for too long, he will throw sludge at the player with a backhand swing of his free hand. Medium-ranged, can be blocked or avoided with a back roll.
  • One with the Abyss, after losing 1/3 of his HP, Artorias will gather Darkness around him to unleash a violent AoE explosion while giving him a damage buff and a trail of harmless Darkness will float behind him. He can stack the buff if he does it again before it runs out and the explosion has a medium-sized AoE. The explosion can be avoided/blocked and the whole attack can be interrupted by hitting Artorias a certain amount of times while he channels the explosion, causing him to get staggered. The number of times you have to hit him depends on the weapon (3 hits with a Man-Serpent Greatsword or 2 hits with the Avelyn crossbow were enough, for example, but it's very hard to pull it off with Ricard's Rapier). A headshot with a bow will always knock him out of the channeling process, but you've only got enough time to get maybe 2 or 3 tries at it if you're quick. It seems to occur no matter the damage output, since headshots on humanoids always stun. It is better to interrupt the buff as it may be troublesome to deal with Artorias when a buffed Savage Leaping Strike might drain a whole HP bar/stamina bar, even with Havel's Greatshield. While he is channeling this ability the damage he receives is reduced significantly.

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Drops

  • 25,000 souls if fought with a sunlight warrior or 50.000 souls without (100.000 in NG)
  • Soul of Artorias

Trivia

  • Artorias possesses most of the attacks of Great Grey Wolf Sif.
  • If the player rescues Sif before attacking him in Darkroot Garden, a different cutscene will be played.
  • The game's database reveals that Artorias has his own cut dialogue.
  • In the ending credits, Artorias' voice is attributed to Freddie A'Brassard.
  • Artorias' design seems to draw primary inspiration from Guts, the protagonist of Berserk, from which the Souls series draws many influences.
    • Both Artorias and Guts, the main character in the Berserk manga, are unmatched with greatswords, and are both outright stated to be defined by their incredible unbending will, yet whose fighting style is defined by becoming possessed by the darkness of humanity and fighting recklessly and brutally, like an animal. Both are legendary for being the first to survive existing in a plane of greatly lethal darkness and are cursed by this experience. Many of Artorias's attacks are direct references to attacks Guts makes throughout the manga, notably his flip and spinning move. The design decision to have Artorias fight with one arm disabled greatly parallels Gut's lack of an arm, which is highly distinctive. Both characters have predominate wolf motifs, with Artorias being called the Wolf Knight, having Sif as a companion, and howling like a wolf when fought, while Guts' spirit is depicted as being a wolf, much like the berserkers of old, which is channeled in its wolf-like design. Artorias's armor looks greatly like renditions of Gut's armor, especially his Berserker armor.
    • The cover-art from the Prepare to Die Edition is similar to Issue 28 of the Berserk manga, in both cases having similar poses, wielding a massive sword in their offhand while having a greatly damaged arm dangling down.
  • Artorias's name is likely derived from Arthur of the King Arthur myth, much like Gwyn's and Gwynevere's.

 

Strategy

Melee Rolling Strategy
While this boss is really difficult to predict, he does have a few tells for his attacks and a quick roll is very important. Place yourself away from him by about twice his reach at all times (even for melee).

  • Aerial Attacks

When he uses his Somersault slam attack you will want to roll to the right as the camera tilts upward while locked onto him. You want to do this three times and then get in 1 or 2 attacks (based on your weapon) after the third attack lands. Avoid attacking after his Steadfast Leap. Instead use that opportunity to heal or get some distance from him.

  • Standing Attacks

When he uses his Overhand Smash, roll to the right. While he leaves himself open for a frames, he will usually follow up with his Spinning Slash attack. Therefore it is best to get some distance from him instead as the Spinning Slash attack is difficult to get away from when it begins.

  • Charging Attacks

With his Charging Slash move you will always want to roll backwards from where he intends to land the attack. After successfully dodging this attack, you will be able to get 1 or 2 hits on him.
His Heavy Thrust attack will need to be side dodged. Depending on which way he turns during the charge, you will need to dodge the opposite way. After you dodge he has a long recovery time and you should be able to get 2 or 3 hits in.

  • Other Attacks

When you are behind Artorias he may use his Abyss Sludge attack. This move does little damage but can stun you. If timed right, you can roll forward through the attack and get a hit on him then immediately retreat.
After Artorias has lost 1/3 of his health he will start to use his Wrath of the Abyss power up. If left alone, he will do much more damage after he completes the power up for a limited time, potentially one shotting you. If you can get close fast enough, you can stun him out of his power up before it's completed by hitting him repeatedly. If you don't do enough damage fast enough then he will hit you with an AOE blast attack that will knock you on your back. Your best bet is to use a heavy, high damage, weapon and stop him from gaining his attack buff, or to quickly whip out a bow and shoot him in the face.

 

Heavy Melee
He has 3750 HP and gives 50000 souls.
Artorias lives up to his billing as being unmatched with a greatsword, and even co-op battles against him can be a drawn out and exhausting affair. He is extremely aggressive (pretty much like Gwyn) and usually controls the pace of the fight, but also uses his speed and dodge-rolls to defend himself or break away from walls or multiple attackers. He switches rapidly between defense/offense as well as his targets, and will press his attacks against injured opponents to finish them off before they can heal. It is very important to keep moving and not let him wind up on you. Summoned players should try to maintain aggro on him and keep him away from the host, as his aggressive tactics and leaping abilities can make it easy for him to cover a lot of ground and surprise a host particularly if they are trying to cast a spell or drink Estus. Staying at a close or middle distance while constantly strafing to one side can be an effective way to avoid his various gliding stabs and somersaults, but backing off too far can result in punishing leap attacks that track fairly well, or give him time to use his charge up attack. All of his attacks can be blocked with a fairly nice shield quite easily (Balder Shield + 5 for example is more than enough) so you should try to use a good shield and keep your guard up whenever possible. Blocking with a high stability shield and good stamina tends to be safer than trying to roll through his attacks, as a number of his attacks have the range and tracking to punish all but the most perfectly timed and directed roll evasions. But when he pauses to kneel down and start charging his power up, that is the moment you NEED to attack him. He can be staggered out of his charging animation with a few swings of a strong melee weapon (such as a greatsword or ultra greatsword wielded two handed) or by the obsidian greatsword's 2-handed R2 AoE attack. This can also be an opportunity to hit him with a few spells. If you let him fully charge however he will emit an AoE attack and increase his damage for some time. After a few times he may be far to strong to be blocked in any way, depending on the shield used.
NG+: The charge-up which increases his damage will not last for the entire fight, but he might charge again before it has run out. Even charged though, he remains blockable, only his very high leap can be unblockable and must be avoided by walking backwards from him, otherwise he will strike behind your shield. If only attacked in uncharged state and healed when he´s at a distance makes this fight very controllable.
Always keep stamina bar over 50% at all time as none of his direct attacks are to be taken lightly and considering Artorias' extremely fast stance recovery/follow-up speed.
Note: I've experienced the fight easier with a long ranged spear, like the Silver Knight Spear. With a long ranged spear, you can safely hit him once or twice when he has landed his Savage Leaping Strike, Somersault Smashing Combo and his Gliding Slash (always remember that while rolling to his left side, you cant be hit with this attack), just remember to quickly roll backwards after you've hit him. Also, some poise will help you with the fight, as with around 40 poise you can outstand one or two of his weaker attacks, and one hit of his Somersault Smashing Combo, and safely roll out if you miss the timing.

Pyromancy

This fight becomes relatively easy for an upgraded pyromancer. You will need to have your flame upgraded to ascended max and have acquired the Power Within, Great Chaos Fireball (GCF) and Great Fireball (GF) spells. Also, having a 100% high stability shield (I used Caduceus Kite Shield) the Crown of Dusk (or other pyro boosting gear), Cloranthy Ring and Dark Wood Grain Ring will help a lot. The Cloranthy to keep your stamina up and Dark Wood Ring to give you extra dodge frames. At the fog door pop Power Within. Enter and try and bait him into doing his high leap attack. Dodge the attack with a quick side roll and immediately hit him with a GCF. Rinse repeat. After the second (or sometimes first) GCF he will back flip to do his buff charge up. Be on the look out for this constantly! As soon as he does this rush to casting range and hit him with two quick GCF. This will stagger him out of the buff. At this point you may have one GCF left. It is best to switch to GF if you do, you always want to have 2 spells queued up to interrupt the buff. Follow the same strategy with GF. It shouldn't take more than all of your GCF and GF to finish him, but you may want to have some fireballs on hand in case you miss a GCF or GF or two.

  • If you don't break the buff, don't freak out. Just keep dodging and trying to bait him until it breaks. Though you may not want to cause a second buff before the first wears off due to the stack effect.
  • The high leap has the longest recovery time and is easy to bait which makes it the the best chance to attack. Not only for your casting time but also he is very good at dodging projectiles. He can't dodge during the recovery animation.

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    • Anonymous

      One of my favourite bosses in all Soulsborne games. Dynamic, fast-paced, fun, but fair. No gimmicks here.

      Not quite among the hardest in the series, but likely tricky for most.

      • Anonymous

        Artorias is the soul of Dark Souls series literally. Show a picture of him and people immediately recalls.

        • Anonymous

          Suffering through 13 attempts of sanctuary guardian and then dying to this guy just as I enter the room. Love it

          • Anonymous

            Beat him probs my 5th or 6th try, quite fast-paced and didnt had much chance to healup. Shield + Claymore. When you see him backing off from you, he's about to buff himself, 2h the claymore and it takes only 2 light attacks to break it making the fight much easier

            • Anonymous

              Elden Ring first timer here going through the rest of the DS series, this guy was the bomb. however I feel like Artorias stands out between all other DS1 bosses simply due to the fact that he's the only fast-paced boss in a game where most bosses are slow as a snail. put him as a boss in Elden ring and he wouldn't even scratch top 5 hardest bosses in regards to difficulty

              • Anonymous

                Beat his MOFO on my second attempt. Using a Mace +15 with Sunlight Blade, Havel's Set with Havel's Ring so I could still medium roll. Stay at mid distance from him, bait out his thrusts and block + attack, or bait out his somersault and roll FORWARD then hit him from the back. Also DON'T get baited into attacking him when he charges up if you're too far away, he recovers quickly and combo you to death in seconds if you don't stagger. There is a rhythm to this fight that makes it great. If you came from Elden Ring this is the OG Maliketh fight.

                • Anonymous

                  since The blood of the wolf was spread amongst the Abyss Watchers, and their souls are one with the soul of the wolf blood master. which is my fav Artorias and the abysswatchers are lords of cinder so by proxy or technicality is Artorias not only the Abysswalker but Artorias the lord of cinder if this its true

                  how much cooler can my boy Artorias get

                  • Anonymous

                    With max pyromancy you can thrown 2 great chaos fireballs as soon he going to buff and it will break his buff and start attacking again. I use steel and dark wood grain rings and great lord greatsword. Thanks fextralife !

                    • Anonymous

                      i was foolish enough to finish the game and start a new game+ only to now figure out there was additional content.

                      • Anonymous

                        i can't believe how many people say artorias got weaker because of the abyss, like he literally have a move that powers him up after consuming more abyss

                        • Anonymous

                          Just because this dude had a pet dog dosent mean im going to feel bad for him. He literally tried to kill me.

                          • Anonymous

                            I killed the dude on my 5th attempt -- I've got a Faith/Str 50faith and 34str build -- First used div.zweihander+10 and genuinely -- it sucked.
                            ---
                            On my 5th attempt to get rid of this guy -- I simply equipped crown of dusk and Gwyn's first-born's ring then started shooting great lightning arrows at him and using wrath of the gods -- and cheesed him

                            • Anonymous

                              He moves as fast as a bullet and his resistances and defenses and speed and strength are far too high for a game which presents so many flaws especially the PC controls. Dont demand perfection from a game whose mouse and keyboard controls are so awful, (even with all the mods) what the fk where you thinking?!!!!!!

                              • Anonymous

                                Used his own shield against him, it can tank fairly well. And of course, I can't block the super leap, but all other attacks are managable. I used great combustion for close range attack, since it's faster than looking at your hand for a whole 1 second. It's actually better for him to buff himself, since I can still block it and I have more time to switch to fire balls. Also a bit of credit to the demon spear as well, it has good range and I can tickle him just enough.

                                • Anonymous

                                  I found it's better (for me) to wear a dark wood grain ring, keep your load under 25% than using a shield. It saves you more stamina to hit back and safer to roll away from him to recover when needed.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    I feel like every guide is missing this:
                                    He ducks his head down during the empowering aoe charging. This makes his head perfectly aligned with the tracking of a bow without needing to aim at all.

                                    When you see him roll away, switch to even a garbage bow with wood arrows and start spamming shots while he’s targeted- one is sure to hit the head and stagger him within a couple shots.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      I entered his fog wall in a weird angle that made me clip through the wall of the entrance, got stuck there and his ai was still inactive. Had to use a homeward bone to get out of there lol

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Just beat him with sorcery int build. 52 int, 12 vitality to not get 1 hit. With tin crystal catalyst and crystal soul spear. First, dodge first attack. If he has to recover, hit him once ~800 dmg, then spam the rest of your soul spears when he is drawing in more darkness (you should have 1 crystal spear left and 4 normal, you can get them all off when he is charging up, because he will also be staggered briefly from your hits). Then dodge next couple attacks, use homing crystals, bam dead. It is worth noting, i was about mid distance from him the entire time. This baited his fancy flippy jump and gave me enough room to roll forward to avoid it, because he has a big area of attack with that one, but has to recover a bit after it. Took about 6 tries to figure out.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          I had a ridiculously hard time with this fight when I first played this years ago as a spellcaster. Took me many attempts. Today, full strength build, havel set with shield, and demons greataxe... He felt like an absolute joke. Whatever hits I failed to block tickled, and the axe just chunked his hp.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            he wouldn’t be so bad if i didn’t have to run 5 km to boss gate every single time. why are first 2 bonfires so close but none by the boss? retarded game design

                                            • Anonymous

                                              Hardest boss fight in the series, hits like a truck, poise breaks anything, needs perfect dodging, also terrible run up and attacks that require reflexes to counter and bullshit flip attacks and the cherry on top no time to heal.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                Succeed on my 3rd attempt, not too difficult surprisingly. I use Elite knight set, ring of FAP, cloranthy ring, claymore +14, ascended pyro unupgraded, and great combustion. SL 70. I found that artorias tend to be extremely aggressive when I keep moderate distance from him. But when I keep long distance I could easily bait the jump attack which give me quite plenty of attack window, while keeping him in short distance tend to trigger simple greatsword swings from him which also not difficult to dodge and counter. When he charges up, i rush him with 2 claymore strikes followed with great combustion -> stagger and took out like 20% of his health. Hope this help.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  Heres the thing: Before he uses the "One with the abyss" attack (where he charges and explodes and buffs himself) Try and run in and use poise breaking attacks. If you poisebreak him in the middle of the attack, he wont buff

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    Probably because it is a really good shield, but if you use the "Greatshield of Astorias", +10 shield + soulf of sif at giant blacksmith, you can basically tank all his attacks, still advisable to use "Havel's Ring" and wolf ring in tandem. Plus its fun to use the "of astorias" equipment against him.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      By far the most unfair design of the game. I am SL98 and able to kill everything in the game easily but this boss is the worst. He has 1 hit kill WTF

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        My favorite thing to do is wreck Sif, go to Astorias and pop the soul in front of him, pelt him with a couple dung pies and then wreck him. After that I find Ciran and drop dung pies and rubbish around his grave, pop his soul in front of her, then pancake her with the demon axe. I then use their souls to buy more dung pies.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          Despite what the wiki says, the somersault smashing combo can be repeated three times by Artorias, I learned this the hard way, be careful, and don't get greedy

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            even though artorias failed at oolicile I still see him as a hero for going there and trying to save dusk when others wouldn't his legend was done by us but all the other deeds he did still make him a hero for doing them like being the first to fight the darkwariths he didn't get sif out of the abyss but he saved him from falling to it

                                                            he failed once and died but he still did good things before he failed and because he failed doesn't mean his past action don't count

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              I've never managed to stagger him out of the buff with the double cast of GCF the cast tme is just too slow. I'm not convinced it's a good pyro tactic given you have PW on and that probably your only spot to heal

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                ah my beautiful Artorias... its been a long time since our last match hasn't it old friend? I'll miss you until NG+ and your amazing pup Sif. farewell til next time my old friend.

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  for me Artorias is one of the most memorable knights I have seen in games his story is great and his fight was good for the time it was made he's defiantly on my favourite bosses and character list in the dark souls games

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    Very fast and human-like boss for ds1 standards (feels almost like a ds2 boss), but ultimately quite easy. Having low weight load % for fast roll is a must. For their range + speed and synergy with leo ring, i found that spears worked very well for me in this fight.
                                                                    I feel the critical part of the fight is to not get baited by the short jump attacks. Artorias have a slow+very high jump and a fast+very low jump. The 1st type have pretty bad tracking, you can comfortably dodge and heal or attack 2x times (with counter dmg bonus). The 2nd type is a bait, if you attack him during the recovery he will poise through you attack and repeat this move another 2 times (knocking you down in the 1st, hitting your body in the ground in the 2nd).

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      artorias has to be one of the best characters in Darksouls I wish we could of gotten to see or help fight him and sif fight Manus that would be amazing

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        One of the best designed bosses of the game along with Sif. Intense fight. Forces you learn the enemy's moves and roll timing. Unless you dodge or block the attack properly there is no obvious openings. Punishes you if you are staying too far away by powering up.

                                                                        However, the fight is still fair and if you built your character right and engage patiently you will win.

                                                                        The lore that is both sad and engaging is just a cherry on top. One of From Software's best work of art.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          May I ask for some advice I’m considering getting the artorias head statue and I don’t know if i is worth getting

                                                                          Is it worth the price ? It dose look good but I still don’t know

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            just a question you know in ds3 are he gravetender and his wolf a reference to artorias and sif or are they like a visual cameo?

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              hello yeah I'm the guy whos been commenting all this admittedly stupid stuff if its not to much to ask is there a why to ask a moderator to delete my posts and after that i will not use the dark souls wiki again

                                                                              I asked the edgelord thing as a question not a opinion the reason I asked was because some of the people I play online with were saying people are starting to think he is one so I asked if what they were saying is true I never intended to insult any fan of artorias I like him myself

                                                                              after what i said was taken as me asking a question was taken as a way to trigger I panicked so i started to do stupid stuff I will admit this


                                                                              im sorry and i will stop commenting on this wiki if it will make things right feel free to roast me or something I deserve it thank you


                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                question you know the hollow knight boss is it based of artorias they are really similar

                                                                                I don't have a problem with it if they are based on knight artorias I'm just asking for clarification if he is

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  if you think about it in real life artorias would be huge like no joke hes apparently 9 to 10 foot tall damn artorias your a tall and athletic knight

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    I think fromsoftware should do some game cross overs with dark souls

                                                                                    like add
                                                                                    artorias solaire geal Ornstein and i don't know Ciaran and sigward or a abysswatcher to a fighting game or something

                                                                                    i dont really have any ideas so

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      Anybody willing to help me with Artorias in the original game? Im sl 59
                                                                                      GT: KieraKonners
                                                                                      \[T]/ Praise the sun

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        Artorias is better than Gael. For two simple reasons.

                                                                                        1 artorias has friends And someone who loves him of their own choice

                                                                                        2 artorias tried to save the world he was willing to put his life in danger so that maybe the world could live another day

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          i have no idea about you guys but the best story of dark souls is the tragedy of Artorias and his loyal companion SIf, they went through so much between the wars and the building of the new world and when Manus was awoken by Kaathe Artorias and Sif were sent to combat him. the neverending battle destroyed Artorias mind body and soul and with his last sane thought he protected his loyal beautiful friend SIf, and when he died Manus took his body and filled it with darkness. leading to the time when you fight him in the Colliseum

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            This fight still holds up really well for a ten year old game. It’s also a fight that feels very fair. The only thing I feel is lacking is the music during this fight is a bit forgettable.

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              this. boss. is. AWESOME. i love bosses like this where they have a deep lore and hes hard sure but its a challenge and hes a cool boss aesthetically too! (and in case your wondering about what i mean by bosses with lore i mean bosses like quelaag or ornstein and smough that have some connection to the actual story, unlike the Taurus or capra demon i mean)

                                                                                              • very tight boss if you are low-mid level. but consider leaving the DLC for endgame and it's a cakewalk with Artorias Greatshield (from Sif soul) and Lifehunt Scythe (from another DLC boss soul).

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  Wooohooo thanks to the instructions by this website I did it with no shield ng plus 3 love this website please continue the good work for Elden Ring.

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    why can I picture if Artorias was fight in a dragon he would just throw Ciaran at them and shout try not to die please

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      forgive me for have availed to nothing artorias you protected sif so you have availed to something you saved your friend from a fate worse than death

                                                                                                      • Havel's Armor and the Wolf Ring makes murderizing Artorias (and Gwyn) quite easy. At least in NG.
                                                                                                        Cheap tactics for a cheating boss that can hit you when you are down even though you can't hit anyone when they are down.

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          I don't know why most of of you like artorias he's not that "cool" as most of you say. Just look at him, he looks like he has just drank 500 bottles of beer right before the boss fight he can't even hold his own sword, ARTORIAS is an idiot xD

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            After you defeat artorias will Ciaran appear if I rest at a bonfire? And will she disappear if you die fighting her :/???

                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                              It’s strange how a character can go from a fan favourite to the most criticised character in dark soul it’s funny how a character can go from loved to hated

                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                I think when we fight him he’s dead and his body is being used as a host for the abyss to spread and corrupt the world that would explain why they removed his voice lines and the state he’s in to be honest when we meet him he looks like he wants you to end his pain but due to his corruption he will even against his will try and kill you

                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                  dose anyone here like artorias a a character in darksouls like the comment if yes dislike if no i just want to see what people think of him personally love his story and boss fight and i think the type of character he was is a good guy wo got in way over his head against Manus and payed for it but before his fall he was a good guy

                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                    Weather you think artorias is a failure and deserves to be forgotten or you see him as a hero who died trying to defeat a evil that was a threat to all he deserves his legend because even if he failed at least he was the only one to actually try and defeat manus for a good reason unlike the chosen undead who just did it for power

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