Dark Sun Gwyndolin

Location Anor Londo
Health * NG: 2,000
NG+: 6,000
Souls * NG: 40,000
NG+: 120,000
* Recorded in PATCH 1.05

Dark Sun Gwyndolin is a Boss in Dark Souls.

Dark Sun Gwyndolin Information

"Mark the words of mineself, Gwyndolin! Thou shalt not go unpunished!"

The last born of Lord Gwyn, Gwyndolin is the leader of the Blade of the Dark Moon covenant and the only remaining deity in Anor Londo. Gwyndolin's followers are few, but their tasks are of vital importance. Although born male, due to magic and association with the moon, Gwyndolin was raised as a daughter but is biologically a male and is reffered to as such from Gwynevere who lovingly calls him brother. Gwyndolin created the illusion of a sister Gwynevere, who helps guard over Anor Londo. An unmasking of these deities would be tantamount to blasphemy.

This optional boss is located by the Darkmoon Tomb bonfire, in Anor Londo, at the very bottom of the movable spiral staircase, behind a large statue of Lord Gwyn with a corpse lying to the left of the statue.

Note that angering Gwyndolin will be considered a sin. (NPC Hostility Sin)

Drops

  • Soul of Gwyndolin
  • 40,000 souls
  • After Gwyndolin is defeated, proceed to the room at the end of the boss-hallway to find the Brass Armor set, and the Sunlight Blade miracle, in two out of three chests.
  • Defeating Gwyndolin will also make his armor available to purchase from Domhnall of Zena.

Unlockable

There are two ways to open the Darkmoon Tomb, and thus gain access to Gwyndolin:

  1. The player must first acquire the Darkmoon Seance Ring from The Catacombs. Once inside the Darkmoon Tomb, equip the ring and the statue of Gwyn will disappear. Descend the steps. Kneel before the fog to join the Blade of the Darkmoon covenant, then enter the fog to initiate the boss encounter.
  2. If the player attacks Gwynevere, who turns out to be an illusion created by Dark Sun Gwyndolin, the time of day in Anor Londo will change to twilight, and nearly all foes will vanish. When backtracking through the cathedral, two of Gwyndolin's followers will be waiting by the stairs to the Ornstein and Smough location. A girl with full Balder equipment, and one with Iron Knight equipment. They are fairly easy foes, just watch out for the girl's parries. By using Tranquil Walk of Peace they will continuously try to roll, and stagger. It is also fairly easy to hit them both at the same time with area of effect spells or Pyromancies. After leaving the Cathedral, the Fire Keeper of Anor Londo will be waiting by the giant spiral staircase, with ill intent. She wields a Rapier and a Parrying Dagger, and buffs her sword with the Darkmoon Blade miracle. When defeated she will drop a Fire Keeper Soul, but her Bonfire will also extinguish. If avoided she will be hostile, even after the boss is defeated. Descend the spiral staircase, to the Bonfire below, to find the newly opened path to Gwyndolin.

Entering the fog will break the Blade of the Dark Moon Covenant.

Contrary to what one would think, even if you defeat Gwyndolin, you won't break the Princess Guard Covenant nor will Anor Londo go dark, assuming you entered the way of the Darkmoon Blade Covenant Ring.

General

Regardless of build, you will want to have a high magic resist shield for this encounter. The Crest Shield is a good option.

The fight takes place in a seemingly endless hallway, with Gwyndolin at the far end. He will fire a variety of powerful magic and ranged attacks down the hallway as you approach, then teleport farther down the hallway and repeat this practice. Thus, unless one elects to use ranged weapons (as discussed below) the battle typically involves hiding from or evading various attacks while trying to move down the hallway as quickly as possible to land a few hits before Gwyndolin teleports, before doing it all over again until the he is finally dead.

Killing Gwyndolin will place a permanent sin upon you, and you can be constantly invaded by Blade of the Dark Moon  members (when human and online).

The fire keeper at the first bonfire in Anor Londo will become hostile after you have defeated Gwyndolin. She will drop a Fire Keeper Soul when killed, so it's worth it. Her bonfire will no longer work if she's killed, but you will still be able to warp there with the Lordvessel.

By turning Anor Londo dark, the fire keeper (if left alive) will move to the revolving stairs, leaving you unable to use her bonfire again.

The "endless" hallway where you fight Gwyndolin is actually not endless, just very long. Sprinting unhindered from start to end takes roughly 5 minutes. If you follow Gwyndolin to the far end of the hallway, he will stop warping and instead stand in one spot. Gwyndolin will still turn toward your position, but staying behind him will cause his attacks to miss.

The first summon to enter Gwyndolin's boss fog following the host will receive their own, different cutscene. It is also possible for the first cutscene to feature a summon instead of the host if the summon attempts to enter the fog at the same time as the host. This in turn can alter the statements and lecture Gwyndolin gives, depending on the covenant and status of the summon. The summon may then receive a second cutscene as well when they try to enter again. 

Known bugs

Sometimes, if you rest at the Darkmoon Tomb (or the bonfire in the Cathedral) and die during the fight, it will warp you back at Anor Londo's bonfire. This bug happens often if you already killed the Anor Londo Firekeeper. If the bug occurs, and you killed the Firekeeper, you have to run all the way to another bonfire and teleport back to the Darkmoon Tomb. Tip: Never kill the Firekeeper of Anor Londo before you've killed Gwyndolin; Gwyndolin will still be there even after you kill them.

Attacks

Giant Blue Orb

This large orb of blue magic is Gwyndolin's most powerful attack, as it is a quick and painful spell. It passes through all obstacles including the pillars on either side of the room, so you cannot hide from it. The best option is to roll straight through it using the Dark Wood Grain Ring, but it is also possible to roll to the side or block it with a high magic resist shield such as the Crest Shield  or the Crystal Magic Ring Shield. This attack can pass through Strong Magic Shield as well. You can tell when Gwyndolin is going to use this because it has the longest charge out of all his moves. If you are using more of a tanky character, just keep your shield up and eat the damage. Be prepared to use an Estus or Humanity, if you are ever struck.

 

Blue Homing Spells

For this attack, Gwyndolin will summon a barrage of smaller blue magic orbs, which home in on their target. For this attack it is best to get behind the pillars on either side, and wait for them to stop. Dodging doesn't work because, well they are homing, and cause a heavy amount of damage. The tell for this one will be when you see a blue light above Gwyndolin. No matter what type of character build you are using just get behind a pillar. With the Dark Wood Grain Ring, it is also possible to roll through most or all of the orbs, which can be a good gamble if you are close to Gwyndolin and think you can land a few hits. A high magic resist shield is also helpful here.

 

Volley of Darts

Gwyndolin will rise up higher and flick his arm to fire a stream of darts or large needles in a straight line. You can either take cover behind a pillar, or zigzag back and forth to avoid the stream of ranged attacks. You can also put up your shield to block some of the darts. This isn't recommended unless you have a pretty good shield.

 

Other Tips/Misc

It is possible to stagger Gwyndolin with a sufficiently powerful weapon and a properly timed attack, which can grant you additional time for additional attacks, and even disrupt his teleportation attempt. One effective approach is a 2 handed overhead sprint attack with a Greatsword, but other high poise affecting weapons are also viable.

Gwyndolin's soul can be used for upgrading at the Giant Blacksmith; you can upgrade to the Darkmoon Bow or Tin Darkmoon Catalyst.

While the Great Magic Barrier works well at defending against Gwyndolin's magic attacks, you're still better off dodging or blocking most attacks as you can still be staggered if hit. However, this miracle can provide you with the extra defense you need to become familiar with evading or absorbing a few attacks to reach Gwyndolin in time to do some damage.

 

Strategy 1 - Melee

This boss is fairly easy once you master dodging its moves. The only trick here is to zigzag back and forth to dodge his darts rather than hiding. The simple reason for this is to close the distance between the both of you, quicker. Once you get close, hit him with your most powerful weapon. Gwyndolin will not attack you at this range as he will instead teleport further down the hall - this prompts a short teleportation animation that allows you to attack for a little longer. Just stick to the strategies above and Gwyndolin will fall with ease.

Equip light armor and boosted stamina recovery, then two-hand your weapon. All the running you're doing can really drain your stamina, becoming ineffective when you reach the boss due to fatigue. This is why you will want to recover stamina quickly. You want to get to Gwyndolin as quick as you can by pacing yourself, keeping an eye on your stamina, and choosing when to exert it appropriately. You can get a good 3 hits in with the heaviest of weapons, draining a large portion of health (Gwyndolin's defenses are pitiful) if done properly. A lighter, lower stamina weapon such as a Falchion or Balder Side Sword  can also be very effective if upgraded, as you will be able to get more swings off with your remaining stamina at the end of each chase. Also consider a weapon with a good charge attack such as a Gargoyle Halberd, Great Scythe, or other polearms, as that may be the only attack you are able to land on the run before Gwyndolin teleports again.

Strategy 2 - Archer

For this one you want to hang back a little bit more. Rather than trying to zigzag out of the way of the darts you can just sit behind the pillars. It will be in between attacks when you will want to advance forward; keep a distance of 2 or 3 pillars from where Gwyndolin is standing to avoid triggering their teleportation. From here, you should be able to sneak out in between attacks and hit them with a ranged attack of your choice. Make sure to dodge the larger blue spell to avoid heartache. 

Any Bow: After Gwyndolin teleports for the first time, stay where you are and shoot 6-7 poisoned arrows at him. To hit from this distance, you can arc arrows by aiming just above him. It may not show damage on hit but he'll get poisoned and will start losing HP very slowly (probably 3/sec). It takes approximately 100 arrows to take half of his HP on NG+. It is also possible to use fewer arrows to protect the poison. I recommend using wooden arrows to ensure you hit the target, then switch to poisoned ones when you zero in. It is also possible to do direct damage using range boosting gear, such as the Hawk Ring + the Black Bow of Pharis + Feather Arrows. The damage will be low, but can be combined with poison buildup to kill Gwyndolin in relative safety.

Dragonslayer Greatbow: When you first enter the fog Gwyndolin will teleport away after just a few steps toward him. After Gwyndolin teleports, take a couple steps backwards and you won't be attacked. If you use this bow, you can do about 100 damage per shot without aggro-ing the boss. It helps to have the Hawk Ring to increase your range.

Strategy 3 - Mage

 Gywndolin is almost impossible to lock-on to as getting close enough to start actually attacking will trigger him to teleport away to safety, and cannot even be locked-on to during this animation.

 The solution: get as close as you can and engage Gywndolin at point blank range.

Once you get within a certain distance of Gwyndolin (while he's shooting arrows), he will try to teleport. Since you can't lock on make sure you are at very close range before using spells like Soul Spear. It is possible to kill Gywndolin with 3-4 Soul Spears or another powerful spell as the boss is extremely weak once you can get close to him. Homing spells such as Homing Soulmass can also work well if you are able to get close enough for the spell to fire before Gwyndolin teleports.

Miracles/Pyromancy : Due to the difficulties in locking on to Gwyndolin, players can have better luck using fast cast AoE spells that are effective without targeting. Wrath of the Gods can be effective, as are pyromancies such as Combustion and Great Combustion. Fireball type pyromancies are not recommended unless the player has high Dexterity to increase cast speed, and ideally other summoned allies who can serve as alternate targets for Gwyndolin's spells and give the pyromancer time to get off the blast. Other area of effect miracles or pyromancies such as Gravelord Sword Dance or Fire Tempest-esque pyromancies are very difficult to time against Gwyndolin's teleporting, and are not recommended.

Trivia

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Gallery

Oh Heretic, Swathed In Dark Gwyndolin - Regalia Concept Art Gwyndolin - Darkmoon Tomb Concept Art Gwyndolin - Archery

Oh Disciple Of The Dark Sun Gwyndolin - Confrontation Thou Shalt Not Go Unpunished!

Area Bosses
Asylum Demon  ♦  Bell Gargoyle  ♦  Capra Demon  ♦  Centipede Demon  ♦  Crossbreed Priscilla  ♦  Demon Firesage  ♦  Four Kings  ♦  Gaping Dragon  ♦  Great Grey Wolf Sif  ♦  Gwyn Lord of Cinder  ♦  Iron Golem  ♦  Moonlight Butterfly  ♦  Nito  ♦  Ornstein and Smough  ♦  Pinwheel  ♦  Seath the Scaleless  ♦  Stray Demon  ♦  Taurus Demon  ♦  The Bed of Chaos

 




    • Anonymous

      06 Jul 2020 05:35  

      He create an kaiju illusion of his sister with huge boobs.

      He gave himself magic boobs (Illusion magic +200)

      He Was obsessed with having boobs.

      I rest my case

      • Anonymous

        25 Jun 2020 20:13  

        I feel very sorry for him, his masculinity got stripped away and forced to rule an almost empty and cursed city because his father is a pussy afraid of the dark

        • Anonymous

          21 Jun 2020 00:39  

          These pervy comments make me feel like I just stepped into a 4chan*****post thread or comment section from rule34xxx. Not sure whether I should be disgusted or amused (these comments should be gone for real though). But what I find even more weird is that there are people still fighting about Gwyndolin's gender, lul. Gwyndolin is a dude, period.

          • Anonymous

            11 Jun 2020 09:07  

            hnnnnnnng gwyndolin let me deepthroat your tin darkmoon catalyst until you run out of casts from every single spell you got

            • Anonymous

              13 May 2020 06:21  

              Reading the revisions is hilarious. Gwynevere literally does not call him brother at all. Why are they refusing to remove the inaccuracy

              • Anonymous

                05 May 2020 22:31  

                Just tested (PTD, PS3): 28 poison arrows in NG, 49 in NG+ to finish him off. And be sure to bring something to read to fill out the waiting time...

                • Anonymous

                  01 May 2020 04:31  

                  Can someone direct me to where Gwynevere calls Gwyndolin "brother"? I looked through all her dialogue I can't find it

                  • Anonymous

                    23 Apr 2020 11:23  

                    Found this on another wiki's comment section, about the snake legs, thought it was fun: "Nothing confirmed, and officially he's Gwyn's son, but I personally think it's due to Seath. Bear with me here, and feel free to skip to the tl;dr at the end: 1. In original Dark Souls, we know that the moonlight butterfly was made as a result of Seath's experimentation, and we find crystal moonlight butterflies in his lair. Seath is said to be the godfather of sorceries, and uses a variety of sorcery-esque abilities. We obtain the moonlight greatsword from Seath's tail, and moonlight is referrenced in the moonlight butterfly's name, as well as DS3's Old Moonlight sorcery - obtained from a dragon's soul. In item descriptions, it is said that Gwyndolin was raised as a daughter due to his affinity with the Moon, he runs the Dark Moon blades, his bow is the Darkmoon bow, and he uses sorceries to fight. The only places we see moons in original dark souls is in dark Anor Londo and Darkroot Garden, where the moonlight butterfly is found (the garden is also a territory of humans if you look into the lore, so less light-soul more dark-soul), and Gwyndolin's theme music is awfully similar to that of the butterfly. Put it together, and we find that Gwyndolin has more in common with Seath than Gwyn. 2. Snakes are referred to in the series many times as being either inferior dragons, or creatures that could have become dragons - but failed to do so. We find them in one form or another amongst Seath's experiments/servants in the Duke's Archives, and atop Archdragon Peak in DS3. Gwyndolin's legs are snakes, implying heritage or experimentation involving dragons. Seath's legs are tentacles. You do the math. 3. Crossbreed Priscilla is a crossbreed according to her name - duh. She has a dragon-ish tail, nearly no scales, and is snow-white all over. Pretty obvious that she has dragon heritage, and if so it has to be Seath. Yorshka is also white, fluffy, tailed, and has the same neck-tentacles that Seath does, and she calls Gwyndolin her brother. Gwyndolin's skin is stark white, and in #1 & #2 we se other similarities to Seath. 4. Priscilla's Doll is found in the undead asylum, where a great crow takes the nameless undead to Lordran. Crows are found in abundance in the painted world, where we find both Priscilla and Velka's stuff, Velka's rapier and the Dark Ember found there being associated with God-killing. The crow demons drop the covenant items for blades of the darkmoon, the pardoner sells the roster of sinners, and cut content had velka and Gwyndolin in opposition. There are many connections stemming from those that I'll leave out because this is overlong for a comment. 5. Gwynevere was not raised as a son, despite her aspect being of the sun, while Gwyndolin was raised as a daughter, then hidden away from much of deific society, or so it would seem. When I put it all together, my emergent theory is that either Seath's experiments resulted in Gwyndolin being the way he is, or he got busy with either Gwynevere or Gwyn's wife, who may or may not be Velka. Either way, this resulted in the birth of Priscilla, who was locked in the asylum. Gwyndolin likely came about in similar fashion, and is likely either the brother or child of Priscilla, or is otherwise likely related and sharing in Seath's lineage. Same with Yorshka for sure. Whether Gwyn knew of this or not, he raised Gwyndolin as a daughter either due to shame in thinking that Gwyndolin was part of his lineage, or out of spite knowing that Seath was involved. This pissed off Velka, who would be responsibile for bringing Priscilla to the painted world, and who likely wants to punish Gwyn for linking the first flame anyway. Hence the Occult weaponry. This could have also contributed to the nameless king calling out Gwyn for his bull, in a wide variety of ways. There are a ton of different ways to interpret all the info and possibilities, but the TL;DR below sums up my view of what the story writers were at least contemplating while making dark souls one. The previous statements about DS3 just seemed to back it up a tad. I've only seen one other person mention similar ideas online, and I'm honestly surprised at that. Seath, Sorcery, Moonlight, Snake people, Tentacle Legs, all connected. Then we get Mr. Snake Legs over here that has something to do with all of those, and Crossbreed Priscilla (with her on-the-nose name) just helps to tie it together. Then Velka and her relationship to both of them. And Gwyn treats them both rather poorly, + nameless king walking out because of what we everntuall find out is dragons, plus Yorshka and her spoken relation to Gwyndolin. Too many coincidences. TL;DR: pretty sure Gwyndolin owes some heritage to Seath, and Gwyn was not happy about it. Between linking the first flame and Gwyn's*****e treatment of Gwyndolin and Priscilla, Velka has it out for Gwyn. . . . ---Greyhame."

                    • Anonymous

                      12 Apr 2020 02:57  

                      If i join his covenant, and then i go trought the fog door he will start attacking me or he will do nothing?

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