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)


  • 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.


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.


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.


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.


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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!

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    • Anonymous

      12 Jun 2021 17:06  

      As a trans person, it's really sad watching all this hate, because it's just so meaningless. Btw, the point is that Gwyndolin is the total opposite of what a trans person actually is because he was born male and he was constricted and educated by force as a female, so he's just feminine but identifies as a male, and he is addressed as male, so no doubt. Anyway, it's just a video game and it's the creators' personal choices to do whatever they want with the characters. Personally, I find this character to be really interesting, but i don't see why arguing over his gender would be so important and how that should be connected to trans people irl, because guess what this is just a video game, it's not like you're gonna have any sort of impression about trans people from a character that appears for few minutes and that's ridiculous using this character as a mean to just spread ur stupid ideas, opinions, false thoughts and especially hate towards trans people. LIVE AND LET LIVE and enjoy dark souls

      • 31 May 2021 05:34  

        Y'all out there chill for a bit, it's a boss in a video game, no one should care about its gender or whatever.
        You wanna be angry about something ? Then rage at how bad and boring this fight is.
        I mean, he has what, 3 different attacks ? Even the undead burg hollows have a more diverse moveset.
        He's supposed to be some kind of god, he should at least put up a proper fight.
        He does look frail and he's probably weak lore wise, but come on, the twin princes from ds3 were both impaired and the fight was still memorable.
        There's no real gameplay to this bossfight, which is sad as it had some potential.
        Now that i think of it, that may be because he's optional.
        After all the moonlight butterfly fight was pretty bad aswell (and also only has 3 different attacks :):):) ) ,and the stray demon is a lazy reskin of the demon firesage.

        • Anonymous

          27 May 2021 04:07  

          the whole gender war that's going on all it is are ass holes being what they are ass holes for the sake of it and people who claim to represent a group are just doing the same being ass holes for the sake of it

          gwyndolins character is genderless they are said they were RAISED as a daughter seemingly without choice in the matter so gwyndolin may be a boy they may be a girl or both they are a fantasy character dragons exist sentient mushroom's as well you can make up what you like and real world **** doesn't always have to be involved to the people who caused this mess **** off gwyndolin is not real or cares about you or your gender or preferences both sides have shitty people so your both right here
          now shut up and either enjoy the game the story the bosses the challenge or don't play the game because it hurt your feeling's get over it thats how life works the world full of ass holes deal with it

          • Anonymous

            27 May 2021 03:49  

            Ok. That's it. Its time I joined in on this wankwagon. Ya'll are allowed to have your gender/trans wars which inevitably go nowhere and end up creating a reply string so toxic it would put VX, Anthrax and Zyklon B to shame. And they stay here on Fextralife, no problems. Yet every time, EVERY ****ING TIME I post something even remotely and tastefully lewd about Gwyndolin on here, it gets obliterated as if it where the essence of COVID-19 itself. From a cheap one-liner to a paragraph-long Gwyndolin x Chosen Undead fanfic. To start, Imma put your shitfest to rest. From what I've read, the
            comments regarding Dark Sun Gwyndolin and transsexualism (transsexuality?, whatever) has been in the tone and context of mere specualtion, shitposting and bait; relatively harmless I say. Albiet quite invalid in any serious argument. Unfortunately, the response that follow are what you may call the
            "femboy defenders", which, ironically, sound like copypastas on steriods. The worst part? Some (SOME) of these replies and arguments are actually valid,
            even if its a waste of time anyway. I'm talking about the trannies that gaslight people and treat them like trash and abusing people who are very
            liberal about their masculinity/femeninity. But guess what? That is a TWITTER PROBLEM, that **** doesn't happen here. And If you want a good example, watch how the "real transsexuals" responded to the "Super Straight/***" phase. It exposed a ****ton of fake trannies who wanted to uses the banner and flag to harrass and abuse people (The "cult-like exercises" are stricly an IRL problem that are in need of actual criminal investigation, so **** off with that **** here). Once again, these problems have nothing to do with what is happening here on Fextra, so can it. I'll give you a hint on my opinion: I praise the people who made chill responses on the order of "he no trans, he femboy, take calming medicine." I generally agree with that statement. If you disagree? Cool. No problems there mate. Now, who wants to talk about doing the sexy with Gwyndolin?

            • Anonymous

              23 May 2021 20:50  

              Stop fighting in the comment section idlots. Who the hell cares about genders? You're a trans or something?
              I personally call this boss "it" because it's just a bunch of snakes.

              • Anonymous

                23 May 2021 03:51  

                when game came out people look at his lore and ways to beat him modern day people have fights over political things like gender trans people

                I remember when games were fun not political argument breeding grounds

                • Anonymous

                  15 May 2021 01:18  

                  Me hey gwyndolin chill for a sec I have something Important to tell you about the future.

                  Gwyndolin okay I will hear you out what thou have to say ?

                  Me erm I know this sounds strange but you need to leave anor londo like now or you will be eaten by a giant worm.

                  Gwyndolin erm what what proof do you have of this ?

                  Me shows a picture of Aldrich to gwyndolin

                  Gwyndolin I must take my leave do you know where I may go?

                  Me there’s firelink shrine or you can go to a place called arch dragon peak

                  Gwyndolin I thank you for this warning

                  • Anonymous

                    13 May 2021 18:05  

                    I have a question for the transphobes in this comment section, why do you hate transgender people? Did they do something to you? Or do you just hate the fact that they deviate form your expectations of how the world should work?

                    • Anonymous

                      13 May 2021 15:19  

                      gwyndolin actually has actually betrayed his father Gwyn remember that he created the illusion of his sister and she says for you to usurp his dad to get his right of lord of cider wow gwyndolin must hold a grudge with is dead if he basically sends someone to kill his dad

                      • Anonymous

                        10 May 2021 15:21  

                        i saw some thing on reddit idea of gwyndolin siding with his brother the nameless king and getting taut how to ride a wyvern not gonna lie that sounds epic

                        • Anonymous

                          08 May 2021 19:34  

                          Sabaku no Maiku has just made the biggest discovery of the last 10 years. No speculations, just facts.
                          Gwyndolin is son of Gwyn and Priscilla, who in turn is daughter of Velka and Seath.
                          Gwyn is Light, Velka is Dark, Seath is Magic.
                          Gwindolin is God, Human, and Dragon. He is light, dark and magic.
                          Gwyndolin is everything.

                          • Anonymous

                            05 May 2021 05:04  

                            Me hey I met your big bro the nameless king gwyndolin erm I’m sorry you what me yeah he kicked my ass also he told me to give you a message. Gwyndolin what thou the message then ? me he said he misses you and he wants you to visit him sometime

                            • Anonymous

                              30 Apr 2021 01:24  

                              Haha,gwynevere fans you got pranked!Gwynevere is an illusion made by gwyndolin.So that might no be what she actually looks like

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