Great Grey Wolf Sif

Boss 0025 Great Greywolf Sif
Location Darkroot Garden
Health * NG: 3,432
NG+: 5,800
Souls * NG: 40,000
NG+: 120,000
* Recorded in PATCH 1.05

Great Grey Wolf Sif is a Boss in Dark Souls and Dark Souls Remastered.

 

Great Grey Wolf Sif Information

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.

According to lore, Sif was Artorias the Abysswalker's partner. When Artorias was swallowed by the Abyss, he threw up his Greatshield to protect Sif, as he could no longer bear it with his arm broken. Now, Sif guards their fallen comrade's grave and his ring, to ensure that what happened to Artorias, doesn't happen to anyone else.

The name Sif itself is a female name of Norse origin. However, all translations into European languages with grammatical gender use male gendered language for Sif, though many of them can be interpreted as the most neutral phrasing of the name. This includes French, Italian, German, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese and Russian.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Drops

 

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; it is not an optional boss. Your dealings with Sif have no impact on the Forest Hunter covenant.

 

Attacks

Horizontal Swing

Sif swings her sword, usually followed up by a second in the other direction. This attack is easily telegraphed, and countered by rolling out of the way, but if caught in it, can knock you down. This is the main attack she uses throughout the fight. 

 

360 Sword Spin

Sif will swing her sword in a full circle, sometimes twice in a single attack. It has a quite slow wind up and has a very telling animation, as she moves her sword to the opposite direction, then takes a big swing. When the player sees this, they should try to either get as far back as possible, or under her. This attack knocks you down, and hurts as well. If you try to block this, it will most likely stagger you, so stick to rolling.

 

Overhead Swing

Sif gets on her back paws momentarily, and swings her sword into the ground, dealing high damage in the process. The attack can be dodged by well-timed rolling in the direction the sword is coming from. 

 

Backflip

As all these attacks can be essentially avoided by sticking under her body and legs, Sif recognizes this from time-to-time and backflips away to a create some distance again. She swings her sword while she does this, but you will rarely get caught in it. She can also do this attack when you are facing her head to head, so watch out for it then, as well.

 

Charge Attack

Sif's final attack is a charged one, which she rarely uses but is still noteworthy. 

 

Alternate Cutscene

  • Opening cut-scene is slightly different if you had freed Sif in the Chasm of the Abyss before approaching her at the end of Darkroot Garden. (AotA / PTDE)
    • Confirmed (at least for freed and summoned). Sif will approach menacingly, knock the player down, and then recognize the player's scent. Her expression will change, she will howl at the moon, and reluctantly pick up her greatsword. The cinematic is noticeably longer than normal. (AotA/PTDE)
    • The special cutscene appears even without summoning Sif.
    • Sif can be summoned to help with Manus if you locate and free her from the magic barrier provided by the Cleansing Greatshield 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.

Strategy 1 - Melee

Stay close to the wolf! The danger lies in the lengthy attack range, but by sitting under Sif, she will miss completely. Get in as many hits as you can before Sif eventually flips away, timing yourself to get under the belly of the beast once again.

The easiest way to to get underneath Sif is by waiting for a swing, then roll under her front legs. Just lock on to Sif 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 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. Attacking her legs will make them limp, disabling her mobility (Jumping/Running). 

Also, unless you have an uber shield with amazing stability and/or godly stamina, Sif's two loop spin will most likely break your guard/stamina. Another way is to block the first hit then roll toward 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 your first playthrough.

Sif will also begin to limp at the brink of death. Her attacks will become slower, and the slash combo will cause it to fall over and struggle for a bit before getting back up. Despite rumors that attacking her sword at this point, will cause it to break and her to flee, there is no such forgiving option. 

As you try to figure out how on lordran you can spare her life, you realize the true evil of the creators in making you kill a limping, almost defenseless doggo.

 

Strategy 2 - Ranged Cheese

If you wish to cheese, after spawning 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.

 

Strategy 3 - Mage

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 Sif's 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 Estus Flasks is an easy way to get killed; this is an endurance match, don't rush it.
  5. Guard and use your spells when Sif whiffs.

Instead of staying under Sif, try kiting her around and whenever attacked, make sure you've rolled away from her (backwards/sideways) then fire off a few spells. Repeat the process and Sif should go down pretty easily. Or if you have combustion, sit under Sif and combust. 

 

Online Co-Op Issues

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 Chaos Witch 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.

Gallery

great grey wolf sif moonlit encounter front1 great grey wolf sif combat ready front1 great grey wolf sif snarl front1

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

 




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    • Anonymous

      decided to play ng+ and she rolled over when she swung in last phase.. broke my heart lol. always finish her over the gravestones :(

      • Anonymous

        The easiest boss imo. I beat him in my second try. I would‘ve beaten him in my first try too but I was low on hp and didn’t have any estus

        • Anonymous

          Me on my first playthrough: hehe funny big puppy go die haha
          Me on my second playthrough: im sorry im so sorry please forgive me i need to do this for the ring please oh god why miyazaki why

          • Anonymous

            Why on the god name, you dare to animate a limb and dying dog? You fuing psyco!!? And then force me to kill him!!! Hate you creator!!!

            • Anonymous

              Decided to go to AotA before Sif in my current playthrough.
              Well, what can I say? Guess this playthrough end here. The world could submerge into darkness for all I care, but I didn't save the pupper only to kill him later and steal the ring.

              • Anonymous

                It also means more story-wise if Sif is a female because it creates an interesting archetype for the character: Whereas Fenrir took Tyr's hand for delaying the inevitable Ragnarok, Sif comforts Artorias by watching over him in death. She becomes like a grieving mother, whose son was taken from her fighting against chaos and the end of the world. In this way, Sif would become a direct inversion of Fenrir. We also know that the princess believed Artorias saved her, but never actually met him that we know of. Thus, Sif being female could also hint at the idea that the only female that was able to participate in his life was Sif herself. His life was too dangerous and brief to take a wife or love a family, so he had to settle for the friendship of a beast. Sif being a male wouldn't really help to hint at either of these ideas, which is why I think it'd be more interesting if Sif was a female.

                • Anonymous

                  I played the whole trilogy and all the pain, frustration, triumph, and dying in dumb ways nothing comes close to
                  the grief when it comes to Sif. Not even the Frigid Outskirts or the Dancer of Boreal Valley was nor will ever be
                  as painful as fighting Sif especially after the secret cutscene for Gwyn's sakes neither you or Sif want to fight each other. And that is why I love Dark Souls. Now if you excuse me I got to find a corner to cry on.

                  • Anonymous

                    why! sifs been though hell he lost his caring master and friend and was stranded in a abyss where a corrupted prehistoric human lurks im so sorry sif

                    • Anonymous

                      I can't help but feel like it would be so much more satisfying if beating the DLC before reaching Sif allowed you to spare her. I often skip the DLC on more casual play-throughs, but if the above was the case, I'd do it every time.

                      • Anonymous

                        The argument that Sif is a Norse female name so sif is female is ludicrous.

                        Or shall we assume Orn"stein" is Jewish.

                        Sif should be referred to I. A gender neutral fashion.

                        • Anonymous

                          saw many orange soapstone with "grief" message, didn't know what it mean...until I beat the boss

                          *cries in corner

                          • Anonymous

                            Sif, please forgive me. If only there was one way to give me your ring and then just leave this place. Did you want to test me whether I am worthy to tread the darkest abyss? Or did you want by all means to prevent me from suffering the same fate as that of your master? You fought bravely. Well goodbye, my good boy.

                            • Anonymous

                              imagine wasteing 20000 souls or kill andre to for Crest of Artorias while you can literally use ladder next to hydra to get free access to this boss

                              • Anonymous

                                if your pet is wiling to protect your grave out of love and respect for you you should be happy that they think you were that great

                                i get the feeling if artorias saw him guarding his grave for him he would be in tears

                                • Anonymous

                                  come on sif it’s time for you to go home artorias will be there I promise maybe ciaran as well

                                  Dark souls did something barely any games get right or don’t try at all

                                  They mirror the real world in a truthful way they show. Sifs Sadness

                                  They show ciarans broken hearted and greving for artorias

                                  And. Artorias. Even tho his lines are cut show how much he cared for everyone even after he fell to the abyss

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Sif we just need the ring to kill 4 kings. You know we can handle the abyss you helped us kill Manus! Stop making us fight you for the ring ;-;

                                    • Anonymous

                                      you know the one thing i always say to make killing sif easier is its okay you will get to see artorias again and i promise he will never have to leave you again never will you have to say goodbye either

                                      • Anonymous

                                        One of the easiest yet annoying fights in the game. It doesn't like telegraphic its back-hop swing at all, although it rarely hits unless you're moving backwards.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Why can I see sif as artoriases stand like seriously it would fit actually when we go to fight him a cutscene plays were sif appears as his stand

                                          • Not a bad boss but an incredibly overrated one nonetheless
                                            I feel like people only love Sif because of his/her incredibly basic backstory and the fact that he/she's a wolf
                                            and if you don't like Sif then you're obviously a monster who feels no emotion.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              I hate the artorious boss so much that I did a second play through just to kill his dog again **** sake I hate this boss. The only boss that I’m thankful that he’s not skippable because killing him is by far the most satisfying thing I’ll ever do.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                Ah sir there you are artorias cut line. I feel so sorry for sif while he was shielded from the abyss he probably was forced to watch artorias get murdered by manus and get brought back in the state we meet him in game damn it dark souls you tell great story’s but why do they always make me cry

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  This is impossible to kill for me or others so its like you have reached the credits of dark souls , you finished the game

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    Me about to fight Sif erm buddy I have a bone I stole from nito you want it ?
                                                    Pulls sword out of ground
                                                    Let me guess artorias left ciaran to feed and she forgot well here you can have my left arm to chew on I’m hollow anyway I don’t need it

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      I found out someone actually named their dog after sif because it was a type of dog that looked similar to him

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        I have to ask, is Sif Female or male, I remember seeing on reddit that the character was female through looking at the game's code.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          when I fight Sif, I see a warrior who fights for her master's honor. Not for a person who fight's for herself. She could be out and about doing thing's that is possibly the most useful, but she stay's by her side and protect's the sword of the man who saved her life. Poor Sif, I'm glad we had a good fight, Pup.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            “You defeated Sif!? You’re a hero! Which part of London are you from?”
                                                            “I’m not from London, I’m from Liverpool.”
                                                            Next day in the paper “Scouse hooligan destroys family pet”

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              **** this boring ass filthy boss and his not a bit sad story of pure failure and no accomplishment (well written, still)

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                While Sif is a common fan favourite character for good reason, he’s also one of my favourite fights. The animations are incredible and tbh I can’t think of any other boss who’s difficulty increases as drastically on lower level characters. Once you can’t tank his hits anymore this fight is a different story and really shines through.

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  This boss is almost easier than pinwheel lol, all you gotta do is remain under him and he won't be able to hit you. I found the hardest part of the fight are actually the frame drops

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    When you fight this poor pup, I’d recommend the ultimate challenge of putting on sad music when you fight him, something like ‘All Gone’ from The Last of Us would be a good pick to make the fight harder than it already was. You’re welcome, and pray for the GreatWolf’s safe path to the afterlife.
                                                                    -A Fellow Undead

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      I joined forest hunters and I stand at the bridge. I pray and bow to my dear pup Sif and defend them with my life.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        I dunno why but whenever i see Sif limp my vision gets blurry and i die ,can someone give me some tips please...

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          at the start of the boss fight there can be a second cutscene. at the second cutscene he will recognize a bit then try to smell you, looks like he did recognize you as after that he will take the big sword slowly with a sad eyes means he dont really want to fight. pretty sure you get this cutscene by saving him in the chasm of abyss

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            he hit me with the sword, after that he keep going backward until the end of the map and im able to finish him in 30 sec in total lol

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              Only someone who has become truly hollow would kill this noble lonely Guardian without compassion. Even if the chosen one has to do what has to be done in order to enter the abyss. But be warned, brave adventurer. If you look into the abyss long enough, eventually the abyss will look into you.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                yow it actually limped at around 10% HP og my gosh

                                                                                Well then, let us continue the journey as the successor of Lord Gwyn

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  the difficulty is only in the part of "OOOO THE DOGGY IS LIMPING I DON'T WANNA KILL IT", but I got really good at that part

                                                                                  • Big brain moment.
                                                                                    The reason (s)he's called Sif is a reference to his/her bond to Artorias.
                                                                                    In Chemistry, Si-F is the strongest possible single bond.
                                                                                    (It has extra bond character due to overlap between filled 2p orbitals on F (x, y), and empty 3d orbitals on Si (xz, yz)).

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      I hate how they patched it on the original DS that Sif dropped the Hornet Ring and had the Abyss ring behind the pillar. I almost never want to fight him because of this. -_-

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        i have tin crystallization catalyst, crown of dusk + bellowing dragoncrest ring, cast power within.. he died with 2 castings of homing soul mass

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          I’m going through all of the progression stages in my head and I’ve concluded that you cannot get the alternate cutscene if you want to be a darkwraith right? I used to play single player only years ago and seen that cutscene so many times because it was before I even knew much about PvP and now without NG+ any character I make can’t see it because the darkwraith covenant is a must! Kind of triggering, kind of insignificant.

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