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Pharis


Located in the far eastern part of the area in Darkroot Garden just past the magically sealed door.
A member of the Forest Hunter Covenant.

Strategy:

  • Pharis will engage with her iconic bow with arrows that travel far more quickly than other archers you have likely encountered up to this point. It is possible to dodge through the arrows but the timing can be tricky, and it is much easier to simply approach Pharis with a shield raised to avoid being shot down. 
  • Pharis will attempt to keep her distance; You can use this to your advantage by approaching her with her back to the cliff-side and letting her dodge-roll right off. Once she is defeated by gravity simply reload your game and her loot will be waiting for you around where she died. 
  • If you decide to engage her in melee combat she will pull out a Falchion to attack you. Simple melee tactics apply; wait for her to attack and then counter with your own weapon until she is dead. Keep in mind that if you back off too much she'll simply pull out her bow and continue firing arrows at you. Also be mindful of Ents in the nearby area as well; Often Pharis will pull you back far enough that nearby enemies will join in on the fight. If this happens try to keep some trees between you and Pharis so you can deal with the Ents, or just run away until everyone forgets about you and try again. 
  • DO NOT try to passively kill Pharis with nearby Ents after you join the covenant unless you are okay with breaking your ties to the Forest Covenant; Friendly NPCs who are killed by roaming enemies still consider you responsible for their death, and you will gain Sin with the Forest Covenant for doing this. 

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Notes

  • Pharis is most likely named after Paris of Troy, a trojan archer prince in the Homer's epic Iliad. According to Homer, Paris stole the heart of Helen from her husband King Menelaus of Sparta, triggering the Trojan War. Paris is also notable for slaying the Greek hero Achilles, who was invulnerable to wounds everywhere except his left heel.
  • However, the in-game description of Pharis' legend would suggest he is more aligned with the legendary English outlaw Robin Hood. The description of Pharis' Hat ("His hat is universally popular among children"), the use of a longbow, the bandit gang (Forest Hunter Covenant) and the forest hideout are all reminiscent of the sherwood yeoman.



    • Anonymous

      14 May 2018 19:37  

      Be warned, if Pharis jumps backwards off of the nearby cliff during your fight with her, you will get NO LOOT, thus missing your chance at her hat and bow.

      • Anonymous

        Since it won't let me reply properly to my own post11 Jun 2016 07:04  

        I would like to also emphasize how important it is that in the Japanese version the NPC is in fact called Pharis, most definitely, and undoubtedly. "Pharis the Heroic Archer" as I have mentioned. Peace.

        • Anonymous

          This isn't Pharis.25 Apr 2016 23:39  

          The forest hunter guard is not even a male, to begin with, and the character in question is not implied to still be alive, or at least not to be present. The point is, this character isnt even Pharis.

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