HEIDE’S TOWER OF FLAME
Follow the route shown in the video. It’s not especially long or hard when you get to the first bonfire at the base of the tower. The large knights will provide you enough challenge though you’re welcome to revisit them later. For now, dodge your way along the path that lead to The Dragonrider, the easiest boss in the game.
BOSS: THE DRAGONRIDER
The key to defeating the Dragonrider is to NOT activate the switch guarded by the second large knight. That way, the platform of your battle against the Dragonrider remains narrow and subject to fatal falls. This fight is also a good reminder that enemies are also subject to the same hazards heroes have to deal with. The boss might think he’s being lethal with forward thrusts, but as our video shows, it can make him a victim of his own attack.
BOSS: THE OLD DRAGONSLAYER
When you enter the circular room with the three Old Knights, the path to the Old Dragonslayer is to the left (as opposed to the route on the right leading to the Dragonrider). Defeating the Old Knight nearest the drawbridge will reveal the switch that can lower the drawbridge, allowing you to access the Old Dragonslayer.
This boss fight slightly favors backward dodge rolls over sideways rolls, although the latter is better than nothing. If you plan to stay within the Old Dragonslayer’s attack radius, his leaping stabs and smashs are especially tricky since he can still adjust his aim at the start of his jump. All his other attacks, both melee and ranged, are easier to handle though it wouldn’t hurt to lose a few lives in the Hollowed state and study the boss’ patterns before making a serious go with a full life bar with your Humanity restored.
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Part 1: The Forest of Fallen Giants, The Last one (Boss), The Pursuer (Boss)
Part 2: Heide's Tower of Flame, The Dragonrider (Boss), The Old Dragonslayer (Boss)
Part 3: Down Heide's Tower, No Man's Wharf, The Flexile Sentry (Boss)
Part 4: The Lost Bastille, Ruin Sentinels (Boss), Sinner's Rise
Part 5: Belfry Luna, Bell Keeper (Invader), Belfry Gargoyles (Boss), Vorgel The Sinner (Invader)
Part 6: Huntsman's Copse, the Greatsword Phantom, Merciless Roenna (Invader)
Part 7: Skeleton Lords (Boss), Executioner Chariot (Boss), Harvest Valley, Earthen Peak, Covetous Demon (Boss)
Part 8: The Crescent Sickle Phantom, Mytha The Baneful Queen (Boss)
Part 9: The Pit, Grave of Saints, The Gutter, Rhoy the Explorer (Invader)
Part 10: Royal Rat Vanguard (Boss), The Gutter (Part 2), Melinda the Butcher (Invader), The Rotten (Boss)
Part 11: Iron Keep, Smelter Demon (Boss), Belfry Sol, Old Iron King (Boss)
Part 12: Shaded Woods, Scorpioness Najka (Boss), Doors of Pharros, Bowman Guthrie (Invader), Royal Rat Authority (Boss)
Part 13: Brightstone Cove Tseldora, Prowling Magus (Boss), The Porcine Peasant (Invader), The Duke's Dear Freja (Boss), The Lost Sinner
Part 14: Shrine of Winter, Drangleic Castle, Nameless Usurper (Invader), Dual Dragonriders (Boss), Looking Glass Knight (Boss)
Part 15: Shrine of Amana, Undead Crypt, Peculiar Kindalur (Invader), Demon of Song (Boss), Nameless Usurper (Returning Invader)
Part 16: Aldia's Keep, Velstadt, The Royal Aegis (Boss), Aslatiel of Mirrah (Invader), Guardian Dragon (Boss)
Part 17: Dragon Shrine, Dragonfang Villard (Invader), Ancient Dragon (Boss)
Part 18: Memories of the Ancients, Memory of Vammar, Memory of Orro, Memory of Jeigh, Giant Lord (Boss)
Part 19: Throne Watcher and Throne Defender (Boss), Nashandra (Final Boss)
Part 20: King Vendrick (Boss), Dark Chasm of Old, Darklurker (Boss)
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