15 Hardest Non-Boss Enemies in Dark Souls 3 (Ranked)

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Whereas probably the most memorable moments in Darkish Souls 3 could also be these epic boss fights, they definitely aren’t the one enemies of point out.

In reality, a number of the opponents you face might provide you with such a wrestle they even really feel tougher than some bosses!

And that’s what this checklist is about – these controller-smashing encounters which have left us gawping at our screens, arms slack, spirits crushed.

Be part of me on this journey as we glance again at a few of our ‘favorites’!

15. Starved Hound

Starved Hound In Dark Souls 3

Throughout all the ‘Soulsborne’ installments, canines are a staple.

Notorious for his or her unbelievable pace, ridiculous hitboxes, and… questionable assault frames, it’s not a souls sport with out being murdered by a teleporting canine.

14. Pus of Man

Pus Of Man Screenshot From Dark Souls 3

I feel we will all keep in mind our first encounters with these guys.

Nothing fairly as stunning as seeing a 10-foot amorphous black blob monster erupting from an on a regular basis hole.

Their harm is loopy, and so they will one-shot you for those who’re a low degree, which you doubtless will likely be, as these guys can first be discovered on the excessive wall of Lothric!

13. Big Crab

Giant Crab Ds3 Enemy

Are you feeling it now?

One other noob-killer, it’s not a lot the issue of the crab as it’s the surroundings they’re in.

Positive, they’ve large pincer swings, a crushing seize assault, and a bubblebeam so large it could make Squirtle jealous.

However it’s the actual fact you must struggle the primary one you encounter in dodge-impeding knee-deep water that basically ices the cake.

12. Ghru Leaper

Ghru Leaper - Dark Souls Iii Screenshot

You’ll assume that the one unarmed variant of Ghru’s within the sport can be the simplest.


Ghru leapers are extremely troublesome to hit due to their assaults inflicting them to leap so excessive you typically lose sight of them.

Just for them to then crash down upon you, both chunking you onerous or commencing a seize assault – that goes via blocks – and leaving you lifeless, or wishing you have been.

11. Black Knights

Black Knights In Dark Souls 3

A returning enemy from Darkish Souls 1, the black knights are formidable opponents.

In the event that they’re not swinging at you with unbelievable harm and infinite stamina, they’re fully shrugging off your assaults with their loopy poise.

Opposite to Darkish Souls 1, the knights on this sport additionally respawn upon resting!

Though they have been arguably harder within the first installment.

10. Elder Ghru

Elder Ghru In Dark Souls 3

In your travels via the swamps of Farron, you might spot these towering shadows slinking via the waters.

The elder Ghru’s wield whole timber, which they fortunately slam down upon your tiny physique.

They’ll additionally summon swarms of pursuing skulls which could distract you for simply lengthy sufficient to be open to a log to the face.

The height of their issue arises when you must face a number of at a time – leaving you little or no room to slot in any assaults of your personal, and sometimes spelling your doom.

9. Boreal Outrider Knight

Boreal Outrider Knight - Ds3 Screenshot

Heralding from the identical boreal valley as Vordt and the dancer, the outrider knights are beast-like warriors, pushed mad and deformed over time.

Combating on all fours with an aggressive fight model, the knights are unpredictable, quick, and devastating.

They’re a mini-boss kind enemy and thus don’t respawn, and there are a complete of three within the sport – all completely skippable.

Which can be the best choice, at least for the primary one you encounter, being extraordinarily early on the street of sacrifices. It’s really useful to run across the knight and return later.

Nevertheless, if the participant feels as much as the problem it’s doable.

Keep in mind, nevertheless, they’re proof against poison/poisonous, and immune to every thing however darkish harm – which isn’t obtainable in most builds.

8. Deep Accursed

Deep Accursed Enemies In Ds3

I vividly recall the drop in my intestine after seeing one in all these guys falling from the ceiling for the primary time.

The monstrous measurement of those 6-legged demons is intimidating sufficient, but it surely doesn’t finish there.

They assault extremely quick and over huge areas, and assaults additionally inflict curse build-up, which is able to immediately kill you as soon as full, no matter your present HP.

With solely 2 within the sport, they’re the supply of the sapphire and ruby Aldrich rings, which offer useful resource restoration on crucial hits.

7. Sulyvahn’s beasts

Sulyvahn’s Beasts - Ds3 Screenshot

Of comparable ilk to the deep accursed, the beasts of Sulyvahn are towering furry monstrosities.

There are 3 of them, and being mini-bosses, they don’t respawn. Not that you’d need them to.

Crocodilian in look and simply as aggro, the beasts will snap at you with huge jaws and have an terrible seize assault that may end up in prompt dying.

While it may be onerous to search out any form of time-frame to counterattack with, they do have a gracious variety of weaknesses, being extraordinarily prone to bleed and hearth, and affected by poison and frostbite, too.

6. Ringed Knights

Ringed Knights In Dark Souls 3

Denizens of the ringed metropolis, the ringed knights are a DLC-exclusive enemy.

And so they’re hardcore.

You’ll come throughout teams of them roaming the streets in your travels, both in pairs or with teams of ranged clerics, and there are 3 variants.

The sword and spear are most typical, although nonetheless intimidating.

The greatsword model are lone wolves, and for good cause – they’re by far the toughest, boasting extra HP and a mind-boggling quantity of harm, vary and combo potential.

And so they’re immune to nigh on every thing, solely being weak to darkish, magic, and frost.

Aaaaand they respawn…

Some absolute madmen farm these guys for his or her drops and souls, however I’m fairly snug preventing not more than obligatory, thanks.

5. Cathedral Knights

Cathedral Knights In Dark Souls 3

Most accounts of cathedral-knight-based complains I can discover on-line are regarding the greatsword variant, but it surely’s the mace ones I wrestle with most.

In any of their kinds, although, these guys are terrible.

Huge vary, loopy harm, and – within the case of the mace model – a perseverance buff that causes boss music to play in your head as they goes nuts with aggression.

They will even heal themselves, and respawn, and can forged power to knock you down.

The cathedral knights merely do not care, and can crush you into the bottom if given the possibility.

4. (Crawling) Mimic

(Crawling) Mimic - Ds3 Screenshot

Earlier than you level and chuckle at me, no, I don’t imply being grabbed by a mimic.

This place on the checklist is strictly reserved for the bane of my private existence, the crawling mimic.

I can’t, for the lifetime of me, discover any documentation of different folks fighting this man on-line. However my god, I merely get destroyed each time.

It doesn’t ever appear to cease attacking, leaps throughout any distance with ease, and doesn’t give even a passing look to my assaults because it continues to beat my face to a bloody pulp.

Please, inform me it’s not simply me. Even after the platinum trophy and over 1000 hours in DS3, I will die to this man, 9 occasions out of 10.

3. Jailer

Jailer Enemy In Ds3

Man, perhaps it’s simply the Irithyll dungeon that does me in.

Jailers depress me. Not even as a result of I die to them that always, simply due to their sheer skill.

Simply being close to a jailer decreases your max HP – and by lower, I imply plummet, but it surely wears off in 20 seconds and your max HP will rise once more! Cool, nice, superior.

However it doesn’t convey your precise HP with it…

So basically, these guys kill you by current in your neighborhood, and by god is there loads of them.

What’s extra, assaults with their soldering irons will forestall estus consuming and trigger you to be unable to dodge by inflating your equip load dramatically.

They’ll then comply with this up with a extremely damaging seize assault.

While not essentially a menace by alone, they’re scary in teams, and the slew of points they trigger that makes them simply… annoying.

2. Corvian Knights

Corvian Knights Screenshot From Ds3

One other DLC-exclusive enemy, there may be a lot to be stated about these guys.

However let’s hold it temporary, in case I kick off on one other rant.

The knives these guys throw shouldn’t exist. They’re sniper-accurate, and for those who’re too shut/don’t dodge/blink greater than 1 will hit you and kill you.

Kill you. For mistiming a ~1 second assault animation.

They appear to by no means must cease and can assault over and over and over, every dealing obscene harm with hitboxes that can depart you asking your display “actually?”.

You higher hope you catch them out earlier than they see you, as a result of as soon as they get warmed up you might as properly put your controller down and go get a snack as an alternative.

1. Big Serpent-Males

Giant Serpent-Men In Dark Souls 3

Discovered within the archdragon peak, the serpent-men (even the smaller variants) appear to have garnered fairly the repute amongst gamers.

Going extra off consensus right here, the large snake guys with their huge axe-based weapons are the most-complained-about enemies I can discover on-line.

And whereas I personally might discover the Corvians or the *shudder* crawling mimic tougher, I can see what folks imply.

They’ve merely bonkers vary – particularly the chain-axe variant (Like how did that get previous QA he can hit you half-way throughout the complete map with that factor!)

They are often parried, however standing in entrance of that axe-flail with a parrying dagger takes brass balls that might make Duke Nukem himself blush like a schoolgirl.

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