Iudex Gundyr
Iudex Gundyr
NG hp.png HP poise.png Poise souls.png Souls
0 1,037 185.00 3,000
1 3,561 185.00 15,000
2 3,917 194.73 16,500
3 4,095 205.55 16,875
4 4,273 217.64 18,000
5 4,629 231.25 18,375
6 4,807 264.28 18,750
7 4,985 308.33 19,125
Physical Absorption
physical-def.png Standard 15%
strike-def.png Strike 12%
slash-def.png Slash 18%
thrust-def.png Thrust 16%
Elemental Absorption
magic-def.png Magic 5%
fire-def.png Fire 2%
lightning-def.png Lightning -14%
dark-def.png Dark 38%
bleed.png Bleed Susceptible
poison.png Poison Immune
frost.png Frost Susceptible


This sword is only bequeathed to chosen ash, as judged by the Iudex, who awaits the arrival of ash as a scabbard.

— Description of Coiled Sword

This old cast-iron halberd has the power to break poise, and is said to never crumble, seeming to suggest that Gundyr was fated to eternal service from the beginning.

— Description of Gundyr's Halberd

Gundyr, or the Belated Champion, was bested by an unknown warrior. He then became sheath to a coiled sword in the hopes that someday, the first flame would be linked once more.

— Description of Gundyr's Set

General Information

The tutorial boss for Dark Souls III. It displays what the player should expect regarding boss phases in the game and how the fight may drastically change.

This fight is mandatory.


Cemetery of Ash



Item Drops


  • Thrust Combo: Thrusts halberd, and finished by either another thrust, a slam, or a right-to-left swing.
  • Horizontal Sweep: Sweeps his halberd left-to-right, followed by a shoulder bash, and finished by a delayed thrust.
  • Horizontal Swing Combo: Swings his halberd left-to-right, and finished by stabbing the ground and launching his halberd out.
  • Dash Attack: Dashes away and swings right-to-left.
  • Grab: Reaches out and attempts to grab the target, stabbing them into his halberd and launching them away if it connects.
  • Punch Combo: Punches, followed by a shoulder bash, and finished by a delayed thrust.
  • Running Slam: Runs a short distance and slams his halberd down.
  • Plunge: Jumps and slams down with his halberd.

Phase Transition: <55% HP, stretches his arm out as it mutates and transforms the rest of his body, while he drags it across the ground to deal damage.

  • Swipe: Swipes with his mutated hand, and finished by a delayed slam by the mutated hand.
  • Ground Stab: Stabs the ground with his halberd and Pus of Man.
  • Plunge: Jumps and slams down.
  • Whip: Stretches out the tail of the Pus of Man before swinging it back.
  • Grab: Drags the Pus of Man across the ground agape to grab the target.
  • Leaping Horizontal Swing: Slams his mutated hand down and swings his halberd right-to-left, followed by a left-to-right by halberd and mutated hand, and finished by a delayed slam with his mutated hand.
  • Leaping Thrust: Slams his mutated hand down and jumps forward to thrust, and finished by a quick swipe from the mutated hand.
  • Leaping Ground Stab: Stabs the ground with his halberd, followed by launching it out of the ground, and finished by a swipe with the mutated hand.


Iudex Gundyr Boss Guide



  • Rarely after being defeated, the player can be locked into sideways movement.
  • Iudex Gundyr can fail to spawn.


  • "Iudex" is Latin for "Judge."
    • Works well with the introduction of the fight being a parallel to the Arthurian legend of the sword in the stone. The player takes the Coiled Sword out of the iron armored Gundyr and is judged by him to see if he is worthy to inherit/link the First Flame. This is the first step the player must take.
  • Similar to Old King Doran from Demon's Souls, who also tests the player's worth to wield a sword.
  • Leaked screenshots show an unused original position of Iudex Gundyr to be in the Consumed King's Garden, in place of Oceiros, the Consumed King.

See Also


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