The de facto ruler of Irithyll of the Boreal Valley, Pontiff Sulyvahn rules with an iron fist and utilises the Profaned Flame to great effect.
The theocratic tyrant of Irithyll of the Boreal Valley.
This fight is mandatory.
Found at the end of Irithyll of the Boreal Valley in a grand cathedral. The closest bonfire is the Church of Yorshka.
- Londor Pale Shade - you must have atleast 5 Dark Sigils before the sign will appear.
- Black Hand Gotthard
- Anri of Astora
During phase one, the Pontiff will use a variety of hard-to-predict attacks with his magic straight sword and fire greatsword. These have similar start animations but different dodge timings, so beware! He is also very aggressive in this stage, making it difficult to estus.
After about 40% health damage (meaning 60% remaining), the pontiff will kneel and buff himself. At the beginning of this there is a small window to get free hits, but very quickly he will start dealing AOE damage ending in an explosion. Soon after this, the pontiff will thrust his blue sword up vertically. This move is another opportunity for free damage, but summons a shade of the pontiff. The shade and pontiff will also use the same moves, the shade attacking first, and then the pontiff attacking right after with a consistent timing. Killing off the Pontiff shade will cause Pontiff Sulyvahn to go back to his regular moveset, but with new attacks.
During this phase, the pontiff also gets several new attacks, including a jump up vertically followed by a huge fire AOE slam back down, several long-range jump attacks, and two magic missile attacks, one that shoots a long-ranged spear, and one that shoots a short blue arc.
Human pine resin, purchasable in bulk from Patches at Firelink for 1,500 souls each, will deal excellent damage to this boss. Alternatively, you can use Carthus Rouge to bleed him for significant damage.
As a melee character: in the first phase, stay close to him as this will make it easier to dodge through his attacks. Some will even pass overhead without dodging! If he crosses both swords in an 'X' shape, roll away and keep distance until his combo has ended.
During the second phase, it is ideal that players attempt to eliminate the shade Pontiff as soon as it is summoned. This will make dodging much easier to pull off and give the player greater windows in which to retaliate. If you kill the shade he will eventually summon another, which will give another opportunity for free hits. Another option is to stay at range from Pontiff and shade to bait the long range jump attacks, then quickly punish them after dodging. The pontiff is much less aggressive in this stage, meaning it's much easier to get in any healing.