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See also: Iron Dragonslayer
For the armor piece, see Dragonslayer Armor.

The Dragonslayer Armour is a boss in Dark Souls III.

In-Game Description

The Dragonslayer Armour, controlled by the Pilgrim Butterfly, lost its master long ago, but still remembers their sporting hunts.[1]


A suit of armor that belonged to a dragonslayer from times long past. It is controlled by the Pilgrim Butterflies that soar high above Lothric Castle and guard the entrance to the Grand Archives. It wields a gigantic shield and a greataxe infused with lightning.



Found on the highest level of Lothric Castle, along the path that leads to the Grand Archives.

Fight overview[]


The Dragonslayer Armour uses attacks that are characterized by gulf swings and occasional overhead attacks. It deals large amounts of damage to any character regardless of their resistances. The best tactic for dealing with this boss is to constantly roll away from its attacks and land one of your own. It also deals a huge amount of stamina damage if you try blocking.

It is essential when fighting this boss to remain under 70% Equip Load so that you can roll at a fast pace. Since the fight will be characterized by dodging, it would be advisable to not be overencumbered and have a slow pace roll.

The boss uses its greataxe for overhead chops and wide gulf swings, but it will use its shield with startling speed to break your defense. In the second stage of the fight, it will use shield combos or use its shield before its greataxe.

When fighting this boss, it is necessary to remember not to get greedy with attacks and to have a faster roll speed.



Item Soul of Dragonslayer Armour
Soul of Dragonslayer Armour
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  • The Dragonslayer Armour has a few parryable attacks, but will not become open for a riposte after successfully performing one. In the same manner, he can be staggered after sustaining enough consecutive hits, taking Instability damage for a short time, but will not become open for a riposte for this duration.
  • The Dragonslayer Armour is an abyssal enemy, rendering him weak against the Wolf Knight's Greatsword and the Farron Greatsword.
  • Using only Pestilent Mist against the Dragonslayer Armour will not activate the second phase of the fight and will also trigger a unique death animation.
  • If the Dragonslayer Armour is interrupted during its stagger animation that transitions into the second phase, it will not buff its greatshield with lightning and will continue to use its first phase moveset, making it considerably easier to fight.


  • The description of the Iron Dragonslayer Set, dropped by the Iron Dragonslayer in the Ringed City, reveals both are the same entity from Lothric Castle, having eventually ended up in the swamp and been reanimated by its memories.
  • The Dragonslayer Armour may be the armor once worn by the dragonslayer who served Lord Gwyn's Firstborn and Dragon Slayer Ornstein in the description of Sacred Oath.
  • The Dragonslayer Armour will occasionally spurt blood when hit, and grunt when attacking. It is unknown whether this implies that the owner's body was still inside the armor when it was possessed, or if it's simply a developer oversight.
  • The Dragonslayer Armor bears a strong resemblance to the Berserker Armor from the Berserk anime/manga.




Dragonslayer Armour Boss Fight - Dark Souls 3


See also[]


  1. Excerpt from the Soul of Dragonslayer Armour description.
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Dancer of the Boreal ValleyOceiros, the Consumed KingChampion Gundyr
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Ashes of Ariandel
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