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Dark Souls 2 is easily the most divisive game in the Souls series. Its additions to the framework laid down by Demon’s and the original Dark—limiting enemy respawns, the introduction of lifegems—received praise for being welcoming to new players but also criticism for supposedly toning down the series’ difficulty to make the game more accessible. Love it or hate it, there’s no denying that the bosses in this sequel are no joke and will tear you to pieces the first chance they get. We can help you with that.
This list includes all the mandatory bosses you must fight in the game and most of the optional ones, but none of the DLC bosses. If you’re looking for some tips on how to conquer the monsters of Dark Souls 2, and whether or not you should summon a fellow player to help out, this is where you want to be.
A warning: spoilers on all boss battles ahead.
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