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Dark Souls III
Strategy Guide

Author(s): Stephanie Barnes
First Published: 24-05-2016 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 01-11-2019 / 16:08 GMT
Version: 1.0 (????) 07-12-2019 / 16:12 GMT

Dark Souls III Guide

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The Lords of Cinder

Crystal Sage

Stage 1

The Crystal Sage is a magic caster that specializes in sorcery, making ranged combat a dangerous situation. Start the fight by rushing the boss, while avoiding any spells he sends your way, and then throw everything you have at him when you get close.

The Sage is easy to interrupt and has limited close range capability, which results in him teleporting to another location on the map whenever he ends up in a bind. You’ll then need to find and repeat the process multiple times depending on how much damage you can do at each encounter.

List of the Crystal Sage’s attacks:

  • Ice Crystal: Creates a slow moving ice crystal that follows the target
  • Soul Spear: Shoots a spear of fast magic straight ahead
  • White Dragon Breath: Creates a crystal breath of ice that travels across the ground
  • Homing Crystal Soulmass: Creates a group of soulmasses that hover around him until a target is near
  • Crystal Hail: Summons a hail of crystal soulmasses that rains from the sky

The Crystal Sage uses a number of its deadly spells, such as the slow moving Ice Crystal (left) and the deadly Crystal Hail (right).

Stage 2

The second half of the fight is a frenzy and you’ll find yourself in a race to do as much damage as you can before you run out of Estus Flasks.

The reason for this is that each time the Sage teleports away he’ll reappear with a group of clones, each with the came spellcasting capabilities. You’ll need to keep moving to avoid fire from all directions and strike at any clone you get close to in order to eliminate them from the fight.

The easiest way to spot the real Sage is the purple hue to his spells, so if you see a blue spell coming from your nearby target you can slash and move on. Use the environment for cover, to the best of your ability, but you’ll likely find yourself getting clipped by a Soul Spear here and there.

If you find that you’re unable to do enough damage before you run out of Estus Flasks the you likely need to upgrade your weapon and/or armor. Don’t be afraid to equip gear that has a high Magic Resistance even if the remaining defense is poor, since you can replace it after the fight.

You'll have to deal with clone, all using magic and attack non-stop. Keep moving because anytime you stop a spell will be headed your way.

Drops: 8,000 Souls , Soul of a Crystal Sage


Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • Platforms
    PC, PS4, XB1
  • Genre
    Action Role-playing
  • Guide Release
    24 May 2016
  • Last Updated
    1 November 2019
  • Guide Author
    Stephanie Barnes

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