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Dark Souls III
Strategy Guide

Author(s): Stephanie Barnes
First Published: 24-05-2016 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 12-02-2019 / 20:25 GMT
Version: 1.0 (????) 22-05-2019 / 09:37 GMT

Dark Souls III Guide

Last updated 3 months ago · Guide Information
Kiln of the First Flame

Soul of Cinder

Stage 1

The Soul of Cinder is an interesting boss because it has four distinct movesets and weapons, switching between each as the battle progresses.

Standard Melee

This is the most basic version of the group, with sweeping sword attacks that are fairly easy to dodge. Stay at a medium distance from the Soul of Cinder and circle around to the right, rolling under any attacks that make you nervous, and then strike when he recovers.

The trick to this stage is to learn which attacks have a slow charge to them, meaning you’ll want to roll later, and be aggressive when he is recovering from his attacks.


This moveset is probably the easiest because you can hug the Soul of Cinder to avoid the majority of his spells.

There are only two spells you need to deal with in this stage: Homing Soulmass, which can easily be avoided by rolling when the orbs activate, and Soul Stream, which you can avoid by getting behind him and going all out during the long attack.

The first two movesets are easy to predict, with the sword attacks being easy to roll past and Soul Stream leaving him vulnerable.

Curved Sword/Pyromancy

The curved blade offers the Soul of Cinder with quick attacks that are difficult to avoid, but they are much weaker than the attacks in other forms. Lure him to perform an attack and roll under them to strike or back off and use ranged attacks to get you through this aggressive stage.


The majority of attacks in this moveset are piercing attack or sweep attacks that are pretty easy to avoid if you stick close and roll. Strike after he does a heavy attack and you’ll get through this phase without a hitch, except possibly taking a Wrath of the Gods to the face.

The curved blade attacks are fast and hard to avoid. On the other hand, the lance attacks are easy to avoid, but you'll likely get hit with the Wrath of the Gods.

Stage 2

When the Soul of Cinder reaches zero health he’ll pause and hold his sword at waist height before thrusting it into the ground in a huge explosion. This will refresh his health and he’ll enter a new moveset with a greatsword.

This is an extremely dangerous stage simply because of one move: a 5-hit combo that will juggle you in the air and tear through you health. Because this move will surely kill you, unless you’ve pumped a ton of points into Vitality, you’ll want to keep your distance from the Soul of Cinder and focus on using ranged attacks for the final stage.

The deadliest attack in the Soul of Cinder's arsenal is a 5-hit combo that will destroy you, so stay back and avoid the Lightning Bolts tossed your way.

Drops: 100,000 Souls , Soul of the Lords


Congratulations for completing Dark Souls III

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • Platforms
    Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • Genre
    Action Role-playing
  • Guide Release
    24 May 2016
  • Last Updated
    12 February 2019
  • Guide Author
    Stephanie Barnes

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