Dark Souls Gwyndolin lore, covenant, boss fight and more

by Ana Lopez

Dark Souls is one of the most popular video games out there with a loyal fan base. Heck, it’s such a hit it’s the godfather of an entire genre. However, it’s not just the infamous difficulty that people love, but also the characters found within, including Gwyndolin from Dark Souls – a very interesting character who has more influence on the events of the game than you might realize.

That is why we think it is only right that we take a closer look at who Dark Souls Gwyndolin is, his alliance, how he affects the game, how to find him and how to beat him if you decide to take on his optional boss fight. Whatever you want to know, you’re sure to find it below.

Of course, Gwyndolin is just one of the many characters you can find in Lordran, and if you want to learn more about all the Dark Souls bosses you’ll need to work your way through our guide. We also have Dark Souls divine weapon and Dark Souls bonfire guides to help you as you journey through this desolate world.

Anyway, without further ado, here’s everything you need to know about Dark Souls Gwyndolin.

Dark Souls Gwyndolin shoots arrows

Who is Gwyndolin from Dark Souls?

Dark Sun Gwyndolin is the youngest son of the first Lord of Cinder, Lord Gwyn (check out our Dark Souls Gwyn guide for more details). As such, this wizard is a god, alongside his two siblings – the unnamed firstborn son and Princess Gwynevere (our Dark Souls Gwynevere guide provides more insight into her character). It’s fair to say that Gwyndolin didn’t have the best start in life, especially since he has an affinity for the moon (hence the name Dark Sun).

You may be wondering why on earth an affinity for the moon is a bad thing? Well, if your father is the Lord of Sunlight, your brother is the founder of the Warrior of Sunlight Covenant, and your sister is the Princess of Sunlight, you kind of stand out. Unfortunately for Gwyndolin, his father makes no secret of his disappointment. Since the Moon is considered feminine, Gwyn chose to raise his youngest child as a girl, despite being a boy.

In the end, despite how his father treats him, Gwyndolin’s resolve to earn his father’s affection never wavers, even after he leaves to rekindle the first flame. Instead, the Dark Sun stands guard at his father’s grave, threatening the lives of anyone who dares to go there. He also keeps an eye on Anor Londo, the city of the gods. At the moment he is the last remaining deity here.

Where can I find Gwyndolin from Dark Souls?

As an optional boss, it’s not clear to a newcomer where Dark Sun Gwyndolin is. To access him you basically have two options: get the darkmoon séance ring or attack Princess Gwynevere.

The first option concerns the catacombs, a hellish area that no one should put themselves through before they have to. When you feel ready, you should work your way through the area. Eventually you will come across the darkmoon séance ring. After obtaining it, return to Anor Londo and go to the giant statue of Gwyn. You’ll know you’re in the right place when there’s an empty statue to his left and a statue of Gwynevere to his right.

Wearing the darkmoon séance ring shows that the statue of Gwyn is an illusion, a new path is down a flight of stairs in front of you with a fog gate at the bottom. You have the option to talk to Gwyndolin from outside the fog, which means you can join the Blade of the Dark Moon Covenant. Going through the fog gate will make Gwyndolin hostile to you. Thus begins the boss fight.

As for the Gwynevere option, if you hit her (she’s in the room behind Ornstein and Smough), she’s revealed to be an illusion, Anor Londo goes too dark, and Gwyndolin announces that you’re Public Enemy Number One. It is worth noting that if you do this you will not be able to join his covenant.

Dark Souls Gwyndolin is under attack

What is the Dark Moon Covenant’s Dark Souls Sword?

The Blade of the Dark Moon Covenant is led by Gwyndolin and they have only one duty: to kill those who sin. To get an assassin from this group on your back, you’ll need to kill Gwyndolin, cause the darkness to embrace Anor Londo, kill NPCs, or successfully defeat other players after an invasion.

To join this group, make sure you get the darkmoon seance ring from the catacombs and talk to Gwyndolin in a peaceful way.

Dark Souls Gwyndolin boss fight

Gwyndolin is certainly one of the more interesting boss fights in Dark Souls, but it’s not too hard to beat. In fact, he’s one of the easiest bosses in the entire game. The fight takes place in what feels like a never-ending corridor (it does end, but it takes a while), and Gwyndolin fires a barrage of magic at you.

However, thanks to the many pillars around it, you can hide and take no damage – a 100% magical reduction shield is also a viable option if you don’t want to duck behind pillars. After each spell there is a small pause in Gwyndolin’s attack, and this gives you a chance to continue. Eventually you reach the boss and can land a few hits. Just rinse and repeat until it’s down.

Phew, there you have it, everything you need to know about one of the most fascinating characters in the world of Dark Souls. If you’re looking for something new to play, our list of the best games like Dark Souls is sure to please.

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