Dark Souls 3 Guide: How to Beat the Dancer of the Boreal Valley Boss

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Gamers having trouble with the Dancer of Boreal Valley boss from Dark Souls 3 should look no further than this guide, which includes a handy exploit to reach the boss early.

Dark Souls III is full to the brim with bosses, be they ones that are essential for the story or ones that players can take on at their own discretion. Some of these bosses are harder than others, however, and some gamers may want a little helping hand with some of the later bosses in the game. Those Dark Souls fans are in luck, however, as an exploit has been discovered that allows access to Lothric Castle much earlier than From Software planned.

There is, however, one catch with this strategy – the Dancer of Boreal Valley boss needs to be beaten. In a normal playthrough, the player would first beat the intimidating Lords of Cinder trio, which includes Yhorm the Giant. However, there is a way to take on the Dancer of Boreal Valley before this Dark Souls III feat has been accomplished, and defeated with much more ease than would be expected.

There are a few conditions, however. First, the player must have defeated the Sword Master, who can be found at Firelink Shrine. However, Vordt of the Boreal Valley must still be alive in order for this exploit to work properly. As long as these steps have been taken, then the player can proceed with the rest of this walkthrough. If not, skip to the end to find a walkthrough on how to beat the Dancer in the old-fashioned hard way.

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Next up, go to the High Wall of Lothric location, and summon the Sword Master. The player character needs to make their way to the cathedral, making sure that the Sword Master is not defeated. To help with this, they may wish to also summon Lion Knight Alfred – although Alfred will then not be available when taking on Vordt later in the game.

Once inside the cathedral, go and speak to Emma, High Priestess of Lothric. Run through the dialogue options with her, and then kill Emma. The High Priestess will drop the Basin of Vows, which should then be taken to the altar behind Emma’s chair. This will trigger the boss fight with the Dancer of the Boreal Valley.

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Because the player character will no doubt be at a very low level at this point, it’s important to steer clear of the Dancer’s attacks. Instead, allow the Sword Master to get into combat with the boss, which will detract attention away from the player. Keep out of range, and get the menu loaded up; as soon as the Sword Master phantom dies from the Dancer’s attacks, quit out of the game and reload.

Once more return to the High Wall of Lothric and summon the Sword Master, and then run straight for the cathedral to take on the boss again. This time around, however, the exploit will have taken effect. It may not be as flashy as this Diablo III-esque camera glitch, but it’s certainly a lot more helpful, as now the player’s phantom companion will take hardly any damage from the Dancer of the Boreal Valley.

Once again, stay out of range of the Dancer’s sweeping attacks. Allow the Sword Master to get into a one-on-one fight with the boss, and simply sit back and watch as the phantom takes down the Dancer, chipping away at the health of the boss. Once the Dancer has been defeated, access to Lothric Castle is granted, meaning that this low level player character can get access to much better gear than usually seen at this point in the game. Those interested in seeing this exploit in action can do so by checking out Roxivido on YouTube.


Those who don’t want to use this glitch, however, can also find a way to take on the Dancer with ease. When reaching the boss after taking down the Lords of Cinder, the player may be a higher level, but the same rules still apply – be patient and cautious. The Dancer does not pull out any extremely fast moves, and in general her attacks are easy to spot in advance. Roll behind the boss, aiming for its right leg, and take advantage of the slow time of recovery after attacking.

Watch out, though, as the boss becomes a touch faster in its second phase, gaining a second sword in the process. Once again be patient, hitting a couple of times with each chance to deal damage, and making sure to get out before the Dancer pulls off an area of effect attack. Dodging is much more effective than blocking with a shield, so the player needs to be light on their feet. The Dancer is susceptible to Lightning damage, and also bleeds, so using the Dorhy’s Gnawing miracle may be useful.

Find this guide helpful? If so, be sure to check out out other Dark Souls III guides on how to reach each ending or how to get access to a very special transformation.

Dark Souls III is out now for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

Source: Roxivido (YouTube)