Dark Souls 3 Guide: How to Beat Yhorm the Giant

Players needing a helping hand with the Yhorm the Giant boss battle from Dark Souls 3 need look no further than this guide on how to beat the Lord of Cinder.

When it comes to the Dark Souls series, one of the most alluring parts of the action RPG franchise is the expectation of thrilling and difficult boss battles. Dark Souls III is no different, with a huge variety of boss battles that have been teased in the tantalizing trailers that appeared before the game's release. When it comes to actually fighting these bosses, however, some players may need to have a particular strategy in mind to be successful.

Whether it be the intimidating Nameless King or the mysterious Abyss Watchers, thankfully Game Rant has you covered when it comes to strategy guides for these boss fights. Here is another guide to one of the bosses in Dark Souls III: Yhorm the Giant. As one of the three Lords of Cinder, Yhorm the Giant is a required boss battle in order to progress through the game, so taking on this boss is essential.

Reaching Yhorm could prove taxing in itself, however, as the journey to the boss is a treacherous one. The player will need to go to the Profaned Capital bonfire, and then take the long ladder down which can be found on the edge of the tower. The player then has two options, to either follow the stone walkway forwards, making sure to avoid the attacks of a gargoyle, or drop off a walkway to the right and follow ledges down before running up some stairs into the boss arena. Players will need to look out for fireballs, however, as a group of casters by a burning altar will spot the hero.

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When in Yhorm the Giant's arena, the first step to take is to lose any sentimentality of the player character's equipment build. No matter how strong the character's set-up, or if the player has decided to take on yet another boss using only fists, the player will want to pick up an item in the arena itself - Storm Ruler. This sword's skill does a tremendous amount of damage to Yhorm, which makes this boss fight much easier.

The item orb can be found at the opposite end of the entrance to Yhorm's throne room, at the foot of the throne itself. Thankfully, Storm Ruler can be used by any player, as it does not have any stat requirements. The item's skill will take a little while to charge, so be sure to avoid any of Yhorm's devastating attacks. The weapon's charge does not dissipate over time, so be patient and wait for the right moment to strike - particularly after Yhorm has attempted a heavy overhead smash.

With this is mind, Yhorm the Giant's attacks hit with a lot of power, so try to avoid being hit at all cost. Yhorm has a longer reach than most of the other giants in the game due to his razor weapon, but it's best to stick slightly behind him at his feet. Yhorm's second form will not attack in much of a different manner, aside from the fact that the giant will be on fire - it may be intimidating, but that's what makes hard games fun.

There is also an alternative way to defeat Yhorm the Giant, which requires the player to have followed the storyline of Siegward of Catarina. If the player has defeated the fire demon at the Undead Settlement, freed Siegward from the Cathedral of the Deep well, talked to him at Irithyll of the Boreal Valley's kitchen, and unlocked his cell at Irithyll Dungeon, then Siegward will join the player in the Yhorm boss fight. Since Siegward also has a Storm Ruler sword, this makes the boss battle much easier.

So there we have it - how to take down this Lord of Cinder with ease. Although this particular boss is essential for the player's continuation of Dark Souls III's story, there are also plenty of optional bosses that the player can take on. With combat as incredible as this, those extra boss fights are no doubt a tempting choice.

Dark Souls 3 is out now for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

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