All Bosses

From Speed Souls - A Dark Souls Speedrunning Wiki

Dark Souls III All Bosses is a speedrun category in which the player tries to complete the game as fast as possible by beating all bosses including optional and DLCDownloadable Content bosses.
This category requires the Ashes of Ariandel DLCDownloadable Content.


Rules

  • There are no added restrictions on how the player completes the game, they must simply start a new character and beat the final boss as quickly as they can.
  • Glitches, skips and sequence breaks are all allowed. Using other programs to affect the game or editing the game code is not allowed.
  • Runs are measured on IGTIn-Game Time. When finishing, runners are required to at least show the IGTIn-Game Time in their submitted runs.
  • This category uses all available glitches and is run on Ver. 1.08 Reg. 1.22.
  • You may not use savefiles during your runs. Using savefiles is common when practicing certain parts in a run but these are not counted as 'official' times.

Routes

The world record is 1:09:13 IGTIn-Game Time by Distortion2 (YouTube). The leaderboards for this category are available here.

Route Estimated possible time Current Record Runner VODVideo on Demand
Sellsword Twinblades (with Farron Skip) - 1:09:13 Distortion2 YouTube
Sellsword Twinblades (no Vilhelm Skip) - 1:09:21 LostFeather413 YouTube
Anri's Straight Sword (DLC route) - 1:09:35 Qttsix YouTube

Skips, Glitches and Methods used in All Bosses

Lizard Skip
Roof Skip
Kill Anri
Spook Quitouts
Crow Quills Glitch
Irithyll Skip
Vilhelm Skip
Greatwood Skip
ODK Skip
Scream Skip
Place Souls Skip

Experimental Glitches / Skips

Tumblebuff
Duping

Bosses

Any enemy that has a large health bar on the bottom of the screen when engaged in combat is considered a boss. Other enemies are not considered bosses by the Dark Souls community even if it may seem like they are because of their size.

These enemies are bosses
  • Iudex Gundyr
  • Vordt of the Boreal Valley
  • Curse-rotted Greatwood
  • Crystal Sage
  • Abyss Watchers
  • Deacons of the Deep
  • Pontiff Sulyvahn
  • Dancer of the Boreal Valley
  • Yhorm the Giant
  • Aldrich, Devourer of Gods
  • High Lord Wolnir
  • Old Demon King
  • Oceiros, the Consumed King
  • Ancient Wyvern
  • The Nameless King
  • Lorian, Elder Prince & Lothric, Younger Prince
  • Champion Gundyr
  • Dragonslayer Armour
  • Sister Friede / Father Ariandel and Friede / Blackflame Friede
  • Champion's Gravetender / Gravetender Greatwolf
  • Soul of Cinder
These enemies are not bosses
  • Any of the dragons in Undead Settlement and Lothric Castle
  • Frost Knight
  • The giant that shoots at you from the top of a tower in Undead Settlement
  • The fire beasts in Undead Settlement and Demon Ruins
  • Stray Demon

Layout and Splits

All Bosses splits file by Miltrivd

Learning

Learning a speedrun in Dark Souls III may seem daunting at first but there are ways of making the learning process easier. Start by doing an initial run through and making sure to do the following things:

  • Follow the notes as accurately as you can (getting safety bonfires is fine). Don't level more than you should. Try not to lose large amounts of souls since there is no way to get them back.
  • Make savefiles before each part that you might have trouble with. You can just copy the savefile (generally in "\Users\<YourName>\AppData\Roaming\DarkSoulsIII\<SomeCode>") into a seperate folder or use the SpeedSouls - Save Organizer.
  • Make splits. Download a program like Livesplit or WSplit and setup your splits. It doesn't matter how bad they are in you first run.

Once you have completed your first run and made savefiles practice the parts you are least confident with then try another run. When you get more confident you should stop getting safety bonfires and start doing riskier strategies.