How to beat The Pursuer in Dark Souls 2

You might've met this giant armoured man early on, in the Forest of Fallen Giants, when a humongous bird drops him on top of a roof. There's a good chance he killed you. The trick here is roll dodging his advances. Circle strafe is unreliable because he attacks very quickly, and with large sweeping strikes.

Dodge, attack, block, repeat--but watch out for when his sword glows blue, as that attack curses you, reducing your max HP until you use a human effigy to restore it.

For more help be sure to check out our complete Dark Souls 2 Boss guide.

Ryan Taljonick

Ryan was once the Executive Editor of GamesRadar, before moving into the world of games development. He worked as a Brand Manager at EA, and then at Bethesda Softworks, before moving to 2K. He briefly went back to EA and is now the Director of Global Marketing Strategy at 2K.