Congratulations for making it this far in Dark Souls 2 and finding yourself face to face with the last boss of the game: Nashandra! Obviously, it’s not the easiest boss around and if you’re not really careful, she will destroy you immediately. But fortunately we are here to help you a bit with our Dark Souls 2 guide on how to beat Nashandra, the final boss fight of the game.
Extremely important when you get here is to summon two AI characters to help you in battle and make things a lot easier. If you can’t summon two because you haven’t talked with all the NPCs in their instances and rushed through the game, at least summon Benhart of Jugo. It will be extremely helpful!
While your companions will attack Nashandra, you will have to pay attention to three of her dangerous attacks: the laser beam which is a long range attack (just watch her when she lifts her hand – that’s when the laser attack is about to happen – just keep the distance or run away from it!); the second attack is the “basic” one where she swipes her weapon around and that should be easy to avoid if you’re not near or at least block it with a shield. Finally, there are the “fountains” around her which curse the player if you enter them and take a bit of health.
The key to beating Nashandra in Dark Souls 2 is to be extremely mobile. Basically, you should create and follow a pattern: move all the times, attack from close range, retreat, avoid her attacks and attack again. Usually she will go for the axe swing which should be just avoided, and when she goes for the laser attack it’s when you should take advantage: she stands still for the entire duration of the attack, so keep slashing and cutting until you eventually bring her down.
And this is it! You have managed to beat Nashandra in Dark Souls 2 and I hope you had a great time playing the game!