Gundyr was once an Unkindled (Champion of Ash) like the player, but when he arrived to Firelink Shrine to assume his duty, it was too late; his Fire Keeper was long dead and the flame had already faded. When he was defeated by an unknown warrior (implied to be the Ashen One), he became a sheath to the Coiled Sword to test future champions as the Iudex Gundyr, Judge of Ash.
The battle will commence once the player approaches him. Champion Gundyr fights in a similar manner to his present self, but he is far more aggressive, hits harder and has a large moveset and combos that cover a large area, leaving very little openings for the player to attack.
All moves he shares with Iudex have been enhanced in some way. For example, when he slams his halberd into the ground, he does this in an attack that consists of two stages, the first when he slams the weapon and the second when he raises it again, in another attack that has slightly more reach.
Two of the most noticeable attacks added to his repertoire are a round-back kick he performs if he detects the player is next to him after finishing a combo, and a shoulder bash that practically teleports him from any place within the arena to the player's position, knocking them back while dealing medium damage.
In his second phase, he will get even more aggressive and will start using some devastating combos and juggles. All of his attacks are then enhanced in one way or another and he can chain combos almost immediately, harassing the player without taking breaks while performing wide swings and punches. He also resorts to his back-round kicks and shoulder bashes more often and is able to reach the player's current position from all across the arena in just an instant.
However, perhaps his most dangerous enhancement is being able to perform counter-combos. He has a few powerful combos designed to trigger if he finishes one and detects the player is attempting to attack at that moment.
The fight will start as soon as Gundyr is approached in his arena. He is vulnerable from the first moment and the player should take this opportunity to score as many hits as possible. It is not recommended to rush at him for this purpose, though, and instead conserve as much stamina as possible for when the battle properly starts.
Gundyr's most distinctive characteristic is his ability to own all the immediate area around him. He has a vast repertoire of wide attacks and backward counter moves, and can also close the distance to the player in an instant. These traits make it not the wisest choice in relying solely in close combat. The main problem in this fight is Gundyr's excellent tracking, which allows him to unleash all of his attacks almost with perfect accuracy at the player, even if they roll away or are standing right behind him.
In his first phase, Gundyr will attack much like his previous incarnation, although his moves will now be faster, his combos longer, and he will try to perform his grab attack more frequently. Additionally, he will sometimes delay the finishing attack of some of his combos to trick the player into rolling early and ensure they get hit.
In his second phase, however, things will become much more complicated, with Gundyr unleashing very damaging, almost infinite, combos and chasing the player non-stop. Trying to stay in his vicinity is extremely risky. What the player must do, is wait until he starts performing a combo and run away as far from him as possible. When Gundyr tries to reach the player again, he may perform one of his two jumping attacks (the shorter one consists of two hits, so be aware of that), where the player may score a hit or two while he recovers.
Players should also be very cautious of not letting themselves be caught by Gundyr's juggle attack, which may outright kill them instantly if they are not careful.
Gundyr will react immediately if he detects the player is trying to heal and will cancel any combo or attack he is currently performing to quickly lunge at the player, stabbing them with his halberd. To heal, try to do so while standing behind him after evading his attacks and just after he is finishing a combo. Another method is to gain as much distance from him as possible and heal while he is performing a combo; however, since he will cancel it and rush to attack, the player should take this into account and make sure they will have enough time to finish the healing process before he arrives to their position.
Sword Master: If the player has defeated him at the Firelink Shrine, the Sword Master can be summoned for this fight. His summon sign can be found at the entrance to the arena, just to the right.
Soul of Champion Gundyr
- ↑ Gundyr's Set description.
- ↑ Estus Ring description.
- ↑ Soul of Champion Gundyr description.
- ↑ Gundyr's Set description.