The Unchained Information
- The Old Prisoner will release himself from captivity after you deliver him all three Glands. He will then try to ascend, but discover that you are the one destined to do it. He will then become hostile towards you.
The Unchained Locations & Drops
How to Beat The Unchained
The Unchained Boss Guide:
He has a very large health pool and many attacks, but they are usually slow and predictable. Learn his attack patterns and how to respond.
Wait for his slide attack, dodge or use your Hardening Ability and then strike back. Keep dealing damage until he drops to 90% Health.
Once he has 90% health he will summon Ads to attack you. Make sure to kill the ads before dealing with him. Ads can be killed in a single strike or you can use an AoE Ability. The Ads to not always appear immediately at 90% and there is a chance to get the boss to 30% before they spawn.
His Wave attack can be problematic because you'll have to deal with the Slide Attacks and waves at the same time. Focus on dodging through the first wave, then dodge the slide attack and then dodge the second wave. You can also dodge the first wave and then simultaneously dodge and harden through the second wave and slide attack.
If you manage to deal enough damage he will fall to the ground. Make sure to let your stamina recover or deal as much damage as you can before he recovers.
When his health drops to 30% he will create a whirlpool and consume Ads to recover health. Use this opportunity to heal and load your Ballistazooka. Once he comes out you can shoot him to deal high damage and stagger him.
Once his health drops below 10% he will spam the Wave Attack and Slide Attack. Make sure to keep your offensive or you won't have a chance to strike back.
Attacks & Counters
|Phase 1 (100% Health)
|Slide: He will jump backwards and then slide towards your location and slash you with his arm.||You can either use your dodge or Hardening to prevent the damage. You will have a small window to strike back|
|Tail Attack: When you attack him from behind, he will use his tail to attack two times.||Use your Hardening to prevent the damage and strike back|
|Jump Attack: He will dive into the pool, the jump into the sky and jump over your location||You won't be able to track him while he is in the sky. Use your Hardening and wait until he lands.|
|Slash: He will perform a wide swing with his arm.||This attack is unparryable. Use your Hardening to prevent the damage and strike back|
|Beak Attack: He will perform a quick strike with his beak||You can parry this strike if you are fast enough. You can also use your Hardening|
|Phase 2 (90% Health)|
|Summon Ads: He will strike the ground and copies of the Foundling will start spawning from the outside.||Focus on destroying the ads first. The copies can deal a lot of damage but are very weak. You can use an AoE Ability to get rid of them.|
|Wave Attack: He will slam the ground and two consecutive waves will spawn from his location. The waves deal damage and throw you to the ground||The best wait to avoid them if by using your Hardening. You can also roll towards the wave to get pass through it.|
|Roll Attack: When you attack him from the side, he will roll over you and the roll back, dealing damage each time.||Use your hardening to avoid the first roll and then run away to avoid the second one.|
|Phase 3 (30% Health)|
|Whirlpool: He will dive into the pool and create a huge whirlpool at his location, dragging both you and any ads inside and dealing damage per second. He will heal a portion of health for each ad he consumes.||Run away as far away as you can to avoid the whirlpool. Use the opportunity to heal or to load your Ballistazooka to strike back when he comes out. It is also a viable strategy to play around the edges of the whirlpool in order to kill ads before they can heal the boss.|
|Spin Attack: He will spin in a 360º angle dealing AoE damage.||Use your Hardening to prevent the damage.|
Notes & Trivia
- The optional soundtrack for this bossfight is "Χ Ξ Σ (666)" by Rotting Christ.
- The ads he spawns appear to be Foundlings in Dark Obsidian form. The weapons they wield is visually similar to the Martyr Blade, only with barbs along the blade and crescent blade near the tip. This may relate to Unchained's title of The Dark Father, used in the trophy list.
- The Unchained was originally highly cheesable, able to be reliably stunlocked with combos and weapons arts and prevented from summoning ads, but this has since been patched and currently (2022) it is impossible to prevent him from summoning ads during the fight.
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