The Ringed City DLC has come and gone and now it is time to revisit all my predictions from Pre DLC
Turns out the Batwing Demon was neither optional nor entry boss. It is the first mandatory boss of the DLC and comes under the name of The Demon from Below/The Demon in Pain and becomes Demon Prince
Lloyd, Judicator of the Gods
Fighting Lloyd was a decent prediction that just didn’t come through. There are several Judicator Giants throughout the DLC (3 if I recall correctly) and the closest one to a boss is Judicator Argo, who is present in the lackluster Spear of the Church fight.
The Londor Angel
I was sort of right with my initial prediction. While they are not bosses, the Angels are three minibosses spread throughout the Dreg Heap area of the DLC. They provide a stealth type gameplay that didn’t always feel great
Gertrude, Heavenly Daughter
Gertrude wasn’t even so much as mentioned in this DLC – Not by NPC or item description. She wasn’t an enemy or a boss. This leads me to believe that the corpse in the cage hanging in the Grand Archives is actually Gertrude.
Creature from the Egg (Serpent?)/Serpent Woman
In the trailer, the woman who may be Gertrude is holding a massive egg. An egg which has already hatched. We touch the egg in the trailer – It’s got to be something. While it’s possible Angels come from eggs (Not even joking). However I’m thinking it could be some sort of serpent. Or completely disregarding the egg – some sort of Serpent woman. The tease at the end of Ashes was there for a reason.
Since Midir came out of the egg Filianore held, there is no Ocelotte in the DLC. Again not even a brief mention. I suppose he truly did die during the Oceiros boss fight, and it’s one of the few definitive deaths in the series. Having a second Oceiros esque boss probaly wouldn’t have been that fun anyways
Gael, Father of Humanity
This is my only prediction that I got spot on. Gael has consumed the Dark Soul and is now a ravenous beast trying to kill us. I didn’t predict he’d be like the Orphan of Kos meets
If I had to choose 4 bosses – Batwing Demon, Lloyd, Judicator of the Gods, Londor Angel and the Serpent Woman.
NPC’s are crucial to the storytelling of the Souls Games, and we’ve been introduced to an ‘Amnesiac Undead’ by the name of Rap. While there may not be many NPC’s in this new DLC, Im sure that they will all be massively important (And one Rot Bed Corvian for atmosphere)
Slave Knight Gael
Gael’s involvement in the DLC has been confirmed by FromSoft, so really we have to predict the purpose of Gael. I don’t think he will be our companion in the DLC, that seems to be the purpose of new NPC, Rap. It’s likely that Gael will play an antagonistic role in the DLC, maybe even being the boss. I highly doubt we’ll have to fight him like we did Sir Villhelm in Ashes, as he doesn’t seem to be that sort of NPC
With the inclusion of Gael, it’s logical to assume that Aria will also be in the DLC. She is after all the only other NPC we know that is aware of Gael. How she will appear is trickier to guess, as she will still be locked in the Painting of Ariandel if players have not payed the original DLC. It looks like Aria will be important, as her and Gael are on the cover of the GOTY edition of Dark Souls 3 (Previous cover stars have been Artorias, Vendrick/Human Aldia and Lady Maria). Maybe Aria will only appear if you have played the first DLC? We’ll have to wait and see
Lilliane, Youngest Sister of the Sable Church
Yuria was present in the main game, and the eldest sister Elfriede was in the first DLC. It’s not crazy to believe that Lilliane may appear in the second DLC, especially with all the Londor symbolism present in the DLC (The Sword of Avowal on the top of towers). However it could come across as quite lazy if Lilliane was a main antagonist in the DLC. If she was to appear, she would have to be a NPC, or an NPC fight. I am certain that the blind woman with the egg is not Liliane. It is also possible that the figure next to Yuria in the Lord of Hollows ending is Liliane. I’d be totally ok with that
It seems like the unspoken rule that if a boss present in Dark Souls was optional, then the Chosen Undead did not kill them. This allows Gwyndolin to be alive long enough to be consumed Aldrich. We can assume this applies to all optional bosses, which means there’s a chance Priscilla is alive. There is also a chance she has passed. Livid Pyromancer Dunnel lost his hideous spouse – Priscilla was considered an abomination – He invades us in Priscilla’s tower in the DLC. Does this mean Priscilla is dead? Maybe so, but if she is alive, it would be cool to see some reference to her in The Ringed City. It’s the end of the world and Dragons may be coming back. Maybe she’ll even have some link to Aria, but then again, maybe not.
Velka, Goddess of Sin
I add this in so I can give my personal thoughts on this – Velka will not appear, as she has very little relevance to the plot. As much as fans like to think she is the one that controls everything, I just feel as if it goes against everything we learn about our nameless protagonists. That being said, there’s a couple of things that tie her to Londor, and if there was ever a time when she would appear, it’d be now. During the very last content for Dark Souls. If Velka is the woman holding the egg in the trailer then I will never comment on Dark Souls Lore ever again.
Gwynevere, Queen of Lothric
Or perhaps, Juniper, Queen of Lothric. Either way, Gwynevere has been on the run for too long, and now at the end of the world, there’s nowhere to hide. Maybe Gwynevere will be like Velka, forever an elusive figure. However of the two figures, I believe Gwynevere is most likely to appear. Honestly even a dead body or an item that mentions her death will be fine. Quite honestly she’s a plot thread that shouldn’t be left dangling. Although, if Gertrude is an NPC or Boss, then we may get some closure there (As she is suggested to be Gwynevere’s daughter).
This is probably the biggest wildcard on this list, motivated entirely by the possibility that Gwynevere goes by the name of Juniper. Back in the Artorias of the Abyss DLC, Chester told us he had been dragged back from the future, and it’s possible that he was dragged back from the time period of Dark Souls 3. I’m aware that Chester was meant as a tease for Bloodborne, but his outfit does appear similar to the likes of the Assassin and Black Hand sets. I’m not expecting Chester to appear but it would be a pleasant surprise.
DLC Entry Point
The entry point, rather disappointingly, are two added bonfires that take the player directly to the Ringed City. One was added to the Kiln of the First Flame, the other in Ariandel Chapel. I suppose it’s cool that this way, the player can access the DLC at different times should they choose to.
- We have not seen the final boss of the DLC in the trailer – This proved to be true
- A minimum of three bosses, possibly four, at very most 5 – Four bosses in the end
- There will be an additional Dark spell (Sorcery/Miracle/Pyromancy) as well as the three spells we’ve seen (Sorcery Lightsaber, Miracle Bow and Desert Sorceress fan) – Three extra spells were ‘Great Deep Soul, Seething Chaos and Projected Heal
- Rap will be a character we are already aware of, or play a major part in the DLC. Maybe even being attached to a huge faction – Lapp, the rename of Rap, turned out to be none other than Trusty Patches. He plays a companion role in the DLC.
- We could get the Blue Lothric Knight set, and maybe some sort of Pilgrim set – Rather unforunately we got neither of those things. Not even the cool overgrown Lothric Knight armour
- Around 8 Bonfires (Including boss bonfires) – Turns out there is 12 Bonfires in this DLC, plus the two that were added to get to the Dreg Heap
- The final boss of the DLC will give us ‘The Dark Soul’, and will offer the player a fourth (Technically fifth) ending. This ending would be an alternative to the Soul of Cinder. If the DLC is accessed in the Kiln of the First Flame, then this alternate ending may require multiple extra bosses before the final one. This would be worth it for a secret ending – Sadly no new ending, and techincally we got the soul of the man who consumed the Dark Soul, so close enough
Overall, I got about half of my predictions right, which is as decent a score as I can hope. Next time we may be predicting DLC for FromSoft’s next title…