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Dark Souls Washing Pole – Moonlight Butterfly

July 3, 2012

Here is the video for the boss fight with the Moonlight Butterfly in Darkroot Garden.
Washing Pole Strategy
This is an optional boss fight that can be skipped completely or delayed until later in the game. The boss drops the Basement Tower Key and the Divine Ember. If you have the Master Key and are not interested in making divine weapons in early game, this boss encounter can be delayed until you are ready to take on Sif.
The butterfly attacks with ranged magical attacks. Make sure you equip a shield and armor with high magic resist. You will have to evade her attacks, which include quick ray-like shards of magic, a sustained beam attack, and a magic ball that has tracking. This last attack is the most dangerous, but thankfully they can all be easily evaded by rolling or simply running away when the attack starts.
After several rounds of attacks, the butterfly will finally land on the bridge to soak up recharging dew from the flowers. This is your chance to hack it down with the washing pole.
Other Strategies
Lightning can be used on your weapon to exploit the butterfly’s elemental weakness. Make sure you wait until she lands or is about to land before you buff. Otherwise, you may waste the effect waiting for her to get within attack range.
Ranged pyromancies and sorceries work well while the butterfly floats about the bridge.
The fog door can be used to block the boss attacks. Periodically, the butterfly may circle back to the opposite side of the bridge (the side with the fog door). You can position the door between you and the boss, and let it absorb incoming attacks.

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