|Micolash, Host of the Nightmare|
|Affiliation||The School of Mensis|
|Locations||Nightmare of Mensis|
Micolash, Host of the Nightmare was most likely a former student of Byrgenwerth, until he went insane after contacting the Great Ones by using the Mensis Cage. He implies that he is aware of the Dream World.
A popular theory about the Nightmare of Mensis, and Micolash in particular is that all beings found in the Nightmare are people that attempted to make contact with the Great Ones. The Mensis Cage placed on one's head traps the thoughts of its bearer, and upon their death, are immersed into the dream as themselves or other freakish incarnations. This might explain Micolash's death quote "Now, I'm waking up, I'll forget everything." as his consciousness exists only in the Nightmare, and that upon being freed (killed) he will awake to find only his own corpse.
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This fight involves two (2) phases. Each phase begins by chasing Micolash through hallways until he is cornered into a room, while dodging/defeating his summoned skeleton minions. The boss involves some puzzle-solving skills. Micolash will use the following attacks:
- He will attempt to shove the Hunter away from him when in melee range.
- He can cast A Call Beyond; an arcane-based AoE attack that channels magic above the caster's head, then detonates, sending shooting stars in all directions, dealing a considerable amount of damage. This is only used in the second phase after jumping down through the hole in the floor. This spell can be avoided by rolling towards him.
- He can cast Augur of Ebrietas. He uses this attack in both phases of the fight and it can be avoided by constantly circling around him at mid range while locked on. Quickly take a swing at him after he casts this spell, then resume the pattern. Note that any summoned puppets should be dealt with first, before attacking Micolash.
- Since Micolash wears the Student Uniform, he is susceptible to Fire and Bolt.
- Since his only abilities in combat is to deal tremendous amounts of Arcane damage, it is reccomended to equip both Arcane Lake runes (the ones that can be found outside the Chalice Dungeons) and the Choir Set.
At the beginning of the fight sprint down the hallway and take a right. Go up the flight of stairs and take the first right to find Micolash and chase him to a medium-sized room. Note that he will summon two puppets. Once he reaches Half health, he will scream and disappear.
Exit the room and take the first right up the stairs and fight a puppet with a whip on the bottom half of the stairs, There is also a puppet with a crossbow in the area. Continue to the top and take the first left to begin chasing Micolash again. He will drop down through a hole in the floor. Jumping down after him will cause him to run up a flight of stairs. Instead, use the broken balcony piece on the right to force him to run into a hallway, summoning two puppets and closing a gate behind him. There is a Frenzied Coldblood (9) on the other side of the balcony he jumps down from.
There is a corpse that can be looted for 6 Quicksilver Bullets near the closed door. Grab them, then turn around and take a right. Head up the stairs and take a left, then take another left at the end of the hallway. Go up another flight of stairs and continue down the hallway to some more stairs. A minion will spawn at the top before a doorway. Go through the door and take a right. Follow the right wall to a ledge and a Blood Stone Chunk. Head back through the door on the ledge to a staircase leading down and a hole in the floor.
Jump down through the hole to begin the second fight with Micolash. It is recommended to stay at close to medium range, to keep him from using A Call Beyond. Shooting him will interrupt the spell cast. It is also possible to use ranged attacks from the ledge of the hole above him. In particular, poison him with two (2) Poison Knives, causing him to dash back and forth until the poison runs out. Rinse and repeat a few more times to kill him. As of Patch 1.08 this strategy may no longer be effective.
Alternatively - In phase II of the fight, when Micolash awaits the player to drop-in from the balcony leading to the open area; and not the main fight room; from this vantage point the player can apply Bone Marrow Ash and simply shoot Micolash, as he will always stay in that same spot -- waiting for the hunter to jump down and chase him. This removes the threat of the A Call Beyond, and subsequently, most of the stigma around fighting him.
Note: This alternate method is more effective for bloodtinge builds, as it relies on gun damage.
A Call Beyond Tip - Avoiding this move is easier by waiting until the cast is about to initiate, and then, dodging into it/towards Micolash, as this move is an outward bound move, and doing so the player is able to get close to Micolash and avoid being shot by his, A Call Beyond.
In phase II of the fight, when Micolash awaits the player to drop-in from the balcony leading to the open area; and not the main fight room; he will stay there even when get attacked by ranged weapon and Hunter's tool . 20 Poison Knife can take out roughly 3/4 of his Hp. When the poison effect kicks in, he will constantly teleport around but not get away from the room . Wait until the effect wears out then repeat.
Just by spaming ranged damage at him , you can skip phase 3
- He drops the Mensis Cage.
- Killing Micolash triggers a bridge to raise from its spot to grant access to Mergo's Loft Middle. This bridge is the same that players took to get to the boss arena, meaning that players will have the path cut off from Mergo's Loft Base, into Micolash's arena. Activating the cage elevator in Mergo's Loft Middle allows one to traverse from Base to Middle, and from there to access the Micolash's arena.
- His death also triggers Arianna's labor.
- Micolash, Host of the Nightmare is voiced by Ryan Gage and Steven Elliot.
- Micolash is a unique boss, in that he does not have his own model, instead he is just a Hunter with his own AI and boss arena. Any enemy that is a pure human and not at all inflicted by the scourge is considered a hunter. This is further proven by how he utilizes the bare fist moveset and his animation for casting Hunter Tools is completely identical to any player.
- Micolash's physical body can be found in Yahar'gul, Unseen Village, beyond Advent Plaza.
- Despite his title, "Host of the Nightmare", he seems to have little to no control over the Nightmare of Mensis. Instead, perhaps he is, in a way, the one to blame for its creation.