Bosses

Major Bosses

  • The major bosses can only be killed once per playthrough. The reward for defeating such bosses varies between Humanity, Twin Humanities, or in rare cases Homeward Bones.
  • The required bosses must be killed in order to finish the game, whereas the optional ones may be avoided if so desired, which could potentially have negative consequences for the course of the playthrough.
  • The Souls column represents the amount of souls you get during your first play-through. For each New Game Plus, that amount increases proportionally.
  • Even though some of these boss fights don't immediately start after you enter the fog gate, you cannot go back out through the fog gate. If you want to exit, you can use a Homeward Bone or Homeward miracle, and be returned to the last bonfire you rested at. Alternatively, you can quit the game and when you reload, you will be in front of the boss' fog gate.
Boss Loot Souls Area Required Notes
Asylum Demon Demon's Great Hammer 2,000 Undead Asylum Yes Only drops his loot if you kill him the very first time you meet him in a playthrough.
The Bed of Chaos Lord's Soul 60,000 Lost Izalith Yes -
Belfry Gargoyles Gargoyle Helm
Gargoyle Halberd
Gargoyle's Shield
Gargoyle Tail Axe (tail cut)
10,000 Undead Parish Yes Except Gargoyle Tail Axe, their loots don't have 100% drop rate.
Black Dragon Kalameet Calamity Ring
Obsidian Greatsword (tail cut)
60,000 Royal Wood No Need to trigger a certain event involving Hawkeye Gough to normally fight him, although you can kill him without Gough.
Capra Demon Demon Great Machete 6,000 Lower Undead Burg No With the Master Key, you do not need to get to the Undead Burg, Lower Undead Burg, or Depths, as you can use the Valley of Drakes shortcut.
His loot doesn't have 100% drop rate.
Ceaseless Discharge None 20,000 Demon Ruins No It's possible to run through the lava even without the Orange Charred Ring. High HP, high Fire Resistance, and Dark Wood Grain Ring needed. The second bonfire won't appear, but you can kill Demon Firesage to make it appear.
Centipede Demon Orange Charred Ring 40,000 Demon Ruins No If you have the Chaos Servant +2 covenant, you can use the shortcut to Lost Izalith before even entering Demon Firesage's fog gate.
Chaos Witch Quelaag Soul of Quelaag 20,000 Blighttown Yes -
Crossbreed Priscilla Soul of Priscilla
Priscilla's Dagger (tail cut)
30,000 Painted World of Ariamis No Killing her counts as sin.
Dark Sun Gwyndolin Soul of Gwyndolin 40,000 Anor Londo No Killing him breaks the Blade of the Darkmoon covenant.
Demon Firesage Demon's Catalyst 20,000 Demon Ruins No If you have the Chaos Servant +2 covenant, you can use the shortcut to Lost Izalith before even entering this boss' fog gate.
Dragon Slayer Ornstein &
Executioner Smough
Soul of Smough (Smough)
Soul of Ornstein (Ornstein)
Leo Ring (Ornstein)
50,000 Anor Londo Yes Their drops depend on who you kill last.
The Four Kings Bequeathed Lord Soul Shard 60,000 The Abyss Yes Covenant of Artorias needed to fight them.
Gaping Dragon Blighttown Key
Dragon King Greataxe (tail cut)
25,000 Depths No With the Master Key, you do not need to get to the Undead Burg, Lower Undead Burg, or Depths, as you can use the Valley of Drakes shortcut.
Gravelord Nito Lord's Soul 60,000 Tomb of the Giants Yes Does not break Gravelord Servant covenant if you kill him, but you can't raise the covenant's rank afterwards that playthrough.
Gwyn, Lord of Cinder Soul of Gwyn, Lord of Cinder 70,000 Kiln of the First Flame Yes Killing him ends current playthrough.
Iron Golem Core of an Iron Golem 40,000 Sen's Fortress Yes -
Knight Artorias Soul of Artorias 50,000 Royal Wood No -
Manus, Father of the Abyss Soul of Manus 60,000 Chasm of the Abyss No -
Moonlight Butterfly Soul of the Moonlight Butterfly 10,000 Darkroot Garden No -
Pinwheel Mask of the Child
Mask of the Mother
Mask of the Father
Rite of Kindling
15,000 The Catacombs Yes Can be skipped by using an exploit. See the page for more details.
He will always drop a mask, but which mask you get is random.
Sanctuary Guardian Guardian Soul
Guardian Tail (tail cut)
30,000 Sanctuary Garden No -
Seath the Scaleless Bequeathed Lord Soul Shard
Moonlight Greatsword (tail cut)
60,000 The Duke's Archives
Crystal Cave
Yes You can skip the first encounter with Seath (Video). Killing Seath at the Crystal Cave opens up the archives, including the prison.
Sif, the Great Grey Wolf Soul of Sif
Covenant of Artorias
40,000 Darkroot Garden Yes -
Stray Demon Titanite Slab 20,000 Undead Asylum (Revisited) No -
Taurus Demon Demon's Greataxe 3,000 Undead Burg No With the Master Key, you do not need to get to the Undead Burg, Lower Undead Burg, or Depths, as you can use the Valley of Drakes shortcut.
His loot doesn't have 100% drop rate.

Mini-Bosses

Boss Loot Location
Armored Tusk Fang Boar Helm Undead Parish
The Duke's Archives
Black Knight Black Knight Sword
Black Knight Greatsword
Black Knight Greataxe
Black Knight Halberd
Black Knight Shield
Titanite Chunk
Red Titanite Chunk
Blue Titanite Chunk
White Titanite Chunk
Undead Asylum (revisited)
Undead Burg
Undead Parish
The Catacombs
Darkroot Basin
Tomb of the Giants
Butcher Sack Depths
Golden Crystal Golem None Darkroot Basin
The Duke's Archives
Great Feline None Darkroot Garden
Giant Undead Rat Humanity Depths
Havel the Rock Havel's Ring Undead Burg
Heavy Knight Titanite Shard
Large Titanite Shard
Tower Shield
Steel Armor Set
Greataxe
Greatsword
Undead Parish
Painted World of Ariamis
Sen's Fortress
Hellkite Dragon Drake Sword Undead Burg
Hydra Dragon Scale Darkroot Basin
Ash Lake
Parasitic Wall Hugger None Blighttown
Prowling Demon Demon Titanite
Titanite Catch Pole
Undead Parish
Sen's Fortress
Anor Londo
The Catacombs
Lost Izalith
Undead Dragon Dragon Scale Valley of Drakes
Painted World of Ariamis
Undead Prince Ricard Ricard's Rapier Sen's Fortress

Order of major bosses

Since Dark Souls is more-or-less an open world RPG (though "seamless" would be the better word), it is not always easy to find the next boss you should defeat in order to advance. This is a list that shows an example of an order in which you can defeat the bosses. Since you can access a lot of places right from the start, there are not many restrictions on an order to defeat the bosses.

Ringing the first bell

  • You start off in the Northern Undead Asylum, the tutorial area. The boss here is the Asylum Demon, but the very first time you meet him fighting is optional. An open door to the left of the entrance will allow the player to temporarily skip the boss. After acquiring a decent weapon, however, the player will be required to face the Asylum Demon yet again. This second encounter is not optional.
  • Your next boss encounter is the Taurus Demon in the Undead Burg. You'll find it after the first bonfire between two castle towers on top of the castle walls. Players with the Master Key may skip this boss by unlocking a door prior to the fog door. This door leads to Havel the Rock who is guarding yet another door which must be unlocked with the Master Key. This door leads to Darkroot Basin. To access the other side of the Taurus Demon's zone follow Darkroot Basin -> Darkroot Garden -> Undead Parish -> Undead Burg. Note that this route is likely more difficult than fighting the Taurus Demon itself.
  • Within the Undead Parish a non-respawning tower knight and six-eyed channeller guard the path to the Belfry Gargoyles. They are technically optional as a player may run past to the fog door, but defeating them is highly recommended as they never respawn.
  • Venturing on you'll have to fight the two Belfry Gargoyles on a rooftop. They're guarding the first bell you need to ring.

Ringing the second bell

Note : The Capra Demon and the Gaping Dragon are actually optional, as there is a shortcut, if you want to skip these, take this path :Undead Parish -> Darkroot Garden -> Darkroot Basin -> Valley of Drakes -> Blighttown (this way you don't need the keys these two bosses drop, making them optional) Alternatively, if you have the master key, you can take this path: New Londo Ruins -> Valley of Drakes -> Blighttown. Just take the elevator down from the undead parish to the Firelink Shrine.

  • Next step is the Capra Demon far down in the depths of the Undead Burg. Kill it and you'll get a key to open up the door that leads to the next area.
  • Now it's time to find your way to the second bell. Your first boss on this journey will be the Gaping Dragon, located in the Depths. This area is accessed via the Lower Undead Burg.
  • From the Depths you can now access Blighttown with a key, there is no required boss here, but there is an optional mini-boss, the Parasitic Wall Hugger. This mini-boss may be defeated from a range, but note that a path leads to the tunnel it is covering. From this path it may be defeated in melee and does not fight back.
  • Once you made your way down to the swampy bottom of Blighttown walk up to the spiked hill you can see on the far side. It contains the next important boss, Chaos Witch Quelaag. She is guarding the second bell.

Meeting some more requirements

Note : These two below are required, but you can do them in any order you want.

Getting the Lordvessel

The Lordvessel is a very important item in the story of Dark Souls that you need to get your hands on. Getting it will also lift the orange fog opening up new areas you couldn't access until now.

  • Ringing the second bell made the colossal gate near the Undead Parish open up. The gate leads to Sen's Fortress, a nasty dungeon full of traps and enemies. Make your way up to the top and fight the Iron Golem. It's a pretty easy battle compared to the nasty dungeon you had to go through. A shortcut to the entrance of the Fortress may be unlocked using the Cage Key on a cage near the Iron Golem boss door.
  • Once the iron golem is history, touch the ring of light at the middle of the boss area, and you will be dragged away to Anor Londo (talk to the gargoyle atop the wall to return if you need to). Your next target (which may take time reaching) is to kill the dynamic duo of Dragon Slayer Ornstein / Executioner Smough. One of the harder battles, but never forget you can summon other players for help.
  • Now the path (elevators left or right) to Gwynevere, Princess of Sunlight is opened up. Talk to her and get the Lordvessel. This lifts the orange fog doors blocking the path to The Duke's Archives, Demon Firesage and Tomb of the Giants. Your next step is to fill the Lordvessel with the four powerful holders of the Lord's Souls.

Filling the Lordvessel

So after the orange fog is lifted, three new areas open up, each with one of the holders of the Lord's Souls. Note that The Four Kings are accessible prior to attaining the Lordvessel.
Note :There is no order in which you have to kill them. You just need to retrieve their Lord's Souls and feed them to the Lordvessel, so select as you like from below :

Confronting Gwyn

Important Note : After killing Gwyn, the game is over. If you touch the bonfire or leave the game, it's over and you'll see yourself starting from the beginning with a New Game Plus. So if you want to do other things (optional bosses, farming, etc.). Don't kill him yet!

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