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Burrowing Rockworm is an Enemy in Dark Souls.

Burrowing Rockworm

 


Giant worms faced after the Ceaseless Discharge. Have pincer-like mouths and spits corrosive acid.

 

Drops

 

Attacks

  • Ground Rockworm
    • Acid spit: Spits a ball of acid out at close to medium range. Does 40 durability damage to all equipped items, even secondary weapons/shields. Durability damage still applies if blocked.
    • Lunge: Lunges its upper body forward to deal medium-high damage. Hard to block. It recovers fast after using this.
    • Bite: Grabs you with its pincers and goes on to eat you. Very painful and will kill low health/armor builds in one grab. Can be escaped by repeatedly mashing L1/R1 in order with minimal damage done to you.
    • Sweep: Sweeps its body from its left to its right, to left, to right. (I forgot to test if it attacks the same if standing on its left side)
  • Hanging Rockworm
    • Acid sweep: Spits acid around 180-degrees in front or behind itself, depending on where the player is. Has very short range from the front, about medium range from behind. Does 40 durability damage to all equipped items, even secondary weapons/shields. Durability damage still applies if blocked.
    • Lunge: Lunges its upper body forward to deal medium-high damage. Hard to block. It recovers fast after using this. Can also target the player, if behind.
    • Bite: Grabs you with its pincers and goes on to eat you. Very painful and will kill low health/armor builds in one grab. Can be escaped by repeatedly mashing L1/R1 in order with minimal damage done to you.
    • Thrash: Thrashes forward 4 times, attacking everything at close-to-mid range, largely forward and at shallow/moderate angles. Can also target the player, if behind.

 

Strategy

They pop out of the ground at certain places and spit acid from a distance. If the player chooses to try and fight them up close they have two so far know attacks for countering that. They will sometimes thrash about spinning and smacking everything around them, knocking the player back. Other times they will grab a hold of the player in its pincers and clench them hard taking away allot of health, then throwing the player down in the dirt. This attack is best avoided by watching the pincers on the mouth, as they will extend outwards when they are about to bite.

  • I noticed the hanging ones don't seem to fight back much if you attack with a spear from a shallow angle from its right-front, just stabbing them to their right of their eye with the heavy 1- or 2-handed attack (seems you have to be closer to hit their left side). Occasionally, they'll do their acid sweep, but you'll recover from your attack and be able to back off well before it comes close (it'll probably still miss you if you don't even move at all). They don't seem to attack any other way if you stay back far enough to just barely be able to hit them, and many times they'll just take the damage without doing anything about it.
  • For those who lack ranged weapons, the Poison Mist/Toxic Mist pyromancies are very effective. On NG, one use of Poison Mist will kill a rockworm outright, can be used from a safe distance with a bit of practice, and can hit two at a time in the area leading to the Large Flame Ember. Patience required.
  • Ranged attacks are obviously recommended.

 

Locations

Location Health Souls Respawn
Demon Ruins 600 800 Yes

 

 

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