Bosses are unique and powerful enemies in Dark Souls and Dark Souls Remastered. Defeating bosses affects the world of Lordran, limiting multiplayer invasions and progressing flags in NPC questlines. Bosses can only be defeated once in your own world, but you may join and assist other players with their battles by going online. Keep in mind that special dropped weapons from boss tails can only be obtained in your own world. You can also receive a Boss Soul to create Boss Soul Weapons when you defeat your own world's bosses.

This page compiles the list of boss encounters, as well as some mini-bosses and non-respawning enemies through the game. Strategies for defeating them are found on their respective pages. See also Enemies.

 You can find our video guides for all bosses here:


Area Bosses

These Demons are mostly located at the end of each area. They are distinguishable by the fact that their Name, and health-bar, shows up at the bottom of the screen. The battles also takes place in arenas, blocked by fog-gates.

  • Not all bosses are mandatory for game completion. Optional bosses have an * marker next to their name on the list.
  • Several bosses can be skipped if following a specific, advanced Game Progress Route.
  • The Demon Firesage can be skipped only if you are in the Chaos Servant Covenant (Rank 2).
  • We have not added a * to bosses that may be skipped via cheating, exploits or other non-intended mechanics.










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    • Anonymous

      14 May 2021 23:52  

      Google this 'Gwyn, Lord of Cinder Gothic Music Version' and listen to Gwyn theme played on a church organ!!!

      • Anonymous

        12 May 2021 06:09  

        Hey, little tip for everyone, the dark sun Gwendolyn page has been a favorite hangout for transphobes, do not listen to them, they’re opinions are not valid, also if there are any transgender people reading this keep living your truth, you are perfect just the way you are

        • Anonymous

          08 Apr 2021 05:12  

          I only accept one ending for this game, the one shown here: 'Solaire Ending - Solaire finds his very own sun ! Dark Souls 1 Secret Ending'
          P.S.: do not let your children watch it for the Sun's sake...

          • Anonymous

            24 Mar 2021 21:18  

            People need to stop looking up how to defeat bosses and just keep on trying until you get the hang of it.

            • Anonymous

              21 Mar 2021 13:56  

              Hi I need some advice. Should I be focusing more on dodging or blocking? Ds1 is my second souls game after ds3. For me dodging was more effective than blocking in 3 so much that I quit shields past Abyss watchers but in 1 it seems the other way around. Also managing equip load for quick rolls is just killing me.

              • Anonymous

                25 Jan 2021 20:10  

                Wait, is the Hydra in that grassy place not considered a boss? I guess it doesn't have that health bar on the bottom but whatever.

                • 14 Jan 2021 04:39  

                  Every dark souls boss in a nutshell:
                  Asylum Demon: "we never forgot the first"
                  Taurus Demon: R U N
                  Bell Gargoyles: where we learned to summon//"the true dark souls starts here"
                  Moonlight Butterfly: Melee's most boring fight
                  Capra Demon: the most bullshit fight, small arena with THREE fast and agressive enemies
                  Gaping Dragon: toothy pu***
                  Quelaag: "amazing chest ahead"
                  Stray Demon: Asylum Demon but B O O M
                  Pinwheel: hardest boss
                  Iron Golen: Tarkus! Tarkus! Tarkus!
                  Ornstein and Smough: COME ON AND SLAM!!
                  Crossbreed Priscilla: fluffy tail waifu
                  Gwyndolin: trap ahead
                  Seath: getting there is harder than killing him
                  Sif: ;-;
                  Four Kings: *NG+ ptsd intensifies*
                  Nito: Spooky scary...
                  Ceaseless Discharge: "wt* is this name??"
                  Demon Firesage: Asylum Demon but hotter
                  Centipede Demon:"MY EYEEEES!!!"
                  Bed of Chaos: shitty plataform boss
                  Gwyn: *plin plin plon*

                  • Anonymous

                    18 Sep 2020 20:32  

                    Imma be honest, DS1 has the worst bosses in the series. Out of 22 bosses, only 3 of them are really good (O&S, Gwyn, and Sif). Demon souls and DS3 had less overall bosses but they were alot more unique and fun to fight, DS2 didn't have many good bosses but at least there was a large amount of them, and BB had quantity and quality. DS1 doesn't have either of those

                    • Anonymous

                      17 Sep 2020 04:31  

                      So many bad bosses, some aren't even really bosses. Love you the most DS1, you're still the best "Dark Souls" game.

                      • Anonymous

                        08 Aug 2020 04:25  

                        Gwyn hardest boss. Beaten all bosses in 1-5 trys but gwyn still **** boss. yOU cAn PaRry HIm. I would say thats poor mindset

                        • Anonymous

                          23 Jul 2020 00:00  

                          Wanna see Solaire's true ending and see Solaire beating all Dark souls series bosses ? Look for 'All Dark Souls 1,2 & 3 Bosses in NG+9 vs Solaire of Astora' and praise the sun one last time!

                          • Anonymous

                            20 Jul 2020 01:40  

                            Ceaseless Discharge is optional too once you place the Lordvessel and are ready to do some sequence-breaking parkour and not having a bonfire to rest at before Demon Firesage / Lost Izalith.

                            • Anonymous

                              16 Jul 2020 08:20  

                              This game took over my life. It was a games with gold download on Xbox 360. Couldn't stop thinking about it. I did 2 playthroughs and when that was done I moved on.
                              Nothing I have played since has given me the same feeling of accomplishment.
                              It is a very special game that lives on in my memory.

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