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

      29 Jan 2021 15:28  

      Wanna see a talking Solaire playing Zeus and beating all Dark Souls 1,2 and 3 bosses, plus finding his own sun? If so, look for 'All Dark Souls Bosses in NG+9 VS Solaire of Astora' on youtube and come praise the sun yet again!

      • 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.

                      • Anonymous

                        27 Jun 2020 20:29  

                        New players: I’mma show this game who’s boss

                        When they’re done: I hurt myself today... to see if I still feel...

                        • Anonymous

                          08 May 2020 13:29  

                          *****, pinwheel was hard I was stuck on him for 6 months the attack where he stares at the wall and doesn't do anything was devastating

                          • Anonymous

                            20 Apr 2020 21:54  

                            Does anyone else feel like the HP pool's of a lot of DSR boss fights are a bit two low? (and no I'm not a dark bead one shot) The final boss of DSR has around 4,000 hp. To compare DS3's final boss has almost 11,000!. I did a build with the claymore and my AR was a 467 and i was able to end most of the fights in less than a minute

                            • Anonymous

                              19 Jul 2019 20:56  

                              I'm making a D&D campain and video game bosses (undertale, terraria, dark soul) are coming into the fantasy world and this helped alot becuase I dont really know all of the bosses from dark souls

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