|Health *||NG: 671|
|Souls *||NG: 1,000|
|* Recorded in PATCH 1.05|
Butcher is a Mini-Bosses in Dark Souls.
"Burly butcher with a Sack on her head, wielding a big meat cleaver and a bloody wooden stake."
The Butchers are two enemies found in the kitchen in the Depths. Contrary to their androgynous/masculine appearance, the man-eating cooks of the Depths are female, as confirmed by the game's producer Miyazaki Hidetaka.
When you stumble across the Butchers, they are busy preparing lunch for the inhabitants, and your arrival added an option on the menu. Of the two butchers, one is behind the butcher's table, the other is hiding on a platform above the entrance to the room where Laurentius is trapped.
The butcher knife they are wielding is dropped by Maneater Mildred, who also wears a sack on her head. She is believed to be another cook who's searching for more sources of meat, even though she was first added into the game as a reoccurring joke.
- 1,000 souls
- Sack (Generally dropped by the second butcher)
Their basic attack is a typical swing with their cleaver, it has medium range and can do quite the damage against light armored classes. These swings can be parried, but rolling out of the way is always your safest bet.
The Butcher holds the cleaver upright with one hand whilst running, then swings it at you. This can stagger the player's attempted blocked, and can knock them down, if unblocked. A well-timed roll out of the way, when she's a meter away should do the trick.
The Butcher holds the cleaver upright with one hand while crouching, then lunges forward and smashes it to the ground. This move track's the player's position and will knock stagger them if blocked, or knock you down, if unblocked.
A 2-handed smash into the ground, that once again, can stagger if blocked and can knock down, if hit cleanly. However, it is slow and easy to dodge with a well-timed roll.
An unblockable, relatively quick attack with the stake in their off-hand. If you are caught you'll be pinned to the ground, and subsequently hit with another unblockable attack; a cleaver chop, while you are lying face down.
Fighting the Butchers is pretty straight forward. The problem is that several of their attacks can knock you to the ground, and can hit you while you are knocked down. Use the pillars to your advantage, or clear out the 'cafeteria' upstairs and fight there if you need more space to maneouvre. Try to stay behind them and avoid their heavy attacks. The slow two-handed attack gives you plenty of time to get behind and backstab. The left handed stake-combo takes a good chunk of health if it connects, so make sure it doesn't. Circle counter clockwise to avoid the stake up close, going clockwise can get you caught.
To make quicker work of them, make use of their susceptibility to bleed, and poison effects.
Strategy 2 - Ranged
The first Butcher can be defeated relatively easily with arrows, or one of the Soul Arrow spells you can purchase from Griggs of Vinheim. To do this, sneak down the stairs and aggro the Undead Attack Dog so that you don't have to deal with him. Back up the stairs and kill the Dog in the dining room area. Then, shoot the Butcher from the balcony here and slide to your left once they start coming for you. The Butcher will fall into the water below, then head down the stairs and shoot them while they are in the water; the hit will always be successful if you time your shot to hit them when they reach the top of the stairs. Slide left, up the stairs, to lure them off-course and back into the water. Repeat until they are dead. You can drop down for a plunging attack to finish them off if you're running low on spells or arrows, especially with the Giant Rat coming up before the next bonfire.
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Unique offhand weapon and unique one handed chop with the Butcher Knife. Legends
TWO of them? And here i'm thinking "Oh sh*it, they are respawning!". I was pretty sure that it was a mini boss. I was really despereate but looks like the depths isn't over for me.
"are female, as confirmed by the game's producer Miyazaki Hidetaka." please source it if you are going to make the claim. What a dumb thing to care about but also what a dumb think to make up.
Butcher: sees me, Butcher: "Looks like meats back on the menu boys!"
They literally slam there face into the floor after you kill them
Do NOT try to Poise Break these women. They will just power through it. It takes two hits from my Damon's Great Hammer for a stagger and they still hit me. Just save yourself the trouble and walk around their attacks.
Haven't tried with Ultra Greatswords yet.
I thought those were normal enemies rather than mini-bosses, but the one downstairs got me, and I did not even rest at the nearby bonfire. Now I spawned in Firelink and I remembered this isn't Dark Souls 3 and I cannot teleport. Now I gotta go down across those annoying rats and basilisks.
welcome to the idiot cave
sack is the ultimate fashionsouls item
I did honestly not think that these 2 were mini-bosses. Felt like normal enemies to me. Exept when I walked in the room and saw some “dude” hacking away at what I could only asume was human flesh. I do think that was pretty cool as a detail.
Who wants some Sloppy Joes?
You need a big sack if you’re going to play Dark Souls.
wuts cookin... ugly lookin
When I saw the one cutting meat at the table I thought it was an NPC. I ran up and tried talking to her, that was a mistake...
Who are they cooking for? The hollows? Why even is there a cafeteria in the sewers?
How would you like your rump roast?