|Health *||NG: 1,176|
|Souls *||NG: 6,000|
|* Recorded in PATCH 1.05|
Capra Demon is a Boss in Dark Souls.
Capra Demon Information
The Capra Demon is the boss of the Lower Undead Burg. You can get to him either by going left, down to the end of the main street (past the Undead Assassins and Undead Dogs), or by going through the shortcut in the waterway in the Firelink Shrine after you unlock it.
This particular boss is later found in packs, in the Demon Ruins, where they can be farmed for a decent amount of souls, and potentially, their weapon. See more below.
The Capra Demon uses horizontal swings, with his Demon Great Machetes, that are fairly easy to see coming due to the wind up. After the wind up they will quickly swing, however it is possible to dodge in between swings quite easily, even with a medium roll speed. Usually used in succession, 2-3 times in a row.
Double Machete Swing
Quite frequently the Capra Demon will line his Machetes up together, as if he was two handing a greater demon great machete, making a powerful two handed swing. This attack is best avoided since it will easily break guard and deal extra damage, this is one of his easiest attacks to see coming since he takes the time to put his weapons together then wind up the swing.
Another attack of the Capra Demon is a jumping attack, slamming his weapons down. This can be fairly easily dodged; when doing this attack he does leap roughly a weapons length forwards so be wary. It can break guards quite easily and hits very hard, the attack actually is fairly quick, all things considered. Whenever just outside of the Capra's reach, he has a good chance of doing this attack to close the space. If he is able to land this attack, the player is slammed into the ground, leaving them stunned for a short period of time however are invulnerable during this period.
The Undead Dogs in this arena are a serious threat to the player, as dealing with the two of them and the Capra Demon simultaneously, can land you in some very sticky situations. They will move swiftly to rush the player, attempting to get in quick hits, and stagger the player, for the Capra Demon to capitalize on. Their bites and swings will inflict bleed damage on the player so it is advised to block every strike, even if their normal damage can be tanked.
While not exactly an attack, any enemy that falls atop the player will stagger the character. With this in mind, if the Capra falls from above on the stairs and onto the player it will deal a bit of damage, a very minute amount, but this will leave the player open to one of the Capra Demon's more dangerous attacks.
- You can summon help, right outside the boss fog gate, although, it takes a few moments for your support to arrive once you've crossed the fog gate.
- After killing the dogs, it's possible to run halfway up the steps and get the demon stuck on the side of the staircase. Lob some firebombs and its over. Also making yourself lighter makes it easier to dodge.
- Using Iron Flesh will make this an easy fight as he can barely damage you.
- The boss can be staggered, much like the normal enemy versions by using heavy weaponry (Zweihander, Claymore etc...)
- If you have a decent poise and a weapon dealing about 300 damage, you can just enter the area and start swinging. The demon will hit you once or twice, but will die before it can kill you.
- You can do a plunging attack if you are going up the stairs and he is coming to the base of the stairs. This can be a good way to do quick damage.
- He will do his heavy attack only if you are far from him. Try running at him at the beginning to avoid him to do it right after you enter the room. Also, try not to run too far from him during the fight. This will help a lot during the fight.
Capra Demon farming
Additional groups of Capra Demons can be found in Demon Ruins. Once you've beaten Ceaseless Discharge and the lava lake has hardened, there is an area on the far right of the lava lake, with several Capra Demons. If you manage to make it past all of them and to the bonfire below them, you can rest and then kill the demon closest to the bonfire, over and over again (if it's easy for you). If you die, you spawn right there so there's no need to venture a great distance to retrieve your stuff. It can be a long process but it can also be effective for gaining decently easy experience and possibly their Demon Great Machete. Like many demons, these are very susceptible to poison arrows, and can be killed at range with just a few poisoned arrows, if one has the patience.
Upon entering, be prepared to be immediately attacked by all three enemies. Circle around to the right (dodge the boss's first big swing) and run up the stairs on the left side of the arena, the dogs should follow you; take your opportunity and kill them to make this battle a lot more bearable. However if they don't follow, try to lure them up - this will most likely lure the boss as well.
Killing the dogs quickly is critical to winning this fight as it is entirely too easy for them to stunlock you until the Capra Demon lands a killing blow. If he follows you up the stairs before the dogs are dead, feel free to drop down and get a bit of distance from him and make another attempt.
Strategy 1a - Mano-a-Mano
Once the dogs are dead, back up along the narrow stone bridge at the top of the stairs. Don't go all the way to the wall, because the boss will crowd you up there. He may not hit you there, but it can be dangerous so remember to guard. If you are not all the way at the wall, he should jump from the stairs and miss entirely. From here, you can perform a plunging attack (RB + above enemy) on him from the stairs to do some very decent damage and make your battle easier. From here, there are two sub-strategies to employ:
- The best thing to do after you've gotten the is lure the boss all the way to the top of the stairs. Guard with your shield and wait for him to swing a few times and get really close to you. Then you can get in a few swings with your weapon before he falls off. If you fall off with him, run back up to the top of the stairs. Rinse and repeat until he dies.
- If you feel like going toe-to-toe, just keep a close eye on his attacks. The two-sword swing can't be blocked entirely but can be easily evaded and you may be able to get a hit off before he recovers. His leaping attack is also useful for getting in a hit or two; if you're at close range and manage to slip to the side his back will be to you.
Strategy 1b - Plunge & Repeat
Also as above, run right so that you are standing on the narrow shelf. Try to stand in the middle of the ledge, and keep in mind that the demon may follow you. If he comes up, when he gets onto the ledge with you, drop down and run. In most cases the demon will drop down after a couple seconds and attempt to follow you. However, if you run back up the stairs as the demon is dropping, it will (ideally) turn and try to face you, becoming "stuck" for a moment as it attempts to maintain its targeting.
As you run back up, the demon may attack but will most likely miss, as it will be aiming for a spot behind and below you. Be ready to block anyway. Once on the ledge again the demon will be right below you, vulnerable to a plunging attack (RB + above enemy), just like the strategy earlier, only this time, you rinse and repeat this to make short work of the boss.
Strategy 2 - Tank
- SHIELD, unlike the two above strategies which rely on mobility and running up the stairs, this strategy relies on having a good shield with the highest stability you can manage. By this point in the game, you should be able to obtain a fairly good shield - the three best options at this point, being the Black Knight Shield (if the odds were in your favor for a Black Knight drop), the Balder Shield (which you can farm from Balder Knights in the Undead Parish), and the Caduceus Kite Shield (which you can buy from Andre of Astora). Whichever of these you can find, choose whichever one you can get to have the highest Stability (upgraded to +5, the Balder Shield is better than the Caduceus Kite Shield, but not by a lot, and if you have found enough Twinkling Titanite to get the Black Knight Shield to +3, it beats out the other two).
- ARMOR, the heaviest you can find. The Stone Knight Set is good - if you've already visited Darkroot Garden - otherwise, just equip the heaviest, most physically-defensive armor you can; for this strategy, you want to pretty much stand still at the fog door, so mobility really isn't necessary - but defense and poise can keep you alive if you don't manage to block an attack in time.
- RINGS, the best choices are probably the Ring of Favor and Protection and the Blue Tearstone Ring; these should help to keep you alive. While Havel's Ring will give you improved mobility, that isn't the point of this strategy.
- WEAPON, the Drake Sword is probably the best option, but if you've found anything that does more damage that you can effectively one-hand, use it. Ideally, you want to be able to kill a demon dog in one swing or else they can overwhelm your guard.
So, now that you're ready, here's what you do:
Enter the fog door, raise your shield and stand still; the Capra Demon should start running at you, as well as the Undead Dog at the top of the stairs. The second one will actually remain in its little alcove unless you run farther into the area, so stand your ground.
Block the Capra Demon's first attack and the first Dog's first lunge - they should come within about a second of each other - then take the opportunity to kill off the Undead Dog. Now, you should be able to tank everything the boss can throw at you.
Keep on the defensive! If the boss is attacking, keep your shield up! If he's not attacking, lower your shield so your stamina recharges faster. Keep a close eye on his attack patterns and learn when to block and when to lower your shield; you shouldn't have any problem tanking his attacks if you remember to lower your shield when he's not attacking. If you cannot manage your stamina bar for this fight, you WILL run out of stamina and he WILL break your guard. Once you've learned his attack patterns, wait for an opportunity to attack between his swings. Remember, though, that attacking also drains your stamina, so only attack if he gives you an opportunity AND you will have the stamina afterwards to block his attacks.
- Keep doing this until he's dead - then you can waddle (running just doesn't describe how you move in heavy armor) farther into the area and kill the second Undead Dog.
Strategy 4 - Cheesebombs
The Capra Demon can be beaten without actually stepping into the boss arena. If you have a bow, and a few firebombs you can take it down with ease. You stand against a wall on the bridge just before the Capra Demon's fog gate, and push as far into the corner as you can. Aim your bow above the boss arena at the 3rd (from the left ) battlement off in the distance. Proceed to throw firebombs before resetting. Should only you take you 3 goes at it, and on the final go you can throw a fifth one and it will still hit.