Centipede Demon

Location Demon Ruins
Health * NG: 3,432
NG+: 5,941
Souls * NG: 40,000
NG+: 80,000
* Recorded in PATCH 1.05

Centipede Demon is a Boss in Dark Souls.

Centipede Demon Information

This demon is a large bug like creature which defends the path to Lost Izalith. Its arms and tail are separate living centipedes. The boss has a tendency to stand on the lava after walking through the fog gate and repeatedly use his reaching attack. For someone who is not in possession of the Orange Charred Ring or ranged attacks, this can be extremely annoying.






Right Swing

The Centipede Demon swings from the left side, capable of breaking your block if it hits directly. To avoid this just walk to the side with your shield up to lessen the blow.


Tail Swing

The Centipede Demon spins and swings his tail at you, similar to the right swing, however this one follows more of a sweeping motion. Counter by rolling out of range, or blocking if you are capable.


Air Slam

The Centipede Demon jumps up and slam down with you as the target, just block and you'll be fine. Uses this attack when you are either under Centipede or very close to him.



He grabs you and inserts you into his toothy chest, which you can escape with no damage done by tapping L1/R1 in order. However if you don't, it does moderate damage. To avoid, stay away from directly in front of him at close quarters, or roll out of the way when you see him reach in for the grab.


Lava Blast

The Centipede Demon rarely goes full pokemon, but when it does, multiple balls of lava home in at you in rapid succession, and deals decent enough damage to warrant a warning.



 First and Foremost, run over the lava, around the corner on the right. Hidden behind that corner is a large field where you can properly fight him.

One method to make this fight easier is to cut off his tail from the beginning. If you can lure him to stand over you, you can hit him and be relatively safe, keeping up your block when he motions for an attack, just in case. His tail has a mind of its own, and can be like fighting two enemies, so be sure to take care of it early on. The Centipede will become crazy after the tail cutting and will run through walls but you must stay behind his back feet. The tail will grow back so cut it off again.

Dodge his arm extension move once he gets close, and run up to him.

The Centipede Demon will use AoE attack when its health is low, so make sure to pay extra attention to his attacks when his health dips. Using a shield with decent stability will improve your survival odds.



  • Stay beneath him as much as possible.
  • You can summon Solaire of Astoria to make this fight easier, his summon sign is in the center of a root on the left near the fog wall. However, Solaire has a tendency to walk into the lava and die depending on the Centipede Demon's position.
  • You can also cut off his long right arm (the one he throws towards you) to get the Orange Charred Ring, which minimizes the Lava damage making the rest of the fight alot easier.
  • The Centipede Demon is susceptible to both magic and lightning damage, but is immune to fire.
  • Homing Soul Mass with 40 Int will reduce it's health greatly.
  • Use a shield with decent stability, like the Eagle Shield.
  • Certain appendages, when severed, will become separate entities that will assist the Centipede Demon during the boss fight. The tail, when cut and killed, drops the Orange Charred Ring. The ring can be obtained even if the boss is not defeated.



If you're standing close to the wall near the entrance to the fight and it grabs you to perform its maul attack, he has a chance to jump through the ceiling and become stuck on the roof. If this occurs, walk towards to exit door and wait it out. He will eventually fall off into the game void and plummet to his death netting you the boss souls and Orange Charred Ring.

Similarly, under the same circumstances, when he grabs you, he will munch on you, then fall through the floor and die when he's done. If the grab kills you, you will get all the souls/items and you won't have to fight him again.


Centipede Demon Awakens Arms Of Centipede Demon Centipede Demon Rage

Area Bosses
Asylum Demon  ♦  Bell Gargoyle  ♦  Capra Demon  ♦  Crossbreed Priscilla  ♦  Dark Sun Gwyndolin  ♦  Demon Firesage  ♦  Four Kings  ♦  Gaping Dragon  ♦  Great Grey Wolf Sif  ♦  Gwyn Lord of Cinder  ♦  Iron Golem  ♦  Moonlight Butterfly  ♦  Nito  ♦  Ornstein and Smough  ♦  Pinwheel  ♦  Seath the Scaleless  ♦  Stray Demon  ♦  Taurus Demon  ♦  The Bed of Chaos

    • Anonymous

      24 Apr 2020 13:01  

      Unironically my favorite demon boss in the game. Maybe I'm weird, got lucky or just happen to be one person who thinks this boss is not hard at all, but I never had any problems with this guy. Sure his Inspector Gadget Arm is annoying but after up to 5 tries he just gave up and fought me melee. It's pretty easy to stand under him without him doing much to you except his Fire Leash or Jump. Simply go away when he jumps (both attacks) hit him a few times, rinse and repeat. The safest place I found is behind his left arm near his left leg and tail. Hope this helps people having trouble with this guy.

      • Anonymous

        23 Apr 2020 23:00  

        I defeated the firesage w/havel set so thought i could use same here. Failed a few times quite miserably, so i went in instead w/lighter gold hemmed set, dodged attacks really easily, cut off tail and got orange ring, and basically beat this thing easy cheesy peasy.

        • Anonymous

          22 Apr 2020 09:28  

          First time i fought this boss he grabbed me, threw me, died and i went through the fog door. GG From Software.

          • 21 Apr 2020 06:34  

            During my first playthrough I summoned Solaire just to make the fight easier. That man stood in the lava and didn’t take much damage at all. I think he had to have the ring equip since he didn’t get torched by simply stepping on the lava

            • Anonymous

              28 Mar 2020 11:10  

              fun fact, this guy is chilling at the start of lost izalith's first bonfire just before you fight firesage, look down to the right and you'll see him idle, but you can't damage him.

              • Anonymous

                29 Dec 2019 21:30  

                On remastered, I just stayed on island near the door and didnt get stomped, grabbed or anything. Lightning +3 Broadsword SL60~, first try. Also once you cut his tail off, take note that it is alive, and needs a couple more whacks to die, giving you the ring.

                • Anonymous

                  10 Oct 2019 05:31  

                  i accidentally skipped this boss on my first playthrough but i didnt even realize until i was looking at rings lol

                  • Anonymous

                    17 Sep 2019 16:27  

                    To anyone out there: If you are using Quelaag's Furysword, DO NOT, because the CD is immune to anything remotely related to fire.

                    • Anonymous

                      08 Sep 2019 16:30  

                      I’m kind of amazed they didn’t fix this guy in the remaster. Just fought him and he fell through the floor, just like ps3. SMH.

                      • Anonymous

                        28 Jul 2019 09:36  

                        If anyone’s on, I could use some help with this boss. Solaire glitched and the summon sign isn’t showing up (He won’t leave the Sunlight Alter.) I’m using the fextra password.

                        • Anonymous

                          09 Mar 2019 00:20  

                          just short the distance between you and him using the safe terrain, running into the center of the arena and stay rear. ez beaten with +10 Divine Halberd on 2nd try.

                          • Anonymous

                            02 Mar 2019 00:51  

                            There seems to be a simplistic yet obvious point of lore with this boss relative to the Orange Charred Ring. It would appear that the brother of the daughters of chaos, which we understand is Ceaseless Discharge, carelessly dropped the ring, allowing the Centipede Demon to be formed.

                            • Anonymous

                              02 Sep 2018 18:45  

                              There seems to be a glitch when the centipede demon does his high jumping attack where he if he is too close the the wall he will go out of bounds, won’t drop down and automatically die. This happened on my second play through.

                              • Anonymous

                                10 Jul 2018 22:54  

                                "For someone who is not in possession of the Orange Charred Ring".

                                What is the point of this sentence? The boss is where you get the ring (he drops it), and you lose it upon going to NG+...

                                • Anonymous

                                  26 Jun 2018 03:35  

                                  I fought the demon on the initial island to keep Solaire from charging him. Using sorceries seemed to really help, the demon would aim for me, letting Solaire hit him with a lightning spear as I backed up to stay out of range.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    11 Jun 2018 21:15  

                                    How is it that you can either cut off its right arm or its tail and get the ring? Shouldn't it be one or the other? In the Hints it says both appendages drop the ring.

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