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

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    • Anonymous

      05 Sep 2021 04:41  

      So first time playing DS1 and first encounter with this boss moments ago.. With Solaire, we went there, it ate him, got bugged in a wall and it died in seconds.. wtf?

      • Anonymous

        27 Aug 2021 01:10  

        So one time I read this and when it said "shoves you into his toothy chest" I read it as "trophy chest" and it took ten swirling paths to the one-minute contemplation of whether that meant the Centipede Demon lusts for us. That was... not a proud moment for me.

        Anyways I do the cheese every time because I can't be bothered to wrestle with the camera the whole time.

        • Anonymous

          17 Aug 2021 19:33  

          I just encountered a bug... I walked to the left and it jumped out of the map behind the wall, then after 10 seconds of silence it just died and gave me the reward...

          • Anonymous

            13 Jun 2021 18:45  

            Every now and then I forget that this boss even existed. Granted, it can be dangerous if you are not careful. But somehow he doesn't stay memorable.

            • Anonymous

              26 May 2021 22:12  

              Has anyone else noticed that you can actually touch him before the fight? Apparently he's actually hanging off to the side of the stairs that lead to the taurus demon and demon firesage. Cheeky mother****er he is.

              • Anonymous

                19 Feb 2021 09:54  

                Come to think, maybe they should've replaced those undead dragon butts in the next area with a handful of these guys. Would've made more sense, plus then their stretchy arms might allow them to hit you even if you climb up the elevated temple structure to try and snipe them.

                • Anonymous

                  08 Jan 2021 04:21  

                  "Rarely goes full pokemon" yeah bulls**t. He just did it to me 4 times in a row and killed me, literally no other attacks in between.

                  • Anonymous

                    01 Dec 2020 01:03  

                    Probably one of the most interesting looking bosses in the game, along with Manus and the gaping dragon. If you didn't have to fight it right after the demon firesage, and if the the fight itself wasn't mostly a game of "The floor is lava" with a janky camera, and if if the boss itself was a bit tougher with more varied close range attacks besides grabbing you and jumping up and down, this could've been a much better boss fight.

                    • Anonymous

                      20 Nov 2020 09:52  

                      This is my favourite demon boss in the game. Great design and attack animations especially the 360 jump slam AND you can actually bypass the two things that can mess the fight up. Play unlocked to stop the camera issues and run over to the right where the green titanite shard is and right past it to the back wall to prevent the boss from repeating the arm reach attack while it’s in lava, it’ll still do that attack but it won’t start until it’s close enough to the ground you’re on for you to fight it!

                      • Anonymous

                        09 Nov 2020 20:26  

                        Ran in here with Solaire and round to the furthest point of the large non lava rock zone against the wall. Amazingly the centipede stayed at the corner not noticing either of us and I was able to beat him ranged without him doing anything with my Shortbow+ 12 just standing in that spot with Solaire not moving or attacking at all either.

                        • Anonymous

                          02 Nov 2020 15:27  

                          I'm not sure about everyone else, but when I first fought this boss, I just went into the arena, stayed at the start hugging the wall, and essentially kept going behind/under the boss. Basically missed me every time until it jumped, with which I'd just roll away and out of its slam radius. Pretty easy boss.

                          • Anonymous

                            18 Oct 2020 23:20  

                            When I enter the boss stage i just run all the way to right end of the stage and fight him there.
                            This strategy works for me.

                            • Anonymous

                              01 Oct 2020 04:40  

                              This boss is the most annoying one so far but I've defeated it nonetheless. First 5 attempts I waste Humanities for each of it getting plummeted easily by this boss but all of a sudden on the 6th I easily pancaked it with my Zweihander+14. Damned boss

                              • Anonymous

                                23 Aug 2020 13:55  

                                ¡THANK YOU GUYS FOR ALL YOUR TIPS!
                                Is my first time playing the game and i had a bad time with this boss (u-u)
                                I runed out of Humanity, just before i seek for help, and in my last attempt Solaire managed to cut his tail. After that, and your tips, it was just my giant armor set, my Lightning Zweihander, the lava ring and him. He ate dust after that xD
                                I felt like this boss was cheap and is not a bad boss, but he has his issues:
                                CAMERA: Everytime you have a wall behind you or you are beneath him.
                                CENTIPENDE´S MOVEMENT: He doesnt need to hit you, when he moves he push you into the lava (u_u)
                                SPAMMING LONG RANGE ATTACK: I dont know if its just my game but he killed me twice, spaming his long range attack that goes througt your shield and also push into the lava.
                                ARENA FULL OF LAVA: (-_-)
                                Sad thing i did not know this was just a optional boss, but now i can walk in lava i gues xD

                                • Anonymous

                                  08 Aug 2020 09:15  

                                  First time fighting this boss on remastered stayed on platform full havles gear, except mask of the father FAP ring and havles ring. Black knight shield and blackknight sword+5 just stay under its feet and shred it

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