|Health *||NG: 1,465|
|Souls *||NG: 2,000|
Giant Cat is a Mini-Boss in Dark Souls and Dark Souls Remastered.
Giant Cat Information
Also known as 'Great Felines', the Giant Cats of Darkroot Garden share a close resemblance to Alvina, and reside close to the gate leading to the Great Grey Wolf Sif. While only one jumps out at you to begin with, there are a total of three Cats in this area, and none of them respawn.
While they are big, they're still cats, which means they are very quick. They can also hit hard and drop you, if they connect with some of their more dangerous attacks.
- 2,000 Souls
Exactly as it sounds, the Giant Kitty snap its mouth open and bite forward, pouncing very slightly. This deals very decent damage, and can stagger the player. The Cat can also bite to its side, so don't think you're in the clear if so long as you're directly in front of it. Roll backwards to avoid getting hit.
After standing on its hind legs, and comically stretching its arms out, the Giant Cat begins on a terrifyingly quick roll in your direction. It will roll until it hits something. This attack will drop you, and leave you susceptible to further attacks from the other Cats. To avoid this, use the trees from where you entered, they don't seem to be able to roll past the tree-line.
If you are caught in the Giant Cat's grab attack, it pick you up with its mouth and shake you a couple times then toss you down. The overall damage is very painful and can even be fatal, if you don't escape.You can escape out of this grab by repeatedly tapping L1/R1 in order with minimal damage.The telltale sign of an incoming grab is the Giant Cat's head; it bops it back then attacks downwards. Roll out of the way to ensure you don't get turned into a chew toy.
These Cats are fearsome but can be beat, this is what we know:
- They are possibly weak to lightning or thrust damage, as the Lightning Spear is effective against them.
- Fire is also effective against them.
- They can be got at with status effects like bleed, poison, toxin; use them to your advantage.
- They are also very vulnerable to ranged attacks as they back away from the forest.
Their roll attack is hard to stop using a low stability shield, however with enough stamina and stability you can block it. The most effective strategy is to try luring them into the trees. The trees will block any rolling attacks. After this, they will start to back up and out of the area because they can't go past the trees surrounding the bridge. This is when you can get a few hits on them; rinse and repeat. If you contain your distance between them, they won't roll but will use their other attacks.
Another noteworthy mention; while you may be able to get the first Cat in a 1-on-1, the likelihood of that happening again is very small. As soon as you finish the first off, the other two will pounce off the big rock at the same time, making facing both of them simultaneously, very much likely.
Strategy 2 - Ranged
A zero risk but more tedious method for killing all three Cats is to approach through the forest, beyond the sealed Crest of Artorias door, then up on the top of the cliff overlooking the area where the Cats reside. One of them should be visible in the distance, and shooting it with a bow will cause it to start rolling and charge into the cliff below you, where it will stun itself and then slowly walk backwards while facing you. As it walks backwards, you will have time for a number of bleeding headshots, spells, or firebombs, after which it will start rolling again and continue to repeat the pattern. Eventually all three Cats can be lured into this repeating pattern. This approach will require a fairly large number of arrows or bombs, although bombs can be very effective since it is possible to hit 2-3 Giant Cats at the same time if you time it right. Bring at least several hundred arrows as you may need to repeatedly incite them into ramming the cliff below you.
Strategy 3 - Sneaky Mage
Equip Ring of Fog then run up to the Cats. It should only pull one of them. You can kill this one anyway you want. You should then remove your ring and pull the other two Giant Cats. Now you need to run back into the forest where you came from, they should not follow you in there. Once again, equip your Ring of Fog. The Cats should give up and run back to one spot. The ring allows you to get close enough to target them. Hit them with your hardest spell then retreat short distance into woods. The Cat will give up and return to where it was before; simply rinse and repeat until dead.
Strategy 4 - Dung Pies
The easiest strategy at low levels, is to throw Dung Pies at them. Stay in the safe zone by the trees and lure them out, make them do their rolling attack, then dodge and lock on. Throw 3 Dung Pies in a row, this should be enough to successfully inflict the Toxin, and you should also be unharmed with some basic armor. However you may want to pack a couple Blooming Purple Moss Clumps, just to be sure. Once infected, the Cat will die within 3 minutes (NG). Rinse and repeat on the other two.