Iron Golem

Location Sen's Fortress
Health * NG: 2,880
NG+: 5,270
Souls * NG: 40,000
NG+: 120,000
* Recorded in PATCH 1.05

Iron Golem is a Boss in Dark Souls.


Iron Golem Information

 The last trial of Sen's Fortress, the Iron Golem. The boss is located on a bridge at the top of the fortress, and must be defeated in order to reach Anor Londo.

Make sure to kill the Firebomb Giant atop the tower first, by ascending the stairs in the same room as the fog gate. If you do not, he will start throwing huge firebombs into the fight with the Golem, making it much more challenging than it needs to be.




Notes: It was possible to activate the ring during the boss fight, if you stood on top of it after the Iron Golem crushed the rocks around it. The ring was invisible, but could still be activated to proceed to Anor Londo without killing the boss. This glitch was however, fixed in a patch.



It is important to know a bit about the Golem's main move-set. He is a resourceful fighter, making use of a lot of his body to attack. His main weapon is his axe which he uses to slam down onto you, can be very easily dodged as it is slow.

He uses his other hand to club the ground, smashing the player if caught in it. He can also combine the two by slamming his weapon into his hand, creating a blast wave that provides a little bit of range; normally happens when out of his melee range.

If you spend too much time under him, he will eventually do one of two things: start stomping his feet which can be very bad if you get caught in it, so roll away if this starts happening, or grab and sweep you from in between his legs.



When you start this battle, you will be on the opposite end of the area from the Iron Golem. Take note of where he begins; it is on a narrow path with sheer drops on either side. Hurry over to it, and get ready to attack. You will need all the power you can muster here. Blocking will be challenging as the Golem's swings will eat up large amounts of your stamina. 

Consider putting your shield away and going in two-handed. Immediately move through the Iron Golem's legs and start attacking his back heels. You need to be careful of certain attacks while here, in particular the Grab and Sweep, or his stomp (he grabs back through his legs, so don't go thinking you're invincible back there). Getting hit by either of these could result in being knocked off the platform yourself, killing you. Nevertheless, you should stay positioned behind either the Iron Golem's feet. While here, you must attack as often as possible, concentrating attacks on one leg if possible. If you can do enough damage to a foot in a short enough span of time, he will start wobbling. This is the signal for you to keep piling on the hurt; do this enough and the Iron Golem will trip and fall over backwards, for a long enough time for you to deal some serious damage. If you can make this happen on the narrow strip of platform where the Iron Golem first appeared, he will fall backwards off the platform and die instantly.

A higher-leveled hero can weather his blows with a tough shield and slog it out, blow for blow. Someone with good timing and a lighter weight armor could play the maneuverable route and dodge and dive for the victory, as most of his attacks are well-telegraphed.

Img0044.jpgA spear will probably hinder you here (you might be considering using the lightning spear you just picked up), as many of your attacks may whiff harmlessly at the nothing between his legs.

Easy Melee Strategy

Just lock on him and when he raises his axe to hit you just roll FORWARD between his legs and hit his legs a few times. He will try to turn and hit you again but just keep rolling through his legs. He will fall down when his health is very low and then you can just end his misery.

Watch out his other left foot cause sometimes he tries to crush you with it and forget the shield in this fight. No need to block.


Mage Strategy

A good tactic for magic users is to get in range and just spam him with magic. When his attacks are getting into range just run through his legs and spam more magic. It'll take a little bit of time because he has so much health but if you keep at it you won't get hit once during the battle.

Asylum Demon Hammer Stun-Lock Strategy

If you took the time to defeat the Asylum Demon on your first encounter and were rewarded with his Hammer, it is extremely useful against the Golem. The best strategy to use is to simply hit the Golem once, this will put him in a stun state and he will be unable to do anything while you attack him, resulting in a sound beating.


In the tower to the right of the boss fog wall, over a small bridge, you can summon the phantom Iron Tarkus to aid you in the battle against the Iron Golem, assuming you are in human form of course.




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


    • Anonymous

      20 Jun 2020 07:21  

      This guy really wasn't all that hard.. I used a Gargoyle's Halberd +10 and was able to easily dodge his attack while attacking with some range. Took him down my 2nd try, the first try I attempted to block/counter his attacks and he knocked me off the map.

      • 29 May 2020 00:57  

        I wound up having to fight this thing without Iron Tarkus's help the first time... As soon as he was in range the Golem picked him up and tried to yeet him off the fortress but it didn't quite work - Tarkus wound up on the very edge and spent the rest of the fight jogging in place in order to not fall off. So he basically just wound up being my hype-man/coach while I fought the Golem myself. XD

        • Anonymous

          21 Apr 2020 03:11  

          I had better luck not locking on to him and tickling his toes with a +5 divine uchigatana while fastrolling. Be sure to have a +2 flask or better to be safe.

          • Anonymous

            18 Apr 2020 22:42  

            if you fight this boss close to a cliff edge, when he goes into his stagger animation he can be pushed off the cliff and oneshotted.

            • Anonymous

              17 Feb 2020 02:42  

              Noticed a glitch on switch version. During fight just as I was about to deal the last blow, a hit from the boss suddenly threw my character towards the entrance and down the cliff from the other side of the map!

              • Anonymous

                14 Dec 2019 21:57  

                I found a glitch with the Golem on the Switch version. We were on the narrow bridge at the back of the arena, and it looked like he was about to fall off. Instead, though, hew was stuck in his falling animation and couldn't get out of it. So, I just kinda stood there and wailed on him until he died and beat him without any issue. I don't think that was supposed to happen, but it certainly makes my first playthrough easier!

                • Anonymous

                  25 Nov 2019 19:53  

                  I found a bug earlier today, doing a speedrun - I intended to make the golem fall over the edge of the platform, but I messed it up, realized that he wasn't going to fall off, and was about to quit out when I saw the victory achieved screen. On review of the footage, the iron golem apparently fell THROUGH the ground as he tipped over, using the same animation as when he falls off the edge. Very strange, but I accepted the gift for what it was and continued the run.

                  • Anonymous

                    31 Aug 2019 18:47  

                    I just realized, the golems in DS2 are emulating the Iron Golem's design in that there's a hole in the chest region where the soul that operates the construct goes. Neato!

                    • Anonymous

                      04 Aug 2019 02:13  

                      My first one-try victory. This boss might be one of the easiest of the game, especially if you got Tarkus helping out. For some reasons, he doesn't seem able to hit you if you get between his legs

                      • Anonymous

                        03 Dec 2018 12:54  

                        I'm honestly amazed by the amount of damage I was doing to him with my Greataxe +10 and impressed the amount of hits the Golem wasn't able to land upon me, didn't get hit once despite the movement in Dark Souls 1 being so clunky compared to the other two games.

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