Iron Golem

Location Sen's Fortress
Health * NG: 2,880
NG+: ???
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

      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.

          • Anonymous

            14 Sep 2018 02:42  

            easy fight with great club from blighttown(28STR needed) and Iron Tarkus, beat him on my first try, came here 'cause i thought it was meant to be a harder fight, but he is a really slow dumbass

            • Anonymous

              22 Aug 2017 03:31  

              He can literally be onehit with chaos storm when close to an edge, just get between his legs. You might need to cast it a second time, but you are safe between his feet he cant hit you there. Other Pyromancies mights stagger him in a same fashion.

              • Anonymous

                10 Apr 2017 14:34  

                Very easy defeat strat: If you have obtained 16-19+ STR then I recommend you first obtain either the Greatsword or Zweihander and make sure you can at least midroll, upgrade it with normal titantie shard as well as the large ones found throughout the fortress, then, speak with the crestfallen merchant in the tower with the broken bridge and buy a few green blossoms. With all this, you should be able to unload high amounts of damage quick and regenerate stamina just as fast, If all done correctly, you should be able to down the Golem relatively fast and easy.

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