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.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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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.

 

Attacks

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.

 

Strategy

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.

Phantom

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

 




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    • Anonymous

      First time playing Dark Souls and first try I just slapped his ankles with silly while he wobbled for like 30 sec. Why is this a boss fight?

      • All jokes aside, other than Ornstein and Smough, this is one of my favorite Dark Souls 1 bosses. While it isn't that difficult, it gives you the feeling of "Yeah, after this, the REAL game starts." I also think the Golem is a cutie.

        • Anonymous

          I feel bad for the iron golem because of the amount of times my tarkus killed him. I want to hug him and say im sorry tbh

          • Yall need to chill out bullying the Iron Golem with Tarkus the dude works a 24/7 hour job with minimum wage has low self esteem because of tarkus, got rejected by queelag and on top of all that still has a good attitude so the very least you can do is use tarkus once in a while (no problem with tarkus hes chill but bullying this poor dude is a no go in lordran lmao) and be like me shoot sunlight spears onto his **** armor for the whole fight before switching to great lighting spear to finish the job because miyazaki decided f1ck the coolest miracle in the game and only gave it 5 uses And sure he may not have any kids by the end of it but at least he went out with dignity

            • Anonymous

              If you want to troll the Golem even more you can keep the giant at the top of the tower alive, he'll get on his knees if a fire bomb lands on him

              • Anonymous

                I enjoy fighting, and his armor and weapon are super sick as well. It can be paired easily with the Tower Shield, just be color alone.

                • Anonymous

                  I wish you could replay bosses as many times as you want PURELY because I just love watching Tarkus solo this stupid mfer. Love you, Tarkus... <3

                  • Anonymous

                    His AI suddenly froze in the middle of the fight. He looked like he was having a seizure and fell of the platform. And this was in the remastered version.

                    • Anonymous

                      My first try, I have no idea what he does, I roll away from a few of his attacks and he ends up near the edge. I hit him and he falls down and dies. Didn't even get him to 75%. Easy 40k souls

                      • Anonymous

                        I was fighting the Iron Golem w/o music enabled, and I heard a humming sound throughout the fight that ended once the Golem was defeated.
                        Could I get a second opinion on this? I haven't seen it mentioned anywhere else.

                        • Anonymous

                          Villagers created him to defend their home from the chosen undead but the chosen undead used him to farm for iron haha

                          • Anonymous

                            Im trying to do the anor londo throw but whether I use a great sword or an ultra great sword, I keep getting chucked about a mile too far and high. I Just enter the stratosphere and fall to my death 45 seconds later. Any advice on how to make this work? I assume it's a position thing but no matter where I go on the walkway I get thrown to the same wrong spot.

                            • Anonymous

                              After summoning some phantoms for help, we bullied him so hard he fell off the ledge, and not only did I not know that was possible, it was absolutely hilariously. We didn’t even break him down to 75% of his health

                              • Anonymous

                                I managed to knock him off balance near the boss entrance but he didn’t fall over the edge ... instead he fell straight through the floor. Does this happen on the bridge every time? I usually cause him to fall over on the main platform so I can get the free damage in. This was funny af to watch but seems to exploitable so I can only assume it was a one off glitch

                                • Anonymous

                                  Best strategy for me has been to enter the boss fight and stay still til he swings his gust attack (almost always hits the center). Run straight at him and go between his legs and start attacking from behind. Land 2-3 strong attacks and get out of range because he will try to grab you. Once he resets his position, repeat. Under 25% equp load works best and two hand your weapon. Blocking with shield can be worse than getting hit as you will slide and could get knocked off. He's slow but hits like a train and if you get too greedy he'll punish you.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Guy summoned me playing NG+ ?. I knew something was off when he was wearing giants armor and the wooden blacksmith hammer and also when my super powered dark bead hardly scratched the boss. Luckily we got him staggered on the narrow walk way and made him fall off the cliff. Instead of 20K souls I was rewarded 60K!

                                    • Anonymous

                                      The co-op souls are great for such a quick and easy fight. Something is off though...

                                      10K souls for spidy, 20K for this dude and only 25K for O&amp;S?? First two are a cake walk to the boss and not much of a challenge then you got the silver knights and two bosses to fight at once... Just for 5K more!

                                      • Hi guys Iron Golem here to say don't summon Iron Tarkus guys please I have a business to uphold I could tell you all weren't fans of my more strong message

                                        Too bad

                                        • Anonymous

                                          In my ng+ the first time I faced him, the bastard threw me off the ledge. The second time, Takus got him staggered very close to a ledge, then I cast a chaos great fireball right into his chest blasting him off the very same drop he threw me. It was beautiful.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            Honestly, I am almost a little disappointed I killed this boss first-try. I kinda wanted to see Tarkus in action but never got the chance (not this NG run through at least).

                                            Before I sound like I'm bragging about beating this guy, I will admit that I got my s*** pushed in by Taurus Demon and Bell Gargoyles. Actually, those two were a lot harder for me..

                                            • Anonymous

                                              This boss is easy but in all my runs he ends up killing me 1-2 times pushing me of the arena with his bullshit grab hitbox and his sweep attack

                                              • Anonymous

                                                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.

                                                • 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

                                                    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

                                                      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

                                                        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

                                                          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

                                                            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

                                                              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

                                                                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

                                                                  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

                                                                    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

                                                                      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

                                                                        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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