Iron Knight Tarkus


Iron Knight Tarkus is an NPC Phantom in Dark Souls


Iron Knight Tarkus Information

A knight wearing the Black Iron Set, Black Iron Greatshield, and wielding a Greatsword. You first encounter him at the top of a tower in Sen's Fortress as a summonable NPC for the Iron Golem boss fight.
Tarkus is a knight of the lands of Berenike. Knights of Berenike were praised for being near giant in stature, amazingly strong and resilient; Knight Tarkus having strength that surpassed nearly all of his countrymen. It is heavily implied that Tarkus is one of the only undead to complete Sen's Fortress and the area is strewn with Hollowed Balder and Berenike warriors who were unsuccessful in advancing further.
You encounter Tarkus' corpse in Anor Londo, below and to the left of the Painted World canvas, along with his armor. The placement of the corpse suggests that Tarkus entered Anor Londo and found no other way to progress besides the scaffolding with the painted guardians, his namesake Iron armor leaving him unbalanced on the beams and causing him to fall to his death.



Locations Details
Sen's Fortress Across the bridge to the dead-end room, near the Iron Golem fog gate.



  • Tarkus can solo the Iron Golem in Sen's Fortress in a NG.
  • Tarkus is possibly a reference to another character also named Tarkus in the 1987 Japanese manga Jojo's Bizarre Adventure. Both Tarkuses are massive knights with enormous, seemingly unwieldy swords, thick armor, and a similar appearance.
  • Tarkus is credited with breaking the window into the painted guardian room, allowing the Chosen Undead access.


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    • 27 Apr 2021 08:55  

      Him and Leeroy are the only two summons that are more useful than most player summons against invaders. I'd be curious to know what his stats are for the build he rocks.

      • Anonymous

        13 Mar 2021 19:14  

        Tarkus did not fall in Anor Londo. If he can traverse beams in Sen's Fortress, with swinging pendulums, dart traps, and lighting being thrown at him... then he can traverse a simple beam with some daggers being thrown at him. I'm pretty sure Tarkus had a run in with Priscilla, as there is a Berenike knight found just before her room (likely one of Tarkus' men.)

        It's my guess that Tarkus and his knights made their way through the undead burg and Sen's, then into Anor Londo (as evidenced by the hollowed Berenike knights you find along the way.) Tarkus and his last knight trek Anor Londo, over the rafters and down into the painting room, where the guardians overwhelmed the two and chased them to the painting, where they were sucked into it, with the guards waiting outside. Tarkus and his last knight, perplexed, made their way through the painted world. Either the knight went hollow just before Priscilla, or he stayed to hold off the enemies, as Tarkus trudged forward, and went hollow later. Priscilla convinced Tarkus to "hurry home"... and he fell back through the painting, where the guards were still... and met his end, where he was battered into a corner by the mob of guardians.

        I'm also fairly certain the peculiar doll being needed for entry is just a game mechanic and not lore relevant, as you enter Ariandel just by touching the painting, with no doll needed. Could be wrong, but... just makes sense to me.

        • Anonymous

          12 Mar 2021 23:07  

          This man is a beast, I summoned him and he was kicking ass, what a CHAD. I wish I can become such a CHAD as him.

          • 28 Jan 2021 22:39  

            We had a band, called We Iron Knights, and despite ME being the leader, he and the knights said they're creative influence "changed." What's more? After the split they REFORMED, I reapeat, REFORMED, without ME, and changed the name - that's right - to Tarkus and the Irons! And what did they do? They continued playing the EXACT same music genre we played! And the electropop synth was MY idea in the first place! I had to join the Snakeheads to keep my position in the local Battle of the Bands hall of fame! The SNAKEHEADS! Those guys are really mean! And play metal! The lack of synthesizers and xylophones made me really, really sad. What did I play? Ohhhh buddy, they made me play DRUMS! D R U M S! It was an outrage. Absolute disgrace. Instead of playing new wave hiphop post punk electro synth-pop, we were playing metal. Not even good metal, nothing like hit local band Dragonslayers or Fire Queens, no, we were playing nothing but screamo metal. AND NONE OF US CAN SCREAM!

            • Anonymous

              15 Jan 2021 05:42  

              I couldn't summon him as I was unable to see his sign in one of my many playthroughs. As for the reason why I have no clue. I could always see it befor just not that one time. His armor still appeared. (Remaster)

              • Anonymous

                25 Dec 2020 16:10  

                “Remember that one time we made a summonable npc incredibly helpful? Yeah ha, let’s never do that again”

                • Anonymous

                  20 Sep 2020 11:54  

                  there is a berenike knight in the painting of ariamis. So either that is tarkus, or there was another knight that succeded

                  • Anonymous

                    14 Aug 2020 20:21  

                    tarkus didnt die he just took a nap thats why the secret ending for 0 hit run no damage broken sword with guitar hero control is iron tarkus busting into the kiln and obliterating the player in one hit and reclaiming his armor then he stomps out the first flame and begins the age of black iron tarkus where all beings become tarkus even the rats tarkus, gwynevere boobie tarkus this is canon lore btw not lying cuz im actually vattividya 

                    • Anonymous

                      24 Jul 2020 20:59  

                      Nah he didn’t die he just gave his armor to some casul who later died and went to the painted world to play with priscilla

                      • Anonymous

                        15 May 2020 11:38  

                        Why is everyone acting like this guy is some huge badass? If he could solo O&S I'd be impressed, but my man couldn't even make it to O&S. Iron Golem? Literally the second easiest boss after Pinwheel? How is that an achievement at all...

                        • Anonymous

                          08 May 2020 04:35  

                          Dude is the Iron Golem's kryptonite, 10/10 would bro it up at the nearby bonfire with a sip from our estus.

                          • Anonymous

                            24 Jan 2020 09:00  

                            What a god... Damn... Man! *****ing love this guy. Would love to see a confrontation between him and havel

                            • Anonymous

                              10 Dec 2019 00:56  

                              I think tarkus died due to wounds he received in the painted world rather than from falling. If you look closely at the tiles on the chapel floor you can see cracks from something extremely heavy landing on it. Tarkus fell but notice how his corpse isn't on the floor where the cracks are it is by the painting. I think the knights of berenike made it to the painting but tarkus was injured within the painting and chose to die in the world he called home. He did all this as a human not an undead. He never went hollow. What a hero.

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