Manus, Father of the Abyss

Manus, Father of the Abyss

Location Chasm of the Abyss
Health * NG: 6,665
NG+: 10,464
Souls * NG: 60,000
NG+: 120,000
* Recorded in PATCH 1.5

 Manus, Father of the Abyss is a Boss in Dark Souls Remastered.


Manus, Father of the Abyss Information

Manus, Father of the Abyss is a final boss of the AotA expansion. While something of a demon in appearance when encountered by the player, Manus was in fact once human. He became the Father of the Abyss when his humanity went wild, but it is not known what caused this. According to both Marvelous Chester and Hawkeye Gough, an unidentified Primordial Serpent (whether it was Kaathe or Frampt is uncertain) urged the citizens of Oolacile to go delving in the dark of the Abyss, where they awoke this primordial man. Upon awakening, he became enraged and set to expand his domain while seeking out his precious Broken Pendant. The Abyss consumed the citizens of Oolacile, whose humanity went wild in turn, mutating them into ghastly creatures. With inhabitants maddened, Oolacile was left to fall to ruin. Nothing remains in present day to mark the passing of Oolacile, save Dusk.
When the player finds half of his pendant, Manus reaches out through time and space to reacquire it, taking the player to Oolacile in the process. He also takes Marvelous Chester in the same manner, who may have found the other half of the pendant in another time. While this pendant obviously held some deep meaning to Manus, it is unknown what, the answer long since lost to time.




  • Hand slam
  • Hand slash combo
  • Close range frenzy attack (Roar->6hit combo)
  • Close range spin attack (when behind him, 1s wind-up)
  • Horizontal hand sweep
  • Leap Attack
  • Dive attack
  • Dark Rain (Lifts catalyst skyward: Creates rain of dark homing missiles)
  • Dark Wave (Swings catalyst sideways: Spawns waves of dark bolts in a rough cone shape in front of him)
  • Dark Circle (Thrusts catalyst into the ground: Many orbs are created as a ring at the edge of the arena, closing in towards him and usually striking anyone in their path along the way)

The Facts

  • All his dark magic can also be blocked with the Silver Pendant.
  • Physical attacks can be easily blocked. (Greatshield of Artorias or Havel's Greatshield are recommended)
  • Has no grab move.
  • His tail can not be cut off.
  • He starts doing his Dark Magic attacks after his health drops below 60%.
    • His magic attacks are blockable (Dark Circle must be blocked by turning away from Manus), but they will still deal a small amount of physical damage.
    • All his dark magic can also be dodged: Dark Rain can be dodged by rolling backwards, Dark Wave can be dodged by rolling sideways, and Dark Circle can be dodged by running toward him (the spell will cease right before it hits him) or by watching the other incoming orbs on your screen and then rolling directly away from him and through the orbs coming from behind you. However, if you fail to dodge them, you probably will die since each of them will stagger you. Dark Wave is particularly dangerous if it connects because of the large number of orbs that almost always break any shield guard and result in a OHKO if you stand directly in front of it.
  • His Frenzy attack combo will do considerable damage to light weight characters who do not back out quick enough. He roars before he begins the attack as the 'tell'.



If you saved Sif in the area before the boss room*, it's possible to summon him to assist you during the battle. There will be a White Summon Sign near the middle of the room (behind and to the left of where you start) that will summon Sif to aid you in his puppy form, although the summon sign can be a little difficult to reach due to the boss's quick attack rates. The summon sign can also be tricky to spot at first, given that your attention will be on avoiding Manus' attacks from the moment you enter the arena. Sif attacks rather slowly for approximately 100 damage on NG but it is extremely difficult for Manus to kill him, and he is thus a suitable distraction for solo players, or for those who cannot find summon signs for Manus in their level range. As opposed to other summons signs, all you need to do is interact with this one to summon Sif, there is no confirmation dialog.

(*From Oolacile Dungeon Bonfire, head down to the first mass of humanity spirits, then turn left and take the small fall off the small ledge onto an illusory floor rather than turn right to fight them. Then follow the ghostly Alvina through the caves until she disappears next to the shortcut to the surface; The last time Alvina disappears, there will be an illusory wall directly behind that you can strike or roll through to open, head in and kill the spirits to save Sif).

Use a Green Blossom or equip a stamina recharge piece( Cloranthy Ring, Grass Crest Shield or Mask of the Child), before entering the boss room. The best way to defeat him is just to stay close enough and block his attacks with Greatshield of Artorias or a high stability 100% physical shield(+15 Heater Shield, +5 Black Knight Shield, etc. If you have enough endurance after his attacks, you can hit him once immediately after with a medium speed or faster weapon(No Zweihanders or other UltraGreatswords/etc), or just wait until he does one of the more powerful attacks, as he will have a one to two second delay afterwards.
You must watch your stamina, because if you will fail to block one of his hits in a combo, you will be unable to block the rest of his attack due to the speed. He will also Leap occasionally (even in melee range), this is difficult to dodge and near impossible to block it in melee range (because his hand will land behind your character, and thus your shield will not mitigate it), but it is easily avoidable from a distance.
It is a good idea to watch him carefully, as when the area around him starts glow he will cast one of his Dark energy spells. When he casts, you can see what he casts by his animation, and decide where you will run (Right or Left from Dark Wave, Backwards from Dark Rain or Closer to him if he cast Dark Circle).
Another method to defeat him is just running far from him and waiting, when he will leap, then counter attack. But you will be almost unable to dodge Dark Circle attack. It is recommended that you lift your shield only before a hit, and recover right after. If a low stability shield user constantly block when Manus uses his hand smacking combo (you can predict this move when Manus screams), the player might find himself vulnerable as the damage done can easily eat up a whole stamina bar. Don't be scared to recover stamina between hits since there is decent pause between each hit.
Light weight characters can dodge nearly every attack with their invincibility frames, although some of the attacks such as his frenzy are impossible to dodge due to the incredible attack speed and the massive area that some of the attacks hit, necessitating a hasty retreat when he winds up.

Moments when you can safely attack Manus/Manus' hand:
- He opens his hand and digs some fingers in the ground to violently smack with his hand horizontally. You can strike his body once if you blocked close to him before he initiated the movement, otherwise you'll be too far since the hit would make. Beware, there is another horizontal smack that he uses, but it will be immediately followed by 1 to 3 more hits(alternating between catalyst Smash and hand Smack). The difference resides in the hand slowly "charging" his big smack while entering the ground a bit.
- After a Leap, which is an attack that uses both his catalyst and his fist to smash the ground (blockable by circle-strafing on his right while holding up a heavy shield)
- At the end of the Smacking combo(total 3 fast Smacks, one Ground Smash and one Leap after his scream), Manus uses Leap attack, but only an on-the-spot jump. If you want to avoid having your stamina depleted, just back off while lifting your shield, half the hits will miss you. If you are out of reach of the second to last hit , the final hit (Leap attack) won't hit you and you'll be able to attack his fist.
- If he lifts his free hand in the air and a whirlwind of darkness spins around it, he will smash it downward. Block it while backing and recover to full stamina if you have low stamina, hot once if you have around half your stamina bar/twice if you have near full stamina.
(If you want to get used to his moves you can hold you shield up and stay close to him while circle-strafing around him. Don't forget to lock on Manus as much as you can since it can come off when he backs off or Leaps.)
Keep in mind that the best time to heal and reuse Green Blossom or to land 1-2 hits when he uses his far-reaching vertical smack.
Take note that at under 50% HP Manus seems to use more spells whether you are close to him or not.

- Havel's Greatshield or any shield with higher Stability should resist the whole Smacking combo/volley of Dark Beads without breaking (tested on NG)
- Less than 50% burden and Mask of the Child(stamina recoveryt)/Green blossoms(but it would take time you could use to Estus flask up/enchant weapon)
- Try to keep your stamina above 50%
- Hold your shield high whenever he's attacking, but don't forget to recover a bit of stamina between each hit if possible(one section of stamina bar is great)
- Never stay between a ledge and Manus, if he does Dark Rain, you will have a hard time avoiding all the magic missiles/avoid the Smack combo
- Magic blocking tips:

  • When Manus conjures a cone-shaped volley of Dark Wave towards you, just lock on Manus and hold your GREATSHIELD up without moving forward or on the sides (doing that would result in getting hit by more beads, which would break your guard). If done right, no bead would hit you squarely.
  • If he conjures the Dark Rain, just walk back diagonally (while blocking and Manus locked on) and no missiles should touch your shield. If it does, the missiles avoided should make your stamina bar able to handle the other ones.
  • As for the Dark Circle, I've never avoided it, it always hit me since I stayed locked on Manus(it never killed me, even with a mere 20 points in Vitality and no HP enhancing items). What you should do is to disengage the lock on and face the orbs on your back and hold your shield up, without moving. Don't forget to lock back on Manus since he'll follow up with melee attacks. [Seems that it could be avoided by rolling towards the orbs nearest to your back, haven't tried -needs confirmation-][Small chance to avoid getting hit as well when running towards Manus and striking him. Did only happen twice (Asmodan)][If you are far enough away from Manus, you can avoid the orbs by simply walking in-between them]

- Don't forget to repair your equipment if you are defeated by Manus a few times. His multiple attacks will greatly damage your shield's Durability if you blocked all of them.
- Have fun fighting Manus!

It is possible to take down Manus by strafing around the arena while locked on with a good ranged weapon and light armor (tested on NG with high-dexterity build, Black Bow of Pharis+15 and Large Arrows). Mobility and timely dodging is paramount in order to escape his physical attacks. Using the Silver Pendant to block the dark magic attacks in the second phase of the battle is extremely helpful. Summoning Sif during the battle helps somewhat, he should provide time to get in a few free shots or heal yourself if you take a hit.


  • Upon defeating Manus, a Bonfire appears near the ledge of the fighting grounds with Dusk of Oolacile lying near it, only able to whimper. She appears back at her original location in the Darkroot Basin after you warp or exit the game and Elizabeth the Mushroom at the Oolacile Sanctuary waypoint will give you three Elizabeth's Mushrooms. Upon talking to her at the Darkroot Basin she will comment on her rescue by Artorias from the creature of the Abyss, noting that his presence resembles the player character's own. From this it is apparent that Artorias' legend lives on through a predestination paradox, where the legend told in the present time influences the player character's decision to return to the past only to create the circumstances which would lead them to that point in the future. The anonymity of the player character and their sojourn in Oolacile leads many to believe the events of Manus' demise were the result of Artorias, thus preserving his legend and his honour.
  • Manus can be attacked and killed before going through the fog gate. During the boss's approach area, in the room with the fog gate, hug the rock wall with the path from which you came (two small Humanity sprites on top of it). If you look in the hole in the floor standing in between you and the gate, you can actually see Manus' numerous red "eyes" down below in the darkness. From here, the only known way to damage him is using a bow with 50 Range, NOT greatbows (so, no Gough's or Dragonslayer) because you cannot lower the aiming sight low enough. You need to aim the attack JUST under the rock, but high enough so that the falling arrow hits Manus. It's bit complicated to aim, but after 10 or so arrows you'll zero in and can attack Manus from here.
  • If Manus is killed that way, his Drop will appear in your inventory like in normal play. Otherwise, you can simply lower Manus's HP really low and kill him in a hit or two when you enter the bossfight arena. Beware doing so, because Manus may immediately start using Dark Magic attacks, due to his low HP.
    Since this way of defeating Manus is literally risk-free or makes the bossfight completely trivial at worst, it's possible it's simply an oversight on developer's part, and as such best left ignored as not to ruin the final bossfight experience of the downloadable content.
  • For those of you who want to see it, here is a video demonstrating how to defeat manus from outside the boss fog with a bow. It will ruin the boss fight however as stated above.
  • Manus can actually be infinitely stunlocked by firing arrows directly at his head





The Path To Oolacile Manus Encounter Manus Arm Swipe

Manus Backhand Strike Manus Dark Wave Liberating Dusk Of Oolacile


    • Anonymous

      10 Aug 2020 04:10  

      Manus is interesting because he poses little problem for havel monsters and super light builds, but can seriously punish moderately armored characters.

      If you're light rolling, his attacks aren't too hard to avoid. If you're wearing six tons of steel you can block most attacks and poise through everything else. But if you're moderately armed and armored you don't have the stability and poise to face him head on, and it is very challenging to dodge while mid rolling.

      • Anonymous

        06 Aug 2020 01:48  

        Beat him first try with Claymore +15, Silver Knight Shield +5 and Ornstein’s Armour (purely for aesthetic). I first tried to hug him like the demons and Nito, but I got pretty salty after he got me twice even after rolling (mid roll btw), so I just kept medium distance while blocking all of his attacks, and just threw rolling out the window completely. Even though the Silver Knight Shield has the best medium shield stability, blocking still cost a lot of stamina, but luckily I had 40 endurance with Ring of Favor and Protection + Chloranty Ring. I just waited till he did his overhead slam so I can wack his fingers once, when he did his humanity ring I just turned around with shield up. Fight took 5 minutes, but I was still so salty about those first hits that I didn’t care. Still, probably the hardest DLC boss if I fought him normally. The rest is pretty lackluster, I think I died 3 times to Artorias solely because I didn’t know he’d do three consecutive flips, and once to Kalameet because I thought he’d be crippled and unable to fly, so I went down the ladder and then up again, only for him to fly and roast me while still on the ladder. Thanks Gough.

        • Anonymous

          30 Jul 2020 15:01  

          So I need confirmation. I always thought Manus was the furtive Pigmy. I'm not going into any mire detail because the length of my comment would be enormous but can anyone confirm or deny for me if he in fact was the Pigmy or not? It doesn't matter if it's theory if so or not, just tell me your own thoughts.

          • Anonymous

            30 Jun 2020 22:43  

            If you're playing on PC you can unplug your controller and use the mouse to shoot him with any bow, including great bows. The aiming is less limited when you're using mouse/keyboard. I just took out half his life by shooting him with a great bow. Weirdly, I could never get large arrows to land, even with Pharis's black bow.

            • Anonymous

              13 Jun 2020 04:37  

              Really dissapointed because i heard that he is the hardest souls born boss. Beat him in my second try without any problems. There are so many harder bosses like midir, nameless king, orphan of kos, soul of cinder, gael. The problem is that all bosses in ds have very little HP.

              • Anonymous

                08 Jun 2020 20:08  

                I've been trying for 2 hours in NG+ (missed first, because i killed Gwyn first... :S) and didn't reach even half of his HP... With Dark Wood Grain Ring it was half hour, and finally killed him. So if you are using only melee build without armor, get that ring!

                • Anonymous

                  01 Jun 2020 23:46  

                  I think this Manus lore just dismantle the idea of darkness being the salvation where the world has an abyss like that. Only in the new painted world after ashes of ariendel Darkness would be gentle. Driving someone's humanity wild is horrible. The more a being controls its instincts, the more evolved it is, and driving humanity back to their basic and dark instincts is just horrible

                  • Anonymous

                    30 May 2020 06:55  

                    I found a awsome strat. Put on silver knight spear ( for range, and holy damage ), greatshield of artorias, clorathy ring, ring of favor, and silver pendant. You can block all of his attacks. With the high stability with the shield and stamina boost. Will help you block all his attacks. Put down your shield after hes done attacking. So your stamina can fly to full. When that forward punch is grounded, you have enough time to get two hits on his fist. Keep doing this and spam that pendent when you see purple magic and your gravy.

                    • Anonymous

                      26 May 2020 02:05  

                      There are no words that can describe how incredibly cheap and frustrating this boss is. Too small of an arena, annoying spam, unfairly large health pool, and alost now windows to attack. I've beat him three different times with different builds but nothing seems to work. I despise this boss. Overrated, cheap, and awful. Now call me a noob and feel better about praising this broken bull*****boss.

                      • Anonymous

                        22 May 2020 00:40  

                        The only bad thing about this fight is how small the arena is compared to how much ground he and his attacks cover. Dying to Dark Rain for instance just because you're too close to the wall and can't back away is pretty frustrating. That said, what an incredible boss. Easily the best encounter in the game for me. Sanc Guardian would win if only he wasn't made of paper.

                        • Anonymous

                          14 May 2020 17:19  

                          So, is Manus a corruption of the Furtive Pygmy then? Saying he was once human and the grave left behind in the boss room could suggest so? And with humans being smaller than many other humanoid inhabitants of the world, maybe this title was given as an insult to the humans, leading to his corruption and rage against the Fire and the Gods?

                          • Anonymous

                            13 May 2020 01:02  

                            Manus is weak to Thrust. I confirmed it with zweihander's rolling attack (which does a thrusting attack), it did more damage than a normal R1 attack and I also beat him that way after trying so hard with other builds that failed miserably.

                            • Anonymous

                              02 May 2020 19:32  

                              I was struggling with him on NG+ trying to use the silver pendant. It worked great for the big orb attack but ended up deciding it was easier to just move and shield. I used Havel’s shield, +15 Zweihander, Mask of Child. After blocking the hand slaps I would get a strong attack in. When he did his big combo I would get just out of range and then time a two hand jump attack to punish the final hit or use the time to drink an Estus. The magic attacks I would just raise shield and back away, or untarget him and run away with shield raise for the circle of orbs. Staying at mid to close range seemed to bait out more attacks favorable for punishing. Definitely took me several tries before I really understood all the attacks.

                              • Anonymous

                                02 May 2020 05:58  

                                I Just tank spank him with Havel set+ zwei 15 and crest shield at back for eneegy regen. Took me 10 potions and less than 1minute.

                                • Anonymous

                                  29 Apr 2020 22:53  

                                  Am I the only one who beat him without a shield or bow? I really struggled there. Once you get the hang of it it's not that bad. Perhaps the hardest thing was dodging his spells but i found out something - if youre far enough when he uses dark circle you can go between the orbs(or whatever it is. Atleast i think so. Not really sure.) Even if you cant its easier to dodge as the orbs are far from each other and they seem slower. Or maybe the fact that theyre further helps you determine their distance and so you know when to roll.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    20 Apr 2020 17:02  

                                    Beat him years ago wearing the Darkwraith set using a +15 GS. Forgot the shield I was using but it definitely had high stability. Since it was my first playthrough at the time I completely missed the Sliver Pendant and Sif while going to fight Manus lol.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      11 Apr 2020 15:41  

                                      I tried to go in with Artorias Greatshield, +15 Zweihander and fully upgraded havel set. too slow, just died, useless, for me at least. Went in right after with eastern set + 3, Uchi + 15 and no shield. The Iframes are really important, took him right out. Felt AMAZING!

                                      • Anonymous

                                        03 Apr 2020 01:18  

                                        Here's the cheese strategy for Manus: Equip an upgraded bow with long range arrows (and Hawk Ring) and get on the edge of the gap, on the right side of the fog gate. From here, you should be able to see Manus' red glowing eyes. If you zoom, you won't be able to target him. But if you don't, you can shoot low enough to it him. Just make sure you have enough arrows, and within around 15 minutes, you'll get rid of him. Oh, and if you jump down the arena after beating him this way, the princess will be here and you'll have access to the bonfire, despite Manus' empty life bar showing up until you teleport away.

                                        • 01 Apr 2020 21:11  

                                          Manus have to be one of my favorite bosses in dark souls. The lore of the boss is amazing, the enjoyment that I have is near maximum and the overall fight is one of the most challenging but fair fights in the game. It's also a well designed boss with movesets that gives you a opportunity to attack or heal. This fight never feels unfair, boring or lame. My only little gripe about this boss is his fury combo attack. Unless you roll backwards this attack is kinda lame if you get hit. But other than that, it's a near perfection to the end of the DLC.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            31 Mar 2020 16:54  

                                            Honestly, wasn't too terribly hard of a boss. Did it with a Claymore +15, Silver Knight Shield +5, Artorias set +4 (Silver Knight Legs), Covetous Silver Serpent Ring, and Cloranthy Ring. Took me 3 tries, 1 death was on the vertical jump attack when I accidentally turned around, and the other was on his dark magic spray attack. Just follow the video guide on the fight and you can get through it. Also Sif is a big help in distracting him.

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