Gravelord Nito

Location Tomb of Giants
Health * NG: 4,317
NG+: 7,076
Souls * NG: 60,000
NG+: 120,000
* Recorded in PATCH 1.05

Nito is a Boss in Dark Souls and Dark Souls Remastered.


Nito Information

Holder of one of the four Lord Souls, Gravelord Nito was among the lords to wage war against the dragons. As the Lord of Death, Nito rules over the dead in The Catacombs and resides within the Tomb of Giants. His army of skeletons guard his tomb, while his Gravelord Servants spread death through the Eyes of Death.


You can join his covenant via a coffin next to the Titanite Demon, in The Catacombs. However, should you kill him - which you eventually have to do in order to progress with the main storyline - you will not break the covenant but will be unable to further level within it, until NG+.



Allegiance to the Gravelord

More of a passive ability,  Skeletons that appear in the area will side with Nito in trying to kill the player. However, Nito's attacks can damage them if they are hit. The same rules apply here with these bony enemies; kill them with a divine weapon to prevent them from reforming.


Gravelord's Gravelord Dance

Nito thrusts his sword into the dirt for one or more orange swords similar to those in the Gravelord Sword Miracle will burst out of the ground. This attack is preceded by a scream, which you can use as an alert and be ready to act appropriately. Unlike the apparent randomness of its Miracle counterpart, Nito's swords will target the player and any summons. With good timing, these can be dodged, however, viable strategies include to either roll continuously as soon as you hear the scream, until after the sword bursts, or to "count" the second before the sword bursts, and dodge right. If it hits, it will throw you into the air and fill a substantial amount of your Toxic Meter.


Death Wave

Nito sits and darkens, intensifying the aura around him, before exploding and sending a dark wave which will do damage to the player. It can be blocked for reduced damage but will stagger you and fill your toxin meter, at the very least. The upside to this is that any Skeletons roaming around Nito at the time of this attack will surely perish. You however, will not, as long as you run away from him when he starts charging; you should have at least 2 seconds before it goes off.


Toxic Sword

Nito's standard melee attacks with his sword are not very dangerous in terms of damage, however, has the ability to turn you toxic with two hits. Painted guardian or Shadow sets are good for slowing the process. The Bloodshield can also add further resistance. Nito has two observed swings: a right-to-left close-in slash, and an leaning overhead chop. The overhead chop has an extremely long recovery time, even if it hits you (unlike most enemies, who will take longer to recover if they miss).


Grab Attack

Nito can also employ a rarely used, but highly damaging, grab attack. Staying to his sides or back is an easy way to avoid this. Alternatively, if you are grabbed, repeatedly tap L1/R1 in order to escape the grab entirely. Fortunately this attack has a huge tell: his hand will start glowing, so that should give you enough time to get away.


It is highly recommended upon entry to this boss fight, you stay put and let them bring the fight to you; traversing too far in will result in attracting all the Skeletons that lurk in the corners of this area - of which include Giant Skeletons. Staying put will reduce the number of enemies you have to deal with, in addition to the boss. When the fight begins, stay put. Use a divine weapon to keep the Skeletons that come after you down. If you are not in possession of any, keep knocking them down until Nito arrives.

Make sure you equip either armor with high poise or the Wolf Ring, to prevent an interruption on your combos. Most of his basic attacks are easy to dodge. Strafe around him when he gets close and whack away. With the more complex moves, take the precautions and safety measures listed above, accordingly. Refrain from traversing deeper into this area during combat and stick to the entrance area.

After he uses his Death Wave attack, most of his Skeletons  will be dead so take this opportunity to move in and do some damage. He also moves extremely slowly and is very susceptible to fire, so going in with an array of Pyromancy Fireball/Chaos Fireball spells will go a very long way.

If you have a divine weapon to dispatch Nito's minions, he becomes one of the game's most laughably easy bosses for a heavy melee build. You can easily strafe behind him for free hits, and all of his attacks except the Sword Dance and the Death Wave can be blocked, resulting in negligible damage.


Easy Ranged / Mage Strategy

Equip the Ring of Fog and the Slumbering Dragoncrest Ring. Drop down into the boss arena, but do not move. When the cinematic is over, Nito will slowly approach you, while not aggravating any other Skeletons, leaving you to take him out with your bow or spells.


Tips & Notes

  • Gravelord Nito's biggest weakness is fire, use this to your advantage.
  • Nito is extremely slow and won't attack nearly as often if you aren't in full view. By keeping the central column of the cavern between you and Nito, you can take out the Skeletons and attack him with spells or arrows as he lumbers around the bend.


Nito - The Lord Soul Nito - Lord Soul Attack Nito - Lord Of Skeletons

Nito - Miasma Of Death The Gravelord Servant Covenant Nito - The Gravelord Awakens

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  ♦  Iron Golem  ♦  Moonlight Butterfly  ♦  Ornstein and Smough  ♦  Pinwheel  ♦  Seath the Scaleless  ♦  Stray Demon  ♦  Taurus Demon  ♦  The Bed of Chaos

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    • Anonymous

      28 Oct 2020 18:11  

      Can be a real pain with the skeletons constantly attacking, so getting rid of them with a divine weapon really helps. As long as he doesn't spam his grave dance attack, he shouldn't be a big problem.

      • Anonymous

        19 Oct 2020 09:38  

        nito gave me the biggest darksouls vibe check ive ever had, first time playing DS remastered, so the first time i dropped down to nito i instantly towards my estus to heal up from falldmg but 1 sec before i hit the button i heared screaming, ****ing gravelords dance oneshot me 3 sec into bossfight wtf.

        • Anonymous

          16 Sep 2020 04:08  

          Nito: "The stuffy warmth of life has penetrated my grave. Rise up, my servants! Oh, while we are talking about penetration, watch what happens when I ram my sword into the ground ..."

          • Anonymous

            16 Aug 2020 21:15  

            If you heard that scream in a horror movie scene it wouldn’t be nearly as scary as knowing what’s coming next in this fight

            • Anonymous

              03 Aug 2020 19:04  

              Why is everyone trippin? The sword dance is easy to avoid. After he used it on me like twice my first playthrough he hasnt hit me with it since

              • Anonymous

                30 Jul 2020 03:23  

                This guy was much easier than I expected my first time doing it. He just doesn't hit you if you just start smashing in his face and the rest of his cleaves temporarily put down his mooks. I just wailed on him and before I knew it he was dead. His sword dance was honestly pretty easy to avoid after the first time, especially if you know the timing of the scream (which the spike occurs towards the end of.) I've noticed a lot of bosses (hell even 90% of the infamously difficult encounters) are MUCH easier than expected if you're using a primarily movement/dodge based build.

                The only annoying thing is the blast, which you should probably guard against or run away as fast as possible and hope it takes down the mooks for a brief moment.

                • Anonymous

                  20 Jul 2020 02:10  

                  Here is a tip for you strength nerds,Take the occult club from havels chamber in anor londo and the divine ember from moonlight butterfly and make a divine club,parry/riposte the ganky skellys for a 1 vs 1 duel of SPOOK

                  • Anonymous

                    16 Jul 2020 12:27  

                    That Goddamn sword dance attack, I swear, in my approximately 300 hours of playing this game, I can count the amount of times I've successfully dodged that attack on a single hand.

                    • Anonymous

                      10 Jul 2020 18:29  

                      the hard part is praying to rnjesus that he decides to come to you at the start instead of just spamming gravelords dance

                      • Anonymous

                        01 Jul 2020 10:43  

                        Thanks to ThePruld’s Nito-animation I cannot unsee what Nito’s legs look like... he’s a weird skeleton.

                        • Anonymous

                          24 Jun 2020 22:48  

                          Important to note: For whatever reason, Artorias' Cursed Greatsword will not kill the skeletons in this fight, despite being able to normally.

                          • Anonymous

                            23 Jun 2020 13:48  

                            Got hit by the grab attack's broken hitbox, got launched into the air and got stuck in the central stalactites,

                            • 16 Jun 2020 21:08  

                              Nito is powerful but he is also quite slow and not nearly as problematic without his Skeleton buddies. Patience is your friend here - instead of charging in blade swinging, stay back and wait for Nito to come to you after you enter his room. If you're running a Dex build, Quelaag's Furysword is a fantastic weapon for this fight. Find a good opening and you'll tear Nito's health to shreds in seconds.

                              • Anonymous

                                15 Jun 2020 00:16  

                                Sorceries work well vs Nito. At INT 40, I do 250-350 dmg with Soulmass or Soul Arrows, and Dragoncrest Ring equipped. You can modify the Occult Club you find In-game into a +5 Divine Club, which will take care of the re-spawning skeletons.

                                • Anonymous

                                  07 Jun 2020 20:42  

                                  A tactic that works for me is be very aggressive, using a +10 gargoyle halberd, and using a lighter armor. always save stamina to roll, and you should be good. a +5 estus flask X10 helps too.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    30 May 2020 07:02  

                                    quick question, considering Nito is weak to fire that means Quelaag’s fury Sword would be a good weapon to use on him right ?.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      23 May 2020 15:12  

                                      Stay near to where you drop down as the giant skeletons won't aggro whichever makes the fight much easier.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        16 May 2020 23:20  

                                        my stomach drops whenever he does the ground sword spell. once he gets close to me i've pretty much won the fight but damn.

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