Gravelord Nito

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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+.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Drops

Attacks

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.

Strategy

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.

 Gallery

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

      Best strategy that I found, killed Nito first try with this; Equip heavy armor to tank hits from the skeletons, use your best weapon (doesn't have to be Divine, Raw worked perfectly fine for me), Crest Shield will help block his magic AoE attack, use Green Blossoms & Charcoal Pine Resin if needed (didn't need personally, but it'd help.) Once geared up, enter the boss room and have him come to you. Best you can do for his ground attack is tank it (don't even try dodging it, waste of stamina.) When he gets close beat him to a pulp and he'll be double dead within a minute or so.

      • Anonymous

        I've seen some people say that's it's easier to just ignore the skeletons and go right for Nito. This is completely insane IMO. First attempt, I tried that and it was just such a frustrating pain in the ass. I Homeward'd out of there after 5 minutes of constantly getting hit from behind, from off screen or just getting stunlocked. It's just an absolute mess. Next attempt, I killed all the skellie's first and then Nito himself was an absolute cakewalk. Didn't hit me a single time. So, my advice: bring a divine weapon and take out the skeleton's asap. I had a Silver Knight Spear +5 (which is possibly the best weapon in the game btw) and it worked incredibly. Took out every skeleton in 1-2 hits. After that, just learn the timing for Gravelord Dance and be sure to run a ways away every time he kneels down and starts glowing dark. You shouldn't have much trouble.

        • Anonymous

          Ignoring the skeletons and focusing on Nito worked better than trying to take them down with a divine weapon, at least for me.

          • Anonymous

            So, I followed the tip and use my illusory rings.
            Jumped down, after cinematic immediately got caught by the toxic sword
            Stayed there and returned it to him with a lot of bolts(the total is like 30 or less tho, my +15 crossbow is stronk af boi).
            Nito-san doesn't seems like he is gonna come to me either, he just stood there, menacingly.
            Sometimes he threw another scream with toxin sword again.
            Plck, last bolt. Done. It was over in 1 minutes. I feel like I should have respected him more, but I don't wanna die so whatever. Bye~

            • Anonymous

              I was scared coming into this fight tbh but I just hugged him and tanked his hits and death wave, since it kept killing all of his skellies lol (didnt have divine wep and went into this blind lol), kept hammering away with demon's greataxe+10.

              • Anonymous

                I get that Nito just woke up from his coffin, but if he was a bit faster with his attacks I think the fight would be more challenging. I still like the overall atmosphere during that fight.

                • Anonymous

                  I had been doing my recent run with the sound off so as not to disturb my roommates. Figured I could pretend this character was deaf as headcanon. Then I got to Nito and was painfully reminded of the vital sound queue in his fight. Never so willingly ditched a headcanon in my life, haha

                  • Poor Nito. Now everyone and their mother knows about using a divine weapon and staying away from the big skeletons, but back in the day, this was and can be the most chaotic and hellish of the Lord Soul fights and possibly in the game if you don't know that one simple trick. And believe it or not, folks, some people didn't.

                    • Anonymous

                      So the guy used his grab attack on me, and then he got clipped through the ceiling somwhow. I couldn't hit him anymore, is it a known bug?

                      • Anonymous

                        dodge the toxic sword by the moment he plunges it into the ground as if you were dodging the sword itself, basing it off the scream will only mess up your timing; also, if you bring a light source into the fight, he'll spam that attack and other more annoying ones, so take the sunlight maggot off and you should be fine

                        • Anonymous

                          Grass Crest shield,ring of steel protection,furysword +5 and...Iron flesh pyro spell....just stand there,swing and iron flesh when needed with occasional estus...skellies die pretty fast as well or use a +5 divine weapon.

                          • Anonymous

                            I did so much preparation for this boss..kindled last bonfire before him...even put ring of sacrafice because i had about 30k souls and 12 humanity on me.. thinking ok this first time i'll try him then gift my humanity to daughter of chaos and..fight him for real subsequent times...
                            When at the end i ran from those skeletons and when he is alone hit him a few times with my trusty Quelaag's Furysword..then run around again...dodging skeletons...just to get to him to hit him again... and killed him on first try.. o.O
                            Didnt expected that...usually i dont kill bosses on first try ( so far on first try i only killed Gargoyiles, Sif and Pinwheel )... cool boss but he as a boss is pretty easy.. the skeletons are the problem but can be dodged...

                            • Anonymous

                              i find it funny that we literally walk in expecting a epic reval only for nito to be sleeping in his coffin

                              • Anonymous

                                where is nito in ds1 i enter the catacombs and get my ass kicked by his minions I want to kick his ass to return the favor for the endless skeleton deaths ive had

                                • Anonymous

                                  I could wreck Nito with a +15 Lightning Halberd (roughly 400 damager per swing) if I didn't keep getting ganked by his skeletons

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Basically stand at the entrance until he comes to you and dodge his spell attack from the ground that you see coming when he screams. Then just beat him down from the front. His swings always missed for me when you're in his face. Run away when he does that explosion attack.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      No mention of hit Toxic spike attack that he will spam if you drop down fighting him with any sort of light source. As far as I know there is no way to avoid this attack.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        I think i just realized something stupid. Is Death wave suppose to be that move that nito does in the trailer? quote (and nito unleashed a miasma of death and disease.) Cause you can see the resemblance of stance in both he puts his weapon and hand up. I say it's stupid cause it shouldn't do physical dmg only poison and toxic. And if so just very little physical.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          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

                                            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

                                              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

                                                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

                                                  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

                                                    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

                                                      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

                                                        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

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

                                                          • Anonymous

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

                                                            • Anonymous

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

                                                              • Anonymous

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

                                                                • 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

                                                                    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

                                                                      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

                                                                        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

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

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            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.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              wait for him to come to u so u don't gotta deal with the big skellies worst case he just spams the ground sword while the little skellies pummel you to death

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                Nito is the true hero of Dark Souls. The guy gave us disco miracles and a survival simulator against other players for goodness sake

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  Nito, when I enter the fog gate: Bro, we have a covanent, wtf? Me: *applies sunlight blade to iaito* Nothing personal, Mr. Undertale.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    In remastered skeletons still come after you even with rof And if you do the ranged tactic he just spams the sword spell

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      Might want to amend the easy ranged strategy. I enter the arena with hidden body cast and SDC ring equipped, I don't even touch the controller but Nito still spikes me immediately. Playing on PS3 PTDE

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        They must have expected you to run all over this boss chamber and aggro the mobs, because he's way too easy when you don't.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          I always thought Nito was one of the easiest bosses. Even if you don't put anything in Faith, you can still easily kill his minions with any divine weapon. If you're a magic user or can use bows properly, equip Ring of Fog and Bellowing Dragoncrest Ring. You can even walk right into Nito's cave and the skeletons still won't see you. Cances are, he's getting stuck between the column in the middle and a minion. With both rings equiooed and a projectile weapon at hand, Nito won't last very long.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            WHY is he sitting around in the Tomb of Giants though? Gwyn has to stay put at the kiln, the Witch can't really walk anywhere anymore, but Nito is free to do whatever he wants, but he just naps in his coffin

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              idk just stand right in front of him, his melee attacks won't even connect most of the time. The only difficult part are the skeletons, which he will kill off himself with his "Death Wave". Pretty nice guy

                                                                                              • Just owned him in NG+ with a Fire Scythe+10 and a Divine Washing Pole +10 for his little skeleton minions. Didn't move from where you land, killed his skeletons, then just used a Crest Shield +5 to block the magic attacks, then used the Fire Scythe two handed. Fight lasted maybe a minute.

                                                                                                • Gravelord Nito, yeah more like Grave-BORED Nito. Sorry for the disrespect but I just don't like this fight.heres some reason why. 1.) the first time you ever enter this fight, instinct might dictate you towards the back of the room....... BIG mistake. You get raped by skeletons giants and skeletons. Though I think this is a somewhat cool and unique design forcing characters to develop a strategy to defeat Nito in the confined space of the first "room" ( per say) that you fall down into. I think that this shouldn't take health though. 2) I do love the awesome design of Nito himself. First of the undead. Giant ball and legs made of skeletons, nice. And overall the fight mechanics. he is seriously easy to dodge. And by date I have never been grabbed by him. I like the screaming sword out of the ground thing, but can quite easily be rolled out of though.

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    His skeletons are more of a danger than he is. Easy solution for a melee build is equip Havels Shield and when the fight starts just start strafing him. If you stay close enough he should use the poison cloud AoE attack every 20-30 seconds; killing all the skeletons allowing you 10 seconds or so to go Ham on him. Using the Havels Shield the AoE attack took maybe 20 health with minimal toxic buildup, and removed having to focus on the other skeletons entirely.

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      I apparently have real ***** luck, he hit me with that grab attack 2 times in a row, back to back attacks, luckily I had enough health to survive both but yeah at the time I was thinking 'rarely used my ass'

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