Dragon Slayer Ornstein and Executioner Smough

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Health * NG: Ornstein: (Normal/Super) 1642/2981
      Smough: (Normal/Super) 2645/4094
NG+: Ornstein: (Normal/Super) 2873/5218
      Smough: (Normal/Super) 4630/7166
Souls * NG: 50,000
NG+: 150,000
* Recorded in PATCH 1.5

Dragon Slayer Ornstein and Executioner Smough are Bosses in Dark Souls.

 

Dragon Slayer Ornstein Information

Ornstein is the captain of the Four Knights of Gwyn Lord of Cinder, serving alongside Artorias the Abysswalker, Lord's Blade Ciaran, and Hawkeye Gough. As his name would suggest, he was an honorary dragon slayer.

He wields his Dragonslayer Spear, a sword-spear after the fashion of Gwyn's Firstborn's own weapon. He also commands the power of lightning. It is believed that he was left behind with Smough to guard Anor Londo's cathedral after the gods fled.

However, there is reason to believe that Ornstein's presence in Anor Londo is an illusion, much as Gwynevere and the light of Anor Londo is a mere facade maintained by Gwyndolin. This is evidenced by his presence in Drangleic, at Heide's Tower of Flame, where we can speculate he might have fled with Gwynevere. There is also the matter of his armour being present in Archdragon Peak, suggesting he followed Gwyn's Firstborn after his betrayal, with some suggesting he even shed his armour and body to become a dragon – not least as the Nameless King echoes the Ornstein and Smough boss fight in absorbing the lightning of his stormdrake, The King of Storm.

 

Executioner Smough Information

The executioner for the royal family of Anor Londo, Smough dreamed of being anointed a knight of Gwyn. However, such was his relish for his work that he soon began to eat the bones of those he had executed. Regarded as distasteful by his masters, the royal family never raised him to the rank of knight. Though, after the gods fled Anor Londo, he remains in defence of Gwynevere's illusion. Whether he does so out of loyalty to Gwyndolin or he, too, has been fooled by the illusion of sunlight is not clear. 

 

Last Man Standing

The course of this fight changes, depending on how you approach it. If you wish for an easier fight and fancy Smough's armor, you might wanna take his partner out first. Also, this cutscene is a cooler watch. However if you prefer a tougher battle with an extra piece of loot, as well as Ornstein's armor, kill the crazy executioner first. Whoever you decide to kill first, you should make that decision before entering the boss area, and stick to it.

 

 

Drops (Super Ornstein)

Drops (Super Smough)

 

 

Dragon Slayer Ornstein (The Spear Knight)

Quick and agile, Ornstein is opposite of his partner Smough. Attacking with leaps, thrusts, large arcing sweeps and shooting bolts of electricity from his spear.

If he survives Smough, he absorbs his fallen partner's corpse, and his already-long attack range becomes even greater and several of his abilities gain different attributes from his increased size and strength.

Ornstein's Attacks

Swing Combo

Ornstein will swing his weapon in vertical and horizontal arcs, up to four times. Use this chance to either get around him and hit him between swings or move towards Smough while he is executing this move. The move has relatively decent tracking and range and is fairly easy to block.

Spear Slam

Ornstein jumps and stabs his spear down in front of him. The attack has decent tracking and hits rather far in front of it and can go through pillars if you are close enough, but its hitbox is quite narrow, simply roll to the side.

Lightning Bolt

A hurling lightning bolt. The cast time is relatively long, so take this time to get some hits in on him or Smough, provided one is close enough. Until he throws the bolt, he will track you, so be prepared to dodge. Thankfully, the bolt moves fairly slowly, but it is guided and will connect if you roll too soon. You can also make smart use of the pillars to block this attack.

Lightning Stab

If you are close enough, instead of the lighting bolt, he'll stab you with it.

Gliding Stab

Ornstein will glide across the room as he makes his way to stab you. The telltale sign of this attack is when he starts to kneel and gets in a pouncing stance, once he does this, prepare to roll out of the way. Think of this attack as Old King Alant's gliding attack in Demon's Souls.

If he glides into an obstacle on his way to you, he will continue the attack until he reaches your position, so keep an eye out and see if he resumes gliding after running into a pillar.

 

Super Ornstein's Attacks

Spear Swing

Ornstein will spin his spear across, and back if you don't move out of the way. Take the time to run under his legs and get some damage in.

Back-Step Sweep

Ornstein jumps into the air backwards, making a sweeping motion and doing damage to a wide area in front of him. This can be avoided by simply being under him at all times, and this should not hit. If your weapon is fast enough, you should be able to get in one attack after he lands.

Spear Slam

Similar to the one used in round one, but he's just bigger; plan accordingly.

Spear Downward Stab

Ornstein thrusts his spear at the ground, if this connects, it has a good chance of breaking your guard, as he may continue with a charge, doing major damage.

Gliding Stab

He will only do this when you are far away from him, similar to the first form.

Electric Crash

Ornstein leaps into the air and lands, producing a huge electrical AoE below him. If you see him leap up offscreen, sprint or roll away. After he lands, you can rush him and get some damage in as well. Beware that the lightning hitbox lingers slightly after he lands, so don't rush in too quickly. Some of the electricity damage can be soaked by a high electric resistance shield (such as the Eagle Shield or the Effigy Shield) but it is far safer to roll out of the damage zone.

If Ornstein or Smough actually land on top of you, you will take additional physical damage in addition to the electricity burst. This is often enough to KO a player.

Lighting Impale

Ornstein's ultimate attack. If you are near him, he will charge his spear and then thrust it in front of him. The tracking is sub-par but unpredictable. Roll to his side to avoid, however he will sometimes abruptly switch targets or turn around completely to surprise you or a summon. Your best bet is to simply roll backwards or, if you have a sub-par dodge, go under him while he charges his attack, and it should not hit you. Rolling backwards or to the side too soon often results in impalement.

If the attack does hit you, Ornstein skewers you then lifts you into the air, and does a considerable amount of damage with a powerful Lightning Bolt, before hurling you to the ground. He is also invulnerable to damage during the long animation of this attack, up to and including his recovery time after hurling his victim to the ground. At the same time, he will be locked into that animation throughout, so this attack can be an opportunity to heal for other players not affected. It is possible to use a humanity or even cast a heal spell while standing right next to him during when he is lifting someone else into the air, and not be harmed.

Executioner Smough (The Hammer Wielder)

Large, strong and surprisingly mobile, Smough takes advantage of his size (and the size of his hammer) to cause devastating damage to anything caught within his reach. Smough attacks with large hammer swings, smashes, as well as a dangerous charge that can follow the player through a distance and eat through a shield block very quickly if the player is both trampled and then struck with the hammer swing at the end of the charge.

If Ornstein is defeated first, a cinematic will show him get crushed and absorbed by Smough, who gains lightning attacks, which cause large amounts of damage.

Smough's Attacks

Hammer Smash

Smough will rear back with his giant hammer in both hands and then slam it down in front of him. This attack is slow and has poor tracking, and can easily be evaded by strafing or rolling to one side. However, it can pass through broken pillars so make sure to keep your distance, if you are using one as cover. This attack is a good opportunity to evade to one side and then deal some damage, due to its slow recovery time.

Jumping Hammer Smash

Smough will leap forward and slam his hammer on the ground in front of him. This attack can also be evaded by strafing or rolling to one side. The AoE of the impact zone is hard to predict, so rolling forward or through the attack is not recommended since the hammer or even Smough himself may still hit you.

Single Hammer Sweep

Smough will pull his hammer back to one side, and then swing it around to the other side, where it eventually impacts the ground. This attack has a wide radius and unpredictable hitbox, so it is best to try to get behind him or back well off. Another option is to actually run into his chest and wait for the swing to go by behind you. As the handle of the hammer will not hurt you, and you can immediately start dealing some melee attacks or close range spells/pyromancies.

Double Hammer Sweep

This rare attack starts with the above Single Hammer Sweep, then after the hammer strikes the ground Smough will reverse his grip and bring it back around in the other direction. This can surprise people charging in after what they thought was a single sweep. You can still avoid damage by getting within the attack radius by pressing right up against Smough, but otherwise you should continue to try to get behind him or stand well off. Do not try to block or tank.

Trample Charge

One of Smough's more dangerous attacks, even in his regular form, involves him dropping his hammer in front of him in both hands, and running towards you. If you have the misfortune to be caught by this attack, you will take damage from the hammer and from being trampled by Smough himself. Worse, once he reaches the end of his charge, which can vary significantly depending on whether he runs into any players or has to chase them across the area, he will finish with a powerful popup swing with his hammer that deals additional, significant damage.

The safest way to deal with this series of attacks is to recognize it when it starts, and then get a pillar between you and Smough. If you place yourself correctly, when he runs into the pillar it will end his charge and he will then do his popup attack, which can in fact pass through the pillar, so be careful. If you do not place yourself properly, it is possible for Smough to clip around the side of the pillar and still hit you.

If you are nowhere near a pillar, rolling several times to your right in a circle around Smough while locked on, can carry you past both the charge and his eventual hammer swing.

In his regular form it is possible to block this attack while backpedalling, although you will need a high stability shield (70+ to be safe) and full stamina. Even then, your guard will likely be broken, and Smough has been known to chain his trample attacks. If you are playing with other characters, it is also possible to stagger Smough from the side or behind as he starts his run, cancelling it entirely.

Buttslam

Smough leaps straight up in the air, and then crashes down on his rear end while holding his hammer sideways. You can take damage from either having Smough land on you, or from being under his hammer when he lands. Backing up slightly or strafing around to your right are safe counters. This attack also has a long recovery time as Smough ambles back to his feet, so it is a good opportunity to land some attacks.

 

Super Smough's Attacks

Electric Hammer Smash

Smough will use a powerful lightning-charged overhanded smash to flatten players. This attack is best evaded to one side, as it is difficult to block or tank.

Electric Hammer Sweep

Smough will swing his lightning-charged hammer horizontally in a wide arc in one direction or the other, similar to his regular Hammer Sweep.

Jumping Electric Hammer Smash

Smough will leap forward while bringing his lightning-charged hammer down in front of him. This is best evaded to the sides, or by using a pillar as cover.

Electric Buttslam

One of Smough's most dangerous attacks. He will leap up in the air while drawing in a large electrical aura, and then when he lands he will blast a 360 degree electrical charge onto the floor. The effect is similar to Ornstein's electric crash attack above, but has a much larger radius and does a lot more damage. If you are in the middle of trying to attack him, it is possible to be hit both by the electricity, and the force of Smough's body impacting the ground at the same time, usually resulting in a KO. As this attack is extremely visible and recognizable, as soon as he leaps players should backpedal or ideally roll backwards several times to try to get out of the blast radius.

Electric Trample Charge

Arguably Smough's most dangerous attack. In form it is very similar to his above regular Trample Charge, but with significantly increased damage. This attack is far harder to block as even a very high stability shield will likely not be sufficient to block the entire series of charge and hammer swing attacks.

Hiding behind a pillar is the only guaranteed way to avoid damage, but it is possible to evade by rolling to your right several times as he approaches, or rolling directly backwards just as he reaches you with his charge and begins to go into his popup hammer swing. Failure to time the evasions properly, however, often results in extreme or fatal damage. This attack pattern becomes particularly brutal in NG+ and beyond.

Strategy - Ornstein 

 

Ornstein is the faster of the two bosses, but his hitbox is narrower and his attacks are easier to dodge. Ornstein's smaller frame may sometimes be hidden by Smough's large body and he can also attack you through him. Use his Gliding attacks to get some distance between the two, or use the walls.

It is also important to keep your shield, but more importantly, your guard up when entering the arena as Ornstein is known to close the space very quickly at times. He may also send large lightning bolts at the host in a similarly dangerous fashion. 

When Smough does a charging attack, make sure a pillar is directly between you, so that he hits it with his hammer. The key to this tactic is that Smough seems to path straight when charging (unlike Ornstein's floating charge that goes around objects). As long as you move around a pillar, so that it is directly between you and Smough, and occasionally bait his hammer blows by moving closer to the pillar, you can effectively separate him from Ornstein, who will walk/float around the pillars to you. Wait for Ornstein to start a combo while Smough is behind the pillar, block or dodge it, hit him a few times, and then check on Smough's position to make sure he is still behind a pillar. If he is walking around to get to you, simply strafe until he is once again on the other side relative to you. This may take a few tries to get the hang of, but the advantage of the tactic is that by separating them you buy yourself a few precious seconds during which you need only worry about Ornstein.

Keep your attention on the other boss while attacking his partner. Move the camera to a position where you can see both of them. Do not let them corner you and try to evade their attacks instead of blocking, as that will drain your stamina and leave you vulnerable to his partner's attack. After he transforms, keep close to him and attack at his legs, but watch out for the Impale, and Crash attacks. Keep up the pressure, read his movements, and he will eventually go down.

Run backwards—with shield ready to block—and wait for Ornstein to attack. Hit him one to three times and back up again. Watch out for Smough's jump attack (just roll this attack). If Ornstein is difficult to hit, due to being constantly close to Smough, the pillars around the room can be used to separate them for some quick hits. 

 

Super Ornstein Sorcery/Ranged Trick

When fighting Super Ornstein, make your way behind a broken pillar (one of them should be broken from the first part of the fight), while keeping him at a range. Stay behind the pillar and wait for him to spam his lightning attack. If he rushes at you, you did it wrong. If he spams his lightning attack, you can simply target him from here, using sorcery/a bow and easily kill him.

You may need to move a bit to the side so your magic will shoot over the pillar, but make sure you don't get hit. Be wary that even if you get him in his lightning bolt attack, he can still stop the attack and resume his usual pattern of attacks, so be ready to pull out your shield when that time comes.

Strategy - Smough

Smough is bigger, stronger, but is a lot slower than Ornstein, however is quite mobile for his size. When fighting Smough, the player must make use of their rolls and the pillars in the room. Adapting to this style of play here will make this fight a lot easier. Make sure you have a decent shield and Quelaag's Furysword or another fire based weapon. A Lightning Spear is helpful but not required for Super Smough (Sen's fortress mimic, the Demon Spear from pink gargoyles or make one). You will want to have below 50% carry weight at the very least; below 25% is better if you think you can do it. 

With Super Smough, equip your lightning spear if you have one and position yourself the same way, with Smough on the opposite side of a pillar. Run around the pillar towards him with your shield up to bait his attack. Back up to dodge his sweeps and roll to dodge his forward hammer slam. While he recovers, run around the pillar and stab him a couple times. Rinse and repeat. The advantage of a spear is that you can hit him from further away, making more efficient use of his vulnerable recovery time. The only attack you need to be aware of is his electrified butt slam; when he jumps in the air, roll back twice and you should be fine. Under 25% weight for this will make the butt-slam a joke: you shouldn't be taking hits. By standing behind a broken pillar with enough distance between you and Ornstein, he will keep using the lightning bolt attack and you can shoot at him from a safe distance with no fear of the other attacks.

 

Toxic (NG Tested Only)

Make sure you have about 15+ Dung Pies on hand (just in case you miss or die). Keep a good distance and hit them with about 5 or so to put them in toxic. If you can avoid dying for the duration of the battle the toxic kill will them without you even having to attack once. After one of them dies and you move on to the super form, just repeat the strategy. Also works with Dark Silver Tracer's R2 (DLC item). Gravelord Sword will also inflict poison, but only after 4 or 5 hits in quick succession. 

 

Hints and tips

  • The arena is filled with large pillars that will be broken by attacks from Smough or Ornstein. The base of each pillar that remains will make good cover to protect against many of their attacks, notably Ornstein's lightning bolts, and Smough's charge move.
    • Some of their attacks have sufficient reach to clip through the pillars so always be alert.
    • It is an excellent opportunity to heal or cast magic.
  • Ornstein is weak against fire, using a +5 fire weapon in this fight will be significantly easier. However, if you do not have easy access to the Fire Ember or the Chaos EmberQuelaag's Furysword is also a good alternative. Pyromancies are therefore also quite effective.
  • Smough is weak to lightning in the first form, but gains slight resistance once he transforms, but also shares Ornstein's vulnerability to fire.
  • Both Smough and Ornstein can be staggered by melee attacks, which disrupts their attack patterns.
    • This remains true, albeit more difficult, when they are in their larger forms as well. The staggering appears to be based on rapid cumulative damage (similar to poise breaking), rather than the particular strength of an individual attack.
    • Certain spells will also stagger Smough and Ornstein with varying degrees of consistency. The best option seems to be regular Soul spears, followed very closely by Crystal Soul Spears. Homing Crystal Soul Mass, Homing Soul Mass, and Heavy Soul Arrows can also be effective.
    • Miracles are generally less useful for staggering, although they will still deal regular damage. Wrath of the Gods, Emit Force, and the various sunlight spear type miracles are all useful, but Force should not be used. 
      • However, the miracle Replenishment can be surprisingly helpful during this fight, as you may not have much time to stop and heal. Cast it once just prior to entering the fog gate, and then a second time as soon as the cutscene following the defeat of one of the two foes plays.
  • When one dies and absorbs the other the survivor's health is restored.
    • Focus exclusively on whichever one you wish to kill first.
    • If you are playing with summons, most summons will know to decoy the other one away and simply block their attacks for a while, permitting you time to focus on and kill your preferred target. You can also message any summons before the fight to ensure they know which one you intend to kill first. Also, be mindful of where you are standing when the first of the two is slain.
    • Following the cutscene, the survivor will always appear in "super" form at the far end of the cathedral floor from the entrance. If the initial fight ended up in that area, the survivor can immediately start attacking unprepared players who are standing next to him after the cutscene.
  • When facing Super Smough, his extended reach will sometimes cause him to completely miss close range attacks. Use these misses to deal some damage. This does not mean he can't still hit you so keep your guard up.
  • Like every boss fight you will have enough time to equip the Symbol of Avarice and the Silver Serpent Ring after defeating this boss.
    • Using this method in NG+ will grant you 215,000 souls.

Lore

Bugs

A rare bug has been found in the PC version of the game where defeating Ornstein last does not correctly trigger the end of the boss fight. The fog walls will not disappear, the music will not stop, and while the Leo Ring will drop, you will not obtain the Soul of Ornstein nor the souls from the boss fight itself. Quitting and reloading the game will result in the character appearing just before the fog door, entering triggers the battle again, with the same results. A confirmed way to deal with this bug if you happen upon it is to defeat Smough last instead. This bug is very rare but it appears to be persistent to the character until you manage to trigger the end of the boss fight correctly.

 

Gallery

Ornstein & Smough - Introduction The Fight Begins! Ornstein & Smough - Lightning Hammer

Mega Smough - Lightning Butt Stomp Ornstein Consumes Smough Mega Ornstein - Lightning Stake

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  ♦  Nito  ♦  Pinwheel  ♦  Seath the Scaleless  ♦  Stray Demon  ♦  Taurus Demon  ♦  The Bed of Chaos



    • Anonymous

      12 Feb 2020 03:26  

      I heard so much about these guys that I totally panicked the first time and just threw fireballs at them the whole time. I ended up beating them the first time I tried. Needless to say it did not go as smoothly when I tried to really fight them the second go around.

      • Anonymous

        31 Jan 2020 14:02  

        Yeah this BS right here is the kind of horrible game design that only incels defend. So keep defending your cheap shotting, rigged game. I'll stick with Skyrim, a game that's actually fun.

        • Anonymous

          09 Jan 2020 01:04  

          What a Boss Fight ! or better "Bosses Fight" one of the best that i had in a game ! the badass desing of Ornstein and Smough the Soundtrack everything is remarkble ! i can't belive it that i beat them in my first try it can sound a bit noobish but i summoned Solaire wich make it much easier , Solaire attack Smough and i helped him and we killed him then it was only Smough left i lure him to one of the broken pillars and i waited and hit him in the moment that he let an opener and eventually i killed him , the joy of see them down is awesome !

          • Anonymous

            05 Jan 2020 09:31  

            Nothing's better than listening to their badass theme while they rip your spine out of you arse. Also fun fact Smough is actually pretty *****ing buff under that armour which explains with the mobility and how he swings that hammer around with ease

            • Anonymous

              19 Dec 2019 00:19  

              I've fought these guys so many times with so many different weapons that they're easy to me. Especially Super Ornstein who rarely ever hits me. I've beat them multiple times now without dying.

              • Anonymous

                06 Nov 2019 17:21  

                Beat O and S first try, defeating O first for the easier fight. with the BK halberd +3, Boar helmet+1, eastern chestplate, knight leggings, and gauntlets. lvl 54.

                • Anonymous

                  19 Oct 2019 08:14  

                  I want to start by saying, I love this game.........so far. The hellish atmosphere and subtle storytelling are amazing. Anywhere I’ve been stuck at a boss or area, I’ve persisted and got through it with a sense of achievement. Ornstein and Smough Are a different animal. I must’ve died 100 times, and still not killed one of them! Please give me some pointers guys

                  • Anonymous

                    09 Oct 2019 17:07  

                    now what if you're using NPC phantoms? they won't know to bait one of them, (Ornstein for me, because i want his spear and armor)

                    • Anonymous

                      05 Oct 2019 16:41  

                      Ornstein's bugged charge can get *****ed, and so can the lingering ghost hitboxes in phase 2. It's an embarrassment that these weren't fixed in the remaster.

                      • Anonymous

                        01 Sep 2019 18:55  

                        Time to piss people off; THIS BOSS IS THE PINNACLE OF BAD BOSS FIGHTS IN DARK SOULS 1! (Aside from pinwheel) Reasoning for this is that the development for them simply doesnt work with itself to create a polished fight. Ornstien suffers from horrid pathfinding and an overall docile nature, even though he has all the moves in his moveset to make him the more aggressive of the pair. He can zero in on you from across the arena (If he ever decides that he should actually fight you that is) and smough is just a basic fat boss with a big hammer, barely distinguishable from bosses like asylum demon, Taurus demon, and iron golem, except iron golem had a cool moveset! Not to mention that literally the only attack ive ever seen smough do is the charge. You know, where his entire body becomes a hit box, deals 50% to 75% of your health bar in damage, AND his hammer is a shield??!? He can do that from 50ft away, or half a foot away, and its the only move he has apparently. I more than expect the community to respond with many "git gud noob" comments, even though i did sucessfully beat the garbage encounter, and finish it solo. I did however actively hate every second of that fight though, and the only positive emotion i managed to feel during the fight was the realization that i had the lord vessel ahead, and never had to look back on this piece of trash "boss" ever again.

                        • Anonymous

                          12 Aug 2019 06:53  

                          After the first faze the music completely cuts out and throws me off, does the music cut out for anyone else?

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