Pinwheel

Location The Catacombs
Health * NG: 1,326
NG+: 2,691
Souls * NG: 15,000
NG+: 25,000
* Recorded in PATCH 1.05

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

 

Pinwheel Information

Pinwheel is the boss that lies in the depths of The Catacombs, and arguably the easiest boss in the entire game. You can find his chamber beyond a fog wall, across the valley floor containing blacksmith Vamos at the bottom of the Catacombs that is being patrolled by the Wheel Skeletons.

First seen in the official Preview, Pinwheel appears to be a necromancer body of sorts, being controlled by three magically-influenced masks. It awards one of its three masks when killed, and the others may be purchased from Patches in Firelink Shrine, after you've assured him you are no cleric in Tomb of Giants.

Once defeated, access to the Tomb of Giants will be granted by way of a ladder in the far corner of Pinwheel's lair.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Drops

Attacks

Pinwheel Fireball

This fireball deals fire damage, obviously, and is his most common attack. After a short charge, he fires a quick fireball dealing decent enough damage to warrant a dodge. When trying to predict what move he's going to hit next, watch his hands. In this case, they glow and spin clockwise to charge the attack.

There's a variation on this, where he instead spins his hands counter-clockwise and charges a bigger, slower fireball. This one deals more damage and has a larger hitbox, but is easier to dodge. Either of these attacks can be dodged with a well-timed roll.

 

Pinwheel Flamethrower

While initially seeming similar to the previous, this is different as it is a continuous and remaining in its path will do continuous damage. This, coupled with the high damage, can make this attack dangerous if you don't roll out of the way, which is quite easy to do.

 

Pinwheel Servants

Pinwheel is able to to vanish, and create as many copies of himself as he pleases; usually occur one after the other. He vanishes when you attack him a few times, and doesn't reappear for a couple seconds. You can tell his disappearance is imminent when he floats in the air, joining all his arms before exploding into thin air. However, he is not completely inconsiderate as he will leave you in the company of a clone. 

These clones are a carbon copy of him, and the only visual difference, even though slight, is that the copies have a little bit lighter cloth. Clones are limited to quick fireball attacks, and disappear when hit. When he summons a clone, he waves his arms around and summons one through a small purple portal.

 

Strategy

Pinwheel is generally considered the weakest area boss in the game, although weakness in Dark Souls is relative. Most players will take damage when dropping into his lair before triggering the cinematic, and may have a natural instinct to pause to heal themselves when the fight starts. The drop isn't too painful for a decent level player, and a single Estus should do the trick. With sufficient speed, pressure, and damage output, victory can be obtained very very quickly.

Pinwheel generally becomes more dangerous if left alone, as he'll begin cloning himself which makes taking him down harder with fireballs flying in from every direction.  He will summon clones in groups of two, up to a maximum of 8 total. While they are pretty easy to block and/or dodge, don't let yourself get surrounded. While targeting the real Pinwheel is the main objective here, don't hesitate from eliminating a clone or two, to your convenience; killing the original will make the copies disappear, so maybe that's worth a shot too. Focusing him will result in an almost instantaneous death.

When Pinwheel drops below 30% HP any clones currently in the room will vanish. Immediately after, Pinwheel will summon all 8 clones simultaneously. However, this is the last time any clones will be summoned; If you destroy them Pinwheel will be alone for the remainder of the fight.

A good fire resistant shield, such as the Black Knight Shield or Dragon Crest Shield, can also be helpful to those who need protection from this disappointment of a boss.

 

Pyromancy

Pinwheel is a pyromaniac, he is vulnerable to pyromancy, which can be a good strategy choice for any player. Equip your pyromancy spells, and be patient. 8 fireballs from level one pyromancy should take him down to a 1/3 of his health. Combustion, Great Combustion, or an AoE Firestorm-type pyromancy, can also be extremely effective. Similarly, using a fire or a Chaos Weapon in both hands can take down Pinwheel's health very quickly.

 

NPC phantom

If you've somehow managed to struggle against the easiest boss in the game, you can summon the help of Paladin Leeroy. While going through the catacombs, it is possible to drop down onto a platform with a summon sign on it, provided you are in Human form. If you drop down from to the same platform where you find the Cleric Set (visit The Catacombs page to find out more), you will find his summon sign.

This NPC summon is also quite helpful against the many Wheel Skeletons directly below. As for Pinwheel, just evade and block the attacks, and let the NPC do the job. Paladin Leeroy can beat Pinwheel with 3 hits.

 

Pinhead Pinwheels

A group of Pinwheels can be found with Skeleton Babies later on, before the boss gate of the Tomb of Giants. They have most of the same attacks but cannot summon clones, and have under half the health of the original, making them a relatively easy fight individually; the kicker is that they are all there, and along with the Babies, will attack you simultaneously. The trick here is not to stop moving. Attack one, and kill him, then move onto the next. Ignore the babies, and just target the Pinwheels

You can also farm them for a chance to obtain the two other masks you didn't obtain in your fight against the original.

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  ♦  Ornstein and Smough  ♦  Seath the Scaleless  ♦  Stray Demon  ♦  Taurus Demon  ♦  The Bed of Chaos



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    • Anonymous

      Of note on the part about farming the ones before nito fog: patches will move to firelink after nito dies and sells all 3 masks.

      • Anonymous

        guys help i’ve been stuck on this boss for the past five years, any tips? i’ve already tried pretty much everything even hacking but pinwheel just beats my ass anyways. Devs really need to give pinwheel less health smh my head.

        • Anonymous

          Pinwheel unironically stresses me out more than any of the early bosses. He's super easy, but it's exactly his reputation of being "the big stinky loser boss" that makes me terrified of accidentally losing to him. Imagining the embarrassment... it'd be too much.

          That being said, I don't think new players should be embarrassed for losing to him. The game teaches you to sit back and analyze bosses before engaging, but with Pinwheel, that can lead to him cloning a bunch and becoming overwhelming.

          • Anonymous

            2/10 difficulty, but 100/10 for the area! honestly the whole area IS the boss and pinwheel is just the vine you gotta cut down on your way to the big boi Nito

            • Anonymous

              Unbelievable broken boss, the hardest in the series by far. I absolutely cannot dodge his fireball attack and then after he knocks me down he vores me to death and looks skyward, which pisses me off and makes me blow hot air out of my ears. And don't even get me started on his mitosis ability, my god he splits into about 4.3 godecadillion versions of himself and if he doesn't vore me first, my pc will self destruct. I don't even know what they were thinking, they obviously weren't. This dude turns my dreams into nightmares, I haven't once beaten the game yet because of this mf, jesus.

              • Anonymous

                I'll be completely honest. As easy as this boss is, it isn't necessarily the easiest. Never died to him, but I have an easier time with Gaping Dragon than this guy, as Pinwheel at least damages me, while I usually kill Gaping without getting hit once, it takes more time, but I find the Dragon to be the easiest boss in the game.

                • Anonymous

                  hey i had a wierd event happen to me, i was in the catacombs and i went through a fogwall to find a hollow that had a boss healthbar? so i came here to find out its a well documented glitch, fromsoft what you doing? fix pls.

                  • Anonymous

                    wonder if pinwheel pays nito rent for living in the catacombs like on a Tuesday nito goes to get the milk and on Friday pinwheel does it

                    • Anonymous

                      I went in expecting a medium difficulty boss, so I used my +5 Black Knight Sword... lyeah I 3 shotted this joke of a boss, late game weapons usually 1-5 shot him, so if you're going for Nito don't worry about dying, just rush him and spam attacks, no strategy required. Also I got Giant Dad mask first try so that's a plus lol

                      • Anonymous

                        Is he guaranteed to drop a mask when killed? I just killed him and he only dropped the rite of kindling, no mask.

                        • Anonymous

                          Fun fact: Pinwheel is actually the result of a father trying to save his family and in doing so unintentionally fused them together, now he is trying to reverse his mistake but you kill him and his family before he can, have fun you monster!

                          • Created a (non-mage) twink build to up the difficulty of Giant Dad / Havel Mom / Boulder Child wannabees that make the run right after the Asylum.

                            I'm having a lot of fun and getting a surprising amount of invasions. They are more of a race than a duel; if they can make it to Pinwheel before I get them they win a mask!

                            • Anonymous

                              guys help i actually lost to pinwheel, i nearly oneshot with my fist and couldnt see through tears of laughter at how much of a joke this boss was!

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