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Comes in three different sizes: small, large, and nightmare-inducing size. They are often seen attacking the player in groups. These vermin are likely affected by the curse and are seen attacking players in groups. The big rat has an axe lodged in its left eye, from an earlier encounter, and is most likely blind. Rats come in various sizes, with their HP linked directly to their stature. They can inflict poison extremely quickly when attacking in large groups.

 

Small Rats
Large Rats
Giant Rat

Small Rats

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68 ~ 114 68 ~ 114 51 ~ 86 68 ~ 114 51 ~ 85
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41 ~ 68 51 ~ 85 B B E
HP 80 ~ 112 (NG+ 207 - 273 )
Drops 20 - 60 Souls (NG+ 100 - 300 )
Humanity


Small Rats
is an Enemy in Dark Souls and Dark Souls Remastered. Enemies are hostile creatures that respawn when players rest at a Bonfire or upon death. Special enemies that do not respawn are classified as Bosses, Mini Bosses or Invaders.

 

Small Rats Information

Comes in three different sizes: small, large, and nightmare-inducing size. They are often seen attacking the player in groups. These vermin are likely affected by the curse and are seen attacking players in groups. The big rat has an axe lodged in its left eye, from an earlier encounter, and is most likely blind. Rats come in various sizes, with their HP linked directly to their stature. They can inflict poison extremely quickly when attacking in large groups

 

Drops

 

 

Stategy

Block the small rats' attacks with a shield, then counter quickly. Spears are very efficient, as is a weapon with a wide swing radius such as a claymore which handles groups of rats easily.

 

 

Locations

Location Health NG+ Souls NG+ Respawn
Undead Parish 96 239 20 100 Yes
Depths 112 273 60 300 Yes
Firelink Shrine 80 207 20 100  

 

 

Large Rats

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130 130 98 130 99
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78 99 A A D
HP 692 (NG+ 1690 )
Drops 1000 Souls (NG+ 5000 )
Humanity

Large Rats is an Enemy in Dark Souls and Dark Souls Remastered. Enemies are hostile creatures that respawn when players rest at a Bonfire or upon death. Special enemies that do not respawn are classified as Bosses, Mini Bosses or Invaders.

Large Rats Information

Comes in three different sizes: small, large, and nightmare-inducing size. They are often seen attacking the player in groups. These vermin are likely affected by the curse and are seen attacking players in groups. The big rat has an axe lodged in its left eye, from an earlier encounter, and is most likely blind. Rats come in various sizes, with their HP linked directly to their stature. They can inflict poison extremely quickly when attacking in large groups

 

Drops

 

Stategy

Block the normal rats' attacks with a shield, then counter quickly. Spears are very efficient, as is a weapon with a wide swing radius such as a claymore which handles groups of rats easily.

 

 

Locations

Location Health NG+ Souls NG+ Respawn
Depths 692 1690 1000 5000 Yes

 

Enemies
Balder Knight  ♦  Banshee  ♦  Basilisk  ♦  Bat Wing Demon  ♦  Blowdart Sniper  ♦  Bone Tower  ♦  Bounding Demon of Izalith  ♦  Burrowing Rockworm  ♦  Chained Prisoner  ♦  Clan of Forest Protectors  ♦  Cragspider  ♦  Crow Demon  ♦  Crystal Golem  ♦  Crystal Knight  ♦  Crystal Lizard  ♦  Darkmoon Soldier  ♦  Darkwraith Knight  ♦  Drake  ♦  Egg Carrier  ♦  Engorged Zombie  ♦  Ents  ♦  Flaming Attack Dog  ♦  Frog-Ray  ♦  Ghost  ♦  Giant  ♦  Giant Leech  ♦  Giant Mosquito  ♦  Giant Skeleton  ♦  Great Stone Knight  ♦  Hollows  ♦  Infested Barbarian  ♦  Infested Barbarian (Boulder)  ♦  Infested Ghoul  ♦  Large Mushroom People  ♦  Man Serpent  ♦  Man-Eater Shell  ♦  Man-Serpent  ♦  Mass of Souls  ♦  Minor Capra Demon  ♦  Minor Taurus Demon  ♦  Oolacile Resident  ♦  Oolacile Sorceress  ♦  Oscar of Astora  ♦  Painting Guardian  ♦  Parasitic Wall Hugger  ♦  Phalanx  ♦  Pinwheel Servant  ♦  Pisaca  ♦  Possessed Tree  ♦  Royal Sentinel  ♦  Sentinel  ♦  Sewer Rats  ♦  Silver Knight  ♦  Skeleton  ♦  Skeleton Baby  ♦  Skeleton Beast  ♦  Slimes  ♦  Small Mushroom People  ♦  Small Rats  ♦  Snow Rat  ♦  Stone Demon  ♦  Stone Guardian  ♦  Torch Hollows  ♦  Treant Gardener  ♦  Tree Lizard  ♦  Undead Assassin  ♦  Undead Attack Dog  ♦  Undead Crystal Archer  ♦  Undead Crystal Soldier  ♦  Undead Knight Archer  ♦  Undead Mage  ♦  Undead Soldier (Spear)  ♦  Undead Soldier (Sword)  ♦  Undead Warrior  ♦  Vagrants  ♦  Vile Maggot  ♦  Wheel Skeleton

 

 

 


Giant Rat

Location Depths
Health * NG: 693
NG+: 1,690
Souls * NG: 1,000
NG+: 5,000
* Recorded in PATCH 1.05

Giant Rat is a Mini-Boss in Dark Souls.

 

Information

The Giant Rat that has an axe lodged in its left eye, from an earlier encounter, and is located in the first large antechamber in the Depths. It guards the area with the Sewer Chamber Key, and the slide-shortcut to the Blighttown entrance. The Spider Shield can also be found on a ledge above, accessible from the shaft behind the Butcher.

While the overgrown Mickey is susceptible to fire and lightning damage, it can and will inflict poison with each of its attacks. So favor rolling and evading, over blocking.

 

 

Drops

 

Attacks

Headbutt

It's most painful attack, a quick head attack that deals decent damage, and inflicts poison

 

Bite

The Giant Rat bites you, dealing average damage, and inflicts poison.

 

Scratch

The Giant Rat swings its paw to scratch you, inflicting decent damage and poison

 

Strategy

This Rat is fast and hits hard, but luckily there are escape routes which allows for safe replenishment of Estus. There's no real strategy to employ here, other than hit and be hit. Utilizing a Zweihander or fire-based weapon, can also help you deal more damage and finish the fight quicker, to avoid poison build-up.

 

Strategy - Range

If you are finding it hard to engage in a mano-a-mano, you can head back to the Butcher's kitchen and drop down the hole behind her table to land on a ledge above the rat. From here you can make quick work of the Giant Rat, using fire and lightning based pyromancies, miracles, and weapons to speed the process up.

There is another way to kill this rat without ever confronting it in battle. Moving through the Depths to the bonfire that's behind the Torch Hollow. If you exit that bonfire room, turn down the right and continue along the path into a room where you can break some boxes and drop down into a cage, with the bars separating you from the giant rodent. The top of the bars have a small section where ranged weapons, spells and even long ranged melee weapons can hit him, allowing for an easy kill. However, if you use a bonfire or die before getting his drop, it will disappear.

 

Mini Bosses
Black Hydra  ♦  Black Phantom  ♦  Butcher  ♦  Fang Boar  ♦  Giant Cat  ♦  Golden Crystal Golem  ♦  Havel The Rock  ♦  hydra  ♦  Ricard the Archer  ♦  The Berenike Knights  ♦  The Black Knight  ♦  The Channeler  ♦  Titanite Demon  ♦  Undead Dragon

 

 

Enemies
|  Balder Knight  | |  Banshee  | |  Basilisk  | |  Bat Wing Demon  | |  Blowdart Sniper  | |  Bone Tower  | |  Bounding Demon of Izalith  | |  Burrowing Rockworm  | |  Chained Prisoner  | |  Clan of Forest Protectors  | |  Cragspider  | |  Crow Demon  | |  Crystal Golem  | |  Crystal Knight  | |  Crystal Lizard  | |  Darkmoon Soldier  | |  Darkwraith Knight  | |  Drake  | |  Egg Carrier  | |  Engorged Zombie  | |  Ents  | |  Flaming Attack Dog  | |  Frog-Ray  | |  Ghost  | |  Giant  | |  Giant Leech  | |  Giant Mosquito  | |  Giant Skeleton  | |  Great Stone Knight  | |  Hollows  | |  Infested Barbarian  | |  Infested Barbarian (Boulder)  | |  Infested Ghoul  | |  Large Mushroom People  | |  Large Rats  | |  Man Serpent  | |  Man-Eater Shell  | |  Man-Serpent  | |  Mass of Souls  | |  Minor Capra Demon  | |  Minor Taurus Demon  | |  Oolacile Resident  | |  Oolacile Sorceress  | |  Oscar of Astora  | |  Painting Guardian  | |  Parasitic Wall Hugger  | |  Phalanx  | |  Pinwheel Servant  | |  Pisaca  | |  Possessed Tree  | |  Royal Sentinel  | |  Sentinel  | |  Silver Knight  | |  Skeleton  | |  Skeleton Baby  | |  Skeleton Beast  | |  Slimes  | |  Small Mushroom People  | |  Small Rats  | |  Snow Rat  | |  Stone Demon  | |  Stone Guardian  | |  Torch Hollows  | |  Treant Gardener  | |  Tree Lizard  | |  Undead Assassin  | |  Undead Attack Dog  | |  Undead Crystal Archer  | |  Undead Crystal Soldier  | |  Undead Knight Archer  | |  Undead Mage  | |  Undead Soldier (Spear)  | |  Undead Soldier (Sword)  | |  Undead Warrior  | |  Vagrants  | |  Vile Maggot  | |  Wheel Skeleton  |



    • Anonymous

      30 Jun 2017 04:32  

      7 poison throwing knives will take out the giant rat (in NG. Don't know how many in subsequent NGs), in case anyone was wondering.

      • Anonymous

        drop disappearing14 Jul 2016 02:14  

        note: i did use the bonfire before i got the drop form this and i was still able to get the drop but it was invisible

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