|Health *||NG: 1,215|
|Souls *||NG: 3,000|
|* Recorded in PATCH 1.05|
Taurus Demon is a Boss in Dark Souls.
Taurus Demon Information
A minotaur-esque demon found on top of a narrow castle wall in the Undead Burg, on the road to the Undead Parish. Similar to the Bell Gargoyles encountered later, the Taurus Demon does not immediately appear when the host passes through the fog gate. Rather, the host must travel approximately halfway across the section before the boss appears atop the far tower and leaps down.
If there's some range between you and the Taurus Demon, he will crouch down then jump towards you, and bring down his Greataxe in a vertical smash. This attack can be avoided either by rolling backwards or by running towards him, which causes his attack to overshoot you.
This one has a long, obvious buildup where he raises his Greataxe before bringing it down. It can be efficiently avoided by circling around to his back which also presents a good opening to deal damage.
The Taurus Demon draws back his weapon briefly before swinging in a horizontal arc, in front of him. This attack does not have much range, so the easiest way to avoid it is to roll backwards; it can also be avoided by rolling towards the boss, thus rolling under the swing.
Quick Ground Stab
A very short range attack, at least in comparison to the rest. The set up is similar to the Standing Smash, but he ends up thrusting his Greataxe into the ground, with some pace. Most efficiently dodged by side rolling.
If you stay on the battlement that housed the crossbowmen too long, he will leap into the air and crash down on the tower, doing damage and giving him access to the top. This attack can be unexpected, and it can push you off the edge, causing you to plummet to your death.
Tips and Notes
- Using the Gold Pine Resin found in the previous part of the Undead Burg will make this fight considerably easier as the boss is very weak to lightning damage. Using it is encouraged, shall any player struggle with the fight.
- Ranged attacks are not too effective compared to other strategies as he is very good at closing distance, and standing on the tower for too long will cause him to make the jump.
- The feet of the boss can actually do damage to you if you're too close when he's moving. While the damage is not too high, it can be a very big nuisance with low poise.
- The boss can be staggered and its attack animations interrupted if you deal enough poise damage; this tends to happen after a chain of attacks with one of the larger weapons. Relying on it is risky, however.
- If a phantom is present, a good strategy is having him wait in the tower while the host triggers the boss, runs back to the tower, and goes up the ladder, luring the Taurus Demon. The phantom and the host can then take turns plunge-attacking the boss, until dead. You have to keep in mind that the boss is immune as long as the animation from the first plunging attack plays, so the host needs to be careful not to jump down too early.
- The boss can only be triggered by the host, the phantom heading to the middle will not cause the Taurus Demon to appear.
- He can stun lock you.
- It is possible to make him jump off the wall if you have good shield.
- This boss is optional. If you start with the Master Key as your starting gift you can in fact, skip him. In order to do so, when you happen upon the tower that contains the fog gate in the upper floor, open the locked door and head downstairs instead. You will find Havel the Rock, past him there's another locked door, this time leading to Darkroot Basin. From the Basin make your way up to the Darkroot Garden, then head to your left, go past the Titanite Demon, and you will find Andre of Astora and the Undead Parish bonfire. This is especially useful to know since the Undead Burg is a good place to find PvP and it may be of many players' interest to keep it open.
The tower enter from houses two Hollow Archers, which can be accessed by climbing the ladder to the right, as soon as you come out to the tower wall. They can and should be taken down before engaging the big boss; otherwise, they'll rain bolts above you while fighting the Taurus Demon, which makes it very much harder, especially at the level you are probably fighting him. Once that's done, climb back down and proceed to the middle, to trigger the boss' entrance.
The best way to approach this is to sprint back and up the ladder once again, and wait for the boss to position himself directly below, for a plunging attack. This will significantly reduce his health. At this point there are three options:
- Repeat this plunge until the Taurus dies. Multiple plunging attacks are often a safer option for starting players, because while the boss can and will make the jump to the tower if you loiter there for too long, he still gives you plenty of time to use your Estus and heal any damage he may have done to you.
- If you are confident, you can engage him in melee combat. All his attacks can be dodged but be careful not to get knocked off the thin walkway.
Taurus Demons of the Ruins
Like Capra Demons, Taurus Demons can be found later on in a group of seven, guarding some valuable loot - Chaos Flame Ember - in the lava lake at the Demon Ruins. They share the same attacks as the boss version, however have less health and appear to be easier - granted you've made a lot of progress since your first encounter with one. You can also find a few more near the Demon Firesage, which unlike their lava lake counterparts, do respawn.