The Bed of Chaos

Location Lost Izalith
Health * NG: 2
NG+: 3
Souls * NG: 60,000
NG+: 120,000
* Recorded in PATCH 1.05

The Bed of Chaos is a Boss in Dark Souls.

The Bed of Chaos Information

In a futile attempt to prolong the Age of Fire, the Witch of Izalith tried to recreate the First Flame. The ritual was a failure and its power formed a bed of life which would become the source of all demons; trapping two of her daughters in the orbs on either side, and herself within it.

On your way to the boss' chamber below Lost Izalith, you will be attacked by a corrupted Daughter of Chaos. If you are keeping count of the Daughters of Chaos, excluding the spider sisters and the three we've just mentioned, that's only 5; the body Ceaseless Discharge guards and attacks you if you loot, is another sister, as well as Quelana - who you meet in the Blighttown swamp and asks you to help free her sisters.

Drops

Lore

  • The Bed of Chaos is generally assumed to be The Witch of Izalith. She may be conjoined with two of her daughters.
  • In an effort to rekindle the First Flame, the witch produced the Chaos Flame which mutated her, and her children.
  • The various demons in the area are presumed to be the spawn of The Bed of Chaos and the Chaos Flame.

 

Attacks

Swipe & Slam

She will often do a slow sweeping attack in which she drags a hand across the ground then raises her fist - a little slowly - and slams it down quickly afterwards, on the side the arm is located on. The animation for her lifting the arm up after the slam is a bit slow. While this attack can be blocked or dodged, if it makes contact with the player, will stagger them; the sweep will push while the slam will act like most overhead attacks in which will cause the player to fall momentarily.

There's a slight variation on this attack; instead of a swipe and slam, you'll be met with two quick swipe attacks. One arm from the side the player is on, followed by a quick sweep from the other arm. The starting animation looks the same so look for the end of the first swipe, to tell which attack is coming.

 

Fire Scythe(s)

After destroying one glowing root, the fiery being will free one large scythe-like appendage from within the boss's back. This has a longer range than the boss's hands and will attack stab down at the ground, and drag its scythe and the player, towards it. Not only does this attack deal serious fire damage, it does a bit of physical as well. The fire-scythe is constantly poking around the ground, and can be evaded by rolling sideways. 

The only variation in this attack is that destroying the second root will cause the Bed of Chaos to free its other appendage, which will also attack the player in a similar fashion. This just means there's more to dodge.

 

Firestorm of Chaos

After destroying both glowing roots, the Bed of Chaos will start being able to cast a spell that is similar to Firestorm by lifting its fire scythe-like arms then thrusting them into the floor which reveals circles of fire on the ground, dictating where the pillars of fire will soon rise. Make use of these indicators, and dodge them appropriately. While very deadly, this attack is slightly rare, but its main danger resides in that it can be cast anywhere, including the small tunnel where the bug resides.

 

Chaos Fireball

The Bed of Chaos may also shoot out fireballs from its torso. These are lumped upwards then fall while moving outwards, spraying the entire arena. While dangerous, they are slow moving and can be avoided by simply walking away from where they're landing. They do not home in, and hit the ground randomly. This attack is extremely rare and it is possible to go through countless battles with the Bed of Chaos without ever witnessing it.

 

Fire Gate

If you loiter around the base of the tree, without proceeding into the tunnel, the Bed of Chaos lets out a scream before setting the area on fire. To avoid this, once you get to the base, run into the tunnel, and complete the mission.

Strategy

This boss, akin to the Dragon God from Demon's Souls, is a puzzle boss. Upon entering the arena you will notice two large, non-respawning orange orbs, one on either side of the boss. These spheres contain one glowing root each, surrounded by normal roots; the glowing roots can be destroyed by normal damage while the regular roots can also be destroyed by rolling into them.

The two glowing roots need to be destroyed to proceed with the fight, but doing so causes a fiery being to emerge from the boss itself, increasing the boss' attack options and severity, and also causes the floor to begin to crumble in specific locations. The main danger of this fight is falling into these bottomless pits. Make sure not to sprint mindlessly as you will fall in the collapsing floor; stay attentive to the floor, more so than the boss.

Once you take both the orbs, carefully proceed down the middle, but expect a mass chunk of the floor to fall through. This will expose a little ledge you can jump off of and onto a thick tree branch. Before you do so, pay attention to the pattern of melee swings of the boss, so that they do not hit you midair and cause you to fail the jump. Run up the branch, rolling through the little branches sticking out of the cave entrance. In here, you'll find a small tunnel with more little branches you need to roll through.

Defeat the Bed of Chaos, by killing the Chaos Bug at the end of the small tunnel; any amount of damage will do the trick.

 

Easy Range

Bows can also be used to great effect in this fight, as it is possible to snipe the glowing roots without having to enter the orange orbs yourself, making the ordeal safer. Be careful that the hitbox of the glowing root lies behind regular roots, and while these can be destroyed by arrows, it may take a couple of tries after clearing them up as the hitbox of the glowing root is small. You will however, have to position yourself in a good-enough position to see the glowing roots while remaining at a relatively safe distance, and avoiding more falling platforms.

Tips and Notes:

  1. Since the orbs do not respawn, and going from the starting area of the boss arena to either of the orbs or towards the boss itself is easier than going from orb to orb or from them towards the boss, quitting the game after destroying the glowing roots can be used to great effect. The next time you log the character, you will appear just outside the fog door, and you can instantly enter again and head towards the other orange sphere or attempt to make the jump to the tunnel in an easier fashion.
  2. Even after a successful jump to said root, the Bed of Chaos can still knock you down into the pit by clipping your character with bits of its arms or with its scythe-like appendages.
  3. While inside the tunnel, you're safe from all the other attacks but you are still able to get hit by the Firestorm spell, thus victory is not assured until the bug is slain.
  4. The Chaos Bug itself will not take any damage from fire, which is only a concern with pure pyromancy, as the physical damage of any Fire or Chaos weapon is still enough to kill it in one swing.

Gallery

The Bed Of Chaos  Caduceus Power Node Power Node Disintegrating

Broom Smash Firestorm "Chaos Bug" - "Demon Insect"

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  ♦  Pinwheel  ♦  Seath the Scaleless  ♦  Stray Demon  ♦  Taurus Demon

 




    • Anonymous

      19 May 2020 15:32  

      game crashed the second i killed the freaking bug and now i have to do that***** again.... well another 50+ deaths here we go

      • Anonymous

        17 May 2020 05:38  

        even with the chaos servant shortcut the runback on this boss is wild, makes getting knocked into the pit feel much worse

        • Anonymous

          16 May 2020 23:17  

          imo centipede demon is worse, but only because the beautiful firebomb cheese exists for this piece of sh*t.

          • Anonymous

            14 May 2020 22:07  

            For anyone who struggles to fight this boss regardless of their experience, here’s some tips I’ve found. 1: Grab a high stability shield and just tank the arm hits. (Any greatshield works) 2: Get the Dark Wood Grain Ring. Slap on light armor and go. The flips PERFECTLY I-frame the arm swipes.

            • Anonymous

              06 May 2020 19:10  

              wow playing again since years ago...managed to beat it first try. Just circling and jumping at the edge of the arena from one orb to the other...and ofc having a*****ton of luck for the jump to the middle :D damn i remember how painfull my first playtrough was here

              • Anonymous

                30 Apr 2020 17:31  

                now THIS is the pinnacle of gaming best boss better than Gael, artorias, gwyn (cuz people like his fight cuz lore), lady Maria,orphan,ludwig, every ****ing boss in gaming history

                • Anonymous

                  17 Apr 2020 15:32  

                  Bed of Bull. I had more luck waiting for the right hand to smash the ground after swiping and run immediately right after. But yeah, this is not a fight. This "boss" deserves all the hate it gets. When I went there for the first time, years ago, I was hoping to fight some kind of fire demon. But we get a boring swiping tree with an insta-death pit in front of it instead.

                  • Anonymous

                    26 Mar 2020 01:07  

                    Wouldn't be so bad if your only choices for bonfires weren't one in the middle of a lake of lava, followed by a tunnel of like 20 fire breathing statues with an acid spitting tentacled monstor of horror at the top, or, the other side of a bridge with a respawning titanite demon...

                    • Anonymous

                      25 Mar 2020 12:47  

                      I don't understand why everyone thinks this boss is so hard? (for the record, not trying to be condescending or anything like that, I'm literally confused) It saves your progress for the bubbles on the right, and if you can block the swipes from the main thing and jump onto the branch in the middle that's literally the entire "fight"

                      • Anonymous

                        23 Mar 2020 12:23  

                        The first demon is the worst demon boss in the series, while the last demon is, in my opinion, the best demon boss in the series.

                        • Anonymous

                          28 Feb 2020 01:14  

                          I have a tip, you might find this useful: try using a 100% physical block shield, even a*****ty one. Now when it tries to sweep you, face the arm doing the swiping & proceed to remove 85% of the fight's difficulty.

                          • Anonymous

                            17 Feb 2020 13:30  

                            GOD DAMMIT THIS IS UNBELIEVABLY WORST BOSS I'VE EVER BEAT. RUNNING ACROSS LAVA, BEAT SPITTING FIRE SLUG AND TENTACLE HENTAI AND JUST TO DIE IN THIS SON OF A B**** HOLE.

                            • Anonymous

                              12 Feb 2020 00:19  

                              THIS ISNT *****ING MARIO FROM SOFTWARE THIS IS DARK SOULS AKA THE WORST GAME TO ADD PLATFORMING MECHANICS IN!

                              • Anonymous

                                26 Jan 2020 06:42  

                                ***** this thing honestly. I’ve fought some tricky bastards before but this flaming pile of***** takes the *****ing cake. I can stand the part of having to run from side to side and even the floor falling but what I can’t stand is it’s *****ing sweeping***** that might as well be impossible to dodge. ***** this thing and whoever had a hand in creating it.

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