Hellkite Wyvern

Location Undead Burg
Health * NG: 2208
NG+: ??
Souls * NG: 10,000
NG+: 50,000
* Recorded in PATCH 1.5

Hellkite Wyvern Information

Also referred to as a combination of Bridge/Hellkite/Red, and Dragon/Drake/Wyvern.


The Hellkite Wyvern is first encountered after the Taurus Demon in the Undead Burg area. After climbing up down one flight of stairs, look across the bridge to see several undead waiting for you. If you run across the bridge at full speed with shield up at a light weight (less than 25% of your equip burden), you can make it all the way to the midpoint of the bridge without getting hit by his fire breath and duck into an area on the right side that lets you activate the first shortcut in the game (a ladder down to your previous bonfire). If you walk across the side of the bridge (without running) you can sneak to the midpoint without getting burned by the dragon as well. This is confirmed to work on both NG and NG+ of the PtdE. If you're having a trouble getting past him there is another method, get to the staircase on the right side of the bridge. Poke out a little into his line of sight in order to get him to kill the Undead, the second you see him get ready to attack run back down the stairs. Once he's back to his usual spot get around the rails and up against the wall. This wall will protect you from his fire attacks, if he doesn't come down to strike you try shooting him with a bow. He'll either shoot fire or fly towards you, you want him to fly towards you for an attack. Once he does run past him as fast as you can, don't worry about the items because once you light the Bonfire right under him you'll be able to get those items much easier. The only thing you'll need to worry about is the flying back + shooting fire attack and his tail. To make this easier destroy his tail on the platform under him where you have a clear shot at his tail.





Note: Before glitch killing for 10,000 souls, ensure that you have farmed the 300 souls you receive for just walking up the mid bridge stairs until it is obsolete. I have recorded 10 souls per second which helped me quickly buy next level magic and levels to move onto the next zone. You may be surprised how quick 10k goes when you kill him vs farming for much more.

  • After the 1.05 Patch: Shooting it from behind with one arrow can make it vanish into thin air, but it will come back during a later visit. No souls are rewarded for this.
  • The Wyvern can also be attacked from behind the gate that leads to the Sunlight Altar. Approach from the rats or from the Undead Church, to prevent the dragon from flying away. Go to the top of the first stairs, where the undead soldier awaits, then turn around and walk along the ledge above the staircase. Do an overhead attack against the wall, right above the gate, and it should hit the wing of the wyvern. Alternatively, jump across to the small ledge on the other side of the staircase, where any attack should be able to hit it.



  • Killing the Hellkite Wyvern, either normally or through a glitch, will reward you with 10,000 souls (50,000 on NG+). This is more than enough to catapult a character at low level up to be much more competitive with the monsters you are about to face.
  • If you destroy the creature's tail by shooting at it with your bow, you can obtain the Drake Sword, a favorite starting weapon of many players, which has a base attack rating of 200. You can shoot his tail from below the bridge with a short bow to break it. It takes 28 shots using regular wooden arrows or 13 Big Arrows with a Regular Short Bow using regular wooden arrows (done with minimum possible stats to use bow). Stand underneath the bridge, kill the couple enemies lurking around, and take your time shooting his tail. Each shot, he'll fly down to the bridge and stomp around before flying back to his perch. The Drake Sword will appear in your inventory when his tail is destroyed. (Note: when playing a low Dex build, this can be done with about 25-30 shots of Normal Bolts from the Light Crossbow too, but bring about 10 extra. Since you cannot aim crossbows as you can with bows, it takes a bit of adjusting the character position, player cam, and test shots to line up everything properly.)
  • Killing the Hellkite Wyvern allows you to teleport to the Sunlight Altar bonfire after placing the Lordvessel.



With a strong enough weapon and a bit of sprint/dodging
First agitate the dragon into blasting the bridge with fire killing off all the hollows, easy enough with a bow.
From the top of the stairs fire an arrow at the Wyvern and then switching back to your main weapon, run forward to where he should land. Once you're close enough hack away since if you're behind his claws his breath won't hit you. Once he leaps up into the air run back in the opposite direction to where he'll land and continue hitting away, repeat as necessary. I did this with a +2 Lightning Halberd and he only got to fly about once.
Ways to kill/pass the Hellkite Wyvern without directly engaging it:

  • Use a bow to aim spells at his head from under the bridge near the rat tunnel. If you can get past the Wyvern as explained above and join the Warrior of Sunlight then Lightning Spear can kill the Wyvern in 5-7 hits. This strat is good for faith users, and it may also be helpful for int-magic users. Same can be done with Soul Arrow/Heavy Soul Arrow. This is by far the easiest technique.
  • Shoot the Wyvern from under the bridge; first cutting off the tail then shooting the head/neck. At base stats needed for the Short Bow (purchased for 1,000 souls from Undead Merchant (Male)) it will take roughly 350-400 arrows to take him down. (The Wyven will start to heal itself after a while. While it is healing it will hold its left wing over its head to protect itself.) After 1.05 patch. It looks like Wyvern cannot be killed any more with low level bows. No matter how many arrows you shoot, he keeps regenerating himself. If your bow deals about 120 damage per hit, there is a chance of beating him; it seems his regenerating ability is too strong -keeping him at about 60% heal. The Wyvern has a different animation for when it heals its damage, it will raise its wings as if its covering/licking its wings. It only does this while standing on top of the gate that leads to the bonfire. I was able to kill the Wyvern with a +5 Short Bow and a combination of poison and wooden arrows, if you only have wooden or standard arrows, save your arrows until you have access to poison arrows.
  • Shoot the wyvern's tail from below the bridge to obtain the Drake Sword. equip the drake sword as your 2nd right hand weapon. stand at the top of the stairs without causing him to breathe fire, shoot an arrow at his head/neck (this will cause him to jump down onto the bridge) quickly swap to the drake sword and hold with both hands while running into the center of the bridge and swing your sword. If you time it correctly, by time you swing your sword you will hit his head as he roars. now be quick and sprint back down the stairs. It will take a little practice but when you have it down you wont take any damage. it only takes about 10 of these to do the job.
  • Note: it is possible to run past the wyvern if the player is able to roll between its legs when it lands on the bridge. This allows the player to use the bonfire across the bridge and open the gate to the Undead Parish. Be warned: the drake will fly away after you make it through, but it will keep returning to the bridge until destroyed. This means that the direct route across the bridge is still dangerous.
  • If you have the Master Key, you can access the bridge, dragon free, by never walking up the stairs in Undead Burg where you first see the dragon. Instead, take the route Firelink Shrine -> New Londo Ruins -> Darkroot Basin -> Darkroot Garden -> Undead Parish -> Undead Burg. The route is dangerous this early on, and includes outrunning enemies much of the time, so you may want to remove armor during the New Londo and Darkroot sections.
  • This is a NG+ or late NG strat. Run to the beginning of the bridge opposite the dragon and equip your hawk ring. Equip your bow, with this you can hit him all the way from across the bridge. If you don't have arrows or this bow yet then you wil have to run a little up the bridge and shoot your long bow (+whatever level). He will land on the bridge and begin walking towards you. Run back to the arch way and shoot a few arrows at him. When he looks as if he is going to breathe fire run/dodge down the stairs on either side that lead to where you first met Solaire. Give him a second and he will turn around to start walking towards his perch again. Let him walk 4 to 5 steps then attack with your bow again until he close and rinse/repeat running down the stairs and back up attacking. The key is to make sure he doesn't get time to return to his perch and heal. You will be surprised how fast he goes down this way (confirmed on NG+)
  • A good combination is the Red Tearstone Ring, Ring of the Sun's Firstborn and Great Lightning Spear. Let an enemy damage you to trigger the Red Tearstone Ring. Stand on the right side of the bridge where you would shoot the tail to acquire the Drake Sword (You can break it off in one hit). Aim for his right wing with a Lightning Spear. Repeat until dead. You'll want to use a bow-zoom to aim. Will go down in 5-6 hits. THIS WAS DONE ON NG+ with a SL 120 Character.



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    • Anonymous

      24 Apr 2020 01:17  

      The Drake will return after a certain amount of time if you revisit the bridge later on. Try running up and down it and eventually it will fly back

      • Anonymous

        28 Mar 2020 08:15  

        it takes 17 large arrow hits to get his tail sword with the short bow with 16 str 12 dex. then go up and shoot his face with an arrow at the top of the stairs to argo him then run out and hit him once in the face with his tail sword when he lands and run back down the stairs. it took 16 hits with the drake sword to finish him off.

        • Anonymous

          29 Dec 2019 01:39  

          For faith builds: Super easy kill by shooting great lightning spears at it from the lower left bridge. Kill the two nearest hollows and position yourself just next to the edge and shoot spears at the dragon. Use the bow sniper mode if you struggle with blindly aiming and shooting the lightning spears. This was on NG1. 5-6 spears did the trick. Should also work with sunlight spears in NG+>

          • Anonymous

            17 Aug 2019 03:55  

            He is a real pain to deal with in NG+. In NG you can kill him with basic bow and arrows, in NG+ he was outregening my +14 black bow of parish on 40 dex char using power within. Mother*****er.

            • Anonymous

              04 Aug 2019 19:04  

              A helpful strategy for all you Sunbros that managed to run by the first time, run by him again and immediately dive behind the left side of the archway in the bonfire room. If you do it right the wyvern will still be on the bridge, salty as hell and constantly breathing fire. Occasionally there will be a brief respite of this where he turns away, for some reason, and gives you an opening to lock on (yes he's that close!) And hurl your lightning Spears. You can usually get 2-3 out before he turns back and starts breathing fire again. You should be able to get him dead within him turning away two or three times depending on your faith! Don't give up, you guys can do it!

              • Anonymous

                16 Jul 2019 19:26  

                Gravelord Sword Dance is fairly decent at hurting this guy, but you'll need a great deal of timing to get it off effectively. Definitely need to cut the tail first and work out where best to aim. Haven't tried aiming that Miracle from below yet, but from the bridge stairs, I can nail him for ~300 damage per casting with Velka's Talisman.

                • Anonymous

                  15 Jul 2019 23:05  

                  What I don't get is that NOBODY, and I do mean NOBODY, thinks of shooting the dragon from ABOVE. The tower in the Undead Parish which has a greatsword Black Knight on it has a WONDERFUL view of the dragon's center of mass, and you can slowly whittle away at it's health until it dies with ANYTHING, assuming it can out-damage the dragon's healing. The ONLY downside to doing this is that you don't get the drake sword, which, on my build, is useless. (Astora's Straightsword, anyone? Obtainable very early-game for about 1,500 souls and useable after only 1 stat upgrade if you chose the cleric, only requires starting with the master key? Way better in my book, ask me how to grab it if you're curious.) And if you're going to say, "But you have to kill a black knight to get there!" Guess what? It's as simple as this: Get 920 health or more, some very light armors such as unupgraded cleric robes, what I used, will do just fine. Aggro the knight, jump off the tower, the knight follows you down. You'll live with a tiny bit of health whilst the black knight will NOT survive. Easiest kill of a Black Knight, ever. Then use the tower to kill the dragon.

                  • Anonymous

                    29 Jun 2019 17:32  

                    That melee strategy is pretty flawed. The dragon has like 3 different attacks, and it's basically RNG which one he'll do once he's aggro'd. Plenty of times he's just decided to jump up in the air and lay down insta-kill flames as soon as I reach his claws and start attacking.

                    • Anonymous

                      21 Jun 2019 10:13  

                      And the award for "Most Unbelievably Broken Bull*****Riddled Worst Souls Enemy Ever Conceived" goes to... ... this scumbag.

                      • 19 Jun 2019 09:01  

                        I HATE THAT DRAGON WITH A RAGE THAT COULD KINDLE THE FIRST FLAME ITSELF! Its the worst boss in the entire game, (ASIDE FROM THE EFFING BED OF CHAOS), high health, OP attacks, all for a measly fifty thousand souls.

                        • 19 Jun 2019 08:58  

                          All in all, you might be able to beat him even easier if you have your magic leveled up, or at least your intelligence. Mine is at 20, which allowed me to kill him with just the six dark beads.

                          • 19 Jun 2019 08:57  

                            After a few tears, I finally figured how slay the damned beast! The first important thing to note is that during my first play through I had no trouble fighting the winged fiend! The trouble is in NG+. Though my character is soul 130, with 40 vitality, strength and endurance, the dammn monster could still one shot me. I can understand being one shotted with one specific attack with no shield, but with the shield up, and often times full stamina, it was a bit ridiculous. More than anything it was the inconsistancy of the one shot fire breath that pissed me off more than anything, sometimes I would die, sometimes I wouldn't. Anyway, I ended up using magic to kill the basstard. By using the Oolacile Ivory Catalyst, the Crown of Dusk, and dark bead, I was able to kill him by using all six of my magic castings. I ran up the stairs, out and around to the side of the bridge, (the part where his first fire attack can't get you) and let him kill the hollows. Then I would stand real close to the edge of the safe zone to trigger him and make him come down. Then as he came down, he would land and do a breath attack. THAN I ANNIHILATED THE BASSTARD!!!!! Just make sure that he is going to shoot out his normal fire spray and not fly up in the air, if he flies, use the black knight shield and try to block some of the damage.

                            • Anonymous

                              22 Feb 2019 06:53  

                              impossible to kill even with 125 damage a hit greatarrows. Constantly heals, and if you slip up for half a second, he one shot nukes you with his lame ass fire that covers the whole planet. Worst idea ever for this qausi-boss, not fun, stupid.

                              • Anonymous

                                25 Dec 2018 11:28  

                                I bought the remaster yesterday. I slayed his tail for the sword, but as I obtained the sword, I also obtained 10k Souls. I was like "Hah, neat." went up to check if he is there.. but he wasn't. So he died after I cut is tail. The final Hit for his tail was, when he landed on the bridge... my guess is, that he must have landed very strange and the final tail hit must have then somehow blew him off the bridge.. leading him to die from "falling" or something. I saved the video where it happened. Maybe I will upload it for further inspection.

                                • 21 Dec 2018 01:34  

                                  "run/dodge down the stairs on either side that lead to where you first met Solaire." those stairs don't lead to where you first meet Solaire though, doesn't that part lead to the bonfire and the other part is where them two skeletons and rats are. Solaire is all the way down the opposite side of the bridge where you came from being the Taurus Demon unless there's a path I'm not aware of.

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