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10,000 souls, ensure that you have farmed the 555 souls you receive for just walking up the mid bridge stairs until it is obsolete.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. (Maybe outdated information, the bonfire can be warped to regardless of whether or not the Wyvern is alive)



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.
Note: the Wyvern is completely immune to fire, meaning Fire/Chaos weapons will deal limited damage.

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

      11 Sep 2021 02:33  

      After successfully baiting the spineless coward into coming off his little sissy tower, he just decides to use his flying flame breathe attack anyway. Luckily, the fool is no match for the mighty power of STAIRS!

      • Anonymous

        09 Sep 2021 10:41  

        Idk what happened, but he seems to have glitched to death for me; when i opened the door to lower undead burg i suddenly got 10k souls and he wont appear on the bridge anymore. there goes my farming but at least i got the souls.

        • Anonymous

          22 Aug 2021 07:45  

          This guy is bugged for me - the last 3 runs he doesn’t breathe fire the first time he appears, letting me stroll through the gate under him.

          • Anonymous

            10 May 2021 06:32  

            Can the wyvern heal himself? I tried shooting him with magic and normal arrows so many times, but when I took him to less than half health bar, he took cover under his left wing for a few seconds, while he was on the wall ; when he stopped, I sworn that his health was up to 2/3. I tried attacking him while he was doing that animation, but he wouldn't stop and he came down only when he finished. Am I wrong? Do I have to use stronger weapons to make him stop doing that?
            I'm currently playing the Xbox 360 version of this game, so I don't know if this is still a thing.

            • Anonymous

              07 May 2021 19:26  

              i dont think the wiki mentions it, it is completely immune to fire damage, both great chaos fireball and firebombs did nothing

              • Anonymous

                05 May 2021 19:21  

                I'm one of those people that firmly believes this was going to be a proper mini-boss but From never fully finished the overall fight mechanics and had to ship the game and this is what we got. Toss this in with Bed of Chaos.

                • 26 Apr 2021 19:53  

                  I need your help. What exactly baits the Dragon to come down into the bridge? (from his post in the wall over the bonfire door)... I've seen people throwing sht at him (knives and arrows) to make him come down... If you rest in the Undead Burg bonfire (the one you kick the ladder to get to) and then go up on the bridge he will fire kill the enemies and will take him roughly 14 seconds to come down and fight.
                  I remember seeing some people runing from the Solaire place then hiding on the left wall of the bridge (while surviving his fire attack) and then somehow waiting the 14 seconds to make him come down (they do not throw anything at him). But I can't make that happen, the dragon just won't come down... ANYONE with like a good explanation?

                  • Anonymous

                    28 Mar 2021 21:07  

                    After defeating the black dragon Kalameet in Oolacile, I felt like I had some unfinished business with this guy so I headed back to the Undead Parish for sweet revenge. Then I instantly regretted doing that. You only have so many options to take him out; either keep firing at it from a distance and/or lure him to the bridge middle staircase and keep popping out to hit him like a freaking whac-a-mole. I mean, I get it -- he's technically not a boss so you can't fight it like one but killing it that way isn't satisfying at all and I honestly feel bad for doing it, even if it did swoop down and burn me up so many times.

                    Okay thank you, bye.

                    • Anonymous

                      18 Mar 2021 15:48  

                      This enemy is so awful and doesn't drop anything of value unless you want the Drake sword and you still don't have to kill it. That part is nice.

                      • Anonymous

                        30 Jan 2021 16:46  

                        a little hard to aim but I used 4 CSS on NG+ to obliterate him, it was honestly kinda sad, I got all preped with a hyper build with sanctus, PW and red tearstone, I had normal SS to kill him too, but 4 shots with CSS annihilated him (50 int TCC as my catalyst), overleveling for the win I guess XD

                        • Anonymous

                          06 Jan 2021 20:10  

                          Killed him in NG+++ with with silverknight straight sword + sunlight blade, go to the left and wait about 10s and he will fly down, go attack asap with 2 hand high chance his first attack will only blow thing front of his face (give a lot of time to attack) then go down stair on the right of bridge then repeat, only need 2 time like that. (dex 56 str 50 faith 40)

                          • 29 Dec 2020 23:13  

                            I finally killed it and got 10k soul. Here's what I used lol: Stone armor set, black knight halberd+4 (Two-handed because shields are no use to him imo), Grass crest shield (For stamina), Flame stoneplate ring, and gold serpent ring which has no use against him.

                            • Anonymous

                              27 Dec 2020 19:52  

                              I might leave this enemy alive in future playthroughs instead of coming back to fight it when I’m stronger. It’s visually amazing and it flies off every time you warp to the altar which makes for a great sight watching it sail through the air.

                              • Anonymous

                                27 Dec 2020 07:04  

                                it says in the rewards section that you can only warp to the sunlight altar bonfire after killing him but this isn't true

                                • Anonymous

                                  03 Dec 2020 04:48  

                                  hey guys me and my friend killed the dragon by shooting him from underneath the bridge where do we go now?

                                  • Anonymous

                                    07 Sep 2020 17:41  

                                    There is another easy strategy to kill this dragon. I noticed this hasn't been mentioned here. The normal method to obtain the sword is to go under the bridge and shoot its tail with arrows. The dragon moves to the bridge. You have a small time window to shoot the tail again before he flies off back to the top. If you can manage to cut off the tail exactly when the dragon is on the bridge, the dragon falls off to the other side of the bridge. Tried this many times and it worked every time for me. The only problem is to know how many hits is required, which depends on the item you're using and the stats.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      29 Jul 2020 21:32  

                                      this dragon one-shots you with it's flame attack. Had a 99 vitality character get obliterated in a single hit.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        04 Jul 2020 18:33  

                                        this dragon is powerless with lightning and you can kill it in 2 different ways
                                        sword or magic
                                        for sword I wanted some materials for lightning and for magic you can gild in the least if you have the guts to put the lightning

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