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For other uses, see Demon (disambiguation).

The Asylum Demon is a boss in Dark Souls, located in the Northern Undead Asylum. It is the first boss in the game to be encountered by the player.

LocationEdit

The Asylum Demon is found in the Northern Undead Asylum. It will attack the player in the exit room that lies immediately after the first bonfire, through the first set of large double-doors.

DescriptionEdit

The Asylum Demon wields a Demon's Great Hammer, an intimidating weapon molded from stone archtrees. The demon has an almost draconic appearance, with spotted blue-green scales all over its body and a pair of stubby wings on its back. It sports a tail and horn-like growths portrude from its legs and arms. Dark red eyes are accompanied by a set of large teeth that are revealed by the demon's permanently exposed gums.

LoreEdit

The Asylum Demon[1] was a demon who was most likely created when the Witch of Izalith attempted to duplicate the First Flame using a Lord Soul. The attempt was unsuccessful and accidentally created the Bed of Chaos, the mother and source of all demons.[2] The Asylum Demon was a lesser demon[3] and, after its creation, came to reside in the Northern Undead Asylum.[1] The prison was designed to keep Undead locked away from the rest of the world and was notably difficult to escape from.[4]

When the Chosen Undead attempted to escape the prison, they encountered the Asylum Demon who prevented them from leaving via the main hall's exit. They fled the demon's wrath but later returned and defeated it to acquire the Big Pilgrim's Key to escape.[1]

StrategyEdit

The first encounter with the Asylum Demon is optional and it is highly advised for first-time players to escape the room to avoid confrontation. However, if the player has obtained Black Firebombs as a starting gift, they can be used to defeat the demon relatively quickly, requiring just 5 of them (in NG). Killing the Asylum Demon within this first encounter will yield the Demon's Great Hammer. The same strategy used against the Vanguard from Demon's Souls can be used here. Simply cling to its back and move away when he floats upwards. It is recommended you use the Straight Sword Hilt as a shield as it can stop some damage and has lower DPS than the player's fist.

Should the player avoid the first encounter, they will have to endure the mandatory second encounter with the Asylum Demon. However, the player can gain a massive advantage by using a plunging attack from the ledge above the boss. This will typically deal 1/4 of its health bar, varying depending on which weapon is used. Take note that wielding one's weapon two-handed is recommended for the plunging attack, as it will increase the damage of the attack. Furthermore, players should not stand upon the platform for too long because the demon will eventually leap up and destroy the platform, potentially killing the player.

On New Game Plus, the Asylum Demon can be easily defeated in the first encounter as the player retains all of their equipment from their previous playthrough.

NotesEdit

  • Players can escape from the Asylum Demon's fight on the first encounter, by going through the doorway on the left-hand side of the room, just as one can do so for the initial fight with Seath the Scaleless. However, on the second encounter, it is impossible to do so.

Boss informationEdit

AttacksEdit

The attacks of the Asylum Demon are similar to, if not the same as, the Vanguard Demon's from Demon's Souls.

Butt SlamEdit

Dmg phy Dmg mag Dmg fire Dmg lght Attack Type Parryable Tracking Speed
305 0 0 0 Normal No Both Slow

The Asylum Demon flies up, pauses, and then allows itself to fall, dealing massive damage if it hits. Very easy to dodge, as it is well telegraphed. Has a slight area of effect.

Hammer DriveEdit

Dmg phy Dmg mag Dmg fire Dmg lght Attack Type Parryable Tracking Speed
190 0 0 0 Normal No Neither Slow

Used by the Demon when the player is standing right in front of it. Impossible to dodge if standing in front of it.

Hammer SwingEdit

Dmg phy Dmg mag Dmg fire Dmg lght Attack Type Parryable Tracking Speed
190 0 0 0 Normal No Neither Medium

A horizontal swing of the Asylum Demon's hammer. Has poor tracking, and is easy to avoid.

Hammer BackswingEdit

Dmg phy Dmg mag Dmg fire Dmg lght Attack Type Parryable Tracking Speed
205 0 0 0 Normal No Right Medium

Used when the player is side-stepping to its right. Can be dodged by rolling at the last second.

Hammer ScoopEdit

Dmg phy Dmg mag Dmg fire Dmg lght Attack Type Parryable Tracking Speed
205 0 0 0 Normal No Left Medium

Used when the player is side-stepping to its left. Once again, rolling at the last second allows the player to dodge it.

Hammer SmashEdit

Dmg phy Dmg mag Dmg fire Dmg lght Attack Type Parryable Tracking Speed
248 0 0 0 Normal No Neither Medium

A downward smash. Has a large range, but is fairly easy to avoid.

Leaping Hammer SmashEdit

Dmg phy Dmg mag Dmg fire Dmg lght Attack Type Parryable Tracking Speed
275 0 0 0 Normal No Neither Medium

Used when the player is far away from the Demon. Before attacking, the Asylum Demon will flutter it's wings. Easy to dodge.

Double Hammer Swing[note 1]Edit

Dmg phy Dmg mag Dmg fire Dmg lght Attack Type Parryable Tracking Speed
200 0 0 0 Normal No Neither Medium

A combo of Hammer Swings. It has slightly better tracking than it's predecessor, and may be followed up with a Hammer Smash attack.

DefensesEdit

Physical Defenses Elemental Defenses Resistances
Def atk phy Def atk strike Def atk slash Def atk thrust Def sorc mag Def sorc fire Def sorc lght Def res poi Def res toxic Def res bleed
83 83 83 83 62 66 54 C C D

These stats are sourced from FuturePress's Official Dark Souls Strategy Guide.


DropsEdit

Item Wpn Demon's Great Hammer
Demon's Great Hammer
Big Pilgrim's Key
Big Pilgrim's Key
Item Humanity
Humanity
Drop Rate Guaranteed
(First encounter only*)
Guaranteed
(Only after talking to Oscar)
Guaranteed
*Defeating the Asylum Demon before picking up the player's class weapon will grant a Demon's Great Hammer. The Big Pilgrim's Key the Asylum Demon would drop otherwise is given by Oscar in this case.

TriviaEdit

GalleryEdit

MusicEdit

Dark Souls OST - Taurus Demon

Dark Souls OST - Taurus Demon

FootnotesEdit

  1. Damage is listed per swing.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Dark Souls
  2. Lord Soul description.
  3. Demon's Great Hammer description.
  4. Undead Asylum F2 East Key item description.
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