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Banshee is a type of enemy in Dark Souls.


There are only two that can be found in New Londo Ruins.


They scream when the player gets too close, and is said to attract other ghosts. The main differences between Banshees and Ghosts are their red, glowing eyes, the Ghost Blade half-held in one hand, and the baby they carry. 


Like the Ghost, the Banshee can only be killed if the player is Cursed, or is carrying a cursed weapon. Transient Curse allows temporary contact with a Banshee without actually being cursed. This is considered a self augmentation effect, and thus prevents the use of other self augmentations.

If the player is not cursed, they will not be able to interact with the Banshee in any way. This includes damaging it, of course, but also blocking it, or just reducing the damage taken with armor. Furthermore, the Banshee's attacks will always stagger the player when not cursed, as it bypasses armor, leaving the player poiseless.

Players can also use cursed weapons (such as the Jagged Ghost Blade or the Cursed Greatsword of Artorias). While this allows striking the Banshee, it will still leave the player unable to block with a shield, or reduce damage taken with armor. Cursed weapons can also be held with two hands to block.

If possible, the most complete strategy is to use a Transient Curse, but still wield a cursed weapon. This makes it so that the player is not left completely defenseless should the Transient Curse end at a bad time, or without the player noticing.

Enemy information[]


Respawn Yes
Backstab No
Damage Types Regular / Thrust / Lightning
Abilities Can grab the player. Scream attracts other ghosts.


Attack Damage Attack Type Status Effect Parryable Tracking Attack Speed
Lunging Slice 462 Regular None No Both Medium
Double Lunging Slice* 454 Regular None No Both Medium
Quick Slice 315 Thrust None No Neither Fast
Stretch Slice 238 Regular None No Neither Fast
Ghostly Vengeance 459 Grab
None No Neither Slow
Lightning Bolt ??? Ranged
None No Both Medium

* Damage is per hit, in a 5 hit combo.


Physical Defenses Elemental Defenses Resistances
Regular Defense Strike Defense Slash Defense Thrust Defense Magic Defense Fire Defense Lightning Defense Poison Toxic Bleed
171 171 171 171 128 87 342 S S S

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


Item Transient Curse
Transient Curse  ×2
Wpn Ghost Blade
Ghost Blade
Drop Rate 5% 1%