For the Dark Souls II variant, see Bonewheel Skeleton (Dark Souls II).
For the Dark Souls III variant, see Skeleton Wheel.

Bonewheel Skeletons are enemies in Dark Souls.


Skeletons that are intertwined with a spiked wheel. They roll towards their targets.


They attack by rolling towards their target and can easily break a player's guard. Having high Poise or rolling can make fighting them easier. However, their rapid attacks can break poise surprisingly fast, or they may turn around and surprise the player after an attack is dodged. Engaging in direct combat isn't required at any point in the game. Paladin Leeroy can be summoned to fight them in The Catacombs and the sewers of The Painted World can be skipped by going to the Undead Dragon and jumping down after defeating it.

Attacking with a spear or thrusting sword with a shield raised up is a very safe way of dealing with Bonewheel Skeletons.

As a group they are very dangerous, but individually they are easy to dispatch. It is best to attempt to draw them out one at a time, rather than try to engage them all at once. However, by standing on an elevated ledge, several skeletons can be lured into a group, setting up for an easy plunge attack.

Enemy informationEdit

Health and soulsEdit

Location Health Souls
The Catacombs 200 ??? 400 1,600
Painted World of Ariamis 200 ??? 800 1,600


Respawn Yes
Backstab No
Damage Types Thrust / Strike
Abilities Multiple attacks at once, easily depletes stamina or poise.


Attack Damage Attack Type Status Effect Parryable Tracking Attack Speed
Double Punch* 254 Strike None No Neither Medium
Rolling Charge* 240 Thrust None No Both Fast

* Damage listed is per hit.


Location 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
The Catacombs 239 167 239 299 183 163 251 S S S
Painted World of Ariamis 348 244 348 435 267 237 366 S S S

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


Item Weapon-weapon-bonewheel shield
Bonewheel Shield
Drop Rate 2%

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  • Bonewheels

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    • Actually the design book shows them as "inside" the wheel.. lemme see if i can get a pic.....2014-01-16T12:07:40Z
    • Yes, they are "inside" the wheel, but I don't see them "fused" to it or anything. They put their right leg inside ...
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