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DS1 promotional screenshot (Iron Golem)

Iron Golem engaging the Chosen Undead.

For the Dark Souls II page, see Boss (Dark Souls II).
For the Dark Souls III page, see Boss (Dark Souls III).

A boss is a powerful, non-respawning enemy in Dark Souls. Bosses are distinguishable from normal enemies as their name and HP are displayed at the bottom of the screen once encountered, and they are usually on the opposite side of a white fog door.

While players will generally end up fighting most of the bosses, not all of them need to be killed in order to beat the game.

In addition to bosses, there are a number of enemies that don't respawn upon death and are sometimes referred to as minibosses.

List of bosses[]

Location Boss Status
Undead Asylum Asylum Demon Required
Stray Demon Optional
Undead Burg/Undead Parish Taurus Demon Optional[note 1]
Bell Gargoyles Required
Capra Demon Optional
Depths Gaping Dragon Optional
Blighttown/Quelaag's Domain Chaos Witch Quelaag Required
Darkroot Garden Moonlight Butterfly Optional
Great Grey Wolf Sif Required
Sen's Fortress Iron Golem Required
Anor Londo Dragon Slayer Ornstein and Executioner Smough Required
Dark Sun Gwyndolin Optional
Painted World of Ariamis Crossbreed Priscilla Optional
The Duke's Archives/Crystal Cave Seath the Scaleless Required
The Catacombs Pinwheel Required
Tomb of the Giants Gravelord Nito Required
New Londo Ruins Four Kings Required
Demon Ruins Ceaseless Discharge Required
Demon Firesage Optional[note 2]
Centipede Demon Optional[note 2]
Lost Izalith Bed of Chaos Required
Kiln of the First Flame Gwyn, Lord of Cinder Required
Sanctuary Garden Sanctuary Guardian Required in AotA
Royal Wood Artorias the Abysswalker Required in AotA
Black Dragon Kalameet Optional
Chasm of the Abyss Manus, Father of the Abyss Required in AotA


  1. This boss can be skipped if the player has the Master Key.
  2. 2.0 2.1 This boss can be skipped if the player opens the Lost Izalith shortcut (requires Chaos Servant +2).