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Channelers are enemies in Dark Souls.


They appear slightly larger than the player, donning protective robes of peculiar design and utilizing a mystical Trident. Channelers are sorcerers who cast powerful Soul Arrows from afar. They can teleport away from harm and are invulnerable during the animation.

Channelers perform a unique martial arts dance that stirs nearby allies into a bloodthirsty frenzy,[1] greatly increasing their and their allies' damage output. Affected creatures display an aura of blue magic lines to indicate the active buff.


  • In the Undead Parish church, just before the Bell Gargoyles, on a ledge surrounded by sword-wielding Hollows. Does not respawn.
  • In the Depths above the Gaping Dragon boss entrance. This Channeler will buff the Gaping Dragon if he is not eliminated first, making the fight considerably harder. Does not respawn.
  • Three in The Duke's Archives. The first is located after the first lift. The other two are positioned in consecutive levels, above the bonfire on the balcony.


If the player is equipped with a low damage weapon, it is advisable to wait, lure and stay away from their melee attack, and then hit them. Players might want to keep their shield raised as the Channeler's Trident can cover a surprising distance. If equipped with a higher damage weapon, such as the Gravelord Sword, rush the Channelers before they can attack.

At range, players can seek cover from the Channeler's soul arrow and either hit them with a ranged attack or advance and use the previous strategy.

If the Channeler has frenzied nearby enemies, players might want to focus on killing these first before targeting the Channeler, so they don't interfere.

The Channeler in the Undead Parish church can be sniped with a bow with impunity if far enough away.


"Snatchers", as they were often called, are servants of Seath the Scaleless. They traveled far in search of suitable human specimens for Seath's experiments.[2] The design on their helms allows Seath to supervise from afar.[3]

Enemy information[]

Health and souls[]

Location Health Souls
Undead Parish 186 465 1,000 5,000
Depths 186 465 1,000 5,000
The Duke's Archives 387 608 800 1,600


Respawn Yes & No
Backstab Yes
Damage Types Regular / Thrust / Magic
Abilities Can stir nearby allies into a frenzy.


Attack Damage Attack Type Status Effect Parryable Tracking Attack Speed
One-handed Stab 213 Thrust None No Both Medium
Two-handed Stab 219 Thrust None No Left Medium
Quick Swing Combo 200 Regular None No Left Medium
Soul Arrow 200 Magic None No Neither Medium
Ritual Dance* - - None No Neither Medium

*Increases damage of user and nearby allies by x1.85.


Location Physical Defenses Elemental Defenses Resistances
Regular Defense Strike Defense Slash Defense Thrust Defense Magic Defense Fire Defense Lightning Defense Poison Toxic Bleed
Undead Parish 163 163 163 163 325 98 98 C C C
Depths 214 214 214 214 428 129 129 C C C
The Duke's Archives 384 384 384 384 768 231 231 C C C

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


Item Wpn Channeler's Trident
Channeler's Trident
Drop Rate 1%