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Crow Demons, also known as Harpies and Crow People of Velka, are enemies in Dark Souls.


Crow Demons are encountered in the Painted World of Ariamis.


Crow Demons are lanky and slightly taller than the player, with pale skin and black feathers. They are a combination of a hollow's torso and legs, and a crow's dishevelled wings and head.


Crow Demons perform fairly simple attacks for the most part. However, they can fly across short distances, and are able to close gaps very quickly with a potentially fatal grab-attack. This can be easily avoided by staggering them, rolling, or by constantly moving. As soon as they have reached the height at which they dive from, they will cease to track the target's location much like throwing a Fireball or Firebomb. Try not to roll too late, as invincibility frames will not prevent being grabbed. Moving closer to them as they ready their attack will also work, as their flight angle is too high.

Crow Demons are easier engaged one by one, although certain areas make it difficult to lure a single Crow Demon. Players can manipulate the spiral staircase inside the tower where several Crow Demons spawn to force them over the edge, netting easy kills.

Enemy information[]


Respawn Yes
Backstab No
Damage Types Physical
Abilities Can grab the player.


Attack Damage Attack Type Status Effect Parryable Tracking Attack Speed
Wing Swipe 437 Strike None No Both Slow
Double Wing Swipe 451 Strike None No Neither Medium
Triple Wing Swipe* 458 Strike None No Left Slow
Mount and Bite* 288 Grab None No Left Medium

* Hits multiple times.


Physical Defenses Elemental Defenses Resistances
Regular Defense Strike Defense Slash Defense Thrust Defense Magic Defense Fire Defense Lightning Defense Poison Toxic Bleed
306 306 230 306 231 183 231 C C D

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


Item Item Souvenir of Reprisal
Souvenir of Reprisal
Drop Rate 6%


  • In an interview Miyazaki stated: "I always thought of the painted world as somewhere where things go to escape, and the bird men but no different. They were originally designed as worshippers of the Goddess Velka whose bodies were warped by their devotion. I think this obsession makes them really interesting characters."