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For the Dark Souls II variant, see Crystal Lizard (Dark Souls II).
For the Dark Souls III variant, see Crystal Lizard (Dark Souls III).

Crystal Lizards are non-respawning enemies in Dark Souls. They can be found in numerous areas throughout the game.



Crystal Lizards are unique in Dark Souls in that they do not attack. Instead, they run away once the player approaches them and will soon disappear in a vanishing animation, in which they bob their head up and down. Once killed they will not respawn. They are a primary source of Twinkling Titanite until later in the game.


  • They emit a "sparkling" sound which will indicate that they are close by.
  • Attacking them will temporarily cancel their vanishing animation.
  • Equipping the Slumbering Dragoncrest Ring and the Ring of Fog may allow the player to get closer before they begin to run away. This is particularly useful in areas where they will disappear before they can be discovered. Similarly, the Sorcery spells Hush and Hidden Body can be used.
  • Using a powerful ranged attack can be useful in certain areas where approaching them may be too difficult.
  • Reloading the game where they spawn can cause them to appear right next to the player. If a lizard managed to escape, all the player has to do is to stand near the spot where the lizard was encountered and exit and continue the game as many times as necessary until the lizard spawns again. This is effective for all lizards in the game, making it possible to slay all of them in places where many can be found gathered together, like The Great Hollow or the Crystal Cave.

Enemy information[]


Respawn No
Backstab No
Damage Types None
Abilities Attempts to disappear upon detecting the player.


Physical Defenses Elemental Defenses Resistances
Regular Defense Strike Defense Slash Defense Thrust Defense Magic Defense Fire Defense Lightning Defense Poison Toxic Bleed
184 184 230 184 162 152 162 S S S*

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

*Game code verified update



  • All Crystal Lizards are guaranteed to drop two Twinkling Titanite. Along with these, they have a high probability of dropping any other type of titanite, except elemental slabs and Demon Titanite. Which titanite they can drop depends on the location they're found in.
  • Crystal lizards spawn on a counter system similar to that of Demon's Souls. If players kill a crystal lizard, the counter goes down by one. Moving to the next NG increases the counter by one; any missed lizards in one playthrough can thus be killed several times in the next playthrough.
  • Though the possible drops of Crystal Lizards are dependent upon the location encountered, the possible drops of those found in the Artorias of the Abyss DLC vary depending on the individual lizard.
  • The Crystal Lizards encountered in The Great Hollow are the only ones that have the possibility to drop Titanite Slabs.




Dark Souls - The Great Hollow - 01

The Great Hollow - Crystal Lizards guide