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Engorged Hollows, also known as Engorged Zombies, are enemies in Dark Souls.


They are only found in the Painted World of Ariamis.

A passive Engorged Hollow can be found standing in the corner of a room, up a ladder, past the Bonewheel Skeleton tunnels. It drops the Fire Surge Pyromancy upon death.


Engorged Hollows come in two varieties, unarmed and torch-wielding. The torch-wielders attack short ranged, while the unarmed cast Fire Surge, as well as large, fireball projectiles.

They release a cloud of blood upon death which can inflict a great deal of Toxic buildup to the player if not avoided, causing 8 damage per second over 10 minutes once contracted. They can also cast a small cloud similar to Toxic Mist.


There will be no visible cloud of blood if the engorged hollow is killed with Fire damage and toxic discharge range will be extremely short in this case. However, if the player is pressed in very close for the killing blow, they can still be hit with toxic.

Since the Toxic discharge has a very short range, the use of a ranged or long handled weapon, like a Spear or Halberd, is very effective.

Backstabbing will delay the Toxin's release; however, the blood must still be avoided for a few seconds. Parrying and riposting will not work for avoiding the toxin.

Attacking with a Spear or Thrusting Sword while simultaneously blocking with the Spider Shield will block the toxic discharge.

A lethal attack with significant knockback, such as the Black Knight Greatsword's power attacks, will in general keep the toxic cloud away from the player.

Enemy Information[]


Respawn Yes
Backstab Yes
Damage Types Regular / Strike / Fire / Toxic
Abilities Can release Toxic blood upon death.


Attack Damage Attack Type Status Effect Parryable Tracking Attack Speed
Single Torch Swipe 127 (PHY)
257 (FIRE)
None Yes Both Slow
Double Torch Swipe 127 (PHY)
257 (FIRE)
None Yes Neither Medium
Torch Stab 257 Fire None Yes Left Fast
Rotten Cloud 173 Regular None No Left Medium
Toxic Blood* - - Toxic: 150 - - -
* Used upon death.


Variation Physical Defenses Elemental Defenses Resistances
Regular Defense Strike Defense Slash Defense Thrust Defense Magic Defense Fire Defense Lightning Defense Poison Toxic Bleed
Engorged Zombie (Torch) 231 231 173 231 174 186 174 D D D
Engorged Zombie (unarmed) 231 231 173 231 174 162 174 D D D

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