The Fang Boar, also known as Armored Tusk, is a miniboss in Dark Souls.



The Fang Boar is a very large boar covered in steel plating and featuring enormous tusks. As such, most weapons tend to bounce off its armor. This plating doesn't cover the whole body of the boar in the Undead Parish, with the rear open to attacks. However the other two boars protecting the entrance to The Duke's Archives are completely armored and much more resistant.


Undead ParishEdit

  1. Head up the staircase on the right to reach the walkway with the two crossbow-wielding Hollow Soldiers. Take the Alluring Skulls from a corpse on the ledge and toss one so that the boar moves under the ledge, then use a plunging attack.
  2. The Alluring Skulls used above can also be thrown directly into a fire below the ledge, killing the boar by self-immolation.
  3. From the same position drop Firebombs on the boar. Or use any ranged attack choice (bows, spells, etc.).
  4. Slowly walk off the staircase until the boar charges, then rush back on so that it enters the fire.
  5. The boar can be backstabbed, taking a large portion of its health.
  6. The boar cannot go past the pillars by the stairs, so they can be used in conjunction with a long reaching weapon to easily defeat the boar.
  7. A way to kill the boar without going up to the walkway, and by only using the short bow and heavy arrows, is through drawing aggro by attacking the boar in first person mode and then quickly retreating to the archway of the stairs to the right of the portcullis which it cannot enter. Shooting at the exposed rear end/tail when it returns to its position will draw its aggro again but retreating to the archway and then repeating the process will eventually kill it.

The Duke's ArchiveEdit

  1. The boars cannot leave The Duke's Archive, and can be lured towards the exit, where then the player can use ranged attacks to kill them.
  2. As the boars are no longer able to be backstabbed, the player can instead use Poison or Fire to deal damage, as they are weak to them. If this strategy is used with weapons that inflict one of the two, it will be better to use thrust weapons against them, as it doesn't cause the weapon to be deflected. Alternatively if no reliable thrust weapons are available, jump attacks also can not be deflected. 
  3. Spells such as Sorceries, Pyromancies, and Miracles can be effective at bypassing their armor, which like most shields, is not as effective at blocking elemental damage as it is physical damage. This may however require precise timing, as most spells have high starting lag which can leave the player unable to evade attacks.
  4. The boars can easily be killed by running past them to beside the elevator. The boars can not run between the elevator and the pillar, thus allowing the player to kill them by range or melee.
  5. Some weapons can damage their unarmored underside with horizontal attacks. For example, Man-serpent sword's strong 2-handed attack deals full damage.

Enemy informationEdit

Health and soulsEdit

Location Health Souls
Undead Parish 307 768 750 3,750
The Duke's Archives 640 1,004 1,000 2,000


Respawn No
Backstab Yes / No
Damage Types Strike / Thrust


Attack Damage Attack Type Status Effect Parryable Tracking Attack Speed
Tusk Launch 350 Thrust None No Neither Slow
Tackle 350 Thrust None No Neither Medium
Tusk Attack 238 Thrust None No Both Medium
Boar Kick 238 Strike None No Neither Medium
Charge 238 Thrust None No Both Fast

Attack Damage Attack Type Status Effect Parryable Tracking Attack Speed
Tusk Launch 672 Thrust None No Neither Slow
Tackle 672 Thrust None No Neither Medium
Tusk Attack 456 Thrust None No Both Medium
Boar Kick 456 Strike None No Neither Medium
Charge 456 Thrust None No Both Fast


Location Physical Defenses Elemental Defenses Resistances
Def atk phy Def atk strike Def atk slash Def atk thrust Def sorc mag Def sorc fire Def sorc lght Def res poi Def res toxic Def res bleed
Undead Parish 315 236 394 315 302 226 189 D D S
The Duke's Archives 744 558 930 744 714 534 447 D D S

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


Item Fang Boar Helm
Fang Boar Helm
Fang Boar Helm
Fang Boar Helm
Drop Rate 20%
(Undead Parish)
(The Duke's Archives)


  • The underside of the Boar is unarmored. Some horizontal melee attacks can damage it.


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