Ghosts are special enemies in Dark Souls. They are invulnerable to a player who is not Cursed.


Ghosts can be found in New Londo Ruins.


Stay on the move and evade, as the Ghost's attacks are difficult to block. In particular, they may stretch their arms out and attack from behind. The player must stay alert as they explore the ruins, as ghosts can pass through any solid object, enabling them to attack through the floors, walls and even the ceilings. It is even possible for them to go through the fogwall, leading to the boss in the area, so it is advised to either deal with them or dropping into the Abyss as quickly as possible as they will not follow the player there.

Ghosts stagger easily. Using a high-powered weapon can prove effective.


Like the Banshee, Ghosts can only be killed if the player is Cursed or if they're carrying a cursed weapon. Transient Curse allows temporary contact with Ghosts and Banshees without actually being cursed. It acts as a self augmentation effect and will prevent the use of other self augmentations, such as regeneration effects for health and stamina.

If the player is not cursed, they will not be able to interact with the Ghost in any way. This includes damaging it, of course, but also blocking it or just reducing the damage taken with armor. Furthermore, the Ghost's attacks will always stagger the player when not cursed, as they'll bypass armor, leaving the player poiseless.

Players can also use cursed weapons (such as the Jagged Ghost Blade or the Cursed Greatsword of Artorias). While this allows contact with the Ghost, it will still leave the player unable to block with a shield or reduce damage taken with armor. Cursed weapons can also be used to block.

If possible, the most complete strategy is to use a Transient Curse but still use a cursed weapon. This makes it so that the player is not left completely defenseless, should the Transient Curse lose its effect at a bad time, or without the player noticing.


They are the ghosts of the people who once inhabited New Londo, but were sacrificed when New Londo was flooded to contain the Darkwraiths.[1] Their physical remains can be found at the big gate entrance leading to the Valley of Drakes.

Enemy InformationEdit


Respawn Yes
Backstab No
Damage Types Slash / Thrust
Abilities Can grab the player. Can pass through walls, floors and ceilings.


Attack Damage Attack Type Status Effect Parryable Tracking Attack Speed
Lunging Slice 204 Physical None No Both Medium
Double Lunging Slice 204 Physical None No Both Medium
Quick Slice 211 Physical None No Neither Fast
Stretch Slice* 204 Physical None No Neither Fast
Ghostly Vengeance 400 Grab None No Neither Slow

* 4 hit combo.


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
167 167 167 167 126 84 334 S S S

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


Item Transient Curse
Transient Curse  ×2
Wpn Jagged Ghost Blade
Jagged Ghost Blade
Drop Rate 5% 1%



  1. Key to the Seal description.