Giant Clams, also known as Man-Eater Shells, are enemies in Dark Souls.



They have the appearance of giant clams with red spikes sticking out of their upper valve. Their mouths are littered with bluish skulls that seem crystallized.

While not particularly powerful, Giant Clams have plenty of attacks performed in quick succession that can knock the player off their feet, effectively stun-locking the player to death. This becomes much more evident when they attack in groups.

Enemy informationEdit

Health and soulsEdit

Location Health Souls
Ash Lake 865 1,358 200 400
Crystal Cave 740 1,161 1,000 2,000


Respawn Yes
Backstab No
Damage Types Regular / Strike / Thrust
Abilities Grab attack quickly depletes worn equipment durability.


Attack Damage Attack Type Status Effect Parryable Tracking Attack Speed
Quick Kick 389 Thrust - No Neither Fast
Headbutt 533 Strike - No Neither Medium
Head Swing* 485 Strike - No Both Medium
Munch** 614 Regular - No Neither Slow
Charging Launch 614 Strike - No Neither Slow

*Can also be used twice in succession.
**Extremely powerful grab attack.


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
Ash Lake 382 191 478 382 344 268 306 D D S
Crystal Cave 420 210 525 420 378 294 336 D D S

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


Item Item Purging Stone
Purging Stone
Item Twinkling Titanite
Twinkling Titanite
Item Twinkling Titanite
Twinkling Titanite
Drop Rate 10% 30%
(Ash Lake)
(Crystal Cave)


  • Giant Clams are an easy source of Twinkling Titanite, an otherwise expensive upgrade material. They can be farmed in Ash Lake and the Crystal Cave, where they can be respawned repeatedly.
  • Shooting an arrow into a Giant Clam's mouth will briefly stun it.
  • When encountering Seath the Scaleless for the first time, in the Crystal Cave, the fog wall is not present. This allows the clams the chance to enter the room that houses the boss fight, if the player tries to run past them. Seath's attacks can harm them, but they will still only attack the player, making the fight a fair bit more challenging.


  • Considering their location in the Crystal Cave and the skulls in their mouth, it is possible that the Giant Clams were farmed for their Purging Stones, not unlike how oysters are farmed for their pearls.
  • Shira has a pearl from one set into her crown.
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