Painting Guardians are enemies in Dark Souls.


They are encountered in Anor Londo, in the structure that houses the Painted World of Ariamis.


Painting Guardians are alabaster-robed undead humans that wield dual Painting Guardian Swords, which they use in a circular dancing motion. They use throwing knives as their ranged attack and sometimes switch their off-hand weapon to a Target Shield.


They have guarded the Great Painting of Ariamis for generations, but their reason for doing so has long been forgotten.[1] Their unique fighting style has been passed down through generations.[2]


  • They can Backstab for heavy damage.
  • This enemy is found in quantity and can quickly overwhelm the player.
  • Their armor can be found in the Painted World of Ariamis.
  • They will still appear even if Anor Londo went dark. They are one of the respawnable enemies as well as the Silver Knights.

Enemy InformationEdit


Respawn Yes
Backstab Yes
Damage Types Regular / Thrust / Bleed
Abilities Can use Estus Flasks if health is low; and Backstab the player.


Attack Damage Attack Type Status Effect Parryable Tracking Attack Speed
Slash Attack 220 Regular Bleed: 30 Yes Neither Fast
Jump Slash 358 Regular Bleed: 30 Yes Neither Medium
Agile Attack 346 Regular Bleed: 30 Yes Neither Fast
Twirl Combo 340 Regular Bleed: 30 Yes Neither Fast
Throwing Knife 300 Thrust None No Neither Medium


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
239 239 239 239 190 160 180 C C C

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


Item Throwing knife
Throwing Knife  ×2
Throwing knife
Throwing Knife  ×5
Wpn Painting Guardian Sword
Painting Guardian Sword
Drop Rate 10% 5% 2%



  1. Painting Guardian Set descriptions.
  2. Painting Guardian Sword description.