Serpent Mages are humanoid serpents that have four arms and a cobra head. They wield three Flamberges and are capable of casting a long-range Magic spell that appears as a ball of lightning, similar to the effects of Gold Pine Resin.
A shield with high magic defense like the Caduceus Round Shield or Crest Shield may provide some assistance against their ranged spell. Alternatives to a shield include casting the (Great) Magic Barrier miracle, as well as rolling. The swinging axes can also block the spells, and tend to do so in consistent patterns, assuming the mage has not moved.
In close combat, one should be aggressive, as the serpent mages have low poise, while their Flamberges cause Bleed build-up, which, coupled with their rapid combos, can quickly proc bleed on a reckless player. The combo also does a fair amount of physical damage, meaning that a bleedout could easily kill the player.
|Damage Types||Regular / Slash / Magic / Bleed|
|Abilities||Ranged attack causes Magic damage.|
|Attack||Damage||Attack Type||Status Effect||Parryable||Tracking||Attack Speed|
|Quick Triple Slash*||125||Slash||Bleed: 45||Yes||Neither||Fast|
|Quick Thrust||405||Slash||Bleed: 45||Yes||Both||Fast|
|Slow Triple Slash*||156||Slash||Bleed: 45||Yes||Both||Medium|
* Damage listed is per hit.
|Location||Physical Defenses||Elemental Defenses||Resistances|
|The Duke's Archives||438||438||438||438||222||195||186||B||B||D|
These stats are sourced from FuturePress's Official Dark Souls Strategy Guide.
- Due to its appearance, it's possible that Serpent Mages are females of the man-serpent race.
- Oddly, the Lightning spells they use deal only Magic damage.