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For the Dark Souls II variant, see Skeleton (Dark Souls II).
For the Dark Souls III variant, see Skeleton (Dark Souls III).

Skeletons are enemies in Dark Souls.


These foes are found in the graveyard area of Firelink Shrine, The Catacombs and at the end of the Tomb of the Giants, during the Gravelord Nito boss fight.


Skeletons appear either as a patch of scattered bones that assemble when approached or already assembled and ready to fight. Their eye sockets glow with a white light, which make them easier to locate in darkened areas.

They wield either a Scimitar and Warrior's Round Shield, a Falchion and no shield, or a Longbow. Skeletons using the Scimitar or Falchion will inflict Bleed buildup with each of their attacks. Unlike many other enemies, skeletons can parry, riposte, and backstab.

In the graveyard at Firelink, their bones are scattered on the ground, and groups of them rise when the player character enters a specific space.

Skeletons in The Catacombs are tied to specific Necromancers and will repeatedly revive until their master dies or if slain with weapons that have a Divine auxiliary effect, such as the Silver Knight Spear, Astora's Straight Sword or weapons ascended down the Divine upgrade path. This is also true for the skeletons encountered during the boss fight with Gravelord Nito, except that they have no associated Necromancer.


  • Skeletons take extra damage from weapons with the Divine auxiliary effect, which also keeps them from reassembling.
  • While assembling, skeletons are vulnerable for a couple seconds.
  • Inflicting a heavy attack on a skeleton will cause them to disassemble for a few seconds, leaving them exposed to further attacks (this makes for their stagger animations).
    • Weapons that deal Strike damage, such as hammers, will also make them disassemble with each hit.
  • If not equipped with a Divine weapon in The Catacombs, the player should find and kill the Necromancers controlling them or the skeletons will continue to reassemble whenever they are shattered apart. If no Necromancers can be found, dispatch skeletons with heavy attacks, shattering them for long enough to be able to escape.

Enemy information[]

Health and souls[]

Location Health Souls
Firelink Shrine 184 402 50 200
The Catacombs 196
(sword & shield)
(sword & shield)
100 400


Respawn Yes
Backstab Yes
Damage Types Physical / Bleed
Abilities Can parry and riposte. Can resurrect.


Attack Damage Attack Type Status Effect Parryable Tracking Attack Speed
Arrow Shot 204 Thrust None No Neither Medium

Attack Damage Attack Type Status Effect Parryable Tracking Attack Speed
Swing 272 Slash Bleed: 30 Yes Both Slow
Two Handed Slash 326 Slash Bleed: 30 Yes Both Slow
Roll 182 Slash Bleed: 30 No Both Fast

Attack Damage Attack Type Status Effect Parryable Tracking Attack Speed
Quick Swing Combo 198 Slash Bleed: 30 Yes Both Medium
Overhead Slice 210 Slash Bleed: 30 Yes Both Medium
Double Slice 214 Slash Bleed: 30 Yes Both Fast
Spin Slash 251 Slash Bleed: 30 Yes Both Medium


Location Physical Defenses Elemental Defenses Resistances
Regular Defense Strike Defense Slash Defense Thrust Defense Magic Defense Fire Defense Lightning Defense Poison Toxic Bleed
Firelink Shrine 247 173 247 309 191 168 255 S S S
The Catacombs 264 185 264 330 204 179 284 S S S

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


Item Wpn Scimitar
Red and white round shield
Red & White Round Shield
Wpn Short Bow
Short Bow
Drop Rate 2%
(Sword and Shield Wielder)
(Single Swordsman)
(Sword and Shield Wielder)