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Xanthous King, Jeremiah is a character and phantom in Dark Souls.


Jeremiah invades in the Painted World of Ariamis, near the headstones in the area to the right of Phalanx from the bonfires.


Jeremiah wields a Notched Whip, which causes Bleed buildup, and wears the Xanthous Set. He uses the Pyromancies Great Chaos Fireball, Chaos Storm and Chaos Fire Whip.


Jeremiah invades as a red phantom with the express purpose of killing the player and nothing more. As with every other Red Phantom, Jeremiah will only invade if the player has reversed their Hollowing and has not killed the area boss.


Xanthous King, Jeremiah is known as the "legendary exile".[1] Although he bears the title of "King", it is unknown which kingdom he leads; little else is known about him.

As his corpse and phantom are both located in the Painted World, it's safe to assume that he was somehow trapped in the painting and unable to get out. He was probably killed by Priscilla as his corpse is found right next to her.

The fact that he utilizes Chaos Pyromancies suggests that he may have had a connection to the Witch of Izalith's Daughters of Chaos.[2][3][4]


  • Jeremiah uses a Notched Whip for his melee attack, which is impossible to parry but does very minor damage, along with some Bleed buildup.
  • He will use a variety of Chaos Pyromancies which cause significant Fire Damage upon contact. These spells have a significant casting time, rendering Jeremiah defenseless for a short time.
  • Jeremiah has very high Magic Defense.
  • Large concrete blocks in the area provide an easy way to block his pyromancy attacks. Keeping blocks between you and Jeremiah and attacking him after he casts spells is one of the most effective methods of dealing with him.
  • Stun-locking him will keep him from attacking and will do damage, combining the two ends in a quick kill.
  • He doesn't have the highest defense when it comes to melee, so closing in and smashing him with a high damage weapon will ensure his demise.


Character information[]


Respawn No
Backstab Yes
Damage Types Regular / Fire / Bleed
Abilities Can cast Chaos Pyromancies.

Health and souls[]

Health Souls
719 1,107 30,132 30,132


Physical Defenses Elemental Defenses Resistances
Regular Defense Strike Defense Slash Defense Thrust Defense Magic Defense Fire Defense Lightning Defense Poison Toxic Bleed
287 317 287 271 750 405 207 B B B

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


Right Hand Left Hand
Wpn Notched Whip.png
Notched Whip +15
Ascended Pyromancy Flame.png
Ascended Pyromancy Flame +5


Item Wpn Notched Whip.png
Notched Whip
Drop Rate Guaranteed


  • Jeremiah's precariously tall crown is similar to the item, Monk's Head Collar from Demon's Souls.
  • The word xanthous (ξανθός xanthós) is Ancient Greek for "yellow". Jeremiah's title, "Xanthous King", could be a reference to Hastur, known as the King in Yellow in certain stories.  
  • "The King in Yellow" is a popular character created by Robert W. Chambers in his book of the same name, and who inspired other authors like H.P Lovecraft.
  • Jeremiah is highly resistant to fire damage and weak to lightning damage; oddly enough, his armor set, the Xanthous Set, is weak against fire and resistant to lightning.



  1. Xanthous Set descriptions.
  2. Great Chaos Fireball description.
  3. Chaos Fire Whip description.
  4. Chaos Storm description.