The first encounter with the Asylum Demon is optional and it is highly advised for first-time players to escape the room to avoid confrontation. However, if the player has obtained Black Firebombs as a starting gift, they can be used to defeat the Demon relatively quickly, requiring just 5 of them (in NG). Killing the Asylum Demon within this first encounter will yield the Demon's Great Hammer. The same strategy used against the Vanguard from Demon's Souls can be used here. Simply cling to his back and move away when he floats upwards. It is recommended you use the Straight Sword Hilt as a shield as it can stop some damage and has lower DPS than your fist.
The second encounter with the Demon is mandatory but the player can gain a massive advantage by using a plunging attack from the ledge above the boss. This will typically deal 1/4 of its health bar, varying depending on which weapon is used. Take note that wielding one's weapon two-handed is recommended for the plunging attack, as it will increase the damage of the attack. Furthermore, do not stand upon the platform for too long, as the Demon will eventually leap up and destroy the platform, causing the player to fall to the ground and potentially die.
The attacks of the Asylum Demon are similar, if not exact to, the Vanguard Demon from Demon's Souls.
The Asylum Demon flies up, pauses, and then allows itself to fall, dealing massive damage if it hits. Very easy to dodge, as it is well telegraphed.
Used by the Demon when the player is standing right in front of it. Impossible to dodge if standing in front of it.
A horizontal swing of the Asylum Demon's hammer. Has poor tracking, and is easy to avoid.
Used when the player is side-stepping to its right. Can be dodged by rolling at the last second.
Used when the player is side-stepping to its left. Once again, rolling at the last second allows the player to dodge it.
A downward smash. Has a large range, but is fairly easy to avoid.
Leaping Hammer SmashEdit
Used when the player is far away from the Demon. Before attacking, the Asylum Demon will flutter it's wings. Easy to dodge.
A combo of Hammer Swings. It has slightly better tracking than it's predecessor, and may be followed up with a Hammer Smash attack.
|Physical Defenses||Elemental Defenses||Resistances|
These stats are sourced from FuturePress's Official Dark Souls Strategy Guide.
Demon's Great Hammer
Big Pilgrim's Key
|Drop Rate|| Guaranteed |
(First encounter only*)
| Guaranteed |
(Only after talking to Oscar)
One can escape from the Asylum Demon's fight on the first encounter, by going through the doorway on the left-hand side of the room, just as one can do so for the initial fight with Seath the Scaleless. However, on the second encounter, it is impossible to do so. Lastly, like the Demon Firesage, the Asylum Demon shares its battle soundtrack with the Taurus Demon.
- ↑ Damage is listed per swing.