For the Dark Souls variant, see Basilisk.
For the Dark Souls II variant, see Basilisk (Dark Souls II).

Basilisks are enemies in Dark Souls III.


Basilisks are slim lizards with a large head with seemingly large eyes. Upon sensing the player, the basilisk will charge them before leaping in the air to either spew a gray mist that increases Curse or leaping behind the player in an attempt to block off an escape route. They move quickly in a forward direction but turn slowly.

The bulbous appendages that appear on the basilisk are not its actual eyes. The basilisks eyes are the small yellow beads that appear right over its mouth.

They seem to always be guarding something; the Golden Scroll, the Dark Clutch Ring and the Old Cell Key, and just before Tsorig's encounter.


Basilisks are found in the Farron Keep, near the Golden Scroll and the Antiquated Set.

Further into the game, the player will find a sewer in the Irithyll Dungeon with two chests, one being a Mimic; the normal chest contains the Old Cell Key. After obtaining the item, the player will be ambushed by several basilisks.

The final place to find basilisks is down in the Smouldering Lake, just before being attacked by Tsorig near a large pool of lava.


Usually attacking from the side will provide the best results. Target-locking will help achieve side-stepping for an attack on the basilisk.

Running from basilisks in the Farron Keep is usually not a good idea, as they will continue to chase and spew their curse mist for a far distance while moving much faster than the player in the mucky swamp.


Hitting any part of a basilisk's face will deal increased damage. Because the face is the point that gets targeted when locking onto the basilisk, using thrusting weapons will work exceedingly well against them, as each strike will almost guarantee this bonus damage.


Getting too close risks exposure to curse and is ill-advised if they are in any significant numbers, or the player has low curse resistance.

Using a shield with high curse resistance and a spear is a great combination, as a player can attack with a thrust from behind the shield. Also, a player with a heavy weapon (such as a greatsword or a greataxe that breaks poise) can use the weapon to usually kill the basilisk in one hit or continually break its poise, preventing it from spewing its mist or attacking with its limbs.


Basilisks stagger from just about any hit and can be easily pelted with arrows without them being able to execute a single attack. This gives the added bonus of allowing players to pull one or two basilisks at a time, rather than have an entire pack rushing after them.

Enemy informationEdit

Health and soulsEdit


Respawn Yes
Backstab No
Damage Types None
Abilities Can inflict Curse with its gray mist or physical damage with its front limbs.


Attack Damage Attack Type Status Effect Parryable Tracking Attack Speed
Curse Breath - - Curse No Both Slow
Jump Spit - - Curse No Neither Medium
Swipe - - Physical Damage No No Quick



Item Mossfruit
Drop Rate ???