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For the Dark Souls II variant, see Belfry Gargoyles.

The Bell Gargoyles are a pair of bosses and also a mini-boss in Dark Souls.

LocationEdit

On top of the church in the Undead Parish, reached by passing through the room full of hollows and a Channeler, before climbing two ladders and finally entering the fog gate. They are also found in Anor Londo as mini-bosses- exit the first bonfire, go straight on and down the lift, and a gargoyle will be straight ahead. The second is beyond the rotating staircase-bridge.

StrategyEdit

As a human, it is possible to have Solaire of Astora and/or Knight Lautrec of Carim assist during this battle, although Lautrec must be freed and spoken to in Firelink Shrine first. Their summon signs are found just before the white light leading to the Gargoyles. Summoning both knights and simply mobbing each Gargoyle can lead to a quick and relatively painless victory.

The fight begins with the constant danger of falling off (target-locking, coupled with the camera angle and narrow field of view, can make it hard to see where the main character's feet are) and facing off against a single gargoyle on top of the church roof. Trying to circle the gargoyle while holding up a shield is a good way to avoid its long-reaching frontal attacks. If the gargoyle takes off, move away or get ready to dodge its plunging attack.

Once the first gargoyle is cut down to half its health, the second gargoyle will join the fight. Fortunately, this gargoyle is already severely injured (it arrives at half-health). It has the same attacks as the first gargoyle minus the ones that involve flying or using the tail.

Players having difficulty managing their positioning against the two gargoyles should save any consumables (ex., Fire Bombs) until the first gargoyle's health is approaching 50%, and then use them to finish it off quickly, before the second one starts attacking. The use of Gold Pine Resin and other weapon enhancements can also make this fight easier.

Both Gargoyles wield halberds and can breathe fire, although the first gargoyle usually will only breathe fire after the second one jumps down. A fire-resistant shield such as the Black Knight Shield (and, optionally, fire-resistant armor) can be very useful, as the fire breath covers a wide area. While breathing fire, the gargoyles won't move, making it the perfect opportunity to run over and hit them from behind (this makes avoiding or blocking the fire doubly important, as its stagger effect will consume precious seconds, limiting the time available to attack the gargoyles). In addition, the first gargoyle's tail can be severed to gain a weapon (Gargoyle Tail Axe).

The two Gargoyles fought in Anor Londo breathe lightning rather than fire, so a lightning-resistant shield will prove beneficial. A strategy for the second gargoyle is for the player to run to the bottom of the rotating staircase before activating the lever, where the gargoyle (on a ledge above) will be unable to reach them. However, this means it must then be defeated with ranged attacks.

Boss informationEdit

CharacteristicsEdit

Respawn No
Backstab No
Damage Types Regular / Fire / Lightning
Abilities Can breathe fire/lightning. Can fly short distances.

AttacksEdit

SwingEdit

Dmg phy Dmg mag Dmg fire Dmg lght Attack Type Status Parryable Tracking Speed
211 0 0 0 Regular None No Both Slow
Gargoyle-Swing

Two Handed SwingEdit

Dmg phy Dmg mag Dmg fire Dmg lght Attack Type Status Parryable Tracking Speed
226 0 0 0 Regular None No Both Slow
Gargoyle-2H-Swing

StabEdit

Dmg phy Dmg mag Dmg fire Dmg lght Attack Type Status Parryable Tracking Speed
255 0 0 0 Regular None No Neither Medium
Gargoyle-Stab

Shield BashEdit

Dmg phy Dmg mag Dmg fire Dmg lght Attack Type Status Parryable Tracking Speed
221 0 0 0 Regular None No Neither Slow
Gargoyle-Shield-Bash

One Handed SlamEdit

Dmg phy Dmg mag Dmg fire Dmg lght Attack Type Status Parryable Tracking Speed
275 0 0 0 Regular None No Neither Slow
Gargoyle-Smash

Two-Handed SlamEdit

Dmg phy Dmg mag Dmg fire Dmg lght Attack Type Status Parryable Tracking Speed
288 0 Fire 0 Regular None No Neither Slow
Gargoyle-2H-Smash

Front Tail WhipEdit

Dmg phy Dmg mag Dmg fire Dmg lght Attack Type Status Parryable Tracking Speed
??? 0 0 0 Regular None No Neither Medium
Gargoyle-Front-Tail-Whip

Back Tail WhipEdit

Dmg phy Dmg mag Dmg fire Dmg lght Attack Type Status Parryable Tracking Speed
??? 0 0 0 Regular None No Neither Medium
Gargoyle-Back-Tail-Whip

Flying SwingEdit

Dmg phy Dmg mag Dmg fire Dmg lght Attack Type Status Parryable Tracking Speed
319 0 Fire 0 Regular None No Neither Slow
Gargoyle-Flying-Swing

Flying Tail WhipEdit

Dmg phy Dmg mag Dmg fire Dmg lght Attack Type Status Parryable Tracking Speed
365 0 0 0 Regular None No Neither Slow
Gargoyle-Flying-Tail-Whip

Landing AttackEdit

Dmg phy Dmg mag Dmg fire Dmg lght Attack Type Status Parryable Tracking Speed
225 0 Fire 0 Regular None No Neither Fast
Gargoyle-Landing-Attack

Flame BreathEdit

Dmg phy Dmg mag Dmg fire Dmg lght Attack Type Status Parryable Tracking Speed
0 0 281 0 Fire None No Neither Medium

More commonly used after the appearance of the second gargoyle.

Gargoyle-Flame-Breath

Aerial FlameEdit

Dmg phy Dmg mag Dmg fire Dmg lght Attack Type Status Parryable Tracking Speed
0 0 ??? 0 Fire None No Neither Medium

Only used after the appearance of the second gargoyle, but can only be performed by the original gargoyle.

Gargoyle-Aerial-Flame

DefensesEdit

Enemy Version Physical Defenses Elemental Defenses Resistances
Def atk phy Def atk strike Def atk slash Def atk thrust Def sorc mag Def sorc fire Def sorc lght Def res poi Def res toxic Def res bleed
Boss 133 133 133 133 103 98 104 A A A
Miniboss 258 258 258 258 199 162 251 A A A

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


DropsEdit

Item Wpn Gargoyle Tail Axe
Gargoyle Tail Axe
Wpn Gargoyle's Halberd
Gargoyle's Halberd
Gargoyles shield
Gargoyle's Shield
Gargoyle Helm
Gargoyle Helm
Drop Rate Sever Tail 3%* 3%* 3%*
* Guaranteed drop from the last Gargoyle in Anor Londo if not already obtained.

GalleryEdit

VideosEdit

MusicEdit

Bell Gargoyle - Dark Souls Soundtrack03:26

Bell Gargoyle - Dark Souls Soundtrack

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