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Black iron tarkus

Black Iron Tarkus, also referred to as Iron Tarkus, is a phantom in Dark Souls. He can be summoned by the player in the fight against the Iron Golem boss in Sen's Fortress.


In a tower structure at the end of the walkway to the right from where the fog door to the Iron Golem is located. Like other summon signs, Tarkus' summon sign is only visible if the player has not put down a summon sign and is in human form.


Tarkus aids the player in taking on the Iron Golem as a white phantom. He is notoriously tough and can serve as a distraction during the battle. In fact, Tarkus can defeat the boss all by himself in the first playthrough and stands a break-even chance of doing so on future playthroughs with minimal support from the player.

His Greatsword, Black Iron Greatshield and Black Iron Set are found on his corpse in Anor Londo, next to the entrance to the Painted World of Ariamis. A Painting Guardian stands next to his corpse, possibly removing it from the room since the body is so far away from the entrance.


Black Iron Tarkus is most likely a knight of Berenike,[1] and is renowned even among his fellow knights for his great strength.[2] This makes him one of the longest surviving knights to attempt at curing undeath and fulfilling the prophecy. He defeated the Iron Golem and, as the only sole prevailer, carved his summon sign so others who eventually came as far as him would be assisted by his phantom.

According to the Crestfallen Merchant, Black Iron Tarkus met his doom while attempting to visit Anor Londo.[3] This proves true, as his body can be found in the hall of the Painting Guardians.

Character informationEdit

Health and SoulsEdit

Health Souls
1467 2684 ??? ???


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
??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ???

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


Right Hand Left Hand
Wpn Greatsword
Greatsword +10
Weapon-weapon-black iron greatshield
Black Iron Greatshield +10

Havel's Ring
Havel's Ring


  • Many players favor Black Iron Tarkus due to his immense strength, his reliability in PvP and his ability to fight the Iron Golem with minimal support.
  • Black Iron Tarkus seems to be loosely based on another character, who is also named Tarkus, from the 1987 manga Jojo's Bizarre Adventure (from Part I: Phantom Blood). Not only do they share the same name but they also share other similar traits, such as an inhuman strength and the fact that both characters wield greatswords in battle.
  • Tarkus is also the Estonian word for "wisdom".
  • Even though it says that Tarkus's armor was unwieldy to all but Tarkus himself, when summoned for the fight against the Iron Golem, he "fat rolls" due to not having enough endurance
  • Tarkus was seen sitting in Firelink Shrine in the debut trailer as a non-playable character, but in the game he is simply a white phantom



  1. Greatsword description.
  2. Black Iron Set descriptions.
  3. Crestfallen Merchant dialogue.

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