Blowdart Snipers are non-respawning enemies in Dark Souls.


They are encountered in Blighttown.


As their name would suggest, Blowdart Snipers have very long range. In addition, they're hard to detect and make little noise. Their darts inflict Toxic buildup.


  • Killing Blowdart Snipers automatically grants players their dropped items.
  • Even though they don't deal any damage, the darts can stagger players with little-to-no poise.
  • Because they appear in dark, secluded areas, can detect the player from long distances, and start shooting continuously with high precision once they've detected the player, the snipers may intoxicate a player before they even know where the shots are coming from. Wearing the Ring of Fog greatly reduces the distance at which a sniper becomes hostile, sometimes even allowing the player to approach them almost to melee range.
  • A viable way of countering one of these is to intoxicate yourself using a few Dung Pies dropped from the Infested Barbarians throughout upper Blighttown. The effect is unstackable and only deals 7 HP/sec in damage as opposed to 14 HP/sec from the snipers.

Enemy informationEdit


Respawn No
Backstab Yes
Damage Types Thrust / Toxic
Abilities Extraordinary range.


Attack Damage Attack Type Status Effect Parryable Tracking Attack Speed
Dart - Thrust Toxic: 80 No Neither Fast
Push 67 Thrust Toxic: 80 No Neither Medium


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
185 185 185 185 172 150 172 E E E

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


Item Purple moss clump
Purple Moss Clump
Purple moss clump
Purple Moss Clump  ×2
Item Blooming Purple Moss Clump
Blooming Purple Moss Clump
Drop Rate 70% 30% 10%

*Player will always receive Purple Moss Clump