Butchers are non-respawning enemies in Dark Souls.


One is encountered early in the Depths, preparing a meal along with some Attack Dogs. Another is encountered not long after, outside of the store room where Laurentius is trapped.


Brutish, man-eating undead who wear Sacks over their heads. They wield the Butcher Knife in one hand and an unnamed stake in the other.


The Butcher is an overall slow enemy, whose attacks, while damaging, are easily avoided. They are susceptible to status effects, such as Bleed and Poison. New players need not worry, so long as caution is taken.

Enemy InformationEdit


Respawn No
Backstab Yes
Damage Types Regular


Attack Damage Attack Type Status Effect Parryable Tracking Attack Speed
Horizontal Cut 337 Regular None No Neither  Slow
Cut 282 Regular None Yes Neither Fast
Swing 316 Regular None Yes Both Slow
Knock Cleave 378 Regular None No Neither Slow


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
135 101 169 135 102 135 102 D D D

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


Item Sack
Drop Rate Semi Common


  • The Butchers are in fact female, which was confirmed by developers.[1]
    • Laurentius also mentions their sex prior to being freed.



  1. Translated radio interview with Hidetaka Miyazaki.

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