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Giant Skeletons are an enemy in Dark Souls.

LocationEdit

They are primarily encountered in the Tomb of the Giants, but the Swordsmen may also be encountered in the Graveyard area of Firelink Shrine.

A non-respawning Swordsman can be encountered in The Catacombs.

DescriptionEdit

Although the Giant Skeleton Swordsmen have a small chance of dropping a Murakumo, they actually wield a gigantic Falchion, which they can slam towards the ground in a vertical chopping motion.

The Giant Skeleton Archers wield a greatbow and shoot giant arrows. Both versions are known to use a downward kicking attack.

StrategyEdit

Giant Skeletons are dangerous foes, but are weak to most forms of damage.

Giant Skeleton Swordsmen are vulnerable at the end of their rising animation, before becoming fully active from scattered parts: They will neither block nor attack for a two-second window.

If the player decides to face them early on in the Firelink Shrine Graveyard, wielding a large, powerful weapon can prove effective, as they stagger very easily and can get toppled with one power shot.

The several Giant Skeletons encountered early on in the Tomb of the Giants are located on small, elevated platforms. They can utilize heavy knockback to push players off an edge or lock them between Giant Skeletons and punish the player with chunks of damage to stamina and health.

Enemy InformationEdit

Health and soulsEdit

Location Health Souls
NG NG+ NG NG+
Firelink Shrine (swordsman) 268 588 500 2,000
The Catacombs (swordsman) 268 579 800 3,200
Tomb of the Giants (swordsman) 386 634 1,000 2,000
Tomb of the Giants (archer) 262 428 1,000 2,000

CharacteristicsEdit

Respawn Yes & No
Backstab No
Damage Types Regular / Slash / Thrust / Bleed
Abilities Can kick the player to break poise and cause knockback.

AttacksEdit

Attack Damage Attack Type Status Effect Parryable Tracking Attack Speed
Greatbow Shot 255 Thrust None No Neither Medium

Attack Damage Attack Type Status Effect Parryable Tracking Attack Speed
Slash Combo 314 Slash Bleed: 33 No Both Medium
Sword Slam 352 Slash Bleed: 33 No Neither Slow
Pound 288 Slash Bleed: 33 No Neither Medium
Stomp 427 Regular Bleed: 33 No Neither Fast

DefensesEdit

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
301 211 301 376 231 204 313 S S S

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

Location 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
Firelink Shrine 282 197 282 352 216 191 293 S S S
Tomb of the Giants 301 211 301 376 231 204 313 S S S

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

DropsEdit

Item Wpn Murakumo
Murakumo
Wpn Longbow
Longbow
Drop Rate 2%
(swordsman)
1%
(archer)

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