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Gravelord Nito, also known as Nito, The First of the Dead, is a boss, the leader of the Gravelord Servant covenant and one of the original Lords in the Dark Souls universe.


Gravelord Nito can be found at the end of the Tomb of the Giants.


Nito, first of the dead, is one of the original Lords who found a Lord Soul at the dawn of the Age of Fire. His soul, the Death Soul, turned him into a living manifestation of illness and death, a mass of skeletons held together by the miasma of the Death Soul. He, along with the other Lords, waged war against the Dragons, and issued the killing blow by unleashing a miasma of death and disease upon them.[1]

After the war with the dragons, Nito descended into the Catacombs, and slumbered within the Tomb of the Giants. Even in that state, he could administer the death of all life and offered much of the energy of his own soul to death itself.[2]Travelers brave enough to find their way into his tomb would pay their respects and become a Gravelord Servant.

In time before the player's mention, Pinwheel stole the power of Nito, holding on to it until the Chosen Undead meets the Pinwheel. This power was also sought after by Occultists who wished to destroy the other lords using the power of Nito. These events are considered ancient history that fall in a timeline between the fall of Oolacile and the Chosen Undead's arrival. Even with him dead, his soul persists as the manifestation of a fundamental concept, and lives on and allows his patronage to exist in the world.

He is the creator of the Milfanito and the Fenito found in the Shrine of Amana and Undead Crypt respectively in Dark Souls II.


When falling into Nito's domain, some damage will be incurred. This can be negated through use of the Fall Control sorcery. If Fall Control is unavailable, make sure to heal once landed, preferably with Estus as the other forms might not be fast enough to avoid Nito's ranged attack.

Nito is a very large, very slow boss with average HP. This makes large weapons and slow spells excellent candidates for dealing damage to him quickly. Nito's attacks often cause toxic and can be quite damaging, but almost all of them have a very long startup time and are easily avoidable. All of the attacks except the sword dance can be blocked.

Nito is aided by some minor Skeletons initially, and Giant Skeletons if the player ventures too far from the place they fell down from. Both types of Skeletons resurrect after being killed, unless they are killed with a Divine weapon (even with a Divine weapon a Phantom can't kill the skeletons, only the Host can). They are no tougher than the Skeletons found throughout the Catacombs and the Tomb of the Giants, but may prove to be a fatal distraction to fighting Nito himself. Because Nito is so slow, it is a good idea to kill all of his minions with a Divine weapon before engaging with him, so the skeletons will not get in the way. As long as you are not close to him, the only attack you have to watch out for is his Gravelord Greatsword (listen for the scream and start running). Wearing the Slumbering Dragoncrest Ring will help in avoiding confrontation with the Giant Skeletons at the back of the cavern.

He can easily be strafed behind for free hits, resulting in large amounts of damage – especially if attacking him with fire weapons or pyromancies (as he is weak to fire).

Boss informationEdit



Dmg phy Dmg mag Dmg fire Dmg lght Attack Type Parryable Tracking Speed
550 - - - Physical No Neither Slow

Nito slowly raises his weapon, then slams it into the ground. Difficult to block, but can be easily dodged. Also, Nito pauses for a few moments afterwards, leaving him open to attacks.



Dmg phy Dmg mag Dmg fire Dmg lght Attack Type Parryable Tracking Speed
506 - - - Thrust No Neither Slow

Nito thrusts forward with his sword. Can be blocked or dodged.



Dmg phy Dmg mag Dmg fire Dmg lght Attack Type Parryable Tracking Speed
396 - - - Physical No Neither Slow

Nito swings his sword horizontally. Can be blocked or rolled under.


Gravelord GreatswordEdit

Dmg phy Dmg mag Dmg fire Dmg lght Attack Type Parryable Tracking Speed
305 - - - Physical No Both Slow

Only used by Nito when the player is either far away from him, or when they are out of sight range. After a scream, Nito plunges his sword into the ground, where it emerges from underneath the player, causing toxic build up along with decent damage. It has a similar effect to the Gravelord Sword Dance miracle.


Soul ExplosionEdit

Dmg phy Dmg mag Dmg fire Dmg lght Attack Type Parryable Tracking Speed
- 528 - - Magic No AoE Slow

After pausing to charge the attack, Nito will expel a wave of darkness in all directions, causing Magic damage and Toxic buildup.


Death GripEdit

Dmg phy Dmg mag Dmg fire Dmg lght Attack Type Parryable Tracking Speed
275 - - - Regular No Neither Slow

Nito's hand glows red, whilst also attempting to grab the player. If successful, it deals a great deal of damage to the player.



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
317 317 317 317 238 221 317 S S S

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


Item Lord Soul
Lord Soul
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  • His name could be a play on the Spanish word finito, meaning "ended."
    • His creations all have the same word, with either an "a" or an "e" as the second letter, in the name of their species to reference their connection to him.
  • Using modifications, one can see his true form beneath his cloak, revealed to be a massive skeleton that merely wears the others as armor.
  • There is another coffin, smaller than his right next to him, but for what purpose it was placed there is not known.
  • His sword appears to be an extension of his arm, but why still remains unknown, though it  resembles a war scythe.




Dark Souls (OST) - Gravelord Nito - Soundtrack03:10

Dark Souls (OST) - Gravelord Nito - Soundtrack



  1. Opening narration.
  2. Lord Soul description.

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