Hollow Thieves, also known as Hollow or Undead Assassins are an enemy type in Dark Souls.


Encountered in the Lower Undead Burg.


Hollow Thieves are fast and deadly enemies despite their low health. Their attacks include the use of Throwing Knives and the Bleed-inducing Bandit's Knife, which also has a high critical rating. They always attack in groups, sometimes with Attack Dogs, and often from multiple different angles. Avoiding getting surrounded is a good idea.

When first encountered, Hollow Thieves attempt to ambush the player by bursting through doors as the player walks by them in the lower Undead Burg. It is possible to damage them prior to them opening the doors by attacking the doors.

Hollow Thieves can be tricky to engage in a melee, thanks to the speed and damage of their knife attacks. Timing blocks and attacks are consequentially difficult, but very useful. Outside of its attacks, assassins can also shift into a parrying posture, raising shield up to one side while holding their daggers in front of them; most melee attacks used at this time have a high chance of being parried and riposted for high damage. Use of jumping attacks, kicks, and ranged attacks can help combat this.

Enemy InformationEdit


Respawn Yes
Backstab Yes
Damage Types Slash / Thrust / Bleed
Abilities May use Estus Flask when health is under 40%. Can backstab, parry and riposte.


Attack Damage Attack Type Status Effect Parryable Tracking Attack Speed
Quick Slash 130 Slash Bleed: 39 Yes Both Fast
Running Stab 183 Thrust Bleed: 39 Yes Left Fast
Throwing Stab 150 Thrust Bleed: 39 No Both 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
121 121 121 121 90 79 90 C C D

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


Item Wpn Bandit's Knife
Bandit's Knife
Target shield
Target Shield
Hollow Thief's Hood
Hollow Thief's Hood
Hollow Thief's Leather Armor
Hollow Thief's Leather Armor
Hollow Thief's Tights
Hollow Thief's Tights
Drop Rate 2% 1% 1% 1% 1%


  • The Hollow Thief uses a unique parry and backstab animation that is only used by them.