The Kobold is the first enemy type the player meets in Dark Souls II.
They are small, dog-like enemies that appear in the beginning area, Things Betwixt. Kobolds are only hostile if attacked.
They make a second appearance in the Foregarden of Aldia's Keep. Similar to the ones aforementioned, the only differences are that they attack when approached too closely and that their bite can cause Petrification.
When first encountered, kobolds will be completely non-hostile, and will simply spend their time digging in the dirt, presumably looking for food. If the player approaches, they will tense up, and run off if the player comes closer. If the player holds still, they will rush up, as if curious, before running away again.
If the player attacks a single kobold, the whole pack will turn on them and attack. They are small and fast, and hard to hit because of this, and can easily kill unwary or unprepared players.
With little in the way of spoils when killed, kobolds are best ignored. For those who insist, attacks that use vertical hit-boxes are best as horizontal attacks will frequently fly right over the small creatures, accomplishing nothing. Players must also be aware of where the other kobolds are, as there are several in the meadow where they're first encountered, and they will all fight at the same time and the player will take many attacks from the back and sides if not careful.
It's generally a bad idea to challenge them straight out of the gate. Players should wait until they have better armor and weapons--at the very least, wait until after character creation--before challenging the things.
It should be noted that the kobolds encountered at Aldia's Keep have a different list of drop items. They drop various high level powerful items including the Black Knight Halberd, Black Knight Greataxe, Black Knight Ultra Greatsword, and the Affinity hex.
- The name of these creatures originates from the Kobold of Germanic mythology. Kobolds also appear in Dungeons & Dragons, although they bear little resemblance to those encountered in Dark Souls II.
- ↑ Dark Souls II Collector's Edition Guide description.