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A Pisaca is an enemy in Dark Souls.


They are encountered in The Duke's Archives, after the Chosen Undead is taken prisoner by Seath the Scaleless. They are initially aggressive due to the alarm being turned on. If the player dies or turns the alarm off, they will cease to be aggressive and return to their alcove, only attacking if attacked.


The Pisacas were created by Seath the Scaleless, through experiments performed on women collected by his Channelers.[1]


Outside Big Hat Logan's cage in The Duke's Archives, two passive Picasas are huddled in the corner, crying with the voices of women. If they are killed, they drop the Bountiful Sunlight and Soothing Sunlight miracles, regardless of whether the player is in the Princess's Guard Covenant. They do not respawn.

Enemy InformationEdit


Respawn Yes/No
Backstab Yes
Damage Types Regular / Strike
Abilities Can grab the player.


Attack Damage Attack Type Status Effect Parryable Tracking Attack Speed
Tentacle Strike 408 Strike None No Neither Medium
Spit 389 Regular None No Neither Medium
Impale* 684 Regular
None No Both Slow
*Grab attack


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
201 251 151 201 132 120 132 C C E

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


Item Mirc Bountiful Sunlight
Bountiful Sunlight
Mirc Soothing Sunlight
Soothing Sunlight
Item Humanity
Drop Rate Guaranteed



  • The name of this creature may originate from the Russian word "русалка" (pronounced "rusalka"), which means "mermaid".
    • It may also derive from the Telugu word "piśācī" (pronoucned "pisasi"), meaning "witch".
  • The Serpent Men seem to fear them, as immediately after freeing the Pisaca they promptly run up the stairs away from them, not even bothering to attack the player until they are at a safe enough distance.


  1. Archive Tower Giant Cell Key description.

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