Serpent Soldier are enemies in Dark Souls.


Found in Sen's Fortress and The Duke's Archives, in the prison area.


Standing slightly taller than the player due to the large snake head and with a scaly, humanoid body, Serpent Soldiers wield Man-serpent Greatswords and carry an unnamed shield. 


They're rather slow, especially when circling around them, and can be backstabbed and parried. Landing several consecutive attacks in a row will stagger them for a short amount of time, so a quick lightning weapon (e.g. a spear) can be a good choice.

Some of them can be led into arrow traps to heavily damage or kill them. However, they do not set off the traps themselves by walking over them, meaning the player must set them off when the enemy is between the trap and the player to avoid the damage.

Enemy InformationEdit


Respawn Yes
Backstab Yes
Damage Types Regular / Strike


Attack Damage Attack Type Status Effect Parryable Tracking Attack Speed
Single Slash 346 Regular None Yes Both Slow
Thrust 410 Regular None Yes Left Medium
Double Slash 346 Regular None Yes Neither Medium
Head Butt 371 Strike None No Left Fast


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
Sen's Fortress 359 359 359 359 191 161 154 B B D
The Duke's Archives 462 462 462 462 246 207 198 B B D

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


Item Wpn Man-Serpent Greatsword
Man-serpent Greatsword
Archive Tower Cell Key
Archive Tower Cell Key
Drop Rate 2% Guaranteed
(Prison Guard)
(The Duke's Archives)


  • Serpent Soldiers bear similarities to a race of snake-headed enemies called the Widda from King's Field: The Ancient City.