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Location Firelink Shrine
The Catacombs
Tomb of the Giants
Drops Scimitar
Red & White Round Shield
Short Bow
NG Varies NG+ Varies
NG Varies NG+ Varies

Skeletons are enemies in Dark Souls.


These undead foes are found in the graveyard area of Firelink Shrine, The Catacombs, and at the end of the Tomb of the Giants, during the Gravelord Nito boss fight.


They can appear either as a simple patch of scattered bones that assemble suddenly when approached, or already assembled and ready to fight. Their eye-holes are marked by two tiny dots of white light that glow ominously in the darkness.

They wield either a Scimitar and Warrior's Round Shield, a Falchion and no shield, or a Longbow. Skeletons using the Scimitar or Falchion can induce the Bleed status. Unlike many other enemies, Skeletons will both parry and riposte and backstab unprepared players.

Skeletons in the Catacombs can be difficult to kill due to inexperience. Because they are tied to specific Necromancers, they will continually revive until the Necromancer is defeated, or if they are slain with weapons that have a Divine auxiliary effect, such as the Silver Knight Spear, Astora's Straight Sword, or weapons ascended down the Divine upgrade path. This is also true of the Skeletons encountered during the boss fight with Gravelord Nito, except that they have no associated Necromancer; instead, the Gravelord himself fills this role.


  • They take additional damage from Divine weapons in addition to being unable to revive continually if killed with them.
  • Upon encountering them in the graveyard of Firelink Shrine and certain areas of The Catacombs, they will initially be a scattered pile of bones. When approached, they take a few seconds to assemble, during which they are completely defenseless.
  • Inflicting a heavy attack on a Skeleton will cause them to disassemble for a few seconds, leaving them exposed to further attacks (this makes for their stagger animations).
  • If Players are not equipped with a Divine weapon in The Catacombs, he/she should aim to find and kill any nearby Necromancers as the skeletons will continue to reassemble whenever they are shattered apart. If no Necromancers can be found, a Heavy attack should be able to dispatch the skeletons, causing them to fall apart long enough for the players to escape, should the player linger the dispatched skeletons will reform.

Enemy InformationEdit

Health and SoulsEdit

Location Health Souls
Firelink Shrine 184 (Sword & Shield)
144 (Bow)
??? 50 ???
The Catacombs 195 (Sword & Shield)
153 (Bow)
??? 50 ???
Tomb of the Giants 171 (Sword & Shield)
126 (Bow)
??? ??? ???


Respawn Yes
Backstab Yes
Damage Types Physical / Bleed
Abilities Can parry and riposte. Can resurrect.[note 1]


Attack Damage Attack Type Status Effect Parryable Tracking Attack Speed
Arrow Shot ??? Thrust None No Neither Medium

Attack Damage Attack Type Status Effect Parryable Tracking Attack Speed
Swing 272 Slash Bleed: 30 Yes Both Slow
Two Handed Slash 326 Slash Bleed: 30 Yes Both Slow
Roll 50 Slash Bleed: 30 No Both Fast

Attack Damage Attack Type Status Effect Parryable Tracking Attack Speed
Quick Swing Combo 198 Slash Bleed: 30 Yes Both Medium
Overhead Slice 210 Slash Bleed: 30 Yes Both Medium
Double Slice 214 Slash Bleed: 30 Yes Both Fast
Spin Slash 251 Slash Bleed: 30 Yes Both Medium


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
Firelink Shrine 247 173 247 309 191 168 255 S S S
The Catacombs 264 185 264 330 204 179 284 S S S

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


Item Wpn Scimitar
Wpn Falchion
Red and white round shield
Red & White Round Shield
Wpn Short Bow
Short Bow
Drop Rate 2%
(Sword and Shield Wielder)
(Single Swordsman)
(Sword and Shield Wielder)


  • On rare occasion, when the player has been parried by a skeleton, an odd glitch could occur that sends the player falling through the ground and more times than not, it kills the player.
  • Despite dropping the Red & White Round Shield, skeletons only actually wield the Warrior's Round Shield.


  1. They will respawn, when encountered in The Catacombs and Tomb of the Giants, shortly after being dispatched unless killed with a weapon upgraded down the Divine Path or one that is innately imbued with the Divine auxiliary effect, such as the Astora's Straight Sword, or until the Necromancer in the area is killed.

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