For the Dark Souls variant, see Skeleton.

Skeletons are enemies in Dark Souls II.


Skeletons can be fought in the mansion in Majula, Huntsman's Copse, in Undead Purgatory, during the Executioner Chariot fight, and in Harvest Valley.


Skeletons are rather simple enemies wielding dual Falchions, an Estoc or a falchion with a shield, and a bow. On certain occasions, they can be led by a Necromancer.

An armored version of this enemy, using a variant of the Insolent Set, can be found during the Skeleton Lords fight.


Skeletons are a bigger threat when in groups, as they can inflict bleed damage, perform a quick guard break attack that leads to a grab, and parry attacks. This, combined with the occasion that a Necromancer is nearby to resurrect them if defeated, makes them more problematic. Killing the Necromancer first is a top priority, as it can allow players to kill the skeletons permanently.

Skeletons have a high resistance to Thrust damage, but are very weak to Strike damage. Therefore, weapons such as Hammers are effective against those enemies. Spells that have an area of effect are specially useful when dealing with multiple Skeletons at once.


Item Falchion II
Mail Breaker II
Mail Breaker
Foot Soldier Shield
Foot Soldier Shield
Long Bow II
Long Bow
Wood Arrow
Wood Arrow x3
Drop Rate 1%
(Dual Falchions or Falchion and Shield wielder)
(Rapier wielder)
(Curved Sword & Shield Wielder)
(Bow Wielder)
(Bow Wielder)
Item Alluring Skull II
Alluring Skull
Human Effigy
Human Effigy
Human Effigy
Human Effigy
Titanite Shard II
Titanite Shard
Drop Rate 3% 2%
(At Huntsman's Copse, Undead Purgatory and Harvest Valley)
(At Majula)
(At Harvest Valley)


  • The skeletons in Majula don't respawn.
  • The skeletons in the Executioner Chariot fight don't respawn after the boss is defeated.
  • If a skeleton is struck by a lunging attack that would inflict fatal damage, it will appear to still be alive while down, due to it still performing it's breathing animation & erratic jaw movements. This can be misleading & will occur 100% of the time.
  • The skeletons are considered by some as a viable farming method for Human Effigies. While it may not be as quick or precise as other methods, it is far less resource-intensive and fully renewable while in the Company of Champions covenant. Wearing equipment that increases item drop rates and slaying the skeletons next to the Undead Lockaway bonfire in Huntsman's Copse yields the best results.


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