Stray Hounds are commonly found throughout The Lost Bastille. Three are found the room next to the first bonfire along with a Royal Swordsman. Two are encountered on the bridge leading to McDuff Workshop bonfire. Two more are seen on the other side of the gate next to the second bonfire. Three are fought leading to the second path using the Antiquidated Key. Two Black Phantom versions are fought next to the Belfry Luna bonfire after defeating the Belfry Gargoyles. And five are fought leading to the Bastille Key.
They appear to have been hollowed and also are missing several parts of their black colored skin which reveal their flesh. They also have red eyes.
These hounds are no trouble on their own but in numbers they can cause a problem. They have only a few attacks, but each of them deals a considerable amount of damage. Simply strafing to the side can avoid the lunge bites that these hounds execute. Using powerful AoE attacks can also quickly deal with them as they don't boast a considerable amount of health.
- According to the Beyond the Bonfire website, the Stray Hound is the most killed enemy in Dark Souls II across all three platforms.