Undead Dragons are minibosses in Dark Souls.


In the Valley of the Drakes, hanging on a cliff, and the Painted World of Ariamis, resting on a bridge.


Undead Dragons are the anterior remains of what was once a true dragon. They retain some of their original characteristics, but are in an advanced state of decomposition. They have no eyes and their wings prove useless. In addition to using bite and claw attacks, they disgorge a Toxic substance from their mouths.


The Undead Dragon in the Valley of Drakes will only attack if one ventures too close to its body or neck area. Two of the items, the Astora's Straight Sword and a Soul of a Proud Knight, can be safely looted if some care is taken, but if the corpse containing the Dragon Crest Shield is reached, located closest to its body and between its head and right claw, then it will awaken. It can be safely dispatched from afar with pyromancies, sorceries, or arrows. It is even possible to kill it with melee attacks with good timing.

The second Undead Dragon blocks the way to Priscilla the Crossbreed in the Painted World of Ariamis. When roused, it will charge forwards, and possibly trample the player, resulting in a quick death. Once in its attacking position, similar strategies to those described above can be used to eliminate it.


  • After killing the Undead Dragon in the Painted World of Ariamis, its bottom half will remain on the bridge, blocking a shortcut to the area's boss, Crossbreed Priscilla. Although one could simply activate the switch in the sewers, there is an alternative way in accessing the boss by forcing the bottom half to move by performing a jumping attack; this will cause the legs to stand up, allowing one to pass underneath them.
  • The Bounding Demons in Lost Izalith closely resemble the bottom halves of Undead Dragons, although they behave very differently. The one encountered in the Painted World is completely passive, and the legs in the Valley of Drakes fall into the gorge when its top half is awakened.

Enemy InformationEdit

Health and SoulsEdit

Location Health Souls
Valley of Drakes 3,480 5,881 3,000 9,000
Painted World of Ariamis 3,955 6,200 5,000 10,000


Respawn No
Backstab No
Damage Types Regular / Strike / Toxic
Abilities Area of effect Toxic breath.


Attack Damage Attack Type Status Effect Parryable Tracking Attack Speed
Toxic Surge 283 Regular Toxic: 30 No Both Medium
Claw Slam 830 Strike None No Neither Slow
Head Bite 881 Strike None No Neither Medium
Claw Swipe 818 Strike None No Both Slow


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
Valley of Drakes 177 177 177 177 140 73 73 S S C
Painted World of Ariamis 204 204 204 204 164 82 82 S S C

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


Item Item Dragon Scale
Dragon Scale
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  • It's unclear exactly why these dragons are undead, as the Curse of the Undead normally affects humans only. They may be the only modern "survivors" of the war waged against the Everlasting Dragons, possibly reanimated unintentionally by Nito's deadly plague or kept "alive" by the Dragon race's inborn vitality.