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.
Health and SoulsEdit
|Valley of Drakes||3,480||5,881||3,000||9,000|
|Painted World of Ariamis||3,955||6,200||5,000||10,000|
|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|
|Location||Physical Defenses||Elemental Defenses||Resistances|
|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.
- 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.