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Undead Laborers are enemies in Dark Souls II.

In-Game Description

As if a lifetime of toil wasn't enough, these workers continue their duties even in death. And this time, their job is to kill you. Probably as in life, these under-appreciated, down-trodden souls simply aren't equipped for the task - they face you unarmed.[1]


Hordes of undead workers from times long forgotten. They have pale skin and ancient pictographs tattooed all over their bodies. They come unarmed and wear just a few rags. The first times they are encountered, they are nothing more than just almost-dead bodies, barely able to move and posing little threat. This changes drastically when they are encountered again in the Undead Crypt, where they emerge from their burial places in endless hordes.

While their decrepit appearance and low damage output may fool the player in dismissing them at first, laborers can become a serious threat if allowed to, usually attacking in conjunction with stronger enemies or with other laborers. They are deceptively fast, capable of digging out of the earth and reaching the player's location in just a few seconds, even if they move just by shambling.

They usually act as a distraction, quickly surrounding the player and attempting to hit them while allowing more powerful enemies to finish the job. While they deal very little damage, players with little Poise may find themselves staggered at inopportune times, leaving them vulnerable to attacks by stronger foes. They also possess some degree of intelligence and can either attempt to attack the player simultaneously alongside stronger foes, or ring the bells in Undead Crypt to summon Leydia Pyromancers to attack.


  • Some Undead Laborers can be found trapped inside the urns hanging above the Covetous Demon's boss room. If they are freed (by shooting an iron arrow, for example), they will fall into the battlefield and the boss will ignore the player for a moment while it feasts on the laborer.
  • The first Undead Laborer encountered at the Undead Crypt is non-hostile. He'll follow the player throughout the level while illuminating the way by holding a torch. Care must be taken if approaching Agdayne, though, lest he attacks the player for bringing light into his lair.
  • Special care must be taken while traversing the graveyard areas of the Undead Crypt, as an infinite number of Undead Laborers will come out of the earth constantly and ring the nearby bells scattered around, spawning Leydia Pyromancers from the stone statues found in those areas.
    • The same precaution must be taken while traversing the final corridor of the crypt, which leads to Velstadt's room; although only one Undead Laborer (three in Scholar of the First Sin) will spawn there.


  1. Dark Souls II Collector's Edition Guide description.

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