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Demon Prince

General Info
hp.jpg souls.jpg Location
?? 100,000 Dreg Heap
Drops Soul of the Demon Prince
Defenses
Weak Resistant Immune
BleedBleed, Black Knight Weapons FireFire, MagicMagic, LightningLightning,  Standard, StrikeStrike, ThrustThrust FrostFrost, Poison&ToxicPoison/Toxic

Demon Prince Information


Demon Prince is a Boss in Dark Souls 3, available with the Ringed City DLC.

  • Final phase of the Demon in Pain & Demon From Below fight
  • You can summon Slave Knight Gael to help you fight this boss. Summon sign can be found beside the Bonfire before the fight.
  • You can summon Lapp to help you fight this boss. Summon sign can be found on the ledge before you drop down.
  • Not optional - must be defeated in order to reach The Ringed City.

 

Location

 

Drops

  • Souls: NG (100,000), NG+ (150,000), NG++ (165,000), NG+3 (180,000), NG+4 (168,750), NG+6 (??), NG+9 (255,000)
  • Co-Op Souls: NG (25 000), NG+ (37 500), NG++ (41 250), NG+3 (??), NG+4 (??), NG+6 (53,412), NG+9 (??)
  • Other: Soul of the Demon Prince

 

Combat Information

  • Health: NG (??), NG+ (??), NG++ (??), NG+3 (??), NG+4 (??), NG+5 (??), NG+6 (??), NG+7 (??)
  • Parriable. No
  • Due to the high Demon Prince health pool, it is recommended to summon no more than 1 phantom.
  • Demon Prince's attacks deal Fire Damage and Physical (Slash?) Damage, therefore equipment boosting these defences is recommended.
  • Can be staggered, which gives player an opportunity to perform a critical strike.
  • Weak to Black Knight weapons (Greatsword, Sword, Greataxe, Glaive) and Bleed. Blood loss is triggered by the same amount of bleed units as in the case of Demon from Below and Demon in Pain.
  • Neither weak nor resistant to Slash Damage/Dark Damage.
  • Highly resistant to Fire Damage.
  • Immune to Frostbite and Poison/Toxic.
  • In contrast to Demon in Pain and Demon from Below, Demon Prince has 50% damage reduction to Physical-type and /Dark damage and 75% to magic/fire/lightning damage. Pestilent Mist and Blood Loss are not effected by this reduction.

 

Strategies

Video Strategy

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Strategy 1 (Melee Co-op)

For this strategy, you have to play Co-op. Many say to use only one summon, but using both Amnesiac Lapp and Slave Knight Gael is an amazing combination because they heal themselves constantly, and draw aggro so the player can have huge windows to do damage. If the player is adament about using only one, or is doing better with just one for some reason, it is better to choose Lapp as he does similar damage to Gael, but takes more damage easier than Gael does.

Phase 1 :

In this phase, while Gael or a player aggroes Demon in Pain, you will focus on Demon from Below. Now, the strategy will change depending on if the Demon from Below is or not on fire. An important note is that a good shield for this fight that resists high physical and fire can come in handy blocking their attacks.

If the demon you're facing is burning, then you'll mostly want to stay under or behind his legs, as he will have difficulties reaching you to make damages, while you'll be able to attack him all you want. Now, it might seem like a really basic advice, but don't use up all your stamina, since you'll need it if you have to dodge. Green Blossoms can help, in order to land more attacks, while still be allowed to dodge after.

If the demon you're facing isn't in fire, stick to his face like a bubble-gum sticks under a high schooler's desk. This way, if the demon barfs, you won't get hit nor poisoned. However, if he alowly rises on his legs while rising his arms, that meens he wants to slam you, so turn around him, and dodge if necessary, then go back to his face.

When your demon is dead, go finish the other. Now, the second phase begins.

Phase 2 :

In this phase, you're fighting the Demon Prince, which is always burning. Simply repeat the strategy for the burning demon by staying under or behing his legs, as his physical attacks will be almost if not the same. Be wary of two things though : his charge, and his magma shower.

For his charge, he will make some distance between you and himself, then will charge you while leaving fire in his trail. I don't really have advice for dodging him, since I only got hit once, while the other time he tried it on me, he completely missed me, so you're on your own for this.

His magma shower will happen after he makes 2 floating turret-like fire orbs, which is followed up by spewing fire in the sky after making some distance between both of you. Now, I advise you to do what you can to inerrupt him, while dodging the projectiles shot at you by the fire turrets.

The three demons can actually be staggered, and then you can land a critical hit by attacking their face.

Finally, just be patient, focus and attack when you can. Good luck !

Strategy 2 (Melee solo)

First Phase:

First of all if you stay in the ring at the beginning (don't cross the bricks) both demons will always begin with same moves. Staying still and charging R2 to attack the demon that jump attack barely misses you is a good way to get some easy damage in. Also they do not immediately regroup so focusing on one demon at the beginning and killing it fast before the other drifts too close is a solid strategy.

This phase is all about free camera, staying near one demon to fish for attacks and dodging below it as soon as it attacks. However unlike with Lud and Zallen in Dark Souls 2, a demon can melee attack you through the other one so staying below one is not a safe place from the other

Phase 2, The prince.

Three rules of thumb: get near it, walk right and always stay locked on. This way you will mostly trigger short range moves that are punishable just by rolling below it and attacking like before. Staying locked on helps when it jumps up to do explosive punch dive. It is very difficult to dodge blindly. If it does a short jump behind you while you are near, it will always either swing too or punch the floor creating a homing fire trail.

If its right hand slowly forms a fire ball it is about to jump up and throw a homing fireball at you. It always jumps little backwards so blindly running towards the direction of where its back was facing usually avoids the attack and let you close in and attack before it recovers.

If it slowly summons two fire balls it is later about to jump away and conjure the meteor shower. Both are excellent opportunities to attack and hope for a chance to stun and visceral attack it. Great thing is, if you stun it during the summoning of first two fireballs, it will do it again after it recovers from your visceral attack.
 
In conjunction, the below includes a playbook:

1. The boss fight will open up with both the Demon In Pain, which is on the right, and Demon From Below, which is on the left. The Demon From Below will be glowing a bright color, and this is a sign that he is doing melee attacks, and berserking at you. He will start off with a delayed jump attack. Roll into his safe spot, which is his rear and side pelvic region, and get in some hits.
 
2. In some moments, the Demon From Below will stop glowing, but his brother will start to glow. This means you should focus on the currently glowing brother, as you have to kill both enemies anyway. When a demon is spraying toxic, he is more open to being hit, but it is easy to get flanked by the berserking demon. If you can, hit the demon's head to stun and riposte him for bonus damage. If you can, try to kite the demon who is charging and throwing melee attacks at you so they are seperated.
 
3. This fight is largely about timing stamina. The bosses want you to think that you can deplete your meter, but their follow up combos are extremely powerful (600-900HP damage per attack easy) and you really don't want to get hit by those. Using a shield here will be foolish, as your stamina will be too drained to do the maximum of five rolls needed to attack.
 
4. The timing for these demons' attacks is among the most irregular in the whole game. You have to really be conscious about your dodges because the Demons try to roll-catch, and wait for you to dodge so they can hit you on recovery.
 
5. Still talking phase one, the demons will alternate between glowing bright and berserking, so once you punish, get in position to efficiently attack the other Demon. Sometimes, they will both berserk. During those times, just back off, focus on avoiding damage, and let one of them them calm down so he won't interrupt you while you are hitting the berserking Demon. Two things you can also do is (again) use the charging demon to seperate from the other demon, to buy you some time for hits, as these demons are most dangerous when they are together, hitting you. If you have the charging demon blocking the other demon, you can hit the body part closest to you to minimize the chance of being hit. Very often, hitting the distal portion of its arm will allow you to hit without being hit through the demon
s body, or "wall-banged", by the other demon.
 
6. Now for phase two. The Demon's special attack is either going to be a persisting beam, or a shower of fireballs, followed by an AOE, and floating chaos fireballs. It doesn't matter which one you kill first, but the laser bearm demon (Demon From Below, I think) has a much bigger opening, as he is sedentary for about ten seconds while he is firing his laser in a three attack combo (which, I think ends in an AOE). Again, always leave enough stamina to dodge roll up to five times, because any of the three Demons in this fight can kill you in two hits, easy.
 
7. For all three parts of the fight (two demons, one demon, then demon prince), keep your punishments short, and focus on out-lasting the bosses. Put the rest of your focus on dodging their insanely fast attacks, as well. 
 
8. The Demons have a berserk attack where they march toward you, and claw into the ground, repeatedly, much like how a gorilla gallops on its knuckles when it is trying to scare off something. Trying to dodge only one claw saves more stamina than trying to dodge both!
 
9. The Demon Prince (third phase) has an attack where he flies and swoops down, grinding his claws into the ground. For this attack, since there is somewhat of a strange zone of effect, dodge rolling to the sides works much better than to the front and back.

Strategy 3 (Magic/Pyromancy)

If you have 30 intelligence, equip Pestilent Mist as the damage it deals is a set percentage of the enemy's max HP.

It will deal massive damage in the second phase and some attacks have him standing there without moving for a while. Try to get behind in that situation and cast Pestilent Mist Back off and shoot him with additional spells.

Strategy 4 (Dorhys' Gnawing/Bleeding Build)

Recommended to exploit both Phases' weakness.

Equip Dorhys' Gnawing, as a fail save it is recommended to cast Tears of Denial  before you drop down into the fight, also to get at least 1 Phantom (Lapp for example) to distract one of either Demons of your choosing.
It is helpful to equip the following rings: Morne's Ring, Ring of the Sun's First Born & Dusk Crown Ring; if possible also equip Carthus Bloodring for better chances of dodging at the cost of weaker defense. This should however not be a problem since the attacks of either demon are slow by comparison.

The tactic is rather simple: Keep your distance and keep casting Dorhys' Gnawing, roughly every 2nd to 3rd hit resulting in bleed-burst damage. Thanks to Farron Ring you will be able to cast a good number of spells before you will have to consume an Ashen Estus Flask.

Should you be mostly melee focused, it is a good idea to use weapons with high bleed capability, as an example Exile Greatsword infused with Blood Gem but any bleeding build you are comfortable with will work, preferably with greatswords though.

As a personal recommendation it is suggested to kill Demon in Pain first as the following fusion of both demons have fewer wide-range attacks and slower attacks that can be dodged easily. Keep repeating the previous steps and dodge Demon Prince's attacks and this fight should be no problem.

Attacks

Demon Prince has 2 different phases, depending on which of Demons (in Pain/from Below) was slain last.

Demon Prince
Flaming Reunion After killing last demon (Demon in Pain OR Demon from Below), fire gathers inside it's corpse. Few second later there is an explosion with small AoE dealing fire damage for 50% of attack's duration, what ignites boss fight arena. This move opens fight with Demon Prince and he does not use it later.
Fireball Creates a ball of fire in his right hand and leaps up, throwing it towards the player and then landing a few feet away from its original position.
Fiery Swoop Flies up and swoops down, slashing the ground with its claws in a forward motion and leaving a pool of lava.
Critical Grab Demon Prince - twice - tries to grab player. If he succeded, he throws him on a medium distance dealing physical damage.
Triple Seething Chaos Demon Prince throws 3 fireballs on small distance, which acts identical as Seething Chaos spell. Deals high fire damage.
Air Wave Demon Prince uses his wings to create an air wave, which knocks out player, and lands few feets away. Deals no damage, but may put player in difficult situation. Usually used before Fireball Shower or Laser Beam.
Fire Serpent Demon Prince rotates 180 degrees and attacks ground with his right claw. This attack releases a Fire Serpent, which acts similar to "Black Serpent" spell. Deals physical and fire damage. Often appears after Modified normal moveset.
Modified normal moveset Demon Prince will strike with his claws in similar way, as Demon in Pain or Demon from Below in "flame" mode. This time however, these attacks are far more agreesive and faster.
Fiery Shout Demon Prince tries to scare off enemy by performing a fiery shout. Sometimes performs after regular attacks. 
Floating Chaos (Red Variant) Casts an enhanced version of Floating Chaos that fires at the player. Usually leads to Fireball Shower. Only available when the Demon Prince is revived from the red Demon from Below. Note: After Demon Prince death, they instantly dissapear.
Quick Floating Chaos + Fire Serpent (Red Variant) Demon Prince casts a short version of Floating Chaos and flies away. Then he moves his right arm to the back (like he is scared of something) and attacks swiftly with his hand, what releases a Fire Serpent. Only available when the Demon Prince is revived from the red Demon from Below.
Fireball Shower (Red Variant) A follow up after casting Floating Chaos, the Demon Prince builds up a ball of flame from its mouth that results in fireballs chasing player and - if they manage to hit - deals very high fire damage. Good chance to get some hits in. Cue for evacuation would be the bright flare after casting. If Demon Prince is staggered at this moment, fireballs will fall around him. Only available when the Demon Prince is revived from the red Demon from Below. 
Laser Beam (Orange Variant) A sweeping laser beam that does massive damage if connected. Lasts for quite a while as the Demon Prince sweeps it left and right. If dodged correctly, the player can punish for massive amounts of damage by simply staying behind the Demon Prince. Can be easily avoided by performing a "Stretch Out" gesture. Usually leads to Laser Burst. Only available when the Demon Prince is revived from the orange Demon in Pain.
Laser Burst (Orange Variant) An explosive beam that does damage through the beam itself and also in an AoE around the Demon Prince's head. Usually cast right after the laser beam. The player can get behind the Prince and continue their comboes without getting damaged severely. Can be easily avoided by performing a "Stretch Out" gesture. Only available when the Demon Prince is revived from the orange Demon in Pain.

 

Lore Theories

• Because of the differences in body type between the  Old Demon King and the  Demon Prince, it is unlikely that this boss shares any relation to the Old Demon King. 
 

 

Notes & Trivia

  • The moveset of the Demon Prince depends on which demon in the first phase is killed last (see "Attacks" information). 
  • If player manages to defeat the second demon (in Pain OR from Below) with a critical strike, the beginning of this fight will look slightly different.
  • Before events of Dark Souls III - as is said in Lorian's Greatsword description - Lorian managed to defeat Demon Prince.
  • Older description of Soul of Demon Prince stated, that he retreated from beneath of Earth. That helped him survive, as Lorian thought he died during battle.
  • Boss fight arena is a devastated Firelink Shrine from Dark Souls I.
  • Demon Prince shares the same tail with the Centipede Demon, a boss from Dark Souls I.
  • In contrast to Dancer of The Boreal Valley and her "fire traces", fire caused by Demon Prince "Flaming Reunion" attack after defeating him will last forever.
  • At some moment of developing (when there were Crimson Bat insted of Demon in Pain) Demon Prince had additional name - Crimson Prince. That name occured, when player defeated Demon from Below instead of Crimson Bat.
  • Bug (during jolly cooperation, very rare): Soon after beginning of this phase and hitting Demon Prince, despite fact that he is still alive, i got message "Heir of Fire destroyed" and prize for doing it. 
  • Bug (very difficult to achieve in co-op, impossible when solo): If the player manages to perform a critical strike on a last living demon (in Pain OR From Below), while it's HP is 0, 2nd phase will began instantaneously and Demon Prince will spawn with 1 HP.

 

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    • Anonymous

      07 Nov 2017 19:14  

      So this fight is actually much easier than it looks. All you have to do is roll around the legs. Stay super close all the time, and none of the attacks will hit you XD. Once I figured that out EZPZ. I also used a flamberge plus 9 and that seemed to work pretty well. Any constant attacking staggers the demons which allows you to get in huge damage. I wore quite a bit of fire resistance stuff for this fight as well. Flame Stone Plate Ring, black knight armor, and the dragon crest shield. In addition I used the estus ring, steel ring plus 3, and the ring of favor plus 3.
      With 1249 health and the other resistances you can use the shield to block the second phases diving fire attack, and take very little damage. Then just roll forward under the legs.

      • Anonymous

        21 Oct 2017 06:04  

        I'm surprised there aren't any lore theories at all. Any connection between this Demon Prince and the Old Demon King? Could this Demon Prince be related in anyway to the Witch of Izalith?

        • Anonymous

          20 Oct 2017 12:47  

          I really like the theory I read on a better wiki that the Demon Prince is the Chaos equivalent of the Chosen Undead, destined to link the original Chaos Flame created by the Witch of Izalith, with the Demon in Pain and the Demon from Below acting as Lords of Cinder. The reason we fight the Demon Prince in the ruins of the old Firelink Shrine is because they were trying to prevent humankind from linking their own First Flame; perhaps the reason Lorian shared Lothric's curse was because he took pity on the Demons, and because he saw himself and his brother represented in the agonized Chaos twins. Furthemore, the "burnt out" version of the Demons we see in this time period are representative of Hollowing, but from a Chaos perspective, which is why the Stray Demon still guards the gate to Lothric, even though its purpose is clearly forgotten.

          • Anonymous

            21 Aug 2017 06:08  

            When the boss is about to fire the laser and you're too far away to get out of the way, or your dodge skills suck, then use the "stretch out" gesture. The laser will fly right above you.

            • Anonymous

              17 Aug 2017 07:52  

              They give you a huge area to fight these things in but its somewhat misleading. Just keep crowding them and it makes the fight far easier.

              • Anonymous

                15 Aug 2017 12:08  

                "If player manages to defeat the second demon (in Pain OR from Below) with a critical strike, the beginning of this fight will look slightly different."

                Anyone care to explain? Never got this myself...

                • Anonymous

                  14 Aug 2017 10:04  

                  Damn they really went full retard with elemental damage on this boss huh? Reminds me of the cancer of using magic in the DS2 DLCs were.

                  • Anonymous

                    13 Aug 2017 10:25  

                    This page is so badly written. First of the differentiate the move set into two tables saying "IF DEMON FROM BELOW IS KILLED" & "IF DEMON IN PAIN IS KILLED", the current descriptions are terrible, whoever wrote it should stop from ever editing pages.

                    Secondly "If the demon you're facing isn't in fire, stick to his face like a bubble-gum sticks under a high schooler's desk"??? It's kind of embarrassing to read lines like these.

                    • Anonymous

                      07 Aug 2017 20:45  

                      it would have been incredibly great to summon Lorian for this fight. Maybe only possible if you still have his and his brother's soul in your inventory. Missed opportunity!

                      • Anonymous

                        04 Aug 2017 13:47  

                        Lapp summon converts this battle into shooting gallery for any ranged builds, e.g. for my mage the second phase became a simulator of PM-placement. This armored guy knows how to tank.

                        • Anonymous

                          03 Aug 2017 02:54  

                          Thought bosses in the vanilla game had too low health (they didn't), think again. NG+2, Brigand Twindaggers, I was hacking away millimeters of health. Legit millimeters. Quickdahes make the fight look badass though.

                          • Anonymous

                            02 Aug 2017 07:48  

                            This boss gets very easy once you learn these tricks:
                            1. 1st phase, stick to either demon's right leg, and roll whenever he attacks. 1000% sure dodge. Makes it trivial.
                            2. When both of them goes Fiery mode, just run away from them until one of the demons extinguish. Then proceed to 1st step.
                            3. Try to stagger, they get super critical damage.

                            2nd phase:
                            1. Same as 1st step, except when the meteors approach, keep rolling until you are clear from them.
                            2. Beware of his "grab", almost impossible to notice and highly likely to One-hit KO you.
                            3.Very endurance intensive fight, so try to save as much estus as possible to this phase.
                            3. Use Dragon Crest shield, most of his attacks and spells are blockable. (Beware the fire lazor though)

                            • Anonymous

                              30 Jul 2017 05:05  

                              The bleed build guide states that the Farron ring will reduce the cost of casting Dorthy Gnawing. This is untrue.

                              • Anonymous

                                26 Jul 2017 07:28  

                                Anyone run into the bug where when the second phase starts the Demon Prince instantly dies? I mean I ain't complaining, this was at high NG. But it was hilarious.

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