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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's 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 DLC The Ringed City.

  • Final phase of the Demon in Pain & Demon From Below fight
  • You can summon Slave Knight Gael to help you fight this enemy. Summon can be found beside the Bonfire before the fight.
  • You can summon Lapp to help you fight this enemy. Summon 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++ (165000), NG+3 (??), 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 (??), 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 high Demon Prince health pool, it is recommended to summon no more than 1 phantom.
  • Demon Prince attacks deals fire and physical damage, therefore equipment boosting these defences is recommended.
  • With enough hits - not necessary to the head - can be staggered, what gives player an opportunity to perform a critical strike.
  • Vulnerable to bleeding, assuming player can get hits in fast enough or - within short time - hit 2-3 (depending on number of phantoms and distance) times with Dorhys' Gnawing. Blood loss is triggered by the same amount of bleed units as in case of Demon from Below and Demon in Pain. 
  • Weak to Black Knight Greatsword, Black Knight Sword, Black Knight Greataxe, and Black Knight Glaive.
  • Immune to Frost and Poison/Toxic, highly resistant to Fire.
  • In contrast to Demon in Pain and Demon from Below, Demon Prince has 50 percent damage reduction to physical-type damage/Dark Damage and 60-65% to magic/fire/lightning damage. Pestilent Mist and Blood Loss are not effected by this reduction.
  • Neither weak nor resistant to Slash Damage and Dark Damage.

 

Strategies

Video Strategy

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Strategy 1 (Melee Co-op)

For this strategy, you have to play Co-op.

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.

Strategy 3 (Magic/Pyromancy)

If you got 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

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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 manage to perform a cricitical 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

      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.

                          • Anonymous

                            24 Jul 2017 03:33  

                            I beat these guys this morning on my 7th try. NG+, lvl 145, 60 str build. Three pieces of free advice for those who are struggling.
                            (1) you can summon Lapp and/or Gael at the bonfire, I brought both, on my final two attempts. They are pretty tanky, Lapp survived, and Gael died about ten seconds before the Demon Prince.
                            (2) Kill the Demon From Below first (think Ornstein and Smough), the rain of fire nonsense is a nightmare to dodge, while the laser is easily predicted.
                            (3) Black Knight gear is incredibly effective for both phases. The armor and shield have great defense for fire and physical, while the weapons deal bonus damage to demons and break their poise pretty easily for some nice free ripostes. Not a surprise that the black Knight's we're known for slaying with these things.

                            • Anonymous

                              23 Jul 2017 14:08  

                              Fianlly bet this fcker. Don't summon more than one phantom my ass. this fight is impossibale without 2 or more. Of course it would help I Part of my biuld didn't rely on pyromancy

                              • Anonymous

                                17 Jul 2017 02:53  

                                this is *****ing bullshit, this boss is so *****ing cheap, whoever made him should be shot in the head, *****ing bull crap

                                • Anonymous

                                  12 Jul 2017 19:10  

                                  Just some advice, especially in higher gamecycles: kill the right demon first, the one that starts in toxic ranged-mode, since the laserattacks of demon prince are a lot easier to dodge and get hits in than the meteor-shower.(simply sprint behind demon-prince while he lazors at nothing) I´d also use BKS/BKG over Greatsword/Greataxe, since you can push more damage in the first phase if you know you can dodge either demons attack quickly.

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