Demon in Pain & Demon from Below

Demon in Pain & Demon from Below
General Info
hp.jpg souls.jpg Location
7,062 X 2 100,000 Dreg Heap
Drops Soul of the Demon Prince
Weak Resistant Immune
Bleed, DarkDark, SlashSlash, Black Knight Weapons FireFire FrostFrostbite Poison & Toxic

Demon in Pain & Demon from Below Information

Demon in Pain & Demon from Below is a Boss in Dark Souls 3. It is part of The Ringed City DLC. This fight gives way to the Demon Prince.

  • 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.
  • After defeating last demon, fire gathers inside it's corpse. Few seconds later there is an explosion with small AoE and new enemy appears - Demon Prince.
  • Player can tell the difference between Demon in Pain and Demon from Below by their face - first one has eyes covered with "sheet" of demonic skin, while in case of second one they are visible. Also - Demon in Pain is red, while Demon from Below is orange.
  • Not optional - must be defeated in order to reach The Ringed City.



  • Demon in Pain & Demon from Below is found in drop right after Within the Earthen Peak Ruins Bonfire
  • While entering boss arena, Demon from Below will be on left in "flame" mode, while Demon in Pain on right in "burnt out" mode (if phantom enters boss fight area, he will turn to "flame" mode).



  • Souls: NG (100,000), NG+ (150,000), NG++ (220,000), NG+3 (??), NG+4 (??), NG+6 (??), NG+9 (??)
  • Soul of the Demon Prince
  • Co-Op Souls: NG (25 000).
  • Other: ??


Combat Information

  • Health: NG (7,062), NG+ (??), NG++ (??), NG+3 (??), NG+4 (??), NG+5 (??), NG+6 (??), NG+7 (??)
  • Up to 3 NPC/players can be summoned for this fight. However - due to high health pool it is recommended to bring no more than 1 phantom.
  • Summoned phantoms can't enter legde from which they fall to boss fight area, until both demons are not awaken.
  • If players are summoned, host should - if possible - lure demon near drop place, so falling phantoms could score a free hit.
  • Weak to Dark Damage, BleedSlash Damage and Black Knight's weapons (Greatsword, Sword, Greataxe, Glaive).
  • Highly resistant to Fire Damage.
  • Immune to Frostbite and Poison/Toxic.
  • Parriable: No.
  • With enough hits can be staggered, what gives an opportunity to perform critical strike dealing significant damage. 
  • Most of the demons' attacks are slower than they look. Do not be afraid to wait for signs of an attack. Rolling after you get hit will most likely cause you to get hit AGAIN.
  • Demon's attacks deals Fire Damage and physical damage (Slash?). Demon in "burnt out mode" may also inflict toxic, therefore it is recommended to bring items/spells that cure toxicity.
  • Breaking Demon's poise will stop tranformation from "burnt out" mode to "flaming" mode.
  • Transformation from "flaming" mode to "burnt out" mode causes Demon to stop for a few seconds.
  • They both have same HP and take the same amount of damage, no difference when either in flaming mode or burnt out mode.
  • Demon Prince page



Video Strategy

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Both demons have 2 similar modes that they can switch to and fro, each having unique movesets. 

Flaming mode: Easy to tell as the demon will be glowing. In this mode it will be aggressive and charge towards you, unleashing melee attacks. After one demon dies, the remaining one will automatically enter flaming mode, if burnt out prior.

Burnt out mode: After unleashing a fiery smash, a flaming demon will exhaust its flames and look burnt out. The demon will then attack you with toxic ranged attacks and claw you if you get too close.

The fight will start with 1 in flaming mode, the other in burnt out mode. The other will enter into flaming mode after 15-20 seconds after engaging, so be wary. It is recommended to focus on the flaming demon first as the range attacks from the burnt out one is easily dodgeable. Depending on the situation, both demons may either be Flaming or Burnt Out at the same time, which, the former being the most troublesome to deal with.

If you want to summon phantoms for this fight, it is best to summon only ONE at most, to take care of one of the two demons, and you taking care of the other. Fighting one of them is considerably easy and summoning numerous phantoms is only going to make the second phase even harder.

A basic strategy is to dodge under the flaming demon(s) as their frontal claw attack leaves them completely open, which is extremely easy to dodge.

Both demons can be staggered and are vulnerable to critical attacks, just don't do it unless you have any of these things: High AR, high crit weapon or Hornet Ring. You're better off getting in extra hits with your weapon or spells.

A viable strategy for Host of Embers summoning phantoms: Lure the demon(s) to the opening where you first drop. Your fellow phantoms have a chance to get a plunging attack off if positioned correctly, as they can drop down whenever they wish to.

Strategy 1 (Melee)

*For more info, go to the Demon Prince page on this site*

-Both demons are prone to stagger which opens up a critical attack chance (Visceral attack for bloodborners). It is easy to dodge attacks both from the flaming and burnt out demon if you are observant as they are very slow. Do NOT get greedy with your attacks, especially heavy weapon users. If hit by the toxic breath you will get staggered and get toxic buildup, leaving you open to attacks and possibility of getting stunlocked. Same goes when both demons are flaming, getting stunlocked is possible.

-Bring a weapon with bleed as the demons are weak to it.

-Slave Knight Gael and Amnesiac Lapp are both summonable for this fight. Given that the player is using a weapon with an AR of 410+ and very fast speed (Example: +10 Refined Broadsword with 40/32 STR/DEX), I would recommend using both, as they heal themselves constantly, and draw tons of aggro.

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. 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.

    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!


Strategy 2 (Pyromancers)


This fight is probably going to be tough for pure pyromancers. However, with minimum requirements, one can make use of weapons that scales with int/fth such as the Onyx Blade or the Moonlight Greatsword, or even weapons infused with Crystal, Blessed, Lightning, or Dark gems. For those who have considerable investment in faith may consider using offensive miracles as well. An alternative is to bring Dorhys' Gnawing along.

-Alternatively, use Dark Fire Orb which has a faster casting time than Dorhys' Gnawing and does more damage. Pyromancers may find it useful to equip Lloyd's Sword Ring and the Dark Clutch Ring in addition to the usual Witch and Great Swamp rings to maximize damage. Sage ring will probably be less useful at this level (even the +2 version) since most players at this level will probably have at least 20 DEX. Though the flaming demon will be the more aggressive, it is probably advisable to dispatch the first demon attacked, while keeping an eye on the movements of the other, in order to more quickly reduce the number of targets.

Strategy 3 (Sorcerer)


Bring Lapp. Summon him before the jump down in the arena, and he is a huge help, since he will most likely distract the bosses.
The first phase is not really hard, dodge the attacks of the demons, fire what you have. Phase two is really hard, since the boss is now highly resistant to magic.
Crystal Hail is very useful as it provides a bit more damage than Great Heavy Soul Arrow, but the casting time is shorter, which allows to cast it often.
Most of attacks of Demons can be simply avoided by jumping backwards, and then Crystal Hail can be cast once or twice, depending on your position.
The only exception is when one of the Demons start his long series of attacks with different hands, approaching you. If you are far away, escape backwards; if you are close, jumping to the right under his left hand during his third attack is usually safe.
Sometimes you may want to approach him a bit to end his combo: he will end the combo with a more slow strike with his left hand if you were close to him during his last attack with right hand.

Any type of Soulmass can be cast before jumping from the ledge to the arena.

Crystal Soul Spear can damage both Demons at once. However, the second stage enemy of this bossfight is resistant to magic and has high HP, so be careful not to end up with no mana.

Perstilent Mercury deals huge amount of damage to a passive demon if placed well: basically, you should cast this spell every time both demons become inactive for a short period.
When the fight starts, you can place Mercury right in front of you to the place where active Demon will jump, then cast Crystal Hail there (before he jumps), then cast Great Heavy Soul Arrow when he starts jumping to provide good damage at the very beginning of the fight.
It is not recommended to attempt placing Mercury under passive demon when the fight starts as it is quite risky and requires good sight on the active demon.

It is important to keep track on the boundaries of the arena so that you don't get stuck between a Demon and a wall.


Demon in Pain & Demon from Below has 2 different attack modes, "burnt out" and "flame".

Frontal Leap (Flaming) The starting move that the first flaming demon whips out at the start of the boss right, will repeat if you are too far away. Easy to dodge.
Claw Swipe Combo (Flaming & Burnt out) The demon(s) will most likely use this move the most. Depending on your position, the demon may transition into a combo, possibly ending the combo with a overhead smash. Flaming mode has added damage with noticeable effects (Fire claw trails)
Claw Uppercut (Flaming & Burnt out) The demon(s) will drag its claw along the ground and do an upward attack.
Charging Frenzy (Flaming) The flaming demon(s) will charge forwards and claw infront of him repeatedly. NOTE: At the end of his combo he will do a smash with his left arm, transitioning to a backwards swipe, be wary when dodging his charge.
Downward smash (Flaming & Burnt out) Demon stands up and winds up for a downward smash.
Flaming smash (Flaming) A fiery variant of his normal downward smash, has larger AoE and damage. Upon executing this attack, the demon will enter burnt out mode, leaving itself vulnerable for a few seconds.
Toxic flames (Burnt out) The demon unleashes a trail of purple flames that will apply toxic buildup. Easily recognized by the purple particles that appear on the ground.
Toxic breath (Burnt out) At mid range the demon will breathe out toxic fumes that will apply rapid toxic buildup AND damage you.
Toxic Spit (Burnt out) Spit that applys toxic buildup and damages slightly.


Lore Theories

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Notes & Trivia

  • The cry of both demons closely resembles to that of the Cleric Beast (for some Darkbeast Paarl) from Bloodborne.
  • Do note that the page for Demon Prince is seperate, and the drops and souls can only be acquired by defeating the Demon Prince.
  • Boss fight arena is a devastated Firelink Shrine area from Dark Souls I.
  • At some moment of developing, Demon in Pain was called "Crimson Bat".
  • In earlier version, there were 3 stages of fight: In first one, player faced Crimson Bat (Demon in Pain), and after lowering his health by around 50 percent, Demon from Below appears. After defeating one of them Demon Prince appears.
  • Both demons share the tail of the Centipede Demon, a boss from Dark Souls. This also applies to the Demon Prince.



    • Anonymous

      17 Dec 2017 12:39  

      Never spammed so many normal attacks on a boss like this one. Just was happy to see my stamina bar back to full for the next 20 hits.

      • Anonymous

        02 Dec 2017 23:42  

        I also noticed that the more phantoms you summon, the harder it is to stagger them. The host and the others decided to gang up on the fireball demon like retards and I had to solo the laser one. I had to get him down to like 25% before getting a stagger, despite pelting his ass with a great hammer the whole time. Usually it triggers at 70-60% health. So yeah. Unless you're like on NG+5 or something, don't even bother summoning more than one phantom.

        • Anonymous

          01 Oct 2017 10:33  

          It is possible for phantoms to land a plunging attack in the beginning of the fight. However, it only does a charged heavy attack's worth of damage, which is disappointing considering you fell like a million feet from the sky

          • Anonymous

            30 Sep 2017 00:10  

            NOT weak to dark. Tested with gold, pale, and human resin. All three did almost identical damage. Either that, or is weak to all three.

            • Anonymous

              12 Sep 2017 08:37  

              I just brought my BKGS into the arena and I was riposting these guys all the time with the charged R2. Still my favorite Demon boss in the series, though.

              • Anonymous

                22 Aug 2017 07:16  

                Any ultra-greatsword with the "vertical" moveset (Greatsword, FUGS, Cathedral Sword) will absolutely wreck this boss, because the second 2HR1 will hit the boss twice if you stand under it, greatly boosting DPS. Each hit will count toward stagger damage and you'll be able to get a critical hit very early in the fight.

                • Anonymous

                  21 Aug 2017 06:20  

                  Please, for the love of god, do not summon more than 1 phantom for this fight. This will easily double the length of the already long fight. I don't blame some people though, I wish FromSoft made it more obvious that more phantoms = more boss health.

                  • Anonymous

                    19 Aug 2017 18:09  

                    İ have ng+ am 125levl i almost killhim ||that 2 sticks health left (very very low 2 hits and he dies)fhen 1 his laser attack took my alll health fck thats cancer fck my bealth is half ofa screen of 17inc pc jeezuz what am i supposed to doo plus that last gay flies away like fck ***** i hate that boss its fck no fun and cancer

                    • Anonymous

                      11 Aug 2017 10:01  

                      NG+6 lvl 207 with gael
                      was pretty easy even with fighting the "harder" demon prince
                      also anyone else notice that the arena you fight it in is in DS1

                      • Anonymous

                        23 Jul 2017 02:44  

                        Just beat this boss today for the first time, NG+, solo, lvl 74 strength/vit character using a heavy bastard sword, Alva set and Wolf Knight Greatshield.

                        The transition caught me off guard, i didn't know the boss resurrected. The Demon Prince is pretty tough and very tanky, but the first phase turns out to be quite easy if you manage the space in the arena nicely and always keep track of where the Demons are.

                        Friendly tip: always kill the Demon in Pain first, the one that starts burned out. It'll make the fight against the Demon Prince much easier than defeating the Demon From Below first. He will give you massive openings for attacking him with zero risks (fire laser attack)

                        • Anonymous

                          16 Jul 2017 04:33  

                          Just beat them first attempt with my 256 build ng+9 went in with 13 estus 2 ashen came out with 2 estus and 0 ashen i used tears of denial and dorhys gnaw till my mana was out dorhys works great on second phaze three of them did 2000 dmg and thats a 40 in every stat but luck build i went in with gael and lapp with black knight greataxe+5 and it worked really well i hit the demons while lapp and gael distracted them lapp died when second phase had one hit but we still got him

                          • Anonymous

                            01 Jul 2017 16:41  

                            *first encounter*
                            it doesn't really that HARD , defeat them with 3 estus left on first try , now lemme equip Symbol of Avarice before I gain the souls ...
                            *fused into Demon Prince*
                            OH HELL NO
                            *die in feeling from memory of DS1 O&S*

                            • Anonymous

                              22 Jun 2017 05:40  

                              I just experienced a glitch where both demons started using their second phase powers before I managed to kill even one of them. I was basically fighting both versions of the second phase boss at the same time.

                              • Anonymous

                                21 Jun 2017 18:46  

                                Whoever wrote the walkthrough above and said this fight is tough for pyros should redact that statement. It's one of the easier fights, on par with Dancer. Just spam dark fire spells. Definitely isn't difficult.

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