Pus of Man

Enemy Type Humanoid Abysal
Weakness Fire
Resistances Dark & Frost
Immune Poison, Toxic

Pus of Man is an Enemy in Dark Souls 3.


Enemy Description

  • These seemingly ordinary undead will quickly transform into an abyss-corrupted monstrosity upon spotting the player.
  • They appear in High Wall of Lothric, Lothric Castle, and Consumed King's Garden.
  • Sweep attacks have wide range and are very dangerous.


Combat Information

  • Whenever possible, kill the undead in the 2-3 seconds before it transforms. Its total health will mutiply drastically after transforming, and it will be restored to full health upon successful transformation.
  • It is resistant to dark damage, but very weak to fire. After transforming, it will be stunned for several seconds by any source of fire damage, trivializing the encounter. You can easily kill it with Pyromancies, needs only 2 hits with Chaos Bed Vestiges, but be sure that you're aiming the "black serpent" part of the enemy (one hit does about 1500 dmg depending on your build). One Firebomb will stun it long enough to get 2-3 free hits in. Fire-infused weapons will achieve the same effect. A Torch swing can also do the trick.
  • Follower Javelin infused with Fire and Chaos can set it on fire from a distance with its weapon art, even without FP.
  • Weak to Farron Greatsword and Wolf Knight's Greatsword.
  • Its large size makes it easy to hit. Avoid the front.
  • Can be fooled with Alluring Skull.
  • Can be affected by Rapport both before and after transforming, but applied rapport effect ends immediately upon successful transformation and must be applied again.
  • New players encountering these enemies on the High Wall of Lothric who are unsure of their ability to kill the undead before the transformation can find some black firebombs in the area. 3 of them should render the enemy close enough to kill with a couple hits or another normal firebomb.


Notes & Trivia

  • The first time you kill the mutated versions in High Wall of Lothric they have a guaranteed drop of 1 Titanite Shard and 1 Ember.
  • Dark Souls lore describes the serpent as an imperfect dragon that is symbol of the undead.
  • Their abyssal growths also look similar to what is consuming Iudex Gundyr.
  • They seems to be aggressive towards invaders, and their attacks can damage invaders.



Untransformed Corrupted Hollow

Are not transformed when you find them

Transformed Corrupted Hollow

Are already transformed when you find them

Untransformed Cursed Hollows

Can do dark elemental attacks and cause curse



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    • 03 Mar 2017 07:13  

      It's incredibly annoying when a summon rushes in and kills it before it transforms as on the first time they are killed in high wall of Lothric they always drop 1 ember and 1 titanite shard I get that some people don't want to deal with them (cause they can be a total b*tch to fight if you're out of firebombs and fp) but still...

      • 25 Jan 2017 04:16  

        fire works well... these things are impossible if you run a light weight build... Samurai cos-play ruined thanks to these things, but hey if you can kill them in melee then you can take out the boss, Vordt of the boreal valley...

        • 10 Dec 2016 08:49  

          Unfortunately, it took me a great deal of playthroughs to realise that the ones on the High Wall only grant their drops if you kill them AFTER they've transformed, not if you cleverly rush them.

          • 21 Oct 2016 16:04  

            What if pus of man is some form of dragons trying to live on in men. (dragons are everlasting, just defeated)
            Maybe why humans became cursed to become undead and hollow, they don't die because of being 'infected' somehow by dragons or dragonblood.
            Gru and men are transforming into dragons. Slowly tho, the big gru in the swamp kinda look like small dragon hybrids.
            And the 2 dragons near dragon barracks bonfire die after you kill the pus of men at their feet.
            Did those man/hollows become dragons?
            Anyone got more random ideas like this? Might make sense some day in a dlc, or in ds4.

            • Torch13 Sep 2016 03:52  

              You can easy stagger them when using a torch in 2. Just keep hitting them with it. When they are hit, they can't fight for a short time. Same goes for dogs

              • question30 Aug 2016 16:23  

                Is it possible to grind the ones on high wall of lauthric for a dark gem? because i've killed at least one 10 diffrent times With that one mimic helmet that incresses drop rate on and they havn't dropped a single item

                • Easy08 Aug 2016 08:07  

                  One hit kill before transforming if your attack is high. If not then still 2 hit kill. Not to mention very vulnerable to fire attacks. Plus also susceptible to rapport. Just rapport it then spam it with fire attacks/weapons/firebombs. Easy kill.

                  • "Dark Souls lore describes the serpent as an imperfect dragon that is symbol of the undead." ?22 May 2016 12:50  

                    First part is correct but since when is the serpent a symbol of the undead? Pretty much nonsense I would say.

                    • pus of man?12 May 2016 08:23  

                      Really? Odd choice, the dark serpent that oozes black liquid resembles darkened rotting blood more than pus. Is this the official name? Well its an odd choice of fan name, maybe it sounds better in Japanese, as the maker of the game is a jap. Cool enemy tho, scared the crap put of me.

                      • DLC07 May 2016 16:34  

                        I have almost no doubt that the whole "Abyss Corruption" thing these have going on (As well as gundyr) will be a prominent thing one of the DLCs (But then again it is from soft so I also have no hopes)

                        • Cheeeeit04 May 2016 07:32  

                          That thing gave me such a savage beating on the roof after the second bonfire in the HWoL that I was more apprehensive than I would be with a boss when I met them again in the Consumed King's Garden.

                          • Hug the left side.28 Apr 2016 22:24  

                            The only have an arm on the right side. I found that staying in the middle and to their left after transforming made it very difficult for them to hit me.

                            • Drops28 Apr 2016 09:40  

                              Do these enemies drop different items in different forms? I never get anything (although I rarely encounter these guys) when I kill them pre-transformation, but I normally get shards and embers after they transform.

                              • Loot and souls25 Apr 2016 23:53  

                                They are counted as simple undead until transformed. This goes for souls and loot as well. You will get no loot, and close to none souls, if you will kill them in form of undead. And while in form of monster, they will drop ember and proper upgrade material after being killed for first time (and considerately more souls anytime).

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