Stray Demon

Stray Demon
General Info
hp.jpg souls.jpg Location
2004 5000  
Drops Soul of a Stray Demon
Weak Resistant Immune
Strike Strike
Dark Dark
Black Knight Weapons
Fire Fire
Lightning Lightning
Bleed Bleed
Frost Frost

Stray Demon Information

Stray Demon is a mini-boss in Dark Souls 3. It is found roaming the higher ramparts of Farron Keep, guarding a large locked gate.

  • This enemy is not treated as a boss by the game, as a result there is no fog gate or health bar at the bottom of the screen when engaging him. He does, however, drop a Boss Soul.
  • There are no NPC summons for this fight.






Combat Information





Strategy 1 (Melee Twohand)

As with the Stray Demon in Dark Souls 1, it is easiest to simply remove all armor to allow quick rolling.  Equip your weapon to Two-handed, and roll under his swings, stay close to his legs and behind him while attacking. Keeping your distance not recommended due to him spitting boulders and his axe's long range. Constantly attacking the Demon's left leg (the right leg from the player's perspective), can result in breaking the leg, which will make the fight a lot easier, since he will move slower, lay on the floor and lose a bit of his moveset. Beware though: the range of his hammer's swings become extended in front of him. It is therefore advisable to riposte him immediately after breaking his legs by moving towards the head while he is collapsing and riposte him to death without letting him recover: video demonstration.

Strategy 2 (Ranged)

With a bow, you can go midway across the battle area, and start shooting him with your bow which will prompt him to start moving towards you.  If you backpedal to the far end opposite where he starts, he won't follow you all the way and will begin walking back. once he gets a good distance away begin shooting him again, rinse and repeat.  (tested with 20 Dexterity and un-upgraded long bow with standard arrows and was doing 64 damage points to his head).

Strategy 3 (ranged, cheesy)

Shoot the demon and lure him back towards the staircase where you first were able to see him. Go down about 8-15 steps, and you are safe. Turn around and shoot until dead. Only took 25-40 arrows with non-upgraded longbow, wood arrows and 18 dexterity and 14 strength. Easy 5000 souls.

Strategy 4 (Magic)

If you have a shield, you can safely block the projectile attacks while kiting the demon across the bridge while staying out of range of his hammer.

In the same fashion that you can lure him back to the staircase with a bow, you can use magic such as Fire Orb and roll up and down the stairs to safely score hits and avoid his skills.

Strategy 5 (Melee Onehand)

Medium armor at 50 to 60 equip load is good, just enough that you can roll well. Aggro him, ready a roll incase and try to get near him. Smash his tummy, near his legs. Be near him as to bait his jumping body slam. Don't spend all your stamina, conserve and time a roll once he flies up and begins to land. If timed well, you can combo him while he tries to stand up and ready his next move. Stick to him to provoke more easily dodged jump slams that leave him open to hits.



Video Strategy


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Stray Demon has one attack phase.

First Phase
Name Description
 Grab Will swing with his left arm, picking you up if it connects. Will proceed to squeeze for massive amounts of damage, likely killing those with lower Vigor scores. He also throws you away on a really long distance, often resulting of falling over the bridge, and so, dying.  The throw, along with some of the damage from the squeeze, can be stopped by rapidly mashing R1, L1, R2 and L2 while caught in the grab.
Boulder Heave Will spew a number of boulders at ranged characters.
Body Slam If you spend a lot of time under/behind him, will do a small jump, staying aloft for a couple of seconds before slamming down.
 Greathammer strike  Demon will try to hit player with his Greathammer



Lore Theories

  • The Stray Demon was possibly a flaming demon who guarded the gate of Lothric, but has since of lost its flame. "The Stray Demon, now lacking even a trace of flame, was once the gatekeeper of Lothric." - Soul of the Stray Demon



Notes & Trivia

  • Dexterity builds may have a hard time finding a good source of strike damage. In this case, an un-upgraded Caestus or Dark Hand will do.
  • If legs are destroyed at the same time the player is grabbed, the demon will float in the air as if the legs were still present.
  • Seems to be a petrified version of the Stray Demon from Dark Souls 1. While the version in that game was organic, this one is covered in rocky outcrops.
  • Destroying the Stray Demon's legs will make him transform and crawl along the ground flailing his hammer and use his boulder breath, this is similar to Laurence the First Vicar from the Bloodborne expansion, The Old Hunters, another game by From Software.
  • Stray demon can damage invaders.



    • Anonymous

      14 Jan 2018 20:30  

      pretty easy boss he gets stuck in the wall and then you pelt him with arrows does 2 less damage than deep soul

      • Anonymous

        13 Jan 2018 02:22  

        He was pretty easy and fun. All of his attacks are well-telegraphed, though he did grab me in the middle of my roll when I should be invincible. I saw that breaking his legs seems to somehow make him HARDER to fight. That's not how it works irl, From lol. Cool that this enemy basically lets you fight the Asylum Demon without having played DkS1.

        • Anonymous

          31 Dec 2017 01:14  

          Wear Lloyd's Shield and sword ring, and anything light for an easier fight ( I wore Rugged mask + Master set )

          • Anonymous

            25 Dec 2017 13:52  

            RNG is pretty crazy here, he'll either only swing his mace (or whatever it is) and occasionally jump, or he'll try to grab you every other attack.

            • Anonymous

              13 Dec 2017 06:08  

              24 Str, but I two-handed my Raw Great Club +5 with a human pine resin and took out his right leg in like 4 to 5 swings. Only 2 more swings to finish him. SL 44.

              • Anonymous

                29 Sep 2017 23:26  

                Wait, so Lorian fought the Demon Prince long ago, and now they've hired one of the OG's to guard the gate??? Unless I've got it backwards, and the Stray Demon was hired before Lorian broke off the engagement.

                • Anonymous

                  28 Jul 2017 08:25  

                  If you lead him to the ledge that leads to the other half of the bridge and jump down to the second ledge then you can shoot arrows into him as he wails away the the ground without taking damage

                  • Anonymous

                    19 Jun 2017 21:53  

                    I got about 23,000 souls on NG+3. Just thought i'd put it out there for my play through, but could be wrong.

                    • Anonymous

                      14 Jun 2017 20:37  

                      Attacking tail triggers tail slam - dont do that
                      position right behind one leg and hit it.
                      he will make either 2 long strikes in front of him where u are not, leaving u enough time to stay in his back
                      or he will jump up in the air, leaving u enough tim to roll out and in

                      just killed him with fire dagger +3

                      • Anonymous

                        11 Jun 2017 03:15  

                        He grabbed me and threw me over the ledge and right off the bridge
                        Made me smile. What a great moment and unique way to die in this game :)

                        • 27 May 2017 22:56  

                          Found a glitch where the demon got stuck in the far wall. Hit him with an arrow while he was making his circuit, and he just faced the wall and stood there while I pelted him with crossbow bolts until he died. I made a video, but apparently those are as bad as smoking the devil’s lettuce in the comments section, because they deleted by comment with the link in it.

                          The video is on YouTube under the title “Dark Souls 3 Stray Demon Glitched.” If anybody can replicate it, I’d appreciate knowing exactly what I did to make it happen, or if it’s just a one time thing.

                          • Anonymous

                            27 May 2017 22:41  

                            Just found a weird glitch with this bastard where he got stuck in a wall after I hit him with an arrow. Uploaded the clip to YouTube:

                            If anyone can tell me what the hell happened here, I'm curious if it can be done again.

                            • Anonymous

                              25 May 2017 12:10  

                              its so dope you can break his legs! using the frost hammer from vordt and staying under him, its about a 9 hit fight at SL25 and his legs just gave way, i didnt know that was in the game!! love it

                              • Anonymous

                                16 May 2017 04:09  

                                lure him to the second gate, till he nearly touches it.

                                then use the not obvious path at the ledges at the elevators' side to get behind this gate.

                                clear the area of enemies, or at least kill the two on the stairs - then just walk up, and u can simply plunge attack him! be wary though, he has one high swing that hits u sometimes.

                                repeat 3-4 times and he is dead without much work. worth it since his soul gives havel's ring.

                                • Anonymous

                                  11 May 2017 00:31  

                                  Lol they really need to stop giving big enemies like this grab attacks. Because not only are they going to spam it, they're going to use it because they can't hit you. Why can't they hit you? Because you're too small and can evade them easily. Thus, grab attack spam, so annoying.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    20 Mar 2017 04:35  

                                    Okay, is it me or the Bosses box with the links to the all the contains a link to the Morne's Greathammer.....

                                    Is it a boss I've missed???

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