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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,  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 (??)
  • 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 around 50 percent damage reduction to all types of damage except those caused by either Pestilent Mercury or Blood Loss.
  • Neither weak nor resistant to Slash.

 

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 Mercury 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 Mercury. 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.
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. (Needs testing, if this influence in any way)
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. 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. 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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. 

 

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    • 15 Jun 2017 15:57  

      Supposedly weak to black knight weapons and resistant to dark. Took twice as much damage from my dark fire orbs than he did from a +5 black knight sword.

      • 14 Jun 2017 07:43  

        As a sunbro, it drives me nuts when the host decides to summon more than 1 phantom to fight this guy. The boss becomes tankier than two midirs and it takes a goddamn eternity to kill him

        • 05 Jun 2017 16:09  

          Fun fight, but super simple. If you're not willing to learn the fight, it's the most punishing boss in the game- if you learn the movesets it's just as easy as Vordt. His move-set changes based which demon you kill (Or maybe what phase they're in, didn't pay much attention). I solo'd him with BKGA 2handed, steel prot ring, flame stone plate, Estus ring, and Stam regen. If you do decide to go with the Axe, just don't do any roll attacks because for some reason the roll attack is, in my opinion, easily the worst in the game- at least for this fight. You'll have time to pop a red bug pellet while the two demon are dead and you're waiting on Demon Prince.

          • 01 Jun 2017 21:19  

            I finally managed to beat him and he was probably the most difficult boss I´ve encountered through the whole game. I play as a pure sorcerer (60 INT) and my damage to both demon twins AND demon prince was way tooooo low. So I had no other option than summoning Lapp (my very first summon ever) and I did it with Crystal hail. The whole fight was basicaly about dodging and spamming crystal hail all the time until the prince died. The twins were no trouble at all, but with such little damage and huge life bar, the prince was insane. I used court sorcerer staff and all sorceries rings (magic clutch, sage and both dragons) + scholar´s candlestick. Also, after defeating the twins while one of them was turning into the prince, you have time to put Pestilent mercury on him for some extra damage. Last things - make sure you kill Demon in pain first, it´s really worth it. Allot estus so you have 8 normal and 7 ashen (I had 10 normal and only 5 ashen and in the end I had to use a single Hidden blessing). Lastly, thx very much to this guide, I would never think about Crystal hail on my own, I was so desperate that I was about to relocate my points so I can use Dorhy´s gnawing bleed strategy :D

            • 26 May 2017 05:16  

              This thing is not resistant to dark damage, I took my Cleric to fight it using Blessed Weapon and Lightning Weapon enough times to make a Montage but I destroyed both demons and the prince the moment I said whatever and used Dark Weapon, damage output to the head(s) went from 500's to 700's with that. Might need more testing but Dark Damage Destroyed these things for me.

              • 26 May 2017 03:46  

                Trivial boss as a strength character with a big-ass weapon. Natural fire resistance from the strength stat. The ultra weapons will stagger these guys in a couple of hits.

                • 15 May 2017 23:48  

                  A good combo for the first phase is Dragon Slayers Greataxe + Lightning Clutch Ring + Hornet Ring, if you run far left to the left of the area with fog wall you can dodge the first demons jump and follow it up with a quick light attack, then about 3 weapon arts from the DSGa will stagger him and then a repost will finish him (Note: this won't work if you have phantoms as they will have more health and will not stagger as fast.), This can be done well before the second demon starts attacking you close up. Once the first one is dead the second one is easy. You could take him out the same way, but its easy enough to just take him out with normal hits.
                  For the second phase just learn the attacks and the DSGa Weapon Art can still hit very hard, but won't stagger as fast.

                  • 07 May 2017 03:56  

                    After fighting this boss using Dorhys' Gnawing on both my pyromancer (40 INT/40 FTH) and Buffblade (40 DEX/60 FTH) on NG, he does not bleed with two casts. It takes three. At least for me it did both times.

                    • 06 May 2017 03:50  

                      Absolutely BS boss. I run out of 9 ashen estus on my lightning character before I even kill it. Even shotgunning sunlight spears only deal ~500 damage on the prince phase when it seems like he has 15k HP

                      • 01 May 2017 06:10  

                        is it me or did both forms have suddenly received an immense boost in their defence?
                        cuz i passed from NG7 to 8 and their now literal hammer sponges while NG7 was more "normal"

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