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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
 Dorhys' Gnawing, Black Knight Weapon FireFire, MagicMagic, DarkDark, LightningLightning, Physical (Strike, Thrust) 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.
  • Weak to Dorhys' Gnawing, - bleeds in 2 casts (3 Casts on NG+5). Blood loss is still triggered by the same amount of bleed units as in case of Demon from Below and Demon in Pain. 
  • In comparison to Demon in Pain and Demon from Below, Demon Prince has around 50% reduction to all types of damage.
  • Is weaker to slash more than strike. 
  • Weak to Black Knight Greatsword, Black Knight Sword, Black Knight Greataxe, and Black Knight Glaive.

 

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)

A strategy is to be provided here, be sure to add any equipment / build requirements and tips and tricks.

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. 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. 
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.
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 Very rarely, Demon Prince will execute clawing movesets from Phase 1, but in more aggressive way, Sometimes he ends it with "Fire Serpent".
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.
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 falling in the vicinity of where the player was at at the point of casting dealing very high fire damage. Good chance to get some hits in. Cue for evacuation would be the bright flare after casting. 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 manage to finish second demon (in Pain OR from Below) with critical strike, 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 share the same tail with Centipede Demon, a boss from Dark Souls I.
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    • 26 Apr 2017 11:23  

      Is there any reason(s) why this and the demon from below and demon in pain have different pages as they're both part of the same boss fight? Just seems very impractical in my opinion.

      • 25 Apr 2017 19:18  

        man imagine how sweet it woulda been to summon Lorian for this fight. perhaps an easter egg if you were still carrying his and Lothric's soul around. summon him from the past to help you fight the demon in the present. missed opportunity.

        • 24 Apr 2017 21:54  

          Putteth down thy weapons of anew and pick up the weapons and arm'r hath used by the black knights loyal to lord gywn. Venture to the kingdom of the Demon prince, last of chaos, to maketh his flame still. Removing all light, to leaveth the air as dark as thy arm'r. Followeth lord gywn until death

          • 24 Apr 2017 21:53  

            Putteth down thy weapons of anew and pick up the weapons and arm'r hath used by the black knights loyal to lord gywn. Venture to the kingdom of the Demon price, last of chaos, to maketh his flame still. Removing all light, to leaveth the air as dark as thy arm'r. Followeth lord gywn until death

            • 24 Apr 2017 21:42  

              Putteth down thy weapons of anew to pick up arms and arm'r of the black knights, loyal to Lord Gywn. Venture to the kingdom of the demon prince, last of the chaos demons, to maketh his flame still. Removing all light, to leaveth the air as dark as thy arm'r. Followeth Lord Gywn until death!

              • 24 Apr 2017 03:37  

                Did anyone else find this guy to be kinda pushover? I'm not even that good at this game but I had a much harder time defeating mini boss desert pyro Zoey than this guy... Maybe I just got lucky and my boss wasn't as aggressive as what others are experiencing?

                • 23 Apr 2017 21:58  

                  I feel like there has to be some sort of mistake in this thing's health and resistances. It's not even that it's the hardest fight, but it just takes SO FREAKING LONG. The critical hit you can get on the second phase does about as much damage as a single normal attack on any other boss, it's completely ridiculous, did someone misplace a decimal somewhere?

                  • 15 Apr 2017 19:33  

                    Kind of surprised that he's weak to Black Knight Weapons, but not Lorian's Greatsword. If they went through the trouble to maintain consistency, one would think that the former blade of the one that slew them before would also be anathema to them.

                    • 09 Apr 2017 03:07  

                      significantly easier to fight the laser prince, to stop the giant rain of meteors in the other phase it takes 2+ hits, after he runs to the other side of the arena, all the while being shot at by two giant fireball spewing orbs, in the laser prince, he stands still shooting in 1 direction while you can drain your stamina about twice hitting him and getting free hits... while one mode has a special attack that is going to cause you to take a lot of damage, the other's special attack is a lot of free hits.

                      • 08 Apr 2017 03:08  

                        This fight is a lot easier with just one summon, people keep jamming their games up with 3-4 people and you end up getting killed in 2 hits, the bosses now have huge health bars and even more lag from more people, which doesn't help. Just pick up one person ffs.

                        • 07 Apr 2017 04:45  

                          There is a massive bug with this boss that should be stated on the page. After defeating Demon in Pain & Demon From Below, I have found a bug where the Demon Prince spawns with an empty health bar and it takes only 1 damage to kill him. Not sure how it is caused because it has only occurred once for me but it definitely happened.

                          • 06 Apr 2017 09:08  

                            If you are co-oping as a sorcerer use

                            1) GHSA +mercury vs twin demons

                            2) mercury and occasional GHSA vs the prince.

                            Mercury is especially good vs passive demons.

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