Carthus Sandworm

Enemy Type Unknown
Weakness Thrust, Magic, Dark, Fire
Resistances Lightning, Bleed
Immune Frost, Poison, Toxic

Carthus Sandworm is an Enemy in Dark Souls 3.


Carthus Sandworm Enemy Description

  • A visually impressive mini-boss that guards the entrance to the Old Demon King.
  • Erupts from the ground if you turn left upon entering the Smouldering Lake.


Carthus Sandworm Combat Information

  • Will damage you if you stand too close to its moving body, or if you get caught by its lightning breath.
  • If Giant Avelyn is still active, player  can easily bait it to shoot Sandworm from a safe area behind any rock killing it with ease. Video Example. Therefore, it is adviced to not shut down Avelyn before killing Sandworm.
  • The Sandworm is unable to attack if you stay on the solid rock behind it.
  • If the Avelyn is taken out the Sandworm is easily baited into melee. Just wait for it to use its lightning attack and run up to hit it until it starts to move again and back away. Repeat as necessary.
  • It is advised to snipe at the worm with a bow of choice.
  • There are openings in its attack patterns for melee attacks. The worm has to stop moving or you'll be knocked back.
  • Cannot be lured.
  • Cannot be Rapported.
  • Weak to Thrust, Magic, Dark and Fire.
  • Resistant to Lightning and Bleed.
  • Immune to Frost and Poison/Toxic.


Carthus Sandworm Notes & Trivia

  • Drops Lightning Stake and Undead Bone Shard
  • Souls: NG (6,000). NG+ (18,000) NG++ (19,801) NG+5 (22,501)
  • Is the same Worm that is mentioned in the description of the Yellow Bug Pellet.
  • Also might be a reference to the Shai-Hulud (or Shaitan later in the books) which are giant sandworms from the Dune saga writen by Frank Herbert.


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    • Anonymous

      24 Apr 2019 22:25  

      I laughed my ass off when I used a Seed of a Giant Tree just as an invader came into my world and ran past the Sandworm to get me. The Worm did its writhing-digging animation and one-hit KO'd the invader, even knocking them up into the air, if I recall. It was hilarious. I then proceeded to beat the Sandworm. It's easy enough if you stick near the widest part of its body. It can't hit you with its lightning and once it starts digging again, just take a couple steps back so you don't get hit by the animation and then it will pop back up just a bit farther back and you can continue wailing on it. Obviously I had already deactivated the massive crossbow mechanism or it would have been so much worse for me. You can't catch your breath with that thing firing on you, but the worm is easy to run past so you can deal with the Giants' device first... if you can survive the freaking Demon Ruins. With no help, assuming you beat the Old Demon King first. o_e

      • Anonymous

        10 Mar 2019 02:24  

        If you are one to thread the storylines of the Soulsborne games together, I'm convinced that this is one of the rock worms from Demon's Souls. It lived past the Fog/Grey and grew up to be the Carthus Sandworm.

        • Anonymous

          16 Jan 2019 21:41  

          It's implied it could be Solaire but a Sunlight Maggot wouldn't transform him into what is seemingly a Chaos Demon/Centipede. Not to mention Canon doesn't have Solaire dying, his gear was well taken care of. Probably left over assets. Probably a poor attempt to tie in the Miracle, the unused asset and remove the Arch Peak Boss ties to Solaire.

          • Anonymous

            06 Aug 2018 01:17  

            I was cheezing the sandworm today, but this time he turned around and started shooting lightning everywhere

            • Anonymous

              10 Apr 2018 05:17  

              A bit of trivia: This creature is possibly based on the Mongolian Death Worm, a cryptid that is said to be a large, worm-like creature which bursts from the sand to attack prey with bolts of lightning.

              • Anonymous

                26 Dec 2017 15:54  

                A way to kill the sandworm if you don't want to risk being hit by the ballista/giant avelyn is to stand on a cliff that is right next to the Demon Ruins bonfire and use a bow. Here, the ballista cannot detect you. Even if it could, it would simply hit a tree.

                • Anonymous

                  24 Oct 2017 18:47  

                  I assumed that since the sandworm is guarding the Shield of Want, its description of a mad king that became a "soul eater" was referring to the sandworm itself.

                  • Anonymous

                    19 Sep 2017 04:33  

                    I didn't even know about the hole in the middle of the lake leading to the Demon Ruins when I first played, I just charged right past the worm and somehow survived, lol. I also didn't bother killing it in NG+ because it's just cool to look at and it doesn't really cause any problems unless you get too close.

                    • Anonymous

                      01 Jul 2017 02:40  

                      I just stand behind it after the Avelyn is down and spam heavy soul arrow into its back, takes a while but it can't damage you

                      • 26 May 2017 05:26  

                        Extremely weak to Sorcery, go onto of the hill where the entrance to the Bonfire is so the big ass arrows don't hit you, and blow him away.

                        • Anonymous

                          22 Feb 2017 04:54  

                          It actually IS possible for the sandworm to turn around, ofcourse this was a glitch, me and a friend of mine got to witness this firsthand. Unfortunently I have no living I guess I hope you take my word for it?

                          • Anonymous

                            Why04 Oct 2016 16:16  

                            Why do some people out there believe that this random ass sand worm in the smoldering lake is everyone's favorite sun bro Solarie. Is it because its shoots lightning from its "mouth" and that it drops lightning stake when you kill it or let the giant cross bow kill it.

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