Carthus Sandworm

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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. If you disabled it already, it can be reactivated by pulling the lever under it again. Video Example.
  • 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. You need to be in 'front' of the worm (not on the side of the boss's entrance) for this to work reliably.
  • If you are 'behind' the worm from near Demon Ruins bonfire, it has several movesets where you can reliably attack it with ranged attacks. It will never attack you from this direction; but touching its moving body hurts.
  • 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.

 

Carthus Sandworm Gallery

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    • Anonymous

      i hate the lore theory that the worm is solaire

      why?

      because if it is true then that means that I didn't save solaire in DS1 and I also didn't put him out of his misery

      which makes me very sad

      • Anonymous

        the olgoi-khorkhoi is a mythical creature in mongolian folklore, a giant worm that feeds on humans, vomits acid and... can electrocute its prey

        • Anonymous

          If you get directly hit by it when it bursts out of the ground it launches you high in the air and I don’t just mean the standard launch like being hit by a fire witch pillar or lorian’s uppercut attack it’s at least 2-3 times higher than that and luckily the game puts you into a wake up animation before you hit the ground so there’s no fall damage.

          • Anonymous

            I accidentally found a complete safe spot where the Avelyn and the worm can't hurt you, right in front of the Demon King boss room at the tree. The worm would move around me but be constantly attacking the same spot, which was nowhere close to me. I didn't kill it there since the damn Avelyn loved shooting me down every second if I wasn't behind cover.

            • Anonymous

              It's stupidly easy to cheese this guy. Just hang out behind one of the rock alcoves on the left side of the spot behind him, facing the boss fog. If you do it right and haven't aggroed him the ballista will just endlessly shoot him to death trying to hit you.

              • Anonymous

                Looks intimidating at first but its nothing to fear.
                Run past it, stay behind it and let the ballista shoot it.
                If the ballista is deactivated can still be easily killed by attacking it from behind since it ignores you.

                • Anonymous

                  Solaire is not the sandworm because it's canon that he linked the fire. I do think, however, when he linked the fire he turned into what is now known as 'estus soup' and that he appears throughout the game to give the player a little soothing boost and hint of motivation to keep you going. ESTUS SOUP BRO.

                  • Anonymous

                    So, I was just doing my normal Lake run as I would with any character, and the gd worm TURNED AROUND. I don't know if they updated the thing, but it might no longer be safe to just sit behind the rock behind it anymore and bait the ballista shots.

                    • Anonymous

                      I think the carthus sandworm is based on the Mongolian death worm, which is a cryptid that people claim exists in the gobi desert. There hasn't been any proof of it's existence, but it's said to be able to kill from a distance by spitting poison or using lightning.

                      • It seems it is possible, either through a bug or the right circumstances, for the worm to turn around and hit anyone on the rock behind it with its lightning attack. This happened to me recently as well as a blue that was with me.

                        • Anonymous

                          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

                            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

                              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

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

                                • Anonymous

                                  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

                                    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

                                      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

                                        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

                                          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

                                          • 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

                                              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 proof...so I guess I hope you take my word for it?

                                              • Anonymous

                                                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.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  Weak to Dark. Can bleed. Can also be poisoned and intoxicated. Melee is the worst option; just use a bow and poison arrows. Pyromancers and miracle casters with Gnaw will have an easy time with this fight. Not sure about sorcery, haven't tried it.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    This worm is really straight out of the Dune novels, including lightning.Not that this makes it any less fun.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      Because you would need inspiration from elsewhere, to create a giant worm... Jfc, not everything in this game is taken from elsewhere. If I read one more comment about nameless King being goku, I'm done.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        Just run left where the fog door is. The snake won't be able to reach you but the ballista will keep firing. The arrows will pierce the snake on the way, but they will still reach the ground so dodge rolling is needed. But i found a small elevation in the ground, so staying behind it will prvent any arrows from reaching you.A few arrows more, and the snake will die

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          chartus sandworm description almost same as Lovecraft creatures :Dholes, also called bholes, are fictitious creatures described in the Cthulhu Mythos of H. P. Lovecraft. Below him the ground was festering with gigantic Dholes, and even as he looked, one reared up several hundred feet and leveled a bleached, viscous end at himDholes are huge, slimy worm-like creatures, at least several hundred feet long. Because they avoid daylight and are covered in viscous goo, their features are nearly impossible to discern. Similar creatures called bholes exist in the Vale of Pnath in the Dreamlands. Now Carter knew from a certain source that he was in the vale of Pnath, where crawl and burrow the enormous dholes; but he did not know what to expect, because no one has ever seen a dhole, or even guessed what such a thing may be like. Dholes are known only by dim rumour from the rustling they make amongst mountains of bones and the slimy touch they have when they wriggle past one. They cannot be seen because they creep only in the dark. —H. P. Lovecraft, The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            I don't understand how its hard to kill this thing with melee... takes like 30 seconds, just wait for it to do its lightning attack and run up and hit it twice and repeat. Also, don't listen to the dumbass who says don't take out the ballista. It only puts a hinderance on killing it.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              Ther is a safe spot for easy ranged kill.When you first enter the area stay close to the left,get to the point where the worm spawn and stay back to the rocks before a sligtly sticking out rocks and simply keep shuting with whatever you got.

                                                              • I postposed the worm kill till I was done with this area, so I came back after clearing the area and shutting down the giant ballista. I am _almost_ sure I also defeated Old Demon King before attempting to actually kill the worm, so, when I wanted to, the worm was not there anymore. I haven't found any info about the worm leaving the place, I assume killing the boss makes the creature go away?

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  Felt like more of an obstacle than an actual enemy. I just sat slightly behind him and shot him to death with arrows and fireballs while it did nothing of interest.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    From soft Has To Double His HPAnd Make His Resistant To Lightning and Fire He Is So Easy To Bait, But Youu Should Avoid Him At Low Levels

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      He Looks Awesome, Impressive, But Too Bad I Baited The Evelyn Giant To Shoot Him, That's a Big Flow It Has To Be Fixed!.....

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