Giant Slave

Enemy Type Giant
Weakness Strike

Magic, Fire, Lightning, Dark


Poison/Toxic, Frost


NG+ (16,000 souls)

NG+3(18,000 souls)

Giant Slave is an Enemy in Dark Souls 3


Giant Slave Enemy Description

  • There are two of these monsters in Cathedral of the Deep defending the area just before the Deacons of the Deep bossfight. Does not respawn, when killed.
  • There are two smaller versions of this enemy in the courtyard between the Pontiff Sulyvahn bonfire and the way to Anor Londo. Respawnable.
  • The Giant of the Undead Settlement is an NPC version of this enemy. 
  • One of these giants is resting within Irithyll Dungeon. Does not respawn, when killed.
  • Once killed they drop a Large Titanite Shard and some dung pies.


Giant Slave Combat Information

  • At ground level they are often defended by dark slimes or hound rats. Fire is effective vs guards.
  • They're quite slow but have a lot of health and deal high damage.
  • Weak spot: Head. 
  • Non respawnable giant receives minor damage, when they are asleep.
  • Two smaller giant met between the Pontiff Sulyvahn bonfire and Anor Londo can be staggered and riposted.
  • Pestilent Mist will not wake them up and is not affected by damage reduction, making it a viable option for sorcerers.
  • You are not required to kill any giants through the whole game. The two giants in Cathedral of the Deep can the lured into areas that can be locked off with giant walls. The giant in Irithyll Dungeon is sleeping and will not become agressive unless awoken.
  • Anri and Horace can help with the giants in Cathedral of the Deep, their summon sign can be found before Deacon of the Deep boss room.
  • After making the giant agressive, they will not chase you far if you move quickly.
  • If you're dying constantly against them or don't want to take them head on, pulling out a bow with plenty of arrows does the job
  • The easiest way to kill them through melee attacks is to stand just in front of their feet and sidestrafe. When they kneel, they are much easier to safely hit. Be careful of their stomp attack, which is similar to the moveset used by giants in previous Souls games.
  • For casters, target their head and cast sorcery projectiles.
  • Fighting the giant from high ground(dealing with hands) is harder but not impossible. Roll iframes, if timed very well can nullify damage and let you land a hit or two at each hand whenever it attacks. Feet lets you hit it more and stomps have less aoe.
  • Two of the giants in the Cathedral of the Deep have a "splash attack". When the players moves away from the giant, it will splash water into the players direction. The foe will continue this attack until the range is smaller or the player breaks line of sight.
  • The giants after the Pontiff Sulyvahn bonfire have a unique grab attack, where they will snatch you from a distance and throw you down the ground, doing massive damage. 
  • While invading after the Pontiff Sulyvahn bonfire, an invader can be damaged (but not targeted) by the giants if the player is to close to one while it does its attack animation. 
  • Although their focus is not on the giants, the two Drang NPCs who guard above the hidden Water Reserve bonfire after Pontiff Sulyvahn can still get hit from giants (trampled and grabbed).


Giant Slave Notes & Trivia

  • These giants appear to be much larger than other giants seen throughout Darksouls 1, Darksouls 2 and in other parts of Darksouls 3.
  • Like all giants seen in Darksouls 3, these giants appear to have once been slaves. It is unknown who specifically enslaved them.
  • These larger variants of giants appear to be less intellectually capable than most, not boasting any special skills such as archery and lacking the ability of comprehensive speech.


Giant Slave Variations

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Ancient Wyvern (Mob)  ♦  Angel  ♦  Ascended Winged Knight  ♦  Basilisk  ♦  Black Knight  ♦  Boreal Outrider Knight  ♦  Caged Hollow  ♦  Carthus Sandworm  ♦  Carthus Swordsman Skeleton  ♦  Cathedral Evangelist  ♦  Cathedral Grave Warden  ♦  Cathedral Knight  ♦  Clawed Curse  ♦  Corvian  ♦  Corvian Knight  ♦  Corvian Settler (Enemy)  ♦  Corvian Storyteller  ♦  Court Sorcerer  ♦  Crystal Lizard  ♦  Crystal Sage (Mob)  ♦  Darkwraith  ♦  Deacon  ♦  Deacon of the Deep  ♦  Deep Accursed  ♦  Demon  ♦  Demon Statue  ♦  Desert Pyromancer Zoey  ♦  Devout Hollow  ♦  Devout of the Deep  ♦  Drakeblood Knight  ♦  Elder Ghru  ♦  Elite Hollow Soldier  ♦  Farron Follower  ♦  Fire Witch  ♦  Gargoyle  ♦  Ghru Conjurator  ♦  Ghru Grunt  ♦  Ghru Leaper  ♦  Giant Avelyn  ♦  Giant Crab  ♦  Giant Fly  ♦  Giant Serpent-Man  ♦  Grand Archives Scholar  ♦  Grave Warden  ♦  Gravewarden Skeleton  ♦  Greater Crab  ♦  Grotesque Londor Grower  ♦  Harald Legion Knight  ♦  Havel Knight  ♦  Hollow  ♦  Hollow Assassin  ♦  Hollow Cleric  ♦  Hollow Manservant  ♦  Hollow Priest  ♦  Hollow Slave  ♦  Hollow Soldier  ♦  Infested Corpse  ♦  Irithyllian Slave  ♦  Iron Dragonslayer  ♦  Jailer  ♦  Judicator  ♦  Large Hollow Soldier  ♦  Lesser Crab  ♦  Lothric Knight  ♦  Lothric Wyvern  ♦  Lycanthrope  ♦  Lycanthrope Hunter  ♦  Mad Ghru  ♦  Madwoman  ♦  Maggot-grub  ♦  Man-grub  ♦  Man-Serpent Summoner  ♦  Millwood Chieftain  ♦  Millwood Knight  ♦  Mimic  ♦  Minor Skeleton  ♦  Monstrosity of Sin  ♦  Murkman  ♦  Murkmen  ♦  Overgrown Lothric Knight  ♦  Peasant Hollow  ♦  Poisonhorn Bug  ♦  Pontiff Knight  ♦  Pus of Man  ♦  Rapier Champion  ♦  Rat  ♦  Ravenous Crystal Lizard  ♦  Reanimated Corpse  ♦  Ringed Knight  ♦  Rock Lizard  ♦  Root Skeleton  ♦  Rotten Flesh of Aldrich  ♦  Rotten Slug  ♦  Serpent-man  ♦  Sewer Centipede  ♦  Silver Knight  ♦  Skeleton  ♦  Skeleton Ball  ♦  Skeleton Elites  ♦  Skeleton Wheel  ♦  Skeletons  ♦  Smoldering Ghru  ♦  Smoldering Rotten Flesh  ♦  Starved Hound  ♦  Sulyvahn's Beast  ♦  Thrall  ♦  Tree Woman  ♦  Winged Knight  ♦  Wolf  ♦  Wretch

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    • Anonymous

      18 Mar 2020 07:11  

      killed by the cathedral evangelist upstairs before I could collect from the first one. god I hate the evangelists, so obnoxious in every way especially in a tight corridor.

      • Anonymous

        03 Jan 2020 22:31  

        I cant believe that they left out the fact that he only uses his right leg... what this means is: if you attack him towards the ankle and toes of his left feet, you face no threats from the giant itself. The giant can also deal damage to the mobs in the area, so just focus on him and he will accidentally kill the rest...

        • Anonymous

          01 Jan 2020 08:18  

          ..anyone else wonder how the help they got inside the cathedral? Either they were smaller when they entered or the cathedral was literally built around them

          • Anonymous

            17 Nov 2019 17:13  

            The lore surrounding giants is really inconsistent. Like, the 'foreign' Ds2 ones are canon, these are canon, and yhorm is neither of them. Are they all subtypes or different species?

            • Anonymous

              15 Jun 2019 17:00  

              Just attack their feet with any weapon while running around one of it's feet. It will circle with you and try to stomp, but won't stomp on his other foot. So just stay close to the foot that's on the ground at all times and slash away. Easy pee z

              • Anonymous

                10 Feb 2019 14:36  

                the giant in cathedral also can grab the player. (when we first see them, upon entering the cathedral, if we take refuge with the wooden boxes, they will attempt it)

                • 01 Jan 2019 21:59  

                  Watched a host spend about 7-8 minutes hitting a sleeping giant with a long sword in the Cathedral before it died. Host also use Charcoal Resin and Black Firebombs. Seems like they take maybe 10% damage while they are sleeping.

                  • Anonymous

                    23 Jan 2018 22:37  

                    The most annoying part about fighting them is the camera
                    (Especially the slimes or the rats that can mess up your camera lock.)

                    • Anonymous

                      09 Jan 2018 16:16  

                      this says they are resistant to Magic but my great Heavy Soul Arrow does by and far the most damage against them. 1266 with a buffed Court sorcerer staff and I rarely ever hit above 900 on anything else

                      • Anonymous

                        14 Dec 2017 02:15  

                        I R1'd the irithyll dungeon one nonstop with a reinforced club buffed with rouge, but no bleed damage. Possibly resistant to bleed?

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