Stray Demon

Stray Demon
General Info
hp.jpg souls.jpg Location
2004 5000  
Drops Soul of a Stray Demon
Weak Resistant Immune
Strike Strike
Dark Dark
Black Knight Weapons
Fire Fire
Lightning Lightning
Bleed Bleed
Frost Frost

Stray Demon is a mini-boss in Dark Souls 3. It is found roaming the higher ramparts of Farron Keep, guarding a large locked gate.


Stray Demon Information

  • This enemy is not treated as a boss by the game, as a result there is no fog gate or health bar at the bottom of the screen when engaging him. He does, however, drop a Boss Soul.
  • There are no NPC summons for this fight.


Stray Demon Location


Stray Demon Drops


Stray Demon Combat Information





Strategy 1 (Melee Twohand)

As with the Stray Demon in Dark Souls 1, it is easiest to simply remove all armor to allow quick rolling.  Equip your weapon to Two-handed, and roll under his swings, stay close to his legs and behind him while attacking. Keeping your distance not recommended due to him spitting boulders and his axe's long range. Constantly attacking the Demon's left leg (the right leg from the player's perspective), can result in breaking the leg, which will make the fight a lot easier, since he will move slower, lay on the floor and lose a bit of his moveset. Beware though: the range of his hammer's swings become extended in front of him. It is therefore advisable to riposte him immediately after breaking his legs by moving towards the head while he is collapsing and riposte him to death without letting him recover: video demonstration.

Strategy 2 (Ranged)

With a bow, you can go midway across the battle area, and start shooting him with your bow which will prompt him to start moving towards you.  If you backpedal to the far end opposite where he starts, he won't follow you all the way and will begin walking back. once he gets a good distance away begin shooting him again, rinse and repeat.  (tested with 20 Dexterity and un-upgraded long bow with standard arrows and was doing 64 damage points to his head).

Strategy 3 (ranged, cheesy)

Shoot the demon and lure him back towards the staircase where you first were able to see him. Go down about 8-15 steps, and you are safe. Turn around and shoot until dead. Only took 25-40 arrows with non-upgraded longbow, wood arrows and 18 dexterity and 14 strength. Easy 5000 souls.

Strategy 4 (Magic)

If you have a shield, you can safely block the projectile attacks while kiting the demon across the bridge while staying out of range of his hammer.

In the same fashion that you can lure him back to the staircase with a bow, you can use magic such as Fire Orb and roll up and down the stairs to safely score hits and avoid his skills.

Strategy 5 (Melee Onehand)

Medium armor at 50 to 60 equip load is good, just enough that you can roll well. Aggro him, ready a roll incase and try to get near him. Smash his tummy, near his legs. Be near him as to bait his jumping body slam. Don't spend all your stamina, conserve and time a roll once he flies up and begins to land. If timed well, you can combo him while he tries to stand up and ready his next move. Stick to him to provoke more easily dodged jump slams that leave him open to hits.



Video Strategy


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Stray Demon has one attack phase.

First Phase
Name Description
 Grab Will swing with his left arm, picking you up if it connects. Will proceed to squeeze for massive amounts of damage, likely killing those with lower Vigor scores. He also throws you away on a really long distance, often resulting of falling over the bridge, and so, dying.  The throw, along with some of the damage from the squeeze, can be stopped by rapidly mashing R1, L1, R2 and L2 while caught in the grab.
Boulder Heave Will spew a number of boulders at ranged characters.
Body Slam If you spend a lot of time under/behind him, will do a small jump, staying aloft for a couple of seconds before slamming down.
 Greathammer strike  Demon will try to hit player with his Greathammer



Lore Theories

  • The Stray Demon was possibly a flaming demon who guarded the gate of Lothric, but has since of lost its flame. "The Stray Demon, now lacking even a trace of flame, was once the gatekeeper of Lothric." - Soul of the Stray Demon



Notes & Trivia

  • Dexterity builds may have a hard time finding a good source of strike damage. In this case, an un-upgraded Caestus or Dark Hand will do.
  • If legs are destroyed at the same time the player is grabbed, the demon will float in the air as if the legs were still present.
  • Seems to be a petrified version of the Stray Demon from Dark Souls 1. While the version in that game was organic, this one is covered in rocky outcrops.
  • Destroying the Stray Demon's legs will make him transform and crawl along the ground flailing his hammer and use his boulder breath, this is similar to Laurence the First Vicar from the Bloodborne expansion, The Old Hunters, another game by From Software.
  • Stray demon can damage invaders.



    • Anonymous

      13 Jan 2020 09:51  

      At first i was Kinda Cautious when I saw him, but once I realized he was basically the same Boss from DS1, with a Grab and the Ability to barf rocks at me, Just stuck to his backside and beat those cheeks with a Mace. Just gotta dodge the Booty Slam attack.

      • Anonymous

        03 Nov 2019 03:35  

        This thicc boy is probably the reason the bridge collapsed. Also i just noticed it's probably related to the nearby black knight in the swamp

        • Anonymous

          24 Jan 2019 10:44  

          You have to play aggressive with this guy, get right up close and anticipate his moves as you hack him down. Staying at a distance is more dangerous then up close, those rocks hit REALLY hard and that club can one hit kill. Up close, all you have to worry about us being grabbed or being jumped on. Easily anticipated by watching his movement.

          • Anonymous

            20 Nov 2018 08:57  

            I took off all my armor and slapped on a Greataxe +3 with Lloyd's Sword Ring, Chloranthy Ring, and Flynn's Ring equipped and luckily clocked in at 29.4% weight ratio for fast rolls. Ran up to the Demon, did my weapon art Warcry to increase the damage and charged on in there! Ok, I died the first time, but once I realized to stay right up on his arse and to roll under his legs when he swung, he fed my axe quite nicely

            • Anonymous

              08 Mar 2018 06:35  

              The defenses on this guy are bizarre, he took about average damage using a mace on NG, but on a different character on NG+, their greathammer did more damage than was displayed in attack power. This makes me think the demon has high flat defenses but low or even negative absorption against types they are weak to.

              • Anonymous

                01 Mar 2018 00:37  

                i didn't even really fight him because i seemed to be able to fire like 50 arrows at him from afar and he never came at me.

                • Anonymous

                  13 Feb 2018 02:22  

                  Is no one going to say that he looks a lot like the Asylum Demon from the first Dark Souls, and his arena is similar to the Taurus Demon of the same game?

                  • Anonymous

                    07 Feb 2018 20:18  

                    I think I had a glitch. I started by firing heavy soul arrow and he just stopped right there, didn’t move at all ! So I kept spamming soul arrow at him and he stood there until death. This is my first run... kinda feel bad that I didn’t even get the opportunity to really fight him :/

                    • Anonymous

                      14 Jan 2018 20:30  

                      pretty easy boss he gets stuck in the wall and then you pelt him with arrows does 2 less damage than deep soul

                      • Anonymous

                        13 Jan 2018 02:22  

                        He was pretty easy and fun. All of his attacks are well-telegraphed, though he did grab me in the middle of my roll when I should be invincible. I saw that breaking his legs seems to somehow make him HARDER to fight. That's not how it works irl, From lol. Cool that this enemy basically lets you fight the Asylum Demon without having played DkS1.

                        • Anonymous

                          31 Dec 2017 01:14  

                          Wear Lloyd's Shield and sword ring, and anything light for an easier fight ( I wore Rugged mask + Master set )

                          • Anonymous

                            25 Dec 2017 13:52  

                            RNG is pretty crazy here, he'll either only swing his mace (or whatever it is) and occasionally jump, or he'll try to grab you every other attack.

                            • Anonymous

                              13 Dec 2017 06:08  

                              24 Str, but I two-handed my Raw Great Club +5 with a human pine resin and took out his right leg in like 4 to 5 swings. Only 2 more swings to finish him. SL 44.

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