Sulyvahn's Beast

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Enemy Type Beast
Weakness

 Bleed

 Poison

 Fire

 Frost

Resistance ??
Immune ??

Sulyvahn's Beast is an enemy in Dark Souls 3.

 

Sulyvahn's Beast Enemy Description

  • A ferocious beast that attacks relentlessly.
  • A head similar to that of a crocodile with three pairs of eyes and numerous teeth. Covered in grey fur, from its head to its curved tail. The ribcage has been torn open and shudders when the beast breathes.
  • None of them respawn after death.
  • The two in front of McDonnell have 2721 health in NG.

 

Sulyvahn's Beast Combat Information

  • Attacks mainly with bites, snapping at the player. Has a running charge that grabs the player and can result in instant death, to avoid it you should roll sideways slightly sooner than you would think. The attack has a wider reach than expected.
  • If the player is behind or beside this beast it will swipe its head to hit the player and to face the player. It can be hard to evade but it has an obvious wind-up. It will generally do two swipes, from one side to the other.
  • Player will generally be charged by the first beast on the bridge, but if one is close enough, it will enter its normal attack patterns instead.
  • Contact with the exposed ribcage on the underside of the beast often creates a knockback effect, interrupting both your blocks and attacks.

Sulyvahn's Beast Drops

Sulyvahn's Beast Locations

  • Irithyll of the Boreal Valley
    • First encountered upon crossing the bridge into Irithyll. If not slain here, it will jump off the bridge and fight you in the water area below after crossing underneath.
    • Two can be found behind an illusory wall in a small room just before the Silver Knight archers. They protect access to the Aldrich Faithful covenant and the Ring of Favor.

 

Sulyvahn's Beast Notes & Tips

  • They are EXTREMELY susceptible to bleed. Dorhy's Gnawing can deal upwards 800+ damage per cast at 30 FTH.
  • VERY weak to fire: 2-3 Great Chaos Fire Orbs will put them down pretty quickly.
  • It's susceptible to poison. At SL 31 with 22 intelligence a single application of Poison Spores from the Storyteller's Staff will kill a beast in front of McDonnell. Application can be difficult however due to their speed and unpredictability.
  • All of Sulyvahn's Beasts are unique targets. Dedicated combos kill them quickly, but they have equally dangerous attacks of their own, and can punish reckless behaviour.
  • Roll sideways to stay close when dodging, and come up swinging at them to get damage in before they attack again. Don't trade blows, and don't extend your combos.
  • Without a high investment in Endurance (~30) and/or top notch endurance recovery management (don't hold your shield up when not being attacked for faster regeneration), shields can be difficult to use effectively in this fight as some attacks/combos from the beasts deplete large amounts of stamina. Shield-breaking during this fight will lead to almost certain death.
  • Attacking it from their sides proves useful but beware of its head swipe, it can be difficult to evade.
  • When it breathes lightning it is best to hug its chest or sides. Once the beast breathes lightning they won't change their direction to follow your character, making it easy to evade and punish with one or two good hits before it recovers.
  • Its head is a weakness, like most large enemies
  • A single Great Heavy Soul Arrow to the face after it completes it's initial charge and flop will result in the beast rearing back for a Critical Hit. Simply run up, stab it with an implement of your choice and you will do Massive Damage. The beast then falls backwards and begins flailing. Like everything about this creature the flailing deals damage and can kill you. Either continue blasting it to finish it off or wait for it to slow down and get a swing or two in. It will get back up after this if you've failed to finish it. Differences in NG+ apply until testing can happen.
  • Because the McDonnell fight is very difficult, it is advised to use a bow to lure one of the beasts.
  • Alternatively, you can quickly dispatch them by waiting for their initial plunge and hitting them hard on the nose. This will cause them to go into a reposite state for additional damage. Afterwards, they will be vulnerable for a final attack.

Sulyvahn's Beast Strategies

Irithyll: Entrance Bridge Strategies

  • As soon as it spawns for the first time, this Sulyvahn's Beast takes several seconds to roar and announce its presence.  During this moment, it is very easy to run up and unleash your heaviest attack on its head.  With enough damage, it will lean backwards and go into a riposte-able state.  When I used this strategy, I had two-handed a +1 Demon's Greataxe (~400 AR) and hit it with Demonic Flare for an easy riposte opportunity.
  • An easier way is to count 4 decorated, flower pillars on the bridge, as soon as you reach the fourth one the beast will appear. You can then dip in and out of the entrance, the beast will attempt to disappear once you step out the gate, and will not attack even if it sees you. That technique provides an opportunity to get some hits in. Repeat until it's dead.

Irithyll: Bridge Underside Strategies

  • If you don't defeat the first one you encounter on the bridge in Irithyll of the Boreal Valley, and you encounter it again in the water below, there is a simple strategy to defeating it by using the environment to your advantage. In the northern corner, just before you reach the stone floor and manor in the distance, there is a rounded area surrounded by the rocks, a cul-de-sac of sorts. In this rounded area is a crack in the rocks on the right side just big enough for your character to fit into. If you stand at the very back, the monster cannot reach you even though he will try to. From here you can whittle his health down with ranged attacks or carefully timed melee attacks. Block his electrical attack and don't get close enough for him to reach you, and eventually, you will defeat him.

Irithyll: Water Reserve Strategies

  • Skull Ring Strategy
  • A solid strategy is to stagger/riposte. Lure one over with bow, then climb up the ladder immediately, when it begins to walk into the wall, press (climb)+(jump) the jump down the ladder, aiming for his head, and this should cause him to fall back and giving us a riposte. Note that the beast can reach up to the ladder to a certain height, also being able to finish it in one combo is the best possible outcome.
  • A viable strategy for sorcerers is to apply Poison using a Storyteller's Staff, Hidden Body, and Slumbering Dragoncrest Ring to get close enough without notice. After using Poison Spores the beast will move toward you to investigate the spell casting placing it in the poison cloud. Moving backwards will ensure it does not notice you. If a single casting fails to apply poison simply repeat.

Sulyvahn's Beast Trivia

  • It has a similar look to the Egyptian demon Ammit, whose name means Soul Eater.
  • Sulyvahn's Beast belongs to a group of crocodile like monsters inspired by Berserk's Beast of Darkness - read here.
  • Drops 12000 Souls.
  • If the beast survives after a riposte, it will cross its hands over its stomach, seemingly in prayer, and will become "friendly" until attacked again.
  • Its underbelly looks similar to that of the Gaping Dragon.
  • Can be staggered and riposted.
  • Is nearly identical to the Watchdog of Old Boss from Bloodborne

 

Sulyvahn's Beast Gallery

 

 

 

 

 

 
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    • Anonymous

      thanks fromsoft for this terrible enemy! and thanks again for making us fight two of them in a tiny room! good job

      • Anonymous

        Holy ****ing ****. The 2 just before Anor Londo are THE WORST fight in the entire game. Jesus christ, very few things in my 1300+ hours of Souls have pissed me off as much as them. The Fishing Hamlet is nothing. You can just use a Shaman Bone Blade there and it's a cakewalk. Not here. The first Beast on the bridge coming into Irithyll isn't too bad, took it down 1st try without too much trouble. But the one's down the ladder??? It's like their hitboxes are extended out 50 miles. You cannot be anywhere NEAR them without getting hit constantly. They do WAY more damage than the first one, have WAYY more health and barley seem to take any damage, even using their weaknesses. And unless you want to agro both, which is an impossible fight, you have to fight 1 in a tiny area, which means not being able to be far enough away from them to avoid their massive hitboxes. Plus, the run back to them + the ladder is annoying. IMO, there are very few enemies/encounters in the series that truly are badly designed. People whine about every single enemy besides basic hollows as being cheap or unfair. This is 1 case where I believe the cheap, unfair and badly designed label actually applies. This is ridiculous.

        • Anonymous

          It's like they deliberately tried to make an enemy as cancerous as possible: AOE, randomly stunning you just by being near them, atrocious camera barely keeping up with their spastic movement/size, ridiculous damage, grab attack, seemingly random collision damage. It's saying something when they're harder than Pontiff himself, who is no joke either.

          • Anonymous

            One of my favourite boss enemies. Actaully chalenging, damn fast and dangerous, but the satisfaction once you figure out how to deal with them - noice.

            • Anonymous

              These guys aren't unfair, it's just that too many people treat them like they're a Bloodborne boss. Don't attack them from the side/back because that just causes them to do their jumping sweep attack. Instead, go a few meters in front of them, bait their charge attack, dodge towards them, get some hits in, rinse and repeat.

              • Anonymous

                Lured one of them with a bow under the stair, with a plunge attack at max height I could survive (with cat ring equiped) + a few attack I stagger the beast and frontstab, it should be almost dead by then do the same for the other one

                • Anonymous

                  I killed the one at Irithill first try, how? I sued my twin dragon greatshield.
                  But i wanted the ring of favor it didn't give me.

                  • Anonymous

                    I hate these enemies with a burning passion. They ruin what would otherwise be an amazing game. I hate how fromskft shoots rhemselves in the foot whenever they try to make a flawless game.

                    • Anonymous

                      Now perseverance is the key here, it wont be a problem for str builds but the others should try mace or caestus at least.

                      • Anonymous

                        let me put this enemy that does 1 million damage with **** hitboxes haha look guys dark souls is a hard game

                        • Anonymous

                          Don't need a bow to lure in McDonnell. Usually just approaching the left beast slowly until it aggros on you is enough to lure it to the ladders. The other beast won't bother you until you go near/past the item near the pillars.

                          • Anonymous

                            The McDonnell-fight is very easy: Cast hidden body and spook, then go near one beast and shoot three chaos bed vestiges on it - it will not attack because of the spell hidden body. Do the same with the other one.

                            Easy peasy

                            • Anonymous

                              At first i believe this mf had broken hitboxes, but I think the hit box of the bite comprends his ribs too, its a nightmare to dodge with low vit.

                              • Anonymous

                                impossible, unreasonable, unbelievable bad design. just god awful. they really should not have bothered.

                                • Anonymous

                                  This was inspired by Guts' inner beast too, so let's honor Miyura's work and inspiration here,
                                  Thank you, Miyura!

                                  • Anonymous

                                    This guy is worse than the previous ACTUAL BOSSES.
                                    Took me more attemts than Deacons of the Deep, Abyss Watchers and High Lord Wolnir all together.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      I found when facing the one on the bridge run straight to the end where the barrier is, it can’t breach the wall. When it lowers its head land as many hits as possible. Run back to the other end and begin making your way to the barrier, it’ll appear with the damage you dealt to it. Wash rinse repeat

                                      • Anonymous

                                        >Pressed the dodge key
                                        >Too late, got hit
                                        >Auto dodge
                                        >Got roll catched
                                        >Chugs estus in panic
                                        >Got hit/grabbed
                                        >YOU DIED

                                        • Anonymous

                                          This dude is definitely 100% based off the wolf from Berserk, looks exactly like it and Artorias is already known to be based off of the manga as well.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            The one on the bridge was somehow more tolerable than the two in the McDonnel room, even taking them on one at a time is a *****

                                            • Anonymous

                                              Was wondering why my flamberge just melted these jerks. No actual investment into its bleed effect (still at 7 luck) but I was bleeding the beasts easily. I should probably invest levels into luck, maybe even switch the infusion on my flamberge to a hollow gem since I aint using any weapon buffs.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                Just wait for the charge and stab your greatsword into their throat. Ez.

                                                What, you don't have a greatsword? Well... firebombs will do.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  For the life of me I can't understand why did they make enemies weak, resistant or immune to certain elements/status effects without giving us any clues in the game which they are to. Or maybe idk do we get to have like a bestiary later on? Some fights become a joke if you by chance having the right weapon at right time.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    I remember having a lot of trouble dealing with them in my first playthrought, when i was using a pyro/magic build.
                                                    This time i was using a more balanced, quality build and holy f..... wolf knight greatsword with some upgrades destroy them due to the bonus vs abyssal.
                                                    One hit in the head instantly stuned them, opening a riposte/visceral that instantly killed them. It seemed like a bad joke after i died so many times in my 1st playthrought against the 2 in Archdeacon McDonnell room ....

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      Disgusting creatures :/ they were ok in ng and untill ng++ but now im in ng+++ and they one shot me anyway rip

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        It's kinda silly, but I managed to kill one of Sulyvahn's Beasts near McDonnel with bleed on low SL by throwing kukri from distance on which they don't do damage (beast wasn't triggered as there was no direct dmg).

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          These are without a doubt the worst enemy in the game. Entire body is a hitbox, lightning fast, attacks wipe off half of your health, relentless combos, massive healthbars plus you have to kill 2 of them to access a covenant. Seriously, **** THESE THINGS

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Article doesn't mention the fact that hitting it square in its face results in a critical opportunity, full nloodborne style. And if it survived, it simply prays on the ground wating to be killed.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              I usually like challenges, but these things (in the pit at least) instakilled me all the time (I missed the upgradable armor quite a bit that time). I mean, sure, it's okay, they're quite scary but damn, sometimes I evaded correctly and they hit anyway with their... Leg, I suppose?

                                                              Anyway, horrible things. I wish their drops were more worth the while. But the bleeding helped me a lot.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                Why would they make the entire body a hit box for it's attacks? They clearly knew that was a bad idea when making Midir...

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  Plan to fight this double dog at the giant room using poison: get down the ladder go to the right one hide behind the colum, use poison mist and toxic mist for best resut, posion the dog when you stay behind the colum, do not point the camera at the other dog, i dont know why but if you dont see it it will not atack you, hug the colum and use posion and repeat with the other dog, do this right and you can beat this 2 *****es without taking damage and zero skill needed

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    Y’ALL. they weren’t kidding when they said these things are extremely susceptible to bleed. i’m SL12 and my +0 barbed straight sword with carthus rouge killed the one on the bridge in <30 seconds. didn’t even upgrade luck or wear a gold serpent ring

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      Be forewarned eager ash! I'm on NG+7 and beyond and these guys can one-hit you with their Grab. Even at 99 Vig, with Lifering +3, FaP +3 and Embered. Im not Joking but these guys on NG+7 are worse than most bosses.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        Do yourself a favor, if you use spears, and use a different weapon type on these guys. Just fought the two in Water Reserve and R1 pokes basically phased through them half the time and did no damage. Real pain in the ass.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          The best way to go at it is to let it do some attacks and keep rolling backwards. Wait for it to start doing a regular walk towards you then hit it in the head. Then do a repost (I prefer a fist so I don't kill it).
                                                                          If you do it enough you'll know the animation and can immediately hit it in the snout.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            To reach Archdeacon McDonnell without killing the beasts, just use a Young White Branch. The beasts will not see you and you will have just enough time to either join or level the covenant and warp out before the beasts get to you.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              For me, the strategy I made up was luring one of them close to the ladder and going up before they can reach you. Then you proceed to plunge attack off the lather which causes massive damage and also opens them up for a riposte.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                These things hit like a freight train in NG+2. I have ~1800 health and 40 absorption and still got hit for more than half my health bar with one snap

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  i didnt have any problems with these guys actually... in fact i riposted the one and it just flopped onto its back and started praying... hes still in the basement there, too cute to be killed XD

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    You can easily stagger them with 2-3 Great Chaos Orbs. Should just make sure you're close when it happens and be careful with bites and claws of that s***t between casting pyromancies

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      They are nothing like the Watchdog of the Old Lords from Bloodborne other than some superficial similarities. That last line in the "trivia" section needs to be deleted.

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        crocomire super metroid tier. more bark than bite. scared the s**t out on the bridge though so i ran away lmao.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          Also, you don't need the Slumbering Dragoncrest Ring or Hidden Body to deal with the two in McDonnell's room. If you hug the left wall and move slowly, you can get into position to charge attack the first beast's head without aggroing him and finish him off without pulling the second one. You can remove or lighten your armor to make less noise.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            Regardless of your stats or build, a Bandit's Knife with Carthus Rouge will make extremely short work of these. They really are that weak to Bleed and it will proc on every second or third hit. Same thing goes for Monstrosity of Sin.

                                                                                            • The one on the bridge isn't too bad, but the two in the secret area are tough as nails. I didn't realize the bridge one will appear under the bridge if you don't kill it on top of the bridge and was surprise attacked once, a bit amusing.

                                                                                              • They are extremely easy and would need to have double the health, I killed them on my first try with lvl18+2... that was fun but the fight was very short. I expected to die, but they are so weak to blood that they died almost instantly.

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