HP: 1176 (Standard Game)

Souls Awarded: 6000 (Standard Game, patch 1.05) - 30,000 (NG+)


capra_demon.jpg The Capra Demon is the boss of the lower section of the Undead Burg. You can get to him either by going left down to the end of the main street (past the Undead Thieves and Poison Dogs), or by going through the shortcut in the waterway in the Firelink Shrine after you unlock it.


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Attacks

  • The Capra Demon will regularly use horizontal swings with his Demon Great Machetes that are fairly easy to see coming due to his wind up. After the wind up they will come quite quickly but it is possible to dodge in between his swings easily with even the medium roll speed. Usually he chains these swings two to three times in a row.
  • Quite frequently the Capra Demon will put his hands together causing his Demon Great Machetes to rest against each other making a powerful two handed swing. This attack is best avoided since it will easily break guard and deal extra damage, this is one of his easiest to see coming attacks since he takes the time to put his weapons together then wind up the swing.
  • Another attack of the Capra Demon is for him to do a jumping attack slamming his weapons down. This can be fairly easily rolled through or backing away from him can also suffice, when doing this attack he does leap roughly a weapons length forwards so be wary. It will break guards quite easily and hits very hard, the attack actually is fairly fast considering what it is. Whenever just outside of the Capra's reach he has a good chance of doing this attack. If hit this attack will slam the player into the ground leaving them stunned for a time, but while stunned like this they are invulnerable.
  • The dogs in the arena are a serious threat to the player, there are two of them. They will move swiftly and rush the player trying to get in quick hits and attempt to stagger the player so that the Capra Demon can get in easy hits. Their bits and swings will inflict bleed damage on the player so it is advised to block every strike even if their normal damage can be tanked.
  • While not exactly an attack, any enemy that falls upon the player will stagger the player character. With this in mind if the Capra falls from above on the stairs and onto the player it will deal a bit of damage, a very minute amount, but this will leave the player open to one of the Capra Demon's quicker attacks.

Strategy #1

1. Upon entering, the boss and his dogs will immediately come after you. Circle around to the right (dodge the boss's first big swing) and run up the stairs on the left side of the arena. The dogs should follow you: kill them here. If they don't follow, try to lure them up, but be careful, because the boss can also climb the stairs. Killing the dogs quickly is critical to winning this fight; it is entirely too easy for them to stunlock you until the Capra Demon lands a killing blow. If he follows you up the stairs before the dogs are dead, feel free to drop down and get a bit of distance from him and make another attempt.
2. Once the dogs are dead, back up along the narrow stone bridge at the top of the stairs. Don't go all the way to the wall, because the boss will crowd you up there. He may not hit you there, but it can be dangerous. Remember to guard. If you are not all the way at the wall, he should jump from the beginning of the stairs and miss entirely. If you have firebombs or magic, this is the time to use it, but be careful not to fall off the bridge.
3. If you run out of firebombs (or choose not to use them in the first place), the best thing to do is lure the boss all the way to the top of the stairs. Guard with your shield and wait for him to swing a few times and get really close to you. Then you can get in a few swings with your weapon before he falls off. If you fall off with him, run back up to the top of the stairs. Rinse and repeat until he dies.
If you feel like going toe-to-toe with the demon after killing the dogs, just keep a close eye on his attacks. The two-sword swing can't be blocked entirely; avoid it and you may be able to get a hit off before he recovers. His leaping attack is also useful for getting in a hit or two since if you're at close range and manage to slip to the side his back will be to you.

Strategy #2 (without using magic)

As above, run around the Capra Demon and up the stairs, killing the dogs as soon as possible without taking damage from the boss. Also as above, run right so that you are standing on the narrow shelf. Try to stand in the middle of the ledge, and keep in mind that the demon may follow you. Let him come up if it does so, but drop down and run when it is out on the ledge with you. In most cases the demon will drop down after a couple seconds and attempt to follow you. If you run back up the stairs as the demon drops down, however, it will (ideally) turn and try to face you; being "stuck" for a moment as it attempts to maintain its targeting. As you run back up, the demon may attack. This attack will most likely miss, as it will be aiming for a spot behind and below you. Be ready to block, though, if it looks like the blow is going to connect. Once on the ledge again the demon will be right below you, vulnerable to a plunging attack (RB + above enemy). Rinse and repeat this strategy to make short work of the boss. Here are some further tips to make this fight as easy as possible:
  1. Coat your weapon with fire using the Charcoal Pine Resin, purchased from the Undead Merchant (Female) in Undead Burg. This will add to your damage, since the boss is weak to fire. (Note that you cannot apply this item to the Drake Sword.) The Gold Pine Resin from the Undead Burg is also an excellent choice since it will coat the player's weapon with lightning.
  2. Equip the Drake Sword before battle, as it deals massive amounts of damage.
  3. Roll off the ledge instead of dropping, as you may get extra distance from the boss and be able to get underway more quickly.
  4. If the boss is out of range of the plunging attack, lob Firebombs or Black Firebombs at it to whittle away its HP. (Note that if the boss is out of range of your plunging attack, it will likely walk up the stairs and join you on the ledge.)

Strategy #3 (tanking)

Unlike the two above strategies, which rely on mobility and running up the stairs, this strategy relies on having a good shield with the highest stability you can manage. By this point in the game, you should be able to obtain a fairly good shield - the three best options at this point being the Black Knight Shield (if you were lucky enough to have a Black Knight drop it), a Balder Shield (which you can farm from Balder Knights in the Undead Parish), and the Caduceus Kite Shield (which you can buy from Andre of Astora). Whichever of these you can find, choose whichever one you can get to have the highest Stability (upgraded to +5, the Balder Shield is better than the Caduceus Kite Shield, but not by a lot, and if you have found enough Twinkling Titanite to get the Black Knight Shield to +3, it beats out the other two).

So, now that you've prepared a good shield, wear the heaviest armor you can. The Stone Knight Set is good - if you've already visited Darkroot Garden - otherwise, just equip the heaviest, most physically-defensive armor you can; for this strategy, you want to pretty much stand still at the fog door, so mobility really isn't necessary - but defense and poise can keep you alive if you don't manage to block an attack in time.

As for rings, the best choices are probably the Ring of Favor and Protection and the Blue Tearstone Ring. These should help to keep you alive. One might think of equipping Havel's Ring, but it really isn't helpful for this fight, since you don't need to move much.

Now, as for weapons, the Drake Sword is probably the best option, but if you've found anything that does more damage that you can effectively one-hand, use it. Ideally, you want to be able to kill a demon dog in one swing or else they can overwhelm your guard.

So, now that you're ready, here's what you do:
  1. Enter the fog door, raise your shield and stand still; the Capra Demon should start running at you, as well as the demon dog at the top of the stairs. The second demon dog will actually remain in its little alcove unless you run farther into the area, so stand your ground.
  2. Block the Capra Demon's first attack and the single demon dog's first lunge (they should come within about a second of each other), then take the opportunity to kill off the demon dog. Now that the dog is dead, you should be able to tank everything the boss can throw at you.
  3. Keep on the defensive! If the boss is attacking, keep your shield up! If he's not attacking, lower your shield so your stamina recharges faster. Keep a close eye on his attack patterns and learn when to block and when to lower your shield; you shouldn't have any problem tanking his attacks if you remember to lower your shield when he's not attacking. If you cannot manage your stamina bar for this fight, you WILL run out of stamina and he WILL break your guard.
  4. Once you've learned his attack patterns, wait for an opportunity to attack between his swings. Remember, though, that attacking also drains your stamina, so only attack if he gives you an opportunity AND you will have the stamina afterwards to block his attacks.
  5. Keep up steps 3 and 4 until he's dead - then you can waddle (running just doesn't describe how you move in heavy armor) farther into the area and kill the second demon dog.

Strategy #3 Firebombs ( no effort necessary )

The Capra Demon can be beaten without actually stepping into the boss arena. If you have a bow, and a few firebombs you can take it down without ever having to worry. You need 15 firebombs, or 4 black firebombs and 6 regular firebombs. You stand against a wall on the bridge just before the Capra Demon, and push as far into the corner as you can. You aim your bow above the boss arena at the 3rd ( from the left )battlement off in the distance. Proceed to throw 4 firebombs before resetting. Should only you take you 3 goes at it, and on the final go you can throw a fifth firebomb and it will still hit.
You need;
  • 6 normal firebombs and 4 black, or 15 normal firebombs
  • A bow ( just to aim with, no need for arrows)


Hints

  • It is very helpful to summon another player to help you during this boss fight, as it allows one player to dodge the demon's attacks, and the other to attack it. A popular summoning location is right outside the boss fog gate. Make sure that the summon has actually appeared and is responsive before you enter the fog gate. Once you do, you will also need to survive alone for at least a few moments until the summon is also able to enter, so it is recommended that you try to avoid the Capra Demon and instead get up the stairs and possibly kill the two dogs, as detailed above. Timed properly, this can even allow the summon to enter behind the Capra Demon as it turns to track you, and get some free hits.
  • After killing the dogs, it's possible to run halfway up the steps and get the demon stuck on the side of the staircase. Lob some firebombs and its over. Also making yourself lighter makes it easier to dodge.
  • Using Iron Flesh will make this an easy fight as he can barely damage you.
  • The Capra Demon boss can be staggered, much like the normal enemy versions by using heavy weaponry (Zweihander, Claymore etc...)
  • If you have a decent poise and a weapon dealing about 300 damage, you can just enter the area and start swinging. The demon will hit you once or twice, but will die before it can kill you.
  • You can do a plunging attack if you are going up the stairs and he is coming to the base of the stairs. This can be a good way to do quick damage, note that you will be close to him and his attacks.
  • He will do his heavy attack only if you are far from him. Try running at him at the beginning to avoid him to do it right after you enter the room. Also, try not to run too far from him during the fight. This will help a lot during the fight.

Drops


Capra Demon farming

Additional groups of Capra Demons can be found in Demon Ruins.
Once you've beaten Ceaseless Discharge in the Demon Ruins and the lava lake has hardened, On the far right side there is an area with several Capra Demons. If you manage to make it past all of them and to the bonfire below them, you can rest there and kill the demon closest to the bonfire a lot (if it's easy for you). If you die you spawn right there so no need to travel for long just to get your stuff back! It can be a long process but it can also be effective for gaining decently easy experience. The Capra Demons in the Demon Ruins are (like many demons) very susceptible to poison arrows, and can be killed at range with just a few poisoned arrows if one has the patience.

Health
Souls
Drops
1176
1200
Key to the Depths