HP: 1215 (Standard Game)

Souls Awarded: 3000 (Standard Game), 15000 (NG+,) 16051 (NG++)


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A large demon found on top of a narrow castle wall in the Undead Burg, on the road to the Undead Parish. Similar to the Bell Gargoyles encountered later, the Taurus Demon does not immediately appear when the host passes through the fog gate. Rather, the host must travel approximately halfway across the section before the boss appears atop the far tower and leaps down. The tower next to the fog gate houses two respawning crossbowmen which accessed by a ladder to the right, next to the entrance. They can be taken down before engaging the Taurus Demon itself, otherwise they will shoot their bolts from above.

Attacks

Jumping Attack

If there’s some range between you and the Taurus Demon, he will crouch down, then jump towards you and bring down his Greataxe in a vertical smash. This attack can be avoided either by rolling backwards or by running towards him, which causes his attack to overshoot you.

Standing Smash

A close range version of his previous attack. This one has a long, obvious buildup where he raises his Greataxe before bringing it down. It can be efficiently avoided by moving around him towards his back. Good opening to deal damage.

Horizontal Swing

The buildup of this attack is the Taurus Demon drawing back his weapon briefly before swinging in an horizontal arc in front of him. This attack does not have much range, so the easiest way to avoid it is to roll backwards. It can also be avoided by rolling towards the boss, thus rolling under the Greataxe swing.

Quick Ground Stab

A very short range attack, but quicker, at least in comparison to the rest. The buildup is similar to the Standing Smash, but he ends up thrusting his Greataxe into the ground. Most efficiently dodged by side rolling.

Massive Jump

If you stay on the battlement that housed the crossbowmen too long, he will leap into the air and crash down on the tower, doing damage and giving him access to the top. This attack can be unexpected, and it can push you off the edge, causing you to plummet to your death.

Strategy


As soon as you get past the fog gate climb the ladder to your right and dispose of the two crossbowmen. After this is done, go back down again and move towards the middle of the area so the Taurus Demon makes his entrance. The next optimal step would be to run back to the tower, go up the ladder, and wait for the boss to position himself correctly for a plunging attack. At this point there are two options, you can either keep going up the ladder and keep performing plunging attacks on him, or if you are confident you can engage him in melee combat. Multiple plunging attacks are often a safer option for starting players, because while the boss can and will make the jump to the tower if you loiter there for too long, he still gives you plenty of time to use your Estus and heal any damage he may have done to you. He only has melee attacks which are rather straightforward, as noted above.

Tips and Notes


  • Using the Gold Pine Resin found in the previous part of the Undead Burg will make this fight considerably easier as the boss is very weak to lightning damage. Using it is encouraged shall any player struggle with the fight.
  • Ranged attacks are not too effective compared to other strategies as he is very good at closing distance, and standing on the tower for too long will cause him to make the jump.
  • The feet of the boss can actually do damage to you if you're too close when he's moving. While the damage is not too high, it can be a very big nuisance with low poise.
  • The boss can be staggered and its attack animations interrupted if you deal enough poise damage; this tends to happen after a chain of attacks with one of the larger weapons. Relying on it is risky, however.
  • If a phantom is present, a good strategy is having him wait in the tower while the host triggers the boss, runs back to the tower, and goes up the ladder, luring the Taurus Demon. The phantom can then perform a plunging attack on the boss, followed shortly after by a plunging attack from the host, making quick work of him. You have to keep in mind that the boss is immune as long as the animation from the first plunging attack plays, so the host needs to be careful not to jump down too early.
  • The boss can only be triggered by the host, the phantom heading to the middle will not cause the Taurus Demon to appear.

  • This boss is optional. If you start with the Master Key as your starting gift you can in fact skip him. In order to do so, when you happen upon the tower that contains the fog gate in the upper floor, open the locked door and head downstairs instead. You will find Havel the Rock, past him there's another locked door, this time leading to Darkroot Basin. From the Basin make your way up to the Darkroot Garden, then head to your left, go past the Titanite Demon, and you will find Andrei of Astora and the Undead Parish bonfire. If this seemed confusing, a video below shows the whole skipping process. This is especially useful to know since the Undead Burg is a good place to find PvP and it may be on many player's interest to keep it open.

Videos




The Skipping Process



Drops


As a normal enemy



Like Capra Demons, Taurus Demons can be found later on in the Demon Ruins as normal enemies. They share the same attacks as the boss version. A large number of them are found in the lava around the Chaos Flame Ember, and these, unlike the ones near the Demon Firesage, do not respawn.