Fool's Idol

Health 1864 121
97 Plague Immune
Location Tower of Latria (3-1)
Reward/s Doll Demon's Soul

Fool's Idol is a Boss in Demon's Souls and Demon's Souls Remake. Bosses are special enemies that feature their own arena, a large and prominent health bar with its name indicated, a variety of unique moves and abilities, an ambient boss theme, and an Archstone that appears upon their death. Most bosses appear once the player passes through a fog gate nearby.


Fool's Idol Location

Fool's Idol is found behind a big door.
World 3-1 (Tower of Latria or Prison of Hope)




Fool's Idol Rewards




Fool's Idol Strategies

Video Strategies



Strategy Writeup

Before taking on the Fool's Idol, deal with the Prisoner that is above the church, where you find the Special Key. If you don't he will keep reviving her, rendering the battle endless.

If you watch the ground, you will notice symbols appearing and disappearing near the beginning of the fight. If you step on them, you will be stunned for a few seconds, allowing the boss to stun you with magic. You could memorize where they are, or you could just stay on the edges of the level where it's safe. Staying on the edges also lets you take cover behind the pillars to avoid her magic while healing up. You can jump in and out of cover using magic and/or arrows if you want to play it safe, but if you are feeling brave, 2-handing weapons work wonders to finish the fight quickly, just watch out for the stun traps.

If you decide not to kill all the harmless prisoners, you can use them for two purposes. They wander the floor and activate the invisible stun circles, relieving you the hassle of memorizing where they are. What's even better is that they only worship the real form of the boss, not her clones. When she starts creating clones of herself, pay close attention to the prisoners. They will always turn and raise their arms in praise in the direction of the boss. This is handy when doing sneak attacks.

As you beat on her, she will make clones of herself… The clones will fire small spells at you, while the real one fires the larger Soul Ray spell. Don't worry too much about if you are hitting the real one or not, as the clones will just disappear after you hit them a few times. You can always hit the obvious clones twice and wait for them to disappear if you don't want to get hit when they are in proximity to one another. Whenever you hit the real one, she will vanish in a ball of gold sparkles and reposition herself and her clones. You will know you're hitting a clone if they have a health bar - the true copy doesn't as she uses the bar at the bottom of the screen. Any easy way to exploit this is to R3 lock on. The clones will have a health bar, but when the real one is targeted nothing shows up. This can save time and give you a bit of breathing room as you don't have to get so close or use items.
The lock on method also allows you an easy route to gain the Not Fooled trophy which states 'Vanquish the Fool's Idol without hitting any clones.' Just make sure to take your time and not jump into an attack before establishing what does or doesn't have a health bar.

Melee players will have to resort to a bit of crossbow work I'm afraid, to flush her into a location which is easier for you to make lunges from. She sometimes teleports into the middle so wait behind a pillar for her to fire off some magic, then dash in and get a strong attack in until she teleports away again.

Ranged Strategy

  • Must be in Soul Form. Clear the first 2-3 prisoners and stand behind either the last or the second last pillar from her. Use Zoom to aim and fire one arrow, then immediately hide back behind the pillar, as she will cast Soul Ray. It's a little far, so aim slightly above and to the left of her shoulder. Repeat until she dies. The clone won't even appear.


Anti-Magic Field
  • Cast Anti-Magic Field. While the spell is in effect, all nearby enemies cannot cast spells.
Flame Toss
  • Keep to the sides and find the true Fool's Idol, by looking for the one with no health bar, and find a position where you can attack here without being vulnerable to the clones. Then hit her with a volley of three Flame Tosses in a row and retreat. Repeat.
  • After you dodge and skip around her paralyze tiles, simply run-up to her and cast Firestorm. This will do a huge amount of damage and she will be done within maybe 3-4 casts. You can roll under her Soul Ray at the beginning of the fight, stand next to her and blast her with your Firestorm. Equip your spell power boosting gear (Monk's Head Collar, Ring of Magical Sharpness, Kris Blade).
  • Going in Hyper Mode is also extremely effective. Equip a Straight Sword in your second Right-Hand slot, and if she isn't dead after your Firestorm, quickly switch to your Sword and continue to hit her until she disappears (which is practically impossible with this strategy)
  • After hitting her for the first time, when she reappears, find which one is real. Get behind a pillar that is behind the way she is facing. Make sure she loses all aggro. Walkout behind her and if she doesn't start turning around blast her once with your best spell then get behind the pillar. When she turns all the way back around again she will not laugh and disappear! Keep doing this for a very easy win. The key is to walk out and make sure she doesn't start turning around, hence the Thief's Ring. If you attack her when she is turning she will laugh and disappear as usual.


Attacks & Counters

Attack Counter
Soul Ray (The clones cast Soul Arrow) Dodge to either side


  • The Fool's Idol will create duplicates of itself in order to confuse the player; however, the fake ones may die in one hit. Locking on to the fake idols will show a health bar, while locking onto the real idol, will not show a health bar. 
  • The real Fool's Idol casts Soul Ray, instead of Soul Arrow, which looks larger, and is more powerful.
  • The other enemies in the boss room will look towards the real Idol during the fight.


Fool's Idol Lore

Fool's Idol is a Boss in Demon Souls. It will revive after being killed (As long as you leave the boss fog) and you cannot progress until it is killed for good. To do so kill the reviver in a small room up above, accessible by walking up the tower to the left of the ballista machine (When facing the machine).


Fool's Idol Notes & Trivia

  • Fool's Idol is one of the most forgiving boss encounters. She never seems to be in a hurry to kill you, and as long as you have plenty of arrows and/or spices she should go down easily. One caveat, though: there is a prisoner up in the right church using a spell that can heal the boss, so the best way is to kill him and defeat the boss.
  • The Idol will revive, after being slain, if the lying dregling above the church is left alive. The message "THE DEMON WAS DESTROYED" will not display when the boss is killed, instead a voice can be heard and the fog-door can be exited. Thus, allowing the player to deal with the reviver, before fighting the boss again.

Locating the real Idol

  • She has a more powerful Soul Ray spell than her clones, and she is also the only one to cast the Paralyze spell. The prisoners in the church will also turn towards and worship the real Idol. And finally, when locking on to the Idols (R3), the real one will not have a health bar above her head.

Baby's Nail note

  • Try to grab the Baby's Nail weapon from behind the altar during the fight. If you are unable to then you can just go against the right or left wall after the fight and avoid going too near the altar. Pick it up and then approach the altar to continue to 3-2.



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    • Anonymous

      A surprisingly fun boss fight. The clones aren't a massive threat, but they're enough of a distraction to be dangerous. Bit easy; a phase 2 would've been nice, but overall, really fun and simple

      • Anonymous

        The ranged strategy mentioned above is simply wrong. One arrow causes her to spawn her clones. Somebody update this wiki please.

        • Anonymous

          I just found an interesting glitch: if you use black pine tar (and in my case do 1300 damage) she will never make clones for whatever reason

          • Anonymous

            FYI folks if you rapidly press circle when trapped in her bullshit trap it will help with her firing squad

            • Anonymous

              I got this bug when she hit me with that soul ray while I was healing and suddenly all my grasses were GONE. I’m stuck now with no healing items and no souls, really frustrating..

              • Anonymous

                This might sound a bit nitpicky but the new design doesen't make that much sense according to the lore, since she's a doll style creature. The remake one looks too humanized, while the old one looks well, like a doll.

                • Anonymous

                  Since the lore section didn’t have any real lore on it I’ll tell you the lore. The Fool’s idol was made by the old monk in order to lure people to his tower where he would perform horrific experiments on them

                  • Anonymous

                    Well i tried to kill her few times. After i killed her nothing happened, I run the boss rooms every corner and especially where the fools idol spawn but nothing happened. Then ı somehow walk away fog door inside the boss room and quit.And she respawned, then ı deleted game.

                    • Anonymous

                      I can't figure out why after I beat the fools idol, it will not let me proceed. I beat her but the game never recognises the victory. It will let me leave the fog wall and if I re-enter after defeating her, the boss fight starts again. I have even reinstalled the game wondering if a file was corrupt with the same result. I have beaten other bosses after this issue and have been able to progress. Just wondering if somebody has had the same issue or have any ideas? I'm progressing through other areas in hope that when I return I can finally progress.


                      • Anonymous

                        If you die to her, she will not spawn copies when she appears for the first time after disappearing. Afterwards she will spawn copies again.

                        • Anonymous

                          I don't know about you, but this is probably better then any boss in Dark Souls 2 and 3, just because of the concept of having to leave and kill an reviver to kill it for good, that's so cool.

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