Old Hero

Health 4410 144
156 Plague Immune
Location Adjudicator Archstone (4-2)
Reward/s Hero Demon's Soul

Old Hero 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.


Old Hero Location

After the narrow cave, take the stairs up. Enter the fog door at the top to enter the boss area.
World 4-2 (Adjudicator Archstone)



Old Hero Rewards




Old Hero Strategies

Video Strategies



Important Info

  • First of all and most importantly, take your time. This boss is blind, he has no eyes. He only senses you and moves in the direction he's being attacked from. Otherwise, he'll just wander around and attack random spots if you aren't attacking him, use this to your advantage and don't rush through the fight.
  • By equipping the Thief's Ring, you can greatly reduce your presence. Keep in mind heavy equip weight can hurt your sneaking skills. With the thief ring on, by moving slowly, the boss cannot see you and will wander, striking random spots.
  • When you see him raising his sword to strike a spot (which won't be you if you're sneaking) run up and get in several hits before rolling away and repeating the tactic. It may take a while doing it this way, but rushing him and trying to defeat him with ease simply will not work. 

Melee Strategy

  • Wear the Thief's Ring and attack from behind him until he stands up and roars. Run away, then attack from behind again. Repeat until he is finished. This strategy has been successfully used through NG+++++

Magic Strategy

  • Homing Soul Arrow does an amazing job of defeating the Old Hero. Get behind him (never sprint), cast your 5 orbs, once they release they take out about 1/5 of his health. Then start dodging his attack by rolling. Make sure you're not wearing heavy armor. Then go halfway up the stairs in the back and replenish your magic and health if needed. Rinse & Repeat.


  • Firestorm can make this one of the easiest bosses in the game. Equip plenty of Spice and moon grass. You can easily sneak up behind him as he searches for you.
  • Do not try and use Firestorm in front of him as he'll randomly attack the empty space in front of him from time to time.
  • If you need time to heal and use spice, there's a pile of debris at the opposite end of the room from where you entered if you get behind it, you should be safe from most of his attacks. Don't get too attached to this spot as his leaping attack will still get you.
  • The closer you get to him the more of a chance you'll have of hitting him with the full Firestorm. He will roar after you use Firestorm against him so don't do it for a second time unless you want to get stabbed in the face with his leaping attack. Let him calm down and try to put as much space between him and you, but still, be on the lookout to dodge any of his attacks.

Ranged Strategy

  • Equip the Thief's Ring and stand behind a pillar. When he walks away from you, fire a single arrow or spell. (Homing Soul Arrow works well and does a good bit of damage). He will roar in pain then resume walking. When the roar ends, fire another. Rinse and repeat until he dies.
  • Just make sure you are hiding behind the pillar when he walks towards you, otherwise, you risk getting hit with a sword wave or side-to-side combination. If you fire the projectiles too quickly (i.e. while he's still in his roar animation), he'll notice your location and release a jumping sword wave directly towards you.
  • The back-left corner works extremely well, as he will never come over to you unless otherwise provoked.
  • Staying behind the altar is a safer alternative still: He'll never attack the altar unless you give away your location, you don't have to worry about keeping a pillar between him and you, and you can fire arrows at him no matter which direction he's walking. The downside is that he's harder to hit: Learn to anticipate where he's going to be after a random-direction attack.
  • If you manage to provoke him into a jumping attack, the altar won't protect you from that vertical chop. But, you have more time to react as you see him sprinting towards you, letting you dodge.
  • If you're behind the altar, and you provoke him enough that he runs over and hits you with a jumping attack, don't panic! If you survive the attack, simply stand still and do nothing as you get up. Despite the fact that he hit you, he'll return to his regular roaming grounds between the pillars, letting you heal in peace.

Attacks & Counters

Attack Counter
Sword Smash: Powerfully smashes the ground with his curved sword. Dodge roll to either side. 
Leaping Attack: Jumps towards you and smashes the ground with his sword. Dodge roll to either side.
Turn around slash: Performs a circular motion, attacking horizontally from left to right. Dodge roll  to your right
Upward Slash: Attacks with his sword diagonally from right to left. Dodge roll to your left.
Sword Kneel:  After losing around half his HP, the Old Hero kneels and performs a powerful AoE attack. Back away or dodge roll.


Old Hero Lore

A towering hero of legend brought to life by the Old One. It wields a massive curved sword made of quartz crystal. The Hero is blind, with his eyes either being covered or removed entirely. As a result, he has difficulty searching for his opponent and can be seen feeling around with his left hand during the fight. Like the Adjudicator and the shadow man on the Archstone, the Old Hero does not have lips.


Old Hero Notes & Trivia

  • He is weak to Poison. Poke him with poisoned weaponry, or use Poison Cloud, or throw some Kunai. There are 11 free Kunai in the first Reaper room of 4-2, to your left on the upper walkway as you enter. Demon's Prank is absolutely ideal for this boss.



Demon's Souls Bosses
Adjudicator  ♦  Armor Spider  ♦  Blue Dragon  ♦  Dirty Colossus  ♦  Dragon God  ♦  Flamelurker  ♦  Fool's Idol  ♦  Leechmonger  ♦  Maiden Astraea  ♦  Maneater  ♦  Old King Allant  ♦  Old Monk  ♦  Penetrator  ♦  Phalanx  ♦  Primeval Demon  ♦  Red Dragon  ♦  Storm King  ♦  Tower Knight  ♦  Vanguard

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    • Anonymous

      This fight was a nice change of pace compared to the rest. Just took my time with ranged magic spells and extra aged spice and the fight was done no sweat.

      • Anonymous

        This guy just f***ing attacks f***ing randomly!!! F*** Bluepoint Games!!! This f***ing game f***ing sucks d***!!!

        • Anonymous

          I just wanna say... If you use poison cloud and just hang out this is just a waiting game. Takes around 10 mins.

          • Anonymous

            so my phantoms were continuously shooting this guy with flaming arrows in his back yet he constantly was attacking me, who was nowhere near them. anyone have an explanation?

            • Anonymous

              Congratulations, you took advantage of your opponent’s disability in order to easily win the fight! Have fun you monster!

              • Anonymous

                Just a thought, but is it possible the old hero could be a giant? I guess I'm only going off his massive size compared to the skeletons of the shrine, but still. I don't believe giants are depicted in any way in des other than the archstone for the northern limit. Theoretically, he could be one.

                • Anonymous

                  I love how you're essentially fighting the old hero in his soul form for the fight. Another thing, I only just now noticed that you can see the top of his skull encased in the rock. Has to be one of my favorite souls bosses for looks alone.

                  • Anonymous

                    Imagine this guy being able to see. He would be a nightmare to beat!
                    Wish I could fight this legend in his prime

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