The Demon bosses in Demon's Souls are the hardest and most stressful part of the whole affair. Filling up on souls in the stage prior only to have to prove yourself against a giant enemy with a massive health bar to match is almost always a daunting task.
But don't worry, in this Demon's Souls guide we'll have you covered by breaking down each of the game's bosses and the best way to approach them. Take a deep breath, have a look at the tips below, and try your best to enjoy yourself and the challenge that the bosses pose.
How to Beat the Flamelurker in Demon's Souls
This hot head can be quite the challenge. The Flamelurker is fast, unpredictable, and it packs a painful punch. Thankfully, it does have a weakness! Flamelurker is weak to the same thing that the Armor Spider before it was – magic. If you happen to have any fire-resistant equipment like the Purple Flame Shield or the Ring of Flame Resistance, be sure to pop those on before engaging.
Also, you can prevent taking unneeded damage by avoiding the veins of lava on the floor. Don't worry about them too much – they aren't as deadly as the fiery beast itself, but be mindful of them and where they're located as you begin your dance of death with this fire Demon.
The Melee Method
Time to grab your Sticky White Slime to exploit that magic weakness. An enchanted weapon should help hasten things, but you'll still have to pay careful attention to the Flamelurker and its movements. It does a lot of moving around before leaping in close to dish out some damage of its own, and you won't want to lose sight of it when it does.
Carefully timed dodges and keeping your shield up are the keys to victory. If you fail to dodge properly, most of the Flamelurker's attacks can be mitigated by keeping your shield up. Look out for that fire slam attack though – it's clearly telegraphed, but your shield won't help you if you're within its area of effect.
If you need some time to munch on some grass or to reapply Sticky White Slime, doing so immediately after one of its bigger windup attacks works well. It usually takes just long enough to recover from one of them that you can sneak in a consumable.
The Magic Method
Like many of the bosses in Demon's Souls, the Flamelurker can't do much against you unless it's up close and personal. Add to that its weakness to magic, and you're at a slight advantage in this fight if your current character is a spellcaster.
Keep your distance as much as possible. The Flamelurker will frequently help you out in that end due to how frequently it'll leap backwards, but also carefully time your Soul Arrow spells. It's surprisingly quick on its feet, and it's smart enough to sidestep your spells if it isn't doing anything else. Saving your Soul Arrows for moments where it's mid-jump or charging to attack can save you some spices in the long run.
Fending off the Flamelurker rewards you with:
- 22,500 souls
- Searing Demon Soul
How many times did the Flamelurker bash you in before you finally emerged victorious? Tell us how close you came to tossing your fancy new DualSense controller in the comments below. For more tips and walkthroughs that'll help keep that controller planted firmly in your calm hands, check out the other contents of our Demon's Souls guide.