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 Tower Knight in Demon's Souls
This big ole armor-clad boss sure is intimidating largely due to his sheer size. Its massive lance and shield can do some hefty damage if you're not careful. This guy is definitely more difficult than the Phalanx you'll fight prior. It doesn't help that the gigantic Tower Knight isn't the only thing you have to deal with in this boss arena, as there are eight archers perched along the surrounding balconies.
If you're not too worried about trophies, It's strongly advised that you sprint past the Tower Knight and dispatch those pesky archers first before attempting to take down the Tower Knight itself. He'll still try to attack you with a ranged magic attack, but it'll likely miss as long as you don't stand too close to the balcony's edge. After taking out those eight archers, there are two primary ways to exploit the Tower Knight's weakness which happens to be its small head.
The Up Close and Personal Method
It may be holding a massive shield in front, but the Tower Knight is fairly slow and won't be able to stop you from running around to his backside where the heels of his feet remain exposed. That's exactly what you should do, but be weary of its attacks. Its lance thrusts are fairly easy to dodge with a quick roll, but it's got some nasty area-of-effect attacks that dish out some significant damage and will knock you down to add insult to injury. Make sure you get away as soon as you see it winding up for a shield smash – it has more range than you might think.
As long as you're not vulnerable to one of the Tower Knight's attacks, get right up to its heels and start hacking away at its ankles. This won't do a ton of damage on its own, but breaking away the armor on both of his heels will cause the Tower Knight to come tumbling down. Quickly roll or sprint out of the way of his fall as it can knock you down and shorten the amount of time you have to exploit his now-vulnerable state. Sprint back up to its head and slash away – this should do massive damage. You should only have to repeat this once or twice before adding its Iron Demon's Soul to your collection.
The Ranged Method
If you happen to have a decent bow and a good amount of arrows or access to the Soul Arrow spell and have some spices on hand, killing the Tower Knight from afar is actually quite easy given you took out the archers beforehand. If you're stuck with a sword, you'll have to take out its ankles before getting access to its weak head. If you've got a bow or some magic at your disposal, though, there's nothing stopping you from aiming straight for its face.
Well, there's nothing stopping you other than that massive shield of his. Get up on one of the overlooking balconies and start from a spot where his ranged spell attack won't hit you. Every time the Tower Knight moves to cast his spell, he'll briefly lower his shield and leave his head exposed – that's when you should strike. It'll take a few tries to get a feel for the timing window which is a little tight since staying out in the open will get you smacked by the knight's soul spear. However, once you do get it down, filling his face full of arrows or magic should do the trick given you've got the resources to do so.
If you don't mind staying down by the Tower Knight himself, you can quite easily strafe around that massive shield of his, take aim at his head, and fire some spells off for surprisingly significant damage. Just make sure you stay mobile and study the Knight's moves as one single shield slam could ruin you run at him.
Tower Knight Rewards
Toppling the Tower Knight will award you:
- 8,570 souls
- Iron Demon Soul
How close did you come to needing a change of pants after seeing the Tower Knight's intro? Tell us about how you harrowingly defeated him in the comments below. For plenty more on the many stresses of Demon's Souls, hop over to the rest of our Demon's Souls guide.