Bosses in Dark Souls Remastered are the cream on the challenging cake. Sure, fighting your way through a new area is no cakewalk, but it all builds towards beating the area boss.
Not only do these guys have an enormous health bar that you'll have to whittle down piece by piece, but they also deal insane damage. So much so that it's entirely possible you could get wiped out in a single hit.
They may even be surrounded by enemies from earlier in the level, or attack you as a duo. Just you wait until you face your first double boss – that will make everything you've faced up until that point easy by comparison.
In this guide, we're going to walk you through how to beat the second boss in Dark Souls Remastered, the Taurus Demon. It's relatively easy by the rest of the game's standards, but still quite tricky for a newcomer.
How to beat the Taurus Demon in Dark Souls Remastered
You'll meet the Taurus Demon at the end of Undead Burg, on a narrow walkway. The Taurus Demon isn't dissimilar to the Asylum Demon, in that he moves and attacks quite slowly. However, he is generally faster, so poses a bit more of a threat.
As you pass through the smoke, you'll want to head immediately right and climb up the ladder behind you. There are two archers up here that can prove a real thorn in your side while fighting the demon. Take them out then head back down the ladder and progress through the walkway until you trigger the Taurus Demon to appear.
Now, there are a few different strategies you can adopt here, and we'll detail them below:
Plunging attack method
As soon as the Taurus Demon appears, he will follow you in a blind rage wherever you go, and you can use this to your advantage. Lure him back in the direction you came from and climb up the ladder where you beat the archers earlier.
From here, you can easily fall off and perform a plunging attack, knocking off a huge portion of his health. Just make sure he's directly below you before you attack, and don't waste time as he won't wait patiently for you. This demon will leap up and try and put a damper on your plans.
After landing your first plunging attack, back off to at least halfway across the walkway and let the demon come to you. Now, dash past the demon and back up the ladder. Rinse and repeat these steps until the demon goes down for good.
An easier method is to force the demon off the bridge to its death. You can do this by standing either on the right, or left, of the bridge while close to the demon and then wait until it jumps back and away from you. If you get your position just right, the demon can jump backwards right off the bridge.
If you don't want to employ any tricks to beat the demon, you can follow a very similar method to the Asylum Demon. Stay close to it and attack it from behind, rolling to avoid its sweeping attacks. This will be trickier than the other methods, as the demon can hit quite hard during this early portion of the game. Bear that in mind and you should be fine.
Firebombs, magic attacks, and the pine resin you can pick up by choosing the master key as your starting gift are all particularly useful during this boss battle.
Taurus Demon rewards
You'll receive the following as rewards for beating the Taurus Demon:
- 1 Humanity
- 1 Homeward Bone
- 3,000 Souls
You may also receive the following as a drop:
- Demon's Greataxe