HP: 5950 (Standard Game)
Souls Awarded: 20000 (Standard Game) 40,000 (NG+)
A large demon found at the end of the Demon Ruins. It very closely resembles the
, though its behavior and abilities are much more closely related to the former of the two bosses.
It moves and acts like a more powerful and faster version of the Stray Demon. For that reason, following the strategy for the Stray Demon on the Demon Firesage does work, although you will certainly have to be quicker in your responses. It is for that reason that it is recommend to not lock-on to the Demon Firesage for this specific battle, as you will have to run behind him very quickly to avoid any damage from his Wave Strike. Note that the Wave Strike is a magic-based attack, so keep that in mind when preparing your defenses. The Wave Strike for the Demon Firesage seems to have a greater affected area than the Stray Demon's. Even directly behind him, you could still get damaged by the effects of the Wave Strike. So always be ready to run around or behind him and whittle him down while he's occupied, like in the Stray Demon strategy.
Somewhat unexpectedly, he can be damaged by pyromancy, and can be beaten rather easily by keeping a distance and blocking to provoke a smash attack, and then hurl a Great or Chaos Fireball when he recovers.
As a mage, the Demon Firesage can be taken down easily because of it's weakness to magic. The recommended steps are the following:
- Equip a shield with good stability and enchant it with Magic Shield (Greater Magic Shield for better effect) .
- Enter the Fog Gate, cast Homing Soul Mass (or Crystal Homing Soul Mass) and immediately raise your shield to block his jumping strong attack.
- After blocking his attack QUICKLY run behind him to dodge his Wave Attack, after this, you are free to cast another Homing Soul Mass (or CHSM) and Souls Spears (or Great Soul Arrows).
- Be careful, stay close, and run behind him when you see that he is going to do a horizontal attack, this means he is going to follow with the Wave attack. If you're too far away from him he will do the jumping strong attack. Block it because it's very hard to dodge.
- Rinse and repeat until he dies.
The Crest Shield +5 is good option following the steps above. It can also be enchanted with Magic Shield and can block the Wave attacks reducing their damage by 90% (aprox.). Also it's highly recommended that you wear light equipment (25% or less).
Melee Strategy (no shield)
Melee video walkthrough (skip to 20:24):
Equip a shield with good stability and your favourite Melee weapon. (I found that Hollow Soldier Shield +15 is able to block ALL of his attacks in NG+ with around 30 stamina. You still receive damage for the explosion-based attacks, but you do not fall down.) Keep your shield up and wait for him to attack then hit him once or twice. When he is about to do the explosion attacks, try to get behind him or roll away from it. Rinse and Repeat the strategy and he should be taken down easily.
Alternate Melee Strategy
Equip a weapon with bleed (tested with a Divine Painting Guardian Sword +5, though any bleed weapon should do) and the Iron Flesh pyromancy. Stamina regeneration boosts (Green Blossom, Grass Crest Shield, Mask of the Child, and/or Chloranthy Ring) are recommended but not required. After you enter the fog, cast Iron Flesh and close with the demon. Swing away, stacking up bleed damage and healing as necessary. If Iron Flesh wears off, move to a safe place (behind him is safer than most other places) and recast. This boss is weak to bleed and will die very quickly with relentless attacking. If he moves away, don't let up: keep following and laying on the bleed. He should go down rather quickly and easily.
Second Alternate Melee Strategy (Tanking)
If you've designed your character to be a stamina/defensive powerhouse you can actually tank the Firesage with ease. Equip Havel's armour combined with the Crest Shield and Wolf Ring to grant you magic defence and make you as immovable as possible. Once the battle starts, move as fast as the heavy equipment allows and position yourself right in front of him. If he does his horizontal magic slash: Simply turn around with your shield up so you are facing the same direction as him. The blast will hit your stamina hard and deplete a small amount of health but the time you would have spent running around can now be used to get some hits in. This time is also plenty enough to drink the occasional flask to keep your health topped off. To make turning around easier I recommend keeping target lock off. In regards to his other attacks: move back to a safe distance when he initiates his downward stab AoE and butt-slam attacks. Once up close I found he very rarely did his physical vertical slash attack but this can be avoided with a side roll. Happy tanking!
More Melee Tips
When meleeing the Demon Firesage, the safest places to be are to his rear and his right side. Here, you are safe from his melee attacks. If he stops and holds his staff upside-down, run behind and away from him! He is about to stab the ground for his Wave/explosion attack. If you remain close to him, he will fly off the ground and try to drop his big, demonic butt onto your head. Just move (read: roll) out of the way and he should miss. Be careful when moving back towards him again as you will take damage if you come into contact with any part of his staff. He may leap backwards and away from you. Try to close the distance as quickly as possible and get into position on his right/rear side, and remember: bleeding attacks!
1. For some reason, I kept going left to right around him in the left corner of the room by the entrance and he would not stop doing the flying slam attack, so every time I landed I took two swipes with my Black Knight Sword+5 at him, this made the fight a cakewalk to me, not sure if this happened to anyone else, but try it once and it
work, sorry for no guarantees.
Confirmed prior to patch 1.05 by
2. My exploit was actually a bit odd, I was fighting him with Queelag's Fury Sword +2 and like any other boss battle I was blocking and dodging his attacks. He was able to get me into a corner but I got out and got behind a one of those roots in the middle of the room. He followed me and I keep moving backwards but never moved to a side. He kept trying to go through the roots no matter the distance I put between us. I noticed that he wouldn't attack or do any other move but try to close distance. Pulled out my Long Bow +10 and just fired arrows between the roots with regular lock on until he died.
Confirmed after patch 1.05
It looks like the Demon can't round the wall roofs. Keeps running towards them. Even its attacks won't cut some of the roofs.