Demon’s Souls Strategy Guide: The Bosses of the Valley of Defilement

Demon’s Souls is the type of game that mercilessly tears you to shreds your first playthrough than kicks you while you’re down.  It’s also beautiful, original, and incredibly innovative, so in my experience people either love it or they hate it.  At first I was a member of the former group, but after investing a over fifty hours spread across three character classes, I’ve obviously become quite fond of the game.  The best way to describe playing Demon’s Souls is to compare it to being in a relationship with the person of your dreams, however; said person of your dreams is abusive, and tends to kick your unsuspecting ass from time to time before giving you a kiss and helping you back up.

So I’m here, dear reader, to help you get through this relationship and the abuse it brings with it so you can better enjoy this amazing game.  Demon’s Souls’ world is extraordinarily deep, so that means you’ll probably miss a lot of what the game has to offer your first time around.  The following series of strategy guides, much like my previous five that covered each individual world, will focus on a specific feature or area in the game.  Warning, there will be spoilers.  Before we begin I should probably throw out a quick warning to newcomers to the land of Boletaria: this game’s unforgiving nature might sometime make you feel the urge to violently toss your controller at a nearby wall, but I promise this guide will reduce the number of broken controllers to a minimum.  Also, the following isn’t necessarily a walkthrough, more a collection of words of wisdom, tips, and facts that could quite possibly save you from tossing your PS3 out a window.

Part Four: The Bosses of the Valley of Defilement

Leechmonger: Anyone who’s played Resident Evil 5 has probably had their fill of leech bosses, and in a way this one is no different as it is extremely weak against fire.  If you have ranged weapons you can attack him from anywhere in this large room but he can regenerate health so unless you have a very strong bow your attacks might not cause much harm.  I recommend grabbing a melee weapon, preferably with some dragonstone upgrades or turpentine, and simply whack away.  He shouldn’t be able to pose much of a threat as his melee attack is very slow and not terribly powerful.

Dirty Colossus: This guy’s pretty easy too, especially if you have a strong ranged weapon.  When you enter the area you should see him at the other end of the room; just keep firing away at him with your bow or ranged spell until you break his armor.  Once his armor defense is shattered you’ll begin to see his life deplete, and when you’re attacking don’t fire at the swarms of flies as they’ll absorb the damage.  If you’re more inclined for the melee strategy, he’s extraordinarily easy to defeat.  All you need to do is stay behind him, whacking away as you go (this boss is also perceptible to fire damage) and as long as you don’t get in front of him there shouldn’t be a problem.  If you get covered in the flies that swarm around him they have similar effects as when you’re poisoned, meaning they slowly sap your life away and your health items will only recover at half strength.  Either dodge them or keep a close eye on your health when they’re swarming you and you will be okay.

Maiden Astraea: This is one of the more unusual bosses in the game as you don’t actually have to fight the boss if you don’t want to.  Astraea is being guarded by Garl Vinland, and if you kill him you get his armor set that’s one of the better sets in the game.  He’s similar to other human enemies in the game, just block when he attacks and attack when he’s recovering.  If you have a powerful weapon like the Meat Cleaver just keep hitting him before he gets back up and he’ll never hit you once.  Whatever you do beware the swamp in the center of this room as entering it will give you the Plague and sap your life extraordinarily quickly unless your resistances are high.  There are also quite a few creepy baby monsters hiding in the swamp that will surprise attack you in groups.  Keep to the pathways following the walls and you won’t have to deal with any of this.  Once you kill Vinland just walk up to Astraea and she will kill herself having lost her only defense.  There, easy demon’s soul.

So that’s all you need to know when fighting the bosses inside the Valley of Defilement; this also concludes my second series of strategy guides for the game.  If you’re ever having trouble with the game you can check out my first strategy series, which are walkthroughs of the individual areas of the game, and this concludes my walkthrough of all the game’s bosses.  I’ve been requested to cover the items, specifically the unique weapons and upgrading equipment so that may be next; remember, if you’re having trouble with something just drop me a line at iicedesigner at yahoo dot com and I’ll cover it in a strategy guide.

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