Giant Lord

giant lord
HP 5,970 | 7,164 (NG+)
Weakness Dark
Resistance Physical
Immune None
Respawn NO

The Giant Lord is an enemy in Dark Souls 2.


Giant Lord Information 

The Giant Lord is a boss in Dark Souls 2, who is

within the Memory of Jeigh, which is found behind the King's Door in The Forest of Fallen Giants next to The Place Unbeknownst bonfire.

The Giant Lord appears to be the leader of the Giants who invaded Drangleic. He's quite a lot bigger and more slender than most other Giants. Unlike every other Giant, the Giant Lord wields a huge sword as opposed to the crude clubs most commonly seen in use by the Giants. He drops the Giant's Kinship, which will allow you to enter the final boss fight (having beaten the Throne Defender & Throne Watcher). It is required for progression.



  • Boss of the Memory of Jeigh after examining a tree in the Forest of Fallen Giants.



  • Giant Lord Soul
  • Giant's Kinship
  • Ring of Giants+2 (NG+)
  • Souls: 75 000 (Standard Game) 112,500 (NG+) 300,000 (Max. difficulty with bonfire ascetics) 360,000 (Covetous Silver Serpent Ring +1) 390,000 (Covetous Silver Serpent Ring +2)





Counter Measures

Stomp Akin to the Last Giant's stomp, it has a slight tracking and will inflict massive damage if it connects. roll
Swing The Giant Lord swings his sword from the front towards the back of him. This attack can and will hit you if standing behind his right leg. This attack can be followed up with a sword slam in front of him. roll
Frontal Slam The Giant Lord takes a step forward and slams his greatsword into the ground in front of him. This attack has a tricky roll-timing and is often used when you approach him to engage the fight. Sorcerers should take extra care, as he will use it when you are at range. roll
Frontal Stab The Giant Lord stabs his sword in front of him in a quick motion. roll


NPC Summons



  • Wait for the fire bombs to land, then approach the boss. If you are melee stand near his feet and circle him dodging his swipes and stomps. If you are range you can move to a platform left of the boss and safely shoot from there, while occasionally dodging his downward swing. Can be poisoned. Try not to move too far back to where the fire bombs land while you are fighting him or you might be hit by the barrage.(It does not stop even after the boss battle ends).
  • Try not locking on, as the tight quarters can make it difficult for you to see what's going on. Instead, if you stay right by his feet there's actually not much he can do, besides a stomp that's highly telegraphed and easy to dodge. Just wail away and it shouldn't take long.
  • Fire Tempest & Chaos fire storm are very effective. Giant does not move around a lot and this makes the boss fight very easy, suggest having an Elizabeth Mushroom and enough defense if things get dicey.
  • Using any form of fire (combustion, greater combustion) and with an upgraded +10 dark pyro flame you can do 600 dmg+ per hit with great combustion and 600+ with firestorm. Just hug his feet and watch his stomps. Takes a matter of 2 minutes tops to topple this boss.
  • Using Great Resonant Souls with Dark Caitha's Chime +10 and Abyss Seal under 53int+faith deals 955-1005 damage (requires all 14 shots acquired in NG to take down Giant Lord so ignore the lesser giants, wait until the statue head breaks the ballista on the right and then go straight to Giant Lord, once you reached the upper platform then you're mostly safe), while Dark Hail with Dark Sunset Staff +5 under 53int+faith deals 1500 damage if all orbs hit the Giant Lord.
  • This boss is extremely easy if you go for dexterity build.


Video Strategies

Giant Lord: Ranged, Sword & Board and Power Stance
Melee(one hand)
Melee(two hand/strength)


  • The platform to the left of the boss is nearly safe, he will not walk up it unless you purposely kite him there.
  • The statue's head can separate the lesser giants from the boss field, eliminating the need of fighting those lesser giants under NG+7 difficulty. 95% of the time, you don't need to bother with the Giants at all. If one is still alive after the statue head rolls, you can kill the Giant or Homeward Bone/Feather out.
  • Stay with his left leg, because his sword hits you if you're near the right one.
  • It is possible to pull the Giant Lord into the fire bombs using range, but he takes no damage and more fire bombs appear when he aggros.
  • It is possible to farm this boss endlessly to acquire souls, simply use a bonfire acsetic on the bonfire near the withered giant used to access the memory and then grab the ascetic on the first raised area of the wall to the left. It is also worth noting that there are two twinkling titanite down the small drop next to the memory so you can grab them and use a homeward bone/aged feather then continue onward and kill the boss. There is also a divine blessing behind a column on the right just before the boss but be careful as it is within the area that gets bombarded by fireballs.
  • Weak to dark.
  • You cannot use the above farm to gather multiple Souls of a Giant, however you can use the Giant Lord Soul as a method of acquiring more souls per run.
  • In Vammar's Memory, on roof with two pyromancers is Bonfire Ascetic, so if you take Ascetic in both memories, it can be a way to farm Ascetics.
  • When farming him for souls, the use of the Tseldora Set is highly suggested with the Covetous Silver Serpent Ring +2.
  • After NG+7, having 50+ vgr (with Sacred Oath) will leave you with some health left after most of his attacks. His Frontal Slam will one shot you (i haven't tested beyond 50 vgr)(Tested with 93 vgr and you can survive two hits).
  • The Dark infused Crypt Blacksword seems to be the hardest hitting weapon (that I've tested). Tested with str,dex,int and fth all at 40. More then that, the damage goes up by very little. A 2 hit combo of 2 handed light attacks does around 2000 damage (total) with Dark Weapon. The dark infused Sacred Chime Hammer does a good amount of damage also (although a bit less then the Crypt Blacksword) but the end lag of the 2 hand attack leaves you vulnerable after doing a 2 hit combo. Tested at bonfire intensity 99+.
  • The most effective method of farming him appears to be as a hexer buffed with unleash magic where at max faith/intelligence (recommended as he tends to kill in one hit anyway, making vigor and such useless) you can net a minimum of 1,400 damage per great resonant soul with the chime of want + dark clutch ring + abyss seal.
  • If you are melee only, it is highly recommended to go for 99 dexterity. Although most of the players will claim it is waste of points, dual wielding blacksteel katanas without infusion added, considering they are both +10 upgraded, you should equip Flynn's Ring and Ring of Blades +2. If you desire, get an chime in the right hand to Dark Buff left weapon, and also consider getting Dark Resin. If you do as listed, while dual wielding, the damage will work like this:

Each one of the attacks will deal 2x damage, so don't get worried if you see only 600. The first attack will deal 700 and 600 damage, depending which part of the Katana hit Giant Lord. The second one will deal 880 and 850. And the third one will most likely deal 750 and 600. And the best part of all is, this is done with NON infused weapon, which means if you decide to buff both hands, your 3-hit combo will be above 4 500. Tested on both Scholar and vanilla version.



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    • Anonymous

      Highest soul gain from giant lord as follow
      No buff drop 300,000
      Nahr Alma hood/Tseldora cap +2.5% souls
      Nahr Alma Robes +10% souls
      Jesters gloves/Tseldora
      Manchettes +10% souls
      Tseldora Trousers +5% souls
      Covetous Silver Serpent ring+2 +30% souls
      507,882 souls
      Note using a summon for this boss will cause you to lose 25% souls resulting in getting only 380,911
      You can get Nahr Alma helm by killing him located after the chariot boss and then purchase his robe from the merchant hag in majula

      You can get Tseldora set by killing Maughlin the Armourer in majula(note you may want to wait until after you have gotten the numerous boss sets available from him after you kill each boss view his page for more info)
      Tseldora set also drops from the spiders in Brightstone Cove Tseldora(very low drop rate)

      You can purchase the Jesters set from Magerold of Lanafir located in Iron keep from the first bonfire cross the bridge and when you go inside turn right and he is at the end of the hall

      And finally you can acquire the Covetous Silver Serpent ring+2 by killing Mytha, The Baneful Queen on NG+ or in new game by using a bonfire ascetic on the Upper Earthen Peak bonfire

      Hopefully someone will get some use of this information.

      • Anonymous

        One way to consistently avoid damage from his initial sword slam is to run in a straight line for and up the platform stairs the moment his health bar appears on your screen. You need enough endurance, but the tracking of the slam isn't good enough to hit you if you simply keep running as perpendicularly to him as you can (no rolling required).

        Very rarely he will aggro and initiate the attack super early and you might get clipped by the shockwave, but you can survive that with 50 vigor and +soul gear without a problem at NG+7 and beyond.

        • Anonymous

          As soon as I turned the bonfire intensity up, I just get one shot in approach by his sword. I stay under him like everyone says to do. He just quick moves his feet and swipes me with his sword. Which one shots me. He was easy the first time but this time he's a real pain in the ass. And this is the best souls farm? Really?

          • Anonymous

            Question is this boss the best/highest soul farm in the game? (If not where sould i go and farm to get the highest farm in game?) Cause i want to go max level as fast as possible.

            And i am curious how long that would take if you where farming him for a couple of days maybe weeks how long it would take to get the max level.

            My level is 400 btw. But i am also curious how long it would take if you where soul level 1 to get to max.

            If you know please tell me.

            • Anonymous

              Is this boss the best and fastest way for getting to the max soul level ? If so how long would it take to get to that level? How many days ? From sl1 to max sl

              • Anonymous

                i used king's ultra greatsword +5 with dark pine resin and he took less damage than my greatsword +10
                so i do believe he's resistant to strike

                • Anonymous

                  Dark infused Rapier + Resonant Weapon with Dark infused Chime of Want. Hitting for 821 on a R1, ~900 on R2. Can go up to 931 and ~1100 with Flynn's ring. Just brutal.

                  • Anonymous

                    I feel so bad fighting this guy. He had a competely justified cause for war, unlike everyone else. Then they drag him into the dungeons, impale with a column and left to rot. Nobody even cared to say sorry.

                    • Anonymous

                      The weaknesses section is utterly wrong, he might have a very slight weakness to dark but he's way more weak to magic.

                      • Anonymous

                        Easy Killing:

                        HUG his LEFT leg, stay in FRONT of it and don't bother rolling. 2h + light attacks x2 deals 2,000+ dmg. so.. NG+7 farming is a piece of cake.

                        • Anonymous

                          Drakewing UGS makes this fight very simple, get him to stomp or swipe then line yourself up with both of his legs and use the special attack (R2) it will hit both legs for massive damage

                          • Anonymous

                            the giant lord is one of the coolest looking enemies in souls history, I just wish they didn't make the normal giants so dumb looking

                            • Anonymous

                              That swing that reaches behind his leg got me a few times while Im wailing on him. It starts to one shot me at NG+3

                              • Anonymous

                                Keep locked on his left foot, stay behind him, if he lifts his heel he is about to swing at his back so roll between his legs to avoid it, then go straight back to his left leg. Stomps are easily dodged.

                                There is a bonfire ascetic on the first balcony when you get to the battle, use it to kill him for souls infinitely.

                                • Anonymous

                                  It's the best place to farm soul boss is easy to kill and gives lots of soul and troops in front of him gives extra soul

                                  • Anonymous

                                    His Swing from front to back that pivots him is telegraphed by hos left leg, as if hes getting on his tip toes. Walk directly in front of his toes and lock on to that left leg and ho ham, he cant hit you. Then get yourself under his balls behind him and he will do that attack again.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      got 75k souls from this dude, then died to a firebomb... said ***** it im going back to get them, popped a bonfire then came back and he gave me like 200K???????? LETS GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

                                      • Anonymous

                                        My current build: warlock mask, Nahr Alma robes, Tseldora gloves and legs, CSSR +2 while in human form, I feel like that makes a difference. Per run I make about 570k souls, not sure about anything under intensity 8 though.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          With Nahr Alma Head and Robes, Jester Gloves, Tsledora Trousers & Covetous Silver Serpent Ring +2 on SOTFS I am only receiving 380k souls.... And people in this comment section talking about 500k+ how?

                                          • Anonymous

                                            For anyone finding themselves dead after a single swing of the giant lords sword I suggest hugging the alcove to the right on the run up as doing so activates the boss fight has the giant lord swing at the wall and then it's easy to run to the left side of his left foot for the easy melee KO.

                                            • Anonymous

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                                              • Anonymous

                                                use warlorcks mask (+3 int and superior defences). Nahr Alma robe, jester gloves, tseldora trousers and silver covetous serpent ring +2 and you get 507.000 souls per LoG kill (intensity 8+) , + ring of giants +2 that ca be sold for Glavan for 1850 + the soul of LoG +25.000 souls when crushed. totalizing a whooping 533.850 Souls every 5 minutes or so (not including the Souls you get for the soldiers and giants on the way). just barrely a lvl up at lvl 460+

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  or you can use the bow with 50 strength/dexterity with dark arrows including ring of blades, chloranthy ring +1 and the blossom shield. best way to if your not magic

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    Just so everyone knows summoning Benhart or Drummond will decrease the damage you inflict on the Giant Lord along with the sounds you receive from deafeating him. It took me a while to work this out and I got annoyed thinking about all the souls I missed out on :(

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      I find this to be very weird. I farmed for souls by fighting the Giant Lord constantly (I'm up to NG+ 21), and it seems that when the difficulty in the Memory of Jeigh increases, the difficulty in ALL other giant memories increases. Enemies are able to easily one-shot me, which I've never seen before.

                                                      Can anyone else confirm this?

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        What ring do i need to travel to the memory of jeigh darksouls wiki is never verry clear about what you need and where it actually is

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          so we CAN block ***** like the old iron king's arm sweeps and fireballs and stuff, but we CANNOT block ANY ATTACK made by a giant...

                                                          "Because f*ck you, that's why"

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            as you enter memory of jeigh, trigger the statue's head to fall then back up onto the ledge. once it stops rolling just sprint past and head to the boss. you can easily win the fight by going left on the platform and backing up all the way to the patch of fire while sticking to the wall. once you're there, use ranged attacks or spells: he'll only use his sword swing and frontal slam to attack, which are easily dodged by rolling aside. i farmed him up to +12 and I'm still going. i recommend using hexes with a +5 dark enchanted sunset staff and equipping all tseldora set to get max amount of souls.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              He can be posioned with arrows and cannout hit you if you snipe from behind the rolling statue head. There is enough tine to finish him to especially if you have secondary lightning/fire arrows to fire off while he is inflicted with poison. Keep him poisoned and keep firing. Zero damage taken.

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