Ruin Sentinel

HP 2,330
Weakness Lightning, Fire, Magic
Resistance ?
Respawns YES

Ruin Sentinel is an enemy in Dark Souls 2.


Ruin Sentinel Information

Ruin Sentinels are bosses and endgame enemies in Dark Souls 2. ruin_sentinels.png Very tall and lithe, the Ruin Sentinel is armored from head to toe in what looks to be bronze. It has a narrow helmet slit, giving it a something of a robot-like appearance. These enemies are extremely fast for their size, and come at the player with a variety of attacks, many notable for their wide hit potential. There are three named Ruin Sentinels, Alessia, Ricce, and Yahim, who make up the the boss fight in the Lost Bastille: three Sentinels fought in a room: one on the platform near the entrance, and two below on the ground. See the Ruin Sentinel page for boss fight details and other encounters.



  • Area bosses of Lost Bastille. Accessed by the end of a hallway of a series of cell rooms.




Souls Awarded

Bonfire Intensity Souls Awarded
1 33,000
2 66,000
3 82,500
4 90,750
5 99,000
6 107,250
7 115,500
8 132,000
  • No changes to souls awarded beyond Bonfire Intensity 8.


Move Set

  • Overhead Smash
  • Thrust and Swing
  • Swing and Smash
  • Spin Attack
  • Shield Throw
  • Jumping (Ground) Attack
    Lunge Attack
  • Jumping Attack



The fight starts on a platform with one of the sentinels; the sentinel will immediately attack with an overhead attack, so rolling or running sideways (risky due to hitbox) is ideal to avoid the attack and punish the sentinel. Fighting him requires patience, and baiting his overhead smash is the safest method to dodge and punish--be wary of the camera and side way attacks. Then the second one will try to approach the platform; standing on the ledge will bait him into doing his jumping attack, and the player can back off to the wall behind to avoid it and punish it. It is highly suggested that players immediately capitalize on that and try to chip him before the other one attacks. After hitting the second sentinel twice, the player should jump off to avoid fighting them on the same ledge. The following part is the most challenging: fighting two at the same time. The key to fighting two opponents, generally, is staying in front of them and forcing them to not use dangerous long ranged attacks, and to make them attack and stay in recovery frames so that the player can punish them safely without getting hit, had the other one tried to attack the player while punishing the first opponents.

Keep in mind the Ruin Sentinels are extremely weak to both Blunt, and Magic damage. If you have any blunt weapon at your disposal (the Craftsman's Hammer from the chest under McDuff, for example), enchanting your weapon with Magic Weapon or simply using an Aromatic Ooze will give you a lot of extra damage so you can dispatch them with ease.

Easiest Way: Just prior to the grey mist, there is a spirit to summon in one of the cells containing a skeleton, which makes this fight significantly easier, as she casts Greater Soul Arrow repeatedly. After your destroy the first one, jump down and have one person tank the second one while 2 people attack the third one. If you can use lightning spells/weapons/weapon enhancements, use them because they are weak to lightning. Or simply kite the remaining two around while the spirit chips away at them, as with enough room and warning, avoiding the sentinels attacks is straightforward.

Bellclaire does all the work: Safe Requirements: Enough STR to two-hand a 100% physical block shield (8 for Drangleic Shield), summoning Pilgrim BellclaireEquip the Drangleic Sheild (or a 100% physical block shield, Drangleic is just the easiest to obtain along the way), and two-hand it. Enter the boss fog, block the first Sentinels attack, and then sit in a corner while blocking (lowering your block in between attacks, to regain stamina). Bellclaire will do her thing and blast the first Sentinel until it's dead.When the next two sentinels come down, jump down as well and simply do the same thing: get their attention, sit in the corner with your shield up, block the hits, and lower guard between attacks. You should be able to guard everything they throw at you. If they stamina break you, they both probably just attacked and will take a bit to prep themselves, giving you time to regen all your stamina. Bellclaire will get in range and start doing her thing, taking both sentinels down.This has worked flawlessly on many characters, usually involving taking 0 damage (except for fall damage). I have tested this with a Large Leather Shield (90% phys dmg, 40 stability), and lost about 800 health in total during the fight, so it can be done with a lighter shield. Just watch your health and heal when safe (after first sentinel/falling, and after a second sentinel dies).


  • Their lunging air attack leaves them quite open, however, dodging them early the moment they jump is advisable.
  • Use a fast weapon with small recovery e.g dagger, short sword, long sword, scimitar...etc.


Greatshield Strategy

If you acquired the Tower Greatshield from Cathedral of Blue a useful strategy for anyone with at least 15 STR is to 2-hand the shield and let the summonable NPC fight the Sentinels while you tank all of their hits. Since they only deal in physical attacks as long as you manage your stamina well you should be able to go the whole fight without taking damage as the shield has 100% physical block and high stability. If you lose aggro on any of the sentinels simply hit them with the shield until their focus turns to you.

Dark Hail Strategy

If you acquired Dark Hail, Dark Sunset Staff +5 and having at least 50 Intelligence and faith or above (both), it is possible to stagger within 3 blasts provided if all orbs hit the sentinel since each sentinel is counted as large enemies rather than huge bosses, Stone Ring and Abyss Seal may also help. however, it may only work at early NG to NG+2 (tested in Drangleic Castle encounter)

Craftsman's Hammer Strategy

The Craftsman's Hammer, which can be found in McDuff's area, is extremely effective against the ruin sentinels. Whether this is for all blunt weapons needs to be tested and confirmed. The use of this hammer and a 100% physical shield is dreadfully effective against the sentinels and allows for this to be a solo fight.

Drakewing Ultra Greatsword Strategy

Two handed strong attack executed from Drakewing Ultra Greatsword buffed with Dark Pine Resin can stagger Ruin Sentinels effortlessly.

Dual Malformed Skull Strategy

Powerstance strong attack executed with dual Raw Malformed Skulls can also stagger Ruin Sentinels effortlessly.

Video Strategies


  • The Sentinels in Drangleic Castle have less attacks than the ones in the Lost Bastille.
  • You can parry all the Sentinel's attacks, but for the jump attacks and spin attack, they will not be stunned, and if you parry the jump attacks, there is NO SOUND, and for the spin attack, the Sentinel's next spins in the attack will not do any damage.
  • If the player is a member of the Company of Champions covenant, they cannot summon the NPC mage to aid them in the fight; the summon sign will simply not appear. Abandoning the covenant will allow the summon sign to appear. See Onlinepage for details.
  • Any of the three have a chance to randomly switch targets before a long range leaping attack. New target does not have to be causing damage or aggro. Keep this in mind when healing. (Needs confirmation)
  • Falling or jumping off the ledge before defeating the first sentinel will cause all three to attack the player.
  • There are 5 (4 on the first floor and 1 on the second, which is accessible from the room containing the ladder) illusory walls in the boss area, pressing X on PS3 or A on XBox 360 will reveal it: 1xTarget shield, 1x hush, 1x Rusted coin
  • Another strategy is to enchant a fast weapon with poison and get in some hits until the poison sets in. Since they have low health individually, you can play the defensive until the poison does its work.
  • This boss can be skipped if it's hard for newer players, but it is suggested that new players at least try to fight Ruin Sentinels before attempting this skip as they will encounter them again later. It requires defeating the Pursuer at Forest of Fallen Giants, Flexible Sentry at No Man's Wharf, and a Pharro's Lockstone. After defeating the Pursuer, take the bird's next to Lost Bastille. At Lost Bastille, take a left and follow the path until you obtain an Antiquated Key. Use the bonfire to travel to Lost Bastille's first bonfire. Head to the area where the two dogs are, passed the Heide Knight, and hit the planks on your right. Go through the locked door and follow this path until you come to an area with two chests. There will be a Pharro's Lockstone insertion on the wall right at the entrance on the right. Use it, hit the walls, and there should be an elevator (looks like a cage that you need to step inside) to reach to the top of Lost Bastille. This will send you to the area after the Ruin Sentinels fight. Make sure to get the Servant's Quarter's bonfire by heading downwards.
  • Scholar of the First Sin: To encounter this boss, a Fragrant Branch of Yore is required.


    • Anonymous

      25 May 2019 20:33  

      These things can go ***** themselves on NG+, especially when I’m using a dual great-sword build. *****ing gonna have to go back to the rapier... and Havel’s shield.

      • Anonymous

        15 Feb 2019 02:45  

        The runup to this boss is pure bull*****Having to deal with five billion swordsmen is never fun. Grinding them down does make for a great farming route, moreso if linking it with Yummy Mummy Central on the way to Lost Sinner, but it's awful nonetheless. The fight itself is also janky as hell for the first Guardian who has a tendency to keep falling from its platform, but it's rificulously easy to facetank and punish. Second phase is tense and methodical, but it boils down to the same waiting game trying to fish for openings that led you to the room in the first place. Terrible encounter design, if not too hard.

        • Anonymous

          02 Feb 2019 10:17  

          Greatshield Strategy that worked for me like a charm in vanilla seems not working anymore. 16 str 10end. Each hit takes about 1/3 oh my HP and leaves stamina intact. By some reason game thinks I don't have a shield or mechanical ***** hits me through the shield

          • 01 Jul 2018 18:08  

            It's not a big deal but fyi the npc mage summon (Pilgrim Bellclaire) is a girl, not a guy. In one part of the Strategies section they refer to her as a guy. You know one thing I don't understand about her? She's only ever used sorcery all the times I've summoned her but she carries a chime in her left hand iirc. Also she's a pilgrim which does hint at her knowing miracles/being a cleric as well as a sorcerer. Yet she doesn't heal herself at all. Why give her a chime if she will never use miracles? That being said if you know some healing miracles it's worth it to try and heal her because she knows great soul arrow and even soul spear which wrecks the ruin sentinels.

            • Anonymous

              19 Mar 2018 06:39  

              Absolute easy way to fight these enemies: WATCH THEIR LEGS. Anytime they attack when their legs are generally straight afterwards: BLOCK or roll away. If their legs are bent in any kind of way: HEAVY ATTACK. That is the visual cue for the attack window. If their knees ever touch the ground, you can get in TWO heavy attacks and still have a short window to recover your stamina to block whatever they throw at you next. After discovering this: these guys are not a threat whatsoever for any kind of melee character with a decent shield. Armor is irrelevant. For weapons: any blunt "strike" weapon with maybe some lightning infusion eats their health away pretty well.

              They might post a challenge in the boss fight, but you can farm these guys for their armor set and souls EXTREMELY easy in Drangleic Castle...just watch their legs and manage your stamina.

              • Anonymous

                20 Jan 2018 19:45  

                fighting them pretty early (3rd boss) and they certainly pose quite a challenge. still, i haven't raged yet because this boss fight is just so much fun for some reason lol. wish they had a more distinct design though

                • Anonymous

                  02 Sep 2017 16:14  

                  I agree, this boss is (these bosses are) a major difficulty spike in the game. As most people are used to just one boss, but then they throw 3 at you, 3 bosses incredibly resistant to slash weapons. And yes, the first Sentinel DOES attack you almost instantly after the patch. Also the website needs to specify that certain aspects from the SotFS are NOT on the legacy consoles. (Xbox 360 and PS3). LIKE: Requiring the Fragment Branch of Yore, or the Aurus set in the gutter, as the Heide Knight does not spawn

                  • Anonymous

                    23 Aug 2017 00:37  

                    these bosses are absolutely broken, even with the latest update the one on the first floor hits me within 0.01 seconds of landing without the possibility of fighting back, when i do, however manage to dodge 1/10 tries, its hitbox is so broken that it oneshots me. i beat this piece of***** of a game on the 360, and buying the scholar edition was one of my biggest waste of money ever. no summon signs from anyone in this "community" and the ones that do answer my plea are 500 million too far away for me to summon and everyone tells me to "git gud", if that ain't bullshit, i don't know what is

                    • 17 Aug 2017 01:48  

                      Here is a good way to win if you r a human and summon both bellclaire and Felecia then it will make the boss a hell of a lot easier since to is basically a 3v3

                      • 16 Aug 2017 19:16  

                        I know this a weird question and I do not know If this works let's say you have the craftsman hammer and infused it with a boltstone then put some magic ooz on it will it have both lighting damage and magic damage to

                        • Anonymous

                          15 Aug 2017 23:44  

                          They are *****ing me over, I can't seem to beat their asses. Is it normal that they are my fourth boss fight?

                          • Anonymous

                            09 Jun 2017 18:42  

                            You can block most, if not all of their attacks but it is best to roll in the last attacks of the sequences or in the leaps. Easier: kill the first on the platform before jumping, others do not go into combat until you get off or the first one dies.

                            • Anonymous

                              22 May 2017 08:58  

                              About the rarity... I doubt that, it's all about your luck... When I farmed for the set, it took 3 Sentinels to get the Helm... Then after more farming, got the Gauntlets 2x... And then the Armor. The Leggings was the last one I got.

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