Ruin Sentinel

HP 2,330
Weakness Blunt, Lightning, Fire, Magic, Poison, Toxic
Resistance Slash, Dark Mist
Respawns YES (Drangleic at bonfire)

Ruin Sentinel is a Boss in Dark Souls 2.


Ruin Sentinel Information

Ruin Sentinels are bosses and endgame enemies later encountered in Drangleic Castle in Dark Souls 2. 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.






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 Bellclaire. Equip 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 regenerate 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.


Greatshield Strategy

If you acquired the Tower Shield 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.


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    • Anonymous

      08 Oct 2020 21:12  

      'the craftsman's hammer and a 100% physical shield is dreadfully effective'

      that is one good wiki entry there

      • Anonymous

        26 Sep 2020 07:38  

        I had one of the Sentinels at Drangleic Castle drop a Titanite Slab while farming the Ruin Set. (DS2, V1, PS3)

        • 09 May 2020 06:40  

          I saw the Weaknesses/Resistances and decided to test a couple out. (25 Faith, 25 Int) Using Lightning Spear with Priest's Chime +10 I got 395 Using Dark Orb with Sunset Staff +5 I got 375 I tried to use weapons with similar scaling in their respective categories of lightning and dark. I don't know why "Dark Mist" is a Resistance or what it is, I assume someone messed up, but it does near the same as lightning here. I'd say remove that from resistance, but idk about adding Dark to Weakness.

          • Anonymous

            05 Apr 2020 16:36  

            Just killed these three *****es. "Bellclaire does all the work" it's a bit of a strong statement: you'll have to slap their metal asses by yourself in the end, since she will die sooner or later. When that happens, take your time and exploit the openings when they exhaust their attacks. My weakling mage did it, so your char will succeed too, with a little patience. Ah, and don't let them corner you! Stay "away from the ropes" and take gallantly the center of the "ring". Will be a piece of*****)cake.

            • Anonymous

              26 Nov 2019 16:49  

              I learned you could parry them and that made it a thousand times easier just remember to use buckler to make it easier

              • Anonymous

                11 Oct 2019 16:27  

                What does it mean?Scholar of the First Sin: To encounter this boss, a Fragrant Branch of Yore is required.There is no such requirement.

                • Anonymous

                  03 Sep 2019 16:27  

                  Souls player: Dark Souls II is so much easier than Dark Souls and demons Souls. Ruin Sentinels: Allow is to introduce ourselves.

                  • Anonymous

                    06 Aug 2019 20:15  

                    This boss almost requires you to have a great shield imo. Beat him with a +4 broadsword and the twin dragon gs after some serious leveling.

                    • 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.

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