Capra Demon: Please Help

#1 Posted by thisguyrich (88 posts) -

Thus far i have not been as frustrated by any other boss in the game; for the first time I am tempted to call this game unfair. Basically, whenever I walk into that room one of two things happens. Either I dodge right, the camera gets stuck behind some architecture or foliage, and I die, or I dodge left and get cornered by the dogs, who prevent me from rolling away from the Capra Demon and interrupt any attack I try on them, rendering me vulnerable. On average I last about five seconds.

So anyone have any good tips? Anything at all will be greatly appreciated.

#2 Posted by Zacagawea (1569 posts) -

Summoning another player to take some heat away helps. Might be useful to know your level/gear.

#3 Posted by stoic665 (58 posts) -

I had a lot of trouble with this boss as well. The trick is to get rid of the dogs asap; the capra demon by itself is not that difficult. The way I did it was to dodge left and run up the stairs. Up there you should be able to kill off or at least hurt the dogs before the capra demon reaches you.

Of course, if everything else fails you can always summon someone to help.

#4 Edited by thisguyrich (88 posts) -

@Zacagawea: If I wasn't so stubbornly determined to beat the game on my own I probably would.

Currently I'm level 30; my highest attributes are endurance and strength. I'm wielding the drake sword, a knight shield (+3), and wearing some crappy black leather armour because i like to be able to dodge quickly.

#5 Posted by NoobSauceG7 (1210 posts) -

Run up the stairs in the back corner and the dogs will follow you where you can easily take them out (sometimes the boss comes up). Then fighting the boss, you can avoid his single handed attacks easily with a shield that blocks 100% physical and roll away when he does two hands. Hope this helps!

#6 Posted by Wess (89 posts) -

He's a pain, for sure, but for me if I could get past those initial 5 seconds it wasn't that hard. Both times I did it I went forward and right immediately, under a little overhang behind some columns I think. When the dogs and/or Capra demon reach you, roll like a madman and hope you get through. If you're wearing heavy armor and can't roll well, I honestly don't know.

It probably isn't the best strategy, but it worked for me twice after a few tries. Once you get behind them use the stairs as much as you can, and kill the dogs first. Then it's just a battle of attrition with the big man. You can also try getting big hits by jumping down on him from the top of the stairs sometimes, if you're feeling like a badass.

#7 Posted by Shadowjester (91 posts) -

I had to run up the stairs and then go along the wall so that the Capra Demon couldn't really get to me. Then try to kill the dogs on the ledge. Once that was done, I had to get the capra demon to follow me up the stairs get him to fall off the edge so that I could then do a plunging attack. It took several tries for this to work though.

#8 Posted by Benny (1937 posts) -

It's savage, one of the hardest fights in the game. You either need to summon some dudes, be very lucky, or a little over-levelled.

Try any of the above, and as others have said run up the stairs ahead by rolling past the demon asap.

#9 Posted by thisguyrich (88 posts) -

man, if this game wasn't so engrossing, so unlike anything i've ever played, and so exactly what I want my games to be, I would've given up by now. Thanks for the advice everyone.

#10 Edited by DKWildz (35 posts) -

I'm around level 30 I think if you're still having trouble, I can start dropping a summon sign down outside the door

EDIT: I should ask if you're on the 360 or not first (I'm on 360)

#11 Posted by Make_Me_Mad (2950 posts) -

What eventually worked for me was to get a shield that blocked all physical damage, with a decent stability rating, and then immediately walk in, head forward and to the right, and after blocking the dogs rolling past the Capra as he attacked. Go for the stairs if you can, it'll let you separate the dogs and the demon, and once you have he's not so hard. He can still totally kill you if you mess up, though, so just play defensively and learn his attacks.

#12 Posted by BrockNRolla (1702 posts) -

@thisguyrich said:

If I wasn't so stubbornly determined to beat the game on my own I probably would.

Duder, don't make things harder on yourself than they have to be. Summon help on occasion. Vastly increases enjoyment of the game.

#13 Posted by DKWildz (35 posts) -

And letting others help you helps them join the Warriors of Sunlight :)

#14 Posted by Tiwi (1401 posts) -

Blocking is better than dodging in that fight. Granted at that point I had a black knights shield, and sword. Killing the dogs as fast as possible by backing up to a wall and just blocking until you get a chance to counter them is the best course of action first.

Then you figure out his attack pattern, and start POKING at him and just widdling him down while staying safe behind the shield.

If you're having that much put on the ring you get from killing havel, the 50% increased carry load really helps if you want to carry some heavy armor while quickrolling.

#15 Edited by super2j (1611 posts) -

What a coincidence, i just came back from the underground forest place with new armor and decided to give him another shot. Died almost immediately. My new strategy is to put on all the parts of the stone knight armor and not worry about avoiding his attack, get the fire resin on my way there so i can dispatch the stupid dogs and then concentrate on him, i may even pop a stamina regen plant so i dont have to worry about stamina... btw im level 20 and i honestly came close to beating him like at level 15, i never came close since ( i was dodging like magic then).

EDIT: HAHAHA I DID IT. i threw a 8 bombs used 4 estus flasks and a fire resin. I climbed the stairs( like in the ign video) and i moved over to the ledge, when the capra fell off the side i took the opportunity to throw bombs.

#16 Posted by freakin9 (839 posts) -

Yeah this game is a weird mix between brutally hard solo(well without magic), to a joke with other people. The first game struck a much better balance in that respect.

#17 Posted by biggiedubs (493 posts) -

I hate that guy so much, but I'd like to point out that he's optional, but only if you have the Master Key / are a thief. He gives you the key to the sewers, which eventually leads to Blighttown, but if you go down to New Londo, and use the Master Key you can skip straight to Blighttown. You'd be underlevelled, but there's reason you can't just grind in that area IF you hate him so much.

#18 Posted by HotSauceMagik (264 posts) -

Beat him on the first try. Run straight at and up the stairs. You will have enough time up there to bait and take out the dogs. The demon itself then isn't hard. I lured him up the stairs then jumped off to get him to jump then run back up and do plunge attach.

Easy peasy.

#19 Posted by TheHT (10285 posts) -

Equip a spear, get up the stairs, kill dogs, poke at Capra Demon.

If he comes too close roll off of stairs, he'll follow, go back up stairs and continue to poke.

When he puts both swords together get out of there as those attacks hit hard.

#20 Posted by SoylentGreen (254 posts) -

Yeah, that guy was a bitch.

What that IGN video shows is pretty much the way to do it - don't try to tank him, run up the stairs, kill the dogs, poke at him one or two times, then jump off before he kills you. Rinse and repeat until he dies. You'll need to get lucky, though; I found that he can actually jump off of those stairs after you if he's in the right spot.

Man, I hated that asshole.

#21 Posted by DragoonKain1687 (702 posts) -

I did the following. I used a very light armor at the time, so 2 hits from the Capra would kill me. I runned along the left side, up the stairs. There is an small edge in the end, I got there, and I killed the 2 dogs first from there. The Capra may take some tries to get to you, so it gives you some extra juice to kill the doggies. Once the Capra gets near, just jump down, roll, wait for him to jump and repeat until you kill both dogs. After that, the fight is a joke. He is really weak, and all his attacks can be blocked. Just equip the Eagle Shield and if you have an spear and voila.

#22 Posted by Grissefar (2843 posts) -

@DragoonKain1687 said:

I did the following. I used a very light armor at the time, so 2 hits from the Capra would kill me. I runned along the left side, up the stairs. There is an small edge in the end, I got there, and I killed the 2 dogs first from there. The Capra may take some tries to get to you, so it gives you some extra juice to kill the doggies. Once the Capra gets near, just jump down, roll, wait for him to jump and repeat until you kill both dogs. After that, the fight is a joke. He is really weak, and all his attacks can be blocked. Just equip the Eagle Shield and if you have an spear and voila.

Great advice there.

#23 Edited by StrainedEyes (1310 posts) -

Summoning people and running the risk of being invaded before you get to the boss, is a big part of the game. A bunch of the bosses also have NPCs that you can summon who will help you out. You won't be less of a man if you play the game like it was meant to be played.

Also, get up those stairs and you'll be golden.

#24 Posted by me3639 (1607 posts) -
@thisguyrich said:

Thus far i have not been as frustrated by any other boss in the game; for the first time I am tempted to call this game unfair. Basically, whenever I walk into that room one of two things happens. Either I dodge right, the camera gets stuck behind some architecture or foliage, and I die, or I dodge left and get cornered by the dogs, who prevent me from rolling away from the Capra Demon and interrupt any attack I try on them, rendering me vulnerable. On average I last about five seconds.

So anyone have any good tips? Anything at all will be greatly appreciated.

Could not have said it better myself. This is where the game reminds you its really a joke. As for advice, i used the long spear, but getting up the stairs and onto the ledge is the best place. This is all part of that "the game is fair crap" moments everyone preaches.
#25 Posted by AndyD74 (169 posts) -

One thing to keep in mind is that after you've plunge attacked him and are heading back up the stairs for another shot, he can hit you while you are going up the stairs even though he's on the ground, so keep your shield up as you head back up the stairs for another plunge attack.

#26 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13629 posts) -
@thisguyrich said:

Thus far i have not been as frustrated by any other boss in the game; for the first time I am tempted to call this game unfair. Basically, whenever I walk into that room one of two things happens. Either I dodge right, the camera gets stuck behind some architecture or foliage, and I die, or I dodge left and get cornered by the dogs, who prevent me from rolling away from the Capra Demon and interrupt any attack I try on them, rendering me vulnerable. On average I last about five seconds.

So anyone have any good tips? Anything at all will be greatly appreciated.

Its been 13 hours. How has it gone? 
#27 Posted by Zacr81 (13 posts) -

I dont know why so many people have trouble with him, I beat him my first try with no trouble. So easy. I think a lot of players forget that watch and maintain stamina. You can block all his attacks, just take your time and pick away at him.

#28 Posted by Roland_D11 (169 posts) -

@Zacr81: Beating him is not the problem, surviving the first 5 seconds can be. Don't forget that they made the encounter easier early this year with a patch, you get a little more space after you enter the room than before the patch.

#29 Edited by jakob187 (21503 posts) -

I've only ever died once to this guy. Once I was in the room and saw the stairs and the ledge up top, it became incredibly easy. I've yet to die by the hand of the Capra Demon after that first time.

I'm a non-magic user (literally, it's all sword and board). With my Man-Serpent Greatsword +15, it took maybe four swings to fuck Capra Demon up.

#30 Posted by Terramagi (1159 posts) -

Get the Wolf Ring from Darkroot Garden.

Enter fog gate.

FUCKING RUN TO THE STAIRS

DON'T BLOCK BITCH FUCKING RUN

HUG THE WALL, HUG THE SCAFFOLDING.

STAB DOGS

ARE THE DOGS DEAD?

If they are you win, just falling attack him or whatever the hell you feel like. Maybe pyromancy, maybe fire bombs.

If they aren't, you're already back at the bonfire.

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