"'Tis only fitting that this island would host its own Reaper. It haunts Arisen as though enraged at the half-immortality granted by the wyrm, relentless and intractable as its namesake. Even now, I swear I can hear the whispers..." Barroch's Notes

Death is an Enemy in Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen.



Death in the Garden of Ignominy

Death in the Dragon's Dogma universe shares many of the same features as the Grim Reaper in popular mythological depictions. Larger than many creatures in the realm, Death is a shadowy figure shrouded in black, hovering ominously above the ground. Death's hood hides no facial features—instead, only a gaping black hole looks back at the Arisen. Larger than Death's own body, his deadly Scythe will instantly kill even the mightiest adventurers. The Bone Lantern held in his left hand allows him to cast Sleep.

Necrophage , Boss
Base Experience of 420,000

Can be more or less depending on a few factors such as:


Bitterblack Isle

  • Appears randomly, and as a necrophage is attracted by the presence of corpses or Rancid Bait Meat.

Appears with regularity in the The Bloodless Stockade (pre-Daimon). If Death does not spawn, an Elder Ogre will spawn instead. Once defeating the Elder Ogre(s), exiting and reentering will usually result in Death appearing.


Stats Health Attack Defense Magick
66000 666 666 2,000
100% 100% 60% 60% 60% 60% ineffective
Sources: Dragon's Dogma - ドラゴンズドグマ & Dark Arisen ( and in-game testing.


Attack/Ability Description
Teleport Teleports from one point to another, generally to get closer to Arisen/Pawns.
Death by Sleep (lantern purple glow) Death waves his lantern as it glows purple which casts Sleep on nearby foes.
Lantern (Yellow Glow) Used to seek out Arisen/Pawns, also an indicator for determining when Death will attack with the Scythe.
Death's Scythe Death readies his scythe and after a fairly long buildup, makes a giant swipe with it. Anything hit, Arisen, pawn or monster will be slain. Pawns struck cannot be saved and will be sent back to the Rift.


Death will flee when enough damage has been inflicted, or after a certain length of time.

Any damage inflicted on Death will carry over to every subsequent encounter until Death is slain. As the physical manifestation of the cessation of life, Death cannot be permanently slain and will eventually re-appear to resume his hunt for living prey.

In some areas, Death will disappear if the party simply exits and re-enters the dungeon. Death will also sometimes leave after slaying pawns or after a Wakestone is used.



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Plan A. Run !

  • Lower level or unprepared parties will have little chance of harming Death on their first encounters - a valid option here is to run !
  • Prepare for Death's sleep spell. Either with resistant armor, clothing and rings, or with spells and curatives.
    • See Sleep for curatives and sleep resistant items. Restless Earrings and the Leather Circlet are readily available items with powerful resistance. Additionally, any spell or item granting the state of Impervious will completely protect against sleep - particularly useful is Sobering Wine which protects the entire party.
    • Certain skills which give a brief window of invincibility, such as a correctly timed Full Moon Slash, will protect the Arisen from Death's Sleep attack.
  • Death's Scythe attack cannot be blocked with any shield or countered by any parry, including Masterful Kill or Clairvoyance. The Scythe can only be avoided by evading it completely.
    • Autonomy augment can be useful as pawns are often slain by Death's Scythe.
    • Wakestones can resurrect the Arisen, but Death's attack will kill pawns instantly with no option for revival. Pawns will be immediately sent to the Rift and must be rehired.
  • Death floats above the ground and its incorporeal form cannot be grappled.
  • Beware of Death's ability to teleport - if death disappears, it may well now be behind you.
  • Death will be strongly attracted to the light of any lantern. To avoid Death's attention make sure no lanterns are lit.
  • There is a small blindspot just behind Death when he swings his Scythe.
  • For lower level players looking to avoid Death, whilst he's at large, a low, ominous bell tolling will be heard as well as whispers the closer one gets to Death.[1] Prepare to make a break for it when these sounds are heard.


  • Pawns often comment: "Death cannot be slain in one go." - Death has a great deal of health, and is intended to be fought over a number of separate encounters.
  • Immune to all debilitations.
  • Can be knocked down or staggered.
  • All vocations : To maximize the party's damage output, consume up to four Tagilus's Miracle and four Salomet's Secret potions to double the party's physical and magickal damage during the battle. More than four potions give no further benefits.

Vocation specific

Death slain in a single encounter

Death slain in a single encounter

High level Ranger wielding a Goldforged Revenant Wail using 13 shots of Tenfold Flurry (130 Blast Arrows) fortified by four Salomet's Secrets and four Tagilus's Miracles plus a Sobering Wine to stagger and slay death in one encounter in the Garden of Ignominy (Hard Mode)

Death has high defense and high health, and appears only for a limited period of time - to dispatch Death, each vocation should preferably use their strongest attacks, coupled with enchantments and potions.

  • Warriors: For most weapons use jumping Light Attacks with as many strength boosting augments and potions as possible.
  • Magick Archers: Try Ricochet Hunter in close quarters; otherwise the detonation of Explosive Bolt/Volley have higher stagger and knockdown.
    • Note that when Death teleports, he will free himself of any attached explosive rivets.
  • Magickal Gleam can also stun an unaware Death, allowing time to strike or run past him.
Dragon's Dogma Dark Arisen - Mystic Knight Vs. Death

Dragon's Dogma Dark Arisen - Mystic Knight Vs. Death.

  • Mystic Knights: An Arisen can easily use the Reaper's teleport skill against it, providing they have the ability Stone Jungle. With this skill, an Arisen may cast from afar and hold the spell, awaiting Death as he teleports close. Once it does, using this magick will have a high chance to knock the Reaper down, allowing a party to deal massive amounts of damage. Otherwise a combination of Holy enchanted multiple Great Cannon and Ruinous Sigils can be used both as an offense, and as a trap should Death teleport or move to their location.
    • If available, a Beacon can be used to fire Great Cannons, in addition to the damage they inflict of themselves.


Death was once an Arisen. The notice board quests, The Wages of Death I, II, III, and IV, were written by Death. In The Wages of Death IV, he states, "I have cast away the shackles of the Arisen. In form and function, I have embraced my calling... as death."

Speculation suggests that Death is the twisted form of Arthacos, an Arisen driven insane by loneliness and the unending labyrinth of Bitterblack Isle. In his insanity, Arthacos came to believe that it was his duty to offer one thousand human sacrifices to appease the Dragon's destructive nature and to save his country from calamity. He continues his vigil to this day.

Arthacos' accounts can be found in the form of ten epitaphs scattered through the isle, which when collected are displayed at the Monument of Remembrance. The tone and style of these epithets is similar to The Wages of Death I, II, III, and IV, which suggests that Arthacos and Death (who authored the Wages quests) are one and the same.

When Death searches in the darkness, the Arisen will sometimes hear the whispering voice that drove Arthacos to madness.[1]

Pawn Bestiary Knowledge

  • Witness the scythe attack (no victim needed)
  • Witness Death inflicting Sleep
  • Witness Death bow and flee (may need to be seen a few times)
  • Teleportation :
    • Witness Death teleport in front of a character with a lantern equipped
    • Witness Death teleport in front of a character with no lantern equipped
    • Both may be needed to be witnessed several times
    • It may be necessary to equip/unequip the party's lanterns during the fight for the associated flags to be triggered.
  • Kill Death at least once with all five previous flags triggered

In addition to witnessing these techniques, it is necessary for Pawns to participate in killing Death 3, 6 or more times either with their own Arisen or while travelling with others.

More information can be found at the Bestiary page.


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If Death falls into water, it simply levitates back upwards without triggering the Brine.

  • The Brine cannot slay Death, making it the only enemy in the game which cannot be dealt with in that fashion.
  • Death's scythe will instantly kill most Bitterblack Isle enemies - Cursed Dragons, Condemned Gorecyclops, etc. However any such enemy slain by Death will not drop loot nor award experience.
  • In Hard Mode, Death has considerably more stagger and knockdown resistance.
  • Firing a Maker's Finger will not slay Death, but it will wipe out one full bar of health.
  • It has been claimed that Death's 'weak spot' is its lantern, particularly for stagger; however, others claim the lantern is actually unhittable, and hits to the lantern are actually passing through the body and hitting the torso. It is not known if any part of death's body represents a true weak spot.(verify)


Whilst casting the lantern sleep spell


Before a scythe swing.

"Come my child."
"Waver no more."


It is possible to "farm" death at certain locations, either for experience or loot - for details see Farming exploits § Death.

Stunning Death to his death

Knocking down Death over an abyss will slay it outright - Death can be slain during its initial (scripted) appearance at the Fortress of Remembrance by being knocked off the bridge into the abyss below. Striking with a ranged attack sufficiently strong to cause Knockdown will cause Death to tumble to its doom

Potentially effective techniques which can stagger Death include either: multiple Blast Arrows, preferentially with strength and knockdown boosting items or potions; or; a Magick Archer's Magickal Radiance.

Bloodless Stockade - Richochet Hunter

Farming Death with pawns under level 50 2

Farming Death with pawns under level 50 2

The party farms Death from an ambush point. (Hard mode, Post Daimon)

Magick Archers with Ricochet Hunter can attempt to kill Death solely at The Bloodless Stockade. A high level magick bow, a powerful magick using character, and possibly magick boosting items may be needed to be effective.

Pre-Daimon, Death will appear of his own accord. If it is done post-Daimon, Death may appear of his own accord but, more likely, will require to be summoned by using Rancid Bait Meat

Drop down into the First Level Underground from the Second floor via the 'shortcut' and find a grate from which to shoot through with safety. Do not use lanterns that will allow Death to detect the party (Magickal Radiance can be used). Unleash Ricochet Hunter bolts through the grate - the bolts will eventually find their mark. Use Death's lantern light to assist in shooting.

Death will flee after sustaining a little over one life bar of damage, but only if he detects the party and/or is not staggered or knocked down. The goal here is to kill him during a single encounter. This can be done fairly easily by keeping him stunned.

If Death flees or is slain the Arisen may backtrack to the Arisen's Refuge or one of the other two exits from the Bloodless Stockade and return to face Death again.

Ranger and Blast Arrows

A high powered and well equipped Arisen may 'stunlock' death and defeat him in a single encounter.

A ranger wielding a Gold Rarefied Revenant Wail longbow (or a lesser weapon with stagger boosted with two Barbed Nails and the Cursed King's Belt), together with around 180 Blast Arrows, and four strength boosters (such as Conqueror's Periapts), plus stamina restoratives or a Liquid Vim should be able to stunlock Death using Tenfold Flurry until dead.

A ranger with a very high strength stat can take Death from full health to dead in 7-9 uninterrupted shots, while a deficient strength stat can take Death in 11-12 uninterrupted shots.



"But soft, what light in yonder window breaks?"
(Death stuck in the Garden of Ignominy)

  • ps329px-Icon ps3xbox36020px-Icon xbox360 When Death spawns in the Garden of Ignominy, if the player walks onto the balcony, Death will try to attack the player but will get stuck on the way (where Snakes (Pre-Daimon) or Leapworms (Post-Daimon) spawn). If players stay away from the Lantern Light and have no light source of their own (such as a Lantern), Death will stay there and do nothing.



  • "Death",, Official page


  1. 1.0 1.1 "A Presence", Dark Arisen OST via Youtube