The Disemboweled Husk



NG+7 9,200


12,010 Gold

12,000 Salt

NG+7 319,440 Salt

Spiked Key
The Disemboweled Husk's Doll

Strike 500(300*) Fire 0(50*)
Slash 50 Lightning 50
Poise 200 Poison 500
Block 100 Holy -20
Block Damage 100 Arcane 50
Block Magic 60    

*: Enhanced Edition Values

The Disemboweled Husk is the Boss of Hager's Cavern in Salt and Sanctuary

Once a feared pirate, a witch's curse has since turned Hager into the form you fight today. However, the real source of malice is the small doll residing inside his chest cavity. Fought atop the wreckage of a ship, presumably his own ship. 

Shell of the former Dread Pirate Hager. He has been disemboweled, and a small doll dwells in his gaping body cavity, controlling his actions like a tiny marionette."



  • Hager's Cavern: Up and left from the middle area. Needs Cellar Key and a switch
  • Coordinates: {X:28432.98 Y:29483.33}
  • Boss Flags: Make sure to talk to Masterless Knight and Despondent Thief before this fight. / Merchant progress
  • While there is a shrine in this area, it is not close to the boss. The easiest run (from the Hager's Cavern sanctuary) seems to be going up past the two Hunting Bones then dropping down right after the solid platform past the blue disappearing platforms. You have to  take a little bit of fall damage, but that's it. One can avoid the falling damage by rolling off the very end of the ledge. Edit: You can roll off the first platform with the two Hunting Bones on them and quickly roll left to escape the enemies below. This path requires you to use a health flask, but allows you to run straight to the boss without fighting.



Combat Information

  • Attack Types: Physical and Fire
  • Weak vs: Holy and Fire 
  • Strong vs: Strike and Poison

Phase 1

  • Flintlock Blast - Shoots it's pistol horizontally, dealing high fire and strike damage. Sometimes he will do two of these shots in rapid succession, making them difficult to dodge. Causes severe wounding if it connects.
    • This attack always tries to aim at the position the player is currently at. It also has a melee hitbox, so just sticking to the boss will not evade the attack.
    • It is suggested to roll twice at medium equip load (under 75%) when the player is at a distance, and the boss takes out the gun. This will dodge both shots safely.
  • Raining Fire - Shoots pistol up, causing a medium AOE fire blast to rain down. Has no tracking at all, as it always rains down in the boss' position. Causes fire + strike damage.
    • This attack is best avoided by running away of the boss, staying out of the general AOE hitbox.
  • Ravaging Slashes - Sword attacks with windup that causes high slash damage. Generally a 3 hit combo where the last hit is a jumping attack with a long cooldown; use this time to deal some damage.
    • Has really good tracking; he will switch directions if you roll through him to avoid them. However, they are not too difficult to dodge, since they are telegraphed, and the jump attack will whiff enterely if you stay at melee.

Phase 2

  • Lunge - Gains a sword lunge attack in addition to his other combos. Covers a good amount of distance, and hits the player at the end of the attack, signaled b y a thrust..
    • The lunge tends to occur very commonly right after the AOE fire rain, as if to close the range one would make to avoid the AOE. 
      • However, if one sticks close to the boss after the AOE rain (probably in virtue of having a fire-resistant shield), this attack will pass through the players without hitting them at all, whiffing enterely. This opens up a huge opportunity window to attack or heal.
    • Always expect to dodge it, as you generally want to avoid it's AOE attack, which will make it follow up with this attack to cover distance.
  • More aggressive with his pistol and will often combo shots into slashes with his sword.
    • He may also shoot more than twice in a row, depending of the player's distance. This is not survivable if all hits connect.


Player Notes

  • Use the item drop to transmute: Seawolf Cutlass
  • Use of a fire resistant shield is recommended, as it allows you to mitigate most of the dangerous moves from his arsenal.
  • Using Blessed Pages for a Holy damage buff is advised, if the player can find an opportunity window to do so.
  • Sticking close to the boss is generally a good idea, as he can easily punish running away by shooting at you.
  • None of his attacks can be parried or spell reflected.



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    • Anonymous

      The usual path to him is the biggest pain of this game I think. It's even worse than the worst ways to bosses in DS2 or to The Three in S&S.

      Boss himself surely one of the hardest bosses of this game. Another case where easy armour helps in this game...

      • STR heavy user tips: RECOMMENDED to have medium roll. Equip your best greatsword/greatscissor. The best thing to do is stick to him like a glue. I found that he will do melee more often if you close to him. Buff your weapon with something like pitchfire or holy page. Goldenwine would be awesome too. The best way to minimize his guns attack is to equip an armor with high fire resistance, combine that with a impen crest ring for more fire defense and bandaged ring to reduce the wounding effect. If you have mend prayers, use it but be wise. If you can afford shield or have enough endurance for it, go for frayed rack shield (the one that cresent scythe wielding guy in the red hall use) for blocking fire and physical. If you cant afford it, phoenix rondache (castle of storms at the middle of 2 elevators) would be your bet but careful, that thing doesnt have full physical defense.

        Fast build (DEX oriented)
        Your best bet is 5 things: Tachi, impen's charm, Impen Crest Ring, pitchfire, and dodging skills. That's it. Use the same strategy as my STR tips, except about the guns, you have to be agile enough to dodge the gunshot. Because this build is about fast attacks and agility, you can pick the stone charm, put it with your tachi, and hack it away. With 1 warhorn, goldenwine and holy or fire buff, you now can stunlocking him to death.

        • Anonymous

          MAGES: Just spam fireball the entire time as soon as the fight starts; if you need to pot up then try rolling to gain distance, my you have to just let it rip like a glass cannon

          • Anonymous

            Really cool boss guys, just give someone a weapon that spans multiple damage types so you cant armor for it and does so much damage you cant tank it then make it so fast that you cant dodge it and make it have such range you cant avoid it... You gave this guy a minigun that looks like a flintlock and rains literal hellfire at his feet... Im playing a light armor character in my first playthrough and I made the mistake of thinking hey im getting tier 4 heavy armor lets get better leveled light armor stats only to NEVER get any light armor past tier 1

            • Anonymous

              There is a fast, safe route to the Husk from the shrine, but it requires the dart brand. Jump and double dart to the right from the shrine, don't go down at all. It's a bit of a leap of faith, but you'll land on the platform where you get the light ring. From there, just jump and climb up and to the right until you get to the two doors to the boss. Only enemies on this path are 2 witches, 1 marauder, and 1 hunting bones.

              • Anonymous

                My most hated boss in the game. I think the first time I played this was just where I stopped. Couldn't get past him, didn't know what to do. My slow heavy armor greatsword build just couldn't crack him. His split fire/physical shots meant I couldn't just gear for one resist, the back to back shots were too quick for heavy armor to dodge them all, if I ran when he aoe'd, he'd just shoot me at long range, if I stayed in I occasionally got one shot by lucky raining hits nailing me in succession. And possibly worst of all, getting to him was annoying! No shrine right by him, just gotta run from the sanctuary. A path with an armor mite, and a bunch of annoying ass teleporting skeletons that won't stay still long enough to kill, and if you ignore them and run past... well apparently sometimes they'll decide to teleport in and join the boss fight when you forgot about them. Finally killed him when I played the game again, melted him my second playthrough as a caster, slight trouble but killed him easy enough as a dex spear/poleaxe user... now I'm dealing with him on NG+ on my greatsword character again. It's like the first time, just beating my head against the wall. If I try to rush him, he'll kill me some time I'm trying to heal. If I try to play slow and steady, some lucky shot will kill me making me feel like I wasted time. He... I just hate him.

                • Anonymous

                  I play sword mage. Tried all kinds of strategies. Rolling, flame guardian, flame orbiters, wild fire...nothing worked. Finally I just switched to my staff load. I think I rolled once, but all I did was spam Fireball. I burned this boss to the ground. It was close though. I didn't stop even to heal. Fight lasted about 15-20 seconds.

                  • Anonymous

                    shields break this game, just use the type 46 tower shield, it shields.....pretty much everything he does way too well....

                    • Anonymous

                      i just tank the shot and kill him with page of light buff on my jaws of death.

                      if you have enough health and stamina you can just thank him.

                      • Anonymous

                        Another way to get to the boss fast is if you have the little shrine that's to the left of him, you can jump and dash twice to the left of that shrine and there's a platform there which is pretty close to him (there are some enemies in between, but the route is fast)

                        • Anonymous

                          Would cosplay this boss but have no actual idea of armor (Seawoelf Cutlass and Flintlock are obvious as weapons however) .

                          • Anonymous

                            Since he is rather weak to fire dmg aswell it might be a great help for Mages to use the "Flame Guardian" Spell since the summoned Creature will continously damage the Boss and help you deplete his HP rather fast.

                            • Husk... if you see him for the 1st time well prepare for Rest in Ripperonis bcs this is boss that requires knowledge of what to do.

                              So his shots. 1st type, when he roars and shoots once requires perfect timing. After some defeating of him, u will know when to roll. 2nd Double shot, same thing, but u better have enough stam for rolling twice. 3rd (one that can rekt u the most) shoot high above the sky. U can be like ha he missed time to attack but nope, RUN AWAY bcs fire rain that is coming can kill u on few hits if you are unlucky.

                              BEST WAY TO ATTACK HIM: He has a sword or dagger or whatever, and maximaly he can do 3hit combo its hit hit and leap hit. After leap (if he will do it, bcs sometimes he is like nope, 2 swings are enough) he is harmless so give him few good hits but keeo some stamina, bcs he is goona hit u again or shoot or anything. For avoiding leap have few yard (meters for my European friends) distance and when u see that he will jump, go towards him, he wint hit u (or roll if you want to be sure).

                              Another time is, when he does his Fire Rain during his 2nd phase (below 50% hp i think). Go away as u would normaly do but be ready. bcs he is gonna charge at u. If you have pretty big distance from him, he will stop right in front of u, and free hit time has come.

                              Dont be greedy, have boosts, be amped, and u can do it I trust u.

                              • Anonymous

                                fastest method from Sanctuary is to Long-Jump to the ledge where a Husk and to Angsty Dead are, then to quickroll through them run across the falling bridge and you are at the boss fight

                                • Anonymous

                                  Went 2h hammer + Blessed page to beat him, wear the blacksmith set and whatever lets you stay light-light medium to be nimble with rolls.

                                  Stay very close to him and roll to his other side when he shoots. The 2h hammer can stagger him so he doesn't get his mortar shots off.

                                  • Alright, so get this: If you're hugging the Husk, you can jump over the pistol shots. You have to hug him though. This is useful for when he decides to do chained shots and helps heavier characters that may not have shields. Unfortunately, as nice as this is to let you get hits in, the overhead pistol shot is still absolutely ridiculous. My recommendation is have ten tons of stamina and just try to roll as far away as you can. You can jump his charging attack sometimes as well to get a few easy hits in, but you'll still be pretty screwed because of the power of the overhead.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      I dont get it why ppl strugle with this boss so hard. i bet him 2nd try in my blind playtrough using chitin obelisk (2 handed) and rogue armor for fast roll. Just attack when safe, roll, and boom! ez boss

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Honestly. I did this really easy. He was tough cos he does allot of damage, but it was really just a matter of rolling and hitting him. The Tachi worked great. Basically never need to get hit because he's really telegraphed and slow. Hug him right in the face, roll strike his back, roll strike his back. If he shoots up, run away, if he starts his slashing, just slash once between each slice if you have a fast weapon, roll through and strike back. Rolling away isn't working though. And I dunno what 500 poison resist meant, but it meant he did not get poisoned from about 40 stone roots covenant knives. So don't bother.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          I had problems the first few times I went up against him. Tried it the next day with a totally different tactic and smoked him.
                                          I used the Phoenix shield for blocking those upwards fire shots he does. Lighten my equip load so I can roll a bit quicker. Bought around 50 firepots . Stayed glued to him, dodging all the attacks, but blocking those raining down fireballs. When it was safe I just threw some firepots at him or drank potions as needed... I used about 15 firepots/bombs. The stamina is saved for evading and blocking. I'm not sure if throwing the firepots uses stamina, I didn't notice. You don't even have to equip a weapon. By using this strategy, I think this is the easiest boss so far for me. The fire keeps doing damage while you evade the next attack as well.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            Im a melee build with some prayers and im using all of my best rings and what not on NG+ AND HE IS STILL KICKING MY ASS WITH THAT STUPID PISTOL

                                            • This is ridiculous. I'm level 89 and have no chance to make it against this guy. I've got strength 50, Chitin Obelisk IV, Tachi IV, the fire shield, tried all fire res armour, no armour and onyx. I've spent the last 50 levels improving and seeing almost no change. My mage took out this guy without a problem, but this automatic rifle disguised as a musket is f***ed up. >.<

                                              I really hope they nerf this guy. If he's making *me* feel like dropping the game I'm sure there are many who actually do.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                Find and equip a flayer's rack (tower sheild), blacksmith's set, Jack o lantern head, Searing Manacle iV, relentless ring. You should be taking ~4-6 damage block sword hits 3-4 on direct gun shots and maybe 15 total for the entire volley hitting you. Now simply tank him until he shoots up in a volley and hit twice or leaps when you hit him 3 times. Fight takes about 40 seconds.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  Well, as I see the boss loves it's pistol. I would also like to point out that the guide should include. Boss may fire pistol 6 times in a row. I kid you not, six times. I've got the best fire shield but 6 shots?! Blew through my stamina and then got me. I would also like to state he did this while I was right in front of him. Not to mention he did it in two fights. The horizontal shot count varies wildly. And at second stage when I rolled through him he immediately did a back slash. I could understand if he reloaded and fired but no, it is just continuous firing. It's not fun, it's screams bad attack ai spam on the design and at the made the fight rather boring, irritating, and obnoxious. My only saving grace was grinding a bit and leveling willpower and switching to a smaller faster sword after enhancing it and my armor and shield. This is certainly not the most bs boss, but it was spam happy.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    ***** this guy ***** the run up to this guy ***** the enemys following you in the boss so that is 1 bull***** boss plus palewitch club skellys ... so in general NERF THIS *****ER

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      stuck here in NG plus. he one-shoted me even with umbra set 7 and defense prayers. will probably have to equip phoenix shield

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        Mage in NG+, use Flame Guardian, Lightning Pod and Static Geist to grind this freak down, while blocking any attack with flayer's rack. Don't need to get close, just block his gunshots at ease.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          was frustrated why phoenix rodanche wasn't working unlike for the tree of men...equip full blacksmith set (for fire def) and flayer's rack for also max fire resist. some slash damage comes through but it was an easy fight after you shrug almost all the fire damage.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            after like 30 trys i did it.. i staid very close to him and rolled trough him when he went for melee or gun. I ignored the shot in the air aoe thingy

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              Something I noticed when fighting him. It is kinda hard to explain without seeing it yourself. But he seems to arch his back slightly when he fires 2 blasts in the same direction rapidly. If you see that, it is better to roll past him and hit him while he fires the second blast

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                I just died around 30 times to this thing, going to sleep. Every time he decides it would be nice to fire the pistol three times in a row, I call bullsh**.

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  I'm a mage but with this one I just took a class 2 sword then ran at him and didn't stop until dead(holy page and one healing potion)lvl 52 strengh 11

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    I beat the *****ed thing but this boss is the first I've thought was unfairly balanced. His pistol shots should only have half of their range. If he wants to he can do the aoe rain attack and then fire his pistol at you three times in a row at a distance and there's nothing you can do about it.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      Beat this boss like every other boss it seems with a huge amount of DPS :D. Obsidian Pillar IV with Divine Page + a Goldenwine and killed him in 4-5 hits, no tactic required.Lvl 50 btw with 25 str, no grinding at all altough I did explore extensively.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        the boss can be easy, unless he sticks to one of the edges then you cant roll past him and he spam's his gun attack.that needs to be fixed some how i have die so many times because of that one flaw in the environment.

                                                                        • Don't be reckless nor greedy against him. Took me nearly 20 tries before getting him down, here's how I did :- ring of fire protection (helps a bit, really)- always keep enough stamina to roll (he sees you rolling, he hating)- one strike at a time except after his jumping sword attack : up to 3 strikes in that case- frontal gunshot : roll toward him- upward gunshot : bewarethe burning rain ! roll past him OR roll away (as far as possible) OR roll when the "rain" is on you (it worked, but I bet it was more luck than anything else)- normal sword strikes : beware his combos ; strike after, just once- jumping sword strike : roll under then up to 3 strikes OR use that time to heal (creed-item or mending)- phase 2 : he gains that lunging strike ; roll past him and use his recovery animation to strike- heal ASAP : you need to be in shape if his fire rain (following an upward gunshot) hits you

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