The Tree of Men

The Tree of Men


NG+7 8,000


8,010 Gold

8,000 Salt

NG+7 309,840 Salt

The Tree of Men's Ashes

Strike 100 Fire 50
Slash 500 Lightning 50
Poise 100 Poison 50
Block 100 Holy 50
Block Damage 100 Arcane 50
Block Magic 60    

The Tree of Men is a Boss in Salt and Sanctuary

A corporeal manifestation of tools of torture. No inanimate object should be capable of malice, but in a world of vengeful spirits and arcane magic, anything is possible."



Combat Information

  • Attack Types: Fire traps in the area, physical damage, knockback.
  • Weak vs: All Elements
  • Strong vs: Slash attacks

Phase 1

  • You must attack the Chained Men that comprise the tree to weaken it. Use the platforms left and right of the boss to get high up and reach the enemies, but be mindful of the fire-spitting traps that are set up
  • If you stay on the lower portion, the knockback from his attacks will likely push you down to your death: jump right before or roll right as the stomp happens to avoid it
  • Try to stay on the 2nd and 3rd level platforms (the first two non-destructable ones) on either side. This gives you the best access to the men that compose the tree and also helps prevent getting knocked off by the tree's feet.
  • If you die from knockback, your Salt will be in a Salt Bat who you can defeat easily when you come back.

Phase 2

  • After all Chained Men are dead, the only weak spot left is the head. Go up the LEFT side of the platform and attack the head once or twice, then drop down to avoid the fire trap
  • The boss will also run his arm across one of the top two platforms based on where you are standing. Bait him into attacking then leap up (or down) to avoid it and the flame trap.
  • Once his health reaches about 10%, he gains a fire-spewing attack that covers a wide range and does a fair bit of damage. Use a fire resistant shield such as the Phoenix Rondache or the Raider's Targe to nullify the fire damage.  Following this spray, its head will bow down, allowing its vulnerable spot to be hit.
  • There is a way Phase 2 can be cheesed. Stand on the top left platform at the edge facing The Tree of Men. Using a fire resistant shield block every time the fire of jet behind you goes off as well as when the Tree uses his fire-spewing attack during the final phase (remember blocking works even if you're facing the other way and stamina will gradually recover even while blocking). The Tree will launch melee attacks in a predictable pattern. Jump before each attack and counter-attack once you land (be careful not to move forward or you'll fall off the platform). If the timing is such that jumping will lead to you getting hit by fire from behind block both the Tree's melee attack and the jet of fire from behind then recover stamina waiting for the next round.


Melee Strategy Video



Player Notes

  • Use the drops to make: Mountain Breaker
  • A shield that resists fire helps a lot during this fight.
  • If using melee, Impen's Charm is effective for all phases.
  • Pillar of Light makes phase 1 trivial.



    • Anonymous

      01 Jul 2020 21:22  

      Remember guys, this boss is optional/ skippable if you go through the Dome of the Forgotten, then climb over the Ziggurat and enter The Far Shore sanctuary. Going left from there takes you down some stairs and to a ledge where an elevator comes up to; if you jump off that ledge and lean your fall to the right you can catch another platform while falling, letting you climb down safely from there, which lets you activate the elevator and fight the Bloodless Prince, which gains you entry to the Ruined Temple from a direction where you do not need to go through any redshift walls, and from where onwards (iirc) there are no more redshift walls in the way

      • Anonymous

        03 May 2020 17:59  

        A boss that has to rely upon environmental hazards to be difficult is a boss that should not be implemented

        • Anonymous

          06 Oct 2019 18:31  

          Consider using the Pale Charm. It increases your reach. I was able to knock off a lot of the hanged fools in the first phase.

          • Anonymous

            09 Dec 2018 13:13  

            Why are people so obsessed with the Bed of Chaos concept..... First Rotted Greatwood, now this idiot. Trees are not interesting bosses, except maybe Exdeath

            • Anonymous

              20 Aug 2018 18:23  

              I take it this annoying tree boss was a reference to annoying tree bosses in Souls, especially that one that keeps killing you with pit traps.

              • Anonymous

                15 Aug 2018 12:51  

                In the fight that I defeated the tree we both had about one hit left in us, I had no potions left and it was just about to kill me with fire breath so I jumped out and hit it in the face to kill it. I finally managed to defeat it but fell to my death in the process and lost all the gold and his ashes that it dropped.

                • Anonymous

                  25 Jul 2018 23:09  

                  If you're playing a Dex build, using a pistol in the second phase is really useful, just dont forget to quickly switch to a shield when it does the breath attack. Shock ammo works even better.

                  • Anonymous

                    08 Jun 2018 04:45  

                    This isn't a boss, it's a platforming challenge. It's a punishment to anyone who went with a weapon with short range. If you lose to it and your salt doesn't appear as the bat then unless you kill the boss you're not getting that salt back. The health bar is broken so even if you bring it below the threshold: it will keep that salt. Bring something with good reach or elemental damage or get ready to lose all your gold and salt.

                    • 02 May 2018 20:50  

                      I killed Bed Of Chaos in 2 tries, it was pretty *****ing easy and I don't know what the fuss was about. But THIS boss??? No. Just no. Whoever made this boss needs to be banished into the abyss.

                      • Anonymous

                        04 Dec 2017 06:21  

                        The biggest bull*****about him is that big ass stomp that makes you literally fly out of the arena. Fuc k this fake ass bed of chaos!

                        • Anonymous

                          31 Jul 2017 23:30  

                          F uck this boss and everything it stands for. Allocated weak points that have their own healthbars? Check. Unnecessary environmental hazards that don't do anything but make it harder? Check. Falling pits of death with easy access to them? Check. Bull*****AoE, DoT fire blasts with*****ty hitboxes? Check. It's not fun to fight this jerkass, it's just frustrating since it does too much damage too often with no chance to reciprocate.

                          • Anonymous

                            19 Jun 2017 16:40  

                            Why all the hate for this boss? I for one thoroughly enjoyed him. Something different than the usual "hit the thing until it's dead" type boss, for this guy you have to target specific weakpoints and be mindful of the traps in the surroundings as well. I do wish he telegraphed attacks a bit better, so I could tell when he's just moving vs when he's winding up.

                            • Anonymous

                              02 Feb 2017 03:54  

                              This boss has a glitch that males you lose all your salt. Usually when you die by fire, those bombs thrown by the chained men or from the fall you'll get a bat to kill and recover your salt, but if you die to that huge punch the boss will become "salted". However, getting the boss HP to the "salt mark" by killing the caged men won't give your salt back!

                              Apparently, the game only recognizes the head and arms as the Tree Of Men, so when you get to hit that the "salt mark" will have passed and you lost your salt forever.

                              Actually, that happened to me but I died afterwards...don't know what happens if you actually kill the boss, if you get your salt back.

                              • Anonymous

                                15 Jan 2017 18:25  

                                Not sure if this is a bug but I found that when I placed enough stacks of Mossy Pessmud poison on the Tree of Men he stopped moving and died of poison.

                                • Anonymous

                                  31 Dec 2016 22:10  

                                  For some reason, in the second phase, he just stop his attacs and stays there, motionless. Tried quit/reload for a fair fight but he refuses to attack.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    30 Dec 2016 04:28  

                                    Now, im not sure on PC, but on ps4 version, if you are playing co-op, when you enter the fight, the player behind the person who triggered te fight, teleports behind the player, and dies instantaneously.
                                    Just saying.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      27 Dec 2016 16:34  

                                      You can use the few frames of invincibility during which you climb a platform to make the fight easier, you will have to time it right but once you have the timing you can dodge most of its attacks.

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