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I've just beaten the Taurus Daemon in Undead Burg and after that encountered a bridge guarded by a red dragon and some Hollow Warriors. I've found a way to sneak under the bridge through a stairway around the middle of the bridge.

From this point, I can fire arrow and hurt the dragon, and it doesn't seems to be able to hit me back. With my bow and arrows, I deal around 15 hit point at a time. Can I kill the dragon this way? If yes, how many hit points do the dragon have (so that I can estimate how many arrow I need for this)?

What will be the reward?

Should I just continue on my journey, and eventually the dragon will move aside and allow me to cross the bridge?

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The Bridge Wyvern is the official name of this dragon. As far as I know, it will never re-locate and will impede your passage on one end of the bridge or the other.

On the first playthrough, the Wyvern has 2208 HP. It would take you a while to pelt him down with arrows, but it is viable. If you're only doing 15 damage, it might be a good idea to check you meet the minimum stat requirements of the bow you're using as there's a damage and attack speed penalty if your parameters are lower.

That being said, the Bridge Wyvern is highly prone to glitching, and dying as a result. As mentioned on the Dark Souls Wiki, here are some methods of causing him to glitch and die, as well as how to safely kill him with arrows:


Ways to kill the Hellkite Wyvern without endangering your character:

  • Shoot the wyvern from below the bridge with an arrow and use heavy soul arrow when it lands on the bridge and turns around to cause a glitch death. (may have been/should be patched soon)
  • Shoot the wyvern from above and behind it after you gain access to the Black Knight's bridge tower (located above 3 plague rats) to cause a glitch death. (Hellkite Wyvern may or may not appear due to glitch. Exit area/zone and re-enter. It may be necessary to go as far as the Darkroot Garden to get it to come back)
  • Shoot the wyvern from under the bridge; first cutting off the tail then shooting the head/neck. At base stats needed for the Short Bow (purchased for 1,000 souls from Undead Merchant (Male)) it will take roughly 350-400 arrows to take him down.

There are numerous other ways that the dragon could glitch and die. I have also caused it to glitch during soul farming - I would repeatedly trigger his fire attack to kill the enemies on the bridge and go back to the nearest bonfire to reset the monsters.

In terms of rewards - You receive 10,000 souls for his death. If you keep shooting his tail, it will eventually be cut off and you'll be rewarded with the Drake Sword, a 200 damage base sword that is good for starters. I suggest doing this before killing him.

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I think it is worth noting that killing the bridge wyvern robs you of an easy 555 soul grind point next to a bonfire. In retrospect, I should have left him where he was for a while longer. –  Christopher Dec 20 '11 at 12:21

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