In my Soul Level 1 (Pyromancer) playthrough I managed to beat the
Capra Demon by first using a Rapier augmented with Charcoal Pine Resin
to defeat the dogs, then using spells to kill the demon itself.
I used the same general strategy as recommended by soulBit:
- Run up the stairs and onto the ledge on the right side of the top of
- Concentrate on killing the dogs.
- Once the dogs are dead, kill the Capra Demon
However my choice of character build presented its own challenges.
Taking out the dogs is much easier if you use a weapon that allows you
to keep up your shield as you strike (eg. spear, rapier). My character
couldn't use any of them because of the Dex requirements. I ended up
using a rapier anyway, because, even though my stats were not high
enough for its use, it did not slow down my attack animation (as the
spear did when I tried it). I applied the Charcoal Pine Resin so I
would still do damage.
The toughest part of the battle was getting to the ledge. It took me
many tries to get past the demon and the dogs just so I could climb
the stairs. Don't give up trying.
Once the dogs were dead, I shot soul arrows at the demon, only
stopping to raise my shield when the demon had climed the
stairs. After it strikes it usually falls off the stairs, giving you
an opportunity to heal and resume spell casting. Keep this up and his
death is your reward.