I'm wondering if there is any other purpose to boss souls in Dark Souls 2. I already know about Straid and Ornifex providing weapons/spells/armor in exchange, as well as the aspect of getting a lot of souls for using the souls.

As a primary caster, I don't need the weapons, so I'm planing on consuming all souls except the ones tradable for spells.

Are there any other purposes for boss souls than getting weapons/armor/spells and acquiring souls?

  • There are a lot of worse first questions. ;) Does this help you? darksouls2.wiki.fextralife.com/Boss+Souls – Fabian Röling Aug 15 '17 at 7:55
  • @Fabian; Thanks. The Link you provided is just a list of the spells/equip provided by Straid/Ornifex. I already knew this. I heard somewhere, that you get a new sassy hat, if you trade four souls to Straid. I hoped for confirmation on this or other information like this. – Jannoire Aug 15 '17 at 8:13

As mentioned by @Fabian the weapons he linked are all the weapons/spells you can get.

However you also have the option to get unique items if you give multiple boss souls


Talk to him after trading 4 boss souls and he will give you the Black Robe Set, which requires at least 16 Int to equip. The hood boosts your spell casting speed.

Weaponsmith Ornifex sadly doesn't house the same option.

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  • So, that's all? – Jannoire Aug 15 '17 at 11:46
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    @Jannoire yes, other than mass amounts of souls when consumed, obviously – Ben Aug 24 '17 at 8:49

Soul of a Giant can be used to make one of boss fights easier:

The more Souls of a Giant you have in your inventory, the less damage resistance King Vendrick has.

However, this soul is not strictly 'boss soul'. But it still drops from one of bosses.

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