Dark Souls 3 contains a bewildering number of skeleton enemies, each more mysterious than the next. Spoilers ahead.
Dark Souls 3 "skeleton with hat" explained
One of the most frequent questions asked about Dark Souls 3 the past week is "what's up with that skeleton with the hat?"
What, indeed. Skeletal mages are encountered just twice in the Catacombs of Carthus, but both times they are bad news. It's not that our bony friends are that difficult to beat: it's that they are positioned near by friends who are.
First of all, the two skeletal mages are each responsible for one skeleton boulder. If you kill the mage connected to a boulder, it will collapse and die the next time it hits the wall at the lower end of its patrol route, usually dropping a decent goodie.
(For some reason, there's a crab inside the skeleton boulder. Players have spent a long time trying to work out why this is, and whether there's some secret connected to it, but no luck yet. It may just be a joke.)
The first skeletal mage is right by the first boulder. At the bottom of the ramp it rolls along, you'll enter a narrow archway lined with coffin alcoves. The skeletal mage is tucked just inside the entrance, on your right. It won't move until you approach or attack, but once you do, it merrily legs it around the corner. (It would be funny if it were not so deadly.)
The good news is this mage can be damaged by the boulder. The bad news is the corridor it flees down is home to a very nasty ambush composed of multiple skeletal warriors, and tackling them while the boulder blocks your escape route is tricky. Be careful, and for best results don't let the mage does a runner.
The second skeletal mage is up on a balcony above the rat-filled sewer at the bottom of the second boulder's route. You can snipe it very easily from the opposite side of the room before you descend to the Catacombs of Carthus bonfire, but the boulder will of course respawn if you rest at the bonfire before exploring further.
Should you want to melee the second skeletal mage, you're in for a tough battle, as the area upstairs is home to multiple shotel skeletal knights. It's not a good time! There's some good loot up there, including a couple of key items, so get it done at least once.
I hope this answers all your questions about Dark Souls 3's skeleton with hat. If someone would like to explain to me why everyone is so interested in this topic all of a sudden that would be rad.
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