If thine wish is to succeed poor Artorias, and challenge the spread of the Dark, then thou must face Manus, Father of the Abyss. The Dark emanates from Manus himself. Even if this land shall expire, thou may be able to prevent further corrosion... But even so, one day the flames will fade, and only Dark will remain. And even a legend such as thyself can do nothing to stop that.
~ Hawkeye Gough


Manus, Father of the Abyss is the final boss of the Artorias of the Abyss DLC for Dark Souls. The source of the darkness plaguing Oolacile, he captured Princess Dusk and dragged the Chosen Undead back in time. Corrupted and driven mad by his own humanity, Manus is implied to be either the Furtive Pygmy or one of the oldest humans to come after him.

Powers and Stats

Tier: Likely 4-C

Name: Manus, Father of the Abyss

Origin: Dark Souls

Gender: Male

Age: Thousands of years old

Classification: Primeval Human, possible Pygmy

Powers and Abilities: Superhuman Physical CharacteristicsMagic (Skilled at casting Abyss Sorceries), Abyss ManipulationImmortality (Types 1 and 2), Limited Time Travel (Can physically reach hundreds of years into the future), Corruption (Those who are tainted by the Abyss become corrupted, shaped into horrific beasts that are overcome by the dark), Danmaku, Resistance to Magic, Fire, Lightning, Mind, Soul, Dark, Toxin Manipulation and Bleeding effects

Attack Potency: Likely Star level (Should be superior to the likes of Nashandra and comparable to the Chosen Undead)

Speed: Supersonic (Scales to the Chosen Undead, who can dodge and react to Greatbow arrows and bolt traps)

Lifting Strength: Class M

Striking Strength: Likely Star Class

Durability: Likely Star level

Stamina: Very high

Range: Extended melee range to several meters with melee attacks. Hundreds of meters with magic, potentially Planetary if the Abyss is given enough time to spread.

Standard Equipment: His Catalyst

Intelligence: Skilled and experienced combatant, capable of utilizing all forms of Abyss magic.

Weaknesses: None notable

Notable Attacks/Techniques:

  • Physical Attacks: Manus will swing his massive arm around wildly. He will also use his catalyst as a club.
  • Dark Orb Barrage: Manus casts a fan shaped barrage of orbs similar to the Dark Bead sorcery in front of him.
  • Abyss Rain: Manus casts Dark Orb this time raining from above him in a wide aoe around him
  • Abyss Cage: A large circle of Orbs appear around the arena then fly back towards him damaging everything in it's path.


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