Guardian Dragon
NG hp.png souls.png
0 5,270 37,000
1 6,851 74,000
2 0 0
3 0 0
4 0 0
5 0 0
6 0 0
7 13,017 148,000
physical_vs_strike.png 100%
physical_vs_thrust.png 100%
physical_vs_slash.png 100%
fire_defence.png 50%
magic_defence.png 10%
lightning_defence.png 30%
dark_defence.png 10%
poison_damage.png Susceptible
bleed_damage.png Susceptible


Soul of a dragon that guards
the path to the shrine.

Do the dragons watch over the land
of their own will, or are they in the grip of
one of Aldia's spells?

— Description of the Guardian Dragon Soul


Aldia's Keep:
At the end of the keep.
Bonfire Intensity Health Souls
1 (NG) 5,270 37,000
2 (NG+) 6,851 74,000
8 (NG+7) 13,017 148,000

Bonfire Ascetic respawn: Ritual Site bonfire.

Dragon Aerie:
Non-boss version.
Bonfire Intensity Health Souls
1 (NG) ~5,300 4,000
2 (NG+) - 8,000
8 (NG+7) - 16,000
Heide's Tower of Flame:
Non-boss version. Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin only.
Bonfire Intensity Health Souls
1 (NG) ~1653 4,000
2 (NG+) 3660 8,000
8 (NG+7) 6612 16,000


  • Sellsword Luet
    • Found on the first floor near the dragon skeleton. Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin only.


Aldia's Keep:

Dragon Aerie: Dark Souls II only.

Dragon Aerie: Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin only.
All drops are guaranteed


Breath of Fire:
Conic attack at the ground that spreads out as it comes towards the player.

Flying Fireball:

Mid-air area of effect attack.

Tail Whip:
This attack has a wide radius of effect, try to stay away from the tail.

Swings its head while biting.

Stomps with either leg.


This boss is relatively easy, as long as your dodging is good.

Try to stay close to the back legs, but not too close to its tail.

Melee Strategy:

Stay between the dragon's legs as much as possible, attack its legs and watch your stamina.

When the dragon stomps, roll towards the dragon's other side, providing an opening for attack on its other foot.

If the dragon flies up to rain fire on you, just strafe to his side, or attempt to sprint directly under the dragon.

Sorcery Strategy:
When you enter the boss arena, walk a few steps to the left then lock-on to the boss and start casting spells. Your second and third cast should hit its head, causing massive damage.

Keep your distance while the dragon is waking up. Once it notices you, begin by strafing in front of it to bait out its straightforward fire breath (its head will rear up for 1-2 seconds) then roll under it and start casting spells. Move back in front once the attack finishes, and repeat.

You'll also have a good opportunity to hit the dragon with one or two casts of Soul Spear while it's perched on the side of the cage, as well as immediately after its airborne flame breath attack.


  • You can cut off the dragon's tail, preventing the use of tail attacks for the rest of the fight.
  • In Dragon Aerie, the fire breath attack can go through solid rock.
  • If you kill the dragon during one of its fire breath attacks, the fire itself will persist for the duration of the attack even after the dragon is dead. This can hurt you, so watch out.


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