Guardian Dragon


In a cage at the top of Aldia's Keep, resides a red Wyvern. The Guardian of the path to the Dragon Aerie awaits you.


Dark Souls 2

Aldia's Keep
Bonfire Ascetic respawn: Ritual Site bonfire.
Bonfire Intensity Health Souls
1 (NG) 5,270 37,000
2 (NG+) 6,851 74,000
8 (NG+7) 13,017 148,000
Dragon Aerie
Non-boss version.
Bonfire Intensity Health Souls
1 (NG) ~5,300 4,000
2 (NG+) - 8,000
8 (NG+7) - 16,000

Scholar of the First Sin

Heide's Tower of Flame
Non-boss version.
Bonfire Intensity Health Souls
1 (NG) ~1653 4,000
2 (NG+) 3660 8,000
8 (NG+7) 6612 16,000


Boss at Aldia's Keep

Non-boss at Dragon Aerie - Dark Souls 2

Non-boss at Dragon Aerie - Scholar of the First Sin

All drops are guaranteed


  • Using BOSS-TIER
  • High Fire Resistance
  • Medium Lightning Resistance
  • Very Low Magic and Dark Resistance
  • Can be poisoned

Attack Patterns

  • 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.
  • Bite
  • Stomp


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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