Guardians are enemies in Dark Souls. They can only be found in the Artorias of the Abyss DLC.


Guardians can be found in the Royal Wood area of Oolacile. They are usually found in small groups, accompanied by a few Wooden Scarecrows.


Large stone golems wielding the Stone Greataxe. They are extremely powerful opponents that can easily kill an unprepared player. They also have a very high aggro range making them difficult to dispatch from a distance.


Like the Stone Knights, these creatures have very high armor. As such, it is very important to choose the right damage type against them: They have extreme slash resistance, medium normal and thrust resistance, and low strike resistance.

Enemy InformationEdit


Respawn Yes
Backstab No
Damage Types Regular
Abilities Can easily stagger opponents.


Attack Damage Attack Type Status Effect Parryable Tracking Attack Speed
Overwhelming Smash ??? Regular None No No Slow
Ground Upheaval* ??? Regular None No No Slow
Smash Attack ??? Regular None No No Slow
Triple Smash ??? Regular None No No Slow
Running Smash ??? Regular None No No Slow

*This attack is only performed after the Overwhelming Smash


Physical Defenses Elemental Defenses Resistances
Def atk phy Def atk strike Def atk slash Def atk thrust Def sorc mag Def sorc fire Def sorc lght Def res poi Def res toxic Def res bleed
??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? S S S

These stats are sourced from FuturePress's Official Dark Souls Strategy Guide.


Item Item Twinkling Titanite
Twinkling Titanite
Stone Greataxe
Stone Greataxe
Drop Rate 20% 2%



  • After performing a ground smash, Guardians sometimes looks around searching for the player, leaving them vulnerable to a few free hits. However, the guardian can pull its axe out of the ground in a big explosion, if the player is within the attack's range for too long.
  • Guardians look very similar to Stone Knights. Their armor are quite similar, and they both guard the same general area.