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The Guardian Dragon is a boss in Dark Souls II.

DescriptionEdit

A thin red drake trapped in a cage in Aldia's Keep. Three are later encountered as non-respawning enemies in Dragon Aerie.

Only in Scholar of The First Sin: There is one at Heide's Tower of Flame, in front of the drawbridge leading into the Cathedral of Blue.

LoreEdit

The Guardian Dragon guards the path to the Dragon Aerie, killing anyone that sets foot in its lair.

StrategyEdit

This boss isn't too complex. Most of its melee attacks are not much of a threat. Its most dangerous attacks involve its fire breath, which has a large area of effect. Staying underneath it while it is on the ground is a good tactic, as it has only one attack that can reach you there, and it is easily dodged.

As it is a dragon, it is weak to lightning. Make use of this weakness and the battle won't last for very long.

The Guardian Dragons in the Aerie will receive power boosts if the player destroys the eggs around the area. They will also become more aggressive and will attack on sight. If the player wishes to fight the dragons but has already broken several eggs, it is advisable to rest at a bonfire. This will respawn the eggs and reset the dragons' attack power to normal.

In this battle, mobility is better than toughness. Being able to run away at anytime from its fire attack beats trying to shield fire damage, and getting run down on stamina.

AttacksEdit

Stomp: The dragon attempts to hit the player with its foot. Easy to dodge out of the way.

Bite: The dragon lowers its head and bites to the side. Rolling under its body is a good method.

Tail Swipe: The dragon swipes its long tail twice behind it. Roll underneath it, as it may still hit you if you go to its side.

Ground Fire Breath: The dragon lowers its head and breathes a stream of fire towards the player. Deadly if it connects, but if not, then it offers a very good chance to wail on the dragon as it cannot do anything while this attack is in process.

Aerial Fireball: The dragon flies into the air and launches a single fireball at the player. Does a pretty good amount of damage and has a fair area of effect. Snap out of your lock on and sprint as far away from the dragon as soon as he flies up.

Aerial Fire Breath: The dragon flies up in the air and breathes fire at the ground. this fire radiates over a long range. Snap out of your lock on and run away from the fire.

Aerial Turning Fire Breath: The dragon flies up in the air and breathes fire around the arena while turning. Snap out of your lock on and run away from the fire.

Grounded Sweeping Fire Breath: Breathes fire from right to left. Difficult to avoid.

Diagonal Fire Breath: Clings to the wall and breathes fire in a non-sweeping diagonal direction.

DefensesEdit

Guardian Dragon (boss)

Physical Defenses
Icon DaSII PhyDef Icon DaSII StrikeDef Icon DaSII SlashDef Icon DaSII ThrustDef
??? ??? ??? ???
Elemental Defenses
Icon DaSII MagDef Icon DaSII FireDef Icon DaSII LtnDef Icon DaSII DarkDef
??? ??? ??? ???
Resistances
Icon DaSII PsnDef Icon DaSII BldDef Can be Backstabbed Can be Parried
??? ??? No No

These stats have been estimated through various formulae, and as such, may not be precise.


DropsEdit

Item Boss Soul
Guardian Dragon Soul
Twinkling Titanite II
Twinkling Titanite
Petrified Dragon Bone
Petrified Dragon Bone
Petrified Something
Petrified Something
Ring Flame Quartz Ring
Flame Quartz Ring +2
Drop Rate Guaranteed
(Boss)
Uncommon
(Dragon Aerie)
Uncommon
(Dragon Aerie)
Uncommon
(Dragon Aerie)
Rare
(Dragon Aerie)
Item Fire Tempest II
Fire Tempest
Drop Rate Rare
(Dragon Aerie)

NotesEdit

TriviaEdit

  • The Guardian Dragon shares its sound effects with the Hellkite Dragon from the previous game.
  • The Guardian Dragon boss isn't actually fully caged as the top of the cage is open. It's possible the Dragon lost its ability to fly high enough to escape the cage or simply claimed the cage as its nest.

GalleryEdit

VideosEdit

MusicEdit

Motoi Sakuraba - Guardian Dragon (Extended) (Dark Souls II Full Extended soundtrack)04:51

Motoi Sakuraba - Guardian Dragon (Extended) (Dark Souls II Full Extended soundtrack)

Bosses
Aava, the King's PetAfflicted Graverobber, Ancient Soldier Varg, and Cerah the Old Explorer
Aldia, Scholar of the First SinAncient DragonBelfry Gargoyles
Burnt Ivory KingCovetous DemonDarklurkerDemon of SongDragonrider
Elana, the Squalid QueenExecutioner's ChariotFlexile SentryFume Knight
Giant LordGuardian DragonLooking Glass KnightLost Sinner
Lud, the King's Pet & Zallen, the King's PetMytha, the Baneful QueenNashandra
Old DragonslayerOld Iron KingProwling Magus and Congregation
Royal Rat AuthorityRoyal Rat VanguardRuin SentinelsScorpioness NajkaSinh, the Slumbering Dragon
Sir AlonneSkeleton LordsSmelter Demon (Iron Keep)
Smelter Demon (Iron Passage)The Duke's Dear FrejaThe Last Giant
The PursuerThe RottenThrone Watcher and Defender
Velstadt, the Royal AegisVendrick

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