The Guardian Dragon guards the path to the Dragon Aerie, killing anyone that sets foot in its lair.
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.
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.
Guardian Dragon (boss)
|Can be Backstabbed||Can be Parried|
These stats have been estimated through various formulae, and as such, may not be precise.
Guardian Dragon Soul
Petrified Dragon Bone
Flame Quartz Ring +2
|Drop Rate|| Guaranteed|
|Drop Rate|| Rare|
- By using a Bonfire Ascetic on the Aldia's Keep bonfire, Ritual Site, Guardian Dragon can be respawned in its boss form, Using the Dragon Aerie bonfire respawns several strewn about.
- 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.