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Old Dragonslayer
Old Dragonslayer
Location Cathedral of Blue
Drops Old Dragonslayer's Soul
Old Leo Ring
NG 2,880 NG+ 5,760
NG 20,000 NG+ 48,000
"It appears that we still haven't seen the last of Lord Gwyn's mighty knights - Dragonslayer Ornstein appears before us once more. But this time, he's alone, and something seems… odd. Instead of the lightning powers that he once possessed, he attacks with the power of Darkness. Is this truly the same proud knight we faced in Lordran so long ago? If so, the flow of time is distorted, indeed. If not, then where else could this Old Dragonslayer have come from?"
— Dark Souls II Collector's Edition Guide

The Old Dragonslayer is an optional boss in Dark Souls II.

General InformationEdit

The Old Dragonslayer can be found in the Cathedral of Blue. He is opposite to the Dragonrider and is accessible after raising the lever to lower the drawbridge. The Old Dragonslayer's moveset is nearly identical to Dragon Slayer Ornstein's with the exception of dark magic attacks.


Masterless Glencour can be summoned from a ledge just to the right of the Dragonrider's arena. A fearless tank knight wielding a greatsword and a shield, Glencour will immediately rush the Old Dragonslayer after stepping through the fog gate, and continue to distract and inflict moderate damage throughout the battle, making him an invaluble ally to those having trouble conquering the Old Dragonslayer in a one-on-one situation. 


The fight is very similar to the Dragonslayer Ornstein and Executioner Smough battle without Smough. There are slight differences in how the Old Dragonslayer fights compared to Ornstein. An example would be that the Old Dragonslayer uses a dark magic attack, while Ornstein did not. Otherwise, Old Dragonslayer has the same sort of movement and similar attack patterns as Ornstein in the original Dark Souls should the player slay Executioner Smough first. If one takes his time fighting with him, he will shoot three dark magic orbs to the player from the tip of his spear.

Blocking until the Dragonslayer misses an attack may prove to be beneficial to the player, as well as backing away when he begins to cast his magic attack. Using a bow or crossbow may result in being able to stun-lock him by shooting him in the head. The Old Dragonslayer is weak to magic and is also vulnerable to lightning-based attacks. Sorceries can work out to be a viable tactic, if the player is able to anticipate his movements. Magical augmentations work very well against him.

Just as The Pursuer's cursing lunge is unblockable, the Old Dragonslayer's dark impaling lunge is the very same. It is predictable, and has some starting lag, so evasion is paramount to not suffering the massive damage of this move.

One highly effective strategy is strafing counterclockwise (player's right), as most of his attacks come from his right, making it especially hard to hit the player. It is possible to not have to block using this.

Boss InformationEdit


Charge (Fast Lunge): While the player has some distance between him, he will kneel down and charge at the player lunging his spear towards the player. Can knock down players if it connects. Blockable, at the cost of moderate stamina loss.

Jump Strike: Leaps into the air and slashes his spear on the ground. Hits hard, oftening stunning players who do not dodge in time, and the attack inflicts a fair amount of stamina loss if blocked. 

2-hit Combo: He swings his spear horizontally, twice in a row. Connects twice, but can be blocked.

3-hit Combo: Charges forward with his spear, then performs up to 3 horizontal swings. Can be blocked.

Lunging Uppercut: Lunges his spear forward and afterwards proceeds to perform an uppercut

Impale: Grips his spear with 2 hands and lunges it at the player. Unblockable; if the attack connects the player will be impaled, lifted up in the air, and thrown back down. This attack is similar to 'super' Ornstein's lightning impale technique in Dark Souls. Has a defence boost for a few seconds during the attack. This attack can instantly kill players who don't have a very high amount of maximum HP.

Dark Bonzai: His body will emit a dark aura, then he will proceed to jump into the air and land on the ground, exploding in a dark AoE (area-of-effect) attack. Very similar to 'super' Ornstein's bonzai move from Dark Souls, except this one explodes in dark energy, and not electricity. Evading this attack entirely is highly recommended.

Dark Barrage: The spear glows in a dark aura and he lunges it forward, and doing so will fire off several dark bolts at the player. It is highly recommended to evade the bolts entirely, if nimble enough, or block the attack with a shield that provides both decent stability and dark defence.


Item Old Leo Ring
Old Leo Ring
Boss Soul
Old Dragonslayer Soul
Drop Rate Guaranteed Guaranteed


By using a Bonfire Ascetic on the Cathedral of Blue bonfire, The Blue Cathedral, Old Dragonslayer can be respawned.


  • The Old Dragonslayer is reminiscent of Dragon Slayer Ornstein from Dark Souls.
  • The Old Dragonslayer uses a dark attack similar to Smough's special attack and Ornstein's after defeating one before the other in Dark Souls.
  • The Old Dragonslayer can be parried.



Dark Souls II OST - The Old Dragonslayer04:02

Dark Souls II OST - The Old Dragonslayer

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Dark Souls II How To Beat Old Dragonslayer

Dark Souls II - Walkthrough 5 - Heide's Tower of Flame-145:44

Dark Souls II - Walkthrough 5 - Heide's Tower of Flame-1

Old Dragonslayer Melee Strategy (Skip to 41:30)

Dark Souls 2 Lore The Old Dragonslayer of The Cathedral of Blue10:23

Dark Souls 2 Lore The Old Dragonslayer of The Cathedral of Blue

Dark Souls 2 Lore: Old Dragonslayer

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  • Old Dragonslayer.

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    • If you think about it, Old Dragonslayer is slightly larger than Ornstein and smaller than Ornstein's Super form, which could suggest that Smoug...
    • I certainly agree that the old Dragonslayer is in fact Ornstein, you do have some good ideas about the reason for his size difference as well...
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    • Ok here's my take on this. The Ornstein fought in lord ran and drangleic are both the same being, except the one in Drangleic is merely a hollo...

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