Ancient Wyvern

hp.jpg souls.jpg Location
7873 70,000 Archdragon Peak
Drops Dragon Head Stone
Weak Resistant Immune
Slash Lightning
Frost Frost

PoisonPoison & Toxic


Ancient Wyvern Information





  • Souls: NG (70000), NG+ (140,000), NG++ (154000), NG+3 (??), NG+6 (??), NG+9 (??)
  • Co-Op Souls: ??
  • Dragon Head Stone


Combat Information

  • Weak to Lightning and Frost Damage.
  • Strong against Toxic and Bleed damage.
  • Weak Spot: Head
  • One-shotted by plunging attack.




Video Strategies

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Strategy 1 (Plunging Attack)

This strategy is quite easy. You'll need light fire resistance equipment but make sure you are still able to roll. The weapon doesn't really matter as long as it deals good damage. When the Wyvern arrives, don't even bother attacking it, just go past it and to the left. There will be a path. Just follow the path and the ladders, ignore the enemies, and finally go up to a specific ledge above the wyvern's head. When he is done breathing fire, he will lower his head. Just jump and press R1/RB and victory will be yours. This strategy is super easy but it doesn't include the satisfaction of beating a Wyvern with a bow. Still counts!

Strategy 2 (Directly underneath)

Stand directly under the Wyvern so that you are targeted and facing the dragon's stomach. If positioned correctly, the boss will only attack with blockable foot-stomps and occasionally fly overhead for a fire breath below. Always run away from where you were facing the boss, and not towards, and the fire shouldn't hit you. Hurl Lightning Spears or any damage spell in general, or melee attack it's legs whenever possible, rinse and repeat. (Completed with Great Lightning Spears for 202 damage Per shot and 10 Ashen Flasks). 



Attack Name Attack Description
Fire Breath Breathes fire in your direction, causing fire damage, knockdown and stamina drain if blocking. Kills enemies as well.
Foot Stomp Stomps players beneath it. 
Tail Swipe  Swipes tail, hitting you if you are behind it. Huge hitbox.
Attack Name Attack Description
Fire Breath Breathes fire in your direction, causing fire damage, knockdown and stamina drain if blocking. Kills enemies as well.


Lore Theories

  • Location relationships
  • Item transcripts that relate to this boss
  • Lore notes on this boss
  • Dialogue

Notes & Trivia

  • Even bare fists will one shot with a plunging attack.
  • This appears to be the only boss whose arena does not have a corresponding bonfire.  Instead, victorious players are teleported to the Dragon-Kin Mausoleum bonfire.
  • ??

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    • Anonymous

      30 Oct 2017 23:01  

      This boss can randomly die. It happened to me 2 times on my way to the plunging attack. Both times I was somewhere around the tower and both times when it happened I engaged the enemies to the path.

      • Anonymous

        02 Oct 2017 16:12  

        I feel like they should have just made this boss part of the Nameless King fight. Like, instead of having another damn wyvern show up as a boss, just have us fight the Nameless King on his Stormdrake in this same sort of run-for-your-life situation, plunge attack the Stormdrake's head, then have the storm transform the arena so that we can fight the Nameless King 1-on-1? I dunno, anything to make this fight a little more surprising. Though I guess the King of the Storm fight is already pretty cool...

        • Anonymous

          25 Sep 2017 17:02  

          I was always put off by this boss knowing how easy it is, but when I actually played the game and realized it's more of a mini-boss, I was kind of pleased. No, it's not difficult, but it sets up a pretty unique situation. Plus the passive-aggressive notes everywhere cracked me up. "PLUNGING ATTACK NOW (YOU DENSE HALF-WIT)!"

          • 16 Sep 2017 00:51  

            Here's another successful strategy for pyros/sorcs:
            Just stay under it's legs (slightly to the front or to the back so you can dodge the stomp attacks easily) and constantly cast Toxic Cloud and/or Pestilent Mist over and over again right underneath it. After about two minutes, the wyverns health drained rapidly with 200+ ticks and was dead shortly after. This does require you constantly dodge and move though, so be sure to use a green blossom if your stamina is on the lower end.

            • Anonymous

              16 Aug 2017 21:53  

              Cast spook and hidden body, have that lingering dragoncrest ring. Not a single serpent man noticed me as I ran to the plunging attack spot.

              • Anonymous

                22 Jul 2017 00:49  

                First time fighting this boss, I was a Faith caster and found him easy to face simply by standing out of range and spamming sunlight spears. Second time was with dex build, and though the plunging attack adventure was annoying, it was still fun. Helped that I already knew where to go.

                Just wish lightning great arrows did more. For a weapon designed to take down dragons, a measly 340 damage is disappointing.

                • Anonymous

                  13 Jun 2017 12:05  

                  Easy boss if you got a frost weapon. The frost triggers immediately if you hit his head and does relative high dmg. His moveset is pretty basic so dodging him shouldn't be hard. I found that staying to the left of his head makes his breath attack useless and makes it easy to anticipate his other attacks. Still wasted all 15 estus flasks but at least it's more fun than oneshotting him...

                  • Anonymous

                    08 Jun 2017 11:46  

                    I was about to run out of estus while fighting this and the man-serpents, so I didn't bother to try exploring the upper levels. I never knew that a plunging attack was possible! So I took it out just like how people used to hunt dragons. I equipped my Milwood Greatbow and sniped it using Dragonslayer and Lightning greatarrows. Had to dash from cover to cover, and shot it while breathing fire in another direction. Took me about 80 greatarrows. Missed about 1/5 of the shots tho because of the head which always sways. But after about 30-45 minutes, you'll get the satisfaction of shooting down a F*cking Dragon!

                    • Anonymous

                      21 May 2017 23:05  

                      Frankly, this is a stupid boss. I didn't read the messages on the ground, noticed that I did only 16 damage to his feet with each swing. I nearly killed it normally, using the Ithyrill sword +5, because Frost effect would trigger normally on Wyvern's neck. I realised what I had to do when it's health was around 1/3, or even less. I ran for it. I walked off a cliff accidently. FML. Killed it easly on second try, though, despite the annoying little enemies.

                      • Anonymous

                        09 May 2017 10:21  

                        killed him using bow from the location where ring of steal protection is located. I used poison arrows at the beginning of the fight, and he drop 6 dung pies after death

                        • Anonymous

                          18 Feb 2017 08:23  

                          i somehow got the dragon to kill itself by falling off a ledge. i dont know how but i was running through the arena and was about to run across the bridge and all of a sudden it died.

                          • Anonymous

                            09 Feb 2017 16:21  

                            I had no idea what plunging attack means, so I went running a got in a spot where I can shoot arrows at him, I spent almost 270 arrows fire/feather/standard with a composite bow +6

                            • Anonymous

                              08 Feb 2017 03:58  

                              I'm surprised the trivia doesn't mention the fact that when you kill the dragon, the game calls it a heir of fire?!?

                              • Anonymous

                                03 Feb 2017 22:10  

                                > KILL DRAGON
                                With what, your bare hands?
                                > YES
                                Congratulations! You have killed a dragon with your bare hands! Hard to believe, isn't it?

                                • Anonymous

                                  29 Jan 2017 10:08  

                                  So I actually beat him with melee attacks on my second try without realizing there was a proper method to beat him.
                                  From the entrance to the boss fight, I ran up to where he perches and down to the right. After grabbing all the items down here I found a cozy spot by accident under his head as he does the forward fire breath. After a bit of mucking about I found you can stand in front of him, and make him to the forward fire breath, as he begins this attack you run forward and off to the side of his head and can get two good hits on his neck.
                                  Then this is the trickier part, you want to stay close to his head after the breath attack to force one of his bite attacks or the high flying downward breath attack. The two bites you can roll dodge easily enough with good timing and the downward fire attack you just run from. Either way you want to position yourself back in front to force another forward breath attack and just rinse and repeat.
                                  However, now and then if the positioning is off you may cause him to do a sweeping breath attack which is rather difficult to avoid. The only semi reliable way I found to avoid this is to run up to where his head and neck meet and try to roll under that. Anywhere else you generally get hit.
                                  I was using a fully upgraded Hollowslayer Greatsword 2-handed. The vertical slashes made hitting the neck easy.
                                  My only regret was that I hadn't switched to my newly aquired and upgraded DragonSlayer Greataxe lol.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    08 Dec 2016 00:20  

                                    I died 2 times during the fight. One was embarrassingly missing the plunging attack (When he rears his head), and the other one was by our favorite, best, 11/10 ign mob in the game, good ol axe and chain

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