Champion's Gravetender & Gravetender Greatwolf

General Info
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Tender: 2791

Wolf: 4193

60,000 Painted World of Ariandel
Drops Valorheart, Champion's Bones
Weak Resistant Immune


 BleedBleed, Lightning


BleedBleed, FireFire, Lightning


FrostFrost,  PoisonPoison/Toxic




Champion's Gravetender & Gravetender Greatwolf Information

Champion's Gravetender & Gravetender Greatwolf is a Boss enemy in Dark Souls 3. It is part of the Ashes of Ariandel DLC.

  • No NPC summon available for this fight.
  • As long as fight is not triggered, player phantom can't enter the boss fight arena.





  • Souls: NG (60,000), NG+ (120,000), NG++ (132,000), NG+3 (135,000), NG+4 (144,000), NG+5 (147,000), NG+6 (150,000), NG+7 (153,000)
  • Co-Op Souls: NG (30,000)
  • Other: Valorheart
  • Champion's Bones: Key item to access the Undead Match at Hollow Arena


Combat Information - Gravetender

  • Health: NG (2791), NG+ (2794), NG++ (3074), NG+3 (3213), NG+4 (3353), NG+5 (3632), NG+6 (3772), NG+7 (3912)
  • Attacks deals physical or magic damage. Rarely, may cause Frostbite.
  • Parryable: Yes
  • Weak to Lightning damage and Bleed.
  • Resistant to Frost and Poison/Toxic.
  • Shield can be guard broken, what gives an opportunity to perform a critical strike. Also can be backstabbed.
  • Champion can be easily be staggered.
  • If the Greatwolf howls while the Gravetender is still alive, the Gravetender will get buffed, indicated by the Warcry's red aura.

Combat Information - Greatwolf

  • Health: NG (4193), NG+ (4197), NG++ (4617), NG+3 (4827), NG+4 (5037), NG+5 (5457), NG+6 (5666), NG+7 (5876)
  • Appears, when Gravetender's health is lowered by 70 percent.
  • Attacks deals physical damage. May cause Frostbite.
  • Parryable: No
  • Weak to Lightning, Fire and Bleed.
  • Resistant to Frost.
  • Player can break his poise, what gives an opportunity to perform a critical strike dealing significant damage.




Video Strategy

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Strategy 1 (Melee)

This boss is an NPC sized character that wields Valorheart. In the first phase, he will be accompanied by a pack of small wolves. He can taken on fairly straight up, once the pesky wolves have been dispatched, his health bar gets depleted rather quickly. Be mindful of his weapon's guardbreaking and combo moveset, and try not to over rely on you shield. Dodge effectively, reading his patterns and attack when he presents an opening.

When he reaches a lower health bar (about 1/2), his partner, Gravetender Greatwolf will arrive, who is a much larger wolf with a deadly moveset. The wolf is fast and has a powerful forward rush that will launch you into the air with devastating damage, and using the central pillar is helpful in staying clear of its attacks. It can also breath frost that will affect you even if you are using the central pillar for cover. The key to handle the wolf is to stay to its side, avoiding its slash attacks, and recognizing when it is charging up it's dash attack, giving you time to effectively dodge to the side of it. Try to take out the Champions Gravetender first and it will make the fight with his partner much easier.



Strategy 2 (Melee, Bleed build, Solo)

Equipment: Carthus Rouge, Carthus Curved Sword +10 (or any non-large weapon that causes bleed damage) wielded in two hands, Medium armor set.

After entering area with that fight use Carthus Rouge at sword and approach high building. When Gravetender rises, go back a little, as he will walk slowly, what can be used to eliminate 3 nearby wolfs (with them fight is much harder). When Gravetender will be left alone, re-use Carthus Rouge and attack him in moment, in which he can be harmed with ease, f.e. after his rush attack. When his health is lowered to about 1/3, he uses (not always thought) "By my sword" gesture, and Greatwolf will appear on the battlefield (on the middle of the arena). Do not hesitate to eliminate wounded Gravetender and re-use Carthus Rouge. After doing so - lock on Greawolf (let you avoid his rush attacks more easily) and stick to him. During activating second phase (red eye and "roar") you can still attack him - bleed damage will kill him easily.

Strategy 3 (Pyromancy, Solo)

Spell: Chaos Bed Vestige with Pyromancy Hand +10. In addition Chaos Battle Axe.

Rings: Boosting Fire Damage + Dusk Crown Ring

Set: Fire Keeper

Slowly approach place with Gravetender and 3 wolfs and back up a little, then cast CBV few times to eliminate them (they are vulnerable to fire, so even non-direct hit will cause massive damage). Gravetender alone is an easy target, but his rush can deal a lot of damage (spells can't broke this attack) and he can avoid them. If Greatwolf approach, do not look on him and eliminate wounded Gravetender. Greatwolf is vulnerable to fire - CBV can easily deal even 600-700 damage per hit, but be careful to his attacks, as most of them can be fatal. However, HP base (especially if you won 2 encounteres with him and regular wolfs) is low, so few CBV will kill him without any problem.


 Champion's Gravetender

First phase
Valorheart Special Attack - Sword Gravetender uses Valorheart weapon art - swift sword attack. Can be avoided with ease.
Rush Attack If player is at medium distance from Gravetender starts to run, what may end with swift and dealing medium damage attack. Can be avoided or blocked, but not broken.
Block Gravetender uses his shield to block player attack. 
Valorheart Special Attack - Shield If Gravetender is blocking, he can perform a roar attack with his shield. Doesn't deal much damage, but drains a lot of stamina.
Critical Strike If player is stunned, gravetender approaches and perform a critical strike. 
Magic attack After Greatwolf appears, Gravetender sometimes switch to staff and casts either Homing Arrow or Snap Freeze.

  Champion's Greatwolf

  First phase
Rush  Greatwold rushes 1/2/3 times, dealing high psychical damage. Attack is telegraphed by white snow appearing around Greatwolf, thought it can be avoided. Can be blocked.
Ground Head Rush Attack  Greatwolf lower his head, then swiftly rush towards player causing massive physical damage. d.
 Head sweep  Greatwolf sweep his head 2/3 times, causing physical damage.
Swift rush + Frozen breath (second phase) Greatwolf rushes throught the arena 2 times, then stop and breath in player's direction causes massive frost damage. 



Lore Theories

It should be noted that the Champion's Gravetender was likely the Champion's page referenced in the description of Valorheart. He and the Gravetender Greatwolf are both referenced to have been extremely loyal to the Champion, so we can assume they are watching over the Champion's grave.


Notes & Trivia

  • Greatwolf, which appears during fight can be encountered twice - at entrance to place with tower with Millwood Knights and near this tower. If you kill Greatwolf without winning those encounters, you lost chance to obtain loot (Large Titanite Shard x3 for one victory). During these encounters, he uses moveset from boss battle and is supported by a pack of wolfs.
  • In addition, if player win those fights, Greatwolf HP during boss battle will be lower by around 15%. It is a permanent effect.
  • Gravetender, in order to call Greatwolf, may use gesture "By my sword".
  • Few of Greatwolf abilities mirror Vordt of the Boreal Valley.
  • Bug (Co-op, PC, Very rare) - After inflicting blood loss on Gravetender his healthbar goes wild, what makes him invincible for a few minutes.




    • Anonymous

      16 Sep 2017 02:58  

      As a Pyromancer, it is possible to stunlock the Gravetender with Sacred Flame: Wait for an opening right after dodging one of his attacks (preferable to the left/right) and immediately cast Sacred Flame. Once the animation has finished (or better during), press the left stick forward while hammering the L1 button (or whatever you press to use your Flame) and he will get grabbed again. Worked for me until the last sliver of health, where he manages to jump backwards.
      Also: DO lock on to the Greatwolf, as he poses a much larger threat at this point than the Gravetender. Keep your distance to both of them, then, when the Greatwolf pauses, hurl a GCFB/Bed Vestige at the Gravetender to finish him off.

      • Anonymous

        14 Sep 2017 22:23  

        Anyone want help me tf out? I can beat the guy easy but the *****ing wolf sucks it runs away and then charges or does AoEs. Help?

        • Anonymous

          05 Sep 2017 12:30  

          Using a bow it is possible to hit the gravetender or the wolf from outside the arena. Doing so will trigger the fog wall, so it's impossible to hit them more than once or twice. The health bar will appear and the music will play if you stay close to the arena, you can also sit at the bonfire and this will reset the boss' HP but it will also make the fog wall disappear. With dragonslayer greatbow I could hit the gravetender twice, if you boost with power within + RSTR at 40/40 you can reduce his health by 33%. I wonder if it's possible to cheese him this way if you can deal at least 50% damage with one hit.

          • Anonymous

            16 Aug 2017 16:24  

            Hi! I don't know if this is a bug/ glitch or not, but:
            - I beat the big wolf the 1st time it showed up
            - Beat it again the 2nd time it showed up
            - Did Not rest at bonfire
            - Went to Champion's Gravetender, smashed his face in, then the Greatwolf came to the fight at half (i.e. 50%) HP.


            Did anyone experience this as well?
            - Mikko

            • Anonymous

              14 Aug 2017 07:15  

              So I guess this boss is prone to glitches, because the first time I beat these two the wolf just walked around me in a circle as I was attacking it, and didn't stop until it was dead.

              • Anonymous

                10 Aug 2017 21:37  

                The first part of the fight is just like a parry tutorial. Although it's kind of bugged because sometimes you still take damage even if you successfully parry. Good way to cheese through the first half regardless.

                • Anonymous

                  14 Jul 2017 03:00  

                  Can't believe anyone had a hard time with this boss. I didn't even have to apply strategy or specialized gear. First time was the feeling out process, and I died. 2nd time I killed the swordsman before the wolf even appeared (he was spawning but didn't show up yet), then it was just like a rematch with an easier Sif. Tears of Denial DID save me once, tho. All you have to do is use the big ice pillars to create separation and give yourself time to heal. Took me 7 flasks. Only easier boss IMO is Deacons.

                  • Anonymous

                    13 Jul 2017 10:48  

                    How are so many people complaining that this boss is unfair? I bought the season pass yesterday, and accessed this DLC, first time, on NG+, with a SL70 strength/vit based character maining a Heavy Bastard Sword +10 and Wolf Knight Greatshield.

                    I got to this boss before Friede, and beat it at my second attempt.

                    The boss isn't a gank: the NPC is a joke, dies really quickly, and barely does anything once the wolf spawns. Maybe i was just lucky, but when the greatwolf appeared, the NPC would just hold back, casting sorceries from time to time, but that's it.

                    The wolf fight by itself made my jaw drop. It was like seeing an unarmed supersonic version of Sif, and i loved it. Didn't bother blocking, just dodged his amazing attacks, some of which clipped me at times, but didn't feel unfair at any moment. He is hard to hit cause he won't stop moving at any moment, but some hits to the head, which he exposes a lot if you fight him head on, open it for a critical, which absolutely obliterates him.

                    I felt this boss was more epic and fair than Friede, whose third phase can go straight to hell. And the soundtrack? Don't even get me started on that violin...holy*****.

                    • Anonymous

                      14 Jun 2017 23:16  

                      Maybe this boss fight like the one from the RC DLC was originaly meant to be a PvP boss fight but they dropped that idea for some reason. That the Gravetender was orignaly meant to be a placeholder just like Halflight. It has that feeling at least to me.

                      • Anonymous

                        11 Jun 2017 09:23  

                        Greatwolf, which appears during fight can be encountered twice - at entrance to place with tower with Milkwood Knights

                        Milk wood knights are the best

                        • Anonymous

                          02 Jun 2017 09:30  

                          One of my favorite fights that From has made in this game! I don't mean to put others down but this is a very safe fight. You have enough time to take out the wolves then champion and then you can just use the pillars to your advantage in the big pup part of the fight. At least for me it was easy on NG+3 SL 130 with +10 Crow Talons and +10 Bandit Knife but different bosses are tougher for different people. Just please quit calling it unfair.

                          • Anonymous

                            19 May 2017 09:48  

                            This boss is one of those god-awful bosses that can only do nothing but run around the entire time. The minute it's 12000 stamina bar drops the boss dies instantly, lol. Bad boss is bad.

                            • Anonymous

                              18 May 2017 05:50  

                              This boss is easy... if you use big weapons. Just infuse an ultra greatsword with fire or chaos and try to stun lock the gravetender, then stagger the wolf. The wolf will get wrecked if you pull of a critical.

                              • Anonymous

                                09 May 2017 03:02  

                                Just used poison-mist on the wolf and walked backwards with a black knight shield. Champion's Gravetender was alive most of the time. as weapon i used the Barbed Straight Sword with Carthus Rouge which was very helpful against Champion's Gravetender. That´s working on low sl. btw with sl29 and +2 weapon

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