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Champion's Gravetender & Gravetender Greatwolf

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General Info
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Tender: 2791

Wolf: 4193

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

Tender:

 BleedBleed, Lightning

Wolf:

BleedBleed, FireFire, Lightning

Tender:

FrostFrost,  PoisonPoison/Toxic

Wolf:

FrostFrost

None

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.

 

Location

 

Drops

  • 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)
  • Greatwolf Health: NG (4193), NG+ (4197), NG++ (4617), NG+3 (4827), NG+4 (5037), NG+5 (5457), NG+6 (5666), NG+7 (5876)
  • Gravetender attacks deals physical or magic damage. Rarely, may cause Frostbite.
  • Greatwolf attacks deals physical samage. May cause Frostbite.
  • Gravetender attacks are Parriable, Greatwolf can't be parried.
  • Try to eliminate gravetender before greatwolf arrives - fight will be much simpler.
  • Both Greatwolf and Gravetender are weak to Lightning damage and Bleed, plus Greatwolf is weak to Fire.
  • Greatwolf can be staggered, what gives an opportunity to perform a critical strike dealing significant damage.
  • Champion's shield can be guard broken, allowing you to perform a critical strike on him. Also can be backstabbed.
  • Champion can be staggered with ease.
  • No NPC summon available for this fight.
  • Summoned player phantoms cannot enter the boss area until the boss fight is triggered.
  • Both Gravetender and Greatwolf are highly resistant to frost, plus Gravetender has medium resistance to Poison/Toxic.
  • If the Greatwolf howls while the Gravetender is still alive, the Gravetender will get buffed, indicated by the Warcry's red aura.

 

 

Strategies

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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.

Attacks

 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 could 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. Especially With Hornet Ring and Knight Slayer's ring it is a perfect ocasion to break up block and perform critical strike.
Valorheart Special Attack - Shield If Gravetender is blocking, he can perform a roar attack with his shield. Doesn't deal much damage, but breaks player attack or block.
Critical Strike If player is stunned, gravetender approaches and perform Critical Strike. Depending o distance can be avoided or not.
Magic attack After Greatwolf appears, Gravetender sometimes switch to staff and cast 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 (especially near Champion Grave). If player uses Greatshield can be blocked (needs testing, is it worth to).
Ground Head Rush Attack  Greatwolf lower his head, then swiftly rush towards player causing massive psychical damage. Attack is telegraphed, so therefore can be avoided.
 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. Can be avoided, and if player is in lucky spot, gives an opportunity to strike wolf few times.

 

 

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 x6). 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% (effect doesn't reset, if player fail to beat Gravetender & Greatwolf on first attempt).
  • 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.

 

 

 




    • 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.

      • 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.

        • 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.

          • 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.

            • 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

              • 04 May 2017 21:15  

                This whole dlc panders WAY too much to light and fast builds. Friede's cooldown is too quick and you HAVE to kill the gravetender before the wolf comes other he will be a major annoyance against tge wolf. I went here with a raw flamberge +8 and the wolf destroyed me. The wolf moves at the speed of bloodborne while you are playing at the speed of dark souls. Unlike previous bosses this one is just an unfair gank boss

                • 17 Apr 2017 23:52  

                  You can kill the wolf in 3 hits if you use a fully upgraded dragonslayer axe and then use it's lightning ability as the wolf charges and this takes a third of its health

                  • 04 Apr 2017 11:21  

                    The wolf's second phase ice breath makes for a good opening. As soon as you see him charging up, roll at his face and NOT away from him. If you hug his face or neck,, the ice breath will miss and you can easily get in 2-3 hits with a normal sword. Be careful to roll from the side OPPOSITE to where wolf begins his icy breath (i.e. if you see the breath starting from the left, try to come to the face quickly through the right side). Having under 30% equip load also helps as it gives you faster rolls.

                    • 04 Apr 2017 00:18  

                      Very often he is immun to critical attacks after his shieldguard broke! Hope this is just a bug and not some desperate attempt to artificialy prolong this fight...

                      • 01 Apr 2017 12:54  

                        This boss is pretty much impossible if you are a short ranged character. Dex build with knife/claws here, I can take down the guy ridiculously easy because of bleed and rapid attacks but the wolf moves too fast for you to ever get any hits in. To damage it at all you have to jump attack into it in which it'll just charge you and deal 3/4ths of your health (low armor). Only solution is to ranged bow it or cheese it with poison, the former is hard and will likely get you killed due to slow draw and the latter is easy but takes 5 years.

                        • 14 Mar 2017 13:30  

                          Anyone Curious, If you kill the Greatwolf before the Gravetender, then Graveteder will get a Rage buff similar to the Wolf or most Axes in this game and does more damage but other than that, nothing else really.

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