Vordt of the Boreal Valley

General Info
hp.jpg souls.jpg Location
1328 3000 High Wall of Lothric
Drops Soul of Boreal Valley Vordt
Weak Resistant Immune
Dark Dark
Physical-type PoisonPoison & Toxic 

Vordt of the Boreal Valley Information

Vordt of the Boreal Valley is a Boss in Dark Souls 3. Referred to as a "Dog" by Emma, he guards the path to Undead Settlement.





  • Souls: NG (3000), NG+ (15,000), NG++ (16,500), NG+3 (16875),NG+4 (18,000), NG+6 (??), NG+9 (19,125)
  • Co-Op Souls: NG (750), NG+ (3750)
  • Soul of Boreal Valley Vordt



Combat Information

  • Health: NG (1328), NG+ (4146), NG++ (4560), NG+3 (4768), NG+4 (4975), NG+5 (5389), NG+6 (5597), NG+7 (5804)
  • Deals Standard Damage and Strike Damage. Inflicts Frostbite on player.
  • Weak to Dark Damage and Fire Damage damage.
  • Resistant to Physical-type damage.
  • Immune to Bleed, Poison/Toxic and Frostbite.
  • Dealing heavy damage to his head while he charges his frost breath in his second phase will stagger and open him for a riposte.



Video Strategy

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Strategy 1 (Melee)

The best way to fight Vordt as a melee build is to stay close to him and roll through his attacks and get underneath him. A very good weapon to use is the Deep Battle Axe you can find in the room below the Lothric Wyvern, since almost every starting class can wield this weapon in two-hands effectively. The first phase is relatively easy by staying underneath and behind Vordt as much as possible. Attack after his second wide swipe attack and never stand in front of Vordt as he has a very fast lunge attack that is near impossible to dodge. If you find yourself in front of him close the gap as fast as possible while moving to his left.

When Vordt reaches his second phase (at about half health), he will start doing a charge attack back and forth. You should leave yourself with some stamina to roll if you know your sequence of attacks is going to reduce Vordt to half health. Your best option is to dodge these charges while locked on to always keep him in your sights, he will usually charge three times. After these charges, he will begin to ready his breath attack, and this is when you should close the distance and go to his left and use a charged two-handed power attack. 

Staying beneath him is still ideal, but will not make you invulnerable like in the First Phase, so watch out for him standing up and other attacks. 


Attack Name Attack Description & Counter
Thrust A quick mace jab, it's much faster than his normal pace. Avoid the front, dodge to the side, then counter.
Strike A vertical blow that smashes foes infront of him. Dodge to the side, then attack.
Slash Slashes its large mace in a sideways motion at the player, can be dodged. Dodge towards it as he readies his blow/dodge under the strike, then score some hits.
Buff At half health, roars and buffs itself with some sort of blue effect. Begins to use ice breath attack, and may only use charge attack after doing this. Score free hits, and wail, preferably near his rear. Prepare to dodge if he faces you or attacks.
Charge Charges in a straight line at the player, then does a turn and charges again. Charges 3-4 times. Stay mobile, ready rolling, score a hit at his feet once he stops (doesn't quickly face you)
Ice breath Breaths an icy haze in a long arc in front of him, like other enemies' fire breath. Has a short charge-up, allowing for the player to get behind him and avoid the attack entirely. Since update 1.04, Vordt has been nerfed and cannot be staggered out of his Ice breath.  Players are allowed to attack him freely during the entire animation. Rush nearer his back, for more safety.


Lore Theories

  • It is written that Boreal Knights devolve to beast-like forms due to the effects of Pontiff Sulyvahn's rings (in his case, the Left Eye) - it seems that Vordt is further along in this process than the other Outrider Knights met in the game.
  • Emma refers to Vordt as a "dog".
  • Vordt using ice/frost in comparison to the Dancer using fire could symbolize that the Dancer chose the path of the Pontiff, while the other Outrider Knights chose the path of frost.
  • Because of Vordt's large body shape, it can be assumed that he is at a higher rank in the Outrider Knights



Notes & Trivia

  • Due to Vordt's weakness to Dark, Deep Battle Axe found from the Mimic underneath the High Wall Wyvern a good weapon choice.
  • The middle Dutch word "vorst" cognates with the English word frost. This could be a possible origin for Vordt's name, as he is an ice themed boss.
  • Vordt can be related to insane Guts in Berseker Armor.





    • Anonymous

      17 Dec 2017 23:56  

      Man, I wish they had made Vordt more than just a meager, minute-long boss. I feel like they should have brought him back for a rematch at some point. Maybe in Irithyll on the bridge? Instead of Sulyvahn's beast, what if Vordt followed your ass back to his homeland, and you could either choose to fight him there or run through the barrier at the far end of the bridge, which Vordt fails to breach, since the lore suggests he and the Dancer had been exiled by Sulyvahn. Then you could have a sick-ass rumble in the water below the bridge, just like with Sulyvahn's beast, but with the added danger of frost accumulation. At least then you might get to hear more than a minute of his *****in' battle theme.

      I know I'm dreaming too late, but still... It would have been tight.

      • Anonymous

        11 Dec 2017 05:30  

        Basic testing has revealed that the key to opening him for a crit is not based on your damage output, but rather it is triggered by a charged power attack to the head, even fists were successful in accomplishing this.

        • Anonymous

          30 Nov 2017 15:21  

          Hello, fellow person reading through the comments. How're you? Good? That's good to hear! Now, I should say something about Vordt so you aren't bored, right?

          Well, I suggest hitting him until he dies. This is a sacred skill that everyone uses, unless you hack/exploit, of course! Well, anyways, goodbye for now!

          • Anonymous

            23 Nov 2017 13:50  

            I used Fire Sellsword Twinblades +4 for him.

            Fire gem as a burial gift, obviously.

            12 Titanite Shards are easy to get, just get the one in Cemetery of Ash and the 5 in High Wall in addition to farming the Lothric Knight at Tower on the Wall a bit. (just aggro him without the annoying little buggers and lure him to the bonfire)
            You can get +3 easy.

            Then, do the tree jump in Firelink and trade a Firebomb with the Crows for a Large Titanite Shard. While you're up there, it might be worth doing some other trades as well, the Prism Stone and Black Firebomb ones in particular.

            For the other Large Titanite Shard, go to the right from the High Wall bonfire to the next platform with bunch of enemies and a longbow. Grab the longbow and buy a ton of wood arrows from the Shrine Handmaid. Then, walk up to the stairs right outside of the Wyvern's range and start shooting him. If I remember correctly, it took around 40-50 arrows to get him to low health, then he will fly away, giving you another Large Titanite Shard.

            Those are the only two you can get before Vordt if you're not insane and fight the Dancer early. (trust me, I pulled it off, it's ridiculously hard)

            Just get to Vordt, buff if you want it to be even easier somehow and kick his ass, literally. When he goes Phase 2, roll through his charges and spank that booty some more, done, GG EZ.

            • Anonymous

              30 Sep 2017 21:38  

              So that ghost walking down the steps in Irithyll is Vordt, right? The one next to it is obviously the Dancer, but the "male" Outrider's armor doesn't look much like Vordt's, unless his armor became more beastly over time.

              Actually, it's a little upsetting that you don't get Vordt's armor at any point, even though you get the Dancer's, the Pontiff Knights', the Fire Witches', and the Outrider Knights'... Would have been nice to have a heavy armor with high defense against Frost.

              • Anonymous

                30 Aug 2017 20:38  

                I had to summon to beat him what a fkin scrub I am. First souls game, I really like souls but I suck dck at it. Without summon I could only get him to 25% health. I have uchi too, buts it's not +2 this guy cant bleed I hate this asshole for having killed me 15 times but I am a scrub for summonig

                • Anonymous

                  15 Jun 2017 03:11  

                  When I started the game, I didn't know what transposing was. So, I consumed his soul so I could level up once or twice. Now I missed out on that ring... ._. Almost makes me wanna restart

                  • Anonymous

                    01 Jun 2017 17:33  

                    It's a shame that once you're used to the fighting him he is so easy to kill that you can't really enjoy the boss music unless you prolong the fight on purpose

                    • Anonymous

                      25 May 2017 13:27  

                      Almost beat this guy when I accidentally wandered into him, using fireball and my +1 fire dagger. I was totally dumbfounded by the random boss, and I kinda let him beat me up but then I discovered I could roll up his butt and I started blendering his fork with the dagger. A better player could probably manage this naked with no weapon.

                      • Anonymous

                        15 May 2017 23:48  

                        IF you kill him with the boreal dancer armor he actually moans like if he was free or something. And, if you use his soul you have access to an unique dialog with Emma.

                        • Anonymous

                          30 Apr 2017 04:36  

                          Probably the easiest boss in any souls game if you can kill him during his ice breath, but god help you if you're a new player and don't have the correct weapons for the job. Experienced player deciding to go on a bleed build with a dagger, since he's immune to bleed I can only get him to about 1/4th of his health left after the ice breath. He then continues to do attacks with a ton of damage frames that don't make sense, has insane frostbite buildup, and is pretty fast. I have killed this guy dozens of times and still died to him a few times on that character

                          • Anonymous

                            23 Apr 2017 15:41  

                            Easiest boss to farm for sunlight warrior medals

                            Get Yuria, buy Dark Hand, spam r1. Combo will go above 1k damage per swing and boss will just melt.

                            Deep battle axe probably works too but it's a stamina hog so you probably won't get over 1k damage on the combo before running out of stamina.

                            • Anonymous

                              15 Apr 2017 15:34  

                              Died to him 6 times in NG before I soloed him. Beat him first try without taking damage in NG+. (I never played a soul game before)

                              • Anonymous

                                20 Mar 2017 20:17  

                                Rolling towards Vordt with armor of Thorn equipped causes you to stagger. It doesn't work on Vordt. Learned that the hard way being pinned between him and a wall with the set on. Needless to say what happened...

                                • Anonymous

                                  14 Mar 2017 23:28  

                                  So I just started my Shield Knight playthrough, using shields only. With a Lothric Knight GS, Vordt's charge is the first attack in the game that, when blocked, causes the player to do a flying backflip and land unharmed. However, my friends and I who have beaten Vordt many times realized that in bocking the first hit, the boss looks almost like he staggers, cancels the charge, and does not follow up with his breath attack. Tested solo, with phantoms, and as a phantom. I know the game can glitch out every so often, but this seems pretty specific under multiple conditions. He never used his ice breath, and at most charged twice if I failed to block the first. Anyone able to support this?

                                  • Anonymous

                                    09 Mar 2017 17:31  

                                    There's a strange bug where when summoned as a white phantom to another player's world and entering the boss fight Vordt just isn't there, you can clearly see the host and any other phantoms fighting him but you cannot see or interact with him in any way. I've seen this happen three times to date, it seems to happen when I have a particularly bad connection to the host.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      11 Feb 2017 22:35  

                                      Once defeated. The bonfire here is good to farm ember from the lothric Knights outside the door and up the stairs

                                      • Anonymous

                                        16 Jan 2017 19:45  

                                        Idk if this happened to anyone else but recently I was invaded by a player that had full Catarina armor and a sword. Sounds ordinary right? Well hear this. He had the same move set as Vordt of the Boreal Valley. No lie. He was hunched over like him, charged at me like him and other stuff. He was also a bit smaller than a normal player. Luckily I had 3 other guys with me so we were able to corner him and kill him. But if anyone knows how to have that kind of move set, please tell me.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Harambe? Ancient creature?03 Oct 2016 05:43  

                                          I dare you guys, i really would like to see any proof for that, it sounds unbelievable.PS.: This was one of the easier bosses, just sayin'.

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