Vordt of the Boreal Valley

Ramparts of the Frigid 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 and Strike damage. Inflicts Frostbite on player.
  • Weak to Dark and Fire damage.
  • Resistant to Physical-type damage.
  • Immune to Bleed, Poison/Toxic and Frost.
  • 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".



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

      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.<br/><br/>PS.: This was one of the easier bosses, just sayin'.

                                • I hate this dumb ass game15 Sep 2016 17:50  

                                  Seriously, why does Vordt soak so much damage? Like, I stabbed him with a dagger four times and he didn't die? Show me a human who lives through that many stabs and I'll show you a TERRIBLY designed boss named Vordt. Classic FromSoft making FAKE ***** in a game based on real life

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Question:02 Aug 2016 21:55  

                                    How many weiners does this guy have? Like 6 or 7? God ***** it, that's a lot of weiners... Could you imagine pissing with that meaning weiners? Like, if you pee out of all of them at once it would look so cool and majestic! It would be like a piss watering can. Jesus god ***** Christ that's awesome!

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Good advice above07 Jul 2016 04:21  

                                      Easily defeated him by using deep battle ax +1 with war cry and rolling underneath him. I was actually surprised by how easy he was to beat this way

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