Ancient Wyvern

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

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




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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). 

Strategy 3 (Jumping Attack)

This strategy uses jumping/plunging attack, but quicker than Strategy 1. When you enter the boss area, run straight and you  can see a bell. Stand on the right of the bell, wait for the Ancient Wyvern to lower his head and breath fire, then do a jumping attack. This strategy must be done quick, or the dragon will move forward, which makes you have to go back to Strategy 1.




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

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Notes & Trivia

  • Even bare fists will one shot with a plunging attack.
  • Excluding DLC's. 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

      19 Sep 2018 04:53  

      I'm disappointed that a freaking ancient wyvern can be one shoted with a falling plunge from any weapon. I shall try to go toe to talon with this majestic beast. Hmmmmm.....

      • Anonymous

        14 Aug 2018 06:22  

        I was climbing up the ladder leading up to the scaffolding that eventually leads to the plunging attack ledge when its health instantly went to zero and died lmao. Wtf happened?

        • Anonymous

          26 Jun 2018 15:10  

          I was in the middle of making my way around when it suddenly died on its own...I think it fell off a ledge!

          • Anonymous

            24 Apr 2018 17:14  

            Use pestilent mist and hang out in the middle of the stairs. Make coffee. Repeat.
            Seriously was this mini-boss even finished?

            • Anonymous

              01 Apr 2018 14:14  

              No boss, wrongly listed as boss. Boss drops Boss souls, which you can use to craft weapons or spells. So, all encounters with enemies with seperate healths are at least mini-bosses.

              • Anonymous

                19 Mar 2018 21:51  

                I just stupidly died twice to this boss. Simply by not pressing attack when plunging down, splattering myself on the stones and having ot run through those serpents three times before it finally came to me :-D

                • Anonymous

                  07 Mar 2018 04:37  

                  For Strength builds with sufficient vitality (done in NG+2, you can probably do it earlier), if you hate navigating the arena for the plunging attack and/or just want to fight a dragon face-to-face: +5 Dragonslayer Greataxe with a high-stability shield like the Dragonslayer Shield or Yhorm's Greatshield.

                  Meleeing the wyvern is a matter of NOT. LOCKING. ON. and also recognizing the tells; its neck positioning tells you what it's going to do. It's ridiculously slow and reliably telegraphs its attacks--its neck swipes always start from its right and move diagonally to its left, its head tends to move in the opposite direction (slight left-to-right shift) when it's going to breathe fire. It often--not always, but often--breathes fire twice before shifting to reset; the second breath usually puts the wyvern's head a little lower, allowing for more damage. The AOE flame attack when it lifts off to spray fire on the ground is extremely limited. Flame-breathing and foot-stomps, which also involve the wyvern lowering its head, are highly punishable. Get in two, maybe three, hits, leaving enough for your shield, then move a little to the side. This will give you time to see what its next move is.

                  It is also a matter of not falling off the edge. Try hard to stay in the middle of the path. Of the three times I died before killing the wyvern, twice were due to falls.

                  • 04 Mar 2018 16:31  

                    The fastest way is to stand at the right of the bell you first see (his tail when he appears), wait for him to breath fire and do a jumping attack, no need to run all the path.

                    • Anonymous

                      25 Feb 2018 11:19  

                      ***** this boss fight. You never interact with the boss, a single enemy in the arena is more threatening to your life than the dragon because they kill you with one combo (8 hits in a row is ridiculous), they bombard you with homing fireballs and the guys with axes on chains (who exactly came up with that?) can attack you through walls and through the ground when they are below you. First time I fell through the dragon, second time he followed me to the left and glitched out, never returning to the place where you can drop on him.

                      • Anonymous

                        13 Feb 2018 16:56  

                        Like Midir, you can Pestilent Mist him into submission. The two difficulties to overcome are the wyvern's knee slams/stomps and the tight quarters of the arena. The knee stomps are hard to see coming and you can get hung up on protruding architecture or run out of room to maneuver and get trapped between the dragon and the wall. Just don't lock on and try your best to stay out of the mist clouds. Other than that, the spell does massive and very quick damage, and the lack of room to maneuver actually works in your favor here because the wyvern has to stay in the cloud until it dissipates.

                        • Anonymous

                          22 Jan 2018 01:25  

                          I just love going through this gauntlet of enemies getting backstabbed and burned just to miss the plunging attack and having to do the entire thing over again, really just an amazing experience, i give this boss a 10/10

                          • Anonymous

                            20 Jan 2018 17:46  

                            the only problem i have with this guy is the freaking dual wielding snakes they parry they come in duos and they are so fast

                            • Anonymous

                              10 Jan 2018 21:05  

                              I feel like as far as dragon bosses go in the series, this has got to be the worst. The first time I found this boss, it's look gave me a sense of excitement, I was thinking "Oh my god, look at the size of it, this is gonna be epic!" And then I realised how the fight worked. The biggest shame about this boss isn't its design, but the fact that once you reach Archdragon Peak, this is one of only two bosses in that area which makes it a let down for the entire area, but at least there's some kind of reward at the end of it all.

                              • Anonymous

                                28 Dec 2017 13:21  

                                This boss is undoubtedly one of the easiest bosses in the game, but is also one of the most annoying bosses, having to run for like 5 minutes and potentially miss the plunging attack. If your luck is bad enough, you'll get killed on the ladder to the wooden scaffold.

                                • Anonymous

                                  20 Dec 2017 05:17  

                                  The battle arena is a great place to farm souls. Equip serpent ring and shield of want. Lure enemies into dragon fire. Die, grab souls, and repeat until ready to kill the dragon lol

                                  • Anonymous

                                    16 Dec 2017 07:10  

                                    I think this were once Dragon worshippers now in their final form. Transformed humans. The Pus of Men breaking out of some of them could be a hint. Real dragons wouldn't have such things within them.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      26 Nov 2017 01:35  

                                      Lazy, cheesy way to do this if you hate the serpent-guys like I do and just want to get to the Nameless King. Done in NG and NG+, with a STR/DEX build:

                                      --Dragonslayer greatbow (+5)
                                      --50 Dragonslayer greatarrows (bring Onislayer or Lightning greatarrows in case). I needed 43.
                                      --Hawk's Ring (dropped by the giant in Undead Settlement)

                                      Enter the boss area, dodge the wyvern, run into the ruined building on the left. Kill the three Serpent-men who appear. When you run into the ruined chamber (just before the stairs that lead up to the serpent-man ambush), there's an open space to the left with a flame-throwing Serpent-man. You may have to kill him as well, but the dragon will sometimes take care of it for you.

                                      Once the Serpent-men are out of the way, station yourself just behind the leftmost pillar that's just before the open space where the flame-throwing Serpent-man was. That and the falling-down stone wall will block you from most of the wyvern's flame attacks, while leaving plenty of open space to shoot through.

                                      Get out your greatbow and go to town. The wyvern won't move other than to breathe fire, and the columns framing your shot pretty much guarantee that regardless of where its head is you'll get in damage. Every now and then the wyvern will get you, but the damage isn't terrible. Just heal, retake your position, and start shooting again. Cheese and victory will be yours.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        25 Nov 2017 17:47  

                                        Another option is to run past him and go right down a side path. He can't follow down the stairs so he'll stand there and breathe fire at you. When he does the straight blast of fire you can run up and hit him in the side of the head. Then roll back down the stairs. You need fire resist to block the horizontal fire breath. A little harder but sounds like it might be less glitchy. Plus you get to hit a dragon in the face and live to tell the tale.

                                        • 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)!"

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