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, LightningLightning


BleedBleed, FireFire, LightningLightning, Critical Strike


FrostFrost,  PoisonPoison/Toxic



(Both): 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.

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





  • 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 Standard Damage, Strike Damage, Thrust Damage and Magic Damage (2nd phase). May also cause Frostbite (2nd phase).
  • Gravetender can use Valorheart's weapon arts.
  • Parryable: Yes
  • Weak to Lightning Damage and Bleed.
  • Resistant to Frostbite 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 about 55 percent.
  • Attacks deal Standard Damage. May cause Frostbite (2nd phase).
  • Parryable: No
  • Weak to Lightning Damage, Fire Damage and Bleed.
  • Resistant to Frostbite.
  • Players can break his poise, which 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 be 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 your shield. Dodge effectively, reading his patterns and attack when he presents an opening.

When he reaches half health, 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, using the central pillar is helpful in staying clear of its attacks. It can also breathe 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 its 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.
To be taken in conjunction with everything else, below is a playbook of how to beat this fight with at least three Estus left, as it was field-proven by this contributor.

1. Champion Gravetender summons his big Greatwolf at half health. Play the first phase as safe as you can, being very evasive, killing the wolves first. To get the wolves easy, bait the nearest wolf, which is sleeping to Gravetender's right shoulder. Next, go around the right of the whole batch of pillars and there will likely be another wolf. It is not 100% essential to use these vectors, but they help. 

2. Kill Gravetender second. Don't interrupt his combos, punish and go for openings only.

3. If Gravetender is still alive when he calls his Greatwolf, separate them, but don't bring the wolf's health down, because he will buff into a red-eyed variant. Kill Gravetender by punishing his soul-spear magic combo and when he's open or recovering, and absolutely do not stay in the line of attack with the wolf. 

4. Kill the wolf. Basically, it's the Sif strategy of simple dodge rolling and hitting the legs from the sides and inside while in first stage, you can punish his frost by rolling inside the lines of spray, and hitting him. More than two hits for a punishment is dangerous.
5. The giant wolf can do a dashing cyclone attack up to four times in rapid succession. In his first phase (before he buffs), he is likely to do it three times. 
6. If you have too much heat on you, use the pillars and such to buffer yourself, and conserve your stamina. Don't panic roll or spam panic swings, or you will get hit. None of the enemies heal, so use that to your advantage to keep your punishments as short as possible. 



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 the area with the fight, use Carthus Rouge on the sword and approach the high building. When Gravetender rises, go back a little, as he will walk slowly, which can be used to eliminate 3 nearby wolves (with them, the fight is much harder). When Gravetender is alone, re-use Carthus Rouge and attack him in the moments in which he can be harmed with ease, f.e. after his rush attack. When his health is lowered to about 1/2, he uses (not always thought) the "By my sword" gesture, and Greatwolf will appear on the battlefield (in the middle of the arena). Do not hesitate to eliminate wounded Gravetender and re-use Carthus Rouge. After doing so - lock on to 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 the place with Gravetender and 3 wolves and back up a little, then cast CBV a 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 break this attack) and he can avoid them. If Greatwolf approaches, do not look on him and eliminate wounded Gravetender. Greatwolf is vulnerable to fire - so CBV can easily deal even 600-700 damage per hit, but be careful with his attacks, as most of them can be fatal. However, HP base (especially if you won 2 encounters with him and regular wolfs) is low, so few a CBVs 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, Gravetender starts to run, which may end with a swift and medium damage dealing attack. Can be avoided or blocked, but not broken.
Block Gravetender uses his shield to block player's 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 performs a critical strike. 
Magic attack After Greatwolf appears, Gravetender sometimes switches to a staff and casts either Homing Arrow or Snap Freeze.

  Champion's Greatwolf

  First phase
Rush  Greatwolf rushes 1/2/3 times, dealing high psychical damage. Attack is telegraphed by white snow appearing around Greatwolf, though it can be avoided. Can be blocked.
Ground Head Rush Attack  Greatwolf lower his head, then swiftly rushes towards player causing massive physical damage. 
 Head sweep  Greatwolf sweeps his head 2/3 times, causing physical damage.
Swift rush + Frozen breath (second phase) Greatwolf rushes through the arena 2 times, then stops and breathes 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. Gravetender Greatwolf appears to have some history with the Farron Followers and The Abyss Watchers of Farron Keep. For more, an article about Wolf's Blood,  The Abyss Watchers and  Artorias can be found  here.


Notes & Trivia

  • The Greatwolf which appears during the fight can be encountered twice - at the entrance to the area with a tower with Millwood Knights and near this tower. If you kill Greatwolf without winning those encounters, you lost the chance to obtain loot (Large Titanite Shard x3 for one victory). During these encounters, he uses the moveset from the boss battle and is supported by a pack of wolfs.
  • In addition, if player wins those fights, Greatwolf's HP during the boss battle will be lowered by around 15%. This is a permanent effect.
  • Gravetender, in order to call Greatwolf, may use the gesture "By my sword".
  • Few of Greatwolf's abilities mirror Vordt of the Boreal Valley.
  • Bug (Very rare): Greatwolf, instead of fighting, circles around player without attacking him.




    • Anonymous

      17 Dec 2018 02:24  

      Greatwolf doesn't seem to be weak to bleed in its optional fights (tested with Bleed-infused Reinforced Club+4), couldn't get it to proc no matter how much I whacked it (for comparison, Sulvayhn's Beast bleeds in 3 and Monstrosity of Sin bleeds in 2).

      • Anonymous

        05 Dec 2018 08:20  

        what makes this fight easier is to poison him before the big wolf comes out. Once the posion is applied you will fight him normally until he calls for his big wolf. While he is doing the gesture do whichever does most damage to him then just follow him cause he will roll away at this point. If you parry him one more time or hit him enough eventually the poison will finish him off. Then its just the big wolf.

        • Anonymous

          02 Dec 2018 03:13  

          Not too bad if you are a pyromancer. Great Chaos Fire Orb and/or Chaos Bed Vestiges help plenty with the Greatwolf bit

          • Anonymous

            26 Aug 2018 17:58  

            This battle was pretty hard for me because I had a pyromancy build with no strength investment, which led to me being unable touse heavy weapons. My stamina was depleted before I could break the Gravetender's guard. And the wolf definitally took steroids....

            • Anonymous

              05 Aug 2018 04:33  

              Kill small wolves, get gravetender half health than toxic poison. Once wolf spawns toxic aswell only takes 3 sec or so for it to prock. Run around pillars and let poison do the work.

              • Anonymous

                09 Jul 2018 12:36  

                This is undoubtedly, the worst, most unoriginal "boss" fight in the entire series. It's just an npc with 3 dogs and a bigger dog... yay

                • Anonymous

                  27 Jun 2018 21:06  

                  If you're curious to know the Champion's Gavetender's armor, it's pretty easy to figure out. His armor is a Dark Mask, Chain Armor, (no gauntlets) & Loincloth. Now mess with other people as much as you want with the Valorheart!

                  • Anonymous

                    06 Jun 2018 09:36  

                    I know this should be impossible, I mean he is dead. Real dead. But I think the gravetender is meant to be the original Crestfallen warrior.

                    • Anonymous

                      05 May 2018 06:14  

                      You can kite the wolf around the pillars in his stage one, but for the love of the sun don't even try it for the wolfs stage two. The flying fucker with drift with the power of Initial D and 360 you into the loss another ember.

                      • Anonymous

                        04 May 2018 02:52  

                        Should've called the wolf, "The Flying Fuck You" because all it did was fly around the god damn arena like some kind of dumb bird. So I'll give my way on fighting this boss so it's easier for you, I know this may not seem like a good idea but use poison on a high damage weapon when the gravetender does his taunt thingy. After poisoning him just fight the flying fucker by walking the opposite direction of the gravetender, the flying fuck will follow you so just hit him in the nose once in a while and dodge his attacks, and don't try to block them, always keep your shield up but if you get stunned the gravetender will run up and fuck up your day (because he's an asshole like that). The gravetender usually dies from the poison effect, and if the effect goes away just slap his tiny ass until he gets dieses. It's pretty easy if you have the balls and the skill to make that second hit with your great sword (I used the an ultra great sword but if you're a novice I don't suggest using it, if you're a novice you probably shouldn't be fighting this boss in the first place, but if you are a novice and you think you can do it... you've gained my respect). Hope this helped, and let's be honest, it will. Because I've done this twice and it worked both times.

                        • Anonymous

                          29 Apr 2018 07:03  

                          So... Miyazaki put an NPC wearing random shit the Handmaiden can get you, and wielding a bad weapon with the hyperarmor of a wet noodle, with NO lore whatsoever, and then copy/pasted Sif minus any emotion, and put a few tiny enemies to try to make it fun? He must have been really eager to end the Souls series, damn!

                          • Anonymous

                            24 Apr 2018 05:59  

                            There is an easily done exploit that can allow you to kill the champion without going into the arena. Use a +10 bow with 99 feathered and 99 whatever second arrows. Before dropping down into the boss area, one of the wolves is visible in the far distance (near the center of the pillars. Shot it with a feathered arrow (any arrow could work but feathered doesn’t drop as much. This will trigger the fog gate, but with you outside it. All the npc’s and champion will rush towards you, but because of the odd terrain, you can shoot them with arrows if they are close enough to the ledge. The fog gate will stop any arrows not aimed basically straight down and you can’t get a lock most of the time and you can’t see the boss. However with patience and observing when you hit, you can kill the champion before even entering the arena. After that it’s just the big wolf. Can’t cheese that because he doesn’t spawn until you are there, even though the champion will do the gesture.

                            • Anonymous

                              03 Apr 2018 08:50  

                              The wolf is EXTREMELY weak to lightning. Transpose Dragonslayer’s Greataxe after the Dragonslayer Armor fight, and use its AoE weapon art on the wolf. When upgraded to +5, a direct hit will remove about half of the wolf’s health on NG. This is extremely useful because although you can easily avoid the wolf’s attacks and tank its damage, catching up to it is nearly impossible until it does ice breath or roar, and the range of this weapn art will catch it even if you’re not quite in melee range. You shouldn’t even need to use an ashen estus flask—I only had 14 attunement and one FP bar lasted me the entire fight. | |

                              | | As for the Gravetender, if you have the +5 Dragonslayer’s Greataxe as mentioned, he attacks infrequently and can be easily guard broken by it, so just wail on him. Otherwise, try the regular Dragonslayer’s Axe from Creighton the Wanderer, perhaps infused with lightning. I feel that the Lothric Knight Greatsword is a bit too slow for this fight but it might also be an option. If you don’t have any upgraded lightning weapons, try a miracle strategy. In the Gravetender phase, he doesn’t close distance very well or attack very quickly, so you could definitely use Lightning Spear, Lightning Stake, etc. Lightning Blade and Gold Pine Resin will also be very helpful in hacking through HP. I couldn’t tell what he was doing but it seems like at half health he takes a break to call his wolf. You should be able to use this break to stunlock him until death, preventing you from having to fight both at once. If you need to deliver one or two more blows amd the wolf has already shown up, just ignore the wolf as it runs around a lot. Finish your fight with the Gravetender and then deal with the wolf after. | |

                              | | Other useful equipment: Chloranthy Ring and Grass Crest Shield, as I find that just spamming the roll button whenever you’re not attacking is the best way to avoid the wolf, and because the Dragonslayer’s Greataxe requires a stupid amount of stamina to actually wield. Good luck, have fun, and remember, if you beat challenging melee only bosses like Dancer, Dragonslayer Armor, and Champion Gundyr, this duo is nothing to you.

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