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Dark Souls III: Ashes of Ariandel – How to Beat Champion Gravetender and Gravetender’s Greatwolf Boss

Champion Gravetender and Gravetender’s Greatwolf – Dark Souls III: Ashes of Ariandel

The Champion Gravetender and Gravetender’s Greatwolf are the optional boss fight in Dark Souls III: Ashes of Ariandel. This duo can cause some serious headaches if you aren’t good at managing two enemies at once, but thankfully you can kill one before the other arrives. When the battle starts three wolves will charge ahead of their master, though they can be killed easily.

Once you actually get into a fight with Champion Gravetender the battle will play out like a typical PvP engagement. His move set is not terribly punishing, so even if you are hit there is ample opportunity to roll away and recover. Your best bet is to parry or back-stab him for a lot of damage and then follow up with some quick attacks.


Champion Gravetender is always fairly easy to stunlock so he shouldn’t be too much of a threat. However, when he reaches a little bit below half health his companion Gravetender’s Greatwolf will appear and join the fight. There is enough time for you to finish off Gravetender before the wolf actually rushes to attack you.

Yet, even if you can’t finish him off in time make sure to keep your focus on eliminating him first. Try and split the two up via the massive tower where he was kneeling at. Once he’s dead you will want to move back out into the open area for the wolf, as it will make dodging its attacks way easier.

The majority of its move-set consists of lunges, biting, and thrashing about in a 180 degree arch. This obviously makes the back legs very vulnerable so those will be the focus area of your attacks. Continue the assault until his health drops to around half and then it will get far more dangerous.

After the Greatwolf howls it will become way more aggressive and not be able to spray a mist of ice around it. You will want to play more cautiously this time around and wait until the Greatwolf tries to use its ice attack. Roll behind it, lay some damage onto the beast for a few seconds, and run away. Rinse and repeat these attacks and you should be able to bring down this mighty wolf.

After the fight you will earn  the Valorheart weapon and the Champion’s Bones. Congratulations you have defeated Ashes of Ariandel’s new optional boss.

Make sure to check back with Twinfinite for more guides, tips, and tricks on Dark Souls III’s Ashes of Ariandel DLC.

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