Watchdog of the Old Lords

General Info
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3528 1696 Pthumeru Chalice - Layer 3 Central Pthumeru Chalice
23963 67763 Defiled Chalice - Layer 2 Cursed Sharp Damp Blood Gem (5)
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110 132 110 --
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110 160 999 160
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999 999 Yes No

Watchdog of the Old Lords is a Boss in Bloodborne. It is a large hound looking creature that is on fire. It was first revealed in the Chalice Dungeon gameplay video, and currently can only be found within Chalice Dungeons.


Watchdog of the Old Lords Information





  • 124,842 Blood Echoes
  • Cursed Sharp Damp Blood Gem
  • Central Pthmeru Chalice
  • Cursed and Defiled Root Chalice (when defeated in Defiled Chalice)


 Combat Information

The Watchdog is highly resistant to fire damage (to the point of near immunity) and as such Arcane builds may have significant difficulties without access to bolt damage.
She does a lot of fire attacks, in fact all attacks seems to deal fire damage, but they are all very easily avoidable so fire resistance, while viable, is unnecessary.
A weapon with some range can be useful but a slow weapon can put you at a disadvantage so be careful. The saw weapons are fairly effective with their speedy trick attacks.
When you enter the room she will likely use her charge attack so be prepared to dodge. She constantly moves toward you slowly so most of her attacks will be her Flame Swipe and Bite Combo. After using her bite combo, she will return to a neutral stance; you can use a vertical overhead attack to damage the crested plates on top of her head. After taking a few hits to the head, the defensive plate protecting her head will become damaged and further attacks to this area will cause additional damage. If she does Flame Swipe instead you can dodge through the flames but if you are close to her she will use the attack again with her other claw. She can transition into a Bite Combo pretty easily from Flame Swipe so it's best to dodge away and reset her and try for a Bite Combo. Because these attacks are very easy to avoid, this strategy is optimal. At 50% health she does her Explosion move which can kill you if get caught in it. She now moves at you much more aggressively and is just as likely to use Snapping Bites and she is Bite Combo--generally it seems she will use Snapping Bites if you are almost directly in front of her so try to stay at her side more to goad out a Bite Combo. Keep trying to bait her into using Bite Combo. and avoid her Explosion. When she uses an attack, you will see her throat swell up like a toad, if you hit it enough times while it's swollen you will stagger her, however, if you don't manage to pull off a stagger, you'll likely get hit with her attack.


  • Striking his knees enough or hitting them with a strong charge attack will cause them to shatter, briefly stunning him. Attacks on a broken leg will deal increased damage, however breaking a leg will seem to increase the frequency of certain moves.
  • His head can also be broken with enough damage, causing him to take much more damage from attacks.
  • While stunned be very careful that you don't stay too close to him. When he gets up he'll do a burst of flame that deals high damage, followed by a charge.
  • Always dodge in the direction that he swings his head.
  • Alternatively, bait him to swing his head or bite, and then reach him by dash jumping, leave a couple swing before he slams the ground with AoE explosion.
  • Be very careful when attacking him, because at any point an attack could trigger him to immediately cancel his current attack and perform a charge attack in front of him. Provided you're to the side and not too close to him, you should be safe

--Easy Cane Whip (Whip Mode) Technique for Defiled Chalice Level 2 (By FalseShadows)--: The key is to stay close so as to only trigger his single sweeping bite attack. Watch out for the attack, evading accordingly (Backing a step or two should be enough, no need to jump backwards), as soon as the attack animation is about to finish (bringing his head back to normal position), do an R2 attack and IMMEDIATELY take 2 sidesteps to the right as he will do his Charge Attack.The Charge attack should miss and the lock-on might be disengaged. Face him, lock-on and close the distance right away and repeat the attack luring. This is a guaranteed hit to the head everytime if the distance is managed correctly. As you are approaching 40-50% HP mark, you will injure his head, marked by "heeling" of the enemy. This is a Visceral Attack opportunity, so be sure to line yourself well against his head to trigger it. Notice that injuring its head increases the damage of succeeding hits dramatically. After this is where things start to get dicey. He will do a Flame Burst attack, which you can avoid by backstepping twice/thrice depending on your position in the arena; after the attack, he will start to move faster. The luring method is pretty much the same, except the enemy will start to chain his Sweeping Bite attack up to 3 consecutive strikes, depending on how close you are. You can still aim to hit after the first Sweeping Bite, but should the dog chain his bites, your attack will miss and you have a small window of time to backstep or risk being hit by the succeeding bites. Luckily, the chaining of the bites are slow, so if you miss the first strike opportunity, evade the second and third sweeping bite and R2 strike as the third Sweeping Bite (The upward sweeping one) animation finishes and the attack should hit the head as normal. Remember to double/triple backstep once he starts to cue his Flame Burst (he changes his stance) he seems to do it more often as he is near-death. Repeat luring as soon as the Flame Burst finishes. He should be down in no time without you taking any damage. (Done at Lvl 127 with 35 Vit, 50 Skill and a +10 Cane Whip.)

--Holy Blade+9 and Evelyn+9 strategy (by Mr. Fluffybottom)-- This strategy yields the quickest damage that I've found (high skill + bloodtinge preferred). Lock on and stay in front of him. You will be focusing on his head. Keep Ludwigs Holy Blade in 1-handed mode for quicker attacks. Bait his biting attacks, paying close attention to whether he is doing a single or double bite. Wait until the last bite and dodge-step forward and strike him once in the head with the holy blade. Backstep out of range and repeat. If you're quick enough and have his animations down you can usually hit him once before the bite begins and again when it finishes. In between bites he will occasionally try to pepper you with small fire blasts from his claws and mouth. Backstep repeatedly to avoid these and then return to baiting his attacks. He will also occasionally vomit up a puddle of magma. As he begins gagging you can rush in and hit him a couple times before backing off. Be mindful of the puddle's location afterwards as the damage and stun-lock from it will wreck you. If you have enough phys%-up gems on your holy sword you should be able to break his head in time for stage 2 by focusing solely on it. When this happens he staggers. Hit him no more than 2 times and back off. He will do an AoE attack upon stagger recovery which can easily one-shot you if you get too greedy. He will now take increased damage from all attacks on his head.

Upon entering stage 2 (~70%HP) he will erupt flames from his body and become more aggressive. His bites will often be a 2-chain instead of a single so watch for the telltale movement before approaching for a hit. In addition, he will begin including a 3rd bite attack occasionally where he will snap forward at the player in a diagonal motion. This always goes to the player's left, so sidestepping to the right as it happens allows for 1-2 hits before he pulls back. His pepper breath attacks will happen more often now and include more hits, so watch yourself. Additionally, he will begin using is AoE attack occasionally instead of just when staggered. Backpedal when you see the cinders swirling around him or die. Finally, when he approaches stage 3 he will begin using a charge attack (the same attack he likely opened the fight with). He announces this by stopping, spreading his legs, and roaring. He then swings his head down and lunges forward. This is a do or die moment for this fight. You can avoid this by sidestepping to the right in the moments before impact. If you dodge too early he homes in on you. Alternatively, you can take these charges as an opportunity to parry if you've broken his head already. Pay close attention to his movements when he sets up for the charge. As he roars and brings his head down there's a slight pause where he tightens up his legs before lunging at you. As soon as he begins to lunge after this you can shoot him in the head to parry. He will fall to his knees and be vulnerable to a visceral attack to the head. Whether you dodge or parry is up to you and how comfortable you are with your timing. If you miss the parry the charge may easily one-shot you or leave you with a sliver of health at most. High risk, high reward. Alternatively, for Arcane users, once he has 50% HP left, spamming A Call Beyond combined with Bloodbullet will make this fight almost trivial.

Finally around 30%HP he enters stage 3. He erupts flames again and speeds up all of his movements. He will become extremely aggressive and begin charging more often. He will also begin using a more powerful AoE more often. It has more range than before. Backpedal as far back as possible when you see him charging it up. Being near the center WILL kill you. His bite chain will always be 3 hits now and he will tend to use his fire blast attacks more often. They will have increased range and duration so be wary. At this point in the fight it may be wise to focus on shooting his head when he's walking towards you if you have any bone ash. This will speed up the last portion of the fight up. Beyond that, just keep peppering him with hits in between his attacks and you should be victorious.



Phase 1 Interrupt Notes
Swipe Bite No A series of wide, horizontal bites triggered when close to her front or side. The reach of this attack is deceptively large and is possible to get hit when in standing in flanks.
Flame Wave Swipe No Left swipe sending a wave of fire outward. Quickstep either to the side or through the wave.
Flame Bark Combo No Barks quick bursts of fire ahead. Back away during its long build-up to avoid this.
Lava Vomit No Vomits lingering pools of lava ahead. Back away during its long build-up to avoid walking into the lava pools.
Flaming Charge No Lights up and charges; quickstep to either side and out of its way. Hitbox is deceptively large and is triggered when entering boss room, cooperators should wait upon entering.
Pounce Attack No Pounces from hind legs with heavy tracking. Dash or quickstep forward past it while it's airborne.
Stomping Combo No Stomps multiple times with its front and hind legs when standing against them. Quickstep backward to avoid.
Phase 2 Interrupt Notes
Double Flame Wave Swipe No Same as the Flame Wave Swipe, but followed by a delayed second hit from the right paw. Quickstep left twice to move out of the second's range.
Phase 3 Interrupt Notes
Explosion No Absorbs heated particles before using a massive explosion. Gain as much distance possible by repeatedly quickstepping backward.


Notes & Trivia

  • The Watchdog has several eyes inside his skull.
  • The Watchdog has molars, consistent with both dogs and humans. Its still not determined what it started out as.
  • It has 5 fingers and 3 toes. In the hind legs the tibia and fibula are exposed.
  • The Watchdog has a powerful exoskeleton made from bone and unknown parts.





    • Anonymous

      06 Aug 2017 13:40  

      The page is inconsistent with calling the boss 'he' or 'she'. I'd suggest just going with a passive 'it' since we've no indication on it's sex.

      • Anonymous

        30 Jul 2017 04:02  

        I used to hate this Boss because of the many times I died to it in the Defiled Chalice but I really enjoy this fight now

        • Anonymous

          16 Jul 2017 02:41  

          The one thing standing between me and that glorious platinum trophy is this f-cker, i cant beat him, no matter how hard i try, with help or without, i simpy cannot do it.

          • Anonymous

            14 Jul 2017 03:20  

            Had a probably unimportant lore thought: do you think this thing might be Bloodborne's equivalent of a dinosaur? In the Victorian era, people were just starting to wrap their heads around fossils and the possibility that ancient life might have existed prior to creationism, so maybe this ancient beast is what the people of Yharnam envision prehistoric life to have looked like--colossal, lupine drakes with flaming blood. And speaking of flaming blood, could it be that its blood is related in some way to fossil fuel? Oil seems to be unusually abundant in the Tomb, and in Yharnam. If this thing was employed by the Watchers/Keepers, I imagine it must have a strong disposition specifically to other beasts, which would make its scorching blood all the more imperative.

            • Anonymous

              13 May 2017 15:52  

              I've learned the key to this guy is simply to stay in front of his face just out of bite range at all times, and attack with a quick long range melee attack over and over between bites.

              It seems intimidating at first to stand in front of him all the time but it as soon as you know his limited set of animations you're alright.

              • Anonymous

                18 Apr 2017 12:16  

                Equip the Corruption rune, summon Queen Killer. He tanked and survived until boss was down to 10% hp for me, 2nd try

                • Anonymous

                  15 Mar 2017 01:36  

                  It really reminds me of one of Sulyvahn's beasts that became embered. plus it is an heir of the old lords so i think it's time to grab your tin foil hats and start your theorising

                  • Anonymous

                    "Berserk" Manga Reference ?05 Jul 2016 14:54  

                    His design remind me a little about the... "demon" of Guts : Hellhound, I think he was called. <br/>What do you think, friends ?

                    • Defiled Chalice Strategy05 Jul 2016 14:54  

                      Ok i have a good strategy for this guy: <br/>I use a +10 Chikage and the Bone Ash Set <br/>Right before he does his bite attack dodge do the side the bite is coming from (i think it's left) than his his front leg 2 times then immediately dodge away because he's going to charge forward. When you get hit by his bite get away from him as fast as possible and heal, when you stand by his side and heal you get hit by his second bite in the oppisite direction (when he does it).

                      • Anonymous

                        Magma05 Jul 2016 14:54  

                        If you want to play it ultra save, you can just wait to the times he spies out magma and atack one leg with R2 and then hit body with R2 and retreat. This may takes some time but it works

                        • Anonymous

                          I hate this guy so much05 Jul 2016 14:54  

                          40 vit, full charred set and he keeps one shotting me with his stomp and charge when im not even touching him. Awful.

                          • Anonymous

                            Parry?05 Jul 2016 14:54  

                            When you hit his front knees he falls over, but I haven't been able to parry him anyway. Is it possible?

                            • If you got enough bloodtinge05 Jul 2016 14:54  

                              You can very easily outgun him after that you cracked the head. <br/> <br/>Video guide:

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