Keeper of the Old Lords

General Info
hp.jpg blood_echoes.jpg Location Drops
3867 3471 Central Pthumeru Chalice Central Pthumeru Root Chalice
Can drop Twin Blood Stone Shards
19690 54224 Defiled Chalice Radial Blood Gem
physical_DEF.jpg VS_blunt.jpg VS_thrust.jpg --
103 99 99 --
blood_DEF.jpg arcane_DEF.jpg fire_atk.jpg bolt_DEF.jpg
99 30 70 75
slow_poison_RES.jpg rapid_poison_RES.jpg VS_beasts.jpg VS_kin.jpg
120 210 No No

Keeper of the Old Lords (旧主の番人 Kyūshu no ban'nin lit. "Watchman of the Old Lords") is a Boss in Bloodborne.







Combat Information

  • Keeper of the Old Lords is staggered as easily as other human sized enemies, even when in the middle of an attack. Well timed blows can prevent the Keeper from completing any attack altogether.
  • If you're having trouble with this boss (like in a defiled dungeon where you only have half health, for instance), you can poison it with two Poison Knives. It's best to use the strategy outlined above for the first phase of the fight and then switch to poison daggers when it buffs its sword with fire.
  • The Keeper of the Old Lords can be beaten easily with Ludwig's Holy Blade by baiting her into engaging you, and staggering him in the middle of his somewhat slow attacks. To do this, get just in range of it so that it starts walking towards you. Once it gets about 6 steps away, charge your Ludwig's Holy Blade power attack in Greatsword (transform) mode and let go just before it swings. After awhile, it'll apply Fire Paper to their blade and begin to run at you. Continue the same tactic, however while compensating for its run speed, also immediately back dodge twice after landing your attack. It will often follow up its attack with a long reaching move and you will be caught with it if you're late.
  • This boss can be easily stun-locked with the Blade of Mercy in dagger form. The Keeper won't be able to attack or dodge away. Just keep on top of her, and when your stamina gets low hop back and recharge.
  • Do not completely deplete your stamina; leave a little bit so you could dodge away at the end, or the Keeper will surely retaliate should you try to walk away.
  • Other weapons can still stun-lock, but his dodge attack would be fast enough to slip through between 2 swings of your weapon.
  • When his HP is reduced to about two thirds, the Keeper will attempt to apply fire to his sword and gain new abilities. While the Keeper attempts to do so, any attack will stagger him out of the animation, stopping him from entering phase 2. However if the attack landed too late and fire is already burning away on his sword, he would enter phase 2 anyway. If one keeps preventing him from entering phase 2, he would give up for a while and continue fighting.
  • Often after being parried (or being shot during a non-parryable attack, particularly the 'short shoulder-charge into flame punch' maneuver), the Keeper will do a defensive two-swing combo. He also tends to use this after getting up from a Visceral Attacks. These defensive swings can themselves be parried, allowing one with proper timing to chain Visceral Attacks against him without giving him any opportunity to defend himself.
  • Skill/Bloodtinge builds can have an easy time against this boss. You just have to attack twice with a transformed Reiterpallasch then immediately afterwards use the transformed R2 to shoot. It will always parry since he will attempt to attack after the second hit. Even after he buffs his weapon he will do the same thing. You can repeat this strategy until he falls. This strategy also works with Chikage.
  • Be careful if you chose to parry this boss. Landing a visceral attack while he is up against a wall will often times clip him into the wall, forcing you to restart the battle as he is no longer accessible.
  • For Arcane build, Keeper of the Old Lords can be staggered with Executioner's Gloves, combined with the use of Bloodbullet and Oedon Writhe Visceral Attack, the Keeper can be killed with ease.


Attack Name Attack Description & Counter
Flame Wave The Keepers' fist glows red before sending out two waves of flames at the player. Typically used when the player is at medium range.
Flame Burst A ball of fire erupts from the Keepers' hand. Short range but fast.
The Keeper could follow up with a slash after this attack, or he could slash first then immediately perform this attack.
Ring of Fire The Keeper lifts their glowing fist into the air before slamming it into the ground, creating an expanding ring of fire around them.
Dodging Slash Two wide sword slashes, with the second being executed while the Keeper dodges backwards. Sends out waves of fire when the Keeper has ignited his sword.
Running Slash The Keeper runs forward and swings his sword. Sends out a wave of fire when his sword is ignited. One of his easiest attacks to parry. Fire pistol just before the swing. Identify the attack, let him come as close as you dare and then shot.



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Notes & Trivia

  • In the Defiled Dungeons the amounts of physical damage received and heal will be decreased along with the decreased max health, but elemental damage will do normal damage making Keeper of the Old Lords surprisingly tough, being able to 1 shot players.
  • Is a possible reference to Dark Souls, his name as Keeper of the 'Old Lords' referring to the Great Souls as well as his use of Fire, remenisent of pyromancy, in addition their armor greatly resembles the Dark Set from all 3 Dark Soul games, with the hat and robes added.
  • Keepers have at least 8 eyes in their head, with pupils and irises. Their eyes resemble those of Amygdala.
  • Their armor resembles a spider's web and eyes can be found within the gaps. This makes it resemble Amygdala's head.
  • Eyes can be found within their flames. Similar eyes can be found in the flames of Boom Hammer Hunter.





    • Anonymous

      30 Mar 2020 19:26  

      Be thankful the boss battle isn't like the Capra Demon setup. Imagine two of those keepers Dogs rushing you at the same time the Keeper does.

      • Anonymous

        23 Feb 2020 19:28  

        Wtf with this boss... Easy moveset, easy dodge, easy stun, easy counter... But I'm still getting destroyed by it (he/she ?) What kind of black magic is this I don't f_cking understand

        • Anonymous

          29 Dec 2019 13:17  

          It's probably worth noting that if you have it, the Beast Claw is fast enough to also work with the Blade of Mercy strat, if not, better due to it's damage output.

          • Anonymous

            25 Dec 2019 20:00  

            I think the general opinion seems to be that Keeper isn't that good of a boss, but I really like... uh, her? Even though most of her moves and such are pretty simple and easy to counter/dodge, the fight is still often quite engaging and fair (unless of course she gets stuck spamming the double flamewave-attack, which seems to happen fairly often).

            • Anonymous

              02 Dec 2019 04:14  

              I like how the strat started with calling the keeper "her," then within the same sentence said "him," then every sentence after that as "it" lmao

              • Anonymous

                08 Aug 2019 08:27  

                If you use the threaded cane transform it into it's whip form and Dodge to your left Everytime he attacks you close range, even with the buff on. Right after dodging do a quick R1 and then back out. It ain't much but it's honest work lol

                • Anonymous

                  13 Jun 2019 10:58  

                  What small ***** Asians thought this retarded *****ing boss deserves 25k hp and you have half hp and healing in defiled chalice 4, jesus *****ing Christ all his attacks (which are very *****ing quick) one shot you , imbeciles ruining my fun.

                  • Anonymous

                    13 Feb 2019 17:58  

                    If you're lucky enough to have a friend help you through a bit of the DLC to the point in which you can obtain the Gatling Gun, I managed to gun this boss down with 25 bullets at +6, with 10 Bloodtinge! Hope it helps anyone struggling!

                    • Anonymous

                      31 Jan 2019 07:26  

                      Auger of Ebrietas and Holy Moonlight Greatsword at 50 arcane will destroy this boss. Get some blood bullets, knock to ground with augur, spam until out of stamina, hit with augur twice so stamina can regenerate to full, repeat. Easiest way I’ve found for arcane builds. Unless ranged spam works better. I haven’t tried it.

                      • Anonymous

                        31 Jan 2019 07:21  

                        The armor is very similar to that of the lord’s blade armor from the first Dark Souls. Of course the headpiece is different, but still.

                        • Anonymous

                          19 Nov 2018 04:16  

                          It's a shame we can't get ahold of their sabre, especially considering that there's not really a flame equivalent to the Tonitrus excepting the Boom Hammer, which isn't really the same kinda weapon seeing as you only get one hit that does flame damage at a time with it.

                          • Anonymous

                            12 Nov 2018 20:42  

                            If you have hard times trying to beat her in Defiled Chalice, just use the trnasformed Blade of Mercy. She becomes ridiculously easy, since you can make a 5+ combo and still have stamina enough to dodge.

                            • Anonymous

                              09 Nov 2018 17:52  

                              Worst boss of all time in cursed labyrinth...literally 1 shots you with every attack and spams fire nonstop so you can never get close, and if you do, the fire burst 1 shots you...

                              • Anonymous

                                30 Jun 2018 13:10  

                                I can't believe I never noticed until now, but when the Keeper applies the fire buff to their weapon, the animation is the exact same as applying elemental buffs in Dark Souls. If the universes are connected, though, I actually prefer to believe that Dark Souls is just a framework narrative within the world of Bloodborne, like a mythology that has long since passed into obscurity. Miss me with that "Moon Presence is Gwyndolin" garbage.

                                • Anonymous

                                  26 Jun 2018 04:05  

                                  I bugs me how detailed they got with this enemies pryomancy and other cool arcane attacks enemies use, I feel like they could’ve easily transitioned that to player use aswell :(

                                  • Anonymous

                                    25 Jun 2018 00:07  

                                    My strategy for these guys is to just riposte the crap out of them. Keep your distance, and shoot em when they attack. Hope this helps, and happy hunting!

                                    • Anonymous

                                      04 May 2018 08:46  

                                      Discovered a technique for Defiled Keeper after getting my ass handed to me repeatedly. Fire up some Blood Bullets for practice so you don't waste your QS, and try to parry. After you perform a visceral, walk up to him until you're about a foot or so away and slash at him once with Ludwig's Holy Blade (that's what I used, not sure how well this works with other weapons). 8/10 right after you hit him once after recovering he'll want to slash at you which gives you a chance to parry again. You can chain this a bunch of times if you can get the timing right. Such a relief after getting beaten by this guy for almost an hour.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        24 Feb 2018 07:10  

                                        Blacksky Eye destroys this boss much like Beast-Possessed Soul. Just stand outside of her range and blast her into the corner. She will initially dodge some of them, but enough of them will hit that she will start backing away while slashing. Once she is against a wall and no longer able to dodge sideways, you can start alternating between shots to fill up on blood bullets or heal. At 50% HP remaining, the fight is basically over as she will continually try to buff her sword, only to get staggered out of it.

                                        Did this in Defiled Chalice just now with my 40 Arcane build on the first try with zero preparations. I was genuinely surprised it worked, lol.

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