Watchdog of the Old Lords

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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)
Defenses
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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 Information

Watchdog of the Old Lords (旧主の番犬 Kyūshu no banken lit. "Watchdog of the Old Lords")  is a Boss in Bloodborne. It is a large, burning, canine creature. It was first revealed in the Chalice Dungeon gameplay video, and currently can only be found within Chalice Dungeons.

 

 

Locations

 

Drops

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

 

 Combat Information

The Watchdog is essentially immune to fire damage, boasting staggering fire defense. A lot of its attacks deal fire damage, in fact all attacks seem to deal fire damage, but they are all avoidable. So fire resistance, while helpful, is unnecessary. Ranged damage (Simon's Bowblade / Blacksky Eye) is effective in this fight. Saw weapons are also effective as The Watchdog's weak to Serrated.


When you enter the room it will likely use its charge attack so be prepared to dodge. It constantly moves toward you slowly so most of its attacks will be the Flame Swipe and Bite Combo. After using its bite combo, it will return to a neutral stance; you can use a vertical overhead attack to damage the crested plates on top of its head. After taking a few hits to the head, the defensive plate will become damaged and further attacks to this area will cause additional damage. If it does Flame Swipe instead, you can dodge through the flames, but if you are close to it, it will use the attack again with its other claw. It can transition into a Bite Combo pretty easily from Flame Swipe so it's best to dodge away and reset its and try for a Bite Combo. Because these attacks are very easy to avoid, this strategy is optimal. At 50% health it does its Explosion move which can kill you, if get caught in it.

It now moves at you much more aggressively and is just as likely to use Snapping Bites and its Bite Combo--generally it seems to use Snapping Bites if you are almost directly in front of it, so try to stay at its side  to goad out a Bite Combo.

Keep trying to bait it into using Bite Combo and avoid its Explosion. When it uses an attack, you will see its throat swell up like a toad. If you hit it enough times while it's swollen, you will stagger it. However, if you don't manage to pull off a stagger, you'll likely get hit with its attack.

Strategy

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

Easy Cane Whip (Whip Mode) Technique for Defiled Chalice Level 2 (By FalseShadows):

The key is to stay close, to only trigger its 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 its head back to normal position), do an R2 attack and IMMEDIATELY take 2 sidesteps to the right as it will do its Charge Attack. The Charge attack should miss and the lock-on might be disengaged. Face it lock-on and close the distance right away and repeat the attack luring. This is a guaranteed hit to the head every time, if the distance is managed correctly.

As you are approaching 40-50% HP mark, you will injure its head, marked by the animation. Notice that injuring its head increases the damage of subsequent hits dramatically.

After this, is when things start to get dicey. It will do a Flame Burst attack, which you can avoid by backstepping twice/thrice depending on your position in the arena; after the attack, it will start to move faster. The luring method is pretty much the same, except the enemy will start to chain its 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 its 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 finiits and the attack should hit the head as normal. Remember to double/triple backstep once it starts to cue its Flame Burst (it changes its stance) it seems to do it more often as it is near-death. Repeat luring as soon as the Flame Burst finiits. It 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 it. You will be focusing on its head. Keep Ludwigs Holy Blade in 1-handed mode for quicker attacks. Bait its biting attacks, paying close attention to whetits it is doing a single or double bite. Wait until the last bite and dodge-step forward and strike it once in the head with the holy blade. Backstep out of range and repeat. If you're quick enough and have its animations down you can usually hit it once, before the bite begins and again when it finishes. In between bites, it will occasionally try to pepper you with small fire blasts from its claws and mouth. Backstep repeatedly to avoid these and then return to baiting its attacks. It will also occasionally vomit up a puddle of magma.

As it begins gagging, you can rush in and hit it 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 its head in time for stage 2 by focusing attacks on it. When this happens, it staggers. Hit it no more than 2 times and back off. It will do an AoE attack upon stagger recovery, which can easily one-shot you if you get too greedy. It will now take increased damage from all attacks on its head.

Upon entering stage 2 (~70% HP) it will erupt flames from its body and become more aggressive. Its bites will often be a 2-chain instead of a single so watch for the telltale movement before approaching for a hit. In addition, it will begin including a 3rd bite attack occasionally where it will snap forward at the player in a diagonal motion. This always goes to the player's left, so sidestepping to the right allows for 1-2 hits before it pulls back. Its pepper breath attacks will happen more often now and include more hits, so watch yourself. Additionally, it will begin using is AoE attack occasionally instead of just when staggered. Backpedal when you see the cinders swirling around it or die. Finally, when it approaches stage 3 it will begin using a charge attack (the same attack it likely opened the fight with). It announces this by stopping, spreading its legs, and roaring. It then swings its 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 it homes in on you.

Pay close attention to its movements when it sets up for the charge. As it roars and brings its head down, there's a slight pause whilst it tightens up its legs before lunging at you. Alternatively, for Arcane users, once it has 50% HP left, spamming A Call Beyond combined with the use of blood bullets will make this fight almost trivial.

Finally around 30% HP it enters stage 3. It erupts flames again and speeds up all of its movements. It will become extremely aggressive and begin charging more often. It 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 it charging it up. Being near the center WILL kill you. Its bite chain will always be 3 hits now and it will tend to use its 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 its 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 it with hits in between its attacks and you should be victorious.

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Phase 1 Interrupt Notes
Swipe Bite No A series of wide, horizontal bites triggered when close to its 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 eitits 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 eitits 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 its 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.
  • The Watchdog belongs to a group of crocodile like monsters inspired by Berserk's Beast of Darkness - read here.

  • The defiled version can have up to 28700+ health, making it have the highest hp out of any boss in BloodBorne, and the highest hp out of any boss in the SoulsBorne series.

 

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    • Anonymous

      >be completely optional
      >be one of the most difficult fights in the game
      >have basically no lore
      >have one of the best boss themes, if not the best boss theme
      >refuse to elaborate
      >die

      • Anonymous

        Love spending 10+ minutes fighting patiently, rolling well, hitting his head. Just to be one shot by a near instant AoE. What a great boss!

        • Anonymous

          FOR THE DEFILED VERSION:
          I must have died 50-70 times. It was a complete nightmare and one of the hardest fights in the entire series. What eventually allowed me to do it was 3 things; 1: A Church Pick +8. IMO The Church Pick is the best weapon for the fight. Mainly because of it's super long reach, it's running R2 overhead attack and, for some reason, it's serration damage. If getting the DLC is an option for you, DO IT! 2. Empty Phantasm Shell and Bolt Paper. Bolt Paper works well but it's pretty expensive and is a pain to have to farm echoes when making many attempts. Phantasm Shell is unlimited and it adds just that extra bit of damage that really adds up over the long battle. 3. Practice. No seriously. Just doing it over and over and over until you learn the exact timing and spacing for every attack on your side and his. It takes a long time to get it down just right, but eventually it will become second nature and you'll get it right just by feel. Lastly, pray it uses it's charge attack as little as possible. 95-98% of my deaths were a 1 shot from that charge. Good luck! And do.not. give up

          • Anonymous

            I don't know if anyone will see this, but If you are running a STR build like me, +10 whirlgig saw does good damage, make sure to dodge left, and then left, if he does the attack going right and the followup. if he does the attack going left and the followup dodge right and right. For the charges (which will probably one shot you) dodge left. Target his back right and front left legs (opposite for you due to POV differences) Good luck Hoonters!

            • Anonymous

              Finally beat the defiled version after like 20-25 attempts. I was trying to beat it with +10 Chikage because I'm a bloodtinge/skill build. I finally beat it with serrated damage, I switched to the saw spear +10, which was way better for me even though it didn't benefit from bloodtinge scaling.

              Takeaway: try with a serrated weapon if possible.

              • Anonymous

                *defiled chalice*

                Bloodborne: okay, the gloves are coming off. I hope you're ready.

                The Hunter: *sweating* you had gloves on?

                • Anonymous

                  Choir Bell and Queen Killer strat works well. Be sure to use appropriate runes to increase maximum QS you have. If Queen Killer is being locked down, take the aggro and heal QK if he doesn’t have any vials left. I managed to keep him alive until the end by taking away the boss’s aggro and healing him constantly.

                  • Anonymous

                    Stay close. Roll left. Use a quick weapon on the back legs, jump back 3 hits after a limb break.
                    You can HEAVILY punish his lava puke attack if you can get behind him. 5-6 hits with a quick weapon on its back legs, then he'll usually break and let you get in another 3-4. I used transformed Rakuyo.

                    In defiled DO NOT summon Olek. He's not very good for this fight. He just unnecessarily boosts the boss HP, does very little damage, and dies too quickly.

                    If you want or need a summon, instead go for Queen Killer just to the left of boss fog. He's much more Tanky then Olek, has better AI, and does solid damage.

                    Make sure you always have full HP, and in his last (below 30%) keep your distance, and pick you attacks carefully, let summon do most of the damage for last 10% and use range (black sky, Brew)

                    • Anonymous

                      Doing another play through, and decided to do chalices again. Defiled doggo had been kicking my butt for the past two hours. I’m using a strength build, so I tried beast claws at first (with the tune), but quickly gave up on that plan when I realized I couldn’t out dps this dog. I then switched to the Amygdalan arm, standing in front of him at all times and slowly hitting his head with the transformed attacks when it was safe. On his final phase, he was simply too fast and too aggressive for that tactic to work.

                      Finally, I switched to my final weapon, the Stake Driver. I applied the same tactic as with the Amygdalan arm, quick stepping up to the head and hitting once with either the slash or the thrust depending on which attack I was punishing, (rarely a second time) before back stepping and waiting for another opportunity. The head broke rather quickly, even after the doggo repaired it going into the final phase. The doggo RARELY charges at you if you go in for a single hit on its head. Far less often than if you attack the legs, and being in front of it, you’ll have no problem side stepping the charge if it happens.

                      The main takeaway: yucky puppy seems intentionally programmed to punish any aggression whatsoever by charging at you before, or right as, your attack animation finishes, preventing you from dodging in time. Hitting his legs seems to trigger this more often, and you wont have time to react fast enough to dodge it, even if you’re using a fast weapon, since you’re too close to his body.

                      This tactic required me to have aggro at all times, so I didn’t summon Olek or the Executioner. Hopefully this can be of use to somebody.

                      Additionally, for anyone who would like to know, my character is level 96, with 38 vit, 25 end, 40 str, and 26 skill.

                      Good luck beating danger doggo, everybody.

                      • Anonymous

                        His charge attack one shots in defiled chalice easily. Stay close so that he doesn’t use it and bait his other attacks and it’s not so bad

                        • BL 159, vit 40, end 20, str 20, skl 30, bldtng 29, arc 70, i summoned the queen slayer dude as a distraction and spammed ACB when watchdog was sufficiently occupied it did massive dmg and would draw his ire long enough for queen to heal and bait him again, worked well so long as i saw watchdog's charge attacks in time lol

                          • Anonymous

                            I'm at the end of my ****ing rope with this pos in the defiled chalice. I need to get to kill Queen Yharnam for one of the plat trophies and this chalice is going to be the death of me cause idk what other strategy I'm supposed to take. I'm BL178, 50VIT, 48Skill and some bloodtinge/arcane. Tried using my +10 Rakuyo but it does **** damage, Blades of Mercy are useless against a boss that can't be staggered and will 100% obliterate you at close range and now I'm using the cane at +7 and it takes ages to get through its armour (which regenerates at the start of every phase). I tried summoning the Queen Hunter outside the fog door but the AI is just way too reckless and it dies at ~50% hp, leaving me alone with an empowered boss.

                            Honestly the only other thing I've been thinking to do besides going into ng+ is either getting Choir Bell and try to keep the friendly AI alive as long as possible or get the Burial Blade and see if it deals more damage than the cane because I'm just about done with this.

                            Honestly I already hated chalices because the bosses are heavily uninspired and the fights drag on for too long at times. But this just puts the cherry on top for me and it just baffles me that people actually grind these for whatever reason.

                            • Anonymous

                              Just beat him. Level 34. Saw spear. My tip bait the head swipe. Once he telegraphs it, quick step back, step forward and r1. I dodged all his attacks backwards. The spear gives you enough reach to react dodge out of harm's way.

                              • Anonymous

                                This boss wouldn’t be hard if it didn’t charge 7 times in a row. Plus everytime you go under it’s legs for about 3-7 seconds it starts a charge combo again

                                • Anonymous

                                  I beat him years ago, but I still remember the trauma he gave me. How come every single one of his attacks can one shot me, but he has such high facking health, it's just not fair...

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Watchdog: “I’ll oneshot you and you entire family! There’s no way to get in any hits! Uh- i mean…Bork Bork *throws up lava”

                                    • Anonymous

                                      When I summon Olek for the defiled chalice version, he enters the bossroom and walks at the door until one of us dies. I get no one liked this boss, but come on man, waste of insight.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        i see A LOT of hate for this guy but he is my favorite boss in all of the game and one of the best bosses. sure he has hitbox issues but his moves are hard and fun and killing him was the biggest satisfaction in bloodborne for me

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Just killed him in first chalice (Pthumerian Labyrinth) and didn't got all those echoes. I didn't saw how much I got, but currently have 6k only

                                          • Anonymous

                                            What an extraordinarily boring boss. Epitomizes the design issues with the chalice dungeons; the mechanics of each boss are relatively straightforward but the punishment for mistakes is severe.

                                            Does not result in interesting or engaging boss fights

                                            • Anonymous

                                              If you're a purist, your best bet is to take him head on, bait and outspace his bites and swipes, and punish with ONE hit to the head. It's absolutely a war of attrition, which is what makes this fight so frustrating. Bloodborne doesn't really give you the tools to play slow and attritionally.

                                              If you just want to get to QY already, just summon Queen Killer, slap a bolt paper on, and DPS his legs non stop while watching aggro and dodging his AoEs.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                Hello, this is 2021. I just wanted to add my 2 cents on this f***er.
                                                I have a combo of chikage and simon's bowblade as my weapons of choice, running a level 144 skill and bloodtinge build. I must have tried around 30 times, never even gettin him to 50 %.
                                                Now, I finally give up, I go and get enough precious ressources, including a blood rock, to get my cane to level 10 and use his waknesses against him.
                                                And I got him in 2 tries. People, getting serrated damage and a long-ass weapon is the key. Skill will only take you so far, but thoses 2 will get you to victory. Trust me, I know.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  The Burial Blade's transformed L2 is great for piercing its head after it tries to snap at you. Once its "armor" broke, each hit did just under 2k damage.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    "Hmmm, when should we make this boss available to players... I know, right after blood starved beast!" - ****soft

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      Hello fellow Hunters , i'll give you the Best outcome Loadout for this nasty Watchdog Fight ( Specialy the Defiled Chalice Watchdog Boss where you have 50% Reduced HP/Health )... Ok so i call this the Anti-Nuke Loadout or Anti-One Shot considering you have Little HP no matter what BL you are anyways.. Ok so for the Loadout Weapon here , i use Ludwig's Holy Blade +10 with Evelyn +10 ( Ludwigs Holy Blade has to always he Short Sword Mode "Untransformed". For swift attacks & less Stamina ).... Your Gear/Armor should always be the Charred Hunter Attire/Set , use all Charred Hunter Set with the Hunter's Hat ( Charred Hunter Garb , Gloves & Trousers )... Okay now for your Runes , 1st Rune equip the Clock Meta for that "10% increase to HP" , 2nd Rune equip the Lake Rune for a "Physical Damage Red.+3%" , Final Rune should have to be the Great Lake Rune to sync with the Lake Rune & stack up ( Great Lake Rune is actually Manditory here , it gives "All Damage Reduction +4%" as it also strengthens your Arcane , Fire & Bolt resistences with also all Physical Damage Taken aswell.... Now with this Loadout you should have ( 304 Physical Damage Reduction as total , and a Solid 338 Fire Resistance with the Charred Set & Great Lake Rune ). This Loadout/Set will make your Hunter actually Survive a single Fire Nuke/Blast from the Watchdog Boss during the Defiled Chalice encounter. ( As Watchdog in Defiled also has insanely more HP rather than the normal Central Pthumeru encounter ).... Finally for the Cryll Rune , i always recommend going with the Hunter of Hunter's Rune you get from Aileen for that "Stamina Recovery Speed UP". ( With this loadout , that should make strafing & baiting attacks more forgiving while dealing decent quick damage in & out )... Now before i wrap this up , having Evelyn +10 also becomes handy during this Fight when you use it. Also grab the "Empty Phantasm Shell" to Buff your short Holy Blade with a good +80 Flat Arcane Damage.. ( Watchdog is also weak to Arcane & Bloodtinge keep that in mind ). For Items to bring , go with the Phantasm Shell for buffs & also bring alot of "Bone Marrow Ashes" these Bone Ashes will make Evelyn shots deal more damage , while also gives the probability to knock the Watchdog Boss's Head spot for weaken it... Aside from that , you should have a Total of 825 HP in a Cursed/Defiled Chalice instead of a 750 HP. ( Always equip Clock Wise Metamorphisis for that 10% HP or 15% HP if you already have it... The Great Lake Rune is also very needed in this Fight & also the fight before this Old Lord fight.. and finally Lake Rune for better overall Bonus Phys.Defense ). Goodluck Hoonters , this Loadout will Guarantee you from doing a much more easier or a Forgiving Watchdog Fight in this Defiled Chalice with a reduced -50% Health/Vitality.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        This mother****er charged me 2 times in row! TWO ****ING TIMES! I got hit in first one and telling myself okay get up and back off real quick to heal, but no, literally the second i got up, this bullshit hitbox monster charged me again when I was literally next to him. This is the first ****ing time I see in a From Software game that there is not even a single second given to recover in a boss fight. Untested piece of ****.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          Does anybody realize that this is the Sulyvahn Beast from Dark Souls 3? And it's literally in the name, "Watchdog of the Old Lords", and that "Old Lord" is Pontiff Sulyvahn.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Literally the only time I ever die to this jerk in defiled is when he does that quick snap bite combo. I think he’s doing a head swipe, but instead he does that crap right in my face and instantly kills me. Then it’s a d*mn twenty minute battles all over again. I hate getting one-shotted so much!

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              Defiled Watchdog of the Old Lords isn't as hard as everyone says. His attacks are very clearly telegraphed and easy to learn, and they have long wind-ups and swings, giving you ample time to dodge through them.

                                                              I will admit that this fight is frustratingly long and slow due to the large health pool. The strategy I used is to stay in close and constantly strafe left. Most of the time he will do a head swipe. If it's from your left to your right, dodge forward and left through it to his side. R1 once or twice depending on the speed of your weapon, then immediately backstep once to get clear of any follow up.

                                                              If the swipe is from your right to your left, dodge directly forward and R1 the head once, looking out for second and third swipes that you need to dodge through. Dodge left and back once he has finished the combo.

                                                              If he snaps multiple times, just dodge backwards once and walk back and left. He can't turn very well during this attack so he won't be able to hit you.

                                                              If he starts spewing lava, go up to his right side (your left), where you should have built up a lot of limb damage on both legs. Try to stagger him near the end of the attack to get maximum damage. As soon as you see him start to get up, back off. Keep strafing wide and the lava will be gone before you get back round to that part of the arena.

                                                              For the charge attack, he telegraphs it with a roar. As soon as he puts his head back down, he has locked on and is no longer tracking you. You will be able to sidestep once before he even starts charging and dodge the attack.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                This guy and the two darkbeast bosses are just the twin kings of huge disjointed hitboxes and "weaken each limb" attack strategies

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  At the speed it walks toward you you can easily pull off a charged heavy with the stake driver which will also push you back out of reach of its attacks.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    I would genuinely rate this as the hardest boss in the base game the first time you encounter it in a defiled. Don't know how many time times I died to the lunge as soon as I walked in due to poorly timed side steps.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      Using the Chalice glyph bej77ini to farm blood chunks, killing the dog gave me a blood rock.
                                                                      I used a phtumeru ihyll chalice.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        my 99 arcane build was struggling to do damage and i didnt know what to do so whenever i had an oppening i did the kos weapon art to break his head... after it broke i did 1k dmg with the blacksky eye and it died in ten shots

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          My strategy was to stay in front of his head, bait the biting attacks, get killed repeatedly by stupid AOEs anyway, throw out my ps4, and promised to only stick to mobile gaming. This comment was sponsored by Raid: Shadow Legends

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            This thing was a big, untested, poorly-coded pile of bull*****this was from basically telling you “hey, this is the part of the game where you waste a lot of time and resources, so have fun *****-face!”

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              So you’re telling me that this guy has more health than even yhorm but you can’t even use a storm ruler oh well at least his defense isn’t that high

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                I really need help with this boss. I am getting 1 shotted everytime. Also running out of insight. I feel the blood echoes running in my veins... anyone?

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  I'm not sure why but I beat this thing on the second try bc I was using bone marrow ash+repeating pistol for 2000 dmg a shot nearly every shot BT is at 45

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    Just a tip, if you kite the bite attacks he does, you can actually kill him fairly easy by continuously hitting his head. You'll stagger his head eventually and will actually do bonus damage to it. Be careful, the bites turn into a 4 hit combo. I was at about 570 ar with the saif hitting his head for 1400 a hit until he went down to about the last 25%. At that point just knock all 4 of his limbs down for an easy kill. At the end, I had 18 blood vials and 20 quicksilver bullets so just imagine what you can do if you're arcane or bloodtinge or even both! It works!

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      If you're a strength/arcane build(50/50) the boop his nose tactic is the best. I use tranformed ludwig blade stand close enough to hit his head with L2 whenever he swipe bite dodge back then dodge forward and L2 rinse and repeat, be careful for his chain fire bites though. You can use the blacksky eye just line up straight at his head he will take about 200 dmg or more if you break his head armor and use blood bullets. You can use the throwing knife for easy free dmg.

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        Wow guys I just killed him, I have a super easy strategy against him, you just have to attack his right back leg, and only this one. During the fight, always walk to his right side, dodge to the right when he attacks you. You will be safe, and with a fast weapon you can give 2 hits, even more sometimes. You will never get hit by a charge (never go under him or between the legs) or a bite, but stay focused because all his explosion attacks can reach you. When he gonna trigger one of his explosion, just dodge back. Hope it will help some !

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          Finally beat this little *#%&$@!!! Slow and steady really wins the race, I died to this boss all damn day yesterday! Do NOT get greedy. A lot of videos show jump attacks as effective but that just doesn’t work for me. I wait until he tries to bit, then when he’s almost back to starting position I run in and slash his face ONCE the dodge/roll back. That’s it. In his last phase he can chain up to four bites in one combo, only attack him on the last bite when his face gets in really close and to your left! That’s really important. Don’t get greedy and really expect to spend 10-20 mins on this boss. Bring bolt papers if you can. Good Luck

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            Fights an awful lot like the giant pigs, and feels like a DS boss, except he's on fire, his breath is on fire, the room is on fire, you're on fire, oh ***** I died again, the loading screen is on fire

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              Shoot the head with a piercing rifle to chip at him effectively. It should hit multiple times. Don't forget BMA. Should make the time you have to spend close to him a lot shorter

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                Transformed Church Pick R1 attack does pretty damn well since its thrust and serrated. Bolt paper gave me an extra 150-200 AR as well.

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  In defined chalice dungeon this is the most ridicilous one shot machine I think I have ever seen. The hit boxes are so ridicilous, getting hit even not being close to the head while he does the bite attack... I just need to GIT GUD...

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    I wasted like 15 insight on the summon before this fight. He did really good damage, but when he died (not if but when) I always fumbled it on the final 3rd of health After I opted to try the bait and punish tactic, and it actually worked really well Bait the swipe attacks, keep an eye on any follow ups, and punish. Dont waste your time on the limbs, they're harder to stay focused on. Back step the bark, side step the charge, take your victory

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      when he coughs up fire, the hitbox covers his entire head and neck, so don't try to get under him to dodge it. be careful

                                                                                                      • If anyone is having a problem with the hound This is how I just did it this play through defiled chalice. I was able to beat him pretty easily lv 61 no coop waste of skin 30-24-30 ish HP, end, skill 18% gems, no paper with cane tricked. I stood directly in front of him, light hit his face once, walk backwards like 3 steps, he swipes his head horizontally. step forward 1-2 steps, hit face once. Literally that's it. Once his head armor breaks the dmg for me was ~ 630. If you get close to a wall just start turning him to give yourself room. Occasionally he will charge but it's easy to see that coming and dodge left. I think he did it 4 times total counting the one entering the room. I'd say around 30% he will sweep fire a bit more so you might not be able to get a hit in for a bit but just dodge back and wait it out, you can get back in the rhythm again. just be patient. took me 10-15 minutes.

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          This thing reminds me of Sulyvaun beasts, with a similar bite animation too. Take from that what you will.

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            Much easier in coop, one person baits him while the other hits his back legs, eventually they will both break. Both players can get thousands of dps in during lava puke, consistently trade him to each other while avoiding his charge attacks and it’s a matter of time

                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                              Lock-on and strafe, stay out of range. Bait its attacks and hit it, walk away. Rince and repeat. My stats 50/40/50/50. Church Pick +10. If my stats weren't that high I would have died more, but it certainly is one of the easier bosses if you observe its attacks for a while and just strafe around it. My fault was that I charged into this guy and placed myself beneath him. The fight becomes way easier if you back off and give yourself time to recover and attack when you feel ready. Good luck, don't give up.

                                                                                                              • Personally, I think it resembles a hyena more closely than a dog. Considering the hyena's temperament and tropes in folklore/mythology, I think that'd be a bit more meaningful in regards to game lore, as well. Then again, "Watch-hyena" doesn't flow off the tongue very well, so we can just stick with calling it the "Watchdog."

                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                  ZeroLenny on YouTube used a Hunter's torch to defeat the cursed version, proving that the information regarding Watchdog being IMMUNE to fire damage is false. At least 2 damage was dealt per torch thrust, proving that it is very likely it has 999 fire resistance instead

                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                    these hitboxes make no *****ing sense. why can't you dodge the horizontal sweeping bite by standing under him? it's like 8 feet away from the teeth. ***** off

                                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                                      in defiled layer 2, during the startup for his lava puke, you can break one of his front legs to stagger him. they're much weaker than his hind legs and it will interrupt the lava

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