Sanctuary Guardian

Location Sanctuary Garden
Health * NG: 2,560
NG+: 4,019
Souls * NG: 30,000
NG+: 60,000
* Recorded in PATCH 1.5

 Sanctuary Guardian is a Boss in Dark Souls Remastered and is the first boss you will face in the DLC area.


Sanctuary Guardian Information

The white winged lion sanctuary watchkeeper, who dreaded the spread of the Abyss.
The Guardian exhibited traits of several animals other than lions, suggesting that it was no ordinary beast, but rather closer to the beings known as Demons."

The Sanctuary Guardian is a huge manticore guarding the entry to Oolacile Sanctuary. It's a powerful creature that functions as the first boss of the DLC area, and a hint for what's to come.




  • * The boss itself will not respawn, the guardian does respawn after beating one of the level bosses, which one appears not to matter. When you return after beating a boss there will be two respawning Sanctuary Guardians in the garden. They give 3000 souls each when defeated, and do not drop any weapons. It is not advised to fight both at the same time, or really to fight them at all, as you are effectively fighting two late-game bosses simultaneously for little benefit.
  • If you missed the tail weapon on your first run through, however, you can try for it again; preferably by taking one down with arrows while inside the tunnels connecting to Sanctuary Garden, though this is time-consuming and will aggro both of the manticores.





  • Fury Attack, it attacks two to four times in rapid succession, this can be blocked or avoided by backing away. After the fourth attack, you may safely hit the beast once while it regains its stance.
  • Wave Crash Attack, the Guardian slams into the ground creating a slow-moving shockwave, which drains all of your stamina if you are blocking and staggers the player. Followed by a charge attack or Lightning Shot, depending on how far you are to the boss. You can easily roll to the side of it or roll forward if you are close to the Guardian to avoid the wave and counter. Usually followed by Best moment to Flask up.
  • Lightning Barrage, the Guardian shoots three to five charges of lightning at the player. Bear in mind that this causes splash damage if you stand in the water. Avoiding both the shots and their AoE can be easily done by circle-strafing in the same direction for the whole barrage.
  • Lightning Shot, the Guardian shoots a charge of lightning at the player. Beware that rolling the moment the Guardian unleashes the shot won't be enough to avoid it.
  • Flying Lightning Shot, the Guardian leaps into the air, firing a charge of lightning at the player, while flying straight over the player or half-circling him.
  • Poison Tail Attack, the Guardian swipes with its tail if you stand behind it for too long. This causes heavy poison.
  • Hoof Kick, if standing too long behind the Guardian, it will kick its hooves at the player. It's the chopped-tail version of Poison Tail Attack.
  • Horn Bash, the Guardian charges the player with its horns. This is blockable or avoidable. Rolling will give you a chance to cut his lowered tail.
  • Flying Horn Bash, the Guardian will flap its wings and dive to the player. The attack might be blocked or dodged with a roll. Rolling to the side is the best way to cut its tail since the chimera will lower his tail to the player's reach, recover its breath and have its back turned toward the player.
  • Flying Tail Whip, the Guardian will rise in the air and dive towards the player to whip his tail at the player's face to rebound behind him. This attack can be blocked, although it is difficult to notice the first time. By holding your shield up and backing away, the tail will hit your shield rather than your head.



A Lightweight Shield with high stability, decent lightning resist and 100% Physical resist is recommended, such as Dark Knight Shield or Silver Knight Shield. (both 65% Lightning resist) Eagle Shield is also a viable option with it's 95% Phys resist. Combined with a light armor set with high lightning resistance, like Xanthous' yellow set. As for the weapon, a strong weapon with decent recovery speed is a good option to cut off the tail in one or two hit while 2H wielding. (ex: Axes, Greatswords, Halberds)
The fight is relatively easy if you have fast reaction skills. When you enter it will most likely let out a roar and use Lightning Barrage against you. Just sprint/roll to the right to avoid this. Walking with low Burden is a much more effective way to avoid since it's fast enough to evade the barrage without expanding stamina.
Lock on to the Guardian and keep your shield up when you move forward, as it may start bashing immediately. Try to keep to the side of the monster and just wail at it with a relatively strong weapon. I did it with a non-leveled Gravelord Sword at level 59. Be wary of its' poisonous tail if you don't want to destroy it to get the drop. Pay attention to its' leaps, as it's easy to lose your Lock-On when he does so.
NG+: Lightning attacks can be avoided by sideways moves, physical attacks can be avoided by walking backwards, then counter-attack. He has a wave which destroys your block and is followed by a direct attack, so the best would be to avoid the wave with a fast side-roll, though I can´t confirm that, [Linkkit92 on NG, less than 50% burden: the moment I saw the lion standing on its' hindlegs, I rolled once on the side and avoid the wave completely. However, a Lightning Shot followed most of the time] played a >75% equip load tank, with which the unblockable damage was bearable on NG+, about 500-750 dmg.


Cutting the Tail

His tail can only be hit while it rests on the ground, and this only happens after his charge attacks. There are two kinds of charge attack, one where he flies up and then dives down, and another which is a followup to his Wave Crash Attack. Normally people avoid this latter attack by rolling to the side, but the best way to generate more openings to hit his tail is to actually get hit on purpose by the Crash Attack while not blocking (as it will not drain any of your stamina nor deal damage); if you are close to him the beast will then lower his head, preparing to charge - and fret not, he doesn't do this too fast, so you will be able to recover from the stagger and still be able to roll and dodge the charge.

Alternate Tail Cutting Method
Later, when there's two Sanctuary Guardians, equip a bow and go buy a few hundred normal, run-of-the-mill arrows. Warp to the Sanctuary Garden bonfire, and ease up the tunnel and take a shot at a Guardian's tail when a Guardian is visible. They will both attack, and if you're standing too close to the tunnel mouth their lightning attacks can still hit you. Back away until you can usually see the tips of their wings and nothing else. They'll try lightning attacks most often, but they'll regularly run up to the entrance of the tunnel and keep running for a few seconds before they turn and move back into the arena. The stinger of the tail is in plain view and stays in relatively the same spot. Just shoot it with an arrow every time one of the Guardians does this. With patience and positioning, this is a surefire way to get a Guardian Tail, and shouldn't take too many arrows (Doing 150 damage per hit, it took 20-30 arrows on first playthrough), the spares are just in case of misses and in case you want to do it again on the other Guardian.


    • Anonymous

      17 Sep 2019 17:06  

      Is there a way to tell which lightning attack is going to do? I mean the big one or the many smaller ones?

      • Anonymous

        15 Jul 2019 21:37  

        The real boss are two non-boss versions that start spawning after you defeat him. They're *****ing tough in NG+!

        • Anonymous

          26 Jun 2019 18:43  

          Shitty excuse for a boss. Just spams attacks which stunlock you and take half your health. That, and the insta-proc poison with an attack that literally has no signs he's about to do it. Also the spamming lightning at you while jumping around the arena, not letting you get close. Speaking of not letting you get close, this ***** really likes jumping away every time I get near him, or uses one of his previously mentioned attacks that stun-lock me for half my health and hits me even though I'm clearly not in the way of his attacks (looking at you, headbutt). Who the hell decided to lock the amazing DLC behind the worst boss in the game? Yes, even worse than BoC. because at least with BoC it becomes easy when you know how to do it - just go to the right one, destroy it, quit, go to left one by hugging wall, make one jump, destroy it, quit, bait out sweep attack, walk slightly to the right, drop, roll through all the branches, win. This boss will always be bull*****when you don't exploit it with an over leveled build.

          • Anonymous

            21 Jun 2019 21:58  

            Part goat, part bird, part lion,part scorpion... So it's a manticore tastefully without the face of an old man.

            • Anonymous

              15 Jan 2019 19:20  

              For pyromancers, this boss is beatable at soul level 55. With an ascended pyromancy flame +5, Grass Crest Shield, Havel's ring, and Dark Wood Grain ring, and whatever armor combination you're most comfortable with (at about 22-23 equip load). Get comfortable with dodging attack patterns!

              • Anonymous

                22 Dec 2018 19:32  

                Stone armor, crystal shield, black knight sword, and hanging near the arena entrance makes this whole fight a cheese

                • Anonymous

                  29 Jul 2018 09:17  

                  If you're doing a Sorcery build, Crystal Soul Spear is your friend. 4-shot him at 44 int with crown of dusk and bellowing dragoncrest ring. No power within or RTSR.

                  • Anonymous

                    23 Jun 2018 07:47  

                    Was a little rough as a sorcerer. Even though my Crystal Spear took off a third of his health, he's so fast that it was damn near impossible to get a cast off unless I could dupe him into getting turned around. Granted, I am glass cannon as hell, so he could three shot me as well. Was even difficult to connect with Soulmass because half the time he would jump in the air and all of the homing balls would just outright miss. Not a fun fight for a squishy, but definitely doable if you have high damage output.

                    • Anonymous

                      13 Jun 2018 16:08  

                      So I always wondered why they referred to it as a Demon, and why a Demon would be guarding Oolacile... but I guess there's a difference between Demons and "Chaos Demons." After all, the Batwing Demons are all found guarding/serving Anor Londo, so I guess before the Witch of Izalith tried to use her soul to recreate the First Flame, she would construct Demons like this one to assist in fighting the Abyss?

                      When you think about it, the Dark Soul and the Witch's "Life Soul" are somewhat similar, being able to generate/regenerate souls continuously. Manus himself seems to resemble a Demon, as well as the bloated heads and even the Ghru in DS3, who are later found roaming the Demon Ruins and having slaughtered the Chaos Demons (establishing the rivalry between Dark and Chaos). And similarly to Manus, who is described as a "vicious lump of gentle humanity" prior to his awakening, the Witch of Izalith was a benign force that went berserk and took the form of a seedbed of Chaos, spawning insurmountable hordes of Demons that began warring against the deities.

                      I guess Kaathe tried to get the people of Oolacile to use Manus's soul (whether or not it truly is the Dark Soul) to create their own "Flame," but just like with the Witch of Izalith, it went berserk, possibly according to Kaathe's plan, and began to swallow Oolacile. This must have been the beginning of the "Age of Dark" that Kaathe mentions, which prompted Gwyn to sacrifice his Lord Soul to rekindle the First Flame after Artorias sided with the Abyss.

                      There's no boss insignificant enough for lore discussion, lol.

                      • Anonymous

                        30 Jan 2018 02:43  

                        Fellas I don’t mind if you think I’m wrong but this guy is kinda cute. Not only that, but he’s just trying to protect his crib.

                        • 17 Nov 2017 16:08  

                          Is this even a boss? I mean....i killed it today with a Demon Greataxe +14, STR 62, two handed weapon and Power Within pyromancy.....took me 3 hits to melt him down, and barely 30 seconds of fight....if you call that a fight, off course

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