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Royal Rat Authority is an optional boss in Dark Souls 2. royal_rat_authority.png It is located at Ordeal's End bonfire, which can be reached through Doors of Pharros.

The bonfire at Ordeal's End is seemingly out of the way, but nearby is a fog gate. Once you pass through, the fight against the Royal Rat Authority begins. This boss does not attack immediately and cannot be targeted right away. As soon as you aggro the smaller rats, the boss will leap from its perch onto the arena. The boss will then proceed to attack you (and may kill the smaller rats in the process.) Beware though, as you may get the toxic condition, which eats your health much more quickly than poison.
  • Note: This is a solo zone. You cannot co-op.
  • Note: The moveset for this boss appears similar to Great Grey Wolf Sif in the first game, meaning that largely you will get jumped on.

  • Those who choose to serve the Rat King must have the courage to face His challenges.

HP: 4,330 (Standard Game) xxxx (NG+)
Souls Awarded: 14,000 (Standard Game) 28,000 (NG+)
Drops: Royal Rat Authority Soul, Rat Tail



Counter Measures

Head Sweep
Stands still for a moment; does a short dash towards the player and swings head

Double Swipe
Swipes at the player with the right paw, and then with the left

Relatively slow stomp with either forepaw if the player stays too close

Quick, clockwise spin with roughly similar range to the double sweep.

Acid Surge
When the boss get to low health (~20%) he vomits on floor; damages equipment and health.

NPC Summons

There are no NPC summons for this encounter.



  • Melee No Shield 1
You will need a bow, ammo and a weapon to kill the rats fast (I used a Fire longsword+6).
When you enter the room run to the back near the exit fog, use any buffs at this point(weapon buffs, greenblossom, etc.). Now you will want to shoot the middle dog, if you don't have the stats to do dmg with the bow you will wait for the rats to come close, if you have the required stats to use it kill the 1st dog and then switch to the weapon you will be the rats come close they will jump at you, as they do kill them mid air and they wont toxic you. If done right the boss should now be near you and the small rats dead, you want to make your way to under the back legs of the boss, as you do this the boss will keep jumping back and turning. I find for me the best way to get under the boss is to run right under the head, whatever attack he is going to use, run right under his face, if you think you might not make it try rolling as you go. If you can get this down its all over for this guy, get a few hits off on his back legs but don't drain all of your stam. he should go down fast with an ok weapon being 2 handed.Good luck =) (May not be the best strat but was posted shortly after the game came out so so there wasn't much help for no shields at this point)
  • Melee No Shield 2
There are four rats that can intoxicate the player relatively fast. To dispatch them as a melee character, the player has to use a wide swing, hard-hitting weapon. The first step in this fight is running to the right side of the room and baiting two or three of the rats to attack, then dispatching them two or three with one swing; if the player fails, it is advised that the player diverts his attention towards the larger dog and runs away towards him and dodge his incoming attacks, since the smaller rats can be killed safely if the player sticks to the left side of the dog (near his left hind leg) and attacks them there. After killing the smaller rats, the player should run and stick to the left side of the dog (near his left hind leg) and hit. There are dangerous spots in the middle and front of the dog, so staying there is risky. Another thing to avoid is letting the rat dodge or stay far away, since he his dangerous in that distance.
  • Melee 3 Twinblade
It is pretty useful to use a twinblade for the fight. A set of swings with the twinblade will take out all of the rats that initially charge towards you. Use any weapon you find useful for your character. Just dash under the boss' belly after each of its attacks, wait until it attacks again and then deal some damage. Afterwards, hide under its belly again.
  • Shield Strategy
Credit to Bluefiaze - I needed to share the way I beat the Rat Authority Boss. If you have a 100% damage reduction shield...after you kill the first 4 small rats (try a sword with a sweeping attack to hit multiple small rats, they have low hp) You can just block and walk toward the bosses head and try to get as close to him as possible at all times. If he charges you, it will just reduce your stamina to 0, but he will reset normally. If he doesn't charge you, all his attacks will miss because you are walking under his legs. Do this WITHOUT LOCK ON and he will continue his swipe attack animations while you beat on his back legs. (The head charge can still hit you while blocking if you try to strafe past its head on the right side, while being locked on to the boss. Doing so can result in the charge registering as a hit in your back, potentially killing you. To avoid this, walk under his head on the left side).


  • AoE Strategy
Alternatively, strong AoE such as Darkstorm can take out the four smaller rats simultaneously. The hind-leg strategy mentioned above is the most natural follow-up. Flame swath is highly effective.
  • Insta-Kill Pyromancy Strategy
Credit to ii iRAVE - Upon entering the boss chamber, I set 4 lingering flames down in close enough range where they could all do damage to a single enemy; the flames should be close to where the rats become aggroed if you take a couple steps forward. Take those steps forward to aggro the rats and, if you have enough attunement to fit it, cast firestorm in the center of the lingering flames once the small rats get close enough. The Royal Rat Authority will jump down and land inside the firestorm and the lingering flames, killing it instantly. Killed him before the boss music even started. (Tested on NG only) (hard to pull off)
  • Necromancer Minefield Strategy
This is actually one of the few bosses where the extra mobs can actually work in the player's favor. If you can kill the mobs all in a group together (a good way is to employ the lingering flame strategy used above), and then lure the boss atop the pile of corpses (if killed fast enough the boss will very likely land on top of them as soon as he enters the fight) casting the hex Dead Again can cause massive damage. Note: If allowed to jump around to much the boss can scatter the corpse across the room, so try not to wait around when he's in the trap. (CONFIRMED- killed the boss in one cast of dead again with the Black Hood, Lion Mage Set, Clear Bluestone Ring, and a +7 Black Witches Staff.. it might have gone off twice, anyway he only hit me once and i didnt even move the whole 5 second round)
  • Easy Caster Strategy
After entering the area, position yourself in the middle or even closer to the wall on the other side. Target the first rat and lure the pack with a Great Heavy Soul Arrow or similar. Immediately switch to your Pyromancy Glove and cast firestorm. This kills all the small rats. After that, the big one enters and attacks you, just evade it and cast Soul Geyser. Evade the next attack and cast again either Soul Geyser or Soul Spear and be happy about the dead rat, took me about 30 seconds to finish the fight like that.
Or, you could put couple of lingering flames before aggroying the small rats. Then shoot one and watch them to run in to the proximity mines. Then some firestorms to the bigger fellow.
Chaos Storm with a reasonably-levelled glove and/or Lost Sinner's Shackles (need this items info on the wiki, not listed) will one-shot him. Step toward the small rats until they begin to move, then immediately cast CS. Small rats die. Roll underneath the big rat, CS again. Done.
  • Pyromancy
A very easy way that I found to beating the Rat Authority Boss is to equip the Pyromancy Flame, and have a form of Firestorm equipped in your spells. The boss seems to be rather weak against fire, and Firestorm hits him about 3-4 times. So just run under him, and use Firestorm. It only took me 2 spells to kill him, but BE WARNED that sometimes after you do kill him, a huge pool of acid spawns (Needs to be confirmed, only happened to me once). This makes the fight extremely fast and painless.
  • An easy Miracle/Sorcery Strategy (Requires a 100% phys block shield and enough faith to do decent damage with the miracle: Heavenly Thunder.)
After entering the arena, walk forward enough so that you can use heavy great soul arrow to rapidly kill the 4 rats before the giant one comes down. (At this point if you have one you should be using a 100% block shield i recommend Drangleic shield, as you only need 16 str.) when the rat is going to charge lift your shield it will stagger but you will recover fast and wont take damage.
When he does the double paw sweep cast Heavenly thunder just a little bit forward under/between his hind legs, it only took me 5 casts of this on NG+ with 73 faith.
  • NG+ Strategy
Use Lingering Flame as above, then facing away with Gower's ring equipped cast Chaos Storm twice.

Attack Patterns to be Wary of
  • Head lunge: An extremely hard-hitting attack with an equally bad hitbox, and fast startup frames. To dodge this, the player has to anticipate the animation (the rat will stick his head down and charge) and immediately run backwards and dodge in the same backwards direction at a precise timings. This attack can also hit the player if he/she is near his mid-section and front legs (hitbox souls).
  • Acid attack. The rat will initiate this attack at low health. This can kill the player, had he/she decided to stay there and land the finishing blow—I did this and died, then repeated the boss (fair souls). If the player can successfully stay near the Rat's left hind leg, getting hit is nearly impossible unless the players lets the rat run away and initiate the Head Lunge (TM).

Video Strategies

NightHawk: Royal Rat Authority: Ranged, Sword & Board and Power Stance
TheGadgetAddicts: Royal Rat Authority
Ranged(bow, ng+4)
Melee(ultra greatsword, ng+4)
Sorcery/faith(with shield)
NG+4 Bare Hand


  • Staying under his legs seems to work very well
  • Do not stand in his acid vomit; all of your equipped items will break quickly
  • The torch does not repel the smaller rats.
  • When he charges he can take damage from hitting the wall (needs to be confirmed)
  • You might want to farm the smaller rats for pharros' lockstones since they dont have a respawn limit

    • 13 Apr 2017 15:50  

      Killing the small rats is doable with just Soul Arrow and Homing Soulmass. Cast a Soul Mass, then kill the middle rat, snipe the far left or far right rat, let the other two get closer and shoot the remaining one with a Soul Arrow.

      • No need to panic29 Aug 2016 04:57  

        Using the shield method, my last swing killed him just as he began his puking animation. The goo covered the floor, but didn't effect my armor (I suppose because he was dead?). Might've been a one-time glitch, might be worth testing. I was using Penal Mask, Smelter Demon Armor, Smelter Demon Legs, and Leather Gloves, with a Greatsword +9 and Tower Shield +8.

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