Cerah the Old Explorer, Ancient Soldier Varg and the Afflicted Graverobber

HP 3110 (Standard Game), 7001 (NG+)
Weakness ?
Resistance ?

The Graverobber, Varg, and Cerah is an enemy in Dark Souls 2.


The Graverobber, Varg, and Cerah Information.



A boss fight consisting of three hostile npc's found within the Cave of the Dead. Each one of them fights uniquely with their roles but not names complementing each other. There is no description of them for no soul is aquired. 



  • Sanctum Walk, Priestess Chamber bonfire. Optional Bosses of the Cave of the Dead, accessed after the Priestess' Rest bonfire.
  • Accessable through the locked door near the Tower of Prayer bonfire (also in Sanctum Walk). Requires Eternal Sanctum Key. Simply travel by the thin bridge and then by the larger bridge guarded by two guards with lances and then proceed into the building. The door will appear on your left.
  • Bewary of Rockshield Baldyr who will invade you right before the bonfire leading to the cave within which the boss fight will be fought.


  • Souls Awarded: 60,000 (Standard Game) 120,000 (NG+) [needs verification]
  • Drops 3 Twinkling Titanite, 3 Petrified Dragon Bones, and 1 Titanite Slab.
    (to a further extent: Flower Skirt and Dark Greatsword, however Dark Greatsword can be obtained before the boss, defeating the boss just gives more direct access) [needs verification]



Attack Name Attack Description
Ancient Soldier Varg Dragon Tooth's Moveset (Includes Jumping, Rolling and Running attacks)
Afflicted Graverobber Berserker Blade's Moveset (Includes Jumping, Rolling and Running attacks)
Cerah the Old Explorer -- Ranged While out of range he will shoot greatarrows that will knock you down.
Cerah the Old Explorer -- Melee Estoc's Moveset (Includes Jumping, Rolling and Running attacks)


Phantoms can split the enemy's attention, which transforms the boss fight into a brawl consisting of multiple lesser duels.

Solo Strategy

"Afficted Graverober" moves with the highest speed of all three and usually attacks first before Varg and Cerah. Use this to your advantage and attempt to deal damage to him before his allies can arrive. Use parrying and backstabbing to deal a significant amount of damage without the need to expose yourself to Varg's and Cerah's counter attacks due to the resistance given during the execution of the critical hit. Bewary though of Graverobber's quick attacks for though they cannot one shot you they can still deal a noticable amount of damage. In fact damage dealt by the graverobber just might be the perfect amount to get finished off by Varg's hammer or Cerah's greatarrows.

"Ancient Soldier Verag" has the highest health pool, noticably high poise, slow but high damage with his hammer ,but he moves the slowest of all three. Do not exchange hits with him, nor do not get greedy because the tooth can easily oneshot you. Instead focus on taking down his colleagues whilst he is away due to his slow speed. Once he is left alone do not parry for it is probably impossible but instead attempt to backstab. You can also try to wear him off with a spear, but bewary of his high lightining resistance.

"Cerah the Old Explorer" will attack you from distance with the usage of a Greatbow. Once up close he will attempt to jab you with his estoc which can also perform swinging attacks. The best way to take him down is to attack him after killing the Graverobber and whilst Verag is too far to retaliate for harm you are causing. If it comes to attacking him use the fact of his low poise to your advantage and attempt to parry his rapier. He has the lowest health pool of all three which is noticeable. To avoid his greatarrows you can eitherly hide behind walls, leave him slowed down within the lake or roll into them.

Under the main area of the fight there is a watery area filled with statues. Beyond it forcing you to move more slowly and having an animated statue slug it's tight and difficult to fight within. This area is exitable, simply move to the left (orientation: face foward from the boss entrance) and look for a ramp that will lead you upward.

Video Strategy:

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  • Each one of them can be made to bleed or/and be poisoned.
  • The water within the area under the main one slows the squadron as well, one can use this fact to make them split.



  • "Varg" is the Swedish word for wolf.
  • The squadron can be refered to as the "Gank Squad".
  • This boss may be a hint to the player of how the PvP could look like without the latency issue.
  • Their names do not seem to fit one another. Perhaps these people are just totally unrelated hollows who had bumped into themselves within the cave.
  • Varg seems to be cosplaying as "Havel, the Rock", having his full set, his greatshield and the iconic Dragon Tooth.
  • Cerah has somehow aquired a Lucatiel's Mask, black leather armor and leather gloves and leggings. He wields an estoc and a Dragonslayer Greatbow.
  • Graverobber wears Alva's armor and dual-wields berserker blades. He will powerstance with said blades. 


    • Anonymous

      17 Dec 2018 20:56  

      "Afficted Graverober moves with the highest speed of all three and usually attacks first before Varg and Cerah." Like hell he does, the Havel wannabe moves faster than both of them. He gets to me before Graverobber does.

      • Anonymous

        12 Aug 2018 05:33  

        can't beat them because the grave robber will teleport me to him into an instant kill backstab how do I avoid that attack?

        • Anonymous

          07 Aug 2018 20:50  

          I don't seem to be able to get them to bleed/poison... which was going to be my strategy to deal with the Havel Monster. :-( Was thus patched for Scholar of the First edition? I'm hitting them with poison knives/arrows and dagger with high nleed/poison stats...

          • Anonymous

            22 Jul 2018 23:16  

            absolute garbage, this fight only exists as a filler so they can say "our dlc has x amount of content". This whole section as no relevance whatsoever for the rest of the dlc.

            • Anonymous

              27 Jun 2018 02:14  

              Once again my opinion and experiences on this game (and the first) are different than everyone else’s (see fume knight)

              I didn’t think this boss was stupid (nothing SPECIAL, certainly) and thought it was an actually interesting and rewarding fight.

              Not since the fume Knight did I feel the need to actually take my time and strategize as opposed to just runnin in guns (smelter hammer) blazin

              It was a little more “runnin around in circles trying to separate them” than I would have liked, but otherwise I liked it

              • Anonymous

                26 Jun 2018 15:44  

                What happened for me is struggling to kill the archer since he's so fast, he died when both my summons did, then I kited them with 3 stacks of Dark Orb. Havel heals though, so I was forced to melee as my fragile Mage. A terrible fight that forces me to cheese.

                • Anonymous

                  25 May 2018 14:25  

                  These 3 idiots were stun-locking me all the time when I tried to fight 1vs1, even just after my hit landed. I used Claymore +10, in one hand, and I focused on the archer first but that little bastard was just stabbing me when I tried to deal some damage. My advice for people facing the same problem is: equip Stone Ring. It lowers poise of the enemy. With this pretty thing on archer and Katanaman were helpless. False Havel was a bit more challenging, but after a few backstabs he was just as dead as the others. You can get Stone Ring by killing an Ogre in Things Betwixt, you just need to turn left before bridge leading to Fire Keepers Hut. You will see a small hidden valley behind some bushes, it's there. Although most of you propably have it by now. I hope I helped someone. Oh, and besides: it's the worst lets-just-make-some-boss I have ever seen. I mean, really? Three NPCs, just like this? "Go on and fight them, they're here because, they have such equipment because and they're so and so because. Just fight." They don't even give any soul. Shame, From Software, shame.

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