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

      03 Jun 2019 10:50  

      The effective method I used to beat them was a combination of poison mist and toxic mist. Just run around using hit n run tactics of Cerah (the only one of the trio with a ranged attack) while the other two slowly die of toxic and posion damage

      • Anonymous

        09 Feb 2019 16:51  

        I didn't realize the don't even drop boss souls. I completely missed these guys on a previous playthrough and guess i didn't lose out on anything. Pointless.

        • Anonymous

          04 Feb 2019 20:57  

          Dash+attack for Cerah the Old Explorer, I dodged and ran away from the 2 guys behind. Jump+attack for Afflicted Graverobber, I continued to dodge the attack and ran away. The remaining Ancient Soldier Varg I used dark orbs. This is like a chasing game and you have to remember the way to get away from the 3 bullies.

          • Anonymous

            02 Feb 2019 20:23  

            Poison the Graverobber, run around the first pillar on the left of the boss gate. Then once they’re separated enough stab Cerah a couple of times. Then poison the Graverober again, run around the pillar, stab Cerah a couple more times then run around the pillar. Rinse and repeat until the Graverobber and Cerah are dead. Then it’s one on one with bootleg Havel. Poison him or fight him straight up. Or both. Took me about 30 poison daggers for the lot of them. And don’t listen to the people who say they can’t be poisoned. They absolutely can.

            • 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.

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