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

 
HP 3110 (Standard Game), 7001 (NG+)
Weakness ?
Resistance ?
Respawns NOT IF ALL KILLED

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 npcs 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 Boss Soul is acquired.

 

Location

  • Sanctum Walk, Priestess' Chamber bonfire. Optional Bosses of the Cave of the Dead, accessed after the Priestess' Rest bonfire.
  • Accessible 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.
  • Be wary of Rockshield Baldyr who will invade you right before the bonfire leading to the cave within which the boss fight will be fought.

Drops

  • Souls Awarded: 60,000 (Standard Game) 120,000 (NG+) [needs verification]
  • Drops 3 Twinkling Titanite, 3 Petrified Dragon Bones, and 1 Titanite Slab.
  • Immediately after them the Flower Skirt and Dark Greatsword can be found. (Note: Dark Greatsword can be obtained before defeating this boss by walking off the elevator next to the Priestess' Chamber bonfire.)

 

Attacks

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)

Strategy

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 counterattacks due to the resistance given during the execution of the critical hit. Be wary though of Graverobber's quick attacks for though they cannot one shot you they can still deal a noticeable 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, noticeably 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 be wary of his high lightnining 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 either 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 forward from the boss entrance) and look for a ramp that will lead you upward.

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Hints

  • 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.

 

Trivia

  • "Varg" is the Swedish word for wolf.
  • The squadron can be referred 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 acquired 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. 



 




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    • Anonymous

      22 Jun 2021 10:40  

      Ancient soldier Varg should be my friend because we are havel knights, i have havels set ( ful set even dragon tooth) are all +5!

      • Anonymous

        27 May 2021 03:51  

        I don’t know how all of you beat these ****ers in one try or less than 5. It took me 56 tries over 3 hours to kill them. For me, this was by far the hardest boss in the series, and I even died to the fume knight doing a no hit, no blocking, no armor, no ring, and no buff fight like 20 times less. **** the ganksquad. They are hard in all the worst ways

        • Anonymous

          24 May 2021 09:39  


          rush the archer and kill her as soon as possible while avoiding havel and the other one. then after you kill the archer poison one of the other 2 and kill them by running away from them while they are poisoned[i killed the graverobber first with poison arrows]. then poison the other one as well and shoot dark arrows at them to kill them.

          • Anonymous

            19 Apr 2021 12:21  

            Fight isn’t difficult at all if you have the basic priority of killing the bowman ASAP. Then you can use the water to separate Havel and Alva and take out the next one of your liking, and finally backstab the remaining one

            • Anonymous

              17 Apr 2021 02:54  

              This is just insulting tbh. Especially as a ****ing DLC boss. Anyone that didn't object to this at the FromSoft office needs to get 3-manned in an alley.

              • Anonymous

                15 Apr 2021 05:45  

                Hell, after seeing so many people **** on this fight I was really worried about it. But i beat them first try and it was FUN AS ****. I know this comment will get downvoted to hell but I don't care. The only bad thing for me was the run leading to them , Those statues are annoying af

                • Anonymous

                  10 Apr 2021 00:45  

                  Possibly the most difficult boss in the entire SOTFS depending on your play style. I am already in NG+, and both the difficulty and annoyance of this boss far exceeds any other boss I’ve encountered (which means all bosses except for the double king’s pet)

                  • Anonymous

                    07 Mar 2021 17:36  

                    -Poison them with:
                    a) Toxic Mist + Poison Mist or Dark Fog
                    b) Poison infused spear/piercing sword/lance pokes while your shield is up so you can trade hits with them. Recommend Black Scorpion Stinger. Crest of the Rat and Sanctum Soldier Gauntlet helps buildup a lot.
                    -Wear Jester's Robes or Ironclad Armor to not get backstabbed
                    -Take out arrow guy first
                    -Lure them in water to make them wet, and use a Lightning weapon (again, the weapon types mentioned above work well because of the shield poke)
                    -Utilize the little bridge over the water pit on the left shortly after the fog gate. They have a harder time getting to you, surround you or rolling away from your strikes
                    -2 handed strong attacks from Ultra Great Swords or Great Hammers is the only way to reliably stun them

                    • Anonymous

                      05 Mar 2021 21:42  

                      If you come into the fight with npc it is not so bad but dear god doing this fight alone makes it so much harder.

                      • Anonymous

                        31 Dec 2020 19:26  

                        Took me 3 tries. I just pancaked the greatbow guy repeatedly with Dragon Tooth then ran away when Havel guy and Alva dude caught up to me, then when he died I started pancaking Alva, then I just backstabbed Havel.

                        • Anonymous

                          23 Dec 2020 08:04  

                          Real facts: summon both npc's, focus on eliminating one enemy at a time, and equip lifegems and repair powder in your inventory. This is a marathon fight, not a sprint.

                          • Anonymous

                            09 Nov 2020 06:42  

                            Solo was better. They focus on you so lead them around the water and the ramp. That gives time to chug and turn around for a few quick hits. Their damage comes off much with faster solo, too. Like every boss, don’t get greedy. Havel boy was last and finally got him in the water and cheesed him with dark orbs and great heavy souls.

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