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.
  • 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.)



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

      27 May 2020 00:09  

      Was actually easy. Didn't know about them when i entered their chamber and beat them at firsf try. Just tanked for my phantomes when they focused me and when the switched focused to my phantomes I backstabbed them to death. The archer gave us a good fight 1 v 3 but died like the rest. No friendly phantome has died that day.

      • Anonymous

        24 May 2020 19:45  

        This fight sucks because it takes a while to get to, takes a while to complete once started, and has a low margin of error. To reduce risks, I equipped Jester's Robes to prevent backstabs (100% fatal here) and used Toxic Mist while evading to kill the melee enemies while I kited them around the room. The archer is low threat since she doesn't give chase, rarely uses the bow at range, and only switches to melee at close range.

        • Anonymous

          03 May 2020 13:04  

          My issue isn't what I am doing wrong in this fight. It's the 'companions'. Amazing how your Summon AI is so much more pathetic than the Boss AI. The bosses work together, try and split the group up and work as a team. Your summons run around the place aimlessly, always attacking the enemy that should be ignored for that moment. I get the feeling FromSoft programmed Deep Blue AI for the Bosses and Microsoft Minesweeper AI for the Summons.

          • Anonymous

            01 May 2020 23:01  

            Just did this boss for the first time. Solo it’s for masochists, with the boss run-up filled with statues and mobs. Even 3v3 with the two NPC’s it’s kind of hard. Overall harder boss fight than O&S, abyss watchers and throne watcher/defender for sure.

            • Anonymous

              25 Apr 2020 10:44  

              The trio isn't even the BS part. It's their cracked up poise and poise damage. Why did they think a dude in pajamas with an estoc should constantly stagger my player with full armor and interrupt my attacks when he doesn't completely tank them?

              • Anonymous

                05 Apr 2020 01:40  

                If u want dark greatsword just use the elevator before the cave of the dead, and there will be a spot mid-way through the elevator. The only reward for the boss is the flower skirt, I highly recommend the flower skirt over dark greatsword.

                • Anonymous

                  04 Apr 2020 18:00  

                  Great to see people are still playing souls 2. Yeah, this is not a fun boss to solo in while in the company of champions covenant.

                  • 23 Feb 2020 05:58  

                    Lol I'm just reading after the fact, that this guide says "don't try to party Varg, IT'S PROBABLY IMPOSSIBLE". That's funny since as a pure sorcerer that ran out of spells, it was the only way to do damage to him. It took like 16 of them with his healing, but it's actually pretty easy to do. You can't parry the 2 handed moveset, but if he's got his shield out, parry away my friends!

                    • Anonymous

                      23 Dec 2019 16:09  

                      Honestly..just bribg summons. These bosses are so generic and uninspired. They aren't worth our time soloing, since it's a marathon fight and not a fun one like Midir. A battle of attrition. I solo all other bosses, but not these guys. Plus, no boss soul to me means they aren't even a real boss anyways. 0 satisfaction from soloing them, just a cheap gank. Don't waste your time.... bring them summons.

                      • 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

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