Royal Rat Authority

royal rat authority
HP 4,330 | 6,928 (NG+)
Weakness Fire
Resistance Poison
Immune None
Respawn NO

The Royal Rat Authority is a boss enemy in Dark Souls 2.

A loyal servant of the Rat King and the enforcer of his authority, this gargantuan Dog Rat is also responsible for testing the strength and virtue of visitors to his lord's domain.


Royal Rat Authority Information 

Royal Rat Authority is an optional boss in Dark Souls 2. 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.









Counter Measures

Head Sweep

An extremely difficult attack to avoid, the Royal Rat Authority will use this at mid and long range.
It can be identified when the Boss crouches and lowers its head as though about to pounce; it will
then lunge quickly forward and perform a sweeping headbutt attack.

Can be dodged with a backwards roll at exactly the right
moment. If the player becomes trapped underneath the Boss
when it prepares to use this move, a forward roll
(toward its hindquarters) offers the best chance of a
successful escape.

Bite Attack

The Royal Rat Authority will lower its head toward its right side and lunge forward, striking the area
in front of it with a bite.

This can be blocked with a shield though the Stamina drain
will be severe; rolling backward with precise timing is the
only reliable way to avoid it.When the Boss has been reduced
below approximately 20% of its health it will exclusively use
a feeble and much weaker version of this attack
Claw Swipes The Royal Rat Authority will raise its right paw and perform a frontal sweeping attack, and then
another identical attack with the left.
These can be blocked by a shield with high Stability, but also
afford the best opportunity for the player to dash or roll
underneath the Boss
Stomp Relatively slow stomp with its front paws if the player stays too close. One of its easiest attacks to avoid, this can be dodged
simply by strafing or rolling toward the Boss' hind
legs and offers a brief opportunity to land an attack.
Spin Quick, clockwise spin with roughly similar range to the double sweep.  
Royal Rat Regurgitation

The Boss will use this attack when its health has been reduced to approximately 20%. It will lift
itself up weakly and vomit a large pool of yellow acid, which will spread slowly underneath it.

The acid inflicts significant durability damage and players
should avoid contact with it at all costs. Luckily the attack
and spread are slow enough to be easy to expect. Be wary
of the boss' health pool total.


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).

Some other things to know, for melee players:

  1. Stop right by the entrance to the boss room. You have extended lock-on range for this fight. This fight doesn't kick off until you are close to the rats, or until you damage one, so get in as close as possible without triggering the fight, and use a projectile to get a free kill on one of the smaller rats. That's one down.
  2. Wait for a calm moment, and then pick off a smaller rat. Repeat this while timing your dodge rolls with enemy attacks, and you will clear out the smaller rats.
  3. This fight plays a lot like Sif, the Great Grey Wolf. Stay under the giant rat's leg, and be cautious of any dangers coming to you.
  4. The giant rat mainly has a two-hit paw swipe, alternating with each paw, and a dash attack, where he lunges with his head, which does a lot of damage. You can avoid the dash attack by cocking the hammer for your roll when he stops rearing his head back, because this is very close up until the moment where he dashes, if not the exact moment. Staying to the side of one paw lets you spare yourself a dodge roll to do more damage.
  5. Don't roll spam, or get greedy. Use as little stamina as possible. This boss and his goons move and attack fast enough to insta-kill you for not having stamina to roll, or block with.



  • 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





  • 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



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    • Anonymous

      The best advice I can give for this fight is to kill the small dog-rats as soon as possible because they are far more dangerous than the boss since they can quickly inflict toxic on you which'll kill you in moments, and fight him unlocked especially with a big heavy weapon

      • Anonymous

        Actually fun boss fight ONCE you've taken out the smaller rats. Any crowd control spell (soul appease works for some reason) and then just use whatever fire damage you have available on Methhead Sif

        • Anonymous

          I was having a hard time until I sniped the little rats at the beginning, then stayed under him and did the wide swing with the partizan when he wasn't bouncing around, much easier

          • Anonymous

            He appears to go into a weak state when at low hp, very similar to Sif limping in Ds1. Like it says, he pukes on the floor when below 20%, but he also only has three attacks and they do pathetic damage. I just kind of stood there to listen to the ost, it was very sad to watch.

            • Anonymous

              So weird, I beat this first try in SotFS but now in Vanilla I'm on 8 deaths in a row. It isn't even a difficult boss, just really easy to lose patience with... giving up for now. I know this feel. It's the feel you get before you go to sleep and wake up then get it on the first try.

              • Anonymous

                After many deaths I managed to kill three of the toxic little ****s with a mace before the boss jumped down and somehow killed the fourth. Made short work of him after that

                • Anonymous

                  For once I got lucky, managed to kill all four little dogs before he jumped down. it was okay from then on, but after I killed him he vomited on me, killing me and breaking all of my armor and rings. This being after i had already lost 40k souls in a previous attempt.

                  Whoever made this boss should be blacklisted from anything involving technology ever again. And in such a cool area too.

                  • Anonymous

                    this boss pisses me off just because i beat him and at the end i diead to toxic and had to do it all over again

                    • Anonymous

                      Thanks to whoever suggested four lingering flames in a cluster at the near start of the area to deal with toxic waste rats. This really worked well.

                      • Anonymous

                        100% physical resist shield really helps with the absurd head lunge, and you will recover from stun and regain stamina before it attacks again. His paw swipe and vomit attack are more telegraphed and easily dodged.
                        Shoot the rats from a distance with a bow before the fight starts too.

                        • Anonymous

                          easy boss. use lingering flames, or any halberd, try to get all the rats in one running spin attack. eat a common fruit as well

                          • Anonymous

                            I hate this boss because if you don’t kill the rats before the Authority jumps down, you are 9 times out of 10 gonna die.

                            • Anonymous

                              Boss is really easy, other than the acid pool attack that sometimes happens late in the fight. Even playing as a mage, I always run under him with shield up and then whack him with a fire sword (do not use target lock). Just need to watch your stamina and repeat when he jumps away.

                              • Anonymous

                                I don't think this section mentions that if you get the big rat to low HP it does a Sif and becomes slower and pretty much limits itself to a slow bite attack (it only does this attack at low hp) and that corrosive vomit attack, as far as I can tell it won't do its forward rush anymore or jump around. I don't know the exact percent of hp for this to happen, I tested it when it was down at like 1/12 of its original health.

                                • Anonymous

                                  In Scholar I've never seen the boss even so much as injure the small rats during an attack or jump. Knock them around maybe, but not hurt them. Just another bullshit addition to make things harder

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Easiest method for faith build, shoot one spell or an arrow to lure the rats in, then cast Soul Appease, spell should finish as the rats get close to you, instantly killing all the rats since they're considered undead.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Do yourself a favor, go offline and cheat. put as much effort into beating the boss clean as from's mental effort into cleaning their asses after dumbing down from creating this abhorration so called boss.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        If you're a dirty hexer like me, just use Darkstorm on the little rats, then cast dead again a couple times and fight over. Easiest, quickest boss fight you will ever do in Dark Souls if you have the means to cast those 2 spells.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          From: Well we weren't able to create a memorable (or at least functional) boss, but don't worry! We'll add this toxic rat underlings to pester you while the boss stomps you :) That is challenging enough, no?

                                          • Anonymous

                                            This boss fight wasn't as difficult as I had thought it'd be, but even after beating it I still don't have a strategy. I guess use a sweeping weapon to kill the first rats and kill the dog with a strong weapon after running under it. Not too terrible with a +10 Greatsword.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              I was expecting a much more harder fight due to the Sif comparisons. But heck no, Sif is extremely smart while this rotten mutt is one of the dumbest bosses of the game. Just circle strafe him to the right and you should be cool.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                He can be intimidating but isnt that hard, roll under his charge attack and get under or behind him. You'll get like 4 free hits before he can turn around.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  the weakness here is listing lightning? but... my Great Lightning spear on 60 Faith did like 114, meanwhile, a Great fireball was doing 500

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    I like how theres nothing in any of the "counter measures" boxes for his attacks. As there's no way to dodge him besides hoping your spacing is on point for his claw attacks. But the body slam... This guy's hitbox is his body. And his body is the size of a literal blue whale! No getting out of the way of that. An attack he does 90 percent of the time...

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      Okay so I just beat him 1st try after reading some of the strategies. I have a faith build, (50 fth) I ran in and killed all the little guys in one cast of Soul Appease, it has a very wide range killed all the rats in the arena, they did hit me while i was casting and gave me toxic but i was able to heal. Used the dranglaic shield to block the RRA's attacks, and the key is to roll under its weird delay attack so you're under his body, then cast Heavenly thunder which does hella damage. Took 3 casts and one or 2 swipes of my sword to kill him. AoE miracles ftw

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        It's killable in 2 hits at 30int 30FAITH. Walk in and plah DARKSTORM. This will devastate the dogs running towards you. 1 might reach you but the remaining will be killed instantaneously. Then you circle around the boss and make sure he is above the DOG BODIES and play DEAD AGAIN. It causes an ABSURD DAMAGE. I did twice and the boss was dead...again.. It really works. I realised the bodies are left behind, unlike most foes, so I used them in my favour. Please, try it out and leave your comment

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          Hardest boss in the entire series. But really though I'm terrible against this this and struggle against it more than any other boss no matter what build I do.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Easiest way i found Upgrade a little a normal scythe, equip it 2 handed, adjust your spacing when advancing in the begging so you get in the middle of the 4 small rats. Your strong attack while 2-handed is a spinning move, and with some str you can kill all small rats in a single move, before the big boss comes down. Then i had some quality time alone with the big boss, without being bothered by the fear of getting "toxic" status. Changed weapon to a rapier, and tried to walk/roll under him. This way he had to expend time repositioning himself instead of jumping on me. Dodged his left pawn sweep, attack, repeat. Didn't use lock-on so i could walk faster. He dies really fast, but can also kill you really no need to overextend trying to attack in small doubt, don't attack and wait for the next opportunity.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              My strategy consisted of running into the rats, casting Heavenly Thunder and praying the Sun to get them all in one go. After that, it took a good couple tries to get the dodge patterns down, but after that it was a matter of staying near the front legs, bait the double swipe, dodge out, and either spam miracles at it (6 Spears and the remaining Thunder took it down to about half health at 35 Fth, probably better results with 16 fireballs) or attack once mid double swipe. Long wind ups, but mechanics are very reliant on i-frames so ADP is probably the make-or-break stat in this fight.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                This place is perfect for farming Pharros Lockstones. Kill the rats with a bow and arrows. If you have high dexterity you can kill them in one shoot. After you kill the little rats beware the authority. Run to collect everything, quit the game and reload. You will appear outside the fog door. Use all equipment for farming and you can get 1-3 Pharros Lockstones each round. Also is perfect for farming Rat Tails.

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  This boss is zero threat to sorcerers. The above strategies make it FAR too complicated. Do this: equip Perseverance, two Lingering Flame, Fire Orb, and any Soul Arrow beyond basic. Cast Perseverance, then enter the fog. Cast 2 Lingering Flame, stand behind them, then aggro the small rats. They’ll approach and detonate the Flames, and can’t touch you because of Perseverance. Then, when the big one jumps down, dodge his attack and get far enough away to cast Lingering again. He’ll chase you and detonate it, and it’ll take off about 1/6 of his life. Keep casting Lingering Flame and lure him into it and he’ll wind up killing himself. He shouldn’t even touch you. If you run out of Lingering Flame then lon some Fire Orbs at him. He’ll be dead before Perseverance wears off.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    this mother*****er... i have died to him so many *****ing times and i still have not defeated him. the *****ing toxic and the fact the authority jumps down before you can properly kill the rats, and not to mention its hitbox is more broken than smelter demon

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      I used the crossbow to lure the rats. they will come to you like the shape of an arrowhead. I chose a suitable position to block the arrow's tip and used strong attack fire long sword to slash rats at once before the boss ran here.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        Fought this thing for the first time just now, had no idea it even existed. I just happened to have 40 faith and was using a lightning buffed heide knight sword. Very easy. Soul Appease also damages this boss apparently, as well as the small rats.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          those rats were annoying as hell, you have to get lucky to beat this fight unless you have wide area damage

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            lost 20k souls cause bull*****boss, can't kill rats fast enough before big boi jumps on me to stick his rat thing in my arse.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              This boss is just overall trash, it has*****ty mechanics, THOSE *****IG RATS, and such a broken hit box, that it could hit you from miles away, good job Fromsoft you *****ed up

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                Okay but this is literally impossible for casters. He keep just jumping on me over and over again. Wonderful another boss I can't do b fromsoft hate mages.

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  Just fought him, 1st try after losing 32,000 souls, when the corpses of the dead rats grew hitboxes to keep me from my ****ing souls after I was toxic'd, this fight is bullshit for melee characters.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    The Santier's Spear you find in the area comes quite handy for the rats in the beginning, that and pyromancy make quick work of this guy

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      Vengarl's armor +3 and a +2 demon's great hammer were enough for me to kill it easily once I smashed the little rats, I healed after he used his swipes and I ran behind him

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        for miracle users i reccomend use soul appease on little rats just come near and before they come start casting

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          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.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            The poor thing... When he reaches 20% I just wanna call a veterinary.... somebody put him out of his misery ( ×_×)

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              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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