How to Kill the Keeper of the Old Lords in Bloodborne

Here’s where things start to get good, folks. The Keeper of the Old Lords, whose name you might recognize if you fought the flame-engulfed Watchdog of the Old Lords in the Pthumerian Labyrinth Chalice Dungeon, is one of the only Chalice Dungeon bosses whose penchant for high-powered attacks puts him on the same level as all of the in-campaign bosses. If you do a quick Google search for his name, you’ll see that quite a few Hunters have had trouble quelling this fire-wielding foe. Fear not, you Bloodborne fanatics, as there is a rather simple strategy involved in defeating the hardest boss in the Central Pthumerian Labyrinth. If you’ve fought any of Bloodborne‘s countless bosses up to this point, you probably know it quite well: dodge and hit him from behind.

Of course, if you’re the type of person who likes to use the cheesiest technique possible, all of the hardship of this fight can be overcome with a mere two Poison Knives. If you decide to poison the Keeper of the Old Lords, simply run and dodge away from him constantly until his health runs dry. Likewise, it’s possible to exploit his attacks using the large version of Ludwig’s Holy Blate. By using a series of thrust attacks and well-timed dodges, you can do massive damage to the Keeper without ever letting him get a single attack in. However, if you’re looking for a legitimate battle free of trickery and nonsense, you’re going to want to pay close attention to the Keeper’s attack animations.

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Even though the Keeper of Old Lords has a number of melee attacks, all of which grow stronger after he eventually applies Fire Paper to his weapon, all of them are fairly slow and well-telegraphed. If you are the type of player that struggles with well-timed dodges, it isn’t particularly difficult to land a few Visceral Attacks. Simply wait for the Keeper to be at the apex of his wind-up, and fire the moment before his weapon begins its descent and you should have yourself an opportunity to do massive damage. Though the Keeper of the Old Lords does use fire-damage to his advantage during this battle, Fire Paper can be used to increase your weapon damage. If you’re playing through this dungeon in New Game Plus, Fire Paper and a handful of attacks will cause this battle to end in under thirty seconds.

After killing this occasionally slightly obnoxious, but definitely beatable, boss, light the lamp, head down the elevator in front of you, and continue your plunge into the depths of Bloodborne‘s Chalice Dungeons.