|Keeper of the Old Lords|
|Locations|| Central Pthumerian Labyrinth (Boss)|
Cursed Pthumerian Defilement (Boss)
Lower Pthumerian Labyrinth (Enemy)
Cursed Pthumerian Defilement (Enemy)
Lower Loran (Enemy)
Isz Gravestone (Enemy)
|Drops|| Central Pthumeru Root Chalice|
Cursed Sharp Damp Blood Gem (5)
The Keeper of the Old Lords is not only an agile swordswoman, but also a skilled pyromancer, imbuing her blade with fire, and manipulating it to burn her foes with impunity. She wields a thin sabre as her main weapon.
She appears to have a hint of flame lining the brim of her hat and the ends of the cloth draped across her chest.
The Keeper of the Old Lords fights similar to an NPC hunter although she utilizes several fire spells in addition to her regular attacks. Most of these spells can be easily dodged by evading away or behind the Keeper but she will occasionally use an AOE spell if the player tries to remain behind her too long. Although she can be staggered by repeated attacks, she recovers very quickly and will retaliate with several rapid slashes so it is recommended to use hit and run tactics against her.
The Keeper will infuse her sword with fire when it reaches 70% health. She will become more aggressive, actively chasing the player and her sword combos become longer, which can be very dangerous if she manages to corner the player. She also becomes much more evasive and will frequently dodge projectile weapons.
A cheese is possible where the player knock her down with an Augur of Ebrietas, walk to her, and repeat.
The best strategy is to dodge behind her when she does arm attacks with fire, and combo. When you combo her, leave a small amount of stamina left to dodge the attack she will counter with. Don't forget to parry often, she doesn't have a massive health pool, so Visceral attacks will do considerable damage. If you have a high arcane stat then you could blast away her health easily. Don't be trigger happy, however, because after casting a spell at close ranges, she can close the distance at alarming speed and combo you. She is very good at punishing greedy players, so take time to back up and parry her.
The enemy variant of the Keeper behaves identically to the boss version except she is unable to buff her weapon.
They are always accompanied by two Keeper's Hunting Dogs and will use them to distract the player whilst they attacks with their fire from a distance. It is recommended to use ranged attacks to lure the dogs away from the Keeper before engaging her in combat. The Keeper of the Old Lords is resistant to fire and bolt attacks but is weak against arcane damage.
She is also weak to poison and very vulnerable to parries and visceral attacks.
- Defeating the boss version will unlock the Bone Ash Set at the Insight Bath Messenger.
- She is extremely weak to Arcane damage.
- The enemy variant of the Keeper will always be accompanied by two Keeper's Hunting Dogs.
- In depth 5 chalice dungeons the enemy variant can very rarely be the one guarding treasure chests and levers.
- It's possible to shoot or hit the Keeper once to trigger her dual attack into a backstep. During this dual attack, she becomes extremely susceptible to being parried. It is entirely possible to beat the boss variant of the Keeper without her even leaving the first phase using this method.
- Enemy variants are men, while the boss variants are women.
- It seems interesting that the Keeper not only has an appearance of a Witch, with an obviously inspired witch's hat and black dress, but that she also is a pyromancer. This appears to be a nod to the Dark Souls series, where witches are heavily associated with fire, and pyromancy; namely the Witch of Izalith.
- Furthermore, the Bone Ash Mask displays 8 eyes, the Keeper herself wields a scimitar, or, in other words, a Curved Sword, which she then sets aflame, and finally, she is encountered only in the Chalice Dungeons, below the very city of Yharnam. Therefore, the Keeper is a woman, a witch, a pyromancer, has a flaming scimitar, and possesses 8 eyes (which are symbolic of spiders), and resides in the depths beneath a city. This implies that the Keeper is a reference to Quelaag.
- ↑ Bone Ash Mask