Guardians are enemies in Dark Souls. They can only be found in the Artorias of the Abyss DLC.


Guardians appear in the Royal Wood area of Oolacile. They cluster in small groups with Wooden Scarecrows.


Large stone golems wielding a Stone Greataxe. They are extremely powerful and can easily kill an unprepared player. They also have a very high aggro range, making them difficult to dispatch from a distance.


Like Stone Knights, these creatures have strong armor. It is very important to choose the right damage type against them:

  • Extremely high Slash defense
  • Medium Normal and Thrust defense
  • Low Strike defense

Enemy InformationEdit


Respawn Yes
Backstab No
Damage Types Regular
Abilities Can easily stagger opponents.


Attack Damage Attack Type Status Effect Parryable Tracking Attack Speed
Overwhelming Smash ??? Regular None No No Slow
Ground Upheaval* ??? Regular None No No Slow
Smash Attack ??? Regular None No No Slow
Triple Smash ??? Regular None No No Slow
Running Smash ??? Regular None No No Slow

*This attack is only performed after the Overwhelming Smash


Physical Defenses Elemental Defenses Resistances
Def atk phy Def atk strike Def atk slash Def atk thrust Def sorc mag Def sorc fire Def sorc lght Def res poi Def res toxic Def res bleed
??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? S S S

These stats are sourced from FuturePress's Official Dark Souls Strategy Guide.


Item Item Twinkling Titanite
Twinkling Titanite
Stone Greataxe
Stone Greataxe
Drop Rate 20% 2%



  • After performing a ground smash, Guardians sometimes look around for the player, leaving them vulnerable to a few free hits. However, the Guardian can pull its axe out of the ground with a big explosion if the player is within range for too long.
  • Guardians strongly resemble Stone Knights. Their armor is quite similar and they both guard forests.