Bloodhound Knight Darriwil is a Boss in Elden Ring. Darriwil can be found at the Forlorn Hound Evergaol in Limgrave when exploring the area. This is an optional boss, as players don't need to defeat it in order to advance in Elden Ring. However, doing so drops a useful item, as well as Runes.
Darriwil is nothing but a traitor. And in need of a fitting end to his tale.
Elden Ring Bloodhound Knight Darriwil Boss
- Found in Forlorn Hound Evergaol [Map Link]
- This is an optional boss
- Closest Site of Grace:
- Multiplayer is not allowed for this boss
- You cannot summon Spirit Ashes for this boss
- NPC Summons: It is possible to get help from Blaidd for this fight if you progress Kalé's questline
Bloodhound Knight Darriwil Combat information
- Health: 1,450 HP
- Defense: 103.9
- Stance: 65
- Parryable: Yes
- Is vulnerable to a critical hit after being stance broken
- Damage: Standard, Slash
- Inflicts: Hemorrhage
- Drops 1,900, Bloodhound's Fang
Negations (or Absorptions)
The negation numbers are the % of your damage that gets blocked. For example, if a negation is 60, 40% of that damage by that type will go through and 60% will be negated. Bigger number = less damage. A negation of 100 means no damage goes through, and a negation of -100 mean the enemy takes 2x damage from that source. 0 means damage goes pretty much as is.
The resistance numbers are the buildup amount to trigger it. For example, if a resistance is 100 you must deal 100 points of the given buildup to trigger it. Note that these go down over time, and increase each time the effect procs. The values after the "/"s indicate the increased resistances after each successive proc.
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Bloodhound Knight Darriwil Boss Guide for Elden Ring
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Bloodhound Knight Darriwil Fight Strategy
The Best Tips for Bloodhound Knight Darriwil:
- Staunching Boluses can help prevent Hemorrhage
- Glintblade Phalanx and Ash of War: Glintblade Phalanx can decimate this boss
This can be a rather difficult fight. Darriwil is very aggressive and his invisible dash move allows him to move quickly and unpredictably around the arena. Be prepared to dodge at any time, and only attack once or twice when you have the opportunity or you'll end up trading hits.
Keep Your Guard Up: While you're still learning his moves, guard when you're not attacking so he doesn't dash in and surprise you with an unexpected attack. A Greatshield is particularly effective here, since most of his attacks will bounce off it and give you a chance to guard counter. Be aware though that he'll still build up Hemorrhage even if you perfectly block his attacks. Try to bait his attacks when your Hemorrhage buildup is low, block one or two attacks before attacking, then back away and try to dodge until your status bar clears.
Watch For Sparks: Pay particular attention to Darriwil's Grinding Attack and Clawing Attack, where he scrapes his blade or claw along the ground to create sparks. Both of these take him some time to recover from, so after you've dodged or blocked the initial attack you'll have a chance to land a hit or two.
Let It Bleed: When your Hemorrhage meter fills up, you'll take 100 damage plus 10% of your total health. But since this fight comes early in the game, that's not actually much more than a normal attack would deal. It may be worth simply taking the damage, especially if you're blocking the rest of his attacks, and focusing on killing Darriwil rather than saving yourself.
Magic and Ranged Strategy
Darriwil is particularly difficult for ranged players, since he tends to move so quickly and dodge so readily that it's hard to land most ranged spells or arrows.
Form a Phalanx: Take advantage of Darriwil's aggression using Glintstone Phalanx which will slam into him approaches to attack. Summon the blades when you've got some distance, then when he gets close focus on not getting hit and let the magic do its work. Ash of War: Glintblade Phalanx may be an even better choice since it costs less FP and deals more Stance damage.
Fake Melee: Close-range spells like Carian Slicer or Catch Flame avoid the dodging issue entirely by only attacking him when he's close by. This will require carefully sequencing your dodges and attacks, though, to make sure you aren't just trading hits.
Jump and Shoot: If you're using a bow, avoid using slow skills like Mighty Shot since he's likely to dodge them. Instead, jump backwards when he approaches and fire an arrow while you're in the air to avoid his attacks and get in some damage.
Attacks & Counters
|Bloodhound's Step||Tenses up, then dashes a short distance forward. This doesn't deal damage but can position him for a surprise attack.||Start guarding when you see him disappear, or prepare to dodge a follow-up attack.|
|Swipe||Jogs forward and swipes with his claw.||Roll when he holds his claw out to the side.|
|Galloping Slice||Runs towards you on all fours, jumping forward and slicing in a circle.||Roll to your right once you see the tip of his sword to the right of his head. This will position you near him when he's recovering and give you time to get an attack in.|
|Arc Slash||Slices his sword in a wide counterclockwise arc.||Roll backwards or block.|
|Diagonal Slash||Holds his sword behind him, then swings it clockwise diagonally up.||Roll when sword's tip is fully behind his body.|
|Twirling Slam||Does one quick clockwise slice, then slams his sword down in front of him.||Roll backwards or block. You can get in a quick hit during the recovery period.|
|Rising Slash||Slashes his sword up, emitting sparks.||Dodge once out and once in to dodge the common Falling Slash follow-up.|
|Falling Slash||Slashes his sword over his shoulder and down in front of him.||Dodge in and land a hit while he recovers.|
|Overhead Slam||Holds his sword behind him briefly, then slams it down in front.||Roll left or right, then get in a hit while he recovers.|
|Jumping Slam||Jumps into the air, then slams his sword down to the ground.||Roll once he's at the top of his jump, then get in an attack or two.|
|Spiral Retreat||Spins twice counterclockwise while hopping away from you.||Roll forward to put pressure on him while he recovers. Only the initial sword swing can hurt you.|
|Bloodhound's Finesse||Swings his sword and backflips away.||Roll towards him to evade the attack or block with a shield.|
|Grinding Attack||Charges forward while dragging his sword against the ground, emitting sparks on his right, then raises it in a large vertical slice.||Roll to your right when you see his claw pass in front of his face, then get in a couple hits while he's recovering.|
|Clawing Attack||Charges forward while dragging his claw against the ground, emitting sparks on his left, then slashes it upwards followed by a final horizontal slash.||Roll twice to either side, then get a couple hits while he's recovering.|
: Attack can be parried
Elden Ring Bloodhound Knight Darriwil Lore, Notes & Other Trivia
- Darriwil may have served Ranni or Rennala in the past, and may have abandoned them at some point. This would explain why Blaidd has a personal grudge against him.
- If the Radahn Festival has been triggered, Blaidd will not be available as a summon.
- This boss shows some resemblance to the Boreal Outrider Knights from Dark Souls 3. It's movement and looks suggest the creature is not fully humanoid but has instead transformed into something in between a four legged beast and a knight. It's attacks cause a Hemorrhage Status Effect which would suggest it uses a sharp edged blade forged to perfection. Although the beastly forms of the creature show a certain ongoing degenerative process, it still is very nimble and assassin-like. The temporary invisibility could also be caused by either inhuman speed or magic.
- Much like the named Crucible Knights, Darriwil is likely named after certain geological eras. In this case, the Darriwillian period, the upper stage of the Ordovician.
Bloodhound Knight Darriwil Combo Chart
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