Guardian Golem

guardian golem field boss elden ring wiki guide
Location Highroad Cave
Drops 1,700 runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18 Runes (NG)
600 runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18 Runes (NG, Co-op)
Blue Dancer Charm
HP 5,974
Strong VS
Immune to
All status effects
Weaker to

Guardian Golem is a Boss in Elden Ring. Guardian Golem is a towering construct that wields a large axe in Highroad Cave. This is an optional boss as players are not required to defeat it to advance in Elden Ring.

Golem is the normal enemy form of this boss.


One of the many constructs found across the Lands Between. It wields a large halberd to attack, along with being able to breath fire on anything below it. 

Elden Ring Guardian Golem Boss

  • This is an optional boss.
  • Closest Site of Grace: Highroad Cave
  • Multiplayer allowed for this boss
  • You can summon Spirit Ashes for this boss


Elden Ring Guardian Golem Location

Deep within the Highroad Cave in the far north of Limgrave. [Map Link]


Guardian Golem Combat information

  • Health: 5,974 HP
  • Defense: 101.3
  • Poise: 120
  • Parriable: No
  • Can be poise broken, allowing for a critical hit
  • Damage: standard damage 57pxStandard, fire upgrades elden ring wiki guide 30Fire
  • Critical hits deal massive damage to Guardian Golem
  • Drops runes currency elden ring wiki guide 181,700

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.

  NG NG+ NG+2 NG+3 NG+4 NG+5 NG+6 NG+7
HP 5,974 18,650 20,515 21,447 22,380 24,245 25,177 26,110
Defense 101.3 117.3 120.2325 123.165 129.03 134.895 140.76 152.49
runes currency elden ring wiki guide 18Runes 1,700 8,500 9,350 9,562 10,200 10,412 10,625 10,837

Elden Ring Guardian Golem Boss Guide


Guardian Golem Fight Strategy

The Best Tips for Guardian Golem:

  • Stay just behind its legs. Most of its attacks aim forward or just in front of its feet.


Melee Users

Charge and Crit: Two charged heavy attacks from most weapons are enough to stagger Guardian Golem. Once it falls to the ground, you have a chance a chance for a critical hit on its chest which will do a massive amount of damage. It's slow enough that you should be able to get in a charged attack after each successful evasion, so stay close to its ankles and roll through its melee attacks. Be careful of Pool of Fire, though, and run away when you see him lean towards the ground.

Magic and Ranged Users

Ankle Biter: Guardian Golem is slow and has limited ranged attacks, so you may have an easier time than a melee user. As soon as you enter the arena, immediately begin shooting at its ankles while trying to keep your distance. The golem will eventually topple, at which point you can either go for a critical hit with a melee weapon or just use the downtime to do as much damage as you can without fear of counterattacks.

Guardian Golem Attacks & Counters

Attack Description Counter
Axe Sweep Sweeps its axe across the floor  Roll in the opposite direction of the sweep
Axe Stab Stabs the hilt of the axe into the ground This attack doesn't aim at the player, so stay behind its legs or across the arena and use the time to get some hits in
Hilt Sweep Sweeps the hilt of the axe to one side of its legs. Used when you're beside it This mostly goes to the side, so roll behind its legs to avoid it
Cleave Raises the axe behind its head and brings it down in front of it Run towards it when you see it pulling back and roll or jump to avoid the shockwave. This attack has a very long recovery so it's a good chance to get in a few hits
Kneeling Cleave Puts one hand on the ground and slams its axe down in front of it while kneeling Run in when you see it leaning down and you should be able to avoid the first hit, then attack its legs to avoid follow-up attacks
Mega Stab Takes a couple steps back, raises its axe high above its head, and stabs the hilt down in front of it. After a pause, pulls it out creating another shockwave Roll to avoid the first shockwave, get in a hit, and then jump the second one
Axe Charge Puts the head of its axe on the ground and charges forward, then turns around and uses the axe to hurl stones at you Run or roll to avoid the initial charge, then roll towards the stones
Fire Burst Breathes a short burst of fire directly underneath its head This is its least-threatening fire attack, and won't hit you if you're near its feet
Fire Jet Leans forward with its hands on the ground and breathes fire counterclockwise across the arena. Used when you're far away If you have time, run past its head to avoid the fire entirely. Otherwise, run in the direction the fire is moving. The fire moves slowly enough that rolling through it is inadvisable
Pool of Fire Leans forward with its hands on the ground and breathes fire beneath it while it slowly steps backwards. Used when you're at its feet Run away until the fire is finished

 Guardian Golem Combo Chart

guardian golem combo chart


Guardian Golem Image Gallery

[screenshots and artwork go here]


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    • Anonymous

      I'm pretty sure this has less than 120 Stance. Two 2-hand charged R2s from a medium shield brings it down consistently as long as you actually wait for it to start moving (some enemies seem to have stance damage immunity during their reaction to criticals, see land krakens). That only adds up to 72.6-ish stance damage.

      • Anonymous

        I always beat this thing before it can get an attack in because it's a pushover. Imagine my surprise when i missed my attack and he started breathing fire.

        • This was my first boss. I wasn't familiar with the cave/catacomb formula and there were no player notes nearby to hint about what was ahead... but I knew if I crossed that fog I was about to f around and find out lol. I beat it but just barely. Like, by a sliver of my own health. Ah nostalgia.

          • Anonymous

            I remember running into this golem but expecting to see patches, when I saw it stand up and the boss music started I knew I was boned.

            • Anonymous

              Strike is the way to go. Just brought one to its knees and crit him with +9 marikas hammer. My eyes bulged when i saw ~10k dmg. My +25 misericorde seems quite laughable now, and to think i nealry always used it to crit those things. It makes sense, but still...old habits i guess. That 140 crit rating mesmerized me for far too long.

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