This page of the guide to Borderlands 3 contains a description of the boss fight with The Graveward. This giant monster guards the access to the Vault on Eden-6. Defeating this beast will take you 10-15 minutes. Our walkthrough contains information about the Graveward's attacks and weak points on the body.
The battle with the Graveward takes place in the final part of Cold as the Grave main quest - after reaching the Altar of the Guardians, where Eden-6's Vault is. The first small room in the Altar of the Guardians has vending machines - be sure to replenish ammunition and heal the character. This is very important, because the battle with the boss will be long and tiring. We recommend using an assault rifle and an SMG. These weapons are the most effective. Try to equip the hero with a shield with the largest capacity.
Insert the Vault Key in the slot to start a "regular" battle with two Wards - Grave and Ward. Attack them one by one but don't waste ammo for the best weapons. This is just an introduction to the main fight.
When Grave and Ward are dead, Graveward will appear. In our opinion, this fight is easier than the battle with Rampager on Promethea. The lower part of Graveward's body is stationary. Also, due to its size, the beast's attacks are slow. Avoiding them should be easier, especially because each one of them is clearly telegraphed by the boss. They will also be used throughout the entire fight.
Graveward is able to temporarily tilt the arena, causing the hero to slide. You can either stop by yourself or fall into a pit in the arena. Try to leave it by climbing one of the edges near the pit. While tilting the arena, the boss will also shoot green projectiles. Try to run or stop between them to avoid Corrosive damage.
Other strong attacks of this boss are:
- Swinging one of the upper limbs.
- Hitting the wall.
- Hitting the ground.
All these attacks are clearly telegraphed by the beast. Try to quickly move to a safe place before the boss starts to perform one of these attacks. Also, avoid staying in the spot where one of these attacks will land. If you get hit, you will receive a lot of elemental damage.
Graveward can also start spitting green acid - this is by far the easiest attack to avoid. Step back to stand as far away from Graveward as possible to get out of his reach. Do this and will not get any damage from the acid.
When Graveward loses 1/3 of the health bar, he will start shooting a laser. The attacks when the boss rotates his head slowly while shooting the laser are much harder to avoid. You can try to retreat to the back of the arena, go in the same direction in which the laser moves or get as close to the boss as possible to be beneath the beam. Always try to also leave the area attacked by the laser because that place will be on fire.
At certain points of the fight, the boss will receive reinforcements. Try to kill them immediately - they drop ammunition. There aren't any supply chests in the arena, so you need to rely solely on loot left by enemies, or just switch between weapons.
The boss can be attacked from the very start of the battle, but Graveward also has yellow weak points on the body. The default ones are the small dots on his head and chest. Larger weak points are revealed after some of the boss's attacks. They can be located on:
- The ends of the upper limbs after Graveward hits a wall or the ground - example in figure 1
- The pulsing dot on the Graveward's forehead after he gets temporarily stunned - example in figure 2
Always try to attack the weak spots with the best weapons, as all your attacks will deal critical damage. Weapons with good accuracy (including those equipped with a scope) and with the ability to fire continuously are very useful here.
In this phase of the battle, Graveward won't surprise you with anything new. He will keep using familiar attacks and receive reinforcements. Use every opportunity to get critical hits, as well as to replenish ammunition to the most effective weapons.
The defeated boss will drop tons of credits, eridium and rare equipment. Shortly after that, a portal to the Vault on Eden-6 will appear in the arena.