Elden Ring: Bloodhound Knight Darriwil - boss, how to beat? Elden Ring guide, walkthrough
On this page of the Elden Ring guide, you will learn how to defeat the boss in Stormhill, who is called Bloodhound Knight Darriwil.
Last update: Tuesday, April 26, 2022
This page of the Elden Ring game guide contains tips on how to defeat the boss located in the Limgrave region, in the Stormhill Evergoal. The boss in question is Bloodhound Knight Darriwil. You will learn how to fight the boss and which attacks you need to watch out for.
In addition to Bloodhound Knight Darriwil, you can also encounter a boss named Bloodhound Knight. He is fought the same way, but he is in a different location and gives different rewards. The location where you can fight him is Lakeside Crystal Cave in the Liurnia of the Lakes region. On this map, this is the Site of Grace number 49.
He can be found in Stormhill Evergoal. This is an optional boss that isn't required to beat the game. The boss arena appears once you teleport there by interacting with the Evergoal. The closest Spot of Grace is Agheel Lake South. On this map, it is number 23.
Reward for defeating
For defeating Bloodhound Knight Darriwil, you will receive Runes (1,900) and Bloodhound's Fang.
For defeating Bloodhound Knight, you will receive Runes (3,600) and a Cerulean Amber Medallion. This medallion increases the maximum number of PS.
- This boss is fast and agile, and he often disappears from sight. For this reason, even when he's not attacking your character, it's best to have your shield equipped and drawn...
- ... however, don't go overboard with guarding, because the boss causes bleeding. If you keep guarding against his attacks for too long, the bleeding status bar will fill up quickly and you will continue to receive damage despite blocking.
- Attack once if you're wielding a slow weapon, or twice with a fast one. If you don't follow this strategy, you will frequently end up trading attacks and taking unnecessary damage.
- The boss is aggressive and will attack very often, so try to heal yourself or the bleeding status when you are a good distance away from him, or when he starts a chain of attacks far enough away from you.
- You can't summon ghosts to help you fight against Darriwil! This is a significant handicap.
- Bloodhound Knight Darriwil is vulnerable to poison, scarlet rot, bleeding and frostbite . So capitalize on this.
Mage build - how to fight?
Mages have a really tough time against Darriwil, mainly due to how agile the boss is, quickly closes the distance between you and easily dodges spells that don't have any wind-up. Before the battle you should equip the Magic Glintblade spell. This spell first creates an aura, which then materializes a sword and sends it flying at your enemy. Darriwil will try to dodge the spell at the beginning of its wind-up, while the sword is materialising, not when it fires.
You should start off by leaving the circle you're in without approaching the blue light. When leaving the circle Darriwil will appear by the blue light. If you leave the circle from the opposite side you'll put a lot of distance between you and him, giving you plenty of time to launch some projectiles and making the fight much easier for yourself.
Unfortunately you never have much time to cast a spell. You should only cast once the boss is away from you or finishes a missed combo.
Never, ever heal or regenerate mana when the boss is close or at medium distance. If you do, he will immediately attack you and probably kill you.
When fighting Darriwil you must be prepared to use melee weapons often to deal damage. Playing as a mage you should take him on when on a higher level and already knowing some powerful spells.
Equipping a shield might come in handy, just as switching between it and your staff. You can use the staff when he's far away and quickly draw your shield when he gets close. This is a good solution as the shield helps you defend yourself from the boss' attacks, which are quick and unpredictable. What's more, it's worth blocking his first three attacks and then retaliating. The boss then usually stops attacking or starts preparing for the next strike, which is a slower move, giving you the opportunity to attack. However, remember to dodge after attacking if you notice that you failed to break his poise, as he will most likely perform another strike.
If you're a magic user, your skills will come in very handy during this fight, although it's not advisable to use sorcery or skills that have long cooldowns. The opponent's aggressive disposition will ensure that most of these attempts will be interrupted.
It is important to be very patient in this fight, to block his attacks when your bleeding bar is slightly filled out, and to dodge or run when it's almost full. Provoke the attacks that involve him dragging his weapon or claws against the ground, then dodge and retaliate. Very often, by blocking the initial three hits, you will take the initiative and get the opportunity to attack the boss.
Melee build - how to fight?
Bloodhound Knight Darriwil won't appear on the arena immediately. At the beginning of the fight, you must go to the southern edge of the evergaol where there is a breach. The opponent will appear from it. You can seize the moment and start with a strong jump attack to welcome the knight.
The opponent is very fast, agile and strong . He will stay on your toes constantly. Therefore, opportunities to attack aren't found often. As a result, attack two times (lighter weapons) or once (when it comes to heavy weapons) at a time. If you carry a shield, keep it raised as often as possible. This will help your defense a little bit, but only the largest shield protect against his attacks.
Dodging is the way to go, although you need to be acquainted with his moveset. If you want to be aggressive in return, dodge toward the opponent. The enemy often moves forward when attacking, so you will land behind his back many times. However, even if opportunity presents itself, strike for maximum of two attacks. Heavy weapons may throw the opponent off-balance, which can be followed with a critical hit.
When charging, the opponent will disappear for a moment. Fortunately, there is no problem with automatic untarget in such cases. This way you can keep an eye on him . When the enemy is close, dodge forward as fast as possible. While you are never sure what his next move will be, it increases your chances of a successful counter, and of course, avoiding losing HP.
If you manage to avoid his death from above, you can return with the same attack,. as he'll be idle for a moment, gathering strength for the next attack. He does it after each stronger attack, which most of the time ends with a strong ground strike. Use these opportunities to deal damage of your own.
Using a weapon inducing any of the negative statuses greatly facilitates and makes this difficult fight shorter. If, on the other hand, his bleeding status causes you problems, have Stanching Boluses at the ready. Nevertheless, the bleeding placed on you by the opponent isn't that severe.