Ancient Guardian

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Ancient Guardian
Ancient Guardian
2500
100
2
Attack Range
25
5
17
Special Ability
Breaks through obstacles
Meat.png x8,Guardian's Horn.png ,Ornate Chest.png
"minotaur"

Ancient Guardian
Ancient Guardian
10000
100
2
Attack Range
25
5
17
Special Ability
Breaks through obstacles
Meat.png x8,Guardian's Horn.png ,Ornate Chest.png
"minotaur"

Wilson Portrait.png
That thing doesn't look happy.

Wilson

Willow Portrait.png
Poor thing. Trapped in this maze.

Willow

Wolfgang Portrait.png
Strong! Like me! I like him!

Wolfgang

Wendy Portrait.png
He must be lonely. Trapped in such a small cage.

Wendy

WX-78 Portrait.png
THIS MEAT HAS A POINTY END

WX-78

Wickerbottom Portrait.png
Get away, you beast!

Wickerbottom

Woodie Portrait.png
Another poor soul with a curse.

Woodie

Waxwell Portrait.png
My my, the fuel has changed you.

Maxwell

Wigfrid Portrait.png
What wönders! Let's duel.

Wigfrid

Webber Portrait.png
Wear that frown upside down.

Webber

Walani Portrait.png
Holy horns.

Walani

Warly Portrait.png
Stay away!

Warly

Woodlegs Portrait.png
I've 'eard tales o' this devil...

Woodlegs


The Ancient Guardian is a Boss Monster found within the Labyrinth region of the Ruins, as there are 3 different Sinkhole entrances in the world, it is possible to encounter 3 Ancient Guardians, making Ancient Guardian's Loot not renewable unless the Wooden Thing is used to create and travel to a new World. It looks and acts similar to a Clockwork Rook, but appears as a living creature covered in fur.

The Ancient Guardian drops 8 Meat, a Guardian's Horn and a large Ornate Chest will spawn where it was killed. This chest will contain various loot.

Spear.png Fighting[edit | edit source]

The Ancient Guardian has 2500 Health and deals 100 damage per hit. It charges at its target similarly to a Clockwork Rook, but it has an additional attack when in melee range; it will use a close-range uppercut with a very short attack delay.

Below is the number of hits it takes with each weapon to kill the Ancient Guardian (based on the default damage modifier). The Weather Pain is not included due to the random nature of its projectile.

Weapon Fishing Rod.pngBug Net.png Lucy the Axe.png Shovel.png Pitchfork.png Hammer.png Torch.png Umbrella.png Walking Cane.png Willow's Lighter.png Axe.png Pickaxe.png Luxury Axe.png Opulent Pickaxe.png Boomerang.png PickSlashAxe.png Spear.png Bat Bat.png Ham Bat.png Morning Star.png Slurtle Slime.pngTentacle Spike.png Fire Dart.pngFire Staff.png Battle Spear.png Thulecite Club.png Tooth Trap.png Dark Sword.png Blow Dart.png Gunpowder.png Old Bell.png
No. of hits for
Ancient Guardian.png
589 184 148 92 82 74 60 43-85 35 or 58 50 49 48 43 42 37 25 13 3

Don't Starve Together icon.png Don't Starve Together[edit | edit source]

In Don't Starve Together, there is only one Ancient Guardian as the Caves and Ruins are placed within the same level and every Sinkhole in the surface links to different locations in the Caves, but since the Heart of the Ruins update, it is possible to regenerate the Ruins, thus making Ancient Guardian's Loot renewable through the activation of the Ancient Gateway and defeating the Ancient Fuelweaver.

Prototype.png Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Rock Lobsters can be utilized against the Ancient Guardian, and are very effective due to their damage reduction. 5 large Rock Lobsters will be able to deal with the Ancient Guardian, taking turns tanking damage and dealing damage.
  • Using 12 Gunpowder, 1 Blow Dart and 1 Ice Staff is another strategy to defeat the Guardian. Freezing the Guardian gives the player time to place the Gunpowder nearby. After the Gunpowder is ignited and explodes, the Guardian will be on Fire. When the fire goes out, a Blow Dart can be used to finish it off. If the Guardian is killed while still on fire, its loot will become Ashes and Cooked Meat.
  • It is possible to Trap the Guardian between two Campfires and attack with impunity (this won't work in Don't Starve Together as the Guardian will destroy Campfires). The same effect can be achieved by hiding behind a Pillar close to the edge of the map.
  • 5 Log Suits, 3 Football Helmets, and a Ham Bat can be utilized to attack the Guardian head on. To save inventory space, the armor can be crafted right before the fight, allowing the player to only carry 4 stacks of materials instead of 8 pieces of armor.

Placeholder.png Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Ancient Guardian was released in The Stuff of Nightmares update.
    • The Six Feet Under update added its ability to do a close-range attack
  • The fact that the Ancient Guardian spawns in the "labyrinth" and is named "Minotaur" in the game files is likely a reference to the Greek mythology story of Theseus and the Minotaur.
  • The Ancient Guardian is a product of prolonged exposure to Nightmare Fuel, as referenced by Maxwell in his examination quote : "My my, the fuel has changed you."
    • This also indicates Maxwell knew the Ancient Guardian from before its transformation. While examining the Guardian's Horn, he mourns his death and calls him a friend.
  • The Ancient Guardian does the second highest damage per hit, and has the fastest running speed of any mob in the game. The highest amount of damage is done by Bigfoot.
  • An Ice Staff will freeze the Ancient Guardian after only two hits. No other boss can be frozen so quickly; by comparison, the Rook takes the same amount of hits to be frozen.
  • The Ancient Guardian is one of three Boss Mobs added to the game without an Insanity Aura, the others being the Moose/Goose and the Tiger Shark.

Mosquito.png Bugs[edit | edit source]

  • It is unlikely, but possible, that when the Guardian is trapped between the Abyss and a non-destructible obstacle (Campfires, Pillars, etc.), it may end up walking onto the Abyss, making it impossible to retrieve its loot without using the console. If killed while at the extreme boundary of the Abyss, there is a small chance for the loot to drop in a reachable position.

Blueprint.png Gallery[edit | edit source]

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