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Wilson Portrait
That thing doesn't look happy.

Wilson

Willow Portrait
Poor thing. Trapped in this maze.

Willow

Wolfgang Portrait
Strong! Like me! I like him!

Wolfgang

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

Wendy

WX-78 Portrait
THIS MEAT HAS A POINTY END

WX-78

Wickerbottom Portrait
Get away, you beast!

Wickerbottom

Woodie Portrait
Another poor soul with a curse.

Woodie

Waxwell Portrait
My my, the fuel has changed you.

Maxwell

Wigfrid Portrait
What wönders! Let's duel.

Wigfrid

Webber Portrait
Wear that frown upside down.

Webber

Walani Portrait
Holy horns.

Walani

Warly Portrait
Stay away!

Warly

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

Woodlegs


The Ancient Guardian is a Boss Monster found within the Labyrinth region of the Ruins. 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 Fighting Edit

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

Prototype Tips Edit

  • 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 Trivia Edit

  • 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 Bugs Edit

  • 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 GalleryEdit

Mobs
Hostile Creatures BatiliskCave SpiderClockwork Bishop (Damaged Bishop) • Clockwork Rook (Damaged Rook) • Clockwork Knight (Damaged Knight) • Dangling Depth DwellerDepths WormFrogGuardian PigGhostShadow CreatureHound (Red HoundBlue Hound) • Killer BeeLureplantMacTuskMermMosquitoSpiderSpider WarriorSpitterTallbirdTentacle (Big TentacleBaby Tentacle) • Wee MacTusk
(BirchnutterPoison Birchnut TreeVarg Reign of Giants icon) (EwecusGem DeerGrumble BeeLavaeShadow Pieces Don't Starve Together icon) (DragoonFloaty Boaty KnightFlupPoison MosquitoSnakePoison SnakeSpider Warrior (Venomous)Sea HoundStink RaySwordfishWhite Whale Shipwrecked icon)
Boss Monsters Ancient GuardianDeerclopsSpider QueenTreeguard
(BeargerDragonflyMoose/Goose Reign of Giants icon) (Bee QueenKlausToadstool Don't Starve Together icon) (Palm TreeguardQuackenSealnadoTiger Shark Shipwrecked icon)
Neutral Animals BeeBeefaloBunnyman (Beardlord) • KoalefantKrampusPengullPig (Werepig) • Rock LobsterSnurtleSlurtleSmallish TallbirdSplumonkey
(BuzzardCatcoonMoslingVolt Goat Reign of Giants icon) (Blue WhaleBottlenose BallphinPrime ApeWater BeefaloWildboreShipwrecked icon)
Passive Animals Baby BeefaloButterflyChesterCrowGobblerMandrakeRabbit (Beardling) • RedbirdSmallbirdSnowbird
(GlommerMoleworm Reign of Giants icon) (CanaryCrittersExtra-Adorable LavaeGrass GekkoHutchNo-Eyed Deer Don't Starve Together icon) (CrabbitDogfishDoydoyFishermermJellyfishPackim BaggimsParrotParrot PirateSeagullSealSharkittenToucanWobster Shipwrecked icon)
Other AbigailCharlieMaxwellPig King
(Antlion Don't Starve Together icon) (Yaarctopus Shipwrecked icon)