Profaned Guardians

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Profaned Guardians
Profaned Guardians.png
Statistics
TypeBoss
EnvironmentThe HallowThe Underworld
Max Life125,000 / 227,500 Expert Mode / 273,000 Revengeance Mode / 341,250 Master Mode / 409,500 Revengeance Mode Master Mode (total)
KB Resist100%
Immune toConfusedPearl AuraHoly FlamesNightwitherOn Fire!

size=25px "The ever-rejuvenating guardians of the profaned flame." size=25px

The Profaned Guardians are a group of post-Moon Lord bosses fought in The Underworld or The Hallow. They need to be killed in order to obtain the Profaned Core, used to summon Providence, the Profaned Goddess, and each Guardian also drops a special respective "Relic" item.

The Guardians are also summoned during the fight against Providence, where they will not attack but instead provide buffs to the boss while active.

Spawn

The Profaned Guardians will not spawn on their own and must be summoned by using a Profaned Shard while in The Hallow or The Underworld. The Profaned Guardians can only be summoned during the Day and will flee and despawn if it becomes nighttime.

Bosses

Guardian Commander
Guardian Commander.png
Statistics
TypeBoss
EnvironmentThe HallowThe Underworld
DamageThis attack will cause defense damage on hit. 140 / 224 Expert Mode / 256 Revengeance Mode / 280 Death Mode / 336 Master Mode (Contact)
This attack will cause defense damage on hit. 140 / 220 Expert Mode / 244 Revengeance Mode / 256 Death Mode / 366 Master Mode (Profaned Spear, Flare Dust)
Max Life56,250 / 90,000 Expert Mode / 108,000 Revengeance Mode / 135,000 Master Mode / 162,000 Revengeance Mode Master Mode
Defense40
DR30%
KB Resist100%
Inflicts debuffHoly FlamesHoly Flames
100% chance
Debuff duration4 seconds (Contact, Flare Dust)
2 seconds (Profaned Spear)
Debuff tooltipDissolving from holy light
Guardian Defender
Guardian Defender.png
Statistics
TypeFlying Enemy
EnvironmentThe HallowThe Underworld
DamageThis attack will cause defense damage on hit. 120 / 240 Expert Mode / 264 Revengeance Mode / 278 Death Mode / 336 Master Mode (Contact)
This attack will cause defense damage on hit. 140 / 220 Expert Mode / 244 Revengeance Mode / 256 Death Mode / 366 Master Mode (Profaned Spear, Flare Dust)
Max Life43,750 / 87,500 Expert Mode / 105,000 Revengeance Mode / 131,250 Master Mode / 157,500 Revengeance Mode Master Mode
Defense50
DR40%
KB Resist100%
Inflicts debuffHoly FlamesHoly Flames
100% chance
Debuff duration4 seconds (Contact, Flare Dust)
2 seconds (Profaned Spear)
Debuff tooltipDissolving from holy light
Guardian Healer
Guardian Healer.png
Statistics
TypeFlying Enemy
EnvironmentThe HallowThe Underworld
DamageThis attack will cause defense damage on hit. 100 / 200 Expert Mode / 220 Revengeance Mode / 232 Death Mode / 270 Master Mode (Contact)
Max Life25,000 / 50,000 Expert Mode / 60,000 Revengeance Mode / 75,000 Master Mode / 90,000 Revengeance Mode Master Mode
Defense30
DR20%
KB Resist100%
Inflicts debuffHoly FlamesHoly Flames
100% chance
Debuff duration4 seconds (Contact)
Debuff tooltipDissolving from holy light

Behavior

All three Profaned Guardians spawn at the same time. The Guardian Commander is the main boss, but cannot be reasonably harmed until the Guardian Healer and then Defender are defeated. As the Guardians are defeated one by one, the remaining ones will become more aggressive.

If the player exits the Hallow or Underworld for more than 5 seconds during the fight, the guardians will become more aggressive and fire more projectiles more often until they return.

Attacks

Guardian Commander

  • Chases the player and fires aimed pairs of FlareDustFlare Dusts.
  • After the Guardian Healer is defeated:
    • Periodically fires rings of accelerating Holy Spears around itself.
    • After firing two bursts of Flare Dusts, quickly charges at the player.
  • After the Guardian Defender is defeated:
    • Fires four spreads of four Flare Dusts in rapid succession before charging.
    • Holy Spear rings have many more shots.

Guardian Defender

  • While alive, the Guardian Commander's damage reduction is massively increased, rendering it nearly invulnerable until the Defender is defeated.
  • Stays close to the Guardian Commander, occasionally charging towards the player.
  • Fires single aimed FlareDustFlare Dusts at the player.
  • After the Guardian Healer is defeated:
    • Periodically fires rings of accelerating Holy Spears around itself.
    • After shooting two Flare Dusts, quickly charges at the player.

Guardian Healer

  • Follows the Guardian Commander, never attempting to directly attack the player.
  • Heals the Guardian Commander and Guardian Defender for 5% of their maximum HP per second, making them effectively unkillable until the Healer is defeated.

In Expert Mode

  • The Guardian Commander and Defender fire Flare Dusts at a faster rate.

In Revengeance Mode

  • All three Guardians move faster.
  • The Guardian Defender and Commander charge much faster.
  • The Guardian Commander fires significantly faster when it is the last Guardian alive.

In Death Mode

  • The Guardian Commander fires 3 Flare Dusts per burst instead of 2, 6 when it is the last Guardian alive.
  • The Guardian Defender and Commander charge even faster.

On the For the worthy seed

  • The Guardian Commander moves 25% faster.
  • The Guardian Commander fires twice as much Flare Dust and with a larger spread.
  • The Guardian Commander and Defender charge 15% quicker and more 25% frequently.

Tips

For more elaborate strategies on defeating the Profaned Guardians, including weapon and arena recommendations, see Guide:Profaned Guardians strategies.
  • Don't move around too quickly, as this will likely lead to you ramming into the many projectiles the Guardians fire. Take your time and observe how the boss functions.
  • Circling the Guardians is a highly effective way to avoid most of their attacks.

Trivia

  • The Profaned Guardians' theme is Unholy Ambush, which was composed by the artist DM DOKURO.
    • Their theme has similarities with Providence's, due to the fact that their theme is a repurposed scrapped portion of Providence's theme.
    • If the Calamity Music add-on mod is disabled, Boss 1 will play instead.
  • Despite being a boss, the Guardians don't drop a Treasure Bag in Expert Mode.
  • Although virtually impossible to do on-tier, if the Guardian Defender is somehow defeated before the Guardian Healer (such as using an endgame weapon), the Guardian Commander will remain in its first phase until the Healer is defeated as well, upon which it will instantly skip to its final phase. If the Guardian Commander is defeated first, the other two Guardians will instantly die.
  • In previous versions of the mod, each of the Profaned Guardians were named "A Dunkin' Donut" as their previous sprites were often compared to donuts. Their name was also a reference to Dunkin' Donuts which is a famous coffee shop known for their donuts.
  • If the Boss Checklist Mod is installed, their unique despawn message will be "The guardians must protect their goddess at all costs."

BestiaryBestiary entries

  • Guardian Commander: "When it turns its burning spear towards anything, its simple mind has a clear goal. To entirely eradicate the enemy."
  • Guardian Defender: "The body it has formed boasts of a stone shell hallowed and tempered by the flames of the sun. Very little can fully shatter its defense."
  • Guardian Healer: "Its crystal which is displayed prominently on its body is able to restore damage done to its kin, and it draws that damage into flares which steal your life."