Genshin Impact Golden Wolflord Boss Fight Guide

The new version is finally here, meaning the Genshin Impact Golden Wolflord boss is open for business, and this one is particularly nasty. Like the Rifthound Whelps, the Wolflord can apply corrosion to your party, reducing every character's health at once while also generating a shield that you'll struggle to smash without Geo characters.

A bit strange, then, that Mihoyo chose not to release its new powerful Geo characters at the same time. Currently, we have the rerun banners for Albedo and Eula, but both Gorou and Arataki Itto won't arrive until the second half of the new version. That means you'll have to go it alone against the Wolflord, which will be fine for anyone who has a levelled Noelle or uses Zhongli, but might be a touch harder if you run a party without Geo.

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Luckily, the Golden Wolflord's materials are only currently needed to ascend Arataki Itto, so you won't necessarily have to fight it if you aren't interested in Geo. Still, it's fun to try new things, and we're here with a Golden Wolflord boss guide to help make it as easy as possible.

Where Is the Genshin Impact Golden Wolflord Location?

The Genshin Impact Golden Wolflord location is on Tsurumi Island, in the same arena where we fought the Anomalous Ruin Grader in the Shadows of the Ancients event. Simply walk towards the golden rift in the centre and the boss will appear. Like other bosses, it only takes a few minutes to respawn after being beaten.

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The Genshin Impact Golden Wolflord boss firing his beam attack.
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Genshin Impact Golden Wolflord Strategy

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The Golden Wolflord is tricky, and probably one of the hardest normal bosses that we've seen. Health corrosion is more manageable with melee-focused Rifthound Whelps, but the Wolflord fires off a huge amount of projectiles that apply the same effect, especially in its second phase. Here, we'll offer some advice on how to beat it:

Phase One

After the Golden Wolflord activates, it will fly around the arena slowly, alternating between a number of different attacks:

  • Beam attack: This has a long charge-up, but is obvious as the Wolflord turns its head to one side, so simply run up close before it fires to deal some damage.
  • Spin attack: This is a fast one-off spin, similar to the Primo Geovishap tail attack.
  • Whirlwind attack: The Wolflord summons a giant vortex that will chase you around the arena, but when it's done it will be paralysed on the ground for a short time. Simply run away, then go over and start attacking when it dissipates.
  • Exploding wolf heads: The Wolflord fires some wolf heads at you, which explode on impact, but luckily these are relatively easy to dodge.
  • Snake wolf: The boss will slither around the arena like a snake, then fall over afterwards. Simply dodge and then chase it down to attack.
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Once you've knocked down its health by around a third, it'll enter its second phase.

Phase Two

This is the horrible phase where a Geo character would be useful. The Golden Wolflord will summon wolf heads around the arena and you must damage them enough in order to lower the boss' shield. But Geo does more damage to the wolf heads and the Wolflord in this phase. While you're trying to do this, the wolf heads will fire projectiles, and the Wolflord will perform large AoE attacks. The best tactic is to dodge and deal damage when you can. Elemental attacks also do more damage to the wolf heads.

The hardest thing about the Wolflord is that, because it flies, healers who rely on their melee skill for energy recharge, such as Jean or Bennett, are pretty much useless as they rarely have an opportunity to hit the boss. And with all that health corrosion, you're going to need a healer. Barbara might do an okay job, but since it's hard to autotarget the boss with normal bow attacks, a catalyst user might have exactly the same problem unless they're standing close.

A good option would be an archery-based healer like Diona with a Favonius Warbow, then you can at least use aimed charge-attacks to gain energy. It seems like Gorou is going to absolutely melt this boss when he releases, considering he'll be the only Geo archer in the game. Once the shield is broken, you're over the hump. Just keep dealing damage and dodging attacks to beat it.

Golden Wolflord Boss Rewards

As is usual for open-world bosses, the Golden Wolflord drops two character ascension materials, as well as some potential artifacts

  • Prithiva Topaz (Sliver, Fragment, Chunk, or Gemstone depending on world level)
  • Riftborn Regalia
  • Three-star Travelling Doctor set
  • Three or four-star Instructor set
  • Three or four-star Exile set
  • Four or five-star Gladiator's Finale set
  • Four or five-star Wanderer's Troupe set
Aragaki Itto will probably be part of the best party comp for the Golden Wolflord Genshin Impact boss battle.
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What Is the Best Genshin Impact Golden Wolflord Party Comp?

In terms of the best party composition, I would say Gorou with two other Geo characters in your party, using his banner-based abilities to increase Geo damage output. Unlike many of Genshin's world bosses, this isn't just an element-specific boss, but a boss that gives massive advantages to a Geo party. However, the two new Geo characters aren't out yet. With that in mind, here's a party of relatively easy-to-get characters that we recommend:

  • Noelle
  • Diona
  • Ningguang
  • Fischl
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As Noelle has Geo infusion with her burst, she's pretty perfect for this fight, and pairs well with Ningguang, who as a catalyst-user might also be able to hit the boss in the air. Diona is the ideal healer, as she doesn't rely on a melee skill for energy recharge, so she can still offer you heals. And finally, Fischl's Night Raven, Oz, should be able to target the wolflord even in the air.

If you have no levelled Geo characters, then I'd recommend any character that can infuse their weapon with an element to help you get through the wolf head phase. Keqing and Diluc would likely work, though Hu Tao might be a bit risky due to the health loss that comes with her skill.

And that's our Golden Wolflord boss guide. We hope it helps you beat this pretty horrible boss.

An earlier version of this guide was written by Josh Brown.