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How to Beat Scrapped Watchman Boss in Lies of P

Lies of P's Scrapped Watchman holding P.

Are you playing Lies of P and struggling to get past the Scrapped Watchman boss? You’re not alone, as this massive puppet police officer can smoosh you into a thin paste. Even if you dispatched the Mad Donkey and Parade Master bosses with ease, this guy is going to give you trouble. So if you want to know how to beat the Scrapped Watchman boss in Lies of P, read on.

How to Prepare for the Scrapped Watchman Boss in Lies of P

I’d recommend you upgrade either your Wintry Rapier or Puppet Saber at least twice. The Scrapped Watchman is slightly easier to beat in the full Lies of P than he was in the demo, though he’s still very tough. You should also be at least level 20, so grind a little if you need to. Also, bring a few Star Fragments, so you can have a spectre landing a hand. Finally, if you’re not already on the Path of the Bastard, which gives you high stamina, put points into stamina.

You might be tempted to use the Electric Coil weapon on the Scrapped Watchman, but it’s a little too slow for this fight. Unless you’re really fast on your feet, you’ll get maybe one hit in, compared to the fast-firing Wintry Rapier.

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How to Get Past Phase 1 of the Scrapped Watchman in Lies of P

How do you beat the Scrapped Watchman boss? When you’re ready, head to the boss and get ready to fight. You should be locked onto the boss for the whole fight.

The Scrapped Watchman has two basic stages, and he’ll switch to the second stage when his energy hits around 50 percent. The attacks he’ll use include the following:

  • Fist sweeps (a single sweep or a one-two-one attack)
  • Overhand punches
  • A jumping roll attack
  • A grab attack that does a lot of damage if it connects
  • A slam attack (sometimes an unbreakable red one)

His second stage uses these attacks, but some of them do electrical damage. Also, he can mine the floor with electricity. If you see electricity patches on the floor, get away before they erupt.

So your first task is to get him down to 50 percent. There are a few methods you can adopt to do this.

Method 1: Summon a spirit/spectre.

Use a Star Fragment to summon a spirit to help you. (Put it in the bowl before the boss door.) The Scrapped Watchman will direct between half and two-thirds of its attacks on the spirit.

That’s your cue to get up behind it and repeatedly hit it in the glowing electrical area on its backside. You’ll do a little more damage if you hit the spot dead on, and stabbing him in the mechanical arse is always funny.

Method 2: Run.

Keep running but let him get close enough to do a sweep attack. Then dodge it, jumping to give you extra clearance, and hit back. Rinse and repeat, running quickly out of the way if he uses any air attacks.

Method 3: Use precise guarding.

This requires you to use precise guarding (blocking at the last minute) as much as you can. You can practice precise guarding using the practice dummies in the hotel courtyard, or the one just near the Parade Master boss.

So if you’ve got the hang of precise guarding, use that against his arm attacks. Then slash away using whichever of your attacks (quick or strong) has the most reach. You can use charge attacks, but you’re making yourself a little more vulnerable.

Watch out for his red attacks, too. I’ve found that, despite their being supposedly unblockable, precise guards can block them. Still, you’ll take plenty of damage if you fail, so I tended to dodge those. Also, dodge/run away from his non-arm attacks.

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How to Get Past Phase 2 of the Scrapped Watchman Boss

When you’ve got the Scrapped Watchman down to half energy, he’ll start with his electrical attacks. The good news is that while this is his second phase, he still has the same energy bar. You can use the same tactics to finish him off, but you’ll need to be careful of the lightning on the floor. Don’t try getting a last attack in, just get clear.

Overall, this is not an easy boss to beat; chances are it’ll take several attempts. As I did, you’ll start getting into the rhythm of things, dodging or blocking just the right moment. Lies of P doesn’t seem to give you a defense bonus for precise dodging. However, if you’re finding precise guarding hard, dodging at the last second can still save your skin.

Lies of P Scrapped Watchman Trophy

What Drops Do You Get for Beating the Scrapped Watchman?

Once you’ve finished this fight, you get the following:

  • Broken Hero’s Ergo
  • Core
  • Quartz
  • Small Wooden Officer Puppet
  • Overcharged Storage Battery

Don’t use the Broken Hero’s Ergo, as it’ll just turn into regular Ergo points. Instead, keep it around, you’ll be able to trade it in for a weapon later. So that’s how to beat the Scrapped Watchman boss in Lies of P.

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Chris McMullen
Freelance contributor at The Escapist. I've returned to writing about games after a couple of career changes, with my recent stint lasting five-plus years. I hope, through my writing work, to settle the karmic debt I incurred by persuading my parents to buy a Mega CD. Aside from writing for The Escapist, I also cover news and more for GameSpew. I've also been published at other sites including VG247, Space, and more. My tastes run to horror, the post-apocalyptic, and beyond, though I'll tackle most things that aren't exclusively sports-based.