This page details the secondary characters encountered thoughout the lands. Head back through here for other character pages.
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- Voiced by: Sean Barrett
A blacksmith from the fallen kingdom of Astora, somehow having survived since the Chosen Undead walked the lands of Lordran.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Of the platonic variety; giving him the Giant's Coal reveals that he and the Giant Blacksmith of Anor Londo were apparently friends, and he remembers the Giant with great fondness and sadness, considering you take the Coal from the Giant's corpse.
- Back for the Finale: Was nowhere to be seen in Drangleic, but in this game you see him almost as soon as you first enter Firelink Shrine and he serves you faithfully for the entirety of the game.
- The Blacksmith: As in the first Dark Souls, he is the first blacksmith encountered. Although, now he's the only blacksmith encountered.
- Cool Old Guy: Because some things never change.
- Gameplay and Story Integration: Andre is a rare instance across all three games of another Undead that will actually respawn (presumably) at a bonfire like you when you kill him instead of being permanently dead. Even Andre himself stayed dead if you killed him in the first game. In this game, however, you just need to reload the area and he'll be right back at his workstation hammering away. He'll even be mad at you for killing him and refuse to do any smithing for you, unless you go absolve your sins.
- Honor Before Reason: When given the Profaned Coal from the Profaned Capital, he's horrified at how dark it is, and REALLY doesn't want to make anything with it that you could use (it opens Dark, Blood and Hollow infusions), but considers that his duty as a blacksmith overrules his personal feelings. Still, he warns you of what using it entails, and urges you against using it, since it embodies everything the player character is fighting against, and could corrupt you irreversibly.
- Messy Hair: Has a massive, unruly mane of white hair.
- Really 700 Years Old: Giving him the Giant's Coal reveals he's the same Andre from Dark Souls, hundreds - possibly thousands - of years later.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Again, some things never change.
- Workaholic: Andre is fully dedicated to his career as a blacksmith, enough that it's kept him from going Hollow all these years, a feat matched only by Patches.
- Voiced by: Carolyn Pickles
An elderly handmaiden who resides in the Shrine, selling equipment to the Unkindled. She requests umbral ash, from which she gains new inventory. Another one, or possibly the same one, is the sole resident of the Shrine in the Untended Graves and sells Artorias' armor set.
- Adam Smith Hates Your Guts: You can kill her and she comes back, just like the Fire Keeper and Andre, but she hikes her prices up by 20% every time you do so. Luckily, you can use the statue of Velka in the Undead Settlement to absolve yourself and reduce her prices.
- Call-Back: She strongly resembles the elderly Fire Keepers from Dark Souls II.
- The Constant: She is the only character still alive and sane in the Untended Graves, the dark alternate version of the Firelink Shrine in a world where the Fire has gone out for good. When everything else has Hollowed out she still goes on, maintaining her shop despite there being no one sane in the world to buy anything from her until the Ashen One shows up — including the armor of the Knight Artorias! Should you avoid interacting with her present self all the way until meeting her in the Untended Graves, she'll recognize you, before brushing it off. This is a hint that the world presented in the Untended Graves was part of the past, and that Ludleth's time breaking was indeed real.
- Deadpan Snarker: If you murder one of the other merchants in Firelink Shrine and then immediately give her their ashes, she'll sarcastically jab that the ashes seem awfully warm, like the person had only died mere moments ago, but surely you didn't have anything to do with it, right?
- Gameplay and Story Integration: Like Andre, she'll just respawn if you kill her, and she'll be mad at you for doing so. Unlike Andre, she won't refuse to serve you, she'll just up her prices.
- Voiced by: Blake Ritson
A downtrodden knight, clad in the signature armor of the Abyss Watchers.
- Animal Motifs: A lone wolf. Keeping in theme with the Undead Legion's wolf motifs, Hawkwood is themed as a lone wolf. As in reality, lone wolves are most often the screw-ups and rejects from their packs.
- BFS: He fights using a Bastard Sword, and later using a Farron Greatsword.
- Defector from Decadence: He's a military deserter from Farron's Undead Legion, as the Watchers basically laughed him out of the order when he insisted on using a shield as opposed to their traditional sword-and-dagger combo.
- Dual Wielding: For his final battle, he casts aside his Bastard Sword and Shield and takes up a Farron Greatsword and its associated dagger.
- FaceHeel Turn: Progressing his questline causes him to become antagonistic. In his pursuit of power, he tries to kill the Ashen One to take the Twinkling Dragon Torso Stone.
- Failure Hero: Seems to be why he is crestfallen.
- He was laughed out of the Abyss Watchers for using a shield in his combat style, until he abandoned the order.
- Tried to link the first flame but wasn't strong enough in body, mind, and/or will, thus was instead rejected and became an Unkindled.
- He was resurrected to bring the Lords of Cinder back to their thrones, but abandoned this duty.
- He then tries to follow the Path of the Dragon, but is bested and slain for good by the Champion of Ash.
- Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Unlike the rest of the Abyss Watchers, Hawkwood does not wear their signature pointed helmet or face covering mask. Instead he wears a chainmail hood that doesn't cover his face.
- Irony: His choice to use a shield as well as a BFS got him ridiculed out of the Abyss Watchers, yet this more closely emulated the Abyss Watcher's predecessor's preferred loadout before his corruption.
- Lightning Bruiser: Being a trained Abyss Watcher, his BFS doesn't slow him down at all, while letting him smash through enemy defenses. Doubly so once he swaps to his legion's standard weapon set, letting him slide and flip around the battlefield like a wild animal.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Unlike the other members of the Abyss Watchers, who dual-wield greatswords and daggers, Hawkwood chose to use a shield and was scorned by the other Abyss Watchers until he quit. In a bit of irony, he's using the actual fighting style of their founder, Artorias.
- He will ditch his shield and go back to the Farron's Undead Legion trademark moveset of Ultra Greatsword in one hand and an atypical dagger in the other in the final part of his questline, fighting you in Farron Keep to take the other part of the Twinkling Dragon Stone.
- Recurring Element: He's this game's equivalent of Dark Souls I's Crestfallen Knight, being one of the longest-standing residents of the Hub Level and a highly-jaded one at that.
- Refusal of the Call: Like the Champion of Ash, he was resurrected to return the Lords of Cinder to their thrones. Most likely the Abyss Watchers specifically. Yet, he decides instead to abandon his duty and follow the path of the dragon.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He can be summoned on Archdragon Peak, but leaves immediately if you ring the bell for the Nameless King. Justified in that he's only interested in ascending to dragonhood, and his real purpose there is to help you fight against the Elite Mooks blocking your way towards the Twinkling Dragon Torso Stone.
- There Can Be Only One: At the end of his questline, Hawkwood says this to the Ashen One. He aims to transcend humanity and become a true dragon, and if he defeats you he will loot the Twinkling Dragon Torso Stone from your corpse.
- Throwing Down the Gauntlet: At the end of his questline, Hawkwood leaves some swordgrass with Andre in order to challenge the Ashen One to a duel.
- Token Good Teammate: Unlike past versions of the Crestfallen Knight, Harkwood is still driven enough to be proactive and can be summoned to help fight bosses, namely Oceiros, the Consumed King. Subverted if you go down his questline, as his fighting spirit gives way to a lust for power and he attempts to kill you for a chance to gain power through the Way of the Dragon Covenant.
- Worthy Opponent: Once defeated by the Champion of Ash, his dying words are to approve of his defeat and say the player is worthy of being a dragon.
- Voiced by: Edward Bennett
A mysterious warrior who appears in Firelink Shrine after you go to and return from the High Wall of Lothric for the first time. He's actually a member of Rosaria's Fingers, and holds the position of Ringfinger.
- And I Must Scream: After killing Leonhard, you'll find a new Man-Grub in Rosaria's chamber, implying that he was reborn after his death... as a man-grub. Rosaria might seem nice and friendly, in spite of the nature of her covenant, but she is not someone you want to make an enemy of.
- Evil All Along: At the end of his questline, he kills Rosaria and takes her soul, necessitating the player hunt him down with a Black Eye Orb and kill him to retrieve it.
- Expy: A man wielding a sickle kills a woman with no tongue for her soul, and you invade him in Anor Londo with a Black Eye Orb to get it back. Lautrec, is that you? Take his outfit into consideration and you pretty much have Lautrec dressed as Marvelous Chester.
- Also to the Hunters from Bloodborne. His statements on hunting down other players is eerily similar to how Bloodborne NP Cs refer to hunting beasts. He himself will refer to the player as a "beast" should they attack him without provocation. His views on attacking other players and his eventual turn upon the leader of his own covenant likewise mirrors a hunter who has been infected and succumbing to the Scourge.
- Knight Templar: Even after killing Rosaria and taking her soul, seemingly believes that he's doing the right thing, stating that "nobody will despoil her soul", and calling the player out as a "sick beast".
- Love Is a Weakness: Mocks Yellowfinger Heysel for her attitude of Evil Is One Big, Happy Family.
- Murder Is the Best Solution: Leonhard is an staunch advocate for invading other players to get Embers, when there are other ways to get them through jolly cooperation. And he murders his goddess to prevent other people from murdering her and stealing her soul, as opposed to just guarding her.
- Mythology Gag: He wears a tricorn hat similar to the ones found in Bloodborne, and overall his clothing resembles that of a Hunter. And when you go after him to get Rosaria's soul back, he spends some time calling you a beast. His signature weapon makes reference to the Moon (which was featured heavily in Bloodborne) but doesn't seem connected with either Seath or Gwyndolin.
- Number of the Beast: He has 666 health, a sign that he is by no means a good person. Having a "mark of the beast" is also another reference to Bloodborne and his imagery as a beast scourge infected hunter.
- Scars Are Forever: His whole body was heavily burned as a child, which is why he wears his mask and heavy leathers. For some strange reason, he refused to let Rosaria renew his body and erase his injuries at any point of his years of service to her.
- The Starscream: At the end of his quest line, he kills Rosaria and takes her soul to prevent others from doing so themselves.
- Token Evil Teammate: He is a member of the PvP guild Rosaria's Fingers, which is Dark Souls III's equivalent to the Darkwraiths, and openly encourages, if not goads, the Ashen One to invade others and pillage their Embers. And he's even too crazy to work with them!
- Yandere: He is so jealously possessive of Rosaria that he eventually murders her and steals her soul just to make sure no one else can have her.
- Voiced by: William Vanderpuye
A very familiar vagabond with a penchant for treasure and betrayal.
- Affably Evil: It wouldn't be Patches otherwise! Striking up a friendly conversation and selling you his wares right after attempting to murder you and take your equipment.
- Back for the Finale: An Expy of him, Mild Mannered Pate, featured in the second game, but in this game you meet the very same Patches you met back in Dark Souls I.
- Bad "Bad Acting": He steals Siegward's armor, then impersonates him in the Cathedral of the Deep in order to trick the Ashen One. His impression is actually decent, and aided by unfamiliarity (he only tries if you hadn't seen him before this playthrough), but anyone listening for a second time will notice Patches overdoes Siegward's bumbling mannerisms, doesn't pretend to recognize the Ashen One, and breaks character by obsessing over treasure.
- Bald of Evil: Bald of Jerkass, more like. He's an absolute scoundrel and bald as a bean.
- Blatant Lies: His usual spiel of "it's not my fault". Even his armor set gets in on the act, though it's hard to tell if it's the developers being snarky or if he actually wrote the description himself.
- Corpsing: In-universe, as part of his Bad "Bad Acting". He ends the first conversation as 'Siegward' saying he is "in quite a pickle, indeed" and can't help but chuckle mid-sentence.
- Failed a Spot Check: If the Ashen One killed the giants in the Cathedral of the Deep, Patches fails to notice before trapping them.
- HeelFace Turn: As usual, he becomes a friendly merchant after you escape his death trap.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: If he still has Siegward's armor when Greirat goes to scavenge Irithyll, Greirat will return safe and sound, still claiming to have been saved by an "onion knight" as if you had returned Siegward's armor to him. Patches will say nothing about this, evidently not wanting his reputation as a loathable bastard ruined by an act of benevolence. His identity as Lapp in the DLC shows his personality minus the countless eras of hopelessness weighing down on him. As Lapp, he is extremely kind, friendly, and helpful. After regaining his memories, he seemingly returns to his usual Jerkass self, complete with kicking you off a cliff and mocking you for your stupidity and greed. However, falling off that cliff is the only way to progress through the area, and the next boss will have Patches (as himself, not as Lapp) summonable for the first and only time in the series, so he's actually helping you, but he's trying not to show it.
- Hypocritical Humor: He calls the Ashen One out on being greedy.Patches: Shame on you, you greedy guts.note Thought you could outwit an onion?
- Implausible Deniability: When the Ashen One gets out of his trap using Siegward's armor, Patches initially feigns innocence and then says the armor made him do it.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's a sleazy trickster and grave robber, but when he hears his old friend Greirat might be in trouble he grows legitimately concerned with his safety and risks his life to rescue Greirat from being killed in Irithyll.
- Legacy Character: Oh yeah, wouldn't be a Souls game without him. And yes, he traps you like usual.
- Lovable Rogue: For once in his appearances, Patches is a nice enough guy. After being forgiven for trapping the Ashen One or kicking them down a pit, he'll be around to keep Greirat safe late in the game and will show open concern for Greirat's safety. Granted, Patches will do it with the armor that he stole from Siegward.
- Meaningful Name: He's appeared in every Souls game that Miyazaki has directed. And in not a single one has he gone Hollow.
- Pet the Dog: Mentions that Greirat did him a favor at the High Wall, and can be sent out to Irithyll to help keep an eye on Greirat when he goes scavenging, and in fact this is necessary to save Greirat should you not be continuing Siegward's quest line. Patches tries to play this off as being interested in looting Greirat's corpse for more stuff to sell, but the concern in his voice is audible. Killing Greirat will also make Patches hostile to you.
- Really 700 Years Old: It's heavily implied in both the base game and The Ringed City DLC that he's the very same Patches from Dark Souls I, meaning that he's hundreds, if not thousands of years old at this point.
- Ring of Power: He wears the Horsehoof Ring, which boosts the power of his kicks, facilitating his means of trapping people. Ironically, he doesn't kick the player in the maingame in III.
- Running Gag: He tricks and traps the player character in a pit intending to loot your corpse, and pleads for mercy when you get out. And there's more than one way he can do it, depending on where you encounter him.
- Villainous Breakdown: If the giant in the pit is already dead when he lowers you down, he throws a bit of a tantrum:Patches: Have you no shame? How dare you! How dare you!
- Weapon of Choice: As before, he uses a Winged Spear with a Twin Dragon Greatshield (the equivalent to Dark Souls I's Eagle Shield), i.e. the most cowardly playstyle available. After regaining his memories in The Ringed City, he continues to use the Splitleaf Greatsword and Curse Ward Greatshield he used as Lapp.
- What You Are in the Dark: You can only send Patches to save Greirat if you haven't bought any parts of the Catarina Set off him, and Greirat returns believing that he was rescued by Siegward. Evidently Patches doesn't want any good deeds tarnishing his reputation.
- Voiced by: Lillie Flynn
A knightess from the Sunless Realms, seeking out someone she made a promise to.
- Action Girl: Sirris is a skilled knight who will help the Ashen One several occasions throughout their journey.
- Battle Ballgown: Her armor is pretty much one, with the leggings resembling a skirt.
- Crutch Character: She can hold her own as a summon NPC the first few times you summon her, but she doesn't as well against the Lothric Twins.
- Despair Event Horizon: The Ashen One can do this to Sirris after helping her with her last target, as she's finally fulfilled her quest and has nothing more to struggle for. Refusing her request to swear herself to the Ashen One's service will make her leave heartbroken, and cause her to Hollow out within the pit her grandfather was put down in.
- Of the Darkmoon Knightess from Dark Souls 1, due to her image as a feminine Darkmoon warrior.
- One of Lucatiel as well, being a female recurring summon with a family member turned evil
- Foil: To Solaire from the first game, both being recurring summon NPCs, being the Moon to his Sun, but also having a polar opposite in personality.
- Killed Off for Real: After completing her questline and allowing her to swear fealty to you, her corpse can be found by Hodrick's grave just outside Firelink Shrine.
- Lady of War: Her armor is descried as having a "feminine silhouette", and she comes as a very graceful warrior.
- Magic Knight: She uses miracles and a rapier in combat.
- Nice Girl: She's surprisingly optimistic and pious for Dark Souls's extremely bleak setting, which furthers her image as a holy warrior. Even if you join Rosaria's Fingers, an organization she despises, she will only give you a gentle farewell and a warn you that the next time you'll meet her, it will be as adversaries. That said, she does not show up in the playthrough after she says that; seems more likely that she is disappointed in you rather than hating you.
- The Paladin: She's a miracle-using knight and former "servant to the divinity", and wholly dedicated to the cause of righteousness. As such, joining Rosaria's Fingers — which she hates with a passion — will render her hostile to you. Before the 1.05 Regulation update, she'd go hostile even if you only had Rosaria respec your stats or change your appearance.
- The Promise: Proceeding to the end of her quest-line reveals that she, like Siegward, had a promise to return and Mercy Kill someone close to her: her grandfather, Hodrick.Sirris: Good night, granddad.
- Recurring Element: Continues the trend of being a common summon for many bosses.
- Royal Rapier: Uses the Estoc in battle, true to her knight status.
- Undying Loyalty: Complete her questline, and she will request to swear an oath of fealty to the Ashen One. Averted in that if you join Rosaria's Fingers after having completed Sirris' questline, she breaks that oath of fealty and tells you off the same as if you hadn't completed the quest at all. As the Forked Tongue item states, Darkmoons are a fickle deceitful lot.
A veteran swordsman standing guard outside Firelink Shrine, he is aggressive to everyone that nears him. His clothing is extremely tattered and destroyed, barely covering anything.
- Clothing Damage: According to the description on his clothing set, the reason his clothes are in such bad shape is due to him dodging many swords at once with amazing and masterful skill. The swords barely missed his body but cut into his clothes. However, the description also implies that this is just a story he made up to justify his clothes being in such a state, and also make himself sound more badass.
- Crippling Overspecialization: He is powerful in a sword fight, but he lacks any kind of armor or shield, making him easy to stunlock provided he doesn't do the same to you first. Or you can simply pelt him with arrows or magic from afar, which he has no defense against.
- Crutch Character: As a summoned NPC. Against Vordt of the Boreal Valley, he'll be more than enough to help you slay him, but he won't fare anywhere as well against Champion Gundyr. Downplayed as he can at least serve as a distraction while you heal.
- Defeat Means Friendship: If you killed him, he becomes a White Phantom and can be summoned for the boss fights against Vordt of the Boreal Valley, Champion Gundyr and if you killed Emma before facing Vordt, the Dancer of the Boreal Valley.
- Disc-One Nuke: His weapon, the Uchigatana, is an exceptionally powerful starting weapon. And if you decided to kill Emma and face the Dancer of the Boreal Valley, both the Uchigatana and the Sword Master himself can become handy for dishing out bleed damage against the dancer provided you can keep him alive in the boss fight (such as wearing Skull Ring to allure the dancer to you).
- Full-Frontal Assault: Downplayed. He looks effectively nude, but only it's because his tattered robe barely covers more than the base character model's underwear. In fact, his Loincloth actually covers less.
- Good Bad Bugs: Prior to Regulation 1.08, immediately re-summoning him right after he dies (or quitting the game immediately after he dies, continuing and re-summoning him) basically makes him invincible against both the Dancer of the Boreal Valley and Champion Gundyr. Just sit back and let the boss try fruitlessly to kill him while he slices off their health. This is now fixed and he will no longer become invincible under the aforementioned circumstances.
- Katanas Are Just Better: He wields the Uchigatana and if you summoned him, the Chaos Blade as well.
- Master Swordsman: It's in his name. If you get close enough to him you'll quickly find out why.
- Secret Test of Character: Implied considering his weapon as an ally is the much stronger Chaos Blade rather than the Uchigatana.
An unseen crow with a nest atop the Firelink Shrine rotunda. Will trade special items with the player.
- Legacy Character: The third unseen bird that trades you special items in the series, fourth if you include Demon's Souls.
- Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: "Pump-a-rum" and "pickle-pee" are onomatopoeia for the playing of a drum and a fife, respectively. The former is somewhat common, but the latter is almost solely associated with the poem "The Ceremonial Band".
- The Voice: Doesn't show up herself physically, but can be heard.
High Wall of Lothric
- Voiced by: Stephane Cornicard
A petty thief from the Undead Settlement who was captured on the High Wall. He sells you his scavenged/stolen wares as thanks for freeing him.
- Expy: A three-fold one, all from Demon's Souls: the Dregling Merchant from the Boletarian Palace (occupation), Graverobber Blidge (relationship with Patches), and Stockpile Thomas (associated sidequest).
- Falling Damage: His death in Lothric Castle appears to be caused by falling from a great height, since unlike in Irithyll, there are no enemies near his body.
- Friendly Enemy: He appears at first glance to be a non-hostile Thrall, like those found in the Undead Settlement and Cathedral of the Deep. The Thrall hood description reveals that he and other thieves are forced to wear their hood as a humiliating punishment for thievery.
- Gentleman Thief
- Guide Dang It!: There's actually a way to save him in his second scavenger hunt. The game doesn't tell you how it's done or even a small hint it can be done though.
- In the Hood: He wears a peculiar dark hood that covers his entire head and has eye holes cut in it. Picking up it as equipment for yourself (dropped by enemies wearing the same thing) reveals that it's a hood used to distinguish Thralls (basically a slave caste) in Lothric, but is also used to mark criminals such as thieves.
- Intrepid Merchant: If sent out, he'll sneak around stealing stuff and come back with new wares to sell. You can only do this up to three times. The first time sends him down to the Undead Settlement, so he comes back unscathed. The second time sends him to Irithyll, where he will die unless the player rescues Siegward from the well, or sends Patches to rescue him. The third time sends him to Lothric Castle, where he is guaranteed to die. It's possible to send Patches to rescue him again, but he will fail.
- Just Like Robin Hood: Analyzing his ashes will reveal that Greirat's motivation for scaling the High Wall of Lothric was his desire to help the people of Undead Settlement.
- Killed Off for Real: There is no way to save him from being killed on his third scavenger hunt in Lothric Castle.
- Nice Guy: Greirat seems genuinely fond of the player character, and warns them to stay safe whenever they leave the Shrine... even if he finds the place a bore.
- Sole Survivor: Other than Emma, the High Priestess, he is the only sane person on the High Wall of Lothric.
- Voiced by: Joan Blackham
An elderly matron residing in the chapel of the High Wall, who gives you the banner required to descend the High Wall.
- Flat Character: She's got three lines in the whole game, and her entire purpose is to basically give you a small flag and say "Hey, go after those Lord of Cinder guys, chop chop". She's really just there to prevent the player from going up to Lothric Castle too early. Naturally, you can just Sequence Break by killing her anyway.
- I'm Dying, Please Take My MacGuffin: She gives you the Basin of Vows, which is required to reach Lothric Castle and the Consumed King's Garden, after you defeat the other three Lords of Cinder. That said, you can just kill her right after receiving the Banner and Way of Blue Sigil, if you don't mind sequence breaking and attempting the Dancer of the Boreal Valley boss fight early.
- Killed Off for Real: After slaying Aldrich, Yhorm, and the Abyss Watchers, she has been attacked by some unknown assailant and teleports you back to the High Wall chapel to give you the Basin of Vows with the last of her strength.
- Voiced by: David Sterne
A Londor pilgrim that journeyed to Lothric, stuck among his dead brethren on the broken roadway leading to the castle-city of Lothric.
- Age Without Youth: See Body Horror.
- Body Horror: He's been an Undead for so long he has withered and shriveled into a very inhuman shape. Everything but his arm is mercifully obscured by his robe, but his gangrenous arm is bad enough on its own.
- Death Seeker: He is one of the few surviving members of the hooded stone-bearing undead seen in the opening cinematic. They believed if they could get close enough to Lothric Castle, what was left of the flame would weaken their darksign enough that they could finally die. But Yoel lived while everyone else died, and is looking for some other way to end his own life.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Averted, Yoel and Yuria treat the player character with a great deal of respect should they become Hollow.
- Killed Off for Real: He, finally, finally dies after giving you five Dark Sigils, and Yuria of Londor will take his place as a merchant, selling the same things he did plus some other items. If he hasn't given you five Sigils, he will die once the Abyss Watchers are killed and Yuria will not show up to replace him.
- Power of the Void: He can mark the Ashen One with a Dark Sigil, which gives them a free level but causes them to Hollow upon death. He dies after bestowing five of them, and is replaced by Yuria.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: He and the other Undead pilgrims are tired of their endless, painful existence.
- Voiced by: Sean Barrett
A former knight from the Sunless Realms. After journeying to Lothric, he became a member of the Mound-Makers in the Undead Settlement.
- The Berserker: According to the description of his armor, he was known for being rather insane on the battlefield, raging like a "crazed ghoul", unable to discern friend from foe.
- Boss in Mook Clothing: Thankfully an optional one, but his summon rematch in the Road of Sacrifice is a lot harder to kill than his Settlement invader version.
- Crazy Sane: He's part of a covenant that attacks anyone and everyone just For the Evulz, and he outright declares himself as insane, even encouraging the Player Character to embrace their eventual descent into madness. Yet, if encountered before fighting the Curse-Rotted Greatwood, he'll give you sound advice to leave at once since your time to go mad hasn't come yet.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: It's easy to miss the first time around, but he dies from the ceiling collapsing on him during fight with the Curse-Rotted Greatwood.
- Expy: Of Aslatiel of Mirrah, being a family member of a recurring summon NPC that's gone insane.
- Fallen Hero: Heavily implied to have been one of the last Blades of the Darkmoon, who protected the weak. Now he preys on the weak.
- Old Soldier: His A.I. has a staggeringly high parry success rate, which he follows with what is unequivocally a oneshot riposte to players. There's a reason his granddaughter, Sirris, requests you to help her in putting him down. All his experience went into magnificent skill.
- The Red Mage: His brand of pyromancy consists of casting either Warmth to slow heal himself, or Power Within to empower himself further.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: He will punish you for mashing that R1, due to how good he is at parrying.
Siegward of Catarina
- Voiced by: Miles Richardson
A knight from Catarina who always seems to be in a bit of a pickle. He's becomes a good friend to the Ashen One and is also available as a non-summon ally for Yhorm the Giant if his questline has been followed.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Just like his predecessor, he's always in a bit of a pickle, and wears a strange onion knight armor, but is generally very capable in combat. He's much more dangerous than Siegmeyer, however, since he prefers to think methodically, tries not to rush into battles too quickly, and knows when the time for action has come. This is best showcased when you try to fight the Fire Demon on your own, a Mini-Boss that's quite challenging for the player early in the game. Siegward can easily solo the Fire Demon on his own with you backing him up.
- BFS: He wields a Zweihander. When fighting Yhorm with him, however, reveals that he wields the second Storm Ruler Sword.
- Big Damn Heroes: It's possible for him to save Greirat from being killed during his scavenging run in Irithyll, and Greirat's dialogue makes it sound like he did so in the nick of time.
- Catchphrase: When giving a toast, he says, "Long may the Sun shine!" And when entering Yhorm's boss fight, he declares, "May the Sun shine on this Lord of Cinder!"
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Don't even get us started. He is Siegmeyer's successor, after all.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: While he either succumbs to his wounds, or offs himself after mercy killing Yhorm, Siegward is one of the very few characters in the series who doesn't return as Hollow, and goes out in a blaze of glory, at peace that he fulfilled his promise to his best friend.
- Hidden Depths: Leave it to someone from Catarina to create a booze that even the Undead can enjoy. He also makes a good Estus Soup.
- Killed Off for Real: He dies after finally fulfilling his promise to Yhorm. Seeing that, due to the Unkindled no longer suffering the undead curse, he fulfilled his purpose of returning Yhorm to his throne, and was allowed to die once again.
- Legacy Character: He's initially introduced as a Generation Xerox of Siegmeyer from the first Dark Souls, though he very quickly proves himself to be an antithesis to his predecessor in regards to how your interactions with him play out, making him ultimately more like Biorr from Demon's Souls.
- He also has a bit of Solaire in him, what with his catchphrase, and his presence during one major boss fight makes said boss fight much easier.
- Mercy Kill: Made a promise to do so with Yhorm, and keeps it if the player completes his questline prior to fighting Yhorm.
- Naked People Are Funny: You know how Patches likes to kick people down holes and then strip their bodies for things to sell? Well, Siegward is his most recent victim, trapped in a well without his armor. It's implied he could easily get himself out at any time, he just doesn't want to be seen naked.
- Nice Guy: He's a rather laid-back guy who made a promise to Yhorm to put him out of his misery if he were resurrected.
- Noodle Incident: How Patches actually got Siegward out of his armor and threw him into a well is never mentioned.
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: Turns his Catchphrase into one when he shows up to fight Yhorm.Siegward: Let the Sun shine upon this Lord of Cinder!
- The Promise: Made a promise to Yhorm before he linked the First Flame that he would put him down in his madness once resurrected by the Bell of Awakening, and helps the player defeat him with a second Storm Ruler to uphold it.
Eygon of Carim
- Voiced by: Grahame Fox
A mysterious knight who's guarding a failed Fire Keeper. He's also available as a summon.
- Black Knight: Visually fits the trope to a T.
- Driven to Suicide: Knights of Carim each dedicate their entire lives to the protection of one maiden. If Irina manages to become a Fire Keeper and thus no longer needs protection, then Eygon will kill himself since he no longer has a purpose. His body is found in the same cell he originally locked Irina in.
- Drop the Hammer: He wields an enormous great hammer.
- Jerkass: Eygon's method of protecting his blind charge, who is terrified of being alone, is to lock her in a small cell and sit outside. He also professes a distaste for having to keep her safe, but that gets averted if she gets killed. He also has a remarkably low opinion of her. Then again, he seems to have a remarkably low opinion of pretty much everyone.Eygon: [when spoken to in Firelink Shrine] I just dropped in to see how she's getting on. Now, what are you playing at with this circus? This cesspool of doddering oldfolk and degenerates... Couldn't be better. She must fit in perfectly here. [sinister laugh]
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite the above, he is committed to his duty of protecting Irina and will turn on you if you cause any harm to come to her.Eygon: I made myself very clear. My allegiance remained only as long as you ensured the girl's safety. This knight of Carim does not forgive betrayal. Even a broken woman deserves her dignity...
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: He uses a greatshield depicting a rather unsettling face. The description reveals that it was made in the likeness of his older sister.
- Mercy Kill: Irina made him promise to kill her if the darkness ever became too much for her to bear. In the bad ending to her quest, she will request this of you should you touch her while wearing Eygon's gauntlets, mistaking you for him.
- Mythology Gag: He's a mashup of two characters from previous Soulsborne entries. His role and attitude is similar to Garl Vinland from Demon's Souls, as he's the knightly protector of a handicapped holy woman, while his sour personality and his watch over a failure of a Fire Keeper bring to mind Lautrec of Carim from Dark Souls I.
- The Paladin: A dark version of this trope, but he fits both the religious symbolism (guarding a holy woman, able to manifest miracles through his weapon) and the singular dedication to his purpose to the point of killing himself once his purpose is fulfilled.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: If you kill Irina or buy at least one Dark Miracle from her, he'll show up at Firelink Shrine near Iudex Gundyr's bonfire with a bone to pick with you.
- Swapped Roles: Unlike Lautrec from Dark Souls I, he's determined to protect the (failed) Fire Keeper he's watching over. Not that he enjoys doing this, mind you, it's just his job. The result of this is a man with the personality of Lautrec but with the function of Garl Vinland.
- Voiced by: Sarah Beck Mather
A blind maiden locked in a cell within the Undead Settlement. She was venerated as a Saint in Carim, likely due to her ability to read braille.
- Anti-Frustration Features: If you give her the Deep or Londor tomes and still get the good ending to her quest, she'll drop them on the ground so that you can still learn the dark miracles by giving the tomes to Karla.
- Blind Seer: She was intended to be a Fire Keeper, but for some reason she failed to become one.
- Bittersweet Ending: If you purchased all of the holy miracles and none of the dark ones, she becomes a full-fledged Fire Keeper. She can even level you up! Eygon, on the other hand, is Driven to Suicide now that he has no purpose.
- Downer Ending: If you give her the Londor or Deep Braille Tomes, then purchase any of the dark miracles, she will become corrupted by the Dark, and Eygon will attack you in revenge, forcing you to kill him. After doing so, purchasing the Morne Gauntlets and wearing them will cause her to believe you're Eygon, and she asks you to Mercy Kill her. Wearing any other gauntlets will result in her not being able to detect you at all, implying that at this point there's no difference between you and the dark monsters she feels constantly biting her.
- Hates Being Alone: When spoken to, she's terrified that she's all alone and desperate for human contact. Touching her shoulder is enough to comfort her.
- Orphaned Etymology: Since she's blind, the miracle tomes you give her are written in braille, referred to in the game as such. The language was named after its inventor, Louis Braille, who naturally shouldn't exist in the Constructed World of Dark Souls.
- Power of the Void: She can teach the Ashen One how to use Hexes, which in past games channel the power of Humanity and the Dark.
- Prophet Eyes: Her eyes have no visible pupils, being stricken with cataracts.
- Protectorate: Eygon is watching over her, and if you kill her he'll hunt you down and return the favor.
- Voiced by: John Rowe
A Pyromancer from the Great Swamp trapped in a cage in the Undead Settlement. Once you rescue him, he serves as a merchant and Pyromancy teacher.
- Cool Old Guy: One of the oldest character in the game and also one of the friendliest.
- Mr. Exposition: Has an unique conversation for each Pyromancy Tome you bring to him, each revealing more information about the world and Izalith, home of the Pyromancies.
- Mythology Gag: His outfit greatly resembles the Harrowed Hunter Set worn by Simon from Bloodborne, though without the hood and in a different color scheme.
- Old Master: One of the oldest characters and serves as your teacher in Pyromancies, calling you his pupil. He is also old enough to remember Izalith, which existed a very long time ago.
- Playing with Fire: He is the game's main Pyromancy teacher.
- Ravens and Crows: He favored raven feathers as his connection to nature.
- Recurring Element: He's the equivalent of Laurentius from Dark Souls I, being a Pyromancer from the Great Swamp who teaches you Pyromancy after you rescue him.
- These Are Things Man Was Not Meant to Know: Will not accept the Grave Warden Pyromancy Tome, due to it being related to the Dark and is pretty much a taboo to everyone everywhere else.
One of the few surviving giants from the Age of Gods, stuck atop a tower in the Undead Settlement and firing greatarrows at those who trespass amongst the white birch trees growing there.
- Of Hawkeye Gough from Dark Souls 1. With some hints he is Gough himself. Should you kill him or complete his minor sidequest, you'll get old Gough's Hawk Ring from him. He also uses Gough's greatbow and the same custom made arrows Gough was known for.
- Also serves as one to Djura, initially attacking you from high elevation until you make peace with him.
- Gentle Giant: The reason why he shoots you is because he wants to help you to kill the hollows. If you talk to him and make peace, he gifts you a branch and stops firing arrows at you as long as you have the branch in the inventory.
- Great Bow: The arrows he shoots are the size of javelins.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: The way how he tells you apart from other hollows is by seeing one of two particular versions of the Young White Branch on your person note . How he can see the branch at such great distances is a mystery. Of the three locations he assists you, one is several miles away and the other is inside a dense forest where he can't even see you, and he still manages to hit his target dead on every single time!
- Killed Off for Real: If the Ashen One collects all six Young White Branches, as well as the Saint-Tree Bellvine and the Crown of Dusk, he will be found dead at the top of his tower.
A statue dedicated to the worship of Velka, left abandoned within the sewer-jail of the Undead Settlement. Despite all this, it still holds latent power from the Goddess of Sin.
- The Ghost: Velka herself still never appears. However, the statue may be a representation of what she actually looks like.
Road of Sacrifices
- Voiced by: Ryan Morris
A mute soldier and member of the Blue Sentinels, acting as Anri's escort.
- Blade on a Stick: Wields the Halberd in battle.
- FaceHeel Turn: If you progress Anri's quest line, Horace goes Hollow and attacks you in a well out of the way little cave at the Smouldering Lake. Unless the player character puts him out of his misery, he will kill Anri and prematurely end that questline.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Wields, and drops, the Llewellyn Shield. Though it's not much compared to a medium or greatshield, it's one of the most protective Small Shields in the game.
- Mercy Kill: One of the option available to player once the player find him Hollowed out at Smouldering Lake.
- Nice Guy: According to Anri to least. He does give the player the Blue Sentinel covenant and will happily assist in the Deacons of the Deep boss fight.
- The Quiet One: He doesn't say anything, instead making growling or grunting noises. It may be a sign of his imminent Hollowing, or, since he is a Blue Sentinel, it's possible he had his tongue cut out by one of Rosaria's Fingers.
- Sole Survivor: He's only one of two people to escape from being devoured by Aldrich. The other person is never mentioned, although both Anri's quest to slay Aldrich and his/her dialogue after doing so implies that it was him/her.
- Voiced by: Brendan Patricks
An aspiring sorcerer with a thirst for knowledge.
- But Now I Must Go: He leaves Firelink Shrine once you buy all of his sorceries and bring him every scroll in the game, preferring to end your partnership on a high note. He can eventually be found in the Grand Archive, only as a corpse. And this is the only way to get his ash for Yuria of Londor without killing him.
- Defrosting Ice King: Is initially quite cold to you, often reminding you to bring back Sorceries Scrolls for him. Once you buy enough spells from him, he will tell you about his past as an assassin and acknowledge you as a friend and well-trained sorcerer. His farewell dialogue even changes, going from "Don't forget what you promised." to "Promise to stay safe."
- Expy: His sour demeanour and dry voice, along with his wavy black hair has caused many players to compare him to Severus Snape.
- Guide Dang It!: If you recruited him, and you still haven't found a scroll for him after killing the Abyss Watchers, he leaves the shrine permanently without prior notice. Besides, you don't even have to kill him for his ash, Orbeck dies on his own should you learnt all of his magic and killed Prince Lothric.
- Killed Off for Real: If all of his spells are purchased, his corpse can be found in the Archives.
- Pet the Dog: Despite his frosty nature, he is surprisingly kind to players who don't have high enough intelligence for him to sell to them. He'll tell them that not everyone is cut out for magic and that they should focus on the talents that they have.
- Professional Killer: He offered to work as an assassin for Vinheim, in exchange for admittance to the Dragon School. That said, he is never seen assassinating anyone in-game.
- Took a Level in Kindness: In spite of his grumblings, once you buy enough of his sorceries he begins to urge you to be safe when you're done talking to him. He's also extremely grateful once you begin getting spell scrolls for him.
- Took a Level in Badass: He started out as an assassin working for the Dragon School in a hope to learn sorceries, however, he didn't get a chance to learn from the school. You are the only hope who can provide him scrolls, which gives him a chance to learn sorceries. Eventually, once you buy all of his sorceries and studied with him together, he becomes a full grown sorcerer and fights alongside you against Prince Lothric. Yes, he has the guts to go completely ballistic against a Lord of Cinder.
Cathedral of the Deep
A woman found within a hidden bedchamber in the Cathedral of the Deep. Matron of the Rosaria's Fingers covenant, she takes severed tongues as tribute.
- Blinding Bangs: You can never see Rosaria's eyes under her long black hair.
- Body Horror: Not her, but the Man-Grubs near her chambers. The result of those who were granted "rebirth" too many times.
- Composite Character: She's a combination of the Fair Lady and Princess Gwynevere. The fact that her soul can be transposed into Gwynevere's Bountiful Sunlight miracle may indicate that she is Gwynevere, or at least one of the "several heavenly children" that Gwynevere is said to have raised.
- Her sidequest is also exactly the same as Anastacia of Astora's. A mute woman is killed for her soul by a sickle-wielding man, who you invade in Anor Londo with a Black Eye Orb in order to get the soul back. You can then revive her by returning it to her body, or use it to increase your own power.
- Dark Is Evil: Zig-zags between this and Dark Is Not Evil. Rosaria is held to be a source of evil by the righteous and is worshiped by a band of psychopaths. She, on the other hand, is the only one in the world who offers the chance to heal all wounds for serving her. Rosaria's followers kill people for their tongues so they can try to comfort their goddess' pain in losing her own. She also lives up to her title, as her murdered followers get reborn into the man-grubs outside her chamber, but that can be argued to be a bad reward.
- Magic Plastic Surgery: One manner of "rebirth" she offers is the ability to change your character's appearance.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her hair is so damn long that it flows off her bed, goes behind/underneath it, and lays across the floor.
- The Speechless: She actually never talks. It's rumored that her firstborn child ripped out her tongue after being born and vanished, and she's been waiting for them to return ever since. Restoring her back to life after Leonhard kills her doesn't restore her ability to speak either, implying that she was born mute.
- Skill Point Reset: One manner of "rebirth" she offers is the ability to respec your character's stats.
- Statuesque Stunner: She's two or three times as tall as the Ashen One, though it's hard to tell with her just sitting on her bed.
- Unkempt Beauty: Apparently scissors haven't been seen in the Cathedral of the Deep for a long time.
- Video Game Caring Potential: Unlike Anastacia, there is no in-game benefit whatsoever to returning her soul to her body instead of keeping it for yourself, since all of her functions can still be accessed from her corpse. The only reason to revive her is to be a nice guy.
Irithyll of the Boreal Valley
A late member of the Church of the Deep clergy. Despite this, he still holds enough sway to grant power to newcomers of the Aldrich Faithful.
- Ambiguous Situation: Exactly how he died is unknown. Though judging from the black goo coming from his eyes, it's entirely possible that his death was a result of overexposure to The Deep.
- Admiring the Abomination: He delighted in the presence of the cathedral's Human Dregs, which represent the worst and most disgusting bits of humanity.
- Co-Dragons: Shared the role of Pontiff Sulyvahn's right-hand man with fellow Archdeacon's Kilmt and Royce until his demise and the former leaving the group to join Rosaria's Fingers.
- Fat Bastard: His corpse is bloated just like the other large-bodied Deacons of the Deep though he's even larger in size than them. And considering he's an Archdeacon of the Deep - he wasn't a very good person.
- The Heretic: His "trespass", his decision to channel sorceries through his Staff turned it from a mere symbol of religious authority into a full-blown catalyst that causes sorceries to scale entirely with Faith.
- Posthumous Character: You only encounter him as a corpse. Even leveling through the covenant is done by interacting with his corpse.
- Religion of Evil: He and his fellow covenanters worship Aldrich as a god.
- Sinister Minister: He is the leader of the Aldrich Faithful covenant.
- Voiced by: Martha Mackintosh
The last remaining deity of Anor Londo and the last of the Darkmoon Blades. Despite this, she now leads the Blades, hoping to drive the Aldrich Faithful out of the ruined city of the gods.
- Adorkable: Early on, she asks you if you are a dragon or a crow because she doesn't understand how you found her. Any response delights her.
- Big Brother Worship: Excitedly talks about her brother Gwyndolin as you advance in the covenant. If you kill her, she calls out to him for forgiveness.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Her feet are completely bare.
- Guide Dang It!: Getting to her Tower is a bit unintuitive; from the rotating platform (either from the top if it's in the down position or from the bottom if it's in the up position), you need to walk along an invisible path in a straight line and then take a hard right when you see the drop off on her Tower. Thankfully there is a bonfire there so you'll only have to find it once.
- Last of His Kind: The last member of the Blades of the Darkmoon, and the last (confirmed surviving) child of Gwyn. Until you find her other sister, Princess Filianore, in The Ringed City. Who isn't doing too well either.
- Little Bit Beastly: Possesses a tail, not unlike Priscilla's. She also has◊ a pattern of vaguely quill-like scales around her eyes (not entirely unlike Priscilla's small horns) and some kind of strange tendrils coming down from the back of her head beneath her hair.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: She's ridiculously thin, to the point where one wonders how she can stand. If she actually was a Darkmoon Blade at some point, it's even harder to imagine her fighting.
- Her dialogue and the Darkmoon Blade description indicate that she was never actually a Darkmoon Blade, she merely inherited the captaincy from her brother, Gwyndolin.
- Purity Personified: She's a white-clad, soft-voiced, willowy girl with some very child-like dialogue and mannerisms. Further, it's implied she's quite unaware of the vengeful purpose of the covenant she leads, with the Darkmoon Blade miracle calling attention to her innocence. And even the Darkmoons get in on the act under her leadership too, abandoning the duty of avenging players and Non Player Characters and punishing those that broke Anor Londo's illusions in favor of protecting others from those that would invade their worlds.
- Physical God: Her dialogue reveals that she is one of the last surviving old gods. Specifically, she is the last of Gwyn's bloodline.
- Remember the New Guy?: Considering that Gwyn had every mention of one of his sons completely expunged, and raised another as a girl just for being born with Lunacy, it's not surprising that we never heard of her in Dark Souls 1. She does, however, have a church dedicated to her in Irithyll, indicating that at least some were aware of her existence.
- Statuesque Stunner: As an old god, this is to be expected. Though it is worth noting that while huge compared to a human, compared to her siblings she's absolutely tiny.
- Voiced by: Jenny Funnell
A mysterious witch found within the dungeons of Irithyll.
- Really 700 Years Old: As a Child of the Dark, she was created when Manus was defeated by the Chosen Undead hundreds of years before the start of Dark Souls I.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Her whole reason for helping you is that, in spite of her having told you what she is, you still accept her and want to help her escape. Given that her dialogue upon meeting her implies that she's been imprisoned for a very long time, you may be the first person in her life that has shown her any kindness. Ever.
- Call-Back: Her ashes imply that she might be Zullie, Alva's adversary-turned-lover from Dark Souls II.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Like her sister Alsanna, she is not evil and provides aid to the Ashen One. And like Alsanna, she fell in love with a virtuous knight, if she is indeed Zullie.
- Expy: One of Yuria from Demon's Souls, in appearance (physical and clothing), mannerisms, voice, and in that you have to go out of your way to rescue her from the enemy.
- HeelFace Turn: As a Child of Dark, she is actually a shard of Manus, Father of the Abyss, the final boss of the Artorias of the Abyss DLC.
- Humanoid Abomination: Her ashes and dialogue reveal that she is a Child of Dark, like Nashandra, Elana, Nadalia and Alsanna. Like Alsanna, she is not evil and teaches the Ashen One sorceries and pyromancies rooted in the Abyss.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: A magical version of such. Most magic-users in Dark Souls specialize in Miracles, Sorcery, or Pyromancy, but Karla's knowledgeable in all three disciplines. She describes herself as a sorceror, but she'll interpret certain Pyromancy and Miracles for you if you bring them to her (although she really doesn't like Miracles, she'll still interpret them with some prodding). She even lampshades this after a bit, joking that you only bring her pyromancies and not any actual sorcery. Justified, as she is a Child of Dark, a shard of Manus, who was known as the "Father of the Abyss". Thus, in this sense, she is one of the root creators of these magical abilities.
- The Pig Pen: She's been imprisoned so long her clothes are stained and reeking with all sorts of unmentionable filth.
- Power of the Void: As a Child of Dark, she teaches Abyss sorceries and pyromancies.
- Robe and Wizard Hat: She wears a tattered robe and peaked hat with a broad brim.
A woman whose writings inspired the faith of the angels followed by the Winged Knights. She was said to be a child of Lothric's queen, and was imprisoned within the Grand Archives.
- The Ghost: She isn't encountered in person, but the faith she inspired is critical to the state of Lothric when the Ashen One reaches it.
- The Heretic: The angelic faith Gertrude inspired was deemed heretical by the Three Pillars of Lothric, resulting in her imprisonment.
- Jeanne d'Archétype: She inspired a religious movement after experiencing a vision of the angels, with the Winged Knights following her, was imprisoned by her enemies as a heretic, and it seems died while imprisoned.
- The Voiceless: According to the Divine Pillars of Light miracle, she was mute, possibly as a result of her vision of the angels.
- Winged Humanoid: It's possible that she was one, as what is presumably her body in the cage in the Grand Archives is surrounded by feathers.