Catacombs of Carthus is a Location in Dark Souls 3. Skeletons and Grave Wardens stand in the adventurer's path to plunder these tombs, that need to be passed through to reach Irithyll.


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Catacombs of Carthus Map

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Catacombs of Carthus Video Playthrough


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  • Weapons that inflict Strike damage (such as the Executioner's Greatsword) appear to make every single skeleton enemy completely fall apart every time they've been hit.
  • Be mindful of traps and pots in the area

Full Catacombs of Carthus Walkthrough

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Finding the Carthus Pyromancy Tome

Descend down the revealed stairs after the Abyss Watchers fight in Farron Keep and head straight. Make your first left to take on a skeleton and beyond you will find a corpse with Carthus Rouge 2x. Be  mindful of the skeletons reanimating in this area. Blessed weaponry will kill these skeletons for good. Otherwise skeletons with no color to their eyes will not respawn, white eyed ones will respawn once and red eyed skeletons will not respawn.

Cross the bridge here to encounter a red eyed enemy with a curved sword who is able to go somewhat invisible while rolling to attack you. Before reaching the end of the bridge, you will see a small platform off to the left that you can drop down to, and then drop down to the next floor, being mindful of a skeleton enemy here. 

Make your way into this archway into a next room where a skeleton will jump out at you. Dispatch it and grab the Carthus Pyromancy Tome from the grave in the wall here. Turn around from the grave and head left through the open doorway. Attack the wall at the end of this hallway to reveal an Illusory Wall.

Step through into the next area and make a left down a hallway, and follow it to its left to find a Soul of a Nameless Soldier 1x. You will find a ladder here that you can climb up into a hallway.

Be wary of the pressure plate in the middle of the hallway, which will activate flaming bolts. Ahead of you will be an arrow firing skeleton. Dispatch it and head left to dispatch 2 more skeletons, 1 of which will drop down to attack you. Follow the hallway right to take out 2 more skeletons. At the end of the hallway you will find a Soul of a Nameless Soldier 1x. Make your way back and take the stairs down into the central portion of this large room. 

Walk straight ahead and down the stairs to the next level and at the end drop down. To your left you will encounter a skeleton and 2 of the red eyed ghouls. In this corner you will find Titanite Shard 2x. Head to the right of the staircase which leads down into this room to go through a short hallway that leads into a room with a red eyed skeleton that wields a whip. In this room to the right you will find a Sharp Gem on a corpse in an open alcove in the wall. 

Talk to Anri of Astora

Return to the room where you fought the skeleton and 2 red eyed ones and take the doorway to the left of the stairs which will lead down a hallway that breaks right. Continue down it to meet Anri of Astora who will ask you about Horace the Hushed. Exit this room and to the right you will find a corpse with Bloodred Moss Clump 3x. To your left will be a Crystal Lizard.

Return to the room where you fought the skeleton and 2 red eyed skeletons. Take the doorway straight ahead of the staircase. There is a long staircase before you leading down but be careful. There is a trap that triggers when you start taking the stairs down, and a boulder of bodies will come barreling down the stairs. If you you step onto the small platforms that line the stairs you can avoid the trap. This boulder of bodies will come back up the stairs so keep an eye out. By one of these platforms on the left you will find an Ember 1x. If you kill the Skeleton with the hat right around the corner and wait long enough the boulder of bodies will break dropping Undead Bone Shard 1x.

Head down the stairs and into the hallway straight ahead and take it left. Down this hallway you will encounter several skeletons and small pots with lids that will release an Affinity like spell. Only the small pots with lids contain this spell. Behind a cluster of pots which you must now break carefully you will find the Carthus Milkring on a corpse in the wall. Continue down the hallway, avoiding the pressure plate on the floor and into the next room with a red eyed skeleton and a normal skeleton that will throw affinity pots at you. Head right in this room to head down a hallway.

On your left will be a corpse with a Large Soul of an Unknown Traveler 1x. Ahead will be 2 red eyed skeletons. At the end of this hallway, be mindful of the hole in the floor. If you traverse around it carefully you can loot an Ember 1x from a corpse in the wall. On the right, head down this next hallway. 

At the opening into the next room you will be immediately greeted by a rolling boulder of bodies. Let it pass and head to the left to loot Large Titanite Shard 1x. Turn around and proceed along the path of the boulder and make your next left down a hallway to discover a Bonfire

Exploring the lower area

From the bonfire make your way back and follow the path of the boulder down. You'll have to go fast so that you can duck to the left or right before the boulder begins making its way back up. To the right you will encounter a large rat in the corner and a couple of its smaller kin. 

If you head left from where you entered, you will find a corpse along a pillar in the center with Titanite Shard 2x. A red eye skeleton will be here. Continue along this path and make a right.

Overhead be wary of slime enemies as they drop down. You can loot a corpse to the left for a Titanite Shard 2x. Be wary of Bonewheel Skeletons which roll down at you. Make a left at the end of the hallway. A slime will drop down right before the end. A corpse at the wall here can be looted for the Carthus Bloodring

Head back down the hallway where the bonewheels were, and stay lightly left to exit through a doorway. Proceed forward to discover an Ember 1x on a corpse in the wall near the closed gate.

Head back up the stairs where (if embered) you will be invaded by the dark spirit Knight Slayer Tsorig. He wields the Fume Sword. Defeat him or get defeated  by him to earn the My Thanks! Gesture and exit the door and make a right down the hallway and make your next right into an open alcove. Head up the stairs where you will be ambushed by a shotel wielding red eyed skeleton. Beyond is a skeleton to the right and another red eyed arrow skeleton. Beware of the pressure plate on the floor here. To the right will be a corpse with Carthus Rouge 3x.

Head back down the hallway in the opposite direction. Loot a corpse on the left for a Large Titanite Shard 1x. Further down the hallway will be a shotel wielding red eyed skeleton. Beyond you can loot a corpse for the Grave Warden's Ashes.

Take the stairs in this hallway down and head right down this hallway to find a Dark Gem (the skeleton with a hat has to be killed for the Skeleton Ball to break and the gem to be looted). From where you entered head left and exit the broken wall to head down a tunnel where you will encounter a Crystal Lizard. Overlooking a ledge here will be another red eye skeleton with a curved sword. There is a body to the left hanging over the edge with a Yellow Bug Pellet 3x.

Activating the Shortcut and Hanging Bridge

If you head to the right and enter a chamber, many skeletons will animate here. You can loot corpses in this room for a Large Soul of a Nameless Soldier 1x, Black Bug Pellet 2x. If you proceed, and make a right before the bridge and head up the stone hill to an edge which you can drop down from to a lower ledge. Head up this ledge to reach the other side of the bridge. The skeletons will chase you across the bridge. Hit one of the top ropes on the bridge to cause it to collapse, killing any sekeletons on it. There is a short delay before the bridge collapses, be sure to step off it before it does. You can climb down the collapsed bridge as if it were a ladder to access the area below. If you proceed you can descend down to take on a Fire Demon in this early portion of Smouldering Lake. In this chamber there is a Mimic (drops Black Blade) up the stairs near the end of the walkway. Stand in front of the chest untile the Demon starts spraying fire, then run away. With some luck, the flames will hit the chest and the mimic will attack the Fire Demon and do some good damage to it before dying!  On the level where the Demon King is you can loot a Large Titanite Shard 1x, but there are several skeletons that will come out here. If you exit into the next room, straight ahead you will find a corpse with Old Sage's Blindfold and Witch's Ring. Turn around and head back and make a left into another room with a Bonfire. Advance through to reach Smouldering Lake.

Anri's Questline & Area Boss

To continue Anri of Astora's questline, you must kill Horace in Smouldering Lake BEFORE killing High Lord Wolnir.

At the other side of the bridge you will come to a double door and enter a chamber with a goblet on a enter altar surrounded by many candles. Touch the goblet to trigger the boss fight with High Lord Wolnir. Move forward and right before the boss you will find the Grave Warden Pyromancy Tome

Defeat him to trigger a cutscene of his essence returning to the goblet. The double doors up the stairs open. Light the bonfire here and advance through the doors, if you have obtained the Small Doll from Cathedral of the Deep to reach Irithyll of the Boreal Valley.


Catacombs of Carthus Map

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Video Walkthrough

Catacombs Of Carthus Video Walkthrough


Speed Run Walkthrough

A fast walkthrough of how to get to the end of the level the fastest, picking up only essential items goes here.

As soon as you come down the stairs from the Abyss Watchers Bonfire you come to the opening area of The Catacombs of Carthus. You'll see a bridge to your left, you want to go right, if you look carefully you'll see you can drop down from here to a platform, there will be a skeleton archer, you can then drop down again and see another skeleton archer, youll want to then drop down once more onto a bridge.

Here you will go inside the building, make sure to hug the wall because you will have a trap coming behind you. You will see a bonfire behind a gate in this hallway, youll want to get this to have easy access to the next boss. turn left and go down the hall, more skeletons will keep spawning and you can defeat them, after turning right, youll be in another long hall, there is a pressure plate that will trig arrows to come at you, steer clear of this if possible. Run all the way to the end of this and turn right, you will encount numerous enemies here defeat them and follow this hall until you see a break in the floor, to your right should be another hall.

In there is another skeleton ball trap rolling back and forth, turn right in this hallway then take your next left and you will be at the Catacombs of Carthus bonfire. Now go back to the hall with the rolling ball and go down the stairs, once in this room youll want to go left and dispatch the enemies in this area or run past them, youll make way through a cave and come up behind a larger skeleton enemy and you should see a rope bridge, youll want to go right and once in the larger cave area you should find a lever near the gated area to open, this will be a short cut from the bonfire.

Next keep following the path and cross the rope bridge, many skeletons will be after you, you can hit the bridge to knock it down stopping any chasing enemies although you should be able to ignore this. keep following the path and youll come to a room with a chalice, interact with the chalice to initiate a fight against High Lord Wolnir, once you defeat the boss a bonfire will appear in this room. If you keep going on this path you will reach Irithyll of the Boreal Valley.


    • Anonymous

      27 Jun 2017 21:15  

      In all the Dark Souls games my STR/FTH build just never let me down. In DS 2 it ended up as a hexer but still - DEUS VULT!

      • Anonymous

        29 Mar 2017 05:32  

        You know, I was really starting to enjoy this game until I got to this level. What a joke. Challenging is one thing. Having no chance after getting hit once no matter how high your stats are or what equipment you're using is something else entirely. And I absolutely LOVE it when your souls don't show up where you died - you know, where you might actually have a chance of recovering them. No way! Instead they magically appear right next to the enemy that just stun-locked you after one hit. Super fair. I wish I had a weapon like that where once you hit something it can't run, can't dodge, and it even turns fast rolls into fat rolls. Guess I better go back and search for a cloak of invisibility because I don't see any other way of getting past this guy.

        • Anonymous

          23 Mar 2017 01:16  

          Ok so idk if you as to add this, but there are 2 different dark spirits who invade you. I know bcuz I just been killed by both. The first was knightslayer tsorig or w.e his name is. I lost, respawned, summoned someone to help me kill him, but instead of him, I got a chick. I forgot her name it was something like hollowslayer verherra or something, killed by her too.

          • Anonymous

            01 Mar 2017 06:37  

            There is one item missing from the map. Ring of steel protection on the pillar outside the opening next to pyromancy tome

            • 29 Dec 2016 03:34  

              Dunno why, but this area scares the ***** out of me...maybe it's because DkS1 Catacombs (no matter how many playthrough I make or how much gud I git, the Catacombs and the Tomb of Giants are my Kryptonite, basically) or maybe is just because Wolnir is the first boss which took me more than a try to get rid of, during my first playthrough

              • Anonymous

                24 Nov 2016 17:26  

                unbelievable... first time i tried the boss was like "never doing this level..." second time i tried the boss, smashed all 3 bracelets in under 60 seconds.... will never be able to do that again...

                • Anonymous

                  Cool Effect08 Oct 2016 20:55  

                  If you use lightning spear on the table with the goblet, extra bolts of lightning crash down from the sky with and exploding sound that lightning spear does not have normally. You feel the power of the heavens bear down apon the unholy altar.

                  • Anonymous

                    Skeleton Cheese Me Cap'n24 Aug 2016 01:09  

                    I recommend this tip for this particular dungeon: buy a Strike weapon or use one you already picked up (I recommend the Morningstar, as it has Bleed damage for non-skeleton enemies), and Infuse it with the Blessed Gem you hopefully picked up from the Deacons of the Deep cathedral roof (at one end of the criss-crossed roofing beams on the way to Rosaria's Bedchamber for the first time).<br/><br/>The Blessed Gem will probably completely nerf the weapon of choice to hell, BUT it's worth it if only for this dungeon (and with all the Titanite Shards in here, it's easy to pump to at least +3 to get it back to near-normal or better).<br/><br/>A Blessed Strike weapon will completely murder-lize all skeleton enemies you meet. The Strike damage with each blow means the skeletons collapse, leaving them open to more blows. The Blessed Infusion keeps them from getting back up.<br/><br/>So long as you play smart (i.e. don't get mob-swarmed, step on traps, or get arrow-ed/ball-ed off of a ledge), you can kick ass through this dungeon just playing whack-a-skelly one NPC at a time. Even the jumpy bastards with the Bleed shotels are easy mode with a Blessed Strike weapon, regardless of the crappy damage.

                    • Anonymous

                      Below the broken bridge10 Aug 2016 00:02  

                      Below the broken bridhe there is what looks like two items and a knight guarding them but if i jump down (using Spook) i die anyways, how do i get down there?

                      • Anonymous

                        Skeleton Army easy on ng+24 Jul 2016 04:18  

                        If you have the slumbering dragon-crest ring you only wake up two of the 20+ skeletons making it easy to get the items.

                        • Anonymous

                          Fire demon did not attack Mimic in mine30 Jun 2016 19:00  

                          I ran straight to the mimic once I encountered the demon, the demon tried a few attacks while I ran but didn't attack when I got to the mimic. At this point, the demon simply backed away to the corner right before the mimic. I tried to lure it by attacking with arrows, but it simply came forward then backed back into the corner. So I went to it and kept attacking until it died, it only ever did a jumping smash attack once and nothing else. It may also be of note that the mimic seemed a lot less aggressive than it should have been, however the mimic still attacked when I aggroed it (so maybe it's just a glitch). Anyone with this issue/blessing??

                          • Anonymous

                            Thunder stone plate ring +128 May 2016 06:57  

                            In Talk to Anri section. On the way to the carthus milk ring. There is a body with the Thunder stone plate ring +1. NG+<br/>Marnesapper21

                            • Anonymous

                              Knock Downs24 May 2016 06:03  

                              List here weapons that do hard knockdowns to skeleton warriors.<br/><br/>Scythes<br/>Halberds<br/>Great Clubs<br/><br/>Any other weapon? They make this catacomb really easy.

                              • Anonymous

                                Skeletor with a hat?11 May 2016 19:35  

                                Whats up with the skelly with the dank hat? Why does the ball of bones go boom when hes been hit? I need to know. Give me his number i got beef. Im willing to pay thousands for that hat.

                                • Anonymous

                                  So...04 May 2016 13:05  

                                  Carthus is supposed to be some desert nation? Why is their tomb between Farron Keep and the Boreal Valley?

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Unbreakable Patches01 May 2016 04:59  

                                    While making some pvp in Carthus, I happened to meet a mad ghost named Unbreakable Patches near the first bonfire. I can't be sure it was not a player playing trick, but from his skin and the moves he did (some nasty stuff he did, activate trapes, destroying the bridge, unleashing a force on the narow stone bridge). I think it was a real NPC. But I couldn't kill him so I can't be 100% sure.

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