General Info
Health Souls Location Drops
500 1100 High Wall of Lothric Castle Basin of Vows

Emma is an NPC in Dark Souls 3.


Emma, High Priestess of Lothric Castle Information

  • Can be killed.
  • Items given by Emma: Small Lothric Banner, Way of Blue covenant.
  • After defeating three Lords of Cinder you will be warped back to Emma. She will be on her knees begging you to save the Prince of Lothric, she then dies and drops the Basin of Vows.
  • If killed she will drop the items that she hasn't given you yet, even the Basin of Vows which allows early access to some late game areas.
  • Upon approaching the altar behind her chair, with the Basin of Vows in your possession, the Dancer of the Boreal Valley will appear.



  • You can find Emma inside the cathedral opposite the Vordt of the Boreal Valley fight in the High Wall of Lothric. A map is provided on this page.





First encounter dialogue

Ahh, the wait has been long, Unkindled One.
I am Emma, High Priestess of Lothric Castle.
Allow me to speak frankly.
You will not find the Lords of Cinder here.
They have left, gone.
To their churning homes, converging at the base of this castle.
Head to the bottom of the High Wall.
Forge on through the great gate, and raise this banner to proceed." (Gives 1 Small Lothric Banner)


This farewell gift is for you.
It is the insignia of an old covenant.
If you fear trespassers, dark spirits drawn by the embers.
Then etch this upon your heart.
And the old concord will beckon noble Blue Sentinels to hunt these foul spirits." (Gives Way of Blue)


Selecting "Talk" before Vordt is defeated"


Unkindled One.  Head to the High Wall's base.
Go through the great gate, and raise the banner to proceed.
But beware.  The dog keeps a close eye on things.
The vile watchdog of the Boreal Valley."


Selecting "Talk" after Vordt is defeated

What is wrong, Unkindled One?
Are you not a Lordseeker?  Head to the base of the High Wall and seek the Lords of Cinder.
Is this not the calling of your kind, since ages past?"


After the player has defeated the last of the three Lord of Cinders before Prince Lothric

Ahh, Unkindled One. Fire fades and awaits its one last Lord. Prince Lothric is in your hands... Please save his soul."


When spoken to Emma whilst on ground

Prince Lothric is in your hands. Please save his soul. Tell him what he must be... a Lord."

 Player attacking and killing her

What on earth?"
"Whatever is this about?"
"A Lord, he must be... My dear Prince...Lothric..."



  • There are no downsides to killing her early. (Although this does spawn an end-game boss)
  • If she is killed early before she has a chance to die on her own and give the player the Basin of Vows, the cutscene after killing the three lords of cinder will still activate with her voice and the player will be teleported to the church as normal. Upon arriving, Emma will not be there, but the magic circle and blood surrounding where she should be will be there.
  • Voiced by Joan Blackham.



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    • Anonymous

      17 Jan 2017 21:46  

      Wasn't there some extra hidden dialogue if you defeat a certain Lord of Cinder last?
      I think it was Yorm the Giant, my memory's foggy but I'm almost certain I watched an old video about it, now I can't find anything about that, anyone know what I'm talking about?

      • 05 Jan 2017 02:23  

        I killed two lords, I think to myself, I could get that dancer set now. So, I go there and put my sword thru her. She said something like "why? what have I done?" These simple words is now eating My conscience.

        • Anonymous

          04 Nov 2016 08:15  

          It's interesting that she never mentions the Dancer, even though she's effectively keeping her out through miracles.

          • Anonymous

            Kill her?>Kill boss>Gain access01 Sep 2016 08:59  

            Regardless of when/if you kill her the boss still needs to die to gain access to the next part of the game<br/>You can not skip that boss

            • Anonymous

              Misinformation/Incomplete Info on page14 Aug 2016 23:43  

              "Trivia: There are no downsides to killing her early (Although this does spawn an end-game boss)."<br/>Lion Knight Albert seems to be aligned with Emma, killing Emma causes Albert to leave if summoned and become unsummonable against Vordt!

              • Anonymous

                Why not explain23 Jun 2016 01:57  

                Who summons/talks to you after killing the first three lords of cinder WHEN she is dead (from you killing her)

                • Anonymous

                  Dancer fight not triggered?21 May 2016 23:58  

                  I got all the 3 lordsouls but didnt get summoned to her nor could I trigger the fight by speaking to her, I HAD to kill her to proceed. This was in ng+, even reloading the game didnt help. Does anyone know how this could happen? :o

                  • Anonymous

                    Connection with Prince Lothric26 Apr 2016 13:12  

                    According to the description of some items, I'm pretty sure High Priestess Emma was/is very close to Prince Lothric (quite possibly even raised him). <br/><br/>First we have the description of the Priestess Ring: "In Lothric, the High Priestess has long been considered one of the Three Pillars of the king's rule. The High Priestess also served as the prince's wet nurse."<br/><br/>And then the description of Lothric's Holy Sword: "Prince Lothric's straight sword, blessed by Emma with potent magic. Young Lothric was meant to be a champion, and was expected to wield this platinum sword, but some things will remain distant dreams forever."<br/><br/>

                    • Anonymous

                      dialogue22 Apr 2016 04:27  

                      They should note that she actaully refrences vordt as "the dog" dont know if she has a connection with him (it?) or just that she knows he is there but cool fun fact

                      • Possible NPC quest conflicts?19 Apr 2016 02:35  

                        Has anyone gotten any conflicts that may hinder or stop progress on any npc quests by killing het and entering lothrich castle early?

                        • Anonymous

                          If you kill her...17 Apr 2016 17:57  

                          If you kill her you literally gaining access to the end-game. So everyone who seeks challenge, powerful items, fast leveling and etc. should try killing her.

                          • Anonymous

                            Where is the base of the high wall?17 Apr 2016 17:52  

                            When she asks me to 'raise the banner and proceed' where do I do this?<br/>

                            • Anonymous

                              I didn't know15 Apr 2016 03:54  

                              First time playing a souls game. After several hours of sucking and repeated deaths; I have become overly cautious. Once I had finally cleared both the knights, I looked through the church doors. I see some creepy lady sitting in a chair. I noped the ***** out the other way. Found a giant beast man that smashed my face. Ok back to creepy church lady. "Maybe I can cheeze kill her? " I think to myself as I draw my longbow. Much to my delight, she takes damage, and stays seated! Sweeeet! Chuck a few more arrows into her, and I'm rewarded with 1000 souls and a bunch of weird free stuff! I run in circles in celebration! Then a giant demon lady with a fire sword crawls out of a window and wrecks my face.... God*****it Dark Souls

                              • Anonymous

                                If killed29 Mar 2016 23:29  

                                She will trigger a boss fight when killed, I stepped out and back in and walked to her chair and a boss fight initiated.

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