Grand Archives Key is a Key Item in Dark Souls 3.

Grand Archives Key

Key to the main entrance to the Grand Archives of Lothric.

With the fire fading, and the spreading pus of man tainting the castle, the Grand Archives closed its doors for good.

Today, only a few of its keys remain. This one likely belonged to Gotthard, one of king's Black Hand, who fled the castle.


Grand Archives Key Usage



Grand Archives Key Locations




  • You have to defeat 3 Lords of Cinder and initiate the cutscene.




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    • 27 Dec 2016 05:12  

      I'm pretty sure the corpse outside is not Black Hand Gotthard. He wields the Gotthard Twinswords (named after him), while the corpse clearly is equipped with two katanas. I speculate that this is the third Black Hand, possible killed by Gotthard when he decided to defect and rather help the unkindled against the Abyss Watchers and Pontyff. Perhaps he left his sword behind in the flight, as in the encounters he is summoned for he usually only uses one sword.

      • ffffffuuuuu........08 Aug 2016 12:37  

        And here i was thinking i could open all areas of the game without defeating some area bosses, so that i could summon a phantom friend and use the dried finger and get lots of attention from invaders for epic 2vs2 messed up fights. (nope not intending to be a gank squad, just huge messed up fights)

        • Disappointing11 Jul 2016 05:24  

          Wow I made it all the way to the Grand Archives thinking I could kill Lothric before either of the other two lords and the key wasnt there. This game really IS railroading you. Sad.

          • How to get key to appear30 Apr 2016 14:05  

            FYI this no key bug happens because of a certain "master assisted bug". Just keep teleporting between cinder lords locations and eventually the cutscene will load and you will be teleported to dancers area which youve already killed with the master bug. This will allow the key to spawn.<br/><br/>And no need to get all bent out of shape and deny that you did it. This happens when dancer is killed before the dancer event is triggered. Im suuure you all killed it legitly before you even killed the first boss... anyways gl

            • No Corpse = No Key28 Apr 2016 14:03  

              The corpse that was supposedly to be outside the door, is NOT there and I'm now stuck just sitting here at the door, without any way of getting through. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXD<br/>

              • Key wont show.26 Apr 2016 11:55  

                I have killed 3 Lords of Cinder, however i died as Aldrich did, and i didn't get any cut scene or anything, am i missing something to make it appear? or have i broke my game??

                • Early Game25 Apr 2016 23:10  

                  You can access Lothric area if you defeat the dancer , but the key to open the grand archives wont appear until you defeat Lords of Cinders first , so yeah , u cant defeat Lothric brothers early :(

                  • Key Doesn't Spawn?24 Apr 2016 12:25  

                    Well this sucks. Here I am having defeated both the Dancer and the Dragonslayer Armour before any Lords of Cinder, thinking I could beat Lothric to get Lorians set early, and they deliberately don't let you? That's kind of disappointing.

                    • CAP-CESAR-BR22 Apr 2016 18:33  

                      Hello my friend. <br/>I defeated the Dragonslayer Armor and advanced to the Great Archives, but the body with the double swords and the Grand Archives Key did not appear to me. Would you help me?<br/>

                      • ng++ Changed location? Cant find it desite killing all bosses19 Apr 2016 11:23  

                        On my ng++ game the key did not appear after killing the giant boss and putting alll three cinders on the thrones. IS the key somewhere else after ng++?

                        • Revel in my misery16 Apr 2016 15:15  

                          So, I just spent quite a substantial amount of time killing the Dragonslayer Armour on a level 30 character with only a raw Astora Straight Sword in order to get Onikiri and Ubadachi early only to discover I can't enter the Grand Archives without defeating 3 Lord of Cinder.<br/><br/>Sad Face.

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