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Hawkwood the Deserter

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Health Souls Location Drops
???? 1000 (NG) Firelink Shrine

Farron Ring


Hawkwood is an NPC in Dark Souls 3. He is a fugitive from both Farron's Undead Legion and his own duties as Unkindled, and admires the power of dragons.

 

Hawkwood Information

  • Gives "Collapse" gesture.
  • Can be summoned in the following locations:
    • In the Consumed King's Garden, for Oceiros in the plaza just before the 2 knights outside the boss fog gate.  After dropping in from where the Hollow cleric is, turn left towards the central garden to find his sign (if you have already finished his questline, i.e. killed him, his summoning sign will expectedly not be available here). This summon sign is available only after you received the Farron Ring from him after defeating the Abyss Watchers (talk to him in Firelink Shrine and make sure he dissapears after exausting his dialog), you must also defeat the Crystal Sage.
    • In Archdragon Peak, just outside the Great Belfry Bonfire. Go left after spawning at the bonfire, and his sign should be near the wall. His aim is to reach the altar at the top of the peak. Once he does, he will use the Path of the Dragon gesture and disappear, presumably having acquired the Twinkling Dragon Head Stone. Note that if you try to trigger the Nameless King boss fight by ringing the bell, he will leave using a Black Separation Crystal.
  • Before departure he fights with a Bastard Sword, switching between two handing it and one handing it with his shield. Later on, he will leave his shield at Firelink Shrine, and use the Farron Greatsword instead.
  • In the final fight for the Twinkling Dragon Stones he has 6 Estus Flasks
  • He wears the Undead Legion Armor and the Chain Helm.
  • Easy to beat, he won't exit the Abyss Watchers room so you can just stand outside the doors and repeatedly headshot him with arrows or pelt him with magic. As long as you keep hitting him he'll just keep rushing to the edge of the room then slowly backing up while you're completely safe outside.
  • If the player wishes to beat him legitimately, it is much less easy, but doable. Hit him up to four times when he is open, and use jumping thrust attacks when he is running towards you. He is also parryable, and can be backstabbed, although not easily. He has seven Estus Flasks, like it says below, so wait for him to heal seven times, then go in for the kill. Don't use more than one Estus for every time he uses an Estus, and you'll be fine. His longest attack is five moves, and the fifth comes slow, so this is how you can gauge when to come in to avoid that very damaging attack. Throwable offensive weapons are useless, so don't bother with those.

 

Location & Questline

First encountered at Firelink Shrine, but he may sometimes be found outside of the building, at a grave with a sword in it, to the left as you exit the main building. Hawkwood gives the player some items if talked to after defeating bosses.

After defeating the Abyss Watchers he will give the player the Farron Ring, to get it exaust his dialog in Firelink Shrine after doing so. After receiving the ring he will become available as a summon for the Oceiros, the Consumed King boss fight.

After the Abyss Watchers, Curse-Rotted Greatwood, Deacons of the Deep and the Crystal Sage have been defeated, Hawkwood leaves the shrine, leaving his Shield for Andre to pass to you. (Fextra Video) [Hawkwood shield has also been found sitting at the gravesite with a sword leaning on it. May be triggered to spawn if you didn't talk to Blacksmith Andre after he leaves.]

If you talk to Blacksmith Andre after obtaining the Twinkling Dragon Torso Stone, he will have a message from Hawkwood requesting a duel via Hawkwood's Swordgrass.

Meet him at the Abyss Watchers arena and duel him for the other  stone. If he kills you, he takes it. If you kill him, you get the Twinkling Dragon Head Stone. If he kills you and takes your Twinkling Dragon Torso Stone, you can get it back by killing him.

Take note Hawkwood will have seven estus when you fight him.

 

Drops

 

Dialogue

 

First encounter dialogue

 

Ahhh, another one, roused from the sleep of death?
Well, you're not alone. We Unkindled are worthless. Can't even die right. Gives me Conniptions.
And they'd have us seek the Lords of Cinder, and return them to their moulding thrones.
But we're talking true legends with the mettle to link the fire. We're not fit to lick their boots.
Don't you think?" Devilish chuckle

Grave-Site dialogue

 

The poor wretched souls... Be they lord or legend, the curse shows no mercy. What a sham.

Selecting the "Talk" option (either after Vordt is defeated, or after the banner is raised)

 

Ooh, yet to give in, eh?
Good.  The Fire Keeper must be twitching with delight.
But what do you really know about these Lords of Cinder, these supposed legends?
Let's take Aldrich, for one.
A right and proper cleric, only, he developed a habit of devouring men.
He ate so many that he bloated like a drowned pig, then softened into sludge,
so they stuck him in the Cathedral of the Deep.
And they made him a Lord of Cinder.  Not for virtue, but for might.
Such is a lord, I suppose.  But here I ask.  Do we have a sodding chance?" 

Selecting "Talk" again right after

 

At the foot of Lothric Castle, an old path still runs below the tower in the Undead Settlement.
It was used to transport sacrifices to the Cathedral of the Deep.  You should see where it leads.
...If you've the stones for it."

Selecting the "Talk" option (either after the Curse-Rotted Greatwood is defeated, or after the first Bonfire on the Road of Sacrifices is lit)

 

You haven't given up yet?  Then you're a brasher [lad/lass] than I thought.
You can make better use of this.(gives heavy gem)
I don't need it.  Not now I've flown the coop."

Selecting "Talk" again right after

 

The Undead Legion of Farron is a caravan of Undead.
Sworn by the wolf's blood to contain the Abyss,
the Legion will bury a kingdom at the first sign of exposure.
Joyous bunch, really.
Gaining admission to the Legion is a matter of some ceremony.
Inside their keep, snuffing out the flames of three altars opens the door to the wolf blood.
Even accursed Undead want to believe they're special, it seems.
I pity the sorry souls."



When attacked in Firelink Shrine, but not yet made hostile

 

What is it, now!" (once)
"Enough, you fool!" (twice)
"What in the bloody hell is wrong with you!?" (thrice)

When turning hostile in Firelink Shrine

 

I'm a deserter, I know.
But I've still plenty of fight in me…"

When killing the player

 

We'll never amount to anything, not you, not I…"

On Death

 

You crawled out of the ground, for gods' sake..."
 "Go on, be as bloody mad as you like."

When meeting him in the Farron mausoleum

 

I should have known.
Well, I've decided to stop running from my fate.
Loathe me all you like, I shall take what makes you dragon."

Upon killing the player in the Farron mausoleum

 

Loathe me all you like, but I am the true dragon…" (takes Twinkling Dragon Torso stone)

Approaching him after being killed by him in the Farron mausoleum

 

Ahh, there you are.
This shall be no petty theft.
As the true dragon, I shall take what is rightfully mine."

When killed by the player in the Farron mausoleum

 

You are a dragon, more dragon than I." (drops Twinkling Dragon Head Stone, drops Twinkling Dragon Torso Stone as well if he took it)

 

Trivia

  • He is voiced by Blake Ritson, who previously voiced Griggs of Vinheim in Dark Souls and Royal Sorcerer Navlaan in Dark Souls 2. He was also originally supposed to voice Knight Artorias.
  • Although Hawkwood is a named NPC, he shares many similarities with the Crestfallen Warrior from Demon Souls, the Crestfallen Warrior from Dark Souls and Saulden the Crestfallen Warrior from Dark Souls 2. All well known to be the guides for new players in the previous Souls games.
  • If he dies by falling (bug or cliff) just reload the game and his loot can be picked where he was sitting.
  • His questline involves the Dragon Covenant hinting that may be a reason he left the Undead Legion. 

 

NPCs
|  Alva, Seeker of the Spurned  | |  Anri of Astora  | |  Archdeacon McDonnell  | |  Black Hand Gotthard  | |  Blacksmith Andre  | |  Company Captain Yorshka  | |  Cornyx of the Great Swamp  | |  Corrupt Pygme Lord  | |  Corvian Crow (NPC)  | |  Corvian Settler  | |  Creighton the Wanderer  | |  Daughter of Crystal Kriemhild  | |  Daughter of Crystal Kriemhild  | |  Emma  | |  Eygon of Carim  | |  Filianore  | |  Fire Keeper  | |  Giant of the Undead Settlement  | |  Great Swamp Cuculus  | |  Greirat of the Undead Settlement  | |  Holy Knight Hodrick  | |  Horace the Hushed  | |  Irina of Carim  | |  Jailer  | |  Judicator Argo  | |  Karla  | |  Knight Slayer Tsorig  | |  Lapp  | |  Leonhard  | |  Lion Knight Albert  | |  Livid Pyromancer Dunnel  | |  Locust Preacher  | |  Londor Pale Shade  | |  Longfinger Kirk  | |  Lords of Cinder  | |  Ludleth of Courland  | |  Moaning Knight  | |  Old Wolf of Farron  | |  Orbeck of Vinheim  | |  Painting Woman  | |  Pickle Pee, Pump-a-Rum Crow  | |  Pilgrim from Londor  | |  Rosaria, Mother of Rebirth  | |  Seeker of the Spurned  | |  Shira  | |  Shrine Handmaid  | |  Silver Knight Ledo  | |  Sir Vilhelm  | |  Sirris of the Sunless Realms  | |  Slave Knight  | |  Slave Knight Gael  | |  Snuggly  | |  Stone-humped Hag  | |  Sword Master  | |  The Painter  | |  Unbreakable Patches  | |  Velka the Goddess of Sin  | |  Yellowfinger Heysel  | |  Yoel of Londor  | |  Yuria of Londor  |



    • Anonymous

      17 Nov 2017 10:11  

      To anyone having trouble with him being stuck on his first dialogue line "we're not fit to lick their boots"; give him a kick. Don't Attack him with a weapon, just a swift boot in the balls.
      I was stuck with that line up until the last Lord of Cinder, then read that if you kick him it'll jumpstart all his missing dialogue.
      Tested on PS4, and worked.

      • Anonymous

        29 Oct 2017 00:47  

        The epic way to face him in battle is from the farron keep perimeter bonfire. Then he will stand with his back to you. "Sensing" that is it you. Hard to descripe but in addition with his calm manner despite that in a few seconds both of you are fighting each other to the death it gave this moment real weight. And if I think about it now... doesn't it mean that every "true dragon" had to fight his comrade to get the other ones piece? I don't think it was just an accident the power was split into two. All of the dragons had to kill their comrades....their friends.

        • Anonymous

          15 Oct 2017 03:24  

          As a summoned Phantom Hawkwood seems remarkably more Aggressive than any other Summoned NPC. For Example Eygom and Sirris need to be fairly close to a boss to start attacking, at Dragonslayer you can get them killed as they'll try to catch up with you instead of fighting (Similair to Holy Knight Hodrick at Crucifixion Woods, he'll get killed by Lycanthrope hunters if you get to far away as he'll just try to catch up with you) and they won't heal while trying to catch up either.

          Hawkwood; on the other hand; strait up Rushes Oceiros the moment he's in the boss room, and at Archdragon he has a set path to get to the shrine; where he assaults anything that moves on his way to the top of the hill, leaving the player behind in the dust.

          I don't think it's important that he is this way, but he is noteworthily more aggressive than any other summoned NPC that I've seen.

          • Anonymous

            21 Sep 2017 03:41  

            Something worth noting is that his summon sign (at Oceiros) will NOT show up if you haven't interacted with him at all up until that point.

            • Anonymous

              11 Sep 2017 16:43  

              Anyone else notice that when you summon him, he won't let you see his face? If you try and walk in front of him he just turns round.

              • Anonymous

                04 Sep 2017 19:30  

                I killed him at the beginning in firelink shirine, he was outside and I thought he was hostile like the katana master that I previously killed, so I backstabbed him and then made a combo and he fell down... I'm a new player I haven't played DS1 or DS2, how much did I screw up, since he didn't re spawn??

                • Anonymous

                  28 Aug 2017 09:19  

                  I found blood damage weapons to be effective against him, specifically making crow quills to be "blood crow quills". but that's just me, any blood damage weapons that are easily used to just stab instead of slash or do a standard strike, though anything is good, just blood damage because he seems to derp quite a bit.

                  my tactic is just stay in the entrance to the carthus catacombs where he cant enter (top of the stairs), then wait for him to try to hit you then go out to take a hit at him while he least expects it, once his health is low, just go out there and beat him.

                  • Anonymous

                    08 Aug 2017 23:43  

                    i killed him at the very start when we has in the firelink shrine. And now i cant summon him at all, wth do i do?

                    • Anonymous

                      25 Jul 2017 12:21  

                      I went to Hawkwood and forgot to change my spells. (I only had Hidden Body equipped) Instead of going back, I equipped my Caestus and Chaos Dagger and parried him to death. (It only took 3 ripostes (WHY DIDN'T I EQUIP THE HORNET RING))

                      • Anonymous

                        14 Jul 2017 07:37  

                        I can't duel him even though I got the dragon torso stone because Andre just won't tell me where Hawkwood is :(

                        • Anonymous

                          12 Jul 2017 18:01  

                          I already defeated him in the Abyss Watchers boss room but his summoning sign did not appear in the location it is supposed to, help?

                          • Anonymous

                            11 Jul 2017 03:40  

                            Just a tip for his sidequest to get him to leave. If you haven't talked to him at all in your NG but have killed the 4 necessary bosses, exhaust his dialog. Then tele to Iudex and run back. If he's there, repeat. When he gives you the Farron ring, that should be the last time you have to tele out. Check the grave area on the right side where the dog spawns. If the item's not there, try talking to Andre.

                            • Anonymous

                              24 Jun 2017 01:28  

                              On this page it says Hawkwood will leave Firelink Shrine after defeating Greatwood, Crystal Sage, Deacons and Abyss watchers.

                              I tested this and after killing Crystal sage, deacons and the Abyss Watchers AND placing the cinder of the Abyss Watchers on their throne in Firelink Shrine (not before) and NOT killing greatwood Hawkwood left and was able to be summoned for the Oceiris boss fight.

                              It seems Greatwood is not necessary for Hawkwood to leave Firelink Shrine, i doubt crystal sage and deacons of the deep are required.

                              • Anonymous

                                21 Jun 2017 19:22  

                                This guy... this *****ing guy killed me a dozen times after I played with him a bit. Had to start a new game because I couldn't kill him and he wouldn’t stop.
                                I'm down to a third new game. GG for day 1.

                                • Anonymous

                                  09 Jun 2017 03:02  

                                  I have a problem. I killed the Abyss Watchers before the Deacons (Didn't know of the Cathedral at the time). I also got the Greatwood and Sage, and he didn't give me the ring. He's still using his Pre-Abyss Watcher dialogue! Was it because of the order I killed the bosses? Do you HAVE to summon him at Archdragon Peak?

                                  • Anonymous

                                    29 May 2017 07:53  

                                    I like how this one wiki page says he has two different values for his Estus Flask charges.

                                    Typical Fextralife. XD

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