Kiln of the First Flame is a location in Dark Souls 3. In order to reach this area, the player must first kill all Lords of Cinder and speak to the Fire Keeper in Firelink Shrine. Interacting with the Firelink bonfire will then warp the player to the first bonfire.


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Kiln of the First Flame Map


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Area Requirements

Once you have defeated the 4 Lords of Cinder and placed their ashes on their empty thrones, speak to the Fire Keeper, then activate the Bonfire, which will lead to a cutscene. Afterwards, you will be transported to the first Bonfire at the Kiln of the First Flame, which looks like a dark copy of Firelink Shrine.

Take the path outside and activate the bonfire to proceed to the First Flame. Upon arriving, light the BonfireHead up the path and enter the clearing to battle the Soul of Cinder. Defeat him to earn Soul of the Lords. Be wary that it is possible to invade at the path, before the fog gate. At the bonfire it is possible to summon the Legendary summon named "Garrath" to help with the fight.


After defeating the Soul of Cinder, you will then have the choice of the following endings:

  • Use the bonfire resulting in the 'To Link the Fire' ending and the unlocking of said achievement.
  • If you have obtained the Eyes of a Firekeeper from the Untended Graves area and have given it to the Fire Keeper you can use a summon sign next to the bonfire to trigger the 'The End of Fire' ending and the unlocking of said achievement. During this scene you have a short window where you can attack the Firekeeper after the cutscene for what is effectively a 4th ending option, but you will not get the achievement.
  • If an optional quest line is completed involving Yuria and Anri to become Prince of Londor, you can usurp the flame by wrestling the flame from its mantle triggering the 'Usurpation of Fire' ending and the unlocking of said achievement.
    Note: Bonfire will still say "Link the First Flame" even though you're about to usurp the flame.

Once the final cutscene plays the credits will roll. When the credits are complete, the game will prompt you as to whether you would like to stay in your current playthrough or proceed into New Game Plus (NG+).

Staying in current Cycle

If you delay proceeding into NG+, you will return to Firelink Shrine where you can tie up any loose ends, explore further or farm any items. Soul Transposition is still possible at the throne of Ludleth of Courland, and you can also loot the Skull Ring here as well as obtain the Farron Ring from Hawkwood. Reloading and speaking to Blacksmith Andre will earn you Hawkwood's Swordgrass.

Kiln of the First Flame Map


Kiln of the First Flame Video Playthrough

Video Walkthroughs


    • 15 Apr 2017 12:21  

      Someone please fix that nonsense that he is not immune to poison because he IS immune. I have a luck build had a posioned dagger with 83 poison buildup / hit. Since my damage output was highly reduced thanks to the infusion, i literally stabbed him to death with a million times (that's what i call DPS!) and not even once applied poison debuff on him. There's no way he is not immune to poison..

      Don't ask why i killed him with this way, i just wanted to have some fun that's all, but the false descripiton highly offense my ocd. Thanks.

      • 03 Apr 2017 09:09  

        I walked into this boss fight just to test the waters, no npc, trying to learn his attacks and stuff but ended up beating him on my first try.
        I was so stoked that I almost immediately went to the Nameless King and I got my ass handed more times than I'd like to admit. Fun Fun Fun

        • 27 Mar 2017 14:52  

          Am I the only one hearing crawling sounds (like a spider or something) following me when I run around in the boss area (i already defeated him some time ago)?

          • Fire Keeper summon30 Sep 2016 19:08  

            So I took on the hollow questline and usurped the fire on my 1st play, now I made a 2nd char and tried to do the same. I don't remember seeing the fire keeper summon sign the last time, so I wanted to ask: will me summoning her just trigger the end of fire ending? Or will I still be able to usurp the fore since I followed Yurias quest?

            • Flameless Shrine thrones26 Jul 2016 14:05  

              If it is suppose to be the first bonfire, then why is the thrones of Aldrich, Ludeth, Yhorm, Lothric and Abyss Watchers there?<br/>Shouldn't Gravelord Nito, The Witch of Izalith, Gwyn Lord of Sunlight , Seath the Scaleless and the Furtive Pygmy (so easily forgotten) have thrones there instead?

              • Ending.21 Jun 2016 13:55  

                I 've put all cinder of lords, nothing happening. the firekeeper does not move no ng+ option on the bonfire. its like crushed and evertthing i've done is gone! what i will do ??

                • Lore questions02 May 2016 00:30  

                  So two things pop in my head when I look at this area. (SPOILERS... Maybe?) the first is why is lothric on the left side of the shrine? It is on the right side in fire link. This also is not simply using a different door. The second is, what and where did the huge tree come from? It feels like there is a huge chunk missing as to what happened. Also is kiln of the first flame on this game the same place in dark souls 1?

                  • Confused Usurper28 Apr 2016 07:37  

                    I went through the Yuria/Anri quest very carefully (spoilers: talked to Anri, talked to Yuria after five sigils, left the pilgrim alive, killed Horace, stabbed Anri in the face, was told to wrest the flame, etc) but when I go up to the flame it still says "link the first flame." My thought is that it may just say that and interracting will cause the usurper ending, but I don't want to have to deal with that questline again so I thought I'd check.<br/>Short version: if you're going for the usurper/lord of hollows ending, should the flame still say "link the first flame" or have I missed/glitched something?

                    • Translation of guide05 Apr 2016 11:30  

                      Can someone please translate the guide page, for some reason it appears to be written in latin or a language derived almost directly from it and I would rather not be required to spend two hours reading it trying to remember the basics.

                      • Fire keeper not appearing at bonfire04 Apr 2016 18:01  

                        Have killed all bosses but fire keeper is not appearing at the bonfire so I cannot kneel to her to complete the game any help would be appreciated.

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