Locust Preacher

General Info
Health Souls Location Drops

~500 (small)

~2000 (regular)

400 (small)

2200 (regular)

The Ringed City Pale Resin, One of the specific souls




Frostbite, Fire, Lightning

Dark, Poison/Toxic


Locust Preacher (also called White-Faced Locust) is a type of enemy met only in The Ringed City. Few of them acts as NPC.

Locust Preacher Information



  • You can find NPC version of Locust Preacher at The Ringed City (Location), in several locations. 
  • Hostile version of Locust Preacher is located only near Ringed City Streets bonfire.
  • Ones that provide dialogue do not respawn.



Combat Information

  • Hostile version appears in 2 variants - regular and small.
  • Regular one can jump out of mud, however after that moment they can't hide in it. Also swipe at the player with their arms, attack with a white projectile that slows the player, or perform a critical strike on him. 
  • Small may engage player, but most of the time they escape. They can also hide under mud.
  • Deals Magic Damage (large only) and Standard Damage.
  • Weak to Frostbite, Fire Damage and Lightning Damage.
  • Resistant to Dark Damage, Poison, Toxic.
  • Can't be backstabbed or parried.
  • While not in the mud, they can be staggered, send in air or pinned.
  • Can be lured.
  • Can be Rapported.



Many of us are by the fire forsaken.
I speak of thine kind, and mine.
Behold this city! We are kindred, belike two eyes which gaze upon the other.
Fear not, the dark, my friend.
And let the feast begin.

One was a wayfaring knight, on an endless, forbidden search.
Only the Abyss granted closure, if not reunion with his beloved.
Fear not, the dark, my friend.
And let the feast begin.

One met the dark with learning. But in the end, learned his knowledge was wanting.
The world began without knowledge, and without knowledge will it end.
Dost not this ring clear and true?
Fear not, the dark, my friend.
And let the feast begin.

One poor girl slew her own kin, but even so, was embraced, enveloped by the Abyss.
Twas a comfort that neither moon nor sunless sky afforded her before.
Fear not, the dark, my friend.
And let the feast begin.

And so, she lived in fear. Of the dark, of the things that gnawed at her flesh.
And yet! The Abyss hath yet to produce any such creature!
Fear not, the dark, my friend.
And let the feast begin.

And so, despite his weighty armour, he lived in fear. Of a delicate thing, little more than a girl.
Where fire resideth, shadows twist and shrivel. But in the Abyss, there are shadows none.
Fear not, the dark, my friend.
And let the feast begin.

Of all the Fingers, he alone was embraced by the Abyss.
For he was human, and ne'er a grub.
Fear not, the dark, my friend.
And let the feast begin.

When Attacked:

Ahh, yes, yes, I remember now! Let the feast begin.
Let the feast begin.

I shall partake!
...Search thine own self. Fear not the dark.
And let the feast begin.



  • Locust White Preacher is one of the few vocal enemies.
  • With the utmost vaguery, the Locust Preachers address the lives of various NPC's as their quests, and the player's own quest, nears the end.
  • The "wayfaring Knight" referenced in passing would appear to be the likeness of Alva, Seeker of the Spurned, and his quest for redemption with the Black Witch Zullie after the death of Saint Seretta. A song worthy of the bards that sing of it in item descriptions.
  • One can infer from the dialogue about the man seeking learning, that it is connected to Orbeck of Vinheim. As his questline finishes, the player stumbles across the slumped over corpse of Orbeck in the Grand Archives, drained of life after learning all he could from the scrolled collected by the Champion of Ash. The reason for his death could be that after he left, he went to the regal library to seek more knowledge, only to find nothing new for him. Thus his ashes ran cold.
  • The poor girl who slew her own kin refers to one Siris of the Sunless Realms, as her questline ends after she slays the mad spirit Holy Knight Hodrick in the depths of the Pit of Hollows. It's important to know that when the player finds her body outside firelink shrine, that she is holdng the Sunset shield, her grandfather's shield. Another example of the preacher using the actions of the player for his sermons to the player. Siris is also a Blade of the Darkmoon, which was played on in "neither moon nor Sunless sky".
  • The girl frightened by the gnawing is indirectly Irina of Carim, which appears to reference her fear of falling into the abyss, and in the fall of his character if the player makes her read Dark Miracle tomes. This, along with the Invader "Moaning Knight" suggests that perhaps Irina fell to the darkness either eventually, or by the decisions of the Champion of Ash. 
  • The weighty armored knight referenced can be constrewed to be Eygon of Carim, whose only true fear would have been losing his maiden to the Abyss. It is strange that the Morne Knight has such attention in the Ringed City. However, the lines seem to indicate that the man was afraid of the girl herself. 
  • Lastly, the cut dialogue that reference a "lone finger" would appear to be popularly associated with Ringfinger Leonard, who unlike other pale tongue enthusiasts never used rebirth to change his scarred visage, and never being threatened by the chance of becoming a man-grub. This may also be because he chose to steal away Rosaria's soul to keep it from the reach of the player.
  • The Locust Preachers always finish their sentences with "Fear not, the dark, my friend. And let the feast begin." Considering that the Weapon Art of the Preacher's Right Arm is called the Feasting Branch and the Locust Preacher's use them to hold the player still while they eat their face, this could suggest that the Locust Preachers are trying to persuade the player to commit cannibalism for whatever reason.



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    • Anonymous

      07 Mar 2018 18:55  

      By the way, the non-hostile preachers are not the same one who's moving around the Ringed City. It's many different preachers, all located on different places. But other than the hostile preachers, the non-hostiles don't respawn. There are 3 in total, I believe. One at the start, one at the bridge over the 3 harald soldiers at the swamp, and one where you pick up the ring knight straight sword

      • Anonymous

        14 Jan 2018 17:04  

        Did you guys notice that when locust is attacking you with his grab attack he is mumbling something? But i can´t hear what exactly...

        • Anonymous

          28 Nov 2017 16:29  

          This has misleading information. Rapport works on the locusts just fine. Their weaknesses are frost, lightning, and fire. And it is not any of the souls they drop. It's a soul of an unknown traveler, soul of a lost undead, and soul of a crestfallen knight. Ng+ they drop soul of an intrepid hero, soul of a seasoned warrior, and soul of a champion.

          • 18 Nov 2017 05:16  

            Who the hell wrote the trivia section? There's flowery, and then there's whatever the heck happened here.

            There's a point where trying to sound too smart just makes it look worse.

            • Anonymous

              08 Oct 2017 06:38  

              "this could suggest that the Locust Preachers are trying to persuade the player to commit cannibalism for whatever reason"

              Taking in consideration that:

              1) The Ringeg City is directly linked to the Dark Soul.
              2) Gael, presumably, kills everyone in the world in order to consume the Dark Soul.
              3) The Dark is, lorewise, the Abyss and
              4) The Abyss in directly linked to humanity.

              Seems pretty likely that the cannibalism would be in order to obtain the Dark Soul itself and thus lead the Champion of Ash to the dark. The descrption of the White Preacher Head further solidifies this possibility: The white-faced locusts were meant to beckon men to the dark with sermons (...).

              • Anonymous

                25 Sep 2017 00:18  

                There appears to be a typo in the info section, it lists both variants as small in the health section but then as small and regular in the soul section. Also I must take issue with the trivia portion, neither Sullyvahn nor Ariandel wear armor, their apparel is more alike to robes. If anyone other than Eygon were to fit the bill IMO it would be Gundyr, he's a heavily armored warrior who loathed to lose his firekeeper.

                • Anonymous

                  26 Aug 2017 17:56  

                  Mob Enemy Ahead, Therefore try Eliminating One At a Time.

                  Their biggest, genuine, weakness, is backpeddling. Lock on, backpaddle away from their attacks, then get your limited two stunlocks, rinse repeat.

                  • Anonymous

                    10 Aug 2017 04:16  

                    If you aggro a big one, the aggroed little ones nearby will get aggressive. Therefore let the feast begin.

                    • Anonymous

                      15 Jul 2017 09:58  

                      Wow. Their jump attacks have some of the most dumbest hyper armor ever.
                      I did a full Ledos R2 and they didn't stagger. Also did a Falling Bolt and they didn't stagger.

                      • Anonymous

                        07 Jul 2017 23:33  

                        Please add this to the page! I just killed one of the large, hostile Locus Preachers and it dropped a Soul of a Champion.

                        • Anonymous

                          05 Jun 2017 18:17  

                          I'm pretty sure the "One met the dark with learning. But in the end, learned his knowledge was wanting." part is about Big Hat Logan.

                          • Anonymous

                            05 Jun 2017 16:24  

                            At the far edge of swamp, near the buried church with Ringed Knights, there is group of locusts: 1 adult and 4 aggresive little ones. They are the only little locusts that attack you (yet the are quite easy to kill). Can anyone suggest why?

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                              • Anonymous

                                22 May 2017 01:15  

                                The one presumed to be Orbeck could be Vendrick. As he obtained knowledge on souls to create his kingdom, which later became Wanting.

                                • Anonymous

                                  21 May 2017 02:46  

                                  They seem to drop various sizes of souls. I've gotten both unknown traveler and crestfallen knight to drop.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    17 May 2017 10:47  

                                    "SPOILER ALERT"

                                    "Fear not the Dark, and let the Feast begin", could be referencing how someone(gael in this case) had to devour the the pygmy lords thereby devouring their Dark Soul for the Dark Soul to have it's true power, seeing that they had long since withered.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      17 May 2017 05:04  

                                      Pretty sure "Let the Feast Begin" is a nod to the "Eclipse" event at the end of the Golden Age arc in the Berserk Manga, which Dark Souls was inspired by. The fact that the locusts use their knowledge of sorcery to "Feast" on unsuspecting players is probably more them misinterpreting the Mantra ("...most of them are unable to think past their own stomachs, the unruly mob!") rather than it being a direct source (as they are considered Preachers for the Dark...Religion??). Would be odd for them to outright trick the player as this is the realm of the Pygmy, and Humans would be revered in the Ringed City. If it were meant to mislead Pygmies/Humans, pretty sure the Pygmy royalty would've killed them all well before you show up, at the end of days.
                                      Won't spoil the details for what goes on during the "Eclipse" in Berserk, but it is certainly considered a "Feast" of sorts.

                                      • 10 May 2017 02:45  

                                        Is there info on voice actors for the DLCs yet? If not, well... are the Locust Preachers voiced by Daniel Flynn? (aka voice of Solaire, Blue Sentinel Targray and Alfred) They sound like him, at least.

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