Ludleth of Courland

General Info
Health Souls Location Drops
250 0 Firelink Shrine Skull Ring

Ludleth of Courland is a Lord of Cinder and an NPC in Dark Souls 3.


Ludleth of Courland Information

  • Can be killed but will revive after you reload the area.
  • If you give him the Transposing Kiln, he will be able to transpose boss souls into weapons and items. Not giving him the Kiln before placing all the lord souls will mean you will not be able to transpose any souls until the next playthrough.
  • He dies after you place the 4 Cinders of the Lords, but you can still transpose great souls if you've given him the kiln beforehand. Interacting with his empty throne will prompt you to begin transposition.



  • You can find Ludleth of Courland at Firelink Shrine, sitting on the second throne starting from the left side. 





First encounter dialogue


Oh, thou’rt unkindled, and a seeker of Lords. I am Ludleth of Courland. Look not in bewilderment as I say… I linked the fire long ago, becoming a Lord of Cinder. If substantiation be thy want, set thine eyes upon my charred corse. This sad cadav’r. No need to be coy, have a closer look."

Following encounters dialogue


Fret not, fret not. My feet are here firmly planted. For I am a Lord, and this is my throne."

Selecting "Talk"


Knowest thou of our purpose? Five thrones will take five Lords, as kindling for the linking of the Fire. The fast fading Flame must be linked to preserve this world. A re-enactment of the first linking of the fire. So it is, I became a Lord of Cinder. I may be but small, but I will die a colossus."

Upon leaving


Treat the Fire Keeper not with discourtesy. She is much like thee. Prisioners, both, kept to link the fire."

"Now, now, do not be away overlong."

Selecting "Talk" upon reaching Undead Settlement (Before fighting Curse-Rotted Greatwood)


Listen, this might pique thine interest. Before I was a Lord of Cinder, I was a student of transposition. The process of extracting, and coalescing the essence of a soul. A forbidden art, that once left a foul stain upon Courland's honor. Tis an art that grants powers once thought unattainable. Most transposing kilns were lost with Courland, but this place is a crossing for all manner of cursed objects. If thou happen'st 'pon a transposing kiln, bring it to me, quick."

Once Transposing Kiln is given


Oh, belike it is… a transposing kiln in thy possession. Seen better days, but, methinks it shall suffice. Now bring me a twisted soul. Transposition is the art of extracting, and coalescing the essence of a soul. In transposing a twsted soul, its true power transferreth to thee. Thy purpose is to seek Lords, and slay them. What's to fear in a little transpositon, now?"

After killing the first Lord of cinder


Ahh, most illustrious Lordseeker. Or should I say, Lord-Slayer?
Fine kindling for the thrones , is it not, each soul truly worthy of Lordship.
And all slain by thy hand. To bind them them to their thrones, even in death.
Oh I have no qualms. For as we to our thrones, thou art to thy duty.
In fact, methinks thou'st help helped these poor Lords along their rightful path."

With Lothric's and Lorian's swords


"Ahh, thou'st two most peculiar swords discover'd.  A curse once bound them together, such that they served as one.  A transposing kiln should restore their rightful form.  But before thou should'st act, think well upon the matter.  As thou knowest, they are but newly rent apart."

Upon finding the Eyes


Ahh. Found her, did we? And the black eyes that shimmer within, I see? Tis as if it were but yesterday. We did all we could to spare her from them. Much has happened since. Mayhap I should apprise thee... Of what the thin light of these eyes might reveal to the eyeless Firekeeper. Scenes of betrayal, things never intended for her ken, visions of... this age's end..." 

Selecting "Talk" after finding the Eyes


The eyes show a world destitute of fire, a barren plane of endless darkness. A place born of betrayal. So I will'd myself Lord, to link the fire, to paint a new vision. What is thine intent?"

Upon leaving, after giving the Eyes


I took the mantle of Lord of Cinder of mine own volition. I speak these words with pride. Choose thy fate alone. Seize it with thine own hands. All the more, should thy fate entail such foul betrayal." 

Upon approaching him, after the player has previously killed him


Ahh, it singeth, to the bone, it hurts... Please, help me. Be done with me... No, gods, no, I cannot bear it... It burns, burns, help me..."

(After killing Dragonslayer Armour) "See ye not? I am a lord... A wee flame, belike, but I shoulder the world... Forgive me. Oh please... I am not to blame. I'm not"

Selecting "Talk" after the player has previously killed him


Ah, beg pardon. I must have dozed a while. So, happened upon any twisted souls?"

After slaying Aldrich with Anri


Ahh, well met. Thou'rt at last returned. Knowest thou the name, Anri of Astora? The brave lad/girl left this, as thanks. (Sword) Though gave no elucidation... So. Happened upon any twisted souls?"

(Leave) "Now, heed this little warning, from this little lord. Seek not the boy. She knoweth her faith. What will become of her upon her duty's end. She would not wish thee follow her."

After placing all Lord Cinders


Ahh, well met. All is as planned, is it not? Five lords for five thrones... Glory be, my Lord-slaying Champion. It is all thy doing. The stage is set for me to play my part as Lord, too. Go. Speak with the Fire Keeper."

(Wishing for a world without Fire) "Ahh, well met. All is as planned, is it not? Five lords for five thrones... To think others might ne'er be raised... And I, of the Last Lords, a rather little lord, most undeserving of the honour. Speak with the Fire Keeper."


  • The engraving on his throne is "Ludleth the Exiled".
  • There appears to be blood or soot on the fabric he sits on.
  • If you speak to him after he revives he will be having a dream about when he linked the fire in his world.
  • Ludleth speaks a much older form of English than the other characters.
  • Courland was a real area that existed in Latvia.
  • Ludleth has no legs.



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    • 02 Apr 2017 16:28  

      In dark souls one you are exiled because you hold the curse. Ludleth is from the age where they exiled barers of the curse. Or he was simply exiled from a land because he used a kiln not sure, but what seems obvious is he weaved half of his own soul in to his rind so when he linked the flame the first time he didn't actually die like he was suppose to, so only half of him was used as kindeling ushering in a short age of fire. Betrayal maybe his, most of not everyone else got infected with curroption like gundyr

      • 01 Apr 2017 03:47  

        every other past lord of cinder has an unkindled follow them ,e.g. onion knight follows the giant yorm .your character is asked to help with the twins becoming lord of cinder ,but only after you have my question is are you Ludleth's unkindled follower ? what is your relation with him ? you help him once again become a lord of cinder ,is this your quest?
        was you exiled with him

        • 31 Mar 2017 03:01  

          Could the place where we fight Gael be the remains of Courland.
          The corpses and the guy crawling has no legs and they all have crowns.
          Could the eyes of the Firekeeper belong to Fillianore?
          Ludleth has knowledge from a past long forgotten.

          • 17 Jan 2017 19:24  

            The blood on his throne gave me the notion that he either removed his own legs to avoid the temptation of running like the other lords or someone removed his legs so that he wouldn't run. If he had his legs burned away then there would not have been blood. Did the other lords run because they knew they would be used as kindling for the linking of the flame this time (hard to endure and survive a burning for a second time) or did they run because they no longer wished to be part of the cycle and return to their former glory? I don't know but I bet the little legless man wanted his honor restored from exile and removed his own legs so that his will wouldnt falter and decide to run. I dont know.

            • Knows the betrayal?30 Aug 2016 00:05  

              When you give the Firekeeper her sister's eyes, if you talk with him it sounds like he knows that you plan to betray them and extinguish the flame.

              • I may be but small...25 Aug 2016 17:24  

                But I will die a colossus.<br/><br/>Most based NPC in the game, wish there was more lore about him, like his fighting style or Courland.

                • Twin Princes' Greatsword dialogue07 Aug 2016 17:05  

                  Ludleth has another dialogue not mentioned here. Upon speaking with him while having both Lothric's Holy Sword and Lorian's Greatsword in the inventory, he will say few unique lines, and even more, if I remember correctly, after selecting "Talk". It was about the player now having two "special" swords in their possession, and that they may now merge the swords together, if they wish so.

                  • Ludleth13 Jun 2016 14:23  

                    If you kill Ludleth he will drop a ring called the skull ring as noted in the guide. Upon reading the description it speaks of a being not to different from any of the main protagonists of the dark souls games who uses his ability to draw strength from souls empower himself. His body is eventually burned and the smell sticks to the air. If you re-load firelink Ludleth is having a dream you may listen to. He says how something burns and singes. Then awakes. As also previously td there seems to be soot on his throne. Ludleth also has no legs and seem to be covered in ash or soot to me. Ludleth was obviously the soulfeeder spoken of in the rings description. And as harkwood put it when speaking of Aldich "They made him a lord of cinder not for virtue but for might" The soulfeeder or ludleth is obviously a lord of cinder he has his throne and he dies when getting to the final boss. So either he was made to be a lord through the promise of power, he was forced into it, or he to was a chosen undead destined to link the flame. Either ways he is either scorched by the first flame that in honesty due to his nightmare dialogue he seemingly wanted no part or he is burned alive after the linking of the flame by people who forced or tricked into doing it so that uf the lord ever wants to lave his throne he is unable to.

                    • Missing Dialogue?05 Jun 2016 13:01  

                      After entering the untended graves and dieing to champion gundyr i returned to firelink shrine and desided to talk to him. I mindlesly skipped through his dialogue but noticed it wasn't the usual "After killing the first Lord of cinder" speech, instead he mentioned something about the fire keeper. Then when I went to the fire keeper and talked to her she asked me what he had said about her. I came here to check what it was he said, but it's not in the list of dialogues.

                      • Not a true Lord20 May 2016 01:38  

                        I personally believe that what you see in the Betrayal ending is very similar to what happened when Ludleth linked the flame. My theory is that he finished his quest, wanted and end to fire, but at the last second changed his mind and took back the fading flame. <br/><br/>Perhaps he was never truly a Lord of Cinder, and merely an Unkindled like the Player. Maybe thats why the world is in as bad a shape as it is. He tried to kindle the fire with a dying flame.<br/><br/><br/>But then again, what do I know?

                        • Azzilian18 May 2016 18:23  

                          "Ah, beg pardon. I must have dozed a while. So, happened upon any twisted souls?"<br/><br/>This npc has dialogue related to Anri of Astora after you help them defeat Aldrich in their world.<br/><br/>He saying somesing more after that something about little girl or something i missed that part accedently..

                          • it seems like16 May 2016 16:18  

                            he is not quite he when he is talking to you normally and briefly becomes himself after you kill him, begging to end his torment<br/><br/>it really seems like there is some bigger force orchestrating the firelink shrine and 4 base NPCs that are helping you there and directing you to link the flame

                            • Imminent DLC...14 May 2016 14:20  

                              Ludleth is the only character in the entire game that references a land known as Courland. Absolutely no backstory behind it or anything, except from the skull ring.<br/><br/>"One of Courland's transposed wonders. Derived from the soul of a Soulfeeder."<br/><br/>This is also the only time that transposition has mentioned a soul of a boss that we've never seen before.<br/>Methinks we might see one in the next DLC.<br/>Or at least more on Courland.

                              • Dialouge06 May 2016 16:28  

                                There's another set of dialouge if you kill him, kinda like how Gehrman begged for Laurence and Willhem to save him from the dream. Theory: Ludleth would have gladly left along with the other LoCs IF he was able. But the first flame burned away his legs, so as to prevent his escape because if all the LoCs had left at once, it would've died out then and there, but it trapped Ludleth (Like the Moon Presence and Gehrman ) to prolong its life until the others are returned

                                • Lore03 May 2016 09:04  

                                  The Skull Ring he drops tells about a creature called the Soulfeeder, whom was hated for his greedy consumption of souls. It says something about his legs being removed. Ludleth is not who he appears.

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