Aldrich, Devourer of Gods

 Aldrich Devourer of Gods DKS3
General Info
hp.jpg souls.jpg Location
4,727 50,000 Anor Londo
Drops Cinders of a Lord, Soul of Aldrich
Weak Resistant Immune

Lightning Lightning

Fire Fire

Farron Greatsword

Wolf Knight's Greatsword

Vow of Silence

Magic Magic

Dark Dark


Bleed Bleed



General Information


Aldrich, Devourer of Gods is a Lord of Cinder and a boss enemy in Dark Souls 3.

  • Not optional: All Lords of Cinder must be defeated to progress the game.
  • Anri of Astora can summon the player for assistance with this bossfight.



  • Anor Londo, up the stairs and into the Cathedral where Ornstein and Smough are fought in the first Dark Souls. 
  • From the bonfire, up the stairs with two Silver Knights, to the left, in the room with the Giant's corpse and his coal, up the stairs, inside the building and down the stairs the fog wall can be see. The golden gate on the other side of the room can be opened by a mechanism, allowing easier access from the bonfire.



  • Souls: NG (50,000), NG+ (150,000), NG++ (165,001), NG+3 (168,750), NG+4 (180,000), NG+6 (187,500), NG+9 (191,250)
  • Co-op Souls: NG (12,500), NG+ (??), NG++ (??), NG+3 (??), NG+4 (??), NG+5 (??), NG+6 (??), NG+7(??)
  • Other: Cinders of a Lord, Soul of Aldrich


Combat Information


Video Strategies

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Strategy 1 (Melee)

Aldrich seems to be very weak to attacks on the tail. Multiple attacks will stagger and cause Aldrich to fall if it is standing higher for an attack.When you enter the room, rush towards Aldrich and begin attacking. Dodge roll any melee attacks and soul spears. Hide behind pillars to block homing soul masses. Run around the room away from Aldrich when he whips out a bow, as he will fire an Arrow Barrage over the area. Return to attacking when arrows end. He will periodically retreat and pop up at the corner of the room which is the farthest from you. Move to the center of the room and watch where he appears. Immediately move in to attack once he appears. At about 70% health Aldrich will be augmented with flames, gaining a damage boost and leaving trails of fire in its path.


Strategy 2 (Pyromancy)

This strategy involves using Great Chaos Fire Orb and Flash Sweat. Use any high Magic Resistance armors as well as pyromancy equipment. Cast Flash Sweat before entering the boss room. Sprint towards Aldrich and close the distance, preventing him from casting Soul Spears. Start casting Fire Orbs, while dodging any attacks. Follow dodging patterns in Strategy 1.

Alternatively, you can just stand behind pillars and lob Chaos Bed Remnant or Great Chaos Fire Orbs at him. He will take massive damage, and the only attacks you'll have to worry about are his Soul Spears (which can be dodged easily) and the tracking Arrow Rain in Phase II, which can be outrun.


Strategy 3 (Sorcery/Melee)

Twisted Wall of Light can be used it to negate Aldrich's soul masses and arrow barage (**does not work with soul spear**). If you are using augmented spells like Greater Magic Weapon apply it before entering in the fog. Once inside rush towards Aldrich and follow strategy one. If you are caught off gaurd then cast Twisted Wall of Light until Aldrich stops casting. Continue closing the gap to deal melee damage and make sure to top off your FP when Aldrich teleports out.

The dark miracle Vow of Silence can be used to cancel nearly all of Aldrich's attacks, including the Soul Masses, Soul Spear, Arrow Barrage, and even the dark vortex he sends out before teleporting. However, Vow of Silence dissipates quickly, so time your attacks carefully.


Attack Name Description
Lunge Quickly lunges forward for a melee hit after a short charge up. Dodge roll to the side of it.
Horizontal Swing (Phase 1) Swings "Gravelord-Halberd" in a wide arc and deals high damage. Dodge roll into it.
Soul Spear (Phase 1) After a short charge up, thrusts two soul spears towards you which can pass through pillars. Dodge roll out of the way. Deals significant damage. Up to five soul spears can be thrust in succession during Phase 2. Less likely to use soul spears at close range.
Flame Trail (Phase 2) Emerges from the ground in a burst of flames, swathing the ground in fire that will burn players who stand within it. Kite Aldrich away from the flames.
Homing Soul Mass (Phase 1) Casts several homing soul masses. Use pillars to block them. (Phase 2) Casts homing soul masses after every retreat.
Scythe Spin Draws a Lifehunt Scythe (miracle) and spins twice, stealing a bit of health.
Arrow Barrage

(Phase 1) Creates an expanding wave of arrows, dealing very high magic (and thrust?) damage.

(Phase 2) Creates a wave of arrows, which seeks his enemy.


Lore Theories

  • "Aldrich, infamous for his appetite for flesh, apparently had the desire to share with others his joy of imbibing the final shudders of life while luxuriating in his victim's screams." - Aldrich's Sapphire/Ruby
  • "Aldrich dreamt as he slowly devoured the God of the Darkmoon. In this dream, he perceived the form of a young, pale girl in hiding" - Lifehunt Scythe. This is most likely a reference to  either Priscilla, and how her Painted World is akin to a dream in which she is hiding from the real world, or to Yorshka, who is found hiding at the top of the chapel in Irithyll. Given Aldrich's similar abilities, it is possible that he devoured both Gwyndolin and Priscilla.
  • Aldrich had devoured Gwyndolin, who was ill at the time, thus possessing much of the latter's abilities as well as appearance
    • Aldrich was locked up and forced to become a Lord of Cinder, as opposed to willingly sacrificing himself or becoming cursed like Prince Lothric.
  • Pontiff Sulyvahn says in his dialogue that he imprisoned a God of the old royalty, Gwyndolin, son of Lord Gwyn (the old royal).



Notes & Trivia

  • Use items that boost stamina regeneration, such as (Budding) Green Blossoms, the Cloranthy Ring or the Galvanize Skill, since a lot of rolling/sprinting is required.
  • The Arrow Barrage is the boss' most dangerous move. In the first phase it can be dodged by going up close to the boss and simply rolling behind the boss when it casts, but in the second phase the arrows track you and last for roughly 3-4 times as long. These can be dodged effectively by rolling in a triangular or circular pattern, although the boss can cast Soul Spear at the same time.
  • On Phase 2, you can also run away and back, forming a big loop and covering at least two pilars of distance. The arrows will be ended by the time you get back on Aldrich's face. Prepare for a Soul Spear on your return.
    Another Effective way to dodge the arrows in the second phase is to simply wait for it to come close then running in circle around a pillar.
  • The arrows have trouble crossing over it and are slowed down by it greatly. Additionally the pillar will defend against many projectiles Aldritch throws at you and the fact that you are running will dodge the rest. This works best with a summon or when doing it with Anri so that your friend can keep agro and damage on Aldritch.
  • Despite Aldrich's plural title, Gwyndolin is the only God confirmed to have been devoured.
  • The blade on the end of his staff is the Gravelord Sword; this has led many to speculate that he may have devoured Nito as well. However, there are no other lore implications to support this claim, as Nito was destroyed in Dark Souls 1. On the other hand, Darkmoon Gwyndolin was also beaten in Dark Souls 1, so it is unknown whether or not  it is possible that Nito was indeed consumed.
  • Aldrich possesses buff miracle that uses a staff as a catalyst, casting it at the start of combat. Entering the room and zooming in quickly allows one to see the staff itself, which is a Golden Ritual Spear.
  • His theme lifts elements from both Dark Sun Gwyndolin/Moonlight Butterfly's theme.
  • His name is likely derived from Germanic name Aldric, formed from the elements ald "old" and ric "ruler, power". Given his lore, he might be a reference to Saint Aldric, who was a 9th-century bishop of Le Mans.
  • His name is spelled "エルドリッチ" in Japanese, which is read as "Eldritch," possibly a reference to H.P. Lovecraft.
  • Examining the floor, the bones of the many hundreds, possibly thousands of beings that Aldrich has consumed may be seen floating within the sludge. Given his use of the Gravelord's sword and that his own body is, effectively, a mass grave; Aldrich may be considered the new Gravelord in replacement of Gravelord Nito, whose own body was also an aggregate collection of bones, rather than a reincarnation or corruption of Gwyndolin whom he merely manipulates as he would a puppet during this encounter.
  • Oddly enough, Aldrich's attacks will still deal magic damage during his second phase, rather than dealing fire damage akin to how the other 2 Lords of Cinder do so during their second phases.


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Aldrich while out of combat  









    • Anonymous

      12 Sep 2017 01:12  

      So would it be wrong to assume Aldrich has some relation to the man-grubs guarding Rosaria? According to Hawkwood, Aldrich bloated like a pig and burst, similarly to the Gaping Dragon, which I assume is why his lower body is formed of slimy bones and refuse. The man-grubs are somewhat similar in appearance, though not as big, or pretty in the face, or... burst. Wasn't Aldrich originally a saint of the Cathedral of the Deep anyway, and didn't he want to "share" in his joy of cannibalism, according to one of his rings? I know the man-grubs are dudes who worshiped Rosaria and underwent rebirth, but like.... that still doesn't seem to explain their appearance, or why Rosaria is even in the Cathedral of the Deep to begin with?

      • Anonymous

        01 Sep 2017 09:42  

        when aldrich became a lord of cinder he already has eaten gwyndolin because in the first cinematic you can see gwyndolin in the middle of the "tail" of aldrich. This proves that when aldrich comeback to life with other lords of cinder he didnt went to anor londo to eat gwyndolin because he was already dead (gwyndolin) and that pontiff sulyvanh has lived a lot of years

        • 19 Aug 2017 21:08  

          The best way to dodge his arrows in 2nd phase is to get behind him. So as soon as he starts it, running/roll near and behind him.

          You can also predicted where he appears - He always teleports to the corner that is farthest from where you are currently. So as soon as he disappears run to the corner that is farthest from you.

          • Anonymous

            16 Aug 2017 14:30  

            Nito was a mandatory boss in DS1 therefore he was dead long before the events of DS3. Darkmoon Gwyndolin was an optional boss therefore it can be taken that only the mandatory bosses were killed in DS1 canon.

            • Anonymous

              13 Aug 2017 09:05  

              Anyone else get Aldrich that constantly does arrows in the second phase, I can do the first phase just fine, but whenever the second phase happens, it just tps to the other side of the room and does the tracking arrow spam, and just repeats it over and over.

              • Anonymous

                20 Jul 2017 16:42  

                Hello, I got in an Glitch i defeated aldrich but his lastes soul masses killed me then the video screen came and a died afterward and spawned at lando again.... it is my first run, so I really dont start new charachter

                • 15 Jul 2017 18:52  

                  The "Arrow Barrage", (Not listed in the "Attacks" window btw), Does it do magic damage? Or does it do Physical Thrust damage like all arrows do? Or does it do Physical Thrust with magic split damage? Not that I want to try tanking that*****, but I am just wondering xD.

                  • Anonymous

                    02 Jul 2017 20:16  

                    Something seems off, I got 234k souls on NG+ with Covetous Silver Ring +3 and shield of want. Should've been 232.5 k if I remember my maths :)

                    • Anonymous

                      23 Jun 2017 00:14  

                      The boss is not that hard. But like some other bosses he can "glitch" some attacks or make super fast follow up attacks that will most likely kill low sl players no matter how good they are. Same as for Nameless King who runs berserk if someone with distant weapons deals damage to him. Jumping around like Sonic the hedgehog.

                      • Anonymous

                        09 Jun 2017 14:56  

                        Is he susceptible to bleed? I'm running my first bleed build now and I don't know if I should be even trying to stack bleed on him or just go for raw damage.

                        • Anonymous

                          06 Jun 2017 02:51  

                          silver knight set and a black knight sword+4 did the job for me, but only on the second attempt, this boss needs an aggressive tactic to be beaten

                          • Anonymous

                            22 May 2017 04:54  

                            "Anri of Astora can summon the player for assistance with this bossfight."

                            Had no clue Anri was an avid Souls player. Just that Fextralife had an overall Engrish problem on most of their webpages... lol

                            • Anonymous

                              21 May 2017 15:53  

                              I seriously don't get this game lol
                              Everything super easy apparently is *****ing impossible for me, but bosses like Aldrich and Pontiff I kill on my first try.

                              • Anonymous

                                20 May 2017 18:59  

                                I wish people would take turns with this bias. I've helped about 10 people kill it, no summon signs appear for me.

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