Untended Graves is a Location in Dark Souls 3. It is reached through the Consumed King's Garden and is an optional area. Shrouded in darkness, but will upon further inspection reveal a familiar place.

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Full Untended Graves Walkthrough

Untended Graves is a hidden, optional area in Dark Souls 3. The area can be accessed via an illusory wall behind a chest after Oceiros, the Consumed King's boss room. The area is a replica of Cemetery of Ash, but shrouded in total darkness and occupied by different enemies. Click here to go to the speedrun section.

Ravenous Crystal Lizards & NPC Invasion

From the Bonfire, proceed forward and head down the path to the left. You will encounter a group of Corvians that you first encountered in Road of Sacrifices guarding an Ashen Estus Ring. Head back in the opposite direction to find Soul of a Crestfallen Knight 1x on a corpse in front of a vessel.

Take a left up the stairs to engauge a fire casting hollow and dog. A corpse ahead will have a Titanite Chunk 1x. Ahead further you will find a another Titanite Chunk just past the stairs. If you head right into the pool here you will encounter some Undead dogs and Cathedral Grave Wardens.

Head to the right section of this area, where you encountered a Ravenous Crystal Lizard in Cemetery of Ash. There will now be two in this location after wading through the water.

Head out the center path, following it to the left up the hill. This will trigger invasion by dark spirit Daughter of Crystal Kriemhild. Defeat her and proceed down the path to the left. Down the drop in the corner, you will find a corpse with Hidden Blessing 1x. Defeat the remaining hollows and step into the arena. The Sword Master can be summon at the arena entrence for the Champion Gundyr boss fight.

The area boss, Champion Gundyr will be crouched, surrounded by candles. Approach him to start the battle. Defeating him earns you Soul of Champion Gundyr

Loot the Dark Firelink Shrine

In this arena you can find the Black Knight Glaive on a corpse by the broken wall. Light the Bonfire and exit via the closed double doors. Take the path to the right up to find a Black Knight with a greataxe, and beyond another with a greatsword. 

To the left of the Shrine's entrace, head up the series of stairs and another Black Knight will attack from the right. Kill it and head to the top of the stairs to find the Chaos Blade where the Sword Master spawned in the normal Firelink Shrine. Head back down the path hugging the left to go up some stairs. At the top you will find a corpse with Soul of a Crestfallen Knight 1x. In the graves in the grass in front of this area (where the dog spawns in normal Firelink) you will see a Black Knight guarding a Hornet Ring on a corpse.

Make your way into the entrance to dark Firelink Shrine. Approach the vessel where the bonfire would be to find Coiled Sword Fragment 1x. If you head down the hallway you will find an alternate version of the Shrine Handmaid. She has a unique inventory: Wolf Knight Set, Priestess Ring, and 2x Ember. Inside the shrine you can find the Blacksmith Hammer where Andre would be. If you head down the hallway where Irina had been you will come to an Illusory Wall. Beyond you will find Eyes of a Fire Keeper. You can also find Hollow Ashes  on the hollow sitting where Yoel is located (if you have not progressed Yoel's Quest line). Upstairs and outside, there may be a Seed of a Giant Tree.

When you are finished exploring, you may port out via a bonfire, Homeward Bone, or your newly found Coiled Sword Fragment to continue your journey.


Lore Notes:

  1. This seems to be a alternate version of the cemetery of Ash where the Flame has already been extinguished and the Age of Dark is already upon the world. According to Champion Gundyr's soul description it seems like he was the unkindled one destinted to link the Flame, but awoke too late and the world had already plunged into the Age of Dark. Perharps this place serves as a warning for future unkindled champions of what would happen if they choose to extingush the flame.
  2. After talking to the Alternate Shrine Handmaiden return to Firelink Shrine and when you talk to her again she will ponderingly say "Wait,  haven't I met you before?" before continuing with her regular dialog. 

Other Notes

  • Interestingly, and perhaps with lore significance, messages left here - be it in the graveyards, boss arena, or dark shrine - show up in the 'regular' versions as well, and vice versa. For example, leave a message in the dark shrine, and return to the Firelink Shrine. You will find this same message in the same location.
  • Geographically, the area is still in the correct location. In this case, you have merely walked to the graves, rather than "woke up" or bonfire-warp to them.
  • The tower key can be bought in this dimension, but the tower behind the dark shrine cannot be accessed; the door is noninteractive. Also the ladder is absent.
  • You can still jump onto the shrine's roof using the tree behind the shrine. The Crow's nest on the rafters is absent.
  • If you havent previously gone through the illusory wall or gotten the Silver Serpent Ring, doing so in Dark Firelink will do the same in normal Firelink.
  • In the menu to quit the game where the character's profile appears with time played, the location will be "cemetery of Ash" and not "Untended Graves".
  • From technical point of view Cementary and this location are the same. If you "noclip" (cheat allowing flying and ignoring collison) from your starting location in Cementary of Ash you will arrive at Oceiros boss room. If you try to return from there you will arrive at Untended Graves. Do note that under normal circumstances you can leave Cementary of Ash only through bonfire warping.

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Speed Run Walkthrough

Starting from the Oceiros bonfire, follow the hallway until you find an item on the ground. pick it up, as it will allow you to access Archdragon Peak. Keep going and roll into the illusory wall immediatly behind the chest. follow the wall to the left to prevent fall damage, and then light the bonfire. Keep running, and if you need 4 titanite scales take a right where the ravenous crystal lizard was in Cemetary of Ash. keep going straight as if you were going to the Iudex fight. Enter the arena, and kill Champion Gundyr. Afterwards, open the door and head to where firelink shrine would be. In the bonfire pit, you will find the coiled sword fragment.


    • Anonymous

      19 Mar 2018 21:41  

      I found an interesting (albeit surely discovered) fact. I died to one of the BK (one guarding Chaos Blade) and since it was the only remaining item there and I grabbed it before he launched me to the moon, I did not bother to return for mere 4K souls. But when I returned to original Firelink Shrine, I found my souls laying down on the spot where I died in the Untended Graves. Neat feature :)

      Champion Gundyr is quite amusing fight, Dynamic, brutal and overwhelming. However since I'm "filthy casul" anyway, I summoned the phantom of Sword Master, who proved himself to be amazing help. Mostly by distracting Gundyr so I can heal. The fight was rather short as I have almost 1400 HP, so I could afford to trade a blow there and there, basically spamming regular attacks with my Refined Dark Sword +9 (remember, filthy casul style) and under a minute or two, Gundyr fell down without me dying or using more than 6 estus sips.

      • Anonymous

        22 Feb 2018 10:17  

        There is an interesting theory that the shrine we see in the Untended Graves is neither in the past, nor the future, but both. Or possibly more accurately, neither. Of course there's the handmaiden recognizing you, Ludlith's comment on the eyes, and Gundyr's armor description that all point to it being in the past, but there's also evidence for the opposite. The Coiled Sword Fragment's description says that it's "A fragment of the coiled sword of a bonfire which served its purpose long ago." (assuming the fragment isn't from a different bonfire) In addition to that, if you reach the dark shrine before defeating the Abyss Watchers, you won't find the Hornet Ring and the handmaiden won't have Artorias's armor, which raises the question of how something in the present can affect the past. But the most interesting part of this is in the Repair spell's description, which says "Light is time, and the reversal of its effects is a forbidden art." As we know, the Untended Graves are shrouded in darkness. It's quite possible that without the light of the flame, time simply doesn't exist. I wish I could also count the fact that whether you place a message in the normal cemetery/shrine or the dark one, it also appears in the other, which would further cement the idea. However, in terms of the level design, both areas are physically in the same place. For example, if you use noclip and back out of the Cemetery of Ash, you'll find yourself in the Consumed King's boss room, and if you try to go back in, you'll be in the Untended Graves. So, in short, I don't think the message thing is in any way lore-based.

        • Anonymous

          04 Nov 2017 17:39  

          If you talk to Ludleth with the Fire Keeper's Eyes in your possession, he mentions remembering to whom they belonged, as well as the circumstances in which she died. He implies he kindled the flame shortly after to end the dark. Soooo this place is in the past.

          • Anonymous

            25 Oct 2017 01:58  

            Fun fact: If you kill Yuria in your version of Firelink, Darkdrift will drop in her normal place here. I didn't think twice about killing her to get her ashes (after completing Anri's side of her quest) for the novelty of being able to buy her stuff, but now that I've made it here on that same character, Darkdrift was just sitting on the floor where she originally stood. I'm about to go on a killing spree (curious about Orbeck in particular, due to his connection to Yuria's questline) to see if it was just a fluke or if there's something to this.

            • Anonymous

              24 Oct 2017 20:19  

              Past, future, blah-blah-blah... If anything is certain in Dark Souls (or all Soulsborne, for that matter), it's that nothing is ever certain. To me, it seems the Cemetery of Ash is more of a spiritual realm, whereas this Abyss-tainted version is the "true" version, connected in some way to the spreading Pus of Man and taint of the Abyss. Secondly, the Firekeeper's Soul and the Eyes of a Firekeeper both make mention of a Firekeeper who traveled to the Abyss, but learned to accept it and soothe the curse of her respective Champion--perhaps Gundyr, who is perceived from outside the Untended Graves as a Champion infected by the Pus of Man.

              Most fans tend to forget that Dark Souls is heavily metaphysical, and doesn't submit to modern concepts of reality or time, exemplified in how the Ringed City or the Dreg Heap exist "beneath everything." The easiest way to describe these spiritually linked locations would be to describe them as alternate dimensions, but even that seems to be a little on the literal side. There's also the issue of astrological events that are viewed--or not viewed at all--from various locations, and how different Unkindled are able to "invade" upon others' worlds, as if this is nothing more than a simulacrum. It's important to realize that Dark Souls is a mythology, not a fantasy.

              However, we know the one fact that rings true for all characters that the Age of Fire continues at present, as if this is one of the few laws that applies to all versions of this "multiverse." The Age of Dark is the definitive end of the First Flame, and precedes the long wait until Fire reignites, bringing new souls and restoring light to the lost civilizations. The Untended Graves still exists in the Age of Fire--it's merely a location tainted by the Abyss, similar to Wolnir's Abyss.

              • Anonymous

                29 Sep 2017 10:04  

                Am I blind, or does the Sword Master summon in front of the Gundyr fight not get mentioned? Because I definitely fought him with a Phantom Sword Master, whose summon sign is right outside the fog gate where the two Hollows are standing...

                • Anonymous

                  06 Sep 2017 02:29  

                  The most depressing thing that I saw in dark souls, come on! Everyone has died there is darkness everywhere, you're alone, it was really sad. I just wanted to loot the items quickly and get the hell out of there

                  • Anonymous

                    31 Aug 2017 06:00  

                    The untended graves are set in the past. It's obvious due to one simple yet heavily hidden thing. If you go through the entire game without once talking to the shrine handmaiden and make your way to the graves, talk to her then, and then finally go back to the cemetary of ash and talk to her there she will recognize you and say the following dialogue; "Oh thou'rt.. Oh no, 'tisn't anything, Ashen One." Afterwards, she will proceed with her standard opening dialogue. This heavily implies that she recognizes you, which would be impossible if the untended graves were set in anything but the past.

                    • 09 Aug 2017 03:30  

                      Let me explain why, to me, this place isn't in past.

                      In the very beggining of the game, you just walk through to the shrine and you have no other choice than teleport to lothric. You can't walk anywhere from cemetery of ash and firelink shrine. Thats because it is actually another dimension.

                      Once you teleport to the Lothric, even without touching any bonfires, you can walk to the untended graves, which means all the game map that we have been playing mosty has dark firelink shrine and untended graves as default. The place where we start to the game is totally diffrent dimension. Thats actually why its not past, because when you use bonfire of main firelink shrine and teleport to the world we have been struggling, some npcs we meet immediately gets into our *hope* dimension and we meet them in shrine. The place we teleport at first of the game, starting with lothric, is actual dark age, which means those eyes of firekeeper we found makes our firekeeper to fell into depressive mood. Eyes just shows her the place where we teleport at first, the dark age. Also if you read dialogues of Twin Princes, they want you to let the world fall into darkness, so they already know we came from the dimension of hope to link the fire, and the reason we are struggling on this dark age is actually that its the dimension of "TRUTH".

                      Champion Gundyr is actual form of Gundyr , who was late to get his quest done. Iudex was having diffrent role with sheathing for coiled sword in our "hope" dimension.

                      well thats my idea and since untended graves share same earth with all other areas except first area ( cemetery of ash and first firelink shrine ), its not past. Another dimension, actually all dimensions bind into betrayal scenario, but even if you do something cool and save the world somehow, something from other dimensions can pull your's into darkness too. Because even after killing evil bosses from your own truth, you can go to other player's worlds and still kill those again, vice versa, your truth can be runined in anyway. Dark souls has a stupid anime-like tryhard lore, i can almost hear game itself screaming, i am god damn japanese game! Nice hopeless and desperate universe design though. I would like to world to be destoryed so there will be no more problems in my opinion... Poor souls, struggle all the time, and efforts are nonsense. Im glad there wont be another dark souls game.

                      • Anonymous

                        29 Jun 2017 04:46  

                        You can also obtain the silver serpent ring from the chest by glitching onto the balcony and goinf to the secret area

                        • Anonymous

                          20 Jun 2017 12:57  

                          After you been to this area, if you talk to ludleth it will be clear thet you have been in the past, not in an alternate version.

                          • Anonymous

                            28 May 2017 00:14  

                            Something weird just happened to me. I was waiting outside Gundyr's bossroom to be summoned when suddenly something threw throwing knives at me. I didn't see where they came from because I was using the steam's browser function (whatever it's supposed to be called) but I heard them hitting my character and when I got back to the game two throwing knives were stuck to my character and I had taken damage. I had already defeated the boss so it couldn't be an invader. I had also killed all nearby enemies (not that they could do it anyways). I didn't notice anything else out of ordinary. Has this happened to anyone else or does anyone know where those knives could have come from?

                            • Anonymous

                              24 May 2017 10:23  

                              someone gave gundyr alarm clock please.... woke up to late and boom the world consumed by darkness.... if only that happened irl too

                              • Anonymous

                                19 May 2017 13:49  

                                Another note that falls on the same page as the messages. If you die in the untended Graves, your souls will be in the same place in the cemetery of ash. I think this helps prove the theory that the Graves are the same place but in the past.

                                • Anonymous

                                  16 May 2017 02:17  

                                  black knights can be cheesed with a bow from inside the dark firelink shrine, as they won't enter

                                  handy for farming their armour & weapons or if you're speed running through at a low level for prisoner's chain/hornet ring/priestess ring etc

                                  • Anonymous

                                    23 Apr 2017 05:22  

                                    I haven't yet encountered this area, but it's pretty simple if you can take two equally opposed things and view them each as true. If you look into that quantum nonsense, for each choice that's a coin flip, reality splits. No one really knows what path the ashen one will take, they only assume she or he means to link the flame, even if it's damaged and the world is dying. As someone previously said, this is perhaps a warning as to what happens if you extinguish the flame, but that's present, the future maybe gets better. Some sciences claim photons split realities, then reform again, subject to observers blah blah I don't get it.

                                    Add to that a third choice, it's now a three body problem... and as anyone knows, those are not solvable with any degree of certainty. That's where chaos starts to play, and the real concern is, there's literally NEVER a two-body problem, there's always outside interference. Even a seemingly sane person wears multiple masks, like layers. Just interacting with a human being is asking for trouble, even if you seek salvation from trouble, everything has strings attached and your best is never really good enough... then consider you can factor the sun and the earth all you like, but if you forget the moon then you miss the point.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      17 Mar 2017 07:27  

                                      IM gonna make my theory as thorough as possible to deter any potential questions or arguments.
                                      Untended Graves is the present and also the real cemetary of ash.

                                      There is no time traveling in Dark Souls, only dimension crossing, hence why you can summon phantoms and be summoned, and kill bosses multiple times.

                                      Cemetary of Ash and Firelink Shrine are the only places in the world that cannot be traveled to on foot, or from. This is because, they are technically in another world.

                                      Taking what we know about the story, is that we have a dying flame. Whenever a flame is dying, the darksign appears and heroes are summoned forth to link the fires again so the world doesnt fall into darkness (which is wierd cuz everyones undead), the exception being demon souls where the king brought the undead curse upon himself.

                                      Here we have Watchers, Aldritch and Yharm who have linked the fire before, survived, and see that the world is falling into darkness. They are ordered (by someone) to go burn alive again to rekindle the flame but they all say "hell no". The Darksign summons Gundyr, but he was too late and the world falls into darkness. Few things survive and everyone in firelink shrine succumbs to the curse and dies.

                                      Enter Ludleth of Courtland... or Ludleth the Exiled.

                                      Somehow someway Ludleth who "will'd himself a Lord" (becuase he was never meant ot be one) couldnt save firelink from the curse, so he found a new cemetary of ash (becuase you know, once again, dark souls is all about traversing multiple words) and linked the rest of the worlds fire to that, and also made the sacrifice...Somehow he survived. Ludleth, who was never meant to be a lord of cinder, hence why he barely survived while everyone else became big badasses with superpowers. It was Ludleths strong will that allowed him to do that. And the mans will is plenty strong, having cut off his own legs to make sure he stayed sealed to his fate as a lord of cinder. The curse was still strong ,so they sealed the original ash cemetary behind Oceiros throne so that it wouldnt spread to the rest of the world.

                                      Remember, though they exist in the exact same space. You can walk to untended graves, you HAVE to warp, or summon yourself to cemetary of ash.

                                      Needless to say, this pissed off the other lords, because now that the fire was back , the edict to sacrifice themselves was back in effect.They exiled ludleth, but the man still was given his title and throne.

                                      Now, as we know worlds are direct parallels . So whatever is done in one world still has some type of effect in the other. However Firelink Shrine is special. The rules of time and space dont flow normally there. Rememeber, throughout the entire Souls collection, it is never mentioned how much time passes between events. Time is wierd at Firelink, and is seperate from the rest of the world. Hence, when you kill three lords, the dark sign appears and the sky is set to evening... everywhere but Firelink Shrine and Archdragons Peak... both worlds which cannot be reached by foot. The people who are alive at CoA are the same people who succumbed to the curse at Untended Graves, just parallel versions....

                                      ...except the firekeeper. She was the original.

                                      The firekeepers are blind. Because , she was special. The Keeper at CoA knew that Ludleth knew something. If you gave her those eyes, she wouldve seen the original firelink. The world Ludleth linked would not have existed for her . Basically, her eyes could see the truth. She wouldve beheld a world of darkness, and all the horrors of the curse, because, once again, both untended graves and CoA are in the exact same spot. Ludleth knows this, after all. He hid the original firekeepers' eyes (him and gundyr? or just him?)

                                      Gundyr exists here in CoA becuase you kill him in untended graves. But its not the past and present. Everything that happens at Firelink specifically happens all at once.

                                      Because once again, Firelink is special. It may actually be limbo. Thats why all the undead hero souls gather there and time seems not to exist. Hence why it links to the first Kiln/Lordran (heaven?) and the rest of the world.

                                      Anyways, all of this is hinted in Ludleths dialogue. The betrayal, i believe was the other lord of cinders unwillingness to return to the kiln, or possibly lothrics inability to. And the result was the flame dying and gundyr being late to the party. BEcause whoever was usppoed to linkt he flame before gundyr didnt do their job, so there was no flame to link.

                                      Which honestly, Im okay with. I would not want to fight Rock Solid Champion Pus of MAn Gundyr as a final both equipped with flaming halberd.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        13 Mar 2017 16:54  

                                        Is cemetery of ash the future, or past? I'm going to list things that may change your opinion. When placing a message in fire link it appears in cemetery of ash. The world is dark because either the fire is gone,or fading. You find a piece of a coiled sword "that has passed it's use". Meaning it was in the bonfire, and is now crumbling. When Yoel dies her ashes appear here. Meaning when she dies they show up in the future. Because had she died, and it was the past they would not occur here. you find the first fire keepers eyes. Oddly enough if this was the past it would mean someone has taken them before you so it would make more sense for someone to have hidden them. Gundyr has no blade in his chest. This is the past right? Perhaps Gundyr resurrected after having been slain, and having the sword pulled free. There is TWO ice demons instead of just the one. You find a body which you can assume is yours, however it could be a new body laid in place of you. The first bonfire in cemetery of ash is a dead end in the starting world without a bonfire, meaning it was placed there after the fact. The ladder is gone, and the gate is forever sealed leading to the tower. Pickle pee, and pumper rump's nest is not there, however the chest behind them remains. It is also possible that this world is a collision of both future, and past.

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