Black Hand Gotthard

General Info
Health Souls Location Drops
???? ??? ?? ??
Physical Defense vs blunt vs thrust --
?? ?? ?? --
icon-wp_firedef.png Magic Defense icon-wp_lightningdef.png icon-wp_darkdef.png
?? ?? ?? ??
Bleed Resistance Poison Resistance Frost Resistance Curse Resistance
?? ?? ?? ??

Black Hand Gotthard is a NPC in Dark Souls 3.


Black Hand Gotthard Information

"Official description goes here"



  • Abyss Watchers: Summon sign is located near the top of the staircase that leads to the boss.
  • Pontiff Sulyvahn: Summon sign is located in front of the entrance to the boss, between the two praying statues.
  • Found dead at the entrance to the Grand Archives, granting you the Grand Archives Key and the Gotthard Twinswords.
    • He is not there at the beginning of the game.
    • His corpse will appear after Abyss Watchers, Yhorm the Giant, and Aldrich, Devourer of Gods, have all been killed and the cutscene turning the sun into an eclipse has taken place. This assures that you cannot proceed into the Grand Archives until the 3 Lords have been defeated.
    • If you've killed the first 3 Lords but his corpse still doesn't appear, try teleporting to the Aldrich, Devourer of Gods bonfire and the cutscene that teleports you to Emma should trigger.




Combat Information

  • Weak to ?? Damage.
  • Strong against ?? , ?? and ?? damage.
  • Weak Spot: ??
  • Use ?? Item



  • Although he can be led to the Crystal Sage, he cannot enter the arena.
  • The body has the sheath of Onikiri and Ubadachi, so the corpse might not be Gotthard's.
  • The eyes of his corpse can be seen slowly blinking if watched through binoculars. (seen on patch 1.04 PC, Confirmed on latest PC patch)
  • The description of his twinswords (Gotthard Twinswords) may suggest that he had intended to flee from the Black Hand ranks, and might have been hunted down by Kamui or other assassins in the Lothric castle. After helping our character twice under unknown motives in our journey through Lothric, perhaps prince Lothric began to fear both him and ordered someone to kill Gotthard before he could do more damage. (potential theory - not official)




Alva, Seeker of the Spurned  ♦  Anri of Astora  ♦  Archdeacon McDonnell  ♦  Black Hand Kamui  ♦  Blacksmith Andre  ♦  Company Captain Yorshka  ♦  Cornyx of the Great Swamp  ♦  Corvian Settler  ♦  Creighton the Wanderer  ♦  Daughter of Crystal Kriemhild  ♦  Daughter of Crystal Kriemhild  ♦  Emma  ♦  Eygon of Carim  ♦  Filianore  ♦  Fire Keeper  ♦  Giant of the Undead Settlement  ♦  Great Swamp Cuculus  ♦  Greirat of the Undead Settlement  ♦  Hawkwood  ♦  Holy Knight Hodrick  ♦  Horace the Hushed  ♦  Irina of Carim  ♦  Jailer  ♦  Judicator Argo  ♦  Karla  ♦  Knight Slayer Tsorig  ♦  Lapp  ♦  Leonhard  ♦  Lion Knight Albert  ♦  Livid Pyromancer Dunnel  ♦  Locust Preacher  ♦  Londor Pale Shade  ♦  Longfinger Kirk  ♦  Lords of Cinder  ♦  Ludleth of Courland  ♦  Moaning Knight  ♦  Old Wolf of Farron  ♦  Orbeck of Vinheim  ♦  Painting Woman  ♦  Pickle Pee, Pump-a-Rum Crow  ♦  Pilgrim from Londor  ♦  Ringed City Hollow  ♦  Rosaria, Mother of Rebirth  ♦  Seeker of the Spurned  ♦  Shira  ♦  Shrine Handmaid  ♦  Silver Knight Ledo  ♦  Sir Vilhelm  ♦  Sirris of the Sunless Realms  ♦  Slave Knight Gael  ♦  Snuggly  ♦  Stone-humped Hag  ♦  Sword Master  ♦  The Painter  ♦  Unbreakable Patches  ♦  Velka the Goddess of Sin  ♦  Yellowfinger Heysel  ♦  Yoel of Londor  ♦  Yuria of Londor


Join the page discussion Tired of anon posting? Register!

    • Anonymous

      27 Jul 2021 22:02  

      My theory is a technicality issue
      That corpse IS supposed to be Gotthard's but they ****ed up, chose the wrong model and put Kamui there instead of Gotthard

      • 24 Jul 2021 07:10  

        Do summon make boss has more HP?
        Do summon make boss give less souls?
        Because I want to solo boss.
        And there are no other way to get this gesture except to summon him.

        • Anonymous

          23 Jun 2021 20:21  

          I don't think the corpse is him. The corpse has a bow in the back, and is using different katana twinswords. I think it's just another Blackhand and Gotthard saw him die, and gave up and left his sword there.

          • Anonymous

            06 Oct 2020 09:59  

            This says something about a cut scene where the eclipse appears (i geuss they mean when the sky turns red as well) but i've never ever seen this cut scene. Or do they just mean when you get summoned into the Dancer's room by the Handmaid? Is there a specific order to trigger it?

            • Anonymous

              30 Sep 2020 08:50  

              I like to think he didn't die but is actually in a bout of chronic back pain and he like "Hey dude my back is killing me right now,go ahead and take my seords and key,I'm gonna go ahead and take a nap. could you do me a favor and bring me some painkillers or something if you find some some?" And then you just don't get him any because your lazy

              • Anonymous

                08 Sep 2020 02:30  

                My guess is that that corpse outside the grand archives isn't gotthard but actually the third blackhand member since the body has twin katanas equiped, gotthard's twinswords are twin straightswords. I think the reason is because, gotthard is loyal to the old king(s) he served who wanted the fire linked, like anon 10 Aug 2020 08:56 says. He wants the fire linked but he's sworn to serve the king so he does it indirectly so he helps you kill the other lords of cinder. And maybe he did try making his way to twin princes but when he was forced to kill the third blackhand member he couldn't bring himself to continue so he leaves his swords and the key on the body and leaves.

                • Anonymous

                  10 Aug 2020 02:56  

                  Here’s a theory: so black hands serve successive kings, right? Maybe Gotthard wants the fire to be linked, as it was by the earlier kings that he served. He’s betraying the lothric princes by helping us out, since they refused to link the fire and he sees us as the next great hope for the fire to be linked. He tries to return to lothric castle but the princes, discovering his betrayal, order dragonslayer armour to block him from entering and he dies on his way to the door.

                  • Anonymous

                    31 Jul 2020 23:36  

                    I wish there was more to him. Like dialogue, mentioning him by his confederates (Kamui or whatever) etc. He's been one of the people that actually try to help us on our journey without drawbacks. (like killing Swordmaster for Vordt, becoming Lord of Hollows for Paleshade).

                    • Anonymous

                      06 Jun 2020 05:57  

                      what if... hear me out bros, the reason he's blinking is cause he IS alive, but his black hand GOT HARD (he has black plague or some sh#t) and he's just in pain on the ground.. THE LORE IMPLICATIONS MAN

                      • Anonymous

                        09 Apr 2020 06:20  

                        I summoned Sirris first and then i was going to summon him to Abyssal Watchers, well his sign was gone. Yeah i am noob. I went to boss w Sirris and she died early as i guessed she would (i am playing pyro) and i couldnt save her. Then i just surrendered and let AWs kill me. Then i went back to check his sign and his sign was gone.. forever. GL to me trying to kill AWs w pyromancy :D 1st run as knight w him no problem..

                        • Anonymous

                          29 Mar 2020 02:41  

                          Update that may have relevant lore implications: on my current play through, I killed Emma and the dancer early, before the abyss watchers as well as before the crystal sage. His summon sign did NOT appear before the abyss watchers boss door. Needs further testing tho

                          • Anonymous

                            01 Mar 2020 20:53  

                            I have not seen his summon sign at abyss watchers, even when looking for it. I would like a picture or video location of it.

                            • Anonymous

                              06 Feb 2020 14:32  

                              The first time I saw his summon sign, i thought he was a player-made character because of his name. "Got Hard." Heh heh.

                              • Anonymous

                                24 Sep 2019 01:06  

                                The corpse in front of the grand archives has Onikiri and Ubadachi with it, so perhaps Gotthard was just leaving for a vacation and told one of his colleagues to hold his swords for him

                                • Anonymous

                                  22 Apr 2019 03:11  

                                  "The description of his twinswords (Gotthard Twinswords) may suggest that he had intended to flee from the Black Hand ranks, and might have been hunted down by Kamui or other assassins in the Lothric castle. After helping our character twice under unknown motives in our journey through Lothric, perhaps prince Lothric began to fear both him and ordered someone to kill Gotthard before he could do more damage. (potential theory - not official)" Theories don't belong in the trivia section. They belong on fan forums and here in the comments, where people can discuss them, not blindly accept them as fact.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    11 Jan 2019 01:56  

                                    This guy is absolutely amazing. He saved me from so many death by Abyss Watcher combo by staggering him everytime the Watcher was going to coup de grace me into a second early grave.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      21 Nov 2018 10:45  

                                      FromSoftware, please remove blinking eyes on corpse, it’s ruining my immersion. Do it or I swear I’ll leave a bad steam review!!

                                      • Anonymous

                                        17 Aug 2018 02:33  

                                        It would be cool if you could save him by killing Kamui or Twin Princes before killing the other three or something like that. Also, who’s the other member of the Black Hand? Isn’t there an item that says there’s three black hands

                                        • Anonymous

                                          25 Jun 2018 11:13  

                                          Gotthard is a baller - in my experience he hasn't come close to dying once and seems to have semi-intelligent AI as during Abyss Watchers his aggro was fixed on the "true" boss.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            06 Jun 2018 17:23  

                                            I came across his summon sign in my first play-through, but his goofy last name made me think he was a player character, not NPC.

                                          Load more
                                          ⇈ ⇈