Black Hand Gotthard

General Info
Health Souls Location Drops
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Physical Defense vs blunt vs thrust --
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Bleed Resistance Poison Resistance Frost Resistance Curse Resistance
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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)
  • 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)




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    • Anonymous

      09 Apr 2020 12:20  

      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 08:41  

        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

          02 Mar 2020 02:53  

          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 20:32  

            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 07:06  

              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 09:11  

                "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 07:56  

                  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 16:45  

                    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 08:33  

                      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 17:13  

                        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 23:23  

                          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.

                          • Anonymous

                            04 Jan 2018 21:32  

                            Black Hand Gotthard sucks. I summoned him near Abyss Watchers boss then led him back to the Old Wolf of Farron bonfire because I couldn't find any other phantoms to help me kill the Stray Demon miniboss above the bonfire. It turns out Black Hand Gotthard can't climb the ladder to get to the bonfire. He was my only hope since I'm really underleveled to summon real people and I can't fight Stray Demon by myself. Black Hand Gotthard was my only hope =(

                            • Anonymous

                              20 Jun 2017 04:35  

                              Since I didn't see Sirris' sign at the Abyss Watchers fight, and I wasn't going through Anri's questline, Gotthard was my go-to summon for the Watchers and Pontiff. I don't know if how competent he is depends on how much of a casul you are (I think I'm in the filthy category), but he helped my strength character whittle them down before I smashed them. That being said, I ended up soloing the Watchers because I ran out of Embers, and he didn't live through the Pontiff fight, but I'm still holding on to his twinswords.

                              • Anonymous

                                14 May 2017 12:37  

                                My theory is that he asked by Emma to help those who were hunting down the Lords of Cinder. He chose to do this, feeling that his duty to his kingdom was greater than his duty to the princes (which put him at odds with Kamui). He came to help with two of the most essential fights in the Unkindled's journey, and, upon watching their defeat of the resurrected Lords of Cinder from the shadows, Gotthard went back to Lothric Castle to unlock the Grand Archives. However, in the time that he had been gone, the Pilgrim Butterflies appeared, and animated the Dragonslayer Armor. He managed to get past it, but he expired shortly afterwards.

                                • Anonymous

                                  13 Apr 2017 03:30  

                                  should change his name to black hand retard, literally stood there and stared at me while i soloed pontiff, *****ing useless *****

                                  • Anonymous

                                    18 Feb 2017 22:40  

                                    holy***** i summoned this guy for pontiff and he tanked everything and survived. I just attacked the pontiff and while this guy kept this attention. NG+ btw

                                    • Anonymous

                                      24 Jan 2017 06:30  

                                      My theory is that Gotthard fled the castle when Oceiros went mad. So once he escaped he thought that maybe he could use the help of the Ashen Undead to finally kill the king, which is why he left his sign. Unfortunately, he never made it to Ocieros, which is why his corpse is found outside of the Grand Archives. Either way, he was a trooper...

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