Blacksmith Andre

General Info
Health Souls Location Drops
600 0 Firelink Shrine Nothing

Blacksmith Andre is an NPC in Dark Souls 3 located in the Firelink Shrine. Interacting with him allows the player to upgrade, infuse, and repair Weapons, Shields, and Staves. Estus Shards scattered throughout Lothric can be given to Andre to increase the player's total Estus charges (up to a total of fifteen). In addition, Andre allows the player to adjust the amount of charges granted to the Estus, and Ashen Estus flasks.

Blacksmith Andre Information

  • Interacting with Andre for the first time grants the 'Hurrah!' gesture.
  • Similar to the Fire Keeper, Andre can be killed and will respawn. However, upon respawning, he will refuse to enhance or upgrade the player's equipment until the next NG cycle. This can be reversed by praying to Velka the Goddess of Sin for Absolution in the Undead Settlement
  • In the dark Firelink Shrine in the Untended Graves, the Blacksmith Hammer is located where Andre normally resides.






First encounter

Well, a newcomer I see.
I am Andre, I serve in this shrine as a humble smith forging new weapons.
You're in search of the Lords of Cinder, I trust?
A toilsome journey, I wager.  You'll require good arms.
Let me smith y' weapons.  I am a smith, such is my purpose.


When leaving

Prithee, be careful. I don't want to see m' work squandered!.


"Talk" command

Weapons and protection are sturdy enough, by and large.
But when overused, they'll eventually break.
When their durability is low, repair becomes a necessity.
Use a powder, or simply rest at a bonfire.
But should chance impel them break, bring them to me.
I'll hammer 'em back into shape.
They take no pleasure in breaking, I assure y'.
So handle them with care, if y' would."


There are two ways to smith weapons.
Simple reinforcement is one, and infusion the other.
Reinforcement is straightforward. It strengthens a weapon without altering its property.
Infusion is a more advanced form of smithing that infuses an element.
Reinforcement requires titanite, and infusion requires gems.
Bring the stones and I'll do the smithing.
It's m' purpose, afterall!
In battle, y' weapons are yer only friends.  Forge them well, and they won't let y' down."


Oh, by the by.
If you find any Estus Shards, bring 'em 'ere.
They can be used to reinforce either of y' Estus Flasks.
Without those flasks, you'd want for life or focus.
And they'll always stay with y', why not treat 'em well?"


About Coals

Ahh, another matter.
Infusing weapons with gems requires a special kind of coal.
My humble coals won't be any use infusing more unusual gems.
I know, it's an awful shame, but it's all I have.
Oh, please, don't give me that look.
Believe it or not, I'm quite thin-skinned."

Giving the Farron Coal

"Oh, my... this coal is from the Undead Legion...
Used to forge the weapons of Farron's Abyss Watchers.
A fine prize.  I'm honoured to be endured with it.
Now I'll be equipped to infuse special gems.
Praise the gods, eh.  Time to put this brawn to use!"


Giving the Sage's Coal

Well, well... What's the Undead Legion doing with a coal such as this?
I'd heard one of the Crystal Sages had sided with Farron's Abysss Watchers.
I suppose it must be true.
You should know, this coal is imbued with magic. First one I've ever seen.
Hardly a surprise is it? I've never been one for books or wise men."


Giving the Profaned Coal

Lords... Where didye hap'n upon this coal?
This is much too dark. I see the Abyss in it...
Yet, a smith I remain. I won't turn down a request.
But forget not,
Your fight is for the flame, and for y' fellow kin. Just like mine.
A cursed fate this may be, but hope remains, does it not?"


Giving the Giant's Coal

My, my. the coal of that peaceful giant...
Seems like ages past... I imagine his passing was long ago.
I miss the old bugger, I do.
My thanks. I'll be sure this coal is put to good use.
I'll be smithing weapons never afore seen by the likes of y'.
It's but a small service, to pay my humble respects"


Twinkling Dragon Torso Stone

Oh, you've returned. I was hoping to see y'.
That crestfallen arse Hawkwood, he handed me this.
He's changed a great deal since he left this place.
Graven of face, he asked me to give it y'. (swordgrass)
Well, now that that task is concluded...
What would y' ha' me smith today?"


Attacking him

Enough of that!"

Killing him

Beshrew your heart..."

Talking after killing him

Overstep not your bounds, cousin. I may serve, but I'm no slave. I have business I must attend, begone." 



  • Voice actors, chracter inspirations, fan art, cosplay goes here.
  • Due to the dialogue from Andre when he is given the Giant's Coal, we can confirm that it is the same Andre from Dark Souls.
  • If you kill yourself with the weaponart of the Katana Bloodlust in front of him he will dissapear but reapear when you respawn. This also happens if you die by the pyromancy Power Within. This is probably a graphical bug.
  • Andre is one of the few characters in the Dark Souls series whose mouth moves when he speaks (others being Quelaag's Sister, Kingseeker Frampt, and Darkstalker Kaathe).
  • The sword he is repairing is the Estoc



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    • Anonymous

      If you talk through all his generic smithing dialogue every visit to firelink shrine, after about 1000 visits he eventually has new secret dialogue which reveals EVERYTHING

      I haven't got it yet though, 2023 and multiple playthroughs and I'm still trying. Looking forward to it! :)

      • Anonymous

        I think Andre has grown far more powerful since Dark Souls 1, in that game, when he was killed he was just dead. Forever. But now in Dark Souls 3 he has the ability to transcend death itself and be able to sit on his stump by the time you get back to the shrine. The man's a legend.

        • Anonymous

          My man's been alive since Dark Souls 1 by being a blacksmith. There must be something magical on that Estoc he's been hammering since the dawn of times to keep him alive for eons.

          • Anonymous

            I think he's repairing a crystal estoc with a durability of 1. Or its some masterpiece we'll never get to see.

            Anyway, his ordinary presence in ds3 confirms he's a member of Gwyn's race.

            • Anonymous

              Andre The Chadsmith, spends thousands of years endlessly hitting a sword on an anvil, only stopping to talk to the Ashen One every now and then. I feel like he should be considered a god of smithing or something by now. Hell, I wouldn't even be surprised if we find out that he's Gwyn's uncle or something.

              I wonder what happened to him in the Untended Graves. After Gundyr failed to link the fire and the world entered the Age of Dark, did he quit blacksmithing ? Did he move somewhere else? Well,nobody else can be found in Firelink there except the Handmaid and the corpse of Irina, so maybe they all went somewhere else. He must have gone in a hurry because his anvil and tools are still left in firelink...

              • Anonymous

                Is it just me but for some reason I want to sit in front of Andre and let him tell story’s of his adventures before dark souls 3

                • Anonymous

                  During invasions it’s a **** move to trick the host into attacking Andre if someone dose this their just being a **** to Andre and the host

                  • Anonymous

                    So after you receive the Twinkling Dragon Torso do you just need to go back to speak with him or get something else before he will give you the word grass?

                    • Anonymous

                      Age has caught up to him. In the first game Andre took no BS and would punch you to death if you attacked him.

                      • When somebody becomes Undead, they go Hollow if they are devoid of task or purpose. But Andre's only wish is to smith; as long as he does so, he will have a purpose, and not Hollow out.

                        Either that or the flow of time is convoluted as fck ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

                        • Anonymous

                          Man how is he still kickin the fact that he survived long enough for anor lando to change that much is crazy. He would have lost his smithy at some point lost his reason to live and went hollow 600 times

                          • Anonymous

                            One of two people (along with some other trusty guy), to actually survive all these years since dark souls 1. This man is a Legend.

                            • Anonymous

                              Can I just say that it would be super handy if FromSoft made it so you can allot estus charges across flask types at any bonfire (similar to attuning spells) rather than having to talk to Andre? Would save me a lot of needless walking up and down that hallway in Firelink Shrine.

                              • Anonymous

                                I am getting tired of all these trolls saying that "you must kill Andre the Blacksmith". Very annoying. Especially for newbies who don't know what happens if you do it :(

                                • Anonymous

                                  Andre never mentions anything of the past of the chosen undead in ds1, I guess that may be, because of the flame that refreshes life and the world from the past? wouldn't you want to know what he would have to say?

                                  • Anonymous

                                    absolving yourself of sin doesnt fix it, andre still refuses to help you until the next new game no matter what you do

                                    • Anonymous

                                      I just recently beat the Abyss Watchers by a hair. Then my brother killed Andre...I suppose i'll have to start my character over, again..

                                      • Anonymous

                                        "If you kill yourself with the weaponart of the Katana Bloodlust in front of him he will disappear but reappear when you respawn. This also happens if you die by the pyromancy Power Within. This is probably a graphical bug." It's not just those two. For the symbol of Aravice, while I was debating with myself on what to reinforce while having it equipped, I died and the disappeared until I respawned. Thus, I think it's dying in front of him in general or kys'ing infront of him.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          So I killed him by accident right? And I was pretty upset that I can't upgrade anything untill my next run. So I tried absolving my sins at the Velka statue in the Undead Settlement, and wouldn't you know it, he's back to normal. Good bit of knowledge there!

                                          • Anonymous

                                            I just spoke to andre and he gave me a wolfs blood swordgrass, it doesn't say anything about that here. Has anyone else ever encountered this?

                                            • Anonymous

                                              It might not be the same andre it might be a different one since there are deceased blacksmiths that look similar in dark souls 1 where we find embers to imbue our weapons with

                                              • Anonymous

                                                How many years old is Andre? Due to Anor Londo look, it seems that this game is really a lot of years after Dark Souls 1. So, how is Andre still alive?

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  after i get the twinkeling dragon torso stone, i go to the firelink shrine like im supposed to to talk with andre, where he should give me hawkwood's swordgrass, i have the stone, and the old fart wont do the dialouge. what do i do? hawkwood isn't leaving and andre won't talk about hawkwood leaving.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    I already talked to Andre (in fact i'm in new game plus) but i didn't get his gesture... anyone might know what happened? if it's a bug or something^

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      I encountered what I believe to be a bug where I no longer have the option to infuse with poison, sharp or heavy. It's as if i never gave him the Farron coal even though the coal is no longer in my world and is not in my inventory. I'm not sure what cause it but neither resting at a bonfire nor quitting and reloading has resolved this.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        If you kill him when you have the option to start new-game plus, then rest at a bonfire, he says something unique. Him and the handmaiden say something pertaining to your actions, the handmaiden acknowledges that she is undead and will just keep coming back or something. Should try and find it again.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          I didn't realize andre was saying something and I mashed through it, but someone should try and get his dialogue from when he gives you the hawkwood swordgrass up here too

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            I keep upgrading my estus flask I currently have 10 estus flasks now. But how do I make the flasks more powerful like old games. Like a plus 4 sign next to them.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              Why does the blacksmith keep saying he has business to do and won't let me infuse or anything he is supposed to do

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                For some reason, he just gave me that item as I initiated dialogue with him. Unfortunately, I did not expect this and as usual automatically skipped through the dialogue, so I don't know what he said. I don't see a record of this happening here or on the item's page. Is this a part of some quest? I've already beaten the final boss (standard ending, no dark sigils) and I was exploring the Archdragon Peak, where I've done pretty much everything but ring the bell. I've also sacrificed the only Swordglass you can find in the world (the one that you find near soup in the swamp) some time before this. Anyone know what this has to do with and what does he say?

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  So, without spoiling too much, after you bring him the Giant's Coal from deeper within the Boreal Valley, he has an interesting piece of dialogue that will definitely cause a major mind f&$% and be a major piece of hard-to-rebuke speculation.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    Has it been discovered yet why he is here? could it just be that he wanted to move on from his last location?I feel like the lack of dialog with him throughout the game is just typical of dark souls not wanting to give to much away and let us figure it out the hard way haha.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      Does anyone knows why Andre is the only NPC whose mouth is animated while speaking? Is it just accidental or .. maybe?.. some lore lies beneath?

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        Alright, so like an idiot I killed Andre. He wouldn't upgrade anything anymore and stated "Don't over step your bounds cousin...I'm no slave". Lucky I found the shrine to pray away my sins beforehand. If you killed this guy go to the undead settlement and find the Statue from Velka the Goddess. It's in the sewer with the giant rat. You need a key from the old woman in firelink shrine (you need to give her ashes first).There is another way to reach the statute without the key and that is by carefully falling down to a chasm where you'll see a cave with spooky skeletons that reanimate. If you follow a path you'll end up by her and can open the door from the outside.

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