Cemetery of Ash is a Location in Dark Souls 3. This location serves as a starting area for new players to the game. This is where players will find themselves at the start of the game, revived as an 'Unkindled', and will have to face the mighty Iudex Gundyr as a test to prove their worth before heading into Firelink Shrine and being able to explore the lands of Lothric.

Cemetery of Ash Walkthrough

General Information


Cemetery of Ash Map

Cemetery of Ash Map

NPCs in the area







Weapons & Shields


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Upgrade Materials

Enemy Drops

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  • Some events/items will become available here as your progress through the game.

Full Cemetery of Ash Walkthrough

Click here to go to the Speedrun Walkthrough. Click here for Lore and Speculation on this area.

Getting Your Feet Under You

After character creation, the game begins with an introductory cutscene of your player character rising from a tombstone. Proceed forward and read the messages on the ground which provide instructions on the game's Controls.

Follow the path to find your first enemy. After disposing of him, go right and loot a Soul of a Deserted Corpse. Backtrack to where you found the first enemy and proceed to encounter another enemy in front of a soul-vessel-like fountain. Loot the corpse by the fountain to obtain the Ashen Estus Flask.



Progressing Through The Cemetery

To the right and up, there is a hollow facing away from you. To the left and up the stairs you will find another hollow. If you continue straight past the fountain, you will encounter a hollow with a crossbow. Taking a hard right from where this hollow is, you will see 2 more hollows. As you progress past them down a narrow waist-high waterway, it will open to a wider area where a Ravenous Crystal Lizard waits. Soul of an Unknown Traveler 1x can be located in this area (Speckled Stoneplate Ring +1 can also be found here in NG+). Defeat the Crystal Lizard to obtain a Titanite Scale 1x. He can be led to the edge by the bonfire to quickly defeat him by making him step/roll off.



Make your way back and continue on to reach a cliffside overlooking a breathtaking view. Head left and you will encounter your first Bonfire. Light the bonfire to trigger the Enkindle Trophy/Achievement and learn the Gesture Rest. Continue ahead along the cliff wall, eliminating the hollows in your path. At the edge, a message will tell you how to jump. Jumping here into a small ravine, you can find a Titanite Shard 1x. If you drop down beyond there will be a hollow you can land a jump attack on. It has a chance to drop a Cleric's Sacred Chime. If you backtrack and follow along the cliff edge, you will encounter several hollows and a path leading down along the cliff. At the end of the path you will find a sword and shield hollow and a crossbow hollow. Behind them, against the wall will be a corpse with Firebomb 5x. 

In an archway ahead, eliminate the crossbow hollow and enter an open courtyard where you will see a petrified warrior. Approach it.



Boss Fight: Iudex Gundyr

Make your way forward and head down the stone steps that open up to a courtyard where you see the statue of a figure with a sword embedded in its chest. Approach the statue and you are given a prompt to remove the sword. Remove it to animate the statue and test your worth against the boss, Iudex Gundyr



Defeat him to receive the Coiled Sword and earn the Trophy/Achievement Iudex Gundyr. Your ember will now be restored, which is similar to the revival mechanic in Demon's Souls. Open the large double doors and proceed out along the cliffs. You will find a Broken Straight Sword by the graves straight ahead. Along the way, you will find a Homeward Bone 1x. Ascend up towards the structure at the top of the hill. To the right, you will encounter an undead dog and beyond will find an Ember 1x. Go along the left side to find graves and stairs overlooking a cliff. At the junction between two sets of stairs, there is a corpse in a tree on the left with the East-West Shield. To the stairs on the right, there will be two hollows and another Ember. Continuing to the left will take you to Sword Master Saber, an undead wielding the Uchigatana; it is recommended that you level up first before trying to fight him. The easier way to engage him is to just lure him at the edge of a cliff and make sure your back is facing the wall with your shield up. Keep attacking him until he falls off the cliff, he will drop master armor and master attire when you reload the area (either by resting at a bonfire or quitting and reloading).

Continue forward and enter the hub of Dark Souls 3, Firelink Shrine.


Cemetery of Ash Map

Cemetery of Ash Map

Cemetery of Ash Videos



Speed Run Walkthrough

A fast walkthrough of how to get to the end of the level the fastest, picking up only essential items goes here. Start from the game's starting point and run straight to the Ashen Estus Flask. From there run to the bonfire which is straight and up the hill. Run past all the enemies in that area and engage Iudex Gundyr. You may elect to grab the 5 Firebombs to help against Iudex's second form. Speed run walkthrough


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    • Anonymous

      09 Apr 2021 15:52  

      So many cursed cliffs to fall off of, never learn to roll here, or you gonna take a cannonball into the clouds.

      • Anonymous

        15 Aug 2020 15:40  

        Is it just me or does the giant coffin in Ludex Gundyr’s room look a lot like the Coffin Nito hops out of?

        • Anonymous

          12 Aug 2020 08:20  

          The Elite Knight corpse was the warrior who beat Champion Gundyr, but he then had no where to go as the bonfire in the Shrine was broken, he collapsed and died in the cemetery and over time his estus flask turned cold. Or perhaps is it just another DS1 Throwback with no meaning? It is? Oh..

          • Anonymous

            10 Jan 2019 06:54  

            How to get rich and level up 3-8 times (depends on class). Start with any class (Deprived for maximum level effect) and select the Sovereignless Soul (2000 souls). Proceeding before getting the Ashen Estus Flask, on your right will be a Soul of a Deserted Corpse (200 souls). Proceed to kill every enemy (don't kill the Ravenous Crystal Lizard yet) and head to Gundyr. Kill Gundyr (3000 souls) and proceed to the Firelink Shrine. Go to the tower behind the shrine for another Soul of a Deserted Corpse (200 souls) and trick jump the tree in order to get to the roof. Grab that Estus Shard and destroy an illusion wall. Continue until you fall down into an area with a chest with the Covetous Silver Serpent Ring (10% extra souls). Go to back to the first bonfire lit (before Gundyr) and kill the Ravenous Crystal Lizard and gather the Soul of an Unknown Traveler (5200 souls + Titanite Scale). Go back to the Firelink Shrine and near the Sword Master are 2 collectable embers. Go to the Shrine Handmaid and sell those for 2000 souls. Now you are ready to fight the Sword Master for 2200 souls. If done these steps correctly without spending them or losing them, you will have 14800 souls + enemy kills. If you chose Deprived, and followed these steps, you'll be able to level up 16 times.

            • Anonymous

              20 Dec 2018 20:00  

              Any way to get the armor from the enemies? The very first hollows. I'm trying to cosplay as Maria Calavera from RWBY and i think their armor would look nice but I can't find a way to get that set or a part of it.

              • Anonymous

                21 Jul 2018 01:01  

                Why did the corpse that the ashen estus flask is on remind me of Anri?it's an elite knight with a crest shield

                • Anonymous

                  26 Aug 2017 17:58  

                  This is a duplicate page, also the General Information contains racism.

                  Cemetary of Ash(this page) v https://darksouls3.wiki.fextralife.com/Cemetery+of+Ash

                  • Anonymous

                    29 May 2017 03:54  

                    Something strange about the hollow looking out in the distance.
                    When i attacked him, he threw some weird brown thing at me that sounded like a clay pot. anybody know what that is?

                    • Anonymous

                      24 Dec 2016 18:47  

                      The hollow overlooking the cliff: I threw a throwing knife at it and it turned around and ran circles around me. I've done this a few times and it wigs out each time (guess it's AI always thought it'd be kicked off).

                      • Anonymous

                        22 Dec 2016 08:27  

                        hmm, the corpse that gives you the ashen flask is wearing the elite knight armor, just like oscar in 1, who gives you the estus flask, coincidence?

                        • Anonymous

                          04 Dec 2016 01:17  

                          the best way to defeat the katana man is lure him as far away as possible, and when he turns around, rush him, then jump back. Just do this until he dies

                          • Anonymous

                            NPC on cliff outside Firelink28 Aug 2016 08:34  

                            If you go around to the right side of Firelink, just at the cliff, next to the ember. There is man kneeling before a grave, on the grave is a Wolf Knight's Greatsword. He says "The poor, wretched souls..." "Be they lord or legend, the curse shows no mercy." "What a sham."

                            • Anonymous

                              A tip for the boss fight.05 Aug 2016 03:54  

                              When you battle the boss for the first time pull the sword out to start the battle then hit the statue before his health bar appears, you will be able to deal an OK amount of damage without being hit.

                              • Anonymous

                                Gate behind sword master29 Jul 2016 09:49  

                                Does anyone know how to open that gate from the other side that is behind the sword master?

                                • A future secret maybe?07 Jun 2016 19:58  

                                  There is one peculiar thing about this starting location. If you make your first right after your first spawning, there will be a soul. But if you look up above, there is a cavern. There is no way to access it without hacks yet, and Untended Graves is another area. It is leading somewhere (or nowhere at all: From style), as you can clearly see Lothric Castle through it if you make a pair steps back. I really wish it was a future secret.

                                  • Crossover with Firelink Shrine15 Apr 2016 20:18  

                                    Because the end of this area is contiguous with the Firelink Shrine, we have duplicate information regarding items like the East West shield and Sword Master Saber.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      NPC instead of the dog.15 Apr 2016 04:15  

                                      The dog that's guarding the ember near Firelink Shrine, I could swear my game had an NPC instead. He kept saying something about the ember. Anyone else witnessed this?

                                      • what's the recommended level for that katana npc??15 Apr 2016 02:59  

                                        i'm having a really hard time with him lolsure this is my first dark souls game but i ran through bloodborne multiple times. problem is the parry, those functions worked completely different in these games and i can't seem to get my parry's to work consistently, every now and then i'm lucky and get one but that's it

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