Cornyx of the Great Swamp

Cornyx of the Great Swamp
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Cornyx of the Great Swamp is an NPC in Dark Souls 3.  Cornyx teaches pyromancies, acts as a merchant, and upgrades the Pyromancy Flame.


Cornyx of the Great Swamp's Information



  • You can find Cornyx at the Undead Settlement, where he will offer you his service. He is located in a cage at the top of  the building that has 3 firebomb throwing Undead.  In order to get there you will need to drop down from the cobblestone bridge that is near the Cliff Underside bonfire and ascend to the top of the building to reach the balcony where his cage is.
  • After accepting, he will relocate to Firelink Shrine where he operates as a merchant and provides Pyromancy training services. To find him in Firelink, approach Blacksmith Andre, and head right down the stairs. He will give you a Pyromancy Flame and speaking with him a second time will unlock the Welcome Gesture.
  • If you summon White Phantom Great Swamp Cuculus (right outside Old Demon King fog) in the Smouldering Lake and defeat the Old Demon King, you can find the Spotted Whip, and a set of Cornyx’s Garb where you rescued him in Undead Settlement (Note: If Cuculus dies during the Old Demon King boss fight, then you can't get the spotted whip).




Items Sold


First encounter

Ah-ha, Unkindled are we?
Welcome to my abode.
I am Cornyx, an old pyromancer.
A crow in his cage as you see, now.
But here we are, an encounter for the ages!
I hear the Unkindled make for fine vessels.
Care to learn pyromancies from this old man?"


Ask to learn pyromancy

Most wise. A chance encounter should not be squandered.
To reiterate, I am Cornyx, of the Great Swamp.
The pleasure is mine."


Decline to learn pyromancy

 (snickers) Most foolish. This old crow has a little knowledge on his own, you know.
Bah. No sense in spelling it out.
I will not rush you. You will return, once you are enlightened.
We are, after all, both Undead. And both prisoners in our own ways." (snickers)


Second Encounter (Firelink Shrine)

Ahh, there you are, Unkindled One.
I wish to express my gratitude.
For trusting a lowly pyromancer, and allowing me to gaze upon this majestic flame.
As promised, I will impart pyromancies to you.
But first you will need a flame of your own (Gives Pyromancy Flame).
Careful you don't burn yourself with it."



Heed my words, Unkindled One.
Fear the fire.
The home of pyromancy, Izalith, was scorched by the very fire it created.
Undoubtedly, it was a flame of chaos, tangled by a witch's hand.
But who's to say that this Bonfire's flame is any different."


Carthus Tome

Well, well...I've never seen anything like this.
This inscription...this tome is from the Catacombs.
Fascinating. On this day, the teacher learns alongside the pupil." (laughs)


Izalith Tome

Ah, what have we here! A pyromancy tome from Izalith!
Then you've found the home of Pyromancy.
Brilliant. I will never curse being old and Undead again.
Now, now, show it here, quickly. Let us channel them together.
The primal pyromanices known only to old Master Salaman!"

Quelana Tome

Ahh, what have we here...
By the gods. This inscription reads Quelana, the ancient deity, one of the witches of Izalith...
The last of them, who wandered the lands. Then she must have returned to Izalith, after all.
But I regret to say, I cannot accept this.
Quelana's pyromancies are for witches, and must be learned from a mistress.
But thank you, for allowing me to peer upon such a thing.
If only I were a woman." (ha!)


Grave Warden Tome

I'm afraid I cannot accept this.
This pyromancy tome is dark, and delves into the depths of men, where an untouchable flame resides.
I cannot comprehend this myself, let alone teach it to you.
It is a spell forbidden in the Great Swamp, and nearly everywhere else, too.
Only one terribly afflicted, or burdened by deep sorrow, could begin to understand this."



"Why? What's the matter?"


Making him hostile

"Fine, fine, I see how it is.
When a pupil strays from the path, the master must intrude."


Killing the player

Spare the rod and spoil the child."



I can't complain... This old reverie... had to end..." 


Killing him in his cage

Little bird, what's to be gained?"


Upon player leaving

Do not be gone for long. What's a teacher without a pupil?"



  • Character inspirations, fan art, cosplay goes here.
  • Cornix is the latin name for crow.
  • Voiced by John Rowe.



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    • I genuinely believe Cornyx considers himself your mentor and he is. If the Ashen one wasa real life person I think they'd get a lot of comfort from talking to Cornyx. He's soft spoken but incredibly wise. I know if I was struggling I'd probably sit next to him and I would be able to have a conversation with him and know he'd give you great advice and encouragement. He's also an incredibly gifted pyromancer and I think sees himself in you

      • Anonymous

        I somehow missed this guy on my first playthrough and only realised his existence when I finally got to the Twin princes... So if anyone wonders if he can die in thd cage by himself as you progress through the game, I guess not.

        • Anonymous

          Has anyone else noticed that he sits in front of a dead and bloody dog corpse, with some dead crows next to him?

          • Anonymous

            Have you noticed that he's not really captive or trapped in that cage? He's just chilling there and just teleports to Firelink without you opening the cage. He even calls it his "abode", and himself a "crow in his cage" making no requests to get him out of the cage or anything.

            • Anonymous

              he also says something about training you "the hard way" if you were in the great swamp, and I've always wondered what "the hard way" entails

              • Anonymous

                Is it just me or is this guy just kind of there. No questline, not much backstory, just merchant selling pyromancies. Don't get me wrong it is perfectly servicable, but Fromsoft are not the once to let characters have good endings of just chilling and not being interesting. Seems like they run out of time and were like "right we needed some pyromancy merchant, ok we'll just do really basic one".

                • Anonymous

                  firekeeper whos this hobo sitting down here firekeeper oh hes that pyromancer you rescued

                  oh i forgot about that

                  • Anonymous

                    They should put Karla in either Cornyx or Orbeck location. The 2 male now looking at each other everyday, I'm sure some bromance has happened. lmao

                    • Anonymous

                      I'm getting an additional piece of dialogue different than anything listed here. Upon selecting the Talk option, he says:

                      "Ahh, you found this tome in the Catacombs... This spell is akin to chaos. It may even serve as a link to Izalith, home of pyromancies..."

                      I've defeated Wolnir and entered Smoldering Lake. I gave him the Carthus Tome and showed him the Grave Warden Tome. And I transposed Wolnir's soul for Black Serpent. I'm not entirely sure what triggered this piece of dialogue.

                      • Anonymous

                        "If only I were a woman"
                        Bro, I know a guy. Let me take you to Rosaria, and she'll get you fixed right up. It's basically free, just need to C O M M I T M U R D E R a few times.

                        • Anonymous

                          Pretty sure that this guy is Laurentius's mentor. In ds1, Laurentius, (when you don't have the pyromancy that makes him go want to go to Blighttown.) He talks about his mentor from the great swamp as an "old, withering, crow." Or something like that.

                          • Anonymous

                            Personality wise, pure downgrade to Laurentius. Of course his quest doesn’t end in a hollowed fight because nobody would care and DS is notorious at giving our favourite NPCs the saddest conclusions possible to enforce the hopeless nature of the world.

                            • Anonymous

                              Not sure about NG, but in subsequent playthroughs he does give you a pyromancy flame even if you started out as a Pyromancer.

                              • Anonymous

                                he seems to have a special line if you start as pyromancer (or have acquired a pyromancy) by the time you talk to him

                                • Anonymous

                                  This guy is why I see no reason to start as a pyromancer. LOOK AT ME NOW!!! I'M A FIREBALL LOBBING, GREAT SWORD USING KNIGHT IN FULL ARMOR!!!

                                  • Anonymous

                                    This NPC is virtually useless outside a casting build. Still cool tho, there is a lot of useless npcs in regards to differing playstyles so.. not really a surprise there just thought I'd look him up and see if he has anything else to offer other then magic support/resource.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Killing him is the only way to get a second pyromancy catalyst.....but he's also the only NPC capable of upgrading said catalyst. This means you are required to beat Sully in NG+ before being able to PvP with your true, pure pyro build. But those dedicated to the fire are all mad, are we not?

                                      • Anonymous

                                        when you press 'Leave' at Cornyx's menu window, he should say "What a pupil without a TEACHER..!!"

                                        "One who understand nothing, can understand nothing..!!"


                                        • Anonymous

                                          Another Quote that he says that doesn't pop up here when you talk to him is, "If you seek pyromancy tomes, take this sage advice. The lands of the Lords converge upon Lothric. The home of pyromancies drifts comparatively close, as well. At least, that is what pyromancers of the Great Swamp believe. The Place is called Izalith. Oh how I wish to behold a primal pyromancy. Well, these are old tales. No one knows where the truth begins, or ends." *chuckles*
                                          I believe this quote happened to me right after I killed the Crystal Mage Boss.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            "Fine, fine, I see how it is.When a pupil strays from the path, the master must intrude."Vaguely reminiscent of Gherman's line from Bloodborne:"Oh, it doesn't matter... It always comes down to the Hunter's helper to clean up after these sort of messes."

                                            • Anonymous

                                              What of he's Flann? the dlc trailer features him alongside the likes of nameless king and the twin princes. He's a male pyromancer, and wont touch chaos flame or dark flames, both of which are anathema to gods. I've seen plenty of people theorize that the self mutilating boss in the dlc trailer was Guinevere, and so it would make sense that he is trying to get people to go find her, she's his wife. At the very least he's connected to the painted world, since the exiles are worshipping our grave in the untended graves which is where he was performing some unknown pyromancy, maybe setting us up to rise as ashen ones?

                                              • Anonymous

                                                Cornyx has a set of lines that is not recorded here. Once you've given him the Carthus Pyromancy Tome, he hints at the existence of the Izalith Tome."Ahh, you found this (spoken 'a') tome in the Catacombs...""This spell is akin to chaos. It may even serve as a link to Izalith, home of pyromancies."

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  I seem to have encountered a bug. I have freed Cornyx, and found the Carthus Pyromancy tome. I THOUGHT I gave him the tome, but he will not sell me the Carthus Pyromancy's. I also do not have the tome in my inventory, nor the pyromancys. I also cannot pick up the tome, as it's gone from the game from when I first picked it up. Anybody got any ideas on what's going on here?

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    Note: Great Swamp Cuculus must NOT die in the Old Demon King boss fight. If she does, then you must restart the boss. Otherwise you will not get the whip and cornyx set.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      Anyone notice how he's surrounded by dead goats and crows? I was curious whether or not they were there from the start, however there are no goats/crows in the Untended Graves, and there are no goats/crows at his location before you recruit him in NG+.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        I summoned great swamp cuculus for the old demon king fight and went back to cornyx's cage and there's nothing there? Does great swamp cuculus need to be alive when the old demon king dies?

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          you must not summon him for the old demon king fight . i released him at the of the game and at his cell there was his armor and whip

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Must say pretty dissapointed, after getting all of his things and upgrading flame, you will get nothing but his ordinary phrases, he will still sit there without any purpose.I was hopingfor some *goodbye i must go* or some event but alas nothing happens.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              Summoned the NPC, killed the boss, no set+whip in the cage...NPC did die durring the boss battle though, that may be a deal-breaker =/

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                Yeah so I am a faith character, he is an intelligence NPC, wasnt good enough so he left his cage. I kinda forgot about him but he does not seem to be in firelink shrine. Can anyone help me?

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  Only asking, because the Miracles and Sorcery character die/leave under certain conditions, and I -REALLY- don't want the Pyromancy guy to leave me as well.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    i found him but he refuses to come with me because i'm not magically inclined as a strength character. what's the minimum stats to have him?

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