Giant of the Undead Settlement

General Info
Health Souls Location Drops
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Giant of the Undead Settlement is a NPC in Dark Souls 3.

Giant of the Undead Settlement Information

  • Will help or attack the player by firing arrows into areas where there are White Birches.
  • Can be killed. 
  • Friendship with him persists into New Game Plus, or as long as you have his peace offering or the burial gift branch in your possession.
  • Once he is friendly, his arrows will not damage the player.


  • Top of the tower in the Undead Settlement
  • The tower has two elevators. One that goes middle-bottom and one that goes middle-top. If you are at the middle level, and the wrong elevator is there, simply activate it and roll off. Then you can wait for the other elevator to arrive.  
  • See This Map for location.

Befriending the Giant

If you choose the White Birch Branch as your burial gift the giant will automatically be friendly and there is no need to speak to him at all.

Otherwise, find him and quickly speak to him, choosing "Make Peace", so will give you a token of friendship. This is a unique White Birch Branch that does not stack with the others, and includes the phrase "Good friend, no hit" in the item description. The way he tells you apart from other hollows is by seeing the text carved on the branch, which is why you should keep the branch in your inventory instead of using it. If you use this branch, he will be hostile again, and you will need to make peace with him again.

Alternatively, if the player collects the 6 Young White Branches, 2 beside each white birch, as well as the Saint-Tree Bellvine, the Crown of Dusk and the Undead Bone Shard lying around the first birch tree, the giant will inexplicably be found dead when you visit him (all the items leading to his death have an "examine" prompt for pick up, instead of the normal "pillage").


  • Souls: NG (1000), NG+ (5000), NG++ (5500), NG+3 (5625), NG+6 (??), NG+9 (??)
  • Hawk Ring


  • First encounter dialogue
    • "Who are you?"
      "I help anytime."


  • Despite some community theories, it is very unlikely to be Hawkeye Gough from the first Dark Souls as you meet Hawkeye Gough far in the past and this giant exists far into the future. But time in the Dark Souls universe is convoluted, so it is not entirely impossible, especially since Andre the Blacksmith has survived into Dark Souls 3.
  • The greatbow and the great arrows he uses are very similar in design to Hawkeye Gough's very own greatbow and great arrows from Dark Souls 1.
  • Or alternately it could be that he is a reincarnation of Hawkeye Gough as it seems to be a heavy theme in Dark Souls 3, he could even be a descendant of Gough.
  • Turning him hostile will prevent his death when all his items are looted. This will also void his friendship, and you will again be targeted near the white birches even while having his friendship branch.
  • He also attacks Dark Spirits regardless of whether they have the branches in their inventory or not.
  • He won't attack the Dark Spirits if they are wearing the Untrue White Ring
  • The giant is actually two character models. One unarmed model that you can talk to, and one armed with a bow who can only be seen a distance away from the tower. But if you look at him from near the cliff in the area you help Siegward fight the Chaos Demon, both models can be seen overlapping each other.


Alva, Seeker of the Spurned  ♦  Anri of Astora  ♦  Archdeacon McDonnell  ♦  Black Hand Gotthard  ♦  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  ♦  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


    • Anonymous

      15 Apr 2019 14:17  

      First off, that "it can't be Gough because time passed" bit needs taken off, the wiki is for facts not opinions, you can't just disagree with a theory you saw in the comments section and post your disagreement on the page like it's fact... if you'd played any of these games you'd know that time never was a factor in deciding things in these games. Just look at Gale, Patches, the giant trees, Alva and Zullie, etc. Time being convoluted is literally a part of the game lore, like, mentioned by npcs and everything. To the point that you can help Anri kill Aldrich before you even see him. Even putting aside time being convoluted, longevity is very much a thing in this series, things tend to last awhile. Anyways, It'd have to be Gough's descendant since Gough didn't look like that... unless he's naked, but wasn't Gough... bigger? The bow is proof he's at least a descendant though.

      • Anonymous

        21 Jan 2019 00:00  

        I'm sorry but that just HAS to be Gough or at the very least, his descendant. I find it weird that he says "I help anytime" the same exact way the giant blacksmith in DS1 Anor Londo says it, being as though said blacksmith is confirmed dead in Anor Londo of DS3. I mean c'mon, the bow he has is a dead ringer for Gough, AND the fact that he drops the hawk ring (which was by the GB in DS1 for some reason) is Goughs ring. The lore in these games is so deep and confusing and I f**king love it.

        • Anonymous

          31 Dec 2018 07:33  

          Gough is actually dead. This is confirmed by Andre when given the Giant's Coal. Implying the dead giant found in Anor Londo is Gough. Idk if people skip dialogue or have forgotten, but yeah.

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            • Anonymous

              14 Oct 2018 23:43  

              Not sure if this trivia works here but, from the tower the giant is on you can see all areas you reach in game except for the dlc. Ex, the cathedral of the deep, farron swap are, and londor

              • Anonymous

                19 Jul 2018 21:26  

                if you invade someone else’s world, and he starts firing at you, he may continue to fire at you after you exit the target range. Also, I’m not sure if the arrows damage the befriended host, but the aoe explosion of the ground doesn’t.

                • Anonymous

                  15 Jul 2018 15:53  

                  After getting his branch, he won't aim at you, but his arrows can still hurt you and knock you down. This has happened to me a handful of times. Rare? Perhaps. But certainly not impossible.

                  Could be a bug since some people aren't experiencing it, or could just be that those people are lucky and the arrows are landing close, but are still valid misses.

                  • Anonymous

                    30 May 2018 22:36  

                    this article is wrong even if yo befriend the giant his arrows can still hit you he just doesnt shoot you anymore

                    • Anonymous

                      14 Mar 2018 20:47  

                      I accidentally attacked him so now i cant befriend him anymore, he'll just attck me everytime i go up in the tower

                      • Anonymous

                        05 Feb 2018 05:11  

                        from the web, but will be profitable. Even people who have never played before. Also, the money is a hundred thousand.

                        • Anonymous

                          Giant of the Undead Settlement [DKS3 Wiki]29 Dec 2017 22:01  

                          Why are you worried about leaving him alive? You need to kill him for a ring, and if you don't kill him he ends up tagging you with the spears again in another area when you progress. Once you are done in that area just kill him before you move on. And don't forget to find the secret area off of that elevator that leads to a fire demon that you fight with Seigward. There are some other noteworthy items there to grab as well.

                          • Anonymous

                            29 Dec 2017 20:48  

                            I aggro'ed him by hitting him 3 times in the leg to see what would happen. He got mad and I ran for my life. This was at level 32. Went to Velka found out had to farm 32000 souls to be forgiven. Leveled up 3 times then went back got the extra amount of souls to 35000 thousand and Velka forgave my sins. So why does the Giant still hate me? I haven't used his gift. I even threw down an "I'm Sorry" Carving. Please help.

                            • Anonymous

                              16 Oct 2017 12:48  

                              Don't worry, unnamed friendly giant of the undead settlement, the hawkeye ring will be put to good use in my hands. And by good use, I mean sniping people off cliffs from a long distance with my greatbow :D

                              • Anonymous

                                23 Sep 2017 06:54  


                                This is what happened : I have several runs for this game, but sometimes when I finished the dragon slayer armour and come back to loot Eygon's weapon and shield and Hawk ring at the same time, Giant is still alive.

                                And then I go to three trees' locations to check if I miss something, but no.
                                All trees are not glowing anymore and in my storage, 7 young white branch, Saint-tree bellvine, Crow of Dusk. I got all of them.
                                But here is the thing : I put Crow of Dusk into BONFIRE STORAGE BOX, when I take it out and revisit Giant, he is pass away.
                                So I figure out how to make our Giant buddy not dead

                                1) Get 3 branches at Undead Settlement
                                2) Finish all Undead Settlement event (Meet Hodrick and Onion bro, Save Irina and Cornyx, then defeat Cursed tree), make sure you won't come back for
                                something unfinished
                                3) Get 2 branches & Crown of Dusk
                                4) Put Crown of Dusk into bonfire storage box
                                5) Get 2 branches & Saint-tree Bellvine at Cathedral of the Deep
                                6) When you come back to Undead Settlement, Giant should staying alive
                                PS) After step 2 ,I didn't go back to Undead Settlement until finished Aldrich (go back for Sirris's storyline)

                                I thought the important part is don't visit Undead Settlement with all "cause Giant dead" items carried on player

                                If you want to put down Giant buddy without fighting him, just revisit him with all require item (7YWB/CTBV/CoD)

                                I didn't actually test this method specially, but I'm pretty sure because I have already encounter this situation several times, so if there are some other conditions, please let me know

                                • Anonymous

                                  07 Jul 2017 08:08  

                                  i was very sad he died. i came back to check on him and he was dead. he shot the tree looking giants for me in farrons deep. i had no estus so was good to know someone was out there to cover me.

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