Grand Archives Key is a Key Item in Dark Souls 3.

Grand Archives Key

Key to the main entrance to the Grand Archives of Lothric.

With the fire fading, and the spreading pus of man tainting the castle, the Grand Archives closed its doors for good.

Today, only a few of its keys remain. This one likely belonged to Gotthard, one of king's Black Hand, who fled the castle.


Grand Archives Key Usage



Grand Archives Key Locations

  • Once you have defeated 3 Lords Of Cinder, the key will be on Black Hand Gotthard's corpse outside of the Grand Archives.
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  • You have to defeat 3 Lords of Cinder and initiate the cutscene.




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    • Anonymous

      14 Aug 2021 03:39  

      For those who can't find this key despite beating 3 Lords of Cinder:

      Go back to the bonfire of the last Lord you killed, it will trigger a cutscene and transport you to the Dancer area, even if Emma and the Dancer are already dead (I played on NG+1 and went for the Dancer first so Emma wouldn't teleport me in later when I'm full of souls, so this could be the problem).

      I warped to the Grand Archives and sure enough, Gotthard's corpse is there with the key and his swords.

      • Anonymous

        30 Jan 2020 22:07  

        You just need AW and Yhorm. You don't need aldritch. I always leave aldritch for last and always get let in. This time I skip yhorm til last, not allowed. So you don't need 3. Update please

        • Anonymous

          14 Dec 2019 12:47  

          If it doesn’t show up go back to the last lord of cinder you killed...apparently you have to trigger to cutscene

          • Anonymous

            28 Jan 2018 18:40  

            The key or the body didn’t show up when I got to the gate. Was I supposed to do something first before I beat the dragon slayer?

            • Anonymous

              10 Dec 2017 14:09  

              Great. First playthrough Orbeck took off so i went ng+ so I can get crystal magic AND be invaded again at pontiffs. Now I'll need to be in Ng+2 just for pontiffs because of this wack lil ring, what a drag. They should have made you unable to enter the prince fight early, NOT the archive

              • Anonymous

                18 Sep 2017 01:21  

                urgh that's annoying, i was trying to get early crystal magic on my twink, took forever to kill dragon armor, just to get screwed over by this little key.

                • Anonymous

                  21 Jul 2017 03:51  

                  guys all are u need grand archives key just do it go to anor londo then go defeat aldrich,devouror of gods u will teleport to where the lady u killed she was sitting in the chair go up by ladder find (contraption does not move)lift now activated go through that lift directly u will go to the grand archives their grand archives key popping on the floor by dead soldier.then ................. go kill .........

                  • Anonymous

                    27 Dec 2016 05:12  

                    I'm pretty sure the corpse outside is not Black Hand Gotthard. He wields the Gotthard Twinswords (named after him), while the corpse clearly is equipped with two katanas. I speculate that this is the third Black Hand, possible killed by Gotthard when he decided to defect and rather help the unkindled against the Abyss Watchers and Pontyff. Perhaps he left his sword behind in the flight, as in the encounters he is summoned for he usually only uses one sword.

                    • Anonymous

                      11 Dec 2016 18:45  

                      3 lords of cinder. ludleth doesnt count does he? i wanna leave alritch alive so the pontiff arena stays lively

                      • Anonymous

                        08 Aug 2016 12:37  

                        And here i was thinking i could open all areas of the game without defeating some area bosses, so that i could summon a phantom friend and use the dried finger and get lots of attention from invaders for epic 2vs2 messed up fights. (nope not intending to be a gank squad, just huge messed up fights)

                        • Anonymous

                          11 Jul 2016 05:24  

                          Wow I made it all the way to the Grand Archives thinking I could kill Lothric before either of the other two lords and the key wasnt there. This game really IS railroading you. Sad.

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