Hawkwood the Deserter

General Info
Health Souls Location Drops
???? 1000 (NG) Firelink Shrine

(Note:he drops a heavy gem at firelink not the farron ring) Farron Ring

Hawkwood is an NPC in Dark Souls 3. He is a fugitive from both Farron's Undead Legion and his own duties as Unkindled, and admires the power of dragons.


Hawkwood Information

  • Gives "Collapse" gesture.
  • Can be summoned in the following locations:
    • In the Consumed King's Garden, for Oceiros in the plaza just before the 2 knights outside the boss fog gate.  After dropping in from where the Hollow cleric is, turn left towards the central garden to find his sign (if you have already finished his questline, i.e. killed him, his summoning sign will expectedly not be available here). This summon sign is available only after you received the Farron Ring from him after defeating the Abyss Watchers (talk to him in Firelink Shrine and make sure he dissapears after exausting his dialog), you must also defeat the Crystal Sage.
    • In Archdragon Peak, just outside the Great Belfry Bonfire. Go left after spawning at the bonfire, and his sign should be near the wall. His aim is to reach the altar at the top of the peak. Once he does, he will use the Path of the Dragon gesture and disappear, presumably having acquired the Twinkling Dragon Head Stone. Note that if you try to trigger the Nameless King boss fight by ringing the bell, he will leave using a Black Separation Crystal.
  • Before departure he fights with a Bastard Sword, switching between two handing it and one handing it with his shield. Later on, he will leave his shield at Firelink Shrine, and use the Farron Greatsword instead.
  • In the final fight for the Twinkling Dragon Stones he has 7 Estus Flasks
  • He wears the Undead Legion Armor and the Chain Helm.
  • Easy to beat, he won't exit the Abyss Watchers room so you can just stand outside the doors and repeatedly headshot him with arrows or pelt him with magic. As long as you keep hitting him he'll just keep rushing to the edge of the room then slowly backing up while you're completely safe outside.
  • If the player wishes to beat him legitimately, it is much less easy, but doable. Hit him up to four times when he is open, and use jumping thrust attacks when he is running towards you. He is also parryable, and can be backstabbed, although not easily. He has seven Estus Flasks, like it says below, so wait for him to heal seven times, then go in for the kill. Don't use more than one Estus for every time he uses an Estus, and you'll be fine. His longest attack is five moves, and the fifth comes slow, so this is how you can gauge when to come in to avoid that very damaging attack. Throwable offensive weapons are useless, so don't bother with those.


Location & Questline

  • First encountered at Firelink Shrine, but he may sometimes be found outside of the building, at a grave with a sword in it, to the left as you exit the main building. Hawkwood gives the player some items if talked to after defeating bosses.
  • After defeating the Abyss Watchers he will give the player the Farron Ring, to get it exaust his dialog in Firelink Shrine after doing so. After receiving the ring he will become available as a summon for the Oceiros, the Consumed King boss fight.
  • After the Abyss Watchers, Curse-Rotted Greatwood, Deacons of the Deep and the Crystal Sage have been defeated, Hawkwood leaves the shrine, leaving his Shield for Andre to pass to you. (Fextra Video) [Hawkwood shield has also been found sitting at the gravesite with a sword leaning on it. May be triggered to spawn if you didn't talk to Blacksmith Andre after he leaves.]
  • If you talk to Blacksmith Andre after obtaining the Twinkling Dragon Torso Stone, he will have a message from Hawkwood requesting a duel via Hawkwood's Swordgrass.
  • Meet him at the Abyss Watchers arena and duel him for the other stone. If he kills you, he takes it. If you kill him, you get the Twinkling Dragon Head Stone. If he kills you and takes your Twinkling Dragon Torso Stone, you can get it back by killing him.Take note Hawkwood will have seven estus when you fight him.






First encounter dialogue


Ahhh, another one, roused from the sleep of death?
Well, you're not alone. We Unkindled are worthless. Can't even die right. Gives me conniptions.
And they'd have us seek the Lords of Cinder, and return them to their moulding thrones.
But we're talking true legends with the mettle to link the fire. We're not fit to lick their boots.
Don't you think?" Devilish chuckle

Grave-Site dialogue


The poor wretched souls... Be they lord or legend, the curse shows no mercy. What a sham.

Selecting the "Talk" option (either after Vordt is defeated, or after the banner is raised)


Ooh, yet to give in, eh?
Good.  The Fire Keeper must be twitching with delight.
But what do you really know about these Lords of Cinder, these supposed legends?
Let's take Aldrich, for one.
A right and proper cleric, only, he developed a habit of devouring men.
He ate so many that he bloated like a drowned pig, then softened into sludge,
so they stuck him in the Cathedral of the Deep.
And they made him a Lord of Cinder.  Not for virtue, but for might.
Such is a lord, I suppose.  But here I ask.  Do we have a sodding chance?" 

Selecting "Talk" again right after


At the foot of Lothric Castle, an old path still runs below the tower in the Undead Settlement.
It was used to transport sacrifices to the Cathedral of the Deep.  You should see where it leads.
...If you've the stones for it."

Selecting the "Talk" option (either after the Curse-Rotted Greatwood is defeated, or after the first Bonfire on the Road of Sacrifices is lit)


You haven't given up yet?  Then you're a brasher [lad/lass] than I thought.
You can make better use of this.(gives heavy gem)
I don't need it.  Not now I've flown the coop."

Selecting "Talk" again right after


The Undead Legion of Farron is a caravan of Undead.
Sworn by the wolf's blood to contain the Abyss,
the Legion will bury a kingdom at the first sign of exposure.
Joyous bunch, really.
Gaining admission to the Legion is a matter of some ceremony.
Inside their keep, snuffing out the flames of three altars opens the door to the wolf blood.
Even accursed Undead want to believe they're special, it seems.
I pity the sorry souls."

When attacked in Firelink Shrine, but not yet made hostile


What is it, now!" (once)
"Enough, you fool!" (twice)
"What in the bloody hell is wrong with you!?" (thrice)

When turning hostile in Firelink Shrine


I'm a deserter, I know.
But I've still plenty of fight in me…"

When killing the player


We'll never amount to anything, not you, not I…"

On Death


You crawled out of the ground, for gods' sake..."
 "Go on, be as bloody mad as you like."

When meeting him in the Farron mausoleum


I should have known.
Well, I've decided to stop running from my fate.
Loathe me all you like, I shall take what makes you dragon."

Upon killing the player in the Farron mausoleum


Loathe me all you like, but I am the true dragon…" (takes Twinkling Dragon Torso stone)

Approaching him after being killed by him in the Farron mausoleum


Ahh, there you are.
This shall be no petty theft.
As the true dragon, I shall take what is rightfully mine."

When killed by the player in the Farron mausoleum


You are a dragon, more dragon than I." (drops Twinkling Dragon Head Stone, drops Twinkling Dragon Torso Stone as well if he took it)



  • He is voiced by Blake Ritson, who previously voiced Griggs of Vinheim in Dark Souls and Royal Sorcerer Navlaan in Dark Souls 2. He was also originally supposed to voice Knight Artorias.
  • Although Hawkwood is a named NPC, he shares many similarities with the Crestfallen Warrior from Demon Souls, the Crestfallen Warrior from Dark Souls and Saulden the Crestfallen Warrior from Dark Souls 2. All well known to be the guides for new players in the previous Souls games.
  • If he dies by falling (bug or cliff) just reload the game and his loot can be picked where he was sitting.
  • His questline involves the Dragon Covenant hinting that may be a reason he left the Undead Legion. 


Alva, Seeker of the Spurned  ♦  Anri of Astora  ♦  Archdeacon McDonnell  ♦  Black Hand Gotthard  ♦  Black Hand Kamui  ♦  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  ♦  Giant of the Undead Settlement  ♦  Great Swamp Cuculus  ♦  Greirat of the Undead Settlement  ♦  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

      01 Jul 2020 15:31  

      Can someone help me, if I killed him at the beginning of the game, it means his questline is gone, right? so no way to find him later close to dragons?

      • Anonymous

        29 Jun 2020 08:57  

        This is missing the dialogue when speaking to Hawkwood after defeating the Abyss Watchers and getting the ring where he says something like “I should thank you, for helping to find their final resting place”

        • Anonymous

          14 Jun 2020 04:05  

          oh yeah baby... harder baby... give it to me... I know you want to give it to me baby... I know you want to give me C O N N I P T I O N S.

          • Anonymous

            28 May 2020 07:46  

            kinda ironic how the actor was supposed to voice knight Artorias and went on to voice Hawkwood, the deserter

            • Anonymous

              25 May 2020 05:33  

              does killing the sword master or talking to hawkwood in firelink get rid of the dog that spawns by the grave? starting a new play through after a year or so of not playing and ran outside firelink to fight the dog and it’s just not there?

              • Anonymous

                24 May 2020 11:19  

                The only reason i didnt kill this guy in the first run is just because his quest. I just wanna beat him to pulp the first time i meet him in NG+.

                • Anonymous

                  24 May 2020 06:36  

                  "In the final fight for the twinkling dragon stones, he has 6 estus flasks." Then it goes on to state, "take note, Hawkwood will have 7 estus when you fight him"

                  • Anonymous

                    05 May 2020 19:04  

                    Hint: If there is no summon sign in the consumed kings garden: talk to hawkwood inside the shrine and don't skip it. just let him talk til the end it will go well.

                    • Anonymous

                      24 Apr 2020 20:19  

                      LuL deserted the legion, came to firelink, met Ashen One (and the smexxy firekeeper UwU), got bored, said: "fuk it, dragons", tried to become a dragon, gets his @ss handed to him by a man with a broken sword, ded. - Overall his questline is there just to highlight how much of a failure he is.

                      • Anonymous

                        17 Apr 2020 01:22  

                        Hawkwood had left the shrine and his shield by the grave in my game even though i havent beaten "Deacons of the Deep"

                        • Anonymous

                          13 Apr 2020 01:14  

                          "If the player wishes to beat him legitimately, it is much less easy, but doable". They say it like he's the Nameless King or something lol. The trick to human enemies is that they seem to retreat before drinking estus, but also seem to have a cooldown on how often they can do it, so when you see him retreating: stick to him like glue. Normally I'd play a bit defensively and make sure to have lots of health and stamina so I can afford to make a few mistakes when it comes time to give chase, but he kind of just died to R1 spam.

                          • Anonymous

                            08 Apr 2020 16:49  

                            Hawkwood's summon sign isn't appearing for me before the Oceiros boss fight. I did all the pre-reqs and obtained the Farron Ring from him. His shield was on the grave, not with Andre. Does this mean he won't show up for Oceiros or the Dragon Stone fight?

                            • Anonymous

                              06 Apr 2020 17:52  

                              At least this crestfallen warrior ends better than the previous ones. I really wish he invaded you randomly if you received his swordgrass and you decided not to get in the mausoleum to fight him.

                              • Anonymous

                                15 Feb 2020 08:42  

                                Hawkwood is kneeling at the grave where the shield would be if you go straight to the shrine after killing the Watchers

                                • Anonymous

                                  10 Feb 2020 04:09  

                                  For the final confrontation don't bother dueling him properly as he has infinite stamina, crazy damage and is far more agressive than Abyss Watchers. Just nuke him, he stagers easily.

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