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Hawkwood the Deserter

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

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 6 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.

 

Drops

 

Dialogue

 

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)

 

Trivia

  • 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. 

 

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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  ♦  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

      04 Jun 2018 08:38  

      I killed him on first playthrough outside firelink immediately after I beat Gundyr. I accidentally aggro'd him and pushed him off a cliff. No drop. No storyline :S

      • Anonymous

        01 May 2018 23:11  

        Can you kill hawkwood before killing the abyss watchers and still get the twinkling dragon head stone, or does he die permanantly if you kill him once?

        • Anonymous

          17 Apr 2018 21:01  

          Fair fight with melee and light weapon like long sword I find this battle is more difficult than most if not all vanilla bosses. His stamina feels like limitless. Very little window to hit back and there's no telling when he's gonna do tornado attack by then. Little room for error.
          With heavy weapon this fight is laughaby easy. Hit him when he miss, hit him while he's doing tornado attack and he's always stagger. Always. Keep close and he won't drink estus. Actually, let him drink all seven estuses. Let him suffer!

          • Anonymous

            31 Mar 2018 01:52  

            The guide makes him sound formidable, but don’t worry about it. Since you can only duel him at Abyss Watchers after Archdragon Peak, you’ll have faced numerous tribulations far superior to Hawkwood (I think the Havel the Rock NPC in Archdragon is more difficult even though he has no estus). Hawkwood has limited stamina, which seems to get drained quickly when he uses his spinning flurry attacks, so once he finishes a combo is a good time to strike. Additionally, he seems to have low poise and no noticeable hyper armor, so many of his attacks can be interrupted with a heavy weapon. I used Heavy Great Machete +10 since it’s one of the faster greataxe weapons (you should have gotten a titanite slab from Archdragon Peak, so you can have a +10 weapon of your choosing for this fight). With Chloranthy Ring and Grass Crest Shield you should be able to comprehensively out-DPS him, maybe even stunlock.

            I don’t recommend trying to use magic, unless you’re cheesing him through the door. He doesn’t offer that much time to cast, especially spells that won’t interrupt his attacks, and casting ranged spells gives him enough time to recover health. Spores from the Storyteller’s Staff work, but since he has 7 estus. . . . You could be there for a while, or run out of ashen estus flasks.

            TL;DR use a heavy weapon to poise break him, and with his small health pool he should go down pretty quickly.

            • Anonymous

              15 Mar 2018 08:58  

              IF HIS SUMMON SIGN IS NOT IN THE CONSUMED KING'S GARDEN and you have done everything right up to this point, return to firelink and make sure he is gone. If he's not gone, then exhaust his dialogue and then RELOAD the shrine. If he is gone, then you should be good to go now. He only leaves the shrine once the area is reloaded after his dialogue is exhausted.

              • Anonymous

                05 Mar 2018 04:57  

                Would firebombs be effective against this dude? I attacked him in Firelink Shrine and he just keeps killing me over and over...

                • Anonymous

                  25 Feb 2018 16:15  

                  He didn't have any quests or items to sell me at the beginning of the game so I killed him (this is my first Souls game, haha); who knew he would help later..?

                  • Anonymous

                    12 Feb 2018 22:16  

                    Like the comment just before this one, Hawkwood is kneeling in front of a grave with the wolf knight greatsword on it, the sword of Artorias. But in contrary to the last comment, I haven't yet defeated the deacons and he is here (the latest boss I killed was crystal sage)
                    The wiki should add these lines.

                    • Anonymous

                      10 Feb 2018 16:15  

                      I think after killing the deacons he can be found outside firelink shrine where that dog hides. You can see him looking at a grave that has a farron greatsword leaning on it and hawkwood is looking at it. You can talk to him and he has some dialog. dunno why this dialog is not included here in the wiki.

                      • Anonymous

                        15 Jan 2018 00:43  

                        Interestingly enough, if you summon Hawkwood at Archdragon Peak, he will help clear the way to the altar that gives you the Twinkling Dragon Torso Stone.

                        A more interesting fact is if you do manage to clear all the man-serpents, and do the Path of the Dragon gesture, Hawkwood too will do the gesture, before returning to his world.

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