High Wall of Lothric is a Location in Dark Souls 3. After exiting the Cemetery of Ash and once out of the Firelink Shrine, the player arrives at the higher ramparts of Lothric's walls. Plagued by the hollowed and haunted by a fire-breathing wyvern, the area hides away valuable treasure for the observant.


High Wall of Lothric Walkthrough

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High Wall of Lothric Map

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Full High Wall of Lothric Walkthrough

Click here to go to the Speedrun Walkthrough. Click here for Lore and Speculation on this area.

Arriving at the High Wall

Upon arriving here from Firelink Shrine, proceed through the doorway and open the double doors.

Go down the stairs and light the bonfire. Looking out from the bonfire you will see a wyvern to your left, attacking it with arrows from here will draw some powerful fire breath in your direction so be warned.

Descend the stairs to the right and defeat the hollows and undead dogs along the walkway here, including the non hostile hollows if you wish. If you go up the stairs on the smaller tower here, you will find several hollows in prayer as well as a crossbow hollow and corpse where you can loot a Longbow and Standard Arrow 12x. Be careful here as the praying hollow closest to them will turn into a Pus of Man if not killed quickly, but if it's beaten after transforming it drops a Titanite Shard and an Ember. It only drops these items once after being killed.

Return to the bonfire and take the other set of stairs to the left that lead down to the second walkway. Defeat the sword wielding hollow, the lantern wielding hollow, and the praying hollows if you wish. If you choose to, go up the stairs to the left of the wyvern head to a platform where you will find an assortment of hollows. Quickly defeat the one with a lantern, for he will cry out for the others to attack you if not dispatched quickly enough. Continue up the stairs to your left to take out the firebomb throwing hollow and other attacking hollows. At the next level you can loot a corpse for the Binoculars. Proceeding back down to the lower level, you can fall down a ledge behind the fallen wyvern and go through a low window where you can loot Gold Pine Resin 2x. Drop down into a room with a lattice floor and a hollow. Defeat him and proceed to the other side of the room where a hollow is waiting in ambush behind the boxes. Loot a corpse behind the table for Firebomb 2x. Descend the ladder into a cell where a corpse here can be looted for a Soul of a Deserted Corpse. Continue through the doorway on your left.

Note: If you have already visited the next platform and the wyvern has already landed, you can use the window in the room with the lattice floor as a farm - if you roll into the nook through which you can see the hollows and wyvern waiting, you can aggro the wyvern so that it will breathe fire, killing the hollows on the platform. They don't award many souls but it is an easy and safe method of early game farming.

There Be Wyvern

Defeat the spear and shield hollow waiting near the staircase. These guys can be tricky, so stay alert. Going up the staircase will alert a Lothric Wyvern that will come crashing into the tower, breathing some very lethal fire. This will kill the hollows along the walkway at the bottom of the stairs. At this point you can take up a safe position on the stairs and start shooting the wyvern with arrows, preferably in the head. It takes patience, but after his health gets to about a quarter (60-70 arrows), he will fly away and you will receive a Large Titanite Shard. He will also relocate to Dragon Barracks after you light that bonfire in Lothric Castle. This will also provide you with the opportunity to pick up the Claymore in the corner of the landing. Alternatively, you can choose to skip this and make a dash for it. Time the fire breathing and make a move to the closed door ahead, if you're feeling brave, you can loot a corpse nearby that is in the fire area for Deserter Trousers. Take the stairs down and approach the chest here, which is actually a Mimic. Defeat the challenging enemy and pick up the Deep Battle Axe before making your way up the ladder. Go through the next gated door where you will encounter a Lothric Knight and other hollows. The Lothric Knight is tough, but make use of your weapon arts to break his guard. Alternatively, you can parry him with relative ease. Loot the corpse to the left for a Soul of a Deserted Corpse.  Continue through a doorway, where you will find a corpse on a beam to the right with Firebomb 3x. Go through an open doorway and up the stairs to find a bonfire. In the corner you will find a Titanite Shard 1x.

Wyvern Loot Strategy:  Getting this loot is easier than in previous Souls' Games.  Your best opportunity is on your first visit to the area, as soon as you step through the door leading to the spear-wielding hollow at the base of the stairs leading up to the wyvern perch.  At this point the wyvern hasn't landed yet, and you have a brief window to make a fast run for the claymore at the far end, opposite the wyvern.  Dash up the stairs without engaging any enemies, turn left at the top and run straight back to the shiny treasure at the far end.  The wyvern may hit you with fire, but it shouldn't kill you at full health.  Heal up fast, grab the item, then drop down off the ledge onto the stairs.  If the wyvern is already on his perch, this is a bit trickier, but not impossible.  Just remember to heal up if you're hit with fire.

Greirat of the Undead Settlement

Make your way back down the stairs and back into the tower area. Defeat the hollow and take the ladder down where a halberd wielding enemy blocks a doorway and another locked door (can be opened later on with Leonhard's questline, which lead to a Red Eye Orb). Defeat the enemy and go through the doorway. Loot the corpse to the right for Throwing Knife 8x, and you will find a sitting hollow enemy in this room. Go through the doorway into the next room to defeat another hollow and loot the corpse here to obtain a Mail Breaker. Go down the stairs here and enter a room with a jail cell holding an NPC. The cell will be locked, and can be opened with the Cell Key, which you will find later in this area. When you return to free Greirat of the Undead Settlement, converse with him. If you accept his request he will give you the Blue Tearstone Ring and ask you to deliver it to Loretta. He will then relocate to the first floor in Firelink Shrine.

Exploring the Rooftops and Buildings

Retrace your steps back up the stairs and up the ladder and exit through an open doorway. Loot the corpse on the right for Soul of a Deserted Corpse 1x. Go up the short stairs to where the hollows are praying and defeat the hollows here who come up the ladder. Descend the ladder and proceed onto the rooftops where you will encounter several hollows in worship. One will erupt into a Pus of  Man. The Pus of Man will drop an Ember and Titanite Shard 1x, but only after being killed after the first time. Running up and backstabbing this hollow before it transforms is a viable option. Explore the rooftop here to find a corpse with a Large Soul of Deserted Corpse and a Crystal Lizard behind a lookout.

Down below in the fountain area, you will see a large enemy wielding a huge halberd. He is a tough opponent this early in the game, but he can be safely killed from the rooftop with arrows. About 8 arrows will do the trick, depending on whether you pull off head shots or not.

Proceed forward and take a ladder down. Near where the ladder leaves you off, you can head out onto the roof to find a corpse with Black Firebomb 3x. Enter the open doorway by the ladder and head left into the next room where you will find a hollow waiting. There are several clay pots here that hide a sitting hollow, smash the pots to loot an Undead Hunter Charm 2x.  Up the short stairs another hollow with a crossbow will wait in attack. Continue up into the next room where you will find another dagger wielding hollow. Between two chairs loot the corpse for a Titanite Shard 1x.

Proceed back down to where you entered after descending the ladder to take on the spear and shield wielding knight enemy. In the corner you will find a corpse with a Soul of a Deserted Corpse. Continue through the open doorway and onto the walkway to find another hollow enemy in a doorway to your left. Defeat the enemy and enter the room where you can break several boxes to find a Broadsword. Exit this room and make a left out the doorway and down the stairs and enter the doorway here. Continue into the next room where you will find a sitting hollow enemy. Open the chest here to find a Silver Eagle Kite Shield 1x. If you go up the short flight of stairs here and out you will find another hollow enemy and a broken balcony. Go back to where you first entered here and down the stairs you will come to a large room with several hollows and undead dog. In a short alcove here, you can break several boxes to reveal a Titanite Shard 1x. On a table in the room, you can find an Estus Shard 1x. Down the short flight of stairs at the end of the room, you will find an undead dog and a corpse with Cell Key. You may now return to where you found Greirat earlier to free him.

Go back up the stairs and to the walkway where you killed the hollow who was waiting in a doorway. To the left, a hallway is blocked by boxes which can be destroyed. Continue down the hallway and onto the walkway. Follow it to the end where you can loot Green Blossom 2x. Jump down from the walkway to the right, there is a chest containing an Astora Straight Sword.

Retrace your steps back out to where you first came down the ladder after defeating the dark mass erupting enemy and proceed forward to get to a balcony where more hollows await. Loot the corpse hanging over the railing for Firebomb 3x. Take the ladder here down to the balcony where you will encounter a hollow sword enemy and another one who will leap over to engage you.

Fountain of Dead Knights

Proceed through the open archway to a courtyard with a fountain at its center, surrounded by dead soldiers. The area here is patrolled by a large winged knight enemy wielding a massive halberd who can cast a spell that calls down damaging pillars of light. If you didn't kill him from the rooftop as described above, you may be regretting that choice now. 

Defeat the knight by carefully engaging it, avoiding its halberd reach and backing off when it casts its spell. Backstabs are a powerful tactic here if you can get behind him. In this courtyard area, there is a sewer pass and at the end you will find a corpse with a Rapier. Be mindful of the hollow that will ambush you here.

You can loot the corpses around the fountain to obtain Ember 2x. 

Proceed down and through the archway to the next area filled with fallen and falling leaves. Proceed up the stairs to your right where a crossbow hollow is and enter the archway to find a sword wielding hollow. Go up the stairs to the landing to loot a Large Soul of a Deserted Corpse. You can jump here onto a long awning with a corpse that holds a Ring of Sacrifice 1x. You can drop down here to land back in the courtyard where you fought the winged knight. Retrace your steps and go back up the stairs where the crossbow hollow had been and continue taking the stairs up until you come out to a stone walkway with more dead soldiers and a wandering dagger hollow. Once you near the archway ahead, 4 more hollows will leap out to attack. Defeat them and go through the archway to find a room with a lift. 

Step on the pressure plate to take the lift up. At the top you will find Throwing Knife 6x. Open the door here and step out where an axe wielding hollow will wait in ambush. An easy way to kill him is to send the lift back down and then bait him into the tower. Keep the elevator shaft between you and he will fall down it to his death. Another sword wielding hollow will rise outside  the tower here. You can loot a Soul of a Deserted Corpse here. Head up the stairs to the walkway, (beware of the dogs) where the gesticulating hollows are and head right down the walkway and up the stairs where you will find the first bonfire again, now having unlocked the shortcut via the lift. Returning to the lower area where the hollows were, you can find Green Blossom 2x to the right of the archway leading back to the falling leaves area.

Return to the area covered in falling leaves, and down into the bridge area to take on the greatshield and spear knight and another sword and shield knight. Across and up the stairs you will encounter another sword and shield knight. Loot the corpse on the balcony near the third knight for the Lucerne.

Emma and the Way of Blue

Proceed into the building and speak to Emma, the High Priestess of Lothric who is seated in a chair at the far end of the room. She will explain to you what you must do and gives you the Small Lothric Banner which you will use to advance to the next area. She will also give you the Way of  Blue Covenant parchment which when equipped, will allow you to automatically summon members of the Blue Sentinels to defend you when you are invaded by a hostile phantom. If you kill her here, she will drop an item, which you can bring to the altar behind her to trigger the Dancer of the Boreal Valley boss fight. This boss fight will occur naturally later in the game's progression so there is no immediate need to kill her here and start the fight.

Boss Fight: Vordt of the Boreal Valley

Exit the room from where you entered, and head right up the stairs where a red eye knight waits who is a much tougher fight than the other foes you've faced to this point and will buff his weapon to go with his skilled attacks. Proceed down the stairs away from the room with Emma, dealing with a hollow on the right. Continue through an open double door to enter a large room and approach the double door overgrown with tree branches to trigger the boss fight with Vordt of the Boreal Valley, a somewhat quadrupedal armored foe wielding a massive great hammer and dealing frostbite. (If you've already killed Sword Master Saber, his summon sign will be right in front of the boss area). Killing Vordt will indicate that an heir of fire was destroyed and will earn you the Soul of Boreal Valley Vordt and the Achievement/Trophy Vordt of the Boreal Valley.

Go through the opened double doors to get to a cliff. Display the Small Lothric Banner and a Gargoyle escort will arrive to carry you to the next area, the decaying slum Undead Settlement.

Boss Fight: Dancer of the Boreal Valley

After slaying three of the Lords of Cinder, you will be transported back to the room where you met Emma. She will give you the Basin of Vows and die. Approach the altar behind her corpse to trigger the fight with the Dancer of the Boreal Valley. You may use a Homeward Bone before doing so if you would like to prepare yourself or spend your acquired souls. 

You may alternatively trigger this fight very early on by killing Emma after joining the covenant. She will drop Basin of Vows, and if you approach the altar behind her, the boss fight will trigger.

Defeat her to light the bonfire in this room. Approach the altar again and place the Basin of Vows on it, which will trigger a cutscene that lowers a ladder. Ascend the ladder to reach Lothric Castle.

HighWall of Lothric Maps

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High Wall of Lothric Video Playthrough


Video Walkthrough:

High Wall Of Lothric Walkthrough

All items in High Wall of Lothric

Speed Run Walkthrough

A fast walkthrough of how to get to the end of the level the fastest, picking up only essential items follows:

This level has a few items that even speed-runners will want. From the bonfire, go right and pick up a Longbow if you want it, or bypass this step and go left and up, avoiding the fire-breathing wyvern. You will want to go down a ladder to defeat the mimic downstairs and obtain a Deep Battle Axe, as it's a free infused weapon for early gameplay.

Past the mimic, you will want to follow the natural progression until you find a ladder to some rooftops with a hollow that transforms. Get the Crystal Lizard nearby and then go down the ladder again, you are now at point A in the map.

From point A, look behind you and walk some ramparts forward, past a few items, until you can take a right into a rectangular room. Here you want to pick up the Cell Key and Estus Shard, then go back the way you came to point A.

Continue down the ladder now, and fight a Winged Knight. You can grab the embers in the area and proceed down to a courtyard with several Lothric Knights. To your immediate right, a path leads to an elevator shortcut to Part 1 of the map. Down and left, you can go into the cathedral to meet Emma and obtain the Way of Blue covenant and the flag to access the next area. Once ready, head towards the boss room and fight Vordtr of the Boreal Valley, and then use the flag to proceed to the Undead Settlement.

You can return to the higher area to free Greirat of the Undead Settlement and have him join you at Firelink Shrine.

Speedrun Video Walkthrough:

High Wall of Lothric Speedrun


  • This level was use as an online stress test, and then as demo for gaming convention (with online disable this time). It was almost the same place, only the player could not reach the stairs which lead to Vordt and could only fight against the Dancer. Emma was absent too with her Basin of Vows. In order to fight againt the Dancer, the player only needed to loot a consumable soul on a corpse.


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    • Anonymous

      23 Aug 2021 03:13  

      One of the harder starting areas in a game, IMO. Especially if you're new to Souls games. Too many threats a beginner might not be able to handle that well like the Pus of Man, Lothric Knights, Wyvern, Winged Knight. Good place to get all the training wheels off for sure.

      • Anonymous

        18 May 2021 17:38  

        You can’t be invaded while solo in this area on new game, you need to summon players in or use the dried finger. Compare that to DS1 invaders who give new players a horrible first impression of the game as soon as they kindle the burg bonfire and yet people still frown upon low level invaders in DS3. It’s pretty silly guys.

        • 18 Apr 2021 12:03  

          I'm not sure what arrows you were using when testing this but 99 wooden arrows using the long bow averaging 20 damage per arrow with a few hitting for 3 damage and some hitting for 35+ totaling 1880 damage was not enough to make the wyvern go away. Maybe share the arrow type, the stats required to do this and whether or not the bow you were using was upgraded. I just spent two levels worth on my new character to kill this dragon and it ain't dead. I don't care, at least not for my own sake. I just prefer having and being presented with accurate information.

          • Anonymous

            08 Apr 2021 12:34  

            in case any of you is struggling here, first kill these "praying" hollows for souls, if you have enough souls go back to the firelink shrine and level up stats[high vigor at start helps] The more you repeat it, the more op you will get.
            but still you need to Git gud as if you farm enough for 99 all stats you will get matched with people that has stronger stuff than you.
            level 30 is fine but don't go to the max sl [802] as the matchmaking will put you with invaders that has 10 times stronger armor than you.
            doing it is fine because you will get op phantoms[not every time] The end.

            • Anonymous

              03 Feb 2021 10:43  

              No one's gonna mention that you can get the dark set and dark sword from the darkwraith in the cell under the Tower on the Wall bonfire?

              • Anonymous

                31 Jan 2021 09:52  

                Not sure if previously mentioned, but you can net the Large Titanite Shard from the dragon as a Sorcerer. Position yourself on the stairs outside the door that is locked from the other side, the one that leads to the mimic. Using the binoculars, snipe the wing that hangs over you. At SL17, 27 INT, Sorcerer’s Staff +1, it only took about 20 or less shots. Is it optimal? No, but it’s doable if you’re going for a pure Sorcerer run. Again, sorry if this was mentioned before.

                • Anonymous

                  05 Oct 2020 18:15  

                  I invade this area at level 6. Pick deprived, progress to the undead settlement, draw out your 5 levels with Yoel and purchase the dark hand from Yuria and you’re good to invade with a strong non twink non password gear trading character. You’ll invade all starting classes excluding deprived (unless they level) as the lowest is SL 5. As for armour there are plenty of defence heavy and poise heavy sets available this early such as knight and lothric knight. It’s not a perfect setup but it’s incredibly easy to make, has a high success rate and does not require aid from another player.

                  • Anonymous

                    25 May 2020 21:44  

                    Good Ol'High Wall of Lothric, still getting Low Level invaded cause my buddy wants to run through the game again an forgets you will run into people that both Beat ya in Skill an Gear lol =u= This game is what I imagine an abusive relationship feels like.

                    • Anonymous

                      26 Mar 2020 15:13  

                      The NPC summon Lion Heart Albert can also be summoned at the top of the stairs that lead into the area with the Lothric Knights before the Vordt fight.

                      • Anonymous

                        23 Mar 2020 15:09  

                        It would have been so cool if the original DS3 ideas were more prominent in the game. I would have loved to learn more about Pus of Man, hollows turning into trees, and Winged Knights. There should have been more about Lothric, Sullivan, and Yhorm, but sadly the game drowned in DS1 throwbacks

                        • Anonymous

                          14 Sep 2017 08:56  

                          Game goes on sale and all the Low Level invaders come out the wood work to be dickheads, god this is just Wondeful

                          • Anonymous

                            30 Jul 2017 23:34  

                            What is the desired level to beat High wall of Lothric? Also How do you beat the guy with the Katana outside the fire shrine?

                            • Anonymous

                              24 Jul 2017 23:39  

                              The links to the map are broken. I wanted to edit to fix, but I lack privileges as a guest. The images of the maps are there, but the link is wrong. There is a slash-quote (/") in the url that shouldn't be there. Should be an easy fix for someone with the privileges. Clicking the maps now leads to an empty tab.

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