Holy Knight Hodrick

General Info
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???? - Undead Settlement Vertebrae Shackle

Holy Knight Hodrick is an NPC & NPC Invader in Dark Souls 3. 

Holy Knight Hodrick Information



  • Souls: NG (0), NG+ (9000), NG++ (??), NG+3 (??), NG+6 (??), NG+9 (??)
  • Vertebrae Shackle


Combat Information

  • When summoned, he wil attack the player and AI enemies. Lead him to other enemies, and let them weaken him. 
  • On NG+, when summoned in the Crucifixion Woods, he is EXTREMELY dangerous. Almost all of his attacks will instantly kill most players, dealing up to 2000 damage. He will attack enemies, but they can swarm him easily. However, he only drops 1000 souls on death, so summoning him is not recommended. Proceed with caution.
  • While dangerous, he can easily dispatch some of the powerful enemies nearby, such as invader Yellowfinger Heysel and the two Exile Watchdog NPCs who guard the Farron Keep bonfire below. As long as you can maintain a safe distance from Hodrick and lure him well enough, he can make short work on them.
  • Can be distracted by Alluring Skull.
  • Wields: Flamberge (RH), Sunset Shield (LH), Pyromancy Flame (LH).
  • Casts: Warmth and Power Within.
  • Other: Red Tearstone Ring, Blue Tearstone Ring.



First encounter


Well, what's happened here? This pit is for hollows, not for the likes of you sane folk. Or perhaps you are a Hollow, posing as otherwise?"

Selecting "Indeed"


Yes, yes. Then we're just fine. It's important to know who you are. But we'll all be mad, soon enough. And should you be Undead, well, all the more so."  

Selecting "No"


No, no, of course  you're not. That's what you mad fools always say. But we'll all be mad, soon enough. And should you be Undead, well, all the more so."

Selecting "Talk"


Beware, the shackles of the Gods are fragile. You might need this. Etch it on your heart if you feel your sanity slipping." (Receive Mound-makers)

"Come here to pile up your victims, for that will form your anchor. You'll see when you go mad. They'll be your family." (Laughs)

Selecting "Talk" again


You'll go mad one day, but not today. Take my advice. Use this bone, and leave this place." (Receive homeward bone x1)

"This pit is for Hollows, and for the occasional madman fond piling up victims. You've better things to do, I'd hope?" (Laughs)


Upon Attacking


I knew it! I knew You were hollow!"

"I knew it, I knew you were Hollow! Well, that's just fine."

Upon dying to him


"Oh well, another addition to the family."

"Right, onto the pile with you. You're family now..."

Upon killing him


Ahh, my family... Dear little Sirris..."





  • Holy Knight Hodrick is the grandfather of Sirris of the Sunless Realms, as, when summoned to assist her in fighting him, she addresses him as a "grandad". Also, Sirris leaves message with a budding green blossom, which may be purchased from Shrine's Handmaid, saying "Goodbye, dear Grandmother. I will visit Grandfather, at the Pit of the Hollows" which might imply that Shrine's Handmaid is Sirris' grandmother, and, possibly, Holy Knight Hodrick's wife.
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    • Anonymous

      14 Jul 2018 23:07  

      A cheese strat for his first encounter that I haven't seen discussed is going in with the Giant Archer's Young White Branch, leading him over to the white birch, then jumping over to the platform where the Undead Bone Shard is found. Stand near the edge and when Hodrick gets close he'll try to swing at you but just end up throwing himself off the cliff.

      • 28 Jun 2018 20:45  

        Found out today that Hodrick can also use Stone Flesh, the same skill from Havel's Greatshield. When using the skill he takes close to no damage and if he is in his Warmth he is practically invincible, taking around 50 damage from a r1 with Vordt's Great Hammer.

        • Anonymous

          16 May 2018 16:32  

          the biggest @sshole in DS before angels, he have infinite estus flask and always recover his health - and player just have 15 estus flask max, so annoying.
          for me nothing more annoying than to recharge hp or come back to life and player have many limitations to fight with it.

          • Anonymous

            07 May 2018 16:12  

            In Demon's Souls most BP are way thougher - even on ng. There is no Undead Hunter Charm. So they heal and heal.... Hardest IMHO is BP Selen Vinland. She is in the swamp - can run and roll - you are stucked and fat rolling. You play as mage? She casts anti-magic shield that lasts 60 ! seconds. Wanna block her attack? Her Blind goes through shields. She is extremeley fast - you are not. And she heals and heals.... Same with Satsuki. Hits like a truck - and very fast. One mistake and you are dead. To much distance and he heals.

            Hodrick hits hard (and parries well) - but with charm (and pyro ng+ and beyond) you get him down with ease. And you even could use seed of tree, alluring skull, duel charm and cheese him down with pestilent mercury or somehting else.

            • Anonymous

              20 Apr 2018 05:51  

              >Get to Cruxifixion woods soul level
              >get to NG+3
              >get to the woods, dry finger that bad boy
              >summon hodrick
              *fire and chaos everywhere, screams and in the distance, sirens*

              • Anonymous

                16 Apr 2018 14:59  

                I talked to him in the Pit of Hollows bud didn't joined his covenant. Then i was fighting Curse-Rotted Greatwood, after fight i found him already dead near bonfire but without his armor set. Is that bug or i did something wrong? Or it can be still possible to fight him with Sirris?

                • Anonymous

                  18 Feb 2018 12:25  

                  He invaded me at Dilapidated Bridge twice, both times I went back to Firelink Shrine. He stopped invading after that. Go figure.

                  • Anonymous

                    03 Feb 2018 06:02  

                    Well here i have a story to add to the wiki:
                    I reached the Undead Settlement and out of sheer curiosity, i did the "climb on the cage on the back of the big guy" to join the Mould makers covenant early
                    After i exhausted Hodrics dialogue, and received the covenant sign, i boned out
                    Later i returned to fight the Cursed Tree, 2nd Phase, the floor broke and we fell on the pit
                    now i cant complete Sirris quest, GG WP Fromsoftware

                    i would like to know if anyone else has seen this happen?

                    • Anonymous

                      29 Jan 2018 02:40  

                      I was doing some testing about Hodrick and his black seperation crystal capabilities. I can confirm that Hodrick (at Crucifixion Woods) will black crystal if you go into the stone structure where the Exile NPCs are, leading down to Farron; or go into the stone structure where the Black Knight is.

                      If Hodrick black crystals, his summon sign will still be there when you reload the area.

                      I am unsure if he will black crystal when you go to Halfway Fortress bonfire (where Anri and Horace are), or when you go to the Crystal Sage stone structure.

                      I would have tested both of those, but I pit Hodrick and the Black Knight against each other, on NG+7. Hodrick was utterly destroyed by the Black Knight within 5 hits.

                      Holy Knight Hodrick < Black Knight

                      • Anonymous

                        24 Jan 2018 21:19  

                        As with all humanoid enemies, Hodrick is allergic to the Astora Greatswords's fully charged R2. He WILL walk right into it all the time, and he will be laid down by it. When done right, he won't be able to stand up between your attacks, let alone fight back. It's probably the cheesiest way to kill him.

                        • Anonymous

                          23 Jan 2018 03:29  

                          Lol this guy is so OP in ng+ and beyond that he's harder than any boss in the game. It's all a lot of fun but I can't believe this was intentional...

                          • Anonymous

                            18 Jan 2018 18:20  

                            I summoned Hodrick on NG+7 and lead him to Heysel.

                            Heysel got parried and riposted for 2658 damage.

                            Hodrick got 999/999/999/999 or something.

                            • Anonymous

                              14 Jan 2018 21:14  

                              I summoned Holy Knight Hodrick on Road of Sacrifices and he used the Black separation crystal immediately once summoned. I have no idea what happened and have never seen an NPC do this before. Anyone care to shed any light as to why he did this?

                              • Anonymous

                                07 Jan 2018 02:45  

                                When he first invades you at the Dilapidated Bridge, an easy way to kill him for a shackle is to lead him to the area the Giant is shooting at.
                                I realize that might be obvious to a lot of people, but it didn't immediately occur to me and I'm sure I'm not alone. This tip would be a good addition to the page.

                                • Anonymous

                                  04 Jan 2018 20:33  

                                  Idk if this was just a one-off glitch for me, but if you rest at a bonfire before he gives you a vertebrae shackle, you can farm him for souls

                                  • Anonymous

                                    13 Dec 2017 13:58  

                                    *****ing garbage.


                                    ***** this bull*****From.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      20 Nov 2017 22:48  

                                      I could actually summon him in the Road of Sacrifice after receiving Mound-Makers covenant from him and then killing the boss.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        13 Nov 2017 16:25  

                                        Easily cheesed his invasion by luring him to the part where the giant shoots his arrows and jumping on the half broken off platform behind the tree...he comitted suicide

                                        • Anonymous

                                          07 Oct 2017 03:27  

                                          Love this guy. I like to pull him over to surprise invaders and kill...... everything (crabs, club guy, curve sword guy, pick red invader and of course farrons watchdogs). 100% badass

                                          • Anonymous

                                            30 Sep 2017 15:39  

                                            Soul of Cinder max damage per hit: ~750
                                            Hodrick max damage per hit: 2000+

                                            YOU COULD HAVE BEEN A LORD, MAN--EVEN A GOD, FOR CHRISSAKES.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              17 Sep 2017 01:02  

                                              Fanboy about to gush for a minute here.

                                              The Best NPC in the game. the only NPC invader that actually poses any kind of threat (In my experience). Uses the coolest Healing Spell in the Game. When summoned as a mad Phantom on NG or NG+ he's more than capable of killing people who invade your world in 2 hits. Introduces you to the only covenant that isn't broke as hell (Again in my experience).

                                              I just wish there was some secret way to fight HIM instead of Gael. I'd fight a Darkness Ridden Holy Knight Hodrick of the Sunless Realms every time; that would be bad@$$. Get a rusty torn up looking flamberge with an obnoxious weapon art.

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