General Info
Health Souls Location Drops
???? 1000 Irithyll Dungeon
Firelink Shrine
Karla's Ashes
Karla's Set

Karla is an NPC in Dark Souls 3.

Karla Information



  • Located in a locked cell on the ground floor of Irithyll Dungeon, next to the main Jailer group.
  • The key to her cell is the Jailer's Key Ring and can be found in the Profaned Capital. Within the toxic swamp with the Sewer Centipedes, go up a ladder and stick to the left side of the roof until you come to some steps, follow the path and the key should be there.
  • Once she is sent back to Firelink Shrine, you can find her in an alcove under the stairs to the left of Andre.



Items Sold




First encounter

Oh, there you are."
"I thought you'd all but forgotten me. How sweet."
"Good to know that a skinny little heretic can still turn heads."

Hm?'re not one of them, are you?"
"Accept my apologies, for mistaking you for one of those leeches."
"So, what business have you here?"
"This is a land of monstrosities. And I am no exception."

Choice: Offer help/Do not help her

Offer help

"You're here to save me...?"
"But I am guilty. A wretched child of the Abyss."
"Is that something you can forgive?"

Do not help her

You're very frank. If you've no business here, take your leave at once. For your own sake.


Choice: Save her nonetheless/Do not save her

Save her nonetheless

Oh, really. You are no ordinary man."
"Very well. Besides, I've grown tired of imprisonment."
"I am Karla, and I accept your proposal."

Do not help her

You're very frank. If you've no business here, take your leave at once. For your own sake.


Talking to her again after choosing to not help her

What is it? Something else? Ahh, don't fret over me, I'm stuck here anyway."


Second encounter (Firelink Shrine)

Ahh, there you are."
"As I said, I am Karla. And am grateful to you."
"Now, what shall we do."
"The only thing that might interest you is my sorcery."
"Although my dark arts are a detestable sort."
"That wouldn't interest you, would it?"


Choice: Ask/Decline to learn dark sorceries

Ask to learn

Hm." (Nothing in subtitles)
"You're a wicked one, aren't you?"
"Very well. Humans are of the dark, and you are no different."
"Some may avert their eyes, but the truth remains the truth."
"Be careful though. Few humans are privy to this knowledge."
"Let it be a secret, [kept] between you and I..."

Decline to learn

Hm" (sight*)
"Most Regrettable"
"I have nothing else, you see, nothing at all"
"Have you so soon forgotten?That place is home only to monstrous things, and i am no exception ."

talk after decline to learn

"Ahh,hello there. I`m sorry to say..."
"This truly is all i have."
"Detestable sorceries that delve into the darkness of man..."


Ahh, hello again. Thank goodness.
Yes, yes, you require my sorceries, I presume?"

"Ah, hello again. Thank goodness.
One can become quite attached, even to a bumbling apprentice.
Oh, I'm hardly serious."


First "Talk" option

There is one thing that you should know."
"There is a darkness within man, and I am afraid you will peer into it."
"Whether the fear will spark self-reflection, or a ruinous nostalgia..."
" up to you entirely."
"Fear not, your choice will bring you no scorn."


Quelana Pyromancy Tome

Oh, a pyromancy tome, have we?
Quelana, Witch of Izalith...well, this is a fascinating pyromancy...
Wery well. If this is your wish.
I will unravel the thing the best I can.
Besides. It will be nice to play master for once.


Grave Warden Pyromancy Tome

Oh, another pyromancy tome, have we?
And one that resonates with the dark, yes, well suited to me... (laughs)
I may be a heretical sorcerer, but you bring me nothing but pyromancies!
Fiendish little lad, you..."


Any Divine Tome

Oh, is this a Divine Tome?
What on earth are you thinking?
I wouldn't go near a Divine Tome, or any so-called miracle.
And casters of miracles are sure to steer clear of me.
So, please.
Don't torture me so."


Any Divine Tome, again

Ahh, you, how could you...
I know, I know. I owe my life to you.
Fine, then. [but] Just this once, I will tell you this tale.
But do understand, it will be my first time.
I'll have no s.n.i.g.g.e.r.i.n.g, should I err."


After giving the Firekeeper her Eyes

Oh, are you lost on your journey?
No matter; today's lost are conquerors tomorrow.
It only demonstrates the making of a champion.
And besides, it will not change my sense of gratitutde, or how I think of you."
(And besides, whatever your choice... It will not change my sense of gratitutde, or how I think of you.)



Do stay safe"


Upon Death

You're a fickle one
and vicious..."




  • Karla is voiced by Jenny Funnel, who has previously voiced Yuria the Witch (Demon's Souls), Quelana of Izalith (Dark Souls), real Iosefka and Vileblood Queen Analise (Bloodborne)
  • Karla's character appears to be a reference to Yuria from Demon's souls, both characters are found imprisoned, and use dark magic channeled from emotion, both share the same voice actress.
  • Her item and ashes description imply that she is a Child of Dark much like Nashandra, Elana, Nadalia, and Alsanna.
  • Her name is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word "churl" or Old High German "karal" which originally meant "man" and later "commoner", which may be picked as a reference to her "dark" nature connected with humanity in contrast to gods who are referred to, at the least, as royalty or nobility.



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    • Anonymous

      15 Oct 2018 07:38  

      Even though she's not a fan of miracles, it's recommended to give her the Deep Braille Tome because Irina takes it much worse than her.

      • Anonymous

        04 Aug 2018 22:04  

        Karla is the most badass NPC in this game. You hand her tomes everyone else is afraid to even touch and she's like "well I'm not really a pyromancer but what the hell" and "eh I don't really do the faith and miracle thing but whatever." Hand other NPCs***** that's half as advanced and in the theme of their entire life's profession and they're like "OH LORD MY PURPOSE HATH BEEN FOUND."

        • Anonymous

          15 Jul 2018 16:18  

          If you want, you can lure the lycanthrope out of his cell and he'll start murdering the jailers for you if he loses sight of you. Or you can attract the jailers and then run into his cell and rapport him to get the same effect when they chase you in. Then you have less to worry about as far as losing Karla due to a death on your end while talking to her.

          • Anonymous

            04 Jun 2018 20:31  

            If you are going to panic about what happens if you die while talking to her just use a crossbow/bow to deal with jailers one by one and avoid the mimic.

            • Anonymous

              29 May 2018 23:45  

              no stupid questlines, just a straight rescue the lady mission and this cutie will teach you all the dark shit you want, death to Anri, Karla is waifu

              • Anonymous

                22 Apr 2018 10:44  

                I find it funny that none of the times you can even give her are things she wants. She only learns dark pyromancies and dark miracles, both of which she isnt huge fans of

                • Anonymous

                  10 Jan 2018 19:12  

                  you can buy her hat off shrine maiden after giving her prisoner's ash found in irithyll dungeon (can confirm this is the case in my game)

                  • Anonymous

                    19 Aug 2017 01:59  

                    So I gave her a pyromancy tome, then two divine tomes, and then the other pyromancy tome and she still complained about only giving her pyromancy tomes. What the ***** you mean, *****!?

                    • Anonymous

                      09 Aug 2017 05:06  

                      A whole bunch of anons are assuming the site runners actively censored 's*****ing' on purpose - NO, it's really obviously just an over-zealous auto-filter with sub-standard context sensitivity. This is a doofy little tech issue, not a moral one, un-bunch your collective undergarments.

                      • Anonymous

                        25 May 2017 12:28  

                        So if you die AT ALL during the Dungeon, she's toast? That actually kind of makes the place more nerve racking than previously thought.

                        • Anonymous

                          29 Apr 2017 06:01  

                          I'm sure this has been pointed out before, but couldn't she be the daughter of Alva and Zullie? All the spells that she sells you (the ones SHE has, not the ones she sells you after you give her tomes) are "passed from mother to daughter", the item description of Karla's pointed hat states that "pointed hats are the signature of a heretical sorceress (specifically points towards an individual, most likely Zullie IMO)" and if you read the item description of Zullie's black witch hat it says "The pointed hat is a symbol of heretical magical crafts, and Zullie wore hers with an unspoken, but deep sense of pride.". I take from this that Karla learned the spells she has from her mother and that she wears her pointed hat as a kind of nod towards a specific sorceress, Zullie also happens to wear a pointed hat and "takes great pride" in her hat so it makes sense to me that if she was teaching her daughter black magic that she'd want her to wear a pointed hat as well since pointed hats are "a symbol of heretical magical crafts" as told to us by Zullie's black witch hat item description. It's also possible that the reason Karla wears a pointed hat is because Zullie (may have?) killed herself, it's a nod to her dead mother. If you read the item description of the spell Dark Edge, it says "Passed from mother to daughter, this blade was intended for both protection and as a means of taking one's own life. The young girl never swung it more than once." which could imply that her mother only cast the spell once to teach her how to use it, hence her only using it once as she no longer had any point of reference to practice on. Her mother may have brought Karla near her during the suicide and "taught" her the spell by committing suicide and then Karla attempted the spell once right after her mother died either to try to kill herself as well or just to attempt the spell that her mother died to teach her. All of the above information ties Karla to Zullie, but doesn't really cover Alva, i'll try and move on to him. First things first, Alva invades right outside the Irithyll dungeons and is later found dead near Karla's cell. Alva is titled "seeker of the spurned" in dark souls 3, Karla references to herself as a "spurned child of the abyss". We can gather from all this that Alva's invasion isn't coincidental, he was in the dungeons trying to find Karla, whether it's because she's his daughter or just because she is considered "spurned". We know he was specifically there for Karla because his corpse is near her cell as mentioned above. Alva ALSO invades in front of the corpse that you get Zullie's black witch set from. We already know from the item description of Alva's set and Zullie's set in dark souls 2 that Alva and Zullie became close either during Alva's quest to find a cure for saint seretta or after she died of said sickness. The item descriptions are as follows: Alva's set: "Alva crossed many a land in search of a cure for Saint Serreta's sickness, but failed and relinquished his knighthood. Alva was once wracked with guilt and remorse, but rediscovered his purpose in life with the aid of the witch who once plotted against him." Zullie's set: "Robe worn by Zullie the witch,seducer of Alva of Wayfarer. Boasts excellent magic defense. When Zullie the witch learned of Alva's dedication to Saint Serrate she used all manner of tricks and deceit to ruin him, but in the end she would spend her life with him, supporting his endeavors. The witch, as unloving as she was unloved, finally found illumination through her blighted existence." From these item descriptions its undeniable that they became AT LEAST very good friends, but i believe they became lovers. Alva's ENTIRE purpose in life prior to Zullie was to save a saint dying of an incurable disease, he even travelled around the world enough that tales about his exploits and his involvement with the witch earned him the title "the wayfarer" to those who spread the tales. His motivation was enormous, enough that when he failed he relinquished his knighthood as punishment. The fact that a woman who is titled as "SEDUCER of Alva" became a big enough presence in Alva's life that she was able to help him move past this failure and live on alongside her implies, to me, that he fell in love with her. The black witch veil MIGHT point towards them having gotten married at some point, but it's explained in the item description as "for travel and to hide her affiliation with the misunderstood craft of witches" so there is already an explanation for it aside from "they got married". It's just something to keep in mind. At some point Alva and Zullie were split up, it is shown in the ringed city dlc that she ended up working under the judicator giant and as we see through our playthrough, Alva is shown watching over Zullie's (possible?) corpse in the ringed city and seeking Karla in the Irithyll dungeons. We can easily understand why he's looking over Zullie's corpse, she meant EVERYTHING to him after Seretta died (it literally says that they "found a new purpose in life in each other), but why would he be seeking Karla? Well, if you've read through everything i've said so far you'll have noticed that i've already pointed out that its highly likely that Alva and Zullie weren't JUST friends, that everything in Karla's possessions indicate that her mother was dark sorceress and that her pointed hat is a connection to Zullie. Given all of this together it is likely that Zullie is Karla's mother given that all of Karla's spells are "passed from mother to daughter", as far as Zullie killing herself, as i mentioned earlier Alva and Zullie were split up at some point. What I believe happened is that they had a child (Karla) and then were split up in the ringed city by circumstance so Zullie raised their daughter as long as she could all the while teaching her daughter her dark arts and holding out hope Alva would find them again. It is once she has taught her daughter all but one spell, dark edge, that she finally loses hope of Alva being alive and as such decides to kill herself, in the process passing on her last dark art to her daughter. Karla grows up and is imprisoned in Irithyll dungeons because of her black magic, ages pass with Alva still away searching for both Zullie and his daughter when he finally finds Zullie's corpse in the ringed city, grieving her he protects her corpse until you come and take her items, Alva then goes in search of his daughter and hears of her having been imprisoned, he rushes to the dungeons and sees you coming towards the dungeons so he fights you in an effort to protect his daughter from you since for what OTHER reason would a powerful person like yourself be approaching a dungeon other than to cause havoc, you beat him but don't kill him so he proceeds as far into the dungeon as he can get until he is later killed by the jailers keeping watch down near Karla's cell. I'm on the verge of tears right now, because the reality JUST hit me while i was typing this, its all coming together for me and i don't like the picture. Please, someone prove me wrong, seriously.

                          • Anonymous

                            05 Apr 2017 22:09  

                            >Dialogue - After giving the Firekeeper her Eyes

                            To me, I'd already given the Firekeeper her Eyes but she didn't say the line until I put all the lords on their throne..

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