Kiln of the First Flame is a location in Dark Souls 3. In order to reach this area, the player must first kill all Lords of Cinder and speak to the Fire Keeper in Firelink Shrine. Interacting with the Firelink bonfire will then warp the player to the first bonfire.


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Area Requirements

Once you have defeated the 4 Lords of Cinder and placed their ashes on their empty thrones, speak to the Fire Keeper, then activate the Bonfire, which will lead to a cutscene. Afterwards, you will be transported to the first Bonfire at the Kiln of the First Flame, which looks like a dark copy of Firelink Shrine.

Take the path outside and activate the bonfire to proceed to the First Flame. Upon arriving, light the Bonfire to the right, head up the path and enter the clearing to battle the Soul of Cinder. Defeat him to earn Soul of the Lords. Be wary that it is possible to invade at the path, before the fog gate. Activating the Bonfire in front warps to Dreg Keep instead.


After defeating the Soul of Cinder, you will then have the choice of the following endings:

  • Use the bonfire resulting in the 'To Link the Fire' ending and the unlocking of said achievement.
  • If you have obtained the Eyes of a Firekeeper from the Untended Graves area and have given it to the Fire Keeper you can use a summon sign next to the bonfire to trigger the 'The End of Fire' ending and the unlocking of said achievement. During this scene you have a short window where you can attack the Firekeeper after the cutscene for what is effectively a 4th ending option, but you will not get the achievement.
  • If an optional quest line is completed involving Yuria and Anri to become the Lord of Londor, you can usurp the flame by wrestling the flame from its mantle triggering the 'Usurpation of Fire' ending and the unlocking of said achievement.
    Note: Bonfire will still say "Link the First Flame" even though you're about to usurp the flame.

Once the final cutscene plays the credits will roll. When the credits are complete, the game will prompt you as to whether you would like to stay in your current playthrough or proceed into New Game Plus (NG+).

Staying in current Cycle

If you delay proceeding into NG+, you will return to Firelink Shrine where you can tie up any loose ends, explore further or farm any items. Soul Transposition is still possible at the throne of Ludleth of Courland, and you can also loot the Skull Ring here as well as obtain the Farron Ring from Hawkwood. Reloading and speaking to Blacksmith Andre will earn you Hawkwood's Swordgrass.

Kiln of the First Flame Map


Kiln of the First Flame Video Playthrough


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    • Anonymous

      27 Jul 2021 20:00  

      Why the **** we can't load straight to the boss fight area but have to load to another area before loading to the boss fight area. seriously wtf

      • Anonymous

        11 May 2021 11:26  

        Anyone else notice how a large amount of lothric weapons are stuck into the ground? Could this mean the kingdom of lothric attempted to send knights to slay the soc and link the flame before lothric was born?

        • Anonymous

          28 Feb 2021 11:50  

          that horrifying moment when you enter the arena for the first time, see someone sitting by a bonfire, who then gets up immediately and whoops you

          • Anonymous

            11 Sep 2020 16:18  

            I was at kiln of the first flame, went to light the bonfire and the game shot me to the ringed city dlc, which I have already beaten, apart from Gael. How to I trigger the cutscene to fight soul of cinder? All the lord cinders are placed in their thrones

            • Anonymous

              07 Jul 2020 08:14  

              According to Vendrick usurping the fire is the only way to really end this cycle since it breaks the sigil

              • Anonymous

                28 Jun 2020 09:39  

                I ended up giving the firekeeper the eyes and now she refuses to activate the cutscene, only asking me to kill her whenever I talk to her. It's my first playthrough and I don't know what to do next.

                • Anonymous

                  10 Jun 2020 21:08  

                  I have this question, If I kill the Soul of Cinder but I go back to the shrine without trigger the final, Is Yuria still there?

                  • Anonymous

                    30 Mar 2020 23:13  

                    Did any one notice if you come back without starting a new game there is no flame in the bonfire (lord of hollows ending)

                    • Anonymous

                      05 Feb 2020 20:51  

                      Use Dorhy's Gnawing with caitha's chime to bleed enough times. He might be resistant, but it will work for most if not all of the fight up to ng+7 - Ace

                      • Anonymous

                        23 Jun 2018 23:01  

                        I just realized!!!! If you look around the so-called "Dark Copy of the Firelink Shrine" you'll find that the stairs for "Holy King Lothric (Last Hope of his Line)"s throne are gone, and you can't get up to the throne! O_O

                        • Anonymous

                          15 Mar 2018 16:57  

                          my question is where did Yuria of Londor went after she help with the boss then leave her equipment for us ?

                          • Anonymous

                            14 Mar 2018 12:49  

                            If you don't light the flameless shrine or the koln of the first flame and warp back to fireflink can you get back there or no?

                            • Anonymous

                              29 Nov 2017 14:44  

                              So I warped here accidentally before I was ready. I ported back to Firelink to make some gear changes and now can’t find my way back? Did I ruin my game ending by warping back before killing the boss?

                              • 07 Jul 2017 01:50  

                                Removed the "At the bonfire it is possible to summon the Legendary summon named "Garrath" to help with the fight." line as the "Garrath" is propably just someone promoting himself/herself which shouldn't be done in a wiki page.

                                • Anonymous

                                  28 Apr 2017 16:48  

                                  "At the bonfire it is possible to summon the Legendary summon named "Garrath" to help with the fight."

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