Locust Preacher

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General Info
Health Souls Location Drops

~500 (small)

~2000 (regular)

400 (small)

2200 (regular)

The Ringed City Pale Resin, One of the specific souls
Weak Resists Immune

Frostbite, Fire, Lightning

Dark, Poison/Toxic

N/A

Locust Preacher (also called White-Faced Locust) in Dark Souls 3 is a type of enemy met only in The Ringed City. Three of them act as NPCs, telling stories of figures from throughout the games and attempting to convince the player to permit dark/Abyss to overcome fire.

 

Locust Preacher Information

 

Locust Preacher Location

  • You can find Locust Preacher only at The Ringed City (Location).
  • The NPC versions will start talking without the need to interact with them, for each NG game cycle. There are only 3, which are located outside of the Abyssal Swamp. If they are attacked by the player, they will become hostile, however, if you reload the area, the preachers will revert to their non-hostile state. 
  • The hostile version is located only in the abyssal swamp near Ringed City Streets bonfire.

 

Locust Preacher Drops

 

Locust Preacher Combat Information

  • The hostile version appears in 2 variants - regular and small.
  • Regular one can jump out of mud, however after that moment they can't hide in it. Also swipe at the player with their arms, attack with a white projectile that slows the player, or perform a critical strike on him. 
  • Small may engage player, but most of the time they escape. They can also hide under mud.
  • Deals Magic Damage (large only) and Standard Damage.
  • Weak to Frostbite, Fire Damage and Lightning Damage.
  • Resistant to Dark Damage, Poison, Toxic.
  • Can't be backstabbed or parried.
  • While not in the mud, they can be staggered, send in air or pinned.
  • Can be lured.
  • Affected by Rapport

 

Locust Preacher Dialogue

Many of us are by the fire forsaken.
I speak of thine kind, and mine.
Behold this city! We are kindred, belike two eyes which gaze upon the other.
Fear not, the dark, my friend.
And let the feast begin.

One was a wayfaring knight, on an endless, forbidden search.
Only the Abyss granted closure, if not reunion with his beloved.
Fear not, the dark, my friend.
And let the feast begin.

One met the dark with learning. But in the end, learned his knowledge was wanting.
The world began without knowledge, and without knowledge will it end.
Dost not this ring clear and true?
Fear not, the dark, my friend.
And let the feast begin.

One poor girl slew her own kin, but even so, was embraced, enveloped by the Abyss.
Twas a comfort that neither moon nor sunless sky afforded her before.
Fear not, the dark, my friend.
And let the feast begin.

And so, she lived in fear. Of the dark, of the things that gnawed at her flesh.
And yet! The Abyss hath yet to produce any such creature!
Fear not, the dark, my friend.
And let the feast begin.

And so, despite his weighty armour, he lived in fear. Of a delicate thing, little more than a girl.
Where fire resideth, shadows twist and shrivel. But in the Abyss, there are shadows none.
Fear not, the dark, my friend.
And let the feast begin.

Of all the Fingers, he alone was embraced by the Abyss.
For he was human, and ne'er a grub.
Fear not, the dark, my friend.
And let the feast begin.

When Attacked:

Ahh, yes, yes, I remember now! Let the feast begin.
Let the feast begin.

I shall partake!
...Search thine own self. Fear not the dark.
And let the feast begin.

 

Locust Preacher Trivia & Lore

  • Locust White Preacher is one of the few vocal enemies.
  • With the utmost vaguery, the Locust Preachers address the lives of various NPC's as their quests and the player's own, nears the end.  The dialogue is sufficently vague that it could refer to many individuals within the series as a whole, but clues in what they say most strongly indicate they are speaking of characters within Dark Souls III, all of whom are non-undead who would have died at this point.  What implication this has regarding the connection between Death and The Dark is unknown.
    • The "wayfaring Knight" referenced in passing would appear to be the likeness of Alva, Seeker of the Spurned, and his quest for redemption with the Black Witch Zullie after the death of Saint Seretta. 
    • One can infer from the dialogue about the man seeking learning, that it is connected to Orbeck of Vinheim. As his questline finishes, the player stumbles across the slumped over the corpse of Orbeck in the Grand Archives, drained of life after learning all he could from the scrolled collected by the Champion of Ash. The reason for his death could be that after he left, he went to the regal library to seek more knowledge, only to find nothing new for him or to be overcome by the forces within. Thus his ashes ran cold.  
      • In the same manner it could refer to Big Hat Logan, who more directly opposed the Dark and was overcome, going mad through unknown means.
    • The poor girl who slew her own kin likely refers to one Siris of the Sunless Realms, as her questline ends after she slays the mad spirit Holy Knight Hodrick in the depths of the Pit of Hollows. It's important to know that when the player finds her body outside firelink shrine, that she is holding the Sunset shield, her grandfather's shield.  Siris is also a Blade of the Darkmoon, which was played on in "neither moon nor Sunless sky".
    • The girl frightened by the gnawing is indirectly Irina of Carim, which appears to reference her constantly being set upon by biting creatures, her fear of falling into the abyss, and in the fall of her character to dark if the player makes her read Dark Miracle tomes. This, along with the Invader "Moaning Knight" suggests that perhaps Irina fell to the darkness either eventually, or by the decisions of the Champion of Ash. The Locust's claim that the Abyss has not produced any such creature is an odd one as it could refer to either the girl or the things that gnawed on her.  Given the beliefs of the Deep, that the things that gnaw on flesh came from things that fell to the Abyss, not that were produced by it, this claim can also be a deliberate deception.
    • The weighty armored knight referenced can be construed to be Eygon of Carim, whose only true fear would have been losing his maiden to the Abyss.  However, the lines seem to indicate that the man was afraid of the girl herself, interesting given Eygon of Carim's passive agressive relationship with Irina, being spiteful yet protective of her. 
    • Lastly, the cut dialogue that reference a "lone finger" would appear to be popularly associated with Ringfinger Leonard, who unlike other pale tongue enthusiasts never used rebirth to change his scarred visage, and never being threatened by the chance of becoming a man-grub. This may also be because he chose to steal away Rosaria's soul to keep it from the reach of the player.  Leonhard is found past Aldrich, saint of the Deep, who appears to have attempted to sheperd man into an age of Dark protected from the creatures of the Deep.
  • The Locust Preachers always finish their sentences with "Fear not, the dark, my friend. And let the feast begin." Considering that the Weapon Art of the Preacher's Right Arm is called the Feasting Branch and the Locust Preacher's use them to hold the player still while they eat their face, and that the White Preacher Mask references the preachers thinking of their stomachs, it is quite likely that they are waiting for the Dark to overcome the world so that they may devour all within to appease their hunger.  This could also suggest that the Locust Preachers are trying to persuade the player to commit cannibalism, which neatly parallels the nature of Dark-Wraiths, humans that devour the humanity of other men.  In this way, the preachers could be conjoling the player to take from others and therefore gain a seat at the table, so to speak.
  • The white substance the Locust shoot from their backsides have identical appearance and properties when hitting the player to the wax used by the candle scholars, seeming to imply that the scholars wax is obtained by harvesting it from The White Faced Locust, which have innate magic.  This would explain the magic boosting abilities of the scholar candlestick and the ability of the wax to reduce the effects of the magically tied knowledge of the books of the archive.
  • The origins of the Pale Faced Locust are difficult to determine, as little is stated or known about them besides that they see humans as kindred, arose from the Abyssal Swamp, were intended to beckon man to the dark with sermons, and possess a tremendous hunger, apparently for man.  Three strong theories emerge based on this and other context clues.
    • The pale faces resemble those of the 4 Kings, and the Crag Spiders of Dark Souls I as well as the Flymen in Ariandel were once men that were warped into insect like shapes by living in close contact with the firey Great Swamp and Rot, as the flame of chaos warps flesh, and the dark has been shown to do so as well.  The Locust, which emerged from a Abyss Swamp, may be a dark equivelent, and therefore be the decendants of Man that chose to enter the Abyss, warped into a new form and carrying its intent to devour.  Interestingly, the hair, face, and chest of the Locust do resemble the armor of the Dark Wraiths, whose armor was bound to their flesh, effectively becoming like chitin. 
    • The religion of The Deep speaks of monsterous things that fell into the Deep (apparently another term for the Abyss, or perhaps the midpoint between the world and the Abyss) and transformed it from a safe place into a place dangerous for Man.  Many of the Deep miracles and the weapons of Sulyvahn's pontiff knights reference abysal insects that gnaw with endless hunger on anything they find.  These Preachers might be an evolution of these creatures to be more like man, either obtained by ingesting countless humanity, or through some sort of mimicry based evolution (several forms of which are seen throughout the series, such as the Mimics)
    • Lastly, they could be the remnants of another race from another world that also discovered Fire and had similar things happen regarding the fall into Dark, reaching the world of man through a shared Abyss.

 

 
NPCs
Alva, Seeker of the Spurned  ♦  Anri of Astora  ♦  Archdeacon McDonnell  ♦  Black Hand Gotthard  ♦  Black Hand Kamui  ♦  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  ♦  Hawkwood  ♦  Holy Knight Hodrick  ♦  Horace the Hushed  ♦  Irina of Carim  ♦  Jailer  ♦  Judicator Argo  ♦  Karla  ♦  Knight Slayer Tsorig  ♦  Lapp  ♦  Leonhard  ♦  Lion Knight Albert  ♦  Livid Pyromancer Dunnel  ♦  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

 




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    • Anonymous

      04 Sep 2021 16:40  

      It says all the characters the preachers may be referring to are non-undead, but Orbeck explicitly states that he’s undead.

      • Anonymous

        06 Aug 2021 11:36  

        Just to let everyone know the large preachers also drop soul of a nameless soldier, took me a bit to realise cause the wiki didnt say lol. Also the small ones drop pale pine resins only in my experience

        • Anonymous

          04 May 2021 22:49  

          Please put 'speculation' behind the words trivia & lore. thanks.
          Oh Logan went crazy after learning the crystal spell and was killed soon after.... so where got time to teach the twin??? Sheesh these lore loopholes...

          • Anonymous

            06 Mar 2021 04:05  

            The abyss has yet to produce such creatures could means that the insects that gnaw at her are not from the abyss. This could mean that they are her own and that she is inclined to fall to the darkness within her rather than the outside darkness of the abyss. But her intended duties as a firekeeper would not allow her to purse the darkness that could explain why she is so terrified of the dark because she does not want to succumb to it and that is the same reason why eigon refuses that you let her read any of the dark stories because he does not want her to purse the darkness already within her.
            This could very easily explain much of the story in dark souls 3, she was not given her role of firekeeper not because she lacks the skills or talent but rsther because she is inclined to the dark were she to have the powers of a firekeeper and succumb to the dark she would sink the entire world into darkness. This is literally what we see in the dark firelink shrine. There is mention of how the girl succumbed to the dark and sank the world into darkness and the eyes are found the ssme place where irina is found.
            That is why eigon must protect her but also imprison her so no one may drag her into darkness or else the entire age of fire is doomed. When you bring her to firelink shrine eigon is delited because you let her witness the flame which is the path he wants for her.

            This explains so much!

            • Anonymous

              15 Jan 2021 10:17  

              The Locust Preachers and the feast they refer to is influenced from Berserk.
              In Berserk, the eclipse (’蝕’, translates to 'feast') is a rare event occurring once every 216 years to welcome a new member of the God Hand. The chosen one must offer a large amount of sacrifice for the God Hand’s apostles to feast on during the ceremony.
              The apostles are grotesque human/monster hybrids and the locust preachers could easily pass as one.

              There is an eclipse occurring at the players world in Dark Souls 3, signaling the fading age of fire. A new lord of dark, potentially the player, will be crowned. Following the locust preachers’ sermon, a feast would celebrate the new age of dark. Who knows what the followers of dark would feast on.

              The age of dark isn’t presented pleasantly throughout the Dark Souls series. But the characters that seek to bring the dark argue we are preconditioned and prejudiced against the raw, darkness of man.

              • Anonymous

                19 Jul 2020 12:14  

                Dude he kept talking about a feast like thirteen times and all he does is stand there does he have
                Alzheimers or something wtf

                • Anonymous

                  12 Jul 2020 02:10  

                  "And so, she lived in fear. Of the dark, of the things that gnawed at her flesh.
                  And yet! The Abyss hath yet to produce any such creature"... You take five steps and one of them jumps at you and start eating your face! She was right!

                  • Anonymous

                    01 Jul 2020 15:19  

                    One of these guys helped me catch a coward host who was sending all his summons at me. Eventually after the summons died, a locust and I chased him down until he was cornered. That was when the gangbang had begun.

                    • Anonymous

                      06 Jun 2020 21:55  

                      every time i find a little one sticking his head out of the mud i wanna bend over and give him a little smooch

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