Ludleth of Courland

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Ludleth of Courland is a Lord of Cinder and an NPC in Dark Souls 3.


Ludleth of Courland Information

  • Can be killed but will revive after you reload the area.
  • If you give him the Transposing Kiln, he will be able to transpose boss souls into weapons and items. Ensure you give him the Kiln before placing all the lord souls as you will not be able to transpose any souls until the next playthrough otherwise.
  • He permanently dies after you place the 4 Cinders of the Lords, but you can still transpose great souls if you've given him the kiln beforehand. Interacting with his empty throne will prompt you to begin transposition.



  • You can find Ludleth of Courland at Firelink Shrine, sitting on the second throne starting from the left side. 





First encounter dialogue


Oh, thou’rt unkindled, and a seeker of Lords. I am Ludleth of Courland. Look not in bewilderment as I say… I linked the fire long ago, becoming a Lord of Cinder. If substantiation be thy want, set thine eyes upon my charred corse. This sad cadav’r. No need to be coy, have a closer look."

Following encounters dialogue


Fret not, fret not. My feet are here firmly planted. For I am a Lord, and this is my throne."

Selecting "Talk"


Knowest thou of our purpose? Five thrones will take five Lords, as kindling for the linking of the Fire. The fast fading Flame must be linked to preserve this world. A re-enactment of the first linking of the fire. So it is, I became a Lord of Cinder. I may be but small, but I will die a colossus."

Upon leaving


Treat the Fire Keeper not with discourtesy. She is much like thee. Prisioners, both, kept to link the fire."

"Now, now, do not be away overlong."

Selecting "Talk" upon reaching Undead Settlement (Before fighting Curse-Rotted Greatwood)


Listen, this might pique thine interest. Before I was a Lord of Cinder, I was a student of transposition. The process of extracting, and coalescing the essence of a soul. A forbidden art, that once left a foul stain upon Courland's honor. Tis an art that grants powers once thought unattainable. Most transposing kilns were lost with Courland, but this place is a crossing for all manner of cursed objects. If thou happen'st 'pon a transposing kiln, bring it to me, quick."

Once Transposing Kiln is given


Oh, belike it is… a transposing kiln in thy possession. Seen better days, but, methinks it shall suffice. Now bring me a twisted soul. Transposition is the art of extracting, and coalescing the essence of a soul. In transposing a twisted soul, its true power transferreth to thee. Thy purpose is to seek Lords, and slay them. What's to fear in a little transpositon, now?"

After killing the first Lord of cinder


Ahh, most illustrious Lordseeker. Or should I say, Lord-Slayer?
Fine kindling for the thrones , is it not, each soul truly worthy of Lordship.
And all slain by thy hand. To bind them them to their thrones, even in death.
Oh I have no qualms. For as we to our thrones, thou art to thy duty.
In fact, methinks thou'st help helped these poor Lords along their rightful path."

With Lothric's and Lorian's swords


"Ahh, thou'st two most peculiar swords discover'd.  A curse once bound them together, such that they served as one.  A transposing kiln should restore their rightful form.  But before thou should'st act, think well upon the matter.  As thou knowest, they are but newly rent apart."

Upon finding the Eyes


Ahh. Found her, did we? And the black eyes that shimmer within, I see? Tis as if it were but yesterday. We did all we could to spare her from them. Much has happened since. Mayhap I should apprise thee... Of what the thin light of these eyes might reveal to the eyeless Firekeeper. Scenes of betrayal, things never intended for her ken, visions of... this age's end..." 

Selecting "Talk" after finding the Eyes


The eyes show a world destitute of fire, a barren plane of endless darkness. A place born of betrayal. So I will'd myself Lord, to link the fire, to paint a new vision. What is thine intent?"

Upon leaving, after giving the Eyes


I took the mantle of Lord of Cinder of mine own volition. I speak these words with pride. Choose thy fate alone. Seize it with thine own hands. All the more, should thy fate entail such foul betrayal." 

Upon approaching him, after the player has previously killed him


Ahh, it singeth, to the bone, it hurts... Please, help me. Be done with me... No, gods, no, I cannot bear it... It burns, burns, help me..."

(After killing Dragonslayer Armour) "See ye not? I am a lord... A wee flame, belike, but I shoulder the world... Forgive me. Oh please... I am not to blame. I'm not"

Selecting "Talk" after the player has previously killed him


Ah, beg pardon. I must have dozed a while. So, happened upon any twisted souls?"

After slaying Aldrich with Anri


Ahh, well met. Thou'rt at last returned. Knowest thou the name, Anri of Astora? The brave lad/girl left this, as thanks. (Sword) Though gave no elucidation... So. Happened upon any twisted souls?"

(Leave) "Now, heed this little warning, from this little lord. Seek not the boy. She knoweth her faith. What will become of her upon her duty's end. She would not wish thee follow her."

After placing all Lord Cinders


Ahh, well met. All is as planned, is it not? Five lords for five thrones... Glory be, my Lord-slaying Champion. It is all thy doing. The stage is set for me to play my part as Lord, too. Go. Speak with the Fire Keeper."

(Wishing for a world without Fire) "Ahh, well met. All is as planned, is it not? Five lords for five thrones... To think others might ne'er be raised... And I, of the Last Lords, a rather little lord, most undeserving of the honour. Speak with the Fire Keeper."


  • The engraving on his throne is "Ludleth the Exiled".
  • There appears to be blood or soot on the fabric he sits on.
  • If you speak to him after he revives he will be having a dream about when he linked the fire in his world.
  • Ludleth speaks a much older form of English than the other characters.
  • Courland was a real area that existed in Latvia.
  • Ludleth has no legs.
  • Ludleth's line, "I may be but small, but I will die a colossus." is completely even different in the Japanese version, so much so that it possibly affects the lore. In Japanese, Ludelth's "colossus" line reads "この小人が、王の栄誉に浴したのさ", which, when translated, reads: "Even this Pygmy here was honored to become a lord." The kanji "小人" can translate to dwarf, small person, and elf even, but it has always been translated as "Pygmy" since Dark Souls I.



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    • Anonymous

      21 Sep 2021 08:26  

      he looks tough but he's vulnerable to plunging attack. i used my pkcs to hit for 1132 damage and destroyed him and i pointed him down but then the fire keeper aggroed. backstab + charged hvy attack later and i was patches squat on her corpse. 5-6 million free souls with covetous silver serpent on Ng+. best farming spot in the game

      • Anonymous

        30 Aug 2021 07:40  

        Can we get a round of applause for this guy ? He's a tiny lil gnome man who singlehandedly brought the world back into the Age of Fire, keeping the darkness contained within the Untended Graves, all from pure WILLPOWER after seeing horrifying visions of the future in the dark. Champion Gundyr in all his strength and glory failed miserably, and Chadleth here took his place as lord of cinder even though he knew linking the fire would burn his body alive. Also, he is the ONLY lord who has retained his sanity and still wants to uphold his duty as bearer of a lord soul.

        • 05 Apr 2021 21:15  

          Ludleth lost in a basketball game with the flame, now his broken ankies tie him to his thrown to be eternally babied by a hot chick, some buff dude, and old chick, and a bunch of other hiccups in your life recruited to give you their belongings for souls.

          • Anonymous

            29 Nov 2020 14:06  

            I see a lot of people ask what Ludleth means when he says he "willed himself Lord" I believe it means he was afraid. He knew what linking the flame would do to him and knowing full well he would be engulfed he carried on anyway. After all if Gwyn became a lord of cinder what hope would this pygmy have? He has seen the eyes of the firekeeper before and knows of the betrayal. He's very knowledgeable of events so possibly knew the consequences of linking the flame before he did it, although there is no proof of that, however like many that link the flame Frampt may have been involved.

            • 18 Jun 2020 17:40  

              Ludleth is the last of the believers of the lie of Gywn. All the other...and I try not to laugh when I type this...LORD...have had enough...and just want to be left to their own devices. They've clearly seen the fire linking does nothing at all but burn them alive and waste their lives. Their ultimate reward for their be be burned again. NOPE. Only ego-mad Ludleth wants to "die a colossus". Short guy complex, I guess. He had to remove his own legs so the truth wouldn't force him to get the hell out of there. The Lords didn't run. They don't have a duty either. IT IS ALL A LIE.

              • Anonymous

                16 May 2020 21:46  

                For being so mundanely placed, right at the beginning of the game, there's frustratingly little to make sense of who he is and who he was. A Google search will tell you that Courland is a historical region of Latvia, but there is no reference as to what that name means. A mildly interesting connection may be the Latvian word "kur" which traces various etymologies including "to cut, to heat, to burn, to create." The obvious overtones of this series directs us to, "to burn," and we can clumsily speculate a translation of Courland as "the Land of Burning." Given that Ludleth is a pygmy, and that his throne resembles the tombstones in the area we fight Gael, one conclusion is the possibility that Courland was a name for the Ringed City and/or its greater area. Ludleth tells us that Courland was "lost," which usually connotes destruction, and this doesn't line up with the fact that we can still very much travel there. But, from our travels in the Ringed City, we learn that it was once a city of relative import, and now languishes at world's end, the missions and visits it once received frequently long past, overrun by abyssal creatures, and so it could be considered "lost" in this sense. The land of the Pygmy royals being called "the Land of Burning" dovetails very satisfyingly with Gwyn sealing them with fire, and humanity's role as fuel for his Flame for ages on end. Just a thought.

                • Anonymous

                  26 Apr 2020 02:41  

                  Curiously, the "小人" kanji which in Japanese translates to "pygmy," when translated from Chinese renders, "villain." In both China and Japan there are traditions of using the multiple meanings of specific renderings of words in both poetry and for uses like politically subversive text, to hide the true meaning of a phrase. This lends some credence to the notion that the furtive pygmy was literally the villain, or enemy, of the gods, (and thus the Dark Soul itself is effectively a weapon to end the age of the gods.)

                  • Anonymous

                    28 Apr 2019 13:06  

                    He's a Pygmy Lord. His throne, which is similar in appearance to a tombstone, is the same as those found in Gael's Boss Arena. Ludleth betrayed his humanity by linking the fire, sustaining the rule of the Gods, the very same that caused Humanity with Undeath.

                    • Anonymous

                      20 Feb 2019 00:04  

                      Killed him once for the ring, now no matter what he never revives despite the info in this wiki that he does upon reload. Anything I can do?

                      • Anonymous

                        12 Jul 2018 15:50  

                        I was wondering, this dream he has, is it really from when he linked the first flame?
                        There's a few things that gave me this idea over his dialogue. There was a theory about him being the soulfeeder. If this is true, then we now that the soulfeeder was burned (skull ring "Even after its accursed corpse was burned"), so he could refer to that moment? He feels he asks for forgivness..
                        Plus one of his line got altered (just as mentionned on the wiki) refering him as a pygmy lord ("Even this Pygmy here was honored to become a lord.")
                        One Pygmee is missing where you fight Gael, we all said that he supposly was the one we saw at the entrance of the ringed city, but could it be in fact Ludleth throne?
                        On his Lord throne he is refered as an exile. He maybe desired to become strong, and start eating souls to make his blood fluid again, and for that, was exiled from the ringed city and burnt to be purrified.
                        Maybe then he wanted to find redemption for what he did, and became a lord of cinder?
                        He feels really proud of his choice of being a Lord of cinder, to his sacrifice. But he also fear those flames, and feels sorry for something he did.
                        Courtland could simply be the place where all Exiles come from, some kind of a dark town where peoples with no place to go can stay, like thieves, murderer or exiles. He is called "of Courtland" certainly after he became a Lord, because this is the only place he could mentionned as his "home".

                        • Anonymous

                          26 Nov 2017 18:31  

                          It's a shame they never added in new dialogue for the Ringed City, should the player want to keep him alive long enough until getting there. (You can get to the Ringed City before going to the Kiln if you do the Ashes DLC first.) Especially if he's supposed to be a Pygmy.

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