Painting Woman

General Info
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Painting Woman is an NPC in Dark Souls 3.

Painting Woman Information

  • Killable, but respawns after reload.
  • After she moves to the attic and the Sister Friede is killed, talk to her then return to corvian village and talk to the Corvian Settler outside the house to receive a Titanite Slab.
  • Cannot be summoned
  • Changes in NG+
  • List of items that refer to this NPC
  • Will occasionally wave goodybye to the player when leaving after talking to her.



  • You can find the Painting Woman in the Painted World of Ariandel, in the attic you unlock with the Contraption Key after defeating Sir Vilhelm.
  • Relocates to the Ariandel Chapel after unlocking the sliding altar in the lower level of the room filled with flies and corpses. Take the ladder up the wall near the bonfire to find her.
  • If killed, can be seen at the same place you killed her.
  • Also found in The Ringed City



  • Do not give any souls when killed.
  • No items.


Combat Information

  • Does not fight back.



First encounter dialogue:


I believe...I feel the scent of ash upon thee.
Thou'rt the one of whom uncle Gael spoke.
The one to show me flame.

Tis good. When this is done, may I return.
The door is open thanks to thee.

Tis good, I'll head off to paint.
I promised uncle Gael I would."

After she relocates to the Cathedral where Sister Friede is:


Thou'rt Ash.
Thou'st a pact made with uncle Gael.
So I wish to tell thee all.
Behold its size. This is my canvas.
It's to be a cold, dark, and very gentle place.
...But first, I must see flame.
I wish to paint a picture.
Of a cold, dark, and very gentle place.
One day, it will make someone a goodly home.
That's why I must see flame."

After defeating Sister Friede:


"Those who aren't ken to fire cannot paint a world.
Those absorbed by fire, must not paint a world.
Don't worry, I haven't forgotten, Mother...
I can hear the fire crackle...
And soon, I will see it...
My thanks, Ashen One.
I will finish the painting.
Of a cold, dark, and very gentle place.
So that it might make a home for someone, someday."

" thanks, Ashen One
I can almost see the flame...
Soon, uncle Gael will bring me the pigment
I wonder if he has found it
The dark soul of man..."


After killed: 

Ashen one, i cannot die.

I have a world to paint."


In The Ringed City DLC: 

...Ashen One, thy gift of flame has taken root. And Uncle Gael will soon bring the pigment.
Pigment coloured like the dark soul of man.

I wonder if Uncle Gael has found it?
The pigment coloured like the dark soul of man.

My thanks, Ashen One.
With this will I paint a world. Please tell me thy name.
I would name this painting after thee.
My thanks. I will paint a world of that name.
Twill be a cold, dark, and very gentle place.
And one day, it will make someone a goodly home.
I see. We are much alike.
Twill be a cold, dark, and very gentle place.
And one day, it will make someone a goodly home.
Then I will name this painting "Ash".

I wonder when Uncle Gael intends his return.
I hope the new painting will be to him a gentle home.
My thanks, Ashen One.
I will assuredly finish the painting.
Of a cold, dark, and very gentle place.
One day, it will make someone a goodly home.



  • Voice actors, chracter inspirations, fan art, cosplay goes here.
  • She may be related to Pricilla or Yorshka, as she seems to have scales on her neck, hands and feet.



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    • Anonymous

      01 Apr 2019 16:04  

      In my headcanon, I hand the blood over as well as Gael's soul when she asked about his return, having her paint a world in his name. Far more fitting than an Ash's pact from a chance encounter.

      • Anonymous

        13 Feb 2019 10:57  

        She never needed The pigment of the dark soul, she needed a pigment COLOURED LIKE the dark soul of man... kinda sad that Gael went insane looking for the wrong thing and ironic that the painting was supposed to be a quiet place of rest and peace for him... and that she is thanking us even though we killed Gael... hope he found some peace in his end.

        • Anonymous

          24 Dec 2018 16:25  

          I don´t understand. I killed Gael, gave her the dark soul, the told she would paint a cold and dark place blah blah blah, but nonething, I leave a return N times, and still not paint nonething.

          • Anonymous

            01 Sep 2018 14:21  

            She doesn't actually relocate after unlocking the sliding altar specifically. She relocated when I went straight through the room and opened the door to the chapel.

            • Anonymous

              24 Jul 2018 18:24  

              Everyone always refers to Ariamis and Ariandel as the painters of their respective worlds, but the Painter names her world after the player, her inspiration and her dedicated servant. I wonder if this was also the case for Ariamis and Ariandel--were they merely the providers of the pigment that created these worlds? If so, did this young girl also paint the worlds of Ariamis and Ariandel, only to be locked away by Friede to reduce the chance of Ariandel burning away?

              • Anonymous

                19 May 2018 07:03  

                She's typically considered half-dragon, but when you look closer, her eyes are actually those of Frampt and Kaathe, and her scales are similar in color. There's a number of details in the Painted World relating to serpents, including the wooden panels in Ariandel's chamber prior to igniting the makeshift Lordvessel, which depict two human figures wielding serpents, one white and one black (possibly denoting the schism between Frampt and Kaathe). There's also a small statue in the arena at the back of the room where the bonfire to travel to the Dreg Heap appears that resembles a woman shrouded in a snake skin that curls around her like a tail.

                Besides the Man-Serpents at Archdragon Peak, the Pus of Man enemies throughout Lothric Castle vaguely resemble serpents, though with half-formed limbs and a tail. Aldrich also resembles a serpent, just as Gwyndolin was part-serpent in DS1. There are also statues of either Frampt or Kaathe in Lothric Castle, as well as in the Ringed City (though the statues here also have limbs for some reason). And of course, the Hollows of Londor operate specifically on the teachings of Darkstalker Kaathe, though whether Friede, the eldest of the Sable Sisters, still adheres to this philosophy is doubtful. Both of these kingdoms possess a sort of fascination with the Dark despite retaining the tradition of protecting the First Flame.

                Serpents in Dark Souls are similar to half-dragons, but represent the apparent failure to become a true dragon. They are also considered primordial beings, and are loosely based on the World Serpent of Norse mythology. This could explain in part why the Painter cannot be killed, as a primordial serpent's soul would predate the Age of Fire. (Frampt and Kaathe could be killed in DS1, however.) She also mentions that she "needs to see Flame" before she can paint, as "those who aren't ken to Fire cannot paint a world," implying that "Fire" is somehow still a completely foreign concept to her.

                Personally, I still enjoy the idea that the Painter could be Ocelotte, and that the Ocelotte we "encounter" in the Oceiros boss fight is merely a mirage produced by Oceiros's madness, whereas the true Ocelotte is hiding somewhere far away. The Painter mentions it was her mother that taught her that "those not ken to fire cannot paint; those absorbed by fire must not paint." The Queen of Lothric would seem to share this mindset, as she too, disappeared after the birth of Ocelotte, and apparently lost faith in the linking of the Fire and the Lords of Cinder, including her own son, Lothric. Perhaps it was her who charged Slave Knight Gael with taking her to the Painted World of Ariandel until the time came that she could paint a world.

                As for Ocelotte's father (whether or not Ocelotte and the Painter are the same creature), it's true Oceiros sought to "harvest his royal blood," but this could also have something to do with his "garden" where numerous Pus of Man are found. Perhaps these creatures are also born of his "blood," or rather his dragon or serpent ancestry, which he tried and failed to bequeath upon his first two children, Lorian and Lothric. (Many have noticed that Lothric and the Painter have numerous traits in common, from texture of their skin to the color of their hair.)

                I'm fully open to the idea that I'm dead-wrong about all this, but I just wanted to muse for a bit about a potential configuration of all these lore elements :p

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