Shrine Handmaid

General Info
Health Souls Location Drops
250 0 Firelink Shrine Nothing

The Shrine Handmaid is an NPC in Dark Souls 3, located in Firelink Shrine. She is the primary Merchant available to the player, and her inventory of items available for purchase can be expanded by giving her Umbral Ash scattered throughout Lothric.


Shrine Handmaid Information

  • Located down the hallway, against the wall, between Blacksmith Andre and the Fire Keeper.
  • Offers Merchant services to the player throughout their journey. See a full list of her inventory below. The player is able to upgrade her stock by giving her different types of Umbral Ash scattered around Lothric.
  • She can be killed, but will respawn when the area is reloaded. Every time she respawns, the price of her wares will increase by twenty percent.
  • Closely resembles the Handmaids encountered at the beginning of Dark Souls 2, including the armor set she wears, as well as her voice.
  • In the Untended Graves there is an identical Shrine Handmaid, although she sells different items, such as the Wolf Knight Set and does NOT respawn when killed. This 'second' Shrine Handmaid drops the Priestess Ring if killed.
  • After killing Aldrich of the Deep while completing Sirris' questline, Sirris will leave a unique Budding Green Blossom with the Shrine Handmaid with a note that reads, "Good-bye, dear Grandmother. I will visit Grandfather, in the Pit of Hollows". This seems to suggest that the Shrine Handmaid is Sirris' grandmother. Alternatively, Sirris' grandmother is already dead, and Sirris placed some flowers along with a note on her grandmother's grave, which was stolen by the Shrine Handmaid. After all, the Budding Green Blossom is available for purchase, and what kind of grandmother sells a gift given to her?
  • After the player has encountered the Shrine Handmaid in the Untended Graves, the Shrine Handmaid in Firelink Shrine will greet the player differently (the first time), as though she has already met you.
  • Killing her will increase the price of the items she sells and decrease the price of the items you sell to her.
  • Prices she offers for different items indicate that she especially values intelligence and faith, in general "holy" items. E.g. on of highest prices for armors come for Archdeacon Set  and Prayer Set, for which piece she pays 1000 souls; Antiquated, Firekeeper and Maiden sets' pieces for 500 souls each; highest prices for rings come mainly for such items, like worth 1000 souls Dusk Crown Ring, then Scholar  and Priestess Ring (increasing intelligence and faith, respectively), other "specialized" rings - Knight and Hunter ones go for 300 souls only; Sunlight Medal will be bought for 7 souls, which is much more from e.g. Proof of a concord Kept (1 soul). Another indication for such connections is her counterpart in Untended Graves dropping Priestess Ring when killed.


  • The Shrine Handmaid is located in Firelink Shrine, in the hallway between Blacksmith Andre and the Fire Keeper.




Story & Lore

  • The Shrine Handmaid, capable of existing in two places at once, may be linked to an ancient goddess [1]


Items Sold


Item Quantity Souls Requirement
Ember 3, 4, 5, or 6 2,000 or 2,500 or 5,000 Multiple Ashes result in this. If all ashes are turned in to her, she will have four stacks of 3 embers, two stacks of 4 embers, one stack of 5 embers, and one stack of 6 embers.
Repair Powder 600 Start of game
Purple Moss Clump 6 500 Start of game
Firebomb 100 Start of game
Prism Stone 10 Start of game
Homeward Bone 500 Start of game
White Sign Soapstone 1 500 Start of game
Dried Finger 1 2,000 Start of game
Tower Key 1 20,000 Start of game
Soul Arrow 1 2,000 Start of game
Farron Dart 1 1,000 Start of game
Heal Aid 1 500 Start of game
Dagger 300 Start of game
Shortsword 600 Start of game
Scimitar 600 Start of game
Halberd ∞  1,500 Start of game
Sorcerer's Staff ∞  500 Start of game
Talisman ∞  500 Start of game
Torch ∞  300 Start of game
Leather Shield ∞  500 Start of game
Crimson Parma 800 Start of game
Warrior's Round Shield 600 Start of game
Large Leather Shield 500 Start of game
Chain Helm 500 Start of game
Chain Armor 800 Start of game
Leather Gauntlets 500 Start of game
Chain Leggings 500 Start of game
Wood Arrow 5 Start of game
Wood Bolt 10 Start of game
Charcoal Pine Bundle 300 Mortician's Ashes
Charcoal Pine Resin 500 Mortician's Ashes
Grave Key 1 1,500 Mortician's Ashes
Life Ring 1 1,500 Dreamchaser Ashes
Feather Arrow 100 Dreamchaser Ashes
Titanite Shard 800 Dreamchaser Ashes
Composite Bow 3,500 Dreamchaser Ashes
Rotten Pine Resin 500 Dreamchaser Ashes
Gold Pine Bundle 6 600 Dreamchaser Ashes
Gold Pine Resin 3 1,000 Dreamchaser Ashes
Black Bug Pellet 1,500 Dreamchaser Ashes
Green Blossom 1,000 Dreamchaser Ashes
Hidden Blessing 1 1,000 Dreamchaser Ashes
Blue Bug Pellet  ∞ 1,500 Excrement-Covered Ashes
Blooming Purple Moss Clump  ∞ 1,000 Excrement-Covered Ashes
Wood Grain Ring 1 3,000 Easterner's Ashes
Red Bug Pellet  ∞ 1,000 Patches' Ashes
Black Firebomb  ∞ 300 Patches' Ashes
Rope Black Firebomb  ∞ 300 Patches' Ashes
Human Pine Resin  ∞ 1,500 Patches' Ashes
Alluring Skull ∞  800 Patches' Ashes
Rusted Coin ∞  200 Patches' Ashes
Rubbish ∞  200 Patches' Ashes
Parrying Dagger ∞  2,000 Patches' Ashes
Shotel 2 4,000 Patches' Ashes
Winged Spear ∞  1,500 Patches' Ashes
Black Leather Armor ∞  2,500 Patches' Ashes
Black Leather Gloves ∞  2,000 Patches' Ashes
Black Leather Boots ∞  2,000 Patches' Ashes
Poison Arrow ∞  120 Patches' Ashes
Purple Moss Clump 500 Paladin's Ashes
Yellow Bug Pellet ∞  1,500 Paladin's Ashes
Undead Hunter Charm ∞  500 Paladin's Ashes
Duel Charm ∞  500 Paladin's Ashes
Morningstar ∞  2,500 Paladin's Ashes
Crescent Axe ∞  4,000 Paladin's Ashes
Canvas Talisman ∞  3,000 Paladin's Ashes
Lloyd’s Shield Ring ∞  2,500 Paladin's Ashes
Bloodred Moss Clump ∞  500 Greirat's Ashes
Throwing Knife ∞  20 Greirat's Ashes
Rope Firebomb ∞  300 Greirat's Ashes
Bandit's Knife ∞  1,500 Greirat's Ashes
Longsword ∞  1,000 Greirat's Ashes
Bastard Sword ∞  3,000 Greirat's Ashes
Scholar's Candlestick 3,500 Greirat's Ashes
Mace ∞  600 Greirat's Ashes
Spear ∞  600 Greirat's Ashes
Light Crossbow ∞  1,000 Greirat's Ashes
Buckler ∞  2,000 Greirat's Ashes
Elkhorn Round Shield ∞  1,500 Greirat's Ashes
Round Shield ∞  1,000 Greirat's Ashes
Kite Shield ∞  4,000 Greirat's Ashes
Leather Armor ∞  800 Greirat's Ashes
Leather Gloves ∞  500 Greirat's Ashes
Leather Boots ∞  500 Greirat's Ashes
Standard Helm ∞  1,500 Greirat's Ashes
Hard Leather Armor ∞  2,500 Greirat's Ashes
Hard Leather Gauntlets ∞  1,000 Greirat's Ashes
Hard Leather Boots ∞  1,000 Greirat's Ashes
Thief Mask ∞  400 Greirat's Ashes
Fire Arrow ∞  100 Greirat's Ashes
Standard Bolt ∞  30 Greirat's Ashes
Helm of Favor 1 7,000 Player has collected the Ring of Favor.
Embraced Armor of Favor 1 10,000 Player has collected the Ring of Favor.
Gauntlets of Favor 1 7,000 Player has collected the Ring of Favor.
Leggings of Favor 1 7,000 Player has collected the Ring of Favor.
Pale Pine Resin ∞  1,000 Prisoner Chief's Ashes
Karla's Pointed Hat 1 5,000 Prisoner Chief's Ashes
Karla's Coat 1 8,000 Prisoner Chief's Ashes
Karla's Trousers 1 5000 Prisoner Chief's Ashes
Karla's Gloves 1 5000 Prisoner Chief's Ashes
Kukri ∞  50 Grave Warden's Ashes
Dung Pie 50 Excrement-Covered Ashes
Stalk Dung Pie 50 Excrement-Covered Ashes
Carthus Rouge 1,000 Grave Warden's Ashes
Young White Branch 1,000 Xanthous Ashes
Xanthous Overcoat 1 10,000 Xanthous Ashes
Xanthous Gloves 1 7,000 Xanthous Ashes
Xanthous Trousers 1 7,000 Xanthous Ashes
Large Titanite shard ∞  4,000 Easterner's Ashes
Eastern Iron Shield 1 3,000 Easterner's Ashes
Eastern Helm 1 5,000 Easterner's Ashes
Eastern Armor 1 8,000 Easterner's Ashes
Eastern Gauntlets 1 5,000 Easterner's Ashes
Eastern Leggings 1 5,000 Easterner's Ashes
Dark Arrow 200 Easterner's Ashes
Onislayer Greatarrow 600 Easterner's Ashes
Great Soul Arrow 1 3,000 Orbeck’s Ashes
Heavy Soul Arrow 1 2,000 Orbeck’s Ashes
Great Heavy Soul Arrow 1 4,000 Orbeck’s Ashes
Soul Greatsword 1 5,000 Orbeck’s Ashes
Farron Flashsword 1 3,000 Orbeck’s Ashes
Magic Weapon 1 3,000 Orbeck’s Ashes
Magic Shield 1 3,000 Orbeck’s Ashes
Spook 1 2,000 Orbeck’s Ashes
Aural Decoy 1 2000 Orbeck’s Ashes
Mossfruit 1,500 Dragon Chaser's Ashes
Titanite Chunk 13,000 Dragon Chaser's Ashes
Twinkling Titanite 15,000 Dragon Chaser's Ashes
Titanite Scale 20,000 Dragon Chaser's Ashes
Dark Hand 1 12,000 Yuria's Ashes
Purging Stone 4,500 Yuria's Ashes
Poison Throwing Knife 100 Yuria's Ashes
Londor Braille Divine Tome 1 50 Yuria's Ashes
Soul Arrow 1 1,000 Yuria's Ashes
Heavy Soul Arrow 1 2,000 Yuria's Ashes
Soul Greatsword 1 5,000 Yuria's Ashes
Magic Weapon 1 4,500 Yuria's Ashes
Magic Shield 1 4,500 Yuria's Ashes
Untrue Dark Ring 1 5,000 Yuria's Ashes
Untrue White Ring 1 5,000 Yuria's Ashes
Ring of Sacrifice 3 5,000 Yuria's Ashes
Black Hand Hat 1 3,000 Killing Black Hand Kamui
Black Hand Armor 1 4,500 Killing Black Hand Kamui
Titanite Slab 1 30,000 Place all boss ashes on thrones before NG+
Millwood Knight Helm 1   Captain's Ashes
Millwood Knight Armor 1   Captain's Ashes
Millwood Knight Gauntlets 1   Captain's Ashes
Millwood Knight Leggings 1   Captain's Ashes
Refined Gem 3   Captain's Ashes
Millwood Greatarrow   Captain's Ashes
Ordained Hood 1   Killing Sister Friede
Ordained Dress 1   Killing Sister Friede
Ordained Trousers 1   Killing Sister Friede




First encounter

A pleasure to make your acquaintance, Ashen One.
I am but a humble handmaiden of the shrine.
Weapons, armor, trinkets, and spells...
I've lots of little things to ease the burden of a weary traveller.
...And yes, I'm Undead, too, but not so charitable as to give my goods away.
Ashen One, fetch souls, and bring them to me.
As is thy wont, no?"


First encounter, if you have already spoken with her at Untended Graves

Oh thou'rt... Oh, no, 'tisn't anything Ashen One.
I am but a humble handmaiden of the shrine.
Weapons, armor, trinkets, and spells...
I've lots of little things to ease the burden of a weary traveller.
...And yes, I'm Undead, too, but not so charitable as to give my goods away.
Ashen One, fetch souls, and bring them to me.
As is thy wont, no?"


Selecting "Talk" in general

Ashen One, if my wares are not to thy satisfaction,
bring me umbral ash.
With ash, I'll fashion new wares.
Is it not our sorry fate, to sup on death?"


Selecting "Talk" without having bought the White Sign Soapstone

Knowest thou of that soppy gossip?
That cordial intrusion layeth the path to embers.
And so thou art in need of a soapstone, ashen one.
Then thy pockets will o'erflow with souls and trade to me." 


After giving her any umbral ash

Gracious.  Passing fine ash thou'st given.
Let this ash bestow nourishment.
I only hope these new wares content thee..."


After giving her ash from a recently deceased

Gracious. Passing fine ash thou'st given.
And awfully warm, at that.
Almost as if it had lived, mere moments ago...
Oh, forgive an old woman's idle prate.
I'm sure an ashen one such as thee would never indulge such base contrivances..."

After giving her ash from a recently deceased a second time

Well, well, what warm umbral ash we have here.

It's as if thy fate were with death entwined...

But take no note of me, thy business is thine own.

As by now thou surely knowest,

There is little i love more than a gratuity of souls...

After giving her Dreamchaser's Ashes

Ashen One, what woeful umbral ash is this.
This barren dust, stuff of a fool, on't yield aught.
Where did thou happen upon the stuff? Tell me, for the sport. "

Telling her where you found the ash

Oh, yes, I see...
Clinging to lofty dreams in this dying world...more's the pity.
It must come from one most foolish indeed.
Woulds't thou not agree? "

Say nothing

As the Ashen One ought to be.
Little time for japery, hm?"


When entering conversation

Ah well met, ashen one. How may I be of service?"

When leaving conversation

 Ashen one, be sure to bring more souls."

Killing her

Vile brute. I'm but a poor old woman..."

After killing her

A malicious sort, thou art.
But, marvel on. Remember well, I am undead.
Bound forever by the shrine's curse...
Well, little sense in timidity now.
I'll have thee for all thou'rt worth..."


First Encounter at Untended Graves

Well, fancy that.
A lost lamb wandereth in, with nary a peep from the bell.
Well, thou shouldst my purpose know.
What can this old handmaid provide thee?"

Talk (Untended Graves)

To skirt the curse's grasp...
...tarry not for long.
Tis dark for now, and not a soul stirs. But remember, fires are known to fade in quiet.
Or perhaps thou'rt captive already.
Like the poor girl." (laughs)

Leave (Untended Graves)

Best not tarry long."



  • Character inspirations, fan art, cosplay goes here.
  • Voiced by Carolyn Pickles.



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    • Anonymous

      01 Nov 2019 00:53  

      Killing her in Untended Graves shrine doesn't affect the one in Firelink, nor does it seem to have any consequences. But she won't respawn in Untended Graves again.

      • Anonymous

        20 Sep 2019 20:04  

        mano acabei de matar esse npc sem querer sera q é uma grande perda a ponto de eu dar NG+ eu esyou agora na capital profanado

        • Anonymous

          25 Jul 2019 02:59  

          i’ve heard of a rumor about killing her 10 times makes her drop a special item that makes you able to trade spells with other players , is it true or just a fake rumor , i don’t want to make her prices 200% higher for testing

          • Anonymous

            18 Jul 2019 23:59  

            In case someone didn't know, she has the same red robes as the Firekeepers in Dark Souls 2, meaning by extension either she is a former Firekeeper, or she stole the robes off of one of them

            • Anonymous

              16 Apr 2019 03:46  

              The Untended Graves and Firelink Shrine share bloodstains, messages, and even recoverable souls. I think they are physically the same place. There is a theory that when you first enter the Untended Graves, you are going back in time somehow. Which explains the shrine handmaid having a different intro if you speak to the one in UG first. It also explains why Gundir is in both places. And why his items refer to him being killed by "an unnamed warrior"... The Linking of the Fires is a ritual sacrifice which has been done many times. Gundir was the last poor fool intended as the sacrifice, before YOU. Things didn't go to plan, it seems...

              • 11 Apr 2019 15:57  

                I need help i brought almost every umbral ash but the handmaid didnet stock up after dreamchaser ash what should i do ?is it a glitch or am i doing somthing wrong?

                • Anonymous

                  27 Jun 2018 22:49  

                  "What kind of grandmother sells a gift given to her?"

                  Uh, this lady would, have you met her? She's all about the souls. When she mentions that you need to get the soapstone so you can be summoned to other worlds, she starts giggling at how many souls you can bring her. She would straight up sell her own grandkid if she could.

                  In her dialogue on the soapstone, she does refer to the bit of "soppy gossip" that is "cordial intrusion layeth the path to embers," which is exactly what Sirris tells you. Interestingly, "gossip" can refer to the piece of information itself, or in archaic English (like the kind the handmaid uses), she could be referring derisively to Sirris herself. Slow down with those burns, handmaid.

                  • Anonymous

                    08 Jun 2018 00:21  

                    She sold me the firelink armour set again when I began new game plus, so I now have two sets at the beginning of my second journey.
                    Anyone know if this is a bug or not? I haven't seen it mentioned before.

                    • Anonymous

                      18 Apr 2018 20:41  

                      Ashen one do you have something for me?
                      Well i found a lolly pop covered in shit but you don't want that right?
                      11111111 points if you know were that's from.

                      • Anonymous

                        11 Nov 2017 03:06  

                        After giving her Orbeck's ashes if you get them from the Grand Archives, she has a unique bit of dialogue saying that the fate of the ashes' owner (Orbeck) and death are intertwined... I didn't think to write it down, I was just surprised to see something different. If someone else wants to confirm, that would be neat.

                        • Anonymous

                          30 Sep 2017 15:23  

                          I had a weird thought the other day--what if she's the former queen of Lothric? It doesn't say much about the Lothric queen, other than she disappeared after the birth of Ocelotte. She was also said to be fond of looking after the lonely graves of the Undead, offering her blessings in the form of holy water... Maybe she also went a little nuts, and sort of forgot who she was.

                          Eh, I guess it's a little far out there, but it's fun to think about nonetheless. Maybe she was just another priestess, considering she sells the Priestess Ring in the Untended Graves version of the shrine, and since her outfit is somewhat similar to Emma's.

                          • Anonymous

                            24 Mar 2017 05:13  

                            Orbeck's Ashes
                            If you were to turn Orbeck's ashes into the handmaiden after the player and him fought the twin princes. She should have some unique dialogue regarding Orbeck.

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