Sir Vilhelm

General Info
Health Souls Location Drops
???? 9000 Painted World of Ariandel Onyx Blade, Contraption Key

Sir Vilhelm is an NPC in Dark Souls 3. He is part of the Ashes of Ariandel DLC.

Sir Vilhelm Information



  • You can find Sir Vilhelm at Painted World of Ariandel, cathedral before meeting Sister Friede for the first time. He will then be found by the graveyard and will be hostile.
  • If you attack him the first time you meet him, he will disappear until his scripted second encounter when he is hostile.



  • Souls: NG (9000), NG+ (18000), NG++ (??), NG+3 (??), NG+6 (??), NG+9 (??)
  • Weapons: Onyx Blade
  • Armor: None. His armor, Vilhelm's Set can be acquired later in the level on the bottom floor of bug room.
  • Key: Contraption Key

Combat Information

  • Weak to Poison, Bleed Damage.
  • Strong against Frost.
  • Immune to ?? damage.
  • Phantoms cannot help you in the battle against him. He appears as a ghost to them. The extent of their help is healing the host during the tough battle. (This was changed in Patch 1.09. Phantoms can now engage him as well.)
  • Does not use Estus, but will heal himself with a miracle and cast Vow of Silence if you brandish any type of casting device (talisman, pyro glove). This combination can be used to player's advantage.
  • He will heal himself as many times as he needs.
  • The Onyx Blade he wields has incredible reach and a powerful dark flame bluff. He wields the Dark Hand in his off hand. He is one of the more formidable NPC battles in the game and is a challenge to lower level players unable of dealing enough damage, as well as protection.
  • If one chooses the easy way to kill him, one can lead him to outside graveyard and keep dodging him near the edge of the cliff. Eventually he will backstep or dodge to his death by gravity. You can also force him down using the force miracle (video) but be wary of hiding your talisman until the very last moment because otherwise, Sir Vilhelm will resort to casting "vow of silence, effectively canceling this strategy. switching to the talisman/chime needed to cast force at the last minute will give you enough time though. 
  • Sir Vilhelm will only chase you up to a few feet beyond the steps outside the building (in the graveyard) before he backs away. This can be easily exploited with ranged attacks, backstabs, or melee attacks, but one should be wary of his healing ability.
  • Vilhelm can be tricked into leaving his safe area however, during the period he's strolling towards you, if you maintain the distance away from him and keep backing up he will follow you indefinitely, if you wait until he's outside of his usual combat area before you aggro him, he will fight you on the spot. Couple things to keep in mind however is that you will have to alter your strategy, since he is no longer bound by his original fighting area, he will not back away and will follow you aggressively. Secondly, he will not climb ladders, or jump over gaps, but if you attempt to cheese him from the chappel roof to the side of the cathedral he will hug the wall, making it impossible to hit him with arrows or magic/miracles. Lastly, his collision detection seems to be buggy, especially concerning the chappel, if you wait on the center of the roof after dragging him out of his area he will often run at the closed door until he glitches into the chappel (Be mindful of trying to cheese him through a wall, his sword still outranges spears, and if you aggro the knight inside, sometimes Vilhelm will push the knight out of the chappel, causing it to attack you.)




His dialogue in your first encounter is a lot more flourish if you have taken on Yuria's Lord of Hollows quest, have access to the "Lord of by sacrificing Anri and speaking to Yuria afterwards.

NOTE: Lines that are in parentheses are what Vilhelm says when the player has finished the Lord of Hollows questline.


First encounter full dialogue at the Cathedral (including the additional Lord of Hollows dialogue):


Well, (well)...
(You're Lady Yuria's Lord of Hollows.)
No bell tolls, and yet, you've slipped into the painting?
Ah no matter.
If you've lost your way, the words of Lady Friede will guide you.
Now, go on inside. Show respect, and listen carefully.

What's keeping you? Go on, right inside.
Show respect, and let Lady Friede speak to you."

If you attack him after first meeting him:


Why you miserable, mad Hollow.
You're nothing, without a bell to guide your way.

(Why you miserable, mad Hollow.
What is Lady Yuria thinking...)"


If the player talks to Vilhelm again after talking to Sister Friede:


Lady Friede has spoken, has she not?
Then tarry no longer and begone. 
(Carry on, for Lady Yuria, and for Londor.)

There is one thing you should know.
Inside the cold painting, curiosity could be your cross...
Stray from the withering flame, and the snow will swallow you whole."

Second encounter in the building at the end of the Corvian Settlement (when he is hostile):


I've seen your kind, time and time again.
Every fleeing man must be caught. Every secret must be unearthed.
Such is the conceit of the self-proclaimed seeker of truth.
But in the end, you lack the stomach.
For the agony you'll bring upon yourself..."

When he kills you:

I trust you've learned your lesson...
Inside the cold painting, curiosity could be your cross..."

When you kill him:

Forgive me, my Lady...
I swore an oath, but I have failed you...
... Lady Elfriede..."


  • He is voiced by Steven Hartley, who also voiced Eredin in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.



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    • Anonymous

      04 Jun 2018 04:51  

      A way to prevent him from healing is a mage/warrior hybrid build, you have your catalyst as off-hand weapon and he will constantly cast vow of silence, which prevents him using his healing miracles. One cast of GMW/CMW is enough to kill him so you wont need to cast anything during the fight

      • 24 May 2018 22:35  

        Something I noticed with my most recent run through the dlc: inflicting toxic on him seems to make him not use his heal. Not sure what kind of interaction was going on, maybe someone else can confirm?

        • 03 May 2018 16:30  

          there's a spot in front of the library behind some tombstones that if you stand bend them he will charge at you the just slide off the cliff, tried the poison thing but it did a normal amount against him then he charged me; thinking he wouldn't leave the library I thought I would hide near the edge for safety, he scared the crap out of me, and then it happened surprising to say the least

          • Anonymous

            16 Apr 2018 01:41  

            Just wearing a talisman will trigger him casting Vow of Silence, which gives you 30 seconds to move in and fuck up his poised-out heal spams. If you're a faith or pyro build might as well equip Vow of Silence as well and double up on curing cancer.

            • Anonymous

              06 Apr 2018 12:47  

              This guy just keeps healing every time I get him to low health fast. He needs to man up and stop relying on his miracles.

              • Anonymous

                22 Mar 2018 11:35  

                I've found an interesting bug.
                I approached him using hidden body and used the story teller staff to poison him. He immediately cast vow of silence and died...

                • Anonymous

                  11 Mar 2018 12:38  

                  Yeah , poison arrows and rotten pine resin didn't do him any poison effect as same with bleed - carthus rouge and kukri ? Wasting time... Who written this page? Seems like he's sucking this advices from his own thumb.

                  • Anonymous

                    04 Feb 2018 22:24  

                    Just lured him to cliff and knocked dawn. He didnt die. But falling was fatal. Just respawned again after i relog.

                    • 26 Jan 2018 21:53  

                      Interesting cheese I just found accidentally. I was running my ass off since I play a pure sorcerer type and Vilhelm cast Vow of Silence, thereby royally screwing me over. I ran out of the building where you encounter Vilhelm, and up the ladder on the back of the building to the left of the front door of the encounter with Vilhelm. I then ran over the top of the building and jumped down right by the graveyard fence in a corner. By this time vow of silence expired and I had put away my staff so that he wouldn't cast VoS. Then I ran back around slowly to find Vilhelm glitched going back up and down the same rung of the ladder. I waited to aggro him again until he was halfway up the ladder because I thought "eh, at least its a cheap couple casts before he gets down and silences me" and I started hitting him with GHSA. That's where it got weird. He literally looked like he was bouncing up and down on the same rung of the ladder. He never fell off either. Not until I actually killed him. So here's a new cheese if anyone wants to test my theory. I'm gonna NG+ soon since this is my first ever playthrough and I'll post whether it works on my second playthrough too.

                      • Anonymous

                        26 Oct 2017 20:40  

                        Just like in the case of all other NPC invaders, Astora fully charged strong attack spam is mega cheese. Can kill him with it without him being able to do anything.

                        • Anonymous

                          21 Oct 2017 21:34  

                          I just ran up on him and strg atk with +10 sharp lothric ultra Greatsword w/ 25 dex and flattened him. When he’d get back up he’d immediately try to cast healing miracle and I just pasted him again and again until he died. Took a bunch of hits but he was more concerned w/ healing than fighting.

                          • 16 Oct 2017 20:08  

                            Forewarning: This guy basically has infinite stamina at all times and isn't easy to stagger. Parrying works, but it's difficult because he swings his greatsword as fast as a straight sword. His leaping attack is his biggest opening, but it's not much. Another*****ty thing is that his weapon art itself can hit you and stagger you, which is utter bull*****because you barely have time to react, whereas his superspeed attacks can immediately follow up on it.

                            • Anonymous

                              25 Sep 2017 14:51  

                              Spellcasters can cheese this NPC with an arbalest, or any ranged weapon they can keep in one hand. Pull him towards the exit of the building to the point where he stops chasing, start shooting him with the arbalest as he charges at you and walks back inside. If you have a spellcasting item in your offhand, he will use Vow of Silence and will not be able to heal himself. If he decides to heal himself instead of use Vow of Silence, nuke him with your spells, which can finish him off before he even manages to get a cast off.

                              • Anonymous

                                24 Sep 2017 08:38  

                                You guys are making this guy sound hard, I have just deleted him with Twin Princes Greatsword on my first try, though he would be really hard for poor casters since he's too aggressive.

                                • 16 Sep 2017 03:51  

                                  started trying to ranger him as he wouldnt come out the steps, got invaded, Vilhelm then came out the steps running freely, had an invader and Vilhelm to contend with, invader managed to get hit by Vilhelm which let me take him down, then had to take down Vilhelm too, unfriendly timing but Success! was like my 6th attempt at trying to take down Vilhelm, first time outside, better tbh more space

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