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++ (19800), 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.



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  ♦  Locust Preacher  ♦  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  ♦  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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    • 28 May 2021 01:17  

      My favorite npc in the game. His voice is menacing but has a snarky tone to it, and he’s a pretty good fight and uses his onyx blades length pretty effectively. He also counters every build, either by outhealing everything or using vow of silence. If only he didn’t have a foot fetish.

      • Anonymous

        04 May 2021 10:07  

        At leat he recnognized me as the Lord of Hollows.But i don´t blame him, he just followed his oath and the orders he got

        • Anonymous

          02 Mar 2021 00:46  

          For low level-10VIT builds: he heals a lot less when outdoors, outside his aggro range. I can't get the cheese where you make him fall to his death tho...

          A 2H straight sword is fast enough to stagger him anytime while he's 1H

          • Anonymous

            08 Feb 2021 16:18  

            You guys find this guy difficult to kill? Pfff. I have never took a single hit by him upto my ng+4. Casuals.

            • Anonymous

              12 Oct 2020 12:37  

              I find it a little unfair that I literally cannot kill him. I can dodge him, parry him, but he is literally outhealing 100% of any damage I do to him, even if I backstab him when he heals.
              I am hitting for 97 on a one handed R1 with a Greatsword and 219 on a backstab.
              He can literally kill me in 3R1s, and one shot me with one hit guard break to riposte, and I can't kill him at all.

              • Anonymous

                07 Oct 2020 02:29  

                ****ing die miazaki.
                dark souls 3 really is the worst of the series because of garbage like this.
                what happen to memerable, FUN bosses like Orinstien and Smough? instead we get retarded bullshit like this. unlimited heals, massive phantom reach, bs damage and pathetically easy to read movements
                i ****ing hate with this **** has done with the series, after the 'meh' of 2 and the "welp, its the last, so **** YOU fan" of 3, go back to your garbage mech games miazaki. and die a poor, unpopular ******* that ruined a great game series and then abandoned it

                • Anonymous

                  20 Sep 2020 18:45  

                  I havent go trough the bridge but from the corvian village and sir vilhelm attacked me when I entered the church, I teleported my self back and when Ive traversed the bridge and entered the bonfire where frida is, and no sir vilhelm around.

                  • Anonymous

                    27 Aug 2020 06:52  

                    I was invading and I noticed he didnt spawn even though I was fighting the host right in front of the lever that lowers the ramp. I ended up killing the host but never could figure out why Sir Vilhelm didn't spawn to help me against the host. I've invaded there countless times and when it comes to it, I'll retreat to the Sir Vilhelm room and wait for him to spawn once the host gets near. But this last time he never did.

                    • Anonymous

                      17 Aug 2020 00:06  

                      Dude totally climbed the ladder to the roof of the building with the corvians knights. Only had it happen once, but it's not impossible. Scared the shards outta me.

                      • Anonymous

                        14 Aug 2020 12:18  

                        Once I heard him speaking, I recognized the King of the Wild Hunt immediately what made me look around to ensure no witchers are nearby, hunting undead creatures like me.

                        • Anonymous

                          13 Jul 2020 04:29  

                          He just attacked me straight away, upon entering the chapel. Maybe because I didn't take the quest of Yoel of Londor and never met Yuria. Very easy encounter for a Sorcerer.

                          • Anonymous

                            08 Jul 2020 04:22  

                            i rly think this character would be so cool as a boss, a talking boss like oceiros, they simply lost the opportunity...

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