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

      01 Feb 2020 15:20  

      To anyone who's main damage output is ranged magic oriented. Your best strategy is to swap your catalyst to anything else, Qui kly swap to your talisman, than swap back. He never uses vow of silence that way. You can cheese him from the graveyard if you aggro him

      • Anonymous

        09 Jan 2020 01:55  

        I was invading a world and chilling in a cosplay of him by where he spawns (I think it's funny) and as I was dying to the gank, I could SWEAR that he used what looked like the Havel Shield weapon art. Just as I was dying, he just activated rocc. Anybody else seen this, or am I going insane?

        • Anonymous

          27 Nov 2019 22:11  

          super easy to parry. he did not even touch me once on a pyromancer build (i went to kill him with shield and dagger, without even using my flame)

          • Anonymous

            24 Nov 2019 10:01  

            By killing him and setting fire to the painted world, did we prove what he said about us right or wrong? I'm not entirely clear on whether or not we really unearthed a secret and tried to save the people of the painting, or just killed a bunch of random people because we were after another ember

            • Anonymous

              07 Nov 2019 14:03  

              Funny. I felt like he was talking to me directly. I have that exact, hyper ambitious, crush, rip and tear through everything personality.

              • Anonymous

                02 Jul 2019 15:47  

                I sort of ended up in corvian village really quickly and met him for the first time there. I was so confused about who he was and what the heck he was doing there lol

                • Anonymous

                  26 Jun 2019 23:01  

                  So was it a glitch?, I just encountered this guy but went onto the roof opposite the chapel and he agrro'd for a sec, walked back into the chapel and dissapeared dropping sword and key.

                  • Anonymous

                    01 May 2019 23:19  

                    His dialogue is definitely the devs mocking the player for having to do everything possible in a game regardless of consequences. Gotta chase down every NPC that flees, scrounge every item you can and look into every corner for every secret, even at the cost of others (and your own life, many times).

                    • Anonymous

                      01 May 2019 23:18  

                      He is highly resistant to poison arrows, but dung pies work very well. I was trying to kill him for his set on a very low level, underprepared character and he kept one-shotting me, so I resorted to underhanded tactics and found that hiding on top of the building when he's chasing you and moving around to the ledge gives you a fairly clear angle to hit him with dung pies. He won't chase you unless you get close enough to hit him once or twice, otherwise he keeps backing up into the building he came out of before running out again and then backing up once he gets past the steps and you don't want to try it there, as he WILL chase you if you hit him.

                      • Anonymous

                        06 Mar 2019 04:08  

                        this mf is blocking my sl 1 run a +5 raw broadsword is wat im using i swear ill beat this guy fairly though

                        • 02 Mar 2019 21:38  

                          Poisoned him then poked him to death with Partizan. Cathedral Shield blocked quite abit of his WA but after 2 hits he can easily kick you then "magnetically" line up for a Critical. Had 30 Endurace when facing him. Side note, his Sunset Shield along with his gear make a interesting connection to Holy Knight Hoddrick and his madness.

                          • Anonymous

                            08 Feb 2019 15:56  

                            Was getting repeatedly spanked by this well-voiced rogue. Read this forum and was tempted by cheese. Resisted - and beat him fair and square within my next few attempts by fine tuning my bait and attack timings. I think the only thing I did different was clear the tables and chairs from the area as you walk in. Great fight.

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