Untended Graves is a Location in Dark Souls 3. It is reached through the Consumed King's Garden and is an optional area. Shrouded in darkness, but will upon further inspection reveal a familiar place.

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Full Untended Graves Walkthrough

Untended Graves is a hidden, optional area in Dark Souls 3. The area can be accessed via an illusory wall behind a chest after Oceiros, the Consumed King's boss room. The area is a replica of Cemetery of Ash, but shrouded in total darkness and occupied by different enemies. Click here to go to the speedrun section.

Ravenous Crystal Lizards & NPC Invasion

From the Bonfire, proceed forward and head down the path to the left. You will encounter a group of Corvians that you first encountered in Road of Sacrifices guarding an Ashen Estus Ring. Head back in the opposite direction to find Soul of a Crestfallen Knight 1x on a corpse in front of a vessel.

Take a left up the stairs to engauge a fire casting hollow and dog. A corpse ahead will have a Titanite Chunk 1x. Ahead further you will find a another Titanite Chunk just past the stairs. If you head right into the pool here you will encounter some Undead dogs and Cathedral Grave Wardens.

Head to the right section of this area, where you encountered a Ravenous Crystal Lizard in Cemetery of Ash. There will now be two in this location after wading through the water.

Head out the center path, following it to the left up the hill. This will trigger invasion by dark spirit Daughter of Crystal Kriemhild. Defeat her and proceed down the path to the left. Down the drop in the corner, you will find a corpse with Hidden Blessing 1x. Defeat the remaining hollows and step into the arena. The Sword Master can be summon at the arena entrence for the Champion Gundyr boss fight.

The area boss, Champion Gundyr will be crouched, surrounded by candles. Approach him to start the battle. Defeating him earns you Soul of Champion Gundyr

Loot the Dark Firelink Shrine

In this arena you can find the Black Knight Glaive on a corpse by the broken wall. Light the Bonfire and exit via the closed double doors. Take the path to the right up to find a Black Knight with a greataxe, and beyond another with a greatsword. 

To the left of the Shrine's entrace, head up the series of stairs and another Black Knight will attack from the right. Kill it and head to the top of the stairs to find the Chaos Blade where the Sword Master spawned in the normal Firelink Shrine. Head back down the path hugging the left to go up some stairs. At the top you will find a corpse with Soul of a Crestfallen Knight 1x. In the graves in the grass in front of this area (where the dog spawns in normal Firelink) you will see a Black Knight guarding a Hornet Ring on a corpse.

Make your way into the entrance to dark Firelink Shrine. Approach the vessel where the bonfire would be to find Coiled Sword Fragment 1x. If you head down the hallway you will find an alternate version of the Shrine Handmaid. She has a unique inventory: Wolf Knight Set, Priestess Ring, and 2x Ember. Inside the shrine you can find the Blacksmith Hammer where Andre would be. If you head down the hallway where Irina had been you will come to an Illusory Wall. Beyond you will find Eyes of a Fire Keeper.  In NG+2 behind the throne of Prince Lothric (largest and centermost throne), you can find the Life Ring +3. You can also find Hollow Ashes  on the hollow sitting where Yoel is located (if you have not progressed Yoel's Quest line). Upstairs and outside, there may be a Seed of a Giant Tree.

When you are finished exploring, you may port out via a bonfire, Homeward Bone, or your newly found Coiled Sword Fragment to continue your journey.


Lore Notes:

  1. This seems to be a alternate version of the cemetery of Ash where the Flame has already been extinguished and the Age of Dark is already upon the world. According to Champion Gundyr's soul description it seems like he was the unkindled one destinated to link the Flame, but awoke too late and the world had already plunged into the Age of Dark. Perharps this place serves as a warning for future unkindled champions of what would happen if they choose to extingush the flame.
  2. After talking to the Alternate Shrine Handmaiden return to Firelink Shrine and when you talk to her again she will ponderingly say "Wait,  haven't I met you before?" before continuing with her regular dialog. 

Other Notes

  • Interestingly, and perhaps with lore significance, messages left here - be it in the graveyards, boss arena, or dark shrine - show up in the 'regular' versions as well, and vice versa. For example, leave a message in the dark shrine, and return to the Firelink Shrine. You will find this same message in the same location.
  • Geographically, the area is still in the correct location. In this case, you have merely walked to the graves, rather than "woke up" or bonfire-warp to them.
  • The tower key can be bought in this dimension, but the tower behind the dark shrine cannot be accessed; the door is noninteractive. Also the ladder is absent.
  • You can still jump onto the shrine's roof using the tree behind the shrine. The Crow's nest on the rafters is absent.
  • If you havent previously gone through the illusory wall or gotten the Silver Serpent Ring, doing so in Dark Firelink will do the same in normal Firelink.
  • In the menu to quit the game where the character's profile appears with time played, the location will be "cemetery of Ash" and not "Untended Graves".
  • From technical point of view Cementary and this location are the same. If you "noclip" (cheat allowing flying and ignoring collison) from your starting location in Cementary of Ash you will arrive at Oceiros boss room. If you try to return from there you will arrive at Untended Graves. Do note that under normal circumstances you can leave Cementary of Ash only through bonfire warping.

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Speed Run Walkthrough

Starting from the Oceiros bonfire, follow the hallway until you find an item on the ground. pick it up, as it will allow you to access Archdragon Peak. Keep going and roll into the illusory wall immediatly behind the chest. follow the wall to the left to prevent fall damage, and then light the bonfire. Keep running, and if you need 4 titanite scales take a right where the ravenous crystal lizard was in Cemetary of Ash. keep going straight as if you were going to the Iudex fight. Enter the arena, and kill Champion Gundyr. Afterwards, open the door and head to where firelink shrine would be. In the bonfire pit, you will find the coiled sword fragment.


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    • Anonymous

      09 Aug 2021 20:00  

      I just realized that the Illusory wall by Pickle Pee is not there if you already opened it in normal firelink shrine, that's interesting.

      • Anonymous

        30 Jul 2021 02:29  

        I love how all over Dark souls forums people talk about how certain character are lorewise dead. As if they didn't listen to solaire in ds1 say that time is convoluted and how he and I simply phase in and out of time. etc etc. Basically if your boy is dead. He only dead in yo world But he aint necessarily dead in others.

        • Anonymous

          23 Jun 2021 10:44  

          you can get to eyes of a firekeeper via an illlusory wall on the main level where the coiled sword fragment is (:

          • Anonymous

            11 Apr 2021 20:06  

            why do i always have a feeling Manus will crawl out of the darkness with the four kings at his side and will drag me into the abyss that's over the cliff

            • 25 Dec 2020 04:52  

              All versions of firelink are canon.
              Rekindling the flame doesn't actually stop the dark, it just puts it off. Just like extinguishing the flame doesn't kill the light, it just make the darkness last a little longer.
              The universe of dark souls is an eternal cycle. From the darkness comes the spark which becomes fire, with fire comes light and prosperity. After a period of time, the flames fade and only the dark remains. But from darkness comes the spark. "And so the ash seeketh embers." Extingusing the flames or rekindling them, it's all just a fool's errand to stave off the inevitable.
              Knowing this, the ending's true meaning becomes clear. If your actions have no bearing on the universe, then the meaning of the ending you choose is entirely introspective. Are you the kind of person that will burn out and seek their own death simply because others told you to. Or are you the type that would take control and work for your own best interest.

              • Anonymous

                14 Dec 2020 13:40  

                I was able to get on top of firelink shrine by using the fallen tree, and the chest at the back of the shrine held the covetous silver serpent ring. I had not previously collected this ring.

                • Anonymous

                  05 Dec 2020 05:34  

                  I just attacked the illusory wall where Irina used to lay and somehow fell through the floor and died.
                  There was a message saying "illusory wal ahead but stay calm", but I doubt the death was intended.

                  • Anonymous

                    29 Oct 2020 21:19  

                    There is a moon that you can see right as the cliff on the right pops up after you get past the sword guys and the dogs. Look down and angle the camera right there is a moon that is there for some bizarre reason I can't fathom. Might be interesting to add to the other notes section

                    This placed creeped me out like no other. The more I stayed the more the darkness got to me especially searching in the shrine. Just having the creepy alternate handmaiden being my only company while I tried to remember where all the little secrets were was enough to make me feel extremely unwelcome...or welcome in a nice body full of organs to harvest sort of way. I love creepy stuff and it was creepy in all the right ways best area in the game.

                    • Anonymous

                      25 Oct 2020 17:43  

                      "This seems to be a alternate version of the cemetery of Ash where the Flame has already been extinguished and the Age of Dark is already upon the world. According to Champion Gundyr's soul description it seems like he was the unkindled one destinted to link the Flame, but awoke too late and the world had already plunged into the Age of Dark. Perharps this place serves as a warning for future unkindled champions of what would happen if they choose to extingush the flame"

                      --if this is really true it's quite chilling.. as I've ignorantly chose that ending a few times now.. :X

                      • Anonymous

                        04 Aug 2020 23:23  

                        If you rate a message here, then go back to regular Firelink, the same message will be in the same place with the same rating.

                        • Anonymous

                          30 Jul 2020 22:00  

                          How is this place a warning for future unkindled champions? It's exactly as hopeless and ****ed up as the "normal" world with the difference that everything is dark :D

                          • Anonymous

                            30 Jul 2020 14:11  

                            How exactly is this a warning for future unkindled champions? It's exactly as hopeless and f*cked up as the "normal" world with the only difference that everything is dark :D

                            • Anonymous

                              12 Jul 2020 18:19  

                              I assumed this version of the world was a copy of one from the past that was pulled from the Abyss. (The Souls series uses a plain black background as the Abyss. Check the fight against Wolnir and the Four Kings as references.)

                              • Anonymous

                                06 Jul 2020 00:41  

                                Untended graves is supposed to be the past, which would imply that the fire is already dead. The current firelink exists outside of time and the flame here is powered only by the lords of cinder. The universe we travel through in the game is also the past, just before the fire went out. Untended graves is a warning from Oceiros about what happens when the flame dies. One of the reasons he was obsessed with becoming a dragon was he knew it would be useful to him in the dark world.

                                • Anonymous

                                  01 Jun 2020 03:37  

                                  I wonder, could one put the Cinders on their Thrones in Untended Graves? And if so, does this affect anyhow the gameplay?

                                  • Anonymous

                                    14 Apr 2020 07:35  

                                    This place was so weird first time. One shotted Ocerios and Champ gundyr, went through firelink and the chills were everywhere. Probably for me the scariest place in ds3.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      01 Apr 2020 21:00  

                                      The Firelink Shrine in the Untended Graves is supposed to be the real one,the Firelink Shrine back in Cemetery of Ash is probably an illusion. The entire area is connected to the Cemetery's progress. If you take the silver serpent ring and visit the exact same place in the Untended one,the chest will be open as well.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        22 Mar 2020 16:49  

                                        This is cool and all, but why do you go there? What sort of contraption or magic just makes you go through a door and go to an alternate reality? And at what point in traveling there do you go to the alternate reality?

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