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Cemetery of Ash is a Location in Dark Souls 3. This location serves as a starting area for new players to the game. This is where players will find themselves at the start of the game, revived as an 'Unkindled', and will have to face the mighty Iudex Gundyr as a test to prove their worth before heading into Firelink Shrine and being able to explore the lands of Lothric.

Cemetery of Ash Walkthrough

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Cemetery of Ash Map

Cemetery of Ash Map

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  • Some events/items will become available here as your progress through the game.

Full Cemetery of Ash Walkthrough

Click here to go to the Speedrun Walkthrough. Click here for Lore and Speculation on this area.

Getting Your Feet Under You

After character creation, the game begins with an introductory cutscene of your player character rising from a tombstone. Proceed forward and read the messages on the ground which provide instructions on the game's Controls.

Follow the path to find your first enemy. After disposing of him, go right and loot a Soul of a Deserted Corpse. Backtrack to where you found the first enemy and proceed to encounter another enemy in front of a soul-vessel-like fountain. Loot the corpse by the fountain to obtain the Ashen Estus Flask.



Progressing Through The Cemetery

To the right and up, there is a hollow facing away from you. To the left and up the stairs you will find another hollow. If you continue straight past the fountain, you will encounter a hollow with a crossbow. Taking a hard right from where this hollow is, you will see 2 more hollows. As you progress past them down a narrow waist-high waterway, it will open to a wider area where a Ravenous Crystal Lizard waits. Soul of an Unknown Traveler 1x can be located in this area (Speckled Stoneplate Ring +1 can also be found here in NG+). Defeat the Crystal Lizard to obtain a Titanite Scale 1x. He can be led to the edge by the bonfire to quickly defeat him by making him step/roll off.



Make your way back and continue on to reach a cliffside overlooking a breathtaking view. Head left and you will encounter your first Bonfire. Light the bonfire to trigger the Enkindle Trophy/Achievement and learn the Gesture Rest. Continue ahead along the cliff wall, eliminating the hollows in your path. At the edge, a message will tell you how to jump. Jumping here into a small ravine, you can find a Titanite Shard 1x. If you drop down beyond there will be a hollow you can land a jump attack on. It has a chance to drop a Cleric's Sacred Chime. If you backtrack and follow along the cliff edge, you will encounter several hollows and a path leading down along the cliff. At the end of the path you will find a sword and shield hollow and a crossbow hollow. Behind them, against the wall will be a corpse with Firebomb 5x. 

In an archway ahead, eliminate the crossbow hollow and enter an open courtyard where you will see a petrified warrior. Approach it.



Boss Fight: Iudex Gundyr

Make your way forward and head down the stone steps that open up to a courtyard where you see the statue of a figure with a sword embedded in its chest. Approach the statue and you are given a prompt to remove the sword. Remove it to animate the statue and test your worth against the boss, Iudex Gundyr



Defeat him to receive the Coiled Sword and earn the Trophy/Achievement Iudex Gundyr. Your ember will now be restored, which is similar to the revival mechanic in Demon's Souls. Open the large double doors and proceed out along the cliffs. You will find a Broken Straight Sword by the graves straight ahead. Along the way, you will find a Homeward Bone 1x. Ascend up towards the structure at the top of the hill. To the right, you will encounter an undead dog and beyond will find an Ember 1x. Go along the left side to find graves and stairs overlooking a cliff. At the junction between two sets of stairs, there is a corpse in a tree on the left with the East-West Shield. To the stairs on the right, there will be two hollows and another Ember. Continuing to the left will take you to Sword Master Saber, an undead wielding the Uchigatana; it is recommended that you level up first before trying to fight him. The easier way to engage him is to just lure him at the edge of a cliff and make sure your back is facing the wall with your shield up. Keep attacking him until he falls off the cliff, he will drop master armor and master attire when you reload the area (either by resting at a bonfire or quitting and reloading).

Continue forward and enter the hub of Dark Souls 3, Firelink Shrine.


Cemetery of Ash Map

Cemetery of Ash Map

Cemetery of Ash Videos



Speed Run Walkthrough

A fast walkthrough of how to get to the end of the level the fastest, picking up only essential items goes here. Start from the game's starting point and run straight to the Ashen Estus Flask. From there run to the bonfire which is straight and up the hill. Run past all the enemies in that area and engage Iudex Gundyr. You may elect to grab the 5 Firebombs to help against Iudex's second form. Speed run walkthrough


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    • Anonymous

      30 Mar 2018 04:25  

      Noob question
      im trying to read mess on the floor in the begining and cant read it my char moves then i press A
      been trying to change button for the left move no joy tryed the button for use and still no joy=(
      ps only played for minits

      • Anonymous

        16 Nov 2016 22:49  

        Hi, I was also the post below. Let me clarify, the guide mentions the NPC's dialogue, but I can't find him on the NPC list and he seems important.

        • Anonymous

          16 Nov 2016 22:43  

          I would highly recommend someone try all different kinds of gestures on the dead mushrooms? This guide doesn't mention an NPC that is right behind you as soon as you enter the world. In the cave, before the bonfire, there is a guy resting on the mushrooms, and he seems to serve no purpose other than telling you to go find a bed of your own. Most likely a secret?

          • Anonymous

            09 Nov 2016 03:47  

            I'm playing on PC, and I haven't had an NPC invasions since the very first one. I've been embered most the game, didn't ALWAYS kill the boss first, just once, yet nothing. Anyone had this problem, bug, because I don't get...

            • Anonymous

              25 Oct 2016 08:26  

              Recommended Levels: I think the recommended levels are kind of weird. For example for Road of Sacrifices it's 30-45, but for Farron Keep and Cathedral of the Deep, which are both just accessible after doing (part of) Road of Sacrifices it's just 30-45. Same with Lothric Castle and Grand Archives. Anyway, Farron Keep and Cathedral of the Deep are much harder than Road of Sacrifices and Grand Archives is much harder than Lothric Castle. So, also from this point of view, it's strange.

              • 21 Oct 2016 05:16  

                DO NOT GIVE DEEP BRAILLE DIVINE TOME OR ANY OTHER DARK TOMES TO IRINA OF CARIM, unless you're sure which path of her questline you want to take in your playthrough.
                Seriously, they need to warn people about this in here. Now I f***ed up her questline...

                • Anonymous

                  12 Sep 2016 13:46  

                  There is a broken bridge leading from Undead settlement to the Lothric's foot, and there is a dead dragon lying on the other side of this bridge, also there is a couple of items glimmering where this dragon is lying (items can be seen from where pillgrims are or from the Bonfire even withouth binoculars). I dont recall getting there on my first playthrough. Any tips? Or i just forgotten something.

                  • Anonymous

                    20 Jul 2016 23:16  

                    after you light the bonfire and proceed to where the two tatanite bugs are over past themlike over where the wall ends it says you need wings to proceed how do you get wings?

                    • Anonymous

                      15 Jul 2016 05:22  

                      The Archdragon Peak walkthrough is so bad. "Defeat the Wyvern" AS IF it's that easy to kill a hulking dragon with so many serpent men lying around.

                      • Anonymous

                        17 Jun 2016 00:29  

                        If you want to cheese a bit and prefer safety over gittin' gud: You can kill the two Lycanthropes along the side path at the right edge of the map, make your way to the Black Knight in his wing in the castle.Kite him (very carefully, as his reach is huge and he's aggressive) back along that right path.Then at the end of it, running leap over the rocks to fall into a shallow bit of the swamp (near the crouching Hollow and the Starved Dog.Kill the dog, and the couple of branch Hollows nearby (remember to kite one out one at a time for an easy killing). Alternatively, just run past.After that, run back up the path towards the Halfway bonfire (remember there's going to be two branch Hollows along the way, albeit facing in the opposite direction).Then get to the top of the path they were on, slide down two plateaus along the cliff edge, and you should actually see the Black Knight waiting near the cliff that you originally leapt over.Then proceed to fire arrows into his face from safety and the high ground. It takes far longer to describe than to actually do (the entire process being about two minutes after killing the Lycanthropes), and is a fun way to teach that d-bag a lesson about why he shouldn't be a meanie without risking yourself much at all.

                        • Anonymous

                          06 Jun 2016 18:20  

                          WTF! Why does it tell you to go up in the rafters when it is the complete opposite of the title. Utter Crap.

                          • Anonymous

                            05 Jun 2016 21:41  

                            YellowFinger is the only invading npc I always get here and I do not see him on the list of invaders. I also Have never found Londor Pale Sade but have summoned Sirri at the boss doors

                            • Anonymous

                              25 May 2016 23:55  

                              There is a summon NPC in the courtyard with all of the lothric knights. When you first come into the area after killing the huge halberd knight look directly left and you should see a summon sign for Lion Knight Albert

                              • Anonymous

                                23 May 2016 16:03  

                                the shard you said when you hop down the short stairs here you can find one...i dont see it (in archdragon peak)

                                • 16 May 2016 22:19  

                                  in the beginning of the undead settlement standing on the balcony next to the corpse that holds lorettas bone if you aim a bow at the top left of the fire there is a body hanging that holds 9x kukri

                                  • Anonymous

                                    13 May 2016 19:30  

                                    There is another homeward bones that can be pick when going right just before the entrace of firelink shrine.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      05 May 2016 01:48  

                                      I died as the dragon died and, therefore, didn't get the cutscene. I got the trophy, however. Any idea what I should do?Thanks

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