Cemetery of Ash


This sword is only bequeathed to chosen ash, as judged by the Iudex, who awaits the arrival of ash as a scabbard.

— Description of the Coiled Sword

General Information

This is where you start the game, having awoken from a stone coffin.




You awake in the Cemetery of Ash near to your recently upturned coffin. Follow the path forward and read the messages on the ground if you don't know the controls. Defeat any enemies that attack you, they can drop Fading Souls.

As you continue forward you will eventually come across a broken fountain with a corpse lying beside it. Take the Ashen Estus Flask and continue forward out of the flooded ruins and rest at the bonfire overlooking the mountains.

Iudex Gundyr

From the bonfire, head down the path into the ruined courtyard where you will find a immoble Iudex Gundyr. Walk up to him and examine the Coiled Sword to pull it out of him. This will start the Iudex Gundyr boss fight.

To Firelink Shrine

Having defeated Iudex Gundyr, rest at his bonfire, then continue out of the courtyard. Pick up the Broken Straight Sword next to the gravestone to the left, then continue right. Watch out for the Hollows.

As you near Firelink Shrine, take the furthest path to the right all the way around to pick up an Ember. Return back to the main path and continue into Firelink Shrine.



Seek Guidance? Message Location
No Turn back Before the Ravenous Crystal Lizard
Yes To soothe the dark sigil, pillage the Fire Keeper's grave Behind Sword Master


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