Crestfallen Warrior

Information

The Crestfallen Warrior is a Character in Dark Souls.  He is the first NPC you will meet at Firelink Shrine. He has grown weary of the world and fears his hollowing is inevitable. When engaging in conversation with him, he will reveal useful information about the world and your objectives.

  • Be careful about engaging him in combat. He can be quite troublesome at early levels.
  • Bait him to follow you on the bridge where a Rare Ring of Sacrifice can be found, for an easy 1000 souls.
  • Once hollowed he will be a hostile NPC located at the bridge entrance to the New Londo Ruins.
  • Depending on how the Player personally views him, he can be considered a good friend or ally as he keeps a keen eye on all events, major or minor, that goes on and freely has conversation with the player's character about them leading one the option to investigate. 

Drops

  • No items
  • 1,000 souls (3,000 in v.1.5, NG+)

Character Info

 

Dialogue

Talk to him for the first time:
"Well, what do we have here? You must be a new arrival.
Let me guess. Fate of the Undead, right? Well, you're not the first.
But there's no salvation here. You'd have done better to rot in the Undead Asylum… But, too late now.
Well, since you're here… Let me help you out.
There are actually two Bells of Awakening.
One's up above, in the Undead Church. The other is far, far below, in the ruins at the base of Blighttown.
Ring them both, and something happens… Brilliant, right?
Not much to go on, but I have a feeling that won't stop you.
So, off you go. It is why you came, isn't it? To this accursed land of the Undead?
Hah hah hah hah…"

When talking to him while hollowed:
"Oh, your face! You're practically Hollow.
But who knows, going Hollow could solve quite a bit!
Hah hah hah hah…
Hm, what? Restoring your humanity?
Well, there are a few ways to go about it…
Collect it bit by bit from corpses, or you can butter up a cleric, and get yourself summoned.
And the quickest way, although I'd never do it, is to kill a healthy Undead, and pillage its humanity.
Coveting thy neighbour is only human, after all!
Hah hah hah hah…
What are you looking at?
Don't try anything clever. You might regret it."

When talking to him while Cursed:
"Oi, hold on…Don't tell me, have you been cursed?
Oh woe is the Undead who's cursed on top of it all Harsh times; harsh times indeed!
Hah hah hah hah!
No, no, I'm sorry. Here, let me share a nice tip.
Long ago, I was told of a remedician who resides in New Londo.
Does he really exist? Well, go and find out for yourself.
But don't blame me if he's just an apparition!
Hah hah hah hah!"

When talking to him again, without having accessed Undead Burg or Blighttown:
"Hm? What, you want to hear more?
Oh, that's all we need. Another inquisitive soul.
Well, listen carefully, then…
One of the bells is up above in the Undead Church, but the lift is broken.
You'll have to climb the stairs up the ruins, and access the Undead Burg through the waterway.
The other bell is back down below the Undead Burg,
within the plague-infested Blighttown.
But I'd die again before I step foot in that cesspool!
Hah hah hah hah…"

When talking to him after activating the Undead Parish to Firelink Shrine elevator shortcut:
"You again?
There's nothing to speak about, really.
Oh, actually… Something strange did happen.
That crow flew off with somebody in its clutches. I think it was a man curled up in a ball.
Stranger things have happened, right?
No, maybe not…"

When talking to him while carrying an "At Risk" or "Broken" Weapon:
"Don't you ever repair your weapons?
You just need the right tools… or some powder.
If you keep swinging those scraps around, you'll be mistaken for a hollow!
Ha ha ha ha!"

After exhausting all currently available topics:
"Bloody hell, what is it now?
You ask too many questions.
No new topics
Hm? What now?
I'm not up for chatting. Leave me alone."

After reaching a new area:
"What's wrong? Get a bit of scare out there?
No problem. Have a seat and get comfortable.
We'll both be Hollow before you know it.
Hah hah hah hah…
Well, what are you going to do?
I've already decided.
I don't really care; I'm simply crestfallen…"

If you have not yet accessed the lift to New Londo:
"Have you been to the ruins of New Londo below?
Just head down the stairs, and take the lift.
It's certainly worth a visit.
It was once an Undead city. You may find a clue or two.
Unless the ghosts find you first…
Keh heh heh heh!"

After trying to talk to Anastacia for the first time:
"Oh, have you seen that terribly morose lass?
… The Fire Keeper.
She's stuck keeping that bonfire lit.
Sad, really. She's mute and bound to this forsaken place.
They probably cut her tongue out back in her village, so that she'd never say any god's name in vain.
How do these martyrs keep chugging along? I'd peter out in an instant.
Hah hah hah hah…"

After defeating the Taurus Demon, and without owning an upgraded weapon:
"Don't you ever think to forge your weapons?
You'd better find a smithbox soon!
Unless you enjoy swinging about with blunt instruments.
Ha ha ha ha!"

After obtaining the Residence Key or accessing the Lower Undead Burg:
"How did that silly sorcerer's apprentice end up?
You know, the one always prattling on about Master Logan.
He left for the Undead Burg, but never came back.
Serves him right. If even Old Big Hat can't make it out there, what chance does he have?
I hope he enjoys his new life as a Hollow."

After liberating Griggs of Vinheim:
"How did that nutty sorcerer make it back?
Unexpected, but I suppose stranger things have happened."

After Encountering the Capra Demon:
"How did that raggedy old chum end up?
You know, the one who idolized some godmother of pyromancy.
He left for Blighttown, but never came back.
Whereas most flee from sickness, he dives right in.
Well, nothing will harm him once he goes Hollow."

After liberating Laurentius of the Great Swamp:
"How did that old man make it back?
Unexpected, but I suppose stranger things have happened."

If you first ring The Bell of Awakening in The Undead Parish:
"Why, what a surprise. I didn't expect you to make it.
… Oh, somebody rang the bell… Wait. Was it you?
You never give up, do you? I don't know how you do it.
Well, don't stop now. Only one more, but it's going to be suicide.
Hah hah hah hah …"

If you first ring The Bell of Awakening under Blighttown:
"Oh, somebody rang the bell… Wait. Was it you?
You never give up, do you? I don't know how you do it.
Well, don't stop now… Only one more…
If you have the heart for it…
Hah hah hah hah …"

When Rhea, Vince, and Nico arrive:
"Did you see her?
That virtuous little maiden, complete with followers in tow.
They're probably going straight to pillage graves. I've heard enough about "M'Lady" for a lifetime."

After rescuing Rhea:
"Did you hear about the maiden?
The virtuous lass came back alone, and in absolute tatters…
Did her follower die, or was she abandoned? Who knows.
But I suppose we've heard the last from "M'lady".
Hah hah hah hah!
That maiden?
She's shuffled off somewhere. I believe to the Undead Church.
These ruins are probably too awkward for her."

After freeing Big Hat Logan:
"Oi, did you see him?
Big Hat Logan, the legendary sorcerer, in the flesh!
… This place is simply mad … Legendary heroes popping up left and right …
They're making me feel quite inadequate, to be honest!
Hah hah hah hah …"

After ringing both bells and awakening Frampt:
"Did you ring the second bell?
That is incredible, I must say… But now we have a new problem.
It's noisy, it snores, and its breath is lethal…
This is no laughing matter, I tell you.
Damn, that stench… And I was really beginning to like it here!
Sigh…
Maybe it's time I do something about it…

When attacked (but not hostile):
"Ooph!
Oww!
What in the…!
Stop that! Oi!"

When attacked and made hostile:
"Lousy rat! You have some nerve!
I may be crestfallen, but I'm not defenseless, you rascal!
You will soon regret this!"

When killed:
"Heheh, not too shabby…
I think you've done me a favour…"

When he kills the player:
"Now, that's just embarrassing.
How'd you let me do that to you?"

Trivia

  • Crestfallen Warrior is a recurring character archetype of the series.
  • Crestfallen Warrior first appeared in Demon's Souls, then as Saulden in DS2, and as Hawkwood in DS3.
  • In his final statements he hints at wanting to "do something about" the creature of the foul stench and abhorrent noise (Kingseeker Frampt), it is a possibility this encounter is what caused him to go Hollow. 

 




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    • Anonymous

      02 Mar 2021 14:27  

      He knows a lot about the world. I’d like to believe he had his own journey and possibly made it to the bottom of Blighttown before giving into fear and making his way up and out to valley of drakes, new londo and back to Firelink where he finally settled. He’s just about as strong in health and damage as you would be having reached that far into the game and he knows the undead burg, parish and even evidence of the depths with his dialogue after you get cursed.

      • Anonymous

        20 Feb 2021 00:22  

        He has an extra bit of dialogue for Reah’s arrival. After the line “I’ve heard enough about M’lady for a lifetime” he says “what absolute rubbish aye? Tsk!” But it only triggers under certain circumstances which I think are either 1) you defeat Capra Demon before going through the water tunnel back to Firelink Shrine or 2) you must not be part of the way of white covenant when you talk to him after her arrival. It’s not even important but I knew I had heard him say it before and went crazy looking for the trigger.

        • Anonymous

          18 Jan 2021 00:31  

          One of the best character's imho. Authentic and well executed representation of the corpus of the game's ideas.

          • Anonymous

            15 Jan 2021 01:42  

            I never knew you could trigger dialogue by rescuing reah because I wouldn’t bother heading down there that early but how can you trigger dialogue after freeing Logan if you need to ring both bells to do so? Does he speak of Logan and then talks about frampt awakening if you don’t talk to him right after ringing both bells? That would be crazy levels of detail added by FS

            • Anonymous

              05 Jan 2021 02:54  

              This guy is the polar opposite of onion bro, in a sense that he barely tries to do anything in the whole game and when he does, he becomes hollow.

              • 13 Nov 2020 10:18  

                All this dialouge he has, Its amazing how Fromsoft fleshed him out. Like, he hints out the way to get back into the asylum after you unlock the church elevator, and how he talks about Laurentinus and Griggs before you meet them.

                • Anonymous

                  14 Oct 2020 17:46  

                  Me on my first playthrough :There are actualy....two bells of awakening.Where da funk am i supposed to go thanks bro nice info :))))))

                  • Anonymous

                    12 Sep 2020 04:51  

                    He doesn't say that you're going to die if you ring the second bell of awakening first, which is a nice little attention to detail.

                    • Anonymous

                      13 Aug 2020 19:08  

                      After ringing both bells and talking to him, I immediately went to new londo by elevator. He was already there hollow and agro. LMAO!

                      • Anonymous

                        03 Jun 2020 00:12  

                        I had to become a parry god to kill him right after the undead asylum when I accidentally threw a fireball at him. Harder than most of the bosses early game.

                        • Anonymous

                          28 Apr 2020 01:09  

                          He may be a bit of a jerk in the begining, but seeing him Hollow in New Londo is just so depressing. Maybe we could have saved him

                          • Anonymous

                            25 Apr 2020 18:31  

                            So, I'm assuming Frampt kills him? He seems annoyed at Frampts presence and says maybe it's time he does something, so perhaps he did and failed. I'll miss the old pessimistic chum.

                            • Anonymous

                              02 Apr 2020 06:42  

                              If you get one of the skeletons from the graveyard to follow you back to the bonfire, you can stand on the other side of crestfallen and the skeleton will kill him without setting off his agro. Just keep your shield up lol

                              • Anonymous

                                06 Nov 2019 19:23  

                                First ever playthrough of the game, I aggro'd him and Petrus right off the bat. I wanted to see how many times it took to hit someone before they turned aggro and thought that, after they killed me, they'd go back to normal. Man, was that a mistake. Petrus was accidental while I flailed my dinky club around running away from Crestfallen. I eventually got Crestfallen to fall off a cliff with me and killed Petrus later on after I came down from the elevator in Undead Burg...then, Rhea and her crew appeared and were automatically hostile. Oof.

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