Darkstalker Kaathe

Darkstalker Kaathe is a Character in Dark Souls.


Kaathe is a Primordial Serpent, just like Kingseeker Frampt. He is the Leader of the Darkwraiths Covenant, and it was he who tempted The Four Kings with the power of Life Drain which, in turn, led to the eventual flooding of New Londo.

  • Note: Darkstalker Kaathe will not appear if you sided with Frampt and placed the Lordvessel.
  • If you have obtained the Lordvessel, you can go to New Londo Ruins and talk to Ingward. Ingward will give you a key that' will eventually lead to the Four Kings boss (requires you defeat Great Grey Wolf Sif first to be able to walk The Abyss.) After defeating the Four Kings, Darkstalker Kaathe will appear in The Abyss. He allows you to join the Darkwraith Covenant.
  • If you have not obtained the Lordvessel yet, you can kill Ingward instead to get the key, however be sure to buy his Cure Curse spell beforehand.



 Cracked Red Eye Orb



First time speaking:
"Greetings Undead Warrior
I am the Primordial Serpent Darkstalker Kaathe
I can guide thee, and illuminate the truth.
Undead Warrior, conqueror of the Four Kings, is this not your wish?
To know the truth of men, and the Undead?"

Answer "Yes":
"A wise choice, Undead warrior.
Prove you must, that the truth becomes you.
Seek Anor Londo.
And claim Gwyn's heirloom, the Lordvessel.
Now go, Undead warrior.
Show the world that the truth becomes you.

Answer "No":
… Very well.
Warriors as yourself are few. I will be patient.
But I cannot wait forever…"

Speak to him after you answered "No":
"What is it?
Perhaps you have changed your mind?"

Speak to him at The Abyss after he brought you to Firelink Shrine:
If you wish, I shall grant the art of Lifedrain,
the legendary power of the Dark Lord.
It can preserve your humanity while Undead,
and cast off the shackles placed upon your brethren."

Using "Talk" option in The Abyss before you put the Lordvessel for Kaathe:
"Undead warrior.
To speak now is premature.
It begins with your retrieval of the Lordvessel."

Speak to him with the Lordvessel in your inventory, before putting the Lordvessel in the altar:
"Hmm… You are astonishing.
The truth I shall share without sentiment.
After the advent of fire, the ancient lords found the three souls.
But your progenitor found a fourth, unique soul.
The Dark Soul.
Your ancestor claimed the Dark Soul and waited for Fire to subside.
And soon, the flames did fade, and only Dark remained.
Thus began the age of men, the Age of Dark.
Lord Gwyn trembled at the Dark.
Clinging to his Age of Fire, and in dire fear of humans,
and the Dark Lord who would one day be born amongst them,
Lord Gwyn resisted the course of nature.
By sacrificing himself to link the fire, and commanding his children to shepherd the humans,
Gwyn has blurred your past, to prevent the birth of the Dark Lord.
I am the primordial serpent.
I seek to right the wrongs of the past to discover our true Lord.
But the other serpent, Frampt, lost his sense, and befriended Lord Gwyn.
Undead warrior, we stand at the crossroad.
Only I know the truth about your fate.
You must destroy the fading Lord Gwyn, who has coddled Fire and resisted nature,
and become the Fourth Lord, so that you may usher in the Age of Dark!"

Answer "Yes":
"Very well
I shall now guide you to Gwyn's Prison
Be still. Entrust thine flesh to me."

Answer "No":
"Fool… You could not be the Dark Lord.
Enough of this… and farewell to you.
I shall return to the Abyss, and await the true Lord of Men.
After being transported to Firelink Altar
This is Gwyn's prison.
Now, place the Lordvessel upon the altar.
Speak to him in Firelink Altar before putting the Lordvessel
What is it? Place the Lordvessel upon the altar."

Speak to him in Firelink Altar after putting the Lordvessel:
"Very well.
Once the vessel is filled with souls, the gate to Gwyn shall open.
Seek Gravelord Nito, the Witch of Izalith, and the traitor Seath the Scaleless.
Fill this vessel with their souls.
Then, the gate will open… so that you may kill Gwyn.

Are you ready?
Then, let us return to the Abyss. Entrust thine flesh to me.

Greeting after placing the Lordvessel:
"What is it?
I am your guardian.
Go on, state your wish."

When leaving:

Using "Talk" option after placing the Lordvessel on the altar:
"They failed me, every last one of them.
They were strong, but saw not the truth.
I am certain that you will prove different."

When attacked without made hostile:
Stop! Enough! Fool!"

When attacked and made hostile or after placing the Lordvessel for Frampt:
"Fool… You could not be the Dark Lord.
Enough of this… and farewell to you.
I shall return to the Abyss, and await the true Lord of Men."

Kaathe is voiced by Peter Marinker 


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    • Anonymous

      15 Oct 2020 05:04  

      He's never stated what "The Age of Dark" even entails. Who cares about the age of man in a demented world like this one with undead and monsters and the abyss etc.? lol

      • Anonymous

        22 Aug 2020 00:39  

        Kaathe and Frampt must always be in such great moods. Award-winning smile right there. If only I could be so grossly incandescent.

        • Anonymous

          18 Aug 2020 17:43  

          I believe kaathe. The curse of the undead from prolonging the fire is prominent and frampt never tells us we’ll die from linking the fire and as if that wasn’t enough if you speak to him in the altar before placing the vessel he’ll aggressively tell us to place it and although kaathe also does this he’s at least consistently like that while frampt is very friendly until this moment where you don’t directly do what he says. To me this is where the cracks shine through and I believe linking the fire is indeed the bad ending. It’s also worth noting that the majority of players will fall into frampts trap so the idea of being in the darkwraith covenant and showing up to kill them on their journey fits really well into the plot. Dark Souls is epic.

          • Anonymous

            26 May 2020 03:54  

            If I placed the lord vessel early and made kaathe leave, does this mean I can’t do the dark lord ending?

            • Anonymous

              09 May 2020 14:01  

              FOUND ODD BUG: If you kill gwynevere (and possibly also including gywndolin) before talking to frampt, frampt leaves obviously when you approach him... but, for no reason at all and BEFORE I EVEN PLACED THE LORD VESSEL OR KILLED THE FOUR KINGS... the Abyss bonfire becomes available and when you visit, kaathe gives you ONLY the dialogue as if you already placed the lord vessel. Then, upon warping to try to place the vessel using kaathe, the vessel somehow is already placed.

              • Anonymous

                26 Oct 2019 22:27  

                I don't know anyone experienced this but when i killed the four kings and talked to Kaathe he said a dialogue not listed here and simply disappeared

                • Anonymous

                  10 Jul 2019 19:41  

                  There is something I never understood. How do you even reach the four kings without placing the lord vessel? I thought there is this kind of yellow barrier which won't cease to exist unless the vessel is placed in some sort. But as far as I know you can't place the vessel without pissing one of the serpents off...

                  • Anonymous

                    19 May 2019 12:20  

                    I didn't talk to Frampt at all, but jumped down the whole, placed the Lordvessel, and Kaathe didn't appear to me.

                    • Anonymous

                      26 Apr 2019 16:58  

                      I don't buy this guy, neither Frampt, I just said NO to Kaathe and jumped down to lordvessel placement while Frampt was sleeping. I am planning let Solaire link the fire when I leave the kiln as the darklord, fuk you serpents.

                      • Anonymous

                        05 Feb 2019 18:22  

                        This has likely already been said but if you accidentally talk to Frampt and get brought down to place the Lordvessel, use a homeward bone to warp out of the area BEFORE placing it. Being brought to the area doesn't bar you from meeting Kathe, only placing the vessel with Frampt does. You can still meet Kathe after the 4 kings (just did this with my character). He will transport you to place the Lordvessel and offer the Darkwraith covenant after you do. Hopefully this helps with any confusion.

                        • Anonymous

                          03 Jan 2019 15:53  

                          Also worth pointing out, since you can't reach Sif in the Chasm of the Abyss without placing the Lordvessel for Frampt, you can't get the alternate cutscene for Sif if you go with Kaathe.

                          • Anonymous

                            03 Jan 2019 06:44  

                            age of men is just a lie .dark soul like the lord soul came from first flame,with flame fading humans can not rule too,he just wants good for his race. "MANUS WAITED FOR FIRE TO SUBCIDE"is a lie too.

                            • Anonymous

                              04 Dec 2018 19:30  

                              Do I need to have him transport me to the area that I place the lord vessel at to join the covenant, or does he let you join the covenant regardless?

                              • Anonymous

                                29 Oct 2018 23:06  

                                first person to find this character just forgot to talk to Frampt, after getting the Lordvessel, and kept exploring. Everyone else looked it up here

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