Hawkeye Gough

Hawkeye Gough is a Character and Merchant in Dark Souls and Dark Souls Remastered.


Hawkeye Gough Information

Hawkeye Gough was once one of the four knights of Gwyn and leader of the Greatarchers and Dragonslayers, but now is blinded and locked up, without purpose. He passes the time by philosophically musing while making archtree Carvings, filling them with his voice, which is released when broken.  He is the original bearer of the Hawk Ring, and the one intended to wear it.


  • Right after Artorias the Abysswalker, stairs opposite the Battle of Stoicism Gazebo.
  • Need the Crest Key to unlock the door to his area.  The key is found in a Mimic in the building with many Bloatheads and the Bloathead Sorceress in the rafters encountered before the elevator shortcut.  The room with the mimic can be accessed by rolling from the walkway overseeing the main chamber with the five Bloatheads into the lit room with one Bloathead in it.  The mimic should be next to the Bloathead.



  • Helps the player with defeating the Black Dragon Kalameet.
    • After the player went at least once to Kalameet's area (no need to die or fight him), he will ask the player if he is having trouble and needs help. Answering yes both times will result in a cutscene in which Gough takes down Kalameet with his bow. Answering No in either will result in him not helping the player. If you answered No by mistake, and want his help, you can make him ask the question again by reloading the game or leaving the area and returning, then talking to him, and selecting the option "Talk" from the dialogue menu.
    • If Gough does not shoot him down, Kalameet can only be killed with ranged weapons, from within the boss area.
    • Once Kalameet is grounded, his status is changed to area boss, and the Royal Woods area is once again open for multiplayer.
  • Gives Gough's Greatbow as a gift after defeating the dragon.
  • If you wish to acquire his bow without defeating Kalameet, you can kill Gough and he will drop it among his set. If you kill Gough after he gifts his bow you, only his set will be dropped.
  • Gough is one of the most conveniently accessible merchants in the game, being less then a minute walk from the Oolacile Township bonfire, with no enemies in between, and selling the universally useful Homeward Bones, Prism Stones, Titanite, Large Titanite, and Green Titanite at reduced rates.  His armor set, obtained by killing him, is therefore often rarely seen.


Fighting Gough

Due to being blind, the Slumbering Dragoncrest Ring keeps him from hearing you. When attacked, he'll know where you are for 2-3 attacks then idles by looking around for you. Once his HP is at half, his attack count goes from 2-3 to 3-7. HIGHLY recommended that Gough is fought using a great shield, fast weapons , and fast rolling.

  • I.E. Balder side sword with 20 DEX unbuffed can kill him if you have the patience.

Another way to easily dispose of Gough is to equip the Slumbering Dragoncrest Ring and pelt him with Dung Pies to turn him toxic. With the ring, he won't hear you throwing them, and since they do no actual damage, hitting him with them does not count as an attack and as such he will not attack you, simply standing there as you pelt him with dung. Upon turning toxic, he will know where you are and attack; if you avoid him he will lose you again, walk to the side of the arena opposite the ladder, and stand there while the toxin kills him. It will take 3 or 4 full toxin effects to finish him, but you can kill him easily with this strategy if you have about 30 Dung Pies and some patience.  Fortunately, Gough sells Dung Pies at a very low price.

Gough's Attacks


  • Fist smash
  • Ground swipe
  • Full body slam (Takes up 80% of the area; greatsword SOMETIMES blocks the attack. VERY high chance that this attack will kill you)
  • Elbow drop (Takes up 50% of the area; can be blocked and dodged by rolling to the side)


Recommended equipment




Icon & Name Use Price



Dung Pie
Inflicts toxin 200

Homeward Bone
Return to last bonfire rested at 300

Prism Stone
Pathmarker 10

Hello Carving
Archtree carving: "Hello" 5

Thank you Carving
Archtree carving: "Thank you" 5



Titanite Shard
Strengthen regular weapon to +5 800

Large Titanite Shard
Strengthen regular weapon to +10; Raw weapons to +5 3,800

Green Titanite Shard
Strengthen Magic, Divine and Fire Weapons to +5 4,800


Gough's Great Arrow
Can only be used with Greatbows 650





  • Hawkeye Gough and the Giant Blacksmith seem to know each other. Gough refers to him, questioning if he is still hammering away, and the Blacksmith owns a chest with the Hawk Ring in it. They are also both Giants, but is not clear how they are related.
  • As described in the item description of his armor, the medallion that adorns it was given to him by Gwyn himself, and it and the dragonbone pauldrons are symbols of the highest honor, likely as a result of Gough's abilities as a dragonslayer.  His armor is made of material similar to that worn by the silver knights, according to the description.  It may be that this hue of the armor was the original color of the armor worn by the Black Knights, whose armor was burned black by the kindled flame.
  • Gough was likely blinded by the tree resin that packs the eyes of his helmet, put there by those "that dismissed Gough as a brutish giant," likely the Oolacile townspeople that imprisoned him.  These and similar sentiments towards giants would continue in Dark Souls II and III, ultimately leading to the apparent enslavement of their entire race.
  • The description of the Pharis Hat refers to Gough as one of the four knights of Gwyn, and is used as the benchmark to compare Pharis's skills as a bowman, implying Gough was skilled indeed.
  • Gough, like Ornstein in Dark Souls and Ludwig in Bloodborne, is likely named after a famous artist, in this case, most likely the similarly spiritual and mutilated painter, Vincent Van Gogh.  However, unlike the easily traceable connections between Ornstein and the musician Leo Ornstein, and between the Moonlight worshipping Ludwig and Ludwig Von Beethoven, the origins of Gough's name are more muddled, as there is likewise John Gough, the blind artist and natural philosopher, and no less than three famous Goughs in British military history who recieved The Victoria Cross, the highest military honor, two of which were renowned for their excellent marksmanship.  It is impossible to properly determine which, if any, is the correct origin of the name without direct consultation with the developers, as there is precedent for FromSoft taking names from the arts, philosophies, and even British history, with relatively little consistency between and even within individual games.
  • Within Japanese culture, the act of repeatedly carving statues from woodblock is associated with the Buddistic pursuit of enlightenment, with a lengthy history of Buddist artisan-pracitioners known as Busshi that were known to repeatedly carve identical religious statues from wood as a form of meditation, as it represented a simple elegant pursuit of perfection and mastery and allowed a form of removed concentration.  This cultural association is likely why Gough is depicted repeatedly carving faces from archtree.  A similar figure is encountered in the Fromsoft game Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, namely the inventor of the arm given to Sekiro at the start of the game.



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    • Anonymous

      I like this dude. He sounds like a really down to earth and humble guy. He is def a part of my dream blunt rotation

      • IDK if this is moderated but I believe that there's a special voice-line you get for beating Kalameet without his help, maybe that should go in Trivia?

        • Anonymous


          • Anonymous

            In case you are one of those people who did the Artorias skip to shoot him in the head with an arrow later, and wanted to prank Gough since the first thing he said when he met you is "I see you are the one who freed Artorias", I have sad news. Gough isn't there yet until after you killed Artorias. So sadly we couldn't do the funny thing.

            • Anonymous

              i just remembered something so Goughs a giant right and giants are commonly seen as slaves so if what I'm thinking is right

              is gough a expendable knight of Gwyn as in he inset meant to be a knight of Gwyn forever like artorias and Ornstein

              as in after he for fills his purpose Gwyn will either lock him up or make him a slave again this may be the case with Ciaran to because she's human and Gwyn knows by nature she has the Darksoul in her so why would he recruit her unless she wasn't meant to be a knight forever explaining why she doesn't have a lord soul nor dose gough

              they are expendable knights meaning when their jobs or purpose is done they have no more use to gwyn

              • Anonymous

                The bad ending: this character causes disney to sue Fromsoft into the ground and Elden Ring never releases

                • Anonymous

                  the knight's of Gwyn gough the sensible brother artorias the reckless brother Ornstein the honorable brother smough the creepy brother Ciaran the clingy sister this is a joke by the way i hope this makes someone laugh a bit

                  • Anonymous

                    Isn't he kind of like a spiritual successor to the Old Hero of Demon's Souls, then? Blinded giants that react to sound, made easier by noise-diffusing rings...

                    • Anonymous

                      Would the pyromancies Poison Mist or Toxic Mist be effective against Gough? I feel like they would be more effective than the dung because you could climb up the ladder, cast the pyromancy upon Gough, and go back down the ladder to avoid getting pulverised. And, if you are angry that I am speculating on how to kill Gough, I plan to kill him right before I kill Gwyn, so his death will last no longer than an hour, I assure you.

                      • Anonymous

                        The Sculptor in Sekiro didn't invent the shinobi prosthetic. Dogen, Emma's adopted father, invented it and gave it to The Sculptor when he had his arm cut off by Isshin Ashina to stop him from turning into shura. The Sculptor just passes it on to Sekiro after Genichiro cuts Sekiro's arm off. The Sculptor is trying to find peace from his anger and has turned away from the violence of the shinobi/samurai lifestyle, hence he has no need for the prosthetic anymore.

                        • Anonymous

                          Even after all these years his handling of the bow and arrow was unsurpassed. After all, he wasn't blind, he just couldn't see anything

                          • Anonymous

                            You could say that, in studying his moves and learning how to react (i.e. learning a script), you're learning the Manuscript. Get it? Manus + Script

                            • Anonymous

                              If you're going to kill him.. Slumbering Dragoncrest Ring and Dung Pies. If you're wearing the Slumbering Dragoncrest Ring you can throw dung pies at him without him noticing. After 6 they'll apply their toxic, which will tick for about 1000 or so. Then just throw more pies at him. Rinse and Repeat until he's defeated.

                              • Anonymous

                                For those who must become completionists, there are a handful of suggestions. 1. Toxic him first as suggested above, then wait until the last moment and attack with something to gain the advantage.2. Keep the slumbering Dragoncrest ring on at all times.3. His slam attack does not quite take up 80% of the arena, but can still cripple you if it lands. To avoid this, try to keep the fight as close to the centre as possible; rolling when needed. A simple reverse roll can neatly dodge the entire attack without much hurry (you have about 1-2 seconds to react).4. If you become trapped behind his Greatbow, you can either risk death by de-targeting him and seeking the proper way out (he may be blocking it), or tank a few hits if possible and wait for him to grow confused. If you still wish to fight from behind the bow, (conventional weapons are often blocked by it) try using ranged spells such as Lightning Spear or Great Fireball.5. If all else fails, rest for a short time in the gap; escaping temporarily by the ladder.

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