Kiln of the First Flame is a Location in Dark Souls and Dark Souls Remastered. Once you've obtained the souls necessary to power the Lordvessel in the Firelink Altar, you may begin the end of your first journey.

Kiln of the First Flame Walkthrough

General Information


Kiln of the First Flame Map



NPCs in the area

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Weapons, Spells & Armor

Upgrade Materials

Keys and other

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Full Kiln of the First Flame Walkthrough

Dotting Our "i"s

Rampage - Once you have acquired all four souls of the chaos lords: Seath the ScalelessThe Bed of ChaosGravelord Nito and The Four Kings; you are ready to proceed with the final quest of your first playthrough. You can take this time to finish up any unfinished side quests, collect any uncollected items, or find all the NPCs you've become friends with and kill them for their loot; since completing this mission will take you to New Game Plus, all encounters with NPCs will be forgotten, and forgiven.

Offerings - Once you've finished dotting your "i"s and crossing your "t"s, you may return to Firelink Shrine, talk to Kingseeker Frampt or merely jump down the hole he sits on. When you get to the Firelink Altar, select 'Offer souls to Lordvessel' to trigger a cinematic showing just that, watch the gates to the Kiln of the First Flame, open.


Path to the Big Bad

The Last Adventure - Make your way down the illuminated staircase, then down the right of the ashy wasteland. On your way down you should notice two enemies in the distance, these are Black Knights. Fight them, one after the other, then continue forward until you come to the end of the ashy ground, and see thin stone walkways. Get on it, and continue along until you reach the walkway before the next Black Knight. On the right of the walkway you should be standing on, find the Black Knight Set, but take the one ahead on first. Walk to the end and then down the stairs on the right. Here you will encounter another two Black Knights, the one at the end wields a halberd. 

With all five Black Knights dealt with, proceed into the fog gate, where you will face the boss of all bosses, the final frontier...


Boss Fight: Gwyn, Lord of Cinder


After defeating Gwyn, you have two options available;

  1. Touch the bonfire for the "good" ending and the To Link the Fire Achievement/Trophy.
  2. This ending continues the age of fire, and the continues cycle: Gwyn once lit the fire and became the big bad, and the chosen undead - you - would succeed him. This was his fate, and it will become yours, if you light the fire.


  1. Walk away and leave the area for the "evil" ending and the Dark Lord achievement/Trophy.
    1. This ending ushers the age of darkness, and breaks the cycle.


Regardless of the ending you've chosen, you will be transported back to the cell you started the game, in the Northern Undead Asylum, after the credits roll. From here, the stakes will change slightly. Visit our New Game Plus page to find out more. Hope you've enjoyed the journey!


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.

Notes & Trivia:

  • If you have defeated Gwyn and touch the bonfire (or either leave the area) the game ends without a warning and you will be thrown into a New Game Plus! So if you want to do some stuff before finishing the game (farming, questing, optional bosses and areas) do it BEFORE killing Gwyn. See our guide on New Game Plus for a comprehensive checklist of things to do before completing a cycle.
  • Area is known for high level PVP as it is only available to those who have killed a majority of the bosses.
  • This area is one of the highest chance of being invaded while in human form.
  • Five Black Knights, with different weapon configurations (sword, greatsword, sword, axe, halberd). However, contrary to the other Black Knights in the game, these respawn and  drop different  high-tier Upgrade Materials.
  • If you placed the Lordvessel for Frampt, you can select 'feed titanite chunk' to get smaller titanite pieces, making this the best place to farm.
  • First Black Knight drops Titanite Chunk, second drops Red Titanite Chunk, third drops Titanite Chunk, fourth drops White Titanite Chunk, and the last, fifth one drops Blue Titanite Chunk.

Anor Londo  ♦  Ash Lake  ♦  Blighttown  ♦  Chasm of the Abyss  ♦  Crystal Cave  ♦  Darkroot Basin  ♦  Darkroot Garden  ♦  Demon Ruins  ♦  Depths  ♦  Firelink Shrine  ♦  Lost Izalith  ♦  New Londo Ruins  ♦  New Londo Ruins Lower  ♦  New Londo Ruins Upper  ♦  Northern Undead Asylum  ♦  Oolacile Sanctuary  ♦  Oolacile Township  ♦  Painted World of Ariamis  ♦  Quelaag's Domain  ♦  Royal Wood  ♦  Sanctuary Garden  ♦  Sen's Fortress  ♦  The Abyss  ♦  The Catacombs  ♦  The Duke's Archives  ♦  The Great Hollow  ♦  Tomb of Giants  ♦  Undead Burg  ♦  Valley of Drakes



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    • Anonymous

      02 Sep 2021 19:21  

      Raising their model above the ash reveals that the strange green archs are actually the remains of a burnt archtree, which the building in the center is also built on. Neat.

      • Anonymous

        04 Jul 2021 08:02  

        I have never been invaded here before and I just tried invading with a cracked red eye and I killed the person. Now I feel unclean. I’m a demon, a devil. I feel bad-

        • Anonymous

          31 Mar 2021 08:54  

          After a almost a year of playing this game I was able to make it here at level 30 with +3 black knight weapons. Wanted to grab the armor set because the chest piece completed my fashion souls.

          I wanted to evolve as a player, I've always relied on magic and pyro to win in PVE or PVP; this build was pure quality based. My hardest challenge was Nito due to my low health and all the skellies but after making the occult club a devine one, that fight became easy as well. I've since gone up to level 60 and am still polishing my combat skills. This may be my first character to go NG+. If you love this game, continue challenging yourself.

          • Anonymous

            04 Dec 2020 05:33  

            Thanks to certain people in the community using debug menus and the likes we were able to discover that Ash Lake is a physical place in Lordran that has a ceiling of branches connected by the arch trees which the kingdom is built on but what or where is the Kiln? The Firelink Altar is physically under the shrine but once you go through the passage you really do appear to enter a void that connects two physical places but we don’t know how far apart these locations might actually be. Fascinating stuff man.

            • Anonymous

              27 Nov 2020 01:41  

              In the DS1 remaster I only see 4 black nights not 5. the first one you normally encounter on the bridge to lord Gwyn's boss room is missing.

              • Anonymous

                24 Sep 2020 12:18  

                I've actually rarely encountered, if at all, any PvP in the Kiln. I've found white and gold summon signs during the original game on the 360 version a couple years back.

                • Anonymous

                  24 Apr 2020 12:40  

                  What's with the fogged up knights at the stairs? I've been looking for information regarding them. Anyone know?

                  • Anonymous

                    02 Jun 2019 01:03  

                    Imo the "good" ending is the dark lord ending and the "bad" ending is the link the fire #Darkwraiths_did_nothing_wrong!

                    • Anonymous

                      30 Dec 2018 01:18  

                      dlc bosses gave me so much trouble. This guy was a cake walk comparatively and rightly so. I'm sad the game is over.. Onto dark souls 2 :)

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