Marvelous Chester

Marvelous Chester

Marvelous Chester is a Character in Dark Souls encountered in the Artorias of The Abyss DLC, a man from the distant future dragged into the past much in the same way as the player character, that serves as both a vendor and later as an invader.



Marvelous Chester sells some useful items, especially for the following areas of the DLC, although they are mostly overpriced.  Despite this, he is arguably the most convieniently accessible vendor for supplies of this type (provided, of course, that Artorias has been defeated), being only a twenty second run away from the warp accessible Ooacile Township Bonfire, with no enemies in the way. 

He is the only merchant besides the Undead Male Merchant that sells Throwing Knives and Lloyd's Talismans, making him highly useful if the player has killed this merchant for early access to the Uchigatana.

Likewise but much less likely, he is the only merchant besides the Crestfallen Merchant who sells the incredibly important Black Fire Bombs and Green Blossoms, making him highly useful if for whatever strange reason The Crestfallen Merchant is aggro'd or not alive.

Despite these aspects and his undeniable sarcastic charm, he is most useful to the majority of players for his highly distinctive set, which he drops when slain (as an NPC, not as an Invader), which offers nearly unmatched bleed resistance (being only outdone by the fully upgraded ninja set and several heavy armors) and considerable resistance to blunt damage given its weight, in addition to being uniquely fashionable.  However, given his unique moveset and relatively high health, it is not a set easily aquired...


  • He is located on the lower level of the Royal Woods, close to the shortcut and on the other side of the bridge where the Artorias of The Abyss fog door is.




Icon & Name Use Price (Souls)


Green Blossom
Increases stamina regeneration 1,200
Bloodred Moss Clump
Reduces the accumulation of Bleed 400
Purple Moss Clump
Reduces the accumulation of Poison and cancels Poisoned Status 600
Blooming Purple Moss Clump
Reduces the accumulation of Poison and Toxin and cancels Poison and Toxin Status 1,500
Throwing Knife
A throwing knife 30
Thrown item, inflicts fire damage 100
Alluring Skull
Thrown item, lures some enemies towards it 800
Lloyd's Talisman
Thrown item, blocks estus recovery 800
Black Firebomb
Thrown item, inflicts high fire damage 800
Homeward Bone
Transports player to the last visited Bonfire. Player does not lose souls or humanity 600
Consume to gain +1 Humanity. 10,000


standard arrow
Standard Arrow
large arrow
Large Arrow
feather arrow
Feather Arrow
standard bolt
Standard Bolt
heavy bolt
Heavy Bolt
sniper bolt
Sniper Bolt



Chester will invade you early in the Oolacile Township if you are human.

  • Drops 9,505 souls



(First meeting)
Hm…Oh, let me guess…
Snatched by a shadowy limb, and dragged off to the past?

(Answer "Yes")
Yes, of course. Exactly what happened to me.
We are both strangers in this strange land.
But, at least now there are two of us.

(Answer "No")
Oh, well, my mistake…
But we are both travelers.
We ought to help one another out.

(Talk) (Before killing his Black Phantom, answered "yes")
Oh, still alive, are you?
Think of anything that you might need?
Oh, for Juniper's sake.
Put some spring into your step!
Mwah hah hah!

(If you answered "no")
Oh, you again…
What ever's the matter? No, I can tell. You need me more than ever.
Mwah hah hah!

(Talk)(After killing his Black Phantom)
…Oh, you!
You have quite some nerve. Or are you just thick?
Fine, then. What is it that you need?

(Talk)(Before killing Artorias)
Did you happen across Knight Artorias?
The legendary Abysswalker, from the old tales.
…Well, if you haven't, it's just as well…
He's a colourless sort, if you ask me.
Mwah hah hah!
So, what did that giant mushroom make you do?
Not that I care. It's none of my business.
Heh heh heh…
Hm? I've little to talk about, really.
Oh, you know me. What do I know?

(Talk)(After killing Artorias)
Did you really slay Knight Artorias?
I've heard the Abyss found him first, but even still…
That's absolutely treacherous.
Yes, magnificently so!
Mwah hah hah!
Believe it or not…
Oolacile has brought the Abyss upon itself.
Fooled by that toothy serpent, they upturned the grave of primeval man, and incited his ornery wrath.
What could they have been thinking?
But to you and I, it's all ancient history.
You have to ask yourself. Does it really matter?
Heh heh heh…

(If you answer "No")
What? If you've something to say, then say it!
Just don't say the wrong thing…
Heh heh heh!

(Talk)(After killing his Black Phantom)
…Well, you've quite the nerve!
I've had enough of you!

(When leaving)
(Before killing his Black Phantom)
So long.

(If you answer "No")
So long.
…We'll be seeing each other…
Gee hee hee!

(When attacked without made hostile)
That bloody hurts!

(When attacked and made hostile)
What now? You think this is my fault?
How very, very petty of you!
Very petty indeed!

(While attacking)
Ah-hah, there!
(When you're low on health)
What? Now you're feeling the heat?
You should have thought long and hard…
Nyah hah hah hah hah!

(When killed)
You win…please…
Oh, please…have mercy…

(Upon killing the player)
You damn fool.
I am Marvellous Chester! What did you expect?


When killed as a human in the forest

Lore & Trivia

  • Chester, an individual dragged from the far future, is popularly suspected to hail from the Bloodborne universe, because of his Victorian style of clothing, unique bleed weaponry, and radically different fighting style from typical souls characters.
    • Although this is largely unsupported in regards to lore, with very little information outside of the final Dark Souls III DLC tying the Bloodborne and Dark Souls Universes together, it is almost certainly true in the spiritual perspective: the team working on the Artorias of The Abyss DLC would then immediately go on to work on Bloodborne, and many of the unusual attributes of Chester's movement and fighting style, such as only using a ranged weapon, having a multi-projectile throwing weapon, and relying primarily on leaping dodges instead of rolls and blocking, match up with later developer commentary on early core mechanic ideas that were being discussed for Bloodborne specifically at that very early stage of development.  Chester has a model rigging unique to him, unlike almost every other NPC, and it is very likely that Chester was in part a prototype test character for determining the viability of programming, rigging, and implementing some of these ideas in gameplay.
    • A reference to Marvelous Chester can be found in the Cathedral Ward area of Bloodborne. Hidden next to a tree in a graveyard, the player can find a corpse with an item set similar to Chester's attire. If the player does not quickly move away from the corpse, they will be grabbed by an amygdala and teleported a distance away. While this may just be a reference to Chester, the corpse may also be that of Marvelous Chester and a revelation of his ultimate fate.
  • Item and character model information found unused in the game files indicate that Chester was supposed to have a second phase where he would remove his coat and tophat and fight the player with a black claymore. Alledgedly, it was originally intended for Chester to go hollow and be fought outside the Kalameet boss chamber, and this is likely where this form would have been seen.
  • Originally, he was intended to invade with the dogs outside the Kalameet boss chamber, effectively using them as hunting dogs while fighting from the back with his crossbow.
  • The concept of a long range bleed oriented invader wearing a sneering mask that would specifically invade at extremely inopportune locations would later be repeated with The Pale Shade of Londor in Dark Souls III.
  • Comments: I did not kill chester but instead killed kalameet and shortly afterwords was awarded 9,505 souls and when i went to talk to chester he was dead. Has this happened to anyone else? (Chester can fall, so if you aggro him and then go down to Kalameet's level without killing him his his AI can schiz out and he can fall. His drop will be available in the back of the area, near the soul item guarded by 2 dogs.)

  • Bug: If you kill Chester with a backstab he will say his death dialogue but will remain alive, standing still without a talk option. Reloading fixes the problem and makes his set of armor appear where he originaly stays.  This is likely due to Chester's unique rigging, which is different from other NPC's


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    • Anonymous

      Starting to really hate when fromsoft locks armor sets behind long questlines/having to kill the npc. This guy seems rlly cool but I had to kill him for the armor set.

      • Anonymous

        Starting to really hate when fromsoft locks armor sets behind long questlines/having to kill the npc. This guy seems rlly cool but I had to kill him for the armor set.

        • Anonymous

          Love this guy. One of those rare Catch-22 NPCs that I'd LOVE to keep alive for the wonderfully performed sarcasm, but it's that exact thing that makes him so satisfying to cut open with an uchigatana and yeet off a cliff.

          • Anonymous

            My theory is, that he was grabbed by the Oedon Amygdala (not Manus) and his soul was sent to the DS Realm, while he left behind his corpse. He states that he was "snatched by a shadowy limb". This could refer to Manus, but he doesnt have the amulett. We just assume it was the same limb, that dragged us.

            • Anonymous

              I know the parallels between chester and bloodborne are very obvious, and he was absolutely a test for bloodborne mechanics, the AotA team even immediately went to work on bloodborne after AotA’s release, and im certain there reference to him in bloodborne is intentional. However, i want to note how dark souls 3 actually provides a proper canon explanation for chester that doesnt require the speculative connection to bloodborne’s universe, and actually matches already existing established events. First, the chosen undead, holding manus’ pendant, is pulled through time to manus, from the basin to the sanctuary garden. These locations are very close, as going through the garden leaves you at the oolacile sanctuary, which is what becomes the grave of artorias. You then proceed backwards through darkroot from the grave, now the royal wood of the past, the shortcut ruins being where the forest watchers and alvina would set up, the divine ember and moonlight butterfly being the far edge of oolacile, and then there’s the entrance to the parish, and the elevator down below going into the valley of drakes and new londo, to the abyss, which lines up roughly with the chasm of the abyss and manus. But in dark souls 3, if you compare the layout of farron to the middle area of darkroot, the perimeter goes right up towards the grave of artorias, and guess what’s at the grave? The abyss watchers’ mausoleum. So, where does chester tie in? Well, what if you go back towards the parish? Yknow, the CHURCH up above DARKROOT and THE ABYSS?
              Why, its none other than the cathedral of the deep, home to all things abyssal and where aldrich was locked away. The deep, to my understanding, is a stronger abyss beyond even just humanity, and the fact these areas line up so well is no accident. In the cathedral, we meet rosaria, and one of her servants, a bloodborne-inspired man called leonhard, who happens to wear a long thick coat, a hunting cap, and a mask. So, perhaps this man named chester was enticed by rosaria’s fingers, maybe even was one, happened upon an ancient relic of the deep, an old broken pendant, worshipped as an artifact of the father of the abyss, stole it, and was dragged away through time by its owner, to a place nearby physically, but very distant temporally. After all, we dont know how the pendant ended up in seath’s archives, or what happens to it after we’ve had it, though it likely burned to the first flame if we link it, but if we become dark lord, who ****in knows. It also appears to be just a fragment, we’re told its only half of a broken pendant.
              Anyway, yeah, thats how i think dark souls 3 provides a feasible explanation for chester that doesnt require unconfirmed cross-universe explanation to a game we’re told isnt connected to dark souls. I know the interconnectivity is fun to theorize and draw parallels, but honestly just the dark souls games have some really fun lines to draw that are actually very feasible canonically.

              • Anonymous

                Sup with him dying in the remaster? Do the dogs randomly aggro to him? Happened to me twice now after beating Artorias.

                • Anonymous

                  I hate this guy. The speech he gives you when you talk to him after you've killed his invading phantom made me so angry I smashed his head in. Bloodborne is cool but his outfit and everything about his look in a dark souls game makes me hate him.

                  • Anonymous

                    "What ever's the matter? No, I can tell. You need me more than ever."
                    "…We'll be seeing each other… *laughs*"
                    "Ah-hah, there!"
                    "What? Now you're feeling the heat?"
                    "You should have thought long and hard…"
                    Yeah they knew what they were doing

                    • Anonymous

                      If you stand next to the corpse in the Cathedral Ward that gives you an armor set eerily similar to Chester's, you get snatched by a shadowy limb and dragged somewhere else (if you have a certain item). It doesn't confirm anything, but it is a pretty funny coincidence.

                      • Anonymous

                        Just fought him for the first time in years and man he fights like an idiot. He just sweep kicks and twirls around 90% of the time. The kick is so telegraphed and easy to back away from. Crossbow is easy to dodge and roses are so slow you have to be glued to the ground to get hit. Have no idea how I ever had a problem with him way back then.

                        • Anonymous

                          Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition! The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. [laughs] Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it’s my very good honor to meet you and you may call me “V”.

                          • Anonymous

                            He died in my game and I don't know how. Suddenly I got a lot of souls I didn't know why and I noticed a bright item was in the place where he was before. It happened after I defeated the boss.

                            • Anonymous

                              "outside of the final Dark Souls III DLC tying the Bloodborne and Dark Souls Universes together." Please don't put your fanfiction on the wiki

                              • Anonymous

                                the literal embodiment of a toxic darksouls fan is nice to you at first and a moment later they have stuck a sword through your back or face

                                prove me wrong I dare you

                                • Anonymous

                                  Can confirm that Chester Invades even if u havent beaten artorius yet (got to township via skip). Is this something worth mentioning on the wiki?

                                  • Anonymous

                                    he uses sniper cossbow , right ? and sniper crossbow is usd by snipers of carim so maybe he is from carim like oswald and lautrec most people from carim are weird just like him eygon with he's ohhhhh shield , lautrec really likes girls and oswald who is creepy

                                    • Two LLs please. I edited what i could. Can an admin please change the title header or wtver (if I'm able I'm just not tech savvy so idk how)

                                      • Anonymous

                                        The Victorian era and the early 20th century idealized the Elizabethan era. Bubonic plague happened hundreds of years even before the Elizabethan era. Wrong all of you unfortunately.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Today I fought with him on ng+ for the first time and he dealt so much damage (even with full havel set + wolf ring) tried many weapons but with special of Grant he dropped down from the cliff but didnt died so I waited for him to come back and finally finished him. Pretty hard npc imo and I love the set :3

                                          • Anonymous

                                            imagine is chester was the father of gehrman and he didnt get a chance to spend time with his son because he got pulled into the past by a monster and that inspired gehrman to become the first hunter

                                            • Anonymous

                                              kill this *****er for that armor if you want it his store is literally just a more expensive undead merchant store (all his items are sold by the male and female undead merchants for hundreds of souls cheaper ***** this guy hes just buying***** and flipping it for a profit

                                              • Anonymous

                                                I guess Chester could have been an early Workshop hunter (circa the Gehrman/Maria era) but I seriously doubt there's any canonical relationship between the two games (both for Chester and in general). I'm just glad there's no ridiculous Rakuyo speculation here (GWYNDOLIN *IS* MOON PRESENCE GUYS)

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  I got his set without killing him? Dark Souls Remastered. Playing coop (as host obviously). Found him, exhausted dialogue. Took the path leading down. Died to Dragon. Talked to Mushroom Elizabeth. Was summed to coop, we did the same thing, died to dragon. Hosting again, went through shortcut, Chester was standing with his crossbow in hand, non-aggressive, but wouldn't let me interact with him. At his feet, his gear. Anyone else ran into this? I was cooping with my brother, we could not replicate this.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    His style of clothing Is most likely from the Victorian Era (1837-1901), instead of the Elizabethan Era (1558-1603). What stood out to me was all the knifes, daggers, and other small blades on his persons along with his bag—very similar to those used by doctors during the Victorian Era. My theory is that Chester is the infamous Jack the Ripper, as the serial killer showed the highly trained skill of a surgeon from his victims wounds. I personally enjoy this theory, and whenever I play, I believe it’s the truth. Thoughts?

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      Could chester have been with the order of Abyss Watchers, since they're the only other ones with a bloodborne-esc appearence, that and he knows who artorias is, which people seem to forget in ds3. He also doesnt make use of a shield, similarly to the abyss watchers.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        Should be mentioned that Chester has like, the EXACT same voice as Old Hunter Djura. I don't mean they just have the same voice actor, I mean the VA literally uses the same drawl and haughty air for both characters. Furthermore, Djura doesn't "invade" the player's world in Bloodborne, but fires at them repeatedly with a gatling gun from high as they make their way through yet another ruined city filled with deformed citizens.

                                                        Still pissed we don't get to use his totally rad sweeping kicks somehow. I bet that rose on his jacket squirts water, too.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          Anyone else notice that it's not just a mask he's wearing, seems to be his entire head is synthetic (possibly his entire body). Reminds me of the doll in Bloodborne. Makes you wonder about the early designs for Bloodborne.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            i killed kalameet and when i went to speak to him he was gone but his bags and stuff remained. later when i returned to the same spot his things were gone and the chester set was lying on the ground.

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