Pendant

A simple pendant with no effect. Even so, pleasant memories are crucial to survival on arduous journeys."

Pendant is a Unequippable Item in Dark Souls.

  • From gift selection: "Trinket. No effect, but fond memories comfort travelers."
  • Note: As of patch 1.0.5, the current game version on consoles, the in-game description of this item is identical to that of the Sunlight Medal; this has proven to be a mistake, as the description in the Prepare to Die PC edition has been revised.

 

Pendant Usage

  • Can be traded to Snuggly for a Souvenir of Reprisal.
  • No other usage, from the director of Darks Souls: “When it comes to the pendant, I actually had a little bit of an intention to play a prank.” [1]

 

Pendant Location

 

Speculation

This section is left as legacy of player speculation on this subject, even though it has been rendered obsolete by data miners confirming the pendant has no in game effects.

Beware: of spoilers while reading

  • Hidetaka Miyazaki, dark souls game director, suggested that the player should choose either the Pendant or Nothing as a starting gift. His suggestion set in motion all kinds of speculation on the Pendant's 'true' usage, but no additional effect or usage have yet been discovered.
  • It is speculated that invaders in Darkroot Garden must have chosen the Pendant as a gift, or in their possession, to drop one upon death.
  • Based on in-game dialogue (which one ?) the pendant may be an heirloom handed down from the Furtive Pygmy, one of the first to receive a flame. If this is true then both the player (if the item is taken as a starting gift) and/or Reah of Thorolund (her ownership is discovered after certain events) are possibly descendants of the Pygmy.
  • Supposedly the player is the descendant of the pygmy, who snuffed his flame in favor of the age of man. Meaning the "bad" ending is really the good ending. And when you consider that Gwynevere seems to be an illusion conjured by Gwyndolin, it seems like she is trying to trick you into disregarding your ancestor's wishes and prolonging the age of Gods, making the "good" ending the bad ending.
  • Since it has been said that it is impossible to find its use in the first playthrough, maybe it's required to play multiple times with the same pendant on our inventory to unlock its effect. --- LautrecOfCarim
  • There's a pendant in Shadow Tower: Abyss for the PS2 as well. Shadow Tower games are first-person action RPGs and just like King`s Field, another RPG series by From, they are a sort of a precursor to Demon`s Souls and Dark Souls.
    In one of the game`s levels you find an item called "Onyx Pendant" (it`s in a chest hidden behind a breakable wall). Its description says "Old-looking item with no obvious value". The pendant proceeds to sit in your inventory till the end of the game as there`s absolutely nothing you can do with that thing. You find tons of weapons, equipment and other items throughout the game and every single one of them has a purpose but not the pendant.
  • A pendant called 'Seath's Tear' can also be found by completing a sub-quest in King's Field (king's field 2 in japan). In that game the pendant actually has a purpose, as it will revive the wearer by offering a statue (idol) of Seath.
  • Let's see what we know so far; The description says that "fond memories comfort travellers". Reah has one and you get them randomly from forest intruder kills. Reah does not have it on her when she's found praying in front of a statue in Undead Parish. The same statue is found near the Darkmoon Ring and the Sunlight Altar. You can trade it in to Snuggly for a Souvenir of Reprisal. Souvenirs of Reprisal are offerings in the Darkmoon covenant. The description of the pendant matches that of the sunlight medal (could be just a translation error). Please let me know if there are any other connections or clues about the pendant and I'll add it to the list. The only trail I seem to be finding is that it's pointing me in the direction of Gwyn's offsprings or towards "protectors" (Darkmoons and Forest Hunters). Someone pointed out that the pendant also looks dirty or covered in mud. I tried thinking of a way to "wash it off" and thought about dropping it in the Ash Lake. It didn't change anything about it so I decided to quit and reload ala snuggly trade. All that did was make the item disappear. So now I'm stuck with the pendant Reah dropped. I'll try and see if I can do anything special with it in Gwyn's tomb or Gwynevere's chamber.
  • UPDATE 1: I think the reason you get pendant drops from human intruders is if they themselves chose the pendant as a starting gift. Which leads me to think it may be a dead end trail.
  • UPDATE 2: There could be a connection to Gwyn's firstborn and my gut is telling me that Solaire is probably a descendant of him or has some kind of connection to him and/or the pendant.
  • UPDATE 3: I think I'm on to something! I tried to pray in the location Rhea is found in the Parish and nothing happened. But I did notice some clues. Next to the statue in front of Rhea are two murals that depict a bunch of people making offers of pots and other things that are hard to make out. I also realized where else I've seen this statue and it's the one in the Catacombs where, here's the kicker, you find the Darkmoon Seance Ring. I'm now off to the Catacombs to find the statue and hopefully some more clues, but so far my hunches are leading me towards Gwyndolin.
  • UPDATE 4: Nothing spectacular happened in the Catacombs but I'm convinced the statues contain some meaning. What do we know about them? Well so far all I know is that there are two of them, one in the Parish and the other in the Catacombs. They look like they depict a maiden or goddess with a child holding a sword/dagger. Could this be Gwyn's firstborn and his wife? Maybe it's the true face of Gwynevere? My gut is telling me to venture into Anor Londo. I think I'll find my next clue there.
  • UPDATE 5: I found another statue (albeit smaller) right in front of the bonfire closest to the Sunlight Altar. This could be coincidence. I believe the altar depicts the firstborn himself, but after he was banished the altar collapsed from either neglect or, maybe, he destroyed it himself from the shame of losing his deific status. I think this is a cold trail. I'll continue onto Anor Londo.
  • UPDATE 6: The more I look at it... the more I'm convinced that the sword on the statue could be the Sunlight Straight Sword. Could this have been an heirloom of the firstborn? Handed down through generations? Wishful thinking.
  • UPDATE 7: God ***** Sen's Fortress... Anyway, my next plan is to lay down the pendant on the dais where you make your offerings of Ears to Gwyndolin. I'm seeing how far the connection between this and getting an Ear off Snuggly goes.
  • UPDATE 8: My efforts have given me nothing but Gwyndolin's Soul and the Sunlight Blade, a final farewell of the firstborn to his father, Gwyn. I feel like I've hit a dead end here. My last hope lies in Solaire. I know he returns to the Altar once you've met him in Anor Londo and defeated Ornstein & Smough. Maybe I can find something then. Until then this is the end of my journey. I feel like I've made more foggy connections than answers. But I am convinced that the pendant is linked to Gwyn or his children. I just need to find the link. ... Speaking of links perhaps there is something we can do with the pendant when we face the possibility of linking the flames? ANOTHER TRAIL!
  • UPDATE 9: OH! Something just occurred to me. Reah prays in front of a deceased Firekeeper. Either the Firekeepers are somehow related or she is simply praying to the Firekeeper (not the statue) as kindling bonfires are a ritual in the Way of White covenant. In which case it throws my Statue connection out the window.
  • UPDATE 10: Right, I just noticed something. Behind Frampt is a statue of a maiden in what looks like the Dingy Robes/Maiden Top of Rhea and the Firelink Keeper holding a child. If you look behind the area you'll notice that there is a large cylinder shaped jut of rock. This leads me to believe that this is actually some kind of chamber and the statue is blocking the doorway. I tried doing the snuggly trade with the pendant in front of the statue and lost my last pendant. So that seems to be the end of the road for this character anyway. Good luck to everyone else. I hope my investigations may be of any help. I am now convinced that the jut of rock is a chamber. If you take the route to the big crow's nest you'll notice the side of it is "crusted away" revealing what looks like a primitive wall of stones. I'm willing to bet my left testicle this is the resting place of the Firstborn. -http://www.reddit.com/r/darksouls/comments/mbsv2/dat_pendant/
  • UPDATE 11: I noticed that the only two opened chests in the entire game are located behind Kingseeker Frampt and at the end of the Darkmoon Tomb. After feeding each ring to Frampt, then reloading the character the chest behind Frampt is closed. After opening it, the only rings that are inside are the Darkmoon and Cat Rings (I've noticed that this chest will give you back any important items that you drop / somehow lose, I presume it is just a safeguard to stop you from being screwed. It also gives you back the Covenant of Artorias from my experience) . The Box in the Darkmoon Shrine hasn't closed and can't figure out if anything goes in it... but It makes me wonder, if by placing both rings in one box and whatever in the Darkmoon box opens something.

It occurred to me while I was reading the above quest to find the meaning of the pendant that, while the player was investigating statues of the maiden, he/she forgot about one statue, or rather, a missing statue. In the room where you fight Ornstein and Smough, there is a statue missing, but it's still there if you shoot it with an arrow. I believe that this is a statue of the firstborn, and it may have a connection to the pendant. -Powerline




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      • Anonymous

        02 Mar 2021 03:29  

        Honestly, I feel like choosing the pendant as a starting gift is one of the most human things to do, since we compared to all other creatures are fond and sentimental of our memories and relationships. I like to think that the pendant is just the devs' one of many ways of emphasizing the importance of our "humanity," that a simple pendant can be worth your time.

        • Anonymous

          25 Dec 2020 20:55  

          I figure the "real use" of the pendant is purely for worldbuilding, and in fact is explained by Manus' own Broken Pendant. While the Broken Pendant serves a mechanical purpose, it's described as having some secret power that can't be tapped by the people of the presenr, apparently derived purely from "nostalgia." To Manus, the pendant is all important, though it would appear his power isn't derived from the pendant itself, but rather it awakens his own latent potential. When it was stolen away from him, his power was unleashed in a fit of rage. After all, it was all he had, and didn't hold any true value for civilization as a whole, so why should anyone take it from him?

          "Sentimentality" and "nostalgia" go hand-in-hand, so if anything, the pendant could merely be a purposeless treasure that the Undead who carry it feel the desire to protect with their entire being. It's a very *human* reaction, to want to protect simple trinkets of little worth, if only to remind us of happier memories. That certainly ties in with Dark Souls' characterization of humanity and darkness as "foolish."

          • Anonymous

            19 Dec 2020 08:37  

            I've been on this site for a bit now, and many other pages seem so well kept and moderated. And with all do respect to fan theories, can someone please clean up this page? It seems too opinionated.

            • Anonymous

              21 Jun 2020 02:33  

              Woah, you really did such a research. It's a piece of great work, even if it's completely useless. No one can say, that it isn't funny to read such speculations, no matter what the creators of the game say. Digging in the lore is somehow interesting, and I really enjoyed reading this.

              • Anonymous

                14 Mar 2020 21:11  

                I believe the "prank" actually happens if you drop this item and reload the game. It s basically a vagrant s bait.

                • Anonymous

                  28 Jan 2020 07:58  

                  It even says here, the pendant was intended as a prank. The relentless search for a meaning of the pendant is literally playing into the prank. While these are admittedly great theories, I sadly have to side with the "no purpose". I want to believe there's meaning. But really it's a reflection that while you're finding purpose, you're not going hollow, and nothing more.

                  • Anonymous

                    24 Dec 2019 23:02  

                    i do not know the usage of the pendant but here's what i think : here's a thing both sunlight altar(where u can use the finals boss's soul for best resault) and the statue at the undead church are guarded one by a fire wyvern and the other one by an iron knight with cleretic mace the other knights have a greatsword but this one has a mace . gwinever that gives us lordvessle is an illusion according to the ring gwondolin gives us and thats why she dies even with a throwing dagger also joining eaither gwinever and gwindolin covenants gives is a ring which are similar just have different colors even what were written on the rings are alike . there's some stature in front of the painting that u can go in and visit pricilia stature of gwinever with 2 silver knight each side of her like she's a prisoner if u read discription of the doll which allow us to go in the painting gives me this stupit funny idea that gwinever is actully pricilia . there are 3 statue where we fight smough and the other guy one on the left is invisible middle is gwin with his sword that we can forge by his soul which is totaly crap sword and the right is gwinever so maybe the invisible statue is the son of gwyn , gwindolin himself but sience gwindolin ruling over whole anor londo by himself and dont like to show himself talk to us over a fog door maybe he made the statue invisible himself however i thing it has nothing to do with the pendant cause i found an invisible pillar where u enter darkroot from blacksmith andre side the exact location is where u kill the stone demon that throw lighting bolt from far when u kill the demon if u look around u'll see pillars on the ground look on the ground and the top to notice where pillars were located the farest pillar from entrance of andre on the right is invisible guess we must get some sort of ability from magic or rings to see invisible objects . and before i forget the shape of pyromancy the power within that u can find on a corse that not even any which if izalith can cast or teach you is perfectly simillar to a miracle that u can learn from reah name magic barrier only have different colors also there's 3 box on one of the homes in olacile township where the box on the right gives you dark orb magic the other 2 are already open . gwyn was lord of sunlight and his lastborn gwindolin is darksun which is wierd at any case the crows on the painted world can drop those ears that we can offer for gwyndolin's covenant i'm wonder how a crow can drop cutter bloodless ear also the trusty patches and the black guy who can absolve our sins both talk about petrus which in my belives is the most useful information that we can get for pendant usage because if we kill petrus while reah is praying at the undead church and go kill 2 or more boss's and come back and see reah is still there (which i did) it only means that petrus kills reah but we dont know for what reason also in this case petrus wont give us the pendant but remember that we can find a morningstar (petrus wapon) and a talismen(which petrus sells)and some otehr stuff that petrus sells in some box where undead church elevator is (there's 2 door for elevator in firelink shrine both open jump down from the one elevator isnt there ) and after we killed petrus and camed back to reah after killing 2 or more boss's and reah was stil there if we buy all her items and then kill her (she wont even attack) she wont drop the pendant but the talismen so if we let petrus kill her there;s the pendant there but not the ivory talismen which means its petrus who owes the pendant not the reah cause when petrus takes the ivory talismen over her body he can take pendant as well i think petrus set the pendant on reah's corpse as a signeture the pendant that he had it all along and hided it somwehre exteremly safe petrus where at firelink shrine and waiting for reah to come not to guard her but to assassinate her so maybe petrus and patches know each other and patches helped petrus to get rid of 2 bodyguards and even reah as well and if it only drop from cat covenant enemies not the other PvP covenants it means cat covenant is almost had to do something with the assassination thing if not that it means this pendant is that imortant and maybe even useful that can drop from ur PvP death from ur inventory also petrus gives u a copper coin as an apologize which like silver coin, gold coin and even rubbish the true usage of these MIGHT be hidden as well but i must say it all are just some guess nothing more (sorry for my broken language)

                    • Anonymous

                      09 Sep 2019 08:37  

                      They're also some of the most opinionated messes to boot. This reads like a middle schooler's writing. Why isn't any of this moderated, either? For such a big, important series where the small details matter, this shouldn't be allowed nor should this be... this. I've half a mind to make an entirely new wiki, lock it, and just put the facts down. Even explanations and screencaps are a mess.

                      • Anonymous

                        09 Sep 2019 08:34  

                        Why are the Souls wikis all... this? None of this is fact it's all conjecture and a mess. It should be limited to fact only, not theory of ANY KIND. Wth.

                        • Anonymous

                          26 Jun 2019 09:38  

                          The Pendant's use it to keep the owner from going Hollow, since you're always going to try to find the use for the Pendant.

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