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Gwyn, Lord of Cinder
Gwyn, Lord of Cinder
Location Kiln of the First Flame
Drops Soul of Gwyn, Lord of Cinder
Health
NG 4,250 NG+ 6,745
Souls
NG 70,000 NG+ 140,000

Gwyn, Lord of Cinder is the final boss in Dark Souls and one of the original lords who vanquished the Dragons.

LocationEdit

Lord Gwyn can be found in the Kiln of the First Flame as the final boss of the game.

SummoningEdit

It is possible to summon Solaire of Astora to help in the fight if he survived in Lost Izalith. His summon sign can be found at the top of the staircase from Gwyn. Since the Kiln of the First Flame is a PvP hotspot, it can also be quite easy to find player summon signs if online.

LoreEdit

Age of FireEdit

Sunlight spear
Gwyn fighting the Dragons

At the dawn of the Age of Fire, Gwyn discovered a Lord Soul, and thus, became Lord of Sunlight, along with Gravelord Nito and the Witch of Izalith.[1][2]They allied with Seath the Scaleless and amassed an army, and with their power, challenged the Everlasting Dragons for dominion of the World. His mighty bolts peeled apart their ancient scales and they were ultimately vanquished.[3]

When the flames began to fade, Gwyn left Anor Londo and traveled to the Kiln of the First Flame, to link the First Flame, thus, prolonging the Age of Fire.[4][5] When he left, he divided his power among his children,[6] and granted parts of his Lord Soul to the Four Kings, as well as Seath.[1]

Gwyn succeeded in linking the fire, but was burned in the process, being reduced from the Lord of Sunlight to the Lord of Cinder, although his soul still remained powerful.[5]

ArmyEdit

Much of Gwyn's army of Silver Knights accompanied him to Link the Fire. When the flame was kindled it transformed those present into Black Knights, the disembodied spirits that roam Lordran. The remaining Silver Knights guard Anor Londo.[7][4]

He formed the Four Knights of GwynDragonslayer Ornstein, captain of the guard[8]; Hawkeye Gough, commander of the Dragonslayers[9]; Lord's Blade Ciaran, the assassin[10] and the legendary Knight, Artorias the Abysswalker.[11]

Gwyn's friend, Havel the Rock, was a general over his own warriors, which were presumably part of Gwyn's army.[12]

FamilyEdit

Gwyn is the nephew of Allfather Lloyd and father of Dark Sun Gwyndolin[13] and Gwynevere, Princess of Sunlight.[14] He also had another, unknown son, who was a god of war and inherited the sunlight as his firstborn, but acted foolishly, and was promptly stripped of his deitic status.[15]

NotesEdit

Unlike every other boss in Dark Souls, Gwyn can actually be parried.

Boss InformationEdit

AttacksEdit

Dashing ThrustEdit

Dmg phy Dmg mag Dmg fire Dmg lght Attack Type Parryable Tracking Speed
550 0 258 0 Regular / Fire Yes Both Medium

Used by Gwyn while he's dashing. Although it is one of his linear attacks, it is possible he may switch to a slashing combo midway. It is also one of his best attacks in terms of tracking the player.

Quad-Slash Combo[note 1]Edit

Dmg phy Dmg mag Dmg fire Dmg lght Attack Type Parryable Tracking Speed
400 0 250 0 Regular / Fire Yes Both Medium

Gwyn performs this attack in quick succession and solid tracking. It begins with an angled slash, then a horziontal one, another angled and finally a horizontal slash once more. The angled attacks can be sidestepped if the player moves early enough.

KickEdit

Dmg phy Dmg mag Dmg fire Dmg lght Attack Type Parryable Tracking Speed
250 0 0 0 Strike No Neither Medium

Rarely used, however, it causes a large drain of stamina if it connects while blocking.

Slash and Thrust[note 1]Edit

Dmg phy Dmg mag Dmg fire Dmg lght Attack Type Parryable Tracking Speed
388 0 250 0 Regular / Fire Yes Neither Medium

Occasionally Gwyn will interrupt his normal slash combo with a quick thrust afterwards. If it hits, the player will be stunned, leaving them open for further combos.

Slashing Upper Combo[note 1]Edit

Dmg phy Dmg mag Dmg fire Dmg lght Attack Type Parryable Tracking Speed
550 0 250 0 Regular / Fire Yes Neither Medium

Starts with a powerful horizontal slash, which takes a large portion of stamina, followed by two more hits. The first two slashes can be difficult to evade.

Charging SlashEdit

Dmg phy Dmg mag Dmg fire Dmg lght Attack Type Parryable Tracking Speed
488 0 250 0 Regular / Fire Yes Neither Medium

A powerful slash used by Gwyn to break the player's guard.

Instant Dash/Double Slash[note 1]Edit

Dmg phy Dmg mag Dmg fire Dmg lght Attack Type Parryable Tracking Speed
550 0 250 0 Regular / Fire Yes Neither Medium

A very fast attack, which comes out of Gwyn's instant dash when he glides towards the player before slashing twice.

Explosive HandEdit

Dmg phy Dmg mag Dmg fire Dmg lght Attack Type Parryable Tracking Speed
200 0 638 0 Fire / Regular No Neither Medium

An unblockable grab attack that deals the massive fire damage. It has a high horizontal hitbox, so it is possible to roll under it to avoid it. After knocking the player away, Gwyn will follow up with a jumping slash or dashing slash.

DefensesEdit

Physical Defenses Elemental Defenses Resistances
Def atk phy Def atk strike Def atk slash Def atk thrust Def sorc mag Def sorc fire Def sorc lght Def res poi Def res toxic Def res bleed
354 354 354 354 267 249 1770 S S A

These stats are sourced from FuturePress's Official Dark Souls Strategy Guide.

DropsEdit

Item Soul of Gwyn
Soul of Gwyn, Lord of Cinder
Drop Rate Guaranteed

Gwyn's armor, the Great Lord Set, can be purchased from Domhnall of Zena during the next playthrough.

GalleryEdit

Relevant VideosEdit

Dark Souls (OST) - Gwyn, Lord of Cinder - Soundtrack(03:38)

FootnotesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Damage is listed per slash

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Bequeathed Lord Soul Shard descriptions.
  2. Lord Soul descriptions.
  3. Opening narration.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Black Knight Set descriptions.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Soul of Gwyn, Lord of Cinder description.
  6. Great Lord Greatsword description.
  7. Silver Knight Set descriptions.
  8. Ornstein's Set descriptions.
  9. Gough's Set descriptions.
  10. Lord's Blade Set descriptions.
  11. Set of Artorias descriptions.
  12. Havel's Ring description.
  13. Moonlight Set descriptions.
  14. Ring of the Sun Princess description.
  15. Ring of the Sun's Firstborn description.
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