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Kirk, Knight of Thorns is an enemy in Dark Souls.


Kirk is an invader that can assault the player three times in a playthrough: first, at the Basilisks in the Depths; again at the Demon Ruins shortly after the first Capra Demon (only invades after placing the Lordvessel), and lastly in Lost Izalith next to the Bed of Chaos.

As with other Black Phantoms, Kirk will not invade in the respective areas if the boss of the area has been killed, or if the player is Hollow.


Kirk invades the player in the above-mentioned places. He has no dialogue whatsoever and does not contribute to the story at all, probably being present only to give the players a taste of PvP experience.


Kirk is part of the Darkwraith covenant and is known for his murderous tendencies.[1]

Other sources state that Kirk is actually a Chaos Servant, and is invading other worlds to gather Humanity so that he may offer them to Quelaag's Sister.[2]


Kirk is a standard melee fighter. When he rolls his armor deals minimal damage, but will stun low-poise players, so keeping a shield up makes fighting him considerably easier.

Kirk's damage output is unremarkable, making him good practice for parrying. However, his weapons do cause the bleed effect. He also attacks fairly slowly, giving many opportunities for backstabs.

Kirk invades at very inconvenient places: in the first and third instances, he's likely to invade while the player already has their hands full fighting others, and in the second, he fights on the edge of a ledge, making it likely for the player to accidentally launch either him or themselves off. Keep these in mind when fighting him and plan accordingly.


The Thorns Set spawns in the Daughter of Chaos area in Quelaag's Domain if Kirk is defeated all three times, however his sword and shield are not definite drops, and may never be dropped for the player.

The locations at which Kirk invades are not a set order, it is contingent on which order player has chosen to visit while being in a non-hollowed state.

Character InformationEdit

Health and SoulsEdit

Location Health Souls
Depths 682 ??? 5,938 5,938
Demon Ruins 742 ??? 26,950 26,950
Lost Izalith 742 ??? 26,950 26,950


Location 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
The Depths 195 189 205 195 142 161 135 D D B
Demon Ruins 305 296 321 305 231 253 212 C C B
Lost Izalith 305 296 321 305 231 253 212 A A B

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


Right Hand Left Hand
Wpn Barbed Straight Sword
Barbed Straight Sword +15
Spiked shield
Spiked Shield +15


Item Wpn Barbed Straight Sword
Barbed Straight Sword
Spiked shield
Spiked Shield
Drop Rate 33% 33%


  • One of the promotional pictures for Kirk features him invading a player in New Londo Ruins; however, he never invades there in-game.
  • It is entirely possible for Kirk to drop both his sword and shield in a single encounter. Due to its high chance of being dropped, using the Covetous Gold Serpent Ring, will boosts these chances further, and aid players in obtaining his equipment in a single playthrough.
  • Kirk's name and title are a reference to Kirk Thornton, the current voice actor for Shadow the Hedgehog. Coincidentally, both characters are able to damage foes by rolling.



  1. Thorns Set description.
  2. Stated by game director, Miyazaki Hidetaka, in an interview.

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