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Oswald of carim
"Thou art welcome anytime. It is only human to commit a sin... Heh heh heh heh..."
— Oswald of Carim

Oswald of Carim is a character in Dark Souls. He is also known as Oswald the Pardoner. He is voiced by David Gant, who also voices Aldia, Scholar of the First Sin in Dark Souls II.


Oswald of Carim appears in the bell tower guarded by the Bell Gargoyles in the Undead Parish. He will only appear after the player has rung the Undead Parish Bell of Awakening.


Oswald sells the Karmic Justice miracle, as well as rings of various resistances, a Book of the Guilty, and Indictments. Oswald is most useful for his ability to absolve a player of sin: in doing so, all formerly friendly NPCs that the player had made hostile earlier are reverted to their neutral state and sin accumulated from killing other characters or players is eliminated. Oswald also allows players to leave covenants without facing a betrayal penalty. However, players will still lose half of their offerings to that covenant.


He is very easy to kill as long as the player takes care of him quickly. He can heal with his talisman and use the miracle Karmic Justice which counters multiple hits landing on him with a powerful nova explosion, so if he used this miracle, it is best to use a slow, one hit kill weapon to avoid triggering it. He also equips a parrying dagger in his left hand and can parry attacks fairly easily, which normally follows up with a powerful and possibly fatal riposte.


Little is known about Oswald; he reveals little of his own past and other characters never mention him. He is aware of the existence of Petrus, as well as his treachery, but it is unknown how he knows this.

Curiously, Oswald's set is found in the Painted World of Ariamis. Whether this is a future version of himself that succumbed there, or that another pardoner had lived (and died) there, is unknown.


Character InformationEdit

Health and SoulsEdit

Health Souls
638 1,595 2,000 10,000


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
141 148 141 141 163 142 126 C C C

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



Item Item Twin Humanities
Twin Humanities  ×2
Book of the Guilty
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  • Oswald was originally going to sell Affidavits, an item that allowed players to abandon covenants.
  • Oswald's standing stance is the middle of a Well! What is it! gesture.
  • According to the Dark Souls: Design Works art book, Oswald used to be a Black Knight, possibly a Commander.
  • Though Oswald claims that there's no sin he can't undo, this is not quite true. Killing Petrus before the other Way of White members arrive at Firelink Shrine will cause them to be irrevocably aggro'd, and the Darkmoon Knightess likewise will never de-aggro if Gwyndolin is killed.


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