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A Bonfire Ascetic is an item and starting gift in Dark Souls II.

In-Game Description

Tossing this into a bonfire strengthens nearby foes.
Once the Bonfire Ascetic is devoured by the flames, its effects can never be reversed. Be prepared before using this perilous ember.
Fire exhibits a connection to the curse, and when the flames grow stronger, so does the curse.

General information[]

When burned, a Bonfire Ascetic will change the entire bonfire area to the next playthrough level. For example, if used during the first playthrough, it will bump the difficulty to New Game+, and if used at New Game++, it will bump the difficulty to New Game+++. This process is irreversible and persists on following playthroughs. For example, if an area was increased to New Game+ on one's first playthrough, it will be at New Game++ difficulty on the next playthrough.


Scholar of the First Sin only:[]


  • Observed changes between NG and NG+ version of Things Betwixt so far were: stronger enemies with higher soul rewards; additional enemies (including Black Phantoms); different enemies (i.e. an archer upgraded to a crossbowman); different item locations; and different, often "upgraded" loot.
  • Using the Bonfire Ascetic will reset the enemy spawn counters in the area, and most of the area's items will respawn.
    • Items in metal chests do not respawn when an ascetic is used.
    • This also applies to the dedicated bosses of areas (e.g. the Last Giant and the Pursuer at the Cardinal Tower). This is useful for soul farming, assuming one is capable of taking down these stronger bosses.
  • Bonfire Ascetics can only be used if the area boss has been defeated. If no area boss exists (such as the Belfry Sol area), bonfire ascetics can be used repeatedly without needing to clear the area.
  • Using a Bonfire Ascetic in an area that gets invaded frequently will, on a rare occasion, cause the process to be interrupted and the Bonfire Ascetic to be consumed, while not respawning the area around the bonfire it was being used on.


Scholar of the First Sin only:[]

Provided it has been unpetrified, the Undead Traveler in early Aldia's Keep will remain unpetrified if respawned with a Bonfire Ascetic, providing an effective profit of 1 bonus Ascetic per Ascetic spent (1 spent, 2 earned). Additionally, another petrified Undead Traveler on the other stairs leading to the Giant Basilisk drops two Wilted Dusk Herbs and two Elizabeth Mushrooms, allowing for restocking of these valuable items at the same time. The Ogre on the way can be bypassed by heading to the left and take the small stairs from the second floor to the third floor.