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"What's wrong? Get a bit of a scare out there? No problem. Have a seat and get comfortable. We'll both be Hollow before you know it. Hah hah hah hah..."
— Crestfallen Warrior

The Crestfallen Warrior is a character in Dark Souls. Having lost his will or courage to face more enemies, he sits in the Firelink Shrine, brooding and awaiting his Hollowing. He is voiced by Matt Morgan, who also voiced Domhnall of Zena, the Crestfallen Warrior from Demon's Souls, and Saulden, the Crestfallen Warrior from Dark Souls II.


The Crestfallen Warrior wears a helm-less Chain Set, and wields a Longsword and Heater Shield. He is a pale man with dark hair, stubble, and a surly appearance.



The Crestfallen Warrior is the second NPC encountered after Oscar and the first encountered at Firelink Shrine. He is largely indifferent toward the player's presence and considers their efforts to be a lost cause, citing giving up and going hollow as better alternatives. Despite his lifeless demeanor and discouraging words, he does have interesting dialogue that fleshes out the backstory for Dark Souls, as well as hints on equipment, where to go next, and other characters.

Speaking to the Crestfallen Warrior after Kingseeker Frampt arrives will prompt him to leave Firelink Shrine, complaining of the "stench" (presumably given off by Frampt). He is then found Hollowed near the beginning of the New Londo Ruins.


Players should avoid attacking the Crestfallen Warrior in the early game; he is very tough for a new player to kill and can offer helpful hints and tips. The Crestfallen Warrior is nimble with his Longsword and Heater Shield, but with some dodging and blocking he usually poses little threat by the time the player encounters him as a Hollow. The one trick up his sleeve is his ability to parry unexpectedly. The Crestfallen Warrior is one of the only NPCs that does not have a unique parry "stance", so players can do little to nothing to predict when he is going to do so.

Character information[]

Health and souls[]

Health Souls
793 1,451 1,000 3,000


Physical Defenses Elemental Defenses Resistances
Regular Defense Strike Defense Slash Defense Thrust Defense Magic Defense Fire Defense Lightning Defense Poison Toxic Bleed
227 227 250 224 170 193 141 C C B

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


Right Hand Left Hand
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Longsword +10
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Heater Shield +10

Head Chest Hands Legs
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Chain Armor +8
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Leather Gauntlets +8
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Chain Leggings +8



  • Does not drop any items upon death.


  • The Crestfallen Warrior is a reference to another character with the same name encountered in Dark Souls' spiritual predecessor, Demon's Souls. Both look similar and have similar personalities, and both leave the story before its end.
  • The Crestfallen Warrior is one of only three NPCs (along with Reah's bodyguards) that offer no goods or services to the player, although he does offer advice.
  • It's possible to keep him alive simply by not talking to him after the arrival of Frampt; however, some of his unique lines (such as speaking to him after rescuing Big Hat Logan from Sen's Fortress) can only be heard by speaking to him after Frampt has already arrived.
  • His name is misspelled in the credits as "Crestfallen Warrrior".