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This article is about the character. For the boss, see Dragon Slayer Ornstein and Executioner Smough.

Executioner Smough is a character and boss in Dark Souls and a mentioned character in Dark Souls III.

He was Anor Londo's executioner and one of Gwynevere's guards. Despite his power and desire to become a Knight of Gwyn, he was rejected,[1] but eventually he remained in the city alongisde Dragon Slayer Ornstein to guard the cathedral and Gwynevere. He held his post even after Ornstein left the cathedral in search for the Nameless King, remaining the last of Gwyn's old men to do so.[2][3]


Smough relished his title as executioner, so much so that he ground the bones of his victims into his feed.[1] He desired to be a part of Gwyn's Knights, but was rejected due to his apparent gleeful love of his work as an executioner as well as his cannibalistic behavior.[1]

Smough was one of the few living beings left who seemed present in Anor Londo, stationed there alongside Dragon Slayer Ornstein to guard Gwynevere, Princess of Sunlight.

When Ornstein left in search of the Nameless King,[4] Smough remained guarding the ruined cathedral,[2][3] and was ironically, despite his unholy position as executioner, the last knight of any kind of status to do so.

In Dark Souls III it is implied that Smough was in the end defeated and maybe even consumed by Aldritch, Devourer of Gods. The player can buy Smough's Set after defeating Aldritch in Anor Londo's cathedral, and Smough's Great Hammer is found in the sewer of Irithyll.


  • In the code for the Japanese version of the game, Smough's name is displayed as '処刑者スモウ', which translates to read as 'Executioner Smō'.
  • Concept art of Smough's armor depicts a rather muscular man wearing it. Whether this depiction is of Smough himself, or a male Chosen Undead wearing his armor, is unknown.
    • The armor is described as being able to be worn by humans "but not without great difficulty". This may imply that some aspects of the armor are adapted to Smough's body.
  • When worn by the player, the visor in Smough's helm is shown located at the neck of the helm, and a small wooden construction holds the upper part of the helm in place.
    • Whether Smough also wears the helm like this or not is unknown.
  • During the boss fight, if the player defeats Ornstein first, Ornstein's hand moves briefly before Smough crushes him with his hammer, implying that he was still alive. Additionally, Smough can be heard laughing after crushing Ornstein.
  • After defeating Aldrich, Devourer of Gods in Dark Souls III, players gain access to Smough's Set. This correlation could imply that Aldrich might have consumed Smough, who was the protector of this very cathedral in Dark Souls,[5] as well.



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Smough's Hammer description.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Smough's Set (Dark Souls III) description.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Smough's Great Hammer description.
  4. Dragonslayer Set description.
  5. Smough's Set description.