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For the Dark Souls III enemy, see Havel the Rock (Dark Souls III).

Havel the Rock(ハベル「岩のような, Havel "Rock-like") is an enemy in Dark Souls.

Location[]

At the bottom of the tower before the Taurus Demon boss arena, the player can use the Watchtower Basement Key or the Master Key to find him waiting at the end of the final staircase; alternatively, the tower can be accessed adjacent to the Hydra's area in Darkroot Basin: when entering, the knight is waiting for the player at the right side of the door.

Lore[]

Dark Souls[]

WARNING:
This section of the Lore is about Havel, the deity and comrade-in-arms of Gwyn, not the warrior inspired by him and encountered in-game.

Havel's Set DaSIII

The armor of Havel, carved from rock.

Havel is one of the members of Gwyn's clan and one of the gods of Anor Londo[2][3]. Havel was the comrade-in-arms of Lord Gwyn and fought alongside him during the War against the Ancient Dragons.[4]. To testify to the immense strength of the warrior, Havel went so far as to use as a weapon an enormous hammer created from the tooth of a slain dragon, which, as the body of primordial dragons was made of hard rock[5], would never break and granted its wielder the power to resist both the flame and magic that came from the dragons' jaws[6]. Similarly, his greatshield and incredibly heavy armor were sculpted from a mass of rock, as this was what made up the body of dragons, giving their owner tremendous weight and defense power[7]. The greathammer created from a dragon's tooth and the shield infused with its magical power became legendary objects and holy relics of Havel himself and he became known with the title of "Rock-like"[7].

Great Magic Barrier (DSIII)

The miracle that Havel conveyed to his priests to grant them a defense against magic.

Just like the other gods of Anor Londo, like Gwyndolin[8], Gwynevere[9], Lloyd[10] and Velka[11], Havel had a religious order and priests around him[2]. Because he had an intense hatred for Seath the Scaleless, grandfather of sorcery and his sworn enemy[2], Havel hated sorcery too and developed the Great Magic Barrier miracle to fight and counter sorcerers, conveying it to his priest and allowing them to create a strong magical protective membrane that would greatly reduce magical damage[12]. A simplified version of this miracle in the form of Magic Barrier, which required less faith from the user but also granted less defense against magic, was generalized for the convenience of the Way of White, giving simple cleric warriors a good defense against magic, as the all the priests of Havel should have[13] and remained in use during the reign of Allfather Lloyd[14].

Havel's incredible strength inspired large numbers of men to follow him. The warriors that adhered to him emulated their idol by wearing equally heavy armor carved from rock[15] and magic rings that allowed them to carry heavier weight with pleasure and for this reason took the name of the hero who inspired their wielders[4]. Thanks to their legendary strength, Havel's knight became known for the fact that they never flinched and never retreated but always crushed those that opposed them.[15].

After Gwyn linked the First Flame, Gwyn's firstborn son was dethroned and exiled [16] and nearly all of the other deities abandoned Anor Londo[17], Havel's fate remained unknown. A suit of the armor worn by Havel's knights, along with the greathammer and greatshield that were considered his holy relics, was preserved in the main cathedral of Anor Londo[18], hidden along with a club infused with the power of the occult to be more capable of slaying the gods[19]. One of his knights that was still in Lordran turned into a Hollow and was locked away by a dear friend inside a stone cell in the basement of the watchtower of the Undead Burg[20].

Dark Souls III[]

TBA

Dark Souls III[]

[21] [22] [23]

Artifacts[]

Strategy[]

Havel proves to be a very dangerous and very powerful enemy, capable of easily killing lower vitality players, low armored players and drain large levels stamina in a single attack: his overhead strike can both break through guards and inflict critical damage, and he takes very low damage from most starting weapons and tools (aside from pyromancies and weapons buffed with Gold Pine Resin). However, his rather predictable and slow attack patterns mean that he is particularly susceptible to backstabs and parrying. Chain-parrying is arguably the fastest way to kill him, but is the riskiest, as it requires the player to directly confront the attacks and any minor error will likely mean instant death.

Should the player choose to fight in melee combat, it is highly recommended to move to the level above, so should the player die, they can safely access their bloodstain before trying again.

The Drake Sword can prove to be invaluable to low-leveled players, as it can be obtained nearby and is likely the only weapon that can deal bearable damage in this fight at such an early point in the game, especially with critical hits.

He is unusually evasive for such a defensive NPC, favoring rolling when players use magic or ranged attacks - combined with surprisingly good timing, damage could be difficult to deal. A rapid series of rolls will however drain a majority of his stamina, so one or two kicks from the player can easily be a guard break if he blocks with the Dragon Tooth. On top of this, the overhead attacks will be almost guaranteed to miss if the player stands directly across from him and constantly strafes to either side, leading to an easy backstab. Like the Capra Demon, this NPC is very easily distracted with Aural Decoy.

He will not pursue the player beyond the threshold into Darkroot Basin or either doorway, providing a quick escape route if necessary. The Aural Decoy strategy and/or toxin/poison can be used as a safe dispatch method here. Additionally, he can be lured to the top of the stairs: jumping off the side of the stairs when he attacks will make him fall off, inflicting fall damage - some means of healing or Fall Control, can be used to survive the damage the player takes - and can be repeated until defeat.

Character information[]

Health and souls[]

Health Souls
NG NG+ NG NG+
1,034 1,592 3,000 6,000

Defenses[]

Physical Defenses Elemental Defenses Resistances
Regular Defense Strike Defense Slash Defense Thrust Defense Magic Defense Fire Defense Lightning Defense Poison Toxic Bleed
371 335 406 371 284 297 257 C C A

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


Equipment[]

Drops[]

Item Havel's Ring
Havel's Ring
Drop Rate Guaranteed


Gallery[]

Trivia[]

  • The descriptions for Great Magic Barrier and Magic Barrier are inaccurate translations from the Japanese. More accurate translations seem to indicate that Havel himself is a god and that the rock-like soldiers instead are his bishops and warriors, rather than Havel being a high-ranking bishop of the Way of White. See below for more accurate re-translations:

Japanese description: "「岩のような」ハベルの司祭に伝えられる奇跡 全身を強い魔法防護の膜で覆う グウィン王の古い戦友であり 白竜シースの敵対者でもあったハベルは 魔法を嫌い、それに対する手段も怠らなかった"
Accurate translation: "A miracle conveyed to the priests of Havel, the “rock-like”. Covers the whole body in a strong magical protective membrane. Old comrade-in-arms with King Gwyn and antagonist of the White Dragon Seath, Havel hated magic, and didn’t neglect the means to fight it."

Japanese description: "「岩のような」ハベルに伝えられる奇跡を 白教の都合にあわせて一般化したもの 全身を魔法防護の膜で覆う この膜は魔法属性への防御を大きく向上させ ハベルの司祭がすべからくそうであるような 質実な戦士たちに、魔法に対する手段を与える"
Accurate translation: "A miracle conveyed by Havel, the “rock-like”, generalized for the convenience of the Way of White. Covers the whole body in a strong magical protective membrane. This membrane greatly improves defense against magical attributes, and gives simple warriors the means against magic, as the priests of Havel should all be."

References[]

  1. Watchtower Basement Key description.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Great Magic Barrier description: "A miracle conveyed to the priests of Havel, the “rock-like”. Covers the whole body in a strong magical protective membrane. Old comrade-in-arms with King Gwyn and antagonist of the White Dragon Seath, Havel hated magic, and didn’t neglect the means to fight it."
  3. Havel not only was a war leader that fought together with Gwyn during the War against the Dragons, but had priests just like the majority of the other gods and had miracles based on him.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Havel's Ring description: "This ring was named after “rock-like” Havel, the old comrade-in-arms of King Gwyn. It is said that the warriors who adhere to him enjoy wearing it, and it has an effect that increases equipment weight."
  5. Opening (Dark Souls) dialogue.
  6. Dragon Tooth description: "The legendary great hammer of "rock-like" Havel and said to have been created from the tooth of an everlasting dragon. This tooth will never break as it is harder than stone, and it grants its wielder the power to resist to magic and flame."
  7. 7.0 7.1 Havel's Greatshield description: "Legendary greatshield of “rock-like” Havel, carved from a mass of rock. It boasts tremendous weight and defense efficacy and additionally hides the magic power of Havel. Together with the Great Dragon Tooth, it's a holy relic of Havel himself."
  8. Darkmoon Seance Ring description.
  9. Bountiful Sunlight description.
  10. White Seance Ring description.
  11. Indictment description.
  12. Great Magic Barrier#General Information
  13. Magic Barrier description: "A miracle conveyed by Havel, the “rock-like”, generalized for the convenience of the Way of White. Covers the whole body in a strong magical protective membrane. This membrane greatly improves defense against magical attributes, and gives simple warriors the means against magic, as the priests of Havel should all be."
  14. Magic Barrier#Availability
  15. 15.0 15.1 Havel's Set description: "Armor of warriors of “rock-like” Havel. Warriors of Havel who wore the rock armor never flinch, never retreat, and always crush those they call their enemy Carved from a mass of rock, it boasts tremendous weight and defense power. It is said that warriors of Havel who wore the rock armor never flinch, never retreat, and always crush those they call their enemy."
  16. Soul of the Nameless King and Lightning Storm and Golden Crown and Ring of the Sun's Firstborn description.
  17. Ring of the Sun Princess and Darkmoon Seance Ring description.
  18. Havel's Set#Availability
  19. Dark Ember description.
  20. Watchtower Basement Key description.
  21. Dragon Tooth (Dark Souls III) description: "Created from an everlasting dragon tooth that will never break. Left by Havel himself, along with his boulder-like great shield. Grants its wielder resistance to magic and fire."
  22. Havel's Greatshield (Dark Souls III) description: "A tremendously solid and heavy greatshield, cut straight from a great slab of stone. Said to be a relic of the legendary Havel the Rock, along with the Dragon Tooth. The shield is imbued with a special power reminiscent of Havel himself."
  23. Havel's Ring (Dark Souls III) description: "This ring was named after Havel the Rock, the battlefield compatriot of Gwyn, the First Lord. The art of war has been a constant since ages past, and those who follow in Havel's footsteps are no fewer now than in his own day."
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