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"It's important to know who you are. But we'll all be mad, soon enough. And should you be Undead, well, all the more so."
— Hodrick

Holy Knight Hodrick is a character, enemy, and summonable mad phantom in Dark Souls III.

He is voiced by Sean Barret, who also voiced Blacksmith Andre.


Hodrick is the leader of the Mound-makers covenant and inducts the player into their ranks. Once talked to and after answering the question he poses, he will present the covenant item to the player, a malformed vertebra.

Since supposedly there is no way to leave the pit where he dwells in, he will also gift the player with a Homeward Bone as a means of escape. The player may save it by exiting and continuing the game, though. Upon return, they will spawn at the cliff once more.

If the player has not yet defeated the Curse-rotted Greatwood, Hodrick will invade near the Dilapidated Bridge, whether he was met in the Pit of Hollows or not. Upon defeat, they will be awarded a Vertebra Shackle.

Hodrick is eventually revealed to be Sirris's grandfather and the person she has been searching for on her questline. If the player has defeated the Curse-rotted Greatwood, has assisted her against Creighton in Irithyll, and has defeated Aldrich in Anor Londo, her summon sign can be found outside of the Greatwood's boss arena in the Undead Settlement, where she will finally confront him.



Undead Settlement

Road of Sacrifices


Hodrick is a difficult adversary, this stems not only from his massive damage output that can kill most early game players in just a few hits while also inflicting Bleed build-up, but also from the way his AI strategizes:

  • Hodrick is very aggressive with his attacks and will often try to attack through his opponents strikes by making use of his massive poise. In particular, he is fond of using his Stance strong attack, which consists of a forward lunge that deals great damage and often deals counter damage to attacking opponents.
  • If the player tries to attack too frequently, Hodrick may attempt to parry and riposte them. This maneuver may be too much to survive for an unprepared player. Especially if the player has taken previous hits and did not heal.
  • At half health, he will start drinking from his Estus Flask (he only has three flasks) and try to cast Power Within. He will still heal with Estus, but as soon as he runs out, he will begin casting Warmth. As he casts Warmth and drinks Estus at any distance from his opponents, players can tell if he is going to cast Power Within if they notice that he starts backing away, seeing as its casting time is long enough to easily be interrupted.
  • Hodrick becomes most dangerous when at low health as he wears both Tearstone rings, making him harder to kill and much more hard-hitting. Should he also cast Power Within, then most players might suffer greatly from the damage.
  • While Hodrick as an invader is quite manageable, his summonable version near the Crucifixion Woods bonfire is more difficult to fight. Not only does he have about 86% more health, he deals very high damage; a counter hit when using his Stance strong attack can nearly kill a player even at full health. In NG+, it becomes even worse and this move can outright kill players with a single strike.
  • While Hodrick is capable of killing the player very quickly as a mad phantom, he can also act as a useful ally by dispatching most of the enemies in the swamp. Given his high offensive and defensive capabilities, he can survive and easily kill some of the most powerful enemies, such as Yellowfinger Heysel and the two Exile Watchdogs, all in one encounter. As long as you can safely lure him to the enemies, he can make the job easier for the player.


Item Vertebra Shackle.png
Vertebra Shackle
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(mad dark spirit)




  • Hodrick is revealed to be Sirris's grandfather.
    • A unique Budding Green Blossom can be purchased from the Shrine Handmaid after defeating Aldrich. Its description says: "Good-bye, dear Grandmother. I will visit Grandfather, in the Pit of Hollows.", which may imply that the handmaid is actually Sirris's grandmother, and possibly Hodrick's wife.