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"Well, this is a surprise. I don't get many visitors, except for ghosts. Do you have some business here? My name is Ingward. I'm an old man, bound to these parts. But I don't mind a chat. I may even be of some help."
— Ingward

Ingward (イングウァード) is a character in Dark Souls. He is voiced by Sean Barrett, who also voiced Andre and Petrus, Grandahl in Dark Souls II, as well as Andre and Hodrick in Dark Souls III.


On a platform atop the ladder located in the fireplace-like nook in the New Londo Ruins.

He is later found tucked in a corner in Firelink Shrine near Griggs if he is spoken to after defeating the Four Kings.


Ingward awaits the one that has obtained the Lordvessel, granting them the Key to the Seal which is required to drain water from the lower ruins in order to enter the Abyss.


Ingward is mentioned to be one of the three sealers who entered the New Londo Ruins in order to flood the area and stop the Four Kings and the Darkwraiths. The other two tired of their duty and left the area, making Ingward the only remaining sealer. Not much more is known about the sealers other than the fact that they were also known for their healing powers, hence their crimson robes.


Can be easily killed before doing any damage as he is quite fragile.


  • Killing Ingward before accessing the Lordvessel allows players to explore the New Londo Ruins in its entirety before reaching Anor Londo.
  • Four liquid humanity can be stolen using the Dark Hand.
  • Killing Ingward early on the PC version can sometimes result in a glitch where he will not drop the Key to the Seal, rendering that save useless because the key can then be obtained no other way.
  • Despite helping to flood New Londo to protect Lordran from the Darkwraiths, Ingward will not become hostile if the player places the Lordvessel for Kaathe. Even if the player joins the Darkwraith covenant, he will still be friendly and provide his services.


Ingward can also remove Curse at the cost of one Humanity.

Character information[]

Health and souls[]

Health Souls
682 1,384 1,000 4,000


Location Physical Defenses Elemental Defenses Resistances
Regular Defense Strike Defense Slash Defense Thrust Defense Magic Defense Fire Defense Lightning Defense Poison Toxic Bleed
New Londo Ruins 199 210 199 199 193 153 170 C C C
Firelink Shrine 199 210 199 199 193 153 170 C C C

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



Item Key to the Seal
Key to the Seal
Drop Rate Guaranteed
(If not already received)


Removed content[]

The following is content that is present within the code of Dark Souls, but not actually implemented in the game. Text was found from a text dump which can be found at: http://pastebin.com/hA42TwK8