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"… Th-thank you. I would have been her supper without you. Being eaten alive! I shudder to think… Thank you, thank you dearly. I am Laurentius, of the Great Swamp. I will not forget my debt to you."
— Laurentius of the Great Swamp

Laurentius of the Great Swamp is the basic Pyromancy trainer in Dark Souls. He is voiced by Andy Gathergood, who also voiced the Crestfallen Merchant, and Felkin the Outcast in Dark Souls II.



Laurentius is first encountered trapped in a barrel, presumably captured and stored there by a Butcher. After his release, he travels to Firelink Shrine.

If the player acquires pyromancies from The Fair Lady or Quelana of Izalith, or if the player upgrades their flame with Quelana, Laurentius will ask the player where they obtained such power. If the player answers "Yes" to his question, he will travel to the Blighttown swamp where he will become hollow. If the player answers "No", he will remain in Firelink Shrine and continue as a merchant and pyromancy trainer.


Laurentius was a student of pyromancy in his home, the Great Swamp. He considered turning Undead to be beneficial, as it prompted him to travel to Lordran where pyromancers earn a certain respect.[1]


Laurentius' pyromancies give players convenient openings with which to backstab him. He has no Poise and his regular attacks are easy to block. Fire resistance may be useful in case he does manage to land a lucky fireball or two.


  • Laurentius is, chronologically, the last basic trainer encountered. Therefore, it behooves people wishing to specialize in pyromancy to spend their souls on things like Vitality instead of Attunement early on, as extra slots will be useless for a while.
  • Players with the Master Key can get around this by taking the shortcut to Blighttown through the New Londo Ruins and Valley of the Drakes and accessing Quelana of Izalith.
  • Laurentius sells pyromancies that are both unique to him and also very useful, so it may be wise to think twice before killing him.
  • Using a weapon to free Laurentius may potentially aggravate him. Roll into the barrel instead, as it will not harm Laurentius and will free him.


Laurentius can also upgrade Pyromancy Flames in exchange for souls. He can enhance a pyromancy flame to up to +15, but cannot ascend it.

Pyromancy Pyro Fire Orb.png
Fire Orb
Pyro Combustion.png
Pyro Iron Flesh.png
Iron Flesh
Pyro Flash Sweat.png
Flash Sweat
Pyro Fireball.png
Souls 8,000 500 2,000 2,000 800

Character information[]

Health and souls[]

Health Souls
719 1,380 1,000 3,000


Location Physical Defenses Elemental Defenses Resistances
Regular Defense Strike Defense Slash Defense Thrust Defense Magic Defense Fire Defense Lightning Defense Poison Toxic Bleed
Depths 175 205 175 175 191 238 175 A A B
Firelink Shrine 195 205 195 195 191 238 175 A A B
Blighttown (Swamp) 189 199 189 189 185 223 168 A A B

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




  • The Crestfallen Warrior calls Laurentius an "old man", except Laurentius looks and sounds like he is in his mid thirties at most.



  1. Dialogue.


  1. Amazing pyromancy refers to an ascended Pyromancy Flame (by Quelana of Izalith) or any Chaos pyromancy.