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This article is about the characters appearing throughout the Dark Souls series. For the gameplay mechanic in Dark Souls III, see Host of Embers.

The Lords of Cinder are characters who have linked the flame throughout the Dark Souls series.


The Lords of Cinder are heroes who have linked the First Flame and prolonged the Age of Fire, rather than become Dark Lords.


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Dark Souls II[]

Dark Souls III[]

† This is dependent on the meaning of Sweet Shalquoir's dialogue; specifically the line of: "The Lost Sinner lives deep within the bastille. The fool. Trying to light the First Flame…"

†† If the player kills the Sunlight Maggot, and then summons him to face Gwyn, Solaire will Link the Fire in his own world.[1]

* Depending on the player's chosen endings, the Chosen Undead and Ashen One could all be considered Lords of Cinder. The Bearer of the Curse's status after choosing to assume the Throne of Want is unknown, and as such it isn't clear if they even attempted to Link the Fire let alone became a Lord of Cinder.
** It is implied that Lothric never actually linked the fire despite being destined to. Instead, he chose to watch from a distance as the fire faded.[2]
*** The Soul of Cinder is a deific manifestation of the previous Lords of Cinder.



  1. Hidetaka Miyazaki, Game no Shokutaku interview: "If you kill the red-eyed Sunlight Maggot, he can fight with you against the last boss. After that, he will link the fire in his own world."
  2. Soul of the Twin Princes description.