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"I may be but small, but I will die a colossus."
— Ludleth
"この小人が、王の栄誉に浴したのさ (Even this Pygmy here, was honored to become a Lord.)"
— Ludleth, Japanese

Ludleth of Courland is a character in Dark Souls III. He is one of the five Lords of Cinder.

He is voiced by Roger Ringrose.


Found in Firelink Shrine, sitting on the second throne from left to right.


Ludleth is a Lord of Cinder, having linked the flame prior to the events of the game. He is a practitioner of the seemingly little observed art of Transposition. Little is known about his past, although it is told on his throne that he was exiled from somewhere at some point due to the aforementioned art being seen as taboo; as he himself says this to the Ashen One.


Once the player reaches the Undead Settlement, Ludleth will inform them that he is capable of performing soul transposition, but requires a Transposing Kiln to do so. The Transposing Kiln can be obtained by defeating the Curse-rotted Greatwood within the Undead Settlement. Once he is given the Transposing Kiln, Ludleth acts as a merchant to the player, allowing them to transpose the souls of bosses they have acquired for boss soul items.


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  • Similar to the Fire Keeper, Ludleth will revive after reloading the area if he is killed by the player.
  • It is not necessary for the player to carry their acquired boss souls in their inventory in order to begin transposition. As long as the player has defeated a boss and obtained its soul, its available transpositions will appear in Ludleth's menu, even if they have been placed in the storage box.
  • As revealed in the original text - see above - Ludleth is a Pygmy King; the Japanese term Shojin (小人) has been consistently used for "Pygmy", or more literally, "small-person" since Dark Souls 1. This is concurrent with the Furtive Pygmy, as their Japanese title (誰も知らぬ小人) literally means "the small person who nobody knows".
  • Once the player places the last Cinder of a Lord on its respective throne in Firelink Shrine and kneels before the bonfire, Ludleth will burn to cinders. Transposition of boss souls will be available by interacting with his throne.
    • However, if the player has not given Ludleth the Transposing Kiln prior to performing the ceremony, transposition of boss souls will be unavailable for that playthrough. The only way to unlock transposition is to proceed to the next playthrough.
  • If Anri of Astora's questline is completed, Ludleth will give the player Anri's Straight Sword when talked to.
    • As with soul transposition, if the final ceremony is performed, it will become unavailable.
  • If the player brings Ludleth one each of Lorian's Greatsword and Lothric's Holy Sword, both without having upgrades applied, a new entry will appear when talked to, consuming both swords to forge the Twin Princes' Greatsword.