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"Hm? What is it? Have you... Oh, no, don't worry. I've no intention of escape. It's safe here. I can't bear the thought of going Hollow out there. Although, I must admit, I've not much to occupy myself. How about this? I could forge your weapons, albeit with rather minimal tools. I will show you what made me the best in Vinheim!"
— Rickert of Vinheim

Rickert of Vinheim (ヴィンハイムのリッケルト) is a character in Dark Souls. He is a blacksmith by trade. He is voiced by Adam Sopp, who also voiced Vince of Thorolund, as well as the male Anri of Astora in Dark Souls III.


He is found stuck behind bars by the end of a staircase at the beginning of New Londo Ruins.


Rickert is the first blacksmith players can access, although he can be hard to find if he isn't specifically sought after. Rickert is also a blacksmith who can repair damaged weapons and armor, and ascend weapons down the Magic path (up to +5) by default. He can give players early access to spells and spell tools, but both Big Hat Logan and Griggs offer better prices and better spells. During the later phases of the game, Rickert is most valuable for his unique upgrade paths, Magic and Enchanted, which become accessible after finding the Large Magic Ember and the Enchanted Ember respectively.


Rickert was exiled from Vinheim, presumably because of his undeath. Not much is known about him except that he considers Big Hat Logan to be a legend dating back to "a hundred years ago".


The only way to hurt Rickert is through the use of a long weapon, such as the Titanite Catch Pole or Demon's Spear. While Rickert does not fight back, it is easy to fall off the ledge accidentally. As Rickert can also be hurt by Wrath of the Gods using it is safer since it does not require movement.


Character information[]

Health and souls[]

Health Souls
659 1,779 1,000 5000


Physical Defenses Elemental Defenses Resistances
Regular Defense Strike Defense Slash Defense Thrust Defense Magic Defense Fire Defense Lightning Defense Poison Toxic Bleed
80 84 82 80 92 63 68 D D D

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