"Please, avert thine eyes. I will snuff out these ashes for good."
— Sister Friede

In-Game Description

Friede was the first Ash to enter the painting, but together with the good Father, they chose rot over fire.

Sister Friede is a character and a boss in Dark Souls III: Ashes of Ariandel.

She is voiced by Amara Karan.

Description[edit | edit source]

Friede wears the Ordained Set and is armed with a scythe. She has burn marks on the right side of her face.

Location[edit | edit source]

Sister Friede is found sitting on a chair in Ariandel Chapel in the Painted World of Ariandel.

Lore[edit | edit source]

Friede is the eldest of the three sisters who founded the Sable Church of Londor, the others being Yuria and Liliane.[1] Sister Friede is an Unkindled,[2] suggesting that she attempted to link the First Flame or usurp it but failed, resulting in her being resurrected as ash.

Having abandoned the Sable Church, she happened upon Ariandel's Painted World. There, she tricked Father Ariandel by convincing him that the only way to preserve the Painted World was by suppressing the fire with his own blood to prevent it from being burned to the ground,[3] and resulting in the rot that afflicts it.[4]

Despite giving ample warning, Sister Friede is ultimately forced to wield her scythe and confront the meddling Ashen One, not before asking Father Ariandel to turn his gaze away from the imminent carnage. When she collapses the first time, an enraged Ariandel sparks the flame he bled so much to prevent in a desperate attempt to revive her. Now rekindled, she comes back from death to fight by his side. After falling a second time, Friede rises yet again and tinges her flame black with the Dark in one final struggle to defeat the second ash and prevent the painted world from being eventually replaced with a new one.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

First Phase: Sister Friede[edit | edit source]

Sister Friede in the first phase.

First of all, it is suggested to use a light weapon (such as a straight sword, a greatsword, etc.) to avoid the risk of being stun-locked by her fast attacks, and also a greatshield with high stability to minimize some stamina damage.

After the beginning of the fight, be careful and learn her attack patterns while blocking with your shield (be careful anyway, because her scythe inflicts Magic damage).

Note that Friede will nearly always jump away after one or two hits, so it is not advised to go for more as it is very easy to disregard stamina and become open for a devastating counterattack. While she seems to have very little poise, she sometimes will almost completely ignore the player's attacks and poise through them with no trouble, guaranteeing the player gets hit if they are getting greedy.

Occasionally, she will turn invisible and move rapidly through the room, and after a short time, she will perform a grab with her scythe that inflicts heavy damage if not stopped and is difficult to dodge roll away from. It is possible to track her by paying careful attention to which way she jumps. She will either jump to the side, or over the player's head and land behind them. Another way is to run straightforward at her when she turns invisible, as being in close proximity to her or attacking her will cause her to reappear.

Second Phase: Father Ariandel and Friede[edit | edit source]

Sister Friede and Father Ariandel in the second phase of the fight.

After killing Friede in her first phase, a cutscene will play in which Father Ariandel enters a berserk state, expands the arena, resurrects Friede, and begins to fight the player alongside Friede. During this phase, both Father Ariandel and Sister Friede will share the same health bar, and both will die once the health bar is depleted.

Sister Friede will fight much more defensively, opting to cast ice spells from afar instead of directly engaging the player. However, she will still attack if the player gets too close to her.

Father Ariandel fights by using his bowl like a weapon and uses it to try and crush the player. He also has several area of effect attacks that are best avoided by staying either away from him, or behind him. He moves slowly and will charge at the player if they are too far away from him to be hit by any of his attacks.

-If the player has used Slave Knight Gael's summon sign, he will be summoned into the arena once the second phase begins.

-The first time the player defeats this phase, they will be rewarded with a Titanite Slab

Third Phase: Blackflame Friede[edit | edit source]

Blackflame Friede

After defeating the second phase, Friede will resurrect a final time. She will now fight with two scythes. Her original scythe will typically be coated in "Black Flame", and will deal significantly more damage than before. Her secondary scythe will deal heavy frostbite damage, as well as wielding multiple ranged attacks freezing the ground and building up your frost bite meter. She will also go invisible and continuously freeze the ground running up to you and won't stop until attacked. Many of her attacks will gain an area of effect and become incredibly damaging. She will also fight far more aggressively than before.

Attacks[edit | edit source]


Defenses[edit | edit source]


Drops[edit | edit source]

Item Soul of Sister Friede.png
Soul of Sister Friede
Titanite Slab
Titanite Slab
Drop Rate Guaranteed Guaranteed

Dialogue[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Can be parried, backstabbed and riposted.
  • Ariandel can be poise-broken and riposted, if hit enough times in a short amount of time.
  • Friede is fully affected by the Sacred Flame pyromancy in all three phases of her boss fight.
    • However, she is only partially affected by the Dark Hand, taking the first instance of damage, but not entering the full animation or taking the full damage.
  • The Titanite Slab is a reward for completing phase 2 for the first time. It can only be obtained once per NG cycle.
  • Friede can be parried and riposted during all phases of the fight. However, parrying her can be tricky as she attacks very quick.
  • During the second phase, one can use the Storyteller's Staff and Toxic Mist on Ariandel with almost instant activation.
    • Repeatedly casting the poison of the Storyteller's Staff on Friede as she burns and revives can poison her as the third phase starts, making the fight against her much less stressful, wherein one can get hits when they can and let the poison work at the same time.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • She has been known as "Friede" and as "Elfriede", although the reason is not certain.
  • If attacked (including kicking), while she is sitting in her chair, she will disappear until the area is reloaded, and will not mention having been attacked when spoken to in future.
    • If she is still absent when opening the path to Father Ariandel, she will also be absent for the cutscene and her voice lines will not be heard. She will, however, reappear when the player talks to Ariandel to start the boss fight.
  • Blackflame Friede bears several attacks that practically mirror those of Lady Maria, a boss in Bloodborne.
  • Despite having not had contact with Yuria for a long time, and having long abandoned the Sable Church, she, as well as Sir Vilhelm, recognizes the recently anointed Lord of Hollows.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Music[edit | edit source]


Dark Souls III Soundtrack OST - Father Ariandel and Sister Friede (Ashes of Ariandel)

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Yuria dialogue.
  2. Gael dialogue.
  3. Forlorn Corvian Settler dialogue.
  4. Soul of Sister Friede description.
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