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How To Get Married In Dark Souls III

by Daniel Tack on Apr 14, 2016 at 06:15 AM

While many role-playing games feature matrimony in some fashion, the way it’s presented in Dark Souls III is a decidedly darker way to express tying the knot. Warning, there are tons of spoilers ahead. Don’t read this unless you’re ready to unearth some big secrets involving multiple questlines.

Still here? Great. Getting married in Dark Souls III ties in directly to the game’s most hidden ending – The Usurpation of Fire. We’ll break down what you need to do step by step so you don’t miss a critical choice at the right moment – it can be surprisingly easy to do and lock you out of the ending until your next playthrough or new game+(++, +++, etc.)

The first thing you want to do is to prepare the Yoel and Yuria questline. Here’s how you do it. Immediately after killing Vordt in the High Wall of Lothric, take the gargoyle ferry over to the undead settlement. Instead of approaching the gates and moving into the zone, take a hard left in the area where the dogs are let loose on the hapless hollows trying to get in the settlement. You hear a voice in a sea of what appears to be dead Londor pilgrims. One of them isn’t quite dead yet. His name is Yoel, and you just have to talk to him a few times to get him to go take up residence at your Firelink Shrine.

Once he’s there, he offers the player his powers. The important thing is an ability to “draw out your true strength” that will give your player a dark sigil at the cost of a “free” level up. You need to activate this ability 5 times before you hit the catacombs level in order to have Yoel die properly (he will die anyway, but if you want to do this right you need to tax him 5 times). There are ways to remove the dark sigil and associated hollowing on death, but if you want to get the ending, you cannot take these things off for the duration of this playthrough. You may be puzzled as to how to get Yoel to give you more free levels to get your tally to five, and to do that you need to die. Find a bonfire near a cliff or something and just die to increase your hollowing stat – it’s best to get yourself to five as soon as possible so you don’t forget and accidentally go too far in the game before Yoel perishes.

Okay, so you taxed Yoel to five. Great. Leave the Firelink Shrine and come back, and Yoel should be dead. Near his hangout will be Yuria, who sells a variety of special goods and will also get you started on the next part of the chain when the time comes. Make sure to talk to her and make friends.

The next critical part of our quest involves two characters you will meet on the Road of Sacrifice, Anri and Horace. Anri’s sex is dependent on the player – if you’re male, Anri will be female. If you’re female, Anri will be male. Be sure to make your proper introductions when you see them near the bonfire. After chatting with them, head to the Cathedral of the Deep and take out the Deacons of the Deep Boss.

Go back to Firelink and talk to the two of them again before proceeding to Farron Keep, Abyss Watchers, and the catcacombs. Inside the catacombs, find Anri before heading into the second area – she will be looking for Horace. The first time you see her, tell her you haven’t seen him.

Continuing through the zone, you will come upon Anri again. She still will not have found Horace. Stop right here – do not proceed to High Lord Wolnir, the boss of the catacombs. Instead, break the rope suspension bridge and head down to Smouldering Lake. You can cheese the Demon boss in the way by pulling him up the steps, he’s a big dummy and will leash down as soon as he hits the top steps. Once you get to the lake itself, hang a hard right hugging the wall and keep rolling to dodge the ballista bolts. You come to a small alcove here where Horace will be. He’s gone mad, and will attack you. It’s an easy fight, finish him off and then port back to the catacombs bonfire to proceed along the path to talk to Anri again. Tell her you found Horace, he’s down in the lake. She will be happy to hear this and now you can leave and go take on the catacombs boss.

Head back to Firelink and talk to Yuria. She will tell you of her plans to wed you to Anri, for after all a leader of hollows must wed. She will imply some rather sinister dealings are in place to make this happen. They are!

In Boreal Valley, proceed through the level until you come to the bonfire at the Church of Yorshka. Anri will be resting near the wall. Talk to her a few times. This will be the last time you talk to him/her before your upcoming ceremony. Interestingly enough, if you want to take the quest in a different direction and save your beloved Anri from your marriage, you can find his/her kidnapper located among the statues inside the church, hidden with the chameleon spell. Now since we are actually trying to wed him/her in this guide, don’t do it, but you can kill the kidnapper and end the cycle here – it will also really piss Yuria off and she’ll leave. You are free to gently punch or otherwise activate the hidden pilgrim to have a chat though, just don’t kill it.

After you have slain the Pontiff boss, return to Yuria at Firelink. She will tell you that your partner is ready and the ceremony is ready to begin. Head to the area right before the twisting staircase to Anor Londo, which leads into the chamber where the ceremony will take place (an area that is normally an illusory wall will be open). Talk to the pilgrim waiting outside to receive your “wedding ring”, a ceremonial sword. Head down into the chamber and you see Anri laying motionless (hopefully lifeless based on what’s about to happen) with her head covered. Well, it’s time to get married. Click X to get married on Anri and you will plunge the sword into his/her head. Yeah, it’s a non-traditional ceremony, don’t judge those Londo folks.

Speak to Yuria after you complete the wedding and you will be all set to achieve the Usurpation of Fire ending after you move on to complete the game when you defeat the Soul of Cinder.

For the resulting marriage cutscene, check out the video below.