Sirris of the Sunless Realms is a knight in Dark Souls 3 who doesn’t always get much attention or is regarded as a lesser character in the grand scheme of the game. Still, to any player who wants to take their character to the next level or experience the Dark Souls 3 story to the fullest extent possible, interacting with Sirris is a must.
Here’s what you need to know about Sirris, from who she is to the specifics of her questline.
Quest Details Up Front
- Quest Location: The Firelink Shrine
- Requirements: Speak to Anri and Horace at the Halfway Fortress in the Road of Sacrifices, then meet Sirris at the shrine.
- Length of Quest: The quest begins at the Road of Sacrifices and ends after defeating the Twin Princes in Lothric Castle.
- Difficulty: Normal. It requires you to progress through several areas in the game and defeat a couple of challenging enemies and some bosses. The quest itself isn’t that hard to do, though.
Sirris’ questline is unique because it studies her family history and character and hinges on how the player acts. But who is Sirris? Like the player, she is a knight bound by her duties and allegiances.
She is a member of the Darkmoon covenant and is believed to be a knight of Mirrah. This makes Creighton the Wanderer, a Mirrah deserter and alleged serial killer, her enemy (hence why she asks for your help in killing him).
She also seems to be hunting members of the Rosaria’s Fingers covenant, as Creighton is one of them. The covenant is known for its tendency to invade people and take their tongues as a sacrifice for Rosaria.
She seems to be hunting the covenant because of their violent tendencies, which would imply that she is a moral person who feels she has to take them down.
One of the most compelling parts of her questline involves her grandfather, Holy Knight Hodrick. He is Sirris’ only living relative and the person Sirris is searching for throughout her questline. She wants to confront him to learn more about her family and herself.
This is important: Sirris’ devotion to her duties extends to her relationship with the player; if the player is a Finger or if they betray the Darkmoon, Sirris won’t work with them. I tend to avoid Rosaria’s Fingers anyway, so it was never too hard for me to keep Sirris’ trust. But if you decide to steal tongues, keep in mind that you won’t be able to do the questline.
Strengths and Weaknesses
- I find Sirris’ questline to be one of the easier ones to complete in Dark Souls 3. Some quests go to the end of the game or have you traveling across many different areas.
- The questline gives you a very powerful ring: the Silvercat Ring, which can be used for the entire rest of a playthrough. I tend to equip it for all of my characters and use it throughout the game.
- Sirris’ story is valuable and worth seeing through. It teaches about the importance of virtue and following one’s duty and shows us how important the past can be. Plus, it has some unique rewards that you can’t get otherwise.
- The quest indirectly allows you to get Creighton’s armor set. It’s a cool-looking armor set with good stats, and I’ve used it for a whole playthrough before.
- Compared to other quests, there aren’t many rewards for seeing Sirris’ story through, and some of them aren’t very good. Specifically, the Blessed Mail Breaker is pretty useless, even earlier in the game. You can already get much better weapons by the time Sirris gives it to you, even as a Faith build who would have a use for Blessed weapons.
- The part of the questline where you help Sirris with Hodrick is an afterthought that ends quickly. I think the developers should have given us more details about their relationship and how Sirris really feels about having to chase down information about her past.
- This quest, like most in Dark Souls, can be confusing to navigate. It requires specific steps and narrative choices that make it easy to mess up or get lost. Still, it is one of the easier questlines in the game.
- You have to defeat the Sulyvahn’s Beast to progress the questline. Usually, I wouldn’t note this, but the truth is that the Beast is a pain to kill. I’ve struggled to kill it many times before, so new players might have trouble with it.
- I highly recommend you use bleed damage to kill Sulyvahn’s Beast because it shrugs off most damage types. Fire is an excellent second option. If you don’t have either of those, use frost damage; I used Vordt’s Hammer to kill it once, and it worked pretty well.
- Make use of the Silvercat Ring when you get it; it has saved me many times. Fall damage can be pretty nasty in this game, especially since there are many places to fall from.
- You’ll have to go to Farron Keep to progress the questline; it’s a swamp completely covered in poison. Before you go to the Keep, get some Purple Moss Clumps. They remove poisoning and will be your best friend there.
- You can be a knight of the Darkmoon Covenant like Sirris. Go to the revolving elevator that leads to Anor Londo, but don’t take it up. Go up the stairs and find the tower with a cut-off walkway. The elevator will have a cut-off entrance too. The walkway is invisible, so carefully walk straight across the opening. You’ll make it right to the tower balcony, where you can speak to the covenant’s leader.
- Speak with Anri and Horace at the Halfway Fortress. Then, head to the Firelink Shrine and talk to Sirris.
- Give the Dreamchaser’s Ashes to the Handmaid in the shrine.
- Kill the Sulyvahn’s Beast in Irithyll.
- Find Sirris’ summon sign on the bridge and help her kill Creighton.
- Talk to Sirris again at the Firelink Shrine.
- Defeat Aldrich.
- Find Anri’s summon sign outside the Curse-Rotted Greatwood boss room and help her kill Hodrick.
- Pick up Hodrick’s armor next to the Pit of Hollows bonfire.
- Find Hodrick’s shield on his grave. It’s in between Iudex Gundyr’s boss room and the shrine.
- Go to the Firelink Shrine and talk to Sirris again. She will swear loyalty to you, and you can either accept or decline her request.
- Defeat the Twin Princes and go to Hodrick’s grave. Her body will be there. You will then be able to purchase Sirris’ armor from the Handmaid.
- Make your way to the Road of Sacrifices. Head to the Halfway Fortress bonfire and speak to Anri and Horace. Once you’ve done so, go to the Firelink Shrine. Find Sirris near the Shrine bonfire and exhaust her dialogue. She should be sitting on some steps nearby.
- Find the Dreamchaser’s Ashes and give them to the Handmaid. Look for the ashes in Farron Keep, behind an invisible wall in the Watchdogs of Farron covenant area. Look for a tall ladder surrounded by Rotten Slugs to find the fort.
- Once you’ve given the ashes to the Handmaid, find Sirris in the Firelink Shrine and speak to her. She will show you the Darkmoon Loyalty gesture.
- Progress through the game normally until you get to the Irithyll of the Boreal Valley bonfire outside High Lord Wolnir’s boss room. Just in front of it is the bridge leading to the city. Start walking across the bridge. The Sulyvahn’s Beast will spawn behind you; kill it. If you’re having trouble with it, use bleed damage like I mentioned before. Fire and frost are also good options.
- Once you’ve killed it, enter the city and light the Central Irithyll bonfire. Refresh the area and look for Sirris’ summon sign near where the Beast spawned. She will call you into her world to defeat Creighton the Wanderer.
- Once you’ve killed Creighton, go back to the Firelink Shrine and find Sirris. She will reward you with a Blessed Mail Breaker and the Silvercat Ring.
- Make your way through Irithyll and Anor Londo and kill Aldrich. Once you’ve done so, go back to the Curse-Rotted Greatwood boss room in the Undead Settlement. Look for Sirris’ summon sign outside the boss room and help her kill Hodrick.
- Go to the Pit of Hollows bonfire and pick up the Sunset Armor Set (this is Hodrick’s armor). Go to the area between the Iudex Gundyr boss room and the Firelink Shrine. Look for Hodrick’s grave and pick up the Sunset Shield.
- Enter the Firelink Shrine and speak to Sirris once more. She will swear fealty to you, and you can either accept or decline. Your decision doesn’t affect the last step.
- Progress through Lothric Castle and defeat the Twin Princes. Once you’ve done so, head to Hodrick’s grave. You’ll find her body, which holds the Sunless Talisman. You can then go to the Firelink Shrine and purchase her armor from the Handmaid.
Darkmoon Loyalty: A gesture given by Sirris that is used to join the Darkmoon Covenant.
Silvercat Ring: The Silvercat Ring completely prevents the player from taking fall damage unless it is from extreme heights or an inaccessible area. Sirris gifts it to you in the Firelink Shrine.
Blessed Mail Breaker: A Mail Breaker dagger that has been infused with a Blessed Gem. Its damage scales with Faith and does 20% extra damage to undead enemies, like Skeletons or High Lord Wolnir. Sirris gifts it to you in the Firelink Shrine.
Budding Green Blossom: a unique Green Blossom that can be bought from the Handmaid for ten souls. It boosts stamina recovery speed. This particular blossom is notable for the note left behind by Sirris. In it, she says goodbye to her grandmother and says she’ll visit her grandfather in the Pit of Hollows. The message implies that the Handmaid could be her grandmother.
Sunset Armor Set: The armor set of Holy Knight Hodrick, which is found on his body in the Pit of Hollows bonfire.
Sunset Shield: Hodrick’s shield, which is found on his grave near the Firelink Shrine.
Sunless Talisman: A talisman found near Hodrick’s grave, on Sirris’ dead body. It can be used for Faith spells like other talismans but is unusual because it scales with Intelligence.
Sunless Set: Sirris’ armor set. It can be bought from the Handmaid in the Firelink Shrine at the end of the questline.
Question: Couldn’t I Just Run Past the Sulyvahn’s Beast to Enter Irithyll?
Answer: Technically, you could. However, you’ll have to fight it anyway to get to Sirris’ sign, so it would probably be better to kill it when you first cross the bridge.
Question: Can I get Sirris’ Armor Prematurely?
Answer: Yes. Towards the end of her questline, she swears fealty to you. If you accept, you can kill her without any resistance. Killing her will end the questline prematurely, so doing so is a waste. If I were you, I would complete the questline to maximize the number of rewards you can get.
Question: Can I Get the Silvercat Ring any Other Way?
Answer: The ring can only be obtained through Sirris’ questline. Even if you don’t care about Sirris, you should progress the questline at least until you get it.
Question: How Come I can’t get Creighton’s Armor from this Questline?
Answer: Technically you can get it around the same time, but his armor isn’t a reward for Sirris’ questline. Once you’ve killed him in Sirris’ world, you can kill him again when he invades your world.
He shows up in a grassy area behind the Church of Yorshka. After he’s dead, go to the bridge where you fought the Beast, and the armor set will be there. Remember that you need to consume an Ember to get invaded by him.
I hope you find Sirris’ questline interesting and worthwhile, as I do. I particularly appreciate this questline because it explores the lore of Dark Souls 3 and introduces new information about different covenants. Sirris is also a great character. I can’t help but appreciate her kindness and devotion to her duty.
Is it just me, or do a whole lot of people die in Dark Souls? Anri, Horace, Sirris, Hodrick, the players… plenty of dying. Maybe they should have called it Death Souls.
Nah, that’s too on the nose. Speaking of dying, I did a fair bit whenever I tried to do this questline, mostly because I had to travel through Farron Keep! I hate Farron Keep. There’s poison everywhere, those Basilisks that curse you to death, the giant tree monsters.. It’s a nightmare.
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