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Bonfire Ascetic is a type of consumable in Dark Souls 2.

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"Tossing this into a Bonfire strengthens nearby foes.
Once the Bonfire Ascetic is devoured by the flames, its effects can never be reversed. Be prepared before using this perilous ember.
Fire exhibits a connection to the curse, and when the flames grow stronger, so does the curse."


Important notes

  • Please be aware that any ascetic you burn in a bonfire WILL carry on to the next playthrough! If you want to farm souls using ascetics and then wish to go to NG+, the difficulty of the area will be the number of ascetics used MORE than NG+.
  • Using a Bonfire Ascetic will NOT respawn Estus Flask Shards.
  • Using a Bonfire Ascetic will NOT respawn NPCs.
  • Using a Bonfire Ascetic will NOT respawn Metal Chests, but will respawn Wooden Chests and items laying on the ground. (Useful for farming certain items)
  • If you use a Bonfire Ascetic on your first playthrough on a bonfire, it will be NG+ level, when you go to your second playthrough it will stack and will become NG+2, be very careful as this may make it much harder for you to complete NG+'s above what you're at..
  • Bonfire intensity caps at 99, but you can still burn ascetics past 99 to respawn the boss

 

Usage

  • When resting at a Bonfire, select "Burn" and then select "Bonfire Ascetic".
  • Burn it in a Bonfire to raise the local difficulty NG+1 which can be verified on the travel menu.
  • The difficulty of the Bonfire area will be like NG+ for the first playthrough, NG++ for the next and so on. You will also be able to farm items that were previously only available in NG+. The difficulty caps at NG+7, so every successive burning after the 8th intensity will be of the same difficulty. The highest leap in difficulty is from NG to NG+, after which the enemies slowly become stronger up to NG+7.
  • Burning the item is also a way to respawn exhausted enemies, albeit at a much higher difficulty.
  • Burning a Bonfire Ascetic is irreversible, so exercise caution.
  • If the bonfire ascetic is used in the Heide's ruin bonfire, you will be able to farm sublime bone dust of the knight that doesn't respawn but you will need to defeat the Dragonrider each time. (non-SOFTS version)
  • Burning a Bonfire Ascetic also respawns the items found in the area and respawn wooden chests and corpses BUT not iron chests.
  • For details on the results of burning an ascetic at each bonfire, please visit the individual bonfire's page. A full list of the game's bonfires can be found on the Bonfires page.
  • Can be used to respawn bosses and get items available only in NG+ or higher and the original reward as well.
  • Beating a boss when 8 ascetics have been used on its bonfire will turn its corresponding flame on Cale's world map blue, though there is no other apparent effect.

 

Locations

Regular Game

  • 1 can be chosen as a gift when creating a new character.
  • 1 can be found on a corpse in the Lost Bastille before the bridge that leads you to the Sinner's Rise bonfire get in the cage that acts like an elevator and when at the top, jump down on the ledge below.
  • 1 can be found on a corpse in Brightstone Cove Tseldora up the ladder after the church where you fight the Prowling Magus and Congregation.
  • 1 can be found on a skeleton in Iron Keep at first bonfire, cross the bridge and about halfway across, look to the right. Drop down the ledge and run across the series of flaming rocks. (3 in SOTFS version)
  • 3 can be found in an iron chest in Drangleic Castle after the Looking Glass Knight fight near the elevators leading down into the Shrine of Amana.
  • 1 can be found in an iron chest in Shrine of Amana in the area past the Altar of Amana beyond the Rise of the Dead bonfire.
  • 1 can be found in an iron chest in Undead Crypt up a ladder and on a platform next to a Leydia Witch near the Undead Ditch bonfire.
  • 2 can be found in an iron chest in Aldia's Keep up the stairs in the main hall with the skeletal dragon.
  • 3 can be found in an iron chest in Dragon Shrine near the entrance.
  • 1 can be found on a corpse in Memory of Jeigh on a ledge to the left right after the fog gate.
  • 3 can be found in an iron chest in Memory of Orro by rolling on to the suspended platform after destroying the crane contraption on the rooftop and then jumping into the hidden area.
  • 1 can be found on a corpse in Memory of Vammar on the rooftop with the 2 pyromancy casting giants.
  • 4 can be found from the special chest in the Majula mansion as a part of a promotional event for Dark Souls 2 DLC from June 25th till July 1st 2014.
  • 1 can be found in a wooden chest in Dragon's Sanctum guarded by several Sanctum Soldiers near the start of the area. (respawns by burning Ascetic at Tower of Prayer bonfire)
  • 3 can be found on a corpse in Cave of the Dead in the main area after dropping down one of the holes.
  • 2 can be found in an iron chest in Brume Tower in the area where you get invaded by Maldron the Assassin.
  • 1 can be found in an iron chest in Brume Tower by dropping down to the ledge containing the first Possessed Armor. The chest also contains 2 human effigies.
  • 3 can be found in an iron chest in Frozen Eleum Loyce in the room with the once frozen Mimic.
  • Stone Trader Chloanne sells 1 for 7,500 souls nearby the Poison Pool bonfire in Harvest Valley, or later when she moves to Majula.
  • Royal Sorcerer Navlaan in Aldia's Keep sells 10 for 7,500 souls each after completing his assassination missions while hollow or while human after he's been released. See his page for details on how to handle this.
  • Darkdiver Grandahl sells 10 of these for 7,500 each if you are a member of the Pilgrims of Dark covenant.
  • Dropped by Phantoms and Witch Trees during the 3 trials of the Pilgrim of the Dark covenant. The Chasm is open permanently after the Darklurker is killed once in a playthrough allowing for unlimited* farming of them at no human effigy cost. The Phantoms and Witch Trees do disappear like other mobs and an ascetic must be used to respawn them, the Darklurker must also be killed again.
  • Dropped by the Ashen Crawler monsters in Brume Tower. A very large amount of them reside in the tower where you retrieve the Scorching Iron Scepter, past the Foyer bonfire.
  • Defeating an invader or a host in the Dark Chasm of Old will net you a single Bonfire Ascetic.


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Soul Farming Methods with Bonfire Ascetic

  • The Giant Lord boss is a good farming method for getting to get a very large amount of souls per run in additional to a soul vessel but is rather difficult without a heavily focused spell caster build. There is also a bonfire ascetic that respawns.

 

Upgrading Materials Farming Methods with Bonfire Ascetic

 

Merchant Interactions

  • Allows purchase of Moonlight Butterfly set if used in Majula until 3 intensity - Available after spending 16k at Maughlin the Armourer. (The main set pieces i.e. chest, arms and legs unlock on 2 intensity and the headpiece at 3 intensity). Note: The Moon Butterfly Shield can be found after 2-3 ascetics in the chest in the loft above Maughlin'shop
  • Does not allow purchase of the covenant weapons or spells at Chancellor Wellager, this needs actual NG++.
  • Allows purchase of Dragonrider Set from Magerold at the Iron Keep when Drangleic Castle is cleared and Threshold Bridge is at intensity 2.

 

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Notes

  • The word "ascetic" is an adjective meaning unrelenting or rigorous. This may imply that the player burning this item will encounter enemies who exhibit those same qualities.
  • An ascetic is a person who practices stringent self-discipline or self-denial and often withholds all physical gratification. The word can also be an adjective that means something is characterized by the practice of self-discipline or denial. Its Greek roots come from a word meaning “training” or “exercise.” The word is usually associated with achieving spiritual goals. Thus, a bonfire ascetic is an object that allows you to train and practice self-discipline in the pursuit of higher goals by making your experience of the physical world around you harder.

 

Boss Respawning

Boss Bonfire to Burn Ascetic At
The Last Giant Forest of Fallen Giants - Cardinal Tower
Pursuer Forest of Fallen Giants - Cardinal Tower
Giant Lord Forest of Fallen Giants - The Place Unbeknownst
Dragonrider Heide's Tower of Flame - Heide's Ruin
Old Dragonslayer Cathedral of Blue - The Blue Cathedral
Flexile Sentry No-mans Wharf - Unseen Path to Heide
Ruin Sentinels Lost Bastille - McDuff's Workshop
Lost Sinner Sinner's Rise - The Saltfort
Belfry Gargoyles Belfry Luna - Upper Ramparts
Executioner's Chariot Undead Purgatory - Undead Purgatory (Bonfire)
The Skeleton Lords Huntsman's Copse - Undead Lockaway
Covetous Demon Harvest Valley - The Mines
Mytha, the Baneful Queen Earthen Peak - Upper Earthen Peak
Looking Glass Knight Drangleic Castle - Central Castle Drangleic
Smelter Demon Iron Keep - Threshold Bridge
Old Iron King Iron Keep - Eygil's Idol
Scorpioness Najka Shaded Woods - Shaded Ruins
Royal Rat Vanguard Grave of Saints - Grave Entrance
Royal Rat Authority Doors of Pharros - Ordeal's End
Prowling Magus and Congregation Brightstone Cove Tseldora - Royal Army Campsite
Duke's Dear Freja Brightstone Cove Tseldora - Lower Brightstone Cove
The Rotten Black Gulch - Hidden Chamber
Throne Defender and Watcher Drangleic Castle - King's Gate
Nashandra Drangleic Castle - King's Gate
Darklurker Drangleic Castle - Under Drangleic Castle
Twin Dragonriders Drangleic Castle - Forgotten Chamber
Demon of Song Shrine of Amana - Rhoy's Resting Place
Velstadt, The Royal Aegis Undead Crypt - Undead Ditch
Vendrick Undead Crypt - Undead Ditch
Guardian Dragon Aldia's Keep - Ritual Site
Ancient Dragon Dragon Shrine - Shrine Entrance
Graverobber, Varg, and Cerah Shulva, Sanctum City - Priestess' Chamber
Elana, Squalid Queen Dragon's Sanctum - Sanctum Interior
Sinh, the Slumbering Dragon Dragon's Rest - Sanctum Nadir
Sir Alonne Brume Tower - Smelter Throne
Smelter Demon Iron Passage - Iron Hallway Entrance
Fume Knight Brume Tower - Lowermost Floor
Aava, the King's Pet Frozen Eleum Loyce - Outer Wall
Lud and Zallen, the King's Pets Frozen Eleum Loyce - Expulsion Chamber
Old Ivory King Grand Cathedral - Grand Cathedral



    • Anonymous

      08 Jul 2017 05:04  

      what happens when you use the acetic at the far fire? i feel like it makes every area harder. or it might just buff the pigs

      • Anonymous

        30 Jun 2017 00:32  

        Does the ascetic let one help players above NG+2? For example,the twin pursuers fight.If i burn an ascetic in the King's Gate bonfire,will one be able to help only normal game players,or players above ng+2?

        • Anonymous

          23 Jun 2017 05:46  

          want a free shard? ascetic the cardinal tower on xbox one vesrion of softs and up there the shard will respawn

          • Anonymous

            Old Ivory King15 Sep 2016 22:07  

            So I beat the Ivory King and was farming the charred knights for souls. I've heard their drop rate is higher the more phantoms you have. If I use an ascetic will the four Loyce Knights I saved respawn or are they gone for good?

            • Anonymous

              dark souls :scholar 1st sin29 Aug 2016 10:59  

              wiki needs update, numbsoft has been weeding the post and pulling out roots by the handfuls.......chest contain wrong items, armor does nothing and. oh what a shortage of actually entertaining game play. good luck summoning anything but boredom

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