Laddersmith Gilligan

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?? 3,250 Earthen Peak Melu Scimitar Ladder Miniature

Laddersmith Gilligan is an NPC Merchant in Dark Souls 2



Laddersmith Gilligan Information

  • A merchant on the run that specializes in the art of ladders and a love for profit and currency wherever possible.
  • Blacksmith Lenigrast comments on the fact that Gilligan its a scoundrel in his hometown, having caused major stirring of troubles to the people. He calls him a scum and a conniver when it comes to money, but helpful, only when he gains something in return, that is. We are uncertain if Gilligan lived in the same town as Lenigrast or if he simply resided there to hide from more people that were chasing him.
  • Located initially at Earthen Peak. However he will move to Majula, either after exhausting his dialogue at his first encounter or by killing the boss Mytha, the Baneful Queen.
  • At both locations, he will ask your service of souls for building ladders to reach treasures.
  • At Majula he has a unique dialogue option called "Set up Ladder".
    This talk option allows you to set up three different ladders of various lengths and prices to descend into the Pit to easily reach the Grave of Saints and The Gutter.
  • The cheapest ladder costs 500 souls, the second costs 3500 souls, and the longest one costs 12000 souls.
  • The cheapest ladder will only go half way down to the first plank, but it could be all you need if you have high health, or very low health while wearing the cat ring.
  • The second most expensive ladder will take you down to near the Grave of Saints entrance. From there, you can drop down a few more levels to a platform just outside the bonfire at the start of Grave of Saints.(Note: You are still going to need a lot of HP or the Silvercat Ring (or other fall damage reduction items) to reach the entrance.) A separate "drop path" will put you on a different platform at the bottom of a ladder.
  • The most expensive ladder gives you easy access to the Forgotten Door, far down in the pit. The key to the door is found in a hidden cave in the Black Gulch.
  • Note that you cant climb up the first and second ladder again.
  • Buying the most expensive ladder will also reward you with the Melu Scimitar


  • Earthen Peak. Found near the Central Earthen Peak bonfire. Walk upstairs and pass though the door to the balcony with the Manikin. Destroy the wooden balustrade and go left. He will offer you a ladder for 2,000 souls in order to get a treasure (Pharros' Lockstone and Twinkling Titanite).
  • Majula. Found sitting next to the Pit in Majula. You don't need to speak to him in Earthen Peak in order for him to move to Majula. He will simply travel there after you kill Mytha, the Baneful Queen. If this happens, you can still collect the above loot by dropping down (the falling height is quite short), along with a Homeward Bone or Aged Feather to safely return back.



  1. Melu Scimitar
  2. Ladder Miniature




Icon Name Quantity Price
  Reinforced Club Unlimited 2000 (1600)
  Whip Unlimited 1800 (1440)
  Claws Unlimited 1500 (1200 before move to Majula)
  Wooden Shield Unlimited 1200 (960)
  Thief Mask Unlimited 1000 (800)
  Black Leather Armor Unlimited 1200 (960)
  Black Leather Gloves Unlimited 1000 (800)
  Black Leather Boots Unlimited 1100 (880)
  Lacerating Knife Unlimited 350 (280)
  Aromatic Ooze Unlimited 2000 (1600)
  Bleeding Serum Unlimited 2000 (1600)
  Ladder Miniature 1 7999 (6399 before Gilligan moves to Majula)




- When first encountered
…Shush, you eejit, stay quiet!
…I'm on the run, don't give me away!
…You're a fugitive too, eh?
…Yes, why else would you be here…
…It's got death written all over it…

- When offering the ladder in Earthen Peak
…You want to climb down here?
…I can lend you a ladder…
…But em…ha…how much can you offer me?
…Why, you! I'm trying to help you, you know…
…Have you no gratitude? Downright rude, really!
…But I've…I've…I've got a soft heart so…
…I'll let you off, this once…

- Answer "yes"
…All right, it'll be just a moment…
…Ahhh…Go on ahead, I won't offer this deal twice… (after cutscene)

- Answer "no"
…Hell, of course it's not free!

- Talking to after declining services
…What? You don't have a choice, do you!
…Then, let's have it! Show me your finest…

- Revisiting after purchasing ladder in Earthen Peak
…Oh, what is it? What do you need now?

- Using talk option (Earthen Peak menu)
…Psst, have you heard?
…Well, apparently there's this monster lady, right…
…And the poison, well, does wonders for her body…
…You know, health and beauty, and that sort of stuff…
…And I thought only human women were so petty!

- Using talk option (Earthen Peak menu)
…That creature, she was human, once, you know…
…Hmm, In fact, she was wed to the Prince of that nearby castle…
…But her husband, hmm, he had feelings for another…
…The Princess was desperate, and sought eternal beauty…
…Hoping that it would restore the Prince's, ah, affection, ha you see what I mean…

- Using talk option (Earthen Peak menu)
…Before long, the Princess' ire transformed her into a monster…
…Now listen here. When do you think this all happened?
…Long ago, when this very land was called something else…
…We say Drangleic now, but…
…Countless kingdoms have risen and fallen on this very spot…
…And this won't be the last…oh no…

- Using talk option (Earthen Peak menu)
…That damned hag just can't let her old flame go…
…She's going to get us all burned…

- Using talk option (Earthen Peak menu)
…Gods almighty…
…I'm not going to die in this dump…

- Leaving after accepting further service (Earthen Peak)
…No mate, these deals, they won't last forever…

- Leaving without seeking further service (Earthen Peak)
…Fine, then, all the best…

- Leaving without closing menu (Earthen Peak)
…Oi! Downright rude, really…

- First encounter in Majula
Wait, you found your way out, too! Hah!
The name's Gilligan. Don't make me say it twice! Heh heh.
All right, what do you want?
I have everything you need! Heh heh heh…

- Revisiting in Majula
Ah! Back already? Ha.
Hey, what've you been up to!
Come to see auld Gilligan, have you? Hah! (after purchasing ladder)
All right, what'd you forget this time?

- Using talk option (Majula menu)
Ohhh, I should've listened to the warnings. This place is flippin' mental.
Huh? No, I wasn't born here. I'm from a wee bit… I'm from a wee bit out west, that's all.
I've seen some rough times. I think I'll settle down for a while.

- Using talk option (Majula menu)
You wouldn't believe the shenanigans that happen in my business.
I thought at least here in the middle of nowhere I could stay clear of, you know, my auld pals.
Oh, don't ask me what happened! Have you no discretion, me auld chum?

- Using talk option (Majula menu)
That gaping hole? Hell, search me.
It's where the people round here toss all their rubbish.
Corpses or you know what… Whatever they'd rather be rid of.
Oh, and, and those human statues. Who are they supposed to be?
Anybody, I suppose. Probably just some auld pagan custom.
What's it like at the bottom of the hole? Why in the hell would I know! Hah!

- Using talk option (Majula menu)
Oh, yes, somebody told me that the grave of a… of a saint lies below here.
Not built by the King, no no. It dates back to a time long before him.
The tomb connects to that hole.
And there's…there's…there's something about some…some Rat King down there.
Hell, if the old rat is as rich as they say, maybe I should go and pay him a visit!

- Using talk option (After long ladder purchase)
Here you are my friend, you can have these, eh! It's a little bonus, you know, for your big purchase.
Ah come on, don't look so glum! I'm trying to be nice here!
You're hopeless, I tell you…

- Requesting Majula ladder service
You want to go down that awful hole? You must have lost your marbles! Heh heh!
Fine, sure, fine, I'm happy to be of service.
You need a ladder, then, sure enough.
But you'll…you'll have to show some generosity.

- Accepting 500 souls ladder
You just don't get it, do you.
Fine, then, now it's my turn.

- Accepting 3500 souls ladder
A very reasonable offer!
Just you wait! Hm-hm!

- Accepting 12000 souls ladder
Well! Really! A very generous offer indeed, especially from you!
I get such a warm feeling inside when I get the chance to help others!

- Declining service
Well! Fine, it's not my business, anyway.

- After purchasing Majula ladder
Hey, this ladder's not for sale!
Th…the only things I sell are miniatures. I mean, if that tickles yer fancy, you can buy as many as you like!

- Re-requesting ladder service
What, you're heading down after all?
Well, that's fine, but if you want my help, you'll need to make me an offer.

- Leaving after accepting service (Majula)
Cheers for that! Hah hah!

- Leaving without accepting service (Majula)
What? Don't waste my time.

- Leaving without closing menu (Majula)
Oi! Where're you off to now!

- When attacking
Hey! That hurts!
Hey! That hurts!
You ungrateful little git! (aggroed)
You vicious little! I'll not go down that easy! (at 50% HP)

- When he kills the player
It's your own damn fault.

- Re-encounter after dying to him
Why, you…I'll tear you limb from limb!




  • Laddersmith Gilligan speaks with a strong West of Ireland accent.
  • When killed, Laddersmith Gilligan's tombstone appears on the back corner of the Way of the Blue Shrine in Majula, closest to the sun.
  • Several users from various forums report that, if an enemy runs through the doorway (in front of the ledge where Gilligan is) and shuts the gate, he oftentimes will disappear.
  • Moves to Majula after player defeats Mytha the Baneful Queen / Dialogue has been exhausted
  • The most expensive ladder Gilligan offers has 131 rungs.
  • Makes a special cameo in Dark Souls III as a corpse that teaches the "stretch-out" gesture to the player in Profaned Capital. Incidentally, the area he is found in is full of ladders.


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    • Anonymous

      This guy sold me the leather boots to appreciate my character's ass. Bought a double and gave it to Rosabeth. Best investment ever

      • Anonymous

        If you purchase the miniature ladder from him and decide to kill him, you will not be able to pick up a 2nd melu scimitar, he will drop a miniature ladder and this will block you from obtaining the weapon as the ladder is a key item that you already have.

        • Anonymous

          With the cheapest ladder (500 souls) you can survive the drop into the Majula Well with around 1,000 health even without the Silvercat Ring. I had 1,123 health, and after dropping from the short ladder I had about 8% health left. Not sure the exact amount required, but it could be a useful compromise if you don't want to raise Vigor or spend souls unnecessarily.

          • Anonymous

            I actually was very interested to hear him tell me more about the princess. Good story and well acted. First time I wanted an NPC to keep talking, lol.

            • Anonymous

              I have to say this about this beautiful and trustworthy NPC: He appeared dead in his spot (I found his items) in Earthen Peak and his grave is nowhere to be seen. Such a cool man.

              • Adds a cutscene for a guy setting up a ladder but dosent add a cutscene for the final boss of the entire trilogy. Very cool move fromsoftware

                • Anonymous

                  just parry riposte him to get down the time investment is worth it in comparison to his overpriced ladders

                  • Anonymous

                    This idiot wasn't on the ledge and I didn't even beat the boss yet. Hope he jumped off, time-wasting prick.

                    • Anonymous

                      Honestly, I wouldn't kill Gilligan or any NPC in general because the ladders he places really do help when navigating to the Gutter since it's only possible to get there with silvercat ring, other fall damage reduction items and spells, or tanking, usually a mix. The ladders just help with making the journey less dangerous. Also, Gilligan sells bleed effect items which can really help if you need a quick guard punisher or 200 damage to a foe. So yeah, don't kill him even if he sounds like a douche and has rip-off prices, they won't matter as much if you use the Covenant of Champions or are in mid to late-game.

                      • Anonymous

                        Don’t think this is lore accurate. The way I remember it, gilligan died the second he asked me for more than 5000 souls for a ladder. So why is he in the profaned capitol?

                        • Anonymous

                          Lol honestly I bought as much as I could from him talked, talked talked and then killed him.... Greedy bastard... Death was too kind of a gift for him

                          • Anonymous

                            Just here to show my appreciation for Laddersmith Gilligan. I'm surprised that I was the first person to comment on his fextralife page.
                            His ladders are definitely useful but once I get those I actually buy resins from him a lot (with leftover souls).

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