Dull ember

Dull Ember

Give it to Steady Hand McDuff to gain access to Infusions

Dull Ember is a Key Item in Dark Souls 2 (DKS2)Dull Ember, a faintly glowing ember emitting a lackluster light. Despite its appearance of near depletion, it displays an uncanny resilience. Present the dull ember to Steady Hand McDuff in the Lost Bastille to unlock the art of infusions, enabling the use of unique Upgrade stones. Key Items are found in specific locations or are given by a related NPC which are used to unlock areas, quests, diversify the inventories of Merchants and to further progress the game's story.


An ember radiating a dull light. This flame seems nearly exhausted, but exhibits an eerie resilience.
Perhaps this is its ordinary state?

Dull Ember Usage in Dark Souls 2

  • Give the dull ember to Steady Hand McDuff at the Lost Bastille to gain access to Infusions, the application of the special upgrade stones.
  • It is the only blacksmith's ember available in the game and functions as an all-purpose upgrade for all elemental types.


Dark Souls 2 Dull Ember Location


  • One can be found in the lost basille, but you need to get there from the Pursuer. (NEEDS CONFIRMATION)
  • The dull ember is found at the Iron Keep, in the first large open area, after you lower the draw bridge, walk up the bridge, roll down, and go right. (You may first want to kill an archer on your left before the first fog). Run and jump towards the chest that contains the Zweihander opposite the fog, then run and jump again towards the metal platform without falling into the lava below. There will be a corpse almost falling off the ledge that has the ember.


  • (Note: This only applies to PS4, Xbox One & PC versions of SOTFS) After the Pursuer Boss Fight, head for the small nest at your right and examine it. Then you will travel to the Lost Bastille - The Tower Apart Bonfire, where there are two iron chests with the ember inside one of them.


Dull Ember Notes and tips in Dark Souls 2

  • Notes and tips go here.
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    • Anonymous

      It has nothing to do with the Pursuer fight on the SoFS PS4 version. You need the SOLDIER'S KEY to open the reinforced doors at THE BOTTOM OF THE LADDER in FOREST OF FALLEN GIANTS, then rest in the NEST after you go through the SECOND reinforced door opened by the key. No clue how this hasnt been fixed on here. Baffling, ive actually seen this misinformation in multiple places other than here, its as of no one actually played the game.........

      • Anonymous

        I am playing Dark Souls II SotFS on Playstation Now. The ember is NOT where it says it's supposed to be. I haven't made it to the fire keep yet. Could it be PS Now has the versions mixed up?

        • Anonymous

          Ps3/360/dx9 dark souls sotfs is basically a dlc pack. Thats it. They made us all think that it would have new stuff besides dlc, but it doesnt.

          • Anonymous

            Anyone know where the ember is ? I checked the corpse on the broken stairway and it was only a petrified bone

            • Anonymous

              The Scholar of The First Sin edition for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and DirectX9 do not include new item and enemy placements, just the new content. Meanwhile, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and DirectX11 versions of The Scholar of The First Sin get the new content ALONG with new item and enemy placements. The Dull Ember, for the Old Gen will be located on Iron Keep, as it was on the Base Game.

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