|Solaire of Astora|
|First game||Dark Souls (2011)|
|Created by||Hidetaka Miyazaki|
|Voiced by||Daniel Flynn|
Solaire of Astora is a fictional knight from the 2011 action role-playing gameDark Souls. He has received a great deal of popularity amongst fans for his unusually friendly and helpful demeanor, as well as his signature gesture, 'Praise the Sun', which involves holding up both arms up in a Y-shape with palms facing outward while standing on tiptoes. He is voiced by Daniel Flynn.
Dark Souls 3 Covenant Of The Sun Blades of The Darkmoon Location: Irithyll of The Boreal Valley How to get: You need to get the gesture from Sirris first. Lower the rotating bridge in Anor Londo, then walk off the upper exit. There’s an invisible path there. Follow it to the tower and talk to Yorshka. The Blade of the Darkmoon serve Dark Sun Gwyndolin to hunt and punish those that have done wrong in the world of Dark Souls. To join the Covenant you must first have acquired the Dark Seance Ring.
Like the player character, Solaire is an Undead who journeys to the land of Lordran from his homeland of Astora, albeit on a personal mission to 'find his very own Sun'. His world and the player's come into contact at various times during the game, and he gives the player a White Soapstone item during his first meeting so that the player can be summoned into other worlds as phantoms and 'engage in jolly cooperation'. He also offers to provide assistance for various bosses during the course of the game. His 'summon sign' glows gold rather than the typical white, and he rewards the player with 'Sunlight Medals' for a successful co-op fight, due to his membership in the covenant called the Warriors of Sunlight. The player may join the covenant upon meeting certain requirements, after which they can be summoned by a wider range of players, and gain the 'Praise the Sun' gesture and 'Lightning Spear' miracles.
Solaire is described as a skilled warrior who does not rely on any special powers to win beyond his signature miracles. His armor and shield are decorated with a hand-painted sun, reflecting his worship of the Sun, and by association, Lord Gwyn. While he was theorized by some fans to be Gwyn's firstborn son in disguise, this was later proven not to be the case in Dark Souls III. He uses a longsword called the Sunlight Straight Sword, which is described as a 'featureless long sword contain[ing] the very power of the sun', as well as being 'well-forged, and [kept] in good repair [...] but unlikely to live up to its grandiose name'. The sword reappears in Dark Souls II as the Sun Sword, and in Dark Souls III under its original name, where it does have the special power to boost the attack of allies. His armor and shield are also obtainable in Dark Souls III by trading various items.
The player typically last encounters Solaire in Lost Izalith, where he has gone insane and hostile upon donning a Sunlight Maggot, which he considers to be his 'Sun'. However, if the player opens a shortcut and kills the Maggot beforehand, Solaire retains his sanity and can be summoned for the final boss.
The 'Praise the Sun' gesture was conceived prior to the character of Solaire, and was a rare holy gesture used in Demon's Souls upon casting a miracle while wearing the 'Ring of Sincere Prayer'. The game's director, Hidetaka Miyazaki, secretly left the gesture in the game, despite being told by the game's publisher that the pose was not 'cool enough' upon physically demonstrating it. From then on, the pose gained personal significance to him, and he was determined to also include it in Dark Souls. Miyazaki created the character of Solaire in order to bring recognition to the gesture and make it more popular, purposely positioning him as a 'champion' who is the first truly helpful NPC that most players see in the game.
He is also Miyazaki's favorite character, with Miyazaki going as far as to design the Sun emblem that appears on Solaire's armor.
Miyazaki has stated that Solaire being taken over by the Sunlight Maggot, was intended as 'the general norm', but that if Solaire is kept alive and fights alongside the player for the last boss, it is the 'happiest ending', as he links the flame in his own world and dies by 'becoming the Sun'.
On the March 8 Nintendo Direct, Nintendo announced a Solaire Amiibo that would be compatible with Dark Souls Remastered. The Amiibo, featuring Solaire in a 'Praise the Sun' pose, would cause the player's character to perform the gesture from the start of the game when tapped, without any prerequisites. However, the Amiibo was exclusive to GameStop, causing heavy shortages in availability and making it rarer than usual.
Destructoid named Knight Solaire one of their favorite new video game characters of 2011, calling him 'the embodiment of selfless camaraderie and generosity', as well as 'bat-shit crazy'. He was also called a 'total badass' by Eurogamer. The mission to save Solaire was called one of the 20 most unique sidequests in video game history by GamesRadar+, saying that 'if there ever was an NPC worth saving, it would be him'.
Solaire was modded into Darkest Dungeon as a playable character by a fan of the game, which was called a 'fantastic mixup' of the two games by PC Gamer. He also was given Easter eggs in Borderlands 2 as the similarly named 'Knight Solitaire', and in World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor as a follower named 'Soulaire of Andorhal'. A 'Praise the Sun'-inspired gesture was included as an emote in Destiny called 'Praise the Gun'.
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How to get: Talk to High Priestess Emma, in the room across the courtyard from the Vordt boss fight.
Goal: Automatically summons Blue Sentinels to help you when you’re being invaded.
Ranking items: None
Ranking requirements: None
Warriors of SunlightLocation: Undead Settlement
How to get: Go down the stairs past the pyre in the middle of the village. Pass under the arch and go through the wooden door. Jump through a hole in the floor.
Goal: Help others defeat bosses to gain ranking items.
Ranking items: Sunlight Medal
Ranking requirements: 10 SM for +1, 30 SM for +2 (place at Sunlight Altar in Lothric Castle)
Rewards: Sacred Oath miracle at +1, Great Lightning Spear miracle at +2
Mound MakersLocation: Undead Settlement
How to get: Go across the bridge right of the pyre. Go around the house (to the right), and climb the farthest building using a ladder. Jump off to the right, and get behind the enemy with the cage on his back. Once you’re close enough, examine him. If you’ve already killed the Curse-Rotted Greatwood, you’ll have to kill three Lords of Cinder, then go to the room before the Cursewood fight and summon Sirris.
Goal: Be summoned by others to help them (except on boss fights) or invade. You’ll gain ranking items for killing other phantoms or your host.
Ranking items: Vertebrae Shackle
Ranking requirements: 10 VS for +1, 30 VS for +2 (place at Sacrificial Altar, below Greatwood arena)
Rewards: Bloodlust katana at +1, Warmth pyromancy at +2
Blue SentinelsLocation: Road of Sacrifices
How to get: Talk to Anri & Horace at the Halfway Fortress bonfire.
Goal: Be automatically summoned to defend Way of Blue players. Get ranking items for defeating invaders.
Ranking items: Proof of Concord Kept
Ranking requirements: 10 PoCK for +1, 30 PoCK for +2 (given to Yorshka in Anor Londo)
Rewards: Darkmoon Ring at +1, Darkmoon Blade at +2
Watchdogs of FarronLocation: Road of Sacrifices
How to get: Spawn at the Keep Ruins bonfire, go outside and to the right. Climb the ladder up to the tower and pray to the Old Wolf of Farron.
Goal: Be automatically summoned to attack players in this area. Defeat them to get ranking items.
Ranking items: Wolf’s Blood Swordgrass
Ranking requirements: 10 WBS for +1, 30 WBS for +2 (given to Old Wolf)
Rewards: Old Wolf Curved Sword at +1, Wolf Ring & Wolf Knight’s Greatshield at +2
Rosaria’s FingersLocation: Cathedral of The Deep
How to get: Talk to Rosaria inside a hidden room in the Cathedral. For a detailed guide on the location, check out our respec guide.
Goal: Invade others and defeat them to get ranking items.
Ranking items: Pale Tongues
Ranking requirements: 10 PT for +1, 30 PT for +2 (given to Rosaria)
Rewards: Obscuring Ring at +1, Man-Grub’s Staff at +2
Aldrich FaithfulLocation: Irithyll of The Boreal Valley
How to get: After you exit Pontiff Sulyvahn‘s arena, cross the courtayrd and climb the steps. Enter the building and hit the wall on your left. It will disappear. Descend the ladder, defeat the two giant monsters and talk to Archdeacon McDonnell
Goal: Be automatically summoned to attack other players in the area.
Ranking items: Human Dregs
Ranking requirements: 10 HD for +1, 30 HD for +2 (given to McDonnell)
Rewards: Great Deep Soul sorcery at +1, Archdeacon’s Great Staff at +2
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How to get: You need to get the gesture from Sirris first. Lower the rotating bridge in Anor Londo, then walk off the upper exit. There’s an invisible path there. Follow it to the tower and talk to Yorshka.
Goal: The same as Blue Sentinels – automatically defend Way of Blue players from invaders.br />Ranking items: Proof of Concord Kept
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Rewards: Darkmoon Ring at +1, Darkmoon Blade at +2