Dung Eater

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Roundtable Hold

Subterannean Shunning-Grounds

Role Quest NPC, Invader, and Summon
Voiced by  Jim Johnson

Dung Eater is an NPC in Elden Ring. Dung Eater is a fellow Tarnished who occupies a corpse ridden room in the Roundtable Hold.

The spirit of Dung Eater can be summoned for aid in battle by using Dung Eater Puppet Ashes. The Dung Eater is also available as an NPC Summon when facing Mohg, the Omen and Morgott, the Omen King. Progress in his questline and release him to be able to unlock his summon sign. He may also be encountered as an NPC Invader.


I am the Dung Eater! A scourge upon the living!



Dung Eater can be found at Roundtable Hold.

If you approach him with any Seedbed Curse in your inventory, he will give you the Sewer-Gaol Key and ask you to find his real body beneath Leyndell.

Dung Eater's real body can be found in the Subterranean Shunning-Grounds. From the Underground Roadside Site of Grace, head out the door, turn left, slip past the Omens and fall into the gap in the sewer grate. Head straight to the end of the tunnel, fight past three Giant Miranda Sprouts, climb up the ladder and open the locked door on the opposite wall. You will need the Sewer-Gaol Key to open this door. [Elden Ring Map here]

If killed in the Subterranean Shunning-Grounds, he will drop the following:

 He can also be found around the lake at the northeast of Leyndell Royal Capital an as an NPC Invader after releasing Dung Eater's corporeal body from his cell in the Subterranean Shunning-Grounds and then reading his message at the Roundtable Hold. [Elden Ring Map here]


Dung Eater Questline: How to complete Dung Eater's Quest

  • [!] Please note; During the questline of Ranni the Witch, Giving Ranni the Fingerslayer Blade will cause Preceptor Seluvis to become a lifeless puppet, which effectively locks you out of further interaction in his questline (And possibly prevents you from giving Seluvis's Potion to Dung Eater).
  • Can be first met at the roundtable hold. He is in the locked room past the twin maidens. You can only get to this room after you have gained access to the Altus Plateau.
  • After showing the Dung Eater at least one Seedbed Curse, he will give you the Sewer-Gaol Key, which can be used to open his cell in the Subterranean Shunning-Grounds, beneath Leyndell, Royal Capital.
  • The Dung Eater can be found in his cell in the sewers and released from his prison by talking to him and telling him he's free to go.
    • Spawn at the Underground Roadside grace
      • Leave this room and take a left
      • Now head down the corridor and jump down the open grate
      • Run northwest and go past the giant poison plants and climb the ladder
      • Be wary of the giant hand in this room, behind it is the Gaol door with Dung Eater inside
        • The giant hand does not respawn when killed. [Confirmed to respawn, but trigger for respawn is unknown].
      • Do not kill Dung Eater here if you want to complete his questline (Dung Eater's summon sign will then appear in-front of the fog wall to assist with Mohg, The Omen.
        • Dung Eater in his cell
        • dung eater in sewers
  • Upon returning to Roundtable Hold, the Dung Eater will be missing, having left a message asking you to fight him at the outer moat. Elden Ring Map here.
    • If doing Blackguard Big Boggart's questline, be sure to complete it before moving onto the next step, or else Big won't drop a Seedbed Curse.
    • Defeat the Dung Eater in this invasion and he drops the Sword of Milos.
    • Dung Eater in the Outer Moat
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  • Upon defeating the Dung Eater at the moat he will return to Roundtable Hold. Talk to him and he will ask you to bring his real body more Seedbed Curses. His body can be found tied up in a chair in the same cell that he was released from before.
    • At this point, Dung Eater's summon sign for Mohg will disappear.
    • You may interact with him to give Seedbed Curses to him.
    • Or alternatively you could give him Seluvis's Potion. This will allow you to get the Dung Eater Puppet summon from Seluvis. But this will end the Dung Eater quest and prevent you from getting the Blessing of Despair ending.
      • The excact requirements to give him the potion are somewhat unclear, you obviously have to have the potion in your inventory, but you may also have to give him one or more Seedbed Curses to change his dialogue options. It also seems that Preceptor Seluvis has to be alive and concious (Delay giving Fingerslayer Blade to Ranni).
      • Tip: You can give Dung Eater Seluvis's Potion and still get the Omen Set which is typically only obtainable have given him 5 Seedbed Curses. Just give him Seluvis's Potion while he's tied in the chair and once he passes out completely wait a moment or two and kill him. The Omen set will drop and he will still be offered as a puppet for purchase from Seluvis.
      • If you don't see him as a puppet for purchase at first, buy one puppet and some spells from Seluvis then go out and find another starlight shard. When you return to Seluvis he should now offer the Dung Eater Puppet for purchase along with progressing the Seluvis quest line.
  • After giving the Dung Eater 5 Seedbed Curses, his quest line will be complete and you will be rewarded the Mending Rune of the Fell Curse.
    • Reload the area to find the Omen Set where he gave you the rune.


Dialogue in Elden Ring: Dung Eater

First Interaction while at Roundtable Hold.

  • "Have you ever felt the curse?
    With your whole being, the pox upon life itself. Feared and despised by all. The Reviled blessing.
    Apparently not.
    You are but a lamb. A stranger to defilement. Ignorant to your own ignorance. 
    You no longer interest me.
    I've been long without peace. Don't spoil my quietude."
  • "I asked you not to disturb me. Be thankful of the Hold's serenity.
    It is all that keeps your death and defilement at bay."

Speaking to him at Roundtable Hold after collecting the first Seedbed.

  • "No. Wait.
    You have felt the curse.
    I can smell it on you, the pox yet tender.
    Apparently my Seedbed is ripe and waiting.
    It twas a brief respite I must say.
    Go and unshackle my corporeal flesh
    Trapped in the sewer-gaol below the capital."

After Recieving the Sewer-Gaol Key

  • "I can kill you and defile your corpse. 
    Then the pox will truly be your own."

Before interacting with him in the Sewer-Gaol

  • "Let me out! Let me out of here!
    Must eat more! Defile more!
    Everything that matters to you!
    For generations to come!
    I am the Dung Eater!
    A scourge upon the living!"

Interacting with him in the Sewer-Gaol

  • "Who are you?"
  • "Let me out. Let me out of here."

Saying nothing

  • "I am the Dung Eater.
    A scourge upon the living.
    I must eat more. Defile more...

Telling him to leave the Gaol

  • "I've been here long enough.
    I will kill again. And defile each corpse with care.
    Just to be sure. That when they're reborn...

    They'll be cursed. Along with their children, and their children's children, for all time to come..."

Message left at the Roundtable Hold

  • "I'll defile you next. Come to the outer moat."

After his invasion

  • "There you are. You warded off my blessing. Despite the curse stirring within you.
    No one has succeeded in that before. How? I thought. Then it hit me.
    That you are, in fact, me. And I...am the Dung Eater. It is my flesh that must receive the blessing."
  • "Give me your blessing. Defile my flesh with the seedbed curse.
    Again and again. Until it is done. Until a cursed ring coalesces, that may one day defile the Order itself.
    Countless, I have killed. And countless, I have defiled. And soon the fruits will be borne.
    Hundreds will be reborn cursed, and they'll bear thousands of cursed children, who'll bear tens of thousands more.
    A few of those will be born just like me, and they'll kill, and defile, and bless in my stead!
    The rotten fools. My fate was the grandest, most brilliant of them all!"
  • "My corporeal flesh lies in the sewer gaol beneath the Capital.
    Give it your blessing. Defile my flesh with the seedbed curse.
    Until a cursed ring coalesces, that may one day defile the Order itself."

After collecting 5 Seedbed Curses

  • "Uur...urgh... A curse... A curse upon them all.
    They'll be born cursed, all of them. Along with their children, and their children's children, heh, for all time to come..."
  • (If Seedbed Curses are used) "Unleash it upon them! A cursed blessing to all!
  • (If Seluvis's Potion is used) "No... I am... the Dung Eater... I am..."


Elden Ring Dung Eater Notes & Trivia

  • In combat, Dung Eater wields the Sword of Milos.
  • Roderika will comment on Dung Eater when he arrives at Roundtable Hold. This happens when the player reaches the Altus Plateau for the first time.
    • "I can hear it from across the wing, past the roundtable ...The howling and wailing of spirits in fear of the curse. I can ever hear the repulsive, twisted malison itself. You should keep your distance, I know you're strong, but please."
  •  Dung Eater's face underneath the mask. Taken in the Gaol.
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    • Anonymous

      Just a heads up since this guide made me miss the Blackguard's questline.
      The warning to not advance if you want to do that questline should be placed before mentioning that Dung Eater can be released.
      The prompt to initiate the Dung Eater happens the moment you allow him to be released. You don't have to read the note to make it happen.

      • Anonymous

        There is one additional dialogue with Dung Eater. I used 4 curses on him and after the cutscene he said:
        "I curse you, Golden Order! One day you get was coming"
        Don't know, but maybe he has dialogues dependent on number of curses used?

        • Anonymous

          I hate him as much as anyone else for what he did to Boggart, but am I the only one who felt sympathy for him as he whimpered being given the self is potion? You can really hear the pain that he is in when he knows he is being erased

          • Anonymous

            On my NGplus he refuses to spawn in the sewer I remember him banging his head like some tweakin mofo before and now he literally isn't showing up. Keeps on asking me to go unshackle his bla bla bla and he's literally not there. Guess it doesn't matter since I've already done his quest but still wtf where are you dude

            • Anonymous

              One of my favorite characters in any media. So creepy and the vocal delivery and design are top notch. I did his ending cause I simply can’t help but respect this guy’s unrelenting hatred. Guy hated the golden order so much you literally kill him, but he wills himself to continue living so he can see his dream to its fruition. Then lets himself go through unspeakable torture just so he can **** over the golden order. And he’s right too, the golden order does have it coming.

              • Anonymous

                I think it can be confirmed that Seluvis is already, there is no option to feed Seluvis's Potion to the Dung Eater. I just finished his questline and there was no option at all to feed him the potion. That means that one cannot fully do Ranni's questline before fully completing Dung Eater's. Maybe complete it before giving Ranni the Fingerslayer Blade?

                • Anonymous

                  I've got mohg's shackle, before I drop down the sewer grate what's the bare minimum I need to do to get sword of milos and turn dung eater into a puppet summons?

                  • Anonymous

                    The only way to get him to drink the potion is to mix a little diarrhea into it. When he starts smacking his lips that's when you know it's ready.

                    • Anonymous

                      Oh no, you beat me in a pokemon battle! But i don't have any money! Perhaps theres something else you want, hmmmmmm…?

                      GIVE ME YOUR DUNG!

                      Im sorry what?

                      • Anonymous

                        What he is described as doing with the seedbed curse, preventing the dead from resting in pace. Is the sword of milos worth doing what this NPC wants you to do? I really dislike him.

                        • Anonymous

                          You can bring his summon up the elevator if you lure one or two small pot bois down. Dragged down 2 and barely got him on the elevator.
                          Now I can watch his summon die to the omens he cursed.
                          How's it taste, Dung Eater?

                          • Anonymous

                            Welp, after dung eater invaded me at the end of the questline, he used some spell with a giant AOE, I just stood there outside of the range while I killed the giant crab, and all of the sudden dung eater just died instantly, I didn't attack him once, barely even saw him lmao

                            • Anonymous

                              ok so i killed him after i heard all his dialogue when i first opened his goal (he was still beating his head against the wall) and he dropped both the sword of milos and his omen set.

                              • Anonymous

                                I’ve beaten him at the moat at got the sword of milos. I just want his armour. Can I go to his cell and just kill him to get his armour at this point or do I need to find the seedbed curses?

                                • Anonymous

                                  After i found out about what he did to boggart, i fed him his own sht, drugged him with seluvis's potion, and finally tore that bastard to shreds with the whirligig saw L2 (I actually had to respec for that lol).

                                  Feels good.

                                  • Accidentally aggroed him in his jail cell, had to use a Celestial Dew before he appeared at the Moat.

                                    If you're hesitant about letting Dung Eater kill Blackguard Big Boggart, remember that you'll get his bell bearing so there's no real concern.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      This is a case where Fromsoft isn't doing their typical reverse switch where the "good guys" turn out to be bad and the "bad guys" turn out to be good or neutral, this guy is just a disgusting degenerate. I kill him every NG cycle for Boggart.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Oher NPCs are extremely lucky for not crossing path with this guy
                                        I mean imagine a weakling like Tanith or Ranni or Corhyn who cant do a thing on their own were gonna involve with this psycho

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Has anyone else noticed how the bell bearings seem to reflect the soul of those they reside in almost like a soul the merchant bell bearings all are marked with the fingerprint of the frenzy flame or the sorcerers are sprouting glint stone and im not sure on this but it looks like you can see part of the bell bearing in selen’s primal glint stone and that these could be what dung eater is extracting from his victims and because all pell bearings resemble golden seeds this could be why the seed bed curse exists as a curse embedded in place of the seed of the soul just a thought i had

                                          • As of 5-28-22 you can still get his puppet, his sword, and his ashes. Just follow the steps to get his ashes (do not get the fingerslayer blade btw) and then after you give him the potion wait for his dialogue to be over. After it ends wait ten seconds (not really necessary, but just to be safe) and attack him once

                                            • Anonymous

                                              i freed him in the shunning grounds and read the note in the round table hold but he's not invading... what am i doing wrong?

                                              • Anonymous

                                                It seems I can't edit my previous comment, so:
                                                The giant hand before the gaol door DO respawn, until the Dung Eater is killed in the outer moat where Blackguard dies. After that, the giant hand AND the little ones disappear.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  It should be noted that if you go too far in Ranni's quest line (to the point where Seluvis dies) you CANNOT give Dung Eater the potion, you have gone too far and will have to give him the Seedbed Curses to get the puppet.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    "If you don't see him as a puppet for purchase at first, buy one puppet and some spells from Seluvis then go out and find another starlight shard."

                                                    This really needs to be patched. Absolutely no reason why you need to do these things just to refresh his stock

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      I collected all Seedbed Curse(6 pcs.) and feed him at the first time, that option was appear.
                                                      After cutscene (he moaned), He dead and I can't interact with his copse anymore.
                                                      That moment, I hold Seluvis's Potion (Seluvis alive) and hope to use the potion, but I fail.

                                                      • As of May 20, 2022, the tip to kill Dung Eater after giving him the potion to get the Omen set still works. With all the different patches, I wanted to be sure the info was current, but didn't see any recent comments saying as such. So yep, if you are wondering, Dung Eater puppet and Omen set entirely doable in one playthrough.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          The Diseased Diarrhea Diner.
                                                          The Nasty Bum Nugget Nommer.
                                                          The Sickly Sewerage Sipper.
                                                          The Grotesque Guano Gnawer.
                                                          The Malignant Midden Masticator.
                                                          The Feral Fertilizer Forager

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Does he escape after opening the door or does he keep banging his head until I tell him he can escape? I just wanna know in case I get killed by him and his questline involuntarily starts. I want his armor and weapon but I don't wanna risk the life of Boggart in case I don't get him on the first try.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              Both times I fought him in the moat he got wacked by the goddamn giant crab and it's death mist, don't know how he's that clumsy, must be all the sh*t he's eating, rottin' his brain

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                Glad to know I’m not the only one who dropped this mf the second I found him. Literally the most unambiguously evil character in the entire game, it’s not even a cool quest, there’s no big reward, you gotta be messed up in the head to help this dude

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  I've got to the part where he's tied to the chair but I don't get an option to give him selivus's potion.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    I accidentally cheesed him so badly. The giant crab that spawns wouldn't leave us alone, and eventually did his death blight breath while I was running away. Dung Eater got caught in the breath and instantly got blighted.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      I collected 5 of the seeds and gave him one and it took all and he's still in the chair, am I supposed to beat maliketh or something now? I thought he was supposed to die

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        I honestly thought I'd get some sort of curse - like, idk, a DS1-esque egg head - by letting him kill me, as he suggested. Was most disappointed when nothing happened.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          Not quite sure what ending is the worst outcome. The frenzied flame ending or the despair ending. Both are hell on earth.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            At first I figured his ramblings about "you are me" were just the machinations of a madman, but then I realized it... kind of makes sense in Elden Ring's logic. Not that he's right about you being him, but it does allude to another set of characters—Radagon and Marika. Despite they have separate origins, Radagon being descended from the giants and Marika being a Numen from beyond the Lands Between, they are linked as one person with two minds... I don't imagine the Dung Eater knew this, but there is a degree of truth to his psychology.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              I had a dream that they added a DLC questline where you had to find Dung Eater's asthma inhaler for him. Giving it to him activated a cutscene in which he took a hit off the inhaler that blew out a huge green cloud into his mouth and out his ears and nose. Then he showed the inhaler to the camera to show that it was labeled "BIGG CURSE XXX" right before his chest armor inflated into an orb like it was a status effect bubble. That's when I woke up.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                After you release dung eater from his cage you can summon him to fight mogh in the capital sewers
                                                                                Lol I summoned him and used the dung eater ashes to have 2 dung eaters so I just watched them kill the boss lol

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  This has to be one of the most active comment sections on the ER fextra and that makes me really happy. The Unnerving Funny Name will live on in our hearts and memories forever.

                                                                                  • Zero redeemable qualities in this character. There’s nothing necessarily wrong with having a character who is one dimensionally abhorrent and evil, but I straight up killed him outright before I could do any quest stuff. No one messes with my prawn bro.

                                                                                    “I will kill again.” (Yeah, no. I don’t think you will.)

                                                                                    Things NOT to say out loud when you want to be released from a cell.

                                                                                    • His sword prevents undeads from reviving, his armor has a sun medallion and his gauntlets don't cover hands (like Solaire's Armor). What a coincidence.

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        "Curses upon you! Upon you, and yours, for generations eternal!"
                                                                                        - female undead merchant after hitting her in dark souls 1

                                                                                        seems eerily similar to dung eaters line:
                                                                                        "They'll be cursed. Along with their children, and their children's children, for all time to come..."

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          When you see him on the gallows in the intro, I think okay eating dung is gross but is this necessary. Then you meet him in the game and that goes out the window.

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