Gatekeeper Gostoc

gostoc
Location Stormveil Castle Entrance
Role NPC and Merchant
Voiced by Ben Fox

Gatekeeper Gostoc is an NPC in Elden Ring. Gatekeeper Gostoc is an old tall fellow that may seem a bit suspicious, but he seems to want to help. It is your choice to trust him or not.

 

Gatekeeper Gostoc Location in Elden Ring

 

Gatekeeper Gostoc Questline: How to complete Gatekeeper Gostoc's Quest

Castle Siege

  • Gatekeeper Gostoc advises you to avoid entering the castle using the main gate because he says it's tightly guarded. He suggests you to try the opening through the other way, claiming that guards don't know about that entrance. You will be given the choice to accept or reject his suggestion.
    • If you accept the offer, he will wish you luck and send you on your way to the side path.
    • If you reject the offer, he will seemingly respect your decision and open the gate for you. 
  • Once you have obtained the Rusty Key or defeated Godrick, he will start to provide merchant services. 
  • Gostoc at first may seem to want to help the player, although in a suspicious manner. This is however just a facade. He will actually steal 30% of your runes every time you die in the castle, even if you enter it through the main gate.
  • After passing through specific trigger points, Gostoc will appear in certain locations behind the player. Gostoc can be found on a ruined watchtower while traversing through the side path, inside the rampart tower, and on the castle chapel roof, above Sorcerer Rogier. He will give you a Grace Mimic the first time you speak to him at one of these locations. He will not appear at them if you already opened the main gate of the castle.
  • When you enter a dark room containing the Rusty Key, the door will close behind you and you can hear Gostoc's laugh. This will leave you alone with a dangerous Banished Knight.
    • If you kill Gostoc beforehand, you won't be locked into the room containing the Rusty Key.
  • After defeating Godrick, Gostoc will move to the boss room and begin stomping on the corpse, cursing Godrick for treating him badly. As of 1.04 he continues to be a merchant.
  • Killing Gostoc will not lock you out of Nepheli Loux and Kenneth Haight's quest as it can still be completed without him, but you will miss out on the Ancient Dragon Smithing Stone and won't be able to buy it from the Twin Maiden Husks even if you gave them his bell bearing.

New Lord

Elden Ring Gatekeeper Gostoc Shop

Gatekeeper Gostoc will open his store after you obtained the Rusty Key from Stormveil Castle.

 

Dialogue in Elden Ring: Gatekeeper Gostoc

Introduction

  • "You're Tarnished, aren't you?
    I would advise against taking the main gate into the castle.
    It's tightly guarded by hardened old hands.
    Try the opening right here.
    The guards don't know about it.
    You'll breach the castle undetected."

Answering with "Very Well"

  • "Yes, that's the spirit...You're just the kind of Tarnished that I like. I pray for your success."

Visit

  • I've come into some fine goods. Only, it turns out I can't use a one of them. Perhaps you'd like to take them off my hands?

When discovered by the player after surviving the trap with the Banished Knight, above the cliff behind the Stormveil Cliffside Site of Grace

  • Oh, oh, you...

    Oh, great, I'm glad you're here. 
    Just a small reward, I was saving it for you. Please, its all yours.
  • *Presents 1x Grace Mimic to the player*

When spoken to again at this point

  • Good, now let's be on our way, shall we? Wouldn't want the guards to spot you.

When spoken to once again at this point. 

  • Hop along, will you? What'll happen if the guards catch you strutting about?.

If the player dies to the trap, Gostoc will not appear in this spot after reviving. Instead, his encounter dialogue from this event will take place in another location.

The Death of Godrick

  • What a pathetic excuse for a Lord you were. Craven to the bone. Pushing me about like that. And after all that grafting? Where did that get you? Look down on me, would you? Godrick? You filthy slug. Feel it! Feel it! Feel my bloody wrath!

    Oh...hello there. This weasel was...Godrick was always looking down on me. He got what he bloody deserved, thanks to you. I tell you though, what goes around comes around. He had an ugly heart, an uglier countenance, and me the ugliest of ends, eh. He he he he he...Now, I supposed I'm free. I can do whatever takes my fancy...Can't I, mate? 

Small Talk

  • "Use that opening to breach the castle. The guards haven't a clue about it. You'll slip right inside undetected."

When attacked

  • "Blast, what's it to you! Step back, you wretched Tarnished!"
  • (On player kill) "Oh, don't worry, I've got big plans for what's left of you..."

When Killed

  • "Damn it all.  Why is it always me?  What did I do to deserve..."

When Killed after Godrick is dead

  • "But I'm free..."
    "I can do what I like"

When Gostoc kills the player after Godrick is dead

  • "Ha, do you feel it..."
    "Do you feel my bloody wrath?"

Stormveil Castle Throne Room, after Nepheli Loux and Kenneth Haight have moved there

  • "Ah, you, is it? Haven't seen your mug in quite some time.
    As you can see, I'm the new Lady's attendant.

    Freedom? Wasn't worth squat. B-besides, I like it 'round 'ere...
    Lady Nepheli's still fair of heart and countenance..."
  • "Still, I have the Lady's trust.
    ...So I can loot all the corpses I like.
    I'll let you take a look at the goods, if you fancy."
    [Reopens shop]
  • "Ah, back again, are we? Curious one, you are.
    Well then, what are you after?"

 

Elden Ring Notes & Trivia for Gatekeeper Gostoc

  • Gostoc being found hiding at difficult to access locations around the castle suggests he is stalking you to collect your runes after you die. He also presumably collects his goods from corpses in the fortress. 
  • Cut dialogue suggested that he is the son of Godrick, and that there was an option to crown him as Ruler of Stormveil, instead of Nepheli. Should he received the crown in his cut questline, he would follow Godrick's footsteps and begin grafting himself.
  • Killing the Banished Knight in the dark room before being locked in by Gostoc will result in him not closing the door behind you once you do enter, although you will still hear him laughing behind you.
  • Gatekeeper Gostoc is missing his left hand. Removal of one or both hands was a historical punishment for stealing. His arm may have also been taken for Grafting.
  • The graveyard after the fight with Godrick counts as castle grounds and he will steal your runes here as well.

 

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    • Anonymous

      You can meet Gostoc at the wall-site-of-grace location (roughly). Not sure what trigered that, because that's the first after approx. 15 runs through stormveil castle. You find him after going up with the elevator from the crucible-knight location. Additional dialogue is some perimeter-trigger-area-talk first, about how the corpse doesn't have to much of value, but when you talk to him he shouts at you not to scare him and how he has to keep the grounds clean/clear and how you shouldn't mind him.
      No trade possible here, vanishes back to his standard place after reloading at the bonfire.
      (died once to the Banished Knight after Gostoc locked me in the room, tried to re-open and it was blocked)

      • Confirmed that if you kill him, you get your runes back. Not sure if dying again before killing him loses them or not, but I just killed the pasty sonuva***** and he dropped 200k. Good riddance, freak >=(

        • Anonymous

          Not sure what the trigger is, but after progressing to a certain point in the castle he no longer seems to steal runes upon death, even with Godrick still alive. Tested on multiple characters in different playthroughs. While I dont know what the exact trigger is, I do know that if I make my way back to the main entrance from the rooftops (going from behind the ballistas) and lighting the grace by the main gate lever, he will no longer steal runes. Possible THIS is the trigger but I cannot confirm

          • Anonymous

            His picture is stuck at maingate but he’s not there after completing nepheli and haight. Anyone know how to fix?

            • Anonymous

              30% on a new character may not seem alot. But jesus christ with a smurf character carrying over 3mill runes, I may have to butcher that albino looking mongoloid.

              • Anonymous

                Died a few times in Stormveil in NG+, and 30% of the runes you're walking around with in NG+ is a LOT to lose. I decided to kill Gostoc because **** this guy for stealing so many, and although I didn't get the exact math, he dropped nearly 100,000 runes. So I think that if you kill him, you get back any runes that he steals. Either that or he just naturally drops a lot of runes. Either way, fat coinpurse therefore attacking required ahead.

                • Anonymous

                  this page might have inaccurate info. i got the rusty key and he would not sell to me. i had to actually USE the key on the nearby door for him to stop repeating gate dialogue

                  • Anonymous

                    What race is Gostoc and other characters like him? Most humanoids in the game are actually human. But the servants are this weird, stretched out, scraggly race. Any lore or guesses?

                    • Anonymous

                      So how is this guy supposedly "stealing your runes"? Does that even make sense? (Even allowing for the muddy lore and mechanics.) You die and reanimate immediately at a grace point. So this guy seems to have the ability to steal from you during that period of time?!? Seems like he would be a pretty powerful dude. After all, he could presumably take everything you own.

                      • Anonymous

                        I thought it was Gostoc that turned into Margit, The Fell Omen (Lyndell). I see a shackled-up guy that looks like Gostoc, some light, then field boss Margit???

                        • Anonymous

                          The theory of Gostoc being a bastard child of Godrick makes heaps sense. Like, for crying out loud, he has 1/3 of Godricks HP Bar

                          • Anonymous

                            I don't see anything mentioning when you see him "cleaning up bodies" at the top of the cliffside elevator

                            • Anonymous

                              This might make me sound dumb but I really thought this guy was Patches in disguise at first. I didn't realize he had hair so I thought he was bald, and some of the stuff he does like stealing your runes and locking you in that room is similar to Patches.

                              • Anonymous

                                I just went up to him and backstabbed him when he was sitting on the roof. I thought he was an enemy. Whoops.

                                • Anonymous

                                  Devs at fromsoft said "what if we made another patches, but this one's just a piece of sh*t" and then they made gostoc

                                  • Kill him first thing every time, Zero reason I need the ADSS when I'll already have 5 at that point and I don't have to worry about losing souls every single time I die. Not like he's a good merchant either since he sells garbage.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      DO NOT KILL HIM, he'll sell you a dragon stone (very rare) later in the game, honestly those 25% lost rune in the castle means nothing in the long run.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        i made a new character, and did everything i could think of in limgrave, went to stomveil castle without spending any souls. i never lost my bloodstain the whole way through the castle but after 2 recollects i notice i lost 15k souls, hours of work for a level 20. its one thing if i had lost that bloodstain myself, but this is just complete horseshit. **** you fromsoft.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          He looks like the ghost in Nokron before the area with ancestors. Kneeling and calling for Mohg to take him

                                          • Anonymous

                                            I killed him as he was stomping out godrick and just finished the quest for nepheli and Kenneth. Still recieved the stone so murder that d**khead no penalty

                                            • Anonymous

                                              I accidently hit him a few times where he was sitting on a roof in stormveil castle (i didn't realize it was him) so he attacks me whenever he sees me, can i still continue his questline or do i need to talk to Miriel now when i'll be there?

                                              • Anonymous

                                                i killed him before defeating Godrick. but now i can't finish nepelis and kenneth story. neither of them spawn in the throne room. ive completed all the steps for them.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  killing Gostoc wont change whether or not you receive the ancient dragon smiting stone from Nepheli Loux, correct me if I have misread this but to me it reads saying Gostoc is required to receive the stone from Nepheli Loux. all the more i think it should be re worded.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    There's a video by Zullie the Witch indicating that there's a hidden dialogue. Apparently Gostoc claims to be Godrick's son and asks that you give him his crown. So I guess it was once a possibility to pick up the crown and give it to either Gostoc or Nepheli and thus deciding who becomes lord of Stormveil.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      This man is basically Patches with more sniveling and spite, and none of the charm or sense of adventure.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        He will still stalk you through the castle, even if you opened the main gate, so long as you load in at a site of grave outside the castle and follow the side path.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          Important to note that using the Twiggy Cracked Tear to stop rune loss on death will keep Gostoc from stealing your runes. This makes Stormveil Castle a lot less frustrating on NG+ if you're trying to keep Gostoc alive but don't want him to leech massive amounts of runes off you. Admittedly the downside is that you only have until the Tear runs out in 3 minutes to explore, but Grace checkpoints are pretty common, and if you know where you're going it isn't too bad. I was running a parry build, which I find to be a slower build, and I didn't have too much trouble with the time restraint. And anyway, being conscious of the time is preferable to losing hundreds of thousands of runes to Gostoc's tax. This is as of 1.04.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Important to note that using the Twiggy Cracked Tear to stop rune loss on death will keep Gostoc from stealing your runes. This makes Stormveil Castle a lot less frustrating on NG+ if you're trying to keep Gostoc alive but don't want him to leech massive amounts of runes off you. Admittedly the downside is that you only have until the Tear runs out in 3 minutes to explore, but Grace checkpoints are pretty common, and if you know where you're going it isn't too bad. I was running a parry build, which I find to be a slower build, and I didn't have too much trouble with the time restraint. And anyway, being conscious of the time is preferable to losing hundreds of thousands of runes to Gostoc's tax. This is as of 1.04.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              Just kill him when you first meet him, save yourself the trouble and pick up the Buckler Shield from the Twin Maidens

                                                              • This dude is such a *****, he steals your runes but u NEED to keep him alive to get that damn +25 stone, and becuase he is a no fight zone at the end, you can't even get the stone then kill him after. Little prick.

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  Literally just buy anything from him when he becomes a merchant and he stops stealing your runes. He's also the only way to get the buckler parry shield unless you start as a bandit with it. He's just trying to make some bank

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    Gostoc will appear on the chapel that Sorcerer Rogier is within even if you open the main gate. Confirmed today.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      He shows up next to the stromveil castle lift looting a corpse. His dialogue indicates that he has been taking limbs or other body parts from the stronger ones, possibly to graft unto himself.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        I met Gostoc in the rampart tower after the following path:

                                                                        Starting from rampart tower site of grace, past through 3 hawks and head to the tower to the left.
                                                                        From the tower, carefully jump down the cliffs until you see the scarab carrying the ash of war.
                                                                        You should also see a forge knight on your way back.
                                                                        Defeat him and take the elevator back into the rampart tower.
                                                                        You will hear Gostoc mumbling nearby after you get back to the start point.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          Not sure what triggers it, but he has some more dialogue that isn't listed here when you ride up the elevator from the Crucible Knight. He'll be scavenging a corpse when you reach the top.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            "He will actually steal 30% of your runes every time you die in the castle, even if you enter it through the main gate." - on NG+ I entered through the main gate and he is not stealing runes from me this time. I don't know if it has to do with NG+ or me having killed him in my first run, but I suspect it's more likely that he only starts stealing runes after locking you in the banished knight room or once you obtain the rusty key.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              Gostoc continues to steal your Runes on the east side of Liurnia at least as far as the Artist's Shack.
                                                                              I noticed that a chunk of my dropped runes was missing after i recovered them at the Artist's Shack.
                                                                              I went back to Godrick's boss room and killed Gostoc, then let the knight kill me at the Artist's shack again to see if i was still missing runes after recovering them.
                                                                              It stopped.
                                                                              Gostoc continues stealing your Runes in the East side of Liurnia.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                people keep talking about how Elden Ring has a lot of gatekeepers, but something must be wrong as this is the only gatekeeper listed on the wiki?

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  "He will not appear at them if you already opened the main gate of the castle." Well, I made him open the gate at the beginning, and then I went the side path, and he still showed up at all those locations.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    He still can betray you and lock you up with banished knight even after you already complete Nepheli and Kenneth questline.

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      Wish i could kill this dude now - was looking around StormVeil castle see if i could make some jumps and quickly remembered that this due steals runes when i die in the area. seriously - like 100k runes per death. Now I want to end him - but now he's in the safe zone -_-. NG+ he's KOS - i don't give a hoot about an Ancient Dragon stone.

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        For me he is completely bugged out. After becoming Elden Lord and finishing Nepheli’s questline where she becomes the ruler of Limgrave with Gostoc as her servant he keeps stealing runes from me in the specified locations. It’s undoubtedly a bug.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          When I left the room with the knight after killing them, I saw Gostoc, read his dialogue, remembered the laughter I heard, looked up what he had to offer if you keep him alive, and decided on murking his ***** ass.

                                                                                          “whAT diD I Do tO dEserve tHiS?”

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            To be honest, I didn't know he stole runes from you when you died. I dare say he's more patches than patches was, if you think about it.
                                                                                            For a guy with one arm, he's pretty dang good at what he does. ',:]

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              He started selling to me as soon as I activated the rampart tower site of grace, not when the gate opened (I choose to open the gate when he asked).

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                I CAN DO WHATEVER TAKES MY FANCY, CANT I MATE *proceeds to stomp on godricks head for the rest of the game*

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  did you guys know if he locked you in the room with the banished knight he can be found at the bottom of the stair the area with a lot of breakable object on it and give you a grace mimic

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    I've killed Morgott but this guy is still at Godricks corpse, Kenneth is still in Fort Haight and Nephili is still at the Roundtable Hold.

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      Trina's Lily page says he sells some for 200 runes, but his page doesn't say he sells any, which is it, Fextra?

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        What’s weird is that if you beat Godrick by taking the main gate and then finish Nepheli’s questline, Gostoc will still lock you up in the dark room if you decide to go back for the Rusty Key, despite him serving Nepheli now. Thought we’d be on better terms with him now?

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          i thought i had a case of gamer dementia, but it was this guy stealing my runes? all of a sudden i feel great about killing him, who needs a smiting stone?

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            Made the call to kill him today. Wasn't planning to kill any NPCs unless I had to, but he was stomping Godrick's head and I wanted the buckler. No regrets.

                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                              "After passing through specific trigger points, Gostoc will appear in certain locations behind the player. Gostoc can be found on a ruined watchtower while traversing through the side path, inside the rampart tower, and on the castle chapel roof, above Sorcerer Rogier."


                                                                                                              HOW?? HOW DO YOU TRIGGER THE TRIGGER POINTS?? damn wiki leaving me blueballed.

                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                hey guys i read on reddit that, either confronting gostoc when he's going sneaky following you or using him as a merchant after defeating godrick will trigger him to stop stealing your runes. anyone can confirm that one of these options actually work?

                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                  hellow my fellow tarnished. so i accidently went aggro on gostoc but didn't kill him. i went to the church of vows to atone for my sins so he stopped being hostile and came back to stormveil castle. by doing this, he stopped following me throughout the castle and stopped stealing my runes everytime die. hope this helps my fellow tarnished if you dont want to kill and also dont want him to steal runes

                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                    did all three things of the quest and Gostoc keeps stomping that head. Is any page on this wiki actually informative or do I just always read the wrong ones?

                                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                                      The sneaky little ****er, I've been playing since day 1 & only just learned this, now that explains why I lost so many runes at stormveil, I thought I was going mad

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