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Gravelord Nito, also known as the First of the Dead, is a powerful god to the people of Anor Londo and a major antagonist in the 2011 videogame Dark Souls.


Dark Souls

Long ago, during the Age of Ancients, the world was unformed, with no light or dark, no life or death. All that existed were the Everlasting Dragons, and the Archtrees they called their homes. At some point, a fire came into being in the bowels of the Earth, known as the First Flame. The flame brought disparity; life and death, light and dark. At some point, humanoid beings came into existence, and drawn to the flame, four of them found great souls of lords in the fire. Nito found one of the Lord Souls, the Death Soul, which he used to strike down the dragons with a miasma of death and disease as well as imposing the very concept of death onto the world.

Along with his fellow lords, and a host of other gods and warriors, Gwyn made war against the Everlasting Dragons above. When one of the dragons' own, Seath the Scaleless, betrayed their secret weakness, Gwyn and his lords were able to defeat the dragons, and make the world their own, thus beginning the Age of Fire. While Gwyn and the Witch of Izaleth set off to rule and be worshiped as gods, Nito instead went back deep into the catacombs where he then sleeps in eternal slumber.

Travelers who are brave enough to find their way into his tomb can pay their respects and become a Gravelord Servant.

In time before the player's mention, Pinwheel stole the power of Nito, holding on to it until the Chosen Undead meets the Pinwheel. This power was also sought after by Occultists who wished to destroy the other lords using the power of Nito. These events are considered ancient history that fall in a timeline between the fall of Oolacile and the Chosen Undead's arrival.

Dark Souls II

A long time after Nito's death, the fire was linked and faded again many times, and the land of Lordran that Gwyn had once ruled saw the rise and fall of countless kingdoms.

However, Nito's powerful soul would remain, and he would be reborn time and time again. Deep in the Black Gulch, a monstrous amalgamated created from the undead trapped within called The Rotten came into possession of the Old Dead One Soul, exerting Nito's power of death and disease just as the old god did.


Nito is arguably the least human-like god in Dark Souls. His body is a large skeleton that is covered in a group of smaller skeletons lumped together, mildly obscured by a large black fur coat. He possesses a massive scythe-like blade from his right arm.





  • Nito's name may be based on "finito", which is Italian for "finished".
  • Using mods to remove Nito's cloak reveals that his left leg is made of four bones, much like a hind leg of an animal.


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Dark Souls
Bed of Chaos | Four Kings | Gravelord Nito | Gwyn | Seath the Scaleless

Asylum Demon | Chaos Witch Quelaag | Channelers | Dark Sun Gwyndolin | Darkstalker Kaathe | Demons | Dragonslayer Ornstein | Executioner Smough | Gaping Dragon | Hollows | Iron Golem | Knight Lautrec of Carim | Petrus of Thorolund | Pinwheel | Trusty Patches

Artorias of the Abyss
Black Dragon Kalameet | Knight Artorias | Manus

Dark Souls II
Monarchy of Drangleic
Aldia | Nashandra | Vendrick

Old Ones
Freja | Lost Sinner | Old Iron King | The Rotten

Covetous Demon | Creighton the Wanderer | Darklurker | Demon of Song | Executioner's Chariot | Forlorn | Giant Lord | Mild-Mannered Pate | Mytha | Prowling Magus | The Pursuer | Scorpioness Najika | Skeleton Lords | Smelter Demon | Titchy Gren | Velstadt

The Lost Crowns
Burnt Ivory King | Covetous Demon | Elana | Fume Knight | Nadalia | Sinh | Smelter Demon

Dark Souls III
Lords of Cinder
Abyss Watchers | Aldrich | Lorian and Lothric | Soul of Cinder | Yhorm the Giant

Church of the Deep
Archdeacon Royce | Archdeacon McDonnell | Dancer | Pontiff Sulyvahn | Vordt

Curse-rotted Greatwood | High Lord Wolnir | Iudex Gundyr | Nameless King | Oceiros | Old Demon King | Yuria of Londor

Ashes of Ariandel and The Ringed City
Darkeater Midir | Demon Prince | Father Ariandel | Sir Vilhelm | Sister Friede | Slave Knight Gael