Turns out Elden Ring's Goldmask isn't a silent character after all

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An Elden Ring character who never says anything (and consequently confused players by having a voice actor listed in the credits) has finally spoken.

Though Elden Ring has many a memorable character, Goldmask is particularly special because, despite several run-ins with him throughout the game, the character never says a word. He only responds to your Tarnished's dialogue with "...".

Now, however, dataminer Sekiro Dubi has been able to find a single line of dialogue that was seemingly later cut. It occurs near the end of your adventure and your final meeting with him.

You can hear the dialogue yourself in the video below, but be warned - there is a fairly hefty spoiler about Elden Ring's story:

"Goldmask is an enigmatic figure in Elden Ring," the video states. "He doesn't speak to the player, so we learn of his notices via Brother Corhyn. But there's more to it…

"In the network test parameters, Goldmask had one line of intelligible dialogue," it continues, and then proceeds to share it with us.

"While it's hard to understand what he says, it seems he's saying: 'It… why not?'" The dataminer suggests. "The revelation was so shocking that made Goldmask break his silence. I think that would have added an interesting touch to the NPC."

The dataminer reveals that the game seemingly does attempt to play the dialogue but the dialogue tag - 11201020; 112 is Goldmask himself, and 1100 is the map in question, Leyndell - has been removed, so he ends up saying nothing at all. By restoring the command, however, Sekiro Dubi was - amazingly! - able to get the line to play. 

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Vikki Blake
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