I was wondering how the multi player actually worked, can the white soap stone only be used once? As I would like to play with my boyfriend, but I don't want to go any buy another copy of the game if its only a limited time thing, any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
Praise the sun. Our Dark Souls Walkthrough provides tips for surviving the adventure, a guide to the entire world, and hints for slaying bosses.
From the blacksmith shop in the Undead Parish, you can head down some stairs and pass through a large chamber with a monster. Note that this can be done just about any time you like, as long as you're feeling hearty enough. You don't have to first clear the Undead Parish.
Keep your distance from the monster as you cross the wide chamber. It throws bolts of lightning at you when you are out of its normal range, but you can easily roll out of their way. If you get closer, it can lash out with a far-reaching melee attack or it may try to pounce you. Roll out of the way of either attack and keep going to the opposite end of the chamber.
Once you move past the beast, who you can kill for 1000 souls and the Demon Titanite if you're feeling gutsy, you'll be able to pass through an archway and into the Darkroot Garden area. It's a grassy area deep within the forest. The main enemy you'll encounter here is a walking monstrosity formed from various roots and leaves. It's actually not all that powerful. Fire attacks work well against it, or even moving in close and blocking its swinging roots before using a quick melee attack. The root creature is surprisingly agile and capable of bending to avoid your attacks, so work swiftly.
Head left through the swamp area and you'll encounter several of the beasts. There are glowing points all throughout, but mostly those are just flowers except one point just behind a large boulder (overlooking a ravine to the left where you can see a higher ledge with a corpse and item waiting). You can check the corpse behind the boulder to find a Large Soul of a Nameless Soldier. That's worth snagging.
Near that boulder, there's also a ledge that leads to the right. You'll see an outcropping overlooking a lot of forest. There's a glowing flower near the edge of the ledge. Though it's not easily visible, you can head right from the flower, then circle back left and descend along a path. However, that path leads to a different area known as Darkroot Basin. Keep it in mind but you're not ready to go there just yet.
For now, continue along the main trail past the point where you find the soul of the nameless soldier and you should soon find a glowing point on the wall. It's a moss-covered doorway that you can't pass through unless you have the Crest of Artorias (purchased from the blacksmith in the Undead Parish area for 20,000 souls). Beyond the seal is an extremely lethal area, so you should ignore it for now even if you have the crest. To the left of that sealed doorway, note the brick wall. You can slash at the wall a time or two and destroy it to reveal a hidden ledge with a bonfire waiting. Use that bonfire as you see fit, then turn back the way you came. Near the glowing door, there's a side path.
Follow the side path and you'll find a narrow trail that leads through a defile. Start along it and you'll come to a branch in the path. Along the left route, there's a fog-shrouded door. To the right, you'll see that the trail widens into a clearing. You should approach that clearing cautiously. There's a body with a glowing object waiting for you at the center of the clearing, but it's a trap.
Start into the clearing and when you're ready, loot the corpse to find a Large Soul of a Nameless Soldier. As you grab the item, the ground around you comes to life and three of the root creatures attack you at once. Target one and circle around it so that you can see all of your threats. You need to focus on trying to take them out one at a time, perhaps with fire magic or a firebomb to make things go more smoothly.
When you have eliminated all of the root monsters, head back to the bonfire and use it if you like. Note that this is a great place to farm for souls. Every time you use the bonfire, the monsters in the dead-end clearing regenerate and you can take them down again from just outside the clearing with a flurry of fire spells. Just stay away from them when they lunge or one may grab you and suck life out of you. Each of the moss creatures generate 100 souls, so you can see how easy it would be to build up a lot of souls.
Then when you're done with that exercise, you can go ahead and pass through the mist-shrouded opening. As you start through the clearing, you'll wake a slumbering enemy stone knight. You can't attack him until he stands up. Once he does, you'll find that he's a tough fellow who moves very slowly. He carries a huge sword and a powerful stone greatshield that he may drop if you're fortunate, so steer clear of the weapon and try to strike from the flank or behind. Usually, he'll swing two or three times and then you can move in and get two or three hits in before rolling away to avoid his follow-up. Watch out when he casts a spell, though; you won't be able to roll or move quickly after that until its effects wear off. Fortunately, the spell takes time to cast. You can move in and get in a few hits while he's casting it, potentially allowing you to finish him off before you have to worry about its effects.
Take care of that enemy and continue to explore. Along the edge of the area, you'll find a moss-covered tree that you can attack repeatedly. As you do, notice that it has a life meter. Keep attacking until the tree disappears in blinding light, revealing a hidden path behind it. There are other paths nearby, as well. One leads to a Partisan that you can find on a corpse ahead of a tree, but be careful. The tree has limbs that come to life and can inflict poison, plus one of the vine creatures may follow you and try to attack from the rear.
Grab the weapon and head back out into the main clearing. Note that in this general vicinity, there's a second one of the lumbering giants. Deal with it as you did the first one and head around the area. You'll likely come to a point where there are two of the stone knights sleeping. As they awaken, just run past them and look for a corpse. If you can loot the corpse, you'll find the Elite Knight Helm, the Elite Knight Armor, the Elite Knight Gauntlets and the Elite Knight Leggings. They have terrific defensive properties.
When you're done looting, you can continue exploring and you'll likely find a stone archway where it's possible to enter and fight a boss. You're not done exploring and grabbing items yet, though. For now, return to the place where you hacked apart the tree to reveal a secret path. Head along it and you'll find an enemy that skitters along the ground and looks a bit like a red and black manta ray. It's easily hacked apart, but make sure that you're not being chased by root enemies that will try to hit you from behind if you're not paying attention.
Past that monster, you can find another narrow ravine. Proceed along it and you'll find a spinning tree. You can head around it without contact and then continue through the forest to reach a series of stone steps leading up through a cave. This is a dangerous trail, but one that you need to take. Ascend and watch for another of the stone knights at the top. It will fight you on a narrow ledge. Nearby, there's a corpse you can investigate to obtain the Wolf Ring. You're now on a ledge overlooking the starting point of the stage. There's a bottomless gap ahead of you, though you may be able to leap over it and land on the lower ledge ahead of you, then travel left to return to rest at the bonfire.
Now you're ready to look into fighting the area boss. As a reminder, the route to find him from the bonfire is to head through the area where you passed through the mist, past the sleeping stone knights and toward the back side of the open area they guard. A final stone knight is asleep in front of the doorway you need to enter. Roll past him and then you can climb up some steps in a tower and at the top, you'll be able to pass through the mist and into the area where the boss awaits you.
This battle is a slow-paced one and you should have only moderate difficulty winning it if you follow a few simple strategies.
When the Moonlight Butterfly first appears, it is floating slowly to the side of the long bridge where the battle takes place. As it floats in the air, you can't reach it except with projectiles or magic. However, it can hit you. Periodically, it charges up a ball of green light and then it fires a homing shot at your current location. You can roll out of the way to easily avoid it if you have enough stamina. This shot can one-hit kill you, so it's the most important attack to avoid. Sometimes, the butterfly also fires a spread shot or it will fire a laser that sweeps back and forth and tries to find you. Make sure that you roll away from that laser as possible, since it inflicts fairly severe damage. The spread shot will only inflict moderate damage if it hits, so you can withstand that. What's most important is that you dodge the spread shot.
After you dodge its attacks for awhile, the Moonlight Butterfly will be tuckered out. It will stupidly descend to the ledge where you are positioned and will rest there. Rush over to it and hit it with your weapon of choice until it starts to glow. That's a sign that it is about to send a shockwave outward from its location. Quickly back away so that you're not hit by the explosive wave.
The butterfly will now take to the air and the whole process will repeat. If you equip your weapon with two hands to increase the damage it inflicts, you can likely take down the butterfly in only a round or two. It's an easy battle if you know what you're doing.
When you win, you'll receive the Soul of the Moonlight Butterfly. Head along the walkway that it was guarding, then ascend the tower. At the top, you'll find a corpse. Loot it to obtain the Watchtower Basement Key and a Divine Ember.
If you're interested in a final detour, now is a time to consider entering the sealed door near the bonfire. If you do enter it, you'll find that the area is populated by fearsome enemies. Many of them are human, but they're wearing cloaking gear that makes them difficult to see (and makes it impossible to lock onto them as a target). Not only that, but they have spectacular defenses and you'll have to hit them quite a few times to drain their life meters.
If you like, you can run from those enemies (along with other more familiar enemies in the area) and make your way toward the eastern slopes, which overlook a distant castle. There, you will find a corpse on the ground that you can loot for the Eastern Helm, Eastern Armor, Eastern Gauntlets and the Eastern Leggings. It's powerful armor.
The area is also a good place to farm for souls, if you're ready to get cheap. When you first enter, you're standing at the top of some stone steps. You can descend the steps and start forward into the trees to lure enemies toward you. Once an enemy or two is rushing you, head back toward the exit. As you're facing the steps that lead up to the exit archway, head around their right side on the lowest level. There's an extremely narrow ledge there, but you can follow it to its end and hug the wall. Any enemies that are chasing you will climb the steps and try to drop down on you from above, killing themselves in the process. You can get around 7000 souls per run in this manner, making it easy to build levels. It's cheap, but it works most of the time. Sometimes enemies will land on the ledge next to you and you'll have to knock them off, or the magic user will follow you around and pelt you with magic from a distance, but that's the exception rather than the rule.
Once your equipment is much better and your levels higher, it's worth coming back to the area to find a special boss, the Great Grey Wolf Sif. To find the wolf's lair, head forward from the entrance to the area. Proceed straight forward through some trees and past where you battled the four tough enemies. You'll come to a walled area. As you first enter, look to the left and there's a cat sitting in a window high on the wall. You can talk to her to join her covenant and receive the Cat Covenant Ring that lets you attack unwelcome players who enter the vicinity. Note that if you join the covenant, you're not to harm any creatures in the area, only unwelcome players who you can battle when you have the ring equipped. The exception is the wolf who lurks at the end of the forest.
There are some ruined stairs ascending ahead of you as you work through the area, but you can veer left and descend some stairs through the area to arrive at another chunk of forest. From there, you can either continue forward to find a rock ledge, or you can head to the right through the forest and find mushroom characters and a dangerous cat-like animal that will attack you even if you're in Alvina's covenant. You should avoid it if you want to remain on good terms with Alvina. If you decide to fight it instead, know that it is capable of taking a tremendous amount of damage, plus you aren't allowed to brush against it (even when it's not charging) because it has quills that will inflict damage on you. Try to take it out from a distance with fire magic, and make sure that you target it so you know where it is positioned and can dodge out of the way of its rolls.
If you go for the rock ledge, you can jump down from the rock ledge and head forward again to reach a mysterious gate. It's easily opened without any special equipment. Through the gate, you'll find a hauntingly quiet area. Ahead of you, near the edge of some water, there's a huge sword. When you approach the sword, a scene is triggered and then the boss wolf attacks.
Before you try to kill Sif, it's not a bad idea to join Alvina's covenant and to kill a few players who venture into the forest. Three or four ought to do the trick, but do yourself a favor and only attempt things when more players are likely to be online than just high-level players (the early AM hours can be brutal, with players that are leveled up to the point where they're essentially impossible to beat). Then you can talk to Alvina again and she'll ask you to hunt down the wolf on her behalf. It's an extra step, but one worth taking if you want a nice reward.
Grey Wolf Sif
Battling Sif can be tricky, as the creature has amazing range with the huge sword that it carries around in its mouth. Mostly, it will prance around the clearing and swing the sword back and forth, but occasionally it will pause and shake it briefly before resuming the swinging efforts.
You need to avoid being struck by the swinging sword at all costs. It can take away a lot of your life and even blocking a hit mostly drains your stamina. Your best bet is to roll out of the way at the right moment and get close to the wolf, at which point you can strike at its flanks.
I have been playing Dark Souls for 60 hours now.I have completed Blightown,The Great Hollow and Ash Lake. I AM CURRENTLY STUCK SITTING AT THE GREAT HOLLOW BONFIRE.How the heck do I get back to the other areas of the game? (i.e. N.Dead Asylum,Undead Burg, undead parrish,,or dark Root Gardens?! ) I have backtracked to Quelaags Domain,and also backtracked through Blightown all the way to the bonfire with no luck. I can go no further with gameplay. The game is too much fun to quit in frustration. Thanks for any help!!
@hipsteromoomogo to the water wheel jump on it takes you up to a wooden platform jump onto the the platform then make your way to the via the ladders when you get to the top fight the big fat blocks (don't know what there called) or just run past them you will come out of the cave and into the valley of the drakes there is a small bridge there cross that and on your left there is a gated door. U should be right from there.....you do need to have a master key to open the door though
@faceless-mask I was asking myself the same question because there was an item that I could not grab on top of broken stairs.
@Redley911 @faceless-mask I was asking because I was going through a Dark Souls wiki and noticed 2 things:
1. There's a boss called the Stray Demon which gives you a titanite slab and is supposedly located in the Undead Asylum.
2. There are also supposed to be 2 black knights dropping titanite shards or chunks there.
But since neither of these are encountered when you leave the Undead Asylum, I thought you'd have to be able to go back.
Ok... I talked with the big guy and he only offers me two versions of a casting staff. But i have 6 or 8 boss souls that don't seem to be useable? Was i supposed to give him all the special embers i've come across? Because they have all (so far) ended up with Andre. And even that doesn't seem to change any of his forging options. This whole forging thing seems useless... i must be missing something. I have upgraded my armor, sword, shield, and found a bunch of weapons, but none of them (except the lighting spear) can upgraded (ascension) in another way. I'm just about to fight the 4 kings and have been fallowing this guide pretty close.
is the chaos ember worth enchanting your weapons to? im very lazy to travel alllll the way to vamos.. is it strong?
@BeNOwNz IMO, it is not worth using the chaos ember because it can only reinforce your weapons to +5 while other embers like Fire, Magic and Lighting can be reinforced to +10. And it is kinda a pain having to go through all those skeleton wheels just to get to Vamos.
Hmm... Which Blacksmith can turn boss souls (i have 3 collecting dust) into weapons? I'm just about to fight the double boss in Anor Londo... so maybe i haven't met him/ her yet? Thank ya.
@Evan-0-Matic That would be the giant blacksmith in Anor Londo, he is the only blacksmith that can make weapons out of boss souls.
@gunslinger024 @Evan-0-Matic Ok... I talked with the big guy and he only offers me two versions of a casting staff. But i have 6 or 8 boss souls that don't seem to be useable? Was i supposed to give him all the special embers i've come across? Because they have all (so far) ended up with Andre. And even that doesn't seem to change any of his forging options. This whole forging thing seems useless... i must be missing something. I have upgraded my armor, sword, shield, and found a bunch of weapons, but none of them (except the lighting spear) can upgraded (ascension) in another way. I'm just about to fight the 4 kings and have been fallowing this guide pretty close.
The door that holds the wizard (what's his name?) in the 'Undead Burg Slums' is locked and i can't just 'open it' like you say... Any help? And no, the black knight(s) did not drop a sword when i beat either of them upon my return to the 'Northern Asylum'. What the hell?
Also, you failed to mention that if you join Alvina's little group in the forest, you can no longer farm any points off her other dumb NPC followers without betraying her trust. That would have been a nice warning.
The door is unlocked using the residence key (can be purchased by undead merchant male for 1000 souls) and the name of the wizard is Griggs of Vinheim.
The Black knight sword is not a definate drop in the Northern Undead Asylum.
And after you join alvinas covenant you can simply join another covenant and be able to join the forest covenant later on. therefore you CAN attack/kill the NPC's but only if you are part of another covenant. BUT if you attack/kill a NPC while a part of the forest covenant they wil become hostlie.
@gunslinger024 Thanks, bud. And i do have the 'Master Key' which i thought would work for that door, but guess not haha. And i've been lucky with other weapon drops from the good 'ol Black Knights so maybe next time.
How come you don't say you need to place the Lordvessel on the Firelink altar in order to be able to access the Duke's archives and the other final locations? That is a pretty important step, no?
how do you summon people to help you fight because i cant 4 the fucking life of me defeat the four kings? any suggestions would be great
Use your most powerful weapon two-handed (most preferably a Fire weapon) and equip light armour that still lets you dodge at max speed and also use anything that boosts your magic resistance. Its best to have a lot of estus flask's. When dying from them a couple times you will get used to there attacks and you will be able to dodge more comfortably. Finally they key to a victory is speed, try to kill each king as fast as possible to avoid being swarmed by more than one.
@gunslinger024 @Betelgeuse1911 yeah cheers m8 sounds like a plan. already use light armour but upgraded loads coz i cant be dealin with heavy sluggish armour at any time in the game. iv got the darke sword+4 and the chaos blade+5 but they still kick my arse.. and any chance u know where or if i can upgrade my chaos blade further mate??
@Betelgeuse1911 As a matter of fact the Chaos Blade is a poor choice of weapon to defeat the four kings because the majority of weapon damage is bleed, and last time i checked ghosts don't bleed. but if you do wanna upgrade it you need Demon Titanite, and if you don't got any, i recommend the lower area of Sens Fotress were you can get 4 Demon Titanite from the dragons down there. BTW Fire weapons are a bit more effective than choas weapons, i would reccommend Queelaags furysword but it sounds like you already used Queelaags soul on the Chaos Blade.
I... uh... Kinda killed Andre the Blacksmith... I put my controller down and in doing so, I accidentally did a power attack with the Dark Knight Greatsword. As such, he attacked. I had no choice but to terminate his services. How do you get a guy to stop attacking you (besides making him permanently dead). Is there a way to maybe apologize and get him to stop?
@Serron_Rudayus ask for absolution from the guy in the cathedral (were you fought the gargoyles)
@gunslinger024 Thanks. Wish I knew that before I... uh... dispatched of Andre... I liked the guy. He was one of the only NPCs (up to the point in the game where I am) who was friendly and didn't cackle like I do at times.
@Serron_Rudayus yeah you can can u can go and pay one of the merchants to set it all back so if u`v killed someone like the blacksmith or left a covenant and therye angry at u the merchant sets it all back to how it was. not sure wich merchant tho but i think its the one in the tower in sen`s fortress. hope that helps
I don't think so. Some NPCs you can attack and they won't fight back, letting you continue to render their services. Others will just try to kill you no matter you trying to load your game and go back to see if they are still pissed off. What's done is done in this game.
Where you investigate the corpse to get the Pyromancy Flame, you won't get that unless you are a caster. If for exam ple, you are a hunter, you will get a bow and some arrows. Might want to revise that a bit. Cheers
Question: I am a new player with the default PC K/M and cannot see which keys "read" the words on the floors.
I tried the Q and the E and a bunch of others how can this be done?
Also, when I use the Space key I only go backwards. How do you roll and dash??
@wildbill999 dude for dis u need controller
@RAX24 Hello. I have been able to figure out reading the messages with the PC keyboard and will work on the roll and dash next. The camera control is too shaky yet but will try the mouse fix next.
I am in the Undead Parish and like this game better than Oblivion.
Thanks RAX24 but I am trying to avoid using a controller.
Just a quick question: I've killed the Moonlight Butterfly (easily, I might add) and I'm camping in the Darkroot Garden. I possess both the Dark Knight Sword + 1 and Dark Knight Greatsword. I am only capable of using the Black Knight Sword. The Greatsword is too heavy to use one-handed. My strength is sitting at 25, I think. I'm looking for a good spot to farm for a bit. In Darkroot Garden, in the area before you go up to kill the Moonlight Butterfly, I get just over 3000 souls a run. I kill the Stone Knights in three hits with the Dark Knight Sword held in two hands. I'm looking for a good area to farm that gets me as many, or more, souls than I currently am getting. I'm getting bored of doing all the same things over and over again.
Also those bramble bush thingies are annoying. Any way to prevent them from hugging you? Aside from killing them, of course.
@Serron_Rudayus Don't get too close. Even if you are using your sheild, they go around it. let them whip at you from a little distance, and then run in for the kill.
guys any tips in tombs of giants? Im up around the middle where i pass the first fog wall, the stone lizards and knight just keeps owning me or making me fall off =[
@BeNOwNz Equip light armour for maximum mobility,equip the skull lantern in your left hand and either use your pyromancer flame or a fire based weapon like quelaags furysword in your right, from the bonfire go up the ladder and to the first skeleton canine and piss him off with a fireball or a arrow, then turn around and run towards the bonfire and stop half way down the ladder. wait 30 seconds and you should see your soul count go up which means it bit the dust. do this for the next 3 canines and the same for the knight (the knight doesnt respawn) and ignore the archer only because you can easily dodge the arrows.when following the main path, the next enemies my best advice would be to ignore them and just roll past them and keep on the main path, after going down a ladder and getting to the area where you dont need light anymore, i would switch back to your sheild and from here on you should be able to go on by yourself. good luck
I can't get past the first dark knight in the undead burg, he haunts my dreams now. I refuse to even attempt going further until I beat him. I will grind my way up levels until I persevere, and piss on his corpse.
@canuckbiker do a bit or farming mate or if u dont already know it iv got a cheeky tip 2 get a sick drake sword early in the game. go to where that massive fire blasting dragon is at the end of the bridge then find a spot where u can hit its tale with arrows and do that 4 a while till it falls off then u get the almighty drake sword
@canuckbiker when i started that guy owned me all day but yea either lvl up and fight him again or just lure him to a open area and try to backstab him or chip him down with firebombs
@canuckbiker Another thing; I also had Astora's Straight Sword when I faced him. It's only possible to obtain that weapon, a good shield, and 5000+ souls straight after the Northern Undead Asylum if you start the game with the Master Key. Behind the tree by the bonfire, go all the way down to the bottom of the stairs, and down the elevator. When you exit the elevator, you will be in an area who name eludes me right now. Get the stuff down there, but do NOT go across the bridge. I know there is a Fire Keeper Soul across there somewhere, but the ghosts do tend to kill me every time before I can even locate it. Anyway, I digress. There is another tower like building right by the elevator. Go through there. Unlock the gate with the Master Key, go through into Valley of Drakes, turn around. Collect the item there. Then turn around again with the door behind you, and go across the bridge a little way further down. Then cross the second bridge. When you see the large zombie dragon, carefully go around it and take the Soul of a Proud Knight. Then get ready to die. Go between the dragon's front legs, take the sword and shield as quickly as possible, because the dragon wakes up and swipes at you. One swipe will kill you at that level. If you're really lucky, you may survive by some miracle. If you do, sprint back to the bonfire.
If you can't use the sword, don't fret: the souls you get down there will cover you enough to enable you to use it.
@canuckbiker always stand behind him , easy kill . his attacks are slow ... but watch out when he attacks twice in a row .
hey guys, i killed the choas princess by mistak, can i undo that, i really want her back, i was with her convenet
I can't f*cking beat the stupid gargoyles. If you don't kill the first damn gargoyle in time it's fucking impossible to kill the second one along with the first. It's so annoying.
@Succumbus become human and summon solaire the knight to help you, just before the gargoyle fight
@Succumbus Use the lightning stone things that augment your weapon if you still have them. They take them down so fast it isn't even funny.
Table of Contents
- Northern Undead Asylum
- Firelink Shrine
- Undead Burg
- Undead Parish
- Darkroot Garden
- Darkroot Basin
- Undead Burg Slums
- Quelaag's Domain
- The Great Hollow
- Ash Lake
- Return to Northern Undead Asylum
- Sen's Fortress
- Anor Londo
- Painted World of Ariamis
- Firelink Altar
- The Catacombs
- Tomb of Giants
- Valley of Drakes
- New Londo Ruins
- The Abyss
- The Duke's Archives
- Crystal Cave
- Demon Ruins
- Lost Izalith
- Kiln of the First Flame