Dark Souls 2 Walkthrough Guide

Introduction

The cursed land of Drangleic is eager to take your many, many lives. We can’t save them all, but we can certainly cut down on the grief. To start, many common sense tactics from the prior Souls games apply to Dark Souls II. That includes: 1) Knowing your surroundings and having the presence of mind to know if you’re one dodge roll away from falling off a cliff. 2) When you see one enemy in the distance, always assume that he has company off-screen.

One of the more significant changes to this sequel is the addition of finite enemy respawns. It’s a double-edged sword. Cleaning out a whole area of enemies results in a lot of level upgrades and a resistance-free path between the boss and the closest bonfire. On the other hand, finite enemies means finite souls, which isn’t good if you’re careless with your souls and frequently losing them through back-to-back deaths. If you need more, let alone harder enemies in a specific area, you’ll have to find a Bonfire Ascetic.

Before you head on your journey, we have one more important tip: cycle through ALL the NPC conversations. It’s one thing to learn more about the lore of Dark Souls II; it’s another to find out that a character could bestow you a useful item. It’s essential that you thoroughly converse with the hooded woman near the bonfire of Majula. She’ll be able to convert your souls into level upgrades.

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Class Breakdown

30 Items to Collect Before Your First Battle

Part 1: The Forest of Fallen Giants, The Last one (Boss), The Pursuer (Boss)

Part 2: Heide's Tower of Flame, The Dragonrider (Boss), The Old Dragonslayer (Boss)

Part 3: Down Heide's Tower, No Man's Wharf, The Flexile Sentry (Boss)

Part 4: The Lost Bastille, Ruin Sentinels (Boss), Sinner's Rise

Part 5: Belfry Luna, Bell Keeper (Invader), Belfry Gargoyles (Boss), Vorgel The Sinner (Invader)

Part 6: Huntsman's Copse, the Greatsword Phantom, Merciless Roenna (Invader)

Part 7: Skeleton Lords (Boss), Executioner Chariot (Boss), Harvest Valley, Earthen Peak, Covetous Demon (Boss)

Part 8: The Crescent Sickle Phantom, Mytha The Baneful Queen (Boss)

Part 9: The Pit, Grave of Saints, The Gutter, Rhoy the Explorer (Invader)

Part 10: Royal Rat Vanguard (Boss), The Gutter (Part 2), Melinda the Butcher (Invader), The Rotten (Boss)

Part 11: Iron Keep, Smelter Demon (Boss), Belfry Sol, Old Iron King (Boss)

Part 12: Shaded Woods, Scorpioness Najka (Boss), Doors of Pharros, Bowman Guthrie (Invader), Royal Rat Authority (Boss)

Part 13: Brightstone Cove Tseldora, Prowling Magus (Boss), The Porcine Peasant (Invader), The Duke's Dear Freja (Boss), The Lost Sinner

Part 14: Shrine of Winter, Drangleic Castle, Nameless Usurper (Invader), Dual Dragonriders (Boss), Looking Glass Knight (Boss)

Part 15: Shrine of Amana, Undead Crypt, Peculiar Kindalur (Invader), Demon of Song (Boss), Nameless Usurper (Returning Invader)

Part 16: Aldia's Keep, Velstadt, The Royal Aegis (Boss), Aslatiel of Mirrah (Invader), Guardian Dragon (Boss)

Part 17: Dragon Shrine, Dragonfang Villard (Invader), Ancient Dragon (Boss)

Part 18: Memories of the Ancients, Memory of Vammar, Memory of Orro, Memory of Jeigh, Giant Lord (Boss)

Part 19: Throne Watcher and Throne Defender (Boss), Nashandra (Final Boss)

Part 20: King Vendrick (Boss), Dark Chasm of Old, Darklurker (Boss)

3/12/2014, 11:00 am: Pages to be added throughout the next day. Come back soon!

3/12/2014, 04:00 pm: Part 4 added.

3/12/2014, 09:00 pm: Part 5 added.

3/13/2014, 04:30 pm: Part 6 added.

3/13/2014, 05:00 pm: Part 7 added.

3/14/2014, 12:45 pm: Parts 8 & 9 added.

3/18/2014, 1:15 pm: Part 10 added.

3/19/2014, 10:30 am: Part 11 added.

3/19/2014, 02:00 pm: Part 12 added.

3/25/2014, 06:00 pm: Parts 13, 14 & 15 added.

3/26/2014, 09:00 pm: Parts 16 & 17 added.

4/1/2014, 3:30 pm: Parts 18, 19 & 20 added. Guide complete.

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61 comments
MuggyTadpole
MuggyTadpole

This guide was such a let-down. I was hoping for a proper written walkthrough like GS did for Dark Souls with all the loot locations. None of this video crap; why would I want to watch someone else play the game before playing it myself?

an_core
an_core

*spoiler ahead*




Anyone around here able to defeat Vendrick or Ancient dragon...? Did they yield great reward? Dude..These two are nearly invincible than Nashandra....

DeanoFantasy
DeanoFantasy

Smelter Demon is very tough with help from two people, tried 5 times now..

franzito
franzito

I hope I'm wrong but, from what I've seen so far through videos, the bosses in this game don't pose much threat... does that proceed?


Still waiting my copy, urghh!

r_ruiz6047
r_ruiz6047

Is it me or are the graphics the same as the previous Dark Souls?

psuedospike
psuedospike

Dark Souls II = 10/10


Dat Ratbro covenant!!

dominoodle
dominoodle

Step 1: Summon two phantoms


Step 2: Kill the boss


Step 3: Praise the sun!

20years
20years

how exactly you do dual wielding ? I'm 30 - 45 minutes in this game and I can't do it with the Swordsman . I tried pushing LT & RT (or RB & LB) at the same time but that did'nt work .

redder1111
redder1111

Hey Kevin-V, just a question. I've heard that the director of this game isn't the one who directed the original one. does that affected this game negativly or not? thanx in advance ...

riptal
riptal

Is there always a quick path to a boss from a bonfire? like The Last one? I like this alot when we can have some tries without wasting time and/or health on trash.

fredyellowone
fredyellowone

I may sound weird, but I actually think the game is a little too easy.  I managed to reach level 51, and to kill 7 bosses, before even using one health amber.

nayce54
nayce54

Being the pervert that I am, I actually started this game out with a female class, unclothed!! BIG MISTAKE!! Now, I have to fetch for weapons and armor and when I died twice I turned into a green undead hallow, totally makin'g my hour of character customization useless, but I like that game 'punished me for being perverted. I should learn to control my urges.

radikel
radikel

God damnit people. Can you please chill on the regular content uploads!!!!! Iam trying my best not click any DS2 link till Aprill 25th, but every new upload seems to reduce my patience lvl. Please gamespot, plzzzz...no more!!!!!!!!!!!!!

javalino
javalino

Who needs that ? ops sorry noob!! didn't notice that you are here. But even with walkthrough  some people cant beat the bells gargoles in DS1 .

ignore78
ignore78

I CANT WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

blackfray
blackfray

Thanks Kevin for this walkthrough but my advice? don't read it if you want the full experience of this game specially if this is your first playthrough.

nayce54
nayce54

Game is too hard!!!! (But I like it). To me it makes no sense to burn the effigy to turn back human-like - because you will just keep on dying anyway!

Parfaits
Parfaits

@an_core Vendrick: always closely attack behind him(his left leg,your right side I suggest),when he jumps to the edge of the map,run and roll away from him and then run and roll back to his back again when you can attack from his back again...My character has a +8 broadsword only with 26 strenth and I still beat him,when you are familiar with this process,it is pretty easy to defeat him.


Ancient dragon: when battle starts,walk towards its right leg(your left side),don't run unless later on your character is far away from it.when your character is walking close to it, you would notice the dragon nodds its head, and then, when it raises its head,it means it will use normal fire attack,now your character should be at its right leg,attack will your weapon until the dragon finish its flame attack,then walk towards the direction of the dragon's head,stand and wait if you must until you see the dragon looks at you and nodds its head again,ths time it will 100% move its wings and it means it will attack from the sky will fire.Now run quickly to avoid it,I suggest changing the angle of the camera to check the distance between during this escape:don't run too far away,just the distance enough to avoid the fire.And then,walk back and do the same over and over again, the dragon would not attack with some third method.Again,my character has a +8 broadsword with 26 strenth and I still beat it --the dragon was born before the start of time, but such a deity existance is still the slave of computer programs and bugs.


Good luck.

quickshooterMk2
quickshooterMk2

@DeanoFantasy  dude, really? he's fucking easy 

just get some decent fire resistent shield and he can't do shit against you 


also, use magic or mircales 

he's super weak against lighting 

informalmrtom
informalmrtom

@r_ruiz6047  don't forget that it's on the same console as the first game so the graphics aren't going to change much... personally I think the graphics were/are splendid.

Torvar72
Torvar72

@20years  what you need to do is sell the game cause it's obvious it's too hard for you.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@choco1989 You don't have to use all caps. People will read your comment without it.

Cryptic_Shadow
Cryptic_Shadow

@redder1111  Hidetaka Miyazaki was a supervisor for DS2 and the lore of the series is completely intact, imo.  He was still very much involved.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@riptal I have noticed that you can sprint through any area to make it to the boss without getting hit by any enemies. It may take a couple of tries in order to figure it out(the not getting hit part). I have only done this with a few bosses, and the one I did it for in DKSII worked.

Kevin-V
Kevin-V moderator staff

@riptal  Not always, though you can usually make a fairly reasonably dash to most if you maneuver properly through the trash.

quickshooterMk2
quickshooterMk2

@fredyellowone  you know,fromsoft made an achivement that if you die 

you get the achivement 


so i'm pretty sure you're full of bull...

Cryptic_Shadow
Cryptic_Shadow

@fredyellowone There is definitely a misconception with this game when is comes to difficulty.  It was not designed to be an unfairly difficult game.  The game mechanics are precise and fair, as well as challenging.

Joedgabe
Joedgabe

@fredyellowone  that's nothing... you can beat the game at level 1 technically, and there's a lot of bosses in the game.. you saying you beat 7 bosses in the game puts you at maybe the first primal bonfire if you didn't take a detour.

manoogian
manoogian

@nayce54 lmao. You're clearly not fully understanding how the game works, but damn thats funny.

Gomtor
Gomtor

@nayce54 Play less games and get a real babe.  Or get a gamer chick.  But these urges for pixels are a bit sick.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@radikel LOL. I feel your plight. I want to avoid all spoilers myself(or the ones I haven't encountered yet), but one of my favorite things to do other than play Dark Souls is read about it.

Kevin-V
Kevin-V moderator staff

@blackfray  Well yeah--walkthroughs are for those seeking help, not for those not seeking it. I presume that anyone reading it is specifically looking for assistance, not just browsing, because that would be silly!

SpicaAntares
SpicaAntares

@nayce54

Some people think games are there for our pleasure. Most are but some are there so you can win your little place in the heavens. Whatever sins you had Dark Souls is there so you can get forgiveness. And since I'm no sinner... or not enough to justify burning in hell for hours...

Kevin-V
Kevin-V moderator staff

@nayce54  My approach: hold on to effigies for a good rush at a boss. Try the boss a few times and get the patterns and approach down, and then use an effigy and go for the gold!

20years
20years

@Torvar72 @20yearswas it really necessary to be an @sshole ? I've finished the first game and was very exciteed to play this one with dual-wielding but I doon't know how

E-Major
E-Major

@SpicaAntares @nayce54  Lol "..and by this slain dragon may my sins be forgiven". I LIKE it.

Cryptic_Shadow
Cryptic_Shadow

@Kevin-V @nayce54  not to mention that effigies can be 'used' to recover lost HP due to the death penalty.  That makes the death penalty a little less hardcore.  I thought it was permanent!

Rennik_Repotsir
Rennik_Repotsir

@20years @Torvar72  Weapon stat requirement(s) 1.5 (i.e. Req. S = 10; Dual req. S = 15); hold triangle; L1/L2 are dual strike, R1/R2 single strike...


Don't fret the pompous assholes... :)