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.
New Londo Ruins
You can access this area from the beginning of the game, but it appears that you're not really expected to fully explore it and clear it until after you have cleared Anor Londo (accessible after you beat the Iron Golem in Sen's Fortress). You may want to venture into the area anyway just because there are some great items that make the Curse status effect less of an issue elsewhere in the game.
In Firelink Shrine, there's a man who sits on the stone wall near the bonfire. Just past him, a trail descends to a graveyard area. You can find where there's a cave with bars across it (the place where you can upgrade your estus flask once you have the proper item) and then you can head down some stairs from there to reach a room with a lift. There's a lever if you just see a gaping hole. Otherwise, step on the center of the lift to ride it down to a lower level.
Once you arrive at that lower level, head out and to the left, then descend along some stairs. There are weak enemies here in the graveyard that you can attack as you search for soul items. Keep descending and you'll soon see notification flash on-screen to let you know that you have entered the ruins.
From the entrance to the ruins, note that you can head to the right and then down some steps that descend along the side of the cliff to find a blacksmith in a cave. He'll help you through the bars.
Otherwise, head toward the left from the area entrance and look for three skeletons supplicating themselves against a large stone wall. There's another single skeleton to their left, and to the left of that an opening in the stone wall. You can pass through that opening and look sharply right to find the Estoc weapon resting on a corpse. From there, you can descend toward the left to reach the shore of a large body of water. You can head across the narrow wooden platform and along stone islands to reach an area that is haunted by ghosts.
Note that ghosts are not weak to your standard physical weapons. You can only harm them if you are cursed (the Transient Curse item is useful in this regard, since it temporarily curses your character without the need to find an expensive weapon and remove the curse) or if you have a special weapon that only the ghosts drop. It's not a bad idea to bring a bunch of Transient Curse items, then, and farm ghosts near the ruin entrance until you obtain that weapon, the powerful Jagged Ghost Blade. Then you'll fare better against any future ghosts, even if you aren't under the effects of a curse (though you should upgrade it with a blacksmith before you head deeper into the ruins).
When you're ready to head into the ruins properly, start forward across the shallow pool of water that you gain access to after wandering along the docks. Some ghosts will hunt you down here, but you should be able to take care of them easily since they're out in the open. Then you should look around at the stone walls, near the edge where the water grows deeper. You will find a corpse in a barrel behind a low stone wall. Roll through the barrel to break it open and knock down the corpse. You will receive two Transient Curse items as a reward.
If you look around in that general area, you should see a distant glowing point that represents an item on a corpse. It appears to be floating on the deep water, but you can still reach it. There's a barely-submerged stone ledge that leads out there. As you near the item, two ghosts will rise from the water. Don't let them knock you from the ledge as you hack at them and kill them. You might just want to roll through them so you can fight them on more solid ground. Be careful about fighting in the doorway, too, as the camera likes to shift so that you press one direction and your character walks another (usually to his or her death). When you defeat the ghosts (or before), check the nearby corpse to receive the Fire Keeper Soul that you can trade in for another estus flask upgrade.
Now head back to the shallow pool of water and start uphill. In this area, almost any corpse you check is going to obtain more Transient Curse items (a good thing, since you need it to be able to be offensive here). You should be able to stockpile enough to survive for awhile, since the effects of the item last a fair while. Keep an eye on yourself, though; you don't want to have the effects wear off just before you need to kill some ghosts.
As you head up the hill from the shallow, low-lying water areas, you'll come to a series of stone rooms. Here, the ghosts will come at you a great deal more thickly. Head up the steps and across the bridge ledge, but be careful. Ahead of you, as you start forward because a ghost is waiting in plain sight, another ghost will try to ambush you from a passage to the left. Wait for that attack and block it, then kill the ghost before you head forward to the next one.
In this area, you'll again be ambushed, this time by a bunch of ghosts that come at you from all sides. Be ready to roll around to avoid them and try not to let yourself get mobbed or struck from behind. Continue forward from there and follow the passage left to the top of a spiral staircase. Descend it.
From the base of that staircase, start forward and you'll see a corpse lying on the edge of a ledge. Approach carefully. There's a ghost hiding in the wall to its left. Get near and the ghost will sweep out its scythes. Attack from the side and kill the ghost, then check the corpse to obtain the Parrying Dagger.
Head back the way you came now, but take a left along a passage that you come to ahead of the base of the spiral staircase. Along that route, you'll find a mist-shrouded door. Before you enter it, you can head past it to find a ghost on a ledge near a corpse. It will scream as you approach. Kill it and then check the corpse for two more Transient Curse items. Then return to the mist-shrouded door and pass through it.
At the top of the stairs look forward and you'll see the top of a ladder. Make sure that you kick it, which creates a shortcut. Now if you have to come back here, you can leap over a gap from the shallow pool of water near the start of the area, then run along the ledge to reach the ladder.
From the top of that shortcut ladder, you can also head forward to fight a ghost and check a corpse (you'll receive the Large Soul of a Nameless Soldier), or you can head left. As you proceed left, and continue left at the 'T' in the path (right is just an obvious dead end overlooking the water), you'll come to a point where you're walking along the side of a building. Ahead, you'll see an opening that leads to the right. When you near that opening, ghosts will attack. Unless you're using magic, they can be difficult to fight without falling in the water unless you lure them into the building and dispatch of them there.
Once the ghosts are dead, you can head inside the house building and battle more of them. This isn't strictly necessary (you can run and jump along the outside portion of the building if you prefer), but it's a worthwhile detour because after you defeat the ghosts, you can climb a ladder hidden in a chimney. Make sure that no straggler ghost catches you by surprise (one will come out of the wall to attack as you start up the chimney).
If you make it to the top of the chimney, you'll meet a character named Ingward on the edge of the building's fenced roof. You can buy the Resist Curse spell from him for 5000 souls, if desired. That could come in handy elsewhere in the game. Depending on what else you have accomplished in the game (you need to have cleared Anor Londo and obtain the Lordvessel), he may also give you the Key to the Seal you need in order to proceed through the area. You can also kill him and loot the item from his corpse, if you prefer.
After meeting with Ingward, you can return to the lower path that led along the side of the building. Near the base of those stairs, make sure that you venture inside the building and head along the corridor to find the Cursebite Ring (which adds a welcome boost to your resistance to the Curse status effect) resting on another outside ledge along the building's side (there's a ghost guarding the corpse where you'll find it). In another hallway, you'll find the Soul of a Proud Soldier. Head back through the building and exit along the main ledge. Follow the ledge to find a low-lying area that looks like a stone gazebo along the left branch of a 'T' in the path. You can find a Green Titanite Shard on a corpse that you find there. Then head back to the 'T' and this time follow the steps that led upward.
At the top of the stairs, you'll find the Large Soul of a Nameless Soldier resting on a corpse. Follow the ledge left from there and you'll find some stairs ascending along a high stone wall to your side, as well as the entrance to another building ahead of you. Ignore the building for a moment and climb the stairs.
The stairs will lead you to Humanity on a corpse resting along the far end of the platform. You can also drop down from that ledge to land on the roof of the building where you met with Ingward. If you head along the eave, you'll find another corpse that you can check to obtain the Rare Ring of Sacrifice. Then you can drop into the building through one of the windows.
Now head back around the house and enter the final building that you previously ignored. You may not be able to do much just yet, depending on whether or not you have the appropriate key, but you can climb some steps to find a ledge overlooking a moss-covered walkway where you can pillage the Composite Bow and 16 of the Large Arrow. To do anything more in the area, you'll need to head downstairs and you'll need to have Ingward's key (the Key to the Seal) in your possession.
When you have the key, you can open the iron gate near the bottom of the area and then you can head along the passage and through another opening to find a gear like the ones you would have encountered in Anor Londo. You can grab onto the bar that extends from one side and give it a push. As the gear spins around, the nearby gates will open and high water will flood out of the area, draining it so that you can explore.
Head back the way you came and when you find the lever that you may have noticed before, give it a tug. You'll cause an elevator to rise up to your level, creating a handy shortcut to the Valley of Drakes. Now you can enter that region from the entrance to the New Lando Ruins and take an easy shortcut through that domain to reach the New Lando Ruins in the area near the lever that you pushed to drain the water. It can save a lot of inconvenient backtracking, as long as you're good at battling dragons.
Start through the area ahead of the elevator that you just descended and you'll encounter a new type of enemy. This fellow is ghostly but wears a suit of armor and wields powerful magic. You should attack him from a distance as possible using fire attacks. Try not to get too near to him, or to attract another of the enemies (there's another nearby). Defeat any of the nearby fellows, then head up some steps and to the right to find a small building. Inside, on a corpse at the end of a corridor, you'll find the Large Soul of a Proud Knight.
If you continue around this same general area, you'll find something a lot more troubling than just the one or two ghostly knights. As you head to the right, you'll find a handful of them. Try to lure them toward you one at a time and take care of them with your preferred method, all without luring more to the fight. You'll find two more Large Soul of a Proud Knight items as you work through the area. Eventually, you'll also reach a huge, black blob.
The blob is capable of absorbing a great deal of damage, and what's worse is that you'll likely be battling ghosts besides. Since the ghosts can be dispatched almost immediately, you should do so and then focus your attacks on the blob. It doesn't actually move fast at all, so you should be able to get in close and assault its flanks quite easily until it finally gives way. Then you can check the chest that it was guarding to find a Titanite Chunk.
In the same general vicinity, you'll also find six of the Cracked Red Eye Orb. Most important, though, are the items that you'll find along a high ledge above the area. To reach the ledge, climb some spiral stairs in the area that was most heavily guarded by the ghostly knights and the blob. Then cross along the chamber by following the narrow ledges that lead along the upper level (grab the Soul of a Brave Warrior along the way) and descend to find the Very Large Ember on a high ledge. Drop down and then head around again to reach the area near where you fought the huge blob. This time cross over a narrow ledge nearby to find a mist-shrouded doorway, which you should now enter.
The mist-shrouded doorway leads to the top of a very high staircase that descends in a spiral fashion through the cylindrical tower. Equip the Covenant of Artorias (a ring) and then head down to the base of the stairs. After preparing yourself, drop down into the blackness and you'll fall a long, long way into a new area known as the Abyss (which you can't leave until you either die or defeat the waiting boss).
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