Dark Souls 2 Walkthrough Guide: Part 9

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



Defeating Mytha gives you access to the Iron Keep, one of the more challenging areas of the game, especially if you’re going in at around Level 80. We suggest you save that area for later and explore a new set of maps near Majula.

Remember the ledge where you burned the windmill? Walk to the opposite end of the ledge. There you’ll find Laddersmith Gilligan. Like all the friendly NPCs, cycle through all his conversations. Eventually he’ll decide to move to Majula. Use the bonfire fast travel to follow him to Majula, where he’ll be found next to the pit in the middle of the map.

While you can technically survive a drop into The Pit with some creativity (eg. using the Silvercat Ring, stocking up on healing items), the more sensible approach is to use Gilligan’s Laddersmithing skills. He can build you three ladders of different lengths and our video shows how you can make due with the shortest ladder. That said, the longest one is reasonably priced at 12000 souls and you will get your money’s worth.


After descending The Pit, travel to The Grave of Saints first. Your first challenge is the Invader known as Rhoy The Explorer. When the notification of his appearance shows up be ready to act fast when you reach the next hallway. Don’t let his unarmed appearance fool you; he’s actually using rings that make his armor and weapons invisible. He’s best dealt with using ranged weapons but if you prefer close quarters combat, you can thwart his forward rolls with overhead swings and thrust attacks.

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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)

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