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OPTIONAL: RETURNING TO THE UNDEAD ASYLUM

Before you enter Blighttown via The Depths, you may want the Rusted Iron Ring, which allows you to move quickly in swamp-like environments. This ring can only be obtained by returning to the Undead Asylum from which you originally came. Be warned, though, that the boss there is very difficult if you fight him at a low level, and the Rusted Iron Ring is not absolutely necessary.

 
Above: How to get the key and return to the Undead Asylum

First, head to the elevator shaft near Firelink Shrine that leads up to the Undead Parish. Ride the elevator up just a bit until you can jump off onto a ruined ledge. From here, turn right onto the grassy cliff. Roll from this cliff out onto the tower buttress (see the video for details). Scale the tower until the steps take a 180 degree turn. At this point, leap off onto the nearby roof and loot the corpse to find  the Undead Asylum F2 West Key. Now repeat this process, only continue up the stairs and find The Giant Crow’s nest. Step into it and press A to curl into a ball. The crow will then grab you and take you back to the asylum.

Head down the slope and into the building. Move around the perimeter of the room and return to the first bonfire you lit when you started the game. Now reenter the building and step into the center of the room. You’ll fall down into a new room, where the Stray Demon is waiting for you.

OPTIONAL BOSS: STRAY DEMON

This enemy is a bit like the Asylum Demon you fought earlier in the game. Stay directly behind the demon at all times, attacking his tail as often as you can. If he raises his hammer to slam it down in front of himself, roll a few feet beyond the tip of his tail to avoid a magic splash attack. If he flies up, roll back to avoid his butt stomp, but keep your shield raised just in case. If you’re attempting this fight this early, it’s important to press Y before attacking in order to hold your Drake Sword in both hands. Your target should be his tail, as striking it allows you to maintain a safe distance. It can take a while to whittle him down depending on how strong you are, but just watch the video and mimic what we do – you should be fine.

After the battle, look for a ladder next to a torch in the corner of the room. Once you climb it and pass through the broken bars, you’ll find yourself in a familiar hallway. To your left is a Black Knight. He’s dangerous, but he’s also guarding something important, so take him out. Proceed into the cell he was guarding and grab the Peculiar Doll from the corpse. You’ll need this to gain access to an optional area later in the game.

Head back through the hallway and continue on until you’re back at the first bonfire. From here, head through the door to your right. You’ll soon run into the knight who gave you your first Estus Flasks, only this time, he’s hostile. His attacks are slow and his evasive roll virtually worthless, so just take your time and go for backstabs – as usual.

Head up the steps nearby (watch out for that boulder - again), past where the fog door used to be, and into the room with the door that was inaccessible during your first visit. Now you can open it using the Undead Asylum F2 West Key. Beyond this door, on the broken stairs, is the Rusted Iron Ring. You’re done here! Return to the cliff and curl up in the Giant Crow’s nest to return to Lodran.

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16 comments

  • Verum - July 29, 2013 3:30 a.m.

    big guy* sorry for my grammar, ive been losing my mind over this
  • Verum - July 29, 2013 3:17 a.m.

    i have this issue with sens fortress, i cant access to it, i went to the church thing and killed the gargolite twins, but i didnt bang the bells cuz (in my mind) i sayd to myself "better clear the secondary misions before ringing the bell so you dont lose anything" so i did, killed every boss except the undergroud ones, i did the minotaur, the dragon tail thing, the buy with the big hammer, hydro, the moonlight butterfly one, all those, now when i had enought souls to gear up some stats & upgrades, i go to the church and ring the bell and it didnt happen anything, and i went to check sen's fortress and is still closed.... what to do ?
  • Misfire - July 29, 2013 5:58 a.m.

    There are two bells. You need to go to Blighttown and kill Quelaag to ring the other bell. Shes in the bottom of the swamp thats below the Depths which is shortly after you fight the Capra Demon. :P
  • stefan-chircop - June 25, 2013 7:31 a.m.

    I have a question about page 8. I managed to kill Laurec, and obtained some ring. I killed him so he would run and kill the other Npc. Would it have been better to let him live?
  • Sinxar - January 20, 2013 6:29 a.m.

    I assumed you needed to kill the Stray Demon for the ring, turns out you don't to get the Rusted Iron Ring. So just walk around the room to avoid it and still loot the place. It drops nothing of value anyway.
  • matt-mcsavaney - January 14, 2013 7:10 a.m.

    How does a caster beat the asylum boss? He one hits everytime i miss a dodge, i cant do that hit and run tactic the melee uses because of cast time which in turn gets me killed, help please?
  • isaac-long - April 28, 2014 3:04 p.m.

    You have to just stay behind the demon and get in as much DPS just remember always be up his butt :D
  • Sinxar - January 6, 2013 6:49 p.m.

    In "The Depths", you can take the path behind the first butcher and kill the giant rat with a bow from the ledge you land on. It won't jump up to defend itself.
  • yuwendi-gozali - December 20, 2012 12:45 a.m.

    have some question, when went to ring second bell , im not enter blight town form depth but dark root secret road that lead to valey of the drake. so after i rang second bell im went to the depth to look for zena shop but i didnt find him anywhere. after i back to firelink too zena didnt appeared :( (i just read that zena going to fire link after u rang two bell in another walkthrought). the question is, how i find zena? should i have to NG+ first? i really want that armor from knight of atorias in new content (cos the armor is f*cking cool X( )
  • yuwendi-gozali - December 20, 2012 6:51 a.m.

    about my post... , nevermind, i just found him :] btw great walkthrought thx!!!
  • Iwaskia - October 21, 2012 6:25 a.m.

    whats that sword you used to kill the four nights? and how can you get it? i folow the walktrought so far but i dont think i have the sword.
  • Matt Hughes - October 23, 2012 9:10 p.m.

    If you mean the Four Kings boss battle, that Quelaag’s Furysword. You can find the details on how to obtain it near the end of pg 44 in this guide.
  • Iwaskia - October 26, 2012 5:19 a.m.

    thanks men that was a great help.
  • NEPAL - October 20, 2012 4:05 p.m.

    Thanks for the effort you put into the guide, really helped me with the game.
  • Matt Hughes - October 21, 2012 6:13 a.m.

    Sure thing - glad it helped!
  • grappler51 - September 11, 2012 6:17 a.m.

    Awesome guide! Got this recently for PC and was really confused about the humanity system, cleared a lot of things up!

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