descend into the area, you’ll run into an Infested Barbarian on the wooden
walkways. Because the walkways are narrow and have no railing, be extra careful
not to fall during combat. If you want to be super careful, engage the
Barbarian, then climb back up the ladder and use arrows or spells to kill him.
Repeat for the other two Barbarians found further along the path. Note that
Barbarians are strong but very slow and easy to backstab.
After the barbarians you’ll encounter several Infested Ghouls. These enemies
have far fewer hit points than the barbarians, but are much quicker and have a
nasty hug/grab attack (which is slow and clearly telegraphed). Continue on. If you want to reach the soul of
a proud knight on the platform below and to your right, turn right at your
first opportunity, take out the Blowdart Sniper, and climb down the ladder.
Alternatively, you can just jump from where you fought the second and third
Stay to the
left as you proceed and you’ll reach a dead end. You’ll notice an item on a
platform below. You can reach this by taking a running jump (tap B while
sprinting), though you must jump at the very last second. The item is a katana
Iato, look down and to your right. Hey, there’s a bonfire! You definitely want to rest there, so make the jump and
then set up camp. From the bonfire, we do not suggest turning around and
climbing the nearby ladder into an area below. The items that you may see in
the distance are only 1 Humanity and 3 Blooming Purple Moss Clumps, none of
which are worth the number of times you’ll likely die trying to reach them. But
feel free to try! You’ll eventually hit a dead end, and end up back and the
If you make
your way back up to where you leapt for the Iato and head right instead, and
stay along the wall, you can find a dirt path that leads to the Shadow Armor Set.
Proceed past the bonfire to the next stone bridge section and beyond to the wooden planks, looking for a ladder on your left that leads down. At the bottom of the ladder, stand to the left of it and jump down to the platform below (see above screen). From here, you can reach the Eagle Shield, which is on a corpse resting on one of the massive stone buttresses. Head back to the bonfire or continue your descent.
If you went back to the bonfire, once again proceed past the next stone bridge section, only this time when you hit the wooden walkways, jump down to the lower platform
on your right. You’ll eventually see a Parasitic
Wall Hugger below you. You can
either drop down near it and fight it from a distance, or look for a ladder
leading up to the Blowdart Sniper
who was antagonizing you earlier. Take him out, then turn around.
You can enter
a tower through a hole in the wall, climb down the ladder inside, and end up
right behind the Parasitic Wall Hugger.
From here, it cannot hurt you – but you can hurt it. Kill it then drop down to
grab Pyromancy: Power Within.
proceed down the nearby wooden ramp and into a tunnel on your right. This leads
back into the tower. Climb down the ladder to find a fog door. However, instead
of passing through it, look down. On a lower level, there’s a Whip. This is an interesting weapon,
and we recommend risking the fall to obtain it. (Falling also serves as a
down until you run into your first Cragspider.
These are enemies that stun easily and have low health, so you should always
opt for a rushdown strategy whenever you
can. As you continue down, you’ll start being attacked by another Blowdart Sniper. If you track him down
and kill him, you can claim the Wanderer
Armor set from a corpse near where he was standing.
you’ll reach ground level. Now is a good time to equip the Rusted Iron Ring if you picked it up from the Undead Asylum earlier. It will allow you to walk/run at full speed
through the poison swamp. From the wooden walkways, run off to your right and
follow the wall until you reach a tunnel, inside which is a bonfire. Proceed further into the
tunnel to find a rare Dragon Scale,
then head back to the exit. If you are in human form, the Black Phantom Maneater Mildred will invade once you reach ground
level. She’s quick, but not much of a threat. If you defeat her, she becomes
available for summoning in a later boss fight.