Dark Souls walkthrough


From the Blighttown swamp bonfire, look for a large hill off in the distance to your right. This is your destination. There are barbarians around it who will throw massive boulders at you which cannot be blocked, so unless you’re feeling brave, simply dash into the opening found halfway up the hill.

Simply run through this tunnel, making sure not to attack the Egg Carriers. These creatures are not initially hostile, and the maggots that are released upon their death can be extremely inconvenient.

If you are in human form and have already defeated the Black Phantom Maneater Mildred, her summon sign will be in front of the fog door. We suggest using it.


Equip armor and a shield that has high fire resistance. The Dragon Crest Shield found in the previous optional section works well, as does the Stone Armor Set,  which is found in a chest in Darkroot Garden (next to the tower across the bridge from Alvina’s tower).

Try to avoid Quelaag at first so that she goes after Maneater Mildred. This allows you to get behind the boss, put your weapon in both hands, and hack away.

Quelaag’s firesword is extremely deadly, so we suggest you read her swings and attempt to roll away from them as opposed to blocking them. The most damaging firesword attacks are her stabs, which are slow and telegraphed.  Stabs come at the end of a three-hit combo or as a singular attack. Rolling to either side at the very last moment (her stabs track) will keep you out of harms way.

The goal is to get around the side or rear of Quelaag an attack using your weapon. When she pets her spider’s head, that means lava vomit is coming, but it also means you have plenty of time to maneuver around back. If you stay too close for too long, Quelaag will release a deadly wide-radius attack. When you see her human form bend down and her spider form curl up, back away!

If you run too far from Quelaag, she’ll perform a leaping attack and hurl lava at you. This is hard to avoid (usually rolling forward underneath her as she flies towards you works) so we don’t suggest you stray too far.

Quelaag will drop the Soul of Quelaag (DO NOT CONSUME THIS OR ANY BOSS SOUL) and Twin Humanities. Continue to the other side of her domain, up the steps, and into the bell tower. Pull the lever to ring the second bell! This opens up the gate to Sen’s Fortress – but first let’s take care of some local business.

Descend the nearby steps (or fall through the hole in the middle of the room). There are two directions you can go from this lower level: left, through the broken brick wall, leads to a bonfire and the Demon Ruins. Right, through an illusory wall, also leads to a bonfire and Eingyi, an NPC (not an enemy!). Go that way. Talk to Eingyi and answer “yes.” He will then move away and you can light the nearby bonfire. 

You may now also speak to Quelaag’s Sister. She is the leader of the Chaos Servant covenant, so join up if you wish. If you do, you’ll be rewarded with Pyromancy: Great Chaos Fireball. If you’re pursuing Pyromancy, this is a must-have. Quelaag’s Sister is also a Fire Keeper, so you can use the Fire Keeper’s Soul you picked up in Blighttown to reinforce your flasks.

Eingyi can reinforce your Pyromancy Flame and initially sell you the Chaos Servant Roster. If you become infected by eggs, he will show a liking to you and sell you Egg Vermifuges (which cure egg infections), Pyromancy: Toxic Mist, and Pyromancy: Poison Mist. To pick up an egg infection, kill an Egg Carrier (found in Quelaag’s Domain or the Demon Ruins) and let one of the maggots hit you with their blood spray attack (more than once). Alternatively, agitate an egg carrier, who will then latch on to you. 

If successfully infected, you character will start scratching their head when standing still. Soon after, your head will transform into a hideous egg formation. This can only be cured by using an Egg Vermifuge.

At this point in the game, Sen’s Fortress is your next objective. However, you should be strong enough to tackle several optional areas. We’re going to do a bit of exploring right now, but if you just prefer to get on with things, skip ahead to Sen’s Fortress.


  • christian-small - October 2, 2014 12:23 p.m.

    Had some problems with returning to undead asylum I did blighttown and quelagg before going to undead asylum I get the key and curl into a ball in the nest but the crow doesnt pick me up , anyone avalible to help?
  • 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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