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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.