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Dark Souls walkthrough

OPTIONAL: MOONLIGHT BUTTERFLY AND THE DIVINE EMBER

Return to the blacksmith Andre of Astora in the Undead Parish. From here, you can exit out the bottom of the Parish past a Titanite Demon (see the above optinal section if you haven’t already defeated it) and into the Darkroot Garden. Take the path to the right of the door that is (or was) sealed until you reach a fog door. Pass through it.

Immediately turn right and look for an odd tree: one that is moving ever so slightly. Attack it to reveal a hidden path. Continue along this path and you’ll run into another living tree. Cut it down to continue.

Look to your right for a set of broken stairs leading up. At the top of this path you’ll encounter a Giant Stone Knight. These enemies cannot be backstabbed, so wait for them to attack, then counterattack. Magic and Pyromancy are also effective against these enemies. Just past this knight you’ll find the Wolf Ring, which boosts your poise by 40 points. Go back down the stairs and head right. Walk until you reach the cliffs edge, then, with the edge to your right side, continue walking. You’ll round a corner and find the soul of a proud knight.

Return to where you cut down the first living tree and head to your right. You’ll notice several Giant Stone Knights lying in the woods here. Getting too close will awaken them, so stay away if you don’t wish to fight. However, you may notice an item along the right side of this area. This is the Elite Knight Armor Set. You can grab it and run away if you don’t wish to fight the giants and the demonic foliage that pop up.

You will have to engage the one giant guarding the tower pictured above to proceed, however. Enter the tower and climb the stairs. At the top you’ll find a fog door. This leads to the Moonlight Butterfly. Before you enter, make sure to equip a shield that has high magic resistance (such as the Crest Shield). If you have some Gold Pine Resin handy and a weapon to use it on, put it in your quick slot.

BOSS: MOONLIGHT BUTTERFLY

This fight is as simple as it gets: wait for the butterfly to land, then put your weapon in both hands and swing away. While the butterfly is in flight, it will spit various forms of magic at you. Dodge the slow-moving projectiles and block the quick ones. If you have the Crest Shield, or any other shield with high magic resistance, you will take very little damage when blocking the butterfly’s attacks.

Continue on and go up the next tower. At the top you’ll find the Divine Ember and the Watchtower Basement Key, the latter of which is worthless if you already have the Master Key.

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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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