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Dark Souls walkthrough

OPTIONAL: DARKROOT BASIN, THE HYDRA, AND DUSK

On your way back to the Undead Parish from the Darkroot Garden, you may notice a path to your left just before you hit the Parish. This leads to a series of downward slopes that takes you to the Darkroot Basin. Alternatively, you can reach the basin through the bottom of the tower where you fought Havel the Rock.

Once you reach a large, open area, you’ll spot several Crystal Golems and, more importantly, a massive, water-spewing Hydra. Clear out the golems by luring them away from the hydra, then get ready for a fight.

BOSS: HYDRA

Equip the Rusted Iron Ring and a shield that has 100% physical resistance.

You’ll want to approach the Hydra from the left side of the basin, staying out of range of the very harmful projectiles for as long as possible. Eventually, you’ll have to make a break for the Hydra. Roll at the right time to avoid any projectiles. Once you’re in the water, the Hydra will start stop trying to shoot you and start trying to bite you. Simply block the bites and attack while the heads are still nearby. The Great Chaos Fireball Pyromancy works well, as does any high-damage, two-handed weapon.

As the number of heads reduces, it becomes easier to tell where each one will slam into the ground when the Hydra lunges forward. At this point, it’s just a matter of running over to the proper location and hitting the heads while they’re stationary. Be careful not to wander too far into the lake for there is a deadly drop off.

The Hydra drops a Dragon Scale and a Dusk Crown Ring, the latter of which “grants extra sorcery castings, but halves HP.”

We’re not done here yet. Quit the game and reload, then run left around the perimeter of the lake. Pass the waterfall and keep on going until you find a Golden Crystal Golem. Destroying this golem frees an NPC called Dusk of Oolacile. Answer yes to her question. She will then disappear. Run over to the shore from which you fought the Hydra and look for a summon sign near a rock. 

This is Dusk’s sign, and if you summon her, she will offer to sell you some spells and a special catalyst. Finally, after speaking to Dusk, return to where you fought the Golden Crystal Golem to find the Antiquated Armor Set.

19 comments

  • Sneaky67 - October 24, 2014 7:47 a.m.

    I have killed the blue crystal demon at the start of dukes archives 20 times or more and he hasn't dropped the broken pendant. Any ideas what might be up. I have the prepare to die edition.
  • 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?
  • Sneaky67 - October 24, 2014 9:30 a.m.

    Don't get too close to the eggs, happened to me a couple of times.
  • 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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