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.
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.
Equip the Rusted Iron Ring and a shield that has
100% physical resistance.
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.
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.
drops a Dragon Scale and a Dusk Crown Ring, the latter of which
“grants extra sorcery castings, but halves HP.”
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
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.