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Dark Souls walkthrough

SEN'S FORTRESS PART 1

Access Sen’s Fortress from the bonfire in Andrei the Blacksmith’s tower in the Undead Parish. Actually, now that you should have two embers (the Large Ember and the Divine Ember), give them both to Andrei and consider upgrading your equipment. At this point, we were at level 50 using an enhanced Black Knight Sword.

From the bonfire look for an door leading out to a long bridge connected to the massive structure known as Sen’s Fortress. Ringing the bells will have opened the gate, so head there now.

Immediately upon entering, watch out for the raised floor tile. This triggers an arrow trap that fires from the steps directly in front of you. There are also two Serpent Soldiers in this room who can be lured out one by one if you advance slowly enough. Continue on until you reach the bridge of swinging axe traps.

OPTIONAL: If you look down, you’ll notice a large tar pit and a Titanite Demon. This isn’t the only Titanite Demon down there, so be ready to take on several (individually, thank goodness) if you want the treasures and the potential Demon Titanite drops that lie at this level. If you cannot survive the fall, consider using Fall Control. Also make sure to have the Rusted Iron Ring equipped.

Take your time here, but keep your shield up. You’ll eventually get shot at from high to your left by a Serpent Mage. If you don’t have a bow or spell to deal with him from a distance, simply block his bolts (the Eagle Shield works well) and continue until you are directly underneath the bridge running perpendicular to the one you’re one. Take out the soldier here, finish crossing the bridge, then head left and up the stairs.You’ll now have to cross another bridge and deal with the mage (if you haven’t already). 

Watch out for the floor trap in the room at the end of the bridge (it's in front of the treasure chest). Just like the first one you encountered, stepping on it fires arrows from the wall in front of you.

Continue on across another short bridge, but before you pass through the next doorway, be wary of a massive boulder that rolls by on the other side every few seconds. Stand in the doorway and face left so that you can see the boulder coming. As soon as it passes, dash towards the stairs and look for a recess on your left. There’s a fog door here, but don’t pass through it just yet. Instead, continue up the stairs. Inside the room at the top of the stairs you’ll find a chest containing a Ring of Steel Protection, which boosts your physical defense significantly.

Now go back and stand at the top of the stairs. Instead of going down and through the fog door to your right, drop off the left side of the stairs. If you fall from the top of the stairs, you’ll land near a corpse holding a curved blade called Shotel. Drop down to the next level and you’ll find Seigmeyer of Catarina, who was previously sitting outside Sen’s Fotress until the gate was opened. Speak to him a few times, then run to the end of the path, back up the slope, and through the fog door.

Be careful of another floor trap in the narrow hallway. Staying to the left or right will keep you safe from the arrows. At the top of the short flight of stairs, you’ll have to deal with more rolling boulders. Turn right so that you can see the boulders coming down the stairs. Once one of them passes, quickly go up the stairs, but instead of heading through the door to your right, drop off the ledge to your left (you may have to roll to get over the small curb).

You’ll now be on some wooden planks with a Serpent Mage. Take it out, then loot the nearby corpse. Go through the door nearest the corpse. This leads you to the Black Sorcerer Armor set and the spell Hush.Open the metal door above you, then return to the wooden planks. Proceed through the hole in the wall and through the broken metal bars. In this area, you can find the Slumbering Dragoncrest Ring on a corpse near the edge. This ring silences your movements completely.

The only safe return from here is to drop onto the bridge below. Backtrack through the fog door and return to the second rolling boulder section. This time you want to take the stairs all the way down and enter a small room on your left. There’s a chest in here - but this is no ordinary chest. This is a Mimic. Do not try to open it. Instead, attack it, then engage it like a normal enemy, being extra careful not to get hit by its slow grab attack. It will drop a Lightning Spear: a very powerful weapon at this point in the game (especially considering you can attack with it while your shield is raised). Use the nearby elevator to return. Make sure to step off as soon as it stops, or it will continue up and into a set of ceiling spikes.

Walk up the stairs through the metal gate and stop once you’re on a narrow bridge. Look right. Drop down and run up these stairs to reach the boulder control room. Push the lever into the position shown. This routes the boulders down to where you may remember seeing a Serpent Soldier resting against a wall. Once a boulder or two has gone in this direction, turn the lever away and follow the path down to where that Soldier was resting. The boulders will have created a hole in the wall.

Through that hole, you’ll find the sorcerer Big Hat Logan in a hanging cage on your right. You need the Master Key (or return after getting the Cage Key) to free him. He’ll head back to Firelink Shrine, where he will sell you spells. Grab the Soul of a Hero from the other cage. 

17 comments

  • 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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