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Dark Souls walkthrough

NEW LONDO RUINS

Go to the bottom of Firelink Shrine and take the elevator down to the ruins. Before you cross the long wooden bridge into the ruins proper, make sure you have at least two Transient Curses stocked (you can buy them from the merchant inside the aqueduct or find them on the corpse in a pot just before the first wooden bridge leading into the ruins). Use of this item allows you to use any weapon to deal damage to ghosts for a limited time. You’ll only need a couple because ghosts tend to drop them, you’ll find them as loot in the ruins, and a merchant in the ruins sells them for 1000 souls.

Once you reach the ruins, you’ll see stairs in front of you. Instead of going up them, turn around to your right and you’ll notice a corpse with an item in the distance. You can cross a very narrow submerged bridge to reach the item, which is a Fire Keeper’s Soul. Just be warned that a trio of ghosts will spawn when you cross the bridge, so hurry across and attack them from safer ground.

Now go up the steps you saw before. Continue on, being careful of ghosts, until you descend a spiral staircase. At the bottom, go forward and grab the Parrying Dagger from the corpse, then head back towards the stairs and take a left. Run past the fog door and loot the corpse you find for a couple more Transient Curses.

Pass through the fog door. Run up the stairs and kick down the ladder. This opens up a shortcut between here and the entrance. Continue on slowly, always ready for a ghost to come up through the floor or from behind a wall. Go down the next flight of stairs and through the door on your right. You’re now in a large house.

Search the rooms for a fireplace. Inside that fireplace, you’ll find a ladder leading to the roof, where you can find Ingward, a merchant. Speak to him and, if you have or had the lordvessel, he will give you the Key to the Seal.

Go back into the house and take the stairs down to the lower level. You can find the Cusebite Ring here. Exit out the house’s lower door and take a right once you reach a fork (seen above) in the road (taking the stairs left leads to a green titanite shard). Go up the stairs, then run forward into the tower ahead (or, take the next flight of stairs up to find Humanity and a Rare Ring of Sacrifice, the latter of which is on the roof of the house.

Once inside the tower, head up the stairs, which lead to a Composite Bow. Then go back down and open the gate using your newly acquired key. Turn the lever to open the floodgates, lowering the water level of the ruins and opening up new areas. Go back into the tower and pull the smaller lever to bring an elevator up. Use the elevator.

Time to meet the Darkwraiths. These humanoid enemies are fairly quick but easily backstabbed. Just watch out for a slow magic attack called the Soul Drain, which deals heavy damage and steals one Humanity.

If you turn right you’ll notice the massive door to the Valley of the Drakes is now open. If you haven’t cleared the Drakes from their bridge and claimed the goodies around this area, do so now. Also, if you exit the gate and make an immediate left, you’ll notice a ladder. Climb it to find a Red Tearstone Ring. The item on the bridge is the Brigand Armor set and the Spider Shield.

Head back through the gate and take a right up some stairs. Go through the small wooden hut (watch out for the Darkwraith at the end) and through the fog door. Once you pass through, be prepared for a fight with two Darkwraiths and a slow-moving blob called a Mass of Souls. Lure the Darkwraiths back through the fog door and deal with them, then move in to take out the remaining enemy. As long as you are mindful of the explosive skulls the Mass of Souls spits out intermittently, it is easy enough to move behind it and hack away.

Search this room for a small doorway, beyond which is some stairs. Make your way to the top level of this area to find the Very Large Ember in a chest. Return to ground level and look for another small doorway leading to an elevator. This serves as a shortcut back to the New Londo Ruins entrance. When you are ready, return to this main room and go through the large exit.

This very conspicuous wall seen above is illusory. Break it with a weapon and cross the bridge beyond to find a Titanite Chunk.

Climb up the next set of stairs into a room where you’ll find two Darkwraiths, two ghosts, and a Mass of Souls. Again, lure out the more mobile enemies before dealing the with Mass.

Pass through the fog door. Equip the Covenant of Artorias and descend the stairs all the way to the bottom. Then, simply drop off the ledge (if you're not wearing the ring, then you will simply die).

BOSS – FOUR KINGS

The key to this fight is to wear your strongest armor, swing your most damaging weapon (or shoot it), and end things as quickly as possible. The battle begins against only one king, but the others will join shortly. The point is to not fight more than one king at a time.

Get close and circle around the first king. Putting your weapon in both hands, hack away and continue circling as your stamina charges up. Don’t worry about getting hit; if you are wearing your strongest armor, the Kings’ physical attacks won’t do much damage. If you stay close, the King will simply swing wildly, rarely using magic or its grab attack, the latter of which is telegraphed.

In the video, we killed each king before the next one could spawn. If you cannot do the same, the strategy becomes completely different, and we can only say good luck - and why didn’t you listen to us?

Use the bonfire to warp out of the area. If you haven’t given Frampt the Lordvessel yet, Kaathe will be next to the bonfire.

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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