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Dark Souls walkthrough

THE CATACOMBS

 

The catacombs are found by passing through the graveyard at Firelink Shrine (look for descending stairs near the cliff’s edge). Skeletons inside the Catacombs can be revived if there is a Necromancer nearby – unless you strike them down with a divine weapon. We already showed you where to find the Divine Ember (beyond the Moonlight Butterfly’s lair), so it’s just a matter of choosing a weapon and speaking to Andre the Blacksmith in the Undead Parish. Astora’s Straight Sword, which you should have if you’ve been following this walkthrough, has a natural divine effect. You can make it through the Catacombs without a divine weapon, but we don’t recommend that.

If you have been following this walkthrough you should have an Occult Club; Andre can convert it to a Divine Club +5 for a meager sum and no additional materials.

Be careful not to fall when descending the spiral steps. The floating skulls will explode if they get too close, so maintain your distance or move quickly. Eventually you’ll reach what seems like a dead end drop-off. Look for a ladder to your left.

Continue until you see a hole in the wall to your left. Through here you’ll find a bonfire and a Necromancer. These enemies shoot flames, but are otherwise easy targets. Defeating them means skeletons in their area will not revive (assuming you did not already kill them with a divine weapon.) Necromancers do not respawn. Press the switch in this room to open a door in the other and proceed.

In the next open area, you’ll see a Necromancer across the way to your right. If you have the means, take him out from here to prevent the nearby skeletons from reviving. Continue on. Eventually, you’ll emerge outside again. There will be an impassable spiked bridge to your left. Take the route to your right until you find a switch which will rotate the bridge, making it crossable.

When you get back to the bridge, two skeletons and a Necromancer will be waiting for you on the other side. Take them out and proceed down the staircase, checking the rooms on your right. One of the them contains a lever, which you should push. Continue your descent until the steps end.

This is where things get tricky. We’re going to take a shortcut now, since there will be plenty of opportunities to explore the upper Catacombs during backtracking. Simply walk off the edge of the stairs (seen above) and you’ll land safely on a barely-visible ledge below. Alternatively, you can drop straight down through the hole in the brick roof at the bottom of this pit. Note that you must fall straight through (which triggers a cutscene) otherwise you will die. Falling straight through only works the first time, as there will be no cutscene in subsequent attempts and you will simply die.

OPTIONAL: If you don’t take our shortcut, you can continue through the catacombs and find the Darkmoon Seance Ring. Look for obviously weak brick wall to smash through and follow the path to a Giant Skeleton, who guards the ring. In that same hallway, look for another smashable brick wall. Going through it leads to the Tranquil Walk of Peace Miracle, and extremely useful tool for PVP.

Also, behind the Titanite Demon you encounter later in the level, you’ll find three Eyes of Death. With at least one eye in your inventory, you can hop into a nearby open coffin and be transported to Gravelord Nito’s lair, where you can join his covenant, the Gravelord Servant Covenant. If you defeat Nito (boss of the Tomb of Giants) before doing this, you cannot join this covenant for the rest of the current playthrough.

The skeleton you meet is Vamos The Blacksmith. Leave the room to find yourself in a dark, open area. Be very careful of the many pinwheel skeletons roaming the area (there are several) and the two exploding skulls. There is also a Silver Knight guarding this area that will not respawn once defeated. Continue until you get to the fog door.

OPTIONAL: If you do not take the Vamos shortcut, you’ll eventually come to the area pictured above. Look down for a summon sign (if you are human). This is the sign of Paladin Leeroy. We recommend you summon him before proceeding through the door, though the boss is easy enough without his help.

BOSS – PINWHEEL

This is VERY simple. Rush the original Pinwheel (rolling under any magic projectiles), put your weapon in both hands, and hack away. There’s not much else to say other than this fight should be over in under a minute. Pinwheel will drop one of three Masks, so make sure to look for the item, as it is the only thing you do not acquire automatically upon victory.

You now have the Rite of Kindling, which allows you to further kindle bonfires and surpass the maximum allowance of 10 Estus Flasks. 

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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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