Dark Souls walkthrough


Most of the Tomb of the Giants is pitch-black. If you were lucky enough to get a Skull Lantern off of a Necromancer back in the Catacombs, now is the time to use it (put it in your shield hand and press RB). Other options include the Cast Light spell bought from Dusk (a better alternative) or a Sunglight Maggot Helmet, which is extremely difficult to obtain at this point.

Note that there are no Necromancers in the Tomb of the Giants, so you no longer have to worry about enemies reviving.

After the Pinwheel fight, search the room for a ladder. Climb it to emerge in the Tomb of the Giants. Follow the twinkling lights, but take it slowly, for it is extremely easy to lose your footing and fall to your death. Aside from falling, your biggest threat in the dark are Giant Skeletons. They take up a lot of space on these narrow cliffs and can easily push you off. Use magic or Pyromancy if you have it, otherwise attack hard when the opportunity arises – the longer you spend engaged, the higher the chance you’ll fall off the edge.

If you're in the dark, look for glowing eyes. They are the only way to spot a Giant Skeleton at a distance without a decent light source.

Continue descending until you spot the NPC Patches. Before talking to him, however, turn left and look for a ladder leading down to a bonfire. Rest there, then speak to Patches.

If you walk over to the green light behind him, Patches will kick you into the pit. Here you will find a Skull lantern among the corpses and, if you go right, the NPC Rhea. Watch out for her bodyguards; they have become hollow and will attack you in the pit. Defeat them and speak once more to Rhea for the Replenishment Miracle. She will now head back to the shrine in the Undead Parish. Be warned that if you do not kill Petrus (who hangs out near the elevator in Firelink Shrine) relatively soon, he will eventually murder Rhea. Since you can join the Way of the White by speaking to either NPC, you could conceivably buy all the miracles you need from Petrus and kill him to protect Rhea, who sells her own unique set of miracles.

Another enemy found down here is the Skeleton Pillar. Don’t get too close to these slow moving columns. Your best bet is to get a strike in and back off, repeating as necessary.

Find the ladder and escape the pit. When you reach the top of the ladder, strike the wall to reveal the exit. Turning right leads you back to the bonfire, Patches, and eventually, the area boss. Left leads further into the tomb and the Divine Ember. Rest up at the bonfire if needed, reconcile with Patches (if you want to), then head back here and go left.

You’ll notice a small hole to your right leading into a small tomb and a ledge leading up to your left. If you fall into the tomb, you can find the Large Divine Ember – but not before defeating five Giant Skeletons. Take out as many as you can from the high ledge, then jump down and pray.

Climb out of this tomb and head up the aforementioned ledge. There will be two archers shooting at you and a normal Giant Skeleton to deal with. You can lure the Giant Skeleton over to where it is safer instead of risking an arrow in the knee (derp). At the end of the path you’ll find a long ladder. Once you reach the top, be prepared to take on two more Giant Skeletons.

Once you climb out of this small tomb, head up the rocky ledge in front of you. This leads back to the beginning of the level. Drop down and return to Patches. To his right, you’ll notice blue lights running along the right wall. This is the path to the boss, so let’s go.

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  • 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!