Dark Souls walkthrough


You’ll soon encounter your first Skeleton Beast. It is more important to attack these creatures from a distance than it is with the Giant Skeletons, because the beasts are quicker and can destroy you in a single attack. One strong Pyromancy spell (Great Chaos Fireball) should do the trick. Proceed through the fog door.

Once you pass through the door, there’ll be another archer shooting from the left, a beast in front of you, and a beast to your left. The beasts are too far away to attack you right away, but there’s also a Silver Knight (does not respawn) who charges in to make your day extra fun. Focus on him first, making sure not to stray too far from the door so as not to aggro the beasts. Once he’s gone, mop up the area.

Loot the corpse near where the archer stood, then walk past the corpse and off the ledge pictured above (trust us). You’ll land on a narrow path leading to the very valuable Covetous Silver Serpent Ring (boosts souls gained by 20%). However, getting near the item prompts several Skeleton Pillars to appear and surround you, so be ready to backpeadal. Drop down to a nearby visible ledge to progress.

If you go back and explore the rest of the area thoroughly, you’ll find an Effigy Shield and another bonfire.

Your goal is this ladder leading down (seen above). Soon after climbing down, you’ll no longer need a light source.

If you are in human form at this point, the black phantom NPC Paladin Leeroy, who helped you in the Pinwheel fight, will invade. He drops the Sanctus shield (incredible, because it has an HP regen effect) and the Grant hammer.

As you into the cave and along the next long ledge, several more Skeleton Pillars will spawn. At the far end, an archer will be annoying you with his arrows. Once you approach him, be wary of the Giant Skeleton lurking just out of view to your left (archer’s right).

In the next area you’ll encounter several Pinwheels. You can easily dispatch most of them from the first ledge with a bow, since they stagger after every hit and will be unable to cast. Otherwise, it’s best to rush them one at a time (much like the previous boss). Tiny skeletons will contiuously spawn from the water as well. These only pose a threat if they gather up and surround you.

Make a careful note of this cave on the left side of the screen seen above. This is just before the fog door. Drop off into the spot shown to find the White Titanite Slab. When you’re ready, head through the fog door.


You should go into this fight with medium armor (medium-speed roll action). Nito is vulnerable to fire, so Pyromancy is a great tool in this fight.

As soon as you drop into the arena, heal (unless you used fall control). Nito is a necromancer, so the trio of skeletons he has with him will revive unless you kill them with a divine weapon.

Our exact strategy was to use a divine weapon to deal with the trio of skeletons that rushed at us, then dance around Nito chucking Pyromancy spells. Just try to stay out of the aggro range of the giant skeletons in the back of the arena. From medium range, all of Nito’s attacks are telegraphed and easily avoidable. If he starts to charge up, however, run far away, for his AOE attack is massive. Also, if his fist glows, that means he’s going for a grab attack, which has surprising range and tracking and also deals lots of damage.

If you are far away from Nito and you hear a scream, that means he’s about to shoot a blade up through the ground at your feet. You best bet is to roll or jump a couple seconds after you hear the scream.

Alternatively, if you have a strong weapon, equip very heavy armor, apply iron flesh, rush Nito, and hack away (similar to the Four Kings strategy) with no regard for blocking. Just watch out for that AOE attack.

After the battle, don’t forget to loot the nearby corpse for the Paladin Armor set. Use the bonfire to warp out.


  • 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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