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Dark Souls walkthrough

DUKE’S ARCHIVES

 

To reach this area, warp to the Anor Londo bonfire, exit the building, and turn left. Enter the building you see and leave out the right side entrance. Follow this path up to the archives. The hall leading into the archives is guarded by an Armored Tusk. Wear light armor, move forward until the tusk charges, then turn around and run out of the hallway. The tusk cannot pass the threshold of the hall entrance, so you can shoot spells/Pyromancy at it while it flounders helplessly.

Around the second corner, there will be another Armored Tusk. You can’t use the same trick, but simply circle strafe around it and use Pyromancy to deal with it quickly - this isn’t the most maneuverable enemy. Move into the archives and light the bonfire.

Take the lift up to the next level. This is where you are introduced to Crystal Skeletons. They are like any other skeleton knights, only they deal much more damage. Go for backstabs and always have your shield up.

In this room is a Blue Crystal Golem. This particular enemy is exclusive to the Prepare to Die Edition, and the Broken Pendant it drops is required to access the new content. If you want to access that content now, proceed to the appropriate section of the walkthrough. Otherwise, continue on into the Duke’s Archives.

Rush the Channeler in between his spell casting. Channelers tend to teleport away if you don’t finish them quickly enough. Climb up the stairs and explore this floor, then head up the elevator. Once on the top floor, proceed through the crystalized hallway, aware that an NPC will rush to attack once you do. Before you proceed through the fog door, equip a Ring of Sacrifice if you have one. 

You will now face Seath the Scaleless. You cannot win this fight and will inevitably die, so just let it happen.

You’ll revive at a bonfire in the prison section of the archives. Kill the Serpent Soldier through the bars and loot his corpse for the key needed to escape your cell. Upon your escape, a guard will sound an alarm, releasing the Picasa. These enemies should be dealt with from a distance, as they have a grab attack that instantly kills. However, it is easy enough to dodge if you wish to take them out with melee weapons.

Descend  to the bottom of the area, checking the cells along the way for loot. At the very bottom, enter the room full of Picasa and destroy them all. The crying Picasa drop the Bountiful Sunlight and Soothing Sunlight miracles. Speak to Big Hat Logan through the bars. The key to his cell can be found later in the level.

Climb up to where the alarm is and loot the nearby chest for the Archive Tower Giant Door Key. Now go all the way back up the stairs to the top of the tower and climb the ladder there. Before you go through the giant double doors, look to your left or a wooden plank walkway. Follow this to its end and carefully drop down to find the Maiden Armor set and a White Seance Ring (which grants additional attunement slots). Now go back up and through the double doors.

Continue on until you are back in the library. Head left and deal with the Channeler (deal with the one above you with arrows, if you have them), then keep heading in this direction until you can go up some stairs to your right.

Halfway up these stairs is a lever. Turn it to rotate the staircase. Continue up the stairs and head left. Follow this path until you see a gap to your left. Drop down onto another rotating staircase, only don’t use the lever. Run up the stairs and head right to find a chest containing Sorcery: Strong Magic Shield.

Go halfway down the stairs and rotate them, then continue down and turn right. You should see a doorway (see above) that leads to a ladder. Take the ladder all the way down and pull the nearby lever. You can now run to the bonfire outside then come back here and explore the two rooms.

In the smaller of the two rooms, you’ll find a lone chest containing a Blue Titanite Chunk. Enter the bigger room and check the chest to your immediate left to find the Channelers Armor set. The chest further down and to your left contains the Archive Tower Giant Cell Key. The chest in the far right corner of the room is a Mimic, who should drop an Enchanted Falchion and a Symbol of Avarice. Pull the nearby lever to reveal a path leading to your next destination.

 

Before heading down the stairs, check for a hidden path behind where the Mimic was placed. There’s a chest to be found which contains the Crystal Ember.

We also recommend taking the Archive Tower Giant Cell Key back to the prison section and freeing Big Hat Logan. You’ll also gain access to the item in his cell, which is a Fire Keepers Soul. Logan will now move into the small room where you found the Blue Titanite Chunk and sell new spells.

Head down the newly revealed staircase (make sure to grab the 20 Prism Stones from under the stairs) , through the fog door, and out into the open air. This area is inhabited by many Blue Crystal Golems and, if you have been following this walkthrough, a Golden Crystal Golem.

Destroying the Golden Golem reveals Sieglinde of Catarina, daughter of Siegmeyer. Talk to her and tell her you’ve seen her father. Search the open area nearby for a corpse holding the Crystalline Armor set, then continue on down the slope into the Crystal Cave. 

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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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