Dark Souls walkthrough


If you head left immediately after reaching the bottom of the stairs, you will find a path guarded by two Minor Taurus demons. Unlike the previous demons, these will not rush you if you shoot them with arrows from a distance. There are also five Burrowing Rockworms that will come out of the ceiling once as you pass through the stone section ahead, so proceed slowly.  The chest these enemies were guarding (seen above) holds the Large Flame Ember.

OPTIONAL: If you have been speaking to Solaire throughout the game, wish to summon him for the game’s final boss fight, and have reached level 2 in the Chaos Servant covenant (give 30 Humanity to Quelaag’s sister, necessary to open a special shortcut door between here and Lost Izalith), DO NOT yet take the path through the hole in the wall to the right of the fog door (seen below). More on this later...

Proceed through the fog door to fight the area boss.


This enemy is almost identical to the Stray Demon from the Undead Asylum, only stronger and with a couple extra attacks. Repeat the same strategy (get close and stay close, preferably behind) to finish the battle quickly. The Firesage Demon does tend to move away from you more often, so keep him on a short leash.

Continue forward. You’ll have the option of going up or down. Down leads to a bonfire and the proper progression path; up leads to an elevator which will take you to Quelaag’s Domain and open a permanent shortcut. Go up first to activate the elevator, then take the down option.

Take the tree root down to the next fog door. If you are in Human form (which we highly suggest), Solaire’s summon sign will appear near the root left of the door. Summon him, then pass through the fog.


Before entering this fight, know that the boss is immune to fire. Also be aware that there is lava everywhere, so footing is crucial.

Solaire should provide a useful distraction (as usual) while you run to the far-right side of the arena. This is a more open area with a corpse at its center that can serve as a better base for this battle. However, if you don’t wish to deal with trying to jump over the lava, you can stay near the entrance.

The goal is to stay underneath the demon and attack. When it leaps into the air, pull out your shield and block. It’s as simple as that!

You should equip the awarded Orange Charred Ring immediately after this fight, for it allows you to cross over lava while taking minimal damage. Look for a cave on the left side of the arena and proceed through it to find Solaire and a bonfire.

OPTIONAL: If you’ve been following our guide so far, Solaire should be here. Speak to him (but DO NOT pass the nearby bonfire into Lost Izalith), then backtrack to the door that led to the Demon Firesage boss arena. Remember that shortcut through the wall we told you not to take? Take it now. Proceed down the roots to the locked door, which can be opened if you are a level 2 member of the Chaos Servant Covenant. On one side of the door you’ll find four Chaos Bugs. On the other side, five. Kill them all (there may be more than nine, make sure they are all dead), then turn around; Solaire will be sitting near the shortcut door. Speak to him. Provided you have not yet entered Lost Izalith, then you will have completed the requirements and Solaire’s summon sign will appear before the game’s final boss door. If you've failed any of these requirements, Solaire will die. You can proceed into Lost Izalith from here, but in order to follow our walkthrough, we suggest you head back to the bonfire next to which Solaire was initially sitting.


  • 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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