OPTIONAL: GREAT HOLLOW AND ASH LAKE
those breakable walls inside that giant tree at the bottom of Blighttown? Head
there now (warp to the Daughter of Chaos bonfire). Very near the tree, next to
a support column, you’ll find Siegmeyer (seen above).
Give him some purple moss clumps and he’ll reward you with a Pierce Shield. This also progresses his
path through the game.
into the tree and through the secret passages. Before you do, however, consider
equipping the Fall Control spell if
you have it, for the entire area is one massive drop and a wrong step can
easily lead to death. Proceed until you reach the bonfire.
hollow is a series of winding roots that lead far below Lodran. There are
several items found in precarious places, but they are all either souls or titanite
chunks of various colors - with one exception: the Cloranthy Ring. This is the only item we are going to show you how
to get, since it can only be found here.
bonfire, walk forward until the path curves to the right. Look down to your
right. Inside a hollow stump you’ll notice a corpse with an item (see above). Simply roll
off the ledge here and aim for the corpse. The fall should do minimal damage
and you can grab the ring.
The rest of
the area contains Basilisks (which
can inflict curse) and, at the bottom of the tree, Mushroom Men (the
larger of which can kill you in a single punch). After the Mushroom Men, you’ll
find a for door leading to Ash Lake.
Ash Lake is
incredible - especially when you try and understand where exactly it is that you
are. Once you emerge from the tree, you’ll notice a Hydra in the water to your left. Before taking it on, head right to
find a bonfire on the beach.
BOSS – SECOND HYDRA
is identical to the first one you encountered in Darkroot Basin, though it may
be stronger. Make sure to equip some heavy armor and bring a bow if you have
one. Get close enough (at the water’s edge, but not too far in as this lake has
an earlier drop-off than Darkroot Basin’s) so that the Hydra attacks you with its
heads. Block the attack, then once the heads are stuck in the ground, hack away.
tends to vary its distance from you more often than the previous one. If it
seems to be backing off, move in to avoid its projectile attacks. If it starts
to move forward, back off a bit so that you don’t get hit from behind by its
head attacks. Maintaining the proper range is key here. If you are standing in
the water, you will almost always draw out a melee attack – though we don’t
recommend staying there when the strikes actually hit. We also suggest using Iron Flesh during the first part of the
battle, as you inevitably tend to get hit from behind when all of the heads are
attached and attack at once.
take out a few heads, you can simply stand at the water’s edge and use a bow to
finish the job (as seen in the video). You will get two Dragon Scales for winning this fight.
If you run
left along the water’s edge, back towards the tree, you’ll find another Dragon Scale (seen above). There is yet another
scale in the hollow log in the middle of the beach.
along the beach until you see another hollow tree. If you stay to left side
of the sandbar, you’ll find another Dragon
Scale on a corpse at the water’s edge. Backtrack from there then head for
the tree mentioned above.
going through the ‘front’ entrance, loop around the right side and up the root
you see in the picture above. About half way up, look down to your right for a
hollow broken root that you can fall into. This path leads inside the tree and to the Miracle: Great Magic Barrier.
along the beach until you finally reach the Everlasting Dragon. This is an NPC, not an enemy. You can speak to
him to join the Path of the Dragon
Covenant. This covenant exists solely as a means of obtaining Dragon Scales.
Above: Sorry, pal
You can cut
off the dragon’s tail in order to obtain the Dragon Greatsword. This does not anger him or break your covenant,
but it does count as a sin and will require absolution from Oswald of Carim. At this point, that
shouldn’t matter; take the sword! Use the bonfire
to warp out of this place.