Dark Souls walkthrough


Remember 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.

Now head 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.

The great 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.

From the 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.


This 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.

This Hydra 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.

Once you 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.

Continue 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.

Instead of 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.

Continue 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.

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  • 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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