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Dark Souls walkthrough

OPTIONAL: OOLACILE SANCTUARY AND ROYAL WOOD

To the left of the bonfire is Elizabeth, an NPC merchant. Answer yes to her question. Explore the area to find Humanity on a corpse behind a pillar, then continue on into the Royal Wood. Upon crossing the bridge, a new enemy type called Scarecrows will attack. These are quite weak, so don’t be too afraid – yet.

If you head left and follow the perimeter, you’ll eventually encounter a Stone Knight. Their hammers break through most shields, so you’re better off dodging backwards. When a Stone Knight smacks his hammer into the ground, there’s a chance he may whip it upwards for a surprise attack if you move in, so don’t counter after such an attack. These enemies are extremely tough, but magic and Pyromancy seem to break their defenses. One on one, simply bait out an attack, roll backwards, then counter with a leaping fierce attack (forward + R2). Behind this knight, on a corpse, you’ll find the Guardian Leggings.

If you continue along the left side of this area, you’ll run into another short bridge. The Black Dragon Kalameet will swing by to say hello, then he’ll be off. Expect to run into him later. Go back for now and head towards the center of the woods.

Here you’ll have to face several more Scarecrows and Stone Knights, but your reward is a chest in a small pool at the center of the woods. Inside that chest you’ll find an ultra-rare Blue Titanite Slab.

Go back and continue along the perimeter of this area in a clockwise fashion. You’ll come upon a small ruined tower. Inside, you’ll find the Guardian Gauntlets. That’s all there is to this neck of the woods; go back to the bridge where you saw the dragon and cross it.

Turn right and take the narrow path up. Be careful of any Stone Knights dropping down from the ledge above to meet you on this narrow path. Go as far as you can and drop to the ledge below. Follow this path, sticking to the wall on your left.

You’ll soon come upon a short gap. Take a running leap to get across. Turn around to your left and go up the slope. Explore this area to find the Guardian Armor on a corpse at the edge of a cliff. You can also find some Gough’s Great Arrows on another corpse nearby.

Go along the perimeter of this area with the cliff’s edge to your left. You’ll soon come upon a small raised area as seen above. Hop the gap to find a Guardian Helm. From where you found the Helm, drop down to your right and move forward, hugging the wall to your left. You’ll round a tight corner and find Elizabeth’s Mushroom. You’re done in this area, so go back to where you originally jumped over the small gap and leap to the other side.

Continue on towards the coliseum in the distance until you reach this ruined tower to your right. This tower contains an elevator. Take it down. Exit the tower and go right, across the bridge.

At the end of the bridge is Marvellous Chester. Answer yes to his question and he will sell you items. Unfortunately, nothing he sells is unique. If you kill him, you’ll get the Chester Armor Set. Continue past him to another elevator which leads back to the beginning area of the Royal Wood (you can now use this as a shortcut). Use this opportunity to go back to the Oolacile Sanctuary and rest up. Return to to the elevator and the fog door you saw.

BOSS – ARTORIAS

Artorias is all about physical sword attacks, so it’s important to get a read on his move set (do so by watching the video). We wanted to buff our defense and stamina regen as much as possible while still maintaining decent mobility, so we suggest Havel’s Armor, Gauntlets, and Leggings, the Grass Crest Shield, and the Mask of the Child. We also equipped the Ring of Steel Protection and Havel’s Ring. The result was high poise with medium mobility and super-fast stamina regen. You can interchange Havel’s equipment for Stone or Guardian equipment for similar defense and less weight – but also slightly less poise.

From what we could tell, Artorias is resistant to almost everything, so use your strongest non-elemental weapon. We chose the Black Knight Sword +5 because it was strong enough to stagger him.

The most important attacks to dodge are the two leaping attacks and the forward dashing thrust. These should never be blocked. Most of his other attacks can be avoided by backpedaling or blocking. Your opportunities to strike come after his high leap attack (not the flip attack, as he can repeat that move times in a row) and the forward dashing thrust. At those times, use your jumping fierce attack (tap forward + RT). Whenever he loses about enough health, he’ll begin dashing away and start casting a buff that boosts his strength significantly. You'll have two options at that point:

1. You can rush in while he’s casting and hack away if you’re willing to take the damage from the ensuing explosion (which, if you’re equipped as we were, won’t kill you). Depending on the strength of your weapon, you could stagger him and completely cancel the buff and explosion. We do this in the video.

2. You can back off to avoid the explosion that follows the cast. Then, simply wait for his temporary buff to wear off.

After the battle, head through the door to find a new bonfire

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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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