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