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Dark Souls walkthrough

FIRELINK SHRINE

Firelink Shrine is the first hub of the game, linking to several different areas. We’ll tell you where to head first in a moment, but first let’s do some exploring…

Immediately turn right and loot the corpse hanging at the edge of the well for three Humanity. Consume at least two of your stocked Humanity and light the bonfire. You can (and should) kindle the fire at the cost of one Humanity. This ups the Estus Flask refill count from 5 to 10 whenever you visit this bonfire. You should also consider using another Humanity to reverse your hollowing. Remember that increasing your humanity count (consumed, not stocked) boosts your item discovery rate as well as curse resistance and other defenses.

You can speak tothe armored NPC nearby to learn of your next objective. Talk to him repeatedly to learn more.

From the bonfire, head up the rightmost stairs and continue up, sticking to the right. Proceed along the short passage until you reach a corpse at a dead end. Loot it for 6 Firebombs.

Go back to the bonfire and head up the stairs again, this time maintaining a more centered direction. Speak to the NPC on your left, Petrus of Thorolund, repeatedly until he asks you to join his covenant, The Way of the White. If you say yes, he will sell you Miracles. There is no drawback to joining this covenant right now.

Pass Petrus and continue up the stairs. Enter the dark room on your right to find two dark doorways. These are actually elevator shafts, though you cannot yet use them. You can, however, walk through either one to safely drop into an area containing several treasure chests. The most important loot here is a Talisman, which allows usage of Miracles (once you have them).

Be careful when dropping off the ledge behind the final chest. Land and immediately sprint left back to the bonfire. You shouldn’t engage the Skeleton Warriors in the graveyard at this point.

From the bonfire, look for some descending steps along the edge of the cliff. Take these to an elevator, which will bring you to the New Londo Ruins. Upon entering this dark area, head to your right and look for some steps leading down. 

Where the stairs end, you’ll find a Blacksmith, Rickert of Vinheim, who has a Sorcerer’s Catalyst (which allows casting) and a couple spells for sale. This is a great opportunity to get started down the path of the Sorcerer if you wish.

Note that the undead here are weak and will not attack unless attacked. DO NOT proceed beyond the wooden bridge an into the ruins themselves. You’ll be attacked by ghosts that you cannot yet kill. Return to the 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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