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Dark Souls walkthrough

OPTIONAL: CHASM OF THE ABYSS

Note: The color of the guiding lights in this chasm changes every time you enter. Unfortunately, there's no way to guide you based on their color, though if you're following along you should be able to easily tell which ones we mean.

Enter the Chasm and turn left. Once the path opens up you’ll notice the eyes of five Bloatheads ahead of you. One of them is a sorcerer, so try to lure them out one by one with a bow to avoid being mobbed. Use the nearby stalagmite for cover from the Dark Orb blasts if it comes to that. These enemies are guarding the extremely powerful Dark Bead Spell.

From where you found Dark Bead Spell, turn towards where you came from and look for a downward slope to your left with a light. Continue until you see a pit full of Giant Humanities. Stay on the ledge then walk across the bridge you see. At the end of the bridge, hang a left. You’ll fall through an illusory floor and see what appears to be Alvina, who will vanish once you get near. Follow this ghost until you see a stone door on your left. (Note: Giant Humanity only harm you if you let them touch you but cannot be blocked. Use a fairly long weapon or spells to stay safe.)

The wall on the right side of the screenshot above is illusory. Take this path to find a young Sif. Defeat the Giant Humanity around him, then approach him. He’ll vanish, leaving behind the Cleansing Greatshield. Through the stone doorway you saw earlier will be an elevator shortcut back to Royal Wood. Activate if you like, but come back down here.

Turn right out of the stone doorway and look for the nearby light. This marks a path leading down. Pass the path with another light and continue down. Defeat the Giant Humanities and find the Black Flame Pyromancy. Go back and take the path with that second light. Take out the Sorcerer at the top and drop into the area below.

You’re now back at that pit full of Giant Humanity. If you have a good long weapon like a Scythe you should hack them all down (they tend to drop Humanity). Drop off the ledge to find one more Giant Humanity and the Help me! Carving. Just past the corpse on which you found that, drop down.

Backtrack to the area where you saw the three lights near a collapsed stone column. Follow this slope down. When you reach the bottom, check underneath the column for Twin Humanities, then continue into the cave.

As you descend, you’ll see a light (seen above). Turn right at this point to find a smaller cave leading to a precious White Titanite Slab.

Before passing through the fog, make sure you are in human form and have rescued Sif here in the Chasm of the Abyss. Also make sure you have the Silver Pendant, obtained earlier in Oolacile Township.

Note: The best way to get back to this fog door after dying is via the Royal Wood elevator from the Oolacile Township bonfire. This path allows you to get the drop on the Bloated Sorcerer guarding the stone bridge leading down to the fog door.

BOSS – MANUS, FATHER OF THE ABYSS

Before battle, empty all of your quick slots except for the Estus Flask and the Silver Pendant so that you can switch quickly back and forth (use your right thumb for this during battle). Also note that Sif’s summon sign is near the center of the room. It can be hard to see, and Sif doesn’t help very much, but it’s worth pressing “A” if you step over it during battle.

As for equipment, we stuck to what worked in the Artorias fight (go back if you don’t remember), only we used a quicker neutral weapon, the Balder Side Sword +15. Your openings won’t last as long against Manus as they did against Artorias, so you need to get in and out fast without draining too much of your stamina.

Most of Manus’ early attacks involve his massive left hand. Holding it high above his head means he’s going to do a long range slam. Back away quickly and roll backwards if you have time, otherwise you can dodge to the side if your timing is precise.

When he holds his hand to his left, he’s preparing a long range horizontal sweep. If timed right, this can be rolled through in any direction.

His close range attacks are quick and not as blatantly telegraphed. Unless it’s his jump slam (which you should dodge to the right or left), or three-hit combo (leads with his axe), most of his short range stuff should be avoided by rolling backwards. If he catches you with an upward strike and you aren’t blocking, he can juggle you for massive damage.

When Manus loses around 50% of his health, he starts casting dark magic. He has three spells. The first is a quick wave of orbs shot out in front of him. It’s hard to do anything except block these. The other two are summoning spells: one rains dark magic from above and the other draws orbs towards you from the walls. Both of these two should be blocked by your Silver Pendant. Since the casting is telegraphed, quickly switch from Estus Flasks to your Pendant and activate with X. If the timing is right, you won’t take any damage at all.

If you have a ranged attack like Pyromancy, spells, or the Great Lightning Spear (as we did), you can use them sparingly if Manus gets distracted by Sif. This doesn’t happen very often and, when it does, not for very long.

Stay patient, stay strong, and keep at it. Study our video and learn Manus’ moves. Remember to always go into this fight in human form so that you can summon Sif. If you run out of Humanity, simply farm some in the Chasm of the Abyss. Good luck!

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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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