Dark Souls walkthrough


You have the opportunity to climb a spiral staircase once you reach the top of the aforementioned ladder. If you go to the top of this tower, you’ll run into a Black Knight, a foe even more fierce than the Silver Knight you may have encountered in the Undead Burg. Without superior parrying skills and/or the Drake Sword in hand for some high-damage backstabbing, we suggest leaving him alone for now.

The main gate to the Undead Parish is guarded by several undead soldiers and an Armored Tusk. Stick to the right wall and up the stairs, killing soldiers as you go. As long as you remain at a distance, the Tusk will not attack. Kill all of the soldiers (including the two archers) and return to where you first entered this area.

Now it’s just you and the Armored Tusk. Get close enough to provoke him, the run to the stairs on the right. From here, you can coax him into the existing flames, or use Fireball, Firebombs, spells, or any ranged attacks on him.

After clearing the area, walk over to where the Armored Tusk was originally stationed. There are steps leading down into a corridor with one cowardly undead. Either kill him immediately or let him flee, as once you exit the corridor into the next room you’ll be attacked by several more undead. 

Make sure to explore this room for a corpse holding the Mystery Key, then look for a ladder nearby and climb it, being ready for two more undead at the top. Climb the next ladder and pass through the fog door. Once you cross this short bridge, you’ll reach a fork in the road. Go right first and slowly approach the caped knight for a backstab. Grab the loot he was blocking (a Knight Shield) and go back to the fork, this time heading left.

Proceed until you see a short wooden bridge in front of you and a passage to your left. Head left now and proceed down the wide staircase. Take out the soldier then loot the Basement Key from the nearby corpse. Pull the nearby lever to open up the gate, creating a shortcut between this area and your last bonfire.

Head back up the stairs and into the church. The objective here is to lure out each enemy one by one (watch out for the one to your immediate left once you step inside) and kill them near the steps. Entering the church and taking them all on at once is suicidal. Once all of the normal knights are defeated, head deeper into the church. If you proceed past the steps in the above screenshot, you will be shot at from above by a sorcerer. Only step past these steps long enough to draw out the large knight, then sprint back out of the church. Lure him outside and defeat him with backstabs. He'll drop a Tower Shield. Once defeated, this enemy will never respawn.

Head back to the fork where you saw the small wooden bridge. Run across it and deal with the three undead soldiers. Once the area is clear, you can enter the church from the side entrance, or turn right and head in a new direction, towards a new bonfire. Do the latter.

Run down the steps and along the narrow path until you reach a new building. You’ll hear a blacksmith’s hammer. Descend the nearby staircase to find a bonfire. Continue your descent to find Andrei the Blacksmith. Talk to him and make any purchases you may need, then head back upstairs and into the church.

Above: Taking on the Titanite Demon early

OPTIONAL: If you continue your descent past the blacksmith, you’ll run into a Titanite Demon. He guards the Darkroot Garden. Since there’s not much to do in that area at the moment, there’s not much point to fighting this powerful demon. However, if you’re feeling brave, get close enough to the demon so that he still shoots his slow lightning bolt at you but not close enough for him to use his weapon. From this distance, you can charge forward after his lighting blast and use a ranged attack, then retreat. Alternatively, you can stay just outside his weapon’s range, rolling to avoid his physical attacks then countering with your own. See the video for details. This enemy drops Demon Titanite and will not respawn.


  • Sneaky67 - October 24, 2014 7:47 a.m.

    I have killed the blue crystal demon at the start of dukes archives 20 times or more and he hasn't dropped the broken pendant. Any ideas what might be up. I have the prepare to die edition.
  • christian-small - October 2, 2014 12:23 p.m.

    Had some problems with returning to undead asylum I did blighttown and quelagg before going to undead asylum I get the key and curl into a ball in the nest but the crow doesnt pick me up , anyone avalible to help?
  • Sneaky67 - October 24, 2014 9:30 a.m.

    Don't get too close to the eggs, happened to me a couple of times.
  • 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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