Dark Souls walkthrough


When you reenter the church after resting at a bonfire, all enemies except for the Tower Shield knight will be back. If you head through the side entrance, you should be able to avoid the stronger foes. Check the altar to your right to find a Fire Keeper’s Soul. This will come in handy back at Firelink Shrine.

Continue past the altar and past the stairs you see on your right (though that is the path to your objective). Hop onto the elevator in front of you. This takes you back to Firelink Shrine; now you have an easy way to get from there to the Parish. If you descend the stairs near the bonfire in Firelink Shrine and speak to Anastacia of Astora, you can use the Fire Keeper’s Soul to reinforce your Estus Flasks. This increases the healing properties of each flask you drink.

Return to the elevator, take it back up the Parish, and take the ascending stairs you passed earlier (be wary of an enemy on the staircase). After proceeding through the corridor at the top of this staircase, you’ll encounter the sorcerer. He’ll be protected by a swarm of undead, so backtrack through the corridor killing off the weaklings until all that remains is the sorcerer. Once that happens, he poses little risk if you get close enough.

If you continue to climb the stairs in the Parish in a counterclockwise fashion (as opposed to climbing the ladder to the Belfry Gargoyle boss), you’ll come upon a flimsy wooden door. Smash through it and climb the stairs beyond to find Knight Lautrec of Carim locked in a cell. You’ll need the Mystery Key, found earlier, to set him free. Be aware that doing so means he will return to Firelink Shrine and kill Anastacia of Astora. However, even if you don’t free him, he’ll escape after you defeat the Belfry Gargoyle and still kill Anastacia. The benefit to freeing him now is that he becomes available for summoning in the Belfry Gargoyle boss fight, though we recommend summoning Solaire instead.

Return to the second floor of the church and look for a series of ladders leading up. These lead to a fog door beyond which is the Belfry Gargoylesboss fight. We highly recommend you are in human form before this fight, since in this state you are allowed to summon either Knight Lautrec of Carim or Solaire of Astora by touching one of their summon symbols found on the ground before the fog door. We suggest summoning Solaire for reasons that are important later in the game.


As soon as the fight begins, focus on defeating the first gargoyle as quickly as possible. Solaire should serve as a distraction while you use your Pyromancy or Firebombs from a distance. Alternatively, you can enchant your weapon with lighting by using the Gold Pine Resin, as the gargoyle is extremely susceptible to lighting attacks.

Once you’ve half-killed the first gargoyle, another will appear. Again, maintain focus on the first gargoyle and knock it out as quickly as you can; you don’t want to fight two of these beasts simultaneously for any longer than is necessary.

If Solaire survives, you’ll earn a Sunlight Medal. If he is vanquished, don’t worry; you just don't get the medal. Also, if you manage to destroy the tail of either gargoyle, you will earn a Gargoyle Tail Axe. While not especially powerful, and not even half as powerful as the Drake Sword, it is a rare weapon. If you fail to obtain it here, you will have a chance later in the game.

Once victory is achieved, run across the roof, climb the ladder, and ring the bell. Congratulations! Now it’s time to head back to Firelink Shrine. Note: after descending the second ladder of the bell tower, you’ll notice a man in black. Do not strike him. This is Oswald of Carim, an NPC very important to covenant and multiplayer matters. There’s not much to do with him now, so just return to Firelink Shrine. Or…


  • 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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