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Dark Souls walkthrough

(OPTIONAL) GRINDING FOR SOULS & FINDING GOODIES IN DARKROOT GARDEN

The following advice leads to one of the best methods for soul farming in the game, but you’ll need 20,000 souls (consider it an investment) and moderate fighting skills. If you aren’t ready at this point in the game, know that you can return at any time. However, having access to lots of souls this early will give you the freedom to level up whenever you like. Visit Andrei the Blacksmith in the Undead Parish and purchase from him the Crest of Artorias. Defeat the nearby Titanite Demon (see strategy on the previous page) and enter Darkroot Garden.

Proceed through the garden until you come upon a door with a glowing circle at its center (seen above). Before you use the Crest of Artorias to open it, look for a wall to the left. This is a breakable wall; simply hit it with your weapon. A bonfire will be revealed. Rest here before proceeding through the locked door.

There are several NPC enemies in woods beyond the door - including some semi-invisible ones. They are difficult foes early on, but they drop 1000-5000 souls each, and respawn whenever you rest at a bonfire. Try to engage them one at a time and only go for backstabs or ripostes (or kick them off the edge of the nearby cliff). Repeat these battles as long as you wish to grind for souls. If you have the Covetous Silver Serpent Ring (found in the Tomb of Giants), you'll gain even more souls. We recommend you farm while offline or as a hollow so as to avoid Blue Phantom invasions in this area. 

If you reach the small tower at the other end of the woods, you’ll find Alvina sitting in the window. This creepy cat is the leader of the Forest Hunter covenant. If you join this covenant, Shiva of the East will appear outside the tower and all of the NPCs in the forest will become friendly. But first, let's grab some special armor.

From inside Alvina's tower, cross the short bridge to the next tower. Descend the stairs to ground level, turn left, and walk around the outside of the tower. Near the cliff you’ll find a chest containing the extremely strong Stone Armor Set. 

Now return to Alvina's tower and find Shiva outside. He has an invisible bodyguard who stands directly behind him. Kill the bodyguard to obtain the Dark Wood Grain Ring, which allows you to do a snazzy flip instead of a roll when you tap B. Note that attacking the bodyguard immediately removes you from the covenant and turns all of the forest NPCs hostile again (including Shiva). However, this course of action is the only way to get this ring, so you have to make a choice.

If you decide to go for the ring, make sure not to kill Shiva (any other NPC is ok). Instead, run away and be sure to absolve your sins next time you visit Oswald of Carim in the game’s first bell tower (in the Undead Parish). Then it will be like nothing happened. The forest NPCs will be hostile when you return to the woods, and you can rejoin the Forest Hunter covenant by speaking to Alvina, at which point Shiva will return and be completely friendly (only he won't have a bodyguard).  

Note that you cannot farm the forest NPCs for souls and be in the Forest Hunter covenant at the same time. 

19 comments

  • 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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