How to access the Crown of the Old Iron King Dark Souls 2 DLC

If you've conquered the land of Drangleic several times over--or even if you just want to revisit an old, masochistic friend--then you're in luck. Dark Souls 2's second DLC pack, Crown of the Old Iron King, is available now. New areas, bosses, enemies, and items await you in this new zone.

But how do you access this cool new place? I mean, the first Dark Souls' Artorias of the Abyss expansion required a complicated series of item finding and backtracking. Fortunately, getting into Crown of the Old Iron King is much easier. Check it out:

  • Download the DLC (duh) to place a Heavy Iron Key in your inventory
  • Defeat the Old Iron King in the Iron Keep (if you've already done this, great!)
  • Visit the Primordial Bonfire after the boss room to find a new shrine
  • Examine the pedestal in the shrine to be teleported to a new area

And that's it. Prepare to die!

Struggling to conquer the game? See our other Dark Souls 2 guides to help you on your way:

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