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Here are some commonly asked Dark Souls questions.

How do I access the new “Prepare to Die Edition” content?

You need to free Dusk of Oolacile from inside the Golden Crystal Golem (by defeating it) that hides at the back of the Hydra’s lake in Darkroot Basin. Then, you must reach the end of Anor Londo, obtain the Lordvessel, and place it on Firelink Altar. After that, enter Duke’s Archives and defeat the Blue Crystal Golem near the first bonfire. It drops a Broken Pendant. Now return to where you fought the Gold Crystal Golem in Darkroot Basin to find a portal leading to the new content.

What’s the best way to farm Humanity?

One easy method is to warp to the bonfire in The Depths. The surrounding areas contain undead rats. If you have the Covetous Gold Serpent Ring equipped, the chance of a rat dropping Humanity is relatively high. Having a high humanity count (up to 10) also increases your item discovery rate. You can farm 10-15 rats in the immediate vicinity before having to return to the bonfire.

You can also farm the baby skeletons in the Tomb of the Giants. They’re found just before the fog door that leads to Gravelord Nito. They respawn infinitely.

The absolute best method, however, is killing the numerous Giant Humanities in the Chasm of the Abyss (part of the additional content). Guess what? They drop Humanity. Sometimes Twin Humanities. And are easy to kill. And there are lots. Remember to have the Gold Serpent Ring equipped.

What’s the best way to farm souls?

Early in the game, the respawning enemy NPCs in the Darkroot Garden (see the appropriate section) beyond the sealed door drop 1000-3000 souls each. You can get the crest to open that door from Andre, who sells it for 20,000 souls. Later in the game, runs from the Gwynevere’schamber down through Anor Londo with the Covetous Silver Serpent Ringequipped is a good option.

If you’re in human form, you can also leave your summon sign (using the White Sign Soapstone) near boss doors or pre-boss bonfires in the hopes that someone will summon you into battle. If you’re victorious, you’ll gain the boss’s souls. Also make sure to put you sign in front of bosses that are appropriately matched to your current soul level.

Where can I find the Covetous Gold Serpent Ring (boosts item discovery)?

This is in Sen’s Fortress. See that section of the walkthrough for details.

Where can I find the Covetous Silver Serpent Ring (boosts souls gained)?

This is in the Giant’s Tomb. See that section of the walkthrough for details.

Where can I find the covenants?

We’re just giving you the areas. See those areas in our walkthrough for further details. Note that you only need to prompt the question to join and the achievement will unlock - you do not have to actually join.

Way of White: Speak to Petrus in Firelink Shrine or Rhea in Undead Parish.
Forest Hunter: Speak to Alvina in Darkroot Garden.
Chaos Servant: Speak to Quelaag’s Sister in Quelaag’s Domain.
Gravelord Servant: Speak to Nito (if alive) by resting in the coffin in The Catacombs.
Princess’s Guard: Speak to Gwynevere in Anor Londo.
Path of the Dragon: Speak to the Everlasting Dragon in Ash Lake.
Blade of the Darkmoon: Pray on the mat in front of Gwyndolin’s fog door in Anor Londo.
Darkwraith: Speak to Kaathe in the Abyss (under New Londo Ruins). Must not have given Lordvessel to Frampt.
Warrior of Sunlight: Pray at the altar to the right of the bonfire underneath the Hellkite Dragon in Undead Parish. You must defeat the dragon.

Where do I find the ‘X’ Ember? Who do I give it to?

We’re just going to list the area. See that area in the walkthrough for details.

Divine: Darkroot Garden, give to Andre
Large Divine: Tomb of the Giants, give to Anrdre
Enchanted: Darkroot Garden, give to Rickert
Large Magic: Duke’s Archives, give to Rickert
Large: The Depths, give to Andre
Very Large: New Londo Ruins, give to Andre
Chaos Flame: Demon Ruins, give to Vamos
Large Flame: Demon Ruins, give to Vamos
Crystal: Duke’s Archives, give to Giant Blacksmith
Dark: Painted World of Ariamis, give to Andre

Where can I find an ‘X’ Titanite slab (required for full weapon ascensions)?

If an area is listed, see that area in our walkthrough for details.

Normal Slab: Stray Demom (Undead Asylum) drop (assured), Darkwraith drop (rare), Chest in Royal Wood, Siegmeyer questline reward.
Red Slab: Chest in Lost Izalith, Chaos Eater drop (rare), trade for an ascended Pyromancy flame with Snuggly.
Blue Slab: Chest in Crystal Cave, Crystal Butterfly drop (rare).
White Slab: Chest in Tomb of Giants, Minor Pinwheel drop (rare).

What’s the best way to get Dragon Scales?

Dragon Scales are dropped by the Hyrdas in Darkroot Basin and Ash Lake. You can also find several more scales on corpses in Ash Lake. They are a rare drop from the Drakes in the Valley of the Drakes. You can also join the Path of the Dragon covenant (speak to the Everlasting Dragon in Ash Lake) and use the Dragon Eye to challenge other players for Dragon Scales.

What’s the best way to get Demon Titanite?

From Titanite Demons (aka Prowling Demons)! Unfortunately, these do not respawn with one exception: the demon guarding the shortcut bridge between the Demon Ruins and Lost Izalith. If you don’t have the Chaos Servant allegiance level required to open the door (level 2), then reach this bridge from the Bed of Chaos boss door in Lost Izalith. You can also trade a Dung Pie or Prism Stone for one with Snuggly the Crow.

What’s the best way to get Twinkling Titanite? 

As you play through Dark Souls, you’ll either find this titanite in chests or obtain it from Crystal Lizards. Crystal Lizards tend to run away and burrow underground when you get close, but they’ll only disappear permanently if you kill them. Twinkling Titanite is a rare drop from the Stone Knights in the Royal Wood. You can also buy Twinkling Titanite from the Giant Blacksmith. Finally, you can trade a Bloodred Moss Clump or Purple Moss Clump for one with Snuggly the Crow.

Ok, what the hell is Snuggly the Crow?

On the side of the upward slope leading out of the undead asylum, you’ll notice a small crow’s nest. You can drop items inside this nest, quit your game, reload, and a new item will be in its place. You’ve just traded with Snuggly the Crow.

What weapons are you using in your videos?

Disclaimer: Yes, we know these probably aren’t the best possible options in the game, but we know Dark Souls pretty darn well, and we know what works for this walkthrough’s character build, which focuses on Dexterity and Faith.

In some of our early videos, we’re using a fully upgraded Lightning Spear (found in Sen’s Fortress)

We then switch to Quelaag’s Furysword. To get that sword, you’ll need to first give the Large Ember to Andre. Then, upgrade any Scimitar or Falchion to +10. Finally, take that sword to the Giant Blacksmith in Anor Londo. He can use Quelaag’s Soul (obtained by defeating Quelaag) to create Quelaag’s Furysword. The weapon can then be ascended to +5 using Demon Titanite. This sword worked well for us since its damage scales with Dexterity. Also, because it is a Chaos Weapon, its damage also scales up with your Humanity count (peaking at 10 Humanity).

In later videos, we’re using a fully upgraded Divine Great Scythe. The Great Scythe can be found in the Catacombs. Get the Divine Ember (found in Darkroot Garden) to Andre. Ascend the scythe to at least +5, then have Andre convert it into a divine weapon. To ascend that to +10, you’ll need to give the Large Divine Ember (found in the Tomb of Giants) to Andre. This weapon scales with strength, dexterity, and especially faith (like all divine weapons).

Finally, in the Manus, Father of Abyss video, we are using a Balder Side Sword (dropped by Balder Knights in Undead Parish) fully upgraded to level 15 so as to scale with our relatively high dexterity. This arguably the best non-elemental weapon for dexterity builds.

Your boss videos suck and/or I can’t do what you did. How do I beat ‘X’ boss?

Summon help! If you’re in human form and online, there should be plenty of summon signs near boss doors. Having an ally with nothing to lose alongside you during a boss fight can make things more than twice as easy. Remember: members of the Warrior of Sunlight covenant must help in boss fights to level up in their covenant, so they are eager to leave their signs. 

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15 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?
  • 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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