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Dragon Shrine


Dragon Shrine-area.pngDragon Shrine is a Location in Dark Souls 2. The Dragon Shrine is home to the Ancient Dragon, and a gauntlet of powerful enemies including many Dragon Knights. It is recommended to bring many healing items and equip weapons that can stagger enemies or afflict poison/bleed on them. After meeting the Ancient Dragon the player will receive the Ashen Mist Heart which allows them to access the Memories of the Ancients to unlock the Giant's Kinship and face the final boss at the Throne of Want or unlock additional Souls of Giants which weaken King Vendrick defenses significantly. 

 

Ps3/360/Dx9
Ps4/X1/Dx11

 

General Information

 

Dragon Shrine Map

 

NPCs

  1. Ancient Dragon
  2. Scholar of the First Sin

 

Items

Consumables
Equipment

Enemies

  • 10 x Drakekeeper
  • 1 x Dragon Shrine Priest
  • 3 x Dragon Shrine Warrior
  • 1 x Dark Phantom Dragon Villard
  • 1 x Wooden Chest Mimic
  • Boss: Ancient Dragon (Optional - drops Giant Soul)

 

Lore Notes:

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Notes

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Dragon Shrine Walkthrough

After arriving from the Dragon Aerie, there is a bonfire in a small building left of the stairs. After running up the stairs, you will face a Drakekeeper with a sword while occasionally dealing with Homing Soul Masses coming from an enemy really far away. Block his sword attacks if you have a shield and he will be easy to kill, as he leaves a window after his attacks to land a hit with a weapon or a spell. Behind the Drakekeeper is a Pharros' Contraption which reveals an illusory wall on the left. Inside is a metal chest with the Judgement Set (Mask of Judgment, Robe of Judgment, Manchettes of Judgment, Tights of Judgment) and the Staff of Wisdom. Take a right just before the stairs and go through an arch to find a metal chest with Bonfire Ascetic x3.

Having looted it continue up the stairs and you will find a drakekeeper with a 2 handed mace. This fight is more difficult than the sword attacks as his flurry is relentless and he is only open to larger attacks after he swings his mace overhead and smashes it into the ground. If you use melee try to keep still and lure him into such an attack (Alternatively fight him from below on the stairs and most of his attacks will swing over you!). If you use ranged you can lure him back to the stairs you came up and safely snipe from there. Continuing through the arches to the left and up the set of stairs you will find another drakekeeper with a sword and past him up the tower is a dragon shrine priest. Next to the priest is a corpse with an item. Jump across from the tower to the next platform to find a metal chest with a Drakekeeper's Greataxe and Drakekeeper's Greatshield.

Drop down to the stairs below and head up to find two drakekeepers, one with a sword and shield and the other with a hammer. They can be separated using a bow or magic. After go by a ledge with some boxes a drop down to find to chests containing a titanite slab note the chest to the right is a mimic that drop washing pole and petrified dragon bone when killed. Proceed along and you will fight a Drakeeper with a great hammer and greatshield guarding a door. To the left, in a recess, is a corpse holding Skeptic's Spice and Twilight Herb. Going through the door, inside is a metal chest (contains Third Dragon Ring) and a long staircase up. Do not freak out as there will be an invader upon opening the chest. The invader "Dragonfang" actually respawns upstairs at the shrine and will wait for you there to fight it out fair and square. Beware of his fast combo, they drain quite a bit of stamina if all combo connect. You can actually take the Petrified Egg here. This item is use to join the Dragon Remnants later after you give it to Magerold of Lanafir at Iron Keep. Now head to the edge at the right side to find another metal chest containing a shield "Watchdragon Parma" then continue dropping on the ledge below for another metal chest containing Sorcery Spell Crystal Magic Weapon x1 Dropping down again return to the same area as before.

Opening the wooden door and another wooden door will lead to a staircase up. Waiting to greet you will be two more Drakekeepers armed with greatswords this time. Fighting them together is hard but it possible to lure one by one and fight at the stair. For a safer method stand near the door as they will just block, go up and down the stair until you snipe them to dead. Dispose of them how you will and follow the straight away leading towards the keep of the shrine. Now be wary of the knights that resemble the Dark Souls classic Black Knights only now they are "Dragonfang Knight", as they are faster if not meaner than they ever have been but they actually have low poise as they can easily be stun lock by heavy weapon even 2 hits from normal greatsword, such as a  Claymore. Beware they have a shield smash skill just like us if you decide to block all their combo. Having dealt with them run up another fight with 2 Drakekeepers with greatshield and great hammer. Then again with another Dragonfang Knight. Short flight of stairs and you shall emerge onto a large open platform with the Ancient Dragon waiting for you. Talking to the ancient one will award you with the Ashen Mist Heart. Remember all of the strange tree-giant hybrids that are laying around in various places? Now you can finally interact with them.

 Boss: Ancient Dragon


Enemy Strategies


Drakekeepers

These enemies hit hard, and some of them are relatively fast for their size. However, they are vulnerable to bludgeoning attacks, and weapons such as the Large Club or Great Club devastate them. With a strength of around 40 and a fully upgraded weapon, expect them to drop after 2 or 3 hits. If you are using such weapons, it's recommended to use hit and run tactics in order to avoid their oft devastating attacks. They are vulnerable to fire. An effective tactic is to simply circle around them to the right and hit them in the back 1-2 times, bait their combo, then repeat. For the swordsman, he will do a downward strike or sweep both ways, and the maceman will slash twice in either direction.

Dragon Shire Warrior

These guys are fast, but they are easily stun-locked, even with weapons that deal medium poise damage such as a Claymore. (Use pyromancy on them for high amounts of damage.)

Video Walkthroughs

Walkthrough

General Information

 

Dragon Shrine Map

 

NPCs

  1. Ancient Dragon
  2. Scholar of the First Sin

 

Items

Consumables
Equipment

Enemies

  • 10 x Drakekeeper
  • 1 x Dragon Shrine Priest
  • 3 x Dragon Shrine Warrior
  • 1 x Dark Phantom Dragon Villard
  • 1 x Wooden Chest Mimic
  • Boss: Ancient Dragon (Optional - drops Giant Soul)

 

Lore Notes:

  1. Example lore note
  2. Example lore note
  3. Example lore note

Notes

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  • ??

Dragon Shrine Walkthrough

After arriving from the Dragon Aerie, there is a bonfire in a small building left of the stairs. After running up the stairs, you will face a Drakekeeper with a sword while occasionally dealing with Homing Soul Masses coming from an enemy really far away. Block his sword attacks if you have a shield and he will be easy to kill, as he leaves a window after his attacks to land a hit with a weapon or a spell. Behind the Drakekeeper is a Pharros' Contraption which reveals an illusory wall on the left. Inside is a metal chest with the Judgement Set (Mask of Judgment, Robe of Judgment, Manchettes of Judgment, Tights of Judgment) and the Staff of Wisdom. Take a right just before the stairs and go through an arch to find a metal chest with Bonfire Ascetic x3.

Having looted it continue up the stairs and you will find a drakekeeper with a 2 handed mace. This fight is more difficult than the sword attacks as his flurry is relentless and he is only open to larger attacks after he swings his mace overhead and smashes it into the ground. If you use melee try to keep still and lure him into such an attack (Alternatively fight him from below on the stairs and most of his attacks will swing over you!). If you use ranged you can lure him back to the stairs you came up and safely snipe from there. Continuing through the arches to the left and up the set of stairs you will find another drakekeeper with a sword and past him up the tower is a dragon shrine priest. Next to the priest is a corpse with an item. Jump across from the tower to the next platform to find a metal chest with a Drakekeeper's Greataxe and Drakekeeper's Greatshield.

Drop down to the stairs below and head up to find two drakekeepers, one with a sword and shield and the other with a hammer. They can be separated using a bow or magic. After go by a ledge with some boxes a drop down to find to chests containing a titanite slab note the chest to the right is a mimic that drop washing pole and petrified dragon bone when killed. Proceed along and you will fight a Drakeeper with a great hammer and greatshield guarding a door. To the left, in a recess, is a corpse holding Skeptic's Spice and Twilight Herb. Going through the door, inside is a metal chest (contains Third Dragon Ring) and a long staircase up. Do not freak out as there will be an invader upon opening the chest. The invader "Dragonfang" actually respawns upstairs at the shrine and will wait for you there to fight it out fair and square. Beware of his fast combo, they drain quite a bit of stamina if all combo connect. You can actually take the Petrified Egg here. This item is use to join the Dragon Remnants later after you give it to Magerold of Lanafir at Iron Keep. Now head to the edge at the right side to find another metal chest containing a shield "Watchdragon Parma" then continue dropping on the ledge below for another metal chest containing Sorcery Spell Crystal Magic Weapon x1 Dropping down again return to the same area as before.

Opening the wooden door and another wooden door will lead to a staircase up. Waiting to greet you will be two more Drakekeepers armed with greatswords this time. Fighting them together is hard but it possible to lure one by one and fight at the stair. For a safer method stand near the door as they will just block, go up and down the stair until you snipe them to dead. Dispose of them how you will and follow the straight away leading towards the keep of the shrine. Now be wary of the knights that resemble the Dark Souls classic Black Knights only now they are "Dragonfang Knight", as they are faster if not meaner than they ever have been but they actually have low poise as they can easily be stun lock by heavy weapon even 2 hits from normal greatsword, such as a  Claymore. Beware they have a shield smash skill just like us if you decide to block all their combo. Having dealt with them run up another fight with 2 Drakekeepers with greatshield and great hammer. Then again with another Dragonfang Knight. Short flight of stairs and you shall emerge onto a large open platform with the Ancient Dragon waiting for you. Talking to the ancient one will award you with the Ashen Mist Heart. Remember all of the strange tree-giant hybrids that are laying around in various places? Now you can finally interact with them.

 Boss: Ancient Dragon


Enemy Strategies


Drakekeepers

These enemies hit hard, and some of them are relatively fast for their size. However, they are vulnerable to bludgeoning attacks, and weapons such as the Large Club or Great Club devastate them. With a strength of around 40 and a fully upgraded weapon, expect them to drop after 2 or 3 hits. If you are using such weapons, it's recommended to use hit and run tactics in order to avoid their oft devastating attacks. They are vulnerable to fire. An effective tactic is to simply circle around them to the right and hit them in the back 1-2 times, bait their combo, then repeat. For the swordsman, he will do a downward strike or sweep both ways, and the maceman will slash twice in either direction.

Dragon Shire Warrior

These guys are fast, but they are easily stun-locked, even with weapons that deal medium poise damage such as a Claymore. (Use pyromancy on them for high amounts of damage.)

Video Walkthroughs

Walkthrough

 

Locations

|  Belfry Luna  | |  Black Gulch  | |  Brightstone Cove Tseldora  | |  Brume Tower  | |  Cathedral of Blue  | |  Cave of the Dead  | |  Dragon's Rest  | |  Dragon's Sanctum  | |  Dragon Memories  | |  Drangleic Castle  | |  Forest of Fallen Giants  | |  Grave of Saints  | |  Huntsman's Copse  | |  Iron passage  | |  Lost Bastille  | |  Memory of Jeigh  | |  Memory of Orro  | |  Memory of the King  | |  Memory of Vammar  | |  No-man's Wharf  | |  Shrine of Winter  | |  Sinner's Rise  | |  The Gutter  | |  The Pit  | |  Things Betwixt  | |  Throne of Want  | |  Undead Purgatory  |



    • Anonymous

      Link Fix20 Sep 2016 11:52  

      The link above that says: "King Vendrick" goes to a page called "King Vendricks" which doesn't exist. It is in the first paragraph under Dragon Shrine at the end.<br/>Vendrick's link: http://darksouls2.wiki.fextralife.com/Vendrick

      • About the Enemies...29 Aug 2016 11:01  

        its seems that if you dont take the &quot;duel event&quot; against the drakekeepers and the dragon warrior in the stairs before the dragon, they will atack you. this only happens if you keep evading the enemies and exploring the places without killing.

        • NPC SUMMON (bashful Ray) SOTFS check only29 Aug 2016 11:01  

          Passing the Drake Warrior (passive) guarding the small bridge, drop down till you come across the wood chest containing the titanite slab is his summoning sign as a SHADE in a small corner. However, do note that he is aggressive towards EVERY enemy, so he will attack the warriors and the keepers.

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