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Forest of Fallen Giants
This area is the recommended for progression after Majula, introducing the player to weaker enemies and an important merchant.

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Forest of Fallen Giants Map

 

NPCs in the area


Merchant Hag Melentia
  1. Sells Key to the Blacksmith house in Majula (1,000 souls).
  2. Sells a Pharros' Lockstone, one of two that can be used to get the Chloranthy Ring  at this point in the game. (4,000 souls)

Cale the Cartographer
  1. Gives key to mansion in Majula.

Mild Mannered Pate
  1. Warns you of trap in short area full of Hollow Royal Soldiers, gives White Sign Soapstone upon your escape.
  2. Summon for The Last Giant boss fight.

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Full Forest of Fallen Giants Walkthrough

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Accessing From Majula

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Stream, Bonfire, and Bridge

Upon your arrival, two Hollows wander immediately ahead with an additional two beyond, around the bend of the creek. To the right, across the stream at the base of a tree is a with a x1. Just ahead of the tree, up a short path is a clearing in which you'll find The Crestfallen's Retreat bonfire. Moving ahead across a plank bridge there is an Archer and 2 more Hollows. Dropping down to the stream below the plank bridge brings you to a corpse with Soul of a Lost Undead x1. Across the planks and up the hill brings you to a ladder.

Mossy Rotunda

Going up the ladder leads into an open area with several Hollows and an Archer above. If you can't handle all Hollows at once, try attracting their attention at the top of the ladder, then re-descending it quickly. The Hollows will follow you down the ladder and you can dispatch them one by one.  At the base of a tree in the Mossy Rotunda is a Heide Knight, who will not attack unless attacked first. There are two corpses on the ground where there is a Human Effigy x1 and a x1. Near the Heide Knight is a corpse with a Broken Straight Sword. Killing the Heide Knight drops the Heide Knight Sword.

To the right is an opening to a cliff, and to the left a ladder up a moss covered tower. There are two Hollows on the stairs up. Cross the the planks at the top of the tower and go up to the right to a corpse with Soul of a Nameless Soldier x1. Dropping down to the ledge below leads to the Archer and a Hollow. Jumping across the gap to the ledge brings you to a corpse with Shortsword and Soul of a Lost Undead x1. Back at the base of the ladder that lead up, to the right you can spot a platform with items on it. Jumping over to it nets you Throwing Knives.

Hallways to Cardinal Tower Bonfire

To the left of the clearing with the Heide Knight is a mist, which leads through a wooded tunnel and into ruins. Going straight into the broken wall, drops into a room with 2 Hollow Royal Soldiers. In the corner behind the shelves are 20x Wooden Bolt. Going left is a hallway where a hollow solider waits around the corner. To the right is the doorway to the aforementioned room with the two soldiers. Continuing down the hallway, there is a Hollow Royal Soldier and stairs beyond with a hollow archer at the top who fires down at you. As you ascend another Hollow Royal Soldier from a ledge throws Firebombs at you. A third Hollow Royal Soldier moves to ambush you as you reach the top of the stairs. A hollow infantry hides by rubble, and near him is a corpse with a Buckler.

Along the wall to the left of the staircase is a ladder. At the top, straight ahead is a corpse with Witching Urn x5 and a Hollow Royal Soldier (around the corner to the right) with a halberd who rises when you get near. Back behind you is a doorway which opens to a room with the Cardinal Tower bonfire; and, nearby, you meet the Merchant Hag Melentia. After speaking with her and getting some back-story, she will move to Majula. Grab a Firebomb or 2 for later.

Going up the stairs in the room leads to a locked door. Once you obtain the Soldier Key (or break the door down), it opens to a room with a chest that contains a Small Leather Shield and Repair Powder x1. In the same room, hidden by a cart and several barrels is a corpse with a Hand Axe and Radiant Lifegem x1. Opening the door leads to another room with an iron chest holding an Estus Flask Shard and a Small White Sign Soapstone. A Hollow Royal Soldier will stand up behind you once you go through the door. You can drop down here back to the bonfire carefully and get the Divine Blessing on the tree branch, or retrace your steps back to the bonfire.

Scaffolding and Flame Lizard Cave

Outside of the bonfire room you can drop down to wooden planks where there are two Hollow Infantry Soldiers. Proceeding down the plank, there is a hole in the wall on the left which leads you back to the staircase and bonfire from the previous section. Jumping to the plank ledge brings you to a corpse with a Human Effigy x1. Drop down to the wooden platform and kill the hollow. Go down the ramp and walk carefully down the tree trunk, where you come across a corpse with a Soul of a Lost Undead x1 and Torch x1. On the ground, several hollow infantry patrol. To the left, a cave opens to a tunnel lined with petrified people. Flames tinge the air and you can hear explosions. Progressing down the tunnel a fire breathing Flame Lizard who fires explosive molten balls. A corpse on the floor carries a Soul of a Proud Knight, and behind you 2 hollow infantry ambush you. Deeper into the tunnel, a grated door is on the left, and timing the explosions allows you to the door, where there is a chest with a Fire Longsword. You can also kill the Flame Lizard which take time and maybe isn't worth it, By killing it you can leap inside the hole (It could be a bug/glitch, because it will take some tries to be able to jump into it, which can happen by trying to jump from the left side of the hole). Inside the hole there are 3 more Flame Lizards, a closed door, many corpses to loot, and a chest. (There is another way to reach the treasures, detailed in Flame Lizard Pit). To the left of the cave with the fire there is another cave with an Hollow Royal Soldier Helm. Going back out the tunnel and into the clearing, there is a ladder near the corpse that had the human effigy. To the left of the ladder is a corpse with a Lifegem. Taking the ladder up brings you back to the plank near the hole in the wall mentioned earlier in this section.

Cardinal Tower Bonfire Ladder

In the bonfire room is a ladder down into a large room with columns. There are two Hollow Royal Soldiers here waiting to attack, one sits feigning death and one comes from the bridge. Down at the bottom of the room, giant Flame Lizards are visible (see Flame Lizard Pit). Facing the bottom of the ladder, to your right is a closed door that does not open from that side (later on, this will be opened from the other side creating a shortcut). Going across the bridge leads to a feigning Hollow Royal Soldier, and another locked door on the right. Back across the bridge, jog right through an open archway which leads to a room with a locked door on the right and mist straight ahead. Another Hollow Royal Soldier is laying on the ground behind the large pillar, faking death.

Flame Lizard Pit

Note: this area is relatively high-level compared to the rest of Forest of Fallen Giants; probably one to come back to later.
If you decide to jump in the Flame Lizard Pit, use the Silver Cat Ring and try to drop down onto the junk at the end of the left side. The Flame Lizards are quite durable and cause a lot of damage with attacks (4 poison arrows to start the process, will eat about 3/4 of their hp). A high fire defense is recommended, however they have a lunge attack which is unblockable and will knock you down. This is in addition to breathing fire. There are a total of four Flame Lizards below, one of which is readily visible and can be taken out with a bow and patience. If you switch the elevator to the Last Giant fight so the side closer to the pit is up, it can be used as a sniper spot for a second Flame Lizard who can only be seen from certain angles (that's one of them). An archer Hollow Royal Soldier will raise with this side of the elevator so watch out. After the second Flame Lizard is killed, a small tunnel leads down that he was blocking. Another one is to the right in a large chamber and the last is to the left in a smaller (but still big) side chamber. A locked door (opened using Iron Key) leads to the Last Giant fight (tunnel right before it). The two Flame Lizards in the pit can be taken out with a bow by drawing them up partially and taking a few shots. They will retreat at some point and this will need to be repeated. Avoid the flames near the Flame Lizards, as they can burn your character, but only if you get very close (The flames will disappear, when you kill the 4 lizards, leaving holes, which are instant death if you jump into them. The flames will be there again, after reloading the level.). In the first section you can find a corpse with a Firedrake Stone, a skull holding a Soul of a Proud Knight, a skeleton with the Hawk Ring (which seems to be mostly useless) and a chest carrying a Flame Quartz Ring +1. In the lower area, a corpse holds Cracked Red Eye Orb x2. In the area with the last Flame Lizard (who tend to drop Cracked Red Eye Orbs as well) there is a skeleton carrying the Rebel's Greatshield.

Rooftops, Cale, and First Shortcut

Going through the mist leads to an area with rooftops, scaffolding, and a large tree branch directly ahead which leads up. As soon as you enter the area, Hollow Infantry x2 will converge (slowly) on you from the right, and a sniper on a wall far to the right will start shooting -- he will continue to pick at you through this entire section. Running up the tree-root brings you to the top of a wall where two Hollow Royal Soldiers stand near wooden breastworks. Get them out of the way. Then, back near the top of the tree-root, you can drop down to a peaked rooftop (the drop will take some health). When you drop down, you'll want to keep moving, but note that just behind you here is another drop to a round room with a Hollow Infantry and a corpse with a Torch x1. Return for that later. There are Hollow Infantry x2, on the rooftops, plus another Archer to your left. Keep moving, work quickly, and take care not to fall :) Once you've killed all the infantry, head back to where you dropped down from the root. Dash and jump across a small gap to deal with the archer. Then, drop down to another landing with a ladder in front of you, and a cave to your left. Enter the cave slowly and carefully; as you move forward you'll eventually trigger a boulder trap. After the boulder passes, there's a corpse straight ahead with a Human Effigy x1. Do not go right down around the corner and fall in the hole and die. Continue up the ramp where the boulder came down, dispatch another Hollow Infantry, and you'll find Cale the Cartographer crawling around. Exhaust his dialog, and he will give you the key to the mansion in Majula. To the left past Cale, at the end of the tunnel is a corpse with an Amber Herb x1.

Retrace your steps back to the ladder at the entrance to the boulder-trap cave. Climb the ladder and run down the battlements to your right, finally dealing with the annoying Hollow Infantry Archer. Continue down the battlements and drop to your right onto the rooftop, then head back right again up the ramp and towards the "first" rooftop. Drop down to the middle tier of the house, and follow a ramp down the ground; a Hollow Archer to your right may start sniping you. Head straight along the water to a corpse next to a gate with a Titanite Shard x1.

To get back to the main tree-root from the ground at the gate:

  • From the gate, head straight back along the water and right to the plank ramp you (probably) came down
  • About four strides up, turn a hard left onto a short set of planks which drop you back to the ground below the big tree root
  • Go under the tree root, following the water around to your left to a ladder. There may be a Hollow Infantry hiding here.
  • Climb the ladder to the roof and turn right to a plank bridge which takes you back to the tree root.

Go back up to the top of the tree root where you killed the hollows earlier. Past them a Hollow Royal Soldier stands on the wall to the right, throwing firebombs. Nearby, a ladder on the right brings you up to a rooftop platform and triggers an in-appearance of an eagle who drops the Pursuer mini-boss. Probably a good idea to run away here, level-up and face him later. If you defeat him here, he will not appear for the later boss fight, but if you drop off the platform or die, he will disappear from this current location for good. In the far corner of the platform where the eagle drops the Pursuer is a fire-bombing Hollow Royal Soldier. Back down the short ladder, at the end of the way, past all of the breastworks are a bunch of explosive barrels stacked by the wall. Throw a firebomb (from a distance; purchasable from Merchant Hag Malentia) to set off a huge explosion which opens a shortcut back to the Cardinal Tower bonfire.

Ballistae Room, Pharros' Lock, and Pate

Coming out of the new shortcut bomb-hole, two Hollow Royal Soldiers await to your left, and straight past is a ladder which leads down to a short stone staircase. In the corner by the stairs is a corpse with Green Blossom x1.  Moving forward, to the right is a knocked in wall which opens to a room with ballistas that fire arrows when triggered by proximity to the room. Inside the room you are swarmed by several Hollow Royal Soldiers so it is best to trigger the trap and walk out, letting the arrows kill one of the enemies.(If this doesn't work run in and go to the left before they fire and take them out before they swarm you (there are 4 enemies total).  The ballistas can be operated by the player which should lead to some fun PvP moments. There are two corpses on the ground with Great Soul Arrow, a Large Soul of a Lost Undead, and Blue Wooden Shield. Inside this room, in the back, there is a ladder. Opening the chest in the lower room triggers a trap (either poison or arrows it is best to roll to the left or right and slightly behind the chest as this will avoid arrows and most of the poison), inside the chest is a Titanite Shard. If you have a Pharro's Lockstone and insert it into the mouth in the wall (if not you can buy it from merchant hag Melentia.) A nearby wall will shine, indicating you should attack it. Upon attack, it will reveal a hidden room with two chests containing the Cloranthy Ring and a Titanite Slab. Attacking the Closed door down here will cause three enemies inside to open the door, inside you can find a chest containing the Life Ring and a Large Titanite Shard.

Beyond that room along the same wall, you encounter the NPC Pate who warns you about a trap. Walking through the adjacent archway leads to two Hollow Infantry who swarm you and one who attacks from range. The gate in the archway closes behind you, preventing you from returning back through. Several Hollow Infantry and soldiers attack here. Walking straight on through the open doorway brings you into a hallway, in the corner of which is a corpse with Aromatic Ooze x3. On the Wall past this item there is a hidden wall that contains a Sorcerer's Staff and Amber Herbs x2 . Continue down the hallway and left to the bottom of a staircase with three Hollow Royal Soldiers.

Another two soldiers are up the stairs further. Once up the stairs, a single hollow stands in front of the open doorway. Past the cart which blocks the path, going left takes you to the top of the wall above Pate and the gate that dropped behind you after crossing into the courtyard. You can drop down either side from here. Returning to Pate continues his dialogue tree and earns you White Sign Soapstone.

Old Ironclad and Fire-bombers

Going directly opposite of the ballista room brings you to a courtyard with an armored Ironclad Soldier dead ahead, two firebomb throwers up and left, [and a feigning Hollow Royal Soldier behind a wagon on the left??]. If you are too weak to fight the Ironclad Soldier directly, once you aggro him, run back to the ballista room with it following you and use a ballista to shoot him does massive damage: 2 is enough to kill it. In the same courtyard as the Ironclad Soldier is an open doorway to the right. Going through brings you to another courtyard with a Hollow Royal Soldier slumped along the wall to the left; he reanimates and attacks. Continuing through another archway into yet another courtyard, you'll find a large tree is on the right. Behind that tree is a corpse with a Large Soul of a Lost Undead x1. Returning back through the doorway, there is a ladder up the wall to your left. Going up the ladder brings you to the top of the wall above Pate and near trigger-gate. Going to the right leads to a corpse with a Light Crossbow. Through the doorway past the corpse and into the fort leads inside another section of the fort. Inside drop down to the room and defeat the three Hollow Royal Soldiers. Open the iron chest to obtain Mail Breaker x1 and Infantry Helm x1. If you go back to the ledge above the three hollows, you can jump across to loot a corpse with a Torch x1 and a Soul of a Nameless Soldier x1.

Seaside Sword Room and Second Shortcut

You can drop down from here to return to the portion of the courtyard where the Ironclad Soldier stood in the doorway. If you haven't already, kill the Hollow Royal Soldier and Ironclad Soldier, go through the doorway, and into a large room. To the right and up the stairs is a corpse with a Lifegem x1 and Homeward Bone  x1. Back down the stairs and to the right is a locked door. To the left, as you enter, and straight down the room are two Hollow Royal Soldiers. Just past the ruins of the giant sword a Hollow Royal Soldier lies in feint. In the corner nearby is a corpse with Amber Herb x2. Going up the blade of the stone sword, you encounter two Hollow Royal Soldiers. Behind them find a corpse with a Halberd x1 and Soul of a Nameless Soldier x1.

Once back down the sword, head through the mist and into a large open room with a sconce. to the right is a broken wall which leads into a room with a Crystal Lizard and a seated Hollow Royal Soldier. The staircase in the room leads down to a boarded up door. A corpse at the base has a Large Leather Shield x1 and x1. Returning back into the first room you first entered, head straight across and turn right. On the right is a corpse with Fire Arrow x10. Just beyond and to the right is the elevator to the The Last Giant boss. But, first, open the door just ahead which creates a shortcut to the ladder from the Second Bonfire.

When you're ready to try The Last Giant, step on the pressure plate elevator and descend. (If you step on the pressure plate but immediately hop off of the elevator, the other side will bring up a hollow. Descending either elevator goes to the same location) Go down the hallway where a Hollow Royal Soldier waits in the doorway on the left. The door is locked for the time being. To open it, you need the Iron Key from the Iron Keep. This door leads to the Flame Lizard Pit mentioned earlier. Straight into the tunnel and enter the mist to confront The Last Giant. (recommended summon the NPC Pate here)

Boss: The Last Giant

Ironclad Enclave

After obtaining the Soldier Key return to the room before the rooftops section, just past the bottom of the bonfire ladder, and to the left of the bridge above the Flame Lizard Pit. The Soldier Key unlocks the door in this room and opens to the top of a staircase. Descending leads to a fairly dark, long rectangular room. A hollow pretending to be asleep is on the left. Another hollow and two Ironclad Soldiers guard the room. Sconces are scattered about the room and, when lit, illuminate the entire area nicely. A corpse in the corner by the sleeping hollow has a Black Firebomb x3 and a Homeward Bone. A door guarded by a Hollow Royal Soldier exits to an outside area where the remnants of several buildings are found. Ironclad Soldier are the main enemy here, but a hollow archer will immediately become a nuisance. Hollows are present in a small building directly across from where you come into this section. The Bastard Sword can also be found in this building. Ladders outside and inside this building lead to the roof where the player will be greeted by large hammers from two Ironclad Soldiers. On this rooftop is a corpse holding a Soul of a Nameless Soldier and Cracked Red Eye Orb x3. Heading back down you'll find a small clearing and a corpse by a gate (the other side is the area in which the ambush Pate warns about is found). The corpse holds an Amber Herb x1 and Green Blossom x1. A broken down building creates a path over a chasm leading to the rest of the area. An Ironclad Soldier protects a small room where there appears to be a tree. Examining the tree reveals it is a Resting Giant. Another small room to it holds the Soldier's Rest bonfire. A chest can be found up above a small elevated area at the end of this section and the Hunter/Leather set and a Large Soul of a Proud Knight. This area can also serve as a sniper spot for the two rooftop Ironclad Soldiers.

To the Pursuer

A second door can be open from down the ladder. Go through the bridge and get rid of the three hollow on the way. To the right of the bridge is a door you can now open. Walking in front of you, you will find a chest with Torch x3 and a Ring of Restoration. Back on, you can a courtyard through the right, but it's pointless for now as it require the symbol of King.
Then, go back to the Seaside Sword room. The door left of the stairs can now be opened. Beat the two hollows up the stairs and be careful with the one up, he may jump attack from the stairs. Go up and you will face a mist wall. Before getting through, climb the stairs on the right to find a body and a Soul of a Nameless Soldier, and x3. Now, get ready to fight the area's boss and traverse the mist!

Boss: The Pursuer

After defeating the Pursuer, continue forward through the gap in the stone head. Through the hole in the floor immediately ahead, if you down down, you will find the Drangleic Set, Drangleic Shield, and Drangleic Sword. Continue one more drop and you will be near the beginning of your ascent towards the Pursuer. If you head all the way back up to the room past the boss, past the gap in the floor then go up the stairs to the right you will see a nest which you can use. An eagle will take you to The Tower Apart bonfire in the Lost Bastille.

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NPC's in the area


Merchant Hag Melentia
  1. Sells Key to the Blacksmith house in Majula (1,000 souls).
  2. Sells a Pharros' Lockstone, one of two that can be used to get the Chloranthy Ring at this point in the game. (4,000 souls)
  3. Sells a Fragrant Branch of Yore (12,000 souls)
  4. Sells (x5) Brightbug (?? Souls)

Cale the Cartographer
  1. Gives his key to the mansion in Majula.
Mild Mannered Pate
  1. Warns you of trap in short area full of Hollow Royal Soldiers, gives White Sign Soapstone upon your escape.
  2. Summon for The Last Giant boss fight.

Items

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Equipment

Enemies

  • The Pursuer - on the platform just outside the explosive secret door near the bonfire (an eagle drops him off); can be killed at this point to get Soul of the Pursuer and the Ring of Blades. This counts as The Pursuer boss fight; he won't appear in his boss arena later if you kill him here. do note that killing him there as a phantom gives full souls! therefore if you are trying to get souls fast kill that boss as a phantom. On this platform there are three Hollow Royal Soldiers 'playing dead'. They will attack once The Pursuer is defeated or if you hit them during the battle with The Pursuer.
  • Hollow Royal Soldier
  • Hollow Infantry
  • Ironclad Soldier
  • Ogre
  • Flame Lizard
  • Royal Swordsman
  • Syan Soldier (Stands guard outside Kings Door)
  • Boss: The Last Giant
  • Boss: The Pursuer
  • NG+ 2x Red Phantoms (In court yard of the Kings door)
  • NG+ 2x Red Hollows (Ballistae Room)
  • NG+ 1x Red Ironclad Soldier (Near Exploding Barrel Courtyard)
  • NG+ 1x Red Hollow (just before Pursuer Boss Fight)
  • NG+ 1x Red Ironclad Soldier (near Soldiers Rest Bonfire)
  • Armourer Dennis

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Accessing From Majula

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Stream, Bonfire, and Bridge

Upon your arrival, two Hollows wander immediately ahead with an additional two beyond, around the bend of the creek. In the creek is an Ogre roaming around, he won't become aggressive unless you get too close to him. Just ahead of the tree, up a short path is a clearing in which you'll find The Crestfallen's Retreat bonfire. Moving ahead across a plank bridge there is an Archer and 3 more Hollow. Dropping down to the stream below the plank bridge brings you to a corpse with Soul of a Lost Undead x1. Across the planks and up the hill brings you to a ladder.

Mossy Rotunda

Going up the ladder leads into an open area with a large number (12) Hollow Infantry faking death and a Hollow Royal Soldier throwing firebombs from the walkway above. There are several corpses on the ground holding a Human Effigy, 1x Green Blossom, 2x Broken Straight Sword and 1x Lifegem.

To the right is an opening to a cliff, and to the left a ladder up a moss covered tower. When you get on the ladder a Hollow Infantry  will start coming down the ladder ahead of you.  Avoid damage by getting on the ladder and immediately getting off.  Cross the planks at the top of the tower and go up to the right to a corpse with Soul of a Nameless Soldier x1. Dropping down to the ledge below leads to the Hollow Royal Soldier who was throwing Firebombs. Jumping across the gap to the ledge brings you to a corpse with Shortsword and Soul of a Lost Undead x1. Back at the base of the ladder that lead up, to the right you can spot a platform with items on it. Jumping over to it nets you Throwing Knives and a Soul of a Nameless Soldier.

Hallways to Cardinal Tower Bonfire

To the left of the clearing is a mist, which leads through a wooded tunnel and into ruins. Going straight into the broken wall, drops into a room with 3 Hollows (one of them faking death). In the corner behind the shelves are Wood Bolt x20. Going left is a hallway where a hollow solider waits around the corner. To the right is the doorway to the aforementioned room with the two soldiers. Continuing down the hallway, you will find a Lifegem x1 on the left, ahead there is a Hollow Royal Soldier and stairs beyond with a hollow archer at the top who fires down at you. As you ascend another Hollow Royal Soldier from a ledge throws Firebombs at you. A third Hollow Royal Soldier moves to ambush you as you reach the top of the stairs. By the back of the courtyard near the rubble you will find the Buckler.

Along the wall to the left of the staircase is a ladder. At the top, straight ahead is a corpse with Witching Urn x5 and a Hollow Royal Soldier (around the corner to the right) . Back behind you is a doorway which opens to a room with the Cardinal Tower bonfire; and nearby, you meet the Merchant Hag Melentia. After speaking with her and getting some back-story, she will move to Majula. Grab a Firebomb or 2 for later.

Going up the stairs in the room leads to a locked door. Once you obtain the Soldier Key (or break the door down), it opens to a room where a crystal lizard will start running away, kill it quickly to pick up Titanite Shard x2. A chest in the room contains a Small Leather Shield and Repair Powder x1. In the same room, hidden by a cart and several barrels is a corpse with a Hand Axe and Radiant Lifegem x1 and another body that holds a Hollow Soldier Helm. Opening the door leads to another room with an iron chest holding Radiant Lifegem x2 and a Small White Sign Soapstone. A Hollow Royal Soldier will stand up behind you once you go through the door. You can drop down here back to the bonfire carefully and get the Divine Blessing on the tree branch, or retrace your steps back to the bonfire.

Scaffolding and Flame Lizard Cave

Outside of the bonfire room you can drop down to wooden planks where there are two Hollow Infantry Soldiers. Proceeding down the plank, there is a hole in the wall on the left which leads you back to the staircase and bonfire from the previous section. Jumping to the plank ledge brings you to a corpse with a Human Effigy x1. Drop down to the wooden platform and kill the hollow. Go down the ramp and walk carefully down the tree trunk, where you come across a corpse with a Soul of a Lost Undead x1 and Torch x1. On the ground, several hollow infantry patrol and two Ironclad Soldiers. To the left, a cave opens to a tunnel lined with petrified people. Flames tinge the air and you can hear explosions. Progressing down the tunnel a fire breathing Flame Lizard who fires explosive molten balls. A corpse on the floor carries a Soul of a Proud Knight. Deeper into the tunnel, a grated door is on the left, and timing the explosions allows you to the door, where there is a chest with a Fire Longsword. You can also kill the Flame Lizard which takes time and maybe isn't worth it, By killing it you can leap inside the hole (It could be a bug/glitch, because it will take some tries to be able to jump into it, which can happen by trying to jump from the left side of the hole). Inside the hole there are 3 more Flame Lizards, a closed door, many corpses to loot, and a chest. (There is another way to reach the treasures, detailed in Flame Lizard Pit). To the left of the cave with the fire there is another cave with an Foot Soldier Shield, guarded by an Ironclad Soldier. Going back out the tunnel and into the clearing, kill another Ironclad Soldier and there is a ladder near the corpse that had the human effigy. To the left of the ladder is a corpse with a Lifegem x3. Taking the ladder up brings you back to the plank near the hole in the wall mentioned earlier in this section.

Cardinal Tower Bonfire Ladder

In the bonfire room is a ladder down into a large room with columns. There are two Hollow Royal Soldiers here waiting to attack, one sits feigning death and one comes from the bridge. Down at the bottom of the room, giant Flame Lizards are visible (see Flame Lizard Pit). Facing the bottom of the ladder, to your right is a closed door that does not open from that side (later on, this will be opened from the other side creating a shortcut). Going across the bridge leads to a feigning Hollow Royal Soldier, and another locked door on the right. A body nearby holds a Soul of a Lost Undead. Back across the bridge, jog right through an open archway which leads to a room with a locked door on the right (leads to Soldier's Rest area) and mist straight ahead. Another Hollow Royal Soldier is laying on the ground behind the large pillar, faking death.

Flame Lizard Pit

Note: this area is relatively high-level compared to the rest of Forest of Fallen Giants; probably one to come back to later.
If you decide to jump in the Flame Lizard Pit, use the Silver Cat Ring and try to drop down onto the junk at the end of the left side. The Flame Lizards are quite durable and cause a lot of damage with attacks (4 poison arrows to start the process, will eat about 3/4 of their hp). A high fire defense is recommended, however they have a lunge attack which is unblockable and will knock you down. This is in addition to breathing fire. There are a total of four Flame Lizards below, one of which is readily visible and can be taken out with a bow and patience. If you switch the elevator to the Last Giant fight so the side closer to the pit is up, it can be used as a sniper spot for a second Flame Lizard who can only be seen from certain angles (that's one of them). An archer Hollow Royal Soldier will raise with this side of the elevator so watch out. After the second Flame Lizard is killed, a small tunnel leads down that he was blocking. Another one is to the right in a large chamber and the last is to the left in a smaller (but still big) side chamber. A locked door (opened using Iron Key) leads to the Last Giant fight (tunnel right before it). The two Flame Lizards in the pit can be taken out with a bow by drawing them up partially and taking a few shots. They will retreat at some point and this will need to be repeated. Avoid the flames near the Flame Lizards, as they can burn your character, but only if you get very close(The flames will disappear, when you kill the 4 lizards, leaving holes, which are instant death if you jump into them. The flames will be there again, after reloading the level.). In the first section you can find a corpse with a Firedrake Stone, a skull holding a Soul of a Proud Knight, a skeleton with the Hawk Ring (which seems to be mostly useless) and a chest carrying a Flame Quartz Ring +1. In the lower area, a corpse holds Cracked Red Eye Orb x2. In the area with the last Flame Lizard (who tend to drop Cracked Red Eye Orbs as well) there is a skeleton carrying the Rebel's Greatshield and the Heavy Iron Key.

Rooftops, Cale, and First Shortcut

Going through the mist leads to an area with rooftops, scaffolding, and a large tree branch directly ahead which leads up. As soon as you enter the area, Hollow Infantry x2 will converge (slowly) on you from the right, and a sniper on a wall far to the right will start shooting -- he will continue to pick at you through this entire section. Running up the tree-root brings you to the top of a wall where an Ironclad Soldier stand near wooden breastworks. Get him out of the way. Then, back near the top of the tree-root, you can drop down to a peaked rooftop (the drop will take some health). When you drop down, you'll want to keep moving, but note that just behind you here is another drop to a round room with a Hollow Infantry and a corpse with a Torch x1. Return for that later. There are Hollow Infantry x2, on the rooftops, plus another Archer to your left. Keep moving, work quickly, and take care not to fall :) Once you've killed all the infantry, head back to where you dropped down from the root. Dash and jump across a small gap to deal with the archer. Then, drop down to another landing with a ladder in front of you, and a cave to your left. Enter the cave slowly and carefully; as you move forward you'll eventually trigger a boulder trap. After the boulder passes, there's a corpse straight ahead with a Human Effigy x1. Do not go right down around the corner and fall in the hole and die. Continue up the ramp where the boulder came down, dispatch another Hollow Archer to the Left, and find a corpse with an Amber Herb x1, you'll find Cale the Cartographer crawling around back in the cave. Exhaust his dialog, and he will give you the key to the mansion in Majula.

Retrace your steps back to the ladder at the entrance to the boulder-trap cave. Climb the ladder and run down the battlements to your right, finally dealing with the annoying Hollow Infantry Archer. Continue down the battlements and drop to your right onto the rooftop, then head back right again up the ramp and towards the "first" rooftop. Drop down to the middle tier of the house, and follow a ramp down the ground; a Hollow Archer to your right may start sniping you. Head straight along the water to a corpse next to a gate with a Titanite Shard x1.

To get back to the main tree-root from the ground at the gate:

  • From the gate, head straight back along the water and right to the plank ramp you (probably) came down
  • About four strides up, turn a hard left onto a short set of planks which drop you back to the ground below the big tree root
  • Go under the tree root, following the water around to your left to a ladder. There may be a Hollow Infantry hiding here.
  • Climb the ladder to the roof and turn right to a plank bridge which takes you back to the tree root.

Go back up to the top of the tree root where you killed the Ironclad. Nearby, a ladder on the right brings you up to a rooftop platform and triggers an in-appearance of an eagle who drops the Pursuer mini-boss. Probably a good idea to run away here, level-up and face him later. If you defeat him here, he will not appear for the later boss fight, but if you drop off the platform or die, he will disappear from this current location for good. In the far corner of the platform where the eagle drops the Pursuer is a fire-bombing Hollow Royal Soldier and there is a Hollow Royal Soldier in each corner. There are some bodies in that place, they hold a Human Effigy, Lifegem x2, a Torch, an Estus Flask Shard and a Repair Powder. Back down the short ladder, at the end of the way, past all of the breastworks are a bunch of explosive barrels stacked by the wall. Throw a firebomb (from a distance; purchasable from Merchant Hag Malentia) to set off a huge explosion which opens a shortcut back to the Cardinal Tower bonfire.

Ballista Room, Pharros' Lock, and Pate

Coming out of the new shortcut bomb-hole, two Hollow Royal Soldiers await to your left, and straight past is a ladder which leads down to a short stone staircase. In the corner by the stairs is a corpse with Green Blossom x1.  Moving forward, to the right is a knocked in wall which opens to a room with ballistas that fire arrows when triggered by proximity to the room. Inside the room you are swarmed by several Hollow Royal Soldiers so it is best to trigger the trap and walk out, letting the arrows kill one of the enemies.(If this doesn't work run in and go to the left before they fire and take them out before they swarm you {there are 4 enemies total}) The ballistas can be operated by the player which should lead to some fun PvP moments. There are two corpses on the ground with Great Soul Arrow, a Large Soul of a Lost Undead, and Blue Wooden Shield. Inside this room, in the back, there is a ladder. Opening the chest in the lower room triggers a trap (either poison or arrows it is best to roll to the left or right and slightly behind the chest as this will avoid arrows and most of the poison), inside the chest is a Titanite Shard. If you have a Pharro's Lockstone and insert it into the mouth in the wall (if not you can buy it from merchant hag Melentia.) A nearby wall will shine, indicating you should attack it. Upon attack, it will reveal a hidden room with two chests containing the Cloranthy Ring and a Titanite Slab. Attacking the Closed door down here will cause three enemies inside to open the door, inside you can find a chest containing the Life Ring  and a Large Titanite Shard.

Beyond that room along the same wall, you encounter the NPC Pate who warns you about a trap. Walking through the adjacent archway leads to four Hollow Infantry who swarm you. The gate in the archway is lowered behind you, preventing you from returning back through. Several Hollow Infantry and soldiers attack here. Walking straight on through the open doorway brings you into a hallway, in the corner of which is a corpse with Aromatic Ooze x3. On the Wall past this item there is a hidden wall that contains a Sorcerer's Staff and Amber Herbs x1 . Continue down the hallway and left to the bottom of a staircase.

Once up the stairs, go past the cart which blocks the path, going left takes you to the top of the wall above Pate and the gate that dropped behind you after crossing into the courtyard. You can drop down either side from here. Returning to Pate continues his dialogue tree and earns you White Sign Soapstone.

Hollow Royal Soldiers and Firebombs

Going directly opposite of the ballista room brings you to a courtyard (and exploding barrels) with doorway ahead and an open archway to the right. Going through the right one brings you to another courtyard with a Hollow Royal Soldier slumped along the wall to the left; he reanimates and attacks. Continuing through another archway into yet another courtyard, you'll find a large tree is on the right and two Hollow Royal Soldiers attacking the tree. Behind that tree is a corpse with a Large Soul of a Lost Undead x1. Returning back through the doorway, there is a ladder up the wall to your left. Going up the ladder brings you to the top of the wall above Pate and near trigger-gate. Going to the right leads to a corpse with a Light Crossbow. Through the doorway past the corpse and into the fort leads inside another section of the fort. Inside drop down to the room and defeat the three Hollow Royal Soldiers. Open the iron chest to obtain a Mail Breaker and Infantry Helm x1. If you go back to the ledge above the three hollows, you can jump across to loot a corpse with a Torch x1 and a Soul of a Nameless Soldier x1.

Seaside Sword Room and Second Shortcut

You can drop down from here to return to the portion of the courtyard where the two Hollow Royal Soldiers are located. If you haven't already, kill the Hollow Royal Soldiers and go through the doorway into a large room. To the right and up the stairs is a corpse with a Lifegem x1 and Homeward Bone x1. Back down the stairs and to the right is a locked door (opened with the Soldiers Key). To the left, as you enter, and straight down the room are two Hollow Royal Soldiers. Just past the ruins of the giant sword a Ironclad Soldier waits to ambush you from behind a cart. In the corner nearby is a corpse with Amber Herb x2. Going up the blade of the stone sword, trigger a trap where four Hollow Infantry Drop down behind you onto the sword. At the end of the sword you will find a Halberd x1 and Soul of a Nameless Soldier x1.

Once back down the sword, head through the mist and into a large open room with a sconce. to the right is a broken wall which leads into a room with a seated Hollow Royal Soldier. The staircase in the room leads down to a boarded up door. A corpse at the base has a Large Leather Shield x1 and Lifegem x1. Returning back into the first room you first entered, head straight across and turn right. On the right is a corpse with Fire Arrow x10. Just beyond and to the right is the elevator to the The Last Giant boss. But, first, open the door just ahead which creates a shortcut to the ladder from the Second Bonfire.

When you're ready to try The Last Giant, step on the pressure plate elevator and descend. (If you step on the pressure plate but immediately hop off of the elevator, the other side will bring up a Ironclad Soldier. Descending either elevator goes to the same location) Go down the hallway where a Hollow Royal Soldier waits in the doorway on the left. The door is locked for the time being. To open it, you need the Iron Key from the Iron Keep. This door leads to the Flame Lizard Pit mentioned earlier. Straight into the tunnel and enter the mist to confront The Last Giant. (recommended summon the NPC Pate here)

Boss: The Last Giant

Ironclad Enclave - Soldier's Rest

After obtaining the Soldier Key return to the room before the rooftops section, just past the bottom of the bonfire ladder, and to the left of the bridge above the Flame Lizard Pit. The Soldier Key unlocks the door in this room and opens to the top of a staircase. Descending leads to a fairly dark, long rectangular room. A shade summon sign for Ruined Alfis will be just next to the doorway. Sconces are scattered about the room and, when lit, illuminate the entire area nicely. Several skeletons will appear as you move forward. A corpse in the corner by the sleeping hollow has a Black Firebomb x3 and a Homeward Bone. A door exits to an outside area where the remnants of several buildings are found. Ironclad Soldier are the main enemy here, but a hollow archer will immediately become a nuisance. Hollows are present in a small building directly across from where you come into this section. Ladders outside and inside this building lead to the roof where the player will be greeted by large hammers from three Ironclad Soldiers. On this rooftop is a corpse holding a Soul of a Nameless Soldier, a Whip and Cracked Red Eye Orb x3. Heading back down you'll find a small clearing and a corpse by a gate (the other side is the area in which the ambush Pate warns about is found). The corpse holds an Amber Herb x1 and Green Blossom x1. A broken down building creates a path over a chasm leading to the rest of the area. To the right are some steps leading up to a wooden chest containing the Hunters set and a Large Soul of a Proud Knight. Once in this area the NPC invader Armorer Dennis will appear. At the bottom of the stairs to the right will be two openings in the building. The first on will lead to the Soldier's Rest bonfire and the second opening will lead to a room containing a Giant Tree which may be holding a Seed of a Tree of Giants

To the Pursuer

A second door can be open from down the ladder. Go through the bridge and get rid of the three hollow on the way. To the right of the bridge is a door you can now open. Walking in front of you, you will find a chest with Torch x3 and a Ring of Restoration. Back on, you can go to a courtyard through the right, and pick up a Grand Lance, be careful of the Syan Soldier, he can be tough this low. There is also a chest containing some Amber Herbs.  Now go back to the Seaside Sword room. The door left of the stairs can now be opened. Beat the two hollows up the stairs and be careful with the one above, he may jump attack from the stairs. Go up and you will face a mist wall. Before getting through, climb the stairs on the right to find a body and a Soul of a Nameless Soldier, and Lifegem x3. Now, get ready to fight the area's boss and traverse the mist!

Boss: The Pursuer

After defeating the Pursuer, continue forward through the gap in the stone head. Through the hole in the floor immediately ahead, if you down down, you will find the Drangleic Set, Drangleic Shield, and Drangleic Sword. Continue one more drop and you will be near the beginning of your ascent towards the Pursuer. If you head all the way back up to the room past the boss, past the gap in the floor then go up the stairs to the right you will see a nest which you can use. An eagle will take you to The Tower Apart bonfire in the Lost Bastille.

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