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Notes

  • In the village area, lure the boar all the way through the level to the room across the thorn bridge, into the spider falling room. Have it eat the mushroom in that room, and the Pickaxe will appear.
  • On NG+ giant Boars appear in the royal camp, and The Duke's Dear Freja may appear on the cliff just before the first cavern.

Walkthrough

You will begin the area at the royal army campsite, In this area are several Hollow Peasants and two larger versions of the Undead Devourers (pigs) in Majula. In adittion, you'll find a new kind of enemy in NG+: two very agressive wild boars that will aggro when you are near the center of the campsite. Be careful: the Hollow Peasants have weapons enchanted with Dark and hit pretty hard! Move ahead and light the Bonfire. Go into the tent to the left of the burning corpse pile to find a summon sign for Benhart of Jugo. ( If you are human). There are several Falconers in this area, so be careful. From this tent go out the opposite side to find a large scaffolding and a Hollow to the left surrounded by corpses holding items. Attack the scaffolding to cause a corpse to fall. He holds Lacerating Arrow x15. Proceed to dispatch the Hollow to the left and loot the corpses to find Soul Of a Nameless Soldier x3, Large Soul Of a Proud Knight x1. Return back to the bonfire tent and head to the ruined building ahead. On the side are Urns containing a corpse holding Large Soul Of a Nameless Soldier x1. The doorway of this building is blocked off so instead, head to the well to the right, past the burning corpses. Loot the corpse hanging over the well for Titanite Shard x1. You can jump from here into the well (Note: Destroy the scaffolding above the well) to reach the blocked off building from before but watch out for the pig at the bottom of the well! After you kill it loot the corpse holding Holy Water Urn x3. Continue on and up the ladder to enter the building. Inside is a Mimic chest enemy containing the Staff of Wisdom and Dark Leggings. Climb up the rubble to exit the house.

From here, head straight towards the cliff edge. Follow the path down but be careful as Undead lie on wait to the hill above. They will activate trap boulders that will cause massive damage. Pick them off from afar if you can (shooting the structure supporting the stone will send it rolling, even the basic arrows work). Ahead is a corpse holding Soul Of a Nameless Soldier x1. Multiple Hollows ahead will converge towards you. Kill them then climb up the ladder to the right and carefully break the wooden supports holding the boulder to the left to reveal a corpse holding Soul Of a Brave Warrior x1. Head back down and continue along the path ahead. In NG+ and upwards, when you are in the narrow corridor before the next area, and preceded by an earthquake, The Duke's Dear Freja will appear. If you decide not to fight it it will go away (I tried to fight it and it took its leave when half HP. Needs confirmation if it can be killed or not during this encounter). Hanging off the ledge is a corpse holding Large Titanite Shard x1. To the left are more Hollows guarding a large door. Open it and head down, past the first large room and into the second, which has multiple Spiders lying in wait to ambush you. Kill them then loot the Trap Chest for Heavy Bolt x20 ( Magic Bolt x20 on NG+). Continue through the Iron door ahead to reach a room with a Boss Fog Gate. Don't enter through the fog yet, from the iron door you just entered head straight to find an Illusory Wall press A (xbox) X (ps3). Head up the stairs and down the hall to find a Dark Spirit (only NG+), a Water Urn and a corpse holding the Priestess Set. Head back to the Boss Fog.

Boss: Prowling Magus and Congregation

Killing this boss nets you a Titanite Slab x1. Go through the door ahead and face immediately left to find a ladder in the alcove of the wall. Head up to reach NPC Cromwell The Pardoner and multiple corpses holding Bonfire Ascetic x1, Cleric's Small Shield x1, Fading Soul x3 and Skeptic's Spice x1. Speaking to Cromwell if your Faith is above 35 will cause him to give you a Ring of Resistance. When you are ready, head back down the ladder. Move towards the cliff edge and look down to the right to find a Crystal Lizard on the ledge below but don't attempt him now. Instead, move into the cave entrance to the right. Inside to the left is a Bonfire. Now that you have reached the bonfire you can attempt the Lizard. (Note: For this guide you will need to Homeward Bone or Darksign back shortly after you kill the Lizard as you will be in area you are not ready for.)
All of this can be done without using homeward bones if the player first visits the lower bonfire near Ornifex shop, allowing you to fall down and warp back up each time the guide suggests the use of a homeward bone. (See "Correct Path" below) If you take the Lizard approach watch out, as multiple Grave Lord <Casters will attack you when you drop down. Off the left side of the lizard ledge is another platform with a corpse holding Titanite Chunk x1 and Twinkling Titanite x1. Loot him then Homeward back to avoid a break in the flow of the guide. From the bonfire, Head down and look under the stairs for a corpse holding Soul Of A Proud Knight x1. Through the doorway is a room with two jars, which hold a corpse with Wilted Dusk Herb x2. On the ledge outside, look down and a Hollow Mage will fire at you. Hollow Mage's attack pattern is exactly the same as Black Hollow Mage (Necromancer), except he cannot resurrect enemies, they're male, and they wear an entirely dfferent hood. Take him out from here to make things a little easier ahead. Next to you is a zip-line. Ride it across and kill the spider. Head left towards the jars. Inside the building will be Mild Mannered Pate and Creighton Of Mirrah battling it out. ( If you have fully followed their storyline thus far). Choose an NPC to side with and attack the other. Loot the dead NPC and talk to the living NPC after the battle, exhausting their dialogue to receive the Tseldora Den Key (If you helped Creighton you'll get his armor set) (if you have no regard to their lives, kill the remaining one after getting the key for his armor set. in case of Pate's Set). Also inside this room inside the jars to the right is a corpse holding Charcoal Pine Resin x3. Head down the cave path to the left hidden behind some junk. Go through the first door and to your right is a corpse holding Torch x1. Past the second door is an Infected Hollow in front of a ledge with a Crystal Lizard holding Titanite Chunk x2 and Twinkling Titanite x1 to his right and a corpse holding Titanite Chunk x1 to his left. Kill the Infected Hollow from inside the house. Once he's dead walk out and quickly turn to your right to see the Crystal lizard and kill it. ( Note this next path requires a Homeward Bone).

From the doorway, there is a ledge to your right which you can drop down from to reach a small area with an Infected corpse. Kill him then turn around and head across the small wooden bridge. In the room to your left are 3 Infected Hollows and a door which leads to a small path to the right that has a White Hollow Mage Robe (Note: that this is only available if the Hollow Mage you killed dropped it), and leads back up above to the wooden bridge. Smash the random objects located to the left to reveal a lever which will lower a platform above. To reach it, head back up the small stairs and make a carefully aimed jump towards it. In the chest is a Southern Ritual Band +1. Homeward Bone and head back across the zip-line.

Head back and stand outside the house where Pate and Creighton fought. You will notice a Corpse holding Large Titanite Shard x1 in the small outcropping across the gap ahead. If you line it up, this jump is possible but expect to homeward out of there, or else you will be far deviate from the guide. Once you return to the house, go left towards zip-line. There are actually two paths to take, one of which require a Homeward Bone as it will lead you to an area you are not ready for and break the flow of the guide. Below are each paths, both starting from outside the house.

1. Head left onto the wooden platfrom and drop down ahead to reach a corpse holding Large Titanite Shard x1. Drop down to the stones below and enter the building to find another corpse holding Estus Flask Shard x1. Home ward bone and return to the house.

2. ( Correct Path) Homeward back to the bonfire (if you are on the other side of the zipline). Go down the stairs and kill the Hollow Mage, go outside and DON'T take the zipline, instead fall down the right edge to the rock below. (Note: Inch forward (not roll) at the right side, to avoid dropping two levels down to the sand) Head through the doorway to reach a room with 2 Grave Lord Casters and 2 spiders on the ceiling. Take them out then loot the corpse to the left for Lightning Urn x4. Go through the small doorway ahead to reach a ladder. Climb down to reach a room with a bonfire and a door. To your left is a spider so watch out. (Note: When resting or returning to this bonfire, the spider that's located on the ceiling in the previous room will jump down to this room. A good way to farm these spiders is to spam an AOE spell while staying at some distance from them; weapons with a large horizontal swing works well too, e.g. greatsword.) Head out the door to reach the sand pit. To your right is a corpse holding Petrified Dragon Bone x1 ( Note: When you go to loot this corpse 3 spiders crawl over the hill and attack). In this area you will be invaded by the NPC Bowman Guthry. Head back to the left of the area to reach a wooden door. A Basilisk will rise out of the sand when you approach. Behind the door is Weaponsmith Ornifex if you saved her in the Shaded Woods. In her room are jars and bookshelves to the left. Break them to find corpses holding Flame Butterfly x1 and Pharros' Lockstone x1. Head back outside and on the left path is a Red Crystal Lizard and a large double wooden door. Behind it is a room with a Spider Drone and a spider, a summon sign for the NPC Bashful Ray is on the left side of the room.

Behind the bookshelves ahead is a room with another spider and a Chest containing Crescent Axe x1 and Soul Vortex. Back in the main room, up the small hill is a ledge dropping down to a small room with a corpse to the left holding Titanite Chunk x1 and a door to the right (Note that once you drop down this ledge, the only way to return to the earlier part of the level is to do an angled jump up to the ledge). Through the door is a large courtyard. Ahead is a spider-corpse and a Basilisk. Kill them and then head through the half broken wooden door ahead. Kill the Spiders inside then head up the stairs and open the door to find a corpse with Large Titanite Shard x1. You will also notice a wooden door down ahead and a scripted Red Phantom spawn below you past the archway. Head down to face him. Ignore the obvious bridge for now and head towards the wooden door you noticed earlier. Trying to open it gives you the message "Too heavy to open". Smash that piece of kindling down with ranged attacks or else an un-dodgable sand burst will hit you. Go through the door and open the other door ahead with your Tseldora Den Key you received from Pate / Creighton. Two chests are in this room. The wooden one to the left is a Trap Chest containing Rusted Coin x10 and the metal Chest contains Engraved Gauntlets x1 (upon opening the chest, you'll hear the dialogue from Pate / Creighton, revealing both are miscreants, does not occur if you killed both of them). Collect them and head outside. Go through the archway to the left towards the bridge.

Around the bridge are several Peasants that will go towards the end to cross the bridge and attack as soon as they notice you. Kill them before proceeding to make things easy. Two bodies in the spikes hold Torch x3, Titanite Shard x1, Titanite Chunk x3 and Titanite Slab x1. Open the door and look up. Multiple spiders are on the ceiling. Use ranged attacks or move ahead and let them drop down. To the right is a locked iron door. You need the Brightstone Key obtained after the boss battle to open it. To the right of the door is a bench that can be broken to reveal a corpse holding Soul Of a Hero x1 and Gold Pine Resin x4. To the left is a summon sign for the NPC Manhunter O'Harrah. On the far wall are two doors, each with their own lever next to them. The door on the right holds a corpse with Homeward Bone x3 and a Red Phantom enemy. The door on the left holds an Infected Hollow and a ladder going up. Climb up to reach Freja's lair. In this room are many spider webs which serve as bridges. Be warned, as you step on the webs, spiders will climb up and attack. Lets get started.

Drop down from the ledge and move left, hugging the wall. Move down the first web and reach the far side. Behind the first pillar is a corpse holding Torch x1. Careful, a spider will drop down near here. Move forward towards the Jars on the far side. In them is a corpse holding Pharros' Lockstone x1. Move across the web to the left. At the end, drop to the large web to your left and follow it down. Halfway down is a corpse holding Radiant Lifegem x1. Go down to ground level and kill any spiders that attack and the Peasant that roam in the area. To your left is a small but wide web leading up to a platform above. On the far side is a corpse holding Twilight Herb x1. Go back on ground level and underneath the large web is a corpse holding Simpleton's Spice x1. From here, head to the far right side of the room and behind the last pillar is a corpse holding Corrosive Urn x5. As you may have noticed by now, there is a large Fog Door ahead. Also around the area behind a pillar is a summon sign for Ashen Knight Boyd.

Boss: The Duke's Dear Freja

Defeat her, then move towards the dragon and pick up the great soul. Head through the cave to the right to reach the Lords Private Chamber where you will find Duke Tseldora, back turned to the player while focusing on a table in front of him. Defeat the hollowed Duke to receive the Brightstone Key, a Fragrant Branch Of Yore x1 and the Dark Quartz Ring +1. Down the stairs to the right is a Primal Bonfire. Light the Primal bonfire but don't forget to come back to the locked iron door in the first chamber of the building and unlock it with the Brightstone Key.(There is no way to backtrack out of the area. so either homeward bone out or travel to the last bonfire in the area.) Inside is another door requiring unlocking, however once you open it many spiders will converge. Kill them then loot the chest in the room ahead for Black Knight Ultra Greatsword x1 Great Fireball x1 and Fire Seed x1. Assuming this was your fourth Old One slain, head on to the Shrine Of Winter!


Return when you have the Ashen Mist Heart and activate the crystal within Freja's room to access the Memories of a Dragon

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