- Previous: Aldia's Keep
- Next: Dragon Shrine
- Recommended Levels: 105 to 115
- Boss: None
- Bonfires: Dragon Aerie
Dragon Aerie Map
NPCs in the Dragon Aerie
- Twinkling Titanite x2
- Radiant Lifegem
- Soul of a Brave Warrior
- Darknight Stone
- Petrified Dragon Bone x2
- Soul of a Great Hero x3
- Large Soul of a Brave Warrior x2
- Firedrake Stone
- Dragon Charm
- Pharros Lockstone
- Petrified Something x2
- Note Killing all the Blue Crystal Lizards in the area and picking up all items will yield about x6-10 Twinkling Titanite and x6-10 Petrified Dragon Bone
- Note: The drops from the dragons are completely at random. Sometimes they drop nothing at all. Higher bonfire intensities increases drop rates however)
- In NG+, in the cave with the Rupturing Hollow, the drop is 3 x Elizabeth Mushroom.
- The more dragon eggs you have broken, the less time it takes for the wyvern to swoop down, and break the bridge to the Shrine of Dragon.
- Glitch: If you jump attack the third dragon from the cliff, a glitch could happen where you will stay on top of him after you finish the attack, this will cause the dragon to fly into the air and throw very high in the air, killing you
- Glitch: If you got hit on a zipline, you can sometimes defy gravity, as of Calibration 1.07 on 13th June 2014, it'll be fixed so players can no longer defy gravity.
Dragon Aerie Walkthrough
Things to Note
Be wary of breaking the grayish white dragon eggs in this area. If too many eggs are broken, simply rest at bonfire to reset.
- Break 3 eggs - All guardian dragons get a power boost.
- Break 7 eggs - There will be a time limit for crossing the bridge later in the level, to Dragon Shrine, before it gets destroyed.
- Break 10 eggs - The bridge is destroyed and you have no chance of crossing.
Before you begin, consider exploring this area on your own and taking in the epic scenery and layout. Of all the areas, this one is the most visually stunning. It's also pretty easy to get around and you'll probably have a lot more fun with it just on your own. There's not much you can do wrong as long as you remember the rule above, which doesn't really matter since you'll be using your new feather and the big guys don't respawn.
To Skip or not to Skip
As you enter the area, the path splits in two:
- Following to the right will lead you to a cliff side where The Emerald Herald will engage you in dialogue, revealing that is was she that drew you into this world, and give you the Aged Feather.
- The path to the left leads to a bridge with a bonfire at the other end. Beside the bonfire is a ladder which leads up to a zipline. This will let you skip the complete area unharmed. Glide across the zipline and drop off -press B/O on your controller- to grab a Soul of a Great Hero. Homeward Bone back to the Bonfire. Climb back up the ladder, cross the zipline and the long bridge to Dragon Shrine. Alternatively, climb down the ladder to explore the area, and continue reading on.
Back to the bonfire. Exit the room on the opposite side and follow the winding path up to another bridge. This bridge is blocked by a petrified statue at the end. So you'll need a Fragrant Branch of Yore to explore further. Once across the bridge, you will find yourself in a cave, and immediately to your left, a Rupturing Hollow is trying to take you by suprirse; further in the cave, you will find a Bonfire Ascetic. Around the corner is another Rupturing Hollow -the glowing yellow chest indicates that it is corrosive.
There are two paths, and a recess with a Crystal Lizard and a Radiant Lifegem. The path on the left of the recess leads out to a large area guarded by a Red Dragon. You can dispatch it to enter the proceeding area, and pick up the extensive loot that it was laying on:
Inside the nest with the eggs on this platform lies an Dragon Tooth. There is also a Crystal Lizard on this platform, and another up a ramp to the right, guarded by some Rupturing Hollows. The holes in the floor will drop you back into the cave. To the far left is a bridge looping back round to the path from the right.
Right of the Recess
The path to the right of the recess, leads to a bridge and another fork. 3 of those dragon eggs will block your way, you will have to smash at least one to get through. You will be invaded by Fencer Sharron when you try to cross it. At the end of the tunnel, you’ll drop down to a walkway. To the right is a bridge leading to the previous open area, off the side of the bridge you’ll notice a corpse with a glowing treasure. You can’t access it yet, as you’ll need to get to the zipline above it. Follow the bridge to the left, and watch out for the Rupturing Hollow just around the corner. Cross the bridge to your right and follow the path up the side of the hill, then continue to the right, past the Dark Priestess to collect a Petrified Dragon Bone.
The path splits to the left. A walkway revealing another open area with another Red Dragon, which can also be accessed from the left path. Entering the area will agro the beast so if you've got a strong ranged build, you can simply snipe it from the lower part of the path, or engage in direct combat in the open area. In the open area there are a couple of corpses, each containing one item: a Magic Stone, a Soul of a Great Hero, the other a Large Soul of a Brave Warrior, and 2 Crystal Lizard.
Again, the path splits into two, the path to the right, past more Rupturing Hollow, leads to a ledge overlooking yet another Red Dragon that you can use to snipe or attack, with spells. Once dispatched, drop down on the ledge to the left to loot the treasure, and down to the next ledge on the right for a Crystal Lizard. Corpses in this area hold:
- 1x Soul of a Great Hero
- 1x Ring of The Evil Eye +1
- 1x Firedrake Stone
- 1x Twinkling Titanite
- 1x Petrified Dragon Bone
- 1x Dragon Charm
Taking the path to the left brings us back to the previous Dragon area; going over the bridge on the right and past two more Rupturing Hollow, we will end up right in front of the bridge towards Dragon Shrine.
Easy Dragon Strategy
An easy strategy for these drakes is to stay underneath them and go for the legs, similar to the Rat Authority fight or Sif from DaS1. Hanging out by one of the legs will bait the stomp attack pretty consistently, which can easily be completely avoided by simply staying directly underneath and running to the other leg, which you can then hit a few times and rinse/repeat.
Make sure to stay directly under when using this strategy; the stomp attack has a pretty wide tracking arc and can easily one hit you if you try backing off or going behind the drake. If you just stay right under his crotch and run to the inside of his other leg, though, he can't bring the stomp further in and will miss you while you get 3-4 good hits in on the other leg.
They have very little resistance to lightning as well as poison/toxin, even 4-5 regular poison throwing knives is enough to build the poison meter all the way up. Since the second and third drake are in positions where you can see them before they see you, it's a good opportunity to hit them with poison knives/arrows or dark fog/toxic mist depending on your build, to start of at an immediate advantage. It's also possible to poison the second and third drakes from any number of snipe spots and kill them without having to actually fight them at all.
Staying under 70% equip load is highly recommended for this strategy to work. Using a +10 lightning shortbow (upgraded the one found in Iron Keep) with 20STR/22DEX, Iron arrows hit for ~111HP per shot and Magic, Dark and Lightning arrows hit for ~200-250HP.
Using the stay-between-his-legs strategy, two-handing a +2 mundane Santier's Spear (broken) with 19 as the lowest stat and gold pine resin did about 1000 damage for every three R1 presses. If you start off with poison and then hug the legs, the fights should be over very quickly with only dodging needed.