Crown of the Old Iron King is a DLC for Dark Souls 2 (DKS2), released on August 26th 2014. The DLC was later bundled as part of the Scholar of the First Sin Edition of the game. All episodes were sold for either $9.99 a piece, or added as part of the Dark Souls II Season Pass for $24.99.  Requires Patch 1.07

Crown of the Old Iron King


Beyond the Iron Keep, set in a "Brume Tower" covered in soot and ash, players must bear through entirely new hardships.

How to access the DLC area

old_iron_crown_screenshot13_small.jpgAfter buying the DLC an item is added to the inventory, the Heavy Iron Key to access the DLC.
The player must go to the primal bonfire chamber in the Iron Keep and examine an obelisk to be teleported to the entrance of the DLC, a chamber with a locked door that opens with a key received for buying the DLC.

  • Players that don't have the DLC can be summoned into it by placing their signs in this chamber. The signs will show up inside the DLC.
  • Also worth noting that with the DLC installed, the tablet in Majula that normally says it is too worn to be read, will now give instructions how to enter the DLC.



 Crown of the Old Iron King Content




The entrance to the DLC has 4 stone tablets surrounding it, they each read something different.
They read the following:

    • "The forbidden is the path to the ancient king's domain"


    • "Trespassers will face adversity befitting a monarch"


    • "In the tower of the Old Iron King resides a Child of Dark"


    • "With water dry, and path amiss, woeful temptation is dismissed"

It is speculated that the Child of dark that is referred to in this may be another shard of Manus.


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    • Anonymous

      20 Mar 2020 01:23  

      I can't find the dlc in the store and there isn't an option to quickly link to the page with the dlc. I need help because I have this same problem with the other dlcs.

      • Anonymous

        18 Jul 2019 15:51  

        The description about the tablet in Manjula is wrong. I still get the "It's too worn" message. Do you have to get the keys to activate the text or is my game glitched?

        • Anonymous

          17 May 2018 01:38  

          the texts on the walls should be read as thus:

          "Forbidden is the path to the ancient King's domain."

          "With water dry, and path amiss, woeful temptation is dismissed."

          "In the tower of the Old Iron King resides a Child of Dark."

          "Trespassers will face adversity befitting a monarch."

          • Anonymous

            26 Apr 2017 22:30  

            difficult, very difficult, raged almost every single time, spent more than 7 hours just trying to finish this and still going

            • Anonymous

              19 Mar 2017 23:28  

              Just finished this dlc fume knight was hell and only beat him cause of a lucky sunbro the smelter and samurai were wimps in comparison

              • Anonymous

                19 Mar 2017 01:11  

                No other game or dlc drained my patience this dry for a really long time, they took the masochist meme way too far

                • Anonymous

                  18 Feb 2017 15:55  

                  ended up rerolling characters because of the bosses in this dlc... went from mage to using a beefier ultra greatsword user. still difficult as all hell. Fume knight was easy enough relative to the other two...i wouldnt have beaten the last two without the summons. jesus, their damage and speed almost made me cry. seriously teared up because of their broken ass damage lol. my god i could go on done ranting.

                  • Anonymous

                    07 Dec 2016 20:47  

                    Hard ass DLC. Sheesh, as a Souls veteran I'm not afraid to admit this DLC was VERY challenging and hyper aggressive. I'm not complaining, a few bad developer choices here and there. But yeah, this is definitely the hardest thing I've experienced in a Souls game thus far.

                    • Anonymous

                      Responses07 Sep 2016 17:28  

                      I would try it out before new game + for the opportunity to gain armor or weapons and begin upgrades mostly.. And to Iron King's question did you get the key (old Iron Key) from Forest of Fallen Giants bottom floor by the The Last Giant Boss and fire salamanders?

                      • Anonymous

                        Iron king29 Aug 2016 10:56  

                        I have gotten the scholar of sin and completed the whole ga,e with the sunken king by defeating all bosses and talking to king venderick but it doesn't let me enter the dlc at iron keep just says closed what do I do

                        • Anonymous

                          A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones Easter Egg?29 Aug 2016 10:56  

                          I've noticed once you get the elevators working and go up two levels to a door that opens up to an Iron Warrior. After defeating him there are multiple doors in this corridor that open to, what I believe to be, an easter egg nodding towards Game of Thrones. Behind the doors are none other than the infamous sky cells Tyrion Lannister found himself visiting during his stay/trial at The Eyrie. Anyone else notice this?

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