Crown of the Sunken King is a DLC for Dark Souls 2 (DKS2), released on July 22nd 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. Official Trailer Video

Crown of the Sunken King


"The Crown of the Sunken King sends players on a quest to reclaim the Crown that King Vendrick once owned,”
“With an entirely new areas to explore within the Dark Souls 2 universe, players will find pyramids, underground caverns, and unknown foes. It is said that the Ancient Crown is buried deep below the surface, but surely it cannot sit unguarded?”

How to access the DLC area

After buying the DLC an item is added to the inventory, the Dragon Talon.
The player must go to the primal bonfire chamber in the Black Gulch and examine an obelisk to be teleported to the entrance of the DLC, a chamber with a locked door that opens with the Dragon Talon.
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 normaly says it is too worn to be read, will now give instructions how to enter the DLC.

In the Scholar of the First Sin edition, the key has moved to the locked door in the pit in Majula. You now need to go to The Black Gulch, kill the two giants before the final bonfire, before the boss fight with The Rotten to receive The Forgotten key, the key that opens the stone doors. The talon lies on a body to the left of the chests in the pit.


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    • Anonymous

      21 Jun 2021 13:48  

      re: previous comment - nope, the key to the door is 100% certainly dropped by the giants in black gulch. they key you're referring to allows you to by a door in forest of fallen giants

      • Anonymous

        20 Jun 2021 09:24  

        I think the info about accesing is wrong. It says the giants in the Black Gulch have the key in SOTFS, but I'm pretty sure it is the one in Iron Keep, under the first bull/flamethrower you find.

        • Anonymous

          07 Jun 2021 00:08  

          Fun DLC, really gave me that Dark Souls rush. Bonfire placement kinda sucked in my opinion but it did make it more of a challenge so I can't complain, the bosses were pretty easy though so that was a bit of a letdown, other than that it was a really cool DLC

          • Anonymous

            24 May 2021 09:11  

            This is one of my favourite bits of content in all of the series. Shulva is intense, difficult and amazingly designed. My only issue is that I don't really like the bosses that much.

            • Anonymous

              21 Jun 2020 14:28  

              The design of this place (among other things) gives me anxiety. Especially the descent to the Dragon's Rest.

              • Anonymous

                13 May 2020 20:43  

                God, this place is no joke. Missed that feeling from ds1. Tough enemies, traps and as much bonfires as necessary.

                • Anonymous

                  12 May 2020 15:41  

                  New Enemies list is missing the Pagan Tree, which a lot of players might miss despite how helpful it can be.

                  • Anonymous

                    10 May 2020 15:49  

                    I must be the other person on earth that thinks these DLCs are borderline garbage. From the scarcity of bonfires leading to constant backtracking to the abundance of overpowered enemies, it's not fun.

                    • Anonymous

                      03 Oct 2018 01:04  

                      They picked the worst place to move it to in SotFS, but then again, it's Dark Souls, so it's not like they'll make it easy.

                      • Anonymous

                        11 Aug 2018 13:34  

                        What do you think is the optimal level for this DLC on NG? I am playing through it now, around soul level 120, soul memory 1,300,000. I really love the level design and the atmosphere but I struggle with bosses and it is difficult for me to find any summons/get summoned.

                        • Anonymous

                          26 Nov 2016 03:32  

                          My Crown of Sunken King on the SoFS edition for Xbox 360 is bugged and I can't access the DLC. When I examine the shrine after The Rotten battle I get thrown into a never ending loading screen. Has anyone else had this issue?

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