Dragon Aerie


Dragon Aerie-area.pngDragon Aerie is a Location in Dark Souls 2. Featured in the Dark Souls 2 reveal trailer surrounded by dragons. The bridge featured in the Dark Souls 2 reveal that is torn apart by a dragon landing on it is in this area. If the player stands too long on the bridge, a dragon will destroy the bridge along with the player, especially if the player destroys some eggs. Destroying more eggs reduces the time before a dragon destroys the bridge while the player is on it. This place is accessed after beating the Guardian Dragon at the top of Aldia's Keep.

The Emerald Herald will relocate to this area to give the player an Aged feather, which can be used as a homeward bone unlimited times. Important note for co-op teams: there is no boss in the Dragon Aerie or Dragon Shrine unless the player attacks the Ancient Dragon. Therefore you will only be able to see the signs of shades/phantoms until then.

 

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General Information

 

Dragon Aerie Map

 

NPCs in the Dragon Aerie

  1. Emerald Herald

 

Items

Consumables
Equipment

Enemies

NPC Invasion

 

Notes

  • 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 get's 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.
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  • 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.
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Cave

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 find a Bonfire Ascetic. Around the corner is a Rupturing Hollow -the glowing yellow chest indicates that it is corrosive. 

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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:

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. 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 and smash through the dragon eggs to collect a Petrified Dragon Bone.

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Another One

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. After killing it, it will drop a Petrified Something. In the open area there are a couple of corpses, one holding a Soul of a Great Hero, the other a Large Soul of a Brave Warrior, and another Crystal Lizard.

Another One

Again, the path splits into two, the path to the right, leads to a ledge overlooking yet another Red Dragon that you can use to snipe or attack, with spells. This one drops a Twinkling Titanite and a Petrified Something. 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:

The Bridge to the Shrine

A path to the left blocked by some dragon eggs (smash though them) leads back up to the area where the previous dragon was, to the right is a ledge that you can drop down to, to obtain a Large Soul of a Brave Warrior and a Pharros Lockstone. Homeward Bone or use the Aged feather to go back to the Bonfire and retrace your step to get back to the main path.

Back on the main path, cross the bridge to arrive at the Dragon Shrine.

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Easy Dragon Strategy

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.

 

Resistances

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.

 

Equipment Suggestions

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.

General Information

 

Dragon Aerie Map

 

NPCs in the Dragon Aerie

  1. Emerald Herald

 

Items

Consumables
Equipment

Enemies

NPC Invasion

 

Notes

  • 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 get's 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. Exit from the opposite side and follow the winding path up to another bridge. A Rupturing Hollow is clearly visible at the other end, and can be sniped very easily, avoiding the risk of getting blown off the bridge by his explosion.

First of the Drakes

Once across the bridge you will find yourself in a cave with two paths and a recess with a wall of three eggs separating you from a Crystal Lizard and a Radiant Lifegem.

The path to the left leads out to a large area guarded by a Red Dragon. Directly to the right, if you are fast enough is a Crystal Lizard, between some dragon eggs is a Dragon Tooth, a Darknight Stone sits on the edge of a hole in the floor. Kill the other Crystal Lizards and loot the corpses for a Soul of a Brave Warrior and a Bolt Stone. The holes in the floor will drop you back into the cave. To the right is a path leading up to another Crystal Lizard. To the far left is a bridge looping back round to the path from the right.

To the Second Dragon

The path to the right of the recess in the cave is blocked by more eggs, and leads to a bridge and another fork. 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. Follow the path to the right and smash through the dragon eggs to collect a Petrified Dragon Bone. The path splits again to the left to a walkway revealing another open area with another Red Dragon, which can also be accessed from the left path. Entering the area will immediately aggravate the Red Dragon that drops a Petrified Something. In the open area there are a couple of corpses, one holding a Soul of a Great Hero, the other a Large Soul of a Brave Warrior, and there's another Crystal Lizard.

Loot City

Again, there are two paths, the path to the right, leads to a ledge overlooking another Red Dragon that you can use to snipe him or attack him with spells. This one drops a Twinkling Titanite and a Petrified Something. 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 the area hold: 

A path to the left, blocked by some more eggs, leads back up to the area where the previous dragon was. To the right is a ledge that you can drop down to, to obtain a Large Soul of a Brave Warrior and a Pharros Lockstone. Homeward Bone or use the Aged feather to go back to bonfire, and retrace your steps to the main path.

Path to the Shrine

Back on the main path, cross the bridge. Immediately to the left is a zipline leading back to the Bonfire and to the right a bridge leading to the castle.

Take the zipline and hug the path to the right to find a hole in the ground with a ladder leading down to the Bonfire. It’s the same one as earlier, so climb back up the ladder to get back on the correct path. Just past the zipline drop down to a ledge to grab the Twinkling Titanite then Homeward Bone back to the Bonfire. Climb back up the ladder and take the zipline across to the castle.

Remember the treasure on the pillar you could see from the bridge earlier? Glide across the zipline and press the "B/O" button to drop off and grab a Soul of a Great Hero. Homeward Bone once again, or drop of the edge, to warp back to the Bonfire. Climb back up the ladder, take the zipline to its completion, and the long bridge to Dragon Shrine

 

Easy Dragon Strategy

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.

 

Resistances

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.

 

Equipment Suggestions

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.

 

Locations
Belfry Luna  ♦  Black Gulch  ♦  Brightstone Cove Tseldora  ♦  Brume Tower  ♦  Cathedral of Blue  ♦  Cave of the Dead  ♦  Dragon's Rest  ♦  Dragon's Sanctum  ♦  Dragon Memories  ♦  Dragon Shrine  ♦  Drangleic Castle  ♦  Forest of Fallen Giants  ♦  Grave of Saints  ♦  Huntsman's Copse  ♦  Iron passage  ♦  Lost Bastille  ♦  Memory of Jeigh  ♦  Memory of Orro  ♦  Memory of the King  ♦  Memory of Vammar  ♦  No-man's Wharf  ♦  Shrine of Winter  ♦  Sinner's Rise  ♦  The Gutter  ♦  The Pit  ♦  Things Betwixt  ♦  Throne of Want  ♦  Undead Purgatory



    • Anonymous

      03 May 2019 23:27  

      I’m playing sotfs, and ran through the level upon entering it, didn’t touch a single egg, nor kill a dragon, and he still broke the bridge. I took the zip line to the bridge, so idk if it’s egg or time related. I think it depends on how long you’re on the bridge.

      • Anonymous

        11 Feb 2019 13:18  

        these lizards seem impossible to kill before they despawn or you bounce off a wall 2-3 times on higher NG+'s. I don't even bother anymore.

        • Anonymous

          17 Sep 2018 00:11  

          I really hate the fact that I got forcefully thrown upon eggs thus crushing them, it was near the sleeping dragon, and from nowhere these *****tard hollows came and jumped on me and exploded, throwing me upon eggs without me wanting it, now I had to deal with the *****ing sleeping dragon and now I buffed/boosted those soldiers as well????? I *****ing hate this.

          • Anonymous

            06 Sep 2018 22:21  

            This is by far the best area to burn bonfire ascetics because of the large number of rare materials, weak enemies, and lack of a boss. As another commenter said, it's super easy to shoot poison arrows at the dragons and dispatch them with no risk to yourself. Every single one sleeps in an area surrounded with elevations. After you dispatch the rapturing hollows (takes me 1 arrow each), take up that elevated position and start shooting. Note that 1 out of the 3 dragons will still be able to breathe fire at you, in which case you should wear fire resistant armor and rings, and use flash sweat or GMB to get 900 fire resist.

            • Anonymous

              14 Jul 2017 12:05  

              the dragons in this area are all passive in SOFTS unless u break an egg or attack them, so for people that have difficulty, just dun attack or break eggs :D

              • 29 Jun 2017 21:30  

                The easiest strategy I found for dispatching dragons is using poison arrows, takes around 4-6 to start the poison damage and it drains about a quarter of their life, dependent on stat investment. Don't even need to get close.

                • Anonymous

                  05 May 2017 15:59  

                  In case anyone was looking here is the list of stuff you get:
                  Titanites
                  Titanite shards: 6
                  Large titanite: 6
                  Titanite chunk: 3
                  Twinkling titanite: 6
                  Dragon bone: 6

                  Embues
                  Blot stone: 1
                  Raw stone: 1
                  Magic stone: 2
                  Faint stone: 1
                  Dark stone: 2
                  Fire stone: 1
                  pale stone: 2
                  Bleed stone: 1

                  other:
                  petrified something: 1
                  lock stone: 1
                  Bonfire ascetic: 1 (so you can farm all day long)
                  Elizabeth mushrooms: 3
                  old radiate life gem: 1
                  Dragon tooth: 1 (weapon)
                  Flame quartz ring +2: 1
                  ring of the evil eye +2: 1
                  Fire tempest: 1 (pyromancy)
                  soul of a brave warrior: 3

                  If I am missing anything add it in a reply

                  • Anonymous

                    strategy for dragons29 Aug 2016 11:01  

                    I found its really easy if your wearing light armor to stay away and trigger the flame breath and as soon as it lifts it's head run to its side and hit it 2-3 times and repeat. You stay out of the range of any attacks (lightning halberd+10 two handed killed them in about 8-9 hits usually)

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