Game Progress Route


This page has a basic recommended progression for beginners. Some classes will find skipping some steps or altering the order easier, but this guide is made with the weakest classes in mind. The DLC is marked separately.

  1. Things Betwixt
  2. Majula
  3. Forest of Fallen Giants
  4. Heide's Tower of Flame
  5. Cathedral of Blue
  6. No-Man's Wharf
  7. The Lost Bastille
  8. Belfry Luna
  9. Sinners' Rise
  10. Huntsman's Copse
  11. Undead Purgatory
  12. Harvest Valley
  13. Earthen Peak
  14. The Grave of Saints
  15. The Pit
  16. The Gutter
  17. Black Gulch
  18. Shaded Woods
  19. Doors of Pharros
  20. Brightstone Cove Tseldora
  21. Lord's Private Chamber
  22. Iron Keep
  23. Belfry Sol
  24. Shrine of Winter
  25. Drangleic Castle
  26. King's Passage
  27. Shrine of Amana
  28. Undead Crypt
  29. Aldia's Keep
  30. Dragon Aerie
  31. Dragon Shrine
  32. Dark Chasm of Old
  33. Memories of the Ancients
  34. Throne of Want



Crown of the Sunken King

  1. Shulva - Sanctum City
  2. Dragon's Sanctum
  3. Dragon's Rest
  4. Cave of the Dead


Crown of the Old Iron King

  1. Brume Tower
  2. Iron Passage
  3. Memory of the Old Iron King


Crown of the Ivory King

  1. Frozen Eleum Loyce
  2. The Cathedral
  3. Old Chaos
  4. Frigid Outskirts (Optional)


World Inter-connectivity

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Quick Walkthrough:

To get to Drangleic Castle as the Emerald Herald asks of you, it is necessary that you collect four Great Souls: The Lost Sinner, Old Iron King, The Rotten and The Duke's Dear Freja. Alternatively you can have a Soul Memory of 1,000,000 souls and be allowed access through the Shrine of Winter Located in Shaded Ruins

The 4 Great Souls:

  1. The Lost Sinner is reached by first going through Forest of Fallen Giants, taking the bird's nest to The Lost Bastille (after defeating The Pursuer) then going through Sinners' Rise. Obtain the Bastille Key to light the far left and right of the arena and make the battle easier.
  2. The Rotten is reached by going down the pit in Majula. To do so, buy the Silvercat Ring from Sweet Shalquoir and jump down the well (or pay Laddersmith Gilligan 3,500 souls to set up a ladder). You can proceed through the Grave of Saints, or simply fall to the lowest platform to skip that area. Continue on until you reach The Gutter, and go downwards until you reach The Black Gulch. The Rotten is at the end of this area.
  3. Old Iron King is more complicated; in Majula, go into the tunnel right of the mansion, go down and pull the lever on the left to open the floodgate, and continue on until you reach Heide's Tower of Flame. Defeating the Dragonrider will lead you to a cleric merchant named Licia of Lindelt. Exhaust all talk options with her and she will return to the moving contraption before the entrance to Heide's Tower of Flame. For 2,000 souls she will move the contraption and allow passage to Huntsman's Copse. Enter Huntsman's Copse and go through there to Harvest Valley. You will need to defeat The Skeleton Lords (Executioner's Chariot is optional) to proceed to this area. Then to Earthen Peak by defeating Covetous Demon. Once you have made it in to Earthen Peak and have reached the second bonfire, you will see a small stone walkway leading up to the center of a large windmill, light a torch and approach this area to burn the windmill and drain the majority of the poison pools in this area. This will make the area boss Mytha, the Baneful Queen dramatically easier. After defeating her, proceed through the opposite end of the room you entered from to reach a lift that will bring you to Iron Keep. Progressing through this area will eventually lead you to Old Iron King.
  4. The Duke's Dear Freja is located in Brightstone Cove Tseldora. To get there, first you must go through the Shaded Woods, a zone which is unlocked by unpetrifying Rosabeth of Melfia who blocks the contraption north of Majula, where Benhart of Jugo sits. Through the Shaded Woods, go to the Shaded Ruins, fight Scorpioness Najka and proceed through the Doors of Pharros zone and reach Brightstone Cove Tseldora.

Accessing the Shrine of Winter:

  1. Start at Majula, go to the Shaded Woods and to the Ruined Forked Road bonfire. Near where you fight the second Flexile Sentry, there is a slightly hidden path that leads to the Shrine. The Shrine of Winter will open after you have defeated the four bosses listed above and lit the primal bonfires associated with them. If you have collected (not possess) a total of 1 million souls in your playthrough (or 6 million in NG+), you can enter the Shrine of Winter WITHOUT killing ANY of the 4 Primal Bosses, though it is easier to kill them.

Finding the King:

  1. Follow the path to the end to reach Drangleic Castle. Lead the Royal Swordsmen to the two golems and kill them in front of them to open the door to the castle.
  2. Continue through the castle, and you will find Nashandra, who beseeches you to find Vendrick. Kill enemies near the switch golem until you enable the elevator, and take the key that opens the passage to the Looking Glass Knight.
  3. You can now access Shrine of Amana. Defeat Demon of Song to proceed through to the Undead Crypt. After defeating Velstadt, the Royal Aegis, collect the King's Ring in the room behind him, ignoring the large roaming hollow Vendrick for now. He is an optional encounter made possible later on.


  1. Equip the King's Ring near Vendrick's door in the Shaded Woods to open it. You will find it by going to the Ruined Forked Road bonfire and taking the middle path. Continue into Aldia's Keep. Which will then lead in to Dragon Aerie and then Dragon Shrine. Here you will find the Ancient Dragon who will give you an important key item called the Ashen Mist Heart.
  2. Go back to the Forest of Fallen Giants, Cardinal Tower bonfire, go down the ladder, take a right across the small bridge the halberd wielding Hollow Royal Soldier resides on, use the Soldier Key on the locked door and make a left from there. Equip the King's Ring near Vendrick's door to open it. Interact with the dead giant to enter the Memory of Jeigh. Kill the Giant Lord for the next key item, Giant's Kinship.
  3. Warp back to the Drangleic Castle, King's Gate bonfire, use the same method as before to open the door and fight the final bosses: Throne Watcher and Throne Defender and Nashandra. Congratulations on making it this far! Though, the game is hardly over... greater challenges await you in New Game Plus and beyond. Good luck, and happy hunting!

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    • Anonymous

      Thank God for this guide. I beat it on release for the ps3, haven't touched it since. Forgot where to go while doing a pc run

      • Anonymous

        i cant play while following the website because of the amount of twitch streams and ads popping on the screen lagging my game all the time

        • Anonymous

          Can this game be completed with keyboard and mouse, cause am doing it right now but I just want to know if it will become too tuff later, has anyone completed it with kbm

          • Anonymous

            Is it possible to beat this game without killing the 4 main bosses? Or am I required to link the primordial bonfires to Manila? It seems if I farm 1 mil soul men I can open up Shrine of Winter. I don't recall anything stopping me from getting to the Crypt from that point on and getting Vendrick's Ring.

            • Anonymous

              Im going throw the game recently , been almost 2 years since played and finished ds3, never try this one since so bad reputation but oh boy what i was missing, been having such a blast, i get into the arena by accident and people still playing says a lot, i played so much "soulslike" games just to be disappointed i should just come to the roots.

              • Anonymous

                Why are people saying this is the worst souls game? Yeah it's clunky and hit boxes are bad, but there's a lot more content than DS1, Good areas, Fair difficulty (in my opinion) and it has more new things like powerstance.

                • Anonymous

                  I'm doing platinum runs for all three games and I have to admit - DS2 on NG+ and above is far more difficult then DS1 was. Which is gut. Especially when u swing with Cryptsword which like to swing 180 degrees from locked enemy :D

                  • Anonymous

                    The dlc is too hard. Going from the main game to the dlc now, for the first time, the difficulty doesnt make any sense.

                    • Anonymous

                      wish me luck, 3 hours just to setup my controller. idk how many i need to beat this. beat the first one almost 2 weeks.

                      • Anonymous

                        I remember walking back into game stop throwing the game in the managers face and yelling because I kept losing “what kind of a game is this” I remember saying ... 3 days later I bought it back and after a week I finally beat it. Now, I have all 3 games, statue, and a friggin t shirt that says “you died”... this game along with the others is beyond excellent. Okay, I’ll stfu now.

                        • Anonymous

                          To clarify: The Wiki doesn't state this, but if one desired to do so, you can get 4 ascetics and kill one of the holders of their respective Great Soul 3 additional times after the first time to bypass the rest of them. Not recommended, considering you lose a lot of experience with the game, but it's always there.

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