Full Dragon's Sanctum Walkthrough

Do you believe in Ghosts?

Once you've enter Dragon's Sanctum, you'll find a locked door on your left, and a corridor in front of you. The door can only be accessed via a key you pick up later, so for now go down the corridor to find a switch on the left side, hit it and pick up a Soul of a Great Hero and 3x Dragon Charm, from the body.


Head into the illuminated room on the right, there are two Ghost Sanctum Knight and two bodies on altars. Hitting the bodies on the altars will cause these two enemies to turn visible and will take more damage. Kill them then loot the chests for a total of:


Exit to the hallway and continue going forward to the next division, past the stairs. A Sanctum Soldier will attack from the left, and there is another one on the right. The raised floor tile triggers a crossbow trap which can be used to kill them. Two more Soldiers lie on the floor and rise as you approach. At the end there is a poison-trapped chest containing 3x Dried Root. Look at the ceiling and shoot an arrow at the switch to raise a wall panel here, revealing a chest that contains 5x Twinkling Titanite and 3x Petrified Dragon Bone

On the left of the hallway, you may notice the multiple doors leading to the next room, containing another Sanctum Soldiers and a  Sanctum Priestess. Deal with them then pick up a Human Effigy and use the pressure plate to rotate the contraption until you can get through; at some point before the opening is big enough for you to proceed through, a Sanctum Archer will attack on the platform above so be wary. Keep going forward until you reach a junction. To the left there is a body with a Repair Powder, while on the right you'll find a wall that will be a shortcut later. Continue forward and jump over the hole. You will soon come to a small window and closed door, on your left. Shoot an arrow at the switch, visible from the window, to open the passage on the left. However before you enter, go down the end of the hall and shoot the switch, above on the wall ahead.


Head back and through the door. Kill the Sanctum Soldier on your left, and notice the stairs on the right. Before going down the stairs, notice the standout tile on the floor; this triggers the staircase ahead to be engulfed in spikes, which you can use to kill the 2 Soldiers there. Loot the two bodies as well for a Soul of a Hero and a Human Effigy. Open the three chests at the end for a total of:

Egg Den & Spiky Floors

Backtrack out of the room, and back out to the corridor where you jumped over the hole in the stairs, and fall through it. You'll find be a Corrosive Egg Crawler on the right, kill it and equip the Cat Ring or any gear that lowers fall damage as you're in for a bumpy ride. Fall through the hole to land in the middle of an Egg Crawler den; the best way to deal with them is to quickly run up the stairs and make full use of spells. After you kill them all you can loot the bodies in the area for a total of:


Head up the ladder at the top of the stairs, and open the metal chest that contains the Flynn's Ring. Head out the exit to drop back down to where the body with the repair powder was. Once again, go down the stairs and drop in the hole but this time, head left to find a room with the floor covered in spikes. There are two Ghost Sanctum Knights there and a Sanctum Priestess above. There are some bodies in the spikes that hold a total of:


You can lower the spikes by hitting a switch on the ceiling. There is also a switch on a pillar at the end of the room that opens a door on the right to a small room with a metal chest containing a Dragon Stone that you will need later. The Ghost Sanctum Knights  cannot be killed yet, so run into the room on your right. At the end of this room, there is a carved ladder that allows you to climb to the Sanctum Priestess. Once you've taken care of the Priestess, there is another one ahead along with a Ghost Sanctum Knight, and a dagger-trapped chest containing 5x Lloyd's Talisman. Next to the chest is a switch -hit it.

Head back to near the pillar with the switch for the Dragon Stone, and keep going forward until you reach a set of stairs going down. Go down a few steps and turn back to find a switch, high up on the left of the wall. Hit it with an arrow and it will open a hidden wall that leads to the first bonfire. Head back up the stairs and ladder on the right side, near the chest that held the Dragon Stone. Run and jump the gap to light the Hidden Sanctum Chamber bonfire, and pick up the Sanctum Crossbow.

From the First Bonfire to the Key

Now to solidify the ghosts so you can kill them. From the Hidden Sanctum Chamber bonfire, jump back to the other side and take out the Priestess on the bridge. You'll see another bridge off to your right, that's where you need to go. Head down stairs and you will enter a room with 3 Ghost Sanctum Knight. Destroy all the "statues" in the walls in this room to make all the Ghost Sanctum Knights in the Sanctum visible and weaker. Kill them and pick up the Eternal Sanctum Key and a Sanctum Knight Helm.


Once you've finished what you needed to do here, go back up the stairs and drop off the ledge on your right to find a chest that contains the Bloodbite Ring+1. Now that you can kill the Knights, go ahead and do so, then pick up the items that were scattered around the spiked floor was. You can use the Eternal Sanctum Key at any time, skip to the bottom of this page for details, otherwise continue on.

Path to the Second Bonfire

Go back to the bridge where the Priestess stood. Walk till the middle of the walkway and on the left there will a rotating stone with a large and a small hole, like the one you found earlier. Shoot an arrow to the switch you can see inside to rotate it. Drop down and get closer to the small hole, shoot another arrow to the switch. Go back up the ladder and to the end of the walkway, shoot a final arrow to the switch. Drop down and enter that room, inside there will be a chest that contains the Denial miracle.


Head back to the room that had spikes on the floor but this time, head down the narrow steps on the left side. Kill the Sanctum Knight and continue right, down the stairs and into the corridor on the right. Go through the doorway on the right and down the stairs, once again. Pick up the Old Growth Balm here before proceeding down the two subsequent sets of stairs to trigger the Jester Thomas invasion -strong pyromancer, should consider fire resistance before encounter.

After dealing with the invader, proceed through the Fog Gate and emerge into shallow waters holding three of The Imperfects. Keep to your right and fight them carefully, they are tough. Keep going right and you will find another bonfire, the Lair of the Imperfect bonfire. Here you'll find a total of:


This area is great for farming Petrified Dragon Bones and Titanite Slabs, especially with the bonfire so close to the enemies.

Dragon's Rest

From the bonfire keep going to the left path, you need to kill a couple of Imperfects, or run past them. When you get out of the water you will see some stairs leading to a circular stone. Use the Dragon Stone here to create a path that will lead to Dragon's Rest. Enter the next building and you will see an obelisk and a cave entrance. Hit the obelisk to enable the elevator and go through the cave to find a body that has the Drakeblood Greatsword. Head back to the elevator and take it up on the next level to find another elevator and an exit.


The elevator will take you the first bonfire of Shulva - Sanctum City, the exit will take up a set of stairs. Before the stairs to your left is a corpse containing a Human Effigy. Go up the stairs and you will reach the entrance to Dragon's Rest (the location message saying Dragon's Rest will only show when you reach the bottom, near the Boss fog gate, so consider the whole next walkthrough to be Dragon's Rest area).

Eternal Sanctum Key

With the Key you can now open the door at the start of the Sanctum. Inside are 2 Priestesses along with 5 chests containing: Dried Root x5, Dried Root x2, Dried Root x1, Bonfire Ascetic x2 and Lightning Clutch Ring. Climb up two sets of adders to encounter 3 Egg Crawlers. Climb the next ladder to obtain the Sanctum Shield. On the outside  balcony you can light 2 Sconces. Drop down back to the level below and cross the long bridge  (Rockshield Baldyr will invade you on this bridge).

On the other side of the bridge is the Priestess' Chamber bonfire. Hit the obelisk here to activate the elevator, it will bring you down to the building near the first entrance to Dragon's Sanctum (where Sinh bombarded the bridge). However, on your halfway down you can jump off the elevator. On this level locate a corpse with 5x Torch. Further around you'll find a chest with the hex Dark Greatsword. From here drop down to the bridge below (Silvercat Ring is advised) and take the elevator back to Priestess' Chamber bonfire. Proceed forward to the cave and then through the Fog Gate to Cave of the Dead.

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