Shortcuts of Dark Souls 2

Shortcuts are those who seek speed running, an easy/quick play-through or to gain access to later areas early in the game.
  1. After entering the Cardinal Tower Bonfire, there is a wall to the right of the ladder going down that can be blown up by bombs or a heat fire. If you are on the other side you can throw a firebomb or use a flame weapon to explode the barrels, revealing the shortcut to the bonfire. If you are on the bonfire side, then just throw a bomb at the wall where the barrels will be on the other side. This shortcut will allow you to skip the beginning part of the tower, up until your first encounter with the Pursuer. (Video demonstration for wall shortcut please!)

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