Shrine of Amana 

Shrine of Amana-area.png Shrine of Amana is a Location in Dark Souls 2. Hidden away far below Drangleic lies the Shrine of Amana, upon entering the area the player can hear music throughout the area, this area features several mages with long range attacks as well as dark waters with hidden chests and cliffs. Use of a Torch is recommended to avoid falling to your death and a bow with poison arrows to target the casters from a distance.

 

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General Information

 

Shrine of Amana  Map

 

NPCs in the Shrine of Amana

  1. Milfanito
    • Two of three Milfanito sisters found through the area (Gives you Smooth & Silky Stone).
    • Will reward you for helping them.
    • After defeating the Demon of Song, immediately return to the 2 Milfanito to receive a Divine Blessing from each of them as a reward. Afterwards, free the Milfanito with the Key to the Embedded in Drangleic Castle and return to the 2 Milfanito. The Milfanito at the shrine will give you a Fire Seed as a reward, the other will give you another Divine Blessing.
    • WARNING: Homing Soulmass and Crystal Homing Soulmass will auto-lock onto Milfanito as an enemy and kill them upon getting close to them (not sure if it's a glitch or not but it does do it as of 6/13/2014.)

Summons

  1. Felicia the Brave
  2. Lone Hunter Schmidt

 

Items

Consumables
Equipment

Enemies

NPC Invasions

 

Boss

 

Notes

  • In NG+ there is also a black phantom between the Priestess and the Ogre. *1
  • Putting your Human Effigies in your Item Box doesn't seem to work, when trying to get your Hollowing reversed at the Milfanito Shrine; it appears you must really be out to get a free human restore.

Shrine of Amana Walkthrough

Access

From the Mirror Knight boss fight, head straight to the area with the circular platform ahead. Standing on the crest in the middle will activate it and send you down a long way. However before doing this, hug the short barrier on the left until you can turn into it and make a U-turn on it, to find a chest. This chest contains a Soul Bolt, Spell Quartz Ring +2, and 3x Bonfire Ascetic. At the bottom, proceed through the hole in the wall, and take a right at the torch. Here you'll find a  Green Blossom, inclosed by roots -take your weapon to it, and claim your loot, then head in the other direction. Continue until you reach the Tower of Prayer Bonfire.

Meet-o Milfanito

From this bonfire, head down the stairs and take the door to your left. Through here you'll notice an item on some branches on your left that you cannot pick up, so break the branches that hold it up, so you can claim it later on. Right ahead you'll also find an Archdrake Pilgrim, and a trail leading to an opening on the right. In here you'll find a chest with 2x Wilted Dusk Herb and Skeptic's Spice, and a Basilisk. Head back to the ruined tower, and proceed down the staircase into an area, mainly submerged in water, and find a Large Soul of a Nameless Soldier under the stairs. There is also a Amana Aberrations by the exit that leads to the next area.

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This room, and the coming ones are filled with partially submerged, walkable areas. You can walk into the water, but be careful not to fall through the deep pits. While these ledges are tough to see under the water, you can use a torch to see them more clearly; however, the light from the torch will attract any surrounding Amana Aberrations, so try to use Cast Light instead as it does the job without the added trouble.

Upon entering, you will see an Archdrake Pilgrim ahead and on the right, who will attack you on sight, and Amana Aberrations hiding in the water along the rocky trail for the rest of the area. Some noteworthy notes on these enemies: 

  • They are being kept calm by the beautiful song you've probably noticed by now.
  • You can see the tops of their heads peek out of the water.
    • If singing is present, a yellow sparkle effect over their locations.
  • You can also lock onto them from a distance before they aggro.

To the right of the path, you'll notice some rocks sticking out of the water. Go to them and hug them -or use a light source to check where you can walk- and make your way around them to find a Flame Butterfly and a Twinkling Titanite. Head back and notice the left of the rocky path, if you search carefully, you'll find a chest containing Elizabeth Mushroom. More obviously and still on the left, you'll find a small rocky platform holding a corpse with 2x Human Effigy. At the end of this path, you'll find a hut.

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Once you get in close to the hut, the song will stop and any remaining Amana Aberrations will attack you. Inside the hut you will find Milfanito. She will tell you about her sisters, some lore, and will give you a Smooth & Silky Stone, if you exhaust her dialog. If you circle around her hut, you'll find a chest with 3x Crimson Water and some curse jars. However tempting it may seem, do not kill any Milfanito! Antagonizing her or her sisters will revoke your ability to seek help from them to turn you human when you're out of Human Effigies!

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Misty Cave

Proceed through the hut and open the door in the back to continue. This path will show several drops, Amana Aberrations, and three Archdrake Pilgrims at the far end of the cavern. The first drop you come across is a Bleeding Serum on the right, in the water. Right by it on the main path, you'll find a total of 2x Soul of a Lost Undead and a Skeptic's Spice, a Large Soul of a Proud Knight and 3x Torch. The Pilgrims mentioned earlier also attack you when you've reached this point. Right before abandoning the path, and heading into the cave, to the left you'll find an Amana Aberration guarding a partially submerged-chest in water, containing a Dragon Charm.

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Inside the tunnel, the first cave-room on the left contains four Amana Aberrations and a chest containing a Twinkling Titanite and 3x Smooth & Silky Stone. A lone Poison Brumer will approach you around this mini cave. Come back out to the tunnel you were traversing, and continue until you hit a mist wall.

Another Dragonrider? 

Upon exiting the mist and tunnel, ahead is another similar stone path with the crumbling ruins to your right, providing a second bonfire inside. The smartest move right now is to go and rest at the bonfire since a death here is not so uncommon, and having to traverse the whole area you just did again, would not be ideal. Back on the path and way down the line is a new enemy type, the Amana Priestess, that will shoot homing soul arrows at you from a long distance which deal a lot of magic damage. They also usually have Amana Aberrations somewhere around them, so be careful when approaching them. Avoid fighting in the water unless it's absolutely necessary, ideally rushing the nearby Priestesses and pulling all the Aberrations onto the stone path before dealing with the further Priestesses.

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Near the area with the first Amana Priestess, you should notice a ramp leading into the air. Just past it and to the left, near the wall, is a submerged Pharros Lock. Activate it to reveal a chest containing the Helix Halberd. Also when passing the ramp on the left, an Old Knight wielding a hammer will approach and attack you. After dealing with this, look to the left for a hidden pathway in the water, close to where the third Priestess. Use it to get the cave that holds the Soul of the King and King's Set. While hidden, the path is quite easy to spot as it is a straight path, and is guarded by a DragonRider. The door that separates you from the goodies mentioned earlier, is only unlocked once the optional boss King Vendrick in the Undead Crypt, is killed, and you are in human form.

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This is Getting Tricky

Once back at the spot of the third Priestess, you should be able to se an item on right as well as another Priestess -this item is a Dragon Charm. Ahead on the right, you will notice a path with a Priestess who may or may not be already attacking you, next to an Ogre. Try to snipe her with a bow from here, then proceed towards the platform she was standing on, killing the Aberration that pops up before dealing with one-eyed shrek there *1. There will also be another Priestess by the upcoming hut that could do with some killing too. Follow the path killing any Aberrations that  jump out, until you reach the second hut. Inside the hut there is an Old Radiant Lifegem, a Large Soul of a Proud Knight, and a Smooth & Silky Stone; the summon is quite helpful for the upcoming fight.

Quick Detour (Can be Skipped)

There is another more hidden and dangerous pathway in the water after the Ogre. The pathway is under the columns, is guarded by two Priestesses and a couple of Aberrations, and is very narrow so watch your step. An Estus Flask Shard and the Miracle Sunlight Blade (in the Chest behind the Corpse) is waiting there. Where in other areas you could get away with not using a torch, here it is absolutely vital as the path becomes tricky and not so straightforward; to avoid having to pop a Flame Butterfly every 10 seconds, make sure you get the offensive advantage on the Aberrations and use the pillars to block the damage from the Priestesses.

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Back to Tricky

Once you leave the hut, there will be an Archdrake Pilgrim a few meters ahead. Lure him then kill him, then before moving to the left, carefully check the right side. There is a hard-to-see chest which contains Fire Tempest. You will not see any messages, as it will be submerged, but sometimes, a prompt will appear on the screen. This lets you know you're getting close. Be aware of the bunch of Cursing Urns around! From the Cursed Urns, if you have your back to the hut, the chest is located a good walk northwest (Seeing as a clock, it would be at about 10-11 hours. Use a torch or Cast Light for better visibility).

After that, going left from the hut, you will find yourself near the ruins. Come close to them but don't go any further as there are -you guessed it- another two Priestesses on the other end who will  snipe you with Soul Arrows. Use cover and try to shoot them down. Be aware of Amana Aberrations and Archdrake Pilgrims that might pose a melee threat to you as well. This part might be a little tricky since they always snipe you from a long distance, so use cover. 

You may notice a fog gate but head to the left side of the area to find another two Priestesses next to a upward-sloping column holding a skeleton with 3x Alluring Skull, at the top. While to the right of the fog gate, is a very thin ledge with a corpse holding a Soul of a Hero and a Divine Blessing -HUG THAT WALL.

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Boss Fight: The Musical

Once you have cleared the area, enter the mist into a cavern with a single file line of Poison Brumers; deal with them and use Rhoy's Resting Place bonfire on the left. You can summon Felicia the Brave her if you like, she is very helpful for the upcoming battle. Once you exit the cavern, there will be a mix of  Priestesses that will start shooting you from a distance and Archdrake Pilgrims that will attack you as well. Run forward towards the column that has a torch on it and snipe them from behind it. Moving to the right, continuing behind the columns, you will come across a corpse holding Homing Crystal Soulmass. Moving to your left, kill the Amana Aberrations along the way, and Priestesses. Here you should pick up quite a bit of loot, this should include :

Continue forward to another hut and you will be invaded by Peculiar Kindular. Make sure not to have homing soulmass or crystal homing soulmass as it will autolock onto the Mlifanito as an enemy and kill her, as you want to free her. Continue down to face the boss.

 

BOSS FIGHT: Demon of Song

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Path to the Crypt

Killing this boss grants you 19,500 souls, the Demon of Song Soul, and the Key to the Embedded. From where you came in, head into the cave on the right, until you return to a stone path in a submerged area. Follow this path to the end then continue straight, through the two doorways, and you will shortly arrive at a staircase and find a few Basilisk lurking. Take the stairs up the tower to find a petrified Hollow blocking your way. Inside the tower is the Rise of the Dead bonfire and some Basilisks, and next to the bonfire entrance is also a chest with 20x Magic Arrows.

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At the top of the stairs above the bonfire is a door that can only be opened when you are undead, so if you want access, you know what you have to do. You also would have had to talk to all the Milfanito sisters. Behind the door are some undead worshippers and a pyromancer enemy. Beyond them is the shrine with a Milfanito. Talk to the lady to receive, and when you run out of Human Effigies you can revive here using the burning altar as long as you are on good terms.

Down the stairs by the altar you will find a Fire Seed in a cave at the bottom guarded by another pyromancer enemy, and outside another pyromancer enemy. On both sides of the staircase are chests, one with the Manslayer katana and on the opposite side is a ledge that leads to a chest containing a Bonfire Ascetic. Careful though, as the ledge is quite thin.

Head back to the previous bonfire, then follow the thing rock path to the big door, guarded by a Syan Soldier. There's an elevator here that will get you to Undead Crypt.

 

General Information

 

Shrine of Amana  Map

 

NPCs in the Shrine of Amana

  1. Milfanito
    • Two of three Milfanito sisters found through the area (Gives you Smooth & Silky Stone).
    • Will reward you for helping them.
    • After defeating the Demon of Song, immediately return to the 2 Milfanito to receive a Divine Blessing from each of them as a reward. Afterwards, free the Milfanito with the Key to the Embedded in Drangleic Castle and return to the 2 Milfanito. The Milfanito at the shrine will give you a Fire Seed as a reward, the other will give you another Divine Blessing.
    • WARNING: Homing Soulmass and Crystal Homing Soulmass will auto-lock onto Milfanito as an enemy and kill them upon getting close to them (not sure if it's a glitch or not but it does do it as of 6/13/2014.)

Summons

  1. Felicia the Brave
  2. Lone Hunter Schmidt

 

Items

Consumables 

Equipment 


Enemies

NPC Invasions

  • Peculiar Kindular (NPC Invader)

 

Boss

 

Notes

  • In NG+ there is also a black phantom between the Priestess and the Ogre. *1
  • Putting your Human Effigies in your Item Box doesn't seem to work in getting a free hollowing-reversal from the Milfanito, it appears you must really be out to get a free human restore.

Shrine of Amana Walkthrough

Access

From the Mirror Knight boss fight, head straight to the area with the circular platform ahead. Standing on the crest in the middle will activate it and send you down a long way. However before doing this, hug the short barrier on the left until you can turn into it and make a U-turn on it, to find a chest. This chest contains a Soul Bolt, Spell Quartz Ring +2, and 3x Bonfire Ascetic. At the bottom, proceed through the hole in the wall, and take a right at the torch. Here you'll find a  Green Blossom, inclosed by roots -take your weapon to it, and claim your loot, then head in the other direction. Continue until you reach the Tower of Prayer Bonfire.

Meet-o Milfanito

From this bonfire, head down the stairs and take the door to your left. Through here you'll notice an item on some branches on your left that you cannot pick up, so break the branches that hold it up, so you can claim it later on. Right ahead you'll find a trail leading to an opening on the right. In here you'll find a chest with 2x Wilted Dusk Herb and Skeptic's Spice, and a Poison Brumer. Head back to the ruined tower, and proceed down the staircase into an area, mainly submerged in water, and find a Large Soul of a Nameless Soldier under the stairs. 

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This room, and the coming areas consist of partially submerged, walkable areas. You can walk into the water, but be careful not to fall through the deep pits. While these ledges are tough to see under the water, you can use a torch to see them more clearly; however, the light from the torch will attract any surrounding Amana Aberrations, so try to use Cast Light instead as it does the job without the added trouble.

Upon entering, an Archdrake Pilgrim will attack you from the jump. This entire watery area is also riddled with Amana Aberrations hiding in the water along the rocky trail for the rest of the area. Some noteworthy notes on these enemies: 

  • They are being kept calm by the beautiful song you've probably noticed by now.
  • You can see the tops of their heads peek out of the water.
    • If singing is present, a yellow sparkle effect over their locations.
  • You can also lock onto them from a distance before they aggro.

To the right of the path, you'll notice some rocks sticking out of the water. Go to them and hug them -or use a light source to check where you can walk- and make your way around them to find a Flame Butterfly and a Twinkling Titanite. Head back and notice the left of the rocky path, if you search carefully, you'll find a chest containing Elizabeth Mushroom. More obviously and still on the left, you'll find a small rocky platform holding a corpse with 2x Human Effigy. At the end of this path, you'll find a hut.

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Once you get in close to the hut, the song will stop and any remaining Amana Aberrations will attack you. Inside the hut you will find Milfanito. She will tell you about her sisters, some lore, and will give you a Smooth & Silky Stone, if you exhaust her dialog. If you circle around her hut, you'll find a chest with 3x Crimson Water and some curse jars. However tempting it may seem, do not kill any Milfanito! Antagonizing her or her sisters will revoke your ability to seek help from them to turn you human when you're out of Human Effigies!

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Misty Cave

Proceed through the hut and open the door in the back to continue. This path will show several drops, Amana Aberrations, and three Archdrake Pilgrims at the far end of the cavern. Right on the main path, you'll find a total of 2x Soul of a Lost Undead and a Skeptic's Spice, a Large Soul of a Proud Knight and 3x Torch. The Pilgrims mentioned earlier also attack you when you've reached this point. Right at the entrance to the cave, to the left you'll find an Amana Aberration guarding a partially submerged-chest in water, containing a Dragon Charm

Inside the tunnel, the first cave-room on the left contains four Amana Aberrations and a chest containing a Twinkling Titanite and 3x Smooth & Silky Stone. A lone Poison Brumer will approach you around this mini cave. Come back out to the tunnel you were traversing, and continue until you hit a mist wall.

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Another Dragonrider? 

Upon exiting the mist and tunnel, ahead is another similar stone path with the crumbling ruins to your right, providing a second bonfire inside. The smartest move right now is to go and rest at the bonfire since a death here is not so uncommon, and having to traverse the whole area you just did again, would not be ideal.

Back on the path and way down the line is a new enemy type, the Amana Priestess, that will shoot homing soul arrows at you from a long distance which deal a lot of magic damage. They also usually have Amana Aberrations somewhere around them, so be careful when approaching them. Avoid fighting in the water unless it's absolutely necessary, ideally rushing the nearby Priestesses and pulling all the Aberrations onto the stone path before dealing with the further Priestesses. Near the area with the first Amana Priestess, you should notice a ramp leading into the air. Just past it and to the left, near the wall, is a submerged Pharros Lock Contraption. Activate it to reveal a chest containing the Helix Halberd

After dealing with this, look to the left for a hidden pathway in the water, close to where the third Priestess. Use it to get the cave that holds the Soul of the King and King's Set. While hidden, the path is quite easy to spot as it is a straight path, and is guarded by a DragonRider. The door that separates you from the goodies mentioned earlier, is only unlocked once the optional boss King Vendrick in the Undead Crypt, is killed, and you are in human form.

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This is Getting Tricky

Once back at the spot of the third Priestess, you should be able to se an item on right as well as another Priestess -this item is a Dragon Charm. Ahead on the right, you will notice a path with a Priestess who may or may not be already attacking you, next to an Ogre. Try to snipe her with a bow from here, then proceed towards the platform she was standing on, killing the Aberration that pops up before dealing with one-eyed shrek there *1.

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There will also be another Priestess by the upcoming hut that could do with some killing too. Follow the path killing any Aberrations that  jump out, until you reach the second hut. Inside the hut there is an Old Radiant Lifegem, a Large Soul of a Proud Knight, and a summon sign for Felicia the Brave; the summon is quite helpful for the upcoming fight.

Quick Detour (Can be Skipped)

There is another more hidden and dangerous pathway in the water after the Ogre. The pathway is under the columns, is guarded by two Priestesses and a couple of Aberrations, and is very narrow so watch your step. An Estus Flask Shard and the Miracle Sunlight Blade (in the Chest behind the Corpse) is waiting there. Where in other areas you could get away with not using a torch, here it is absolutely vital as the path becomes tricky and not so straightforward; to avoid having to pop a Flame Butterfly every 10 seconds, make sure you get the offensive advantage on the Aberrations and use the pillars to block the damage from the Priestesses.

Back to Tricky

Once you leave the hut, there will be an Archdrake Pilgrim that will attack immediately. Move to the left, carefully check the right side. There is a hard-to-see chest which contains Fire Tempest. You will not see any messages, as it will be submerged, but sometimes, a prompt will appear on the screen. This lets you know you're getting close. Be aware of the bunch of Cursing Urns around! From the Cursed Urns, if you have your back to the hut, the chest is located a good walk northwest (Seeing as a clock, it would be at about 10-11 hours. Use a torch or Cast Light for better visibility).

After that, going left from the hut, you will find a spot covered by branches. Hack the branches down and kill the Ogre to find a Life Ring +2 and a Singer's Dress. Now head back out and be aware of Amana Aberrations and Archdrake Pilgrims that might pose a melee threat to you.

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You may notice a fog gate but head to the left side of the area to find another two Priestesses next to a upward-sloping column holding a skeleton with 3x Alluring Skull, at the top. This part might be a little tricky since they always snipe you from a long distance, so use cover. While to the right of the fog gate, is a very thin ledge with a corpse holding a Soul of a Hero and a Divine Blessing -HUG THAT WALL.

 

Boss Fight: The Musical

Once you have cleared the area, enter the mist into a cavern with a single file line of Poison Brumers and a giant one; deal with them and use Rhoy's Resting Place bonfire on the left. Once you exit the cavern, there will be a Large Soul of a Proud Knight on the right of the exit. There will also be a mix of  Priestesses that will start shooting you from a distance and Archdrake Pilgrims that will attack you as well. Run forward towards the column that has a torch on it and snipe them from behind it. Moving to the right, continuing behind the columns, you will come across a corpse holding Homing Crystal Soulmass. Moving to your left, kill the Amana Aberrations along the way, and Priestesses. Here you should pick up quite a bit of loot, this should include :

Continue forward to another hut and you will be invaded by Peculiar Kindular. Make sure not to have homing soulmass or crystal homing soulmass as it will autolock onto the Mlifanito as an enemy and kill her, as you want to free her. Continue down to face the boss.

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BOSS FIGHT: Demon of Song

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Path to the Crypt

After the boss fight, off to the right when you face the undead crypt door, is a semi-hidden path to a tower. Inside the tower is the Rise of the Dead bonfire, and near to the bonfire entrance is also a chest with 20x Magic Arrows.

At the top of the stairs above the bonfire is a door that can only be opened when you are undead- so if you want access but you're human, kill yourself-, and have talked to all the Milfanito to open it or come back here later. Behind the door are some undead worshippers and Aldia Warlock. Beyond them is the shrine with a Milfanito. Talk to the lady to get rewards, and when you run out of Human Effigies you can revive here using the burning altar as long as you are on good terms.

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Down the stairs by the altar you will find a Fire Seed in a cave at the bottom guarded by another pyromancer enemy, and outside another pyromancer enemy. On both sides of the staircase are chests, one with the Manslayer katana and on the opposite side is a ledge that leads to a chest containing a Bonfire Ascetic. Careful though, as the ledge is quite thin.

Now , go back to the previous bonfire, then lead your way back to the big door ahead, guarded by a Syan Knight. There's an elevator that will get you to Undead Crypt.

 

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  ♦  Sinners' Rise  ♦  The Gutter  ♦  The Pit  ♦  Things Betwixt  ♦  Throne of Want  ♦  Undead Purgatory



    • Anonymous

      06 Sep 2019 19:00  

      ***** this place. The casters are fine, even though their projectiles seem to follow you to the ends of the earth and they have way too long of a cast range. The aquahollows are fine, even though it's quite often hard to see them because of their *****y placement in the dark sections. The level being water that seems to only slow you down is fine, as is how you can hardly see where the ledges end without a torch which you will extinguish very next time you roll to avoid said aquahollows or casters. Pyromancers, Dragonrider (which oddly seems to be way more difficult than the previous boss-Dragonriders) and ogres are fine, though their placement seems to be done in the most assholish way possible. But why are all of these things on the same level? There's a huge difference between being hard and fair - that's what I look from a From Soft-game - and being just annoyingly hard and unfair. This level would fall into the latter category. Yeah, I know I know, GIT GUD. Yeah, ok. I still play video games for entertainment, not for getting some sort of bragging rights.

      • Anonymous

        06 Sep 2019 17:53  

        whoever wrote this guide needs to go back to 5th grade to learn how a comprehensive sentence is formed. this website is a joke

        • Anonymous

          04 Sep 2019 16:27  

          You can cheese this area.first put your brightness at highest.now you can see without using torch.second bring a bow or crossbow lightning bolt and arrow give more damage in this area thanks to water.third patient dont rush and take them down one by one.if you do these things you can easily pass this area without even dying.

          • Anonymous

            17 Aug 2019 04:58  

            There is an area after second hut, where you break some branchs. Has an ogre inside and you find a singers dress.

            • Anonymous

              12 Aug 2019 07:47  

              Love this area, ultra greatsword straight through maybe a few bolts and into the next! Love all the voice lines and interactions in this game!

              • Anonymous

                07 Aug 2019 16:35  

                Everyone in the comments saying this area is a result of lazy devs or bad design just needs to git gud. What happened to the Dark Souls community being infamous for their methodicality? Because that's literally all that's required to get through this area.Take it slow, don't rush ANYTHING, and consider equipping magic defense-focused armor and/or blue quartz ring or whatever it's called, you know the one I'm talking about. Personally, I used hexer's set +5, with penal handcuffs +5, watchdragon parma +5, heavy crossbow +10 with firebolts, fire handaxe +10, sometimes a torch, with old sun's ring, cloranthy ring, silver serpent ring, and the blue quartz ring. The caster's are just kind of annoying because often times several of them will aggro at once, but keeping a little bit of distance and utilizing ranged attacks works wonders. Oh, and as always, try tongue but hole.

                • Anonymous

                  28 Jul 2019 22:50  

                  A strength build with a 'slam down' weapon is very useful here. And those who found the priestess tough should get the demon rider bow. It can kill them in three hits. I myself used, pursuer great sword +5, the bow(+5), havel shield, smelter demon Armour, to finish the area. Also those who are ready to over level a bit can get that hat that increases range(what was its name?) from winter shrine dlc(though defeating aava is another pain, again pursuer great sword is amazing here, used soul vessel to put everything into str and vgr), and the hat works wonders here.

                  • Anonymous

                    21 May 2019 16:29  

                    Um,Shrine of Amana is gone...All there was after the mirror knight was the trees and bonfire,but everything was invisible and the trees were white...but upon trying to teleport or load the character again...Im stuck in the loading screen

                    • Anonymous

                      16 Apr 2019 04:17  

                      Honestly not so much difficult as annoying. Sin's fortress or the one poison level in demon souls were way *****ing worse

                      • Anonymous

                        17 Mar 2019 16:05  

                        NO mention about the 2nd OGRE in the cave to the left of the boss bonfire , guarding Life ring +2... that dude scare me and i ended up running in the sunken well

                        • Anonymous

                          22 Feb 2019 16:39  

                          guys i know this area got so many hate but i think i found the lore behind this which is a solid reason to design such area. The lore behind this area is: the developers realised casters suck*****wheter it is another player or mob enemy, then they put them into various places that hard reach and guarded them by versatile enemys so that players actually consider them as a threat. Such creativity right? Even our beloved Miyazaki-son couldnt come up with this bullsh... i mean this masterpiece am i right fellas? What do you guys think? You can also share your lore theory im really interested with this area design

                          • Anonymous

                            21 Feb 2019 13:06  

                            Yet another area that will never put you in a difficult position as long as you take it slow and methodical. Bows are incredibly recommended. Everything can be sniped and/or pulled. Regarding the water pits, the floor can easily be distinguished by pointing the camera down, however there are a bunch of spots where one can light a torch , which makes it much easier. Ogre for some reason never seemed to be able to reach me, which in turn made it super easy to shoot down, too. I find it less annoying than Iron Keep if only because the boss is super easy and you pretty much only need to go through it once. The pyromancers at the end were frankly aggravating as all hell, but as long as you're cautious it comes down more to a long fight than a particularly difficult one.

                            • Anonymous

                              29 Dec 2018 23:09  

                              You can always clearly see the death pits by positioning the camera on a bird's eye view. Priestesses and Archdrakes also don't usually hang around too close to those pitfalls, so straying too far from where you encounter them is ill advised if you haven't already taken a good look at the area.

                              • Anonymous

                                05 Dec 2018 03:06  

                                A symbol of unbalanced design, lazy developers, and has t be the worst level. Overpowered enemies, ganks, and impossible to see ledges. Every section is an absolute sh*tshow, and punishes you for trying to get useless items. There is a difference between hard and unfair fromsoft. This is a horrible level, and deserves the hate it gets.

                                • Anonymous

                                  10 Nov 2018 06:18  

                                  Annoying as F but to be honest its worth it when you literally find a new and interesting weapon every few minutes

                                  • Anonymous

                                    12 Oct 2018 09:23  

                                    This area isn't hard it's plain unfair. Clearly the developers were not thinking straight when they designed this area because this area tests your patience. My advice dont get angry with this area its likeyl to f you up over and over again

                                    • Anonymous

                                      18 Aug 2018 09:47  

                                      Gotta love how an arch***** one handing a mace wearing only a robe can outpoise and combo me when i have a greatsword and full havels. Nice job from

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