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Shrine of Winter


Shrine of Winter is a Location in Dark Souls 2. A door leading to Drangleic Castle can be found here that requests very Shrine of Winter-area.jpgpowerful souls, the player may enter either by defeating acquiring the Old Souls, or accumulating one million total souls throughout their travels.



 

Ps4/X1/Dx11
Ps3/360/Dx9

 

General Information

 

Shrine of Winter  Map

 

NPCs

  1. Head Bell Keeper Puppet
  2. Drifter Swordsman Aidel (NPC Summon)

 

Items

Consumables

Enemies

 

Notes

  • ??

Shrine of Winter Walkthrough

Access

The gate to Shrine of Winter will open once you've obtained the four Old Souls and lit four Primal Bonfires. The souls of The Rotten, The Lost Sinner, Old Iron King, and Duke's Dear Freja, need to be collected. However the Duke's Dear Freja does not necessarily need to die; when you speak to the Emerald Herald before the bridge to Drangleic Castle, she explains that the journey will be significantly harder. If you do choose to kill all four, be sure to "activate" the red orb in that boss room, after killing Freja. This red orb is actually the 'Great Soul' from the Freja, even if you kill her and light the Primal Bonfire, it won't meant anything unless you collect the Soul from the red orb.

Alternatively the above requirement may be bypassed by obtaining a certain amount of Soul Memory in your current playthrough. It is important to understand that this is not your total Soul Memory, but the Soul Memory obtained during your current NewGame playthrough. The number required to pass through the Shrine of Winter starts at 1,000,000, and increases by 1,000,000 for each successive NewGame, capping at 8,000,000 for NG+7. For example, If you start New Game++ with 3,000,000 Soul Memory you will be required to obtain another 3,000,000 to make it a gran total of 6,000,0000 Soul Memory for the Shrine of Winter to open in your current playthrough. Consuming hard souls from previous NewGames will contribute to the total Soul Memory required to pass through the Shrine of Winter in your current NewGame playthrough. 

NewGame State Souls Required
NewGame 1,000,000
NewGame+ 2,000,000
NewGame++ 3,000,000
NewGame+++ 4,000,000
NewGame+4 5,000,000
NewGame+5 6,000,000
NewGame+6 7,000,000
NewGame+7(cap) 8,000,000 

The Shrine

Inside the Shrine, you'll also find the portal that takes you to the Crown of the Ivory King DLC.

The path here is linear. After you go down the slope, turn right to pick up a Soul of a Hero. Head back and continue to follow the path until you approach two Roaming Soul and grab the Divine Blessing from the nearby corpse. Continue forward to find another corpse holding a Large Soul of a Nameless Soldier, and a Human Effigy. After crossing the tunnel, follow the path up and defeat several Royal Soldiers. Behind the boulder ahead, you'll find a corpse containing 2x Holy Water Urn. Just before the bridge there will also find a Crystal Lizard, holding a very nice 3x Titanite Chunk, and a Titanite Slab. Follow the path across the bridge to reach Drangleic Castle.

General Information

 

Shrine of Winter  Map

 

NPCs

  1. Head Bell Keeper Puppet
  2. Drifter Swordsman Aidel (NPC Summon)

 

Items

Consumables

Equipment

 

Enemies

 

Notes

  • ??

Shrine of Winter Walkthrough

Access

The gate to Shrine of Winter will open once you've obtained the four Old Souls and lit four Primal Bonfires. The souls of The Rotten, The Lost Sinner, Old Iron King, and Duke's Dear Freja, need to be collected. However the Duke's Dear Freja does not necessarily need to die; when you speak to the Emerald Herald before the bridge to Drangleic Castle, she explains that the journey will be significantly harder. If you do choose to kill all four, be sure to "activate" the red orb in that boss room, after killing Freja. This red orb is actually the 'Great Soul' from the Freja, even if you kill her and light the Primal Bonfire, it won't meant anything unless you collect the Soul from the red orb.

Alternatively the above requirement may be bypassed by obtaining a certain amount of Soul Memory in your current playthrough. It is important to understand that this is not your total Soul Memory, but the Soul Memory obtained during your current NewGame playthrough. The number required to pass through the Shrine of Winter starts at 1,000,000, and increases by 1,000,000 for each successive NewGame, capping at 8,000,000 for NG+7. For example, If you start New Game++ with 3,000,000 Soul Memory you will be required to obtain another 3,000,000 to make it a gran total of 6,000,0000 Soul Memory for the Shrine of Winter to open in your current playthrough. Consuming hard souls from previous NewGames will contribute to the total Soul Memory required to pass through the Shrine of Winter in your current NewGame playthrough. 

NewGame State Souls Required
NewGame 1,000,000
NewGame+ 2,000,000
NewGame++ 3,000,000
NewGame+++ 4,000,000
NewGame+4 5,000,000
NewGame+5 6,000,000
NewGame+6 7,000,000
NewGame+7(cap) 8,000,000 

The Shrine

Inside the Shrine, you'll also find the portal that takes you to the Crown of the Ivory King DLC.

The path here is linear. After you go down the slope, turn right to pick up a Soul of a Hero. Head back and continue to follow the path until you approach the Heide Knight and grab the Divine Blessing from the nearby corpse. Continue forward to find another corpse holding a Large Soul of a Nameless Soldier, and a Human Effigy. After crossing the tunnel, follow the path up and defeat several Royal Soldiers. Behind the boulder ahead, you'll find a corpse containing 2x Holy Water Urn. Just before the bridge there will also find a Crystal Lizard, holding a very nice 3x Titanite Chunk, and a Titanite Slab. Follow the path across the bridge to reach Drangleic Castle.

 

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



    • Anonymous

      26 Sep 2018 13:46  

      So, here's a proper answer for all the confused ppl (as I was until I found wtf is going on) that get even more confused by dumb rushed answers by ppl that don't have their facts straight.. There is one requirement to open the shrine room gate which is, as stated in wiki, to either kill the four bosses or get to 1m SM for NG( I had both done). Then there is a second requirement to open the gate of the castle outside of which you are teleported using the shrine of winter. This requirement is a key which if you don't have on you, you get the "closed" message when you get close to the castle gate. Now, for this key (Frozen Flower) to be obtainable, you need to have the Crown of the Ivory King DLC for DS2 or have the DS2:SotFS(which includes the DLC by default). In either case, the key is to be found inside the Drangleic Castle two rooms to the right exiting the first bonfire room.

      • Anonymous

        21 Aug 2018 14:22  

        So this is my first playthrough I have acquired over 2m souls and lit all primal bonfires it doesn't work.

        • Anonymous

          12 Aug 2018 11:06  

          All 4 primal fires lit, 1mil total souls, consumed the 4 souls, door won't open. I can't get more bonfire ascetics either to refight those bosses. Did I basically brick my game on my first playthrough?

          • 23 Feb 2018 09:53  

            "The gate to Shrine of Winter will open once you've obtained the four Old Souls and lit four Primal Bonfires. This is achieved by killing The Rotten, The Lost Sinner, Old Iron King, and Duke's Dear Freja. The doors can still be opened if the Dukes Dear Freja has not been killed, but when you speak to the Emerald Herald before the bridge to drangleic castle she explains that the journey will be significantly harder."
            ...
            Does not work for me on PS4... Think i will have to kill Freja anyway...

            • Anonymous

              21 Feb 2017 15:58  

              I have aquired the 4 souls needed and have also colected over 1m souls yet cant get the door to open in winters keep, what should i do?

              • Anonymous

                09 Dec 2016 14:17  

                Why is this accessible for people without DLC? All you get is a thick white fog and death if you walk away from the teleporter.

                • Anonymous

                  Amount of Souls Needed in NG+ Games11 Oct 2016 13:41  

                  I have over 11 million soul memory and the Shrine of Winter is still locked. IDK if it's because your data is from the original (as I'm playing on the SOTFS edition). But none the less I think its something worth noting.

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