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Shrine of Winter  Map



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





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Shrine of Winter Walkthrough

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.
Inside the Shrine is the portal that takes you to the Crown of the Ivory King DLC.

Note: After killing Freja, be sure to "activate" the red orb in that boss room. This red orb is actually the 'Great Soul' from the Freja, even if you kill her and light the Primal Bonfire you won't receive the Great Soul unless you have obtained it by activiating the red orb.

Alternatively the above requirement may be bypassed by obtaining a certain amount of Soul Memory in your current playthrough. Note 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 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.

The path is linear, after you go down the slope, turn right to pick up Soul of a Hero x1. Go back to the left and follow the path. Dispatch 2 Invisible Rogues and grab Divine Blessing x1 from a corpse nearby. Continue forward to find another corpse holding Large Soul of a Nameless Soldier x1, Human Effigy x1. After crossing the tunnel, follow the path up and defeat several Royal Swordsmen. Behind a boulder ahead is a corpse containing Holy Water Urn x2. Just before the bridge is a Crystal Lizard, kill it to obtain Titanite Chunk x3, Titanite Slab x1. Follow the path across the bridge and you will reach Drangleic Castle.

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

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