How to beat the early bosses of dark souls 2

Defeat the Dragonriders and head towards King's Passage.

Published March 24, 2014, 9:50 a.m. about Dark Souls II

by Bryan Dawson

Continue your journey with Prima’s Dark Souls 2 Guide and Walkthrough !

Reward: Dragonrider Soul

Fighting the Dragonrider boss is similar to the first time you fought him in Heide’s Tower. The main difference here is that there are now two of them. One uses a bow and remains in the corner of the room for the most part, while the other is almost identical to the one you fought originally.

The best strategy is to take down the ranged Dragonrider first. However, to do this you need to lure the other one to the far side of the room. When he misses an attack, quickly run over to the ranged fighter and inflict as much damage as possible. If you stay as close to the ranged fighter as possible, its arrows will not hit you.

Keep a close eye on the other Dragonrider, and move away when it approaches. Repeat this process until the ranged Dragonrider is down. At this point, you can focus exclusively on the melee Dragonrider. Simply strafe around him or dodge to avoid its attacks, then counter with two or three strikes depending on the speed of your weapon. It won’t take long to finish off the remaining Dragonrider.

Head through the doorway and light the bonfire, then continue down the hallway and to the right when you reach the small circular room. Climb the ladder, then head around and open the gate. The statues inside the next room come to life and attack. Move slowly through the room so you don’t engage too many statues at once.

Take out all of the enemies, then head through the door and open the coffers in the next room to find an Old Knight Hammer in the first one, and a Caitha’s Chime and Soul Greatsword in the second. Continue through the doorway at the end, then around and up the large stairs. Head to the right at the top of the stairs and down the hallway to engage the two archers at the end. Be careful of the archers on the other side that attack while you battle.

Open the coffer at the end of the hall to obtain a Firestorm, then head to the other side, take down the two archers there and open the chest at the end. Be careful of the chest, as it’s rigged with bolts that shoot multiple times upon opening the chest. Block or evade the bolts, then look inside to find 10 Fire Greatarrows.

Head back down the stairs and take out the three enemies at the end of the room, then head through the door at the end. Take down the enemy that attacks in the area beyond, then head down the stairs and through the door. Inside the next room, pick up five Repair Powders and 10 Flame Butterflies, then open the coffer at the end to find a Estus Flask Shard. Pull the lever to open the gate in the corner, then open the door. The stairs ahead lead back to the bonfire.

From the bonfire, head through the doorway to reach the circular room and step on the plate in the middle to reach the upper floor. Go through the doors ahead to find a chained prisoner who requires the Key to the Embedded. You do not have the key yet, but remember this location when you obtain the key from the Demon of Song. Once you have the key, you can unlock the cell to obtain a Ring of the Dead. Open the coffers in the room to find a Strong Magic Shield in one, a Soul Vessel and Fire Seed in the second and the Key to King’s Passage in the third. Go back to the lift and pull the lever, then head down to the floor below. Use the key to open the door ahead, then proceed down the hallway into King’s Passage.

You’ll need ultimate skill to beat the Smelter Demon, Ruin Sentinels and the Duke’s Dear Freja.

Published May 20, 2014, 5:45 p.m. about Dark Souls II

by Bryan Dawson

As a whole, Dark Souls 2 is one of the hardest games of the last two console generations. You can argue whether or not the first Dark Souls or Demon Souls were more difficult than Dark Souls 2, but the fact remains that no matter how you rank the individual games in the series, all three are difficult. It’s widely agreed that the hardest battles are rightfully against bosses. That said, we compiled a quick look at some of the toughest bosses in Dark Souls 2.

Depending how you navigate your way around the world of Dark Souls 2, there’s a good chance you will come across the Ruin Sentinels early on. Alone, these enemies aren’t that bad. The problem is that you fight them in a group of three. You can take down the first of the three bosses before the other two join the battle, but one mistake and you’ll square off against all three. Even when it’s down to just two, you have to be extremely careful to ensure you make it out of the battle alive. If you don’t have a shield that absorbs 100 percent physical damage, this battle is much tougher.

If you go into this battle with no prior knowledge of the fight, it’s arguably one of the most difficult in the game. However, there are some things you can do to make this fight easier. As with most of the battles in this game, having a shield that absorbs 100 percent physical damage is extremely helpful. In addition, if you’ve defeated the Belfry Gargoyles, you should have the Bastille Key. With this key, you can open the doors on either side of the boss battle area (before you enter) and light the oil to brighten up the battle area.

Without the Bastille Key, the battle area is extremely dark. In fact, it’s so dark that you will lose your lock-on if you don’t remain relatively close to the boss. The Lost Sinner is also very agile, which means he jumps around, attacks frequently and doesn’t give you a lot of time to mount an offensive. This is why it’s important to have a shield that absorbs 100 percent damage, so that you can block most of the Lost Sinner’s attacks and still be safe from harm. Even with the shield, you’ll have to manage your stamina well to avoid taking damage.

The Duke’s Dear Freja is difficult to battle for a number of reasons. As soon as the battle begins, you must deal with a number of smaller enemies. Freja doesn’t give you much time to take out the lesser foes before it strikes. In addition, even if you clear all of the additional enemies, they continue to spawn and attack throughout the battle.

Along with the ancillary enemies, you must deal with a number of Freja’s attacks. It has a beam attack that covers nearly 180 degrees in front of it. Dodging the attack is difficult, and it cannot be blocked. If it connects, there’s a high probability it will kill you in one shot. The best way to avoid it is to get to either side of Freja, or simply make your way to its back (where another head awaits). You also have to watch out for Freja’s jumping attack, which gives you minimal time to move out of the way before you’re crushed. Once again, you’re dealing with the lesser enemies as you avoid these attacks, which make it even more difficult.

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What makes the fight against the Smelter Demon a bit of a hassle is the fact that it’s a battle of attrition. Not only must you evade most of the Demon’s attacks, you also need to have enough healing ability to outlast the boss. Once again, having a shield that absorbs 100 percent physical damage is extremely helpful. However, the boss uses fire attacks, which means even with that kind of shield, you’ll still take damage. The more fire resistance the shield has, the better off you’ll be, but physical resistance is more important than fire resistance.

Your agility is also very important during this battle. If you’re too heavy, your rolls will be weighed down and your movement will be much slower. This makes it far more difficult to evade the Demon’s attacks, and the battle becomes nearly unwinnable. Even if you have light armor and a solid shield, you still have to move around quite a bit, and it’s almost impossible to avoid taking damage because the Demon inflicts damage even when you’re the one attacking. Because of this, you’ll need to not only have healing items or abilities at the ready, you’ll also need to time them well so you don’t get hit while attempting to heal yourself.

For more Dark Souls 2 tips and strategies, be sure to check out our complete walkthrough and boss battle guides.

How to beat The Last Giant, the Rotten and other tricky Dark Souls 2 bosses.

Published March 28, 2014, 11:50 a.m. about Dark Souls II

by Bryan Dawson

Dark Souls 2 is the toughest video game since, well, the original Dark Souls. A variety of horrors lie in wait for struggling players, and death comes both swiftly and brutally. This is especially true with boss battles against a plethora of difficult opponents. It won’t take long for newcomers to square off against The Last Giant. From there, they’ll attempt to kill the Dragonrider, Flexile Sentry and the Rotten, each of which have signature attacks and weaknesses.

Thankfully, we’ve braved the worst Dark Souls 2 has to offer. Below, you’ll find tips to beat the bosses in Dark Souls 2. Each time we defeat a boss, we’ll add it to the kill list. For more, read Prima’s free Dark Souls 2 walkthrough .

Dark Souls 2: How to Beat the Duke’s Dear Freja

Dark Souls 2: How to Beat the Covetous Demon

Dark Souls 2: How to Beat the Smelter Demon

Dark Souls 2: How to Beat Two Dragonrider Bosses

Dark Souls 2: How to Beat the Looking Glass Knight

Dark Souls 2: How to Beat the Demon of Song

Dark Souls 2: How to Beat Velstadt, the Royal Aegis

This trio can be found at the end of the Cave of the Dead.

How To Beat The Trio

They don't seem to have any one particular weakness, however as they are humanoid, they are likely susceptible to poison and bleeding.

Melee Character

Melee characters going into this fight need only one thing. A 100% melee blocking shield. Even if you are a character who focuses on dodging, this method is still highly suggested as you have to avoid three characters.

How to beat the early bosses of dark souls 2

Trying to dodge all that can be a pain and will keep your stamina constantly depleted. So long as you have a shield to block their blows, the rest of the fight should just be you back pedaling and picking your shots.

If you use a large weapon that can break their poise, the fight will go a little easier. Huge clubs, spears and the like will all be very useful. Timing will be incredibly important, but the ability to interrupt the enemy and possible even stun them shouldn't be underrated. This is especially true against the Afflicted Grave Robber, who not only pursues you relentlessly, but also inflicts bleeding.

Ranged Characters

As a ranged character in this fight, you are going to have a bad time. Two of the three will constantly be chasing you down, making it very hard to do anything. If you are using a bow, we suggest switching to a small weapon and using the above strategy for this fight. If you are a mage, try to equip the best shield you can handle, and use spells that can be cast rapidly. Movement and fast actions will be the key to success, so using a spell that locks you in place for more than a heartbeat will spell doom.

Don’t worry about it. It’s not as bad as it sounds.
In NG+ you get more souls. So 2-3M is quite easy.
If you want a super fast playthrough. jump down the well in majula ASAP and get the branch and be sure to have lots of bonfire ascetics handy
Go to Iron keep
Continuously beat iron king until soul memory requirements are met
Use branch on Rosabeth
Go to shrine of winter
beat game
done
smile

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Don’t worry about it. It’s not as bad as it sounds.
In NG+ you get more souls. So 2-3M is quite easy.
If you want a super fast playthrough. jump down the well in majula ASAP and get the branch and be sure to have lots of bonfire ascetics handy
Go to Iron keep
Continuously beat iron king until soul memory requirements are met
Use branch on Rosabeth
Go to shrine of winter
beat game
done
smile

You can completely skip FoFG to begin with.
personally what I do as soon as I get to Majula is go to HToF, not pull any levers, and let the dragon rider kill himself.
Summon Lucatiel to kill flexile sentry
Summon phantoms to kill ruin sents
buy red eye ring and let lucatiel kill lost sinner
🙂

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This is my order when I got to NG +

Begin NG +, run thru tutorial area to Majula. Drop down to the gutter and get fragrant branch of yore. Rest at first bonfire for the gulch. Warp to Majula. Go to shaded woods (using fragrant branch) and see Vengarl. Buy CLAYMORE #2, so I can dual wield two of them with powerstance 😉

Defeat the Dragonriders and head towards King's Passage.

Published March 24, 2014, 9:50 a.m. about Dark Souls II

by Bryan Dawson

Continue your journey with Prima’s Dark Souls 2 Guide and Walkthrough !

Reward: Dragonrider Soul

Fighting the Dragonrider boss is similar to the first time you fought him in Heide’s Tower. The main difference here is that there are now two of them. One uses a bow and remains in the corner of the room for the most part, while the other is almost identical to the one you fought originally.

The best strategy is to take down the ranged Dragonrider first. However, to do this you need to lure the other one to the far side of the room. When he misses an attack, quickly run over to the ranged fighter and inflict as much damage as possible. If you stay as close to the ranged fighter as possible, its arrows will not hit you.

Keep a close eye on the other Dragonrider, and move away when it approaches. Repeat this process until the ranged Dragonrider is down. At this point, you can focus exclusively on the melee Dragonrider. Simply strafe around him or dodge to avoid its attacks, then counter with two or three strikes depending on the speed of your weapon. It won’t take long to finish off the remaining Dragonrider.

Head through the doorway and light the bonfire, then continue down the hallway and to the right when you reach the small circular room. Climb the ladder, then head around and open the gate. The statues inside the next room come to life and attack. Move slowly through the room so you don’t engage too many statues at once.

Take out all of the enemies, then head through the door and open the coffers in the next room to find an Old Knight Hammer in the first one, and a Caitha’s Chime and Soul Greatsword in the second. Continue through the doorway at the end, then around and up the large stairs. Head to the right at the top of the stairs and down the hallway to engage the two archers at the end. Be careful of the archers on the other side that attack while you battle.

Open the coffer at the end of the hall to obtain a Firestorm, then head to the other side, take down the two archers there and open the chest at the end. Be careful of the chest, as it’s rigged with bolts that shoot multiple times upon opening the chest. Block or evade the bolts, then look inside to find 10 Fire Greatarrows.

Head back down the stairs and take out the three enemies at the end of the room, then head through the door at the end. Take down the enemy that attacks in the area beyond, then head down the stairs and through the door. Inside the next room, pick up five Repair Powders and 10 Flame Butterflies, then open the coffer at the end to find a Estus Flask Shard. Pull the lever to open the gate in the corner, then open the door. The stairs ahead lead back to the bonfire.

From the bonfire, head through the doorway to reach the circular room and step on the plate in the middle to reach the upper floor. Go through the doors ahead to find a chained prisoner who requires the Key to the Embedded. You do not have the key yet, but remember this location when you obtain the key from the Demon of Song. Once you have the key, you can unlock the cell to obtain a Ring of the Dead. Open the coffers in the room to find a Strong Magic Shield in one, a Soul Vessel and Fire Seed in the second and the Key to King’s Passage in the third. Go back to the lift and pull the lever, then head down to the floor below. Use the key to open the door ahead, then proceed down the hallway into King’s Passage.

How to track down all four of the Great Souls in Dark Souls 2, beat the bosses that keep them, and open up the path into Drangleic Castle.

In order to access Drangleic Castle, you’re going to need to get hold of a handful of Great Souls which drop individual from particular bosses: the Old Iron King, The Rotten, The Lost Sinner and the Duke’s Dear Freja. There is an alternative route to the caslte via the Shrine of Winter in Shaded Ruins, but you’ll need a Soul Memory of a million souls in order to use it.

Here’s how you can find each boss, and loot the Great Soul from their twitching corpses.

Old Iron King Great Soul

If you’ve not yet killed Mytha, the Baneful Queen, make sure you light a torch to burn the windmill in Earthen Peak – that’ll remove the poison from around her and make the fight much easier. Once she’s dead, go to the other end of the boss area from where you entered, and take the lift downwards to reach the Iron Keep. Once you’ve beaten this area, you’ll be up against the Old Iron King.

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The King likes to throw attacks at you in pairs, and so you should never be too quick to launch your counter-attack against him. You should also be able to dodge most of these attacks, so don’t worry too much about equipping any damage reduction gear. If you’re struggling to take him down, take a look at our complete guide to the tactics required in this fight.

The Rotten Great Soul

You’ll find the Rotten by travelling down the Majula well and then making your way through the Grave of Saints. Head through this region, then go through the Gutter until you’re in the Black Gulch. The Rotten awaits you at the very end of this area.

We’ve got a more detailed guide to the fight with the Rotten over at our boss fight page, but you should try to stick to the centre of the battle arena to avoid the worst of the fire-pit damage, and you’ll also want a shield that blocks 100 percent of incoming physical damage.

You can’t block all the time though, as you run the risk of running out of stamina if you do. Instead, dodge every attack you can, and keep your shield as a reserve for when you make a mistake with your timing. Counter-attack with just a single attack unless you have a weapon with a massive attack speed.

Lost Sinner Great Soul

To find this boss, make your way through the Forest of Fallen Giants, kill the Pursuer, and then use the bird’s nest to get to the Lost Bastille. Now head through Sinner’s Rise until you arrive at the boss area.

There are a few things to keep in mind if you want to make the fight against the Lost Sinner a little easier on yourself. First of all, make sure you’re using a shield that can absorb 100% of the damage that comes your way. The Drangleic Shield is a great shout for this fight, and you’ll have looted one from killing the Pursuer.

Secondly, the fight can go on for quite a while, and so you need to take things very cautiously and block all the quick-fire damage the Lost Sinner puts out. Block the damage, get a couple of your own shots in, then get ready to go back on the defensive. For a comprehensive look at the strategy required for this fight, take a look at our guide to beating the boss.

Duke’s Dear Freja Great Soul

First of all, make your way through the Shaded Woods and get to the Shaded Ruins. Now kill Scorpioness Najka before entering the Doors of Pharros to reach Brightstone Cove Tseldora. Work your way through this region and you’ll eventually find yourself facing Freja herself.

Unlike most boss fights in Dark Souls 2, you’ll want to pretty much ignore the trash spiders that appear alongside Freja, and get stuck straight into the meatier target. Positioning is key if you want to avoid the worst of her damage, so refer to our comprehensive Freja guide if you’re struggling to stay alive.

Head back to the first page for the rest of our Dark Souls 2 walkthrough.

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How to beat the early bosses of dark souls 2

Dark Souls wouldn’t be Dark Souls if it weren’t for the souls of the beastly foes that you slay after countless number of attempts.

Of the many kinds of abominations you will encounter, the bosses are obviously the toughest of them all. But the value and reward of their souls is what makes these ungodly creatures worth chasing after.

Dark Souls 2 Boss Souls Locations

Boss Souls could be the most important items you manage to acquire during your journey, because they can give you a quick (and huge) soul boost or can be traded off for some amazing items. The latter is obviously a worthwhile bargain, and overall far more beneficial on the long run.

Apart from acquiring the souls from the main bosses, there are also a couple of souls you can find when going to certain locations, given at the end of the guide.

For the rest bit, read on to find out about the Boss Souls and how much souls each one can grant you. Note that the souls are listed according to the bosses of the game.

Dragonrider
Location: You can acquire the Dragon Ride soul from the Dragonrider bosses (all three individuals). Each gives you 6000 souls or can be traded for an item.

The Rotten
Location: You can acquire the Soul of the Rotten from The Rotten, which gives you a whopping 25000 souls or can be traded for an item. You can also acquire the Old Dead One soul during New Game+ which grants 60,000 souls or can be traded for an item.

Flexile Sentry
Location: You can get the Flexile Sentry soul from the boss which can grant you 6000 souls or can be traded for an item.

Ruin Sentinels
Location: Each of the two Ruin Sentinels gives you a Ruin Sentinel soul which grants you 6000 souls or can be traded for an item.

Old Dragonslayer
Location: You can acquire the Old Dragonslayer soul which grants you 10,000 souls or can be traded for an item.

Royal Rat Vanguard
Location: You can get the Royal Rat Vanguard soul by defeating the Rat Vanguard. It can grant 6000 souls or can be traded for an item.

Royal Rat Authority
Location: This can be acquired from the Rat Authority enemy. It can give you 6000 souls or can be traded for an item.

Skeleton Lords
Location: You can acquire the Skeleton Lord soul by defeating the set of skeleton lords and minions in the boss battle. This will grant you 6000 souls or can be traded for an item.

The Pursuer
Location: The Soul of the Pursuer is obtained by defeating The Pursuer. This grants you 8000 souls or can be traded for an item.

Belfry Gargoyles
Location: You can acquire Belfry Gargoyle souls by defeating the option set of Belfry Gargoyles. Each one can grant you 6000 or can be traded for an item.

Executioner’s Chariot
Location: The Executioner’s Chariot soul is acquired by defeating the boss, which grants 8000 souls or can be traded for an item.

The Lost Sinner
Location: The Soul of the Lost Sinner grants you 25,000 souls or can be traded for an item. You can also get the Old Witch soul by defeating The Lost Sinner during New Game+, which grants 60,000 souls or can be traded for an item.

Scorpioness Najka
Location: The Scorpioness Najka soul can be acquired by defeating the boss. It grants 8000 souls or can be traded for an item.

The Duke’s Dear Freja
Location: The Duke’s Dear Freja soul grants you 25,000 sourls or can be traded for an item.

Covetous Demon
Location: The Covetous Demon soul grants you 6000 souls or can be traded for an item.

Looking Glass Knight
Location: The Looking Glass Knight soul grants you 18,000 souls or can be traded for an item.

Mytha the Baneful Queen
Location: With the Mytha the Baneful Queen soul, you can acquire 10,000 souls or can trade it for an item.

Smelter Demon
Location: You can get 8,000 souls or trade for an item with the Smelter Demon soul.

Old Iron King
Location: The Old Iron King soul grants you 25,000 souls or can be traded for an item. You can also acquire the Old King soul that grants you 75,000 or can be traded for an item.

Demon of Song
Location: The Demon of Song soul can grant you 12,000 souls or can be traded for an item.

Giant Lord
Location: The Giant Lord soul gives you 25,000 souls or can be traded for an item.

Guardian Dragon
Location: You’ll acquire 14,000 souls with the Guardian Dragon soul or can trade it for an item.

Velstadt
Location: The Soul of Velstadt grants you 15,000 souls or can be traded for an item.

Throne Watcher and Throne Defender
Location: Each of the two Throne bosses grant you a soul that can be used to acquire 16,000 souls or traded for an item.

Nashandra
Location: The Soul of Nashandra will grant you 30,000 souls or can be traded for an item.

Additional Boss Souls

Soul of the King
Location: This soul can be found in the Shrine of Amana. It grants 50,000 souls or can be traded for an item.

Ancient Dragon Soul
Location: This souls can be acquired in the Dragon Memories and will grant you 75,000 souls or can be traded for an item.

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