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Dark Souls

Dark Souls Achievement Guide

Guide By: II OE II & Dog Face
There are 41 achievements with a total of 1000 points.

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Overview
Estimated achievement difficulty: 8/10
Offline: 41/41 (1,000/1,000)
Online: 0/41 (0/1,000)
Approximate amount of time to 100080-120 hours
Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 2 full, 1 partial playthroughs.
Number of missable achievements: 26 (Optional bosses, item crafting/hunting, covenants).
Do cheat codes disable achievements?: No cheats
Does difficulty affect achievements?: No
Glitchy achievements: None
Unobtainable achievements: None
Extra equipment needed?: None

Introduction:
Welcome to Dark Souls, a game legendary for being difficult. Prepare to die, as it will happen a lot. From being too low level to handle something to accidently falling off a cliff this game will kill you a lot. If you persevere through the first couple hours of the game and actually start to learn how the game operates it becomes much more manageable. Overall for the 1,000, it will take you roughly a minimum of 80 hours, with max out sitting around 125 hours on the high end of the spectrum. You will need to do 2 full playthroughs including the 2 optional bosses (Gwyndolin and Priscilla) and then a partial playthrough up through a portion of Anor Londo so that you can reach the giant black smith.

Missable achievements:
I am not going to list them all off, but I will tell you what kind of achievements are missable so that you know what to watch out for. I would recommend following a guide for the sorceries, pyromancies, miracles and rare weapons. A lot of the items for each achievement are quite missable. First NEVER swing a sword or use a damaging sorcery/miracle/pyromancy around any of the people that sell you these items as they will turn hostile until your next playthrough. All of them have something you need so BE CAREFUL. If you do happen to hit one of the people need to buy stuff from, just run, do not kill them. If you get away, go and talk to Oswald in the bell tower. You can pay him absolve your sins and make that person you accidentally hit not hostile anymore. The cost of absolution is 500 souls x your level, so it does get pretty costly especially later in the game.

I recommend buying the pyromancies, sorceries and miracles on playthrough 2 only really getting what you need for your character build. As you get many more souls on NG+ for killing enemies and bosses. This also allows you to focus your energy on leveling and getting the gear that you need for your build. This of course is optional, you can get all the pyromancies, and sorceries on your first run as long you make sure to follow the guide. Especially pay attention to your sorceries, as some of Big Hat Logan’s spells are missable. A critical mistake that can be made that makes pyromancies missable is saying no to the egg carrier right before the chaos servant covenant leader, make sure to say YES and do not kill him he sells you unique pyromancies. For miracles, make sure to follow through Onion Knight’s quest line through at least Anor Londo and pay close attention to the cleric quest line surrounding Petrus and the Tomb of Giants. This is covered more in depth in each achievements respective section.

You also need to get max reinforcement with each weapon type, these are not highly missable like miracles and sorceries are, but don’t forget to take care of them at some point during either full playthrough. You will need all the embers and at least 1 of each kind of slab (you can dashboard to get it back)

All the Covenant achievements are technically missable since you are never forced to join or find one for the story. The major one to look out for with this one is the Dark Wraiths. Do not talk to Frampt (Ugly snake thing that shows up after ringing the bells at fire link shrine) at all if you want to find the Dark Wraiths. Continue with the story beating Smough and Ornstein to get the Lord Vessel and then beating the four Kings (You need to have killed Sif to do this fight). Once you beat the four Kings and if you haven’t talked to Frampt, you will meet Dark Stalker Kaathe who will allow you join the Dark Wraiths.

The other two missables would be for killing Priscilla Crossbreed and Gwyndolin. Both bosses are optional and are not required to complete a playthrough. Priscilla gives you an option to leave without fighting, do not do this, and fight her. I would recommend waiting to fight Gwyndolin until you have received the item for reaching level two in his covenant so that you don’t have to worry about it later.

Playthrough 1: 
Pick your class and gifts. For your gift get the master key unless you’re a thief, this will make your playthrough slightly simpler. On this playthrough I would recommend focusing on your build and not worrying too much about collecting everything. You can grab all the sorceries and pyromancies in this playthrough if you desire. You can get all but 1 miracle this run and over half of the rare weapons. The only rare weapons you can’t get this run involve having multiples of boss souls which there are only 1 of each per playthrough. If you want to you can grind out the loot drop rare weapons during this run or the next but make sure to get the covetous snake ring from Sen’s Fortress before attempting the loot drop based rare weapons.

Make sure to kill Priscilla, The moonlight butterfly and Gwyndolin at some point during this playthrough. I recommend saving Gwyndolin for very late in your playthrough for reasons mentioned in the missable achievements section. 

There are 2 soul grinding spots in the game that are early enough in the game to really help out new players, which are posted here. The first one is really super early in the game and is a good way to level up for the twin gargoyle fight and get enough souls so you can access the grinding spot in the second video.


Playthrough 2: 
This run will be significantly easier and shorter than your first run as all your gear and level transfer to each subsequent playthrough. The enemies are all higher levels but you will breeze through the early parts with little to no issues. The main thing to watch out for difficulty wise is the Smough and Ornstein fight and the four Kings fight. If you didn’t find the Dark Wraiths in your first run then do so this run and make sure to join them at some point to get the rare weapon Dark Hand.

In fact, everything you didn’t pick up or find in your first playthrough needs to be done this run to save you the heart ache of doing more than you need to in your 3rd partial run. All the rare weapons need to be forged and found (minus the one you can’t get this run since you need a 3rd copy of Sif’s soul). All pyromancies, sorceries, and miracles collected. Everything! Also, make sure to pick the ending that you didn’t pick in your first playthrough so you can get the achievement for that ending.

Partial Playthrough:
This partial run should only take a few hours maximum; you should only need to do two major things. Forge Gwyn’s souls to a weapon or offer it to the Sunlight Covenant and kill Sif for a third time. After you have gotten Sif’s soul for the third time, you will need to get the Giant Black Smith in Anor Londo so he can forge the soul into a compatible weapon. Given that you have done everything else this should unlock your last two achievements and give you the completion.

Conclusion:
While this game is challenging and relentless at times it is completely doable as long you are willing to give it your attention and your time. If you’re just starting out, good luck and have fun. You can do it if you just stick with it and don't give up.

[x360a would like to thank KillerBEA for this RoadMap]



The Dark Soul50
All achievements completed. Congratulations! (96) 

This achievement will unlock when you have unlocked all other achievements.

Knight's Honor25
Acquire all rare weapons. (103) 

To obtain all of the rare weapons, you must do a minimum 3 playthroughs for boss souls as well as cut the tails off applicable bosses and scour the world for all of the weapons. Once you have a boss soul, you need to get a specific weapon and talk with the Giant Smith in Anor Londo next to Ornstein and Smough's room. See this guide for a list of the weapons.

Wisdom of a Sage25
Acquire all sorceries. (14) 

You need to obtain all the sorceries in the game. This will require you to free NPCs that have been captured around the world. Once they are freed, they will appear at Firelink Shrine after you rest at a bonfire. See this guide for a list of all the sorceries.

Bond of a Pyromancer25
Acquire all pyromancies. (25) 

You need to obtain all the pyromancies in the game. This will require you to free NPCs that have been captured around the world. Once they are freed, they will appear at Firelink Shrine after you rest at a bonfire. See this guide for a list of the pyromancies.

Prayer of a Maiden25
Acquire all miracles. (28) 

You need to obtain all the miracles in the game. This will require you to free NPCs that have been captured around the world. Once they are freed, they will appear at Firelink Shrine after you rest at a bonfire. See this guide for a list of the miracles.

Covenant: Way of White15
Discover Way of White covenant. (8) 

The Way of White will be the easiest covenant to join and is located at the Firelink Shrine. Speak with the rather large looking cleric at Firelink Shrine (near all the large pots) a few times and he will ask you to join.

Covenant: Gravelord Servant25
Discover Gravelord Servant covenant. (6) 

The Gravelord Covenant is a bit harder to find as it is in the Catacombs. You first need to get into the Catacombs and find your way into a long hallway with a Titanite Demon in it. Behind him you need to loot the body for the Eye of Death then look for a coffin that sticks out further than the rest. Get into the coffin and wait for a minute to be transported to Nito's room. Speak with him to join the covenant.

Note: If you defeat Nito, you cannot join the Gravelord Covenant until your next playthrough.

Covenant: Chaos Servant25
Discover Chaos Servant covenant. (8) 

The Chaos Servant Convenant is actually hidden quite well if you don't know where to look. It's located just past Quelaag's Domain underneath the second bell. You need to get to Quelaag's Domain and defeat her to access the second bell. Go to the lower room using the stairs or the hole in the floor, and hit the false wall. You will see an egg man, but do not attack him. Talk with him, then he will let you talk with the White Spider. If you don't have the Witch's Ring, you don't know what she says. Either way, speak with her to join the covenant.

Strongest Weapon15
Acquire best weapon through standard reinforcement. (16) 

Refer to this guide.

Crystal Weapon15
Acquire best weapon through crystal reinforcement. (7) 

Refer to this guide.

Lightning Weapon15
Acquire best weapon through lightning reinforcement. (2) 

Refer to this guide.

Raw Weapon15
Acquire best weapon through raw reinforcement. (6) 

Refer to this guide.

Magic Weapon15
Acquire best weapon through magic reinforcement. (8) 

Refer to this guide.

Enchanted Weapon15
Acquire best weapon through enchanted reinforcement. (5) 

Refer to this guide.

Divine Weapon15
Acquire best weapon through divine reinforcement. (9) 

Refer to this guide.

Fire Weapon15
Acquire best weapon through fire reinforcement. (4) 

Refer to this guide.

Chaos Weapon15
Acquire best weapon through chaos reinforcement. (5) 

Refer to this guide.

Enkindle15
Light bonfire flame. (6) 

In the tutorial area of the Undead Asylum you will eventually come across an unlit bonfire. Simply light the bonfire to earn this achievement.

Estus Flask15
Acquire Estus Flask. (5) 

In the Undead Asylum, after grabbing your shield, you will come across a stairway with an iron ball at the top. Dodge it as it is rolling down the stairs and it will break the wall behind you. Go in the room and speak with the knight to acquire the flask.

Reach Lordran15
Arrive in Lordran. (6) 

You will earn this achievement after defeating the Asylum Demon and using the giant crow to take you away. When you arrive in Lordran the achievement will unlock.

Ring the Bell (Undead Church)15
Ring Bell of Awakening at Undead Church. (6) 

The first area you go to is the Undead Burg, through there you will come to the Undead Parish. At the top of the church you will have to fight 2 Bell Gargoyles (with or without help). Once finished with the gargoyles, climb the ladders of the bell tower and ring the bell.

Ring the Bell (Quelaag's Domain)15
Ring Bell of Awakening in Quelaag's domain. (2) 

During the course of the game you will come across Blighttown. At the very bottom of this area is a poisonous swamp you must travel through all the way to the giant spiked hill. Enter the hill and fight Quelaag. After defeating her, go up the stairs where she came from into the next area and ring the bell.

Rite of Kindling15
Acquire the Rite of Kindling. (2) 

While exploring the Catacombs, you will eventually come to the bottom of an open canyon. At the far side of this you will enter a large cave with an open tomb. Drop down into it to fight the boss Pinwheel. After defeating him you will earn the Rite of Kindling.

Art of Abysswalking15
Acquire the Art of Abysswalking. (1) 

In the Undead Parish you will find a smith by the name of Andrei. He will sell you a Crest of Artorias for 20,000 souls. You must purchase this to enter the sealed door in the Darkroot Garden. Once in the sealed area you must run to the far end and fight the Great Wolf Sif. After defeating him you will obtain the Ring of Abysswalking and this achievement.

Reach Anor Londo25
Arrive in Anor Londo. (3) 

After ringing both bells you will have to travel back to the Undead Parish near Andrei the Smith. Locate the bonfire above him and take the long bridge out to Sen's Fortress. At the top of Sen's Fortress you will have to fight the Iron Golem. After defeating it, touch the Ring of Light and you will be taken to Anor Londo.

Lordvessel25
Acquire the Lordvessel. (4) 

After reaching Anor Londo, you will need to find your way along the outside edges and on stone supports. This area may prove quite tricky. Once you make it to a room with 2 Large Tower Paladins and a Silver Knight, locate the fog for the boss room of Ornstein and Smough. After defeating them use a lift at either end of the room to go up a level an speak with the Princess. She will give you the Lordvessel.

 
Secret Achievements
 
To Link the Fire90
Reach "To Link the Fire" ending. (7) 

After collecting all four Lord Souls and placing them into the Lordvessel, the door behind it will open up so you may enter Gwyndolin's domain. Follow the path to him. Once defeated, light the bonfire in the center to end the game.

Dark Lord90
Reach "The Dark Lord" ending. (18) 

After collecting all four Lord Souls and placing them into the Lordvessel, the door behind it will open up so you may enter Gwyndolin's domain. Follow the path to him. Once defeated, leave the way you came to end the game.

Covenant: Path of the Dragon25
Discover Path of the Dragon covenant. (7) 

The Dragon Covenant is quite hard to get to as it requires traversing the Blighttown, Great Hollow, and Ash Lake. In Blighttown, go to the opposite end from Quelaag's Domain to a giant tree. Inside this tree keep hitting false walls and you will come into the Great Hollow. Make your way down to the bottom and outside into the Ash Lake. Next, dash across the sandbars all the way to the far end and speak with the Dragon to join.

Covenant: Darkwraith25
Discover Darkwraith covenant. (3) 

The Darkwraith Covenant requires a bit of work to join them over the course of the game. There are two ways to join them, and are located in the Abyss.

The first way to join is to not speak with Frampt at all after obtaining the Lordvessel. Then speak with Ingward in New Londo the gain the key to the Abyss. Defeat the Four Lords and speak with Kaathe to join. The second method is before obtaining the Lordvessel, explore New Londo and kill Ingward to steal the key to the abyss. Drop in and defeat the Four Kings and speak with Kaathe to join.

Note: Joining this coventant will make Frampt leave Firelink Shrine for the rest of the playthrough.
Note 2: You are required to obtain the Covenant of Artorias Ring from defeating Sif in the Darkroot Garden sealed forest.

Covenant: Warrior of Sunlight25
Discover Warrior of Sunlight covenant. (9) 

The Covenant of Sunlight is located in the Undead Burg upper section at the end of the bridge with the hellkite dragon. You need a 25 Faith in order to join this covenant. You can lower this requirement by 5 each time you help a host defeat a boss while you are a white phantom. Pray to the alter near the bonfire when you meet the requirements.

Covenant: Forest Hunter25
Discover Forest Hunter covenant. (5) 

The Forest Covenant will require you to spend a fair amount of souls out of your pocket in order to reach them. Speak with Andrei the Smith at Undead Parish to purchase the Crest of Artorias. Next, go out the door and past the Titanite Demon (or kill it if you choose) into the Darkroot Garden. Follow the path straight and you will come across a sealed door. Examine the door to open it up. Next if you go along the left edge you will find some enemies. Defeat them and then make you way to the ruined building along the left edge. Inside you will find a cat on a ledge. Speak with it to join.

Note: If players are defending the forest, you cannot join, so go as an undead to make things easier.

Covenant: Princess's Guard25
Discover Princess's Guard covenant. (2) 

The Princess Guard Covenant is rather small and not that hard to miss. You have to speak with its leader in order to obtain a story related item. After defeating Ornstein and Smough in Anor Londo, use one of the lifts in the back of the room to reach the Princess. Talk with here and she will give you the Lordvessel (if you don't already have it). Next, speak with here again and she will ask you to join. Upon joining you will receive the Sun Princess Ring. You will also be able to purchase the Miracle Bountiful Sunlight and Miracle Soothing Sunlight from Piscaca.

Covenant: Blade of the Darkmoon25
Discover Blade of the Darkmoon covenant. (3) 

The Princess Guard Covenant is rather small and not that hard to miss. You have to speak with its leader in order to obtain a story related item. After defeating Ornstein and Smough in Anor Londo, use one of the lifts in the back of the room to reach the Princess. Talk with here and she will give you the Lordvessel (if you don't already have it). Next, speak with her again and she will ask you to join.

Occult Weapon15
Acquire best weapon through occult reinforcement. (7) 

Refer to this guide.

Defeat the Dark Sun Gwyndolin25
Defeat Dark Sun Gwyndolin, the Darkmoon God. (7) 

This fight has you running down an infinitely long hallway dodging her attacks. Zig zag from pillar to pillar. If she casts Homing Soulmass, hide behind a pillar or roll under them. Her bigger spell cannot be blocked and will go through cover so be very careful. Keep running towards her until you are two pillars away and wait for her to stand up and use her bow. This is your best chance to run in and smack her a few times before she teleports away. Repeat until defeated.

Defeat Crossbreed Priscilla25
Defeat Crossbreed Priscilla, the Lifehunter. (10) 

Priscilla is located in the Painted World of Aremias. To fight her, the first thing you must do is return to the Undead Asylum back to the cell where you started the game and acquire the Strange Doll. Next, return to Anor Londo and inside the large building on the left on the ground floor you can find the large black and white painting. Examine the painting to enter the world. Find your way to the end and defeat Priscilla.

Priscilla will almost always be invisible. The thing you must do in this fight is watch the ground for her footsteps, then swing at her where you think she is. If you hit her a few times she will become visible again for a short period of time. Once defeated you will get her soul and you can leave the Painted World.

Defeat Seath the Scaleless25
Defeat Seath the Scaleless, inheritors of souls. (8) 

Seathe is located inside the Duke's Archives in Anor Londo. From the bonfire near the starting of Anor Londo, go into the left building (not crossing the bridge to the stairs) and follow the path through the hallway and up the lift at the end. Once you find your way to Seath, you will not be able to fight him because you must be defeated (yes you lose everything as per normal). You will then appear in a cell. Fight your way through the archives and find the Crystal Caves. He will be located inside there.

Once the fight starts with Seath, run behind him and look for a cystal to smash. This will negate his health regeneration and allow you to kill him. After that he isn't very difficult, just take your time, but watch out for his crystal attack because it will curse you if you stay in them too long.

Defeat Bed of Chaos25
Defeat the Soul Lord Bed of Chaos. (5) 

Located in the depths of the Demon's Ruins in the Lost Izalith, the Bed of Chaos is a multi-stage boss fight that will not reset. To get to the Lost Izalith you must go through Blighttown, Quelaag's Domain, Demon Ruins, into the Lost Izalith. You will require the Orange Charred Ring in order to survive down here because you must take long walks on lava. Without the ring you will die. You can obtain this ring from the Centipede Demon just before the Lost Izalith area.

The Bed of Chaos is a 3 stage fight. When you first encounter it, you will notice glowing spots on either side and the center of him. Dodge his attacks and get into the glowing area and look for a small demon. Once struck it will move to the next stage and grow one large fire arm. Repeat this for the other side and another large arm will appear. The center is the hard part. The floor will start crumbling only leaving you specific areas to move on including right in front of it. But if you can spot it you need to jump straight at him to land below on a small pathway. Follow this up dodging his attacks to the end and strike the last demon to defeat it. The timing of the attacks at stage 3 is the key to your success.

Defeat the Four Kings25
Defeat the Four Kings, inheritors of souls. (14) 

The Four Kings are located in the New Londo Ruins. In order to even face them, you must defeat the Great Wolf Sif and obtain the Ring of Abysswalking. Next, you need to drain the water in New Londo ruins and obtain the key to uncover the boss area. You will know the boss area because it is a broken tower with a fog door. Inside this tower appears to be nothing but a staircase down. Before reaching the end of the stairs, equip the Ring of Abysswalking and jump into the Oblivion. After falling for a while you will reach the bottom and find the Four Kings.

There are a few ways to defeat the four kings. The best way to defeat them appears to out damage them. Once you reach the abyss, you will have to wait a few seconds before they appear, then charge at them and give it all you got. Their attacks are very powerful but can be blocked. They also have a strong grapple attack that you need to watch out for.

Defeat Gravelord Nito25
Defeat the Soul Lord Gravelord Nito. (4) 

Gravelord Nito is located at the end of the Catacombs, and at the end of Tomb of Giants. It may be a hard process to get to him if you don't have the Dark Lantern. After defeating the Pinwheel boss in the catacombs, you will find a ladder that takes you into the Tomb of Giants and everything will go pitch black. Carefully follow the colored markers and make your way lower into the Tomb until you come to a small walkway outside to another cave. Inside this cave will be full of pinhweels, but the door to Gravelord Nito is at the top.

When you enter his room you will have to drop down a bit taking damage. Heal it up. He will begin the battle by summoning multiple small skeletons and giant skeletons. Kite them around and away from Nito, then rush in for a few hits. Back off when they start to come back or hold your guard button when you see him charging a dark attack - it's possible to block. Rinse and repeat until Nito is defeated.


 
 
 
Game Info
Developer:
From Software
Publisher:
Namco Bandai
Genre:

Release:

US October 04, 2011
Europe October 07, 2011

HDD Space Required : 3.9 GB
Collection:2064
Wishlist:220
 
 
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