Darkroot garden – dark souls wiki guide – ign fluid on eardrum

There’s nothing in the first clearing, so head left, up a narrow pathway. At this point, keep your shield up. You’re about to be accosted by Demonic Foliage, strange bush creatures that pop up from the ground and try to ’embrace’ you for hefty damage. You can spot this attack by their arms being raised, so be sure to beat a retreat if you see it happening.

The first Demonic Foliage can be seen in the distance and can be lured towards you for an easy kill. The second is far more sneaky and hides underground until you get near it. To spot it, examine the ground carefully and look for the monster’s spiky head protruding from the ground.

Instead you’ll want to find Darkroot Garden’s deceptively hidden bonfire, which lies behind a wall to the left of the mysterious locked door. To get to it, simply attack the nearby plain wall next to the brick pile with you weapon and it’ll disappear, revealing the hidden bonfire.


Rest up, level up, kindle and do whatever else you please.

Take extreme caution with your route at this point. Navigating directly across the clearing means getting into fights with huge Stone Knights, which will reanimate if you get too close. They’re extremely dangerous and their attacks hit hard, so don’t think about fighting them unless you’re daring.

Your other option, which will avoid most of the Stone Knights, is to hug the wall to the left. If you do this at a certain point you’ll come across a small alcove in the wall; head up it a bit but immediately turn around to dispatch the Demonic Foliage who is about to rush you from behind. With him gone, head further up the path and note the nearby tree. Yep, that mysterious looking protrusion is an enemy called a Tree Lizard, so make sure you put it down before you loot the corpse.

Eventually you’ll come to a pool of water – watch out as you’re about to be attacked by four Frog-Rays. Thankfully, they’re relatively easy to kill. With them dead, follow the path around to the left to find a corpse that holds a Soul of a Proud Knight.

If you follow the body of water around there’s another Stone Knight to fight if you so wish. It is best to kill this knight, as when you walk up through the hill through the nearby archway the Knight can animate, leading to you being stuck in a pincer attack because there’s another knight at the top of the hill.

If you need help and are in human form, a summon sign for the NPC character Witch Beatrice can be found concealed under some foliage underneath the staircase. She’s a massive help for the coming fight, so summon her if you wish. This ally helps immensely in the battle, as she is a caster that does heavy damage with each volley.

This luminescent beast isn’t too tough, but depending on your Class, it may take you a while to defeat it. For a majority of the fight, the Butterfly is only damageable by ranged attacks, so a strong Bow or some Soul Arrows work wonders. Those Sorcerers with Heavy Soul Arrows can make pretty quick work of this fiend. Even if you are a melee class, you might want to consider wearing an armor with high resistance to magic like the sorcerer’s armor, since all of Butterfly’s attacks are magical.

Keep your distance to easily avoid its projectiles. Having armor that is strong against magic is a plus, seeing as how all of its attacks are magic-based. For those of you who are melee-based, wait until the Butterfly lands on the bridge before running up close and unleashing a barrage of attacks. Back off as soon as it begins to glow to avoid its explosion attack, then resume the pattern all over again.

Once you’ve slain the beast, head up to the top of the tower and claim your Divine Ember and Watchtower Basement Key. With these in hand, go back and collect the Large Soul of a Nameless Soldier that’s guarded by Demonic Foliage (if you haven’t already), and head back all the way to the bonfire above the blacksmith in the Undead Parish.