New Game +
Upon completing Dark Souls, you are given the option to restart the game in a New Game + Mode. You will retain all of your weapons, armor and souls, but not unique items like keys or Embers. Although you begin the game much stronger than before, the enemies also spike in difficulty. Their health and attack values raise nearly twice the original amount this time around.
How to Return to Undead Asylum
Once you have unlocked the elevator to the Undead Parish, take it up from Firelink Shrine, but jump off as soon as the demolished wall appears. This will put you on a platform just above the entrance to the elevators. Go around the corner and sprint towards the edge. On the left, there will be a rounded edge of the cliff immediately across from a support pillar for the tower. Continue your running jump, not a roll, off this rounded cliff onto the pillar. Once you’ve landed on the pillar you will have to walk up the connecting stonework to the broken tower itself. Halfway up you will have to roll across an invisible barrier, but be careful,the ledge is very thin. Once you are on the tower, you now have access to a couple of things. The first stop should be the item on the corpse on top of the building, the Asylum Basement Key. Head up the stairs to the left, and roll off the tower onto the rounded building in front of you to collect the item. Next, if you are careful, you can roll back onto the tower. If not, repeat the elevator-jump-pillar process. Head up the stairs, but this time, head around the corner and up the next set of stairs. This will give you access to the crows nest on top of the tower. You have the option now of curling up in a ball, and if you do this, and then wait long enough, the crow will come pick you up, transporting you back to the Undead Asylum. The enemies here are much more powerful than they originally were, and be careful of crumbling floors!
Killing the Red Dragon with One Arrow
Note: This WILL kill the Red Dragon completely and you will not see him again in the game. So if you need to get anything from it, do so before attempting this.
You can do this shortly after ringing the first bell — the dragon should either be pacing the bridge, or standing at the entrance waiting for you. You may also have to go to the bridge entrance to lure him out. If you aren’t sure if he’s in the right place, it will become apparent to you in this next part.
Make your way to the adjacent bridge where you fought the Taurus Demon. If the Dragon is in the correct position, you will be able to see him from the bridge. Head over to one of the places where the wall is broken on the right side of the bridgeÂ (The one right after a pile of bricks toward the middle of the bridge should work fine). Line up a shot (this takes practice) and fire at the Dragon. If done correctly, he should disappear from your screen. After about thirty seconds, you’ll hear a roar, and gain 10,000 souls as well as a humanity.
Congradulations! You just defeated the Red Dragon!
Send us your Soul farming tips!
Soul Farming very early: For this to work you need a bow (which can be purchased from the merchant in the Undead Burg) and arrows. When you reach the point where you are underneath the bridge where the red dragon is resting you will be able to see its tail sticking out just over the right side. If you shoot the base of the tail, the dragon will do a swoop over the bridge and spray fire which will kill all those on top, which includes the skeletons, while you stay safe below. You will be awarded the souls for their deaths which amount to 300. If you jump off of the side of the underpass, climb back up the ladder from where you respawn below, and grab your souls… this process can be repeated indefinitely! It sounds like a long task but 300 souls can be earned in around 30 seconds each time. You MUST jump off of the side or die in some fashion before shooting the dragon again before it will repeat its flaming attack on the bridge again.
Soul Farming near Taurus Demon: A minor tip, after beating the Taurus Demon (I know, first you have to beat him) you’ll find yourself looking at the Hellkite dragon across the span of a bridge. Run along the left side of the bridge, avoiding the arrows of the Crossbow wielding Undead, and try and make it to the far left corner of small walled area. Standing here you can avoid the fire breath of the dragon, while the enemies on the bridge will die, netting you some souls. 300, to be precise. Make your way across to the stairwell parallel to your position, descend and move across to the stairwell directly under your previous position. Here you can kick down a ladder which allows you to access the last bonfire.
Rest, proceed back up the ladder, and slowly walk over to the stairwell that led down from the surface of the bridge. If you step on the purplish stone of the bridge (just past the railing of the stairwell) the dragon will descend upon the bridge and use his fire breath, making crispy treats of all the Undead, and giving you, again, 300 souls. Just be sure to roll back down the stairwell, so. . . you know. . . you don’t catch on fire. This is a great way very early on to grab some souls to grab the Heal miracle, and level up for something like the Drake Sword.
How to Get the Drake Sword
At 200 attack strength, the Drake Sword is the best weapon you can get early in the game.
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