Darkroot Garden

Quick Reference

Bosses NPCs Notable Loot Enemies
Moonlight Butterfly
Sif, the Great Grey Wolf
Alvina (Head of the Forest Hunter covenant)
Shiva of the East (Forest Hunters only)
Large Soul of a Nameless Soldier
Elite Knight Armor Set
Partizan
Wolf Ring
Eastern Armor
Stone Set
Watchtower Basement Key
Divine Ember
Enchanted Ember
Demonic Foliage
Tree Lizard
Giant Stone Knight
Possessed Tree
Frog-Ray
Great Feline
Mushroom Parent
Mushroom Child
Clan of Forest Protectors

Description

Darkroot Garden, the other side of the room containing the Prowling Demon next to Andre of Astora.

Connections

General Notes

  • The bonfire is located next to the crest locked door (hidden behind an illusory wall)
  • To the right of the crest-locked door is a path. If you go down that path, you'll see a body with an item on it. Be careful, picking up this item will cause three Demonic Foliages to spawn and ambush you. The loot in the middle of this ambush is a Large Soul of a Nameless Soldier. After you set off the ambush, the Demonic Foliage here will always respawn standing instead of dormant.
  • Immediately upon entering the large open area, right after the previously mentioned ambush by 3 Demonic Foliages, veer to the right. After following the wall about 15-20 feet, there will be a large tree against the wall. You can damage this "living" tree to access a secret area with a Wolf Ring at the end of it. Be careful, there are 2 Giant Stone Knights you must fight or run past to get the ring. There are also 4 Frog Rays that will ambush you, when you approach the cliff in the large area before the stairs to the ring, they guard a Soul of a Proud Knight.
  • If you hug the left wall instead, upon entering the area before the tower that leeds to the boss fight, you will eventually find a hard to see opening that leads to a pillageable body, containing a Partizan. Once you approach it, a Demonic Foliage will spawn behind you.
  • If you have the Crest of Artorias, this place is one of the best mid-to-late soul farming place by killing the Clan of Forest Protectors. Check the Soul Farming page for more details.

Walkthrough

The Darkroot Garden is one of many interconnected areas in Dark Souls. There are many ways to go through it to get to its neighboring areas. This walkthrough will be starting from the bonfire near Andre of Astora

  • Tip - Avoid the Giant Stone Knights, they cast Tranquil Walk of Peace, a nasty AoE slow spell which lasts 30s and can easily lead to an early death. If you want to engage them, keeping your shield up and trying to get hits in on their back after they attacked is possibly the safest strategy against them. They can be an easy enemy if you step behind them while they stand up - in most cases this will cause them to instantly cast Tranquil Walk of Peace which gives you enough time to get some hits in their back -> easy souls (600 each).
  • Tip - About Demonic Foliages: These guys don't hit too hard, but they hit quickly. Watch out for when they throw their arms back, as if they catch you with the following grab, it can be a one hit kill early on. One at a time they aren't too difficult, but they can be very challenging in large groups. Block the whip attacks and finish them.

Darkroot Garden Map

  1. Starting from the bonfire, head down the stairs, and past Andrei. Head down the next set of stairs, into a large chamber with a Prowling Demon. You may try and fight this Demon a few times, but if you're not ready yet, go ahead and run as quickly as possible to his left. He turns slowly, and should not be able to track you quickly enough to harm you. Exit out the bottom of the room to enter the Darkroot Garden proper. Take note of the glowing flower, as you will encounter many others like it along the way, usually indicating the general paths you can take. The forest, particularly past the sealed door, is a difficult area to navigate, and as such you should be careful on your way.
  2. Head to your left and walk down the path to encounter your first Demonic Foliage. Head down the path towards the next bit of light. On your right will be a fork, leading down the cliff face to Darkroot Basin. You may proceed this way if you choose. (This route through to the Basin will allow you to gain access to the area behind the Crest locked glowing door, thus saving you 20,000 souls. However you will need to defeat the Hydra to do so)
  3. Continuing from the fork, head forward slowly, ahead of you is another Demonic Foliage on the edge of a cliff. You can block him and force him over the ledge, but watch out for its grab. Head forward around the corner, and you'll come upon a clearing up ahead. There's another obvious Demonic Foliage in the distance, but look closely, and you'll see another one resting in the group on the right. Proceed forward slowly, and you won't trigger him until you're ready. Once these two are out of the way, look around and take note of the loot on the ledge across the chasm, and another piece behind a rock in this area. Head forward down the path towards the large glowing door. If you purchased the Crest of Artorias from Andre of Astora, you can open it, but the enemies beyond are fairly high level (the Clan of Forest Protectors). Explore the wall to the left of this door, and you'll find a hidden bonfire behind it. Light the bonfire and rest here. If you wish to Kindle it, do so, as you will be revisiting this location frequently in the future for multiple bosses and possibly soul farming.
  4. Head down the path to the right of the locked door. As you head down, there will be a small cave on your right. This is a trap, with 3 Demonic Foliages laying in ambush around a Soul. While it may be tempting, the annoyance these 3 monster will become is not worth it at all. Leave the soul and continue down the path. The next area introduces another new foe, the Giant Stone Knight. These Knights are slow but powerful, and have a spell that will slow your movement to a crawl. At the bottom of the path, you will have a clearing in front you. There are 5-6 Giant Stone Knight laying in wait here, all but two of whom you should be able to easily challenge one at a time. Here's what's interesting in this area, to go straight to the boss, skip to 7.
  5. On the far right, you will notice a glow from a corpse. There is a complete set of Elite Knight Set resting behind Two Giant Stone Knights and 4 Demonic Foliages. You can draw them out, but you'll have to handle at least 2 of the Demonic Foliages as well. From the path if you follow along the left wall, you'll see a path leading to some loot. Walk down it slowly, and turn to find a Demonic Foliage has popped up behind you. Once he's done, turn back to the path and you'll see the loot resting at the foot of a not-so-peaceful tree. Lash out and kill the snake lizard on the trunk and collect the Partizan.
  6. Starting again from the bottom of the path, look to your immediate right to see a tree… breathing. Behind the "tree" is also another creature. Strike out and kill the tree and the creature behind it, opening up another detour. Head down the path here to encounter 1-2 more Stone soldiers and if you move closer to the cliff, several Frog Rays will jump on you. After defeating those enemies collect a soul that is on the left side of the cliff. Then go find a large set of stairs near the Stone soldiers. Dash up the stairs and you'll be able to collect the loot, a Wolf Ring, you observed from across the chasm earlier. Once you've done this head back to the main path, and we'll head towards the boss.
  7. From the main path, follow the glowing flowers along the left of the area, being careful to keep your distance from the Giant Stone Knights littering the forest on your right. You should see some crumbling ruins, and a doorway behind one of the soldiers. Dash past the soldiers and head into this tower, climbing the flights of stairs to race the fog gate. If you run, you can reach this gate without fighting any of the soldiers along the way. Enter to fight the Moonlight Butterfly.
  8. After you've finished off the Moonlight Butterfly, head across the top of the wall here and climb the stairs in the tower. There are no enemies to speak of, but at the top you will find Divine Ember along with the Watchtower Basement Key, and a sadly deceased Blacksmith. Once you've collected this, you can proceed to whichever area you like. You can revisit Undead Burg to explore the lower levels, head to the Darkroot Basin, The Catacombs, New Londo Ruins, etc.

Darkroot Garden via the Basin

  1. From the lake go towards the waterfall, which partly obscures a ladder. Climb up the ladder and cross the wooden bridge at the top. Walk towards the base of a stone bridge, collect some notable loot there and ascend another ladder to enter Darkroot Garden. To your left is a stone bridge, to your right is a small path which your should proceed.
  2. At the end of the path there is a number of demonic foliage which can be dispatched with fire. Continue this path skirting the cliff face to your left you should encounter more demonic foliages. These are somewhat more powerful then ones met earlier on in the Garden. They guard the Eastern Armour Set, and from the distance it can be seen the Undead Burg. More demonic foliages await.
  3. Finally you should come upon the area where the NPCs reside. After dispatching them enter the small building which the Bandit NPC was guarding. In this building there is Alvina the head of the Forest Hunter covenant. You can join this covenant if you want. If you do join this covenant, Shiva of the East and his guard will appear. He will sell you weapons the next time you meet him (as long as you are member of the covenant). Since you are already there you should look for the Stone Set that is behind the ruins past the small stone bridge.
  4. If you wander through the forest you should chance upon the Mushroom Childs. You can follow them to a small lake containing a chest with the Enchanted Ember, guarded by two large Mushroom Parents. These larger kind have a right hook that will wipe away your stamina and their follow through left jab is no joke either. However like most things in the Garden they are susceptible to fire.
  5. In the distance there are two lights, the one on the left would take to yet another stone bridge and the boss fight with the Grey Wolf Sif. The light on the right leads to a small glen, beyond which you should find three Great Felines. They have a powerful roll attack, but they can be lured towards the glen. The most effective way to combat these enemies is hiding behind the tress and lure them. That way you cannot be hit by their rolls and you can hit them safely. Another way is using poison arrows. It takes 3 arrows to set off the poison effect, then it is a matter of waiting out until they die. Continuing on through this area brings you back to the small stone bridge next to the ladder that would take you back to the Basin.
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