After besting the Smelter Demon, head through the opening and up the stairs to the bonfire. Light the bonfire, then head down the hall to take out the next enemy. Head back towards the bonfire and through the doorway to the left, then go across the bridge. Engage the enemy at the halfway point, then continue across. Jump over the gap, then take out the enemy just beyond. Be careful fighting in the narrow hallway as some of your attacks may be deflected by the walls, particularly if you're using a large weapon.
Take down the archer in the next room, then pull the lever and head up the stairs. Get on the platform and make your way down the path to the next archer on the platform ahead. Take them down, then do the same to the next archer on the remaining platform. Drop down to the path below and defeat yet another archer, then head to the left to find the Large Soul of a Proud Knight and a Radiant Lifegem.
Continue up the stairs and across the next set of platforms to the left. Wait for the flame trap to die down, then move on to the platform ahead with the ladder. Climb up the ladder and attack the coffer on the right to find a Lightning Winged Spear and Dark Armor. Head up the stairs and down the path to the right to find a chest at the end. Open it to obtain 10 Destructive Greatarrows.
Go up the ladder to the right of the chest, ignore the Pharros' Lockstone face, then through the doorway and up the stairs. Take down the three archers in the next area, then pick up the item in the corner to obtain a Simpleton's Spice. Open the coffer in the adjacent corner to find a Black Knight Greataxe.
Drop down to the platform below, then continue down to the bottom of the area, using the platforms like steps. On the third platform down, pick up the item to obtain a Cracked Red Eye Orb and a Torch. When you reach the fifth platform down, there's an item next to the cauldron below. Carefully drop down onto the edge of the cauldron, then pick up the item to obtain a Covetous Gold Serpent Ring. Be careful not to fall into the cauldron!
Defeat the enemy at the right end of the platform, then drop down near the doorway below. Do not enter the mist door yet. Instead, head down the stairs to the left, and into the next doorway. Continue down the hall, take out the enemy ahead, again being careful of fighting in the narrow hallway, then pull the lever at the end to remove the object blocking your path.
Take out the next enemy in the corner, then watch out for the flame trap ahead as you enter the next room. Make your way to the stairs on the far side of the room and take out the next enemy. Head down to the bottom, then take the stairs and follow the path across the lava to the mist door to battle against the Old Iron King.
Boss Battle: Old Iron King
As with most of the recent boss battles, this fight is fairly easy compared to some of the previous engagements. The Old Iron King uses a very limited set of attacks. It almost always attacks twice, so be prepared to dodge two attacks before you attempt to counter.
Its combo attacks consist of a vertical fist slam and a horizontal swiping attack. It uses these two attacks in random order, so you might see two vertical attacks, two horizontal attacks, or one of each. Dodge to the left or right to avoid both types of attacks. When the second attack is a vertical fist slam, move in to attack the fist as quickly as possible. It remains on the ground long enough to hit it three or more times depending on the speed of your weapon.
If the King lights its fist on fire before using a vertical attack, this usually means there will only be one attack instead of two. However, in addition to dodging the attack, you must wait until the flames go out before you move in for a counter. In addition, if the boss leans back, this indicates a horizontal fire attack is coming. Wait near the middle and move to the right as soon as the attack begins to ensure you avoid all of it.
As long as you time your dodges well, you won't take much damage during this battle. With a decent weapon the Old Iron King takes a good amount of damage with each attack, meaning this fight won't last very long.
Once the boss is down, head through the doorway and into the structure to find a coffer that holds Sublime Bone Dust. Continue down the stairs to find a primal bonfire. Light it and you should now have four Great Souls, and activated four primal bonfires, allowing you to reach Drangleic Castle in the Shaded Woods.
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