Head to the far right corner to find a Radiant Lifegem on the left, then head back around to the other side to light the next bonfire. Go up the stairs outside the bonfire room, then down the hall and through the doorway on the left. Continue down the next hallway, taking down the zombie in the way and make your way through the left doorway.
Target the sorcerers in the next room, then focus on the lesser enemies. The magic projectiles from the sorcerers can make fighting the other enemies more difficult than it has to be, so dispatch them first. Head into the next room and up the stairs. Speak to the Fenito at the end of the path and browse his shop should you need anything.
Continue down the next hallway and up the stairs at the end. Take out the guard that attacks, then head down the path to the left to engage another guard. Make your way to the end of the path and through the mist door at the top of the stairs ahead. Take down the enemies inside, destroying the stones to ensure you find all of the enemies. Pick up the Simpleton's Spice and two Black Firebombs in the corner, then light the bonfire in the adjacent room.
Head into the next room to take down more stones and enemies, with a Bracing Knuckle Ring +2 in the corner, and the Soul of a Lost Undead beneath the stairs. Collect the items and go up the stairs and through the doorway to find a Divine Blessing and the Soul of a Hero in the next room.
A Nameless Usurper will invade and attack from the next hallway. Continue down the hallway and through the crypt. Take down the ghosts inside the various tombs, then attack the "wall" ahead, which is actually two enemies holding two shields each. Be careful as you engage them, as there isn't much room to fight in the narrow hallway. Back up into the previous room if you need more space to fight using larger weapons.
Move into the next room and drop down the hole into the room below to find more stones, sorcerers and zombie-like enemies. Take them down carefully or else they will gang up and make it extremely difficult to defeat them while avoiding attacks from multiple sorcerers. Near the middle of the room is a Radiant Lifegem and Homeward Bone. Pick up the items, then head down the hallway on the far right to find another sorcerer and the Large Soul of a Proud Knight and Dragon Charm at the end.
Head back into the main room and continue down the hallway at the end of the room, then up the stairs to the left. Pull the lever at the top of the stairs, then go back down the stairs and into the doorway directly ahead. Continue down the next small set of stairs, then down the hallway to engage the seven enemies at the end. Advance cautiously to engage them in small groups instead of all together. Take out all of the enemies, then head through the mist door to engage Velstadt, the Royal Aegis.
Boss Battle: Velstadt, the Royal Aegis
Velstadt, the Royal Aegis is one of the slower bosses in Dark Souls II. If you have a shield that absorbs 100 per cent damage and a decent amount of stamina, there isn't much to this battle. If not, be prepared for a lot of dodging!
The biggest weakness Velstadt, the Royal Aegis has is that all of his attacks have a great deal of recovery. Most of them are even slow to execute as well. Make sure you're as agile as possible during this fight, even stripping down to lighter armor if you have to. If you stay close to Velstadt, he generally uses a single attack or a two-hit combo attack. All of these attacks are relatively slow, only drain about 40 per cent of your stamina if you block (and have decent stamina), and, once blocked or evaded, you can hit Velstadt at least three times before he recovers.
If you stand a little bit away from Velstadt, he uses a moderately quick, but linear lunging attack. This is a single hit attack and can be blocked or evaded. If it's blocked it drains a bit more stamina than his other attacks, but you'll still have enough stamina to counter with at least one or two attacks.
When Velstadt kneels and summons a dark power, go to town on him. The summoning circle does not inflict damage, and the dark aura doesn't impact the fight if you follow the previous tactics. While he's down on one knee, you can drain a good 20 per cent of his health with a full stamina bar. Just be careful when you attack as his attacks have some delay and he may not be done with his current combo. As previously mentioned, most of his attack combos consist of one or two swings, so be ready.
After defeating Velstadt, head down the stairs and into the next room. Ignore the giant while you pick up the King's Ring near the edge of the battlefield. Head back up the stairs, and speak with the woman at the top. Now that you have the King's Ring, you can enter the doors that asked for proof of the king. Your next destination is the Forest of Fallen Giants.
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