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Dark Souls 2 Guide: Explore the Black Gulch and Defeat the Rotten

Our complete Dark Souls 2 guide features detailed area walkthroughs, the location of weapons, armor and items, and strategies on how to beat all the enemies and bosses.

Guide by USgamer Team, .

From Dranglae’s tough environments to its brutal boss fights, everything in Dark Souls 2 seems to be designed to kick your ass. But never fear! If you need help, you can find it in our complete walkthrough of the game. Our guide also contains the location of all weapons, armor and augments, and explains which enemies you need to fight - and how - as well as which ones you can avoid. And of course we have full details on those all-important boss strategies.

Dark Souls 2: Things Betwixt and Majula

The guide kicks of with with Things Betwixt, where you create your character and head to Majula to begin your adventure. Key items include the Estus Flask, and of course joining the Company of Champions is something you might want to do as you head towards the Forest of Fallen Giants.

Dark Souls 2: Forest of Fallen Giants, Kill the Last Giant

Now the journey begins to get a little more treacherous. As you work your way through to the Last Giant, there are plenty of items you don't want to miss. The crossbow is a must for ranged attacks, and the different melee weapons available will help you figure out which kind of fighting style best suits you. This section ends with a showdown with the Last Giant - who you can defeat using our strategies.

Dark Souls 2: Heide's Tower of Flame, Beat the Dragonrider

If you think that Dark Souls 2 has been going a little easy on you so far, you're about to regret thinking that. As you enter Heide's Tower of Flame, enemies start getting considerably more challenging to beat. But that's why you're here, right? And if you do need help, this section of our guide will take you through the tough spots, and all the way through to the epic Dragonrider battle. And we have the information you need to make sure he doesn't smash your face in.

Dark Souls 2: No-Man's Wharf, Summon the Ship, Beat the Flexile Sentry

Now it's time to move on to No-Man's Wharf, where you can Summon the Ship and then board it. Not without a fight, of course. Your goal here is to work your way to the Flexile Sentry for a showdown. He's a challenging boss, but we break down his attack patterns and tell you when's the best time to attack - and where to stand to avoid his deadly moves.

Dark Souls 2: The Lost Bastille, How to Beat the Three Sentinels - Alessia, Yahim, Ricce

Up next is a treacherous trek through the The Lost Bastille so that you can face off against the Three Ruin Sentinels in an epic showdown. This is one seriously tricky battle, but we have an exhaustive strategy that'll help you take down Alessia, Yahim, and Ricce, so you can move on to Sinner's Rise.

Dark Souls 2: Sinner's Rise, Beat The Lost Sinner

Sinner's Rise is the next step of your Dark Souls 2 journey, starting with a search for the Fragment Branch of Yore. The main boss of this area is The Lost Sinner, but even when he's defeated, there's still plenty to do before you can to gain access to Belfry Luna.

Dark Souls 2: Enter Belfry Luna, Defeat the Bell Keepers and the Belfry Gargoyles

Gear up! It's time to hit Belfry Luna so you can thwart the Bell Keeper invasion. We explain how to ring the bell, and then confront and take down the Belfry Gargoyles.

Dark Souls 2: Huntsman's Copse, and the Journey to the Undead Purgatory

The Huntsman's Copse awaits! It's dangerous territory that's packed with some fearsome foes. But it's also where you can find some excellent items.

Dark Souls 2: How to Beat the Executioner's Chariot in the Undead Purgatory

It's time to finish off your jaunt into the Undead Purgatory by acquiring yourself a few tasty items, then taking on the ghostly chariot of the Executioner.

Dark Souls 2: Enter the Gutter and Find a Fragrant Branch of Yore

Your journey now takes you towards the Black Gulch and a confrontation with The Rotten, but first you'll need another Fragrant Branch of Yore.

Dark Souls 2: Explore the Black Gulch and Defeat the Rotten

There's treasure in that there gulch... but there's also a fearsome foe waiting to tear your face off. We tell you how to beat The Rotten once and for all.

Dark Souls 2: The Grave of Saints, the Rodents of Unusual Size and the Royal Rat Vanguard

Our journey through Dark Souls 2 continues with a journey through this rat-infested area. We teach you how to take on the Royal Rat Vanguard and come out mostly unscathed.

Dark Souls 2: Through the Shaded Woods to the Scorpioness Najka

The Shaded Woods is full of many fog-shrouded paths. Follow our guide through the mist to take on the Scorpioness Najka and claim her treasures.

Dark Souls 2: The Doors of Pharros and How to Defeat the Royal Rat Authority

We tell you how to use the Pharros' Lockstones you've been collecting, and how to fell your next opponent: the Royal Rat Authority.

Dark Souls 2: Brightstone Cove Tseldora -Prowling Magus and the Congregation

Face off against the spiders and prepare to take on Prowling Magus and his Congregation as you delve into Brighstone Cove Tseldora.

Dark Souls 2: Brightstone Cove Tseldora - The Duke's Dear Freja

Continue your battle through Brightstone Cove Tseldora with our guide, which will help you overcome The Duke's Dear Freja. But first, spiders! Lots of spiders!

Dark Souls 2: Return to Huntsman's Copse and the Battle Against the Skeleton Lords

Now it’s time to make a return to Huntsman's Copse and take down the Skeleton Lords on your way to Harvest Valley.

Dark Souls 2: Head Through Harvest Valley to Earthen Peak and the Iron Keep

Your course is set for its final destination, and the endgame is near. Follow our guide to make it safely through Harvest Valley.

Dark Souls 2: Earthen Peak - Defeat the Covetous Demon and Head for the Iron Keep

There's just one more Great Soul to obtain and one more primal bonfire to light, and then you'll be ready for the grand finale. Praise the Sun!

Dark Souls 2: Proceed Through Earthen Peak Towards Mytha, the Baneful Queen

Our adventure through the lands of Dark Souls continues as we guide you through the Earthen Peak towards your next confrontation.

Dark Souls 2: How to Beat Mytha, the Baneful Queen

Our journey through Dark Souls 2 continues with another formidable obstacle in our path, this time in the form of Mytha, the Baneful Queen. Follow our guide to take her down.

Dark Souls 2: How to Defeat the Dragonriders and Enter King's Passage

This pair of troublesome foes blocks your passage further in Drangleic Castle. Follow our guide to take them down and proceed on your way.

Dark Souls 2: Enter Iron Keep and Defeat the Smelter Demon

The Smelter Demon guards the last Great Soul and stands in the way of our journey to Dark Souls 2's endgame. Follow our guide to best this fearsome foe.

Dark Souls 2: Continue Through the Iron Keep and Defeat the Old Iron King

Are you ready for your next challenge, adventurer? Prepare to take on the Old Iron King, but don't worry - we've got your back!

Dark Souls 2: Entering Drangleic Castle and Heading for the Dragonriders

Track down everything you need to enter the King's Doors as we guide you towards Dark Souls 2's final confrontation.

Dark Souls 2: How to Defeat the Looking Glass Knight in the King's Passage

You'll need the King's Ring to open the King's Doors, but before you can get there you need to make it through the King's Passage.

Dark Souls 2: Explore the Shrine of Amana and Defeat the Demon of Song

One final destination - and one fearsome opponent - stands between you and the Undead Crypt. It's here where you can finally obtain the King's Ring.

Dark Souls 2: Enter Aldia's Keep and Defeat the Guardian Dragon

The end is close in sight as you track down the Guardian Dragon and make your way into Dragon Aerie to confront the Guardian.

Dark Souls 2: Defeat Velstadt, the Royal Aegis and Claim the King's Ring

It's time to battle Velstadt, the Royal Aegis and claim the King's Ring for your own - which will help you open the path to the grand finale.

Dark Souls 2: Pass Through the Dragon Aerie to Reach the Dragon Shrine

Traverse the dangers of Dragon Aerie so you can reach your true destination and the final confrontation.

Dark Souls 2: Obtain the Souls of Giants from Memory of Jeigh, Memory of Orro and Memory of Vammar

Make your way through the Forest of Giants to obtain the souls you need to open the way to the final battle. We show you where to go and what to do.

Dark Souls 2: The Throne of Want, and How to Defeat the Final Bosses

Your journey is at its end, but can you take down your final opponents? Dark Souls 2's finale awaits you, adventurer, and we're here to help.

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  • Avatar for bardia #1 bardia 4 years ago
    thanX for Guide ITS AMAZING just like the game itself
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  • Avatar for darthVador #2 darthVador 4 years ago
    Dido what bardia said, thank you so much for this great walkthrough! Wish I had found it before reaching level 100, but things are getting tougher for me so im looking forward too saved souls, of mine ofcourse.
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  • Avatar for IPA #3 IPA 4 years ago
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