The following is a checklist and set of information I use when playing Dark Souls 2 to make sure I don"t miss an item, conversation or boss. I hope you find it useful. A big thanks goes out to the community of contributors on the Dark Souls 2 Wiki where some of this information is borrowed from. If this is your first time visiting this page please check out the Help section.

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Playthrough Checklist

Things Betwixt (Level 1)

Enter the house and choose your name, class, starting gift and appearance Return to the bonfire and continue to the tutorial section Drop down to the main area and go through the third fog gate Push down the tree, cross it, go outside and push down the second tree shortcut Optionally sleep in the coffin to change the sex of your character

Majula (Levels 1-10)

Examine the plaque beside him to see how many deaths there have been Enter the house to the right of the pit, talk to Sweet Shalquoir and buy anything you need from her Head to the house on the other side of the pit, talk to Maughlin The Armorer and buy any shields or armor you need from him If you spend 1,000 souls with him he will sell If you spend 16,000 souls with him he will sell He will will also sell boss armor later when you kill certain bosses

Forest of Fallen Giants (Levels 10-20)

Open the door and rest at the bonfire Talk to Merchant Hag Melentia and buy useful stuff from her Go upstairs and hit the door a few times to break it Go back to Majula, upgrade your Estus Flask, open the door for Blacksmith Lenigrast, rest at the bonfire and buy anything you need from him Go through the door, kill the two hollows guarding the fog gate, go through it and open the shortcut door on the left back to the bonfire Go back inside, head down the elevator and kill the Last Giant boss If you didn"t kill him earlier, go through the fog gate and kill the Pursuer boss There are no NPCs to summon for this fight You can use the ballistas to quickly dispatch him. Be careful not to kill any players you summon At this point we"re going to do a quick bit of this level to get some good upgrade items and a useful bonfire Open the door, go up the ladder and along the walkway to the left, roll through the barrels and open the door Nudge the barrel so it rolls down and blows open a hole in the wall, go down and light the bonfire Go inside the next building and light the bonfire

Heide"s Tower Of Flame (Levels 30-40)

Go through the fog gate and kill the Dragonrider boss Make sure you hit both switches before the fight so you don"t have to worry about falling off Go up the stairs, light the bonfire and anything you need from Licia Of Lindeldt If you have at least 8 Faith and 8 Intelligence talk to Felkin the Outcast and buy useful stuff from him Go through the fog gate and kill the Old Dragonslayer boss There are no NPCs to summon for this fight If you have a Token of Fidelity, talk to Blue Sentinel Targray to learn the Duel Bow gesture and buy anything you need from him Go out the hole in the wall and the lower level and follow the path to the bonfire

No-Man"s Wharf (Levels 35-45)

Talk to Lonesome Gavlan and buy useful stuff from him Sell any items you won"t need to him to get some more souls Go back outside, go upstairs in the next house, and continue outside to ring the bell to call the ship If you have at least 8 Intelligence, go right along the walkway, talk to Carhillion Of The Fold and buy anything you need from him Head to the ship, go downstairs, through the fog gate and kill the Flexile Sentry boss This is the first of at least three boss fights you need to summon her for and have her survive to complete her quest Go in to the cave, up in the elevator, quickly run over the elevator switch and out of the cage, and jump on top of it as it goes down

The Pit / Grave Of Saints (Levels 45-55)

Head back towards the ladder and light the bonfire past it on the right Go through the fog gate and kill the Royal Rat Vanguard boss There are no NPCs to summon for this fight After killing 10 of the normal rats the boss will show up. He"s the one with the mohawk hair style Go talk to The Rat King and buy anything you need from him Head out the tunnel, watching out for the poison statues, drop down on the first roof, watch for the collapsing floor, then drop down to the bonfire

The Lost Bastille / Belfry Luna (Levels 55-65)

Climb down, back outside and up the first ladder again Go downstairs, in to the alcove beside the cage, open the secret door in front of you, then open the second secret door on the left Go back up the stairs, cross the stone rubble on the right, open the door and deal with the ambush Go through the fog gate and kill the Ruin Sentinels boss Pull the lever to ring the bell and go back down the ladder Go through the fog gate and kill the Belfry Gargoyles boss There are no NPCs to summon for this fight

Huntsman"s Copse / Undead Purgatory (Levels 55-65)

Keep moving ahead towards the building, stay on the ledge when you get inside and deal with the door ambush at the end Continue on and open the next hidden door to return to the main building Go back up the hill and in to the next hut, watching for the ambush from above, and pull the lever to lower the bridge Head across the bridge, go over the smaller bridge, and continue along the ledge until you get to a path leading up to the left Walk or drop back down and continue until you get to a hut with two enemies in it Go out the other tunnel, cross the small wooden bridge and continue along the ledge to the right Go through the fog gate and kill the Skeleton Lords boss There are no NPCs to summon for this fight As you kill each Lord, several enemies will spawn after several seconds Go out the new passageway, lower the bridge, continue on and light the bonfire in the cave, remembering about the poison at the entrance Leave the cave, talk to Stone Trader Chloanne and buy useful stuff from her Go back across the large bridge, drop down to the left and cross the smaller stone bridge Make your way forward, watching out for the four enemies that will drop down and try to ambush you Cross the bridge, watching out for the gaps, and kill red phantom that blocks the way Go through the fog gate and kill the Executioner"s Chariot boss There are no NPCs to summon for this fight If you have a Token of Spite, talk to Titchy Gren if you want to join the brotherhood of blood covenant and be able to buy stuff from him

Harvest Valley (Levels 60-70)

Go back down, up the second ladder, pull the lever to open the gate, go through and to the right to light the bonfire Go across the bridge, up the steps and turn left before entering the building, and continue forward through the tunnels Take a moment to gaze at the sun! Jump across to the ledge of the cage room and go down the passageway, watching out for the arrow trap that fires from behind you Go down the steps in to the poison, go straight down the passageway, turn right in to the room and clear it out Go through the fog gate and kill the Covetous Demon boss There are no NPCs to summon for this fight If you want some boss soul weapons then you need to go and free Straid Of Olaphis Go up the steps, across the wooden bridge, up the spiral staircase in the tower and through the barrel room Go in to the room with the big pots, and keep going up the stairs until you get to him Don"t forget to light the bonfire to make it easy to get back here Learn the Mock gesture from him and buy anything you need Trade in your boss souls for any weapons or spells that you want If you want to reinforce your Pyromancy Flame or buy some more Pryomancies then you need to go and free Rosabeth Of Melfia Do not use the switch yet because it will trigger an ambush Talk to her to get a Prism Stone and buy anything you need from her

Earthen Peak (Levels 65-75)

Head back the way you came and up the ladder, go through the fog gate, light the bonfire and then light your torch Burn the windmill to drain poison from some keys areas in this level Talk to him to learn the Prostration gesture and buy stuff from him Jump across to the next walkway where you opened the chest earlier, and make your way back to the bonfire Go up the stairs, passed the arrow trap, and take the ladder up to the next level, turning left at the top Go along the ledge in the other direction, open the hidden door and light the hidden bonfire Go through the fog gate and kill the Mytha The Baneful Queen boss Make sure you set fire to the windmill earlier or this fight will be multiple times harder If you still need the ladders to get down the pit go talk to Laddersmith Gilligan The small ladder costs 500 souls The medium ladder costs 3,500 souls The long ladder costs 12,000 souls Inside turn right, go talk to Magerold of Lanafir and buy anything you need from him Drop down, pull the second lever, drop to the steps and go up to turn off the fire in the furnace At this point we"ve got what we"ve came for, so make your way back to the bonfire Talk to him and buy anything you need He can also infuse your weapons and shields if you have the required stones

The Gutter (Levels 65-75)

There are a few things to note while making your way through this area It is much easier if you carry a torch at all times, and light all the sconces for better visibility and to know where you"ve been The steps below assume you don"t fall through a collapsible floor unless stated There are multiple branching paths in this area, so it"s easy to get lost or turned around. Stay calm, there"s always a way back Cross the next bridge, go up the ramp and drop down to the dirt area below Drop off the edge farthest from where you came from and towards the wooden structure Go back across the first bridge, drop down through the collapsing floor, taking care of the ambush when you drop Go up the ladder and use the zip line to return to the main area Drop down in to the room below and drop down once more to return to the start of the first rope bridge Cross the bridge, go to the next structure and climb the ladder to the start of the second rope bridge Go through the fog gate, wacthing out for the holes in the floor, smash the wooden wall and light the bonfire Go back throgh the wall you smashed and down the ladder in the far left corner of the room

Black Gulch (Levels 65-75)

As with The Gutter there are a couple things to note while making your way through this area Drop off to a smaller ledge, and then once more to the ledge leading in to a large cave Go in to the cave, hug the right wall and go in to the second smaller cave, Drop down and use the cage elevator again to get back to the bonfire Go to the fog gate and kill The Rotten boss This is the second of at least three boss fights you need to summon her for and have her survive to complete her quest You can chop off his right arm so that he can no longer use his cleaver, making the fight easier from that point on

Iron Keep / Belfry Sol (Levels 80-90)

Make your way to the fog gate and kill Smelter Demon boss This is the third of at least three boss fights you need to summon her for and have her survive to complete her quest Make the one way drop down to the bonfire and light it Go out on to the ledge and open the hidden door to the right before you drop down Avoiding the fire, go to the corner of the room, up the two ladders, use the switch to turn off the fire and then light the bonfire Head in to the fog gate and kill the Old Iron King boss There are no NPCs to summon for this fight Stone Trader Chloanne will now sell more items

Shaded Woods (Levels 80-90)

Drop down and pull the switch beside the door you came in to open both doors and let you continue Drop down and keep following the wall, ignoring the first hill going up to the right shortly after the chest Talk to the Head Of Vengarl, learn the Decapitate gesture and buy anything you need from him The other items are in the middle of the mist and it"s hard to describe where to find them Go back to the hill beside the chest on the ramp that you ignored earlier, go up it and in to the building, and light the bonfire Cross the branch back to the bonfire, and jump out the window to the left down on to a ledge Jump out the window and across to the ledge and return back to the bonfire Drop down and head up the slope, avoiding all the pools of corrosive acid that will destroy gear Go back down the slope, drop out the hole and cross the branch back to the bonfire Go back to the towers, go between them and up the hill to the fog gate Head in to the fog gate and kill the Scorpioness Najka boss You can chop off her stingers when she embeds them in the ground but she will start using homing soulmass more often Go in to the cave and light the bonfire

Doors Of Pharos (Levels 80-90)

Talk to Lonesome Gavlan and buy or sell or anything you need to. He now sells more items Return to the bonfire and go out the other door this time Head in to the fog gate and kill the Royal Rat Authority boss There are no NPCs to summon for this fight Kill the four small rats as quickly as possible and stay under his legs Go in to the most lit up tent and light the bonfire

Brightstone Cove Tseldora (Levels 90-100)

Go through the fog gate and kill the Prowling Magus & Congregation boss This is the first of at least three boss fights you need to summon him for and have him survive to complete his quest Use the benches for cover and get a chance to heal Leave the building and go up the ladder in the alcove to the left as you go out the door Talk to Cromwell The Pardoner to have your sins pardoned and buy anything you need from him Go down the ladder, through the hole in the wall and follow the ledge around to the left to light the bonfire Go back out the other way and take the second zip line down to the lower ledge Go down the ladder, open the door and light the bonfire Talk to Weaponsmith Ornifex and buy anything you need from her She will also trade for boss soul weapons and shields, and upgrade your weapons and armor Use the bonfire to get back up to the chapel bonfire again Head outside again, go to the door on the other side and hit it with range attacks until the sand comes flooding out Head through the archway, being ready for the pickaxe wielding red phantom that will attack you Go across the walkway, taking out the two enemies waiting to ambush you above the door, open the door and kill all the spiders Go up the ladder and start making your way down the maze of webs Go through the fog gate and kill The Duke"s Dear Freja boss Take out the small spiders as quickly as possible to avoid distractions Once you have defeated her, examine the red light that appears to embrace the great soul Merchant Hag Melentia will now sell You can now unlock the door on the right but be ready for the spider ambush when you open the second door Go in to the mist, hug the left wall, and go up the hill until you get back to the Head Of Vengarl, who will now sell more items Go downstairs, though the gate and head towards the fog gate, watching out the for the snipers above it Go inside the building, out to the right, climb up the ladder and light the bonfire

Sinner"s Rise / Shrine Of Winter (Levels 95-105)

As you came down the stairs in to the water, there is a hidden wall to the right leading outside Go through the fog gate and kill Lost Sinner boss This is the fourth of at least three boss fights you need to summon her for and have her survive to complete her quest Make sure to light both oil pools to light up the arena and make targeting easier

Drangleic Castle / King"s Passage (Levels 95-105)

Go in to the castle, ignoring the stairs in front of you for the moment and go through the door on the right Head back inside and talk to Chancellor Wellager, learn the This One"s Me gesture and buy anything you need from him Take a quick look in the throne room at the top of the steps, which will be empty for now Go back to the bonfire, ignoring the other doors at the top of the ladder, since you can"t open the two blue ones and the small door leads to an empty room Head in to the room with all of the statues and start killing them to open the doors and activate the two large statues at the end The first room on the left has no items The third room on the left has a collapsible floor. See below The first room on the right is the way forward in the level. See below If you join his covenant you can talk to him and buy anything you need from him Continue until you get to a pool of corrosive acid, at which point you need to start watching out for the snipers in this area Continue up the poison dart throwing mask room and roll through to the door Go back up one ladder, use the illusory wall and light the bonfire Go back up to the stairs, continue on, talk to the Queen and continue on to the fog gate Go through the fog gate and kill Dragonriders boss There are no NPCs to summon for this fight Take out the one on top of the platform firing arrows at you as quickly as possible Go down the stairs, up the very long ladder, and kill the soldiers in the room close to the large statue to enable the elevator Head in to the next room, head upstairs and carefully take out the archers Go out the main door, climb up the ladder on the right and kill the three archers, or take them out from range below Go down the stairs again, up in the elevator, open the door and examine the cage in front of you, which you can"t do anything with yet Go through the fog gate and kill the Looking Glass Knight boss This is the second of at least three boss fights you need to summon him for and have him survive to complete his quest When he is down to half health he will summon either an NPC or player phantom to help him Sweet Shalquoir will now sell more items Stone Trader Chloanne will now sell more items You can travel back to the Drangleic Castle / King"s Gate bonfire and go back to Chancellor Wellager, who will now sell more items

Shrine of Amana (Levels 95-105)

Head through the fog gate and light the bonfire in the ruins on the right Go out the back door of the hut and watch for the ambush to the left It"s tough to find but aim roughly for where two roots come down from the roof in to the water but be careful not to fall off the underwater cliff Go through the fog gate and kill the Demon Of Song boss There"s a door upstairs that you can"t open just yet Head back to the bonfire, go outside and open the door you passed earlier, and take the elevator down

Undead Crypt (Levels 100-110)

Go up the stairs, get the Large Soul Of A Nameless Soldier, talk to him, learn the Have Mercy gesture and buy anything you need from him Drop off to the left of the fog gate, go down the stairs and light the statue to light up the whole area Go down the broken ladder and light the bonfire Quickly destroy the statues in the room, including the one in the hallway, and also kill the bell ringing hollow in one of the other hallways Leave the room by the widest hallway, turn left outside and pull the lever to open the shortcut Head in to the room, quickly drop off to the right and kill the hollow before he has a chance to ring the bell Clear the room, go through the fog gate and kill the Velstadt The Royal Aegis boss Now that you"ve seen King Vendrick, Stone Trader Chloanne will now sell more items Now that you have the Crushed Eye Orb you can invade Licia Of Lindeldt Go down the stone steps to her and the orb will start to tremble Make sure you have bought everything you need from here and use the orb to invade her world as a red phantom This can be a tricky fight because the area is small, her miracles hit hard and she heals a lot

Aldia"s Keep (Levels 100-100)

Open the door and get ready to dodge out of the way of the dragon skeleton If you are hollow and talk to him you will be able to start his assassination quest You can either buy the ladder for 7,999 souls or kill him to get it If you are human, you have the option of freeing him using the lever under the left hand stairs but he will invade you in various places If you complete his quest or decide to free him you will be able to buy stuff from him Go in the first door on the left, down the first set of steps and use the illusory wall on the left to find a bonfire Go through the fog gate and kill the Guardian Dragon boss There are no NPCs to summon for this fight

Dragon Aerie (Levels 105-115)

Head back to the fork, follow it along the bridge, and light the bonfire Ignore the path to the right, since it"s just a path that allows you to skip the dragon we"re about to kill and you"ll miss all the nice items The cave to the left leads back to the top, so ignore it for now and take the bridge on the right Use the zip line to return to an area above the bonfire and kick down the ladder to open this shortcut Go back up the ladder and use the zip line to return to the area we just came from Head up the path and to the right, across the bridge and back to where we killed the third dragon Go in to cave on the right and drop off the ledge Again feather back to the bonfire, go up the ladder, across the zip line and head across the final bridge to light the bonfire

Dragon Shrine (Levels 105-115)

Drop down, go up the stairs, clear the area, cross the bridge and drop down to the two chests Open the next door and carefully fight your way up the huge stairs If you feel up to the challenge kill the Ancient Dragon boss Now that you have the Petrified Egg you can join the Dragon Remnants covenant While you"re here incense any spells and buy anything you need from him

Memory Of Orro (Levels 110-120)

Examine the tree to enter the memory. You will have about 5 minutes to complete it Go up the stairs to the roof, clear it out, and hit the wooden support on the wheel in the far left corner to drop a platform

Memory of Jeigh (Levels 110-120)

Examine the tree to enter the memory. You will have about 5 minutes to complete it You can summon Benhart Of Jugo before you go through the fog gate, at the bottom of the steps This is the third of at least three boss fights you need to summon him for and have him survive to complete his quest You can summon Captain Drummond before you go through the fog gate You can only summon one of them. The other"s summon sign will vanish when you summon one of them Go through the fog gate, remembering about the fireballs that will rain down in this area Move forward passed the first fireball area and trigger the huge rolling head Kill the Giant Lord boss

Memory of Vammar (Levels 110-120)

Examine the tree to enter the memory. You will have about 5 minutes to complete it Go up the hill, through the archway and run for the ladder leading up to the roof on the right Run across the roof, drop down at the end and run in to the building to the left for cover

King Vendrick (Levels 110-120)

Go through the fog gate and kill King Vendrick There are no NPCs to summon for this fight You will get 90,000 souls Make sure you are in human form and go back to the submerged path ahead, chop down the vines and open the door Use your feather to get back to the bonfire

Ancient Dragon"s Memories (Levels 110-120)

Examine the formation that has appeared in the boss room Use your feather to get back to the bonfire

Throne Of Want (Levels 110-120)

Go through the fog gate and first kill the Throne Defender and Throne Watcher This is the fourth of at least three boss fights you need to summon him for and have him survive to complete his quest Now you need to kill Nashandra Your summons will stay with you for this fight Walk forwards and enjoy the ending cutscene

Miscellaneous Tasks

Now that you"ve completed the game, Stone Trader Chloanne will sell more items If you have been doing Benhart Of Jugo"s quest then you can go talk to him in the Memory Of Orro to complete it

Dark Chasm Of Old (Levels 95-105)

Enter the portal and complete the area You will need to kill four enemies. One heavy melee, two pyromancers and a shade Drop down the mist filled hole to complete the area Give him a Human Effigy to open the portal, enter it and complete the area You will need to kill four enemies. One heavy melee, two fast melee and a shade Be very careful not to fall of the ledges in the water Drop down the mist filled hole to complete the area You won"t rank up after the second area is complete.

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You need to complete all three areas to get the next rank Give Darkdiver Grandahl a Human Effigy to open the portal, enter it and complete the area You will need to kill four enemies. Two fast melee, one archer and a shade Drop down the mist filled hole to complete the area When you drop down the fog gate in the third area you can kill the Darklurker There are no NPCs to summon for this fight

New Game Plus Preparation

Buy any consumables you need from the various vendors, like arrows Join whatever covenant you want to start the next playthrough as