Since its release last week, Dark Souls has been punishing players with its unrelenting enemies and unforgiving difficulty. In between getting taken advantage of by various opponents, gamers have begun to find ways to turn the tables and take advantage of the game. One of the first of these exploits showed how to repeatedly farm 2,000 souls each from three enemies in the forest, thus amassing 100,000 souls in well under an hour.
Now, the latest trick has made the previous exploit obsolete as this one allows for ten times that many souls in just a fraction of the time. For those looking to take on Dark Souls in its purest and most brutal form, avert your eyes now. For the rest of you, I’m going to walk you through the necessary steps to building your character past level 100 in one sitting. If you are already in possession of the Dragon Head Stone, then skip to the section labeled “Infinite Souls/Humanity.”
Let’s begin our journey at Firelink Shrine since even players just starting out should be familiar with the area. Head to the bonfire and head to the left of the Heartbroken Soldier down the stairs. Continue past Anastacia’s Cave and proceed down the next set of stairs. Step on the elevator and descend into the next area.
New Londo Ruins
Head down the stairs and immediately turn right and enter the next tower. Go up the stairs and out the gate.
Valley of the Drakes
Cross the small bridge comprised of three wooden planks and enter the cave on the right. Be wary of the three ogres wielding clubs. Low level players might find them a bit much to take on directly. If you’re one of those people try running past, but be careful because their attacks sometimes follow the player.
Before you journey into Blighttown it might help to make sure you have plenty of Purple Moss or the Remedy spell because chances are you’ll be poisoned at some point or another by the enemies or the water. Upon entering Blighttown quickly climb down each ladder (easily identified by the lit torches). Once you get to a point where there’s a turning wheel with platforms, stand between two lit torches and step on the descending platform. Jump off to the platform to the right and continue down to floor-level. Begin island-hopping to the left until you see a large tree root. For those looking for a safe point, there is a bonfire placed further to the left up a sloping concrete pathway. Venture up the large root until you enter a cave that appears to be a dead end. You can grab the Plank Shield from here. Hit the wall to reveal an extended path. There will be a chest containing Twin Humanities. Once again, strike the wall behind the chest to reveal a longer path. Go forth.
The Great Hollow
You’ll encounter a large tree full of winding branches. Find a safe path down the spiral, jumping from branch to branch only when necessary. You will come across several poisonous frog creatures (just like the ones encountered in The Depths). Your best bet is to try to run past them while minding your footing unless you believe your resistance and attack damage is high enough to combat them. To increase the likelihood of remaining uncursed, wear the Crimson Set, which can be found in Blighttown, since it has decent curse resistance. Seeing the floor doesn’t signal safety. Quickly locate the hole in the ground around the base and fall through. Dispatch or avoid the frogs awaiting you. You’ll have to traverse another set of intertwining branches. When you start seeing mushroom platforms, you’re nearing the end of The Great Hollow. The small mushroom enemies are easy to run around, but they aren’t the main concern. The large mushroom enemies are slow and can be outmaneuvered with ease, but if one hits the player it will deal large amounts of damage. Exit through the open path at the bottom.
Run through the hollowed out tree and make a U-turn to rest and save at the bonfire on the sand. Ready up and head along the coastline. There is a hydra waiting in the water. This is not the same hydra that can be found in Darkroot Basin. So don’t think you’ll have it easy if you’ve already defeated that boss. Luckily, the land slopes in such a way that it can be used as protection against the hydra’s ranged homing attacks. Not to mention the enemies present on the land don’t pose a real threat to a fast-moving character. To gain a better angle on you, the hydra may occasionally jump over the land and into the opposite body of water. In this scenario, all you need to do is switch the which side of the land you are running along. Eventually, you’ll come across a narrow, curvy sand path. There is no protection from the hydra’s projectile attacks here, so just pray that none of them hit you (pray extra hard, lower level players). At the end of the path, the Ancient Stone Dragon will be waiting. Here you can join the Path of the Dragon covenant and obtain the Dragon Head Stone, the item needed to perform the glitch.
As a side note, go ahead and run behind the Ancient Stone Dragon and chop off its tail. This will not break the covenant or make him hostile. You will receive the Dragon Greatsword, a devastating weapon with 360 as its attack power.
Finally, we’ve reached the glitch.
Remove your head gear and use the Dragon Head Stone. Your character should now have a dragon head. Pressing Square on Playstation 3 or X on the Xbox 360 will now make your character breathe fire. Unequip all other equipment that can be cycled through using Down on the D-pad EXCEPT your unused souls. Now, it’ll get a bit tricky. Face your dragonoid character away from the screen. Tap Square or X (depending on your console) to initiate fire breath. BEFORE the fire starts coming out, press down on the analog stick to turn your character toward the screen while pressing down on the D-pad to switch to a soul. Press and hold Square on PS3 or X on 360 with the selected soul now. Your character should look as if he’s trying to breathe fire, but instead you’ll notice the souls are constantly adding up in the corner of the screen. The souls will add until your character’s stamina runs out. Character’s with decent endurance and/or large souls (Hero souls, special boss souls, etc.) will be able to rack up between 500,000 and 1,000,000 souls on average. Replace souls with Humanity (or Twin Humanities) and you’ll be running around with 99 Humanity in now time. Now, players can rank up quickly within certain covenants, such as the Chaos Servant (Chaos Firestorm, anyone?).
That’s all you need to know. Go buff out your character to your liking and explore some of those higher-level areas that you were previously too scared to enter. Just remember, bosses and most enemies can still take you out whether you have stats sitting at 15 or 40. This will just better equip you in the more difficult situations and add an extra buffer when things aren’t playing out like you had hoped.Dark Souls Infinite Souls/Humanity Guide,