The Game Progress Route features recommended routes to progress through Dark Souls. This is meant as a companion to our New Player Help and Walkthroughs pages. Click to start your walkthrough on the recommended Beginner path: Northern Undead Asylum

Game Progress Route

If you follow the Beginner's Path, you should then progress in this order:
Sen's Fortress --> Anor Londo --> Darkroot Garden --> New Londo Ruins --> The Duke's Archives --> Crystal Cave --> Demon Ruins --> Lost Izalith --> The Catacombs --> Tomb of Giants --> Kiln of the First Flame


Recommended Route by TheElk

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Beginner Route Bonfire Progress

List of Bonfires following the beginner suggested path of the game.

Special Bonfires

Other - Not progress related

  • The Great Hollow
    • At the entrance
  • Ash Lake
  • Ash Lake- Stone Dragon
    • Following the beach to the end in Ash Lake allows you to reach the Ancient Dragon
  • Painted World of Ariamis
    • Found just after entering Ariamis
  • Sanctuary Garden (Exclusive to "Prepare to Die Edition")
    • Found upon entering Sanctuary Garden
  • Oolacile Sanctuary (Exclusive to "Prepare to Die Edition")
    • Found after boss fight in Sanctuary Garden
  • Oolacile Township (Exclusive to "Prepare to Die Edition")
    • Found after boss fight in Royal Wood


    • "Advanced" path05 Apr 2016 14:50  

      Regarding the advanced path at the top: What is the benefit of going through New Londo and Valley of Drakes to Blighttown and Quelaag first, before Undead Burg/Parish? Sure I can do that if I start with the Master Key, but I don't know why I would as I have to do both either way and Blighttown is a lot more difficult without gear.

      • Bonfires wrong order ?25 Feb 2016 16:22  

        Don't you have to go to the Garden place and get Ring of Artorias from the wolf boss before you can even fight the boss in The Abyss (The four kings)

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