The flooded ruins of this city of the tainted are located directly under Firelink Shrine and they're plagued by cursed beings that require a special weapon or a transient curse in order to hit them. There is no bonfire in the area and it serves as the gateway to The Abyss, once you lower the water level.
New Londo Ruins (Upper)
You can access the ruins immediately upon your arrival at the Firelink Shrine but it's advised to wait until you need to kill its boss before you venture in too far. From the Firelink bonfire, face the Crestfallen Warrior (or where he used to be) and look to the left for a staircase leading down. Bypass Anastacia (ie. the woman behind the bars) and find a second staircase, also going down. This will lead to the elevator to New Londo. NOTE: This elevator will not reset if you die; you'll have to pull the elevator call lever to get it back up (so don't fall!)
- Ingward (Guardian of the Seal)
- Rickert of Vinheim (Magical Blacksmith)
- Witch Beatrice (Summonable Phantom)
- Hollow - they do not attack you unless provoked.
- Crestfallen Warrior (Hollowed NPC) - appears in the opening section of the area (before you cross the plank bridges) as a hollow if you talk to him after Frampt appears in the Firelink ruins.
- Ghost - floating ghosts with two sickles. They cannot be hurt or blocked unless using a cursed weapon (Jagged Ghost Blade, Greatsword of Artorias (cursed version made from Straight Sword +10), the player is cursed or under the influence of a Transient Curse. They can also hide in the walls and can flank you if you're not careful.
- Banshee - similar to the ghosts, but with a little more HP and a lightning spell. You can usually kill them before they attack you because they stop to scream when they see you.
- Darkwraith Knight - Once you access Lower New Londo, these powerful enemies will be down there waiting for you. They hit hard and can perform quick combos, but are slow to turn and are thus susceptible to backstabs.
- Mass of Souls - Also residing in Lower New Londo, these enemies are just giant blobs with faces on them. They have a lot of HP and attack by vomiting on you (a thick goo that slows your movement and slowly drains health. It also reduces the amount of HP your estus flask heals) or hitting you with their spear-like tongue. They can also create Wisps. They do not respawn once killed.
- Wisp - Spawned by the Mass of Souls, these disembodied floating heads will appraoch you once you get close and will then violently explode when they get in close proximity to you.
Once the lift from Firelink reaches the bottom, go down the stairs - beside the first flight of stairs you'll find a corpse with an item - until you reach an open area. This area is filled with Hollows who have gone crazy and are not interested in you, so you can ignore them if you want, but they're easy kills and are the only source of souls in this area, so whack a few on your way through. Go to the right first and you'll notice the doorway that leads to the Valley of Drakes - you should have come from that way when you were coming back from Blighttown earlier in the game. Go past the door toward the cliff and you'll see a Hollow laying on his side and to the left of him there is a staircase down to Blacksmith Rickert of Vinheim - he's behind some bars on the left at the end of the stairs. This blacksmith upgrades weapons to Magic and Enchanted status (if you have the right embers) and also sells a Catalyst for 500 souls, Soul Arrow for 2000 souls and Heavy Soul Arrow for 4000 souls.
Now go back to the entrance to the area and go left this time and you'll eventually find a doorway leading further into the area. Just inside this doorway you'll find the Estoc and further in you'll fight a hollowed NPC - the Crestfallen Warrior - if you rang the two Bells of Awakening and then talked to him back at Firelink (He's worth 1000 souls and can be defeated without too much effort). Continue on and you'll come across a corpse in a large pot, break the pot and he'll flop out and give you 2 Transient Curses - once equipped, these allow you to defend against and attack the ghostly inhabitants of the ruins ahead, but the effect doesn't last forever. ( Tip: Assign this item to one of your item slots to allow you to check quickly if the item's icon is greyed out or not. If it is then you are still affected but if it's not then you'll need to equip another before you can take on more Ghosts) Equip a Transient Curse and then go across the wooden bridges to enter New Londo proper. Look on your right as you cross the second bridge and you'll notice an item out in the water, we'll get that soon.
As you get to the end of the bridges you'll start to see the ruins you're about to traverse in the distance and you'll likely notice the two figures slowly floating toward you - these are Ghosts, and you should have a little info on them before you continue. They are floating apparitions of the previous inhabitants of New Londo, before it was flooded, and they attack using two jagged knives, but the most important thing to note is that they cannot be hit and you cannot defend against them unless you are either cursed, affect by a transient curse or have specific weapons equippied. Also, be aware they can pass through walls and floors to attack you, so don't rush into an area thinking there are no enemies as they can very quickly come out of the walls from all sides and surround you if you're not careful. They have some quick close-combat slashing moves which can all be defended against with a shield and they also have a longer range grab attack, but you can avoid it by either running straight at the Ghost performing it or run/roll out of the way of their knives. It's advised that you take your time as you travel New Londo to avoid Ghost ambushes, learn their spawn points and aggro as few of them as possible at once.
So, back to the walkthrough, with the transient curse equipped you should be able to defend against the attacks of the two Ghosts ahead of you and defeat them. Turn around now and you'll be able to access the item out in the water we saw earlier by finding the thin walkway hidden just under the water, but as you cross it you will see a few more Ghosts appear around you. When they appear, go back to the larger area of land to take care of them before proceeding the rest of the way across. The item at the other end is a Fire Keeper Soul, so it's well worth the effort.
After that, go to the other end of the area on the right side and look behind a wall close to the edge to find a pot with a corpse holding another two Transient Curses. ( Note: this is also the place that provides quick acess to lower New Londo after you lower the water level, so make a note of the location as you'll likely use this shortcut). Now go to the left side to find some stairs. Immediately upon clearing the staircase, the landing ends inside a ruined building. Rather than walking to the very obvious bridge, go right until you see a single Ghost spawn. Defeating it and then then move towards the bridge to trigger a second one. Before going across the bridge, use arrows to take out the Ghost that's floating above the catwalk on the right - it'll make it easier to get the item there later. Now, move across the bridge to enter the first of the areas towers.
Once across the bridge, you'll see a Ghost waiting inside the tower ahead. She is bait for two traps: (1) a single Ghost will attack through the walls on the left as you go to enter the room. Keep your shield up as you approach the room to take on this Ghost with-out getting hit and note the elevator and lever behind her - they don't work yet, but they will once you lower the water level. (2) As you then enter the room at least four more Ghosts will come out of every wall - including one that will emerge from the floor behind you, blocking you in. So, walk into the room until you spring the trap and then immediately run back out the way you came. If you're quick, you'll step right over the Ghost that means to box you in, but you should simply take this one out should she manage to get in the way and run back to the bridge. The other Ghosts from the trap will line up while following you onto the bridge, making it easier for you pick them off.
Go back into the room and it will lead you to a spiral staircase that will take you down one floor. Straight ahead at the end of the ledge is the Parrying Dagger, but before picking it up you should be able to see the arms of the Ghost waiting in the wall on the left of it - be sure to take it out before you pick up the item. Back to the start of this ledge and take a right, there's a Ghost in the floor, a fog gate on the right, and a Banshee around the corner ahead guarding another two Transient Curses. Be careful, Banshees are like Ghosts but have a little more HP and a ranged lightening attack. You'll know it's a Banshee and not a Ghost due to their red face and they're usually easy to take care of because they stop to scream when they see you, leaving them wide open for attack.
Through the fog gate you'll climb a staircase that will lead you back upstairs, outside and onto an elevated catwalk. At the first corner, be sure to kick the ladder here and go down. There are two Ghosts down here behind the pillars on the left who would have attacked through the floor as you walk above, so getting rid them first is ideal. Once back at the top of the ladder you'll see an item (a Soul of a Nameless Soldier) at the end of a ledge close-by. If you shot the Ghost earlier on then feel free to go and get it, but if you didn't then be prepared to be attacked from above as you approach the item. Now continue across the catwalk.
After crossing the catwalk, you will see a second square tower ahead and as you walk around the tower towards the doorway leading in, look down and to your left into the water. The instant you see Ghosts moving towards you, go back up onto the catwalk. Two Ghosts will come through the walls of the tower to attack you, but if you back up just enough you should pull only these two - leaving four more in the water. Ensure you pick off the remaining ones in the water before going inside the tower - if you don't, and simply run into the tower, you'll be attacked on all sides - you should be able to lure a couple out of the water at a time back onto the catwalk.
Once there are no more Ghosts outside, go into the tower. Inside there's a door with some downward stairs to the left and another door ahead that goes into a room containing a Banshee and a pretty transparant trap. Ignore the door with the stairs for the moment, enter the other door and be prepared to take out the Banshee quick before the rest of the Ghosts appear. Once the Banshee is dead go back out the door to get the other Ghosts to follow you out for easier dispatching. In the room where the Banshee originally sat there's a ladder in the fireplace that will take you to the roof to meet Ingward. He sells Transient Curses (ensure you pick up a few), the Resist Curse spell and can also cure the cursed status. If you got the Lordvessel at the end of Anor Londo he'll give you the Key to the Seal when you talk to him, but if you don't have it yet then you can also simply kill him to get this key - ensure you buy what you want from him before you kill him though.
Now go back down the ladder and go to the door with the stairs leading down. As you go down you'll see a door on the left that goes back outside, but we'll come back to that in a minute. Continue on and you'll traverse a few narrow corridors with Ghosts that are lying in wait in the walls and floors, so proceed with caution. If you make your way around you'll find a door that goes out onto a ledge with a corpse, but moving toward it will spawn another Ghost on the left side of the ledge. Defeat it, loot the Cursebite Ring from the corpse and then go back to the door we passed by earlier on and go right once you get outside. There's stairs going down to the left and up to the right out here - going down to the left will lead to a corpse holding a Green Titanite Shard, but beware of Ghosts guarding it. Now go up the other stairs to find a ledge leading into another tower and another stairs going up, but we'll go up the stairs for now. You'll find Humanity at the end of the ledge up here and you'll also have the opportunity to jump onto the side ledges of the second tower's roof to collect a Rare Ring of Sacrifice. Once you get it, look around for a window to get back into the tower - when you go through you'll be in or near the room with the ladder that goes up to Ingward. Now make your way back to the ledge that leads into the tower we haven't entered yet.
In here is a spiral staircase. Go up the stairs and along the ledges to find a corpse with the Composite Bow and some Large Arrows. Going down you'll find a currently non-functioning lift and a locked gate which can be opened with the Key to the Seal you got from Ingward. Inside this gate is a large lever that, when switched, opens a very large door that lets the water drain from the flooded Lower New Londo. With the water drained, Lower New Londo is now accessible via the elevator near the seal lever.
Access to Lower New Londo is granted by turning the lever in the Spiral Staircase Tower in Upper New Londo to open the seal and drain the flood waters into the Valley of Drakes. With the water lowered, there are a number of ways to access the area:
- The large door that you opened with the seal lever leads to the Valley of Drakes, providing means to access Lower New Londo from there - or indeed vice verse.
- The two elevators (one in the first tower and the other near to the seal lever) are now both operational after lowering the water level.
- Back at the very start of the area, after crossing the two wooden bridges, go to the back on the right to find a place where you can drop down to the lower area - this is the easiest way to get to Lower New Londo from Firelink Shrine in the likely event of your death.
The lift near the seal lever brings you down to Lower New Londo very near to the now open seal door that leads to the Valley of Drakes. Shortly after arriving at the bottom of the lift you will be attacked by a new enemy that was previously kept trapped by the flood waters - the Darkwraith Knight. These are the standard enemy of Lower New Londo and you will encounter several of them as you explore. Darkwraith Knights are humanoid and when not attacking they are not the fastest movers and so can be easily backstabbed if you strafe around the back of them. Avoid going toe-to-toe unless you have good armor and poise as they can power through your stamina with either their two-hit power combo or four-hit regular combo. Also, back-off if you see their fist glowing white as this is a charge-up for a grab attack that will not only hurt greatly but can also steal Humanity you may be storing.
After defeating the first one just outside the elevator, you'll see where the Seal used to be, it's now a doorway leading to the Valley of Drakes guarded by a few Drakes who won't see you unless you get close. There is also a wooden structure up some stairs on a small elevation behind you to your left, if facing the Drakes. In this structure you'll find a Soul item and another Darkwraith to dispose of. Beyond that you'll find a fog gate to enter the lower floor of one the towers you explored earlier in Upper New Londo.
In here there's three Darkwraiths, the first being immediately on your left as you walk inside. The next one is further inside to the left and he has his back to you, so you should take the opportunity to backstab him if you can. You may then notice, through the darkness, a large slime-like monster coming from the right side of the building - this is the Mass of Souls. They are big, tough and can spawn Wisps. If you haven't encountered a Wisp yet then note that they are floating disembodied heads that explode in proximity to you, so when you see one starting to shake and glow red, that's your cue to back-off as quickly as possible before it explodes. Before you fight the Mass of Souls, try to run around the building and attract the attention of the Wisps and the remaining Darkwraith in the vicinity and then lead them away so you can safely take them out. With them gone, the Mass of Souls will be much easier to deal with. You should simply manoeuvre behind or beside it to attack, as all of it's melee attacks are forward facing. Keep hacking away until it expires and it will not respawn.
With everyone gone now you can freely explore the building and pick up any items. So go to the right side of the building, past all the wooden stalls, to find a doorway on the right at the end. Go up the stairs in here and you'll be up on the next floor with a path ahead and one to the right. Follow the path straight ahead to find an item on a ledge (Soul of a Brave Warrior) and then take the path to the right. Keep following the path along the ledges and up the stairs and you will eventually find a chest with the Very Large Ember inside - this can be given to Anrdei in Undead Parish to ascend weapons to +15 on the standard upgrade path. Now make your way back down and out the door on the other side of the building from where you came in and you'll now be outside again.
Note: This outdoor area between the first and second tower is where you'll drop into when you come from Firelink Shrine, outlined above in option 3 in the ways to access Lower New Londo. So, should you die after lowering the water, which is almost a certainty, then ensure you know how to access this shortcut in order to limit your frustration, as this is the quickest way to get back to where you were.
Descend into the shallow pool of water and turn left. Go straight forward to find dry land and another Darkwraith in the resulting ruins. Close by you should be able to see a blocked up archway and if you hit it then it'll reveal a secret passage across a thin walkway, but don't venture across the walkway as there's another Darkwraith Knight waiting on the other side. Lure him with an arrow and once he's disposed of then cross the walkway to find a a Titanite Chunk. Nearby the arch leading to this secret you should see the stairs leading up to the second tower, but we'll explore the rest of this outside area first.
Look to the left of the stairs to find a corpse draped over a well holding six Cracked Red Eye Orbs and take a right from there to find another little area down some stairs with another Darkwraith. From here you'll be able to see the area around the seal door again and allows to you access it again via a short drop. Now go back and climb the stairs toward the second tower's entrance, but before you go in, have a look to the right once you climb the stairs and walk along the ledge of the building around to the right to find a corpse with a Soul of a Proud Knight in the open.
Before entering the building, please note that there are two Ghosts that will come through the left wall - it's adviseable to take them out before going inside. Once they're gone, proceed inside to find another two Darkwraiths and another Mass of Souls to condend with. Again, luring the Darkwraiths away from the Mass of Souls so they can be dealt with separately is the ideal strategy. Ensure the Wisps that it produces are also all exploded and once that's done then take care of the Mass of Souls ( Tip: If you get it's attention and get it to follow you out the door you came in then it will get stuck in the door, making for an easy ranged kill) There is a third Ghost who will also come out of the left wall once you venture in far enough, so ensure you're prepared. In the corner you'll find a chest containing a Titanite Chunk.
Out the other door here you'll immediately see the fog gate leading to The Abyss. Take a right first though and you'll find yet another Darkwraith lurking in the darkness around the corner. If you look around the large piller close-by you'll find a summon sign for Witch Beatrice if you're in human form and she'll be of great assistance during the boss fight ahead. ( Note: Beatrice's summon sign will only appear if you already inlisted her help for the Moonlight Butterfly boss in Darkroot Garden).
Before you head through the fog gate, ensure you have the Covenant of Artorias ring. If you don't have it then be aware that only a deathly black demise awaits you on the other side of this fog gate, in the form of The Abyss. You won't be able to exit once you go through, so ensure you have obtained this ring by defeating The Great Grey Wolf Sif in Darkroot Garden before you go in. If you already have the ring though, then equip it and head through the fog gate.
Note & Tips
- There is a "Soul of a Proud Knight" in Ingward's tower. It's around the opposite side from where you come in. Before entering the Banshee room with the ladder, it's a 3rd doorway (across from where you enter this junction room).
A dark and formless void, in an already dark and sad world. It's accessed via the New Londo Ruins after you lower the water level. It serves as the arena for the Four Kings boss battle and, once they're defeated, is also the home to Darkstalker Kaathe, the leader of the Darkwraith Convenant.
Before you begin, please note that to enter The Abyss and not die you must be wearing the ring you got from killing the Great Grey Wolf Sif in Darkroot Garden - the Covenant of Artorias. Also, to reach fog gate that leads to the The Abyss you will have to have lowered the water level in New Londo Ruins. For further details on how to reach the fog gate that leads to The Abyss, please refer to the New Londo Ruins walkthrough.
Once you reach the fog gate, it's worth knowing that there is a summon sign for an NPC nearby - Witch Beatrice - who can help you with the Four Kings boss fight. The sign will only appear if you are in human form and only if you already utilised her for the Moonlight Butterfly boss in Darkroot Garden. To find her sign, look for a large pillar to your right when looking at the fog gate - you'll find her sign around the otherside of the pillar. It's a good idea to kill all Ghosts and Darkwraiths in the area prior to summoning her.
When you go through the fog gate you'll be at the top of a spiral staircase. If you haven't equipped the Covenant of Artorias yet, then now is the time to do so. Travel down the stairs and you will find that it just ends rather suddenly, leaving you in a free-fall into blackness, before landing at the bottom. Welcome to The Abyss - the first of the Four Kings will appear in a moment.
Boss Fight: Four Kings
After you kill the Four Kings, you do not need to wear the Covenant of Artorias anymore, although be warned that you still need it equipped to help with the Four Kings fight in other players worlds. Also, a bonfire appears after they are dead - this bonfire will let you warp, even if you do not have the Lordvessel yet.
If you have the Lordvessel though and didn't go to Kingseeker Frampt in Firelink Shrine with it, then you'll also find Darkstalker Kaathe beside the bonfire. He'll take you to the Firelink Alter to place the Lordvessel and will also allow you enter the Darkwraith covenant - read up on this covenant to decide if you want to join. NOTE: Be aware that placing the Lordvessel with Kaathe will anger Frampt, and you will no longer be able to avail of his services for this playthrough.
Once you're done here the next stop is The Duke's Archives, so warp to the 'Anor Londo' bonfire to continue the main quest.