Archdragon Peak is a Location in Dark Souls 3. The Unkindled is transported to this location when the "Path of the Dragon" Gesture is used adjacent to the Dragonkin statue/corpse found in Irithyll Dungeon.


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Full  Archdragon Peak Walkthrough

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Accessing Archdragon Peak

To reach Archdragon Peak, you must obtain the Path of the Dragon Gesture from Consumed King's Garden, and make your way to Irithyll Dungeon, beside the location of the Dragon Stone Torso, where the petrified dragon acolyte is seated in a meditation like position. Stand on the rug to the left of the acolyte and perform the Path of the Dragon gesture. A cutscene will play and you will be transported to the cliffside. Proceed forward. To your left by a tree will be a corpse with Soul of a Weary Warrior 1x.

Continue up the path to encounter two Man-Serpents and to his right a Lightning Gem 1x. Continue up the left path to find Homeward Bone 2x. Up ahead will be several fire casting Man-serpents. To their right, by a rock will be a corpse with Titanite Chunk 1x. Beyond them you will find a corpse with an Ember and the Archdragon Peak Bonfire

Take the stairs right of the bonfire to find a corpse with Soul of a Nameless Soldier 1x and Titanite Chunk 1x on the landing here. Up the stairs you will find 2 more Man-serpents on top of an overhang. Near the large one you can find an Ancient Dragon Greatshield. Near the left stairs leading up to this overhang you will find a Titanite Chunk 1x. If you hop down the short stairs here you will find a Large Titanite Shard 1x.

Facing the Wyvern

To the left of the large building, you can head down a path along the wall until you come to a hallway on the right with a Man-serpent. Behind will be a corpse with Lightning Clutch Ring. Make your way back to the building with the large gate and pull a lever to the left to open the gate and take on the first boss of this area, Ancient Wyvern. In this boss arena you can find an Ember 2x and Stalk Dung Pie 6x, as well as Large Soul of a Weary Warrior 1x. Along the right side of the steps, follow the edge to find a Ring of Steel Protection. Up the stairs and to the left you can find a Lightning Urn. If you head inside the building you will find Man-serpents (if they survived the boss fight) and to the left a bridge. Cross into the next room and make a left to find a Titanite Chunk 1x and a Man-serpent. Take the ladder in the doorway to find a corpse with Twinkling Titanite 2x.

Return to the building's main floor and take the staircase up and make a left up the next staircase to encouter 2 Man-serpents. Take a left into the doorway and head left up the stairs. At the top you will find Titanite Chunk 2x and Lightning Bolt 12x. You can drop down from where the bolts are to reach a bridge that you can take to find 2 Man-serpents. Beyond them you can proceed to the building and take the ladder to the left of its doorway. At the top is a plank ledge you can walk along and drop down to another ledge. Take the ladder up to the next ledge and walk to the end to find Twinkling Titanite 2x.

Defeat the Wyvern to obtain the Dragon Head Stone. A cutscene will play and you will be transported to the Dragonkin Mausoleum Bonfire.

Defeat the Summmoned NPCs

Enter the doorway nearby to face off against a Drakeblood knight, or Havel the Rock, summoned by a Serpent-man Sorcerer. Whichever it is, once defeated will drop the Drakeblood Greatsword. Exit through the central doorway up the stairs and make a right at the top. Head up the stairs ahead to encounter a Rock Lizard. On a corpse hanging over the railing here is a Titanite Scale 1x. Continue up the stairs to find a Titanite Scale 1x on the left. Head right into the building and take the path right, to come to the Serpent-Man Sorcerer responsible for the Drakeblood summons. Continue around the path to the opposite end of the room to find Soul of a Crestfallen Knight 1x on a corpse in the corner. In a room leading out you will find 2 Man-Serpents and a corpse with Titanite Scale 1x.  Head back into the building and make a left to find a lift in the corner you can activate to unlock a shortcut to the beginning of the area. Go back up the lift and return down the stairs to come to an altar in front of the dragon statue. Perform the Path of the Dragon Gesture to receive the Calamity Ring.

Head up the main staircase here and approach the large gated door. Examine the gate when prompted and you will obtain the Dragonslayer Spear here. Take the stairs to the right of the gate down. Proceed along to find a Man-Serpent waiting in ambush on your left and another 2 with shields ahead. Watch out for the big man-serpent up ahead. There is a 3rd small one on a wooden plank ledge to the right. From this ledge you will find a ladder going up. If you take this to the top you will find the Thunder Stoneplate Ring. Take the ladder back down and proceed along the network of plank ledges into the next building where you will find a Crystal Lizard to the right. Up the stairs you will find a chest with Titanite Scale 3x.

Wyvern Sniping

Exit the building and head left up the stairs to encounter a Rock Lizard. At the top of the steps a wyvern will swoop in. He will linger in this area to attack you, and will fly to the top of the high tower nearby if you leave the immediate area. It will return once you traverse the ground here again and breathe steady bursts of fire. Ranged attacks are ideal here, where you can shoot from the cover of the near building. Killing it will earn you Titanite Chunk 6x, Titanite Scale 3x, Twinkling Titanite 3x and 50'000 souls. If you head left, a corpse in the doorway will have Soul of a Weary Warrior 1x. To you melee fanatics, stay underits neck, closer to its neck. Bait its fire breath, stay safe near the neck, and wail on it, allowing many free hits. Ultragreatsword works well here. It may bite, roll as needed, and dash into the window back to cover if you need to heal.

Once the wyvern is down, continue up the stairs where you will face 4 Rock Lizards. Enter into the building ahead and head left down the short stairs and right through the doorway to reach the next room. Left will be an area where the summons of the Man-Serpent Summoner will spawn in. You may find yourself facing off against Ricard or Havel the Rock. If you go up the stairs near this spot, you will find the summoner to dispatch, stopping the spawns. Head left to exit this room and on your left you will see a lever with a large bell ahead. Messages on the floor will warn against ringing the bell, causing all to disappear. Ignore the lever for now and continue to take the path into a room where you will find the Great Belfry Bonfire

The Path of the Dragon

Take the doorway to the right of the bonfire to come to crumbling ruins. If you head right down the stairs through open gates you will find a corpse at the end with an Ember 1x. Return back to the main area and to the right you will come to a set of stairs with a Rock Lizard and Man-Serpent at the top. A chest here contains Twinkling Titanite 3x. There is a ladder on the balcony here that you can take up to find a Havel NPC standing before a fallen wyvern. He is a tough foe, wielding a greatshield and a Dragon Tooth that packs a punch. He can buff himself with a poise boost as well. Kill him to obtain the Dragon Tooth and Havel's Greatshield.  You can go to the left of this arena and drop down off the ledge where you'll find another Rock Lizard and Great Magic Barrier. It is also good to know that once Havel is killed, return to the stray demon area, by traveling to the farron wolf covenant bonfire, to find Havels armor set.

Once Havel is dispatched, you may find a Titanite Slab 1x on a corpse next to the wyvern's claw. Return to the central courtyard of the ruins. In a circular spot, flanked by 2 broken pillars you will find Large Soul of a Crestfallen Knight 1x. There will be several Man-Serpents straight ahead, including three big ones. Try and engage them 1 by 1 to make things more manageable. Or summon Hawkwood to help clear this area, he'll leave once you get to the altar anyway.

Before entering the archway ahead, head left to find a Rock Lizard. Behind it will be a corpse with the Dragon Chaser's Ashes which will unlock Titanite ChunksTwinkling Titanite and Titanite Scales at the Shrine Handmaid in Firelink Shrine.

Enter the archway and ascend the long stone stairs to come to a stone altar at the very top, overlooking a massive dead dragon. Perform the Path of the Dragon gesture at the altar to receive the Twinkling Dragon Torso Stone.

Face Gwyn's Firstborn

Return back to the location with the lever and large bell. Pull the lever to trigger a cutscene. The landscape and weather will alter dramatically revealing a cloudy path forward. Step onto the storm cloud path and enter the fog to face the powerful boss, Nameless King. Ring of steel protection and the thunder protection ring will help in this fight, and these can be found in the wyvern boss area.

Defeat him to obtain Soul of the Nameless King.

A cutscene will play and you will be teleported to a Bonfire. Light it and ahead you will find a Titanite Slab 1x.  Make your way to the far end where you will find the Dragonslayer Set on the left. Step through the open gate to return to the area where the Man-Serpent summons unkindled. Make your way back to a bonfire and your journey at Archdragon Peak is complete.

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Speed Run Walkthrough

A fast the end of the level the fastest, picking up only essential end goes here.


    • 25 Feb 2017 02:00  

      Anyone else run into a problem with summoning before the Nameless King? After a few failed attempts, I re embered and touched some summon signs, but each attempt failed saying they can't be summoned. Hawkwood is dead and it only affected Warriors of Sunlight, the same covenant I'm in. I tried leaving the area and even restarting the game, but nothing worked.

      • 03 Feb 2017 03:32  

        if you look at the construction in total it's actually a bridge to reach the stone table where we get the twinkling dragon stone. They build that whole thing to just get there.

        • 07 Jan 2017 02:12  

          This place is like a short DLC ;) two bosses. they are all unique, and the whole thing with the dragon's path and dragon's stones. new items and enemies which are no where to be found in any other places, the lore behind the formidable Nameless King. and even the way you enter this area looks like a DLC opening

          • 04 Jan 2017 20:11  

            Needless spoiler in this guide. The boss is called The Nameless King. Why would you spoil the fact that it's Gwyn's firstborn? It would have been a nice surprise finally facing this boss, then realizing who he really is.

            • 12 Nov 2016 23:40  

              So this just happened, I was practicing medium shield parries on the drake blood knights, when the Havel knight got summoned instead of a drake blood knight, has this happened to anyone else?

              • Missing Dung Pie x321 Sep 2016 08:47  

                FYI, both the map and written guide are missing a Dung Pie x3 pick up in the Ancient Wyvern boss fight area.<br/><br/>It is at the part in the guide where it says "Return to the building's main floor and take the staircase up and make a left up the next staircase to encouter 2 Man-serpents. Take a left into the doorway and head left up the stairs", which is after picking up some twinkling titantite and titanite chunks from a circular room. Instead of heading left up the stairs, you need to go to next to the corpse hanging over the ledge at the bottom of the steps, which has Dung Pie x3 on it.<br/><br/>This item is VERY VERY hard to see because there's nothing but cliff past the ledge. The glowing white orb of the item on the corpse is against the bright white cloud backdrop of the area, making it effectively invisible. I only discovered it by accident. Maybe it's easier to see on different graphical settings, mine are on the highest settings.<br/><br/>Of course it's just piles of crap... literally... so it's nothing to get too worked up about unless you're a completionist like me. Although I do wonder just how many people have missed this item.

                • This area isn't fair or challenging in any way.16 Aug 2016 06:51  

                  Just simply unfair and hard, just to label their game as challenging. "Let's add ledges and enemies that purposefully send you off the map".

                  • Landscape glitch14 Aug 2016 22:49  

                    After you defeat the nameless king the peak will get his sunny looking landscape but apperently if you go into the kiln of the first flame the arch dragon peak will return to the stormy enviroment and the skybox will dissappear, i find this extremely annoying since i really like the sunny ambient, so just dropping that out

                    • Mysterious Akavir03 Aug 2016 09:09  

                      Akavir... The mysterious land of the east, shrouded in mystery. Land of the Tsaesci serpent folk and birthplace of Dragons. <br/><br/>As an Elder Scrolls nerd I can't help but to just love this location. I think From was blatantly referencing TES here. <br/><br/>It is an ancient temple built atop a tall mountain, not unlike The Throat of The World in Skyrim. Both are safe havens for those who wish to study and meditate on the path of the Dragon and both are home of Dragons and destination of legends. The Dragons in the Elder Scrolls originated from Akavir, a land to the east themed after real life oriental culture, not unlike the Byzantine/Buddhist hybrid temple we see perched atop this peak. The Tsaesci are a race from Akavir who are said to be vampire snake men who worship Dragons. Ring any bells? ;) Even the Drakeblood knight who can be fought here wears armor which bears much resemblance to the Blades armor of TES, who are renowned Dragon hunters who's traditions are directly descended from the Akavir invaders. <br/><br/>Talos guide you.

                      • door at archdragon peak17 Jul 2016 14:22  

                        sorry for my english i´am beginner. i need hep. Know anyone how to get to door from second side? the door which lead to elevator to archdragon peak?

                        • Second Wyvern27 Jun 2016 14:48  

                          I noticed that you can get past the second wyvern, y'know, the one mentioned in the Wyvern Sniping bit... And, eventually, I made my way to where it was. Near Havel. The instant I cleared the ladder, it took off. I don't know if it'll return or not, but, for the time being, it's gone.

                          • Sen's Fortress?17 Jun 2016 22:53  

                            In DS3 we go back to many DS1 locations. Anor Londo, Duke's Archive, Izalith, Oolacile (what's left of it), The Kiln and maybe a few I'm not thinking of. Considering the Peak's location and enemies, could it be Sen's Funhouse? Maybe I'm reading to deep into it.

                            • Trivia: Modeled after Istanbul/Constantinople31 May 2016 16:12  

                              This area is modeled after modern Istanbul- historical Constantinople. The big building with dome and towers around it looks like a mixture between Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque. You can add this as a trivia if you want, i am not familiar with technics.

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