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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Archdragon Peak Video Playthrough

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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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. Do not tackle this enemy directly, just follow the path of the arena until the end. 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 encounter 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. Return and drop off the building to attack the dragons head and finish this boss fight.

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 under its neck, closer to its neck. Bait its fire breath, stay safe near the neck, and wail on it, allowing many free hits. Ultra greatsword works well here. Pestilent Mist is fantastic here too. 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 Havel's 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 Nameless King

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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Archdragon Peak Videos

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

TheGadgetAddicts: Archdragon Peak Video Walkthrough Part 1 (Area Access, Ancient Wyvern)

 

 




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    • Anonymous

      Just thought I'd let everyone know, in NG+ and beyond, you have to defeat Oceirus in order to access the area. Just using the gesture from a previous playthrough doesn't work.

      • Anonymous

        I was so dissapointed when i realised defeating the nameless king doesnt open a new path but opens a shortcut to a previous location instead.

        • Anonymous

          All enemies in this area are very weak to lightning. An upgraded lightning weapon will make things much easier. Even better if it's a thrusting one, because that's the other common weakness here.

          • Anonymous

            It's not listed here but I was able to summon the sword master on my samurai themed playthrough not sure if it requires you to have o e of the samurai swords maxxed or equipped. But can confirm it happened.

            • Anonymous

              Wait... You DON'T have to kill the boss wyvern normally? LOL. I literally threw like 30-40 black fire orbs at him :D Didn't know it had a cheese :S

              • Anonymous

                Meh this boss is nothing compared with friede took me 2 tries bringing him down co-oping with just 1 sunbro, whilst with friede i couldnt take her down with dozen attempts even with 2 sunbros joining and my char lvl was higher

                • Anonymous

                  such a cool area, too bad you won't be able to get here without some help from internet because devs hate human

                  • Anonymous

                    Enchant a drakesblood greatsword with some Gold pine resin and watch your attacks do 500 dmg to the drake. Also, if you have a little pyromancy keep using the drakesblood as it does plenty of damage, just enchant it with flames. Easies strat for NG players that have a knight build. I tried putting a fire gem onto one of my lighter swords and it just didnt keep up.

                    • Anonymous

                      glad i didint ring that bell, my first time playing dark souls 3 and i heard nameless king is pain in the ass. i thought the bell would like make the dragon angry or someshit

                      • Anonymous

                        Keep seeing the same phantom at the first bonfire. He has a mimic head, and he sits at the bonfire, gets up, shoots his staff, and repeats.
                        I saw him yesterday.
                        He's just vibing though

                        • Anonymous

                          ***. Instead of dying countless f***** times trying to do a perfect "jump attack" and failing miserably over and over and over after reenacting Disney's Aladdin and sucking down all your estus instead equip that clutch ring you just got and thunderbolt spam it to death. There's your "guide". Devs clearly had some writer's block with this one...

                          • Anonymous

                            Wow this area is bullshit. Why would I ever use a gesture like that? I don't even use gestures. I purely thought they were cosmetic add ons for PVP. Almost the same **** as the humanity sprite in Ringed City.

                            • Anonymous

                              How do you access this area without looking up guides? Why would such thought will come into anyone's mind!? And gestures don't even have a description ffs.

                              • Anonymous

                                Did anyone find this area without looking it up? Is there even a hint anywhere? Why would anyone return to Irithyll dungeon after killing Oceiros?

                                • Anonymous

                                  A glitch near the great belfry ruined a save file and now I have to start over. If anyone playing starts having a sound issue and massive lag, stop immediately and uninstall and reinstall. Download an old save file off the cloud and hope to god you don’t have to have a Viking funeral for a 200+ hour character.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Does anybody know what the gesture Curl Up, right before the Ricard's npc fight, do? There's a message there but doing the gesture does nothing for me.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      BEWARE YE WHO THREAD HERE! POISE IGNORED FROM THIS POINT FORWARD. Everything here laughs at your poise unless you're wearing full Havel's.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        'Recommended Levels: 95 to 120' Umm what..? Why does this area have a far higher recommended level than Ringed City? Is that really outdated and no one bothered to change it or what?

                                        • Anonymous

                                          I went here on ng+ before killing Oceiros but the sky was all dark, and when I tried to fight the nameless king he didn't even show up. has this happened to anyone else, and if it has does anyone know how to fix?

                                          • Anonymous

                                            I also found a Covetous gold Serpent Ring +2 on a corpse on some stairs after the nameless king fight. I am playing NG++

                                            • Anonymous

                                              Is the large Dragon on Archdragon Peak is the same Stone Dragon from Dark Souls 1? If so, then the Mausoleum was built centuries after Lordran fell to ruins and the Stone Dragon grew until it gained more followers for the Path of the Dragon Covenant, even they discovered the lost history Gwyn's Firstborn who allied with the Dragons to defeat their enemies before he was stripped off from history. The Statues of the Nameless King were built on the Mausoleum was honored on his legacy. The Nameless King we've encountered is an Illusion, like Ornstein from Dark Souls 1.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                It's called Archdragon Peak because of the dragon that's so large it would be considered the strongest thing in the darksouls series to ever exist if anyone actually cared

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  Wait can you not access this area before killing Ocerios? I reached the place in ng++ and did the gesture but nothing happened that is until I beat Oceiros. The gesture works fine then. Can anyone explain this. Is this a bug or intentional game design to not let players access this area before beating Oceiros??

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    I had the weather glitch happen, began the area in a dark setting and it was so eerie looking. The wyvern mob later in the level doesn’t spawn if this glitch happens but will show after beating nameless king which fixes the glitch back to sunny mode as it should start. You can also summon hawk wood regardless so there’s no negative consequences to this glitch and it makes the area look incredible.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      the phantoms have way too much health!! i gitted gud and learned to parry, and it still takes over ten perfect parries to kill havel, and he usually one-shots me before that!!!!

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        After killing Yorshka for... reasons, I returned to the belfy bonfire, and noticed that the overworld is pitch back, first I thought it was a bug so travelled to high wall of Lothric, but there the darksign is still in the sky. I checked the net but was unable to find any documentation of it.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          Anyone still playing this in 2019? With the last update they broke the gestures menu and it no longer works (tried everything so it's not me) ..So how the hell can we access this place without the gesture? From Software are idiots seriously.. locking an entire area behind a *****ing gesture

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Anyone else know what happens if you knock Havel of a ladder, kill him, and don't get his stuff? If I did that, is there any way to get his stuff?

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              "A fast the end of the level the fastest...." great english there under the speedrun section... >.<

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                so whats the rng for Havel to appear downstairs, if summoned from the Sorcerer? I thought it was a player hack as I always get those knights. Does Havel have to be still alive up top?

                                                                • Don't let that massive health pool fool you this is the easiest boss to kill in the game because there is an easy way to one shot it. Follow the path at the back of the arena and get above it, afterward you guys should know what to do.

                                                                  • Gorgeous mountain view, refreshing bright blue skies to contrast the omnipresent gloom found in the rest of the game, and imposing ruins built in a vaguely Roman-Byzantine architectural style. 10/10, best place in the game.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      95-120 recommended level? I'm 77 and have beaten everything except this area's bosses and Lord of Cinder of course. I'm not sure how I would be that high my first playthrough...

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        Does anyone know what item is on the corpse near the alter? The corpse is on my friends account but not mine. And map of great belfry says there isnt an item there. Links are screenshots of the corpse on his account and the nothing on mine

                                                                        https://ibb.co/miwXU8
                                                                        https://ibb.co/cqmo2T

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          holy cow, i took like 20 tries on phase 1. Just wasn't able to do damage to the guy. Proud of myself that I only took 2 tries for phase 2.

                                                                          • Not sure if it means anything but... I would like to point out that you can Farm Twinkling Titanite, Titanite Scales, and Slabs from the stone lizards at Dragon's Peak. Works best with the cluster of them past the second dragon you kill.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              It would have been nice if at least one dragon apostle were still alive. My idea would have him/her give some backlore to the area but little knowledge of what happened for he/she was in deep mediation when it all happened. Perhaps even be a merchant for odd hard to get items, like divine blessings and such. Heck, bring back the dragon bro covenant and put him/her as the arch-drake to rank up.

                                                                              It’s all wishful thinking really but tis something I wish they would have considered.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                Does anyone else have a problem with getting to Archdragon peak? I picked up Hawkwood’s shield, but every time I try doing way of the dragon next to the petrified dragon guy nothing happens.

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  So is anyone else having a weird graphical glitch issue with this area? I defeated Nameless King already and invaded in great belfry to which I died and now the area is covered in the rain and cloud effects. Thanks From!

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    I noticed that this location didn't scale in difficulty or in number of souls dropped all that much between NG and NG+. Can anyone confirm if this is true?

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      Is the new meta "I have to finish DS3 on sl50"? or whats going on? It's the absolute endgame area and people seem to run into there with sl60 or lower recently in hope 3 sunbros deal with NK for them. Seriously, if you are over sl80 the summon rate drops significantly. As a sunbro!

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        Hawkwood summon is garbage in this area; just avoid it or summon him to damage the 3 giant axe enemies before he gets killed. Doesn't affect his questline, but he craps you over for summoning for the nameless king boss.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          Whenever I'm farming for souls, I make it a personal challenge not to rest at a bonfire until every enemy on the map is dead. This is probably the hardest location in the base game to do accomplish such, but also the most fun. Lothric Knight Greatsword infused with Lightning is without a doubt the best weapon for this location, except maybe when you're taking on Nameless King.

                                                                                          Also a great place for a wardrobe change, on account of the pleasantly bright lighting.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            I noticed something really interesting about the moon in the sky in Archdragon Peak: it’s flipped. That means that assuming that the Dark Souls Earth is round, Archdragon Peak is in the Southern Hemisphere.

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              Not so sure the after Nameless King - "night version" is just a glitch even if it looks a bit like one. What if it's a not so refined reference to dark Anor Londo from DS1 instead? I choose the Dark Lord path. Betrayed the gods and the sunlight. Maybe this is connected to this phenomenon? "No more blue sky for you anymore until next game you bad, bad person..." ?

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                Hi I have the version 1.00 and never updated the game since I put in the disc, and now I have trouble to even make path of the dragon work and I can't access this archdragon peak .. does anyone know whether the Version 1.00 is the reason that cost the glitch ?

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  Black sky in Archdragon peak? I don't know why but the sky is jet black and empty, kinda looks like night time but without stars or a moon. I'm not talking about when you ring the bell, this is different. I get summoned into other peoples games and it's normal. I even deleted and re-installed it on my ps4 but it's still black. If I load in my other character it's fine too, it's just on this character. I only have slave knight gael to beat, is it something to do with waking up that lazy cow princess filianore?

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    Thanks to my beloved internet, I can't even reach the Nameless King. It decided to shut itself down the moment I killed the wyvern. After the cutscene, game sent me back to the main menu because it lost connection. Now I can't get back. Help please? Anyone?

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      if you look at it from Lothric castle the bridge, the arena where we fight Nameless King, is collapsed at two places. They probably just forgot to update the picture very likely, but maybe it proves that we are time traveling at some point. That the Archdragon Peak we see from Lothric castle is set in the future or the one we visit is set in the past were the bridge/boss arena was still intact.

                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                        Anyone else thinks the Serpent-man summoners are a little homage to Lovecraft? They bear a strong resemblance to the race of Yith, and Bloodborne made clear how much Miyazaki likes Lovecraft.

                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                                              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

                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                  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?

                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                    FYI, both the map and written guide are missing a Dung Pie x3 pick up in the Ancient Wyvern boss fight area.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.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.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.

                                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                                      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".

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