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. 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 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. 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 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. 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 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 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

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    • Anonymous

      18 Jul 2020 04:02  

      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

        17 Jun 2020 17:13  

        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

          06 Jun 2020 11:14  

          '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

            15 Apr 2020 19:54  

            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

              12 Apr 2020 07:21  

              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

                03 Apr 2020 16:55  

                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

                  19 Mar 2020 21:52  

                  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

                    11 Mar 2020 14:12  

                    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

                      04 Nov 2019 16:41  

                      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

                        25 Oct 2019 04:19  

                        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

                          23 May 2019 09:19  

                          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

                            17 Apr 2019 23:04  

                            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

                              28 Jan 2019 22:58  

                              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

                                17 Nov 2018 23:52  

                                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?

                                • 04 Oct 2018 17:21  

                                  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.

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