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Lothric Castle is a Location in Dark Souls 3. Once the Ashen One has obtained the sacrificial vessel, the Castle may be entered. Fire Wyverns, Lothric Knights and Winged Knights closely guard the path to the Twin Princes.

 

Full Lothric Castle Walkthrough

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Accessing Lothric Castle

After defeating Dancer of the Boreal Valley, ascend the ladder and proceed forward into the castle. In the first room will be a red eyed knight and a black clothed figure. The cleric in black will heal the knight during the fight so it would be useful to kill it first. Kill them and loot Soul of a Crestfallen Knight 1x from a corpse in front of the altar.

Take the staircase from the right side of the room up to find a cleric in black on your right and 2 Lothric knights and a cleric ahead. Proceed into the next room and light the Bonfire to the left. 

Proceed straight into the next room and loot the chest on the right for the Prayer Set. On the left by the railing you will find a Titanite Chunk 1x. Head to the stairs along the left side to encounter some hollows. At the top of the stairs to your left will be another seated hollow in a tower. Ahead of this to the left is a set of stairs you can take down to a tower top where several hollows will climb over. Loot the corpse here for a Titanite Chunk 1x. Go back up to the main path and head into a room on the right where winged knight will drop down. Defeat it and loot the corpse here for Twinkling Titanite 1x. Climb the ladder, turn around, and go to the end of the platform to find an Illusory Wall on your left. Go through to find the Sacred Bloom Shield and the Winged Knight Set.

Return to the room with the Winged Knight, exit the room, and head up the stairs to face some crossbow hollows. Up to the left is a tower with another hollow where you can loot Titanite Chunk 1x. To the right you can loot a corpse for Soul of a Weary Warrior 1x and another Titanite Chunk 2x. Continue up the long staircase and then head left to light the Dragon Barracks Bonfire. Loot a corpse near for an Ember 1x. If you head up the wider stairs and then head left you will find a knight in front of a corpse with a Greatlance

Navigating Dragonfire

Head toward the stone bridge near here, but be aware that a second dragon will land next to it, and both will start spraying fire. Killing one dragon will make them both die. If you decide to run across the bridge, you can drop down near the end to loot Undead Bone Shard 1x from a corpse underneath the bridge. Drop down again to the right to find a seated hollow. To the left is a doorway you can enter to find some stairs up but first, proceed down the path here to loot Titanite Chunk 2x. Keep going, and you will see a hollow that will turn into a black mass hollow; try to kill it before it can transform, and then continue on to find Twinkling Titanite 2x. Return to the doorway and head up the stairs and break some boxes to the left to find Lightning Urn 3x. Step through and exit the doorway and head right. On the stairs you will find a Crystal Lizard and a hollow will drop down here.

Continue up the stairs where more hollows will drop down. Continue up the path, where you will find a corpse to the right hanging over a ledge with Large Soul of a Nameless Soldier 1x. Continue up to the top of a tower and head down the stairs here to encounter a Winged Knight and a hollow to the left. You can loot a corpse near the hollow for Sniper Crossbow and Sniper Bolt 11x. Return to the tower top and take the other stairs down and take the path back towards the bonfire.

Make your way back to the stone bridge where you will see a dragon ahead. Near the start of the bridge, you can drop down to the right to a lower ledge where you will find Titanite Chunk 1x. Continue along this ledge to come to a path and a staircase where 3 more hollows will attack. Continue up the stairs dispatching the hollows. At the top if you proceed straight you will encounter 2 Lothric Knights on the left. The one on the right is particularly deadly, he'll two-hand his sword and can bless it. You can aggro one at a time with ranged projectiles. If you head right instead up the short set of stairs you will come to a doorway on the right. Through here you will find a hollow to your right. Straight ahead will be Large Soul of a Nameless Soldier 1x on a corpse. To the far right of this room you will find a Raw Gem on a corpse.

Fight the Boreal Outrider Knight

Go down the stairs on the right to encounter a Boreal Outrider Knight on the lower level who deals some powerful frost damage. This is enemy is quick and relentless so patience and stamina conservation are key. Killing it has a chance to drop Irithyll Rapier. In this room are 4 chests, 1 with Twinkling Titanite 1x, 1 with Spirit Tree Crest Shield and 1 with Titanite Scale 1x. The 4th chest can be found hidden behind several boxes and contains Twinkling Titanite 2x.

Return up the stairs and head right up the large stairs. The dragon will breathe fire into this courtyard area. You can dash left or it can be rolled through to head straight into the next room. Head up the stairs here avoiding the fire barrels being tossed and take out the hollows at the top. Head into the proceeding room where you will find hollows and a Mimic chest to the right with Titanite Scale 3x. A corpse in here can be looted for Pale Pine Resin 1x. If exit to the outside from this room you will find several hollows and a corpse with Titanite Scale 1x. 

Reenter the room and head left down the stairs to take out more hollows and loot Large Soul of a Nameless Soldier 1x on a corpse hanging over the edge. If you take the ladder down you can loot a corpse in this room for Black Firebomb 3x, which will be useful for the next step. Head back up the ladder. To the right you will see a dragon claw reaching into the room. Attacking it will trigger a dark mass eruption from it that spits abyssal fluid that can inflict curse. It is weak to fire and can be attacked at range to stay out of harm's way. Killing it will fell both dragons in this area. At this point you can return to the area across the stone bridge where the white dragon had been guarding to loot corpses for Lightning Urn 6x, Refined Gem 1x, and Ember 2x.

Unlock main Gates for a Shortcut

Once the dragon is slain, exit this room out the opposite doorway and head right down the stairs, down the path to find a corpse on the left with Titanite Chunk 1x and further down the path a Crystal Lizard & a body with Titanite Scale 1x. Return back to the room where you fought the dragon claw and take the stairs down and head into the nearby room to find a Large Soul of a Weary Warrior 1x. Pull the lever here and drop down to the right to take on the cleric and red eyed Lothric Knight. Defeat them and head down the main central stairs to face another cleric and knight. A corpse in the corner has an Ember 1x.

Head back up the central staircase and take the curved stairs on your left. Head right to exit and right again to enter a church like building. There is an open doorway on the left. Take it and head right to find the Red Tearstone Ring. If you jump down where the rail is broken, you can find Caitha's Chime, beware the long fall. Inside the church you can find Rusted Coin 2x on a corpse and behind it, a chest with a Titanite Scale 1x. In the lower portion of this room, you can find the summon sign of Eygon of Carim. You can summon him now or wait until ready to tackle the boss if you want to explore some more.

Find the Sunlight Altar

Exit the church and slightly to the left and ahead will be a corpse with Sunlight Medal 1x. To the left of this corpse enter the room to activate a lift to unlock a shortcut to where you first entered the castle. Take the lift back up to the top and exit to the left and go left around the corner. On the left up the wall will be a ladder. Take it to the top and head left on the roof to find a corpse in the corner with Titanite Chunk 1x. If you make your way back along the roof you will come to a long rooftop leading towards some crossbow hollows and an axe wielding hollow. Cross into the building they are in and head to the opposite side of the room and take the ladder down. In this room you will find the Knight's Ring 1x.

Cross the covered bridge which leads out of this room to encounter an axe hollow and a greatsword wielding lothric knight. Beyond them in the next room is a chest with Titanite Scale 3x. In this room you will find the Altar of Sunlight, where you can learn the Praise the Sun Gesture and which also serves as the covenant turn in for the Warrior of Sunlight Covenant. Open the double door here and exit out.

If you head left and look over the edge you can see the dark mass which has erupted from the fallen dragon. Snipe it safely from up here with fire spells or a lot of arrows. The Onislayer Great arrow seems to do the most damage. It is susceptible to fire and can be taken out from range. If you have no ranged, run past the left side of it and get behind it. You will be inside the dead dragon and it cannot attack this direction, just be carefull attaking since most attacks cause your character to move forward, and getting you in range of it's flailing attacks. Killing it cause the dragon to disappear and you can loot Titanite Chunk 2x, Large Titanite Shard 2x, and Ember 2x. A corpse nearby can be looted for Soul of a Crestfallen Knight 1x. In the adjacent room you will find a Mimic with the Sunlight Straight Sword and up the stairs the Braille Divine Tome of Lothric.

Boss Fight: Dragonslayer Armour

Once ready to tackle the boss return to where you saw the sign for Eygon of Carim and summon him if you choose. Head out and to the right to come to the fog, where you will challenge the area boss, Dragonslayer Armour. Kill him to obtain Soul of Dragonslayer Armour. Proceed along this bridge and light the Bonfire, and continue on. Head to the right and take the stairs down to find Titanite Chunk 1x. Return up the stairs and head right up the main central stairs. In the next room you will find another Bonfire. Light it and press on into the Grand Archives.

 

Lothric Castle Map

Lothric Castle Map 2 Dks3

Lothric Castle Map 3 Dks3

Video Playthroughs

TheGadgetAddicts: Lothric Castle Video Walkthrough Part 1 (First two Bonfires, Winged Knight, Dragons, Frost Knight)

TheGadgetAddicts: Part 2 (Dragons, mimic, shortcut, Dragonslayer Armour)

Speed Run Walkthrough

A fast walkthrough of how to get to the end of the level the fastest, picking up only essential items goes here. 

 

 




    • Anonymous

      23 Oct 2018 12:58  

      Pleaseee do bear in mind that this area is SOOOO ANNOYINGLY HARD because i was an naive after beating the dancer on my first try and the promtly ran in and lost over 150K souls almost instantly in the first two rooms (Haahaa lol git gud! yeah, yeah) it made the dungeons of ithiryl seem like a jolly skip through the park, make sure you have high damage weapons and a F-tonne of embers (try to farm embers outside the dancer off the lothric knights if you are low) oh and this area will force you to make parrying your best friend, good luck, youll need it

      • Anonymous

        18 Mar 2018 15:50  

        When I had killed the mimic after the dark mass from the dragon, I picked up a symbol of avarice with the sunlight straight sword. Just thought I'd mention it incase it hadn't happened before would love feedback

        • Anonymous

          07 Mar 2018 06:16  

          Might be a good idea to mention the despawn Crystal Lizard issue, i.e. you have kill both of them without reloading the level or presumably dying.

          • Anonymous

            17 Feb 2018 23:11  

            Should be noted that there is a chance for the Prince Lothric shortcut elevator to go down to a tiny area where a single body holds a titanite slab. I don't know it there is a method to activate this or its just pure RNG but it has randomly happened to me and a friend.

            • Anonymous

              26 Nov 2017 14:41  

              When facing the bridge with the dragons, the left one has a claw wrapped around a tower, which will not move when you shoot at it with a bow. Fire doesn't reach here at all but it takes around 60 arrows.

              • Anonymous

                26 Jul 2017 05:39  

                The link to the maps is broken. When you click them, it doesn't open the full sized images. In the url, there is an extra slash and quote mark (/") after the dot com. When that is deleted, the image opens.
                I would edit the links on the pictures, but I don't have privileges. Somebody should do this.

                • Anonymous

                  23 Jul 2017 12:00  

                  I found out that if you just run/roll straight up to the gate, the flames don't reach you in the middle portion of the gate! Then it was a matter of just shooting it to death with the pharris bow +6 with cheap wood arrows. Shoot the tail of the black one left exposed on the wall instead if the head or body, it does about 120 damage to the tail vs 100 to the body. Used about 50 arrows (5x 50 = 250 souls). Cheap kill. i haven't tried it but I think there might be an fireless patch at the wall where the tail is exposed as well... otherwise I can't image why they put the tail there.

                  • Anonymous

                    26 Mar 2017 19:07  

                    The pus of man of the left drake dies for some reasons recently wihthout even me beeing near it. I get ember and material whereever I be and the thing is gone when I check it (near the sunwarrior altar). Happened twice so far last week.

                    • Anonymous

                      28 Feb 2017 14:27  

                      Can anyone explain dragons in the game? I mean, wasn't they all killed, except one? And they are creatures of the Dark Age, while DS3 is the end of the Age of Fire. Still there are around five dragons in the game. If you don't kill them and trigger betrayal ending, does it mean that they will survive through age of fire to their second age of dark? True oldfags.

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