Demon's Souls Guides Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Demon's Souls Guides RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Demon's Souls: How to Find Biorr, of the Twin Fangs Wed, 02 Dec 2020 17:50:48 -0500 Jonathan Moore

Demon's Souls boss fights can be difficult for even the most seasoned players. While you can summon real players to help you beat bosses like Flamelurker and Tower Knight, you can also enlist the help of a certain NPC to help you against Penetrator and the Blue Dragon: Biorr, of the Twin Fangs.

For Biorr to help you fight these bosses, you must first find him and free him from his prison cell in Boletarian Palace. The walkthrough below tells you how. 

Where is Biorr in Demon's Souls? 

Biorr can be found near the Tower Knight Archstone in Boletarian Palace. There is a locked wooden door near the Tower Knight Fog Gate (the entrance to the Tower Knight boss fight) barring the way to a dungeon and Biorr's cell. 

For another reference point, the door is located between the Tower Knight Archstone and the gate leading to The Lord's Path (the gate guarded by the Blue Eye Knight and the three archers leading outside the castle walls). 

How to Open the Door Leading to the Dungeon and Biorr's Cell

To open the door, you need the Iron Key Ring, which is dropped by a Fat Official in The Inner Ward. The Inner Ward is the area locked by a large Fog Gate just beyond the Tower Knight Archstone.

To dissolve the Fog Gate, you must first defeat an Arch Demon. The easiest Arch Demon to defeat is the Dragon God, which is found in Stonefang Tunnel following the Flamelurker boss fight. 

Once you have defeated Dragon God, or one of the other Arch Demons such as Old Monk (Tower of Latria), Maiden Astraea (Valley of Defilement), or Storm King (Shrine of Storms), return to the Tower Knight Archstone and the Fog Gate will dissolve automatically, giving you access to The Inner Ward. 

A cutscene will play and the doors will open. 

How to Get the Iron Key Ring

Go through the doors and into the courtyard beyond with two carriages full of barking dogs. Defeat the two dogs near the fountain, and go up the large set of stairs leading up to a Fat Official.

When you reach the Fat Official, another cutscene will play. After the cutscene, turn right, toward a stack of crates and barrels. Three Boletarian Soldiers will burst through the crates and barrels, revealing a small passageway. Defeat the Soldiers and follow the path ahead. Defeat the Soldier and Spearman in the next area.

To proceed, you can go left and down the stairs, or you can roll off the edge of the landing just to the right of the stairs. Either way, you will have to fight an Imperial Spy, so be careful of its (very) strong attacks that can deplete both your stamina and health. 

After defeating the Spy, follow the path around and up to a large landing with lunch/picnic tables. Kill the Archer on the landing; be mindful that a Spy will sometimes come down the stairs behind you and attack.

From this landing, go up the stairs and stop just past the first torch on the left wall. This will trigger the Soldier at the top of the stairs to release the flaming boulder in front of him. Run back to dodge the boulder and fight the Spy coming down the stairs after you. 

Now go back up the stairs, minding the Archer in the first hallway to the right, the Soldier coming down the stairs, and the Spy in the second hallway to the right. At the top of the stairs, you'll see a Fat Official and three Archers in front of you.

Follow the stairs that go up to the left. Kill the Red Eye Knight in the corridor, and continue along the path. You will emerge into a large open area with lunch/picnic tables on the left and the three Archers ahead of you, just to the right (the same three Archers you saw before fighting the Red Eye Knight). 

A Spy will drop down just to your left. Kill them and stay left, along the very edge of the area. Go up the wooden ladder in front of you, then another wooden ladder.

At the top, you'll be faced with two Spearmen and two Soldiers. Try to take them out quickly; the Fat Official will be walking up the steps toward you.

A Spy will also appear if you get too close to the main stairs leading higher up, so try to stay near the wooden ladder you just came up until you thin the enemies out. 

Now, all you have to do is kill the Fat Official and take the Iron Keychain. With the Keychain in hand, go back to the door at the Tower Knight Archstone and open it (do this before you fight Penetrator in The Inner Ward). Follow the path down and eventually, you'll turn left into an area full of cells and a Fat Official.

Go straight ahead, and Biorr's cell is the last cell on the right, just past a torch on the right wall and a large cart on the left. It's hard to see him because he's sitting in complete darkness, but just unlock the cell and walk inside. 

How to Get Biorr to Help You Fight Penetrator

After you've freed Biorr, all you have to do for him to help you with Penetrator is enter the Penetrator boss fight, and he will spawn on the right side of the area, near the Fog Gate. It does not matter if you're in Soul form or Human form. 

Unfortunately, Biorr doesn't do much damage to Penetrator, but he will distract the boss for you, allowing you, or other players you've summoned, to focus on damage instead of defense. 

How to Get Biorr to Help You Fight the Blue Dragon

If Biorr survives the fight with Penetrator, he will "help" you fight the Blue Dragon in 1-4, The King's Tower. I say "help" because Biorr doesn't really do much in this fight and can be easily killed by the Blue Dragon's fire. 

Note: If you are trying to complete the Mephistopheles questline, you should kill Biorr before either fight to eliminate the risk of him dying and negating the entire questline. 

And that's all you need to know about how to find and rescue Biorr, of the Twin Fangs in Demon's Souls, as well as how to get his help during two of the games harder boss/more laborious boss fights. If you found this guide helpful, consider giving it a share! 

Demon's Souls White Bow Locations Guide Wed, 02 Dec 2020 15:28:16 -0500 Jonathan Moore

Ranged weapons like the Compound Short Bow and the Compound Long Bow are useful for killing enemies from afar or kiting tougher foes away from a horde in Demon's Souls. You can upgrade those weapons to do heavy damage, but if you want to hit enemies from as far away as possible and do the most base damage while collecting mats for other upgrades, the White Bow is worth consideration.

Getting the White Bow in Demon's Souls is a bit involved, but unlike some other weapons (looking at you Demonbrandt and Soulbrandt), you have three chances to pick it up. 

It's important to note that the White Bow scales best with Strength and Dexterity, so if you aren't going with STR/DEX builds, the White Bow may not be worth the investment. Further, the White Bow is ultimately surpassed by other upgraded ranged weapons in terms of damage, such as the Sticky +5 variants of the Compound Long and Short Bows. 

The Ritual Path (Adjudicator Archstone)

From The Ritual Path Archstone (the Adjudicator Archstone), go down the steps and drop down. Turn around and follow the path forward. Pass Graverobber Blige (if you've freed him), and enter the room with the Reaper and Shadowlurkers

Take the left path, and kill the Shadowlurker. Drop down behind the Reaper below and kill it to remove all of the Shadowlurkers from the area.

From the Reaper, go down the stone stairs in front of the altar and into the stairwell on the right side. Go up two flights of stone stairs until you see a flight of wooden stairs. Don't go up them. 

There is a bricked-up archway to the right of the glowing skeleton in the wall. Strick the archway to reveal an illusory wall

Go through the archway and down. You will emerge outside on a cliff, and there is a Red Eye Dual-Katana Skeleton in front of you. The White Bow is on the body at the edge of the cliff behind the Skeleton. 

Penetrator Archstone

After defeating Penetrator in The Inner Ward of Boletaria Palace, follow the path from the Penetrator Archstone to the next area. You will see a dead Dragon and three archers. There will be three Black Phantoms (one with a bow and arrow) past the Archers. 

Defeat the three Archers first, then kite the two melee-based Black Phantoms one at a time back toward the Penetrator Archstone. Both Metas, Knight of the Lance and Alfred, Knight of the Tower are very powerful and can deplete half of your health bar in a single hit. 

Once you've defeated the two melee Phantoms, attack the last Phantom, Long Bow Oolan, either using ranged attacks (depending on the strength of your current bow and/or the spells you have on hand) or melee. If you get close and attack using a melee weapon, the Oolan will use a Kilij for very swift attacks. 

Oolan will try to create distance to shoot you with arrows; she can easily fire two arrows in the time it takes a normal Archer to fire one. She also has Firestorm, which she may use when her health gets low. 

Sparkly, the Crow (Shrine of Storms, 4-1)

This method is a bit more involved, if only because you need to give Sparkly, the Crow a piece of Pure Moonlightstone. If you don't know how to find Sparkly, here's a quick walkthrough. 

How to Find Sparkly, the Crow

Go to Shrine of Storms Island's Edge Archstone.

From the Archstone, go straight and follow the path past the Silver Skeletons up to the main gate (where the Skeleton Archers are shooting down at you and you can see Vanguard looming the distance).

Go halfway through the gate and turn left to see a pathway leading through the wall. There is a trap switch on the floor between the torches. Raise your shield or hug the right or left wall to mitigate the damage from the three arrows or miss them altogether. 

Go up the stairs and then left at the top, through the gap in the wall. Follow the path down and turn left at the end. Continue along the path, and kill the Silver Skeleton that rolls toward you. Beware of a second Silver Skeleton to your right when you enter the next room. 

Climb the stairs on the left side, and kill the Silver Skeleton at the top. Exit the room through the right archway and follow the cliff path up. At the top, you will see a huge tree, and when you get close enough, Sparkly will start speaking to you. 

To get the White Bow, you need to leave Sparkly a piece of Pure Moonlightstone. Leave the stone and go back to the Island's Edge Archstone. You can choose Island's Edge from the warp menu to reset the area. Go back to Sparkly, and the White Bow should be on the ground in front of the tree

White Bow Stats

  • Physical Attack: 100
  • Range: 75

You will need 30 Strength and 24 Dexterity to wield the White Bow. It can fire every arrow type. 

Upgrading the White Bow

The White Bow can only be upgraded using a Colorless Demon's Soul. There are quite a few ways to get these special souls in each playthrough. 

  • Trade Sparkly the Talisman of God and Gold Mask (2)
  • Perform Mephistopheles assassination quests (2)
  • Kill Primeval Demons (5)

You can also find a Colorless Demon's Soul after unlocking the gate near the beginning of The Gates of Boletaria Archstone. You will need Pure Black or Pure White World Tendency to open this gate. 

From the Archstone, go forward and left a short way to find a small staircase leading down. 

Go through the new area and enter the tower. Kill Executioner Miralda and descend the stairs until you reach a ladder leading down. Instead of taking the ladder, walk out onto the beams and drop down to the next set of wooden beams. Grab the Colorless Demon's Soul. 

That's all you need to know about how to get the White Bow in Demon's Souls and how to upgrade it. For more on the impeccable remaster of this From Software classic, be sure to check out our other tips and guides here. If you found this article helpful, consider giving it a share!

Demon's Souls: How to Upgrade Weapons Wed, 18 Nov 2020 17:28:35 -0500 Jonathan Moore

No matter what class you choose in Demon's Souls, your starting weapons will only get you so far. Weapon upgrades are integral to progression and survival in both the PS3 version of the RPG and the PS5 remaster

Upgrading your weapons in Demon's Souls isn't exactly straightforward. There are two blacksmiths in the game, but one blacksmith is better than the other and harder to unlock. Here's how to upgrade weapons along any path (Hardstone, Bladestone, Moonshadestone, etc.) and forge stronger equipment and boss weapons. 

Note: Since Blacksmith Ed is somewhat hard to find, I've included a full walkthrough on how to find him, as well as how to give him the Searing Demon's Soul. 

Where is Blacksmith Boldwin?

Unlike his brother, Blacksmith Ed, Blacksmith Boldwin is very easy to find. He's located in the Nexus next to Stockpile Thomas. 

Blacksmith Boldwin Items

Here's what Blacksmith Boldwin sells and how many souls each item costs. 

  • Crescent Moon Grass (150 Souls)
  • Fresh Spice (350 Souls)
  • Ed's Sharpening Stone (2,000 Souls)
  • Dagger (700 Souls)
  • Short Sword (1,000 Souls)
  • Battle Axe (1,500 Souls)
  • Heater Shield (2,000 Souls)
  • Arrow (20 Souls)
  • Bolt (30 Souls)
  • Cracked Eye Stone (2,800 Souls)
Weapon Upgrades

Boldwin can only upgrade weapons that follow the Hardstone and Sharpstone paths, such as the Long Sword, Uchigatana, and Compound Long Bow. He cannot upgrade magical weapons, such as the Crescent Falchion, nor can he work on boss weapons, such as the Morion Blade or Northern Regalia. 

To upgrade equipment for any of the other stone types, including Cloudstone, Moonshadestone, and Dragonstone, you'll need to find Blacksmith Ed, which is a much more involved process. 

Where is Blacksmith Ed?

Blacksmith Ed is found at the beginning of world 2-1, Stonefang Tunnel's Smithing Grounds. But you have to start the elevator behind the merchant, The Filthy Man, to gain access to him. Here's a quick walkthrough of how to do that. 

How to Start Blacksmith Ed's Elevator

From the 2-1 Archstone, go up the stairs and go right. Cross the stone bridge towards the Scale Miners throwing rocks off the tower ahead. Go through the gate at the bottom of the tower, and go left.

Continue straight ahead. Make sure to kill the Scale Miners on either side of the next room to make the next encounter easier. Remember that Scale Miners are weak to piercing attacks, so use weapons such as the

  • Long Sword (heavy attack)
  • Mail Breaker
  • Dagger
  • Rapier
  • Short Spear

Go through the short tunnel and into the larger open area beyond. To proceed, you need to get to the archway straight ahead, but you should kill the Scale Miners first.

Do not go past the middle of the area: three dogs will burst out of the archway you're going towards. Take out the Scale Miners first, then the dogs, and go through the archway. 

Kill the Fat Official when you enter and go through the small archway on the right side of the room. Be careful of the Pickaxe Scale Miner just inside the archway to the right. Kill them and take the stairs up.

Turn right at the top and kill another Pickaxe Scale Miner standing in the passage. There is one more Miner coming out of the small archway to the right, so be careful in this tight space. 

Continue down the path and go up the stairs at the end. At the top, turn left and take the wooden ramp up. At the top of the ramp, turn left and go across the wooden bridge toward the Fat Official

The bridge will break. When you land below, turn right and go up the small set of steps. Follow the path all the way around, killing the Scale Miners along the way, and cross another wooden bridge. Kill the two Miners on the left and grab two of Ed's Sharpening Stones. 

Go right and under the platform with the Fat Official. Go to the back left corner and pull the giant lever. A cutscene will play and the gate to the right of the Fat official will open. 

Now jump back down to the area where you killed the dogs and go all the way back up to the broken bridge. When you get to the top of the wooden ramp leading to the broken bridge, take the stone stairs in front of you, and follow the path through the Fog Gate. 

You'll enter an area with a large water wheel. Take the wooden ramp up and go left at the top. Pass the water wheel, and go up the next wooden ramp to your left.

Follow the path around, passing the water wheel again, and go past the lava pit on the right. Kill the three Scale Miners on the stone stairs in front of you. 

There's a Fog Gate to your left and a cart in front of you. Destroy the cart and continue forward, killing the hammer-wielding Scale Miners. At the end of the path, you'll be outside. Go right and follow the path straight ahead. It will end at a wall with gears and a round crank. Turn the crank to start the elevator to your left. 

Jump on the elevator and ride it all the way to the bottom, where you'll find Blacksmith Ed. And make sure to grab the Renowned Hero's Soul on the landing outside his smithy.   

Blacksmith Ed Items

Blacksmith Ed does not sell any items. 

Blacksmith Ed Weapon Upgrades

While Blacksmith Boldwin can repair and upgrade some of your weapons and equipment, Ed can upgrade every weapon (and shield) in Demon's Souls along any upgrade path. Ed can also forge boss weapons, which are made from various Demon Souls. 

For Ed to forge Boss weapons, you must give him the Searing Demon's Soul (formerly the Red Hot Demon's Soul), which is obtained after beating Flamelurker in 2-2, Stonefang Tunnel's Tunnel City. 

How to Give Blacksmith Ed the Searing Demon's Soul

Put the Searing Demon's Soul in your inventory, and go see Ed. Speak with him until his dialog options run out. Then take the elevator back up and warp to The Tunnel City (Armor Spider) Archstone. 

Spawn and warp back to the Smithing Grounds Archstone. Go speak with Ed again, and he will mention the Searing Demon's Soul before asking for it. Choose "Yes" when he asks, and you'll now be able to forge Boss weapons. 

And that's that on upgrading weapons in Demon's Souls. If you're looking for various stone and shard types, such as Bladestone, Moonlightstone, and Mercurystone, head over to our tips section for those guides and more!

Demon's Souls Compound Long Bow Location Guide Mon, 16 Nov 2020 19:33:23 -0500 Jonathan Moore

The Compound Long Bow is the third strongest non-upgraded bow (in terms of base damage) in Demon's Souls. It's a good upgrade to the Compound Short Bow, but it's harder to get. You'll have to weather the Shrine of Storms and its notorious Silver Skeletons if you want to add it to your inventory, which can be a task early on. 

You may also want to get this bow for crafting the Lava Bow, or to gain access to a high-level ranged weapon capable of inflicting Sticky damage. Though the Compound Long Bow doesn't provide any added benefits over the Compound Short Bow when crafting the Lava variant, it is a more powerful and longer-ranged Sticky variant.

Compound Long Bow Location

Go to the Island's Edge Archstone (4-1) in Shrine of Storms. From the archstone, go straight ahead and defeat the Silver Skeleton. Then go through the archway and fight the Silver Skeletons guarding the stairway; there are two on the immediate stairway, as well as an Archer on the right near the banner.

Slowly move forward to kite the first Skeleton, drawing it away from the others. Defeat it, and repeat the process with the second Skeleton. Ascend the stairway, and kill the Archer. 

Turn left and slowly continue up the stairway. You will see two Skeletons at the top. Kite one, defeat it, and repeat with the next Skeleton. When you get to the top of the stairway, mind the Archers shooting down from the rampart above. 

When you get to the large castle gate (just underneath the Archers firing down from the rampart), don't go completely through it. Instead, go halfway through it, and turn left to go inside the wall, as shown in the screenshot above.

Beware of the pressure plate halfway down the corridor, on the floor between the two torches on the wall. This triggers an arrow trap that fires three arrows in quick succession.

At the end of the corridor, go right and up the steps to the top. At the top, ignore the Silver Skeleton and two Archers in front of you to the right. Just make sure the Silver Skeleton doesn't follow you. Go left through the space in the stone wall. 

Go down through the rubble, toward the solitary Archer shooting at you from above. Go under the Archer and into the room ahead. Watch out for the Silver Skeleton waiting around the corner to the left.

Defeat the Skeleton and continue through the corridor. At the end, watch out for another Skeleton to your right. Defeat them, and go up the stairs to the left. There is another Silver Skeleton waiting for you at the top. Defeat that enemy, and go out onto the castle rampart.

(Note: Going out onto the cliff will lead you to Sparkly, the Crow). 

Follow the path out onto the rampart around to the right to find an Archer and a slouched body with an item on it. The Compound Long Bow is on the body, along with some arrows.

The Compound Long Bow can fire regular arrows, heavy arrows, holy arrows, rotten arrows, and fire arrows. It is perfect for the Armor Spider fight in 2-1, Stonefang Tunnel's Smithing Grounds if you're able to get through Shrine of Storms early. 

It has a base damage of 45 (10 more than the Long Bow) and a range of 60. It can be upgraded to +10 with Hardstone and Sharpstone. The +10 variant deals 90 damage. You'll need 22 Strength and 12 Dexterity to wield it. 

It can also be upgraded to a +5 Quality Bow using Clearstone; a +5 Sticky Bow using Spiderstone; and the Lava Bow using the Hard Demon's Souls. The Quality and Sticky variants require a Compound Short Bow +3. The Lava Bow requires a Compound Long Bow +7 and the Red Hot Demon's Soul (received for defeating Flamelurker in Stonefang Tunnel, The Tunnel City. 

That's all you need to know about how to get the Compound Long Bow in Demon's Souls. If you found this guide helpful, consider giving it a share! 

Demon's Souls Compound Short Bow Location Guide Mon, 16 Nov 2020 18:00:04 -0500 Jonathan Moore

The Compound Short Bow is one of five bows in Demon's Souls (not counting the Lava Bow, which must be crafted with the Hard Demon's Soul). It's a great early-game option for ranged players and is easier to get than the Compound Long Bow, which is located in the Shrine of Storms, a notoriously difficult area — even for leveled players. 

Indeed, the Thief class starts the game with the Shortbow, and the Hunter class starts with the Longbow. However, the Compound Short Bow deals more base damage than both of those, so it's worth seeking out even if you started Demon's Souls as one of those classes. 

Here's how to get the Compound Short Bow. While it can be dropped by Silver Skeletons in Shrine of Storms, this guide will cover the easiest way to get the bow: by defeating the Phalanx Demon and gaining access to the Lord's Path in Boletaria Palace.

You can see how to beat Phalanx over in our guide for how to level up

Compound Short Bow Location

First defeat Phalanx, then travel to The Lord's Path Archstone (1-2) at Boletarian Palace. When you spawn at the stone, go straight ahead and through the tunnel in front of you. Continue through the tunnel into the next area, which has several Hoplites on either side, carriages, and dead horses.

Remember that Hoplites are vulnerable to fire, as well as attacks from the rear. Go through this area, and ascend the stairs at the end.

You will find yourself on a rampart looking toward the castle and city in the distance. You will also notice two towers on the rampart. The Compound Short Bow is at the top of the second tower.

How to Get to the Second Tower

There is a Red Dragon flying in this area. It breathes fire along the ramparts, killing you and anything else in its path. 

Go out to the first set of wooden barricades (shown in the image above) on the rampart, just past the charred bodies on the ground to the right. Once you reach the wooden barricades, turn around immediately and go back to the entrance.

You should hear the Dragon's wings flapping, signaling its approach. As soon as the Dragon starts breathing fire, start running across the rampart to the first tower. Don't stop to pick up any items; you may get caught in the Dragon's next pass if you do, and the fire will kill you instantly.  

Once in the first tower, there are two paths to take: either repeat the same process of waiting for the Dragon and crossing the second rampart between the towers, or take the small set of stairs to the right. 

If you go along the second rampart, wait for the Dragon to fly over and breathe fire. Then run behind it. Be careful, though: there are four Archers guarding the entrance to the second tower.

If you take the stairs in the first tower, exit through the archway to the outside of the tower. Take the stone staircase down two flights. At the bottom, take a right and follow the path forward through the iron gate. 

Be careful of the Dregling to the left of the cart just after the first wooden barricade, and continue past the large hole in the right wall. Very shortly after that hole in the wall, you will see a torch hanging on the left wall and the path starts going upward.

Move forward slowly; there are five dogs here that will easily kill you. Try to take them on one or two at a time. 

After you kill the dogs, continue up the path until you reach an open iron gate with an archer on the other side of it. Destroy the barricade just before and to the right of the iron gate to reveal a passageway (shown in the image above). Take the stairs up, exit to the outside of the tower, and continue to the top of the tower. 

There are two archers at the top of the tower. The bow is on the body at their feet. 

Compound Short Bow Ammo, Stats, and Upgrades,

The Compound Short Bow can fire regular arrows, heavy arrows, fire arrows, rotten arrows, and holy arrows. It is perfect for the Armor Spider boss fight in 2-1, Stonefang Tunnel's Smithing Grounds. 

This bow has a base damage of 40 (10 more than the Short Bow) and a range of 50. It can be upgraded to +10 with Hardstone and Sharpstone. The +10 variant deals 80 damage. You'll need 18 Strength and 10 Dexterity to wield it. 

It can also be upgraded to a +5 Quality Bow using Clearstone; a +5 Sticky Bow using Spiderstone; and the Lava Bow using the Hard Demon's Souls. The Quality and Sticky variants require a Compound Short Bow +3. The Lava Bow requires a Compound Short Bow +7 and the Red Hot Demon's Soul (received for defeating Flamelurker in Stonefang Tunnel, The Tunnel City). 

That's all you need to know about how to get the Compound Short Bow in Demon's Souls. If you found this guide helpful, consider giving it a share! 

Demon's Souls: How to Level Up and Phalanx Boss Walkthrough Mon, 16 Nov 2020 16:00:57 -0500 Jonathan Moore

Knowing how to level up in Demon's Souls is crucial to your survival in the Kingdom of Boletaria. That's true in the original game on PS3 and the remaster on PS5. To upgrade character stats like strength, endurance, vitality, and magic, you must first beat the Phalanx Demon boss, then speak with two different NPCs in the Nexus.

Since you must Phalanx before you can level up, I've included a walkthrough for that boss below, including how to find and start the Phalanx demon boss fight, as well as how to defeat it.

If you've already completed that step, you can click the following link to skip ahead to "Step 2: Speak to the Monumental," which you will also need to do before Maiden Astraea allows you to seek soul power and level up in the Nexus. 

Step 1: Beat the Phalanx Demon

After the Demon's Souls tutorial, where you either beat the Vanguard demon or get crushed trying, you'll find yourself in the Nexus. This is the game's hub world, which gives you access to each of the five archstones — or worlds.

Go to the Archstone of the Covetous King behind the Crestfallen Warrior. This is the first archstone on the left stairwell behind the sitting Blue Phantom. This Archstone will take you to the Gates of Boletaria.

The mini walkthrough below tells you how to open the gate guarding Phalanx. 

How to Find Phalanx

Note: Be mindful to pick up all of the Firebombs and Pine Resin you can throughout the entire section ahead. You will need them to fight Phalanx, whether you're using magic or not.

When you spawn at the Gates of Boletaria, go straight ahead and watch out for the Dreglings on either side of the path. Ascend the stairs in front of you. At the top of the stairs, go left, and then go up another set of stairs in front of you. There is a Dregling with a flaming sword on the stairs for reference. 

At the top of these stairs, go left, and follow the path around to the right, minding the archer and two Dreglings there. 

Defeat them and go through the next doorway into the Soldier's Quarters. Mind the three Dreglings hiding around corners and in the darkness here.

Once through the Soldier's Quarters, go up the next set of stairs and follow the path around to the right. Defeat the two Boletarian Soldiers here and go through the Fog Gate.

Follow the path up the wooden staircases. There are Soldiers that throw Firebombs here, so be careful!

Keep going up until you reach a stone staircase (you'll briefly go outside of the castle just before you reach the stone staircase). Be careful here as well because a Boletarian soldier will roll a boulder down the staircase

Go about a quarter way up the staircase, turn around, and run back down. This should trigger the boulder, which will miss you.  

After the boulder comes down the staircase, go up, and defeat the Soldier. Go straight ahead and defeat the Blue Eye Knight (mind the Archers behind you, who can get in a few easy shots).

After defeating the Blue Eye Knight, go through the Fog Gate they were guarding and take the staircase down. Follow the path down and around to the left, minding the bomb-thrower ahead of you. 

Kill the bomb-thrower, and go right. Continue forward and defeat the Spearman and the Soldier in the next section. Continue to follow the path.

You'll quickly emerge and see a wooden scaffold ahead of you. Three Boletarian soldiers will either already be in your way or drop down in the space between you and the scaffolding. 

Kill them and climb the scaffolding. Be carfeul of the Dregling at the bottom, the Archers in the middle and top sections, and the Blue Eye Knight at the top. 

After defeating those enemies, go through the Fog Gate the Knight was guarding. At the end, you'll see a small wooden structure that holds several boulders. Strike it from the side, near the front, with your light attack to release the boulders. 

Follow the boulders down the path and take a right at the end. Go up the steps and fight the two Spearmen that appear. Defeat them and continue straight, up the steps. You'll see a bridge full of Soldiers, Spearmen, and Archers at the top.  

You can run straight across the bridge if you'd like. However, the best strategy here is to kite a few of the Soldiers and Pikemen away from the bridge. As you do so, a Red Dragon will appear and hover over the far end of the bridge.

Kill the enemies you kited, then run out onto the bridge (shield up) until the Red Dragon starts breathing fire. Now run back off of the bridge; the Dragon will kill the remaining enemies, except for two archers at the far end.  

As soon as the Dragon flies away, run across the bridge. On the other side, go down the stairs and straight ahead through the archway. Pull the huge wooden lever in front of you and a cutscene will trigger, showing the gate to Phalanx open up. 

Go through the archway to the left of the lever and follow the path through the Soldier's Quarters and down the tower. Mind the Dreglings, Spearmen, Boletarian Soldiers, and the Hoplites along the way.

Attack the Hoplites from behind, where they're weakest, but hold on to any Firebombs and Pine Resin you've accumulated. You'll need those for Phalanx. 

At the bottom of the tower, pull the lever to open the gate. You'll find yourself back at the Gates of Boletaria, where you began. Now the huge gate guarding Phalanx is open, and there is a Fog Gate in its place. Go through the gate when you're ready. 

How to Beat Phalanx 

The Phalanx Demon is covered in Hoplites, and there is a handful of them scattered around the boss area. To damage Phalanx, first remove the Hoplites covering its body

Since Phalanx and the Hoplites on it are weak to fire, use your Firebombs to knock the Hoplites off. It will take around three to four Firebombs to expose Phalanx.

Mind the roving Hoplites in the arena while you're doing this; a good strategy is to stop in one spot, wait a second, and then move a few feet to the right or left of Phalanx. The Hoplites will often attack your previous position, and this helps you throw Firebombs at Phalanx safely. 

Keep in mind that Phalanx can respawn Hoplites on its body and in the boss area, so it's best to focus on Phalanx and not the Hoplites in the boss area as much as you can. 

Once Phalanx's body is exposed, use Pine Resin to enchant your weapon with flame. For more damage, two-hand your sword and hack away.

Ranged builds could opt to attack Phalanx from afar, but putting souls into Fire Arrows this early in the game isn't advised (and choosing Fire Arrows as a starting gift only gives you 10). To buy more, you would have to first find Graverobber Blige in Shrine of Storms, which also isn't advised this early. 

If you chose Magician as your class, you can get Flame Toss immediately, which gives you a slight advantage in this fight. You will need Spice to replenish your MP, which you can buy from:

  • Boldwin in the Nexus (350 souls)
  • Royal Mistress in Tower of Latria, Prison of Hope 4F (250 souls)
  • Graverobber Blige in Shrine of Storms, Island's Edge (300 souls)

You can also find it as a drop by defeating Mindflayers in Tower of Latria, Prison of Hope. You can also get Bright Water as a starting gift, which replenishes some MP over time. 

For science, I tried this method, and it's hit or miss; targeting Phalanx is very difficult with all of the Hoplites in the boss arena. I ultimately chose to defeat it via the melee strategy using Pine Resin to speed things up. But you may have more success with it. 

Once the Phalanx is defeated, you'll get 1,270 Souls and a 30% increase to World Tendency. Touch the Archstone to get the Lead Demon's Soul, and go back to the Nexus. 

Step 2: Speak to the Monumental

Once you return to the Nexus, Maiden Astraea will tell you to speak with the Monumental near the top of the Nexus. 

Climb the outer staircase up two stories. You'll reach a landing at the base of the large statue holding a sword. Go through the archway to the left (or right if you're coming from the opposite direction) and take an immediate left to go up another staircase. 

At the top of the staircase, go left, and go up another staircase. That staircase will level off, before heading up. Don't go up. Instead, take a right.

You'll now be facing the middle of the statue holding the sword. Go forward and take a left. The Monumental is sitting on the ground on the left-hand side, about halfway down. 

Step 3: Speak to Maiden Astraea

After listening to the Monumental's story, go all the way back down to the bottom of the Nexus. Speak with Maiden Astraea. She will give you the Blue Eye Stone and the White Eye Stone

After receiving those stones, speak with her again. She will ask if you seek the power of souls. Say "Yes," and then choose "Seek Soul Power." You will now be able to use the souls you've acquired to level up! 

Though it's a little drawn out, that's all you need to know about how to level up in Demon's Souls, as well as how to find the Phalanx boss fight and defeat it. Good stats to upgrade early include stamina, endurance, and strength. For more on Demon's Souls, consider checking out our growing guides hub, and if you found this guide helpful, please consider giving it a share!

Demon's Souls PS5 Trophy List Wed, 11 Nov 2020 11:08:31 -0500 GS_Staff

The trophy list for the Demon's Souls remake on PS5 has been revealed (thanks, PowerPyx). A quick look at the trophies makes it clear that Bluepoint Games has changed things up from the original, with the inclusion of two online-only trophies, as well as some for beating bosses in specific ways. 

Keeping with the spirit of From Software's watershed RPG, however, the Slayer of Demon trophies are still here, as are those for obtaining all spells, miracles, and rings, albeit by different names this time around.

However, some notable trophies are missing, specifically those for upgrading weapons with certain stone types like Moonlightstone and Mercurystone. No longer will players have to grind for Bladestone for the Master Slasher's trophy for example. 

Here's the full list. 

Name Type Description
Slayer of Trophies Platinum All trophies obtained
Phalanx's Trophy Bronze Slayer of Demon "Phalanx"
Tower Knight's Trophy Bronze Slayer of Demon "Tower Knight"
Penetrator's Trophy Bronze Slayer of Demon "Penetrator
False King's Trophy Bronze Slayer of Demon "False King"
Armor Spider's Trophy Bronze Slayer of Demon "Armor Spider"
Flamelurker's Trophy Bronze Slayer of Demon "Flamelurker
Dragon God's Trophy Bronze Slayer of Demon "Dragon God"
Fool's Idol Trophy Bronze Slayer of Demon "Fool's Idol"
Maneater's Trophy Bronze Slayer of Demon "Maneater"
Old Monk's Trophy Bronze Slayer of Demon "Old Monk"
Adjudicator's Trophy Bronze Slayer of Demon "Adjudicator"
Old Hero's Trophy Bronze Slayer of Demon "Old Hero"
Storm King's Trophy Bronze Slayer of Demon "Storm King"
Leechmonger's Trophy Bronze Slayer of Demon "Leechmonger"
Dirty Colossus' Trophy Bronze Slayer of Demon "Dirty Colossus"
Maiden Astraea's Trophy Bronze Slayer of Demon "Maiden Astraea"
Brother-in-Arms Bronze Vanquish Penetrator with Biorr
Fist of Legend Bronze Vanquish Dragon God with 
the Hands of God
A Dash of Sage Bronze Rescue Sage Freke the Visionary
Umbasa Bronze Rescue Saint Urbain
Road to Possibilities Bronze Give the Searing Demon Soul
to Blacksmith Ed
Witch of the Tower Bronze Rescue Yuria the Witch
Return to Form Silver Help a player vanquish a boss
Unwelcome Guest Silver Vanquish a player as an invader
One Shall Fall Silver Vanquish the Tower Knight without
killing any archers
Time for Rolling Silver Cross the walkway through the 
Idol's volleys of arrows
Not Fooled Silver Vanquish the Fool's Idol without
hitting any clones
One Shall Stand Silver Vanquish Adjudicator without having
him fall down
May You be Unharmed Silver Vanquish Maiden Astraea without
killing Garl Vinland
Worthy of the Sword Silver Deliver Makoto to Satsuki
One of the Few Silver Obtain Istarelle
Seekest Soul Power Gold Embrace the power of the Old One
Legacy of the Kings Gold Obtain the Northern Regalia
Sage's Trophy Gold All magic spells obtained
Saint's Trophy Gold All miracles obtained
King of Rings Gold All rings obtained


That's it for the Demon's Souls remake trophy list. Luckily, it looks like most of the trophies are far less grindy than they were in 2009. Will you go after the Demon's Souls platinum? Do you like the changes to the trophy list? Let us know in the comments below! And if you found this article helpful, please consider giving it a share! 

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Demon's Souls Cloudstone Shards, Chunks, & Pure Materials Guide Wed, 28 Oct 2020 17:01:14 -0400 JosephYaden

Demon's Souls Cloudstone is an upgrade path that enhances the effectiveness of shields against magic. There are a slew of upgrade paths to choose from in Demon's Souls, from Mercurystone to Marrowstone, all of which have their own unique traits. 

It's not easy to find Cloudstone, but in this guide, we'll show you where to find Shards, Chunks, and Pure versions, as well as where to farm them in Demon's Souls

Cloudstone Upgrades

The first thing you should know is that you'll need to upgrade your shield to +6 before going down the Cloudstone path. This upgrade path caps at +5 and strengthens your shield's defense against magic, which can come in handy for places like the Tower of Latria. 

As always, visit Blacksmith Ed in 2-1 to upgrade your gear. 

Shard of Cloudstone

The most effective way of tracking down Shards of Cloudstone is to take out the Storm Beasts in 4-1, Shrine of Storms. These are the large Manta Rays that fly around this level. You must attack them with a long-range weapon such as a bow or magic.

Alternatively,  you can purchase Shards of Cloudstone from Graverobber Blige in 4-2

How to Farm Shards of Cloudstone

If you don't want to purchase Shards from Graverobber Blige, you can continuously take down the Storm Beasts around this area, though, it's much easier to simply purchase them from Blige. 

Chunk of Cloudstone

You can find a Chunk of Cloudstone in 4-4 Storm King Archstone to the right of the starting point, close to the cliff. In addition, Chunks appear as rare drops from the Storm Beasts. 

How to Farm Chunks of Cloudstone

The best way to farm Chunks of Cloudstone is to take out the Storm Beasts in 4-3. This area is particularly useful for farming these creatures since there is a huge open area to maneuver around. 

While farming, don't attack the Storm Beasts when they're above the water, as you'll lose the drop when they die. Make sure you take them out above land you can reach.

It's also recommended to have high-damage magic like the Soul Ray to take them out, or you can use the Storm Ruler to take out some of the Storm Beasts during the Storm King boss fight. 

The drop rate isn't great, but this is the best way to get your hands on Chunks. When you've killed all the Storm Beasts in the area, run off the cliff and start the process again. 

Pure Cloudstone

As for Pure Cloudstone, there's a surefire way to get one by defeating the Storm King in 4-3. After you take out the boss, make sure you touch the Archstone to acquire The Storm Demon's Soul and a Pure Cloudstone. You can't miss it. 

Alternatively, you can farm Pure Cloudstone from Storm Beasts, though the drop rate is even lower than with Chunks. You likely won't need more than one Pure Cloudstone, but if you do, the best way to collect it is by farming from this area in Shrine of Storms. 

How to Farm Pure Cloudstone

Use the same method as described above to farm the Storm Beasts in Shrine of Storms. It helps if you have Black World Tendency, as it increases the chances of better drops. 

With that, you should be well equipped to start gathering Shards, Chunks, and Pure Cloudstone in Demon's Souls. The nice thing is that all of the materials are condensed into one area, meaning you won't have to make trips to different Archstones. For more on Demon's Souls, check out its hub page here and don't forget to check back for more tips, tricks, and walkthroughs. 

Demon's Souls Marrowstone Shards, Chunks, & Pure Materials Guide Mon, 26 Oct 2020 15:28:55 -0400 JosephYaden

Demon's Souls Marrowstone is an upgrade path that works with daggers, knives, spears. There are many upgrade paths in Demon's Souls, from Bladestone to Mercurystone, each with their own unique boons. Marrowstone increases the strength of critical strikes but lowers the overall damage of the weapon.

Getting your hands on the upgrade materials, Shards, Chunks, and Pure, isn't easy, but in this guide, we'll highlight where to find them, and we'll showcase the best farming locations for Marrowstone throughout Demon's Souls

Marrowstone Upgrades

To start down the Marrowstone upgrade path, you'll need to have an applicable weapon upgraded to at least +3. Marrowstone caps out at +5 and focuses on critical attacks.

Visit Blacksmith Ed in 2-1 to upgrade your standard weapons to special paths like Marrowstone. 

Shard of Marrowstone

The most abundant of the group are the Shards of Marrowstone, which are found only from drops by the Giant Ticks in 5-1, Valley of Defilement or the Giant Mosquitos in 5-2.

For best results, wait until you've got a higher level character to make killing them easier.

How to Farm Shards of Marrowstone

The best way to farm Shards of Marrowstone is to run through 5-1 and kill the bulbous Giant Ticks, which are found a few floors beneath the starting point.

The drop rate isn't amazing, but it's certainly better than trying to get something like Pure Bladestone. Keep running through this area and jump off the edge to kill your character to try again. 

If you're going to farm the Giant Mosquitos in 5-2, remember to bring a long-range weapon like a bow or some sort of magic, as these enemies fly around above you. From our experience, the mosquitos have a slightly higher drop rate of Shards than the Giant Ticks

Chunk of Marrowstone

As for Chunks of Marrowstone, you can find them in the exact same way as Shards: from the Giant Ticks in 5-1 or the Giant Mosquitos in 5-2. The drop rate is lower, of course, but you'll likely come across a Chunk while farming for Shards. 

How to Farm Chunks of Marrowstone

Run from 5-1 to the bottom portion of this section, where you'll find a handful of Giant Ticks. Make sure you stay back as you attack them so you can avoid their poison and jump off the edge to try again. Repeat this process until you have the desired amount of material.

Pure Marrowstone

Luckily, there is a sure-fire way of getting Pure Marrowstone, and it's found in the Plague Babies swamp at the bottom of 5-3, Dirty Colossus Archstone.

Make your way to the bottom, and you'll find Pure Marrowstone on a corpse, along with Pure Murcurystone nearby. Try and be quick, as you'll catch the plague if you stay in the swamp too long.

How to Farm Pure Marrowstone

In terms of farming Pure Mercurystone, you can find them the same way you gather Shards and Chunks: by killing the Giant Ticks in 5-1 or the Giant Mosquitos in 5-2.

Keep in mind, the drop rate is extremely low, so unless you have multiple weapons you want to upgrade down this path, you'll only need one Pure Marrowstone, which you can get from 5-3.

Also, keep in mind, you can increase drop rates by having Black World Tendency

That covers everything you'll need to know about Demon's Souls Marrowstone upgrade path. It's a tougher upgrade path to utilize since you have to traverse the dangers of Valley of Defilement, but hopefully, this guide has helped you bag a few shards, chunks, and pure variants. For more on Demon's Souls, check out its hub here and keep visiting GameSkinny for more coverage!

Demon's Souls Mercurystone Shards, Chunks, & Pure Materials Guide Fri, 23 Oct 2020 18:10:20 -0400 JosephYaden

Demon's Souls Mercurystone is an upgrade material that works with knives, curved swords, and spears. There are numerous weapon upgrade paths, such as Bladestone and Moonlightstone, each with their own strengths and benefits. But Mercurystone imbues weapons with poison

Finding the upgrade materials required for the Mercurystone path isn't as tough as others in the game, but you still might want to have an idea of where to find them quickly. In this Demon's Souls Mercurystone guide, I'll show you the best way to find each upgrade material, including Shards, Chunks, and Pure versions, as well as where to farm them. 

Mercurystone Upgrades

To start down the Mercurystone path, you'll need to have an applicable weapon upgraded to at least +3. The Mercurystone path caps at +5 and gives a chance to inflict poison on your foe.

Don't forget to visit Blacksmith Ed in 2-1 to upgrade your weapons. 

Shard of Mercurystone

First up is the easiest of the bunch to find: Shards of Mercurystone. There are a couple of places to get your hands on shadrs, the easiest being from the prisoners armed with an Estoc (as opposed to the unarmed ones) at 3-1, Tower of Latria.

You can also acquire Shards from the Man Centipedes and Giant Man Centipedes at 3-2 and 3-3.

How to Farm Shards of Mercurystone

Instead of trying to farm the prisoners in 3-1, I advise trying your luck with the Man Centipedes. Spawn in at 3-3 and head up the steps right next to the Archstone.

Here, you'll find several Man Centipedes to take out as you make your way up. Kill any you come across and at the top, start the boss battle with The Old Monk. Let him kill you to repeat the process. 

Chunk of Mercurystone

Chunks of Mercurystone are found the same way as Shards. Take out Giant Man Centipedes or regular Man Centipedes across 3-2 and 3-3 for a chance at one of them dropping the material you're looking for.

You can also find one on a body in a swamp at 3-2, right next to the Prisoner Horde.

How to Farm Chunks of Mercurystone

The best way to farm Chunks of Mercurystone is to take out Giant Man Centipedes, found at the bottom of 3-2 in the swamp area.

Take one of the elevators down and make your way through the swamp section. The Black Phantom versions of the Giant Man Centipedes seem to have the best chance of dropping chunks, so prioritize them. Once you've made it through, jump off a ledge or let an enemy take you out to do it again. 

Pure Mercurystone

As for Pure Mercurystone, it works much like the chunks. They're dropped from the Giant Man Centipedes in 3-2, with the Red Phantom versions having a slightly better drop rate. 

However, one has a guaranteed drop towards the bottom of the Plague Babies swamp in 5-3 of Valley of Defilement. Spawn at the Dirt Colossus Archstone and head down, through a tunnel below, and go into the swamp on a body.

How to Farm Pure Mercurystone

The best way to farm Pure Mercurystone is to use the method above of taking out Giant Man Centipedes in the swamp of 3-2. Keep doing this until you get the required drop.

And remember, Black World Tendency helps with drop rates, as well. 

Now, you should have everything you need to start upgrading your weapons on the Mercurystone path. Thankfully, finding the required shards, chunks, and pure materials needed for this path isn't as bad as others in Demon's Souls. For more Demon's Souls coverage, check out its hub page here. If you found this guide helpful, consider giving it a share! 


Demon's Souls Bladestone Shards, Chunks, & Pure Materials Guide Fri, 23 Oct 2020 17:59:43 -0400 JosephYaden

Demon's Souls Bladestone is one of the best upgrade paths in the game, as it increases damage and scales with many weapons, including knives, curved swords, and spears. However, finding the upgrade materials in the Bladestone path, such as shards, chunks, and pure variants is perhaps the hardest task you'll undertake during your time in Boletaria. 

In this Demon's Souls Bladestone guide, I'll show you the best way to find all three versions of Bladestone, including farming locations and multiple options for getting your hands on shards, chunks, and pure variants. 

Bladestone Upgrades

It's important to note that the Bladestone upgrade path begins at +0. This means you can start upgrading applicable weapons towards Bladestone right away.

The Bladestone path caps at +5 and scales tremendously with dexterity once maxed out. Keep in mind, you'll need to talk to Blacksmith Ed in 2-1 to upgrade towards this path. 

Shard of Bladestone

The first and easiest upgrade material to get in this path is the Shard of Bladestone. Shards are frequently dropped by the white skeleton enemies — not the regular grey ones — in World 4, Shrine of Storms

If you spawn in at 4-1, a white skeleton can be found in the pit behind where the Vanguard spawns. Trigger the pressure plate trap and strike the illusory wall to reveal the white skeleton here.

How to Farm Shards of Bladestone

To farm Shards, start at 4-1 and run ahead. Go up the stairs while taking out skeletons. At least one of them will typically drop a Shard for you.

After that, run to the spot mentioned above (behind the illusory wall), and take out those two skeletons. Then, run back up and jump off the ledge to try again. 

Chunk of Bladestone

The Chunk of Bladestone is slightly harder to obtain, but not by much. If you plan on grinding for Pure Bladestone (more on that below), the Chunks will come easily.

How to Farm Chunks of Bladestone

The easiest way to find Chunks is to farm from the  Dual Katana Black Skeletons found across World 4, Shrine of Storms.

There's one that spawns right by the Adjudicator's Archstone. From the Archstone, head back up the stairs, and you'll come to a hallway where the Black Skeleton is waiting, with his back turned. If you have the Thief's Ring equipped, you'll be able to easily sneak up on him for a backstab, dealing high damage.

The Chunks have a low drop rate, but they are much more common than Pure Bladestone. If you don't get what you're looking for, roll back down below, head outside, and roll off the cliff. This will respawn you right at the Archstone so you can try again. 

You can also find Chunks of Bladestone from the Golden Skeletons, though the drop rate is much lower than with the Black Skeletons. There are also Black Phantom versions of the Black Skeletons nearby you can take out with a slightly better drop rate, but they're harder to kill. 

Pure Bladestone

Finally, we have the Pure Bladestone, a material so rare, it has a 2.5% chance of spawning. This means you'll likely need to farm for a few hours before it'll drop.

The only way you'll be able to get your hands on Pure Bladestone is by killing a specific Dual Katana Black Skeleton, though it's different than the one mentioned above. 

How to Farm Pure Bladestone

To find the Dual katana Black Skeleton, spawn at 4-2, Adjudicator Archstone. Head forward, towards the outside section, drop down, and turn around to head back inside.

Follow the tunnel and once you're in, drop off to the left, all the way to the ground floor. You'll take damage, but it won't kill you. Just ahead of a puddle with an item in it is a path you can take on the left.

Take this path, go up two flights of stairs, and strike the illusory wall on the right. This will lead you to the Black Skeleton you're looking for. Remember, use the Thief's Ring to sneak up on it.

If you don't get the drop you're wanting, roll off the side of the cliff and do it again. Players have reported having to kill the skeleton upwards of 200 times before the Pure Bladestone would drop, so be prepared for a grind. Also, having a Pure Black World Tendency seems to increase the drop rate, slightly.

And now you should have everything you need to find shards, chunks, and pure versions of Bladestone in Demon's Souls! For more tips, consider checking out our guides page for the game, and if this article was helpful, think about giving it a share! 

Demon’s Souls Moonlightstone Shards, Chunks, and Pure Materials Guide Fri, 23 Oct 2020 17:42:38 -0400 JosephYaden

Demon's Souls Moonlightstone is an upgrade material ideal for straight swords, curved swords, axes, and other similar weapons. As with most of the Souls games, the upgrade materials in Demon's Souls come in many rarities, with "shards" being the easiest to find and their "pure" versions being much harder to get your hands on. 

In this Demon's Souls Moonlightstone guide, I'll show you the best way to find all three Moonlightstone upgrade materials: shards, chunks, and pure. I've also included some farming locations to make things quicker.

Moonlightstone Upgrades

Before getting to the point of collecting Moonlightstone upgrade materials, you should be aware of a couple of things.

For starters, the upgrade path for Moonlightstone starts at +6, which means you'll need to upgrade an applicable weapon to that point before being able to migrate to the Moonlightstone upgrade path.

The maximum upgrade level within the Moonlightstone path is +5, and it's main draw is its boost in magic. Specifically, it imbues a weapon with magic and scales with the magic stat, which is perfect for sorcerers.

Remember to talk to Blacksmith Ed in 2-1 to upgrade towards this path. 

Shard of Moonlightstone

Starting things off is the easiest of the bunch: the Shard of Moonlightstone. This material can be found in numerous locations across World 3, Tower of Latria.

The easiest way to get your hands on a Shard of Moonlighstone is to kill the unarmed prisoners in 3-1. The drop rate isn't the best, but the unarmed prisoners are abundant, making it easy to come across eventually. 

Aside from that, you can purchase one for 3,000 souls from the Once Royal Mistress, who is located in 4F East in a cell. You'll find her when you go upstairs, then outside across a balcony, and back inside. She's in a cell on the right, just before the destroyed floor.

Alternatively, a Shard of Moonlightstone always drops in 3-2. To find it, go through the first main tower, take a right (opposite the stairs), and head outside. The Shard will be sitting on the ground at a dead-end outside. 

How to Farm Shards of Moonlightstone

For effective Shard farming, it's best to repeatedly take out the prisoners in 3-1. You can attack them through the cells without them striking you. There are many of them you can take out on the same floor as the Archstone, so once you've done a lap, jump off the edge and give it another go. 

Chunk of Moonlightstone

Next up is the Chunk of Moonlightstone and thankfully, it's not too difficult to find. I recommend you grab it from the Baby's Nail Black Phantom, who appears before you get to the Fool's Idol boss encounter. It has a 100% chance to drop. 

Upon defeating Baby's Nail, they'll drop three Chunks of Moonlightstone and two Stone of Ephemeral Eyes. 

How to Farm Chunks of Moonlightstone 

The various Crystal Lizards across 3-2 and 3-3 have a chance of dropping Chunks of Moonlightstone, as well. If you're farming for Pure Moonlightstone, Chunks will appear in the process. Also, the prisoners in 3-2 have a low chance of dropping them. 

Pure Moonlightstone

Of course, the most difficult upgrade mat to get your hands on this path is the Pure Moonlightstone. Unfortunately, there is only one way to get it, and it's purely luck-based.

Pure Moonlightstone has a chance to drop from the two Crystal Lizards across 3-2 and 3-3. You have a higher chance of getting one to spawn if you have Pure Black World Tendency.

However, there's actually a trick you can use to "re-roll" and give it another try. Once you take out a Crystal Lizard and grab its drop, you can reload your save (from the game's menu). This will reset the Crystal Lizard, allowing you to give it another try.

How to Farm Pure Moonlight Stone

Crystal Lizard 1

The first Lizard in 3-2 is found in the swamp area towards the bottom, after you go up a set of stairs that lead to a bunch of creepy tentacles. If you let the Lizard fall off the edge, you can actually go back down to its remains and collect the drop.

Crystal Lizard 2

As for 3-3, the Lizard found in the spiral staircase, just before the Old Monk boss. You'll have to get past the Man Centipedes and the Mind Flayers first. Make sure you equip the Thief's Ring so you can easily sneak up on the Lizard, and don't forget to use the reload trick if it doesn't drop a Pure Moonlightstone.

Now you should have everything you need to know about the Moonlightstone upgrade path in Demon's Souls. If you found this walkthrough guide helpful, consider sharing it with other players! For more on Demon's Souls, be sure to visit the game's guide page!

Demon's Souls Pre Order Guide: Editions & Pre Order Bonuses Tue, 29 Sep 2020 20:57:21 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Much to the joy of Souls fans across the world, the Demon's Souls remake is leading the vanguard of PlayStation 5 launch titles. Eleven years of waiting are almost over, and we'll once again be able to take on classic bosses like Tower Knight, Armor Spider, and Flamelurker without dusting off our PS3s or revving up an emulator.

The world might very well be mended. 

Of course, fans like me may have already pre ordered the standard edition of Demon's Souls when they pre ordered their PS5s. But Sony has just unveiled what comes with that edition and the game's deluxe edition for those who want to sharpen their blades early. 

Demon's Souls Standard Edition

Price: $69.88 — $69.99

The basic standard edition of Demon's Souls, whether purchased physically or digitally, comes with the base game and the Reaper Scyth weapon. There are no special pre order bonuses for specific stores. 

Here's where you can pick it up: 

Demon's Souls Digital Deluxe Edition

Price: $89.99

As the name suggests, the digital deluxe edition of Demon's Souls isn't available physically and can only be purchased on the PlayStation Store for $89.99. It comes with the base game and the Reaper Scyth weapon, as well as the following in-game bonuses per Sony: 

  • Legendary Hero Soul
  • Renowned Warrior Soul
  • Storied Warrior Soul
  • Red-Eye Knight Armor
  • Boletarian Royalty Armor
  • Ritual Blade
  • Hoplite Shield
  • Ring of Longevity
  • Preservation Grains
  • Phosphorescent Grains
  • Bearbug Grains
  • Large Hardstone Shard
  • Moonlightstone Shard
  • Original soundtrack

As of now, there are no other editions for Demon's Souls on PS5. If that changes between now and launch, we'll be sure to update this guide with that information. 

Demon's Souls was first revealed in stunning detail during Sony's June PS5 event. That was followed up by a perhaps more impressive look at the beloved RPG earlier this month, in which fans got their first proper look at new gameplay. 

Bluepoint Games, who have also worked on Titanfall, Shadow of the Colossus, and Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, are spearheading the remake, which is a complete overall built from the ground up. It will feature 4K visuals, haptic feedback through the DualSense, and 3D audio. Clocking in at 66GB, it will also take advantage of the PS5's proprietary SSD for faster load times across the board. 

Demon's Souls is set to release on November 12. Get your pre order in by using the links above and prepare to dial up the hype. Stay tuned for our full review at launch.