Soul Level 1 Any%

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This is an overview of the current Soul Level 1 Dark Souls Any% route. Note, that this does not include any safety strategies for people learning the route.


Asylum Demon

  • Start as Pyromancer with Master Key.
  • Unequip all weapons and armour, drop the Straight Sword Hilt as you open the Asylum door.
  • Pick up the Handaxe and the Pyromancy Flame (not the Cracked Round Shield).
  • Kill Asylum Demon, fly to Firelink.

Belfry Gargoyles

  • Go down to New Londo Ruins by taking the elevator.
  • Use the Master Key to gain access to Valley of Drakes.
  • Pick up the Dragon Crest Shield on your war through the valley.
  • Run all the way to the Red Tearstone Ring (RTSR), pick it up, roll down and 3 times towards the bridge.
  • Take the elevator to Darkroot Basin, equip the RTSR, pick up the Grass Crest Shield.
  • Head towards Undead Parish, picking up the Longbow and killing the Crystal Lizard on the way (1 Fireball with RTSR should be enough).
  • Buy 1 Titanite Shard and the Battle Axe from Andre of Astora, upgrade it to +1, rest at the Undead Parish bonfire.
  • Backstep through Berenike Knight's attack for RTSR range.
  • Kill Gargoyles, ring the bell, buy 2 Homeward Bones from Oswald of Carim, use one.

Chaos Witch Quelaag

  • Buy 9 Titanite Shards and upgrade the Battle Axe to +5.
  • Head towards Firelink Shrine.
  • Kick down Lautrec, Save & Quit to get the Ring of Favor and Protection (FAP ring), and take the elevator to New Londo Ruins (equip the ring while going down).
  • Pick up the Estoc before going down to Blighttown. Moveswap.
  • Kill the Blowdart Sniper next to the waterwheel to get a Purple Moss Clump (1 Fireball is enough).
  • Get in RTSR range with falls and poison, use the moss to get rid of the poison before entering the foggate.
  • Kill Quelaag, ring the second bell, use Soul of Quelaag and a Homeward Bone.

Iron Golem

  • Head through Sen's Fortress, get in RTSR range with Boulder Skip.
  • Buy 10 Black Firebombs and 20 Green Blossoms. You should be left with at least 8000 souls.
  • Kill Iron Golem by knocking him off the edge.

Dragon Slayer Ornstein & Executioner Smough

  • Rest at the Anor Londo bonfire.
  • Dupe Core of an Iron Golem twice on the elevator.
  • Run through the rafters and past the Silver Knight archers, taking the bonfire afterwards.
  • Get RTSR range from the Silver Knight at the bottom of the stairs.
  • Jump over the railing of the stairs, and head to the Giant Blacksmith.
  • Buy 8 Twinkling Titanite and Weapon Smithbox.
  • Kill the Giant Blacksmith to get Blacksmith Giant Hammer (BGH), use a Homeward Bone and upgrade it to +5.
  • Get in RTSR range again, moveswap the BGH with the Estoc and eat a Green Blossom.
  • Kill Ornstein, then Super Smough.
  • Kill Gwynevere with the bow, dupe a Homeward Bone and warp to Firelink Shrine.

Great Grey Wolf Sif

  • Place the Lordvessel in Firelink Altar, warp to Undead Parish.
  • Buy Crest of Artorias from Andre of Astora.
  • Get in RTSR range by using the Titanite Demon.
  • Pick up the Stone Armor and Hornet Ring.
  • Kill Sif, use the Darksign immediately afterwards.

Seath the Scaleless

  • Warp to Anor Londo, head to The Duke's Archives.
  • Duke Skip.
  • Use falls to get in RTSR range.
  • Try and avoid having clams in your Seath fight.
  • Break the Primordial Crystal with 1 Black Firebomb and kill Seath, darksign out.

Pinwheel & Gravelord Nito

  • Warp to Firelink Shrine, rest there.
  • Head towards the Catacombs, moveswap before Pinwheel.
  • Kill Pinwheel.
  • Keep moveswap for Nito fight.
  • Equip Stone Armor as you go through the Nito foggate.
  • Use Green Blossom and Kill Nito, unequip armor, then darksign back to Firelink Shrine.

Demon Firesage & Centipede Demon & The Bed of Chaos

  • Go to the Demon Ruins and do Ceaseless Skip (equip the full Pyromancer Armor to be able to take 3 lava hits with FAP ring).
  • Use the Ceaseless Skip and the drop to get into RTSR range (get hit by a Demonic Statue if necessary).
  • Moveswap before Demon Firesage and eat a Green Blossom.
  • Kill Demon Firesage.
  • Heal before Centipede Demon.
  • Kill Centipede Demon.
  • Equip Orange Charred Ring and run to The Bed of Chaos.
  • Kill The Bed of Chaos with Tokhi Bombs and warp back to Firelink Shrine.

Four Kings

  • Go down to New Londo Ruins once again.
  • Run to Ingward and kill him with the remaining Black Firebombs. Open the floodgate afterwards.
  • Equip Covenant of Artorias instead of FAP ring. Get in RTSR range by using falls.
  • Moveswap, eat a Green Blossom in The Abyss.
  • Kill Four Kings. Darksign back.

Gwyn, Lord of Cinder

  • Enter the Kiln of the First Flame.
  • Get into RTSR range using the first Black Knight.
  • Equip the Hornet Ring and Dragon Crest Shield on the way.
  • Kill Gwyn.