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Dark Souls 100% Area Completion is a speedrun category in which the player tries to complete the game as fast as possible while also clearing every single area. Glitches, skips and sequence breaks are all allowed. Using other programs to affect the game or editing the game code is not allowed; apart from a few exceptions allowed by the community.


  • Clearing all 26 bosses
  • Clearing all non-respawning enemies (1)
  • Unlocking all shortcuts (2)
  • Dissolving all foggates
  • Kindling all 43 bonfires to the furthest level
  • Picking up all item collectibles (3)
  • Finishing all NPC questlines (4)

(1) All of them need to be cleared when you finish the game. Any means are allowed here as long as the entities don't exist in the area anymore, for example the Gargoyles in Anor Londo can be cleared by turning Anor Londo to dark instead of killing them if desired. Black Phantom NPCs can be cleared by simply clearing the boss of the area, but some of them need to be killed separately in order to access all of the collectibles (for example Kirk's or Leeroy's set).

List of all non-respawning enemies to clear
  • Boars
  • Black Knights
  • Butchers
  • Golden Crystal Golems
  • Giant Rat
  • Havel
  • Ricard
  • Oscar
  • Daughter of Chaos
  • Crystal General
  • Channelers
  • Berenike Knight
  • Giant Felines
  • Hellkite Drake
  • Hydras
  • Parasitic Wall Hugger
  • Titanite Demons
  • Undead Dragons
  • Chained Prisoner
  • Sen's Giants
  • Anor Londo Gargoyles

(2) Any door, gate, elevator or similar construct counts as a shortcut if it can only be opened/activated from one side initially.

List of all shortcuts to open

(3) Any item pickup in an area that stays in the area on reload needs to be picked up in order for it to count towards the area completion.

(4) Generally, any NPC moving from one place to another or any NPC appearing/disappearing is considered a questline. Questlines have to be pursued until the furthest progression point where the NPC either has to be killed when hollow or the questline reward has to be obtained by talking to them (if there is any reward). Premature killing does not count as a completed questline.

List of NPC questlines
  • Anastacia + Lautrec: Free Lautrec, let him kill Anastacia, then kill Lautrec in Anor Londo and revive Anastacia in Firelink afterwards.
  • Ciaran: Make her disappear by giving her Artorias' Soul or consuming it.
  • Crestfallen Warrior: Trigger his dialogues to make him go hollow, then kill him in New Londo Ruins.
  • Domhnall: Make him move to the Firelink aqueduct by ringing both Bells of Awakening.
  • Dusk: Rescue Dusk from Manus and then talk to Elizabeth to acquire her mushrooms as a reward.
  • Griggs: Free him in Undead Burg, buy all his spells to make him go hollow, then kill him in Sen's Fortress.
  • Ingward: Make him move to Firelink by talking to him after killing Four Kings.
  • Laurentius: Free him in the Depths, buy all his pyromancies to make him go hollow, then kill him in Blighttown
  • Logan: Free him in Sen's, make him go hollow in the Duke's Archives by buying all his spells, then kill him at the first Seath encounter arena.
  • Oswald: Make him appear by ringing the Church bell.
  • Patches: Make him move to Firelink.
  • Quelaana: Make her appear by getting a pyromancy flame +10 before Bed of Chaos. Then after killing BoC get Fire Tempest from her, buy all her spells and get a fully ascended Pyromancy flame to make her disappear.
  • Rhea: Rescue her in the Tomb, buy all her miracles to make her go hollow, then kill her in Duke's Archives.
  • Shiva: Join the Forest Covenant to make him appear, then talk to him to make him move to Blighttown
  • Siegmeyer + Sieglinde: Help Siegmeyer in Sen's, Anor Londo, Blighttown, Izalith and talk to Sieglinde in Firelink & Ash Lake to receive the Titanite Slab.
  • Solaire: Talk to him throughout Lordran to make him go hollow or save him. Kill him in Izalith if hollowed.
  • Sif (DLC): Free him from the Humanity sprites.


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(The rules listed here are specific to this category. Go to this page to find the rules that apply to all Dark Souls speedruns.)