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Blighttown

Blighttown is a rather lengthy, hard and dark area that can be accessed through the Depths or the Valley of Drakes. It serves as a gateway to Quelaag's Domain, which then leads on to the Demon Ruins. You can also access The Great Hollow and subsequently Ash Lake from this area too, although you don't need to access either of these areas as part of the main quest.

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Access


From the Depths

The entrance to Blighttown can be found in the same room as Domhnall of Zena. The key to unlock Blighttown is dropped by the boss of the Depths: the Gaping Dragon.
  • To get there from the sewer bonfire, head straight out the hall, take the first right as you exit the door. After you descend a very short staircase, look left for a hidden ladder behind some boxes. Go down the ladder and down the long straight stairs. Keep going in the same direction after you exit the stairs and you'll find a broken metal fence, and there you are.
  • Note that The Depths' door to Blighttown can not be opened from the Blighttown side.

From Darkroot Basin

This path can be taken only after killing the Taurus Demon.
  • From Blacksmith Andrei in Undead Parish, go down the stairs and into Darkroot Garden. Take the first path on your right and follow it downwards, to the very bottom of Darkroot Basin. A small cave can be seen in the cliff side, guarded by a Black Knight. Enter the cave and take the elevator down, and you will exit in the Valley of Drakes. Follow the sloping pathway upwards, until you get to a big cave on the left hand side and go in - you'll have to battle some Drakes on your way through the valley toward the cave to Blighttown.
  • See below for the key to get back to Firelink Shrine.

From New Londo Ruins

This path can be used right after you enter from the Valley of Drakes entrance.
  • After you enter the cave, go straight ahead to the end of the wooden platform. To your left there should be a chest with a key in it. After getting the key, go back to the mouth of the cave, and there should be a wooden bridge (not the the rope bridge you came across). Across the bridge is the entrance to New Londo Ruins. The key opens the gate. This entrance is also very close to the Firelink Shrine elevator to New Londo.
  • Alternatively, this gate can be unlocked with the Master Key. This makes Valley of Drakes and Blighttown accessible, from Firelink Shrine, upon arriving in Lordran.

NPCs

  • Maneater Mildred - Her summon sign is found before the fog gate leading to Quelaag, as long as you have already defeated her during her invasion, see below.
  • Siegmeyer of Catarina - Found in Blighttown Swamp after you help him in Anor Londo.
  • Quelana of Izalith - After you defeat Quelaag and discover the Chaos Servant covenant (you do not need to join) or upgrade your pyromancy flame to +10 she'll be found beside a stone pillar in Blighttown swamp.
  • Shiva of the East (Only available if in Forest Hunter Covenant and have previously spoken with him near Alvina)

Enemies


Common Enemies


Invading and Hollowed NPCs


  • Maneater Mildred - Will invade when if the player is Human form nearby the swamp bonfire.
  • Laurentius of the Great Swamp - If you talk to him in Firelink after you've obtained a Chaos Pyromancy, he'll ask you to share your knowledge of it. If you say 'Yes' to this he'll be gone from Firelink when you next return. After this he's found in Blighttown swamp in hollowed form and hostile.

Boss


Items in the Area


Walkthrough


Video Guide

Via The Depths

Via Firelink Shrine


Video walkthrough: http://www.twitch.tv/lenvoran/b/305987468
INTRODUCTION AND ADVISE BEFORE YOU BEGIN:
  1. Blighttown can be a very intimidating place. Enemies seem to crawl out of the woodwork and an accidental fall to your death is a constant concern right up until you reach the swamp at the bottom, at which point you'll face a new set problems. The trick to navigating the opening walkway section is to take your time and keep track of your surroundings.
  2. You'll encounter a new enemy: the Blowdart Sniper. They can see you way before you can see them and can turn you toxic with only a few successful hits from their blowdarts. Being toxic is like being poisoned but it drains your HP much quicker and will likely kill you before you reach a bonfire if you don't have any toxin cures - it's highly advisable that you obtain these and poison cures by killing Ents in Darkroot Garden before you begin in Blighttown. The Spider Shield, obtainable in the Depths, is also invaluable here due to it's abilities in poison defense.
  3. Once you reach the swamp at the bottom, the Rusted Iron Ring will help you move more freely. You find this ring on your return to the Northern Undead Asylum.


The Entrance

From the big doors in Depths, make your way forward to find a large hole and be careful not to fall in - on the left side of the hole there is a ladder, followed by some more ladders. Once at the bottom, a Club Wielding Barbarian will welcome you. You can climb back up the ladder if you want to take care of him at range. Before proceeding, you will notice a lower level to your right. There are three Infested Ghouls hanging out below. If they spot you, they will come chasing - there is a ladder at the far back to the right to allow them to come get you. You will want to avoid their sight as much as possible, so keep to the left for the time being. We will deal with them momentarily, but first you need to deal with the two other Club Barbarians ahead. Tip: It's possible to lure the other Barbarians back to where you entered the area. If you then go up the first ladder and to the other side of the platform where below you will be beyond the edge of the lower platform; the Club Barbarians will try to attack you from below, and fall to their death off the lower ledge.

Once the Barbarians are gone, behind where they were there are two Infested Ghouls and also beware of the Blowdart Sniper at the back-right, next to the ladder - keep your Spider Shield handy to avoid going toxic. Engaging him now is a bit risky because we need to dispose of the three Infested Ghouls to the right first. Try getting their attention one at a time (starting with the one near the beginning) and wait for them to come after you. NOTE: They normally get stuck behind the wall in the structure ahead, so you may need to go to them once they are there. Once they're all gone, advance on the Sniper with your shield up and take him out. Down the ladder there should be three more Infested Ghouls if they didn't already see you and come after you. After disposing of them, make your way down for a Soul of a Proud Knight.

The Upper Walkways

Head back to the overhead structure and continue onward to find two small bridges. The first one on your right is a wobbly bridge that will sway from side-to-side as you cross it. There are a few of these wobbly bridges in the upper parts of Blighttown and a general rule of thumb for crossing them is to stand still when it starts moving. The other bridge just after the first leads to the same area, but this bridge is stationary. For now though, ignore both bridges and follow the platform you are on at the moment to the left until you reach the edge. From here you should be able to see a corpse with an item on a platform across a gap. The item is a cool weapon and the jump carves a quick way to the bonfire, but it's quite a risky jump. So it's in your best interest to do some more cleaning and maybe hitting the bonfire before attempting it. On your right, you will notice an Infested Ghoul with its back to you - killing it now would be a good idea. Cross the stationary bridge noted earlier and make your way down the ladder. To your right you'll see a corpse with an item at the bottom of a short drop - don't jump down to it! If you drop down to get it you will fall through the floor to a lower level. So, instead go to the left to find a ramp that leads down and pick-up a Large Soul of a Nameless Soldier from the corpse.

Another narrow walkway ahead leading to two more Infested Ghouls: the first one is trapped in a vase and the other is at the end of the platform with it's back to you - it's best to kill both of them now. Make your way down the ladder and then go left to find the bonfire. To the right of the ladder there are two Flaming Attack Dogs but they will not notice you if you steer clear from the right. Try not to use the bonfire just yet - doing so will respawn everything and complicate matters since our objective is to clean up, but it's up to you. Keep heading left past the bonfire to find a descending ladder. There are two Infested Ghouls below along with a corpse with three Blooming Purple Moss Clumps. Continue over the wobbly bridge down here, take the ramp on the right and beware of the two Flaming Attack Dogs. Once you reach the bottom of the short ramp, you will notice a narrow path just to your left - follow it to find a Humanity item.

Time to get the cool weapon across the gap that we saw earlier. You may want to use the bonfire before attempting this jump to ensure you don't have to venture all the way through this hell-hole again should you not make the jump. Head back to the tricky jump area (just past where you met the first Blowdart Sniper). You will notice a beam sticking out of the edge that will enable a longer jump to be made. Missing this jump will land you in the area just below the bonfire, close to the two Flaming Attack Dogs and the Humanity. If you haven't used the bonfire yet (or cleared it again after using the bonfire), this area will be empty. The fall for missing the jump shouldn't kill you, so to get some extra speed and distance you can strip off all your armor. Don't do this if you haven't cleared the area below, or a missed jump will land you in a small crowd of Infested Ghouls. Make the jump and you will find Iaito across the gap. Drop down right to go back to the bonfire again. HINT: If you use the bonfire, you may want to consider backtracking a little bit to dispose of a few enemies you encountered before - the last thing you want is to be attacked from behind.

The Lower Walkways

From the bonfire, head right and ascend the ladder where the Infested Ghoul trapped in a vase is, be warned that he may escape the vase and come from behind if you do not kill him now. At the end this platform, you can drop down to one below on the right. On your left there's a corpse with a Soul of a Proud Knight. Follow the new found platform to the back until you reach a ladder. Make your way to the top to find another corpse with Shadow Set (great for poison resistance). Drop down left to find Soul of a Proud Knight. Head back and drop down next to the big torch. Be careful because there is a Blowdart Sniper on the far right and some Flaming Attack Dogs (sometimes the dogs are already dead at this point due to falling). Head right and find two Infested Ghouls. Do not worry about the Blowdart Sniper now, he will not be able to hit you from here. Keep progressing until you see the Parasitic Wall Hugger below on your right and take the ladder down. There will be a ladder in front of you and one to the right. Both will have an Infested Ghoul coming up them at some point, so be ready. You will find a corpse on the platform with a Soul of a Proud Knight. Take the ladder on the right and kill the Blowdart Sniper hiding down there. Continue along the path to find an Infested Ghoul around the corner. You'll see a corpse to your right with the Eagle Shield at the end of a stone walkway.

Make your way back up the ladder and take the other ladder down this time. There is a ramp (with an item) heading down and a ladder to the right of it. Ascend the ladder to find the Blowdart Sniper from earlier. Watch out for the Infested Ghoul that will come from behind. Follow the path to the cave - there will be another Infested Ghoul inside. The ladder will lead you to the backside of the Parasitic Wall Hugger, where it is vulnerable. After killing it, drop down to find a corpse with Pyromancy: Power Within. Bear left now and make your way down the ramp and pick up the Large Soul of a Nameless Soldier. There is a Club Wielding Infested Barbarian in the cave to your left. Dispose of it fast, because there's an Infested Ghoul not too far behind it. Make your way to the end and down the ladders to find a Fog Gate. Before entering the fog gate, drop down carefully on the left to find a corpse with a Whip and then make another careful drop on the left. Exit this room go left to continue - going right and up some ladders will lead you back to the fog gate you dodged a moment ago.

Blighttown Swamp

Some advice first: It is advised that you equip the Rusted Iron Ring if you have it to enable free movement in the swamp. If you don't have it, plan your movements ahead of time as one can still use various points of dry land to avoid becoming poisoned, and also sprint or roll through water areas to move more quickly. In the extremely likely event that you get poisoned down here, don't worry about of trying to cure yourself of it, just go with the flow. It takes a long time to die from poison and you should have more than enough time to top up your health with Estus Flasks until you reach the impending bonfire.

There's a new enemy ahead and another behind him - Cragspiders. They're pretty slow, but have a flame attack that can take off decent health. Most attacks will stagger it though, so they shouldn't prove too difficult. Make your way down the ladder until your reach another platform. There is a another ladder to your right. Once below, a Blowdart Sniper will start firing at you from the back. It may be best here to drop down to the ledge below (skipping the ladder) to advance on him swiftly. Watch out for the Giant Mosquito's coming from the right. They come in pairs and they respawn three or four times. You will find the Wanderer Set and the Falchion on a corpse behind the Blowdart Sniper. Keep following the path down, fighting your way through the Mosquito's and Cragspiders, until you reach the swamp. Take a sharp right and go past the corpse. Keep going until you reach a tunnel on your right with a Bonfire inside. Once restored, head back to retrieve the Large Soul of a Proud Knight on the corpse you just ran past. From the bonfire, continue up the tunnel and you will find a chest with a Dragon Scale in the room at the top.

NOTE: Just outside the bonfire tunnel, to the right behind the pillar, you will be invaded by Maneater Mildred if you are in human form - she shouldn't be be too hard to dispose of. Once defeated she drops 3 Humanity and Butcher Knife & will prove to be a very useful ally for the boss fight ahead. She always invades in the same spot, on a point of land just past a cragspider. Once you learn where it is it is very easy to simply backstab her when she appears.

From the Bonfire take a take a right & dispose of the Cragspiders on the way. The concrete structure to your left has a Large Soul of a Proud Knight as well as a Cragspider behind it. There is another concrete structure behind this one where you will find a Great Club and two Boulder Ogres protecting it. We are now going to sweep the area, so move along with your right shoulder facing the wall. Keep following the wall around and you will eventually come across a corpse with the Pyromancy: Poison Mist and the Pyromancer Set. Continuing on and you will find a Large Soul of a Proud Knight on the way. Watch out for the Giant Leech and keep going in this direction until you find another Giant Leech on your right. Beyond that there are three Giant Leeches. Past them to the right, there's a whole bunch of leeches. You will find Large Titanite Shard and Server on corpses here. Continue and find three more leeches hanging out by the giant tree. To the left of the tree, two more leeches and Green Titanite Shard. You can walk up the root of the tree to find a corpse with a Plank Shield in a little alcove in the tree. Strike the wall to the left of the corpse to reveal a hidden path to a chest with Twin Humanities and behind the chest is yet another illusory wall to hit. Continue on this hidden path if you wish to go to The Great Hollow, otherwise make your way back to the bonfire - it's time to meet the boss.

Quelaag's Domain

Out of the bonfire tunnel, turn and go to the right, hugging the wall on your right as you go. Go past the wooden ramp surrounded by torches (we'll come back here later) and head toward the odd-looking mound right at the end of the area - our destination is a cave situated on this mound. On your way you should see some Boulder Ogres on your left guarding the mound. One fairly easy way to avoid them is to stay to the right as much as possible. You will avoid all three of them but may need to kill a Cragspider or two along the way. Also be aware of the fact that there are mosquitos present in the vicinity. En route you will find a Large Titanite Shard. Keeping to the far right, make your way onto the mound and once you're on it, travel up the right side of it as much as possible and then travel left until you find the cave.

TIP: There is an alternate and arguably easier route from the bonfire to the boss. Bear right out of the tunnel containing the bonfire, and then take a left at the large column on your left (which has a cragspider behind it). Continue straight across the water towards the far wall, following it around to the right so you end up facing the large mound with the Boulder Ogres in the distance. This route passes right by the spot where Maneater Mildred invades, so if she does you can also defeat her along the way for additional souls and the option to invoke her phantom at the boss fog gate later. The darkened area with more Boulder Ogres should now be on your left as you move forward. Continue in a straight line towards the mound in the distance, moving between the various wooden structures spread out in the water before you and up onto the spit of land near the mound on the far left side. Done properly, this route will avoid most creatures and you will not aggro any of the Boulder Ogres either to your left or right. You will also make it to the hill faster and with much lower poison risk as there are numerous spots on dry land along the route where you can pause to reduce poison buildup. If you move quickly, you will also avoid having to deal with any mosquitoes. If you take this route during jolly co-op, you will beat the host/summons who take the alternate route above to Quelaag's lair, and may need to head back down the hill to rescue them or otherwise let them know you're already there.

Once you find the cave entrance, go inside to enter Quelaag's Domain. Down the path you will find some unfortunate souls with eggs on their back - Egg Carriers. They will not attack you and killing them will release some annoying maggot enemies, so it is best to simply ignore them. At the end you will find a Fog Gate and the summon sign for Maneater Mildred if you are in human form and killed her during her invasion earlier on. Prepare your best fire resistant gear and any helpful buffs such as Flash Sweat, and then traverse the Fog Gate.

Boss fight: Chaos Witch Quelaag

The Blighttown Bell Tower

Once you defeat the boss, go to the back of the boss arena and up the stairs where Quelaag came from. At the top you will find a circular room with a hole in the middle, a door on the right and lever. Pulling the lever will ring the second Bell of Awakening and trigger a cinematic showing the awakening of a Giant that pulls a chain to open the gates to Sen's Fortress - our next destination. Now find the door on right of the room that leads down a staircase to a lower part of the bell tower.

Once at the bottom of the stairs you'll see a circular platform in the centre of the room and a hole in the wall on the left. Cross directly over the platform from the bottom of the stairs and attack the wall on the other side of the room to reveal an illusory wall that leads to a secret area with Eingyi the egg carrier blocking the way - don't kill him as he becomes a useful Pyromancy trainer. Talk to him, say 'Yes' to his question and he will then get out of your way and allow you to find a bonfire & The Ancient Spider Queen / Quelaag's Sister - she is the Fire Keeper of this bonfire, so it will replenish 10 Estus Flasks with-out any kindling rerquired. You will need the Old Witch's Ring to be able to hear her talk, but even if you don't have it you'll still get the option join the Chaos Servant Covenant when you talk to her - read up on the covenant before deciding what you want to do - and she can also reinforce your Estus Flask if you have a Fire Keeper Soul. Go back out to the lower floor of the bell tower and have a look in the other hole in the wall down here - it leads down to the Demon Ruins. There's no point in venturing too far in for now, so head back up and out of Quelaag's Domain, back to Blighttown swamp.

Note: While back in the swamp, if you travel to the giant stone pillars that are closest to the entrance to Quelaag's Domain, you will encounter Quelana of Izalith sitting at the one on the far left. She appears here after seeing Quelaag (whether or not you defeated her) or after having had your Pyromancy Flame upgraded to at least +10. She is a very useful Pyromancy trainer and can take your Pyromancy to new heights, as long as you have the souls. (I have found her multiple times before the boss fight with low level pyro flame....)

Leaving Blighttown

Now, we're going to go back to Firelink Shrine, unlocking a shortcut between it and Blighttown along the way. From the bonfire, take a take a right and make your way up the wooden ramp surrounded by torches. Jump on the waterwheel blade to take you up and roll onto the platform once you reach the top. There is a ladder to your right to take you up further but watch out for Giant Mosquitoes coming from behind. At the top there's another ladder and a Cragspider to the left of it. Make a note of this area - we will be back here soon but we need to get rid of some Blowdart Snipers first, so ensure you have your Spider Shield equipped.

Make your way up the ladder and you will find another ladder as well as a Blowdart Sniper. Take him out, move past the ladder and head onto the side ledges of the massive tunnel to your left. There are four Blowdart Snipers in here - two on your right on a ledge across the other side of the tunnel, one on a ledge down a path to the left and another on the ledge right at the back next to a downward ladder. Stay on the upper ledges, keep your shield up and advance on them and they'll pose little threat when up-close. Be careful not to fall down here because you will have to deal with up to seven Attack Flame Dogs down there. On a ledge down the path to the left you will find will find a Soul of a Proud Knight. Down the ladder on the lower level you will find Purple Moss Clump and a Fire Keeper Soul.

Note: It's advisable at this point to go back to Quelaag's Sister in Quelaag's Domain to reinforce your Estus Flask using the Fire Keeper Soul you just acquired - if you don't do it now you may not be able to do it for a while.

Make your way back to the area we noted two paragraphs above and continue along the path past the Cragspider until you reach a tree branch. Carefully cross it and there is a Cragspider on the other side, also be aware of mosquitoes coming from the right. Continue past the ladder to find a corpse with the Crimson Set and Tin Banishment Catalyst. There is also a chest with Sorcery: Remedy. Heading back, ignore the ladder on your right as does not lead anywhere interesting. Cross the branch again (be careful here, as crossing back can be tricky) and make your way back to the ladder where the cragspider was. Ascend it and make your way up the ladders that follow it. There is a Cragspider at the top. After a few more ladders you will reach the top. To your left there's a cave and to your right a chest with the Key to New Londo Ruins inside. Pick-up the key and make your way to the cave but be prepared for some Club Ogres, there are three in total. Past them a you will enter the Valley of Drakes once you leave the cave.

Back To Firelink Shrine

Cross the wooden bridge just outside and take a left, picking up the item on the way. Here you can use the key you just found to open the shortcut back to Firelink Shrine via a brief trip through New Londo Ruins. (Note: This door is able to be opened from either side if you possess the Master Key.) Go down the stairs and follow the wall on the left to find a doorway with some more stairs that lead up to an elevator. (Tip: If you haven't been down here yet, the elevator may not be down on your level. If it's not there, pull the lever on the left of the elevator shaft and await it's arrival because you can fall down the elevator shaft to your death if you're not careful - which would, rather frustratingly, leave you all the way back down at the bottom of Blighttown again) Travel up the elevator and it will leave you back in Firelink Shrine.

If you freed Knight Lautrec from the Undead Parish earlier, but did not then kill him, you may notice that both him and Anastacia of Astora are no longer present on the lower level of Firelink Shrine. He is simply gone from his usual spot and Anastacia's cell now only holds treasure (an armour set & a Black Eye Orb) and a note simply reading "Dead". If you didn't notice that then you'll likely notice that the bonfire in Firelink is now inactive and cannot be lit due to Anastacia's abscence - you'll get an opportunity to fix this later. Go into the previously flooded Firelink ruin to find Kingseeker Frampt - who was awakened when you rang the second bell. He'll give you some background story and is capable of buying your unwanted equipment in exchange for souls and can also break down your larger titanite items into smaller ones for use in upgrading your equipment - see here for further information.

Travel up the elevator to Undead Parish and toward the bonfire above Blacksmith Andrei. Here you should level-up and upgrade your equipment in preparation for the next challenge: Sen's Fortress.


Farming


The swamp leeches can be farmed for Large Titanite Shards (I was picking up 2-3 each run! Side note: I got 5x Green Shards from 2 of them). They also pop 100 souls a piece making for about 1500 easy souls. Made super easy if you have Rusted Iron Ring and Shadow Garb armor. Simply run up, wail them into oblivion and ignore the poison (with decent resistance the poison shouldn't be an issue - just use an Estus Flask as needed). The leeches have a good drop rate for Green Titanite Shard if you have some humanity for increased drop rate. There have been a few occasions where I picked up 20 Green Titanites in one run with 2-4 humanity.
The club-wielding barbarians frequently drop dung pies. You can accumulate a surprising number of them throughout Blighttown, especially if you die a lot. While not hugely valuable on their own, they can be traded to Frampt for 200 souls each, making for a good bonus of souls if you have any business to come back and forth between Blighttown--pyromancy from Quelana or Covenant business.


Map


Blighttown - English map v1.2




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