Valley of Drakes
The Valley of Drakes is a small area populated by infant dragons and acts as a hub to numerous other areas of Lordran. It has no boss in the traditional sense, no bonfire or any item you need to collect as part of the main quest and is hence non-essential - although you will inevitably end up visiting it at least once - likely during the trip to or from Blighttown. It can be accessed right from the start of the game via New Londo Ruins as long as you picked the Master Key as your starting gift.

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Items


Enemy

  • Drake (HP: 1152 Souls: 1000)


Miniboss


Walkthrough


Entrance

Assuming that your first encounter with the area is on your way back from Blighttown after ringing the second Bell of Awakening, you'll be coming out of a cave. You'll see a small wooden bridge ahead and a ledge leading to your left, but ignore the ledge leading left for the moment and cross the bridge. Across the bridge and to the left there is a Large Soul of a Nameless Soldier right beside a locked door - this door can be opened using the Master Key (if you picked it as your starting gift) or the New Londo Ruins Key that you should have found on your way out of Blighttown. Through this door you'll find a stairs that goes down to the entrance section of the New Londo Ruins which can then take you back to Firelink Shrine to rest at a bonfire before you explore the rest of the Valley, should you so wish. (Note: If you go the other direction on this side of the bridge and continue until the ledge ends you'll be able to find the Witch Set and Beatrice's Catalyst - although they will only be present here if you beat the Four Kings in The Abyss)

Cross back over the wooden bridge again and you'll see the cave on your right that leads down to Blighttown (Note: If you haven't been down in Blighttown yet then be aware that this entrance is actually a shortcut to finishing it, as it allows you to skip Lower Undead Burg and the Depths while also placing you closer to Quelaag's Domain and the areas boss) but following the ledge to the left will lead you to another larger bridge.

The Undead Dragon

Across the bridge and following the resulting ledge onward you'll see a huge Undead Dragon hanging off the ledge. No matter how dead it might look, rest assured that the Dragon is still very much alive. It has two items in between its arms - the items being Astora's Straight Sword and a Dragon Crest Shield - but ignore the Dragon for a moment though as it won't attack you if you give it a wide berth. Follow the path past the Dragon to pick up a Soul of a Proud Knight and then return to the Dragon again. If you want the items he's guarding you have two options. You can either kill it or you can attempt to rush for the items - which will most likely result in your death.

  1. Killing the Dragon (Ranged Strategy)
    • The Dragon can't move from it's spot and has limited range for all of it's attacks. This makes a ranged kill extremely easy, if a little time consuming. Just move back to the ledge as you approached the Dragon's position and from here you should be able to use ranged attacks without it being able to hit you with it's attacks. If you stand on the same ledge that leads to the narrow bridge, you can spam Lightning Spear to get in more damage. You do not need a lockon with the spell if you manually aim your character properly. Aim for its wings as it seemed to hurt it the most. Depending on your level this might take a while, but it's worth it as you'll get both 3000 souls, a Dragon Scale and also free access to the items he was guarding.
    • Note: An effective ranged method of quickly taking down this dragon is employing the "Hyper mode" strategy. Equip the Red Tearstone Ring, which is conveniently acquired nearby in the valley, and lower your HP below 20% using your method of choice. (The Symbol of Avarice will do fine if you have it.) Since the dragon will not attack you at long range there is no danger in lowering your HP. Even with a modest bow one should be able to dispatch the dragon in a minute or two using this method.
  2. Killing the Dragon (Melee Strategy)
    • If you have a weapon with at least moderate range (such as a long sword) then you can also melee the Dragon while not getting hurt too much. Start on the ledge where you approached from initially and aggro the Dragon using whatever method you like. Wait for it to use it's poison breath and then wait for it to dissipate before you run up and attack the closest foot (a running stab works well) with a single hit. Once your hit lands then dodge back and run out of range of it's next poison breath (back to where you started), then just repeat the process until it is dead.
  3. Rushing for the Items
    • The Dragon wont aggro until you either attack it or pick up one of the items it's guarding. So just walk in to grab the item furthest in and then dodge and roll for your life, as he'll do everything he can to kill you once you pick up one. A nicely timed roll might save you from his attacks and enable you to the other item. If not, just run back and try again until you have looted both of the items.

The End of the Valley

Continuing on the ledge past where the Undead Dragon was you will meet your first Drake - these infantile Dragons are blue, relatively small (in Dragon terms), breathe lightning and can prove challenging in numbers - but luckily the first one is by itself and can't follow the ledge fully due to it's size. So the first one can be aggro'ed and lured back along the ledge to a point where it can't follow, making for a nice easy ranged kill. Once it's dead, continue onward and you'll find a small cave on the right as you go where you'll find a corpse with a Humanity - pick it up and continue along the path.

You should next come to a more open area of land with a Drake ahead of you blocking your way across a bridge on your left and an archway partly filled with rubble on your right. If you climb up the rubble on the left side of the archway you will find a shortcut to Darkroot Basin via an elevator. Follow the passage at the top to find a bonfire and a Black Knight with a Halberd.

Past the Drake on the bridge you'll find the Brigand Armor Set and a Spider Shield and past the bridge there are three more Drakes. Be careful here as the Drakes can kill you pretty easily if you take them all on at once or try to run past them. Try pulling them one at a time back to the larger area of land for an easier fight. Across the other side of the bridge you'll notice a huge set of doors and a ladder leading up to a Red Tearstone Ring. The huge doors lead to the New Londo Ruins and are likely sealed shut for you at this stage. They only open from the other side, within the New Londo Ruins, but you wouldn't want to open then from this side anyway due to the mass of water on the other side that has flooded New Londo. (Note: Once you go to New Londo and open the Seal, the huge doors will be open. This will then open a new path between the Valley of Drakes and Lower New Londo)

With the above all done, you have now explored the Valley of Drakes fully.



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