How to level up fast in Dark Souls

By Dom Sacco | November 6th, 2011

How to level up fast in Dark Souls

Need to level up quickly in Dark Souls? Let’s be honest – who doesn’t? The game is harder than Jaws’ teeth.

We explain how to easily farm thousands of souls in mere minutes.

All you need is to progress a few hours into the game. When you reach Blacksmith Andrei by going down the path opposite the Undead Parish, talk to him. He will have a Crest of Artorius for sale worth 20,000 souls.

This is the hard part. You’ll want to grind enemies in the Undead Burg and Darkroot Garden until you’ve amassed the correct amount of souls. If you refrain from levelling up too much at the start of the game, you should acquire quite a few from the first bosses anyway.

Once you’ve bought the Crest, head down the steps from the Blacksmith and either beat or run past the black statue mini-boss. Be wary of his lightning attack. Once outside you’ll be in Darkroot Garden. Head left and take down the tree enemies in your way. You’ll soon come to a large door. Use the Crest to unlock it.

Before heading in, turn around and light the bonfire to stock up on health. Go through the path you’ve just opened and down the stairs.

You’ll find a host of human-like characters and ghosts down here. If you’re strong enough, fight them. If a) you can’t be bothered or b) you don’t find dying fun, try the simple approach.

Once you’ve attracted the attention of an enemy, run back to where you came from but instead of going up the stairs, turn right and walk along to the end of the ledge. Face away from the steps towards the camera, equip a shield and hold the block button (LB on 360 or L1 on PS3). Most of the time, your enemies will run up the stairs and drop off the edge, hitting your shield on the way and falling to their doom. Thousands of souls at the click of a finger? Easy.

Once the characters are dead, head back to the bonfire to reset them. Rinse and repeat.

Watch this video for a demonstration:

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#2 Monstrosity4 on 04.29.12 at 6:54 am

Was this patched in 1.05?

#3 sam on 05.15.12 at 5:56 pm

killing the strange blob men with spears in the painted world of artius is actually faster and is easy if you just jump in for a few kills then use the opening you made to get behind them, they can only attack forward and are very close to the bonfire (once you open the gate) i use the gravelord sword and get about 6500 xp every minute.

#4 joe on 07.03.12 at 12:12 am

yea i just got this game and havent got this far but thanks.. my first build is a one shot kill bandit hopefully.. i kinda regret buying this game but im going to beat it no matter what.. all points in strength, cant wait to pvp

#5 Wendel on 12.05.12 at 5:54 pm

didn’t work here, the enemies fall in front of me and kill me every time

#6 Exodusfrog on 01.07.15 at 5:24 am

It took me a few tries to get the best spot on the ledge. Best is all the way up against wall then turn around and try place your characters foot on the small rock with shield at block position. This works awesome I kite both the spirits and the 3 live ones, the cleric and the 2nd spirit get sidetracked sometimes but mostly I get around 11k each run which takes maybe 3 minutes.

#7 Exodusfrog on 01.07.15 at 5:28 am

PS I went from lvl 21 to 84 in 7 hours ish…I’m loving how great this game is even if a couple years old. Reminds me of “kingsfield” Any questions hit me up exodusfrog@gmail.com

#8 chris on 01.23.15 at 1:47 pm

well if this method is not for you there is a simple way to farm souls though it is not as rich and giving as ther other methodstated it involves no spending whatsoever this method involves the dragon so before you think of killing the dragon for 10000 souls you can try to chop its tail of for the drake sword which in my opinion is only usefull for the sale the zweilhinder is a better weapon as it is easier to ascend and also easier to level but can gain you 3000 souols if you let the moustache worm thing eat it not sure what it is but it is not worth the souls but can be a good way to gain souls if you trigger the dragon and run down the stairs you will gain 300 souls which is right by a bonfire so can be repeated many times in early game if you have lost souls or you need souls to level this is the best early levelling option as it means you can put no effort in for a reward enjoy but if you have the 20000 souls I would use the crest as it is the best soul farming spot mabe on the whole game enjoy :)

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