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Black Knight Greatsword (AotA)

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This is an overview of the current Black Knight Greatsword (BKGS) Dark Souls AotA route. Note, that this does not include any safety strategies for people learning the route.

Overview

Asylum Demon

  • Start as Hunter with Master Key.
  • Unequip the Straight Sword Hilt and drop it as you open the Asylum door.
  • Pick up the Shortsword and the Shortbow and the Leather Shield.
  • Kill Asylum Demon, fly to Firelink.

Taurus Demon

  • Go through the Undead Burg.
  • Buy the Rapier and 2 Firebombs from the Undead Merchant.
  • Grab the Gold Pine Resin.
  • Use the Gold Pine Resin on the Shortsword and kill the lizard before Taurus Demon boss fight.
  • Kill Taurus Demon.

Belfry Gargoyles

  • Run across the Hellkite Drake bridge.
  • Shoot the Hellkite Drake with your Shortbow, use the Gold Pine Resin on the Shortsword and cut his tail.
  • Run towards the Sunlight Altar bonfire, pull the lever and equip the Drake Sword.
  • Go up the tower to the Black Knight, kill him by riposting once and attacking twice afterwards, getting you the BKGSBlack Knight Greatsword. Drop down the tower.
  • Run through the Undead Church, send the elevator down to Firelink Shrine (don't go down yourself).
  • Kill Gargoyles with moveswapped Drake Sword, ring the bell and dupe the Homeward Bone.

Chaos Witch Quelaag & Centipede Demon & The Bed of Chaos

  • Kill Lautrec of Carim by kicking him off the cliff.
  • Go through the Valley of Drakes and pick up Red Tearstone Ring (RTSR). Bone back.
  • Level 22 Strength and 18 Dexterity.
  • Pick up the Ring of Favor and Protection (FAP ring) and take the elevator to New Londo Ruins.
  • Equip the FAP ringRing of Favor and Protection and the RTSRRed Tearstone Ring and heal once.
  • Kill Quelaag with moveswapped BKGSBlack Knight Greatsword.
  • Ring the second bell, drop down the hole and go to the Demon Ruins.
  • Ceaseless Skip.
  • Firesage Skip (with the Leather Shield).
  • Kill Centipede Demon with moveswapped BKGSBlack Knight Greatsword.
  • Equip Orange Charred Ring and run to The Bed of Chaos.
  • Kill The Bed of Chaos with Tokhi Bombs and Homeward Bone back to Firelink.

Iron Golem

  • Go up the elevator from Firelink Shrine to Undead Parish, dupe Soul of Quelaag 4 times, use it up on the 5th time.
  • Rest at Undead Parish bonfire, level 28 Endurance and 28 Strength.
  • Head through Sen's Fortress, don't pick anything up.
  • Buy 5-6 Black Firebombs and max Green Blossoms.
  • Kill Iron Golem by making him fall with a BKGSBlack Knight Greatsword R2 + R1.

Dragon Slayer Ornstein & Executioner Smough

  • Rest at the Anor Londo bonfire.
  • Run through the rafters and past the Silver Knight archers.
  • Jump over the railing of the stairs, Moveswap the BKGSBlack Knight Greatsword and eat a Green Blossom.
  • Kill Ornstein, then Super Smough.
  • Kill Gwynevere with the bow, dupe a Homeward Bone and warp to Firelink Shrine.

Dusk of Oolacile

  • Place the Lordvessel, warp to Undead Parish.
  • Upgrade the BKGSBlack Knight Greatsword to +2, buy the Crest of Artorias, the Weapon Smithbox and the Caduceus Kite Shield from Andre of Astora.
  • Run to the Darkroot Garden bonfire, open the door with the Crest of Artorias and Save & Quit.
  • Rest at the bonfire.
  • Go towards the Hydra, get into RTSRRed Tearstone Ring range by using the sorcerer in the forest and the fall on the way to the Hydra.
  • Equip the Caduceus Kite Shield and the BKGSBlack Knight Greatsword while sliding down the ladder.
  • Use Jump Attacks and 4 Black Firebombs to kill Hydra.
  • Run towards the spawn point of the Golden Golem, moveswap on the way to kill it with one running attack.
  • Talk to Dusk of Oolacile, say 'yes' to her (you can just buttonmash through the dialogue, it defaults to 'yes'). Bone out.

Seath the Scaleless

  • Warp to Anor Londo. Head to The Duke's Archives.
  • Dupe Soul of Smough twice on each elevator, kill the Crystal Golem for the Broken Pendant (one running attack is enough).
  • Duke Skip.
  • Use falls to get in RTSRRed Tearstone Ring range, kill at least two Crystal Lizards (if you kill all three you only need to kill one on the way to Knight Artorias, otherwise two).
  • Try and avoid having clams in your Seath fight.
  • Break the Primordial Crystal with a Black Firebomb and kill Seath with 3 running attacks.
  • Pop Soul of Smough and dupe a Homeward Bone.

Great Grey Wolf Sif

  • Upgrade the BKGSBlack Knight Greatsword to +4.
  • Ringswapping and getting hit once by the knightress in the forest while blocking with the Estoc puts you into RTSRRed Tearstone Ring range (if not, a drop on the way to Sif should).
  • Pick up the Stone Armor.
  • Use a Green Blossom and moveswap as Sif's door opens, pick up the Hornet Ring
  • Kill Sif then dupe a Homeward Bone without waiting.

Sanctuary Guardian

  • Head towards the DLCDownloadable Content portal, ringswap and fall down next to the ladder on the way for RTSRRed Tearstone Ring range.
  • Activate the portal, don't take the bonfire.
  • Use a Green Blossom before entering the foggate.
  • Kill Sanctuary Guardian.

Knight Artorias

  • Talk to Elizabeth, buy Hidden Body and the Oolacile Ivory Catalyst.
  • Go to Artorias' arena, kill one or both Crystal Lizards on your way (depending on if you got two or three in the Crystal Caves).
  • Kill Artorias, use a Green Blossom right after entering the fight.

Manus, Father of the Abyss

  • Rest at the Oolacile Township bonfire, upgrade the BKGSBlack Knight Greatsword to +5, level 24 Vitality, 10 Attunement, 14 Intelligence, and attune Hidden Body.
  • Go trigger Kalameet (drop onto the ledge with the Crystal Lizard while waiting), equip the Caduceus Kite Shield, the Oolacile Ivory Catalyst and the BKGSBlack Knight Greatsword. Dupe a Homeward Bone when Kalameet disappears.
  • Run through Oolacile Township. Use your first Hidden Body right before the first Bloated Sorcerer, the next as it runs out. Kill the Mimic for the Crest Key.
  • Use your last Hidden Body before the area with the 2 Bloated Sorcerers, Save & Quit right as you activate the elevator after the Chained Prisoner.
  • Moveswap on your way to Manus, use Ringswap and the drop before the foggate for RTSRRed Tearstone Ring range.
  • Kill Manus, use a Green Blossom right after entering the fight, dupe a Homeward Bone.

Black Dragon Kalameet

  • Go up to Hawkeye Gough's tower, make him shoot Kalameet.
  • Go towards Kalameet, equip the Dusk Crown Ring as you go through the foggate.
  • Drop down into the fight by using the ledge with the Crystal Lizard, switch out the Dusk Crown Ring for RTSRRed Tearstone Ring after the fall, use a Green Blossom.
  • Kill Kalameet, dupe a Homeward Bone.

Pinwheel & Gravelord Nito

  • Warp to Firelink Shrine, rest there and level 32 Strength.
  • Head towards the Catacombs, moveswap before Pinwheel.
  • Kill Pinwheel with moveswapped BKGSBlack Knight Greatsword.
  • Keep moveswap for Nito fight.
  • Equip Stone Armor as you go through the Nito foggate.
  • Use Green Blossom and Kill Nito, unequip armor, then Homeward Bone back to Firelink Shrine.

Four Kings

  • Use the New Londo elevator to get into RTSRRed Tearstone Ring range.
  • Seal Skip.
  • Go towards Four Kings, make sure you have the Covenant of Artorias equipped.
  • Moveswap and eat a Green Blossom in The Abyss.
  • Kill Four Kings and bone back.

Gwyn, Lord of Cinder

  • Enter the Kiln of the First Flame.
  • Equip the Hornet Ring as you go through the foggate.
  • Kill Gwyn with 2 ripostes.