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Magic Zweihander Any%

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This is an overview of the current Magic Zweihander Dark Souls Any% 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 all weapons and armour, drop the Straight Sword Hilt as you open the Asylum door.
  • Pick up the Shortsword and the Shortbow (not the Leather Shield).
  • Kill Asylum Demon, fly to Firelink.

Belfry Gargoyles

  • Pick up the Homeward Bones, Zweihander and Firebombs (in that order) in Firelink Shrine.
  • Take the elevator to New Londo Ruins, pick up the Estoc and make your way through the ruins.
  • Save & Quit at the top of the stairs. Kill Ingward with Firebombs and the Shortbow (dupe the last Firebomb if necessary).
  • Pick up the Large Soul of a Nameless Soldier on the way to the floodgate, push the lever, jump down, heal once.
  • Climb up the ladder near the drakes (rearrange items for moveswapping later on) and grab the Red Tearstone Ring (RTSR).
  • Roll off and roll three times towards the bridge. Run accross the bridge to the elevator.
  • Pop the Large Soul of a Nameless Soldier on the elevator and equip the RTSRRed Tearstone Ring.
  • Grab and equip the Grass Crest Shield.
  • Run towards the Undead Parish.
  • Level 16 Strength and 12 Endurance.
  • Get in RTSRRed Tearstone Ring range by backstepping through the Berenike Knight's attack, moveswap the Zweihander with the Estoc.
  • Kill Gargoyles, ring the bell, use or dupe a Homeward Bone.

Chaos Witch Quelaag

  • Upgrade your Zweihander to +5.
  • Go towards Firelink Shrine, drop unnecessary items on the elevator.
  • Make Lautrec fall down the cliff, Save & Quit to get the Ring of Favor and Protection (FAP ring).
  • Go down to New Londo Ruins, equip the FAP ringRing of Favor and Protection on the way.
  • Use the Blighttown drop and poison to get into RTSRRed Tearstone Ring range at the foggate.
  • Kill Quelaag with moveswapped Zweihander, ring the second bell, equip Soul of Quelaag and use a Homeward Bone.

Iron Golem

  • Dupe Soul of Quelaag 5 times.
  • Head through Sen's Fortress, get in RTSRRed Tearstone Ring range with Boulder Skip.
  • Buy 10 Green Titanite Shards, 4 Black Firebombs and at least 10 Green Blossoms from the Crestfallen Merchant.
  • Kill Iron Golem by knocking him off the edge. Eat a Green Blossom before entering the foggate if you want.

Dragon Slayer Ornstein & Executioner Smough

  • Rest at the Anor Londo bonfire, level 27 Strength and rest into Endurance.
  • Use Core of an Iron Golem on the elevator.
  • Run through the rafters and past the Silver Knight archers.
  • Get RTSRRed Tearstone Ring range from the Silver Knight at the bottom of the stairs.
  • Jump over the railing of the stairs and Moveswap the Zweihander with the Estoc and eat a Green Blossom.
  • Kill Ornstein, then Super Smough.
  • Kill Gwynevere with the bow, dupe a Homeward Bone and warp to Firelink Shrine.

Great Grey Wolf Sif

  • Place the Lordvessel, warp to Firelink Shrine again.
  • Go down to New Londo Ruins, dupe Soul of Smough twice, upgrade the Zweihander to Magic +5.
  • Go down to Blighttown, dupe Soul of Smough again twice, moveswap on your way down, grab the Demon Ruins bonfire, level up Intelligence as high as you can.
  • Don't use any other bonfire from now on until you have killed Demon Firesage!
  • Warp to Undead Parish, kill Andre of Astora, get in RTSRRed Tearstone Ring range by using the Titanite Demon (1 hit while sprinting, 2 hits while blocking (not sprinting)).
  • Pick up the Stone Armor.
  • Use Soul of Smough while waiting for Sif's gate to open.
  • Kill Sif, dupe a Homeward Bone.

Seath the Scaleless

  • Level up Intelligence as high as you can. Warp to Anor Londo bonfire.
  • Head to The Duke's Archives.
  • Dupe Soul of Sif twice on each elevator.
  • Duke Skip.
  • Use falls to get in RTSRRed Tearstone Ring range.
  • Try and avoid having clams in your Seath fight.
  • Break the Primordial Crystal with a Black Firebomb and kill Seath with R1s (don't combo them).
  • Pop Soul of Sif and Homeward Bone out.

Demon Firesage & Centipede Demon & The Bed of Chaos

  • Level Vitality until you can do Ceaseless Skip (20 should be enough).
  • Ceaseless Skip.
  • Use the Ceaseless Skip and the drop to get into RTSRRed Tearstone Ring range (get hit by a Demonic Statue if necessary (Blocked with estoc: 1.5 bars of health / Unblocked: 2 bars)).
  • Moveswap before Demon Firesage and eat a Green Blossom.
  • Kill Demon Firesage.
  • Heal before Centipede Demon.
  • Kill Centipede Demon.
  • 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 Shrine.

Pinwheel & Gravelord Nito

  • Put all your souls into Intelligence.
  • Head towards the Catacombs, moveswap before Pinwheel.
  • Kill Pinwheel.
  • 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

  • Put all your souls into Intelligence.
  • Go towards Four Kings, make sure you have the Covenant of Artorias equipped instead of the RTSRRed Tearstone Ring.
  • Moveswap and equip Stone Armor, eat a Green Blossom in The Abyss.
  • Kill Four Kings. Use the Darksign or a Homeward Bone.

Gwyn, Lord of Cinder

  • Enter the Kiln of the First Flame.
  • Exchange Covenant of Artorias for Hornet Ring as you go through the foggate.
  • Kill Gwyn with parries and ripostes.