A simplistic guide for the tougher collectible-based achievements in Dark Souls 2
I like splitting Magic into basic categories: Purchasable, Findable, Questline, Boss-Sorceries, and Covenant-only, and Questline-only.
- “Magic” applies to Sorceries, Miracles, Pyromancies, and Hexes.
- In Scholar of the First Sin, DLC Magic also counts towards the achievement.
Soul Arrow – Carhillion of the Fold
Great Soul Arrow – Carhillion of the Fold
Heavy Soul Arrow – Carhillion of the Fold
Great Heavy Soul Arrow – Carhillion of the Fold
Shockwave – Carhillion of the Fold
Soul Spear Barrage – Carhillion of the Fold
Magic Weapon – Carhillion of the Fold
Yearn – Carhillion of the Fold
Soul Spear – Grave Warden Agdayne
Soul Vortex – Grave Warden Agdayne
Cast Light – Straid of Olaphis
Homing Soul Arrow – Straid of Olaphis
Fall Control – Weaponsmith Ornifex
Homing Soul Mass – Weaponsmith Ornifex
Fireball – Rosabeth of Melfia
Fire Orb – Rosabeth of Melfia
Combustion – Rosabeth of Melfia
Poison Mist – Rosabeth of Melfia
Flash Sweat – Rosabeth of Melfia
Iron Flesh – Rosabeth of Melfia
Firestorm – Twitchy Gren
Great Combustion – Twitchy Gren
Fire Whip – Twitchy Gren
Lingering Flame – Straid of Olaphis
Flame Swathe – Straid of Olaphis
Warmth – Grave Warden Agdayne
Heal – Licia of Lindeldt
Medium Heal – Licia of Lindelt
Great Heal Excerpt – Licia of Lindelt
Replenishment – Licia of Lindelt
Replendent Life – Licia of Lindelt
Caressing Prayer – Licia of Lindelt
Force – Licia of Lindelt
Lightning Spear – Licia of Lindelt
Homeward – Licia of Lindelt
Guidance – Licia of Lindelt
Great Heal – Cromwell the Pardoner
Emit Force – Cromwell the Pardoner
Heavenly Thunder – Cromwell the Pardoner
Perseverance – Cromwell the Pardoner
Great Lightning Spear – Straid of Olaphis, after obtaining the King’s Ring
Sunlight Blade – Straid of Olaphis, after obtaining the King’s Ring
Unveil – Straid of Olaphis
Soul Appease – Stone Trader Chloanne
Magic Barrier – Head of Vengarl
Great Magic Barrier – Chancellor Wellager
Dark Orb – Straid of Olaphis
Dark Hail – Straid of Olaphis
Dark Fog – Straid of Olaphis
Affinity – Straid of Olaphis
Dead Again – Stone Trader Chloanne
Dark Weapon – Felkin the Outcast
Great Resonant – Felkin the Outcast
Resonant Flesh – Felkin the Outcast
Resonant Weapon – Felkin the Outcast
Scraps of Life – Cromwell the Pardoner
Darkstorm – Magerold of Lanafir
Homing Crystal Soul Mass – Shrine of Amana after Rhoy’s Resting Place bonfire
Soul Greatsword – Drangleic Castle
Soul Bolt – Drangleic Castle
Soul Geyser – Aldia’s Keep
Crystal Magic Weapon – Dragon Shrine
Hush – Lost Bastille
Repair – Shaded Ruins
Chameleon – Harvest Valley
Focus Souls – Crown of the Sunken King
Soul Flash – Crown of the Ivory King
Great Fireball – Brightstone Cove Tseldora
Fire Tempest – Shrine of Amana
Chaos Storm – Iron Keep
Immolation – Belfry Sol
Dance of Tower – Brume Tower
Fire Snake – Brume Tower
Denial – Dragon’s Sanctum
Splintering Lightning Spear – Crown of the Ivory King
Whisper of Despair – Grave of Saints
Promised Walk of Peace – Crown of the Sunking King, in Sanctum City
Dark Greatsword – Crown of the Sunken King, near the Priestess’ Chamber
Recollection – Crown of the Old Iron King, in the Brume Tower
Dark Dance – Crown of the Ivory King, on a corpse near the second bonfire
Heavy Homing Soul Arrow (Ruin Sentinel Soul) – Weaponsmith Ornifex, Shaded Woods.
Crystal Soul Spear (Old Paledrake Soul) – Straid of Olaphis
Soul Shower (Scorpion Najka Soul) – Straid of Olaphis
Toxic Mist (Royal Rat Vanguard) – Straid of Olaphis
Acid Surge (Royal Rat Authority) – Straid of Olaphis
Flame Weapon (Old Witch Soul) – Straid of Olaphis
Outcry (Nadalia, Bride of Ash Soul) – Straid of Olaphis
Blinding Bolt (Old King Soul) – Straid of Olaphis
Hidden Weapon – Bell Keeper Covenant (Rank 2)
Great Chaos Fireball – Brotherhood of Blood, or Chancellor Wellager on NG++
Bountiful Sunlight – Blue Sentinels (Rank 3), or Chancellor Wellager on NG++
Wrath of the Gods – Blue Sentinels (Rank 2), or Chancellor Wellager on NG++
Sunlight Spear – Acquired from Heirs of the Sun (Rank 3)
Sacred Oath (Soul of Velstadt) – Straid of Olaphis
Repel (Giant Lord Soul) – Straid of Olaphis
Earned Through Questline(s):
Unleash Magic – Royal Sorcerer Navlaan
Forbidden Sun – Royal Sorcerer Navlaan
Great Magic Weapon – Royal Sorcerer Navlaan
Strong Magic Shield – Royal Sorcerer Navlaan
Soothing Sunlight – Acquired from Licia of Lindeldt after killing her using a Crushed-Eye Orb.
Lifedrain Patch (Darklurker Soul) – Straid of Olaphis, must complete Darkdiver Grandahl’s chasms.
Profound Still – Darkdiver Grandahl
How to Progress Covenants:
- Brotherhood of Blood – 400+ invasions (500 points) needed for Great Chaos Fireball.
- Bell Keepers – Defeat hosts/red phantoms 30 times for Hidden Weapon.
- Blue Sentinels – Defeat 150/500 dark phantoms/invaders/duelists as a Blue Sentinel.
- Heirs of the Sun – Defeat 30 bosses in co-op for Sunlight Spear, or farm Falconers on NG+1.
or you can simply just arrive at Drangliec Castle on NG+2 and purchase all of them from
*Note: Except for Bell Keepers, this is the only true grind of Dark Souls 2. You must defeat 30 red phantoms, which spawn at random intervals in the belfry-area at Iron Keep. I’ve completed this grind three times, one for each of my DS2 platinum trophies. It takes a few hours to complete, faster if you endorse belfry PvP.
Covenants & Gestures
- Welcome – Crestfallen Saudlen in Majula.
- Duel Bow – Submitting a Token of Fidelity to Blue Sentinel Targray in Cathedral of Blue.
- Mock – Un-petrify Straid of Olaphis in Lost Bastille.
- Joy – Speak with Benhart of Yugo after un-petrifying Rosabeth in Majula.
- Decapitate – Speak to the Head of Vengarl in Shaded Woods.
- Warmup – Speak with Tark using the Ring of Whispers after defeating Najka in Shaded Woods.
- Fist Pump – Creighton the Wanderer in Huntsman’s Copse.
- Praise the Sun – Learnt from the Altar of Sunlight in Harvest Valley.
- Prostration – Pay Laddersmith Gilligan 2000 Souls in Earthen Peak.
- This One’s Me – Speak to Chancellor Wellager inside the main entrance of Drangleic Castle.
- Have Mercy! – Speak to Grave Warden Agdayne without lighting a torch inside Undead Crypt.
- Hurrah! – From Captain Drummond in the Memory of Vammar, Forest of the Fallen Giants.
Note: Check out my ‘NPC Questlines in Order’ guide on Steam for all gestures in-order!
Discovering the covenants is apart of achieving 100% and a portion of the achievements.
Heirs of the Sun – Kneel to the altar in the small hidden area within Harvest Valley, after the 2nd bonfire (The Mines).
Brotherhood of Blood – Speak with Twitchy Gren in the small area just after the Executioner’s Chariot boss fight within Huntman’s Copse.
Rat King – Speak with the Rat King after beating the mongrel in Doors of Pharros, or find him in Grave of Saints.
Company of Champions – In Majula, take the path along the coast to the right and pray at the altar.
Way of the Blue – In Majula, speak with Crestfallen Saulden.
Blue Sentinels – Cathedral of Blue, Heide’s Tower of Flame – Speak with Targray with a Token of Fidelity. A Token of Fidelity is gained per area boss defeated as a Blue Sentinel.
Dragon Remnants – Give the Petrified Egg found in the Dragon Shrine to Magerold of Lanafir within Iron Keep, on the right as you enter just after the lava-bridge.
Pilgrims of the Dark – Speak with Darkdiver Grandahl at all three of his locations; Shaded Woods, Drangleic Castle, and Black Gulch.
Bell Keepers – Found within the Servants Quarters of Lost Bastille.
Smith for Life – After the Pursuer Boss Fight, traverse for the small nest on your right and examine it. Then you will travel to the Lost Bastille – The Tower Apart Bonfire, where there are two iron chests with the ember inside one of them.
Give the Dull Ember to Steady Hand McDuff at the Lost Bastille to gain access to Infusions, the application the special upgrade stones.
*It is the only blacksmith’s ember available in the game and functions as an all-purpose upgrade for all elemental types.
Selfless Giver – The easiest covenant to do this for is Heirs of Sunlight, you can do bouts of jolly cooperation, or farm tokens from Falconers in Thing’s Betwixt on NG+1.
Vendrick – Can be found just after Velstadt in Undead Crypt, Vendrick is considerably easier to fight with the five Giant Souls from the various Giant Memories scattered throughout Forest of the Fallen Giants.
Note: There are no upgrading based achievements nor weapon-based achievements for Dark Souls II.
You can find a linear solution to the other remaining ‘NPC achievements’ on my NPC Questlines in Order guide on Steam!
I hope this aided you in your pilgrimage, curse bearer!
I’ve written multiple un-posted guides on my tenure of obtaining 12 FromSoft 100% completions thus far, 6 of which are Dark Souls platinum trophies on PS3/PS4. After much consideration I’ve begun compiling my knowledge into a series of Dark Souls guides.
It’s somewhat tasking attempting to accumulate this information into an simplistic, easy-to-understand guide — but I try. 😉
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