Let’s be honest, Dark Souls 2 is a pretty tough game and you’re going to need all the help you can get. We’ve decided to construct a guide for all you single players out there to help make your time in Drangleic a little bit easier. First up, here’s how to farm souls in Dark Souls 2 and it’s aimed for all the beginners out there. However, be warned! Farming in Dark Souls 2 is a lot more complicated because enemies will start to disappear after a certain amount of respawns so proceed with caution.
First up, we’re gonna need to head to Heide’s Tower of Flame. To reach this area, you need to head to the cave area located near the blacksmith’s house in Majula (pictured above). Descend the staircases and you’ll come to a room with a gate. Pull the lever to the left (keep a sharp eye out for it, you can easily miss it) and continue onwards to reach Heide’s Tower of Flame.
Since Heide’s Tower serves as an alternate starting point to the Forest of Fallen Giants, you’ll find a lot of low quality starter equipment here but you can also find a lot of decent soul releasing enemies that can be taken down easily with a bit of patience and persistence. When you reach Heide’s Tower, head down the staircase and you’ll come to your first Old Giant enemy. However, it’s best not to confront him just yet so head right, and go down another smaller staircase to light the bonfire. This is where we’ll start the farming fun.
Before you begin any farming, it might be best to burn a Bonfire Ascetic and equip the Covetous Silver Serpent Ring. They’re not necessary at all to farm but they do help you get a lot more souls. Keep that in mind for future soul farming attempts as they will certainly help out. Do not burn a Bonfire Ascetic unless you feel confident enough with your weapons and abilities as it will make the area a lot tougher to play through.
Let’s begin. Your primary enemy in this area is the Old Knight. They’re slow, dumb but pack one hell of a punch with their weapons. They have a 3 tier attack which is: swing left to right, swing right to left and then an overhead swing. There is also a chance that they’ll throw in an extra thrusting attack so keep on your toes. If you’re a melee player, keep circling them with your shield up and wait until that third attack before you launch on the offensive. Magic focused players should also keep circling the Old Knight or keep some distance and then shoot their flurry of Soul Arrows where appropriate.
Crafty players might consider using the environment to deal with the enemies but must be careful not to fall off the platforms. When the Old Knight is taken down, you’ll get about 400 souls. There’s about 9 or so respawning Old Knights in the area before the bosses, so after about 10-15 minutes work, you should have earned about 2K souls. After about an hour grinding , you should have a total of 8K-10K souls, providing you didn’t mess up and lose all your souls. If you do happen to die, your number one priority is to retrieve those souls otherwise your hardwork will have gone down the drain.
What makes this spot the optimal location for Farming is both the relatively slow attack set of the Old Giants and the convenient location of the bonfire. Your nimble new character can dodge the attacks easily and if you die, you’ll be brought back to the relatively close-by bonfire. Yet like all Soul Farming, it can be a bit of a grind to constantly keep replaying the same area over and over but with this simple and effective method, you will eventually amass a huge amount of Souls to spend on equipment, weapons or levelling up, which will serve to be incredibly useful in the early stages of the game.
Stay tuned for more tips, tricks and guides on Dark Souls 2.