Dragon Shrine is a small zone in Dark Souls II and is considered to be the last area in the game listed by the Bonfires. This area is filled with armed creatures and knights in golden dragon armor.
The Ancient Dragon is an optional boss in Dark Souls 2 and is found at the top of the Dragon Shrine that whispers telepathically to the player. This boss is extremely powerful and has four legs.
- â€‹ HP: 25,000 (Standard Game)
- â€‹ Souls Awarded: 120,000 (Standard Game) 240,000 (NG+
- â€‹ Drops: Soul of a Giant, Petrified Dragon Bone
This boss is weak against lightning so if you have greatswords with lightining imbued will can handy.
To be able to defeat this boss requires a healthy respect for its fire attacks. Each of these area effect blasts is fairly difficult to avoid. You need to stay beneath his head and avoid physical strikes when the dragon is on the ground.
Another one of his attack is Breathe Fire where he breath the fire while on he ground in a large cone area infront of but when you are under it near his hind legs he can breath fire under itself. You can then rin outside quickly, and then return when the flame clears.
One of his attack is Rain of Fire, he flies up into the air and breathes fire directly at the ground beneath it, creating a large AOE. Because of its size when it does this move, you can actually attack its tail which will clip through the ground.
Also when on the ground he can brings its head up slightly from one side and swipe across to the opposite side, attempting to bite the player.
This is a time consuming battle so it is best to come with high damage attacks and spells available. Patience to evade the fire attacks is important as they take up a large area.
If he raises a paw to stomp, run and slash the opposite one. Most importantly, when you are under him, stay near the front paw, and stand still. He is more likely to do the belly breath then go airbone if you stand completely still.
Note: You will be able to get this Ancient Dragon Soul by return to the chamber where you fought Freja and use the Ashen Heart Key to delve into the memory of the dead dragon found here.
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