Dark Souls Easy Soul Farming Guide

Dying just comes naturally in Dark Souls, and everytime you die you lose all those precious souls you’ve been holding onto. You’re going to need some help, so check out our total video and text walkthrough. Enough about that, because you’ll never be in need of souls again. Either early in Dark Souls or late, you’ll find a method for gaining all the extra souls you need to level up your character, upgrade your equipment, or purchasing the gear you desperately need to survive this harsh world.

For even more extra content on Dark Souls, check out our cheats page, or you can keep scrolling down to discover two unique methods for farming souls.

Easy Soul Farming Guide

  1. Early in the game, the easiest place to farm souls is in the Undead Parish. Nearing the bridge to the Undead Parish, you’ll need to duck under the bridge as a dragon sprays fire. Under the bridge, you can unlock a door leading back to Firelink Shrine.
  2. Stop at the bonfire and rest to respawn the Hollow Soldiers on the Undead Parish Bridge. Just move between the Firelink Shrine and the Undead Parish, running up the steps to the top of the bridge. The dragon will sweep by with another flame attack, killing every enemy and netting you 300 easy souls.
  3. Run back and forth, but that isn’t the best method for soul farming, there is another later in the game that is much better.
  4. In the Undead Parish, you can find an NPC Blacksmith selling a unique item — the Crest of Artorias for 20000 souls. That might sound steep for a key, but you can make those souls back fast. The key opens a special door deep in the Darkroot Garden.
  5. You’ll find a large door with a blue seal on the path towards the Moonlight Butterfly boss, before entering the large area filled with giant stone sentinels. Just next to this blue-sealed door is a hidden bonfire, make sure to break down the wall and rest here.
  6. Through the sealed door, you’ll enter another large forest area. This one is filled with difficult ghosts and Protectors, all of which may be too difficult for you to defeat at an early stage of the game. The best option is to just not fight them at all.
  7. While entering the large forest area through the blue-sealed door, you’ll take steps down. To the left, as you enter, you’ll see a small cliff ledge with room enough to stand on next to the stone stairs.
  8. The goal is to draw the ghosts and human opponents towards the stairs and wait in the corner, on the ground, on sliver of land between the bottomless pit and the stone landing. If you wait against the wall, your opponents will run up the steps and try to attack you from above.
  9. They won’t run directly at you if you wait in the corner, just stand and hold your shield up. They’ll either try to jump down after you and drop themselves off the cliff, or land on the ground. On the ground, they’ll try to circle around you, and inevitably drop themselves over the edge.
  10. Each of these enemies, when they die, will net you several thousand easy souls. Just run back to the bonfire and rest to make the enemies respawn, and do it all over again. Goodluck!

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    12 Comments on Dark Souls Easy Soul Farming Guide

    JosephPS3 Dead State

    On October 12, 2011 at 6:10 am

    thank you thank you thank you


    On October 12, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    amazing bout to get my lvl on son


    On October 12, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Works like a charm.


    On October 13, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    They don’t circle around for me… They just stand there and wittle me down or they backstep then attack. Lol. Guess my ai is smarter than they should be. Hahahaha


    On October 26, 2011 at 7:21 am

    Holy crap!! Amazing tip!!!


    On October 28, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    OMG this is the ultimate soul hatchery known to man year to date, if dark souls tickles your fancy go get your soul on brother lol


    On November 8, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    A great place to farm souls and humanity is in the room before Nito’s lair right at the end of Tomb of Giants.
    It’s the room with the 5 pinwheels in.
    Kill all pinwheels the equip your highest poison resistance gear.
    If you have Gold Hemmed Cloth gear and Bloodshield this will give you 294 poison resistance with no sl points in resistance.
    Also equip Covetous Gold Serpent ring and take humanitys to get you too 350 item find.
    Drop down into water and head over towards the area you entered from and you will find a slope that leads back up too where you entered, head up there and wait for the skeletons, I find using a lightning spear best weapon for this as it lets you keep shield up and long lunge will kill multiples when grouped.
    Kill mini skeletons that will have followed you then head into water run around a little and head back up slope. Rinse and repeat as much as you need.
    I yield 100-150,000 souls and at least 50 humanity an hour using this method.


    On January 21, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    The best way to level up later is in dark anor londo(if you choose to kill gwynevere-warning there are consequences: google them)warp to the chamber of the princess after purchasing some homeward bones or learning the miracle for homeward and go directly out into the large room next to the blacksmith and there are two npc’s waiting there worth 5000 each and are fairly easy to kill. Just kill them and use the homeward bone or miracle. They will not reappear if you just rest at the bonfire, you have to go into a loading screen. This will net you 10,000 souls every minute or two depending on how fast you are.

    Krystal Dow

    On March 17, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    There are certainly a lot of details like that to take into consideration. That is a great point to bring up. I offer the thoughts above as general inspiration but clearly there are questions like the one you bring up where the most important thing will be working in honest good faith. I don’t know if best practices have emerged around things like that, but I am sure that your job is clearly identified as a fair game. Both boys and girls feel the impact of just a moment’s pleasure, for the rest of their lives.


    On September 2, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    On the PC version, the Undead Parish Bridge trick (point 2 in the article) nets 555 souls per time. It takes 31 seconds to do the run. This means in 46 minutes you can net 50,000 souls, FYI.


    On September 9, 2012 at 2:08 am

    i’ve killed all of them and they did not reappear, this is possibly a bug but you still might want to watch out with how many of them you kill
    also if you join the forest hunter covenant they will become friendly


    On October 11, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    it takes a little bit more time than luring the people in the forest off the edge but in the valley of the drakes the little dragons respawn and worth about a thousand a piece, and easy kills with upgraded bow