How to Access the DLC in Dark Souls II

With less than a week to go until its release, many of us Dark Souls II fans are wondering how to access the Crown of the Sunken King DLC come July 22. This is the first installment in the game’s announced trilogy of DLC, but there are a few things you have to do before you can play it.

Much like the Artorias of the Abyss DLC in Dark Souls, accessing Crown of the Sunken King requires a specific, step-by-step process.  Lucky for you, I’m here to tell you exactly what that is! So without further ado…

Once purchased, an item will be added to your inventory called a Dragon Talon. Its description reads: Legend has it that in the deepest reaches of the Black Gulch, behind a door locked from the inside, is a magnificent city built for a great sleeping dragon.

That right there gives you a clue as to where you’re headed. You must make your way down the Pit in Majula, through the Gutter, and into the Black Gulch. After defeating the Rotten (if you haven’t done so already), your next step is to light the Primal Bonfire located past the boss room.


Nearby you’ll find an obelisk which, when examined, will teleport you to a circular vestibule with a set of large double doors. Upon approaching, you’ll be prompted to use your Dragon Talon to unlock the doors, through which lies Shulva, an ancient subterranean necropolis (or “city of the dead”).

One thing that’s pretty cool is you can be summoned into the DLC by another player without having to buy it. So if you want to take a stab at the new bosses (in jolly cooperation, of course) but aren’t yet sure you want to purchase the DLC, this is a neat feature! All you have to do is place your summon sign just outside the locked doors.

Personally, I think accessing Crown of the Sunken King is a more straightforward process than accessing Artorias of the Abyss, but what do you think? Also, I must admit, I’m a bit disappointed that the mystery item in the Majula Manor treasure chest (which also becomes available July 22) isn’t involved in accessing the DLC.

Crown of the Sunken King can be purchased for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC for $10. Alternately, a season pass is available that grants access to all three episodes of DLC for $24.99.

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