Now that you know how to access Crown of the Sunken King, the first episode in the Lost Crowns trilogy of DLC for Dark Souls II, let’s a deeper look. As you make your way through the depths of Shulva, an ancient subterranean necropolis, you’ll find all manner of traps, enemies, and even a dragon on your quest to find a crown that once belonged to King Vendrick.
IGN details 3 new areas for the player to explore in the DLC, each with their own “feel.” First there’s Shulva’s Sanctum City, described as a “Lovecraftian abyss” with dizzying architecture, steep falls, and hordes of undead. Then there’s the Dragon’s Sanctum, a flooded area featuring reptilian enemies and a massive tower (guarded by Black Knights) rising from the lake. Finally there’s Dragon’s Rest, a humble bonfire immediately preceding a boss battle with what I’m guessing is a dragon.
Speaking of bosses, the DLC includes 2 new ones: the aforementioned dragon, and one that we know nothing about. In addition, hidden among the dangerous ruins, the player will find a new Sorcery and a new Miracle. “Focus Souls” enables the caster to emit a single, highly destructive beam of light (given the name, I almost wonder if this isn’t in fact a Hex…) while “Denial” will save those who are near-death, though it’s unclear how.
We’ll just have to wait until July 22 when Crown of the Sunken King will be available for $10 ($25 for a season pass) on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. To tide you over, here are some new screenshots FromSoftware recently released!