For anyone hoping to rush into that new Dark Souls: Artorias of the Abyss DLC, now that it's actually on consoles too, you may want to stop a moment to consider certain in-game obstacles. The recent Dark Souls add-on can't be easily accessed just by dropping into the game or from some new entry on the menu. Oh no, you're going to need to work for this DLC.
Mind the spoilers ahead, if you're not very far in the game.
The only ways to access Oolacile, the new region in Artorias of the Abyss, are through the following steps, as Namco Bandai confirmed. Brace yourselves for pain:
- Kill the Hydra in Darkroot Basin.
- Kill the Crystal Golem, also in Darkroot Basin, and rescue Dusk.
- Kill the Crystal Golem in the Duke's Archives to retrieve the Broken Pendant.
- Return to Dusk with the item, touch the ominous Black Fog, and enjoy the DLC.
The whole process is obviously a lot tougher than a few bullet points make it out to be, so have fun with that. Oh, and enjoy dying over and over again in Artorias too.