5 Things You Didn't Know About Dark Souls 3

Here are five things you didn’t know about Dark Souls 3

Aldrich, Devourer of Gods

Dark Souls 3 Lothric
Dark Souls 3 Lothric

When you first fought Aldrich, Devourer of Gods, you may have been too distracted from the pain and misery of this seemingly impossible boss to notice some striking similarities between it and another entity in the Dark Souls universe. Aldrich, the unidentified entity that sought to bring about The Deep, was so powerful that it was able to literally eat a Dark Souls god. This god is none other than the hidden boss of Dark Souls 1, Dark Sun Gwyndolin, leader of the Blades of the Darkmoon.

It can be seen through the physical appearance of Aldrich that this is the case. Gywndolin’s iconic headpiece being the prime piece of evidence that attests to this. The Lifehunt Scythe miracle also supports this theory thanks to its flavor text: “Aldrich dreamt as he slowly devoured the God of the Darkmoon. In this dream, he perceived the form of a young, pale girl in hiding.”

Not only does Aldrich consume the body of Gwyndolin, and in doing so gain some essence of his power, but Aldrich also dreams of a young, pale girl in hiding. Dark Souls fans will recall such a pale girl hiding in a painted world. There’s a strong chance Aldrich dreamt of Prescilla, the half-dragon girl that was locked away by her supposed father, Seath the Scaleless.

Kill the Dancer of the Boreal Valley Early

Dark Souls 3 Dancer of the Boreal Valley
Dark Souls 3 Dancer of the Boreal Valley

The Dancer of the Boreal Valley is a boss that stands between you and the late-game area of Lothric Castle, but did you know you can actually fight it as the second boss in the entire game? It’s by no means an easy fight, but if you win despite all things pointing to you not winning, you will unlock access to Lothric Castle and all the treasures therein.

To perform this feat, you will have to kill Emma as soon as you enter the room. This will trigger the Dancer’s entrance into the arena and begin the fight. You will no doubt want to partake in some jolly cooperation as this fight is extremely difficult for a levelled character, let alone one fresh out of the grave.

Mimic Chests

Dark Souls 3 Explore
Dark Souls 3 Explore

Mimic Chests are wily things, appearing as a normal chest but when you go to open them they snatch you up and eat you. Long-time players of Dark Souls may still use the tried and true method of hitting each chest before they open to see if it transforms, but did you know there’s an easier way to tell if a chest is a Mimic, and if it is, an easier way to get its treasure other than fighting it?

Take a look at the chain that is attached to each chest in Dark Souls, the chests with the chains that curve around behind them are normal chests, but the chests with the chain that stretches out in front of them are Mimics!

Now instead of fighting the Mimic to try and earn its contents, you can simply throw an Undead Hunter Charm on the Mimic. This will cause the Mimic to open up allowing you to loot it. Or if you do accidentally hit the Mimic, you can throw an Undead Hunter Charm at it and the Mimic will turn back into a chest and fall asleep. No more opening a chest only to have your character’s arms get bitten off!

Titanite Slabs

Dark Souls 3 Titanite Slab
Dark Souls 3 Titanite Slab

Did you know that the runes scratched into Titanite Slabs are actually legible and make cohesive sense? This is a relatively new discovery by Dark Souls user known as Skarekrow13 in the Fextralife Dark Souls 3 Wiki Forums.

The essence of this discovery is that upon the Titanite Slabs are runes, and through a process of analysing these runes and working on their meaning, Skarekrow13 was able to find words that match the runes. But this was just a series of words like, cold, fire, and man. Luckily for Skarekrow13, the story of Dark Souls is well known, so from these few words, they were able to infer a deeper meaning.

The Titanite Slabs runes tell the story of man’s birth in the world of Dark Souls, as they sought the great Arch Trees and the security they brought. And from here coldness set in, but after a time the coldness was driven away by the First Flame. Unfortunately, with this First Flame came the gods, dragons, and war. The gods were victorious over these dragons and so began an age of wealth and prosperity. But the flame is waning, and man will begin to ascend to reclaim the world and quench the fire and to return the world to darkness.

From Software has layered Dark Souls with an impressive amount of detail. It’s even more impressive that, after all this time, the Dark Souls community is so passionate about the series, to the point where users band together to solve and translate ancient runes. You should check out Skarekrow13’s impressive write up where they detail the method behind solving this mystery.

The Dark Sign

Dark Souls 3 The Dark Sign
Dark Souls 3 The Dark Sign

Since 2011 the player base of Dark Souls has been wondering what the Dark Sign, the red circle stamped on every Undead, represents. It could have been just a brand, a searing hot circle that is used to mark the Undead, signifying a risk of going Hollow. It wasn’t until the end of Dark Souls 3 that the inspiration behind the Dark Sign was revealed.

Did you know that halfway through Dark Souls 3, and upon ascending to Lothric Castle, the moon blots out the sun forming a solar eclipse, which just so happens to hold a striking resemblance to the Dark Sign. So apparent are the similarities that it cannot be denied that the Dark Sign is representative of a solar eclipse.

But then, what could it all mean? The solar eclipse takes place toward the end of the game, as the flame is slowly fading and after numerous Lords of Cinder have been slain. Perhaps the Dark Sign isn’t just a curse of the Undead, but a reminder that when the sun fades, and with it the First Flame, it will be the Undead’s time to rise up and claim the world. For in Dark Souls, the Undead are mere men, forever lower than the gods and their continuation of the Age of Fire, only to have some form of power when the fire is extinguished. Could it be that the Dark Sign is meant to corral the Undead, to allow them a form of immortality to use against the gods? Maybe, or perhaps there are other answers out there, buried deep within the lore of Dark Souls.

And much like the accursed Undead, we cannot help but return to Dark Souls, a series that continues to challenge and confound us. Let us know other things you didn’t know about Dark Souls 3 that you recently discovered, whether it is lore related or about the game mechanics!

Sam Chandler

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