Known generally as the Bridge Wyvern, the Hellkite Drake Dragon attacks all the players that pass from the Undead Parish in Dark Souls Remastered and is exceptionally hard to fight against for newbies. This guide will help you know the specific strategies you can use to exploit its weaknesses.
The best way to get past the Dragon in Dark Souls is by making all-or-nothing attempts at dashing through the bridge while it is distracted. No need to look for other ways. Just make a run for it and avoid getting caught in its fire or else you are a goner.
With that said, let’s jump into ways to get past the Dragon in Dark Souls Remastered.
Ways to Reach Undead Parish
If your end goal is to reach the Undead Parish then fighting and defeating the Dragon might not be your only option. You can reach the location first and come back later to defeat it with much better stats and upgraded weapons. Here are all the ways to get past the Dragon:
1. Underneath the Bridge Route
A route beneath the bridge exists that can take you to Undead Parish without engaging the drake in battle. This is located close to the shortcut to the Undead Burg bonfire. However, it is guarded by two Hollow Soldiers and is designed to drain your stamina little by little.
If you are confident in a war of attrition then this route might suit you better than defeating the Bridge Drake.
You will have to face several Undead Rats along with the soldiers. There are no set rest points in your journey. The closest one is located to the Andre of Astora so make sure you keep a bunch of sustain items with you. Overall, this route can be much more punishing if the player dies en route to Undead Parish.
2. Distracting the Bridge Wyvern
This route is a high-risk high-reward venture. You will have to wait for the Wyvern to be distracted, take advantage of this short window, and run straight to the bonfire below its perch. Do note that the dragon will be attacking you, therefore this approach is far riskier since it kills you in a single hit
Once you do reach the bonfire, the dragon will temporarily retreat. Simply raise the locked gate using the nearby lever and you should be in Undead Parish.
3. Using the Master Key
It is possible to stop the Drake from appearing if you manage to get your hands on the Master Key which is a starting gift in Dark Souls. The Master Key route is rather long but it is relatively safer than others. All you need to do is:
- Take the shortcut next to the elevator in New Londo Ruins. You will find yourself in the Valley of Drakes at the end of this shortcut.
- From there, go past the Undead Dragon and Blue Drakes and look for an elevator to the Darkroot Garden. This garden can be found near a bonfire by a Halberd Black Knight guarding the Grass Crest Shield.
- Now, you can either choose to go up Havel’s watchtower or continue to go up to Darkroot Garden. Choose the second option and go past the Parish Titanite Demon by Andre of Astora.
- Keep on going till you reach the Parish.
Following the steps mentioned above can help you bypass the event trigger located at the very beginning of the Undead Burg.
All in all, the Hellkite dragon can be defeated in later portions of Dark Souls Remastered so your only aim should be to get past it. This can be done by either making a run for it or using different routes altogether. Whatever path you decide to go to, make sure to see it through to the end. Come back with a better build to slay the pseudo-dragon once and for all!