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Dragon Shrine viewed from the Dragon Aerie.

The Dragon Shrine is a location in Dark Souls II.


The Dragon Shrine is a large sandstone castle situated atop a rocky plateau. It is littered with broken pillars, turrets and parapets, and is guarded by Drakekeepers and Dragon Knights. Toward the back of the shrine and up a long flight of stairs is a large exposed balcony where the Ancient Dragon can be found.

In Scholar of the First Sin, the Dragon Knights will not immediately aggro against players, remaining passive unless provoked. They are often found in attendance with Drakekeepers, and will allow players to duel the Drakekeepers, only becoming aggressive if the player attempts to run past the Drakekeepers without killing them, enters their domain with a summoned phantom, or if the player directly attacks them (even including beneficial spells like Warmth). The only directly aggressive Dragon Knights are the Dark Spirit Dragonfang Villard, and the power-stanced greatsword-wielding Dragon Knight at the top of the stairs leading to the Ancient Dragon.


After acquiring the King's Ring then journeying through Aldia's Keep and the Dragon Aerie, the player makes their way to the top of the shrine where they acquire the Ashen Mist Heart from the Ancient Dragon.


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