Dark Souls 2 Walkthrough and Guide: Shaded Woods – How to Find the Scorpioness Najka

There are plenty of paths hidden in the woods. The right one takes you to Najka!

Continue your journey with Prima’s Dark Souls 2 Guide and Walkthrough!

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Take the path to the right of the one that leads to the Forest of Fallen Giants.  Head through the ruins and speak with the man at the end of the path (Benhart) to learn of the statue in the structure ahead. Enter the structure and use a Fragrant Branch of Yore (found in the Gutter and Sinner’s Rise) to bring the statue back to life.

Speak to Rosabeth to obtain a Prism Stone. If you continue to speak to her, she eventually opens a pyromancy store for you. If you have any spare armor, you can trade it to her to make the store a permanent fixture in Majula, then pull the lever that she once blocked. Several enemies ambush you from behind as soon as you pull the lever, so prepare to fight.

Defeat the enemies, then head through the newly opened door. If you let the door close, then open it again, it opens both doors. You can then speak to Benhart again to learn the joy gesture. You can also do this at any point in the future. 

Head into the next room and open the door on the far right to find a coffer that holds an Estus Flask Shard. Open the door on the other side of the room to find a bonfire. Light the fire, then head up the stairs. Jump over to the left side to find one enemy in the first door, and a enemy alongside a Soul of a Proud Knight and Human Effigy in the second door.

Jump over to the other side to find another enemy in the first door and an enemy alongside a Broadsword through the second door. Pull the lever near the entrance at the bottom of the stairs to open both doors, then head up the stairs and through the doorway. Follow the path into the Shaded Woods.

Kill the two enemies ahead and pick up the Falchion weapon. Continue down the path and quickly take out the two enemies ahead. Two more enemies bombard you from above. Continue forward, then up the hill to the left to engage the other two enemies and find a Pharros’ Lockstone. 

Keep moving down the path, take out the next three enemies in the clearing ahead, then continue down the path to the left. Take out the next enemy, then light the bonfire. This room has staircases on either side and three exits; straight ahead, to the right and to the left. Head up the stairs to the right. Talk to the gentleman at the top, then head through the doorway into the fog. 

It’s extremely difficult to see in the fog and a torch does not help. Keep your shield up as you progress through the area. The easiest route is to hug the left wall. When you reach a small clearing, circle the outside to find a Fire Seed, then head back into the fog and continue to hug the left wall to reach stairs leading out of the fog.

If you try to make your way through the fog, enemies that are very hard to see will attack. They circle around you and land critical strikes from behind, or shoot arrows from a distance. It is nearly impossible to combat these enemies on even ground, but they can be defeated. Watch for the faint white silhouettes, and when a figure attacks, damage it to see the enemy’s health bar (adjust your settings if you have this turned off). Follow the health bar to determine the location of the enemy.

Throughout the fog, there are several items ranging from souls to Lifegems. It’s not possible to provide an exact location, as the fog makes this journey blind. However, you can make your way through the fog, combating the nearly invisible enemies to obtain the little items hidden within. Be careful of the cliff, as this can be difficult to see in the fog. 

When you’re done rummaging through the fog, head up the stairs on the far left side, into the room and up the ramp. Continue up the next ramp to reach the top platform, then walk to the end to find a Radiant Lifegem. Head back down the last ramp and light the bonfire just behind it. 

Continue toward the end of the platform and jump down to the path below when you see an opening to the right. Time your jump so you roll through the window and into the dark room beyond. Head up the path to the left, then enter the room at the end on the right. Kill the enemies inside (including the one that comes at you from behind), then pick up the item to obtain a Twinkling Twilight.

Head through the door at the end of the small room to find a Soul of a Brave Warrior and three Firebombs, then head back outside and across the wooden bridge to the main platform. Head down to the end of the platform, hugging the left wall after you pass under the chest. Go through the opening to the left and immediately turn to the left. Watch out for the cursed jars throughout this area, as they will curse you if you stay in close proximity for too long. However, they can be broken to prevent this. 

Take out the three enemies, but be careful to avoid engaging the frog. Even when battling the lesser enemies, it’s very difficult to stun these foes, which means you need to block or evade their attacks, then counter with only a single attack. Any more than that and you risk getting hit by their next attack, which inflicts considerable damage.

Head into the small structure on the right, then down the ramp inside. Break open the barrels to find the Soul of a Brave Warrior and a Pharros’ Lockstone. Continue through the opening and around to the left to find a coffer that holds a Dark Scythe. Jump over the small ledge (you may have to walk around to the other side of this small upper area) and make your way around to position yourself nearby. Above is a large scorpion if you wish to take him down, otherwise speak with him to make him an ally (you need the Whispering Ring to do this). If you decide to kill him, you receive a Second Dragon Ring. 

Go through the opening in the corner, head through the corridor and kill the enemy in the room at the end. In the corner is a Torch. Pick up the item, then head back to the main area where the large frog can be found. 

Kill the large frog ahead. To do so, and if you’re a melee fighter, move in front of it until the frog prepares to spit gas towards you. At this point, move to the side and attack two or three times depending on the speed of your weapon. After attacking, ready your shield. Do not attack more than this because its attacks inflict outrageous damage, but drain very little stamina if you block them. Block the attack, then counter with two or three more attacks. Repeat this process until it’s dead.

Defeat the frog to find a Petrified Dragon Bone. Continue past where the enemy once stood to find another enemy. Make your way to the far left corner, and head up the stairs to find a Pharros’ Lockstone and the Soul of a Brave Warrior. Turn around and head back to the open area, then to the left. 

Take down the enemy, then pick up the item in the corner. Be careful not to step on the wood or you’ll fall into the room below and get ambushed. The item in the corner is a Lifegem. Grab it then continue down the path to take on the next enemy. 

Head into the ruins on the left and up the winding staircase. When you reach the top, head to the end to find a Soul of a Brave Warrior and a Skeptic’s Spice. Go back down the stairs, out the doorway and into the next door on the right. Continue down the path to find the mist door that leads to the boss battle against Scorpioness Najka.

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Bryan Dawson has an extensive background in the gaming industry, having worked as a journalist for various publications for nearly 20 years and participating in a multitude of competitive fighting game events. He has authored over a dozen strategy guides for Prima Games, worked as a consultant on numerous gaming-related TV and web shows and was the Operations Manager for the fighting game division of the IGN Pro League.