When you start to delve into the High Wall of Lothric in Dark Souls 3 you will come across a dragon blocking your path to some loot. The dragon engulfs either the upper or lower area in flame depending on where you’re at. You can use the dragon to your advantage by allowing its flame breath to kill all of the enemies that stand in your way.
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If you’ve got some time on your hands and a ranged weapon with a lot of ammunition (preferably a bow or crossbow), you can take down the dragon. Simply stand on the wooden platform halfway up the stairs where you won’t be hit by the dragon breath, and aim your bow or preferred ranged weapon at the dragon’s head. The dragon follows a couple of different patterns, but will lower its head after every one or two fire blasts depending on the current pattern. The head always lowers to the exact same spot and remains there long enough for you to fire an arrow.
You need to inflict just over 2,200 damage before the dragon will fly off. When this happens you will earn yourself a Large Titanite Shard. Averaging about 43 damage per arrow, it took about 50 arrows before the dragon flew off. If you account for a few misses or if you went with a different character build you may want to be fully stocked with ammunition before you take on the dragon. If you don’t have a bow you can find one near the beginning of the High Wall of Lothric area.
With the dragon down you can now venture up to the top of the stairs and collect a Club, Ember, Raw Gem, Large Soul of a Deserted Corpse and a Claymore. Your haul may vary slightly depending on what the enemies in the upper area dropped.
On the far side of the upper area you can open the gate and head down the stairs in the room beyond. There’s a chest on the far side, but do not attempt to open it. This is not a normal chest, but a Mimic. Attack the Mimic and it will reveal itself and chase after you. It has quite a bit of health, but if you circle around it the Mimic will have difficulty hitting you. Defeat the Mimic to obtain a Deep Battle Axe weapon.
If you don’t want to fight the dragon or simply don’t have the time, you can run up the stairs and to the gate on the far side. You will take some damage from the flames, but as long as you time your run right after a flame blast you can make it to the gate before the next blast. It’s risky, and you will need a few Estus Flasks to get all of the items in the upper area, but it can be done.