In Dark Souls 2 there is a 'Shrine of Winter' near Sinners Rise. When you approach the shrine it will not let you open the door and a message pops up that says

Seek Mightier Souls

What does this mean and how do you open this shrine?

  • Sort of sounds to me like it may want you to kill more bosses before it'll let you in, like the orange fog in Dark Souls.
    – Cloudy
    Mar 12, 2014 at 18:31
  • The orange gates were unlocked by placing the lordvessel (in game event) not by randomly killing bosses. You absolutely needed to kill the bosses to do this but I am looking for what in game event will allow me to open this door. Mar 12, 2014 at 18:33
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    Yeah, I wasn't meaning to imply "random," I just assumed that you have to progress to a certain point in the story (i.e. killing required bosses).
    – Cloudy
    Mar 12, 2014 at 19:54

6 Answers 6


The 4 greater bosses you have to beat to enter the Shrine of Winter are the following:



Lost Sinner


Sinner's Rise, accessible from the Lost Bastille



Old Iron King


The Iron Keep, accessible from the Earthen Peak, which connects to Huntsman's Copse



Duke's Dear Freja


Brightstone Cove Tseldora, accessible from the Doors of Pharros which connects to the Shaded Woods



The Rotten


The Black Gulch, accessible from The Gutter at the bottom of the hole in Majula

(Is this formatting bad? I wanted both the names and locations to be independently spoiler tagged so people have the option to peek at the location without seeing the name of each boss.)


you also open it if your soul memory is 1m or above regardless of great souls

  • why downvotes? this is actually true.
    – Geeo
    Mar 31, 2014 at 6:13

Well I beat 3 main bosses I think (does the giant dude count? if so 4 I guess). Basically I beat 3 bosses and lit the fires in 3 primal bonfires

Lost sinner, iron king and then the dukes giant spider. In that order, if that matters

I checked the map in majula mansion and there are 4 fires on it now. Nobody's telling me anything new or where to go next so I decided to look around, plus I just took out headless dude, so wanted to let the head know what's up so it was kinda natural to go back to that area. After that I just checked if the other paths have opened up. The big door with no enemies along the way, is still closed and just asks for the symbol of the king. BUT! the shrine of winter opens up

When I go down the path level-up lady is waiting at the bottom of the stairs to drangleic castle and says I'm not powerful enough yet, but that she won't stop me from trying - I tried but its a lot of work for now (PS. did get in the castle just the room near the bonfire is pretty tough with the SPOILERS)

I figure the next major boss is prolly in the only path I haven't really explored yet ie. the pit - although I've lit 5 different bonfires down there already.

The warp screen tells me I should go there before doing more of drangleic castle - but I kind of want to try to beat it (I say beat it, but for all I know there's not even a boss in there because

the king is not in the building... supposedly... although pretty sure mirror knight is in this area

Whilst the level-up lady says I can't just to see if I get something different as I said before though, kind of a hassle but still.

  • Hi Trixter and welcome to Gaming.SE. You can use >! at the start of a paragraph to mark spoilers but please use proper capitalisation in order to make your answers more readable.
    – Rory
    Mar 20, 2014 at 13:43

you have to beat the 4 old ones and light the four primal bon fires. this is the way to the castle


The accepted answer is not exactly right, and far from being complete.

  1. You have two options, either find 4 Mighty boss souls OR earn 1 million soul memory (+1 million for each play-through, if you are in ng+ or bigger).

  2. The quickest way is to get those 4 boss souls, to do it you need to kill 4 bosses: Lost Sinner, The Rotten, Old Iron King and Duke's Dear Freja. But this is not enough. You will get 3 mighty souls automatically after first 3 bosses are ded, but, the 4th one you need to pick from ground. Don't miss it! It will appear after killing Duke's Dear Freja on the boss arena, under the dead dragon.

Note, that at ng+ and further souls and boss soul memory acquired on your previous playthroughs won't be taking into account by the Shrine gates.

Source: http://darksouls2.wiki.fextralife.com/Shrine+of+Winter


you have to go to shrouded ruins where you defeat the scorpion woman; there is a door near the back to the right where you go to doors of pharos which will take you to brightstone cave where you defeat dukes freja ( which is a massive spider with 2 heads which is easily soloable ) where you light the last primal bone fire... be prepared to fight a duel wielding fast opponent when you go down the stairs to the left in the dukes private chamber

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