Tom909 wrote:They're expensive but well worth it when you're in the depths because you'll come across the first enemies who can curse... I'll not say anything more than dying due to a curse has dire consequences
@Eli: Yeah, I have the master key so I've encountered Havel Rock once, suffice to say I didn't go back (apart from to sneakily re-claim my souls then leg it!). The fecker killed me in one attack with his massive club thing but now I've got some spells and levelled my pyromancy a bit (the build I'm playing now is Pyromancer) I might try again whilst keeping a distance.
Definitely. Curse is the only afflication which cannot be healed using a bonfire so purging stones are essential for the Depths, Catacombs and Painted world of Aramis. There only two characters in the game which sell them so don't go too mad with them.
As long as you can keep your distance and pound him with spells he's not too hard. If you go down to the bottom of the stairs where you first encounter Havel the doorway there connects to Darkroot wood. The other one is by going down from the Undead Parish smith. Dark root basin where the hydra is located also connects to Valley of the Drakes.
You know I said about the false wall just down from Quelaag's bell. The firekeeper through there specialises in pyromancy. There's also a character (pyromancer) trapped in the Depths who sells pyromancies once you free him. When you get down into the Demon Ruins there are quite a few enemies who are fire based so don't focus solely on pyromancy or you may struggle with those.
To get to this character if you haven't already. Starting from the Depths doorway. Go in and down the first two flights of stairs. So your in the room with the benches and the fire weilding zombies. Standing at the bottom the stairs in this room (not the stairs leading down to the butcher at the table) walk forward and drop through any one of the arch shape holes to your right. Go forwards taking the left turn to where the second butcher is. Once the butcher is down go up the stairs and the character is in amongst the pots in the far right corner. Once he's free just return to Firelink Shrine.