The Path of the Dragon covenant is dedicated to gathering Dragon Scales, and eventually harnessing the power of the everlasting dragons. It is located in Ash Lake, one of the game's many optional areas. Please be wary of heading this way early on, as back-tracking may prove difficult to low-level characters and first-time players.How to get there
I would highly recommend obtaining the Lordvessel before you do this. However, it is still possible to reach at any point.
At the opposite end of the Blighttown swamp from Quelaag's Domain, you'll see a huge branch-like path heading upwards around a cliff face. Follow this and you'll come to a small alcove. Roll towards the back wall and it will disappear, revealing another small area with a chest. Roll through the wall behind the chest, and once again, it will disappear.
This time, a tunnel will appear. Follow this, go down a ladder, and you'll reach a bonfire and the area known as The Great Hollow.
From the bonfire, make your way down the giant tree, killing a few basilisks as you go. Watch out for the mushrooms at the bottom - the big ones pack a mean punch!
Once you've reached the bottom of the area, you'll find a passage leading to Ash Lake. Head through the hollowed-out log, and make a U-turn to your right to find a bonfire.
Ash Lake is a rather treacherous area at first. You'll notice a hydra in the distance, which is closing in on you. My advice? RUN!
Sprint as fast as you can, sticking to the sand area, and follow the path all the way to the end. Watch out for the hydra's projectiles, and be careful around the clam-like enemies around the half-way point. After a few minutes, you'll reach a thin path leading to a huge dragon and another bonfire. Take a rest here if you like, then pray to the Everlasting Dragon.Entry requirements
There are no entry requirements for the Path of the Dragon. Just pray to the Everlasting Dragon, and enter the covenant.Benefits of joining
Upon joining the Path of the Dragon covenant, you will obtain the Dragon Eye and the Dragon Head Stone.
The Dragon Eye allows you to duel other players. The victor will recieve one Dragon Scale. See the "Covenant Items III" section for more details.
The Dragon Head Stone turns your head into that of a dragon! You must not have a helmet equipped for this to work. Once you've used the stone, your character will retain the dragon head until death, and can breathe fire from it by using the Dragon Head Stone again.Gaining ranks
There are four ranks in the Path of the Dragon, from the entry rank to +3. To increase your rank, you must offer Dragon Scales to the Everlasting Dragon. See the "Covenant Items V" section for details on how to get Dragon Scales.
Offering 10 scales will grant you rank +1, which increases the damage of the Dragon Head Stone's fire attack.
Offering 30 scales will grant you rank +2, which awards you the Dragon Torso Stone - an item which turns the rest of your body into that of a dragon's. This requires you to wear no armour at all, so be careful! Using the Dragon Torso Stone again whilst in dragon form will grant you a temporary attack boost. It's base level is +25%, but rank +1 increases the boost to +27.5%. Rank +2 also increases the Dragon Head Stone's fire attack damage again, and increases the Dragon Torso Stone's attack boost to +30%.
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Offering 80 scales will grant you rank +3, which increases the damage of the Dragon Head Stone's fire attack a third time, and the Dragon Torso Stone's attack boost to +35%.Betraying the covenant
There is no way to betray this covenant, but leaving will remove your ability to use the Dragon Eye, and the Dragon Head/Torso Stones will have their effects reduced to their base levels. You can, however, still use both stones outside of the covenant.