Asuna decided to follow the same route Kirito had taken in the beta and suspected he had chosen the Dark Elf. When Kirito argued against her plan, Asuna reminded him that clearing the game was their main priority. After Lisbeth explained that she had been stuck in a dungeon and told Asuna that she had been in the dungeon with Kirito, Asuna, who only now noticed Kirito, revealed that Kirito had come to the shop because he had asked her for a place where he could get a strong sword. Asuna listened to Kazuto's explanation of how Nobuyuki was arrested and how Kayaba Akihiko had killed himself after having downloaded his consciousness to the Internet. This caused fear to seep into Asuna's stomach, as she knew something was wrong with this player.
In the end, after Yuuki died, Asuna reflected on her attitude and way of life. Acquired as a monster drop . Kirito alone climbed the stairs to the 2 nd Floor and, after reaching the top, Asuna came up behind him to speak with him briefly. Upon learning that the carved relief on the doors had been altered from the beta, she sensed the change in pictures corresponded with a change in the floor's design, and opened the doors to reveal a fiercely rushing mountain stream before them.