Dark Souls Catch-All

I wasn't insinuating anything by saying it was an exploit - its just how I heard it described elsewhere.

I got to the blacksmith so I finally spent my cache of souls so I don't have to worry about dying anymore (almost died to a shield zombie right at my bloodstain)

Perhaps one of the most unexpected thing I've noticed since I've started playing is how I'm enjoying the 'oh sh*t' moment when I wander around a new area and find a silver knight and turn and run for my life, reminds me of how I felt when I was a kid playing games like this.

strangederby wrote:

I worked my way through blight town only to find that

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I can't beat the spider demon. She appears to have some sort of magic attack that one hit kills me.

I'm assuming on Queelag,

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you're getting 1-shot by the explosive orb attack she does around her after a lava spew. The simple strategy for her is to run around like an idiot and bait the lava spew attack. Once she begins that, run to her side or back and smack her a couple of times. Don't linger too long, or you'll get hit by the explosive orb. You really just need to get 2-3 hits in and run away. Be patient. Summon Man-Eater Mildred and another if you can for help. Having others to tank for you here makes the fight a little bit easier, and a lot shorter. This can be a very long solo fight.

Fedaykin98 wrote:

How the heck do you keep the bridge drake from doing the move where he hops up into the air and one-shots you? I was wearing Havel's armor and had Inner whatever (the Pyromancy that makes you tougher but slower), and he still killed me - which I assume means that attack cannot be survived, period.

I wanted to beat him just to check that off the list, but after two episodes of that, and several more times where I ran around the bridge and he never showed up, I took my ball and headed to the Catacombs. The Divine Estoc +5 I made months ago is finally useful!

I discovered the one arrow glitch when the game first game out. When that was patched out I then set out to kill it with melee. On NG+ and higher I think it is quite difficult, except the method Dyni posted will probably work every time.

I posted a few months back when I beat it with melee for the first time. What I did was use very late game gear, lure it down, then hack away until it died. Before I was successful I kept getting killed by his jump and flame move. Shields don't matter for this fight from what I can tell, so don't bother to block.

I wasn't blocking. I was two-handing my sword, and once again had Grass Crest on my back for the Sta regen.

Maybe the dragon has a tell that I need to learn that announces an imminent firebomb.

2nd boss of the DLC is down with my lvl 5 Knight!

The fight took a very long time, and the main reason I was able to win is that I fully upgraded my shield to give me just enough stability to withstand one of the bosses most devastating attacks.

I've got two more DLC bosses to go, and both of them will be capable of killing me in one shot.

Man, maybe I just have a bad attitude but I'm kind of pissed about the Pendant being a hoax. I still love (LOVE) this game, but that was a douche move.

Hollowheel wrote:

Man, maybe I just have a bad attitude but I'm kind of pissed about the Pendant being a hoax. I still love (LOVE) this game, but that was a douche move.

Seems to fit perfectly with the spirit of the game to me. The Internet just got trolled. That is both hilarious and awesome.

Gimpy_Butzke wrote:

2nd boss of the DLC is down with my lvl 5 Knight!

The fight took a very long time, and the main reason I was able to win is that I fully upgraded my shield to give me just enough stability to withstand one of the bosses most devastating attacks.

I've got two more DLC bosses to go, and both of them will be capable of killing me in one shot.

Have you posted anything about your equipment? Lightning? Raw? Heavy or light armor? I'm very curious.

Dyni wrote:
Hollowheel wrote:

Man, maybe I just have a bad attitude but I'm kind of pissed about the Pendant being a hoax. I still love (LOVE) this game, but that was a douche move.

Seems to fit perfectly with the spirit of the game to me. The Internet just got trolled. That is both hilarious and awesome.

+1

ibdoomed wrote:
Dyni wrote:
Hollowheel wrote:

Man, maybe I just have a bad attitude but I'm kind of pissed about the Pendant being a hoax. I still love (LOVE) this game, but that was a douche move.

Seems to fit perfectly with the spirit of the game to me. The Internet just got trolled. That is both hilarious and awesome.

+1

I was hoping it would unlock more post-game story. Or something. You know. Affect the amazingly brief ending in some way.

I do know, I just don't agree that further exposition would be better than the reality of the situation.

Fedaykin98 wrote:
Gimpy_Butzke wrote:

2nd boss of the DLC is down with my lvl 5 Knight!

The fight took a very long time, and the main reason I was able to win is that I fully upgraded my shield to give me just enough stability to withstand one of the bosses most devastating attacks.

I've got two more DLC bosses to go, and both of them will be capable of killing me in one shot.

Have you posted anything about your equipment? Lightning? Raw? Heavy or light armor? I'm very curious.

I have not.
IMAGE(http://i.imgur.com/TsIFy.jpg)

Armor: Fang Boar Helm +5, Knight Armor +9, Silver Knight Gauntlets +5, and Elite Knight Leggings +8.
Weapons: Fire Longsword +10, Lightning Spear +5, Tower Kite Shield +15 (72 stability,) and Light Crossbow +11.
Rings: Ring of Favor and Protection because the stamina boost is very important. Havel's Ring for greater mobility while using heavy equipment.

IMAGE(http://i.imgur.com/AUj4i.jpg)

IMAGE(http://i.imgur.com/mZQVp.jpg)

Gimpy, you are amazing and an inspiration to gamers everywhere.

Challenge accepted. Pendant wearing Deprived coming right up.

I finally made some progress.

My Cleric is at level 65 and still using a Divine Claymore and the Sun Bro. Lighting Spear miracles. I escaped The Painted World without finishing the level (I felt trapped), but I was able to get through Anor Londo's Interior and beat S&O with the help of a phantom. I am glad I had help, I do not think I could have beat them alone.

I went ahead and joined the Princess of Sunlight covenant, got the Lordvessel and I am now exploring the Catacombs for the first time. I am a bit lost in there at the moment, but still alive. I avoided the two fog doors I found and I have just been pushing forward. It is a new area, so I am drinking more Estus than usual, but so far I have been able to handle everything I have encountered. Although, I am out of Humanity, so I might be going Hollow soon if I lose a battle or two.

I still have my guy decked out in upgraded Holy Robes and a Chain Mail Helm, but now I have Havel's Leggings and Gauntlets. I could roll better torso and head gear, but I am trying to maintain the Cleric look.

Right now I am just past the Skeletal Blacksmith (crafted a Fire Mace) and moving upward.

Well, after about 1.5 hours of trying I officially hate the Capra Demon.

That is all.

Kamakazi010654 wrote:

Well, after about 1.5 hours of trying I officially hate the Capra Demon.

That is all.

The worst. And you can rarely get any help and even if you do it often doesn't help.

Skeleton Key for the win! I didn't even fight Capra my first go-round until after I'd already cleared Blighttown. It was trivial by then.

Minarchist wrote:

Skeleton Key for the win! I didn't even fight Capra my first go-round until after I'd already cleared Blighttown. It was trivial by then. :)

I like going in the standard order but I think you just sold me on the key for NG+.

Yeah, I didn't really know what I was doing on my first run but the skeleton key sounded way more useful than the others. Turned out I was right. Opened a door to the Valley of the Drakes, found a sweet-ass sword and shield, good times were had by all.

And of course, after that 1.5 hour head-beat-against-wall session. I wait two hours and go back to it and beat him first try.

That, is Dark Souls.

Kamakazi010654 wrote:

That, is Dark Souls.

Yep!

I had a great night of progress in the Catacombs. This is my favorite area in some time. Moved steadily onward the whole time -

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a divine weapon and sorcery

really help.

I found

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two bonfires, and I think I'm at a boss door.

Had a bit of a hitch with the

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wheel-skeletons

- eff those guys, seriously. But I never failed to recover my souls tonight.

Excited to press on!

Well still mooching around blight town not being able to beat the

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giant spider woman

and I wandered into a new

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pyromancer trainer

. This may help.

Pyromancy question. I have Great Fireball. The in-game description says its the ultimate fireball but it does a pitance of damage compared to the standard fireball. Is this a bug or does it not scale with Pyromancy flame?

strangederby wrote:

Pyromancy question. I have Great Fireball. The in-game description says its the ultimate fireball but it does a pitance of damage compared to the standard fireball. Is this a bug or does it not scale with Pyromancy flame?

Odd, it should do way more. I do not know of any bug associated to this. Are you sure you are hitting dead-on? It is rather short range.

imbiginjapan wrote:
strangederby wrote:

Pyromancy question. I have Great Fireball. The in-game description says its the ultimate fireball but it does a pitance of damage compared to the standard fireball. Is this a bug or does it not scale with Pyromancy flame?

Odd, it should do way more. I do not know of any bug associated to this. Are you sure you are hitting dead-on? It is rather short range.

Yes I'm locking on and the damage indication number flashes above the targets head. A standard fireball does over 100 damage and kills any week enemy in one hit. Great fireball does about 67 damage and takes several hits to kill the same enemy.

strangederby wrote:
imbiginjapan wrote:
strangederby wrote:

Pyromancy question. I have Great Fireball. The in-game description says its the ultimate fireball but it does a pitance of damage compared to the standard fireball. Is this a bug or does it not scale with Pyromancy flame?

Odd, it should do way more. I do not know of any bug associated to this. Are you sure you are hitting dead-on? It is rather short range.

Yes I'm locking on and the damage indication number flashes above the targets head. A standard fireball does over 100 damage and kills any week enemy in one hit. Great fireball does about 67 damage and takes several hits to kill the same enemy.

Huh... I dunno. Eh... I suppose it has a greater area of effect... so maybe since it takes longer to cast (if I recall correctly) your target is possibly moving out of the central AoE by the time it fires, but still taking AoE damage. Just conjecture mind you. I've never heard of anyone having a problem like this so while I wouldn't exactly rule out some crazy bug I'm looking for other possibilities.
I suppose my hypothesis is testable by finding one of those stationary zombies at the entrance to New Londo Ruins and popping him. He won't move or defend so it's a good benchmark.

Good test case idea, big.

I left the Catacombs and tried the Duke's Archive. Big mistake. I made it a couple of floors up then got parried and one hit by crystal warrior inside a narrow hallway. Now I am hollowed with no Humanity.

Well I rang the second bell. Got all the way back to the firelink shrine and gave all my crap to

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a giant serpent.

I now have 50,000+ souls. Now want I want to do is go back down to blight town and spend them all on

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new pyromancy spells.

Question is can I make it back down there without loosing them?

Ok, I know I'm way late to the party, but man this game is AWESOME. Total addiction already.

Jumped right in without reading any advice or suggestions. Only big thing I regret so far was killing the first merchant in the undead burg, cause it sounds like a bow and arrows would be somewhat useful. :/
But the Katana I got is proving to be pretty sweet -- got it up to +4 and one-shotting most of the random enemies I meet. Quit for the night last night after beating the Taurus Demon and getting fried by that dragon on the bridge. Good times.