Dark Souls Catch-All

Wow the combat feels nice and solid. I was having a hell of a time killing the Asylum demon with my sword hilt. Then I noticed an open doorway hehe. Much easier with an actual sword and shield

All those earlier deaths were good dodge practice though.

The combat is arguably the best in any game ever, imho.

Solidarity - It's very common to do Dex builds, though. I imagine googling Dark Souls dexterity build will give you some great tips.

S0LIDARITY wrote:

After looking at how most upgraded weapons scale on the dark souls wikidot, it looks like my character won't get big scaling benefits from putting points into dexterity. I guess I should put points into intelligence to get the most from magic/enchanted weapons that appeal to me. I'd then be able to cast a bit. I'm getting confused.

I wouldn't worry too much about your scaling with your first character. Also, I recommend a Fire or Lightning weapon to use because those don't scale with stats but still pack a really solid punch. That way you can have your magic, dex, str, or faith weapons at hand any time you feel like going for scaling, but you can always fall back on your elemental weapon if the damage isn't high enough for you.

Btw I'm pretty sure Duffman's first (and only that I know of) character was a Dex build, and he finished the game with it.

Some of the coolest weapons are for Dexterity users, like scimitars, and Quelaag's Furysword.

I should make an elemental weapon. I haven't, and my main character has just the final boss of the game left to go.

My 2nd run was with a Dex build. That's why I was hyping up the Silver Knight Spear a while ago. Fantastic dex weapon.

Hi. I just got gifted Dark Souls by a warm and fuzzy Goodjer.

It's the PC version and I'm ready to enjoy the awesome high-res graphics and 60 FPS. Where do I go to get that sweetness?

You read my mind, I'm in the middle of doing the same thing after dying a bunch. Turns out Dark Souls and scotch aren't a good mix, I'll give it another go in the morning.

Link

That DSfix201 makes a huge difference in rendering quality!

edit: Not to mention removing the cursor at game startup, en-smallening the HUD, and removing the intro logos.

Fedaykin98 wrote:

...Once I have the ember and mats, I'll pick a different type of weapon to go Occult for my cleric's end-game weapon...

Occult weapon...

Spoiler:

Anor Londo. Mimic. Occult Club. Save white titanite.

I don't want one of those, but thanks!

Running Man wrote:

You read my mind, I'm in the middle of doing the same thing after dying a bunch. Turns out Dark Souls and scotch aren't a good mix, I'll give it another go in the morning.

Link

That DSfix201 makes a huge difference in rendering quality!

edit: Not to mention removing the cursor at game startup, en-smallening the HUD, and removing the intro logos.

As part of the new patch, don't unlock the frames the game won't start

Just picked this up, looking forward to trying it out. Leaning toward a dex character with some bow and fast melee.

Any advice on seeking a light source? Seems like the Sunlight Maggot will take me a while to get from my current point in the game, as would the requisiting standing with the right covenant. I notice there is a spell too, but I hate non-permanent lightsources. Reason I'm asking is because I want to go into the catacombs, but I'm concerned about the visibility issues.

You do not need the light source until the Tomb of Giants. I have only played through the area once, but there is a chance of getting a skull lantern as a drop before you get to that point.

Cast Light is not a bad alternative. I bought it in anticipation of that section and tested it out. It lasts for a good amount of time. It seemed to last quite a bit longer than Hidden Body anyway. It is probably simpler to get than the Sunlight Maggot too.

I did finish the game with a Dex build, though I leveled the crap out of him. Finished around SL 85 or so. My main weapon was Quelaag's Furysword, though I also used a lightening Iato +10 and Lightning Spear. If and when I start a new character, i'm probably going to roll a sorcerer or paladin-type build (i.e. faith + heavy weapons/armor)

I'm using the Furysword right now as well. My backups are a lightning spear and a Zweihander (so satisfying knocking enemies down with that). I'm about to dig into New Londo now I think, around SL 60-ish.

Duffman wrote:

I did finish the game with a Dex build, though I leveled the crap out of him. Finished around SL 85 or so. My main weapon was Quelaag's Furysword, though I also used a lightening Iato +10 and Lightning Spear. If and when I start a new character, i'm probably going to roll a sorcerer or paladin-type build (i.e. faith + heavy weapons/armor)

You need to play again and see the DLC!

Dakuna wrote:

Any advice on seeking a light source? Seems like the Sunlight Maggot will take me a while to get from my current point in the game, as would the requisiting standing with the right covenant. I notice there is a spell too, but I hate non-permanent lightsources. Reason I'm asking is because I want to go into the catacombs, but I'm concerned about the visibility issues.

You can find a lantern in the Catacombs, but you have to hold it up in your shield slot, so it makes that area very difficult. Cast Light is fine if you have the Int for it, but I would suggest just plowing through Demon Ruins first so you can get the Sunlight Maggot before you worry about heading to the Catacombs and Tomb of the Giants. There is no bonfire you can warp to down there, so you're going to have to run through that whole zone anyways, even if you just clear the Catacombs now.

Yeah, just delay Catacombs until you have a light source.

Running Man wrote:

You read my mind, I'm in the middle of doing the same thing after dying a bunch. Turns out Dark Souls and scotch aren't a good mix, I'll give it another go in the morning.

I myself do a six pack for Dark Souls sit-downs now and again. I've gotten so used to the games' rhythms that it doesn't affect my performance. When I first started the game, though, that was another story.

Manus just handed my ass to me a few more times today. Got close twice. Then explored, found Help...

Spoiler:

lil' Sif

And that got my a slight bit closer. After venting frustration, I went to the township and found a little item that should help me, now. We will see if tomorrow Manus still stands.

The lizardmen in Sen's Fortress can go f*ck right off.

But on a happier note, I finally killed the hydra in Ash Lake.

I cannot believe it took me so long to get into this game. It's unbelievable.

It sure is. I can't stop playing it, except to start the previous game.

Demiurge wrote:

The lizardmen in Sen's Fortress can go f*ck right off.

But on a happier note, I finally killed the hydra in Ash Lake.

I cannot believe it took me so long to get into this game. It's unbelievable.

They are a bit less bad now that I use my longsword the double power attack staggers them so after tanking out the first hit I can kill them before they attack again.

Should I do the stuff down in Darkroot before I do Sens? The enemies don't seem too bad but all the wiki stuff says do it after

Demiurge wrote:

The lizardmen in Sen's Fortress can go f*ck right off.

But on a happier note, I finally killed the hydra in Ash Lake.

I cannot believe it took me so long to get into this game. It's unbelievable.

You get used to them. Except the ones that shoot you while you walk across narrow platforms. I still hate them.

Kamakazi010654 wrote:

Should I do the stuff down in Darkroot before I do Sens? The enemies don't seem too bad but all the wiki stuff says do it after

Doesn't matter. All Darkroot Garden and Basin is optional except for the part locked behind the crest. If you want to get more souls and level up before Sen's, do Darkroot. If you want to progress, go to Sen's.

Btw I'm looking for suggestions over in the Demon's Souls thread.

Fedaykin98 wrote:
Kamakazi010654 wrote:

Should I do the stuff down in Darkroot before I do Sens? The enemies don't seem too bad but all the wiki stuff says do it after

Doesn't matter. All Darkroot Garden and Basin is optional except for the part locked behind the crest. If you want to get more souls and level up before Sen's, do Darkroot. If you want to progress, go to Sen's.

How important is leveling? I got the sense that it was more important to upgrade weapons and armor.

Fedaykin98 wrote:

Btw I'm looking for suggestions over in the Demon's Souls thread.

How much different is it, really? I'd heard the enemy patterns were harder to track, but otherwise it's the same. No suggestions on a 360-like controller for PS3, unfortunately.

Demi - you are aware that Gimpy did a playthrough of the game without leveling at all, right? All he did was improve his gear. So that at least means leveling is optional.

My endgame character is 80 and done leveling. While leveling definitely improves your stats and makes a huge difference in health and stamina, a big driver in my leveling has been minimum stat requirements on various spells and equipment (mostly spells, one of which requires 50 INT).

Demiurge wrote:
Fedaykin98 wrote:
Kamakazi010654 wrote:

Should I do the stuff down in Darkroot before I do Sens? The enemies don't seem too bad but all the wiki stuff says do it after

Doesn't matter. All Darkroot Garden and Basin is optional except for the part locked behind the crest. If you want to get more souls and level up before Sen's, do Darkroot. If you want to progress, go to Sen's.

How important is leveling? I got the sense that it was more important to upgrade weapons and armor..

Yeah I have been using all my souls for awhile to buy titanite from Andre to upgrade my elite night armor but now I need large shards

Fedaykin98 wrote:

Demi - you are aware that Gimpy did a playthrough of the game without leveling at all, right? All he did was improve his gear. So that at least means leveling is optional.

My endgame character is 80 and done leveling. While leveling definitely improves your stats and makes a huge difference in health and stamina, a big driver in my leveling has been minimum stat requirements on various spells and equipment (mostly spells, one of which requires 50 INT).

I'd heard through the grapevine, sure. But who's to say Gimpy isn't just batsh*t crazy like most of the people who love this game?

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Man, I love this game.

Also, fedaykin and demiurge I hate you both. I am stuck at the in laws the next few days and all I want to do is play Dark Souls