Dark Souls Catch-All

Beat Sif and CD each on my first try today. I wanted to scout out Sif as a phantom, but I kept getting summoned to fight off invaders. I think I won 7/10 times. Lost once when double-teamed, once when facing a PVP pro as my summoner watched, and once when I got summoned with low health while trying to run back for more estus drank.

I felt pretty good about the experience, except for when the PVP pro kept magically rolling behind me for backstabs. It wasn't laggy, he just knew some angles trick or something.

Sif experience:

Spoiler:

I decided to take on Sif solo, since it seemed like summoners get bombarded by invaders there. I approached the sword cautiously and was a bit surprised when a wolf showed up out of no where (I checked behind the grave first!) When he grabbed the sword in his mouth, I wanted to laugh at the utter japanese-ness of it. I was surprised at how hard he hit and how diving forward did virtually nothing to avoid the sweeping attack, despite the clearance of space I had. My go-to sword->butt wouldn't work as he stood so tall. I tried sword-> haunches but his spinning attack deterred me. I settled on sword-ribs and retreating after 2 hit combos. It worked splendidly but I have a feeling that I didn't witness all of his attacks.

CD

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Ceaseless Discharge was different. I don't think I fought it 'correctly' but I'll take it. Found my shield to be useless against his karate-chop type attack, so I kept timing the roll, hitting him like 5-6 times before he pulled back his tentacle and eventually whittled him down. Ceaseless Discharge also sounds like a personal problem and I refuse to type it ever again.

DSGamer wrote:
Fedaykin98 wrote:

Are y'all on Xbox as well? That's where me, Solid, and (at the moment) DSG are playing.

Probably more than "at the moment". I miss my Soul Arrows and I'm trying to figure out if I can level up a couple of stats and find the right weapon to use Soul Arrows again. Otherwise I really like my strength build so far. So much so that I just got the Drake Sword an hour or so ago and was rolling with a short sword.

The Catalyst that Dusk of Oolacile sells only requires 12 int and has pretty good magadjust for the level. I've been using it on my strength build for soul arrows.

Took down Sif tonight with my low INT caster and two helpful phantoms (one died half way through). I then dropped my sign and collected a Sunlight Medal. With three people, I can sit back, cast soul arrows, and roll away quick when her aggro is directed at me.

I am going to ride the crow before taking on Sen's...

Spoiler:

The Rusted Iron Ring makes taking on the Titanite Demons in Sen's a lot easier. I usually summon help for Sen's and drop down from mid-level to approach them. I take my phantoms on a long deadly run. I loot everything before taking on the Boss.

I have not had a clean run yet, but I am hoping for one this time.

Crown of Dusk and the Bellowing Dragoncrest Ring will compliment that catalyst nicely. I add the Dusk Crown ring to the mix in co-op.

Sonicator wrote:

The Catalyst that Dusk of Oolacile sells only requires 12 int and has pretty good magadjust for the level. I've been using it on my strength build for soul arrows.

And it's only 0.5 weight. It's really great for any non-magic focused build to still use some light (INT 10-12) spells.

heavyfeul wrote:

Crown of Dusk and the Bellowing Dragoncrest Ring will compliment that catalyst nicely. I add the Dusk Crown ring to the mix in co-op.

Apparently those stack on Miracle damage too, not just Sorceries?

I am level sixteen intelligence and I was working through Blighttown for some looting and great heavy soul arrow was getting up to 406 per hit with Dusk's gear.

I believe I'm down to the last two bosses

Spoiler:

Izalith and Gwyn remain; I've killed the others except Priscilla

. I don't know that I'm going to push the Oolacile area anywhere past the Sanctuary Guardian who I took care of already.

silentsod wrote:

I believe I'm down to the last two bosses

Spoiler:

Izalith and Gwyn remain; I've killed the others except Priscilla

. I don't know that I'm going to push the Oolacile area anywhere past the Sanctuary Guardian who I took care of already.

...are you saying you're not going to do the rest of the DLC area? If so, I urge you to reconsider. That's some of the best content in the game.

Izalith is not.

Dyni wrote:
silentsod wrote:

I believe I'm down to the last two bosses

Spoiler:

Izalith and Gwyn remain; I've killed the others except Priscilla

. I don't know that I'm going to push the Oolacile area anywhere past the Sanctuary Guardian who I took care of already.

...are you saying you're not going to do the rest of the DLC area? If so, I urge you to reconsider. That's some of the best content in the game.

Izalith is not.

What Dyni said. The part immediately after the Guardian is kinda meh, and then it gets awesome.

I forgot to include my pyromancy test. With a +2 glove, combustion did 150 against the zombies in the undead burg. My maxed out glove did 350 with combustion against the zombies. Pyromancy comes in handy against enemies with high physical defense, it was the only reasonable way for me to fight sentinels before I had my lightning weapon.

So I don't know if I was just lucky but I didn't die a single time to the silver knight archers. I know a lot of people have serious issues with them is it mostly from getting hit with arrows or falling off while fighting?

I think was sitting in Firelink last night as I quit out with 57k souls. I'll see how far that can take me starting with my +2 flame when I hop on tonight. More relevant to my current location, I have to assume fire would be more effective against the slimes in the depths?

@kamakazi, I died because I kept getting knocked off.

@psoplayer, the slimes do not like fire.

Kamakazi010654 wrote:

So I don't know if I was just lucky but I didn't die a single time to the silver knight archers. I know a lot of people have serious issues with them is it mostly from getting hit with arrows or falling off while fighting?

Yes, the arrows push you back really far and knock you off the ledge, even if you block them. Thank your lucky stars that you of past that part first try!

psoplayer wrote:

More relevant to my current location, I have to assume fire would be more effective against the slimes in the depths?

Yes, but those guys aren't too much of a concern unless they fall directly on your head. Just 2H your weapon and go to town on them. They're weak sauce.

Dyni wrote:
Kamakazi010654 wrote:

So I don't know if I was just lucky but I didn't die a single time to the silver knight archers. I know a lot of people have serious issues with them is it mostly from getting hit with arrows or falling off while fighting?

Yes, the arrows push you back really far and knock you off the ledge, even if you block them. Thank your lucky stars that you of past that part first try!

Parrying arrows doesn't push you back...

Chumpy_McChump wrote:
Dyni wrote:
Kamakazi010654 wrote:

So I don't know if I was just lucky but I didn't die a single time to the silver knight archers. I know a lot of people have serious issues with them is it mostly from getting hit with arrows or falling off while fighting?

Yes, the arrows push you back really far and knock you off the ledge, even if you block them. Thank your lucky stars that you of past that part first try!

Parrying arrows doesn't push you back... ;)

Then there's the other half of the story where you forgot to sit at the bonfire after lighting it, died, and then had to redo the sniper catwalk anyways. I call that poetic justice. To your credit you got past them the second time without issue as well, so kudos!

mr_n00b wrote:
Chumpy_McChump wrote:
Dyni wrote:
Kamakazi010654 wrote:

So I don't know if I was just lucky but I didn't die a single time to the silver knight archers. I know a lot of people have serious issues with them is it mostly from getting hit with arrows or falling off while fighting?

Yes, the arrows push you back really far and knock you off the ledge, even if you block them. Thank your lucky stars that you of past that part first try!

Parrying arrows doesn't push you back... ;)

Then there's the other half of the story where you forgot to sit at the bonfire after lighting it, died, and then had to redo the sniper catwalk anyways. I call that poetic justice. To your credit you got past them the second time without issue as well, so kudos!

Well, I wasn't going to bring that up....

Even with doing it several times as a player and phantom both it still took me 2 tries when I did it a couple nights ago. I made it all the way to the top the first try, but got knocked off awkwardly as I try to push the right knight. 2nd time he was the one that fell. :p

Whew. 45 min of farming in Painted World and I gained my 10 souvenirs and 2 levels while I was at it.

After looting Blighttown and the swamp (the Gold Hemmed set was a big help), I decided to grab a few goodies from the Great Hollow and Ash Lake. I used Fall Control and The Ring of Fog to great success. I sneaked and scampered away from the big baddies like the girl in a pretty dress I am.

I'll take down the Hydra after getting the Lord Vessel. I was disappointed there were no summon signs. I wonder if there is any co-op allowed in Ash Lake?

Took down Knight Artorias and wow! What a great fight! The bosses in the Additional Content are worth getting through the regular enemies.

I only have the final boss left in the main game and everything after Artorias. Can't figure out how to approach the dragon, either, as he just smoked me.

Spoiler:

Am I supposed to use the Silver Pendant here?

No silentsod. You use the item at another time, you should figure it out. Don't go after the final boss because the game will end. You won't be able to explore the world after the final boss like in some other games.

On an unrelated note, I had some jolly cooperation at O&S today where I was able to keep Solaire alive THREE times! I don't remember him ever surviving the fight any other time I've had him around. A super heavy with Havel's Ring can really dish out some single hit devastation.

I failed horribly at Priscilla earlier.

Well, I killed her rather easily. But I didn't get the tail. Once she goes invisible it's just guessing.

And I wandered around for a while but never saw anyone else to summon. The last couple times I farmed her tail on PS3 was always with someone, either them helping me or me helping them chop the tail.

Oh well... if I really think I might go for achievements again I guess I could get it in NG+. Not like I need a dagger for a STR/FAI build.

Just annoying cause I thought I was spinning behind her invisible form and still had a chance to get it but then suddenly she was dead. I should have used Homeward to sneak back out when I didn't immediately chop the tail and tried again.

You can also just immediately use the quit game option. It will dump you outside her fog door.

Fedaykin98 wrote:

You can also just immediately use the quit game option. It will dump you outside her fog door.

+1.

Last night I got through a portion of Lost Izalith. Spoilers on the two bosses below.

Spoiler:

I fought the Firesage Demon twice as a summon, both times the battle lasted all of 30 seconds. The first time I went through the fog gate and saw he was a burning Stray Demon and backed off to use Flash Sweat. Then he proceeded to kill the summoner. I dropped my sign again and waited patiently by killing Capra Demons. I got summoned again, activated flash sweat, and my summoner ran through without me. I followed through ASAP but my summoner died as I stepped through the fog. I decided to man up and try it for myself, summoned some guy at a the gate and we got the demon on the first shot. I used the same tactic of goading him into flying into the air and dropping down.
I fought the Centipede demon next, I was surprised that there was another boss so soon after fighting the Firesage Demon but I saw Solaire's symbol and took him with me. We took out the centipede demon pretty easily, Solaire even survived! I would not have described that thing as a centipede though.

I was a little lost when I shut it off for the night, there's a lot of bonfires down there and not a clear destination to me. I found Solaire sulking and I eventually figured out that I had the Charred Orange ring. I don't expect that I'll get to play tonight, but Dark Souls is a needy temptress.

Finished of the boss for the 2nd bell last night (see my steam pictures that are labeled as spoilers even though they don't show anything except the bell towers)

The first time I walked into the boss encounter I got destroyed pretty quickly. 5 tries later I think I used 1 flask to finish the battle and it ended sooner than I anticipated.

Technique-wise:

Spoiler:

For Quelaag: It took me until the 2nd to last attempt to realize I just needed to dodge/roll opposite the direction of her first two sword swings, which usually were from right to left across the screen but sometimes the 2nd swing went the other way, and then walk right and forward for the 3rd.
Now I think I'm gonna go revisit the Northern Asylum, which might have been a good idea to do before blighttown. I was a bit upset that the bonfire died at firelink when I went to rest there... I read it can be restarted.

You may want to read how to restart the Firelink bonfire. There's a specific item you should have on you at all times now that it's gone.

I recommend that you revisit the Undead Asylum. You'll get one item that helps a lot. I don't recommend holding humanity and a lot of souls in there though. There's some surprises that make it hard to recover your goods.

I also wish I had gone back to the Asylum before Blighttown. I've reconciled that mistake, and I have to say what I found has been very useful in a number of places anyway.

Firelink did not go out for me. I was aware of the dangers and... solved the problem preemptively.

Lex Cayman wrote:

I also wish I had gone back to the Asylum before Blighttown. I've reconciled that mistake, and I have to say what I found has been very useful in a number of places anyway.

Firelink did not go out for me. I was aware of the dangers and... solved the problem preemptively.

I enjoyed the conflict and resolution of that much more than I disliked the inconvenience. I didn't end up spending much time near firelink when that happened anyhow. I was also really comfortable with the adjacent areas at that point in the game too. Fighting the firefighter was a treat.