Dark Souls Catch-All

tuffalobuffalo wrote:

It looks like you need to keep your equipment weight at 50% or less maybe?

Yup, that's it. If you equip past 100% things get really bad.

After the second bell, go to Darkroot Garden and join Alvina's covenant and go back and forth between co-op and invasions. It is full of players. It is great prep for Sen's.

psoplayer wrote:

Second bell rung. Now what? Seems like there are a lot of places I can explore, and a lot of hiking to get to any of them besides the Demon Ruins where I am now.

Well when you rang the bell they showed that gate opening near Undead Parish blacksmith bonfire. That's an obvious choice.

But you can take the water wheel alternate exit out of Blighttown on your way back up and pick up a lot of cool stuff.

heavyfeul wrote:

After the second bell, go to Darkroot Garden and join Alvina's covenant and go back and forth between co-op and invasions. It is full of players. It is great prep for Sen's.

I...don't think I understood this post?

Is there any sort of level range I should be at for Dark Root Garden summoning? Was going to try to drop my sign tomorrow night to get some souls, I hear that you can get summoned into help with PvP a lot. I am a member of the forest covenant, is there a good place to put the sign?

For souls, do bosses, imho.

Past the door that opens with the Crest and then at the bottom of the stairs. If you join the Forest Hunters you will also be able to try invasions in the area too. Eventually you will likely get an indictment, opening yourself to Darkmoon invasions.

For the adjacent areas, just outside the bonfire before the Crest door is the summon spot.

I just did the raddest plunge attack ever in Blight Town. Got 2 of the Barbarians almost dead with the plunge blow. Finished them both off together with 1 thrust. It was immenently satisfying just beforehand.

Edit: Eek. Steam Browser.

heavyfeul wrote:

Past the door that opens with the Crest and then at the bottom of the stairs. If you join the Forest Hunters you will also be able to try invasions in the area too. Eventually you will likely get an indictment, opening yourself to Darkmoon invasions.

For the adjacent areas, just outside the bonfire before the Crest door is the summon spot.

That's the part I did understand.

Anyone know a Winterfist? Sent me an Xbox friend request, but no message saying who he is.

No. But I know his friend Summerhand.

Going to play Darkroot PvP and co-op until I can carry the Eagle Shield. That should get me protection I need for lighting.

S0LIDARITY wrote:

Did you summon Iron Tarkus?

you know what, I might have. Did he have the stone armor and a giant effing Axe?

<3 Iron Tarkus.

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That's Iron Tarkus. He's an NPC phantom that has a sign in the tower to the right of the fog door. He's really effective against the Sen's Fortress boss. I don't think he shows up anywhere else.

Oh. No. This was definitely another player.

Got my new Dex ninja through Capra Demon tonight. Did tons of co-op on Gargoyles and Capra. Uchi is +5 now.

Saw some interesting stuff I'd never seen before - which happens frequently; this game is SO deep. People talk about it and think about it like it's an MMO. It has so much in common with them.

I saw a player or two wearing the Sealer set and wielding the Tin Banishment Catalyst, which is a long metal pole - I'd never seen it before. I probably had it on my sorceror, but didn't bother with it because it's MagAdj wasn't attractive.

I saw one player I did Gargoyles with who was, presumably, so far along that he'd done the Dragon covenant enough to transform his head and start breathing fire.

I saw a Pyromancer I summoned to my game throwing spells around like there was no limit - on the trash leading up to Gargoyles. Seemed weird.

Protip: Please, when you are summoned into someone else's boss fight that has a cutscene (Gargoyles, Gaping Dragon, etc.), hit Start to skip the scene. The game only skips it if everyone hits Start, so you're not screwing the host. I, for one, have seen the cutscenes as much as I want, and would love to be able to skip them in my own game - if my summoned phantoms would oblige me.

When I play it appears that the cutscenes only occur when the summoner is tackling the boss for the first time. I think it is up to host on the PS3 and they can only skip if they have seen it once.

Stele wrote:
psoplayer wrote:

Second bell rung. Now what? Seems like there are a lot of places I can explore, and a lot of hiking to get to any of them besides the Demon Ruins where I am now.

Well when you rang the bell they showed that gate opening near Undead Parish blacksmith bonfire. That's an obvious choice.

But you can take the water wheel alternate exit out of Blighttown on your way back up and pick up a lot of cool stuff.

It's not operating by water. If you look closely you'll see it's being run by one of the demon dogs in a gigantic hamster wheel. Wanna talk about thankless work?

Thanks for the suggestion, though. I'll give Valley of the Drakes some investigation next.

psoplayer wrote:
Stele wrote:
psoplayer wrote:

Second bell rung. Now what? Seems like there are a lot of places I can explore, and a lot of hiking to get to any of them besides the Demon Ruins where I am now.

Well when you rang the bell they showed that gate opening near Undead Parish blacksmith bonfire. That's an obvious choice.

But you can take the water wheel alternate exit out of Blighttown on your way back up and pick up a lot of cool stuff.

It's not operating by water. If you look closely you'll see it's being run by one of the demon dogs in a gigantic hamster wheel. Wanna talk about thankless work?

Thanks for the suggestion, though. I'll give Valley of the Drakes some investigation next.

There's also a way back up to Firelink pretty much directly across the Valley of the Drakes from where you exit Blighttown.

Currently halfway through catacombs, will go back and have another crack at Four Kings afterwards based on the advice

heavyfeul wrote:

When I play it appears that the cutscenes only occur when the summoner is tackling the boss for the first time. I think it is up to host on the PS3 and they can only skip if they have seen it once.

That's not the case. You must never have died on a cutscene boss - bravo - but it took me three shots to do Gaping Dragon on my Strength character. Three times, with three cutscenes I couldn't skip because my co-op partners didn't vote to.

I didn't know you could skip a cutscene. I had tried pressing every button on the controller the first few times I got summoned and nothing happened, so I didn't bother trying down the road.

psoplayer wrote:
Dyni wrote:
tuffalobuffalo wrote:
psoplayer wrote:

Blighttown not fun, just annoying.

I'm having a nice relaxing day replaying ME3 on insanity. I think I'll put off Dark Souls until tomorrow. :)

Hmm, I seem to be one of the only people that really liked both Sen's and Blighttown. I love them for the same reason that Tower of Latria is such an incredible place in Demon's Souls, atmosphere and fear of the unknown.

I do appreciate the atmosphere, I just didn't find "where's the ladder" a very fun game to play, and bugs are annoyingly hard to hit. Also, unlike previous areas, there's some odd brightness filters going on that occasionally (and inconsistently) makes it impossible to see 3 feet in front of me.

Spoiler:

(I might have just quit the game if toxic snipers respawned with everyone else.)

psoplayer you just saved my sanity... I had no idea about that spoiler'd information, you have just super amped my desire to get back in and play some more!!

Dakuna wrote:
psoplayer wrote:
Spoiler:

(I might have just quit the game if toxic snipers respawned with everyone else.)

psoplayer you just saved my sanity... I had no idea about that spoiler'd information, you have just super amped my desire to get back in and play some more!!

Yeah, I would have appreciated a big "BYO Moss" sign on the entrance to Blighttown. 1000 souls for a single blooming purple clump is a lot when your 30k bloodstain is at the foot of a toxin sniper.

Spoiler:

I ended up doing a lot of suicide sprints up into their face just because I knew I only needed to do it once. Also they occasionally drop blooming moss, so you might actually get away with your stupidity.

Most of the time I just died to the toxin while trying to find the moss in my list of items.

Dakuna wrote:
psoplayer wrote:
Dyni wrote:
tuffalobuffalo wrote:
psoplayer wrote:

Blighttown not fun, just annoying.

I'm having a nice relaxing day replaying ME3 on insanity. I think I'll put off Dark Souls until tomorrow. :)

Hmm, I seem to be one of the only people that really liked both Sen's and Blighttown. I love them for the same reason that Tower of Latria is such an incredible place in Demon's Souls, atmosphere and fear of the unknown.

I do appreciate the atmosphere, I just didn't find "where's the ladder" a very fun game to play, and bugs are annoyingly hard to hit. Also, unlike previous areas, there's some odd brightness filters going on that occasionally (and inconsistently) makes it impossible to see 3 feet in front of me.

Spoiler:

(I might have just quit the game if toxic snipers respawned with everyone else.)

psoplayer you just saved my sanity... I had no idea about that spoiler'd information, you have just super amped my desire to get back in and play some more!!

Yeah once you find the right bonfire suicide runs against the snipers are a viable strategy.

Also until I got it I had no idea the Lordvessel warped you between bonfires, I though I was going to have to ru. Through places all the time, that is handy

Yeah, I've died to toxin 3-4 times so far, but always got my souls back.

Spoiler:

Talk about tense though, and not knowing the snipers would be gone made it infinitely worse.

Thanks again for the sanity, I'll approach this with far more confidence now, I have been avoiding blighttown like the... plague.

Finally fired this back up again recently. I picked up with my dex thief on the 360, who was roughly in the same spot as my knight on the PC. Just needed to clobber the Moonlight Butterfly to catch my thief up.

I took some hits from the butterfly, but once it finally decided to fly down to the bridge, I two-handed my Iaito+9 and shockingly took it down before it could fire off it's big shock thing and resume flight.

That was WAY easier than on my knight.

I then went deeper into Darkroot, and after several painful tries, managed to defeat Sif. Woot!

Haha yeah, I took down the butterfly using only melee as well. Trying to use arrows is a waste of souls IMO, but I guess it depends on your build/equipment.

So I figured out yesterday how to get the needed souls to buy the miracles I wanted to before moving on. I started being someone else's co-op partner. I now that sounds obvious, but I've been playing this game so off and on that I've been playing it really safe and in some cases not looking up information and just going based on experience. In the case of co-op I assumed that if I went into someone else's game I'd lose my souls and humanity if I died. That doesn't seem to be the case. I found that out trying to help someone beat the Gaping Dragon at which point I proceeded to help 3 other people beat the Gaping Dragon. Then I had my souls. Woot. Co-op is even cooler than I thought. There's a reward for helping others.

psoplayer wrote:
Dakuna wrote:
psoplayer wrote:
Spoiler:

(I might have just quit the game if toxic snipers respawned with everyone else.)

psoplayer you just saved my sanity... I had no idea about that spoiler'd information, you have just super amped my desire to get back in and play some more!!

Yeah, I would have appreciated a big "BYO Moss" sign on the entrance to Blighttown. 1000 souls for a single blooming purple clump is a lot when your 30k bloodstain is at the foot of a toxin sniper.

Spoiler:

I ended up doing a lot of suicide sprints up into their face just because I knew I only needed to do it once. Also they occasionally drop blooming moss, so you might actually get away with your stupidity.

Most of the time I just died to the toxin while trying to find the moss in my list of items.

I made it down to the swamp without too much trouble but stopped at the fire last night. It's definitely worthwhile to hit up Darkroot and kill ents to get moss. If you don't want to kill the Titanite demon below the blacksmith, you can just run past him. I ended up mostly killing him with arrows and then finishing off the last bit of health melee.

I tried to go through the Valley of the Drakes to get to Blight Town but had to turn around after killing one drake. Not up for that yet. I just went all the way back around through The Depths.