Dark Souls Catch-All

Finally saw Gimpy's new tag on this page.

While snowed in the last couple of days, I got ready for the DLC with my caster. I got the 4 lords' souls but messed up Siegmeyer's plot line. I took out the Sanctuary Guardian on my first shot.

Spoiler:

I was impressed with how aggressive it was. I would have liked to cut that tail but I looked up the reward when I finished. Ehh, I don't feel like I'm missing out on a whip.

The DLC looks to get back to the parts of dark souls that I enjoyed a lot more. Tough enemies keeping me uncomfortable, not obnoxious platforming to keep me uncomfortable. I already loath the hammer guys in the royal woods.

And done. 101 hours. I gave up on getting boss souls weapons crafted, mostly since I didn't see too much I liked. I'll likely walk away from the game for a while, but it was pretty amazing. I don't think I've ever put so much time into a game in so few days, save the original X-COM.

Woohoo got the Drakes Sword!

Consider me hooked.

Well enabled, Goodjers, well enabled....

Painted World .. ugh. I did not enjoy that place at all. I did wind up getting Priscilla's tail, took about 5 tries. I got killed by that stupid heavy knight a whole bunch of times though. And the wheel skeletons ... don't get me started. I like being able to farm the phalanx, but there's nothing else good to farm there really and I don't have the symbol of avarice or the covetous silver serpent ring on my lvl 22 guy that I'm currently focused on.

In other news, my wife killed the capra demon, gaping dragon, moonlight butterfly and the hydra in darkroot. Finally got herself the bellowing dragoncrest ring and the crown of dusk (she's playing a caster, but like me, mostly just fights things with her sword). She's logged around 12 hours of game time

I've been working on learning to parry better, with improving results. I can parry black/silver knights probably about 30% of the time, maybe more, and regular undead ~80% of the time. Really makes a huge difference. Unfortunately, the trick seems to be memorizing all the attacks of every mob you plan to parry so you know how to make a split second decision in order to time it right.

I think I'm going to change my covenant, for my lvl 22, I am part of the gravelord covenant right now, but I want to join the darkwraith I think. Makes invading people much simpler.

@Dakuna, where are you invading people at?

I actually find it easier to parry the Black/Silver Knights. The regular undead have such a delay after starting their attacks that I end up jumping the gun. I cannot parry the spear-knights though. I know that you need to aim to parry the attacker's hand, not the weapon itself but I can't get it down. I think it might stem from my technique of watching the sword-arm shoulder and the spear animations begin with elbow movements.

EDIT: Oooh, I also took down Knight Artorias on my third try. I don't think I really understand that battle at this point but I have some thoughts on it.

His spinning-overhead attack is cruel. He trapped me in that both of my failed efforts and whacked me while I was on the ground until death. I also don't understand what his attack is when he draws in all that sprited-away-esque black goo. The first time I observed it and was prepared to dodge/block. The second two times I used it as a window for crystal soul spears.

I would have preferred a linear DLC because I'm looking to wrap up Dark Souls and move on to other beckoning games. It does feel like a well-designed extension even though it opens with some odd parallel to Darkroot Garden.

S0LIDARITY wrote:

I would have preferred a linear DLC because I'm looking to wrap up Dark Souls and move on to other beckoning games. It does feel like a well-designed extension even though it opens with some odd parallel to Darkroot Garden.

It's not a parallel. It's Darkroot in the past.

And you think the DLC isn't linear? I thought it was very linear, save the option to go after the dragon.
You go from the starting point and have no choice about where to go (except the fairly open past darkroot area, but you're still working to one goal) until Knight Artorias is dead. Then it's the dragon or into the township.

Sure there's branching paths or open space in the individual areas, but you're pretty much heading to the next set boss.

Okay, I saw the dragon land for the second time and wasn't sure where to head to but I didn't want to chase it. I'm at the first cross-roads tonight then. I assumed there was more to explore by the elevators and up the stairs from the Colosseum.

S0LIDARITY wrote:

Okay, I saw the dragon land for the second time and wasn't sure where to head to but I didn't want to chase it. I'm at the first cross-roads tonight then. I assumed there was more to explore by the elevators and up the stairs from the Colosseum.

The elevators are just shortcuts. Very helpful shortcuts.

Solidarity, are you playing on PS3 or Xbox? You probably posted this upthread somewhere but I forget I think I added you on PSN, but haven't seen you on.

360. My ps3 is a co op device for college friends. I got sick of BL2 before them.

S0LIDARITY wrote:

360. My ps3 is a co op device for college friends. I got sick of BL2 before them.

BL2?

As to parrying, I watched an interesting video that was very helpful on youtube. The indication was, you have to press the parry button as soon as they begin to move their attack towards you. Maybe I do need to watch the hand/shoulder etc, but so far it seems to work well regardless, as long as I can identify which attack is coming fast enough in my mind that I can remember whether to act faster or slower. The hardest attacks to parry are the backhands IMO.

Dakuna wrote:
S0LIDARITY wrote:

360. My ps3 is a co op device for college friends. I got sick of BL2 before them.

BL2?

BOREderlands 2.

I kid, I'm loving my first playthrough of BL2, as my character plays the seemingly the exact opposite of Dark Souls build in that I'm rewarded for overly aggressive guns blazing tactics. But in reality, I have to keep a close eye on my health and use my ability at the right moment.

Does anyone know of any positive value to equiping the Calamity Ring?

Dakuna wrote:

Does anyone know of any positive value to equiping the Calamity Ring?

Bragging rights. The chance to say "Hey guys, I beat the game while wearing the Calamity Ring the whole time!"

imbiginjapan wrote:
Dakuna wrote:

Does anyone know of any positive value to equiping the Calamity Ring?

Bragging rights. The chance to say "Hey guys, I beat the game while wearing the Calamity Ring the whole time!"

I figure that also, but seems pretty lame.

Dakuna wrote:
imbiginjapan wrote:
Dakuna wrote:

Does anyone know of any positive value to equiping the Calamity Ring?

Bragging rights. The chance to say "Hey guys, I beat the game while wearing the Calamity Ring the whole time!"

I figure that also, but seems pretty lame.

Only because you're not badass enough to try it.

And that's it, for real. There is no hidden upside effect.

imbiginjapan wrote:
Dakuna wrote:
imbiginjapan wrote:
Dakuna wrote:

Does anyone know of any positive value to equiping the Calamity Ring?

Bragging rights. The chance to say "Hey guys, I beat the game while wearing the Calamity Ring the whole time!"

I figure that also, but seems pretty lame.

Only because you're not badass enough to try it.

And that's it, for real. There is no hidden upside effect.

What if I complete the game at level 22? Do I still have to use that dumb item to qualify as not lame?

imbiginjapan wrote:
Dakuna wrote:
imbiginjapan wrote:
Dakuna wrote:

Does anyone know of any positive value to equiping the Calamity Ring?

Bragging rights. The chance to say "Hey guys, I beat the game while wearing the Calamity Ring the whole time!"

I figure that also, but seems pretty lame.

Only because you're not badass enough to try it.

And that's it, for real. There is no hidden upside effect.

Kinda like the silver ring? I think that's the one that does nothing.

mrtomaytohead wrote:
imbiginjapan wrote:
Dakuna wrote:
imbiginjapan wrote:
Dakuna wrote:

Does anyone know of any positive value to equiping the Calamity Ring?

Bragging rights. The chance to say "Hey guys, I beat the game while wearing the Calamity Ring the whole time!"

I figure that also, but seems pretty lame.

Only because you're not badass enough to try it.

And that's it, for real. There is no hidden upside effect.

Kinda like the silver ring? I think that's the one that does nothing.

If you are thinking of the Covetous silver ring, that one increases item drop rate. I don't recall a different silver ring.
The Calamity Ring's only effect is to double the damage you take. I guess it's there for folks who like to do Level 1 runs and such, and want even harderer challenge level.

imbiginjapan wrote:
mrtomaytohead wrote:
imbiginjapan wrote:
Dakuna wrote:
imbiginjapan wrote:
Dakuna wrote:

Does anyone know of any positive value to equiping the Calamity Ring?

Bragging rights. The chance to say "Hey guys, I beat the game while wearing the Calamity Ring the whole time!"

I figure that also, but seems pretty lame.

Only because you're not badass enough to try it.

And that's it, for real. There is no hidden upside effect.

Kinda like the silver ring? I think that's the one that does nothing.

If you are thinking of the Covetous silver ring, that one increases item drop rate. I don't recall a different silver ring.
The Calamity Ring's only effect is to double the damage you take. I guess it's there for folks who like to do Level 1 runs and such, and want even harderer challenge level.

I think the covetous silver serpent ring increases souls gained by 20%.

Sorry, I was getting confused with names. mixing silver pendant and ring, and actually it's just "pendant" that has no effect

But the pendant can be traded to Snuggly for something, right?

Gold covetous serpent ring = items

Silver covetous serpent ring = souls

Fedaykin98 wrote:

But the pendant can be traded to Snuggly for something, right?

Indeed, it can!

Was getting owned by the Bed of Chaos today, was able to beat that boss after a few tries. Some lame guy invaded me twice but he was easily defeated by 3 Chaos fireballs both times.

Ceaseless Discharge is a huge wimp. Took him down after 3 tries (at level 22) solo using melee. So are the Taurus Demons. Oddly enough, I still have issues with the Ghosts in New Londo Ruins, though. I'm going to level up my Quelaag's sword a bit so they are easier to kill before trying that again.

S0LIDARITY wrote:

@Dakuna, where are you invading people at?

Capra Demon (lower undead burg) seems to be the best bet for the level range I'm after. It's not really about invading easier, I worded that poorly, I mean gravelord eyes seem damned useless, whereas the red eye orb should be precisely what I'm looking for.

EDIT: fixed a spelling error

imbiginjapan wrote:
Dakuna wrote:
imbiginjapan wrote:
Dakuna wrote:

Does anyone know of any positive value to equiping the Calamity Ring?

Bragging rights. The chance to say "Hey guys, I beat the game while wearing the Calamity Ring the whole time!"

I figure that also, but seems pretty lame.

Only because you're not badass enough to try it.

And that's it, for real. There is no hidden upside effect.

Further to this, if you want to play the game with double damage, you could just play cursed. Same end result as taking double damage, seems like a completely ridiculous item. I guess maybe bragging rights for pvp, because your opponent can see that you are taking double damage.

How the hell do you beat those Gargoyles