Dark Souls Catch-All

I like backstabbing them once and kicking them off the ledges.

Stele wrote:

I like backstabbing them once and kicking them off the ledges. :D

Yes! That is one of the most satisfying ways to kill guys.

MadGav wrote:

Just lost 20k souls in Blighttown.

Club guys are tough - poison not fun - but the ledges are the real enemy!

Backstab the club guys, they are very easy to backstab. It is also possible to pull them singly if you are careful, which makes it much easier too.

I made a new character and it took me 9 hours to get to Anor Londo. I think it took me at least 24 hours on my first playthrough. Going with dex/faith on this character. This game is so good!

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Okay, so in order to get 100% game completion in Dark Souls, I have to at least get Sif's soul from NG++, so at least part of a third playthrough. This sounds irritating, especially since I neglected to collect Gwyndolin's soul my first time through. I guess that validates the third playthrough a little more, and getting to Gwyndolin and Sif shouldn't be too hard on NG++ once I finish NG+.

So far, on NG+ I have done everything possible prior to killing the Four Kings, I think.

On the other end of the Spectrum, just rang my first bell, killed the Cypra demon and am on my way to the Depths.

Right now Endurance is a limiting factor for me. I really want to be below 25% carry weight, but that's tough to do if I want to have my Wanderer Armor, a heater shield, and a uchitanga or the drake sword. Trying to get my endurance up (also for the stamina bonus, which is key for my dodgy play) but don't like being in slow mode until then.

Apart from that, my Demon's Souls training is finally kicking back in, in terms of remembering attack animations & patterns, etc.
Also applying some mods from darksoulsnexus, some of these textures are just brutal.

BTW, the weapon / shield in each hands' inactive slot count towards your total current weight. I didn't figure this out until like 7/8 through my first playthrough. I tended to run with 2 shields and sometimes a 2nd sword and not a catalyst in my right hand.

I have found armor to be of very little use for the most part, as you should either be dodging or blocking most damage. The only real benefit to heavier armor is poise, and really only for some fights, regardless of how you choose to do your damage. Feel free to 'correct' me, or provide different perspectives

Dysplastic wrote:

Right now Endurance is a limiting factor for me. I really want to be below 25% carry weight, but that's tough to do if I want to have my Wanderer Armor, a heater shield, and a uchitanga or the drake sword. Trying to get my endurance up (also for the stamina bonus, which is key for my dodgy play) but don't like being in slow mode until then.

There is a ring which will help you greatly on that front. If you're not against postponing the depths for a bit, the basic steps to get it would be:

Spoiler:

Check a wiki on how to: Return to the Asylum just long enough to collect the Crest Shield, confront the Midnight Butterfly (with the crest shield equipped), get the key immediately beyond, and then to face Havel.

Dakuna wrote:

I have found armor to be of very little use for the most part, as you should either be dodging or blocking most damage. The only real benefit to heavier armor is poise, and really only for some fights, regardless of how you choose to do your damage. Feel free to 'correct' me, or provide different perspectives :)

My +5 Giant's Armor set would beg to differ. The increase in physical damage reduction makes a huge difference, and I can wear the full set while keeping under 50% encumbrance.

Dodging goes from necessity to luxury when wearing heavy armor in most areas of the game. Add on a Greatshield of Artorias, and you can go toe to toe with pretty much everything.

psoplayer wrote:
Dysplastic wrote:

Right now Endurance is a limiting factor for me. I really want to be below 25% carry weight, but that's tough to do if I want to have my Wanderer Armor, a heater shield, and a uchitanga or the drake sword. Trying to get my endurance up (also for the stamina bonus, which is key for my dodgy play) but don't like being in slow mode until then.

There is a ring which will help you greatly on that front. If you're not against postponing the depths for a bit, the basic steps to get it would be:

Spoiler:

Check a wiki on how to: Return to the Asylum just long enough to collect the Crest Shield, confront the Midnight Butterfly (with the crest shield equipped), get the key immediately beyond, and then to face Havel.

Spoiler:

Or get the Ring of Favor from Knight Lautrec

@Dysplastic, Heater shield is a good deal. It's the lowest weight for a 100% physical damage block shield. Make sure to get the Dark Wood Grain ring soon, it'll be a boon to your 5D's of Dark Souls.

@Dakuna, Poise is great, but I never worried about it as I wanted to stay below 25%. I tried min/maxing weight and poise but couldn't get over the Hollow-Soldier-Waistcloth. I found the 3rd-degree burn-victim appearance of my hollowed legs too distracting.

S0LIDARITY wrote:

@Dysplastic, Heater shield is a good deal. It's the lowest weight for a 100% physical damage block shield. Make sure to get the Dark Wood Grain ring soon, it'll be a boon to your 5D's of Dark Souls.

@Dakuna, Poise is great, but I never worried about it as I wanted to stay below 25%. I tried min/maxing weight and poise but couldn't get over the Hollow-Soldier-Waistcloth. I found the 3rd-degree burn-victim appearance of my hollowed legs too distracting.

Yeah, staying under 25% is tough, but I frequently farm souls etc. wearing no armor whatsoever for that very reason, and melee most of my targets.

@Dyni - I suppose you make a good point, as I have never used +5 giant's armor, but even +10 Elite knight armor doesn't seem to make much difference beyond a certain point, especially with boss fights.

Dakuna wrote:

Okay, so in order to get 100% game completion in Dark Souls, I have to at least get Sif's soul from NG++, so at least part of a third playthrough. This sounds irritating, especially since I neglected to collect Gwyndolin's soul my first time through. I guess that validates the third playthrough a little more, and getting to Gwyndolin and Sif shouldn't be too hard on NG++ once I finish NG+.

So far, on NG+ I have done everything possible prior to killing the Four Kings, I think.

Yep, and you have to get to the Anor Londo blacksmith in NG++ to use Sif's soul.

And you also have the two options for Lord Gwyn's soul, so again, you have to get to Anor Londo to use his soul for the weapon. If you've already done that part on NG+, then I think the other option is turning it into Solaire, but I forget what the requirement for him appearing at the Sun Altar is.

Stele wrote:
Dakuna wrote:

Okay, so in order to get 100% game completion in Dark Souls, I have to at least get Sif's soul from NG++, so at least part of a third playthrough. This sounds irritating, especially since I neglected to collect Gwyndolin's soul my first time through. I guess that validates the third playthrough a little more, and getting to Gwyndolin and Sif shouldn't be too hard on NG++ once I finish NG+.

So far, on NG+ I have done everything possible prior to killing the Four Kings, I think.

Yep, and you have to get to the Anor Londo blacksmith in NG++ to use Sif's soul.

And you also have the two options for Lord Gwyn's soul, so again, you have to get to Anor Londo to use his soul for the weapon. If you've already done that part on NG+, then I think the other option is turning it into Solaire, but I forget what the requirement for him appearing at the Sun Altar is. :?

Lord Gwyn's soul can be turned in at the Sunlight Warrior altar.

Ah even better then. I couldn't remember if it was just the altar or if it was when Solaire was at the altar.

Stele wrote:

Ah even better then. I couldn't remember if it was just the altar or if it was when Solaire was at the altar.

You have to be a certain covenant level before the option pops up.

BunbyHeri wrote:

The thing that's always irked me about the Ring of Favor and Protection (I hope mentioing it isn't a spoiler -- I won't say where it's from) is that if you take it off, it breaks. As a result, I've never been able to bring myself to put it on. I understand that it grants some nice benefits, but I like having the flexibility to swap out either or both of my currently equpipped rings whenever the situation calls for it.

Yeah, I kind of hate being handcuffed to it, but the benefits are pretty swell. I wore it clear through into NG+ on my main without any issues, and I'm wearing on my SL22 as well.

Don't worry about spoiling me on Dark Souls - I'm in it for the combat and the immersion. I'm big on consulting the wikis and maps for this game, I know it's a bit like cheating but frankly the game is hard and tense enough even with them.

Just cleared Northern Undead Asylum and the Depths, got a ton of souls which helped me level my endurance. Blighttown is next.

Dysplastic wrote:

Don't worry about spoiling me on Dark Souls - I'm in it for the combat and the immersion. I'm big on consulting the wikis and maps for this game, I know it's a bit like cheating but frankly the game is hard and tense enough even with them.

Just cleared Northern Undead Asylum and the Depths, got a ton of souls which helped me level my endurance. Blighttown is next.

I usually don't care much about spoiling games for myself with research, but I can honestly say the tenseness was much more heightened in the areas where I went in blind the first few times, and I actually really appreciated that. That said, I found the final area of the game a huge disappointment, even though I went in blind, which is actually oddly fitting and didn't bother me at all.

The thing that's always irked me about the Ring of Favor and Protection (I hope mentioing it isn't a spoiler -- I won't say where it's from) is that if you take it off, it breaks. As a result, I've never been able to bring myself to put it on. I understand that it grants some nice benefits, but I like having the flexibility to swap out either or both of my currently equpipped rings whenever the situation calls for it.

Dysplastic wrote:

Blighttown is next.

You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and poisoning.

Dysplastic wrote:

Blighttown is next.

For the sake of your morale: toxic blow-dart snipers don't respawn.

Elycion wrote:
Dysplastic wrote:

Blighttown is next.

You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and poisoning.

Yeah Blighttown is pretty frustrating if you're not familiar with it. It's much more frustrating once you are familiar with it!!

I did not know this early on in my experience with Dark Souls, but the Master Key makes Blighttown so much easier. I only venture through the whole area when I need a particular piece of loot and I am powerful enough to take out the baddies quickly.

I remember being hollowed and stuck at the bonfire at the top for quite a while in an early play-through. Very frustrating.

I'm around SL52 now - I have the Gold Hemmed, Eastern and Elite armour sets (Among a bunch of others light set like Crimson's etc.) but I'm not sure which to spend time upgrading? I ventured into Sen's Fortress once and I decided I was going to farm/level up a bit more in the Darkroot Garden so I can use my upgraded Zweihander instead of Drake's Sword.

I got the Wolf Ring for 40% more poise as well, and the Ring of Favour and Protection (Yes, I also echo how sad it is I can't swap it out ever - but it seems great so far). I'm at about 36 Endurance and 24 Vitality, so now I'm focusing on getting my strength up to use the next Tier of weapons.

So what is it - stick with Gold, Easter or Elite to take me through Sen's and after? Should I bother upgrading at this point?

Also, I tried the Stray Demon when I returned to the Asylum. I've never given up on a boss yet, but dear god - the thing takes up so much of the screen in such a small area, I can barely even run around him to attack him in the butt. I tried a few times and said - eff it, maybe later!

heavyfeul wrote:

I did not know this early on in my experience with Dark Souls, but the Master Key makes Blighttown so much easier. I only venture through the whole area when I need a particular piece of loot and I am powerful enough to take out the baddies quickly.

I remember being hollowed and stuck at the bonfire at the top for quite a while in an early play-through. Very frustrating.

I remember getting stuck and lost too many times in there. I always managed to recover my souls/humanity, but it was a real chore. I do appreciate however that it wasn't laid out in a too "gamey" kind of way, it literally did feel like going through some kind of slapped together shanty-town. And.. screw you dart guys!

@Swat, You can play around with this tool (see armor optimizer tab on the left) to see what armor is best for your character. In the mean time you can safely upgrade armor until you see Titanite Chunk as the required material. Twinkling Titanite and Large Titanite Shards will be available through a vendor soon for you. You can farm Chunks, but it's not easy until the end of the game. Generally it's not worth it to spend a Titanite Slab on armor.

S0LIDARITY wrote:

@Swat, You can play around with this tool (see armor optimizer tab on the left) to see what armor is best for your character. In the mean time you can safely upgrade armor until you see Titanite Chunk as the required material. Twinkling Titanite and Large Titanite Shards will be available through a vendor soon for you. You can farm Chunks, but it's not easy until the end of the game. Generally it's not worth it to spend a Titanite Slab on armor.

You can farm twinkling in Ash Lake as well. Personally, I think your best bets for middle of the road armor are the Elite knight set and Solaire's set, for poise vs armor vs weight. Otherwise, wear whatever you like the look of. I generally wind up wearing the elite knight set, crown of dusk, and carry around the gold hemmed set and the tattered set for resistances.

It's a good thing that you don't need to be human in this game for very much, because the invasion rate is absolutely insane. I'm lucky if I can go 5 minutes in human form without an invasion and it's gotten to the point where I'm not kindling unnecessary bonfires because of the inevitable waste of a humanity point. Last night I was trying to summon Solaire to distract Ornstein while I kill Smough and make that fight a little simpler, and I couldn't make it from the bonfire to the fog wall without getting invaded (4 invasions during 5 attempts at the run.)

On the other side of the coin, I ended up messing with the Forest Slayer covenant because the Ring of Fog sounded fun and the requirement of only killing 3 people sounded somewhat feasible. Silly me! My first invasion was actually a success and I won fairly easily. The next 6 were dismal failures, all of them landed me in the worlds of people who were obviously just sitting there waiting to be invaded. Looking at the profiles of these folks, they were mostly sitting at 750-1000 achievement points for the game so they clearly play the holy fook out of it.

Some bad/uninformed choices about how to spend souls have left me with a bloated soul level (80-something) and I'm sure that's one part of my problem, I'm not facing people who are actually anywhere near my experience level with the game.