I have a +3 Bastard Sword that's serving me pretty well. I'm saving my titanite mostly until I get a better sense of how upgrading will go. I do like that upgrading shields increases resistances and stability.
What weapon are you using?
+4 Falchion. Best dex weapon I could find early on. Good for getting a strike in and rolling back, as well as chaining together slashes when you get an opening. Also you can slash from either side based on R1/R2 to help get around shields. And I was able to use it to take down a super bitch of a boss, so I'm very attached to it now.
I've never liked poking/thrust weapons, so the rapiers and swords that have an R2 thrust attack are out.
I think Adaptability also affects this. Adaptability increases your agility, which may also lower the fall damage slightly. The guide is very vague about some of these things. I've been reading over the first chapter that goes over stats and mechanics. And they don't fully explain a lot of what Adaptability does. They just say "and it does other things". Well wtf are those other things?
Using the Heide's Sword you get off of the White Knight in the Forest of Fallen Giants courtyard. Not really digging the moveset though. Hoping to find a greatsword or ultra greatsword soon.
I'm trying to make a faith character, which makes me nervous about putting too many points into STR or DEX. Just want to find a weapon I like and meet those requirements.
@lukeweizer: Trust me when I say the moveset is damn good, didn't think so at first but it really, really shines against almost every boss.
The Heide's Sword? What about it do you like? The swing animation is kind of funky, though I do still like it fine.
Vinny and Brad were totally spot on in the podcast when they said that weapon variety is really important. I'm really early in the game (just beat The Pursuer) I'm rocking a +2 Bastard Sword and a +1 Club. My god that club makes a difference when dealing with Turtle Knights
I am playing with the Dragonrider's Halberd at the moment. It is a vicious weapon if you are light enough to roll around and got some good stamina. I have been getting lucky with my stone trade ins at the nest and got a few upgrade items for it, and have it at +2 now.
I was using the Heide sword for awhile, but the reach on that thing is just too short and it was causing me problems with some of these bosses with massive reach and brief vulnerability windows. I have since switched to the Halberd. Much better reach and a better moveset IMO, especially now that I have enough strength to equip it one handed alongside a Greatshield.
I've been rocking a catalyst with hell of Soul Arrows and Great Soul Arrows in my main hand and off handing a dagger to finish off persistent enemies that don't die in one cast. Been thinking about searching out that fire sword I've heard rumors about, though.
My maaaaaaaan. I'm using that exact same gear. Can't wait to have a better sword/dagger so I can go around being a deadly mage.
I was using a falcion + 4 for my DEX build but I was getting steam rolled by the Pursuer and found my DEX build run a lot tougher in DSII as I couldn't just get a katana from the beginning of the game lol. I may turn the class into a duel wielder once I get a better handle on how the game plays.
I made a new str build char with heavy armor and a big ass shield with the Heidi Knight Sword for now and finding the game a lot more manageable now.
In the Shaded Woods, Ruined Fork Bonfire. It's pretty much right on the main path, being guarded by an enemy that was the boss of the pirate ship in the wharf - can't miss it, once you get there (kill the lost sinner, use the yew branch to unpetrify the stone statue lady on path from Mejula).
I've been using the gyrm axe, and I really like it, but for some reason if I'm holding back and attack my character turns all the way around and hits the ground behind instead of what I'm targeting, is this a bug? Or just something I have to get used to with bigger weapons? Its really strange having your character hit in the direction you're holding rather than what your locked onto.
I'm still looking for something that feels like quelaags fury sword. That ended up being my favorite weapon. Using mainly fire sword+5. It's fine but run into a few guys who don't care about fire. It also doesn't hit THAT hard or swing THAT fast. I have two respecs so if I find something I like, respec I will.
+3 Bastard Sword and a +2 Mace, using that wooden tower shield you can buy, but I just got a proper metal one so I'll switch to that. I've got the Drangliec sword but no twinkling titanite to upgrade it so I'm sticking with the Bastard as I can upgrade that with some large titanite I found last night.
Still looking for my old friend the Zweihander.
Fire Longsword +5 still. Haven't found anything else that's good. I found an Old Halbert or something that is pretty decent, but it does less damage than my Fire Longsword and drains more stamina so it's not worth it. Besides that, I really like the look and moveset of Twinblade, but it does so low damage, it's not very feasible. I suspect it will be a good PvP weapon due to it's moveset, but not very practical for PvE.
First time I started out a souls game using magic. Mainly because my patience now is nil and I'm trying to save myself some frustration.
Just flinging the same ho-hum soul arrow spells so far though so it is getting to be a bit of a drag. You eventually get some new stuff later in the game, so that should be nice, assuming any of it is useful. I did find one new spell, best I can describe it is a spray of semen. Useless overall due to it just getting everywhere, but would've been fun to use if it didn't only have 3 explosions/casts.
I will say though that I keep meaning to put stuff into stats that would let me play around with weapons, but I keep throwing it into magic. Though I think my int and attunement are high enough now where I can start dipping into some melee.
If you're wondering about magic and if it's still op, I am dealing with regular enemies with ease. Boss battles though can get tricky if it's something like Dragonrider where you can't really move. Just a matter of baiting to get room, not too hard. Though my complete focus on magic means I'm also brittle as fuck. Still haven't really got a handle on the new, slower healing. But... in conclusion, yeah it's still in break the game territory.
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