So guys, got questions that need answering about Dark Souls? Want to know what the hell to do, where to go? No idea what a certain item does or where to find it? Ask away! The kind souls of Giant Bomb are more than happy to help, as this thread has already proven.
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ORIGINAL POST: So, if you've just bought the game like me and have never played Demon's Souls, you probably haven't a clue what's really going on. Covenants? Humanity? I know what these things are now, but I'm sure some don't. I was thinking that perhaps veterans of the series could come in here and just drop in some useful tips for people to come on over and have a look at. Any classes you recommend? Places you recommend going? Secret areas you can tell us about? That sort of thing.
I'm just about to re-roll as a Wanderer, seems cool. I've heard Pyromancer is pretty decent?
SUPER EDIT: After about ten plus pages of awesome advice, questions that people thought were dumb, and great people answering said question- the Beginner Thread is now a thriving sub-community for everything Dark Souls on Giant Bomb! I'm going to try and list some advice below and update it. If I don't credit your name, it's basically because I've forgotten to add it in the edit, so don't panic!
@Timing said - Here are some random tips:
- Get a good shield. By good I mean one that blocks 100% physical damage. You can tell how much percent of each type of damage a shield blocks by pressing Square (PS3)/ X (360) when the shield is highlighted in the menu. Only three of the ten classes start with a 100% physical block shield (Warrior, Knight and Bandit). If you're not one of those I suggest saving up 1000 souls to buy a Heater Shield from the merchant in Undead Burg. You'll find better ones later on, but for very early on in the game this shield is pretty good.
- Once you have a good shield, keep it up at all times when exploring new areas. Also, don't sprint when you don't have to.
- Alwaysattack a treasure chest before opening it. You'll thank me later.
- Don't ever attack an NPC who is in any way useful to you. They won't talk to you anymore for the remainder of the playthrough once they're no longer on your side.
- Use the drop down attack (R1/Right Bumper in the air) as often as you can, as it is incredibly powerful. Just be careful not to walk off anything too high while trying to do it.
- Listen to the environment. There's a reason there's no music during most of the game. If you listen carefully you will often be able to hear breathing or footsteps before actually seeing the enemy. Many enemies will await you right around corners, so being able to hear them first will greatly increase you chances of survival.
@TheSeductiveMoose said -
- Remove your fingers from the triggers whenever you are near a friendly NPC and don't put the controller down on the table (the R2 and L2 triggers have a tendency to get pressed when you do so).
- Play online. The tip system is usually a great help.
- Always try to battle as few enemies as possible at a time.
- As far as I've seen this isn't Demon's Souls. You can go both light and heavily armoured without losing to much of an advantage. (I'm playing as a knight and I haven't had a problem so far)
- Pick the Master Key as your starting gift, the others are pretty useless and can be obtained later.
- Bows are great for luring single enemies out of a group.
- It is important as shit that you keep track of your stamina meter.
- Explore every nook and cranny of the areas you visit. There's no telling what might be hiding there.
- The Drake Sword is overpowered as fuck and will make the early stages of the game ridiculously easy. (If you're playing a melee oriented character)
@Viney212 said - "Spend your souls often! Don't hoard them, unless you're saving up for something specific.
People make a big deal about losing your souls when you die and can't get back to your bloodstain, but if you're upgrading and spending often it won't be a big deal when you die and lose a small stash."
@LordXavierBritish said - "Cut the tail off everything."
"...using your Estus Flask heals white phantoms..."
@imsh_pl said - "Either roll a lot or use your shield a lot."
@BuckFitches said - "If you have trouble moving around fast enough with equipment, here's a protip. There's a door in Undead burg, in the same tower right before you face the Taurus Demon, that leads to a spiral staircase down to a guy named Havel The Rock. You can unlock the door with a Master Key, but perhaps also with other keys.
He's tough as nails, instantly hostile, and hits like a truck, but his swings can easily be avoided by stepping back. When he tries to raise his mace again, that is when you strike.
He drops "Havel's Ring" when killed, which boost your maximum equipment burden. With this ring, I now equip a full set of armor and equipment while still being under the 25% burden range, so I can dodge and run at maximum speed."