7 into str? probably not a good idea since there are plenty of good weapon with 16 str requirements unless you want a str build or are looking a specific weapon. Here's what you can do. 2-hand the weapon, see if you like the moveset, then start working towards upgrading and such. The claymore is very well rounded as well and only requires 16 str.
@imsh_pl: I initially wanted to go lightning, but some of my friends said go with the +15 since it scales. But I have no idea if I want to do a dex build. I'm only SL 35, dex:20 str: 19 so I guess I have time to decide which way to go, but I want to be able to use a variety of weapons.
Any weapons I should look at upgrading or leveling up stats to use? I heard the black knight sword and lightning spear are pretty good upgraded. I have both, but not sure if I want to spend time upgrading them if I got a fully upgraded Iaito already.
I thought the chart could use some clarity, so I made this:
so from this in general i gather short term you should go lightning/fire, long term you should go +15 normal?
im currently loving the halberd at +10, just wondering if it might be worth going lightning with it, or maybe holding out to get precillas soul for the boss weapon upgrade, but having said that i could just use a scythe instead, oh dark souls, why do you hate me so...
@Syndrom: It's definitely useful. Just don't waste a slab on a +10 piece.
You can't upgrade the Gold-Hemmed set, but it will eventually get outmatched if you upgrade normal sets.
what set should i upgrade then? that's the biggest problem cause i don't know what i should upgrade. Also +5 would be maxed?
Where can I get white titanite chunks? also, does anyone have an idea on if Occult weapons or Blessed weapons are better? I'm thinking of going to +40 faith.
Lol. Just look on Dark Souls Wiki. It should have most if not all the information on ores and where to get them.
@McQuinn: You can farm White titanite chunks from the skull towers in the Tomb of Giants after you get to patches and rescue Reah. There's one While Slab per playthrough, so be careful ( Tomb of Giants again) .
I have the same question about Divine/Occult. On one side, Occult weapons have better Faith scaling, in the other, occult weapons don't help you out with reviving skeletons. I have to wonder what the"dark" element really does in comparison to "divine". As far as weapon damage goes, both count as magic anyways.
Protip: I had been avoiding upgrading armor because it seemed pretty expensive and the weapon upgrades seemed more valuable at the time.
When you spend a little time farming for some Titanite Chunks (these seem to be the hardest part) in lower New Londo you can make some gear out of the Elite Knight set that has better defense values than Havel's Armor. It isn't 100% better, Havel's still has some better Magic and Fire resist values, but the Physical defense stats are certainly better. And given that nearly all the bosses do physical damage even when it looks like they shouldn't (Centipede and Demon Firesage come to mind), it makes it a great investment.
Elite Knight Set owns is what I'm saying.
@Rayeth: I think elites knight is weak. Think about it. Every piece of armor+10 requires a slab. Slabs are almost f'ing impossible to get are probably better used to max out your weapon if you need it. So you'll have elites knight armor +9 which I'm not sure but is weaker than havels. There are plenty of armor sets that are stronger than havels, it's just that havels is easy to get. Giant's armor has the highest defense in the game but has a small stamina recovery handycap. Others better than havels is steel, black iron, smough, and clerics. I'd say juggle between these depending on how much weight, defense, and poise you want as well as how many chunks and twinkling titanite you have.
I seriously think you peeps should check out the Black Iron Armor set. When you upgrade it fully the stats are amazing and it's not too heavy. I'm using the Head, Gauntlets and Chest piece with my Black Leather Boots for the noise effect and my guy has almost 400 armor.
@ocdog45: armor can only be upraded linearly. Like, you can't have a "raw" or "lightning" elite knight leggings. Instead, you use just titanite or twinkling titanite to upgrade along a set path (+10 or +5, respectively). But yes, you upgrade it at blacksmiths just like you do with weapons
Guys... I'm in need of some serious help.
I'm all for katanas in this game. I just got the iaito and I don't know if I should go +15 or +5 lightning. I heard the iaito+15 does 410 dmg plus A dex scaling (planing on 40). On the other hand, the lightning does 488 dmg. Is this correct? Wich one does more damage in the end?
Also, what kind of magic do you recommend a pure dex build like mine? I was thinking pyro due to the fact that the basic spells do not scale with stats. What do you think?
EDIT: Someone just told me I will do more damage with lightning or fire iaito than +15 even with A dex scaling is that true? Thanks in advance.
@Deusx: I built mine with just the +15 upgrade since you can enchant it to make it even stronger than its lightning and fire counterparts. However in some cases especially if your opponent is wearing minimal armor then the lightning, fire or chaos upgrades do really well.
Here's how I did my Katana Swordsman Build. I quite happy I managed to beat several invaders with just that.
@lukeweizer: Divine weapons are pretty much a must in the catacombs because it stops the skeletons from coming back to life. Generally chaos, with 10 humanity, and lightening deal the best damage with fire slightly behind. If you want the exact numbers got to http://darksoulswiki.wikispaces.com/Weapons (some weapons do not have the exact figures but you can get a good estimate).
@hippie_genocide: In general, the difference between the Magic and Enchanted upgrade paths is that Magic has higher base damage with lower Int scaling while Enchanted is the reverse. This means that Magic is better if you have relatively low Int while Enchanted is better if you have high Int. Since you're playing an Int build, you probably have high Int, so you should go with Enchanted.
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