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VeryMelon THE Cool Old Guy from United States Relationship Status: In Spades with myself
Nov 22nd 2018 at 5:25:25 AM

Since this thread wasn't nearly as dead as I had though, I'll move my live blogging series of PvE/PvP build runs of Dark Souls 1 here.

I'm starting off with a Quality build, so I picked the classic Warrior. To keep things personal I've decided to name him after Gared of House Forrester from Telltale's Game of Thrones, a trend all of my builds will carry via headcanon reincarnation. In THIS life, each member of that doomed house will find actual success instead of suffering at the hands of Westeros' villainous schemers and Telltale's railroading.

So far I've rung the first bell after beating both Taurus Demon and Bell Gargoyles. I have the Drake Sword as well, though sadly I was not able to get the Black Knight Sword or Great Sword to drop for this build either. On the other hand I have a +5 Claymore I can eventually build-up into my replacement weapon for the Drake Sword.

Which I have done thrice over. First with a +10 Claymore, then with a +10 Zweihander, finally with a currently +5 Dark Knight Halberd. The Halberd was acquired after I rang the second bell however, as I was not confidant enough to roll for it with just 10 Humanity to boost drop rates. Speaking of Quelaag isn't too bad as long as you have a +10 weapon or magic with you, even if you only have the Claymore's base requirement stats raised. Shows to remind me how much weapon upgrades matter.

Sen's Fortress was the same old story, only this time I knocked the Iron Golem off the arena with the Zweihander. Right now I've just beaten O and S with mild difficulty mild because by then I had the +5 Black Knight Halberd to make work of them through their attacks. After getting the Lord Vessel, Gared confronted the man who killed the fire keeper of Firelink and avenged her. So far he's restored her to good health by using her soul, but now his path is open to him and he's decided to do some soul grinding.

Current stats are VIT 20, END 22, STR 27, DEX 20, and every other stat left at default. Soul Level 44.

Edited by VeryMelon on Nov 22nd 2018 at 11:29:28 AM

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M84 Freedom is the right of all sentient beings Relationship Status: Chocolate!
Freedom is the right of all sentient beings
Nov 22nd 2018 at 7:33:12 AM

[up]You know a setting is grim when a character reborn in the world of Dark Souls has a better chance of getting a "happy" ending.

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VeryMelon THE Cool Old Guy from United States Relationship Status: In Spades with myself
Nov 22nd 2018 at 9:39:29 AM

That level of irony was too good to pass up, which is why I went for it. I didn't progress the game too much but I did grind Gared up to 40 Dex after beating Sif silly in out rematch. Our first fight ended with me losing after getting stunlocked. I could pump my END to 30 right now but I won't, so I'll just keep grinding for the moment then decide what I'm going to do with Gared.

Mr. McMahon reacts to Marvel's Phase 3 line-up
Leor from North Relationship Status: Less than three
Nov 22nd 2018 at 11:02:42 AM

You could even livetweet or video blog this, if you wanted to. :v

VeryMelon THE Cool Old Guy from United States Relationship Status: In Spades with myself
Nov 22nd 2018 at 2:09:33 PM

I have a youtube channel but it already has a full Let's Play of Dark Souls Remastered on it. I'll stick to updating on my builds by posting here.

Gared is at SL 82 now, with 20 VIT, 40 END, 27 STR, and 40 DEX. Right now I'm going to get a Pyro Glove and start investing in some secondary spell casting.

Mr. McMahon reacts to Marvel's Phase 3 line-up
TheCuriousFan from Australia Relationship Status: Barbecuing
Nov 24th 2018 at 7:34:28 AM

It's still not worth getting it if you already have PTDE, IMO. I considered it because of the renewed online activity, but from what I heard on reddit it was plagued by hackers at release and now it's no more active than the original.
It is in fact so dead that it's a quarter of what it was a month before the remaster came out.

I need a new sig.
RodimusMinor Not actually a minor
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Nov 24th 2018 at 7:37:16 PM

So I bought Dark Souls 2 for PS 4. I was thinking of doing a Faith build in this one. What's that like? I've never made one before and I want to sort of be a Melee character who can heal and pull enemies.

Edited by RodimusMinor on Nov 24th 2018 at 10:39:57 AM

Leor from North Relationship Status: Less than three
Nov 24th 2018 at 9:00:31 PM

I never really done a FTH biuld but I did a hexer in Souls 2 once. (Also have a thread for the game specifically, but not sure how dead it is, but necroing it wouldn't be bad either.)

Lightning used to be so OP it got nerfed, I hear. Having the extra heals out of combat is a nice resource saver at the least.

VeryMelon THE Cool Old Guy from United States Relationship Status: In Spades with myself
Nov 25th 2018 at 10:14:25 AM

Faith builds work fine for DS 2 PvE, you just have to dedicate yourself to working with certain talismans and catalysts for most of the game. The best Faith gear is locked behind endgame content, and it still takes a while to find Infinity -1 Sword variants.

About DS 1 proper: My Gared has now reached SL 86 and has obtained the Murakumo after farming for it near Firelink Shrine. Afterwards I entered New Londo Ruins and defeated the 4 Kings with the help of my +5 Black Knight Halberd and Stone Armor buffed with Power Within. After speaking to Kaathe, Gared decided he would create the Age of Dark so that Man would be free of the Gods corruption. But first he would journey to Lost Izalith to kill the Bed of Chaos.

I'm also happy to report that he gave the Very Large Ember to Andre, so now Gared has a +14 Claymore, a +11 Murakumo, and a +11 Zweihander. He also invested in a +10 Baldur Shield and a +10 Tower Kite Shield for aesthetic. Finally, he sports a set of Hardened Black Leather, worth with Elite Knight Gauntlets and Leggings. This plus the Wolf Ring gives Gared 58 poise.

Edited by VeryMelon on Nov 25th 2018 at 3:15:15 PM

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Leor from North Relationship Status: Less than three
Nov 25th 2018 at 11:55:14 AM

Gared is going places and is a strong boi.

VeryMelon THE Cool Old Guy from United States Relationship Status: In Spades with myself
Nov 28th 2018 at 3:49:51 PM

Gared has now beaten Seath the Scaleless, admittedly after an event that forced the young lad to lose their first fight and escape from his prison. He even used the few pyromancy spells he learned to cut off the dragon's tail to keep his weapon as a personal trophy. With Seath's defeat he had all of the Lord Souls to deliver to Kaathe, but before he did that Gared made sure to offer Kaathe enough humanity to enter the Darkwraith Covenant and earn the Red Eye Orb.

The reason for this is Gared's own encounters with the mysterious Kirk, Knight of Thorns, a red phantom Gared has fought and defeated several times over his journey. Each fight made Gared just that much more curious and excited about entering over timelines to challenge skilled warriors like Kirk, so when Kaath explained how his Darkwraiths could do this he decided to earn that same power for himself.

Once the red orb was his, Gared feed the Lord Souls to the great bonfire before him to open the path to the First Flame. However, once Gared learned that the once rare Black Knights he'd seen around Lordran not only respawned in the world like ordinary undead, but would always carry rare ore for him to collect, any thoughts about Gywn were put aside until our hero had his fill with weapon smithing.

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Freedom is the right of all sentient beings
Nov 28th 2018 at 6:50:55 PM

So will Gared be time-traveling to visit Oolacile, thus gaining some more insight into how this whole Age of Dark thing will really play out?

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VeryMelon THE Cool Old Guy from United States Relationship Status: In Spades with myself
Nov 28th 2018 at 7:15:13 PM

He will, in time. I just need to finalize the weapons I want to work with.

Mr. McMahon reacts to Marvel's Phase 3 line-up
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Freedom is the right of all sentient beings
Nov 28th 2018 at 7:52:53 PM

Gared will then learn that the world of Dark Souls is just as full of lying bastards as the Game of Thrones verse is.

Even more so given the reveal in The Ringed City.

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Leor from North Relationship Status: Less than three
Nov 28th 2018 at 11:27:40 PM

The reveal of the overarching story have all them undead be like

M84 Freedom is the right of all sentient beings Relationship Status: Chocolate!
Freedom is the right of all sentient beings
Nov 29th 2018 at 12:27:31 AM

The biggest lie about the Undead is calling them Undead in the first place. They're actually merely reverting to their original state of lifeless and deathless existence prior to the First Flame's appearance.

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RodimusMinor Not actually a minor
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Nov 30th 2018 at 8:55:56 PM

Made it up to Earthen Peak in my Dark Souls 2 playthrough. Getting into the groove of things and I saved the guy who gives you boss soul weapons.

Combat's a little janky, which is a big deal, but there's lots I like about this game more than the original. It's definitely better than 3 anyway.

RodimusMinor Not actually a minor
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Dec 3rd 2018 at 5:33:24 PM

Update on my DS 2 playthrough. My character is an allotment of terrible stat choices because I thought I'd need healing but I rarely use it and Iron Keep has eaten about 40,000 souls because of its cheapass archers. I don't get why every game in the series needs the Anor Londo archers, you know the worst fucking part of the game, to constantly appear.

M84 Freedom is the right of all sentient beings Relationship Status: Chocolate!
Freedom is the right of all sentient beings
Dec 3rd 2018 at 5:37:10 PM

The easiest archer gauntlet for me was the one in the third game. Probably because it happened at a point when I had already obtained a bow with good enough range to let me snipe them. Beat them at their own game, so to speak.

TBH, while it took me a couple tries to get past the archers in the first game, I never really found them that bad.

Edited by M84 on Dec 3rd 2018 at 9:38:14 PM

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RodimusMinor Not actually a minor
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Dec 3rd 2018 at 5:54:37 PM

There goes another 40,000 souls.

I hate this level so much.

Edited by RodimusMinor on Dec 3rd 2018 at 8:55:46 AM

M84 Freedom is the right of all sentient beings Relationship Status: Chocolate!
Freedom is the right of all sentient beings
Dec 3rd 2018 at 6:05:26 PM

Yeah, it sucks to lose a lot of souls at once. That's why I avoid hoarding them whenever possible. Take every opportunity to spend souls whether it be on levels, items, etc.

TBH, I actually didn't find the Iron Keep that bad. The level I really hated was the fucking Black Gulch. Especially those damn statues.

Edited by M84 on Dec 3rd 2018 at 10:06:16 PM

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RodimusMinor Not actually a minor
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Dec 3rd 2018 at 6:16:20 PM

Lost more souls because enemy placement is bullshit and the Smelter Demon literally has an asshole for a face so you know what I'm going somewhere else.

M84 Freedom is the right of all sentient beings Relationship Status: Chocolate!
Freedom is the right of all sentient beings
Dec 3rd 2018 at 6:22:29 PM

You know, everyone always goes on about how the Smelter Demon is a horrible boss. But I honestly never had THAT much trouble with him — usually took one or two tries each run. It helped that I summoned Lucatiel — having a distraction helps immensely in that fight.

Now, I did have a lot of trouble with the bullshit pallete swap that does magic damage and has different timing. But that's a Bonus Boss in a DLC.

Edited by M84 on Dec 3rd 2018 at 10:23:33 PM

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RodimusMinor Not actually a minor
Not actually a minor
Dec 3rd 2018 at 7:18:30 PM

It didn't help that my only good weapons are my +6 Bandit Axe and my starting Mace, so I have to get right up next to him to do damage and end up eating fire.

There's a place in this game where you can reroll your stats right?

M84 Freedom is the right of all sentient beings Relationship Status: Chocolate!
Freedom is the right of all sentient beings
Dec 3rd 2018 at 7:20:30 PM

You gotta find a Soul Vessel and give it to Strowen in Things Betwixt (she's one of the old ladies in the beginning). You can get one from the Crestfallen guy after bringing four people to Majula.

If you're already in Iron Keep you should have found four by now. Licia, Chloanne, Melentia, and Rosabeth. Assuming you unpetrified Rosabeth and gave her clothing.

To make the Smelter Demon fight more bearable, summon Lucatiel — I think you need to do this for an achievement or something anyway. Also, farm the Alonne Knight Captains for their armor since it has good fire resistance. Other gear and items and spells that increase fire resistance help too of course.

Also, upgrade your mace if you haven't already. The Smelter Demon is an armored foe and thus takes more damage from Strike attacks. If you've got a way to poison enemies that helps too. Yes, the walking demonic suit of armor and living flame can be poisoned. Somehow.

An upgraded mace is actually one of the best weapons in this game. I'm not kidding. Especially since a lot of the tougher enemies in this game are armored ones who take more Strike damage. Try dualwielding maces for extra fun.

Edited by M84 on Dec 3rd 2018 at 11:33:01 PM

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