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In Dark Souls, what are the advantages and disadvantages of being in human form?

In Demon's Souls, being in human form gives you a clear HP advantage, but attacks have lower power and you can be invaded (if playing online).

In Dark Souls, however, the advantages and disadvantages are less clear. What are they?

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Why waste drop chances? You get to be invaded, which sucks, plus you're gonna die sometime and lose human form anyway. Waste of time I think. – user23487 Apr 8 '12 at 9:55
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Advantages of human form are that you can kindle camp fires and summon phantoms to aid you. These abilities are not available in Hollow form.

The only disadvantage is you're risking black phantom invasions.

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In addition to the above, being in human form also increases drop rates for items. – asmodai Oct 25 '11 at 11:17
@asmodai No it does not. Humanity increases drop rate. Whether your human or not has no effect. – Wipqozn Oct 25 '11 at 13:15
So assuming I'm not having Estus problems and want to play alone, there's no downside to playing Hollowed? – user2640 Oct 26 '11 at 17:52
No. But I rather like the excitement that comes with being at risk of being invaded so I try to play as human whenever I can. – MdaG Oct 27 '11 at 12:22
There are story-related reasons for being human, as well as additional encounters you may have if you are in human form before defeating an area's boss. Also you have additional resistances while human. – Joshua Shane Liberman Dec 2 '11 at 19:22

True you will get tips and different encounters when in human form, also stacking humanity in human form increases your stats.

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